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Columbus Federal V oice

The newspaper of the central Ohio federal community
Vol. XVI, No. 22 Oct. 29, 2008

New anti-terrorism officer urges associates to always be alert
By Tony D’Elia DSCC Public Affairs Specialist Complacency is a terrorist’s best co-conspirator. Just ask Paul J. Batory. Batory is the new antiterrorism/force protection officer at Defense Supply Center Columbus. The former Marine Corps sergeant and Army officer came to DSCC in September after serving as a force protection officer during three tours of duty in Iraq. The Pickerington, Ohio, native and Franklin University graduate has three Bronze Stars. When he arrived in Iraq in 2005, Batory suddenly found himself in a new and challenging job as an antiterrorism officer in a war zone. “I started from ground zero and had to learn on the job,” Batory remembers of his first job at a logistics base in northern Iraq just south of Mosul. He had arrived in-country about a week after the infamous mess hall bombing that killed 22, and took his first training in the green zone in Bagdad. See Anti-terrorism on page 2

(DSCC photo by David Benzing)

DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Robert Dail (right) discusses DRMO Columbus operations with Robert Leslie, area manager for DRMO Columbus, as Dale Bennett, DRMS disposal services director, Central from San Antonio, Texas, listens.

DLA director makes final visit to DSCC
By John Foreman DSCC Public Affairs Office Reutilization and Marketing Office Columbus, DLA Training Center, DLA Human Resources Center Columbus, Outgoing Defense Logistics Agency DLA Enterprise Support Columbus, Director Army Lt. Gen. Robert Dail made DSCC Aviation Detachment, DLA Inforhis final visit to the Defense Supply Cen- mation Systems (J6-C), and DSCC Land, ter Columbus Oct. 10 to say farewell and Maritime, Operations Support, Operathank the workforces at all DLA organitions Center, Procurement and Business zations located on the DSCC installation Process Support and Internal Audit that for their great work. before he retired he wanted to take the Dail is retiring from the Army Jan. 1 time to visit and thank everyone for their after 33 years of service, including two great service to the customer. combat tours. A retirement and farewell The general made short talks and ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 13 at passed out DLA commander’s coins at DLA headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va. various locations throughout the instalDuring his visit to Columbus, he told lation. groups of associates at the Defense See DLA director on page 8

(DSCC photo by Tony D’Elia)

Paul Batory is the new anti-terrorism/force protection officer for the DSCC installation. The former Marine Corps sergeant and Army officer came to DSCC in September after serving as a force protection officer during three tours of duty in Iraq.

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Oct. 29, 2008

Davis to speak at Native American celebration
Anselm G. Davis Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, will be the guest speaker at the defense federal community’s Native American Heritage Month celebration, scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Building 20 auditorium on the DSCC installation. Anselm The celebration G. Davis Jr. will include entertainment by DFAS employee Leonard Napper Jr. and Angela McCoy, a customer account specialist in the DSCC Land directorate. A Native American powwow will also be performed. Davis supports the nation’s 34 tribal colleges and universities, ensuring that they have full access to federal higher education programs. The son of a Navajo father and Choctaw mother, Davis is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. President Bush signed the fiscal 2009 defense budget into law Oct. 14, authorizing a $512 billion base to support military readiThe James Road gate on the ness, as well as $66 billion for DSCC installation is tentatively operations in Iraq and scheduled to close temporarily in Afghanistan. early November for about six The law also authorizes a 3.9 weeks to all vehicular and pedespercent pay raise for service memtrian traffic. The gate will be bers, to take effect Jan. 1. closed to accommodate the conThe budget provides more than struction of a new truck inspec$20 billion to grow the force and tion shelter. provide the equipment, training The Yearling Road North gate and facilities the troops will need. will open and remain open until The Columbus Area Military The new budget will fund efforts work at the James Road gate is Wives Club (CAMWC) will meet for to increase the active Army to complete. The Yearling Road North lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 12. 547,400 soldiers and the Marine gate will become the temporary The luncheon will take place at Corps’ strength to 202,000. truck entrance and will also serve Kensington Place, Lutheran VilThe new budget will strengthen as a passenger vehicle entrance. lage, 1001 Parkview Blvd. in Bexthe National Guard and reserves, ley. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m., providing $49 billion to recruit, train, equip and sustain units followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. For reservations, call 837-6283 or that provide critical military capaThe Federal Executive Associa231-0915 before Nov. 6. bilities both at home and abroad. tion of Columbus and Central Ohio has scheduled its annual two-day training conference for Nov. 24-25 at the Concourse Hotel and Conference Center. The Concourse is located at 4300 International Gateway, near Port Columbus International Airport. This year’s theme for the conference is “Riding the Wave to Professional and Personal Success.” The opening keynote speaker is scheduled to be Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray.

Bush signs fiscal 2009 defense budget into law

James Road gate to close temporarily

Military wives club to hold luncheon

FEA training conference set for Nov. 24-25

Dwight Edward Adams
Dwight Edward Adams, 77, of Baltimore, Ohio, died Oct. 8 at home. Mr. Adams was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and retired as a civilGeorge M. Nickles, 85, ian employee at Newark of Richmond, Ky., and forAir Force Base in 1993. merly of Columbus, Ohio, died Oct. 10. Mr. Nickles was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a retired aeronautical engiElizabeth “Betty” neer at DSCC. Braden, 104, formerly of 83, died Oct. 6 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital. Mr. March was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from DCSC.

