Vet Command selects top NCO_ Soldier by suchenfz

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                       Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland                  November 26, 2009 Vol. 53, No. 46

                                      Vet Command selects top NCO, Soldier

See page 2 for Year
of the NCO article.
   Post Shorts
 Recycling schedule
    The residential and re-
 cycling pickup schedule for
 Dec. 2, is paper. Put items
 in paper bags,
 boxes or bundles
 and place them
 on the curb.

Reduced gate hours
for holiday weekend
   There will be reduced
gate operations at Aberdeen
Proving Ground for the                                                                                                                                     Photo by YVONNE JOHNSON
Thanksgiving holiday.                 First Sgt. Christopher Maturey of the National Capital District Veterinary Command, right, briefs candidates for Noncommissioned Officer and
                                      Soldier of the Year at the conclusion of the selection board at Top of the Bay Oct. 30. Listening from left, Sgt. Ismael Esquivel, the NCDVC NCO of
   On Nov. 25, the Harford            the Year from the Fort Belvoir Branch Veterinary Services in Virginia; Sgt. Brian Thomas from Fort Myer, Va.; Spc. Kimberly Wear from Fort George
Gate (Route 22) in the                G. Meade; the NCDVC Soldier of the Year, Spc. Harold Dilworth from Fort Belvoir; and board member Staff Sgt. Daniel Garcia-Nunez from Fort
Aberdeen Area and the Wise            Myer. See article on page 2.
Road Gate in the Edgewood
Area will close at 10 p.m.
   The Harford Gate and the
Wise Road Gate will reopen
                                    Act ends controversial personnel system
at 4 a.m., Monday, Nov. 30.         Story by                              that will take time, a senior offi-    delay,” Curry said. The transi-       gress detailing the transition.
   The Maryland Gate in             JIM GARAMONE                          cial said.                             tion will take place organiza-        The whole transition must be
                                    American Forces Press Service
the Aberdeen Area and the                                                    Tim Curry, acting program           tion by organization, he said         finished by Jan. 1, 2012.
Magnolia Road Gate in the               With President Barack             executive officer for NSPS, said       to minimize disruption. Mean-            “We will work under NSPS
Edgewood Area (Route 152)           Obama’s signature Oct. 28 on          the department could start transi-     while, employees under NSPS           for the time being, while we are
will be open throughout the         the 2010 National Defense             tioning employees in six months.       will remain in that system.           working on the transition plan,”
holiday weekend. (This is a         Authorization Act, a controver-       The department has begun a                “It took three years to bring      Curry said. “When we’re at the
corrected notice from the Nov. 19   sial pay-for-performance per-         comprehensive planning pro-            those two hundred twenty thou-        point where employees come
issue of APG News.)                 sonnel system is abolished.           cess, he explained, with the goal      sand employees into the sys-          out of the system, … the law
                                        About 220,000 Defense             of ensuring a smooth and order-        tem,” Curry said. “Congress           ensures that no employee’s pay
Client Services Div-                Department employees who had          ly transition of employees and         recognized that it was going to       will be reduced when convert-
ision closed Nov. 27                come under the National Secu-         organizations out of NSPS.             take time … to do it right.”          ing out of NSPS.”
                                    rity Personnel System will tran-         “The department is going to            The new law gives DoD                 Employees outside of NSPS
   The Office of the Staff Judge    sition back to the long-standing      proceed deliberately and cau-          officials six months to devel-        are not affected by the change.
Advocate will be minimally          General Schedule system, but          tiously without unnecessary            op and submit a plan to Con-                  See NSPS, page 7
staffed on Nov. 27. The Client
Services Division that services
active duty, Family members
and retirees will be closed.

Holiday refuse,                     Housing transfer date delayed
recycling pickup                    Picerne Military Housing                           ly housing operations at midnight on Dec.               Road construction
schedule                               Aberdeen Proving Ground and Picerne             17. The Army will continue to manage and
                                    Military Housing have been working                 maintain Family housing through Dec. 16.             DPW
  Refuse and recycling pick-
                                    together as a partnership to privatize Family          The garrison leadership and Picerne Mil-            As paving and road work on Mary-
up for all residential areas is
     See SHORTS, page 8             housing on post as part of the Army’s Resi-        itary Housing will host a town hall meeting          land Boulevard continues, progress is
                                    dential Communities Initiative program.            at Top of the Bay, 6 p.m., Dec. 1, to answer         beginning to be more evident as the final
 ISSUE                                 Aberdeen Proving Ground and Picerne             any questions related to the change in tran-
                                                                                       sition date and to assist Soldiers in com-
                                                                                                                                            surfaces begin to be placed.
                                    developed the Community Development                                                                        There will be no work on Thanksgiv-
 HIGHLIGHTS                         and Management Plan together, which is             pleting their lease paperwork if it has not          ing Day.
                                    the blueprint to change the face of hous-          already been completed.                                 From Friday, Nov. 27 through Mon-
 Page 2                             ing as part of the 50-year partnership. The                                                             day, Nov. 30, the contractor will be
                                                                                       What will this mean for Families
   Year of NCO: Veterinary          CDMP’s final approval was announced                                                                     placing the second paving lift from Aber-
   Command selects NCO,                                                                living on post?
                                    Oct. 10, and Picerne was scheduled to                 From now through Dec. 16, residents               deen Boulevard to Darlington Street and
   Soldier of Year                                                                                                                          completing the remaining work between
                                    assume responsibility for Family housing at        should continue to go to or call the current
 Page 3                             APG on Dec. 1.                                     government housing office for any hous-              Aberdeen and Harford boulevards.
   IMCOM commander                     In order for the partnership to complete                                                                Starting Monday, Nov. 30, and con-
                                                                                       ing or maintenance needs. All work orders
   sends holiday                    the necessary legal and logistical measures                                                             tinuing through Tuesday, Dec. 1, the plan
                                                                                       should continue to be submitted to the
   message                          to transfer housing operations, the timeline                                                            is to pave Boothby Hill Avenue from
                                                                                       Directorate of Public Works Service Order
                                    has been extended to Dec. 17.                                                                           Combat Drive to Darlington Street.
 Page 4                                                                                Desk at 410-306-1400/1401.                              The work will be done using standard
                                       This means that Picerne Military Hous-             As part of transition, Soldiers are required
   AAFES announces holi-            ing is now scheduled to assume all Fami-                                                                single lane closures with flaggers and
                                                                                                   See PICERNE, page 11
   day specials                                                                                                                             traffic controls.
                                                                                                                                               All of this work is totally weather
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   Chapel News: A Thanks-
                                    Museum to transition from Ordnance                                                                      dependent so rain or cold weather will
                                                                                                                                            cause schedule delays to any paving
   giving message; Chapel
   hosts seniors for holi-
                                    to Aberdeen Proving Ground history                                                                      operations. Any delayed work should
                                                                                                                                            resume in the sequence noted.
   day meal
                                    Story by                                           it artifacts and related memorabilia that
                                    YVONNE JOHNSON                                     reflect the history of the Army at APG, the             Cooperation and attention to safety is
 Page 6                             APG News
                                                                                       former Edgewood Arsenal, including the               appreciated.
   Deployment News: EA                 By the end of the year 2011, the U.S.           former Fort Hoyle, and the Communica-                   For more information, contact Jer-
   Soldiers return from             Army Ordnance Museum will be a thing               tions-Electronics School,” Fuller said.              ry Norris, Directorate of Public Works,
   Kosovo                           of the past at Aberdeen Proving Ground,               She said the transition will be gradu-            410-306-1159.
                                    and in its place will be a facility housing        al as the relocation of the Ordnance Muse-
 Page 7                             artifacts detailing the storied history of the     um continues.
   Veterans’ Voices
 Pages 8
                                    installation as well as those of its new ten-
                                    ants from Fort Monmouth, N.J.
                                                                                          “In the meantime, we’re planning the
                                                                                       museum for when they’re gone,” she said.                President
                                       The new museum is scheduled to open                “The Center of Military History deter-
   Community Notes                  in 2012. The Directorate of Plans, Train-
                                    ing, Mobilization and Security is lead-
                                                                                       mines if a collection can be designated a
                                                                                       museum. Aberdeen Proving Ground’s first
                                                                                                                                             signs Defense
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   Army Family Covenant
                                    ing the project, and Susan Gail Fuller was
                                    brought on to develop the museum. Full-
                                                                                       step was to hire a museum director to start
                                                                                       that process,” she added. “We are now
                                                                                                                                            Authorization Act
                                                                                                                                            Story by
 Page 12                            er comes to APG from Hawaii where she              going though the steps to acquire authoriza-
                                    was the director of the U.S. Army Museum                                                                GERRY J. GILMORE
   APG celebrates Native                                                               tion, and with the area’s rich history, I don’t      American Forces Press Service
   American heritage                of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy and at the Trop-         anticipate any major obstacles. We have
                                    ic Lightening Museum, the official museum                                                                   President Barack Obama signed the
                                                                                       every intention of opening our doors to the
 Page 13                            of the 25th Infantry Division, at Schofield                                                             fiscal 2010 National Defense Authoriza-
                                                                                       public as a museum.”
   Health Notes: DTC/AEC            Barracks.                                                                                               tion Act on Oct. 28 during a ceremony at
                                                                                          Fuller said she had wanted to work for
   host health fair; Suicide           Fuller said the facility will be renamed                                                             the White House.
                                                                                       the Army Museum system for a long time,
   numbers rising                   the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground                                                                       Obama hailed the act which contains
                                                                                       prior to her positions in Hawaii.
                                    Museum and that its purpose will be to pre-                                                             $680.2 billion in military budget author-
 Page 14                                                                                  “It’s the most regulated military muse-
                                    serve and exhibit installation history and                                                              ity, as transformational legislation that
                                                                                       um system with the highest standards, and
   FMWR                             the incoming historical collection from the                                                             targets wasteful spending.
                                                                                       they give museum personnel a lot of sup-
                                    Army Communications-Electronics Muse-                                                                       The president was accompanied by
 Page 15                                                                               port,” she said.
                                    um at Fort Monmouth.                                                                                    Vice President Joe Biden, congressio-
   22d Chem holds                                                                         Currently, Fuller is kept busy with
                                       “The mission of the APG Museum will                                                                  nal leaders and other senior officials,
   Responder’s Challenge                                                               paperwork, phone calls and planning and
                                    be to collect, preserve, interpret and exhib-                                                                      See BUDGET, page 7
                                                                                                   See HISTORY, page 3
2     APG News • November 26, 2009

