www.apgnews.apg.army.mil Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland July 15, 2010 Vol. 54, No. 28 Post Shorts Building 310 items salvaged for reuse Story and photo by ACS Birthday July 22 YVONNE JOHNSON Army Community Service APG News will celebrate its 45th birthday Later this summer, a portion of build- at Shore Park with a cookout, ing 310, the former post headquarters of children’s activities, a bounce Aberdeen Proving Ground, will be partial- house and open swimming in ly demolished. Several items will live on the Shore Pool. in Maryland homes, however, thanks to a Free tickets are available June 30 removal operation supervised by at Aberdeen ACS, Building the Directorate of Public Works. 2503, open Monday through During the operation, Second Chance, Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Inc., a nonprofit architectural salvage com- ACS is currently in the pany, took possession of various wood trim process of moving to build- pieces and moldings, oak doors, transoms, ing 2503. Please call 410-278- and windows with old wavy glass from the 7572/4372 to confirm location. rear wings of the building. This event is open to the Terri Kaltenbacher, from the cultural entire Aberdeen Proving resources program, DPW Environmental Ground community. Planning and Sustainability Branch, and Edward Myers, DPW Asbestos Team super- Counterintelligence visor, coordinated the removal of the items, recruiting team after months of coordination with the Mary- visits APG land Historical Trust. Cultural Resources Program Manager Mark Gallihue, and Gail The U.S. Army’s CI Spe- Fuller, the director of the future APG Muse- cial Agent Recruiting Team um, also were apprised of the operation. will present an information Myers said Second Chance, Inc. was briefing, 1 to 3 p.m., July cleared to take possession of old doors, 22, at Victory Hall, building windows, pressed metal, ceiling tiles, and 4727, Conference Room. a large quantity of trim pieces and mold- The briefing will include ings that were saved from the building for information concerning reuse. career field MOS 35L (CI “These are all original pieces from when Special Agent), including cri- the building was first built,” he said. teria for entry, how to apply Joel Rye of the Directorate of Public Works carries part of a wooden office door away from building He added that the building was struc- for reclassification and the 310 during the removal of salvageable items June 30. A nonprofit architectural salvage company took turally safe and has not been condemned, missions, assignments, and possession of several items for resale and reuse in Maryland homes. though health hazards remain. training opportunities for CI Due to the potentially hazardous air tors and leather gloves – entered the build- Gene Metzger, Second Chance, Inc. Special Agents. quality inside the rear wings, which are ing. DPW personnel then passed the items deconstruction manager, said the company The presentation is for shut off from the rest of the building, sev- to Second Chance, Inc. personnel who wait- will resell the items at its warehouse out- enlisted, grades E4 through eral personnel from the DPW asbestos team ed in a panel truck that was backed up to let in Baltimore or to private individuals E6. Army CI is made up of – wearing protective Tyvek suits, respira- the ramp. See DPW, page 15 unique individuals who have a genuine desire to detect, iden- tify, assess and then neutralize or exploit foreign intelligence and security service activities Getting ready to roll against U.S. Forces. For more information, call Randall Long, 520-533-2320, DSN 821-2320, or e-mail ran- firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Rodgers, 520-533-5952, DSN 821-5952, or email Stephen. email@example.com. Strong Bonds Couples Retreat A Strong Bonds couples training and retreat will be Photo by RICHARD A. MATTOX, PEO C3T offered at the Harbourtown Lt. Col. Gregory H. Coil, incoming Product Manager, Multi-channel Satellite Resort in St. Michael’s, Md. Terminals, right, accepts the unit charter from Col. William C. Hoppe, Project Aug. 4 to 6. Manager, Warfighter Information Network – Tactical, or WIN-T, left, during a Strong Bonds is provid- Change of Charter ceremony at Top of the Bay July 8. ed by the Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison Command Chaplain and the Garrison BRAC organizations Commander at no cost to the Soldier and their spouse. change charters as APG Registration is being accepted at the Main Post relocation continues Chapel. Story by es,” Hoppe said. “You will do To register, attendees must YVONNE JOHNSON phenomenally well.” APG News bring a DA31, as a PTDY, Amsler was awarded the signed by their command to The Aberdeen Proving Legion of Merit, plaques, and the chapel and register with Ground Transformation contin- a U.S. flag commemorating his Joyce Wood, the command ued July 8, as organizations retirement. chaplain’s administrator. For transitioning to the installation Amsler called the multiple information call 410-278- from Fort Monmouth, N.J. held changes during the past four 4333. Child care will be change of charter ceremonies at years, including base realign- Photo by YVONNE JOHNSON, APG News provided. Top of the Bay. ment and closure adjustments, A 90-ton crane hovers over a Sherman Firefly tank decorated with the See SHORTS, page 4 In the morning, Lt. Col. “amazing.” markings of the Canadian Army on the grounds of the Ordnance Museum. Gregory H. Coile assumed The museum is closed for the month of July due to loading and packing “Everyone has been continu- ISSUE the duties of Product Manag- ally dedicated to supporting the operations for nearly 50 artifacts headed to Fort Lee, Va. The closure includes the museum grounds and gallery. For more information, call er, Multi-channel Satellite Ter- HIGHLIGHTS minals from Lt. Col. James E. warfighter,” he said. Coile said he felt “honored 410-278-3602. Amsler Jr. who retired after 24 and very fortunate” to assume the Page 2 Hurricane preparedness years of service. Col. William C. Hoppe, Proj- duties of product manager and working with the “the team.” ACS/CYSS on the move ect Manager, Warfighter Infor- “I am much honored to serve Page 3 mation Network – Tactical, our country and bring com- or WIN-T, presided over the munications capabilities to the CECOM hosts first hail ceremony. ceremony world.” Hoppe praised Amsler for his Page 5 leadership and welcomed Coile Project Manager WIN-T to the WIN-T Family. He called Warfighters who perform USAF Detachment change, “a good thing.” missions at a variety of locations holds last APG graduation “It helps us grow and it brings and echelons require a means new opportunities and challeng- to achieve battlefield aware- Page 6 es,” he said. ness, request support and coor- He called Amsler, who was dinate activities which can be PM ACS holds change of charter ceremony the organization’s first officer accomplished with the ability to move from Fort Monmouth, to exchange information from Page 7 N.J., “phenomenally smart” and point-to-point, center-to-cen- June Retirement “technically savvy.” ter across the battlefield. Project Ceremony “You taught me a lot and for Manager Warfighter Informa- Photo by YVONNE JOHNSON, APG NEWS that I thank you,” Hoppe said. tion Network – Tactical, WIN-T, From left, Diana Hayes, Army Community