Continued from page 1 Shocked Americans wondered how the mess hall tragedy could possibly have happened. Batory says that one of the leaders in the unit had decided that it was no longer necessary to post guards outside the mess hall. Four days after that decision, a 22-year-old Saudi medical student entered the mess hall wearing a flak jacket that was actually a bomb vest. Previously, flak jackets and arms were never permitted inside mess halls. “We know that terrorists study their targets for 60 or more days before an attack,” Batory said. “They look for complacency and that’s when they strike.” For this reason, Batory is a firm believer in anti-terrorism awareness. The police and security personnel are limited in number, but alert DSCC associates can be a force multiplier, Batory believes. He wants associates to report any suspicious behavior or activity to security. To aid in this endeavor, a new anti-terrorism hotline has been established. Anyone having a security concern on the DSCC installation can call 614-692-2113. “One of my responsibilities here is to get back in the minds of people,” he said. “If all employees stay alert and aware of their surroundings, it could go a long way in deterring incidents.” “Anti-terrorism awareness is the responsibility of everyone,” says Batory. “Security (personnel) can’t be everywhere on the installation and we can’t let our guard down.” One of Batory’s responsibilities is to work with installation engineers to make sure that all Defense Department antiterrorism standards are enforced at DSCC. Blast-proof glass must now be used in new buildings. For the existing buildings on the installation, plastic film such as Mylar has been applied to windows to reduce blast damage. Another area of concern is the installation’s ECPs, or entry control points. Numerous changes have been made at the three installation gates and more will be incorporated to reduce the installation’s vulnerability to terrorist attacks. Another project is under way to safeguard the air ventilation system in the DSCC Operations Center. A key part of DSCC’s anti-terrorism program is its working group, which meets quarterly to help resolve concerns and vulnerabilities that terrorists could exploit to interfere with or disrupt the DSCC mission.

George M. Nickles

Elizabeth “Betty” Braden

Columbus, Ohio, died Oct. 15 at her home in Otway, Ohio. Ms. Braden was a retired secretary with DCSC.

George Allen Terrill
George Allen Terrill, 75, of Westerville, died Oct. 17 at home. Mr. Terrill was retired from DSCC.

Kenneth Niles Hughes Jr. David Francis Kenneth Niles Hughes Jr., 53, died Oct. 13. Mr. Thompson
Hughes was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from DSCC after 15 years of service.

Calvin P. “Bud” March
Calvin P. “Bud” March,

David Francis Thompson, 89, of Flatwoods, Ky., formerly of Beavercreek, Ohio, died Oct. 18. Mr. Thompson was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired from DESC.

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Oct. 29, 2008


Bradway retiring after 35-year career at DSCC, DLA
By Dan Bender DSCC Public Affairs Office As she prepares to retire after a 35-year career in the federal government, nearly all of it at Defense Supply Center Columbus, Ann Bradway is amazed at how much DSCC has evolved since she started. Bradway, the deputy director of Maritime Supplier Operations, is officially ending her career Nov. 3. Her retirement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. that day in the Building 20 auditorium. “The people I’ve met and the fact that what we do is so important,” she said is what she’ll remember most of her time at DSCC. “Many people may not realize what goes on here behind the gates of DSCC, but there’s no more important work in central Ohio than what goes on at this facility.” Bradway was fresh out of Ohio State University in 1973 with a bachelor of arts degree when she began working at DSCC, then called Defense Construction Supply Center. Most associates were housed in Buildings 11 and 12, which were converted warehouses, with large gray metal desks and electric conduit lines coming down from the ceiling to provide power to the work stations. “I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into,” she said with a laugh. “I was just looking for a job. I certainly wasn’t really planning on making this a career, but it’s turned out to be really rewarding and fun.” Bradway has seen many highest-priority weapon system. “One could say I haven’t been able to hold a job,” she jokingly said of her many positions at DSCC through the years, “but I’ve loved every job that I’ve had. “I’ve seen countless organizational changes, but our mission has always stayed the same and that’s supporting the warfighter,” she said. “It really is noble work.” Bradway said she enjoys the interaction with the customers and the suppliers and working to meet the needs of both. “I enjoy being close to the action,” she said, adding that she would like to be remembered as “someone who was competent and who cared about the mission and the people.” Navy Cmdr. Dave Peters, Bradway’s co-deputy director for the past several years, said Bradway has always had the best interests of her employees in mind, especially as she led Maritime Supplier Operations through a period of unprecedented change that included the implementation of BSM and the combining of Commodities and Maritime into a single directorate. “Brilliant and compassionate, she maintained her focus on improving service to the warfighter while simultaneously taking care of her people,” he said. Bradway said she has enjoyed the many people she has worked with through the years. One of those coworkers is Ray Lowe, who started at DSCC in 1978 as an analyst in the Management Support Office when Bradway was a senior analyst in See Bradway on page 11

(DSCC photo by Dan Bender)

Ann Bradway, deputy director of Maritime Supplier Operations at DSCC, is retiring after a 35-year career with the Defense Logistics Agency, nearly all of it at DSCC. Her retirement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Building 20 auditorium. changes at DSCC during her career, not the least of which is the facility in which she works. “This is pretty incredible place to come to work,” she said of Building 20 in comparison to her first work station. One memory that sticks out in her mind from those early days is the stacks of paper on nearly every desk. “All of our work was done on paper. Stacks of paper were everywhere,” she said. “But now our inbox is in our computer.” Bradway has worked in numerous directorates during her career at DSCC. She started out as an inventory management specialist and supply systems analyst from 1973-83 before being promoted to a branch chief, then a division chief. She spent four years at Defense Logistics Agency headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., from 1988-92 as a supply management representative before returning to DSCC. In 1997, she was promoted to deputy director of the Land-based Weapon Systems Group and in 1999 she became director of the Commodities Application Group. She was director of Maritime Supplier Operations from 2002-05 and, after a realignment of the directorate, has served as deputy director since 2005. From June 2007 to June 2008, she headed up DSCC’s effort to support the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, the Department of Defense’s

(DSCC photo by Dave Benzing)

During his Oct. 10 visit to DSCC, DLA Director Army Lt. Gen. Robert Dail presented his coin to Ann Bradway in recognition of her 35 years of service to the nation.