Veterinary Command selects NCO, Soldier of the Year
Story and photos by
APG News
    The National Capital District Veteri-
nary Command came to Aberdeen Prov-
ing Ground to select its Noncommissioned
Officer and Soldier of the Year after
four days of competition at various sites
around the installation Oct. 27 to 30.
    The APG section of Dover Veterianry
Branch, led by Staff Sgt. Robert Pircher,
hosted the event.
    The NCDVC, headquartered at Fort
Belvoir, Va., oversees veterinary ser-
vices branches at APG, Fort George G.
Meade, Andrews Air Force Base, Dover
Air Force Base in Delaware, Walter
Reed Army Medical Center in Washing-
ton, D.C., and Fort Myer, Va.
    Soldiers within the command sta-
tioned at APG serve as veterinary spe-
cialists and food inspectors.
    Pircher said several APG elements sup-
ported the event. He thanked the 22d
Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort);
Capt. Matthew Miller, commander of the
Forward Operating Base Wolverine in
the Edgewood Area; and Staff Sgt. Peter
Damian, an Ordnance Mechanical Main-
tenance School instructor who oversaw the
combative tournament, for their support.
    “They did an unbelievable job help-
ing us out, along with all the NCOs with-
in the command,” Pircher said. “When it
comes to training, we’re NCOs. That’s
what we do.”
    The qualifying events consisted of a       Staff Sgt. Peter Damian, an Ordnance Mechanical Maintenance School instructor, oversees the contest between the eventual winners of the
weigh-in, a multiple-choice exam and a         National Capital District Veterinary Command NCO and Soldier of the Year selection board, Sgt. Ismael Esquivel, on top, and Spc. Harold
written essay on day 1. On day 2, con-         Dilworth, on bottom, during the combative tournament portion of the four-day event in the Edgewood Area’s Warrior Training Center Oct. 29.
testants took the Army Physical Fitness
Test followed by weapons qualification         Fort Belvoir, served as president of the
and a day/night land navigation course.        board. Board members included Sgt. 1st
A 6-mile road march, Army Warrior Task         Class Willett Hill, Fort Belvoir; Staff Sgt.
testing and a combative tournament made        Tamieka Flannigan, Fort Meade; Staff
up day 3 and the competition concluded         Sgt. Daniel Garcia-Nunez, from Fort
on day 4 with an appearance before the         Myer; and Pircher. They were joined by
selection board.                               Lt. Col. Mark Bohannon, NCDVC com-
    The contestants included Sgt. Ismael       mander, to announce the winners.
Esquivel and Spc. Harold Dilworth from            Maturey congratulated the four, and
Fort Belvoir; Sgt. Brian Thomas from           board members critiqued their perfor-
Fort Myer and Spc. Kimberly Wear from          mance and identified their weaknesses
Fort Meade.                                    prior to the announcement.
    They agreed that the competition was          “You all did a fine job,” Maturey
challenging but rewarding.                     said. It was a very close match. You per-
    Wear is a food inspector from Mem-         formed outstanding, and it was just a
phis, Tenn. She has been in the Army for       slight margin between all of you.”
five years.                                       “You are all winners,” Bohannon add-
    “This one was tougher on me,” said         ed. “It’s not easy to get to this point. You
Wear, the Soldier of the Quarter for her       did your best, and I’m proud of you.”
unit.                                             The NCDVC NCO of the Year is Sgt.
    She said studying and meeting the phys-    Ismael Esquivel and the NCDVC Soldier
ical tasks made it a challenge to focus.       of the Year is Spc. Harold Dilworth. As
    “I calmed down and got into the spirit     far as they know, it was the first time a      Instructor Staff Sgt. Peter Damian looks on as Soldier of the Year candidate, Spc. Kimberly Wear,
of things,” she said of her board appear-      supervisor and his Soldier were selected       from Fort George G. Meade, right, and Staff Sgt. Robert Pircher of the APG Branch Veterinary
ance. “I was comfortable with the sub-         for the honor, Maturey said.                   Services, center, tangle during the combative tournament. Pircher was subbing for Sgt. Brian
                                                  “This says a lot about this NCO’s           Thomas who could not participate due to injury.
ject matter and that helped give me
confidence.”                                   leadership,” he said. “Many times we are
    Thomas, a Fort Myer food inspec-           judged by our Soldier’s performance and
tor who was unable to compete in the           this one was up to the task.”
combative tournament due to an inju-              “This feels great,” Esquivel said after
ry, said he was most challenged by the         the announcement. “We put in a lot of
road march.                                    time and effort just to get to this point,
    “I’ve done it before but it’s been a       and it paid off.”
while,” he said. “The board was very              Dilworth said he owed it all to his
challenging but I was confident and I          supervisor.
feel I did well overall.”                         “He truly helped me to better myself,”
    Dilworth, a 25-year-old food inspec-       he said of Esquivel. “He had to do every-
tor from Tupelo, Miss., has three years        thing I did, and it felt good to have him
in service. He said it was his “first com-     with me. He really is a great mentor.”
petition at this level.”                       VETCOM
    “It was full of challenges, especial-         The U.S. Army Veterinary Command
ly the road march, but I was prepared,         provides military services in support of
thanks to my supervisor,” Dilworth said.       the U.S. Army Medical Command and
    With five years of service, Esquivel,      Department of Defense missions.
age 23, is Dilworth’s supervisor. He said         The responsibilities of VETCOM
he couldn’t let his Soldier “go this alone.”   include food safety and quality assur-
    “He’s a good Soldier who’s not afraid      ance, care of government-owned ani-
of challenges,” Esquivel said. “A lot of       mals and animal disease prevention and
Soldiers don’t want to compete because         control.
it’s stressful and time consuming but he          The North Atlantic Regional Vet-
stepped right up to the plate.”                erinary Command, headquartered at
    He said he was most challenged by          WRAMC, is made up of four subor-
the essay on day 1.                            dinate commands – the Ohio Valley
    “We were asked to write about how we       District Veterinary Command, head-
felt about the new GI Bill or how we felt      quartered at Fort Knox, Ky.; the Mid-
about the treatment of wounded Soldiers        Atlantic District Veterinary Command
who are forced to leave active duty,” he       headquartered at Fort Eustis, Va.; the
said. “Those were good topics but it was       Northeast District Veterinary Command          From top, Sgts. Ismael Esquivel and Brian Thomas, and Spcs. Kimberly Wear and Harold
just hard to write about it under pressure.”   headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J.;          Dilworth descend the Top of the Bay staircase on their way to learning the decision of the
    First Sgt. Christopher Maturey, from       and NCDVC.                                     National Capital District Veterinary Command NCO and Soldier of the Year selection board.
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                                                                                                                             November 26, 2009 • APG News                      3

Commentary: A holiday message from Defender 6
                                              By                                           how to reduce the risks of driving in win-      Finally, be vigilant for signs of dis-
                                              LT. GEN. RICK LYNCH                          ter conditions, hunting, home fires, home    tress among those around you. Be mind-
                                                                                           decorations and electrical conditions, ice   ful of those for whom this season can be
                                                  Each November, Americans gather          or snow-covered walkways, etc. Find          stressful and offer assistance or refer-
                                              with Family and friends to give thanks       information on these and other timely        rals as appropriate. Chaplains, coun-
                                              for the many blessings they enjoy as cit-    safety topics in the IMCOM Fall Winter       selors and the chain of command all
                                              izens of this great land.
                                                                                           Safety Brochure at http://www.imcom.         have resources to help the needy or
                                                  This Thanksgiving Day will be partic-
                                              ularly poignant for the many thousands
                                              of Soldiers serving in harm’s way and           Please exercise caution, because winter      We are blessed to live in a nation that
                                              their Families.                              weather and heavy traffic may complicate     values freedom and the sanctity of life.
                                                  As you celebrate in gratitude, let us    your plans. Getting there safely is more        This Thanksgiving Day regardless of
                                              recognize the selfless service and sac-      important than getting there on time. Use    your holiday plans, please be aware of
                                              rifice of our Warfighters ensuring our       the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs)      the hazards, take action to guard against
                                              security and freedom.                        at http://combatingaggressivedriving.        them, and execute good safety practic-
                                                  Although a time of joy and goodwill,     com/trip%20planning.html to identify         es. You are too important to the IMCOM
                                              this season brings particular hazards that   traveling risks and help reduce or elimi-    Family and to your own Families to fall
                                              can be unforgiving to the unprepared.        nate the chance of an accident while trav-   victim to a preventable accident.
                                                  Now is a good time to remind ourselves   eling over the holiday months.                  Support and defend!

DoD leader lauds Edgewood Area of APG agencies
Story by                                      United States for agent destruction under    Hall, Curtis Hollister, George Roberts,      Joe Daven, Edward Doyle, Chris Druyor,
KRISTEN SZYDLOSKI                             the Chemical Weapons Convention trea-        John Schwarz and Jon Ware.                   Kevin Duvall, James Fackett, Kim Fink,
                                              ty and eliminated health and safety risks       Program Manager’s Coin recipients         Adam Foor, Bennie Ford, James Fortier,
   The Assembled Chemical Weapons             associated with continued storage.           included Tim Blades, Mike Biggerman,         John Fortier, Vivian Graham, Joe Green,
Alternatives program welcomed Jean                The ACWA program led a team with         Melanie Bon, Meg Caine, Cindy Church,        Peggy Hallisey, Shawn Heinlein, Amos
Reed, deputy assistant to the secretary of    the following Army partners in order to      Eric Copeland, Amy Dean, Todd Duff,          Henderson, and Elizabeth Hirsh. Also,
defense (Chemical and Biological Defense      safely destroy the containers: BGAD, Blue    Brandon Dusick, Laura Elliott, John          Wayne Hock, Mason Holquist, Brandon
and Chemical Demilitarization) to co-host     Grass Chemical Activity, the U.S. Army       Ford, Steven Freeland, James Harris,         Jones, Jeff Kiley, Andy King, Michael
and to convey thanks to the individuals       Chemical Materials Agency and the Edge-      Bernard King, Charles Kyle, Michael          Laws, Connie Lee, JR Leed, John Loss,
who successfully planned, coordinated and     wood Chemical Biological Center.             Manthei, Nam-Phoung Nguyen, Brian            Jeremy Mason, William McCoy, Wyatt
achieved what came to be known as Oper-           Along with Reed, ACWA Program            O’Donnell, Arlita Privett, Jim Richmond,     McNutt, Jill Meuser, Jeffrey Mott, Greg
ation Swift Solution at an Aberdeen Prov-     Manager Kevin Flamm; Rick Decker,            Peter Spaeth, Willie Tucker, Dwayne          Nielson, Brian Owen, Edward Parsh-
ing Ground award ceremony Nov. 10.            ECBC director; and Conrad Whyne,             Vernon and Frank Wood.                       ley, John Perry, Anthony Pierce, San-
   “On behalf of our country’s entire         CMA director, co-hosted the event. Oth-         Employees who were recognized             dra Reid, Derek Romitti, Leonard Rowe,
chemical community, I want to person-         er supporting agencies with employ-          with Certificates of Appreciation includ-    Alan Seitzinger, John Stallings, Stephen
ally commend you, and I thank you for a       ees who were recognized included the         ed William Adams, Justina Allen, Glad-       Still, Gerald Starnes, James Swank, Tom
job well done,” Reed said. “The rough-        U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion        ys Appel, Robert Bagley, Dawn Baker,         Urbanski, LeRoy Wainwright, Andrea
ly one hundred thirty five gallons of GB      and Preventive Medicine, Science Appli-      Steve Bird, Stephen Carter, Torrey Davis-    Williams, Willie Wiley and Michael
mixture destroyed in Swift Solution may       cations International Corporation and        Collins, MaryAnn Curtin, Alan Cushen,        Wooten.
seem to some as a drop in the chemi-          Booz Allen Hamilton.
cal weapons bucket, but don’t think for           “Today, we’re here to celebrate your
a minute that drop didn’t send its ripples    success in eliminating forever the risks
across many different nations.”               from those containers,” Flamm said. “If
   Operation Swift Solution safely elim-      you’re receiving an award today, it’s
inated three deteriorating steel contain-     because this work could not have been
ers and associated wastes that were           completed without your contribution.”
stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot,              At the ceremony, recipients received
Ky. The now destroyed containers held         a Commander’s Award for Civilian Ser-
a mixture of the nerve agent GB and its       vice, a Program Manager’s Coin or Cer-
breakdown products.                           tificate of Appreciation. Commander’s
   The complete elimination of the dete-      Award recipients included Dennis Bolt,
riorating containers brought credit to the    Frank Evans, Russell Fendick, Dennis

           History                                Unlike the Ordnance Museum, which
                                              was controlled by the U.S. Army Train-
                                              ing and Doctrine Command, the APG
                                              Museum will be controlled by the instal-
            From front page                   lation,” Fuller said.
meetings with those in possession of his-         “The command is very supportive of
torical items as well as anticipating the     an Aberdeen Proving Ground Museum,”
Fort Monmouth move.                           she said.
   “Our goal is to tell the story of the          The quest to “tell the whole APG sto-
Army at this site,” she said, adding that     ry” means seeking information and arti-
artifacts have been found dating back to      facts from local offices and units, Fuller
the 1600s.                                    said.
   “Not many people realize the arche-            “For those with historical items or
ological significance of the artifacts dis-   what they think may be artifacts, I’d like
covered here, some of which are on            to hear from them. The more I find, the
display at the Visitor’s Center [next to      more we can illustrate the history.”
the Route 715 gate].”                             Fuller can be reached at 410-278-
   Fuller met with Charlotte Cronin           4495 or e-mail her at susan.gail.fuller@
of The Aberdeen Room Museum and     
Archives.                                         A native of Mobile, Ala., Fuller holds
   “She has a great collection and a          a master’s in museum studies from Syr-
wealth of information, and she’s very         acuse University.
much interested in telling the Army sto-          Her past positions include 15 years as
ry,” she said. “They all are very excited     chief curator for the U.S. Coast Guard and
to know that this will be an Aberdeen-        curator at the Battleship USS Alabama
focused museum.”                              Memorial Park in Mobile.
4   APG News • November 26, 2009

                          AAFES aims to be military shoppers’
                          first choice for holiday shopping
                          AAFES                                         from free soft drinks to $100 gift cards,   ly shoppers. There will be free coffee for
                             Promotions, prizes and popular name        every scratch-off will be a winner.         our early birds,” she said.
                          brands will anchor the Army & Air Force          “BX and PXs will open at 4 a.m., Fri-       Beyond giveaways and prizes, the
                          Exchange Service’s efforts to invite mil-     day; 6 a.m., Saturday; and 9 a.m., Sun-     exchanges will have all of the latest
                          itary Families to “rediscover the value”      day after Thanksgiving,” said AAFES’        “must have” gifts including the new-
                          their exchange is offering this holiday       Commander Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood.         ly introduced line of Ed Hardy jewel-
                          season.                                       “Depending on the size of the store, we     ry, XBOX military appreciation bundles
                             Exclusive savings on tax-free holi-        will pass out anywhere from sixty to two    and specially-priced notebooks and mini
                          day decorations, care package items and       hundred scratch off cards in the morn-      “netbooks.”
                          electronics have been cycling in and out      ing with the remainder being distributed       The opportunities to shop and save
                          of BXs and PXs every week through-            between 4 p.m. and closing.”                won’t end in November as AAFES
                          out November. All of it building towards         “Shop early for the best deals in town   [including at APG] has a variety of spe-
                          Thanksgiving weekend and what has             at the Aberdeen Proving Ground store,”      cial events planned including Early Bird
                          practically become a national holiday,        said Debbie Armendariz, APG store           specials on Dec. 5, 19 and 24.
                          “Black Friday.”                               manager. “Quantities are limited, and          Authorized exchange shoppers can
                             At the forefront of the post-Thanksgiv-    there will be no rain checks or adjust-     view specific details regarding special
                          ing blitz will be thousands of scratch-off    ments on these specially priced items.      promotions, updated weekly, throughout
                          cards given out to early birds and custom-       “In addition, we will open early this    the holiday season by visiting AAFES’
                          ers who shop the exchange after 4 p.m.,       Friday, [November 27] at seven o’clock      “Sale Flyers” page at http://h3.aafes.
                          Nov. 27 through 29. With prizes ranging       [a.m.]. We will have coupons for the ear-   com//tabloid/default.asp.