Service information and refer- Pages 8 and 9 He said Coile’s contract- designs, acquires, fields and sup- ral outreach program manager, checks a packing list as summer hires FMWR ing background will prove a ports fully integrated and cost Jenna Heffinger, 16 and Mari Williams, 15, remove boxes to be transport- Page 10 valuable asset that will work effective Tactical Networks and ed to the organization’s new offices in building 2503 on Highpoint Road. “extremely well” for him. Services that meet Warfighter Along with ACS, Child, Youth and School Services is moving into building DES canine teams 2503 this week. All ACS appointments are limited to emergencies. Army win big at Iron Dog “You have a lot of respon- capability needs while sustain- Emergency Relief services will continue without interruption. For infor- Competition sibility staring at you and it’s ing a world class workforce. mation about CYSS Central Registration, call 410-278-7571/7479. going to take you to great plac- See CHARTERS, page 15 2 APG News • July 15, 2010 Story by Emergency notification system YVONNE JOHNSON The Harford County Division of APG News Emergency Operation has developed a The 2010 Hurricane Season began broad-reaching emergency notification June 1 and already there has been record- network in which residents can register breaking activity in the Gulf of Mexico. cell phone numbers and e-mail address- Hurricane Alex, a rare June storm, made es with the county’s Connect-CTY Emer- landfall along the northeast coast of gency Notification System. To register, Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane with log onto www.harfordpublicsafety.org, 105 mile per hour winds June 30. Alex follow the Connect-CTY link on the was downgraded to a tropical storm July home page and enter information, easily 1, but continued to dump heavy rain over and securely. Mexico and South Texas. Activity this early in the hurricane season Preparation is the key serves as a reminder that coastal residents The Harford County EOC recommends always should be prepared for the possibil- that all Families prepare for emergencies ity of a hurricane. Even tropical storms, or such as major hurricanes by preparing hurricane spin offs such as storm surge, tor- Family Disaster Prevention Plans and nados and torrential rains, can have damag- Emergency Relief Kits. The assembled ing - even catastrophic - effects. information and supplies can help pre- • Sleeping bag or warm blan- This is the first of a two-part series vent confusion and prolong survival dur- ket for each person. Consider on hurricane preparedness. The infor- ing various types of emergencies like additional bedding depending mation presented is based on guidance Pandemic Flu outbreaks, terrorist attacks, on season or climate. from the Federal Emergency Manage- chemical train derailments, or even bliz- • Complete change of cloth- ment Agency, the Maryland Emergen- zards; not just hurricanes. ing including a long sleeved cy Management Agency and the Harford Get A Kit. Make A Plan. shirt, long pants and sturdy County Division of Emergency Opera- Be informed. shoes. tions. Readers outside of these areas also http://www.ready.gov • Household chlorine should consult their local authorities. Get A Kit bleach and medicine dropper and diapers. Families may need to survive on their – When diluted nine parts water to one If your Family evacuation plan includes It can happen here part bleach, the bleach can be used as a own after an emergency. This means stor- an RV, boat or trailer, leave early. Do not Maryland is in a hurricane/tropi- disinfectant. In an emergency, it can be ing food, water and other supplies in wait until the evacuation order or exodus cal storm-prone region. Residents who used to treat water by using 16 drops of sufficient quantities to last for at least is well underway to start your trip. remember Tropical Storm Isabel and Hur- regular, household liquid bleach per gal- three days per person. Local officials and If you live in an evacuation zone and ricane Ivan know it does not take a strong lon of water. Do not use scented, color relief workers will be on the scene after are ordered to evacuate by state or local Category 3 to wreak havoc in this area. safe or bleaches with added cleaners. a disaster or emergency but they can- officials, do so as quickly as possible. Tropical Storm Isabel came through • Fire extinguisher not reach everyone immediately. It might Do not wait or delay your departure, to in September 2003. Of the 2003 named • Matches in a waterproof container take hours, or it might take days. Be pre- do so will only increase your chances of storms, Isabel was the costliest. Although • Feminine supplies and personal pared for services such as electricity, gas, being stuck in traffic, or even worse, not it was downgraded from a hurricane to a hygiene items water, sewage treatment and telephones being able to get out at all. tropical storm, damage to the Mid-Atlantic • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and region was significant. According to Wiki- to be cut off for days, weeks or longer. Be Informed Recommended items to include in a plastic utensils, paper towels Familiarize yourself with the terms pedia.com, about 1.24 million people lost • Paper and pencils power throughout Maryland and Washing- basic emergency supply kit include: used to identify a hurricane. • Water, one gallon of water per per- • Books, games, puzzles or other A hurricane watch means a hurri- ton, D.C. The worst of Isabel’s effects came activities for children. from its storm surge, which inundated areas son per day for at least three days for cane is possible in your area. Be pre- drinking and sanitation For more information, visit www. pared to evacuate. Monitor local radio along the coast and resulted in severe beach ready.gov/america. erosion. In Eastern Maryland, hundreds • Food, at least a three-day supply of and television broadcasts or listen to of buildings were damaged or destroyed non-perishable food Make A Plan NOAA Weather Radio for the latest by the storm surge and related tidal flood- • Battery-powered or hand crank radio The plan should identify an evacua- developments. ing. Thousands of houses were affected in and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone tion point where Family members will A hurricane warning means a hurri- Central Maryland, with severe storm surge alert and extra batteries for both meet if an evacuation order is issued. cane in your area is imminent. If advised flooding reported in Baltimore and Annap- • Flashlight and extra batteries You may also choose a hotel/motel to evacuate, leave immediately. olis. Many will remember the news cover- • First Aid kit outside of the vulnerable area. Listen to local officials and learn about age of flooding in the Fells Point restaurant • Whistle to signal for help If neither of these options is available, the emergency plans that have been estab- district in Baltimore, which was devastat- • Dust mask, to help filter contaminat- consider the closest possible public shel- lished in your area. In any emergen- ed by the storm. Throughout Maryland and ed air and plastic sheeting and duct tape ter, preferably within your local area. cy, always listen to the instructions from Washington, damage totaled about $945 to shelter-in-place Use the evacuation routes