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Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon

Cavanaugh seeks to inspire others to achieve their dream
By Leah Hout DSCC Public Affairs Office nity to come to the land of the free where all your dreams can come true if When Lilleana Calderon- you’re willing to work hard Cavanaugh, program direc- and willing to aim high, tor for the Ohio Commisshe said. sion on Hispanic and Lati“I figured, if you want to no Affairs, was invited to travel the world you have speak at the Oct. 9 Hispan- to learn English,” ic Heritage Month lunCavanaugh said. cheon at Defense Supply Although she was the Center Columbus, she only daughter and oldest of wondered what she would five children, Cavanaugh say to her audience. said she was able to con“I asked myself, ‘How can vince her parents to let her I inspire this group?’” she come to the United States said. at age 15. Her strongest Cavanaugh decided to supporter was her father, share her own story of who gave her a few pieces how, at a young age, she of advice. He told her that was inspired to fulfill her there was no limit to her dream. Her dream was to potential and that the leave her home in Costa biggest thing that gets Rica, come to the United between a person and their States to learn English and dreams is them. then travel the world. Cavanaugh said that a “It always starts with a good support system of dream,” she said. Everyone mentors and some cultural wants to have the opportu- aspects of her heritage

(DSCC photos by Dave Benzing)

DSCC Commanding General Army Brig. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion (far left) presented certificates of appreciation and her commander’s coin to (from left) Luna Velez, Frances Quinones, Angela McCoy, Edwin Caraballo, John Ramos and Angel Gonzalez, members of the Hispanic Employment Program who have shown a high level of service to the program and their community. They were joined by DSCC Equal Employment Opportunity Office manager Charles Palmer and Hispanic Employment Program manager Maria Castillo. helped her easily transition because in her culture place. Because the Hispanto the United States. She everyone relates as family. ic culture represents more said that being from Latin There’s no such thing as a than two dozen different America was an advantage best friend, associate or countries of origin, “it’s acquaintance, she said. truly a celebration of diver“You’re a person, I’m a sity,” she said. “Underperson. We are all familia,” standing this diversity said Cavanaugh. “We pull makes us all a little richer.” together for the common McQuistion also publicly good.” congratulated Maria CastilCavanaugh has since lo for being named a recipitraveled and lived in coment of the Department of munities in Africa, SouthDefense’s 2008 Latina Style east Asia and Europe and Distinguished Service has gone back to spend Award and for her leadertime in Costa Rica to be a ship in J6C and as the Hisbridge between cultures, panic Employment ProSee Hispanic on page 11 she said. In her current position, she works to promote the understanding and appreciation of cultures around the world. Her final piece of inspiration was this, “Stop getting in the way of your dreams.” DSCC Commanding General Army Brig. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion provided opening remarks for the program and said that the lunLilleana Calderon-Cavanaugh, program director cheon is one of for the Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latiseveral events no Affairs, was the guest speaker at the Oct. 9 during Hispanic Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon at DSCC. Heritage Month Cavanaugh is from Costa Rica and has traveled designed to bring the world learning and training others in cultural awareunderstanding and appreciating cross cultural ness to the workissues.

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Oct. 29, 2008


DSCC holds local celebration for Navy’s 233rd birthday
By Dan Bender DSCC Public Affairs Office In her opening remarks, DSCC ComThe new commander of manding GenU.S. Fleet Forces Command eral Army thanked the Defense SupBrig. Gen. ply Center Columbus for Patricia their work to support the McQuistion Navy during a celebration noted that of the Navy’s 233rd birthNavy personday. nel stand “You are in the trenches watch around every day and your fleet the world to very much appreciates your protect the support,” Navy Rear Adm. nation. (Sel.) David Baucom said at “The Navy is an Oct. 16 birthday celeour nation’s bration in the Building 20 purposeful auditorium. presence Baucom, who served as a around the White House military aide world and it to President Reagan and, stands ready ironically, later served as to respond the first supply officer quickly and aboard the USS Ronald effectively to (DSCC photos by Tony D’Elia) guarantee our Reagan (CVN 76), said his Navy Rear Adm. (Sel.) David Baucom (left), the senior Navy officer present, and Navy Lt. visit was his first trip to freedom,” she j.g. Jay Compton, the youngest Navy officer present, cut the cake to celebrate the Navy’s said. DSCC and Columbus. “So 233rd birthday during an Oct. 16 celebration in the Building 20 auditorium. In the backit’s truly great to be here,” McQuistion ground is event emcee Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jason Endress. he said. also praised today,” Baucom said. important part of our On its 233rd birthday, the DSCC workforce for its From its modest beginnation’s security strategy, the U.S. Navy “is really in support of the Navy and Baucom said. great shape,” Baucom said. ning, the U.S. Navy has the rest of the nation’s grown to a sizable fleet with “Maintaining a robust He pointed out that the armed forces. about 120 ships underway fleet is in the best interests Navy is celebrating the “We are so fortunate to of our nation,” he said. 100th anniversary this year around the globe on any have an outstanding congiven day, Baucom pointed of President Teddy Rooout. sevelt’s deployment of the “You can pretty much “Great White Fleet” on a throw a dart at a map of 14-month around-thethe world and whatever world trip of 43,000 miles spot you hit, you’ll find our to spread American goodwill and military deterrence Navy there doing a terrific job for our nation,” he said. to the rest of the world. In the future, the Navy That deployment “did will continue to be an much to shape our Navy tingent of Navy officers and personnel working here at DSCC,” she said. “Your expertise, knowledge and skill are a credit to your Navy careers and I can’t thank you enough.” McQuistion also welcomed other Navy representatives from central Ohio to the celebration, including the commanders of Navy Recruiting District Ohio, which is located on the DSCC installation, and Naval Operations Support Center at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. A video of this year’s Navy birthday message from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead was also shown during the celebration. Following Baucom’s remarks, he was joined on stage by the youngest Navy officer on deck, Lt. j.g. Jay Compton of DSCC, for the traditional cutting of the cake. Following the playing of “Anchors Aweigh” to end the ceremony, cake and punch were served in the auditorium lobby.

DSCC Commanding General Army Brig. Gen. Patricia McQuistion presents a memento to Navy Rear Adm. (Sel.) David Baucom, the guest speaker for DSCC’s celebration of the Navy’s 233rd birthday. Baucom, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, made his first trip to DSCC and Columbus to speak at the celebration.