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                                                                                                                                      November 26, 2009 • APG News                           5

Commentary: A Thanksgiving message
By                                               ing holiday is no different. We have Sol-            St. Paul sees the image of a battle in      even in the face of separation and evil.
CHAP (COL)                                       diers from the Aberdeen Proving Ground           which life wins. Death is a part of our lives       The wisdom of the Old Testament
RUBEN D COLON                                    community deployed to the far reaches            and our living. But Paul witnesses that         tells us that in our life’s journey there are
Installation chaplain                            of the world, and many others are pre-           death’s power is only temporary. Ultimate-      times for all kinds of experiences. And
   While we all remember the Pilgrims            paring to deploy.                                ly, God’s life has the last word. For this      yet even in these there are the times of
sharing a meal with the Native Americans            Since Sept. 11, 2001, and with the            victory, we can be thankful.                    healing, comfort and giving thanks.
of the 1600s, Thanksgiving did not offi-         recent deaths at Foot Hood, the focus                Isaiah sees God preparing for a Family          We have much to be thankful for. We
cially become a national celebration until       remains the same.                                reunion in eternity. A gathering of God’s       live in a great nation, the role model for
Abraham Lincoln’s administration.                   Today our Soldiers are in harm’s way          Family in heaven around a banquet that          freedom and democracy in the world.
   It continues to this day and is a great       everywhere protecting the liberty and            puts to shame the Thanksgiving Fami-                We should also give thanks for our
occasion to consciously take time and            freedom they learned to be thankful for          ly reunions we share on this earth. God-        parents, our Families and our friends.
give thanks for all that has meaning in our      as a community. Sacrificing much to pro-         -gathering his people from far and wide             Giving thanks for the great boun-
lives. Even in the midst of war and death,       vide others with the same opportunities          draw nearer to the table of the finest of       ty of freedom so richly enjoyed by
we still claim a victory by giving thanks        is what those early Americans wanted to          blessings, gathering the Family where           all in America is what it’s all about
for that which our maker has given us.           instill in our nation as it was being born.      there are no tears, no suffering and no         this Thanksgiving day. But finally, and
   Nowadays, holidays in the Army find              Giving thanks in the midst of war,            wars--at that table of God, there is a joy-     foremost, we give thanks for all those
many of our Soldiers deployed and away           death and destruction are the ideals of a        ous celebration of eternal life. It is a vic-   who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep
from home and Family. This Thanksgiv-            spiritual patriot.                               tory party for which we can give thanks,        America a generous nation.

Chapel hosts annual Thanksgiving Dinner for area seniors

                                                                                                  Venita Mitchell, left, distributes sliced ham to seniors on the serving line during the Senior
                                                                                                  Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Protestant congregation at the Aberdeen Area Chapel Nov. 15.

                                                                                                  they’ve done just for us,” Sandra Mail said.    resources to prepare a large meal.
                                                                                                     Marilyn Fonshell and Millie McLane,              “I try to do something special for the
                                                                                                  residents of the Catholic Charities senior      holiday but nothing like this,” she said.
                                                                                                  apartment building in Aberdeen, said                Layman expressed her thanks to the
                                                                                                  they’ve attended the dinner for the past        congregation volunteers who cooked,
                                                                                                  four years.                                     served and cleaned and to her Family
                                                                                                     “We enjoy it tremendously,” Fonshell         members who assisted.
                                                                                                  said. “We try to bring others with us               Chaplain (Maj.) Young Kim, depu-
                                                                                                  because many don’t have transportation,         ty command chaplain, said the event is
                                                                                                  so it’s nice of Dee to let us take carry-       never short of volunteers.
                                                                                                  outs to those who couldn’t come.”                   “Everyone is so happy to serve, espe-
                                                                                                     McLane said the meal is a blessing           cially this time of year,” Kim said. “It’s
                                                                                                  for those who don’t have Families or the        all in the spirit of giving.”

Pumpkin pie slices wait to be served as from left, Amber Blake, Sandy Nook and Cathy Craig pre-
pare a fruit cocktail desert during the Senior Thanksgiving Dinner at the Aberdeen Area Chapel.
Story and photos by                              ditional Thanksgiving meal.”
YVONNE JOHNSON                                       She said the focus at first was on
APG News
                                                 Aberdeen but then expanded to Edge-
   Nearly 200 area seniors attended the          wood and Havre de Grace.
annual Senior Thanksgiving Dinner                    “This year they came all the way from
hosted by the members of the Protestant          Cecil County,” she said.
congregation of the Aberdeen Area Cha-               Every year the congregation sends flyers
pel Nov. 15.                                     announcing the dinner to area senior centers
   For 16 years the congregation has             and receives an overwhelming response.
invited residents from area senior homes             “It makes a lot of people happy, and it
to the holiday fellowship meal.                  makes for good relations with the APG
   About 35 members of the congrega-             community,” Dee said.
tion served a meal of sliced turkey, ham,            Volunteers served up 50 pounds of
mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans,          ham, 45 pies and 17 20-pound turkeys,
gravy, pies and refreshments as seniors          she added.
streamed into the fellowship hall.                   “The people who come are very hap-
   Dee Layman, the owner of Dee’s                py, and we are happy to serve them,”
Flowers & Gifts in Aberdeen and the              Dee said.
wife of retired Maj. Mike Layman,                    “We were here for the first time last
said the tradition began after her shop          year,” said Janice Grant as she dined
was contracted to provide flowers for            with her husband Woody Grant and
a reception during a visit to the post by        friend Theresa McMillan. “This is such
then President Bill Clinton in 1994.             a wonderful thing Dee does every year,”
   “We were so honored to make flowers           she said. “It’s such a blessing.”
for him,” she said. “We decided to take              David Mail and his wife Sandra,
the money [we were paid for the flowers]         members of the Aberdeen Senior Cen-
and do something for the community.”             ter, said they enjoyed the meal and plan
   She said they focused on seniors              to return next year.
because “many of them won’t have a tra-              “It was delicious. We appreciate what
6      APG News • November 26, 2009

                                                                           MD ARNG Soldiers
                                                                           return from Kosovo
                                                                           Story by
                                                                           2LT KRISTOPHER BAUMGARTNER
                                                                                                                             company they deployed UH-60 Blackhawks
                                                                                                                             specially equipped with rescue equipment.
                                                                                                                             Their mission was the timely and efficient
                                                                               Twenty members of the Maryland Army           movement and en route care provided by med-
                                                                           National Guard’s Company C, 1-169th Gen-          ical personnel, to the wounded being evacuat-
                                                                           eral Support Aviation Battalion were met by       ed to receiving medical facilities.
                                                                           Family members and friends as they arrived at        In a prepared statement commenting on the
                                                                           Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood
                                                                                                                             unit’s performance, Brig. Gen. Keith Jones,
                                                                           Marshall Airport Nov. 12.
                                                                                                                             commander of KFOR-11 said, “Their perfor-
                                                                               Company C is an aviation medical evacua-
                                                                           tion unit which deployed to Kosovo as part of     mance can be credited with assisting in saving
                                                                           NATO’s KFOR-11 rotation. The unit is based        multiple lives. Two instances that come to mind
                                                                           in the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Prov-            were the care and transport of a Multinational
                                                                           ing Ground. While in Kosovo, the unit served      Task Force (Europe) Ukrainian soldier critical-
                                                                           under the 207th General Support Aviation Bat-     ly injured in a vehicle accident, and the second
                                                                           talion from Anchorage, Alaska.                    was relocating a French soldier suffering from
                                                                               As part of Task Force Falcon, Company C       severe respiratory challenges. Both had to be
                                                                           worked with other National Guard units from       transported from Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo to
                                                                           California and operated out of Camp Bond-         the hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece, and were it
                                                                           steel, Kosovo, covering the entire southeast      not for the EVAC Team’s proficiency, they both
                                                                           sector of the country. As a medical evacuation    would likely have been lost. Both survived.”

                                                                           Photo by SPC DARRIEL SWATTS
                                                                           A Black Hawk helicopter from the Maryland Army National Guard demonstrates to a German
                                                                           Soldier from Multi-National Task Force-South in Kosovo how to use the Jungle Penetrator
                                                                           Hoist and how to pick up patients off the ground or to lower a medic into an area where the
                                                                           helicopter cannot land.

Nomination season opens for 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
National Guard, Reserve members, Families encouraged to nominate supportive employers
ESGR                              until Jan. 18, 2010.            ESGR is a Department of Defense         ed by members of Congress and senior
   Employer Support of the Guard and          Almost one-half of the U.S. military      agency established in 1972. Its mission     government and military officials.
Reserve, a Department of Defense agen-     is comprised of the National Guard and       is to gain and maintain employer support       The 2009 honorees ranged from Aero-
cy, announced Nov. 2 the opening of the    Reserve. The DoD shares these citizen        for Guard and Reserve service by recog-     Dyn Wind Tunnel, LLC, a small automo-
nomination season for the 2010 Secre-      warriors with their civilian employers,      nizing outstanding support, increasing      tive racing wind tunnel testing company
tary of Defense Employer Support Free-     many of whom provide significant sup-        awareness of the law and resolving con-     in North Carolina, to large business-
dom Award.                                 port to their employees who serve in the     flicts through mediation.                   es including Microsoft and AstraZene-
   The Secretary of Defense Employer       National Guard and Reserve.                      The 2010 recipients will be announced   ca Pharmaceuticals. In addition, several
Support Freedom Award is the highest          The Freedom Award was instituted          in the spring and honored in Washing-       public sector employers were honored,
recognition given by the U.S. govern-      in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to        ton, D.C. at the 15th annual Secretary      including the Santa Ana, California
ment to employers for their outstanding    recognize exceptional support from the       of Defense Employer Support Freedom         Police Department. Past recipients of the
support of their employees who serve in    employer community.                          Award ceremony on Sept. 23, 2010.           Freedom Award have provided signifi-
the National Guard and Reserve.               “There is much excitement surrounding         Recipients of the 2009 Freedom          cant support including full salary, con-
   National Guard and Reserve mem-         the fifteenth anniversary of the Freedom     Award met privately with President          tinuation of benefits, care packages and
bers and their Families are eligible and   Award,” noted acting ESGR Executive          Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense       Family assistance to employees fulfill-
encouraged to nominate employers who       Director Polli Brunelli, “and we’re enthu-   Robert Gates. Dr. Jill Biden, Depu-         ing their military obligation.
have provided exceptional support of       siastic to begin selection of the 2010       ty Secretary of Defense William Lynn           For more information, visit www.
military employees above the federal       recipients from among all of the heart-      and Assistant Secretary of Defense for or contact Maj.
law requirements.                          felt nominations that will be submitted by   Reserve Affairs Dennis McCarthy pre-        Melissa Phillips, ESGR Public Affairs,
   Nominations will be accepted at www.    thousands of proud citizen warriors.”        sented the awards at a ceremony attend-     703-380-9262.
                                                                                                                                 November 26, 2009 • APG News                         7

NEW-STEM program opens registration for fall 2010 applicants
NCOs/WOs interested in continued education, job placement encouraged to apply
UAHuntsville                                   sioned officers, ranks E5 through E9,           a private sector company or Department        Engineers.” Both provide participants
    The Non-Traditional Emerging Work-         and warrant officers, ranks W1 through          of Defense command located on Red-            with hands-on experience in their field
force in Science, Technology, Engineer-        W5, exiting the Army, Air Force, Navy           stone Arsenal in Huntsville.                  through a co-op program while they earn
ing and Mathematics, or NEW-STEM,              and other branches to the technology-rich          NEW-STEM is part of the Tennes-            their degree, with priority consideration
program opened its registration for the        Huntsville, Ala., region. The program           see Valley Corridor’s “Vets to the Val-       for a job after graduation.
Fall 2010 class on Nov. 9, with an appli-      provides NCOs and WOs with the oppor-           ley” program, which is initially focused         Candidates wishing to participate in
cation deadline of April 2, 2010. Reg-         tunity to earn their engineering degree at      on two areas within the TVC—Hunts-            either program may find out more about
istrants must be separated or retired by       the University of Alabama in Huntsville,        ville and Oak Ridge, Tenn. Military from      the requirements and qualifications need-
July 31, 2010, and available to begin          or UAHuntsville.                                across the country are recruited to apply     ed as well as apply at www.tennval-
classes at UAHuntsville in mid-August.            While pursuing their degree, students        for both the NEW-STEM program, as    For more information,
    NEW-STEM is designed to attract            participate in a paid co-op program or          well as its counterpart in Oak Ridge,         contact Lindsay Harper at newstem@
more technically-trained noncommis-            part-time employment offered by either          Tenn., “America’s Veterans to Tennessee or call 256-722-5557.

