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Vol. 83, No. 4 Published for the Fort Dix Community since 1942 February 1, 2008
Fort Dix Town Hall Meeting
Wounded Warriors get lift thanks are owed to our Warriors in capped or disabled individuals and iated with them. In each of the 172
set Feb. 6 at Timmermann Gerry Zanzalari Transition for their sacrifice and ded- offers space for up to three wheel- VA Medical Centers there is an Elk
Public Affairs Staff ication,” she said. chairs, is the product of a tireless committee at work. Thousands of
The Fort Dix Town Hall Meeting Col. Ronald Thaxton, installation donation campaign started three years Elks and their families give generous-
is scheduled Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. at Tim- More than 100 people were pres- commander, ago and spear- ly of their time, energy and resources
mermann Center. Information brief- ent at the Airfield Departure/Arrival offered his “This vehicle will make life headed by the so that the lives of our ill and aging
ings will be followed by a question Control Group (AD/ACG) building thanks to the better for our Warriors in transi- New Jersey veterans will be enhanced.”
and answer session. Anyone who Jan. 28 as a 14-passenger, handi- Elks organiza- tion and we are fortunate here at State Elks Army “This day has been a long time
would like to submit a question in capped-accessible bus was donated to tion and to Lt. Fort Dix to have the support of of Hope. The coming,” said Hall to the assembled
advance for the session should call the Walson Medical Support Element. Col. Cynthia our neighbors.” Elks Army of group that included wounded and
Andre Mixon, 562-6669, or send the Jim Hall, chairman of the New Jer- Palinski, Maj.
question in an e-mail to andre- Col. Ronald Thaxton Hope, whose injured Warriors from Fort Dix, Rep.
sey Elks Association Army of Hope David Dean installation commander motto is “Caring Jim Saxton (R-NJ), and members of
firstname.lastname@example.org. and honorary Fort Dix commander, and Sgt. Maj. and Sharing,” the N.J. State and National Elks Asso-
turned over the keys to an Col. Judith James Clark for their efforts in mak- was at the forefront of the fundraising ciations.
Legal Assistance seeks Robinson, commanding officer of the ing the donation become a reality. effort that began several years ago. Others in attendance included
tax-prep volunteers Walson Medical Support Element. The vehicle, a 2007 Ford E350 “The Elks organization has been a Arthur Mayer, Jr., national past presi-
Each year, Fort Dix provides “The bus will benefit our wounded Super Duty bus that has been cus- steadfast supporter of America’s War- dent of the Elks Association, and Roy
free tax assistance and e-filing to and injured warriors, but the real tomized to accommodate 14 handi- riors and it is our privilege to be affil- DeRitter, N.J. state president.
military personnel and their fami-
lies through the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS)-sponsored Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) pro-
Volunteers are critical to the suc-
cess of the VITA program as they
prepare basic tax returns and assist
in the administrative functions of
running the program.
For those who are interested in
focus on family
volunteering but were not able to
attend the training session, an on-
line training course is still avail- Army News Service -- President George W. Bush dis-
able. Call the Fort Dix Legal cussed the vital role of military families, including
Assistance Office at 562-3043 if Army Families, during the Jan. 28 State of the Union
you would like to volunteer. address to the nation from Washington, D.C. Army
leaders appreciated the President’s important remarks
and echoed many of them, noting Army plans to expand
Family assistance efforts under the Army Family
Covenant while continuing improvements to many
“Our military families also sacrifice for America,”
President Bush said. “They endure sleepless nights and
the daily struggle of providing for children while a
loved one is serving far from home. We have a respon-
sibility to provide for them. So I ask you to join me in
expanding their access to childcare, creating new hiring
preferences for military spouses across the federal gov-
ernment and allowing our troops to transfer their unused
education benefits to their spouses or children. Our mil-
itary families serve our nation, they inspire our nation
and tonight our nation honors them.”
“Military families make extraordinary sacrifices as
their loved ones advance the cause of freedom around
the world,” said Army Secretary Pete Geren. “Military
Families hang together. They help each other out —
neighbors helping neighbors. In the military, the bond
of Family extends beyond bloodlines. Military Families
take care of Military Families.”
“We’re absolutely committed to ratcheting up what
we’re doing for our Families,” said Army Chief of Staff
Gen. George W. Casey Jr. “We’re re-expressing our sup-
port for Families and our prioritization of Families and
putting our money where our mouth is.”
The Army recognizes the sacrifices by Families and
is working to deliver a quality of life that military Fam-
ilies so often have forfeited by virtue of frequent relo- Ryan Morton
Ruth Smith, grandmother of
Pvt. Charlie Kincheloe, 116th
cation or isolation. Proposed initiatives requiring leg-
islative changes for Army Families include:
* Make GI Bill Benefits Transferable. The Mont-
Brigade Special Troops Battalion, gomery GI Bill generally covers 36 months of educa- Spc. Tommy Wilson, 251st Military Police Company, Tennessee National
shows her support as she wel- tion at a value of about $40,000. Today, 97 percent Guard, runs through a purple haze on the Individual Movement Technique
comes her grandson and his unit enroll, but only 70 percent actually use the benefit; and (IMT) course Jan. 29. Wilson and his unit are at Fort Dix preparing for a
home at Fort Dix Jan. 30. The very few use all of it. This initiative would allow trans-
fer to family members of the unused benefit. Global War on Terrorism mission. For more photos, see page 4.
116th, a Virginia National Guard
unit, served a year-long deploy- (continued on page 3)
ment as part of Operation Iraqi
Freedom. For more photos, see
page 3. Installation leaders meet to plan future
Installation commanders and their
resource managers from the North-
WEATHER east Region Installation Management
Command were at Fort Dix this week
for the Program Budget Advisory
FRIDAY -- Heay rain and meeting.
high winds, high of 49 The mission of the command is to
degrees and overnight low provide equitable, efficient, and
of 33. effective management of Army instal-
lations to support the Soldiers and
civilians as the Army transforms into
SATURDAY -- Mostly an expeditionary force versus a sta-
sunny, breezy, daytime high tioned force.
of 46 and overnight low of The three-day conference focused
30 degrees. on near- and long-term strategies and
initiatives for funding operations at
SUNDAY -- Mostly cloudy, installations. Discussions were held
on each installation's best business
high of 49, low of 30 practices, common levels of support,
degrees. as well as competitive sourcing for
various projects at the installations.
MONDAY -- Mostly cloudy, Diane M. Devens, NERO region
20 percent chance of show- director, presented members of her
ers, high of 46 and staff to review common levels of sup-
overnight low of 35 degrees. port for installations and future busi-
ness practice implementation
‘We are doing this for the RMOS
TUESDAY -- Daytime and PAIOs so we can get together and
showers, high of 52, have time to talk about the right levels
overnight low of 41 degrees. of services at the right cost at each
installation,” Devens said.
WEDNESDAY -- Strong Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald was
chance of shoers, high of 47 also on hand to discuss quality of life
issues facing Soldiers and families.
degrees and overnight low An initiative started earlier this
of 24, Ryan Morton
year known as the Family Covenant
PINELANDS PARAGON -- Lt. Col. John McKee, Forward Operating Base mayor, left, gives a Program where members of installa-
THURSDAY -- Sunny with tour of the facility to installation commanders and their resource managers from the Northeast tion communities pledged to support
a high of 38 degrees and Region Installation Management Command Jan. 31. The visitors to Fort Dix were on post this military families is expected to be
low of 29. week to attend the three-day Program Budget Advisory conference. moved off posts with outreach being
spread to surrounding communities.
www.dix.army.mil America’s busiest mobilization site
2 The Post
February 1, 2008
Americans survived wild times in 1968
Nation’s soul torn by strife 40 years ago
Public Affairs Staff
“...the ‘60s are impossible
to escape. They will define the
2008 presidential election, just
as they have defined Ameri-
can politics, and American
culture, for the past 40 years...
all of us, young and old, are
stuck in the ‘60s, hostages to a
decade we define ourselves as
for or against...”
“1968: The Year That Changed
Everything,” by Jonathan Dar-
man, Newsweek, Nov. 19, 2007 Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times AP
NEWARK RIOTS -- New Jersey Army National Guard troops charge down TET OFFENSIVE -- MPs defend the U.S.