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Oct. 29, 2008

Professional Development Week

Associates take advantage of training opportunities
By Dan Bender DSCC Public Affairs Office attended the workshops that we had scheduled.” The week featured an Defense Supply Center entry level session on Columbus associates Microsoft Office Workshop recently took advantage of to help increase associnumerous opportunities to ates’ knowledge of the expand their capabilities Microsoft Suite: Word, and learn new things to Excel, Power Point and help them improve their Outlook. job skills. “This was a great opporThe second annual Protunity that provided assofessional Development ciates an opportunity to Week, held Sept. 29-Oct. 3 get excited and learn some and sponsored by the good information on variDSCC Culture Council, ous skills and techfeatured training sessions niques,” Heyward said. on Microsoft applications, She said 32 vendors partips on professional dress, ticipated in the Informaworking on a resume and tion Fair. behavior based interview“Associates had the ing techniques, and opportunity to visit variincluded a two-day Inforous booths that were full mation Fair involving of information on topics many professional organi- such as career developzations. It was open to ment, education, EEO, employees of all Defense health and wellness, credLogistics Agency organiza- it, homeland security, protions on the DSCC instalfessional organizations, lation. veteran, military personCulture Council chairnel, and many other exterperson Sarah Heyward, nal organizations,” she one of the event’s main said. organizers, said ProfesCulture Council champisional Development Week on Don Schulze expressed “was a huge success. More his appreciation to all the than 200 associates participants who con-

(DSCC photo by Chuck Moffett)

Instructor Annetwan Thompkins (center left) helps DSCC associate Brenda Martin with her computer during a Microsoft Office Workshop training session that was part of Professional Development Week at DSCC. Ben Harvey is also pictured on the right. tributed to the successful events for the week. “Participation exceeded expectations and the feedback was very positive,” he said.

(DHRC-D photos by Paula Dobias)

Stylish Slipper contest brings beastly soles to DHRC-D for CFC fundraiser
A recent Stylish Slipper contest held at DLA Human Resources Center-Department of Defense located on the DSCC installation raised money for the 2008 Combined Federal Campaign. Sixteen employees donated money to wear their favorite stylish slippers around the office for a day and then compete for bragging rights of the best slipper. In the photo above, DHRC-D director Harry Remshard models his pink piggy slippers to his employees. In the photo on the left, after voting took place by applause, Remshard learns he was the winner.

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Oct. 29, 2008


Red Cross, Armed Services Directors say farewell to Aviation Detachment Blood Program again sharing DSCC blood drives
The Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Office has released the blood drive schedule for fiscal 2009 on the Defense Supply Center Columbus installation. The blood drives are on pay day Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 114, which is located one block west of the 19th Hole. Appointments to donate at a Red Cross blood drive can be scheduled by calling 614-251-1451 or online at Appointments to donate at an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive have to be scheduled online through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at /blood_donor/index.htm. More information about the ASBP is available by calling 937-257-0580. The blood donor program coordinator for the DSCC installation is LaNelle Williams. She can be reached at 614-692-9164.
(DSCC photo by Charles Moffett)

DSCC Blood Drive Schedule
Oct. 31 Nov. 14 Nov. 25 Dec. 12 Dec. 23 Jan. 9 Jan. 23 Feb. 6 Feb. 20 March 6 March 20 April 3 ARC ASBP ARC ASBP ARC ASBP ASBP ASBP ASBP ARC ASBP ARC April 17 May 1 May 15 May 29 June 12 June 26 July 10 July 24 Aug. 14 Aug. 28 Sept. 11 Sept. 25 ASBP ARC ASBP ASBP ARC ASBP ARC ASBP ARC ASBP ARC ASBP

Three former directors and the current director of the Aerospace Weapon Systems Group/Aviation Detachment at Defense Supply Center Columbus posed for a photo Sept. 29 at a stand-down ceremony for the unit. They are (from left) Dave Vicars, Navy Capt. Joe Clements (Ret.), Navy Capt. Mark Brown (Ret.) and Pat Shields, who has been the Aviation Detachment director since August 2005. The ceremony in the Building 20 auditorium provided associates an opportunity to “walk down memory lane” and celebrate the unit’s 15 years of outstanding service to DSCC’s Aerospace and Aviation customers. The unit is being deactivated and will no longer exist after January 2009.

ARC = American Red Cross ASBP = Armed Services Blood Program

Red Cross honors DSCC

(DSCC photo by Charles Moffett)

LaNelle Williams (right), a safety and occupational health specialist, presents DSCC Commanding General Army Brig. Gen. Patricia McQuistion with the Life Sharing Challenge special recognition award she received recently from the American Red Cross for blood donations in fiscal 2007. DSCC and its tenants donated 450 units of blood last year. The Office of Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health sponsors drives every other week on “pay day” Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Building 114. Donors must get their supervisor’s approval and then register by calling 614251-1451, or by going online at (Sponsor code is DSCC).


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Oct. 29, 2008

DLA director
Continued from page 1 At DRMS in Building 9, he pointed out how DRMS has significantly changed the way it does business with regard to national security and de-militarizing parts. In Building 11, he thanked DHRC-C and DTC personnel for all they’ve done to sustain the DLA workforce. He stopped by the fire station to thank DES-C personnel for the great job and pride they take in maintaining the finest facility and location in the agency. In the Building 20 auditorium lobby, he recognized associates in the DSCC Aviation Detachment for supporting the aviation requirements of the greatest Navy and Air Force in the world and the synergy between Richmond and Columbus in absorbing the detachments into the supply chains. At the Network Operations Systems Center of J6C, he thanked the personnel who maintain and keep the agency’s systems operating. Dail asked numerous questions of those who have deployed during his visit to the DSCC Operations Center. He wanted to know about the various deployments and how DLA could improve them. He also thanked the deployers and their families for their sacrifice. In the Building 20 Cafeteria Buckeye Room, Dail met with members of DSCC Land and Maritime Customer Operations and noted their great enthusiasm and spirit in providing superior support to DLA’s warfighting customers. “Wherever I have travelled around the globe, I get tremendous reports of the great work you do here,” he said. He thanked DSCC Operations Support associates for the outstanding technical support they provide and for the multitude of technical data they maintain. During his visit to the DSCC Procurement and Business Process support directorates, he thanked the personnel for all the work they’ve done during the post-BRAC environment taking retail into DLA and making it work. He told those in DSCC Maritime Supplier Operations that he receives high praise from the Navy for their outstanding efforts and very few complaints. “This is a national treasure here in Columbus. No one does it like you do,” Dail said. During this visit he also recognized Ann Bradway, who is retiring as deputy director of Maritime Supplier Operations, for her 35 years of support to the nation. His final visit was to the Internal Audit Office, where he praised the auditors for running the DLA pilot project on risk management and their audit of Defense Distribution Center depots. Before departing, he met with DSCC’s senior leaders in the Command Conference Room to thank them for their efforts. “Columbus is a competent workforce with a contagious spirit and can be very proud of that. I’m thankful I had the chance to work with all of you,” he said.