                                               strike fighter, the littoral combat ship,       institutionalizing and accelerating many      es away from the F-35 program itself,
        Budget                                 and more helicopters and reconnaissance
                                               support for deployed U.S. forces.
                                                   The authorization act contains $130
                                                                                               of the priorities and reforms embraced
                                                                                               by this legislation,” Gates said.
                                                                                                  The annual defense authorization bill
                                                                                                                                             Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
                                                                                                                                             told reporters later in the day.
                                                                                                                                                 Some people, Morrell said, believe
               From front page                 billion to fund overseas contingency oper-      prepared for the president’s approval         that funding a second engine for the F-35
including Defense Secretary Robert M.          ations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it also     or veto falls under the House and Sen-        would be an unnecessary waste of tax-
Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen,               provides $6.7 billion for thousands of all-     ate Armed Services Committees and is          payers’ money.
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.         terrain, mine-resistant, ambush-protected       one of two bills required for the DoD to          “The authorizers have been able to do
   “There’s still more waste we need           vehicles now arriving in Afghanistan.           spend money. The other is the appropria-      it in a way that does not seriously disrupt
to cut; there’s still more fights that we          “Secretary Gates and I both know that       tions bill, crafted by the House and Sen-     the overall F-35 program; we’ll see if the
need to win,” Obama said, noting he and        we can’t build the twenty-first century         ate Appropriations Committees, which          appropriators are able to come up with a
Gates will continue to seek out unneces-       military we need unless we fundamen-            provides funding to pay for the defense       way to do it that way,” Morrell said. “If
sary defense spending. Obama said he           tality reform the way our defense estab-        programs specified in the authorization       they don’t - if they seriously disrupt it
has ended unnecessary no-bid defense           lishment does business,” Obama said.            bill.                                         - then the secretary will recommend to
contracts and signed bipartisan legisla-       He cited a Government Accountabili-                Although the authorization bill con-       the president that he veto the appropri-
tion to reform defense procurement prac-       ty Office report that found cost overruns       tains funding to develop and produce          ations bill.”
tices so weapons systems’ costs do not         totaling $296 billion across 96 major           an alternate engine for the F-35 Light-           The House and Senate appropriations
spin out of control.                           defense projects over the last year. That       ning II joint strike fighter that Gates had   committees are evaluating budget pro-
   “Even as we have made critical invest-      amount of money, the president said,            opposed, the legislators were able to pro-    visions contained within the Defense
ments in equipment and weapons our             would have paid for troop salaries and          vide that funding without taking resourc-     Authorization Act just signed.
troops do need, we’re eliminating tens         military Family benefits for more than
of billions of dollars in waste we don’t
need,” Obama said.
   The legislation, Obama said, saves
                                               a year.
                                                   Obama praised Gates and Mullen for
                                               their hard work in developing the 2010
                                                                                                          NSPS                               department officials will take the les-
                                                                                                                                             sons from the NSPS experience as it
                                                                                                                                             moves ahead.
                                                                                                                                                “We’ll be particularly mind-
billions by capping production of the Air      defense budget.                                             From front page
Force’s costly F-22 fighter jet and termi-         “I want to thank, publicly, Bob Gates,                                                    ful of issues surrounding complexi-
nating troubled, over-budget programs          for his service to our nation,” he said,             Curry’s office is also studying the      ty and transparency,” he said. “Those
such as the Army’s Future Combat Sys-          and he added that Mullen has “provid-            new law’s other civilian personnel ram-      are certainly important considerations
tem and a new presidential helicopter.         ed wise counsel and stood with us in our         ifications. He said these include require-   to ensure employees understand and
   “As commander in chief, I will always       efforts to initiate reform.”                     ments for performance management,            accept and buy into any rules that will
do whatever it takes to keep the American          The authorization act, Gates said, is a      hiring flexibilities, training require-      be put in place.”
people safe to defend this nation,” Obama      bipartisan effort that’s the result of count-    ments and the department’s ability to           Civilian employees under NSPS fin-
said. “That’s why this bill provides for the   less hours and hard work on Capitol Hill.        go back to Congress for added person-        ished a rating cycle at the end of Sep-
best military in the history of the world.”        “This bill is a necessary step toward        nel flexibilities.                           tember. These workers will receive
   The authorization act provides for a        reshaping the priorities of America’s                “We’re looking at what that means        performance ratings and payouts effec-
3.4 percent pay raise for military mem-        defense establishment and changing               and how to proceed,” Curry said.             tive in January under NSPS, Curry said.
bers, improves care for wounded war-           the way the Pentagon does business,”             “We’re just assessing the impact and         A provision of the act requires that
riors and expands Family leave rights.         Gates said at the signing ceremony.              how to move forward.”                        employees with Level 2 ratings or high-
   Money also is budgeted to fund pro-         Work already is under way, he said, in               The major complaint about NSPS           er are guaranteed a pay increase in Jan-
grams that address “real and growing           development of the 2011 defense budget           was that it was overly complicated and       uary that’s at least equivalent to the pay
threats,” Obama said. Such systems, he         recommendation.                                  that no employee understood the pay          increase that applies to General Sched-
said, include the F-35 Lightning II joint          “And, I can ensure you it will focus on      pool process, Curry said, pledging that      ule employees.
8    APG News • November 26, 2009

SATURDAY                                      Street in Havre de Grace. Enjoy the              per pound. There also will be a fancy           tration is required.
                                              Havre de Grace High School Warrior               table with assorted jewelry, crafts, knick      For more information, to register or
NOVEMBER 28                                   Marching Band and Havre de Grace                 knacks and Christmas decorations.               for directions to the Anita C. Leight
PHUN WITH PHYSICS                             Middle School Band. Experience all               Santa will be there for the children.           Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or
Discover the fun and fascinating side         the merchant specials and appreci-               For more information, call 410-939-             410-879-2000, ext. 1688.
of physics using ordinary household           ate the talents of the Havre de Grace            1341.
                                              Chamber Singers. The shops of Havre
                                                                                                                                               HOLIDAY CENTERPIECES
items. This program will be held 3                                                             SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
to 4:30 p.m. for ages 8 to 11. The            de Grace will have extended hours.                                                               Bring a favorite container or basket
cost is $4 per person. Registration is                                                         DECEMBER 5 AND 6                                or take potluck with one of the Anita
                                              SATURDAY                                                                                         C. Leight Estuary Center’s and craft a
required.                                                                                      STEPPINGSTONE MUSEUM
For more information, to register, or         DECEMBER 5                                       CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
                                                                                                                                               table centerpiece using fresh greens.
for directions to the Anita C. Leight         CLOTHES GIVE AWAY                                                                                Candles included if desired. This pro-
Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or                                                           The Steppingstone Museum will hold              gram will be held 2:30 to 4 p.m. for
                                              St. James A.M.E. Church, 615 Green               its annual Christmas Open House                 ages 12 to adult. The cost is $8 per
410-879-2000, ext. 1688.                      Street, Havre de grace, will give away           noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 5 and 6. Admis-            centerpiece. Registration is required.
CHRISTMAS PRIZE BINGO                         clothes on the first and third Satur-            sion is free. There will be tours of the        For more information, to register or
VFW Post 8185 located on Route 222,           day of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.              historic farmhouse decorated for the            for directions to the center, call 410-
Port Deposit, will hold Christmas Prize       The event will be held on the lower              holidays, Christmas music, cookies
                                              level of the Church Parsonage at 742                                                             612-1688 or 410-879-2000, ext. 1688.
Bingo to benefit the Ladies Auxilia-                                                           and cider. The museum store will be
ry to the Water Witch Fire Company.           Otsego Street.                                   open for holiday shopping.                      MONDAY
Doors open 6 p.m., Bingo begins 7             For more information, call Pattie Ford,          For more information, call Linda Noll,
p.m. Tickets cost $10 for all cards for       410-939-2267.                                    410-939-2299, 888-419-1762, e-mail
                                                                                                                                               DECEMBER 7
20 games. Special single card packets         WACVA CHAPTER 70 MEETS                  or                  TOASTMASTERS CHRISTMAS
cost $5 each for children ages 8 and          Maryland Freestate Chapter 70 of the             visit www.steppingstonemuseum.                  GAG GIFT MEETING
under; extra packs cost $5 each. Tick-        Women’s Army Corps Veterans Asso-                org.                                            Gunpowder Toastmasters Club 2562
ets are available at the door. Refresh-       ciation will hold its monthly meeting                                                            will hold its annual Christmas Gag
ments, toys, gifts, raffles and more
                                              11 a.m., Dec. 5, at the Aberdeen Senior                                                          Gift meeting, so come prepared to
will be available. All children must be       Center on Franklin Street.                       DECEMBER 6                                      exchange a gift, speak off the cuff and
accompanied by an adult.                      Members will prepare for the holiday             SOUNDS OF THE SEASON                            have some fun.
For more information or to purchase           party for hospitalized women veterans            Grove Presbyterian Church, 50 East              The regular Gunpowder Toastmasters
tickets, call Anne Gibson, 410-378-           at the Perry Point VA Medical Center             Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, will hold             schedule will return 11:40 a.m. to 12:40
3338, Stephanie Gibson, 410-378-2672          which will be held the following Sat-            Sounds of the Season: Holy Night                p.m., Jan. 4, the first and third Monday
or Carrie McCall, 410-378-9169.               urday, Dec. 12.                                  of Miracles, a Christmas cantata of             of each month (unless the date falls
SUNDAY                                        Membership in the chapter is open to             hope, 5 p.m. The Grove Chancel Choir            on a federal holiday), in the Chemi-
                                              women who are serving or who have                will present seasonal selections using          cal Demilitarization Training Facility in
NOVEMBER 29                                   served in any branch of America’s                handbells. A light reception will follow        building E-4516 Seminar Room.
NATURAL GIFT WORKSHOP                         armed forces, including Guard and                in Mitchell Hall.                               For more info, call Dave Garcia, 410-
Spend the afternoon creating hand-            Reserve.                                         For more information, call 410-272-             436-5013 or Carmen Kifer, 410-436-
made gifts for the holiday season.            For more information, contact Judy               0896                                            8969.
Several gift making stations will be set      Fortier, chapter president, 410-272-
                                                                                               ALL DAY BINGO
up in and around the Anita C. Leight          4115.                                                                                            WEDNESDAY
                                                                                               The American Legion Auxiliary Unit
Estuary Center. Hot Cider and cookies         GIVE A BLUEBIRD FOR THE                                                                          DECEMBER 9
                                                                                               of Susquehanna Post 135, 300 Cher-
will add to the festive day. This pro-        HOLIDAYS                                         ry Street, Perryville, will hold All            WEDNESDAY WEE WONDERS
gram will be held 1 to 4 p.m. for all         Need a gift for a bird lover? Learn a bit        Day Bingo, 12:30 p.m. Doors open
ages. The cost is $20 in advance or $30                                                                                                        IN WINTER
                                              about bluebirds while building a nest            at 11 a.m.; Early Bird Game starts at
at the door. Registration is required.        box. Bring a power drill. This program           11:45 a.m. Cost is $25 per person and           Join the naturalist and her wee one to
For more information, to register, or         will be held 1:30 to 3 p.m. for ages 8 to        includes 50 games (all paper cards),            explore the wintry world through sto-
for directions to the Anita C. Leight         adult. The cost is $10 per person. Reg-          meal and free coffee. A 50/50 raffle            ries, songs, live animals and outdoor
Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or          istration is required.                           will be held for early birds. No one            exploration. This program will be held
410-879-2000, ext. 1688.                      For more information, to register or             under 18 years of age is allowed in the         12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for children up to
FRIDAY                                        for directions to the Anita C. Leight            Bingo Hall. No smoking is allowed.              age 4. The cost is $2 per person. Reg-
                                              Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or             For more information, call 410-642-             istration is required.
DECEMBER 4                                    410-879-2000, ext. 1688.                         2771.                                           For more information, to register or
MAIN STREET FIRST FRIDAY                      CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE                            LUNACY AT THE PIER                              for directions to the Anita C. Leight
“LIGHT UP NIGHT”                                                                                                                               Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or
                                              United Methodist Church, 101 Union               Learn about the moon and tide change
                                                                                                                                               410-879-2000, ext. 1688.
Havre de Grace Main Street First Fri-         Avenue, Havre de Grace, will hold a              while walking to the Pontoon Pier to
day’s “Light Up Night” kicks off at 6         Christmas Cookie Sale, 9 a.m. to noon.           measure the effects on Otter Point              (Editors Note: More calendar events
p.m. with Santa arriving in style cruis-      Browse and choose from many variet-              Creek. This free program will be held           can be seen at
ing on a fire truck down Washington           ies of home baked cookies. Cost is $4            12:30 to 2 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. Regis-        mil under Community Notes.)