A cultural revolution was Springfield Avenue in Newark on July 14, 1967. A police shooting sparked embassy in Saigon on Jan. 31, 1968, when any-
fomented during the 1960s and the Newark riots lasting from July 12 to July 17. Looting, violence and where from 60,000 to 100,000 North Vietnamese
baby boomers who grew up in
the tumult and shouting con-
destruction ultimately left 26 people dead, 725 injured, and nearly 1,500 Army (NVA) and South Vietnamese Communists
tinue to debate merits of ques- under arrest. Riots across the country petered out in 1968, with the exception (Vietcong) launched a large-scale offensive against
tions that arose then. But more of those occurring after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. U.S. forces and our Republic of Vietnam (RV)
than half our country alive in Memphis on April 4. Following King’s death, 100 towns and cities saw allies, attacking 36 provincial capitals, 64 district
today knows the decade only arson or looting or both, 21,000 federal troops and 34,000 National Guards- towns, countless villages and a dozen American
through the mythology of mar- men were called out and 46 people were killed with heavy damage done in bases. At least half the attackers were killed,
keting. Today’s child, rightly, Chicago and D.C. suffering a major military setback. But the Tet
might ask: “Why can’t the nar-
cisstic boomers leave it alone? offensive demolished any lingering optimistic
Their time is past. Get over it.” “feel good” projections about the war for
But events in the ‘60s ush- Americans and their Vietnamese allies alike.
ered in questions that stub-
bornly persist. Maybe because
some queries contain seeds of
profound perplexity that can’t
be avoided by educated men
and women. Many boomers,
believe it or not, are hung up
on philosophy in the Socratic
sense of that term ( i.e., what is
the meaning of life in all its
“There are three great ques- John F.Kennedy Memorial Library
tions which in life we have ALL THE WAY WITH LBJ
over and over again to answer,” AP President-to-be John F.
thought John Lubbock, aristo- CLEAN FOR GENE -- U.S. Senator from Min- Kennedy restrains running
cratic English scientist who nesota Eugene McCarthy pauses in a campaign
lived early into the 20th centu- mate Lyndon B. Johnson
stop in Wisconsin. McCarthy challenged during the Democrats 1960 Cornell Capa-Magnum
ry. “Is it right or wrong? Is it
true or false? It it beautiful incumbent President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, campaign for the White CROWD PLEASER -- Hours after he won the Cali-
or ugly? Our education ought his campaign successes forcing the proud House. Johnson took over fornia Democratic primary, Robert F. Kennedy was
to help us answer these ques- Texan out of office. Witty and a good speaker, for the martyred JFK three shot to death in a Los Angeles hotel on June 5, 1968.
tions.” McCarthy wasn’t afraid to take on entrenched years later but his Great HAT IN THE RING --
Things or events were in the political powers; displaying guts, intelligence Society fizzled in the jun- Retired Air Force Gen.
saddle in the ‘60s and rode and patriotism to very high degrees.
humanity. The journey sure gles of Vietnam. Curtis LeMay, right,
wasn’t a smooth one. ran as a vice presiden-
Consider what happened in tial candidate on the
1968, for instance. third-party ticket with
On Jan. 31 in that year the George C. Wallace in the
Tet offensive began in Viet- 1968 presidential cam-
nam. The communists lost very paign. “Bombs away
many men during their
months-long attack but proved
with Curt LeMay”
they were strong enough to became a campaign
mount an offensive across the punch line encouraged
entire country, that the Viet by the general’s bellicose
Cong and North Vietnamese comments about Viet-
were far from finished as fight- nam. But few could
ing forces, and that much of match LeMay’s creden-
the South Vietnamese popula-
tion was not loyal to their gov-
tials as a warrior. US AFMuseum Photo Archive
ernment (how else to explain
the “surprise” that thousands
of Soldiers launched an attack
that no one on the American
side saw coming because no
South Vietnamese reported it). SWAN SONG -- Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at the Mason Temple in
Tet incited deeper ques- Memphis on April 3, 1968. King went to Memphis to lend support to 1,300
tions. sanitation workers who were striking to protest abysmal working conditions
Did our allies share our ded- and low wages. A day after this picture was taken King was gunned down on
ication to winning the war? If the balcony of his motel. Assassins robbed Americans of some great leaders
not, what were we doing there? in the 1960s, then, including King, the Kennedy brothers and Malcolm X.
What was America’s responsi-
bility to South Vietnam and Bloodshed threatened to turn the American Dream into a nightmare but time
other allies. In the often repeat- passed and wounds finally healed. It was as if the country had suffered a
ed phrase, where was the light nervous breakdown and woke up, healed.
at the end of the tunnel in Viet- TOUGH GUY -- Chica-
nam. go Mayor Richard J.
Indeed, what was our role in Daley shakes his fist at a www.hudson-
the world? Where we the library.org
arsenal of democracy or bru- speaker at the Demo- VICTORS -- Disgruntled by a war abroad and dis-
tal enforcers of a Pax Ameri- cratic Convention in the cord at home, voters elected Richard M. Nixon
cana? Were we too good to get Windy City in 1968 who president in 1968. Spiro T. Agnew became VP.
involved with the rest of the dared criticize hizzoner’s
world, as right-wing isolation-
ists believed or so nasty we’d
contaminate innocents abroad,
police force in the tactics
they used to put down
mainly student demon-
as left-wingers seemed to fear? This newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military.
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Staff Sgt. Joshua Beach,
116th Brigade Special
Troops Battalion, Vir-
ginia National Guard,
top, drops to his knees to
hug welcoming family
members, while Laura
Baxter and two-year-old
son Cade, left, wait out-
side Bravo Company to
welcome home Spc.
Greg Hey. The unit
returned from a year-
long deployment to Iraq.
photos by David Moore
President addresses families
(continued from page 1) would accelerate its healthy plan for the have been built, with 133 more pro-
* Enhance Military Spouse Careers. construction of additional or expanded on- grammed in the coming years. 20,000
Military families move every few years. base child care facilities where that is family housing units have been built or
This initiative would provide richer appropriate. renovated, with 59,000 more scheduled.
opportunities to gain or sustain a promis- Beyond these ongoing and planned ini- To overcome the limitations of geogra-
ing career. This proposal would signifi- tiatives, the U.S. Army is committed to the phy for those families not living near an
cantly expand an existing pilot program Army Family Covenant of services and Army post, the Army is establishing the
allowing military spouses to continue edu- facilities for Army Families nationwide Army Integrated Family Support Net-
cation and local universities or technical and overseas. This covenant formally rec- work. This communications network pro-
schools; create mert-based military ognizes the sacrifices made on the home motes efforts integrating and synchroniz-
spouse internships within the federal gov- front while the Army is at war and pledges ing Family Support Services. These
ernment to open the door to a possible funding for existing Family programs and include basic services, such as informa-
federal service career; and grant military services, increase the accessibility and tion, referrals and training for Family
spouses direct hire status for placement in quality of health care, improve Soldier Readiness Groups.
suitable jobs anywhere in the federal gov- and Family housing, ensure excellence in It also jump starts funding for 80 com-
ernment. schools, youth services and child care, and munity liaisons, the eArmyFamily mes-
* Enact “Dole-Shalala” Commission expand education and employment oppor- saging system, as well as new training for
Recommendations. The President urged tunities for Family members. Army Community Service and reserve
Congress to act promptly on the proposals Last year, the Army moved $100 mil- family-program staff.
put forward by the bipartisan Commission lion into Family Support Programs to In the area of child care and youth serv-
on Care for America’s Returning Wound- jump-start family programs. Examples ices, the Army has eliminated Garrison
ed Warriors headed by Bob Dole and included hiring additional full-time staff child care registration fees, eliminated off
Donna Shalala. in “Army Community Services” as well as post child care registration fees in Army
* Quality Child Care. Two-thirds of expanding childcare, respite care, and off post programs, and eliminated fees for
military-families stationed in the United youth services. The Army is reworking extended duty day child care.
States live off base, sometimes in remote future budgets to sustain this increased For Wounded Warriors, the Army
areas. They consistently report difficulty level of investment in our Families. The reduced full and part day child care fees in
in locating child care, especially for Army Family Covenant represents a $1.4 Army operated or sponsored child care
infants, at the price and quality available billion commitment this year to improving programs, and now provides free hourly
at on-base facilities. Sometimes the on- the quality of life for Army Families. care in Army operated programs during
base facilities need more capacity. This The Army has listened to the feedback medical appointments.
initiative would establish joint ventures of families and acted on their behalf. For Army leaders across the nation have
with the private sector to make the same example, on Army installations across the led in implementing these improvements,
high quality care presently provided on nation construction is booming. To sup- in order to provide Soldiers and Families a Fort Dix STAR Program
base to all military families, at a compara- port our growing force and their families, quality of life that is commensurate with Suspected Terrorist Activity Reporting
ble price. At the same time, the Army more than 42 Child Development Centers their service. (STAR)
Countering terrorism requires the help of everyone in the
community. Only you know who or what belongs – or does-
n’t belong in your building, neighborhood, or work area. The
simple act of recognizing suspicious behavior and reporting it
to the authorities could prevent terrorist acts and save lives.
Become a STAR – please help Fort Dix by being alert and re-
porting any of the following:
Surveillance: Someone recording or monitoring activities
using cameras, note taking, drawing diagrams, creating maps,
using binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices. An ele-
ment of this activity could also include mapping out routes
and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow.
Elicitation: People attempting to get information. These
attempts may be made by mail, fax, telephone, e-mail or in
person and may seem like very innocent questions about what
you do and where you work.
Security: Any attempt to measure reaction times and action
by security forces. A test of security can be disguised as a sim-
ple mistake such as a vehicle approaching a security barrier
and then turning around or an attempt to circumvent access
control procedures to assess strengths and weaknesses of the
security forces and equipment.
Acquiring Supplies: Purchasing or stealing police and mil-
itary uniforms, emergency responder type vehicles (such as
police cars and ambulances), installation access passes and
other government identification or the equipment to manufac-
Dry Run or Practice: People or vehicles appear to have
been purposely placed in a particular position or area. This is
especially true when planning a kidnapping, but also pertains
Actual Deployment of People and Assets: People and sup-
plies getting into position to conduct an attack. This is the last
chance to alert authorities before an attack occurs.
Suspicious Persons Out of Place: People who don’t seem
to belong or fit in the surrounding environment, especially if
involved in any of the above listed activities.