(DSCC photos by David Benzing)

Above, Dail stopped by the fire station to thank DES-C personnel for the job they do to maintain the installation. Below, Dail visited the DLA Network Operations Systems Center and thanked personnel who work there for maintaining and keeping the agency’s systems operating.

Above, in DSCC Maritime Supplier Operations, Dail gave high praise to the workforce for their efforts and called the group a national treasure. He also took time to recognize Maritime Supplier Operations deputy director Ann Bradway, who is retiring with 35 years of support to the nation. In the photo to the left, Dail shook hands and recognized members of Land and Maritime Customer Operations in the Building 20 Cafeteria Buckeye Room.

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Oct. 29, 2008


Videophone debuts at DSCC for deaf, hard of hearing associates
By Tony D’Elia DSCC Public Affairs Office By using the Internet, deaf and hard-of-hearing callers can now make telephone calls faster and more efficiently than in the past. Associates at Defense Supply Center Columbus can now make calls through a new system that uses a video relay service staffed by interpreters for the deaf or hard of hearing. Using the Internet, deaf and hard-of-hearing callers connect with qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at a relay service call center. The interpreter telephones the second party. As the deaf caller uses sign language through the video phone’s camera, the interpreter immediately speaks the message to the second party. It’s a simple process that saves a great deal of time and results in smoother and faster communication And what do users think of the system? “It is very good and it is very fast, said Jigar Patel, a demand planner supply technician for Maritime Customer Operations. “This is great for deaf people.” For four decades, deaf people have used the telecommunications device for the deaf, or TDD, which requires a lot of typing. The deaf user calls a TDD operator who takes the message and reads it to a second party. The second party replies to the operator and that message is typed back to the deaf user. “The TDD is such a slow process,” added Patel, who is a graduate of Gallaudet University, the nation’s typing. We all are excited to use videophone for better communication for everyone on the base and also outside of the base.” Michael Dick, a program management assistant for DLA Enterprise SupportColumbus, has been using the system for several weeks. He has a monitor on his desk with a video camera mounted on top. There is also a remote control. “Most of the hearing persons do not have the patience with deaf callers via the traditional relay service,” Dick said. “Most of deaf callers type between 20 and 75 words per minute, but the hearing individuals speak between 100 and 200 words per minute.” Dick said that mundane tasks such as ordering a pizza aren’t so laborious with the videophone. “When I make a call for ordering pizza via TDD, it takes about nine minutes. But making a call via videophone, it only takes a few minutes, similar to any normal individual.” Dick said a typical business call would take twice the time on the old TDD. He says the new system can enable deaf/hard-ofhearing federal civilians to move up in their professional careers.

(DSCC photos by Charles Moffett)

Jigar Patel, a demand planner supply technician for DSCC’s Maritime Customer Operations, uses a videophone to make a telephone call. On the left is a monitor showing an interpreter for the hearing impaired who is relaying his American Sign Language message by voice to the caller on the other end of the line. The system also has a remote control device. The video camera sits atop the monitor. On the bottom left is the old TDD unit.

Pictured above are those instrumental in procuring the videophone, which allows deaf/hard-of-hearing/cochlearimpaired federal civilian employees to communicate smoother and faster on the telephone. From the left are Michael Baker, J6C IT specialist; Cheryl Ridolfo-Salzano, a DSCC Pricing Branch acquisition technician who is deaf; Sherif M. El-Shazly, J6C senior network engineer; Kyle L. Christman, J6C IT specialist; Stephen Hughes, J6C lead IT specialist; Dewayne Jennings, J6C IT specialist; Jeffrey Colquitt, J6C IT specialist; Madonna Davis, J6C IT specialist; and Michael L. Dick, DES-C program management assistant. Not present for the photo was DSCC EEO specialist Allen Gambrell. university for the deaf in Washington, D.C. “I have had TTY for years to communicate with contractors, customers, coworkers, etc,” said Cheryl Ridolfo-Salzano, a DSCC Pricing Branch acquisition technician who is deaf. “The best thing about videophone is that it saves time by signing rather than

Editor’s note: A portion of the interviewing for this article was done via the videophone.

OSHA forms partnership with builders group in central Ohio
By Scott Allen U.S. Department of Labor training programs, and enhance safety and health in the building industry within central Ohio. The goals of a partnership “The principal focus of this partbetween the U.S. Department of nership will be working together Labor’s Occupational Safety and to share best practices, and to Health Administration and the develop and implement safety and Associated Builders and Contrac- health programs to contractors tors Inc., central Ohio chapter, are and construction employees,” said to reduce injuries and other work- Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s area site hazards, develop stronger director in Columbus. “If we can provide these employers and their employees with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards, we will get that much closer to eliminating job-related injuries.” ABC represents nearly 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related businesses in 78 chapters across the United States. ABC’s central Ohio chapter has nearly 140 local member companies. OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program is part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative relationships with trade associations, labor organizations, See OSHA on page 11


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DSCC associate selected to receive DLA disability award
By Leah Hout DSCC Public Affairs Office Defense Supply Center Columbus associate Dave Anders, a supervisory inventory management specialist, has been selected as this year’s Defense Logistics Agency Outstanding Employee with a Disability. Anders, who has worked at the agency for 17 years, helps lead a team of 40 resolution specialists in Maritime Supplier Operations. He will receive formal recognition during the annual DLA Recognition Program in December. Anders is paraplegic as a result of an injury suffered in high school and uses a wheelchair for mobility. He uses this event in his life to provide guidance and inspiration to others with similar disabilities. Anders said he is honored to have been selected for the award and that he likes the work that he does. His job is to oversee the resolution specialists who resolve inventory, high level of motivation directly impact his coworkers and community daily. In the workplace, Anders has served as a mentor and has provided one-onone training to other DSCC associates. He organized and chartered the Resolution Specialist Council for the development of professionalism, expertise, performance and culture of the resolution specialist community. Outside of work, Anders has contributed numerous hours of community service by coaching Little League, visiting hospitals and serving as a “big brother” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. One of his hobbies is playing the pitcher position on the Columbus Pioneers wheelchair softball team. The Pioneers placed fourth overall in this year’s Wheelchair Softball National Tournament in Omaha, Neb. “Between work, family and hobbies, I stay plenty busy,” he said.