                                                                                  P OST S HORTS
scheduled for the upcoming holidays.          Clothing and Heraldry Services Office            sausage cornbread dressing, savory bread        and the top three civilian male and female
  • Nov. 26 – Refuse will be picked           and the U.S. Army Dental Command for             dressing, fluffy mashed potatoes with giblet    participants. Awards also will be present-
up on Nov. 25 from Bayside Village,           exceeding their goals.                           gravy, candied yams, buttered corn, green       ed for the first team of four walkers who
School Street, Plumb Point Loop, Hop-            For a CFC Contributor’s Guide or              beans almondine, assorted salad bar, bacon      cross the finish line together.
kins Loop, Top of the Bay and ACS             online pledging instructions, click the          and tomato salad, cucumber salad, waldorf           Charm City Run will provide the par-
building 2754                                 ‘CFC Coordinators and Keyworkers                 salad, cranberry sauce, assorted breads, but-   ticipant’s numbers, times and official
   Effective Dec. 17, Picerne Housing         POC’ link next to the CFC logo on the            tered hot rolls, bread sticks, assorted tra-    timekeeping for the event.
will take over the refuse and recycling       APG Web site.                                    ditional pies, assorted fresh fruits, hard          Drinks and food will be served through-
collection in the housing area.                  For more information, or to make a            candies and mixed nuts, soft serve ice          out the event. A pre-registration process is
                                              contribution, contact a CFC key worker;          cream with assorted toppings, egg nog and       currently being set up. Registration will
CFC exceeds $276,000                          visit the APG CFC Office in Top of the           assorted beverages. Note: Menu is subject
                                                                                               to change without prior notification.
                                                                                                                                               be held noon to 2:30 p.m. on the day of
   The Aberdeen Proving Ground Com-           Bay’s Down Under, building 30; or call                                                           the event. More details will follow.
                                                                                                   For     more     information;        call
bined Federal Campaign has exceed-            410-278-9913/9915.                               Edward Parylo or Ernest Green,                      For more information, call Maj.
ed $276,000 with more than 920                                                                 410-306-1393/1398.                              Matt Petraitis, 410-278-3000 or e-mail
contributors.                                 Thanksgiving Day specialty                                                             
   The CFC Office congratulates the U.S.      meal Nov. 26                     KUSAHC closes for the                                           Vet Clinic on Dec. 12
Army TACOM Life Cycle Management                The Thanksgiving Day Specialty holidays
Command, Logistics Support Center,            Meal will be held in the Aberdeen Area                                                              The APG Veterinary Treatment Facil-
                                                                                                  Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic will be         ity will hold a Saturday clinic, 9 a.m. to
                                              dining facility, building 4219 and the           closed Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving hol-        noon, Dec. 12, performing vaccinations,
 CWF hosts trip                               Edgewood Area dining facility, building
                                              E-4225, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
                                                                                               iday and on Nov. 27 for a training holi-        microchipping, routine examinations and
                                                                                               day and will reopen Nov. 30.                    laboratory testing (heartworm parasites).
 Christmas in Williamsburg, Va.                  During this event all military person-
                                              nel, Family members, Department of                  Patients should plan accordingly to          See page 11 for more details.
    The Civilian Welfare Fund will                                                             pick up prescriptions prior to these dates.
                                              Defense civilians, retirees and guests are
 sponsor a trip to Williamsburg, Va.,
                                              invited to dine.                                    For medical services needed after            Getting help with heroin
 Dec. 5 through 7. Travel by deluxe                                                            hours, weekends or federal holidays, con-
 motor coach to historic Williamsburg,
                                                 The holiday meal rate of $7 applies to
                                                                                               tact Staff Duty at 410-278-1725. The Staff
                                              any officer, enlisted member, and Family
 Va. Cost includes two nights lodging         member of sergeant or above, DoD civil-          Duty Officer will coordinate patient’s care        The use of heroin and cocaine is on
 at the Governor’s Inn, dinner show at        ians, retirees and their guests. The hol-        with the Medical Officer of the Day.            the rise in Maryland. Heroin will likely
 the Boxwood Inn, a two-day pass to           iday discount meal rate of $5.95 applies            To avoid Point of Service copayment          remain one of the largest problems in the
 Colonial Williamsburg, Grand Illumi-         to spouses and other Family members of           charges, patients will need authorization       state, and will likely continue to spread.
 nation celebration, caroling, dancing,       enlisted personnel in the ranks private          and/or a referral to go to any urgency             Find out what to do to help. For a bro-
 music, fireworks display and more.           through specialist/corporal.                     clinic. Emergency rooms do not require          chure about the signs of addiction, call
 Cost is $549 per person for double, tri-        The menu includes hearty turkey and           a referral.                                     Narconon, 877-413-3073, or visit www.
 ple or quad occupancy or $649 for sin-       wild rice soup, shrimp cocktail, savory roast-                                         
 gle occupancy. To make a reservation,        ed turkey, orange-honey glazed baked ham,        RDECOM holds change of
 call Patti Harkins, 410-278-4603.            carved to order steamship round, apple and       command Dec. 4                                  Free basketball tickets for
                                                                                                  The U.S. Army Research, Development          military
    APG Holiday Ball Dec. 18                                                                   and Engineering Command will hold a
                                                                                               change of command 10 a.m., Dec. 4, at
                                                                                                                                                  Camouflage Kids, Inc. offers free tick-
                                                                                                                                               ets to see Layfayette College vs. Navy,
                                                                                                                                               7 p.m., Jan. 16, at Alumni Hall Arena,
 APG PAO                                      and dress service uniform (with bow              the Aberdeen Area Recreation Center,
     Aberdeen Proving Ground is having        tie) for military. Retirees may wear             building 3326. Major Gen. Paul S. Izzo          Annapolis, Md. There are a limited num-
 a Holiday Ball, 6:30 p.m. to midnight,       military service dress blues or apply            will retire after 34 years of service and       ber of free tickets for adults and children.
 Dec. 18 at Top of the Bay, building 30.      medals to proper civilian attire.                turn the command over to Maj. Gen.              Tickets are provided on a first-come first-
 Alternate weather date is Dec. 19. The          The visiting public must use the              Nickolas G. Justice, the current program        served basis. All Families from the U.S.
                                              Route 715 Gate to access APG. Be pre-            executive officer for the Command,              Naval Academy and all military branch-
 public is invited.
                                              pared to show photo ID and vehicle               Control and Communications-Tactical at          es from the Maryland, Virginia and D.C.
     The event will be a tribute to the                                                                                                        area are eligible for tickets.
 Army’s celebration of The Year of the        registration to gain access.                     Fort Monmouth, N.J.
                                                                                                                                                  It is requested that each Family limit
 Noncommissioned Officer.                        Disabled parking at and access to                                                             their ticket request to a maximum of six
     The evening will be filled with mil-     Top of the Bay is available.                     2009 FMWR 5K Rudolph                            tickets with a ratio of two adults and four
 itary pageantry fitting for the occa-           In case of inclement weather, call            Run [2K walk]                                   children. All children must have adult
 sion: live dinner music by the U.S.          410-278-7669 (SNOW).                                                                             supervision at the game. Tickets are for
                                                                                                  The “2009 FMWR 5K Rudolph Run”
 Army Materiel Command Jazz Band,                To make a reservation, visit www.                                                             immediate Family members only. All
                                                                                               will take place 3 p.m., Dec. 10, at the Aber-
 hors d’oevres, full service three-course and select the “events”                                                               Families should arrive one and one-half
                                                                                               deen Area Recreation Center, building 3326.
 dinner including dessert, cake cutting       menu. Tickets may be purchased via                                                               hours prior to game time so that the pro-
                                                                                               This event will support the Chesapeake Bay
 ceremony, followed by dancing with           credit card on the Web site or mail a                                                            gram can get organized for the event.
                                                                                               Area Combined Federal Campaign.
 music by Premier Mobile DJ.                  check payable to FMWR Marketing                                                                     For more information, call Beth
                                                                                                  Participants can sign up for either a 5K
     Tickets will be sold on a first-come,    to P. O. Box 627, APG, MD 21005-                                                                 Stoddard, 410-576-2994, e-mail there-
                                                                                               run or two-mile walk. The entrance fee
 first-served basis through Dec. 1. Tickets   0627; or, for more information, call                                                    or visit www.
                                                                                               costs $20 per person; $10 will be donat-
 will not be sold at the door. Tickets cost   410-278-1364/4698.                                                                     
                                                                                               ed to a CFC charity of the participant’s
 $40 per person. Alcoholic beverages will        For more information, call Maj.
                                                                                               choice. Participants will receive a long        (Editors Note: More Shorts can be seen
 be available for separate purchase.          Mathieu Petraitis, 410-278-2104 or e-
                                                                                               sleeve T-shirt and prizes will be awarded       at under
     Dress is semi-formal for civilians       mail
                                                                                               for the top three military male and female      Shorts.)
                                                                                                                             November 26, 2009 • APG News                        11

ACS shows appreciation to military
Families with dinner, movie event
Story by
APG News
    In celebration of November being
Military Family Appreciation Month,
Army Community Service hosted a spe-
cial dinner and a movie event for Fam-
ilies of the Aberdeen Proving Ground
community Nov. 18.
    One-hundred sixty attendees were
treated to spaghetti with meat sauce, sal-
ad and garlic bread served by ACS staff
and a showing of “Ice Age: Dawn of the
    Guests also received ACS Military
Family Appreciation Goody Bags and
were provided information on all ACS
    Picerne Military Housing representa-
tives attended the event to answer any
questions for APG residents and to give
them another a chance to sign the Resi-
dent Occupancy Agreement, or ROA, to
continue living in on-post housing after
Dec. 16. Picerne Military Housing has
partnered with the U.S. Army’s Residen-
tial Communities Initiative to develop,
build, own and maintain military Fam-
ily housing that will enhance Families’
quality of life.
    In addition to celebrating Military
Family Appreciation Month, the event
was also in support of the Army Fami-
ly Covenant, which pledges to provide
Soldiers and their Families with a level
of support commensurate with their lev-
el of service.                               Rosa Bragg with her granddaughter Jordan Oliver, 9, receive Army Community Service Military Family Appreciation Goody Bags during the ACS
    Renata Newton, an Army spouse, who       dinner and a movie event which hosted Aberdeen Proving Ground military Families Nov. 18.
works at the Post Chapel, and attended
the event with her daughter Crystal, 8,      a program on post for military Families.      rently deployed to Afghanistan.                tion of Military Appreciation Month.
and son Christopher, 6, said that she and    We try to take advantage of all the pro-         “We miss him a lot,” Crystal added.            “This was the first time ACS has
her children appreciate the free informa-    grams that support us,” she said.                Marge Fissel, who is serving as act-        offered a dinner and a movie, and the
tion grab bags that were given by ACS           Newton added that she especially           ing director for ACS, said that the ACS        turnout was great,” said Diana Hayes,
and the dinner and movie.                    appreciates the support since her hus-        staff was honored to host the dinner and       ACS information referral follow-up pro-
    “It is very good that they are having    band Staff Sgt. Christin Newton is cur-       a movie for military Families in celebra-      gram manager and event coordinator.

   ACS support group hosts                                                                 Vet facility available for pet owners
                                                                                           VTF                                            U.S. Army Health Clinic in building
  Holiday Tea and Tree Lighting                                                               The APG Veterinary Treatment Facil-
                                                                                           ity is in the process of hiring a new vet-
                                                                                           erinarian so it is unknown when the VTF
                                                                                                                                          Reminder for residents of on-
 Army Community Service                      Families (military and Department of                                                         base housing
                                                                                           will return to full operations.                   All pets (cats and dogs) must be reg-
    Army Community Service Hearts            Defense civilians) with information to           Revised business hours are Monday,
                                             help prepare the Families for the sepa-                                                      istered with the VTF. There is no fee for
 Apart Support Group is one way to stay                                                    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday through Fri-         this. Pet owners should bring updated
 connected in the community and learn        ration during deployments and tempo-          day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pets will be seen by
                                             rary duty travel.                                                                            vaccine/medical records for their pet(s)
 what ACS has to offer the Family.                                                         appointment only; over the counter sales       to the VTF or fax them to 410-278-7369.
    As part of the ongoing commit-              “Army Community Service offers a           are available during normal clinic hours.
                                             comprehensive array of programs and                                                          Pet owners also need to fill out the cli-
 ment to support the Army Family                                                           The VTF is closed on weekends and fed-         ent/owner data for VTF records. The
 Covenant, the ACS Hearts Apart Sup-         services dedicated to maintaining the
                                                                                           eral holidays.                                 forms are available at the VTF and at
                                             readiness of the Total Army Family
 port Group will host its first Holiday                                                       In order to sell any veterinary prod-       Picerne Housing. The VTF must have
                                             by fostering self-reliance, stability and
 Tea and Tree Lighting at ACS, build-                                                      uct to the pet owner, their pet must have      supporting medical records for the vac-
                                             resilience,” said ACS Director Celes-
 ing 2754 Rodman Road, 3 p.m. to 5           tine Beckett. “The ACS staff would            been seen at the VTF within 12 months,         cines and a rabies certificate to verify
 p.m., Dec. 2.                               like to wish the APG total Army Fam-          including exams at any military vet clin-      that a rabies shot was given.
    There will be music, light refresh-      ily--a merry, safe holiday season and a       ic worldwide. This does not include               To make an appointment, call 410-
 ments and information grab bags for all     happy New Year.”                              civilian veterinary practices.                 278-4604 during normal hours of
 who participate. Spouses will be given         For more information, contact Wil-            The VTF is located adjacent to Kirk         operation.
 a holiday bulb to decorate and hang on      helmina Cromartie, ACS Relocation
 the ACS holiday tree in honor of their      Readiness Program manager, 410-278-
 deployed spouse.
    Hearts Apart seeks to empower
                                             2464 or Phyllis Ethridge, ACS Support
                                             coordinator, 410-278-7572.
                                                                                              ACS holiday gift wrap
                                             will be implemented to alleviate the
                                             deferred maintenance and other mainte-
                                                                                             schedule at AAFES
                                             nance concerns of residents. Picerne will
                                                                                              November                    Organization
                                             also mow the lawns, do the landscaping,
            From front page                  provide trash and snow removal servic-           28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Chaplain’s Office
to sign a lease and will start receiving     es, repair streets and sidewalks and build       29, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       61st Ordnance Brigade
their Basic Allowance for Housing to pay     new playgrounds. These services are an           30, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Chaplain’s Office
rent for the homes they live in on post.     expression of Picerne’s Families First®
Rent equals the BAH received by the          philosophy.                                      December
service member and includes basic util-          “When Picerne begins managing                1, 11 am. to 7 p.m.         Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic
ities and some renter’s insurance. Resi-     Family housing, residents will see pos-
                                                                                              2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.        22nd Chemical Battalion
dents must sign their lease, or Resident     itive changes beginning day one,” said
Occupancy Agreement, in order to con-        Greg Cannito, Picerne’s program man-             3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.        Federal Women’s Employment Program
tinue living on-post. The lease, or ROA,     ager. “Our neighborhood office is now            4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.        20th SUPCOM (CBRNE)
is for 12 months and renews month-to-        open and staffed with professional teams
                                                                                              5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.        22th Chemical Battalion
month unless PCS, ETS or retirement          dedicated to providing Soldiers and their
orders require earlier termination.          Families with exceptional service.”              6, 11.a.m. to 7 p.m.        22th Chemical Battalion
    Soldiers who have signed their lease         Picerne’s property management and            7, 11.a.m. to 7 p.m.        61st Ordnance Brigade
dated for the Dec. 1 transition will not     maintenance staff are housed at 2727             8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.        203rd Military Intelligence Battalion
need to take any action. An addendum         Chesapeake Boulevard and are available
                                             seven days-a-week to assist residents with       9, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.        361st Training Squadron (Detachment 1)
reflecting the date change will be provid-
ed to the Soldier for their records; how-    completing their lease paperwork and in          10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Military and Civilian Spouses’ Club
ever, a new agreement will not need to       addressing any questions or concerns.            11, 11 am to 7 p.m.         Noncommissioned Officer Academy
be signed.                                   Residents are encouraged to stop by any-
                                             time to ask questions, meet the neighbor-        12, 11 am to 7 p.m.         Noncommissioned Officer Academy
    Soldiers who have not yet signed their
lease should contact the Picerne Neigh-      hood staff or just to enjoy the cookies and      13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Company B, 3/126th Aviation Battalion
borhood Office to complete the neces-        coffee that are always available.                14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       61st Ordnance Brigade
sary paperwork to continue to live on            “Picerne Military Housing looks for-
                                             ward to serving the Soldiers and Fam-            15, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic
    The date change for transfer of hous-    ilies of Aberdeen Proving Ground,”               16, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       22th Chemical Battalion
ing operations also means that Soldiers’     Cannito said.                                    17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Marine Corps Detach
BAH will not start or be reflected on            Residents can also contact Picerne’s
                                                                                              18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       203rd Military Intelligence Battalion
their LES before Dec. 17. Residents          neighborhood office with any questions
should rest assured that they will only be   or concerns at 410-305-1076.                     19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Chaplain’s Office
responsible for rent beginning on Dec.           Picerne is Family owned and operated         20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Child, Youth and School Services
17 and not Dec. 1. The first BAH allot-      and has been building and managing res-
                                                                                              21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       20th SUPCOM (CBRNE)
ment will be drawn on Jan. 1, 2010, and      idential communities for 85 years. The
will equal the rent due for the last 15      company is one of the top 20 builders in         22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       22nd Chemical Battalion
days of December 2009.                       the United States and has also partnered         23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       Noncommissioned Officer Academy
    When Picerne assumes housing oper-       with Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker,
                                                                                              24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.       Military and Civilian Spouses’ Club
ations, an immediate maintenance plan        Riley and Sill under the RCI program.
12      APG News • November 26, 2009