Report any of the above to:
Fort Dix Police (609)562-6001 / 6002
Fort Dix Antiterrorism Officer (609) 562-2153 / 2417
4 The Post
February 1, 2008
Postal Soldiers deliver more than mail TO THE LETTER --
Ryan Morton Spc. Nicholas Brosky,
Public Affairs Staff
444th Adjutant General
“Neither rain, nor snow, nor
Company, 3rd Platoon,
sleet, nor hail shall keep the Postal, far left and bot-
postmen from their appointed tom left, receives
rounds.” instruction from Hayden
You may have heard this Baumgartner, a range
unofficial postal oath before. safety at Fort Dix, near
The U.S. Army has a postal left, during the zeroing
system that works much the
same way. Every installation
portion of M-16 qualifi-
throughout the U.S. and the cation on the Fort Dix
world has an Army Post Office, ranges. Pfc. Jerome
or APO, which runs very much Hack, below, adjusts the
like the U.S. Postal Service. An front sight post on his
APO even exists in combat M-16 during qualifica-
zones, such as Iraq and tion as he and the 444th,
The 444th Adjutant General
an Army Reserve unit
Company, 3rd Platoon, Postal, out of Pittsburgh, Pa.,
is a unit currently training at prepare for a deployment
Fort Dix to run an APO in Iraq, in support of the Global
where they will be providing War on Terrorism. The
postal service to Soldiers at a unit has been at Dix
Forward Operating Base, in since early January.
They will be performing photos by Ryan Morton
duties such as inspecting
incoming and outgoing mail,
delivering all incoming
parcels, and any other postal
operations deemed necessary.
This 21-Soldier unit is part
of the Army Reserve, hailing
from Pittsburgh, Pa., and has
been training at the installation
since early January.
“The training’s been going
well. The morale is good, the
Soldiers are excited about the
upcoming mission, and we just
want to get everyone up to
speed and ready for when we
roll out to perform the postal
operations,” Sgt. Kevin John-
son, platoon sergeant, said.
The 444th will continue to
train throughout February and
conclude with the Army Train-
ing Evaluation Program, which
includes running a mock APO.
MPs manage Individual Movement as team
Spc. Tommy Wilson, 251st Military Police Company, Tennessee National
Guard, above, stays on the lookout as he navigates his way through the Indi- ROAD TO
vidual Movement Technique (IMT) course on Fort Dix January 29. Sgt. Jesse OIF/OEF
Bodine, below, throws a grenade during the conclusion of the 215th’s training.
These Soldiers are preparing for an upcoming deployment in support of the
Global War on Terrorism. Cpl. James Davis, 251st Military Police Company, keeps things moving during
training at Fort Dix.
photos by Ryan Morton
Spc. James Russell and Sgt. Jesse Bodine, 251st Military Police Company,
make their way beneath concertina wire during their unit's Individual Move-
ment Technique (IMT) training at Fort Dix's Range 86.
Fort Dix Post February 1, 2008/ page 5
THE CORNER Polar Bears thunder onto post
Army Community Service David Moore
to host Resume Workshop Public Affairs Staff
Army Community Service, in
partnership with the Burlington While most motorcycle riders have
County College Job Placement their bikes parked for the winter and
Office, will host a free Resume opt for the warmth of a couch and
Workshop Feb. 15 from 11:30 channel changer, there is a devout few
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 5201 hundred enthusiasts who thundered
Maryland Avenue. into Fort Dix Sunday, Jan.27.
Register by calling Rod Nearly 500 riders and passengers
Martell at 562-2186 or e-mailing of the Polar Bear Grand Tour
rod.rodriguez-martell descended on the post and lined up
@us.army.mil. Seating is limited their bikes at Club Dix for a hot
to 20 people. brunch.
The motorcyclists gathering each
Thrift Shop holding Sunday at a different locations in
winter sale now New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
and Delaware, represent 35-years of
The Fort Dix Thrift Shop will winter riding—many who said back
have a $2 bag sale for all expired then the idea was simply layered up
TSP and PO6501 clothing and a clothing before their was electrically
$1 per item sale on selected chil- heated clothing and gloves.
dren’s clothing through Feb. 16. Many of the riders that day report-
Spring clothing consignments ed when they started from their
begin Feb. 5. Any items in excep- homes the mercury was below freez-
tionally good or new condition ing, but the idea of riding a motorcy-
will sell quickly in the store. cle was warmer than the temperature.
Hours of operation are Tues- For Terry Deeds of Nazareth Pa.
days and Thursdays from 10 a.m. and Donald Teator, of Allentown, perfect attendance pin each year, even
to 2 p.m.; Feb. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m.; who would clock more then 200 if it means pushing to a destination in
Feb. 2 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 miles for the adventure, both had a the snow in a four-wheel drive truck.
p.m. Consignments are accepted saying “don’t tow it, trailer it, just This band of motorcycle riders has
from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays ride.” even earned such nicknames as Cap-
and Thursdays. For Deeds, however, the ride to tain K and Grumpy. photos by David Moore
If you’d like to volunteer at the Fort Dix is always good since he Chris Loynd tracks the group each
store, come to the informational MILES TO GO -Nearly 500 motorcycle riders of the Polar
served at the installation in 1954 for week with his Connecticut Polar Bear
meeting at the Thrift Shop at 6501 basic training. Blog that talks about every part of
Bear Grand Tour and their passengers descended on Fort Dix
Pennsylvania Avenue Feb. 6 at “Even though I did my basic train- their adventure from ride challenges, at Club Dix on Jan. 27. Mortorcycles of all makes and models
6:30 p.m. If you have questions, ing in the 69th for 13 weeks, I have to group discussions, to the menu at were on hand and many with distinctively designed graphics.
see Jeanne at the donation desk in plenty of memories of being stationed each destination. It even includes Ed Schwartzbach, above left, Polar Bear Grand Tour Flight
the back of the store anytime after
4 p.m. on Wednesday.
here,” he said. photos. Leader A, Dave Cushing and Richard Leyh, both Flight B.
While the Polar Bear Grand Tour Loynd said there was no reason for Leaders ,tend to the sign-in sheets for ridinders trying to gain
organization is not a club by defini- putting the bike away when he gets so 30-points and the covetedPolar Bear patch.
Chapel staff to host pair tion, there were plenty of motorcycle much pleasure out of riding.
of community events colors being worn on the back of “When you ride with the right gear by word of mouth, the group doubled Polar Bear patch after achieving 30-
The chapel staff will hold the jackets, to include various Harley it’s sort of like putting a heat bubble in size and steadily grew to 550 mem- points.
Fort Dix Chapel Annual Valentine Davidson Owner Groups (HOG), around you. Why give up the pleasure bers which is the annual cut off for Each ride offers a minimum of two
Dinner Dance Feb. 13 at Club Honda Gold Wing Clubs, and of riding if all it takes to keep riding membership. points to make the ride starting from
Dix. The evening event is open to McGuire AFB”s Green Knights. is an electric jacket, gloves, hippo “We would make it bigger, but the person’s home, an additional one
everyone and will consist of din- One group, considered to be hard- hands, soft lower fairings, snowmo- there’s simply not enough parking lot point for each additional hundred
ner, plenty of dancing and lots of core riders, at least by themselves and bile boots, silk underwear, long johns, space to put the motorcycles,” Hart- miles.
romantic music to help accentuate some other riders, travel to the vari- performance fabrics and those little pence said. Throughout the year the group
the mood. Previous Valentine Din- ous destination from Connecticut. air activated heated pouches,” he said. The Polar Bear Grand Tour group also holds a toy drive and encourages
ner Dances have been huge suc- Most of these of Polar Bears are Robert Hartpence, Polar Bear is a member of the American Motor- blood donations for additional points.
cesses, so don’t miss the opportu- members of the Bridgeport, Ct., Grand Tour chairman, said when the cyclist Association. The goal of the For more information visit the
nity to share an evening of passion HOG. group first formed, there were only Polar Bear group riders, besides safe group’s homepage at www.polarbear-
with your special someone. Tick- These riders always shoot for the about 50 riders, in a few years, simply motorcycling, is to gain the coveted grandtour.com
ets are $10 and are available from
the Protestant or Gospel leaders
and the Chapel administration
office, or call 562-2020.
Another highlight event is the
Creatures provide life lessons for kids
Installation Prayer Breakfast, “Military families move and it’s
Lisa Evans hard for them to keep pets so we do it
which will be held March 12 at Public Affairs Staff
Club Dix. This year’s event show- for them here. This is treated like a
cases keynote speaker Chap. child’s home. Some are here from
(Col.) Ronald Casteel, command Fluffy the rabbit died. But that’s 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. Unfortunately,
chaplain, U.S. Army Reserve okay. At the Fort Dix Child Develop- kids have to be left so long, so we cre-
Command, and a musical presen- ment Center (CDC), animals are born ate a homelike environment which
tation by Eddy and Patricia and loved and eventually die; all nor- includes pets.”
Nubine. Tickets are $3 and can be mal parts of life. The center keeps animals in cer-
purchased from Sandy Horner, “We use the animals to teach the tain classrooms and the lobby, but
562-4252, Marcia Gose, 562- cycle of life, birth to death, to the takes the pets to every classroom so
6258, Vera Borum, 562-3255, children so they won’t be scared every child gets an opportunity to
Anne Lamkin, 562-2064, Ed Van- about death,” said Val Buckie. meet and connect with the pets. The
nozzi, 562-4355, Leslie Pelegan, “We have always had animals in rabbits, fish and hamsters in the lobby
562-2858, Kelly Cezar, 562-3353, the center. We tell parents it’s an are a meeting place for parents and
Veverly Wakefield, 562-4036, important part of the curriculum. The children.