(DSCC photo by Chuck Moffett)

Dave Anders, a supervisory inventory management specialist, has been selected as this year’s Defense Logistics Agency Outstanding Employee with a Disability. He will accept his award at the DLA Recognition Program in December. product quality and supply discrepancies for the Land and Maritime supply chains and Aviation detachment in Columbus. Since Anders became a resolution specialist supervisor in March, he has been able to help lead the office to reduce the workload of stock discrepancy reports called Quality Notifications from more than 10,000 to less than 1,800. The office also has been successful in reducing the number of finance letters from 600 to 125. Anders’ nomination states that he “is the epitome of the civic-spirited civil servant dedicated to community involvement and determined to succeed in both work and home life.” It goes on to state that his inspiring disposition and

Chillicothe VA Medical Center raises awareness of breast cancer
From Stacia Ruby Chillicothe VA Medical Center Public Affairs Officer cancer at some time in a woman’s life is about one in eight (12 percent). In 2008, an estimated October is Breast Cancer 182,460 new cases of invaAwareness Month and a sive breast cancer will be chance to remind women diagnosed among women in that early detection is the the United States. best protection. The pink In addition to invasive ribbon is a reminder of this breast cancer, there will be and can be seen throughabout 67,770 new cases of out the month of October carcinoma in situ (CIS) in nationwide in communities, 2008. CIS is non-invasive medical clinics and hospiand is the earliest form of tals, and via media outlets. breast cancer. To promote breast cancer Breast cancer is the secawareness, the Women’s ond leading cause of canHealth Clinic at the Chillicer death in women, cothe VA sponsored an exceeded only by lung canopen house on Oct. 15. VA cer. About 40,480 women staff were provided breast will die from breast cancer health literature, self in the United States this breast exam reminder year. Death rates from shower instruction cards, breast cancer have been and various other breast declining since about 1990, cancer awareness tokens. with larger decreases in According to the Ameriwomen younger than 50. can Cancer Society, breast These decreases are cancer is the most common believed to be the result of cancer among American earlier detection through women, except for skin screening and increased cancers. The chance of awareness, as well as developing invasive breast improved treatments.

(VAMC Chillicothe photo)

Chillicothe VA Medical Center staff raised awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during an Oct. 15 open house sponsored by the Women’s Health Clinic. At this time there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This includes both women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work. The goal is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year. The guidelines for finding breast cancer early in women include a mammoSee Breast cancer on page 11

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Continued from page 3 the Requirements Branch. Lowe said he learned many things from Bradway through the years. “She taught me that to be a good analyst you had to know how all the processes worked and are interrelated,” he said. “Ann also taught me that a good analyst listens to their customers and that is a trait that I have tried to emulate. “I will miss her friendly nature and unflappable attitude,” Lowe added. Peters said it has been “an honor and a privilege” to work with Bradway. “She has been a mentor, teacher and friend to me and countless other people at DSCC,” he said. “Ann’s contribution to the success DLA and DSCC have enjoyed cannot be overstated. Her legacy will be felt for many years to come.” Of her future plans, Bradway said she is planning to “take it easy” for several months and enjoy her hobbies of reading, cooking and getting back into regular exercise. “We’ll stay in the area for a few months, but eventually we’ll seek someplace that has sunnier skies and warmer temperatures for a greater part of the year than we have in Ohio,” she said. As she prepares to walk out the door at DSCC for the last time, Bradway said she would tell new associates that working at DSCC is “a very rewarding career” and that “every job is what you make of it. “It’s not your knowledge. It’s the network you develop with others that makes you successful,” she said. A desire to never stop learning is also important to success and enjoying work, she stated. “I learn something every day and I’ve been here for 35 years,” she said.

(DSCC photo by Chuck Moffett)

DSCC leaders participated in a Sept. 22 Lean Six Sigma Project Selection Workshop to determine which business processes they will focus on during fiscal 2009 to help both improve support to the warfighter and improve internal processes such as communication and collaboration. Among those who participated in the workshop were (from left) Operations Support deputy director Mike Jones, BRAC Office director Don Schulze, Product Test Lab director Keith Robinette, Product Test Lab deputy director John Elavsky, J8C supervisory financial resource officer Oscar Mitchell, Aviation supervisory supply support manager Jeff Spratt, DSCC Counsel Ed Hintz and Land Supplier Operations division chief Linda Johnson.

DSCC leaders choose Lean Six Sigma projects plan to improve processes
By Leah Hout DSCC Public Affairs Office Several Defense Supply Center Columbus leaders met recently to discuss and decide how to get from having goals of organizational improvement to actually accomplishing those goals through Lean Six Sigma projects. The Sept. 22 Lean Six Sigma Project Selection Workshop was held to help supervisors and directors focus on and select business process projects that will both improve DSCC’s support to the warfighter and improve internal processes. DSCC Commanding General Army Brig. Gen. Patricia McQuistion spoke to the workshop attendees and said there is a lot of good that can come from evaluating DSCC business processes through LSS. “Performance, culture, everything we talk about in the DSCC Way - Lean Six Sigma underpins all of those,” she said. The workshop was led by Phil Spencer, a Lean Six Sigma black belt and contractor with the Defense Logistics Agency. Spencer also led a June training session at DSCC for leaders to become familiar with the concepts of LSS. Lean Six Sigma is the fusion of two business improvement methodologies Lean, which focuses on efficiency of processes, and Six Sigma, which emphasizes quality measured through data. Adrienne McGeachy, Lean Six Sigma program analyst, said that because of ever increasing budget constraints and rising costs of doing business, DSCC leadership wants to make sure business processes run as effectively and efficiently as possible. Nineteen projects were selected that will help improve warfighter support and internal processes. Project champions and sponsors will begin by evaluating business processes in their respective organizations and then focusing on streamlining those processes for efficiency and improved communication and collaboration.