designated local emergency management officials. million. Another example is the torrential • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and by authorities and, if possible, become Find out how to keep food safe dur- rains of Hurricane Floyd in 1999, which plastic ties for personal sanitation familiar with your route by driving it ing and after power outages by visiting dumped up to 14 inches on parts of Mary- • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities before an evacuation order is issued. www.foodsafety.gov/keep/emergency/ land and the Mid-Atlantic leaving 250,000 • Can opener for canned foods Contact your local emergency man- index.html. without electricity and causing $7.9 million • Local maps agement office to register or get informa- Find additional information about in damages throughout the state. • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or tion regarding anyone in your household how to plan and prepare for a hurricane solar charger whom may require special assistance in by visiting: The greatest threat • Prescription medications and glasses order to evacuate. • Maryland Emergency Management Storm surge is caused by a dome of • Infant formula and diapers Prepare a separate pet plan; most pub- Agency at www.mema.state.md.us water pushed ashore by powerful hur- • Pet food and extra water for pet lic shelters do not accept pets. • NOAA Hurricane Center: www.nhc. ricane-force winds. Storm surge is con- • Important Family documents such Prepare your home prior to leaving by noaa.gov sidered the greatest killer of people in as copies of insurance policies, identi- boarding up doors and windows, secur- • American Red Cross: www.red- hurricanes and it is particular threat to fication and bank account records in a ing or moving indoors all yard objects, cross.org areas lining the Chesapeake Bay. waterproof, portable container and turning off all utilities. • U.S. Environmental Protection Anyone residing in Joppa, Edgewood, • Cash or traveler’s checks and change Before leaving, fill your car with gas and Agency: www.epa.gov Abingdon, Perryman, Aberdeen, Havre • Emergency reference material such as withdraw extra money from the ATM. • U.S. Department of Health and de Grace or Aberdeen Proving Ground a first aid book or information from www. 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If a violation or rejection of this equal oppor- the APG Public Affairs Office, Building 2201, IMNE-APG- Web site .................................. www.apgnews.apg.army.mil July 15, 2010 • APG News 3 CECOM hosts first Hail Ceremony at APG Story by CECOM personnel and C4ISR partners ANDRICKA THOMAS are occupying workspaces across the CECOM Public Affairs installation. The team originates from The U.S. Army Communications- a partnership between the U.S. Army Electronics Command recently host- Materiel Command and the Assistant ed its first Hail Ceremony at Aberdeen Secretary of the Army for Acquisi- Proving Ground to welcome CECOM tion, Logistics and Technology. These personnel to APG. Edward C. Thom- team members comprise the C4ISR as, CECOM deputy to the command- portion of the Army’s Materiel Enter- er, greeted attendees; some of whom prise. It is this partnership and collabo- were new to CECOM and others who ration that enables life cycle support for were new to APG. With nearly 1,800 C4ISR systems. Together, these organi- CECOM and Army Team Command, zations develop, acquire, provide, field Control, Communications, Computers, and sustain C4ISR systems and bat- Intelligence, Surveillance and Recon- tle command capabilities for the joint naissance personnel working at APG, warfighter. the center of gravity for the CECOM mission is shifting from Fort Mon- Army Team C4ISR reorganiza- mouth, N.J., to APG, according to tions include: Thomas. AMC Team Members: “I’m going to hail myself, because • U.S. Army Communications-Elec- I’m new,” said Thomas in welcome. tronics Command (CECOM) “This is yet another milestone in • U.S. Army Communications-Elec- CECOM’s relocation to APG.” tronics Research, Development and Presenting office chiefs hailed Engineering Center (CERDEC) approximately 100 individuals at the • CECOM Contracting Center event. Many of the presenters also were (CECOM-CC) new to APG. ASA/ALT Team Members: “We will be moving to the ‘big city’ • Program Executive Office Com- in August,” said Thomas referring to mand, Control, Communications – Tac- the new campus with space for 7,300 tical (PEO C3T) personnel. The C4ISR, Center of Excel- • Program Executive Office for Intel- lence campus groundbreaking took ligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors place in March 2008. Two years later, (PEO IEW&S) CECOM personnel can now expect to • Program Executive Office for Enter- move into the first completed building prise Information Systems (PEO EIS) in less than two months. Before mov- For more information about CECOM, ing to the new state-of-the-art campus, visit www.army.mil/cecom. Go to http://ice.disa.mil. Click on “ARMY” then “Aberdeen Proving Ground. ” 4 APG News • July 15, 2010 FRIDAY first served. There will be sandwiches SUNDAY to 4:30 p.m. for all ages. The cost is $2 and light fare available. per person or $6 per Family. Registra- JULY 16 For more information, call 410-642- JULY 18 tion is required. PATRIOTIC SALUTE DAY 2771. INVASINATORS For more information, to register or All veterans and active duty service DADDY AND ME TEA As part of a volunteer team of inva- for directions to the Anita C. Leight members are invited to attend “Patri- sive plant removers and native plant Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or A Daddy and Me Tea will be held 11 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. otic Salute Day, a special feature of ” restorers, learn why non-native inva- a.m. to 2 p.m., at Rockfield Manor the 12th annual Mason Dixon Fair. The sive plants are a threat to the eco- located on 501 Churchville Road, Bel MONDAYS Mason-Dixon Fairgrounds is located system, how to identify problem Air, Md. Share with a celebration of at 6988 Delta Road in Delta, Pa., on the that special bond between a father-fig- plants, and removal and restoration JULY 19 THRU AUG. 30 MD-PA Line, Route 165 and Route 74. strategies. Wear sturdy shoes, long NATURE TOTS ure and his little girl.The Daddy and Me Admission is free all day to veterans sleeves, and work gloves for field Tea is an event that will allow daddies Explore and discover the natural world and active duty service members with work in the Reserve. Participants to provide the special moments their through sensory activities, songs, and military, VFW or American Legion ID. receive an Invasinators t-shirt after daughters need to cultivate positive a short hike. Topics will be held 9 to 10 All veterans, active duty service mem- attending two work days. This pro- relationships, build bonds, and plant a.m. each Monday, July 19 thru Aug. bers and senior citizens are invited to gram will be held noon to 2 p.m. seeds that garner self-esteem, self- 30 for ages 2 and 3 (parents must attend a special early show by the Re- for ages 14 to adult. Registration is worth, determination and focus. Cost stay). The cost is $30 per child. Regis- Creation, a song and dance troop and required. is $10 for daddy and daughter duo and tration is required. enjoy fair exhibits and cash Bingo, 10 For more information, to register or $15 for an additional attendee. For more information, to register or a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for for directions to the Anita C. Leight For more information, call 410-638-4565 for directions to the Anita C. Leight this special event. Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. For more information on Patriotic FLOATING FEAST - MIDDAY 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. Salute Day visit www.masondixon- RAINBOW HIKE fair.com. MUNCH ON THE MARSH Hike the Discovery Trail and enjoy a (Editors Note: More calendar events BASKET BINGO Enjoy the perfect summertime combo: cooling, rainbow-hued treat at the end can be seen at www.apgnews.apg.army. boating and eating, featuring local of the hike. This program will be held 3 mil under Community Notes.) Basket Bingo to benefit the Eastern foods and businesses. This program Star will be held at the Aberdeen Fire will be held 12:30 to 2 p.m. for 30 lbs. Hall, Rogers Street, Aberdeen. Doors to adult. The cost is $8 per person or open at 6 p.m., bingo starts at 7 p.m. $35 per Family (limit 5 per Family). Tickets cost $12 each; extra packets Registration is required. cost $5 each. Bring a non-perishable For more information, to register or food item for a bonus prize ticket. for directions to the Anita C. Leight Pillars of a Godly Man Conference Food and beverages will be available. Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or For more information or to purchase 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. at APG Main Post Chapel tickets, call Brenda Conjour, 410-273- TICKLE A TOAD The men of the APG Gospel Service Saturday’s youth session for young 7332 or Brenda Compher, 717-456-5490. invite men to a powerful weekend of men includes some sports events and Meet a toad-ally awesome creature community fellowship, Friday July 16 a necktie-tying contest. (Bring a tie if SATURDAY and build a house to attract toads to and Saturday July 17, as they encour- possible.) All youth must be accompa- the yard. This program will be held 3 JULY 17 to 4:30 p.m. for all ages; ages 10 and age one another in the Lord and hear nied by an adult or coordination must TEXAS HOLD’EM from some of the community’s Godly be made in advance to ensure neces- under must be accompanied by an leaders. This year’s Pillars of a God- sary paperwork is on file. American Legion Susquehanna Post adult. The cost is $4 per toad house. Registration is required. ly Man Conference theme - “I am my For more information call Elder 135, 300 Cherry Street, Perryville, will host a day of Texas Hold’em. The first Brother’s Keeper” - intends to create Giles, 443-866-2372 or email lvg- For more information, to register or game starts 1 p.m., the second game for directions to the Anita C. Leight an environment conducive to learning email@example.com; or Deacon Henry, starts 6 p.m. Register by noon and 5 Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or based on the way men think and the 443-655-6895 or email bigg_dogg_ p.m. with a $50 buy in. First come, 410-879-2000, ext. 1688 unique way men interact. firstname.lastname@example.org . P OST S HORTS Hunter safety classes nar Room. Click on http://gunpowder. freetoasthost.info/ for directions, or call offered Heather McDowell, 410-436-7816 for Hunter safety classes will be held July more information. 15 and 17 in building 4303. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be held Green Dragon Ball 6 to 10 p.m. Classes on Saturdays will The National Capital Region 2010 be held 8 a.m. to noon. All classes will Joint CBRNE Green Dragon Ball will be held in building 4303. Students must be held Saturday, Aug. 14, at Top of attend class all three days. An addition- the Bay. The keynote speaker will be al class will be offered Sept. 19 for ages the Honorable Paul McHale, Jr., for- 16 and older. mer Assistant Secretary of Defense for For more information or to regis- Homeland Defense. For more details ter, call 410-671-9070. Please leave a visit the Green Dragon Ball Web site message if no one answers. An instruc- www.edgewood.army.mil/greendrag- tor will contact students to verify their onball/index.html. For more informa- space in the class and obtain addition- tion, call Tracey Kelly, 410-436-4438 or al registration information. Do not call Capt. Jessica Perez, 410-436-4000, or after 9 p.m. email to apg.green.dragon.ball@conus. army.mil. CPR, AED classes available Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire and KWVA recruiting new Emergency Services is offering CPR and members automated external defibrillator class- The Korean War Veterans Association es on APG. chapter 271 is actively recruiting new Two classes will be held 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., the third Wednes- members. Membership is open to those day of each month. who served honorably in Korea during In the Aberdeen Area, classes will be and after the Korean War or at anytime held at the Post Chapel, classroom 3, between 1945 to the present. Associ- July 21, Sept. 15 and Nov. 17. ate membership is open to non-Korean In the Edgewood Area, classes will War veterans who support the goals of be held at the Conference Center, build- the KWVA. ing E-4810, Aug. 18, Oct. 20 and Dec. The chapter is chartered under the 15. Class size will be limited to 30 National KWVA and meets quarterly participants. on the last Monday in February, May, For more information or to register, August and November. call Mike Davis, 410-306-0572, or e- For more information, contact mail email@example.com. Nick Guerra, chapter commander, at 410-272-0458. Toastmasters meeting July 19 Gunpowder Toastmasters invites Volunteer drivers needed you to meet with them Monday, July The Veterans Administration 19, to begin to discover your confi- Maryland Health Care System needs dence. Going on a job interview? Giv- a few good drivers to serve at the Fort ing a presentation? Toastmasters will Howard Outpatient Clinic, transporting help you - veteran patients to and from sched- * develop better speaking and presen- uled appointments. The VA Maryland tation skills Health Care System will work around * learn to think quickly and clearly a volunteer’s availability. Drivers for on your feet weekday mornings or afternoons are * build strong leadership abilities needed. Volunteers can work one day * hone your listening skills. a week or more, or whatever best suits Toastmasters offers this and more their schedule. in a supportive, self-paced, fun atmo- For more information or to sign up, sphere. The Gunpowder Toastmasters call David Sevinsky, voluntary ser- meet the first and third Mondays of each vice specialist, 410-605-7102/7000 ext. month (unless the date falls on a feder- 3929. al holiday), 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., in the Chemical Demilitarization Train- (Editors Note: More Shorts can be seen ing Facility in building E-4516 Semi- at www.apgnews.apg.army.mil under Shorts.) July 15, 2010 • APG News 5 USAF Detachment graduates final APG class Story by students enjoyed their time at APG. RACHEL PONDER “You are a legacy class,” he said. APG News “You can say I was a part of the last class Members and guests of Detachment to go through APG.” 1, 361st Training Squadron, gathered Staff Sgt. Alexander Schlegel, a class on July 1, to