Deborah Wilkinson, 562-4001, or children help clean and feed the pets “It is amazing how much time par-
Neen Raspa, 562-5432. every day, give them treats and take ents spend with the animals at pick up
For a list of other chapel care of them,” Buckie added. and drop off. It makes them late and
events, see page 8 or call 562- The children start interacting with they are always in such a hurry. The
2020. the animals at six weeks. They never children drag parents to their favorite
force children to participate, and animals as a daily routine. The lobby
some of these children are too young is a little tricky because parents are
Black History Month to communicate with words, but they always in a hurry but animals stop Lisa Evans
events begin next week can feel. them in their tracks. The parents have ZOEY 101- Child Development Center Teacher, Tracey Mer-
The Fort Dix Black History “These animals are therapy for to build in extra time,” Buckie said. cantini holds Zoey the chinchilla, while, from left, Brandon
Observance Committee kicks off these kids. Pets are a stress reliever The CDC encourages children to Cruz, Macie Watkins, Jack Duffet and Abigail Thompson
Black History Month with an for everybody. The animals make make the parents stay on purpose: It
African-American Read In at the even babies stop crying,” Buckie slows families down. Parents bring clamber to pet her.
Main Chapel Feb. 4 at 11:30 a.m. said. supplies for the pets from home, such lies is that they are not able to take bils, guinea pigs and rabbits, a chin-
Author Howie Mack of “Why Am In a world where parents go off to as the cardboard tubes found in paper pets with them when they are reas- chilla, and fish of all kinds. The
I Black” is the guest. Refresh- war and may not come home, the ani- towels. The hamsters chew them to signed and they try to give their pets Army doesn’t allow birds or amphibi-
ments will be served. mals provide a valuable tool for train- pieces and make their own bedding. to the CDC. ous animals or reptiles because of sal-
Other events for the week are: ing children to cope with the stresses The parents also bring treats and sup- “We’re very picky; we don’t just monella, so the CDC cannot use them
Activist, poet, journalist and of life. By having funerals when the plies to support the animals. The Fort take animals. We raise them from in the curriculum.
entrepreneur Kevin Powell will animals die, the CDC helps prepare Dix veterinarian makes house calls, tiny babies. Parents always try to But the animals they do have are a
kick-off Burlington County Col- children for dealing with grief and so the animals have excellent health- give animals to us when they move, beloved source of comfort and awe to
lege’s African-American Cultural provides a homelike feel to the cen- care and don’t have to travel. but we have enough,” Buckie said. the kids who spend their days at the
Events Celebration Feb. 6 at 7 ter. One problem with military fami- The CDC has hermit crabs, ger- CDC.
p.m. Powell, a native of Jersey
City, is a Writing Fellow for the
Joint Center for Political and Eco-
nomic Studies. Tickets are $10 for
the general public and $5 for BCC
students with valid IDs. For more
for big sale
information call 894-9311 or Stephen Melly, Fort Dix
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1338. DoD Police chief and
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and director of Public Safe-
Willingboro Public Library will ty, center, joins troop
co-sponsor an afternoon of arts members of the Fort
and culture Feb. 9 from 2:30 to 5 Dix Girl Scouts of
p.m. at 220 Willingboro Parkway. America Brownies and
Admission is free. For more infor-
mation call 877-6668 or visit Junior Troop numbers
www.willingboro.org 24286 and 22045 as
Ten local African-American they kick off the annual
artists will display their paintings Girl Scout Cookie Sale.
and photography at the Center for Also pictured is Chyrle
the Arts in Southern New Jersey, Wohlman, the junior
123 South Elmwood Road, Marl- troop leader. Profits
ton, Feb. 4-25. Admission is free.
For more information and hours from cookies sales sup-
of operation call (856) 985-1009 port troop activities and
or visit www.CFASNJ.com outings.
6 The Post
February 1, 2008
Family leaves three-generation legacy at Dix
Europe, where a daughter was immigrant,” John said. Transportation Unit, Training
Lisa Evans born. After Germany, he “I wanted to follow in the Support Battalion (TSB),
Public Affairs Staff returned to Fort Dix. Horan footsteps of Grandfather and where he is a Senior OCT
trained some of the first Sol- Uncle,” Robert said. “It would (Observer Controller Trainer).
Three generations of ser- diers going to Viet Nam. John be hard not to succeed with John ensures trainers are doing
geants from the same family was born, a son who would fol- two role models like that. It’s their job properly. He has
have served the US Army at low in his father’s footsteps. At good to have role models. With worked all three lanes of
Fort Dix. Sgt. 1st Class Horan’s retirement in 1959, my parents divorce, I never had Range 86: Trained Mounted
William Horan trained troops Fort Dix held a military parade a father. My grandparent was IED Convoys, Trained
on Ranges named for the bat- and presented him with an my father. They (grandfather Unmounted IED, IMT Lanes
tles he participated in during Army Commendation Medal and Uncle John) were looking (Individual Movement Tech-
World War II. Sgt. 1st Class signed and seconded by the out for me and making sure I niques) and thoroughly enjoys
John Horan, 2/309th, Observer South Vietnamese government. did the right things, stayed in his job.
Controller Trainer (OCT) is In talking about the medals school and all that,” Robert Robert says that when John
Active Guard Reserve (AGR) and recognition William Horan Lisa Evans
A FAMILY AFFAIR - said. received his Sgt. 1st Class pro-
at Fort Dix training the trainers received, John said he under- Robert did follow his uncle motion, he made his Staff Ser-
on the Individual Movement stood why his father didn’t Sergeants 1st Class John geant promotion. There was
and his grandfather and has
Techniques/Improvised Explo- speak much about the medals. Horan, above left, and now been in the army 12 years. no spot for him to advance to
sive Device (IMT/IED) course “It’s always good to be rec- nephew Robert Horan He was in the 10th Mounted Sgt. 1st Class in his unit, so he
at Range 86. Sgt. 1st Class ognized for what you do, what are both trainers on the Division in Somalia, followed John over to the
Robert Horan, 2/309th, your soldiers do. It’s the sol- ranges at Fort Dix. The Mogadishu when Blackhawk 2/309th. Now Robert is Non-
NCOIC, dismounted lane diers around you though, not elder Horan’s father, Down occurred. Stationed at Commissioned Officer in
(IMT/IED), Range 86, trains what you do yourself,” John Mogadishu University Installa- Charge (NCOIC) of Dismount-
said with a shrug. Then he
William Horan, served
troops preparing to go to battle. tion, Robert drove ambulances ed Lane Range 86, and says he
Young William Horan, an added, “You do step up to get at Fort Dix during World has trained in excess of 20,000
in Support of the 122nd and
Irish immigrant, lived in Hell’s these things, and he did.” War 11. At right, William 187th Infantry as a medic. In soldiers. John says he has
Kitchen New York after his A supervisor with the Fed- Horan stands next to his the Reserve one year and active trained in excess of 25,000 sol-
family came to the United eral Reserve Bank of New York new bride in 1937. four years with a break from diers during his time at the
States through Canada. With in Currency Verification and Robert and John credit 1995 to 2001, Robert rejoined 309th.
the depression finally ending, Destruction, John has been William’s service in the one week prior to 9/11. John Sitting together, the two
at the age of twenty-four, employed at the bank since planned on leaving the Sergeants say they started out
1978 but took military leave in
Army as inspiring their
William joined the service in Reserve, but stayed when as first aid trainers, their first
1937. Leaving his wife behind 1979 and has been with the decision to serve their posting at Fort Dix, but were
Robert rejoined, saying now
with a lovely wedding photo to military since. Now stationed country as well. courtesy photo he will stay 30 years. tasked at night to be medical
show her friends, the press of at Fort Dix himself, John feels father figure except his grand- experience. He would always When 9/11 occurred, both coverage support for the For-
war took him to Africa in 1942. pride and wonder as he sees the father and his Uncle John, who talk about when he got hit and Robert and John were the first ward Operating Base (FOB)
A highly decorated soldier, names of the places his father was like a brother to him. Lis- had shrapnel metal in his leg, to call their unit. “We volunteer before there was a medical
Horan invaded North Africa fought in as he drives through tening to his grandfather talk, though. You could feel it,” within the unit to do anything, corps at FOB.With the Lawson
with the first invasion forces, the ranges and training areas of he realized the accomplish- John said. looking for any mission to go Medical Support Element at
fighting the Desert Fox, Erwin Fort Dix, the same places listed ments he had attained in the When he was asked why he on active duty. They actually the JRC taking over the first
Rommel, and participating in in his father’s book. A military. Although Horan didn’t have the shrapnel taken did give us a mission. They aid stations at the FOB, they
the German defeat at El Reservist for 28 years, John rarely discussed his military out, he told the boys that back sent us to Wurtzburg, Ger- both moved over to the
Alamein. A seasoned Soldier, enlisted in 1979, and has experience, his medals certi- in those days they just left it in many,” John said. IMT/IED and still train sol-
after Africa, Horan was with served non-stop since then. fied his accomplishments. The if it wasn’t bothering you. Robert and John worked diers in first aid at the
forces invading Sicily and Because he feels strongly cousins used to look at the When John became a medic, side by side, both medics in the IMT/IED.