Continued from page 9 employers and employees. More than 1.4 million employees and more than 26,000 employers across the United States have participated with OSHA in more than 534 strategic partnerships since the program began in 1998. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to promote the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit

Breast cancer
Continued from page 10 gram, clinical breast exam and breast self-exam. Some women are at higher risk due to family genetics, and family history of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. There are tests that can be done to determine if there is a genetic risk factor for early prevention. Any female veterans who have questions about breast cancer or would like to speak to someone about any of the above information can contact Bonnie Owen, the Women Veteran Health Program manager at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, at 740-773-1141, Ext. 6062. Owen encourages everyone to think pink and encourage their mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter or friend to see their gynecologist, learn self breast exams, have mammograms for early screening detection, and make this a habit for life.

Continued from page 4 gram Manager. Other program highlights included Angela McCoy, who sang the national anthem and an additional song, “Tu Vivas” (To Live) and a surprise presentation to Castillo from the Hispanic Employment Program committee for her leadership. For their service to the HEP program and their community, associates Luna Velez, Frances Quinones, Angela McCoy, Edwin Caraballo, John Ramos and Angel Gonzalez also were recognized with certificates and a commander’s coin from McQuistion.


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Pentagon memorial dedication recalls 9/11 sacrifices
By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service “From now on, the Pentagon is more than a symbol of government, On the seventh anniversary of more than the seat of milthe day a hijacked airliner itary affairs,” he continslammed into the Pentagon, Presiued. “It is also a place of dent Bush dedicated memorial remembrance.” near the crash site, calling it not The dedication is the only a place of remembrance, but culmination of an effort also a reminder of the resilience of so Americans remember the American spirit. what happened when terThe attacks in New York and at rorists flew American Airthe Pentagon and the thwarted lines Flight 77 into the hijacking of United Flight 93, Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001, which crashed in Pennsylvania, are said Jim Laychak, presievents that “changed our world fordent of the Pentagon ever,” President Bush during his Memorial Fund. remarks at the dedication ceremoLaychak lost his brothny. er, David, aboard Flight “The years that followed have 77. He helped to raise seen justice delivered to evil men more than $15 million in and battles fought in distant private funds to make the (U.S. Army photo by D. Myles Cullen) memorial a reality. lands,” the president said. “But The official party holds a moment of silence during the Pentagon Memorial dedication ceremony Sept. each year on this day, our “We want people to thoughts return to this place. Here 11. The national memorial is the first to be dedicated to those killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, remember what happened we remember those who died, and 2001. The site contains 184 inscribed memorial units honoring the 59 people aboard American Airlines here,” he said in his Flight 77 and the 125 in the building who lost their lives that day. here, on this solemn anniversary, remarks at the dedication we dedicate a memorial that will ceremony. “We want peoal will be a reminder of the American service members servenshrine their memory for all ple to remember our loved ones. resilience of the American spirit,” ing around the world in harm’s time.” We want people to remember the Bush told the audience. “As we way remember that sacrifice, and The president said the memorial walk among the benches, we will are dedicated to the memory of the feeling that swept through our will be a place of remembrance, remember there could have been innocents who died in the attacks. country after 9/11 - that feeling of and a place where those who lost taking care of all those who were in many more lives lost.” They are resolved that it doesn’t family and friends can find solace. such pain.” The events of Sept. 11 still sear happen again, the chairman said. But it is more, he said. As part of the dedication of the Americans, said Navy Adm. Mike Defense Secretary Robert M. “For all our citizens, this memori- Mullen, chairman of the Joint Pentagon Memorial, announcers Gates said the memorial conseread the names of all those killed Chiefs of crates the Pentagon. aboard the flight and in the buildStaff. “With this memorial, we pay our “Even for respects to 184 souls, to the many ing. From Paul Ambrose to all the pain, who were injured, and to the fami- Yuguang Zheng, the names went on. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine it heals us to lies who still grieve,” the secretary Corps, Defense Department civilcome back said. “While no public display can here and make up for the injustice, or lessen ians, passengers and crew, several sets of husbands and wives and a reflect on the pain of these losses, the one whole family: 184 innocent lives the suffering that we dedicate today binds all of and the sac- America to the dead and their sur- lost at 9:36 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. rifice of that vivors. Your suffering and your The memorial will remain open day,” he solace, so personal to you, become 24 hours a day, seven days a week. said. the nation’s as well.

(Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden)

(Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden)

The Pentagon Memorial is made up of 184 memorial units representing each individual who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The project broke ground in June 2006.

An entry stone at the Pentagon Memorial lists the names of 184 victims - 125 Pentagon employees and 59 American Airlines Flight 77 passengers - who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

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DSCC team wins FEA golf tourney for third year in a row

(Photo by Dan Bell)


A team from Defense Supply Center Columbus comprised of (from left) Bart Kenney, Tony Gerardi, Dennis Canterbury and Mike O’Meara won the annual Federal Executive Association of Columbus and Central Ohio golf tournament for the third year in a row with a score of 58. A total of six teams from central Ohio FEA agencies participated in the tournament Sept. 15 at the DSCC Eagle Eye Golf Course. A team from DLA Enterprise Support-Columbus finished second with a score of 60 and a team from Defense Information Systems Agency finished in third place with a score of 61.