celebrate the graduation of instructor, told the graduates to continue class 20100223. The ceremony was his- to work hard in their careers. toric as it was the last graduation before “Take the initiative. Don’t sit around the detachment officially leaves and relo- waiting for a project to come to you. cates to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas Ask,” he said. “Take every opportunity in September. available to you. Your career is in your Detachment 1, 361st Training Squad- hands.” ron trains, educates, and develops pro- At the end of the ceremony, the grad- fessional joint-service technicians in the uates thanked the instructors and Fam- aircraft metals career field. ilies for their support. Many graduates Staff Sgt. Timothy Newcomb narrat- noted that their classmates motivated ed the program. He said that the grad- each other to do their best. uation ceremony recognizes a distinct “I am glad that I was a part of this group of Airmen in training that have class,” said graduate airman basic Dan- successfully completed all requirements iel Pina. “We were a real close knit to the Aircraft Metals Technology class. I had the best class and the best Apprentice Course, becoming 3-Level instructors.” Aircraft Metal Technologists. The grad- Airman basic Justin Gardner, who uates also completed 28 semester hours was the top graduate, received a 98 per- towards a Community College of the cent class average and the Air Education Air Force degree. and Training Command Award, said that Newcomb said that throughout the the grade point average was high for the last 19 weeks, the class went through a whole class. rigorous technical training program. “We had a lot of fun, and did a lot “They were trained in many aspects of work too,” Gardner said. “Compet- of aircraft safety, maintenance concepts ing with each other made us all better in and the use of aircraft technical manu- the end.” als,” he said. Newcomb said that the graduates Class 20100223 graduates learned basic wielding concepts in oxy- • Airman 1st Class Andrew V. Balint acetylene, gas metallic arc, shielded met- • Airman 1st Class Brian P. Clark al arc, and gas tungsten arc wielding. • Senior Airman David J. Foster After graduates received their diplo- • Airman basic Justin K. Gardner mas, Capt. Brian McKay, the detach- • Airman 1st Class Matthew T. Holguin ment’s commander, gave remarks. • Airman basic William L. Kelly McKay said the detachment was • Airman basic Daniel Pina established at Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1974, after the Air Force consoli- dated its machinist training with the Correction Army. The Detachment 1 was estab- lished to provide support and basic In the July 8 issue of the APG operating functions for staff personnel News, Mary Doak of the Edgewood and students. Chemical Biological Center was McKay said an advantage of the incorrectly identified as the point detachment’s location at APG is that it of contact for information about the gave the Airmen a chance to associate eCYBERMISSION program. The with the Army and the Marines. APG News regrets the error. “That is part of what made this course For more information about eCY- here so great is that you get to inter- BERMISSION, contact Dr. Katie act with the other branches of service,” Blanding, RDECOM, at 410-436- he said. “When you deploy you will 8796, e-mail her at katie.blanding@ have experience working with them, and us.army.mil or visit the eCYBER- know some of their lingo.” MISSION Web site at https://www. McKay said that he hoped that the ecybermission.com. 6 APG News • July 15, 2010 PM ACS efforts changed the concepts behind Airborne ISR Story by high value individuals,” said Carpen- BRANDON POLLACHEK ter. “When you think about Task Force PEO IEW&S PAO ODIN (Observe Detect Identify and Based on the original mission dic- Neutralize) it has been given significant tated to the Project Manager for Aerial credit for taking down multiple IED Common Sensors more than four years makers and the network.” ago, his time within the position, which In 2006 when the PM first began field- ended on June 28, would have been ing the Medium Altitude Reconnais- considered a failure; but in reality, it sance Surveillance System (MARSS) marks a transition point for an organiza- to Iraq and Afghanistan, it proved to tion that has changed the way the DoD be an important first in both theaters. conducts airborne ISR missions. “We were delivering a capability that During a Change of Charter cere- just wasn’t there at the Pakistani bor- mony hosted by Brig. Gen. Thomas der, providing signals intelligence to Cole, Program Executive Officer Intel- the tactical ground commander, while ligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors in Iraq we started on a process to take (PEO IEW&S), Col. Robert Carpenter back the roads,” said Carpenter. handed off the leadership of PM ACS As he leaves his PM team the 26- to Col. Keith Hirschman, at Aberdeen year veteran believes the organization Proving Ground, Top of the Bay. has a large future role for the warfight- Upon arriving into the position of er. “I see this being the single integra- PM ACS in late 2005, Carpenter’s first tion house for these (ISR) platforms,” major action was to cancel a contract said Carpenter. “PM ACS plays a sig- for the Aerial Common Sensor with nificant role as the organization (the the follow-on mission of restarting the Army) comes to for doing the assess- program. As his time as PM comes to ment or long term development and an end, ACS as it was originally con- procurement of manned platforms and ceived has not been restarted, but rather integration of payloads. A lot of things restructured to the Enhanced Medium that we did as a single or stove piped Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance organization in quick reaction capabil- System (EMARSS) and multiple Aeri- ities we will now leverage other pro- al ISR programs. In the meantime the grams of record.” PM fielded a plethora of quick reaction With Carpenter at the helm capabilities to both Iraq and Afghani- of PM ACS the organization has suc- stan, modernized the Guardrail Com- cessfully fielded the Aerial Reconnais- mon Sensor and ultimately changed the sance Multi-Function System (ARMS), face of airborne ISR. MARSS, and Constant Hawk aircraft to “Through our QRCs (Quick Reac- Task Force ODIN in both theaters as well tion Capability) one of the things that as the supporting ground architecture; has been noted is that we have taken in addition to managing and upgrad- down a lot of high value targets and ing the Guardrail Common Sensor and Aerial Reconnaissance Low, both PORs with missions in OEF and OIF. Future programs, which the groundwork has been established for during the past five years include the tactical signals intelli- gence payload (TSP) and the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Sur- veillance System (EMARSS). Following his assignment as PM ACS, Carpenter will continue to sup- Visit APG News port the Warfighter working for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for online at Acquisition, Logistics, and Technolo- gy ASA(ALT) forward operations as a www.apgnews. representative in Afghanistan ensuring apg.army.mil Soldiers in the field are given an under- standing of how to use and maintain fielded equipment. July 15, 2010 • APG News 7 Two honored