Anzio Beach, where he about his country and the medals and talk together, ask- his father called him a pill Reserve, and deployed togeth- Both men have sons and a
received two Bronze Stars with Army, he insisted he be sent to ing their grandmother about pusher, grabbed his hand and er with the NY Unit 4220th daughter and both say neither
Valor, and was wounded in bat- Iraq in 2005 so that he could the war. put it on his leg and asked, Army Hospital of Long Island will push their children to the
tle for which he received a Pur- understand what he was train- John agreed, saying his “What are you going to do to Germany for nine months. military. Both agree that is a
ple Heart for shrapnel imbed- ing his soldiers to perform. In father never discussed events about that?” John says he just In Germany, John was Platoon choice they will leave to their
ded in his leg at Valmontone, Iraq for four months, with Task of the war. The two boys got laughed. Sergeant of the 67th Command children, the same choice they
Italy. Suffering from malaria, Force Troy, he trained Coali- more from John’s mother, With his father’s death, Support Hospital with 212 were given.
he lost all of his belongings on tion forces – Koreans, Aus- Robert’s grandmother. John requested a Full Honor Soldiers under his command John and Robert wear their
the way home from Italy, only tralians, and others, in Counter “He had his nightmares; Guard at his burial. The speed in13 departments. Later, the father’s and grandfather’s dog
an Italian phrase book chroni- IED Training and came back jumped up when anyone tried with which the request was 4220th came to Fort Dix with tags, one each of the round
cling his military career sur- with deep respect for the Sol- to awaken him,” John said. granted told John and Robert a the 78th Division, where the disks declaring William Horan
vived in his pocket. In the diers stationed in Iraq. “He was in World War II for lot about the type of man their Horans had two drills and have a Soldier. Pulling the dog tags
book, he listed every battle he William’s grandson, Robert two years, you know what that father and grandfather was. been mobilized ever since. out, they proudly display the
fought. Horan, lived with his grandpar- does.” “It’s hard to be bad when Most of John’s career has dented circles of metal that
Following World War II, ents in New York throughout “Pop, he was the real deal. wearing a father’s uniform. He been in medical units, but his mutely testify to a man who
Horan was stationed in Ger- his childhood. With his par- He always had a very quiet was very proud of the Army. experience in training and gave not just twenty-two years
many during the Occupation of ent’s divorcing early, he had no composure as to his military Especially being an Irish supervision was needed for the to the US Army, but a legacy.
February 1, 2008 7
pledges to add
chief of chaplains, said last
Elizabeth M. Lorge year. “We visit the bishops, we
Army News Service visit Catholic seminaries and
schools and communities so
WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, we can make them aware…of
2008 – During his installation the need to provide for the spir-
Friday, the new archbishop of itual needs of the Catholic men
the Military Services pledged and women who maybe don’t
to help fix a critical shortage of have the opportunity to find a
Catholic chaplains. church nearby or drive some-
Archbishop Timothy P. where.
Broglio was given his staff of “I think the most valuable
office during an afternoon thing we can do is tell the story
mass at the Basilica of the of the great need and the
National Shrine of the Immac- opportunities to provide min-
ulate Conception in the istry in the military…We have
nation's capital. a Consider the Call weekend in
The Archdiocese of the Mil- October, in which we chal-
itary Services serves 375,000 lenge our military congrega-
military Catholics worldwide. tions, especially the Catholic
It was created by Pope John congregations, about number
Pvt. Angela McKenzie Paul II in 1985 from the Mili- one: ‘Are there some of you in
Life’s no beach for clean-up crew tary Vicarate, but has no semi-
nary and no power to ordain
the ranks who, you obviously
know the military and how
Pvt. Vincent Zoccolillo, Company E, 1st Battalion., 72nd Armor Regiment., works alongside Korean men into the priesthood or as important it is, maybe God’s
nationals while cleaning up the oil spill at Mallipo Beach, Taean, South Korea. military chaplains. It relies on calling you to be a chaplain?
local bishops to lend priests to "Then we get them more
serve with the military, but the information and let them see
Government seeks civilian linguists shortage of Catholic priests
nationwide has resulted in an
even-more-critical gap in the
the chaplaincy up close," said
Carver, "...Some of our
Catholic leadership – senior
said Robert O. Slater, director Vietnamese in families that Initiative President Bush pro- military. noncommissioned officers and
John J. Kruzel of the National Security Edu- needed a lot of support,” Slater posed a year ago. In a press conference after senior leadership – volunteer to
American Forces Press cation Program, which admin- said. “It was difficult to find Gail H. McGinn, deputy the installation mass, Arch- go out to their particular dioce-
Service isters NLSC. people -- especially profes- undersecretary of defense for bishop Timothy P. Broglio said ses, bishops or congregations
“We’ve recognized in the sionals -- who understood the plans, oversees the Defense his biggest goal is to get more to share the importance of faith
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, past five to 10 years that lan- Vietnamese language and cul- Department’s foreign-area offi- chaplains, saying they are and having a priest in the con-
2008 – Don’t be surprised to guage skills are a difficult ture enough to guide the dis- cer program, a linguistics ini- “desperately needed.” text of the military. So we’re
see a poster featuring a white- commodity to find in the Unit- placed populations through the tiative that embeds cultural and About 300 active-duty working it hard.”
goateed Uncle Sam in a star- ed States,” he said. “The con- maze of regulations and issues linguistic specialists with mili- Catholic chaplains military- Studniewski said the efforts
spangled top hat, his index fin- cept of a corps would be one that would be required for tary members in their region of wide minister to 1.4 million of Recruiting Command, the
ger jutting through the canvas that identifies this kind of them to deal with.” expertise. men and women worldwide renewed interest of the chief of
above a row of block letters expertise and warehouses it, Had a cadre of critical lin- In an interview with Ameri- and the military needs about chaplains and the commitment
that read: “ X B ” -- “I Want because we never know when guists deployed as part of the can Forces Press Service last 800 priests, according to Julia of Broglio are bringing him
You.” we’ll need it; we never know Federal Emergency Manage- month, McGinn said language Rota, director of communica- hope, and he believes the Army
Starting today, Uncle Sam what disaster will strike.” ment Agency response, the has a unique ability to connect tions for the archdiocese. is turning a corner when it
wants skilled speakers of Russ- People in population left U.S. operators with their for- Lt. Col. Gary Studniewski, comes to recruiting priests.
ian, Mandarin Chinese, the Southeast The Pentagon has culturally eign counterparts and local a priest and the vocations and “The most positive thing in
Swahili or any other of 10 r e m e m b e r begun working with marooned civilians. retention officer at the Army’s all this, I think, is Archbishop
“critical languages,” to join a Aug. 25, 2005, Congress on establish- might have “To be able to communicate Office of the Chief of Chap- Broglio,” he said. “He can be
Defense Department pilot pro- as the day ing a budget for lan- recovered with the people, to understand lains, said that the Army cur- agent with his fellow bishops
gram designed to build a cadre H u r r i c a n e guage corps recruiting, with greater what they’re saying, to under- rently has 92 active-duty to engender their support. I
of trained linguists. Katrina bat- fluency. stand what they’re thinking, to Catholic chaplains, and he believe there are priests ready,
By 2010, the National Lan- tered their training and compensa- To shore understand what their habits expects to have 100 by the end willing and able to serve if they
guage Service Corps hopes to homes, flood- tion disbursed to volun- up foreign are and the correct way to of the summer. This small had permission from their
amass a pool of 1,000 civilian ed cities and teers called to serve. language gaps interact with people is incredi- increase continues the upward bishops.”
language experts, willing to altered the within the U.S. bly important,” she noted. trend of the past couple of “Many have asked about
volunteer their foreign tongues course of their lives in a government, the Defense The cooperation among fed- years, but isn’t enough as the past military experience in my
on behalf of the United States national crisis exacerbated by Department will establish an eral agencies, Congress and the Army needs at least a couple background,” Broglio said dur-
if an immediate national need demolished phone lines, power elite community of speakers -- White House on linguistic ini- hundred. ing his homily. “There is none.
arises. outages and downed Internet known as the “dedicated pool” tiatives underscores the He added that only 25 While I recognize the new and
“The concept of the lan- networks. But in addition to a -- and assign linguistic units to increasingly prominent role priests, both active duty and specialized ministry to which I
guage corps really appeared crippled communications specific government agencies. language skills play in U.S. reserve component, are have been called, the Holy
because there was a recogni- infrastructure, a swath of the In addition, the current U.S.- missions at home and abroad. deployed to Iraq and Father’s task was to provide a
tion that there’s simply no way affected population was made wide dearth of organized criti- “Deficits in foreign lan- Afghanistan, so some Soldiers pastor. I offer you almost 32
the federal government -- or incommunicado for another cal linguists would be filled by guage learning and teaching may go weeks or even months years of ordained ministerial
for that matter, state or local reason. the “national pool,” consisting negatively affect our national without mass or sacraments. experience.
governments -- can ever plan “We know from a lot of of a broader array of talent to security, diplomacy, law Nor does Arlington Ceme- “I promise to offer the best
and program their work force postmortems that have been be called upon during times of enforcement, intelligence com- tery have a full-time Army that I have to the faithful who
to address all the language done on Katrina that there were need. munities and cultural under- priest. Studniewski added that have been entrusted to my pas-
issues that might come up,” 50,000 to 100,000 displaced “Long term, the department standing,” a National Security he and other local chaplains are toral care,” he continued. He
will need to work with Con- Language Initiative fact sheet able to cover most of the time offered thanks and prayers for
gress on establishing authori- on the State Department Web and praised Arlington, but both deployed and wounded
zation and appropriation for site says. “The NSLI will dra- called the situation “heart- servicemembers and veterans,
the permanently established matically increase the number rending.” The situation high- and later sent them a message
corps. That will be critical to of Americans learning critical lights the importance of of courage and patience.
the future of the corps,” he need foreign languages … recruitment, he said, because Broglio said that he intends
added. through new and expanded with eight new priests, this to follow in the footsteps of his
The NLSC program is a programs from kindergarten post should be filled within a predecessor, Archbishop
component of the Defense through university and into the year. Edwin O’Brien, and spend as
Department’s comprehensive work force.” “We have a very robust much time as possible with ser-
language roadmap and the For more information or to recruiting effort…” Maj. Gen. vicemembers and their Fami-
National Security Language volunteer, call (800) 729-6572. Douglas L. Carver, the Army’s lies.
