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www.apgnews.apg.army.mil 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 update 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 Page 5 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 Page 11 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 YVONNE JOHNSON 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. tunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the printer PA, APG, MD 21005-5001; call the editor at 410-278-1150, shall refuse to print advertising from that source. DSN 298-1150; send a fax to 410-278-2570; send e-mail Editorial content is prepared, edited and approved by to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. the APG Public Affairs Office. The APG News is printed mil or contact reporters Yvonne Johnson at yvonne. 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RICK LYNCH ter conditions, hunting, home fires, home tress among those around you. Be mind- IMCOM 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- army.mil/hq/officecom/staff/safety/. overwhelmed. 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, ACWA 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 us.army.mil. 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. MDNG 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 FreedomAward.mil 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 FreedomAward.mil 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 leycorridor.org. 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 akinscrisp.com 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 email@example.com 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 SUNDAY 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 www.apgnews.apg.army. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 addiction 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- DrugsNo.com. 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 apgmwr.com 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 email@example.com or visit www. costs $20 per person; $10 will be donat- will not be sold at the door. Tickets cost 410-278-1364/4698. camokids.org/games.cfm. 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 www.apgnews.apg.army.mil under Dress is semi-formal for civilians mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 RACHEL PONDER 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 Dinosaur.” Guests also received ACS Military Family Appreciation Goody Bags and were provided information on all ACS programs. 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 2479. 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 Picerne 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 post. 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 RACHEL PONDER 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 clothes. 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 http://cedarmesa.com/flute- 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.” cast.net or visit http://home. er to make a whole snake. Edgewood Chemical Biologi- mutual respect and increasing Garneaux performed a ‘wel- comcast.net/~wnafc/. 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 FITNESS: 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. FOOD & BEVERAGE: 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 RECREATION: 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. SELF SERVICE: 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 CARE/ COMMUNITY SERVICES 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. Activities/Events 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. army.mil. 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- conus.army.mil. conus.army.mil. ment is in honor of Grover Cleveland’s mail APGR-USAG-MWR-LeisureTrav- 24th presidency, which was his second email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. www.apgmwr.com. $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 http://acpol.army. 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. opportunities. 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 CHANEL S. WEAVER 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 distinct. 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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