during June retirement ceremony Story by RACHEL PONDER APG News A Soldier and a civilian were honored during the installation Retirement Ceremony at Top of the Bay June 30. The honorees were Lt. Col. Robert F. Finn, Jr. from the Army Capabilities Integration Center at Fort Monroe, Va. who retired with 22 years of service and Dennis Lukens, from the Advanced Chemical, Biolog- ical, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-yield Explosive (CBRNE) Training Program at the Edgewood Chem- ical Biological Center, who retired with 36 years of service. Col. Darryl J. Briggs, G3, U.S. Army 20th Support Command CBRNE presided over the ceremony and presented awards. He was assisted by Master Sgt. Cur- tis B. Johnson, 20th SUPCOM. Chaplain (Maj.) Fred Townsend, garrison deputy chaplain, gave the invocation. The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band’s Brass Quintet, led by Staff Sgt. Alan Herold, provided music. Briggs thanked the Families, friends and co-workers who came to recognize the retirees. “These retirements truly represent what makes our Army great,” Briggs said. “Both have dedicated their lives in a unique way and served as key elements of a Lt. Col. Robert F. Finn Dennis Lukens team that safeguards our nation.” Briggs also thanked the Families for supporting the Finn’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal; the ing Technology Directorate at the former Edgewood retirees during their careers, adding that both retirees Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Army Com- Arsenal. In 1986, Lukens transferred to the Detec- were focused on their Families and were looking for- mendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. tion Directorate where he was a producibility engi- ward to spending more time with them during their Finn said that he would like to continue to work for neer for fielding of several chemical agent detection retirement. the Army as a civilian in the areas of capabilities inte- systems. In 1991 his team relocated to the Process Briggs said that the retirees have many more oppor- gration and test and evaluation. Engineering Facility where he was directly involved tunities to make positive contributions. Finn and his wife, Terri, have three children; Robert, in establishing the Army’s first large-scale fermen- “You are great Americans,” he said. “I am positive Megan and Danielle, and reside in Yorktown, Va. tation facility at the 1500-liter scale. As a biopro- that both of you will continue to contribute to your Finn thanked his Family for supporting him during cess engineer, he conducted large-scale pilot studies nation, your communities, and your Families after you his career. in the manufacture and purification of biologically- retire.” He said that he wanted to have the ceremony at APG produced products through fermentation for govern- because it was close to most of his extended Family. ment agencies and private industry. For the past eight Lt. Col. Robert F. Finn “It was a wonderful ceremony. It was special that years, Lukens was a subject matter expert instruc- Finn received the Legion of Merit Award signed by all my Family, from as far away as California was tional trainer in large-scale biological and chemical Martin E. Dempsey, U. S. Army Training and Doctrine able to attend,” he said. “The retirement ceremony is a production facilities and hardware for the CBRNE Command; the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation great way to honor all those that helped me during my Training Program at the ECBC. signed by President Barack Obama; and the Depart- career.” Over the course of his 36 years of federal service ment of the Army Certificate of Retirement signed by as a chemical engineer, Lukens has numerous govern- Dennis Lukens Gen. George W. Casey Jr., Army Chief of Staff. mental publications and received recognition of his A two-star note was presented to Lukens, thanking The United States Flag and Pin were also present- skills in the form of over 40 performance awards, let- him for his outstanding service to the Army, signed by ed to Finn. ters and memorandums of appreciation; certificates Maj. Gen. Nick G. Justice, commander of APG and Finn’s wife, Terri, received the DA Certificate of and memorandums of achievement, and letters of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineer- Appreciation signed by Casey. commendation. ing Command. Lukens also received the Achievement Finn was born in Baltimore on Oct. 28, 1965. He Lukens lives in Jarrettsville with his wife Sha- Medal for Civilian Service, signed by Joseph D. Wien- entered the Army in 1988 and has served three tours ron of 30 years, and his son Timothy, who will be and, Technical Director, ECBC. The Aberdeen Proving overseas including Germany, Korea and Afghanistan. attending Fallston Middle School in the fall. His Ground Certificate of Appreciation was presented to He served in several stateside assignments culminating Family enjoys baseball outings with Timothy’s Har- Luken’s wife, Sharon Lukens, signed by Col. Orlando in his assignment as assistant executive officer to the ford Heat baseball club and vacations to Florida and W. Ortiz deputy installation commander. director, Army Capabilities Integration Center at Fort the beach. Lukens was born in Mechanicsburg, Pa. in 1951. Monroe, Va. “The ceremony was touching,” Lukens said. “I have After high school he obtained a Bachelor of Sci- Finn retired July 1 with 22 years of service. During mixed feelings about saying farewell, as I have worked ence degree in Chemical Engineering in 1973. In his career he served in three combat tours: Operation at APG for 36 years. However, I am looking forward to June 1974 he began his federal career as an intern Desert Storm in 1991; Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 spending more time with my Family in Florida, as I am in the Process Chemistry Section of the Manufactur- and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008. a life-long Disney fan.” 8 APG News • July 15, 2010 Activities/Events New hours New York City shopping trip certificate and the third place win- and will return 9 p.m. Seats are limited, The Aberdeen Area Recreation Cen- Leisure Travel will offer eight hours ner will receive a $100 Pro Shop gift Reserve a seat today. Open to all Dod ID ter, the Leisure Travel Office and the of shopping in New York City July certificate. card holders. Library located in building 3326 have 17. Enjoy the city without the driv- Entry Fee costs $10 per try and For more information, call MWR new hours of operation. ing or parking problems. Cost is $36 includes six golf balls and a chance Tickets and Leisure Travel Services, The Aberdeen Area Recreation Cen- per person and includes roundtrip bus to participate at the $10,000 Long building 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or e- ter will open Monday through Friday, 8 transportation. Drive Contest on Nov. 3, in Mesquite, mail APGR-USAG-MWR-LeisureTrav- a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat- The bus will depart 7:55 a.m. from Nevada. firstname.lastname@example.org. urday. The Leisure Travel Office will the Edgewood Best Western parking lot This event is open to all U.S. active Swim Lessons open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to on Route 24 and return 10:30 p.m. duty military personnel and Family members age 18 and older with valid Swim lessons run July 12 through 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information or to reserve a 23 for youths; July 26 through 30 for military ID card, Reserve and National The Library will open Monday through seat, call MWR Leisure Travel Office, adult swim lessons and toddlers at Guard, active and inactive, and retirees. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aberdeen Area Recreation Center, the Shore and Bayside Pools. Swim For more information or to register, e- Maryland State Fair tickets available building 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or lessons cost $50 first Family mem- mail email@example.com. or e-mail APGR-USAG-MWR-Leisure- ber, $45 for each additional Family MWR Leisure Travel Services offers Travel@conus.army.mil. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire discount tickets for the Maryland State member. tickets available Fair to be held Aug. 27 to Sept. 6 in Military Long Drive Championship Tickets are available for the 2010 Session 1 - through July 23 Timonium. Admission tickets cost $7 for qualifier at Ruggles Golf Course Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, located Shore Pool adults; $2.50 for children ages 6 to 11; Ruggles Golf Course will host the on 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Pa. 8 to 9 a.m., levels 5 and 6 $17 for all-you-can-ride vouchers; and a first level qualifier for the Military Tickets cost $23 each for adults 9 to 10 a.m., levels 3 and 4 book of coupons costs $4.50. Long Drive Championship, 10 a.m. to and $9 for children ages 5 through 11. 10 to 11 a.m., levels 1 and 2 For more information or to purchase 2 p.m., Aug. 7. The first place winner The Renaissance Faire will be held Bayside Pool tickets, visit MWR Leisure Travel Office, will receive a trophy and advancement on weekends 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 to 9 a.m., levels 5 and 6 Aberdeen Area Recreation Center, build- to the second level event at Dallas, Tex- 14 through Oct. 31. Enjoy a marvel- 9 to 10 a.m., levels 3 and 4 ing 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or e-mail as on Sept. 11. The second place win- ous trip back in time to the days of 10 to 11 a.m., levels 1 and 2 MWR-LeisureTravel@apg.army.mil. ner will receive a $200 Pro Shop gift yore featuring 35 acres of jousting Session 2 - Aug. 2 to 13 knights and royal delights. Tickets July bowling specials • Children bowl for free every Mon- to 5 p.m., up to six people can bowl for are good for any day. Themed week- ends include Pyrate Invasion, Chil- dren’s Fantasy, Heroes of the Realm, Shore Pool 8 to 9 a.m., levels 5 and 6 9 to 10 a.m., levels 3 and 4 10 to 11 a.m., levels 1 and 2 day with each paying adult. $14 an hour. Includes shoe rental. Scottish Weekend, Octoberfest, Irish Bayside Pool • Each Tuesday, bowl 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Each Friday, Cosmic bowling 5 to Weekend and more. 8 to 9 a.m., levels 5 and 6 for $1 per game. Shoe rental costs $1.50. 11 p.m. for $14 per hour. For more information or to purchase 9 to 10 a.m., levels 3 and 4 tickets, call the MWR Leisure Travel • Each Wednesday, bowl 7 a.m. to • Cosmic Saturdays: Each Satur- 10 to 11 a.m., levels 1 and 2. 3 p.m. for 1.25 per game. Shoe rent- day, receive one hour of bowling, one Office, Aberdeen Area Recreation Cen- Olympic Pool -July 26 to 30 al costs $2. whole cheese pizza and one pitcher of ter, building 3326 410-278-4011/4907 Adult and Parent/Toddler swim soda for $32. or e-mail APGR-USAG-MWR-Leisure- • Every Friday in July, from 7 a.m. lessons. Travel@conus.army.mil. APG Variety and Talent Show APG Bowling Center Snack Bar specials Hershey Park trip auditions Building 2342 Hershey Park happy, Hershey Park fun! A trip to Hershey Park will take A variety show and two talent shows The Bowling Center hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m. place Aug. 15. Cost is $55 per person are planned for Sept. 24 and 25. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday; 1 to 11 p.m., and includes park ticket and roundtrip A Tribute to the Troops Variety Show Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday. transportation. Bus departs 7:30 a.m. will be held 7 p.m., Sept. 24. APG’s Got Talent Show will be held Sept. 25. The Week of July 12 youth talent show will be held 4 p.m. Special #1: American hero with potato chips, cookie and regular soda for $6.50. Looking for a job? and an adult talent show will be held Special #2: Two beef Tacos with one burrito, cookie and regular soda for $6.95. 7 p.m. Visit FMWR Jobs Available at Auditions for both shows will be Week of July 19 www.apgmwr.com. held 6 to 8 p.m., every Thursday Special #1: Manicotti with salad, cookie and regular soda All jobs for Aberdeen Proving beginning July 9. Auditions are open for $4.95. Ground are listed at http://acpol. to the entire APG Community and its Special #2: Egg salad sandwich with potato chips, cook- army.mil/employment/naf.htm or partners. ie and regular soda for $4.25. check out AAFES Jobs link http:// Volunteers and performers are needed For more information or to place an order, call 410-278- odin.aafes.com/employment/ for for both shows. 4041. Orders must be placed before 10:30 a.m. additional job opportunities. For more information, call 410-278-3854. July 15, 2010 • APG News 9 APG teens visit ‘Mad Money City’ Story and photo by RACHEL PONDER APG News Aberdeen Proving Ground teens got a taste of per- sonal financial management by visiting “Mad Money City,” a youth activity held at the Aberdeen Area Rec- reation Center June 30. The event was sponsored by the Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program, Child Youth and School Services, SKIES Unlimited, HIRED program, and CYSS Edge in con- junction with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union. During the activity, teens were transported into the future where they had just graduated from college or technical school and were starting their first full-time, professional jobs. Teens were given realistic scenarios in which they had a career, paycheck, Family, and lifestyle and were instructed to visit different merchants where they bought houses, cars, food, clothes, day care, and oth- er necessities. Teens were also asked to build a budget based on their income and debt. Tina Mike, vice president of financial education for APGFCU said that Mad Money City allows partici- From left: Shanice Lewis, 16, Brianna Taylor, 16, and Calynn Dorsey, 14, purchase clothes from a merchant, Tina Mike, vice pants to make mistakes and suffer the consequences of president of financial education for Aberdeen Proving Ground during Mad Money City, an activity held at the Aberdeen Area Recreation Center June 30. their decisions in a realistic, but safe, environment. “This activity is a fun, hands-on approach to teach- and informative,” said Shanice Lewis, 16. “I am glad I The next “Job vs. Career” session for teens, will be ing financial literacy,” Mike said. “The learning comes do not have these responsibilities yet. This makes me held Tuesday, August 3, 12:30 to 1:30pm, at ACS in into play when the teens spend too much money, and appreciate being a teenager.” partnership with the Financial Education Department have to manage their money more effectively.” Nimisha Shah, a parent of two