“A pastor has to be with his
flock. It just so happens that
my flock is all over the world,”
February 1, 2008 9
PAIO director scampers off to retirement idyll
Public Affairs Staff
Richard Fliss, director of the
Plans, Analysis, and Integration
Office (PAIO), retires today,
ending 34 years of federal serv-
ice with nearly 20 years spent at
His dynamic intellect and
hard charges through budget
processes here will be sorely
“What can I say about Mr.
Richard Fliss!” exclaims
Pamela Sutton-Browning, lead
manager and program analyst at
PAIO, who’s known Fliss dur-
ing all his time here.
“I have worked for Rich for Wanda James
many years... (he) has always FINAL SALUTE -- Richard Fliss, left, is feted at a going- file photo by Sgt. Jackie Cipriano
been an easy person to commu- away luncheon held this week at the swanky Lamberti’s by NEWSWORTHY -- The Oct. 28,
nicate with, especially when Steve Snyder his wife Connie, who works at DPTM-S, and by workers in 1988 issue of the Post newspaper
you needed his guidance and/or Richard Fliss featured the new DRM director,
just wanted to chat. What I ad-
the Plans, Analysis, Integration Office (PAIO) (l-r) Andre
mire most about Rich is that he retiring PAIO Director Nixon, Molly Libby and Pamela Sutton-Browning. Richard Fliss, above.
has always given his personnelphotos courtesy of the Fliss family unless otherwise stated
the ‘opportunities’ to excel in
observes. Rich never had anything but his
whatever they were doing.” “All of us in PAIO have employees’ best interests in his
“Not all employers have that
known for quite some time that heart! He has taught me
quality,!” Sutton-Browning em-
Rich wanted to retire and to through all the years working
phasizes. start giving back to society for him that when opportunities
“As a reward, smile, you’d
what has been so graciously or challenges come knocking at
receive additional taskings from
(given) to him. Volunteer work your door, don’t be fearful but
him because Rich valued yourlooks like Rich’s employment accept them and do the best job
work and work ethic. Who for the future,” Pamela says. by exceeding your expecta-
could ask for a better compli- “In retrospect, I believe most tions!”
ment from your supervisor,” she
of us in the PAIO realize that “Do this and you will come
out a winner and you can look
yourself in the mirror and
smile,” Pamela concludes.
Fliss was the director of Re-
source Management here from
September 1988 to February Rich in middle school
2004 when he took over at
“I loved the people at Fort
Dix,” Fliss says. “While I was
never an admirer of upper man-
agement here I did enjoy work-
ing with the employees,” he
DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S.A.F. notes. By all indications that FERAL FELINES -- Fliss and Bill Howard check
MILITARY HUB -- A southwest view of the Penta- feeling was mutual. a hearty
Team Dix extends
the status of a trapped cat snagged in Fort Dix’s
gon with the Potomac River and Washington Mon- hail and farewell to Richard feral cat program, keeping Fort Dix safe from
ument in the background. Richard Fliss worked Fliss. saber-toothed predators.
seven years at this nerve center for the America’s
military. The Pentagon is the headquarters for the
Department of Defense (DoD) in Arlington, Va.
and is among the world’s largest office buildings.
The five-sided edifice houses approximately 23,000
military and civilian employees along with about
3,000 non-defense personnel. Corridors inside total ALL THAT JAZZ --
17.5 miles. Rich played first trom-
bone for the jazz band at
Springdale High School
(Pittsburgh area) that
won state honors in the
GRANDPA’S DELIGHT -- Rich holds one of his
pride and joys, his (now)2-year-old granddaughter
Alyssa. Seven-month-old Chloe is the other apple
of his eye and they both live in the area. Fliss
expects to be KO’ed in retirement; K for kids and
O for spending time in his boat on the ocean. He SAILIN’ -- Every captain of a ship needs a good deck hand and Richard Fliss WEDDING BELLS --
can’t wait. found his first mate a long time ago. Candles shimmer in the
foreground as Connie
becomes Mrs. Fliss in
ALL IN THE FAMILY --
The Fliss’ tour a mine in
STANDING OUT -- Richard Fliss piled up both experience and recognition in over 30 years working for DoD agencies. At top Slovakia, Rich’s ances-
left, Fliss stands in the middle amid associates from the Army Auditing Agency in Philadelphia where he worked for the greater tral home. His grandfa-
part of 1976. On the right, Fliss accepts congratulations from a supervisor at the Piscatinny Arsenal in New Jersey where he spent ther was a miner in
four productive years from March 1976 to December 1980. Pennsylvania, too.
VIP VISIT -- Director of Resource Management at
POWER PLAYER AT THE PENTAGON -- Richard Fliss receives kudos from the top brass at the Pen- Fort Dix, Richard Fliss, explains operations from
tagon, at left, Maj. Gen. Elton J. Delaune Jr. from the Material Command and, at right, Maj. Gen. Hal the standpoint of a financial manager to visiting
Davis. Fliss worked as a budget analyst at the Pentagon from December 1980 until June 1987. Maj. Gen. Patricia P. Hickerson in June 1997.
10 The Post 1, 2008
Announcements Award-winning, New York actress for 30 years in
Cinema Schedule film, television, Broadway and Off Broadway - Helpful Hotlines United Communities
Create A Critter
754-5139 Elaine Bromka. Discover a menagerie of adorable animals to
McGuire Air Force Base $10 admission includes your choice of teas, coffees Family Advocacy
stuff, dress, and cuddle. From the basic teddy
and desserts. Don’t miss this thought-provoking bear to giraffes and lions, we’ve got them all!
Friday, Feb. 1 @ 7:30 p.m. perspective on the politics of love, devotion, and duty. Chaplain Leasing Office - 723-4290
Great fun for the whole family and you’ll love
Feb. 15 at Club Dix 562-2020 Maintenance Office - last-minute
our low prices. It makes a great724-0500 gift
P.S. I Love You- Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 American Red Cross idea, too.
Maintenance Scheduling, Progress,
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Holly Kennedy is beautiful, smart and married Little League Baseball registration begins Feb. 18, Hearts For Heroes
to the love of her life--a passionate, funny and
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impetuous Irishman named Gerry. So when
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retired military. Come in anytime and paint a
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thing he planned ahead. Before he died, Gerry Tuesday, Feb. 12 Framing Qualification Classes
Hearts Apart Child/Spouse Abuse
wrote Holly a series of letters that will guide Oct. 17, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
her, not only through her grief but in rediscov- 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 562-6001 Fort Dix/McGuire Residential Re-
Oct. 13, 9 - 11:30 a.m.
ering herself. The first message arrives on Emergencies fuse to use this great facility and
Get qualified Collection Schedule
ACS Bldg. 5201 911
Holly's 30th birthday in the form of a cake and, equipment! You will complete one piece (cost
to her utter shock, a tape recording from Gerry, Providence House hotline of which is not MONDAY registration fee)
who proceeds to order her to get out and cele- Wednesday, Feb. 13 871-7551 McGuire must
about 8”x10” which you AFB supply as you
brate herself. In the weeks and months that fol- Personal Financial Readiness NJ Domestic Violence hotline learn to operate the equipment. All materials are
3800’s & 3900’s
low, more letters from Gerry are delivered in 5 - 6 p.m. 800 572-SAFE available for purchase at the frame shop.
surprising ways, each sending her on a new $10 fee plus materials
adventure and each signing off in the same way:
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Stop by to learn about all kinds of framing tech-
brief nudity Newcomers Orientation 754-9672 niques. In no time you’ll be framing your own
Run time: 126 minutes 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. THURSDAY
photographs, paintings and posters.