APG celebration highlights Native American history, culture
Obama signs Public Law making day after Thanksgiving Native American Heritage Day
Story and photos by
APG News
    Native American history and
culture was celebrated during
the Aberdeen Proving Ground
annual observance of Nation-
al American Indian Heritage
Month held at the Edgewood
Area Stark Recreation Center
Nov. 18.
    The program featured musi-
cal performances, a food tast-
ing of traditional dishes and
remarks by guest speaker “Iron
Lightning” Lakota Danny Gar-
neaux, a Marine veteran who
served during Operation Des-
ert Storm.
    Garneaux, who represents
the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe
from the Red Cloud Agency
in Pine Ridge, S.D., speaks to
groups, especially during the
month of November, about the
importance of celebrating and
preserving the rich history, cul-
ture and traditional values of
Native Americans.
    The program opened with a
welcome from Elaine E. Hal-
chak who works at the U.S.
Army Research, Development,
and Engineering Command and
served as mistress of ceremo-
nies for the event. She wore
traditional Native American
    Halchak said that on June 29,
2009, President Barack Obama
signed Public Law 11-33 desig-
nating the Friday after Thanks-
giving as Native American
Heritage Day.
    “This is a milestone which
officially established a com-
memorative day for us as Native
Americans and others who cele-
brate with us,” she said.
    Sergeant Anthony Gentilo
from the U.S. Army Materiel
Command Band sang the nation-
al anthem, and Chaplain (Maj.)
Young Kim, deputy garrison
chaplain, gave the invocation.
    Musical performances were
provided by a Native American
flute circle, comprised of Barbara
Tarczynski, from the U.S. Army
Developmental Test Command;
Roger Bennett and Jerry Brown
from the U.S. Army Aberdeen
Test Center; and Bear Claw, a
guest from the community.
    “A flute circle is a gathering of
people who play Native-Ameri-           “Iron Lightning” Lakota Danny Garneaux, the guest speaker of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Native American Indian heritage month celebration, dances a
can style flutes,” Bear Claw said.      “welcome” dance, which he dedicated “to those who have fought to preserve our way of life-past, present and future.” The event was held at the Edgewood
    The Flute Circle gives those        Area Stark Recreation Center on Nov. 18.
who haven’t had a chance to             one’s capacity to understand all
play in front of a group an             Americans. These activities are
opportunity to play for appre-          extensions of equal opportunity
ciative, supportive friends.            education and training by pro-
    The flute players played            moting harmony among all mil-
“catch,” or throwing the melo-          itary members, their Families
dy back and forth.                      and the civilian workforce.
    “You do not have to be able             “Today, more than thirty-
to read music to join a flute cir-      five thousand Native Ameri-
cle,” Bennett said. “You play           cans serve in the U.S. military,”
music that is in your heart.”           Fletcher added.
    Bennett said that he discov-            Garneaux, who was dressed
ered flute playing after visit-         in Native American regalia,
ing a Cherokee reservation five         opened his talk by saying that
years ago and took up flute             he is often asked what a Native
making four years ago.                  American looks like. Garneaux
    “I found the flute music to         asked those in the audience with
be hypnotic, very captivating,”         Native American blood to stand
Bennett said.                           up, demonstrating that Native
    The group played a few              Americans are varied in appear-
songs for the audience using            ance and come from all walks
a variety of instruments and            of life.
flutes, including an “Amazing               Garneaux then asked the
Grace” solo by Bear Claw using          audience by show of applause,         Members of the flute circle “Windsong” play “catch,” throwing the melody back and forth with their flutes. From
an Anasazi flute.                       who wears their uniform to go         left Barbara Tarczynski from the U.S. Army Developmental Test Command; Bear Claw, a guest from the community;
    Anasazi flutes, which were          out and protect their Family and      and Roger Bennett and Jerry Brown from the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center.
originally found in the American        their way of life.
Southwest, are from prehistoric                                               come’ dance dedicated “to the             After the program Glenda           cal Center, was the first place
                                            “It is no different for Native
times, AD 625 to AD 1270.                                                     people who lost their lives at         Weaver, who works at the Aber-        winner for the essay contest
                                        Americans,” he said. “We want
    “Anasazi flutes are difficult                                             Fort Hood, those who lost their        deen Area Youth Center, said          and received a plaque and a
                                        to protect our Family and our
                                                                              lives during battles, and the peo-     that she enjoyed the program          note from Maj. Gen. Paul Izzo,
to play, but playing them is very       way of life.”
                                                                              ple who will lose their lives dur-     because it celebrates her Chero-      RDECOM and APG Installa-
rewarding,” Bennett said.                   Garneaux said that his rega-
                                                                              ing battles yet to come.”              kee Indian heritage.                  tion commander.
    For more information about          lia symbolized different aspects
                                                                                  “This is dedicated to those           “I especially enjoyed the              Miller, who is a fifth grade
Native American flutes, visit           of the Native American culture.
                                                                              who have fought to preserve our        dancing,” she said. “I would          home school student, wrote             For instance, all the feathers on
                                                                              way of life--past, present and         like to try to do the friendship      about studying the Native
history.html.                           his headdress were given to him
                                                                              future,” he said.                      dance with the children at the        American culture as part of his
    After the group performed,          by his friends and Family.
                                                                                  “Americans have an all volun-      Youth Center,”                        studies. Along with other activ-
Lt. Col. Steven Fletcher from               “A true warrior is not about
                                                                              teer force, that, from my stand-          Lucinda McDowell, who also         ities Miller learned how to plant
the 143rd Ordnance Battalion            speaking about the great accom-
                                                                              point, is just amazing,” he said.      works at the AA Youth Center,         a Native American garden and
spoke about the importance of           plishments that he has done,”
                                                                                  “Just like you, we [Native         said that she also enjoyed the        make corn husk dolls.
the event and introduced the            he said. “A true warrior is spo-
                                                                              Americans] are all about pro-          program.
guest speaker.                          ken of highly by his peers. This                                                                                   Flute Circle
                                                                              tecting the Family, protecting            “I loved everything about the
    “Since 1986, the Department         humble tradition, these feathers                                                                                       Anyone interested in hearing
                                                                              the culture,” he added.                program and learning about dif-
of Defense has proudly sup-             that we have, is similar to the                                                                                    a Native American flute circle
                                                                                  Garneaux led a Native Amer-        ferent cultures,” she said.
ported observances through the          boy scouts who receive patch-                                                                                      or joining the circle can attend
                                                                              ican friendship dance with
development of diverse activ-           es. When we do a good dead,                                                  Food tasting                          a Windsong meeting which
                                                                              members from the audience.
ities. November is the official         we receive feathers.”                                                           Attendees were treated to          takes place the second Mon-
                                                                              During the friendship dance
month set aside to recognize                Garneaux said that it is impor-                                          Native American dishes of             day of each month, 7:30 p.m.
                                                                              participants joined hands and
National American Indian Heri-          tant in the Native American cul-                                             Pueblo pork roast, roast turkey,      at Hopewell United Method-
                                                                              did a dance that symbolizes the
tage Month, first acknowledged          ture to honor the veterans.                                                  beef stew, yams, corn, Navaho         ist Church, 2602 Level Village
                                                                              lifecycle of a snake by doing
by Congress in 1990,” Fletcher              “Because of them, we are                                                 fry bread and blue corn bread.        Road, Havre de Grace.
                                                                              snake-like motions. This dance
said. “Observances are conduct-         still here and we are able to                                                                                          For more information, con-
                                                                              also emphasizes that each mem-         Essay contest
ed annually to distinguish the          share this education and our                                                                                       tact Bennett, 410-322-8933,
                                                                              ber of the group is important as          Matthew Miller, 11, whose
achievements of all cultures by         culture,” he said. “We are very                                                                                    e-mail him at rbennett3@com-
                                                                              each individual is joined togeth-      father is Ray Miller from the
enhancing awareness, showing            grateful.”                                                                                                or visit http://home.
                                                                              er to make a whole snake.              Edgewood Chemical Biologi-
mutual respect and increasing               Garneaux performed a ‘wel-                                                                           
                                                                                                                                   November 26, 2009 • APG News                         13