DSCC 3-man league
Place & Team Name 1 Snap Crackle Pop 2 AllStarz 3 Land Rollers 4 Tailgaters 5 Hustle & Flow 6 Bust ‘Em 7 Strike Force 8 Thirsty Turtle 9 Pinbusters 10 Two + One 11 GRS-3 12 Going Postal 13 X-Men 14 Night Shift Points Won 12 12 11 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 7 Points Lost 2 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 Place & Team Name 15 Bob Hart’s Pros 16 Playboys 17 Originals 18 WWJD 19 N.T.C. 20 Mixers 21 Blues Brothers 22 Hackers 3 23 Three Aces 24 Somebody 25 3 Stooges 26 Sm Med Lg 27 The Ink Well 28 Strike 3 Points Won 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 2 2 2 Points Lost 7 7 8 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 11 12 12 12

Last issue’s Cryptoquip: TV DRAMA SHOW ABOUT A GUY WHO TENDS TO NEVER LEAVE ANYTHING OUT: “OMISSION IMPOSSIBLE.” This issue’s Cryptoquip clue: C equals T

Top scores through week of Oct. 9 (Week 2 of 24) Team Scratch Game: 1. N.T.C. (676); 2. Snap Crackle Pop (669); 3. Thirsty Turtle (666) Team Scratch Series: 1. Snap Crackle Pop (1,929); 2. Strike Force (1,894); 3. N.T.C. (1,850) Team Handicap Game: 1. WWJD (765); 2. Night Shift (763); 3. Bob Hart’s Pros (752) Team Handicap Series: 1. WWJD (2,130); 2. Tailgaters (2,099); 3. Snap Crackle Pop (2,097) Scratch Game: 1. Steve Sipe (297); 2. Tom Illert (279); 3. Bill Polleys (272) Scratch Series: 1. Bill Polleys (756); 2. Mike Beckett (704); 3. James Iacoboni (697) Handicap Game: 1. Steve Sipe (346); 2. Ewotha Gay (307); 3. Tom Illert (296) Handicap Series: 1. Bill Polleys (816); 2. Dallas Workman (755); Keith Sweeney and James Iacoboni (754)


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Chillicothe VA facility helps veterans register to vote
By Stacia Ruby Chillicothe VA Medical Center Public Affairs Officer put more than 6,000 informational posters in place throughout VA facilities and distributed about 166,000 flyers to patients. Get-out-the-vote efforts This year, VA facilities this year at the Chillicothe tapped into non-partisan VA Medical Center provid- community resources. ed voter registration infor- The offices of secretaries mation to 1,060 people of state, state and county this campaign season and election officials and nonabout 75 patients received partisan groups assisted assistance with voting reg- VA in providing voter registration or absentee balistration information. lots. “VA has always been “Helping our veterancommitted to helping vetpatients register and vote erans exercise their right has always been importo vote,” said Secretary of tant at the Chillicothe VA,” Veterans Affairs Dr. James said VA Medical Center B. Peake. “This year we director Jeff Gering. “This established a uniform year, VA added extra approach for helping our emphasis to voter registra- patients who need assistion.” tance to register and to Nationwide, the 153 vote.” medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, aided by 750 volunteers, provided voter registration information to more than 6,000 veterans,

(Chillicothe VA Medical Center photo)

Elizabeth Wickham (right), a social worker at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, assists a patient with registering to vote.

Army TACOM commander visits DSCC for briefings

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers shown to us during the passing of my mother. Your support was greatly appreciated during this very difficult time. Kevin Johnson, DFAS
(DSCC photo by Charles Moffett)
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New U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command Commanding General Maj. Gen. Scott G. West (center right) made his first visit to DSCC Oct. 2 to learn more about DSCC and its operations. He is pictured here with DSCC Commanding General Brig. Gen. Patricia McQuistion and DSCC senior leaders after a briefing session.

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NARFE legislative director warns of threats to federal benefits
By Ann Monske NARFE Ohio State Federation PR Officer such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are in the path of the legislative storm. In his report to the recent The warning signs National Active and Retired include the $400 billion Federal Employees National federal deficit, the credit Convention, legislative crisis and associated foredirector Dan Adcock issued closures and bank bailouts, a warning: A perfect storm the prospect of higher is gathering that threatens unemployment, the expense federal retirement benefits. of waging two wars, the Federal and military decline of retirement and retirement benefits and oth- health benefits in the prier entitlement programs vate sector, the retirement of the baby boomer generation, and a possible recession that would depress tax revenue and increase the federal deficit. Adcock said this year’s cost of living adjustment for federal annuitants and Social Security recipients would probably be 5.8 percent, the highest COLA since 1982. However, Adcock said this could actually threaten future federal retirement benefits because Congressional attempts to overhaul entitlement programs are likely to take place in 2009. A NARFE poll found that 41 percent of federal employees erroneously believe the federal government does not have the ability to change their retirement benefits. The monthly NARFE magazine reports on national and state legislation affecting federal employees and retirees. The Question and Answer section addresses topics such as the Spouse Equity Act, Survivor Social Security Benefits, COLAs and deferred annuities. NARFE service officers are available to answer questions and assist in helping with a variety of benefit matters. The NARFE organization, established in 1921, is redoubling its efforts to increase membership to protect the benefits of retired and active federal employees. For more information, visit the NARFE national Web site at, e-mail or call 937-236-4978.

Seminar focuses on womanowned small businesses

Nov. 4 - Election Day Nov. 5 - DSCC U.S. Domestic Violence Marine Corps birthday Awareness Month celebration, 10 a.m., Breast Cancer AwareBuilding 20 auditorium ness Month Nov. 6 - DSCC Native Disability Awareness American Heritage Month Month celebration, 1 National Red Ribbon p.m., Building 20 audiCampaign torium Oct. 31 - Halloween Oct. 31 - DSCC ComNov. 10 - U.S. Marine bined Federal Campaign Corps’ 233rd birthday ends Nov. 11 - Veterans Day Nov. 13 - Federal Employees Health BeneNovember 2008 fits Open Season begins Native American HerNov. 20 - Great American itage Month Smoke Out Nov. 1 - All Saints Day Nov. 2 - Daylight Savings Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Time ends Day

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(DSCC photo by Chuck Moffett)

Margot Dorfman, president of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, provided the keynote address at a Training, Knowledge and Opportunity seminar held Sept. 16-17 in the Building 11 auditorium on the DSCC installation. The seminar, titled “Doing Business With DLA” and sponsored by the DSCC Office of Small Business Programs, focused on woman-owned small businesses. The Small Business Administration’s Columbus district office partnered with DSCC to host the seminar and 70 businesses attended. Dorfman spoke on the status of implementing the Equity in Contracting for Women Act of 2000. Milt Lewis, DSCC’s acquisition executive, welcomed guests on the seminar’s first day.

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