ACS Bldg. 5201 Arts and Crafts McGuire AFB
Saturday, Feb. 2 @ 7:30 p.m. 4000’s EXCEPT 4013-4027
National Treasure: Book of Secrets - Nicolas Bldg. 6039 Philadelphia Street 4200’s EXCEPT 4252-4260
Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Youth Center
Helen Mirren, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel - When FRIDAY
562-5061 Hours of Operation:
a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes
Bldg. 1279 Locust Street Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. McGuire AFB
Booth surfaces, Benjamin Franklin Gates'
(Nicolas Cage) great-great grandfather is sud- Wednesday to Thursday from noon - 4013-4027
denly implicated as a key conspirator in Abra- Hours of Operation: 5 p.m. and 6 - 8:45 p.m. 4252-4260
ham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his Friday from 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. 4300’s, 4400’s and 4500’s
ancestor's innocence , Ben follows an interna- Tuesday - Friday from 2-7 p.m.
Saturday from 1-7 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
tional chain of clues that takes him on a chase
from Paris to London and ultimately back to Sunday & Monday CLOSED *** IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU
America. This journey leads Ben and his crew Programs ONLY PUT TRASH OUT ON YOUR
not only to surprising revelations--but to the Administrative Hours: Adult Craft Classes SCHEDULED DAY. THIS HELPS KEEP
trail of the world's most treasured secrets. Tuesday - Friday from noon-6 p.m. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN***
MPAA Rating: PG -some violence and action Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
Run time: 130 minutes Feb. 7...........Hand-Painting Ceramics for Your
Weekly Schedule Feb. 14 & 2.........Hand-Painted Keepsake Boxes
RECYCLING IS PICKED UP EVERY
Future Features... (2 session class) - $10
Friday, Feb. 1
One Missed Call Photo Club Kids Craft Classes *IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ONLY
Friday, Feb. 8 @ 7:30 p.m. 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 - 4 p.m. RECYCLABLES ARE PUT IN YEL-
PG-13, 87 minutes. Feb. 2..............Easy Batik Fabric Resist Dyeing LOW/BLUE RECYCLING BINS*
Power Hour Store
The Water Horse: 2:30 - 4 p.m. Feb. 9 & 23..............African Printmaking Class
Legend of the Deep Computer Lab (2 session class) - $10 GREEN WASTE IS PICKED UP EVERY
$5 pre-registration fee
Saturday, Feb. 9 @ 7:30 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. MONDAY AND TUESDAY.
PG, 112 minutes. Career Mentoring for other classes call Arts & Crafts
6 - 7 p.m. 562-5691 Veterinary Clinic
Chapel Services Keystone Club
6 -8 p.m. Krafty Birthdays The Fort Dix/McGuire Veterinary Treatment
562-2020 Arts & Crafts offers Krafty Birthday Parties! Facility has February appointments available
Saturday, Feb. 2 Parties include up to 2 hours of party room use, Feb. 5-7, 12, 20 and 25. Your animal must be
Sunday Services Open Rec. one craft project with instruction and all mate- registered prior to being scheduled for an
Protestant.........................9-10 a.m. rials, with many exciting projects to choose appointment.
Catholic Mass.........10:15-11:15 a.m. 3:30 - 7 p.m. from. When making party reservations, please Clinic hours are Monday through Friday,
Gospel..................11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Midnight B-Ball make sure to stop by in order to select the craft 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Call Dawn at
Teens and Guests ONLY and make payment. 562-6636 with any questions.
Camp Victory - Chaplain’s tent 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Hour of Power
Protestant........................8-9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4
Catholic...........................8-9 a.m. EARLY DISMISSAL
Mormon.........................8-9 a.m. Open Rec.
Jewish.............................8-9 a.m. 2 - 7 p.m.
Wednesday Services Power Hour WDIX WDIX
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Commander’s Commander’s
Main Chapel Computer Lab Channel 2 Channel 2
Protestant 7:30-8:30 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m.
Post Shuttle Bus Burger King
Religious Services Tuesday, Feb. 5 562-5888 723-8937
Islamic Prayer room
EARLY DISMISSAL Monday to Sunday -- 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Bldg. 5399, Texas Avenue
open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Open Rec. During the day Starr Tour buses are Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday - Room 24 2 - 7 p.m. used, in evening the military Bluebird Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Catholic Adult Bible Study Power Hour buses are run.
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. Java Cafe & Computer Lab @Club Dix
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Dix Shoppette/Class Six/ 723-3272
Christian Women of the Chapel -
Bible Study - Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Computer Lab Gas Station Monday - Friday - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Christian Men of the Chapel - 4 - 6 p.m. 723-0044 Saturday-Sunday -Closed.
Prayer Breakfast - Fourth Saturday of each Bldg. 5359, Texas Avenue
month, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 Monday to Friday - 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. McGuire Gas Station
Youth of the Chapel EARLY DISMISSAL Weekends - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 723-4705
Every second and fourth Tuesday Open Rec. East Arnold Avenue by th 24-hour gate
7 to 9 p.m. BX/PX & Mall Monday to Friday -- 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2 - 7 p.m. 723-6100 Saturday -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Jewish services available by request Sports & Fitness Monday to Thursday - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday -- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
**Special Events** 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday - 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Power Hour Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spouses’ Club Thrift Shop
Gospel Youth & Teen Ministry will hold their 723-2683
11th Annual Black History Month Service 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Celebration on Saturday, February 2 at 4 Commissary Tuesday and Thursdays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Computer Lab 754-4154 First Wednesday of the month - 4 to 8 p.m.
p.m. 4 - 6 p.m.
Everyone is invited to attend, dinner will be Monday to Friday - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. First and 3rd Saturday of each month - 10
served. Saturday - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7 Sunday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Black History Month National Read-In, special EARLY DISMISSAL Outdoor Recreation
guest author Howie Mack, author of “Why am
Open Rec. Military Clothing/Sales 562-6667
I Black” Monday, February 4, 12 to 1 p.m. Store-Alterations Bldg. 6045 Doughboy Loop
Admission is free and refreshments will be 2 - 7 p.m. 723-2307 Rentals include skis, snowboards, ca-
served. Please call 562-2666 if you would like Technology Club Bldg. 5601, Texas Avenue noes, tents, tables, chairs and more.
to attend. 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Catholic Mass Power Hour Sunday - Closed. Saturday 4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6, 6 p.m. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Firestone Club Dix
Stations of the Cross Computer Lab 723-0464 723-3272
Every Friday, February 8 - March 14, 6 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. Bldg. 4201 on Texas Avenue Dix Cafe
Monday to Friday - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Valentine Dinner Dance Saturday - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Revolutions Lounge
Wednesday, February 13, 6 p.m. Dining Facilities Recreation Center
Opens 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday
For additional services or Religious Support Karaoke every Thursday at 8 p.m.
Bldg. 5610 Open Every Day 562-4956
please call 562-2020 Breakfast 6-7:30 a.m. Bldg. 5905 on Doughboy Loop Fort Dix Post Office
Religious materials are available at the JRC, Lunch 11:30-1 p.m. Monday through Friday - 1 to 10 p.m. 723-1541
the Main Chapel, and Camp Victory Dinner 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday - noon to 11 p.m. 6038 West 9th Street
AT&T Cyber Zone offers computer Monday to Friday -- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bldg. 5986 Open Every Day access for a fee Saturday -- 9:00 a.m. to noon
MWR presents Breakfast 6-7:30 a.m. Lobby hours
Lunch 11:30-1 p.m. McGuire Shoppette Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tea for Three Dinner 4:30-6 p.m. 723-4705
A one woman show that reveals intimate portraits East Arnold Avenue by the 24-hour gate Army Community Service
about three remarkable First Ladies; Lady Bird Meal Rates: Breakfast - $2.10 Monday to Thursday -- 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 562-2767
Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. We will discov- Lunch - $3.85 Dinner - $3.85 Friday -- 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bldg. 5201 Maryland Avenue
er what each of them thought about “the hardest PT uniforms are not to be worn when eating Saturday -- 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Community Newcomer’s Orientation held
unpaid job in the world.” Performed by Emmy at Fort Dix dining facilities Sunday -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month
February 1, 2008 11
Teens help young moms
Public Affairs Staff
Members of the Keystone
Club donated baby clothes and
items for newborns to teen
mothers in the Capable Ado-
lescent Mothers program in
Willingboro Jan. 25.
The Keystone Club is a non-
profit program attached to the
Boys and Girls Clubs of Amer-
ica at the Fort Dix Youth Cen-
ter for teens 14 to 18 who
desire to grow in the areas of
leadership and citizenship.
“We collected the newborn
baby clothes for young moth-
ers in the Crossroads Program
– Capable Adolescent Mothers
as part of a national service
project for the Boys and Girls
Clubs of America,” said Javan-
ni Al-Amin, Keystone Club
“I knew if I were in the
same situation I would appreci-
ate others going out of their
way to help me when they did-
n’t need to,” Al-Amin added. Wayne Cook
“It feels good to give to oth- WELL-SPENT YOUTH -- Youth members of the
ers who are in need and will be
very excited to get the gifts for Keystone Club, a program within the Boys and Girls
their babies,” said Devan Holl- Clubs of America that fosters the growth of leader-
photos by Shawn Morris iday, club vice-president.
ship and citizenship skills in teens, collected and
The Capable Adolescent donated clothes and baby articles for newborns of
Yellow banners abound Mothers program was estab-
lished to address the needs of
homeless, pregnant and moth-
teenage mothers in the Crossroads Programs Inc.,
Capable Adolescent Mothers program in Willing-
boro. The youth’s participation was one way they
Lt. Col. John Faron, 1st ering teens and their infants. It
is designed to promote healthy celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Lt. Matt Goodwin, Com-
mothers and healthy babies by The program’s goal is to items for the babies to support
mand Sgt. Maj. Steve offering a safe, supportive empower pregnant and parent- the Boys and Girls Club’s ini-
Lyczak and 1st Sgt. home environment for 10 teen ing teen mothers to adequately tiative – ‘Celebrating Martin
Glenn Roach of the mothers and their babies. In parent their children and to Luther King Jr. Day with a
327th Military Police addition to housing, the pro- transition to independent living Basket of Love for Babies.’