Health fair helps protect workforce                                                                                 neuropathic pain is the number-       growing problem because about
                                                                                                                    one issue for people with neu-        1.75 million Americans have
                                                                                                                    ropathy,” Tockarshewsky said.         advanced age-related macular
                                                                                                                        Many physicians don’t             degeneration, and that number
                                                                                                                    understand how to treat neuro-        is expected to grow to almost
                                                                                                                    pathic pain effectively or are        three million by the year 2020.
                                                                                                                    reluctant to get involved with           The macula is the part of the
                                                                                                                    something that is often resistant     retina responsible for the sharp,
                                                                                                                    to treatment, so seeking out spe-     central vision required to read
                                                                                                                    cialists such as neurologists and     or drive. Because the macula is
                                                                                                                    pain-management professionals         that part of the eye most affect-
                                                                                                                    can be the best option for peo-       ed by the degeneration, central
                                                                                                                    ple suffering from neuropathic        vision loss may occur.
                                                                                                                    pain, she said.                          There are two forms of
                                                                                                                        Depending on the severity of      advanced macular degenera-
                                                                                                                    the neuropathy, it often takes a      tion, dry and wet. In the dry
                                                                                                                    “cocktail” of drugs such as anti-     form, yellowish spots known
                                                                                                                    seizure medications, oral pain        as drusen, which are thought to
                                                                                                                    relievers and even stronger sub-      be deteriorating tissue, begin to
                                                                                                                    stances controlled by the Drug        accumulate in and around the
                                                                                                                    Enforcement Administration to         macula. Over time it can slow-
                                                                                                                    treat neuropathic pain, and in        ly progress to a gradual deg-
                                                                                                                    many cases only pain-manage-          radation or retinal cells that
                                                                                                                    ment physicians are willing or        also can cause severe vision
                                                                                                                    qualified to treat patients with      loss. The dry variety is an ear-
                                                                                                                    these substances.                     ly stage of the disease and may
                                                                                                                        It is important to advocate       result from the aging and thin-
                                                                                                                    for neuropathy research because       ning of macular tissues, the
                                                                                                                    most current treatments only          depositing of pigment in the
                                                                                                                    mask symptoms and do little, if       macula, or a combination of
                                                                                                                    anything, to treat the underly-       the two causes.
                                                                                                                    ing neuropathy, Tockarshewsky            A major National Eye Insti-
                                                                                                                    said, adding that some neuropa-       tute study produced strong evi-
                                                                                                                    thy patients show improvement,        dence that certain nutrients such
                                                                                                                    while others progress to a “pla-      as beta carotene (vitamin A) and
                                                                                                                    teau,” where symptoms appear          vitamins C and E may help pre-
                                                                                                                    to stop getting worse without         vent or slow progression of dry
Jonathan White of the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center receives a flu mist vaccine from Montora Moyes, a registered   getting better. Because periph-       macular degeneration.
nurse with Medstar/Una, during the ATC/U.S. Army Evaluation Center sponsored health fair Nov. 5.                    eral neuropathy involves dam-
                                                                                                                                                          About stress spinal health
                                                                                                                    age to nerves rather than tissue,
Story and photo by                    to fair attendees.                     including the autonomic nerves                                                   Jennifer Badding of Aber-
MIKE CAST                                                                                                           even those who find successful
                                         In the Powers Conference            that control internal organs in                                              deen Family Chiropractic gave
DTC                                                                                                                 treatments may discover that
                                      Room next door, a series of            some extreme cases. Numerous                                                 health-fair attendees advice
   Representatives of local                                                                                         healing is slow and difficult at
                                      speakers addressed subjects            systemic disorders can cause                                                 for easing or preventing spi-
clinics, medical practices and                                                                                      best, she said.
                                      as diverse as peripheral neu-          neuropathy - everything from                                                 nal problems, many of which
health advocacy organizations                                                                                           Tockarshewsky said it is very
                                      ropathy, age-related eye disor-        metabolic disorders such as dia-                                             arise from stress. Studies have
converged on the second floor                                                                                       important to recognize the symp-
                                      ders, stress and spinal health         betes to a dysfunctional auto-                                               shown that stress can cause a
of Aberdeen Proving Ground’s                                                                                        toms of neuropathy at an ear-
                                      and massage as part of a well-         immune system and reaction to                                                range of problems in the spi-
Ryan Building Nov. 5 to help                                                                                        ly stage when the prognosis for
                                      ness plan.                             various toxins such as the drugs                                             nal column, she said. It may be
Army employees get flu vac-                                                                                         successful treatment is best.
                                         The guest speaker was Tina          used for cancer chemothera-                                                  the result of sitting at a desk for
cinations, undergo screening                                                                                        The diagnostic tools available
                                      Tockarshewsky, president and           py. Diabetes accounts for about                                              hours at a time in a posture that
for potential health problems                                                                                       include nerve conduction stud-
                                      CEO of The Neuropathy Asso-            one third of the neuropathies,                                               puts pressure on the spine, Bad-
and learn about risks and treat-                                                                                    ies that indicate the speed and
                                      ciation, a nationwide organiza-        but another third are labeled                                                ding explained. She said peo-
ment options for a variety of                                                                                       strength with which electrical sig-
                                      tion headquartered in New York         idiopathic, meaning there is no                                              ple who do most of their work
afflictions.                                                                                                        nals travel through the peripher-
                                      City whose mission is to edu-          known cause.                                                                 sitting in front of a comput-
   It was the second year in a                                                                                      al nerves. The electromyogram,
                                      cate both the medical profes-              Tockarshewsky said symp-                                                 er or at a reception desk should
row for the health fair, spon-                                                                                      which records the electrical activ-
                                      sion and public about this nerve       toms range from numbness and                                                 at times change their posture or
sored by the U.S. Army Devel-                                                                                       ity in muscles, is another diag-
                                      disorder [peripheral neuropa-          tingling in the body’s extrem-                                               get up and walk around at times
opmental Test Command and                                                                                           nostic tool. A skin-punch biopsy,
                                      thy]. The association supports         ities to pain that is difficult to                                           to relieve pressure on the spi-
the U. S. Army Evaluation Cen-                                                                                      in which a small, sharp instru-
                                      research into its treatment and        manage and in some cases loss                                                nal column.
ter. Joseph Althouse, DTC’s                                                                                         ment is used to puncture the skin
                                      finding a cure, and helping the        of motor function, making it                                                     Many employers are find-
health coordinator, played a key                                                                                    in the affected area and take a
                                      roughly 20 million Americans           difficult to walk normally, grip                                             ing that ergonomically designed
role in organizing and orches-                                                                                      sample to view under a micro-
                                      who suffer from the malady.            items properly with hands or                                                 chairs, keyboards and other
trating the event.                                                                                                  scope, can indicate neuropathy
                                                                             know exactly where to place                                                  office fixtures ease spinal pres-
   During the morning, health-        About neuropathy                                                              in the small nerve fibers found in
                                                                             one’s feet when walking over                                                 sure and reduce sick leave based
care providers gave attendees            Despite being as widespread                                                skin, Tockarshewsky said.
                                                                             uneven surfaces.                                                             on spinal problems, she said.
with appointments their sea-          as it is, peripheral neuropathy
                                                                                 Neuropathic pain is different      About eye disorders                   Some types of exercise can do
sonal flu vaccinations, screened      and its treatment options are not
                                                                             from the type people experience           Joyce Flateau of the Parris-       the same, including spending
their blood to determine glu-         well understood, even among
                                                                             from injuries that don’t involve       Castaro Eye and Laser Center          time sitting on an inflatable ball
cose and cholesterol levels and       medical professionals, Tockar-
                                                                             nerve damage, she said. It can         in Bel Air explained some of the      instead of a chair while mov-
screened them for osteoporo-          shewsky said. It is not a dis-
                                                                             show up as a burning sensation         most common age-related eye           ing in a pattern that flexes the
sis. Attendees also received          ease in itself but a process that
                                                                             where the nerves are damaged,          disorders.                            spine. Ergonomic furniture can
body composition, blood pres-         involves damage to the periph-
                                                                             although it can also cause oth-           Among those that can have          ease health problems other than
sure and skin cancer screenings       eral nerves that branch out from
                                                                             er types of pain in some cases.        the greatest impact on the health     those involving the spine, Bad-
throughout much of the day            the central nervous system to
                                                                             Paradoxically, pain and numb-          of eyes is macular degeneration,      ding added. Various govern-
without appointment.                  the rest of the body. It nor-
                                                                             ness can be present simultane-         the leading cause of vision loss      ment agencies, including the
   The Kirk U.S. Army Health          mally begins in the hands and
                                                                             ously in the same afflicted area.      and blindness among Ameri-            Army, have found it cuts down
Clinic also participated and pro-     feet but can also progress and
                                                                                 “We conducted a patient poll       cans 65 years of age and old-         on nerve problems such as car-
vided health-related information      affect other areas of the body,
                                                                             last year, and we found that           er. Macular degeneration is a         pal tunnel syndrome, she said.

Suicide numbers may top 2008, but progress being made
Story by                                        rable civilian population. Chiarelli also       both designed to let Soldiers and Family            In 2008, the Army asked the Nation-
C. TODD LOPEZ                                   said the Army experienced 71 suicides           members seek assistance via the Internet        al Institute of Mental Health to conduct a
Army News Service
                                                for Soldiers not on active duty.                or telephone.                                   study to get to the root causes of suicide
    The suicide rate among Soldiers serv-           Chiarelli said most of the suicides,           At Tripler Army Medical Center,              in the Army. During the study, which is
ing on active duty in 2009 is expect-           as many as a third of them, occurred in         Hawaii, the general said the Army was           expected to last five years, the NIMH
ed to exceed that of 2008 -- a statistic        the first two months of the year and that,      able to provide all members of a rede-          may interview Soldiers, their Families
the Army doesn’t take lightly, said Vice        despite the numbers, he believes the            ploying unit with a post-deployment             and their parents. The study will include
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter           Army is making progress in its efforts to       mental-health screening that involved           the active duty force in addition to the
Chiarelli.                                      curb suicide.                                   actual mental-health professionals. Some        National Guard and Army Reserve.
    “We are most certainly going to end             “It is important to put these num-          Soldiers saw a health professional face-            Chiarelli said he will meet with NIMH
the year higher than last year,” Chiarelli      bers in context and to talk about why           to-face, others did it via computer.            officials in early December to get a brief-
said. “Obviously we would prefer not to         we believe, despite these numbers, that            “We took a battalion, returning from         ing on the study and will use that infor-
have another suicide this year, or in the       we are making some progress,” Chiarel-          theater, and gave one hundred per-              mation to help better steer Army efforts
years that follow. But we know that will        li said. “Since March, the general trend        cent of the Soldiers in that battalion          to curb suicides.
not be the case. This is horrible -- and I      line, with the exception of a couple of         mental-health evaluations,” the gen-                Until then, the general said, the Army
do not want to downplay the significance        months, has been down.”                         eral said. The mass screening resulted          is still at a loss to explain why Soldiers
of these numbers in any way.”                       He said he attributes that decline to       in “a higher ... rate for mental health         commit suicide. With the exception of a
    During a press briefing at the Penta-       Army actions to inform and educate Sol-         issues that we believe we caught earli-         relationship between suicides and Sol-
gon Nov. 17, Chiarelli told reporters that      diers and leaders on the issue -- and he        er because of a twenty to thirty-minute         diers who are geographically separated
as of Nov. 16, the Army had 140 sui-            cited leader involvement for Army prog-         evaluation.”                                    from military installations, Chiarelli said
cides on its books for Soldiers serving on      ress in suicide.                                   Follow-up evaluations will be provid-        the Army still has found no single factor
active duty -- though some of those are             Chiarelli said the Army has several         ed to Soldiers between 90 to 180 days           that can be used to predict suicides.
still under investigation.                      initiatives designed to help curb suicides.     after coming home, he said, to “identi-             “There are no easy answers or solu-
    The Army had 16 potential suicides          The biggest, he said, is the Comprehen-         fy those individuals who may be having          tions,” the general said of trying to curb
in October, all of which are still under        sive Soldier Fitness program, which the         trouble with reintegration.”                    suicides. “And although we have made
investigation, the Defense Department           Army kicked off in October.                        The advent of telemedicine is benefi-        changes to Army policy based on many
announced Nov. 13. In September, the                “It is an investment in the readiness of    cial for the Army, Chiarelli said, because      of the lessons learned, we still haven’t
Army had seven suicides; three of which         our force,” Chiarelli said.                     the service is struggling, like much of         found any statistically significant causal
are not confirmed and four still under              The aim of Comprehensive Soldier            the civilian population, to find both men-      linkage that would allow us to effective-
investigation.                                  Fitness is to help Soldiers put the same        tal-health and substance-abuse counsel-         ly predict human behavior.”
    The Army had experienced 140 con-           emphasis on mental strength and resil-          ors. He said he’d ideally like to see in            He said the Army is concerned with
firmed suicides in 2008. If Army suicide        ience that they put on physical strength.       the Army the addition of as many as             an increase in suicides at Fort Camp-
rates for 2009 exceed those of 2008, it             The Army has implemented addi-              300 substance-abuse counselors and 800          bell, Ky.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Scho-
will be the fifth year in row the num-          tional programs that are aimed at psy-          mental health counselors.                       field Barracks, Hawaii. Additionally, he
bers have risen. The numbers for 2008           chological well-being. Among those are             “I need more substance abuse coun-           said, the Army is studying why suicide
also gave the Army, for the first time, a       the pilot TRICARE Assistance Program            selors in my posts, camps and stations,”        rates are down at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort
suicide rate higher than that of a compa-       and the Telemental Health Network --            he said.                                        Bragg, N.C., and Fort Drum, N.Y.
14      APG News • November 26, 2009

                            DFMWR facilities Thanksgiving schedule
                                                                   THU 26-Nov                      FRI 27-Nov                   SAT 28-Nov                   SUN 29-Nov

   AA ATHLETIC CENTER                                                 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.                7 a.m. - 3 p.m.               7 a.m. - 3 p.m.               7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
   AA HEALTH & FITNESS CTR                                                CLOSED                         CLOSED                       CLOSED                        CLOSED
   EA HOYLE GYM/FITNESS CTR                                           7 a.m. - 3 p.m.                7 a.m. - 3 p.m.               7 a.m. - 3 p.m.               7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

   TOP OF THE BAY                                                         CLOSED                         CLOSED                       CLOSED                        CLOSED
   BOWLING SNACK BAR                                                      CLOSED                        5 - 10 p.m.                  3 - 10 p.m.                   1 - 6 p.m.
   SUTHERLAND GRILL                                                       CLOSED                  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.        9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.         9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   AA REC CTR SNACK BAR                                                3:30 - 10 p.m.                 3:30 - 10 p.m.               3:30 - 10 p.m.                Noon - 5 p.m.
   SOUTH SIDE GRILL - LUNCH                                               CLOSED                     11 a.m. - 2 p.m.             11 a.m. - 2 p.m.                 1 - 5 p.m.
   SOUTH SIDE GRILL - EVENING                                             CLOSED                        5 - 9 p.m.                    5 - 9 p.m.                    CLOSED
   DONNA’S PIT BEEF                                                       CLOSED                         CLOSED                       CLOSED                        CLOSED

   AA RECREATION CENTER                                                  3 - 11 p.m.                    3 - 11 p.m.                  3 - 11 p.m.                11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
   BOWLING                                                                CLOSED                        5 - 10 p.m.                  3 - 10 p.m.                   1 - 6 p.m.
   RUGGLES                                                                CLOSED                    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.           8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.            8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   EA RECREATION CENTER                                                  3 - 11 p.m.                    3 - 11 p.m.                  3 - 11 p.m.                11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
   EXTON                                                                  CLOSED                    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.           8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.            8 a.m .- 4:30 p.m.

   AUTO CRAFTS CENTER                                                     CLOSED                     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.               9 a.m. - 5 p.m.               9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
   ODR & EQUIPMENT CENTER                                                 CLOSED                         CLOSED                       CLOSED                        CLOSED
   LIBRARY                                                                CLOSED                         CLOSED                       1 - 5 p.m.                   1 - 5 p.m.
   MWR LEISURE TRAVEL                                                     CLOSED                         CLOSED                       CLOSED                        CLOSED

   CHILD & YOUTH SERVICES*                                                CLOSED                         CLOSED                       CLOSED                        CLOSED
   ARMY COMMUNITY SVC                                                     CLOSED                         CLOSED                       CLOSED                        CLOSED

 *CYS Services facilities are: Child Development Centers, Youth Centers/School-Age Services programs and Family Child Care homes.

Volunteer today                                    The ornament is also in honor of the first   Radio City Christmas Spectacular at          The Great Russian Nutcracker
   Explore a new career, develop new           Christmas that used electric lights in 1894.     the 1st Mariner Arena, 201 West Bal-            The Lyric Opera House, located on
skills, network with other professionals           For more information or to purchase,         timore Street, Baltimore. There will be      140 West Mount Royal Avenue, Balti-
and create opportunities. Army Commu-          call FMWR Leisure Travel Services,               two shows, 4 or 7 p.m., Dec. 17. Tick-       more, will present the Nutcracker, 7:30
nity Service has many opportunities and        410-278-4011/4907, visit AA Recreation           ets cost $76.75 for adults and $67.75        p.m., Dec. 19 and 5 p.m., Dec. 20.
needs support for its various programs.        Center, building 3326, or e-mail APGR-           for children ages 2 through 12. Children        Tickets cost $70.50 for all ages and
   For more information, call Army             USAG-MWR-LeisureTravel@conus.                    ages 2 and under do not need a ticket if     must be pre-ordered. Children under the
Community Service, 410-278-2453.                                             seated on a parent’s lap. All tickets must   age of 2 do not need a ticket if seated on
Holiday Gift Wrap Program                      Leisure Travel Services available                be pre-ordered. Tickets are limited and      a parent’s lap. Tickets are limited and
begins Friday                                  at EA Recreation Center                          are available on a first-come first-serve    are available on a first-come, first-serve
                                                   Limited services are available at Lei-       basis. Seats are located in the lower lev-   basis. Seating is located in the lower lev-
    Gift wrapping will start Nov. 28 and
                                               sure Travel Services, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,         els. There is no guaranteed seating. The     els. There is no guaranteed seating. The
run through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
                                               Wednesdays, at the EA Recreation Cen-            last day to purchase tickets is Dec. 3.      last day to purchase tickets is Dec. 3.
See schedule on page 11.
                                               ter, building E-4140.                               For more information or to purchase          For more information or to purchase
2009 White House ornament sale                                                                  tickets, visit FMWR Leisure Travel Ser-      tickets, visit the FMWR Leisure Travel
                                                   For more information, visit or call
   FMWR Leisure Travel Services is             410-436-2713.                                    vices, AA Recreation Center, building        Services, AA Recreation Center, build-
selling the latest White House orna-               For full services, visit or call the APG     3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or e-mail            ing 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or e-mail
ments for $16, but supplies are limited.       Leisure Travel Office located in the AA          APGR-USAG-MWR-LeisureTravel@                 APGR-USAG-MWR-LeisureTravel@
The 2009 White House Christmas Orna-           Recreation Center, 410-278-4011 or e-                      
ment is in honor of Grover Cleveland’s         mail APGR-USAG-MWR-LeisureTrav-
24th presidency, which was his second
non-consecutive term. Cleveland was
the only president elected for two non-        Radio City Christmas Spectacular                    November bowling specials
consecutive terms in U.S. history.                 See the Rockettes perform in the                  Adult Lunch Leagues bowl Tuesday        bar and receive one free game.
                                                                                                 and Thursday during the day. No open          • On Nov. 25, anyone who bowls
                           SKIES Unlimited                                                       bowling until 1 p.m. Evening leagues        three strikes in a row (a turkey), that
   For more information or to register for     as recommended by the instructor.                 are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.         game is free.
a SKIES Unlimited class, call the Central                                                            There will be no open bowling on          • Anyone that bowls three turkeys in
                                               Free babysitting course                           Thursdays after 5 p.m. and no open          one game wins a gift certificate up to
Registration Office, building 2752, 410-
278-7571/7479. Open to all DoD ID card            Become a certified babysitter after            bowling on Friday until after 9:30 p.m.     $25 for a free turkey.
holders. For an appointment, e-mail sta-       taking the free 4-H/Army Child, Youth             On Wednesday there are a few lanes            • Cosmic Saturdays: Each Saturday,
                                               and School Services babysitting class for         which will be issued on a first-come,       receive one hour of bowling, one whole
                                               ages 13 to 18.                                    first-served basis.                         cheese pizza (toppings extra) and one
Driver’s Ed                                       The class will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,                                                   pitcher of soda for $32.
                                               Jan. 19, at the Aberdeen Area Child, Youth        Leagues are still forming
   Driver’s Education classes will be                                                                                                           The Bowling Center will hold a
                                               and School Services, building 2522. The              Saturday youth leagues are accept-
held Dec. 7 thru Dec. 22 (There is no                                                                                                        special bowling promotion Dec. 18
                                               objective is to familiarize participants          ing ages 18 months to 20 years for their
class on federal holidays). Classes will                                                                                                     through Jan. 3. Soldiers and their
                                               with the responsibilities of babysitting          youth league. Youths ages 18 months to
be held Monday thru Thursday, 2:30 to                                                                                                        Families can bowl two free games
                                                  Class is open to all DoD ID card               11 starts at 9 a.m. and ages 12 thru 20
5:45 p.m. and 6 to 9:15 p.m. Cost is $315                                                                                                    with free shoe rentals per day. Soldier
                                               holders.                                          starts at 10:45 a.m.
per student.                                                                                                                                 and or Family member must present
   All Drivers Education classes are           Private Flute Lessons                             Bowling specials                            an ID that verifies they are a Soldier
conducted by Rules Driving School, Inc.                                                            • Each Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.,      or Family member. (No limit to the
                                                  Private flute lessons for ages 8 through       bowl for $1.25 per game. Shoe rental        size of Family.)
Classes will be held in Aberdeen at the        18 will be held 3:30 to 7 p.m., Mondays,
Community Center, 34 N. Philadelphia                                                             costs $2.                                      This is based on available lanes and
                                               Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, at the Aberdeen              • Purchase a special from the snack       shoes.
Boulevard, room 304.                           Area Youth Center, building 2522.
   Classes include 30 hours classroom
instruction and 6 hours behind the wheel
                                                  Cost of the lessons is $96 per student
                                               and includes one 30-minute session per
                                                                                                 APG Bowling Center Snack Bar specials
instruction.                                   week for six weeks.                                                             Building 2342
   The last day to register for class is one      Students must provide their own flute          The Bowling Center hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m. to 10
week prior to the first class. Students must   and also are required to purchase books           p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday; 1 to 11 p.m., Saturday;
be between the ages of 15.9 and 18 years       required for the course as recommended            and 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday.
old. Parents must attend the first day of      by the instructor.
class. Open to all DoD ID card holders.           Books are a one-time purchase.                 Week of Nov. 23
   Prices subject to change without notice.    Parents choose which time frame ses-                 Special #1: Grand daddy sub, french fries, cookie and regular soda for $8.25.
Private piano lessons                          sion they want to sign-up for when they              Special #2: Italian sausage, french fries, cookie and regu-
                                               register their child.                             lar soda for $6.25.
   SKIES Unlimited private piano les-
sons will be given for ages 4 thru 18,                                                           Week of Nov. 30
3:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Tuesdays or Fri-           Looking for a job?                                 Special #1: Grilled ham and cheese sandwich
days, Jan. 5 through Feb. 12 (no class on         Visit FMWR Jobs Available at                   with tomato soup, cookie and regular soda for
Jan. 15) and Feb. 23 through April 2.                                   $4.95.
   Lessons cost $102 per student and              All jobs for Aberdeen Proving                     Special #2: Turkey club sandwich with pota-
include six weeks of 30-minute lessons          Ground are listed at          to chips, cookie and regular soda for $6.95.
once a week. Parents choose which time          mil/employment/naf.htm or check out
frame session they want to sign-up for                                                              For more information or to place an order,
                                                AAFES Jobs link http://odin.aafes.               call 410-278-4041. Orders must be placed before
when they register their child.                 com/employment/ for additional job
   Students will be responsible for pur-                                                         10:30 a.m.
chasing the required books for the course
                                                                                                                                        November 26, 2009 • APG News                            15

 New Company A Soldiers remove a victim’s contaminated clothing during a training exercise Nov. 6. The Soldiers ran two miles, stopping every quarter of a mile to test their abilities as a chemical
response team and technical escort unit.

Adding a little kick: 22d Chemical Battalion
takes physical fitness to a whole new level
Story and photos by
20th Support Command (CBRNE)
   Physical and mental fitness have long
been pillars of the U.S. Army, so it is no
surprise that Company A, 22d Chemical
Battalion, (Technical Escort) gathered
in the pre-dawn hours Nov. 6 for their
workout. Like many other Army units,
Company A is committed to being phys-
ically fit.
   At quarter-past six in the morning,
the sounds on the Edgewood Area of
Aberdeen Proving Ground are few, but
   A bird chirps to signal the start of the
new day; a car moves down Magnolia
Road, its occupant undoubtedly on the
way to work.
   On a side street, there’s the authorita-
tive voice of 1st Lt. Maritzabel Mustafaa
shouting in the pre-dawn air.
   “Everybody listen up,” Mustafaa says,
her voice as loud as necessary to get her
Soldiers’ attention.
   She gives a safety briefing to the Sol-
diers of Company A as they prepare for
a workout.
   But this is no ordinary workout.
   Dressed in full personal protec-
tive equipment — chemical suits, gas
masks, gloves and boots —the Soldiers            Veteran Soldiers of Company A, 22d Chemical Battalion, seal a chemical round found during the training exercise.
of Company A prepare to run a two-mile               The unit is no stranger to deploy-             perform as CBRNE warriors.                        chemical responders and earned brag-
course.                                           ment, members of the command hav-                    Before reaching the finish line, they          ging rights as the fastest team.
   Mustafaa, a battalion team lead-               ing mobilized numerous times to Iraq              answer a technical question posed by                 The second team, mostly new mem-
er, organized the workout known as,               and Afghanistan in support of the Glob-           Staff Sgt. James Hunt. They receive the           bers to the unit, was not discouraged.
“Responder’s Challenge.” During the               al War on Terrorism.                              all-clear as they finish their run.               They had a few bragging rights of their
exercise, two Company A teams raced the              The clock begins. The first team rac-             As they begin to remove their chem-            own.
two-mile course, stopping every quarter           es toward the quarter-mile point.                 ical gear, drenched in perspiration, they            “We only lost by five minutes,”
mile to face a challenge they might face             A casualty, a mannequin for training           are reminded that nothing in the Army is          Staff Sgt. Rigaud Julien said. “That’s
in a chemical response situation.                 purposes, lies on the road. They load the         accomplished alone.                               not bad for a bunch of new kids on the
   “We wanted to combine physical fit-            victim on a litter and run another quar-             “Help your buddy out,” Hunt yelled.            block.”
ness and combat-focused training and              ter mile.                                            The Soldiers helped each other remove             As traffic in the area began to pick
test the ability of each team to conduct             At the half-mile point they treat a vic-       their PPE.                                        up and the sun rose a little higher in
chemical response,” she said.                     tim who has been exposed to a nerve                  The first team, comprised of Compa-            the sky, all the Soldiers said their suc-
   The 22d Chemical Battalion’s mis-              agent. They safely cut the victim’s out-          ny A veterans, finished in 48 minutes.            cess was due to their dedication and
sion is to provide chemical, biologi-             er clothing.                                         “The training was good,” Sgt. David            perseverance.
cal, radiological, nuclear and high-yield            As they continue, they stop to seal            Williamson said, catching his breath.                “You’ve got to contract the core,” Staff
explosives, or CBRNE, response in sup-            a chemical leak, drop off a chemical              “The scenarios were realistic and caused          Sgt. Tobias Bivines said of the physical
port of military operations and civil             round, take samples and transport haz-            you to think on your feet.”                       challenge. “You go deep and pull out
authorities.                                      ardous materials — jobs they routinely               The first team gained confidence as            everything that’s inside of you.”

First Lt. Maritzabel Mustafaa gives Company A, 22d Chemical Battalion Soldiers a safety briefing in the pre-dawn
hours. Mustafaa organized the “Responder’s Challenge,” a program aimed at combining physical fitness with com-           Members of Company A help each other remove gas masks before complet-
bat-focused training.                                                                                                   ing the final leg of their two-mile run.

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