Battalion, from left gram provides intensive par- as productive, contributing They did a great job and can be
above, display their enting and life-skills training. members of the community. proud of their accomplish-
unit’s yellow banner The teens must attend school “Our club members donated ment,” said Cheryl Sherving-
and/or work part-time. clothes and blankets and other ton, adult advisor to the club.
during a ceremony at
Griffith Field House
Jan. 29, while Maj. Tim
Horton and Sgt. 1st
Service members can now
Class David Zerbe of the
215th Mobile Public
track lost mail via e-mail
from left at right, do the ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 25, 2008 -- Are you will contact the service member to positively
same. The yellow ban- a military member who has deployed or rede- identify the owner and ship the item to the
ployed overseas, and are still waiting on your recipient should it be found.
ners will be displayed footlocker, duffel bag, or parcel to arrive? “The best way to ensure your package is
above Infantry Park There is now an e-mail address to inquire delivered, in the event the address label is lost
along with others repre- about or claim mail that has yet to arrive and or destroyed, would be to enclose the mailing
senting units that have was sent more than 60 days from the date of address information on the inside of each par-
mobilized through Fort mailing. Military members and their families cel,” said Tech. Sgt Steven L. Bennett, mail
Dix in support of the can now e-mail the Military Postal Service recovery coordinator for MPSA.
Global War on Terror- Agency (MPSA) at email@example.com. Address information can be typed or legibly
Please include the following details in your written on a piece of 8 ½ X 11 bond paper or a
ism. When the units e-mail to MPSA: Phone number, e-mail 3 x 5 index card, and it must include the com-
return, the yellow ban- address, rank, first and last name, mailing plete address information of the mailer and
ners are returned to the address, return address, any insured, certified, recipient. This will help postal employees deter-
unit members to keep as registered or confirmation number (if applica- mine who the article belongs to and provide
reminders of their serv- ble), date of mailing, type of container used for them an address to forward your items.
ice. The yellow banner mailing, a detailed description of the container “This is just one example of the Department
program is managed by contents, and any additional information that of Defense doing what we can to better serve
could be used to help identify your item such as those that serve the American people - our Sol-
the Mobilization Readi- distinctive marking. diers and families,” said Col. David Ernst, Mil-
ness Battalion. Once the information is received, MPSA itary Postal Service Agency deputy director.
12 The Post
February 1, 2008
All-Army soccer team visits Pentagon sistant at Fort Myer, took his
Afghanistan the day he was
Dennis Ryan supposed to report to tryout
club to the Pentagon Tuesday
Army News Service prior to the Armed Forces soc-
camp at Fort Eustis, Va.
''I haven't had a chance to do
cer tournament which begins
FORT MYER, Va. (Jan. 25, Feb. 1.
anything other than play soc-
2008) -- The Army forms a soc- Team members met with
cer," he said of the two or three
cer team somewhat similar to Secretary of the Army Pete
times a day workouts. ''It's been
other organizations. Prospects Geren, Army Chief of Staff
relaxing. I got to go home for a
are identified and notified to Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and
few hours. It's been a great ex-
show up for a tryout camp. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth
perience. I've been learning a
Only in the Army, though, Preston.
lot. I'm glad I have an opportu-
would a prospective player go nity to take part." Mendez has been the coach
directly from the battlefield to of the all Army squad for 12
More than 80 percent of the
the playing field. years. He played soccer profes-
players are combat veterans.
Staff Sgt. Michael Artis, a sionally in Mexico from the age
The coach, Sgt. 1st Class
forward, returned from of 15 to 30. ''I came to play soc-
Agustin Mendez, a chaplain as-
cer in the U.S.," he said. ''I
joined the Army instead."
The coach starts with about
30 players and winnows them
down to 18. Army has won the
inter-service championship for Tim Hipps
two consecutive years. They PEP TALK -- Members of the 2008 All-Army soccer team meet with Secretary
will play the Navy, Air Force
and Marines twice each at
of the Army Pete Geren in his office Jan. 22 at the Pentagon. The All-Army
Cherry Point, N.C. Feb. 1-6. Team is training for the 2008 Armed Forces Men's Soccer Championship Tour-
Old Guard Pfc. Tyler Strat- nament Jan. 31 through Feb. 6 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
ford, 20, a center-midfield is the Army a year ago I would be played the local nationals. I like at Fort Hood.
youngest player on the team. playing soccer." this. No complaints. I'd rather ''I'm very impressed with the
''I've been playing soccer Staff Sgt. Jose Alfaro, a na- run here two times a day, rather standard of players," he said. ''If
since I could walk," Stratford tive of El Salvador, was in Iraq than in 140 degrees over there." they could be kept together,
said. ''I was surprised I even got six months ago and has played Assistant coach David Jones they could compete with any
Adan Skoczylas invited to the tryouts, having
on three all-Army squads. has a prestigious soccer pedi- MLS (Major League Soccer)
ONE OF THE TEAM -- Army Chief of Staff Gen. not played junior college or col- ''When I first enlisted, I gree. He played from the age of team. We've got some good
George Casey Jr. examines a jersey given to him by lege ball. I feel very fortunate. asked if there was an Army soc- 10 to 16 in Manchester United's players, a mix of veterans and
the All-Army soccer team. I didn't think when I joined the cer team," he said. ''I was going youth program. He came to the new guys."
to get out but coach talked me states to play for the New York- Jones loves his job and
back to play." New Jersey Metro Stars in would love to reenlist and get in
The fullback reenlisted 2000. the nursing program.
while serving in Iraq, so he Jones coached the Philadel- ''It's pretty neat," he said
could play for the Army again. phia Pirates in the now defunct after meeting the brass. ''Not
''In Iraq, we played in an Women's Professional Soccer too many people in the service
open field," he said. ''The engi- League. He joined the Army in get to meet Gen. Casey, Sgt.
neers cleared a little area for us 2006 at the age of 38 and is Maj. Preston and the Secretary
in the dirt. Some-times we now an emergency room medic of the Army."
Griffith Field Griffith Class 6 - 8 a.m.
House Retirees/Dep. Lap Swim
Schedule 10 -11:30 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday
For more information Active Duty/DOD Lap Swim
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
about activities at the Griffith
Field house, or to verify class Recreation Swim
Monday - Friday 1 - 5 p.m.
times, call 562-4888.
6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
-------------------------------------- Monday Saturday
Bowling Cardio Kick Express Lap Swim
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m. - noon
The Fort Dix Bowling Total Toning Recreation Swim
Wildcats win championship Center will remain open while
new lanes are being installed.
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
noon - 6 p.m.
Hydro Aerobic Class
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday - Thursday
The preseason tournament came to an end Jan. 23, with the Wildcats beat- 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Monday - Wednesday
ing FCI to win the championship. The Wildcats, shown above, won’t have Spin-It Hydro Aerobic Class
much time to savor their victory, as the regular season started Jan. 29. Friday 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
5 p.m. - midnight noon - 12:45 p.m.
Intro to Fitness
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
First loss for Nuggets Saturday
10:30 a.m. - midnight
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
The Fort Dix Little League
Baseball Program will be
holding registration Feb. 18 -
The McGuire Spurs handed enough to pull out the win. 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
the Fort Dix Golden Nuggets Anthony Elliot and Hashim March 28. The program is
Thursday open to all family members of
their first loss of the season 22- Russell added two points each. Ultimate Bowling Step & Sculpt
19 in the 11- thru 12-year-old Fort Dix managed to active duty, retired military,
Saturday 8 p.m. - midnight noon - 12:45 p.m. civilian or contract employ-
division Jan. 25. A game of outscore the Spurs in the third Sunday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Pilates Fusion
turnovers and poor shooting quarter, but couldn’t maintain ees.
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Cost to register is $50 for
left both teams with only two the momentum in the final League nights are Tuesday, Friday children 3-15.
points at the end of the first quarter. The Nuggets were Thursday and Friday. Limited
quarter. Spin-It For more information, or
trailing by two points, but with open lanes Tuesdays and Fri-
Trey Calloway, the leading three turnovers and a running noon - 12:45 p.m. to register, call CYS at 562-
days. No open lanes Thurs- 4702 or 562-5231. Chris and
scorer for the Nuggets, had five clock, victory proved to be out days from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
points for the game. Calloway, of reach. Steve at Youth Sports, 562-
who averages 10 points per Coach Robert Williams The Golden Nuggets have a
For more information call Pool Hours 2819 can also provide addi-
562-6895. tional information.
game, could not get a shot to bye this week, but will be back Monday - Friday
fall but came away with five Spurs leading 9-8. in action Feb. 6 when they trav- Military Lap Swim
rebounds and two blocks. It Kyle Kerr and Jalen Hooks el to Pemberton High School
didn’t get any better for either scored four points each to help to play Pemberton #2. Game
team by the half, with the the Nuggets, but it wasn’t time is 8 p.m.