teens, said that she of APG Federal Credit Union. Topics include: Brianna Taylor, 16, said that the activity helped her wanted her teens to attend the activity to learn more • what employers are looking for learn more about managing money. Taylor added that about financial management and to meet other teens in • how to apply for a job she liked using the checkbooks that were given to the the community. • tips on resume writing, interviewing experience teens to use for their purchases. “We just moved to the area from New Jersey. It is To enroll teens in the free “Job vs. Career” session, “I did not know how to write a check until today,” a big transition,” Shah said. “My husband heard about call Marilyn Howard, ACS Employment Readiness Taylor said. the activity and we encouraged our children to attend so program manager, 410-278-9669/7572. ACS is moving “I thought the program was really good, thorough they can get involved with activities on post.” to a new location Building 2503, Highpoint Road. SKIES Unlimited For more information or to register for for six weeks. buried treasure and more. At the conclu- a real live local hero. Bring a nut free a SKIES Unlimited class, call the Central Students also are required to purchase sion of festivities there will be a pirate snack daily. Registration Office, building 2752, 410- books required for the course as recom- ship race. Yo ho ho... It’s a Pirate Cove Twilight Teen workshop 278-7571/7479. Open to all DoD ID card mended by the instructor. for you. Every pirate should bring a nut- holders. For an appointment, e-mail sta- Books are a onetime purchase. Stu- free snack daily. Twilight fans ages 9 to 14 can join firstname.lastname@example.org. dents must also provide their own guitar. Local Heroes Workshop a workshop, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 19 Pirate Captains Adventure through 22. Take time to explore the Private Guitar Lessons Have you ever dreamed what it would wonders of the books and movies. Par- Welcome to SKIES Unlimited pirate be like to be a fire fighter or policeman? Private guitar lessons for ages 7 ticipants will make Team Edward or cove where all the pirates will gath- Children ages 4 to 6 will get an inside through 18 will be held 1 to 7 p.m., on er for a brand new adventure. Pirates, scoop in this local heroes workshop, 9 Team Jacob t-shirts, create a trivia game, Monday or Tuesday, through July 19 ages 7 to 9 will meet 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to 11:30 a.m., July 19 through 22, at the get creative by writing alternate endings and July 26 through Aug. 16, at the AA July 12 through 15 at the AA Youth Cen- CYSS Administrative Building, 2522. to the story and maybe even view one of Youth Center, building 2522. ter, building 2522. Pirates aboard the Cost is $45 per child. Children will read the movies. Bring a white t-shirt and a No experience is necessary. Cost ship will make their very own feather stories of bravery and courage and then lot of imagination and dive into this saga of the lessons is $68 per student and swords, discover the many place pirates use their imagination for an activity together. Every diehard Twilight fan includes one 30-minute session per week explored or use geocaching to search for afterwards. They may even get to meet should bring a nut-free snack daily. 10 APG News • July 15, 2010 Photos by YVONNE JOHNSON, APG NEWS, Illustration by NICK PENTZ, APG NEWS Directorate of Emergency Services police officer Leonard Moses leads his military working dog partner Bleky demonstrate some of the skills that won the Aberdeen Proving Ground K9 team 11 awards – including first place for best overall team – during the 2010 Iron Dog Competition in Virginia in May. DES K9 teams win big at Iron Dog Competition Story by LT EDWARD J. SALA DES On May 19, three canine teams from the Aberdeen Prov- ing Ground Directorate of Emergency Services compet- ed in the 2010 Virginia Police Canine Association (VPCA) 10th Annual Iron Dog Competi- tion at the Great Meadow Event Center in The Plains, Va. Thirty-eight teams competed in the event and the APG canine teams took home 11 out of a possible 30 awards, including first place in the Team Overall category and second and third place in the Individual Overall category. They also won a nar- cotic storage safe. The teams members were Officers Ronald L. Colbeck II and his military working dog partner Heidi, Christopher J. Damko and MWD partner Laga, and Leonard A. Moses Jr. and MWD partner Bleky. The VPCA Iron Dog Com- At the Directorate of Emergency Services Military Working Dog training facility, K9 Heidi waits for instructions from her partner, police officer Ron Colbeck. petition tests the strength, stamina, abilities and team- second competition. Damko work of law enforcement dog said he trained especially hard handlers and their K-9 part- for this competition with bal- ners. The competition con- anced nutrition and daily ruck- sisted of a number of stations sack runs with Laga. When with obstacles, firearms, asked what inspired him to scent tracking, decoy appre- train so hard for the competi- hension, vehicle searches, tion, he said, “The first time and environmental distrac- I competed in an Iron Dog tions to determine the overall Competition was last fall. At Iron Dog winner. First, sec- that time I really was not pre- ond, and third-place awards pared for what I encountered. were given at each of the The course went up a hill that eight event stations, as well looked like a wall - straight as an Overall Individual Win- up. So, for this competition, ner and a Team Award; for a I vowed that I would finish a total of 30 possible awards heck a lot better than I did last in 10 different categories. time. It looks like the training The team award was given to paid off.” the jurisdiction with the best Officer Moses and K-9 combined overall score of its Bleky also were competing three K-9 teams for the entire in their second competition. event. Moses has been with his K- During this timed competi- 9 partner for less than a year tion, K-9 teams were required and has made great strides to complete rigorous tasks at in training and condition- multiple event stations along ing. “I think that the sky is a one and-and-one-half mile the limit,” Moses said when course. The event stations asked about his and Bleky’s included firearms, scent track- future in dog competitions. ing (either narcotic or explo- “I have been fortunate in sive), decoy apprehension, being paired with a fantas- vehicle searches (either nar- tic young dog in Bleky. It is cotic or explosive), and envi- DES police officer Chris Damko watches his K9 partner Laga low crawl under an obstacle. a pleasure to come to work ronmental distractions. The each and every day, knowing teams had to navigate multiple obstacles like fences, hedges, creeks, and horse jumps while that (Bleky) is waiting for me. As far as the other han- dlers at APG, they make me 2010 Iron Dog winners running from station to station. want to try harder to be bet- Individual Overall Each event station was timed ter, I love a challenge. Bleky 2nd place, Ron Colbeck/K9 and the overall course comple- is only four years old, [and] Heidi, APG tion was timed. he has unlimited potential. 3rd place, Leonard Moses/K9 The event was Officer Col- I look forward to the next Bleky, APG beck and K9 Heidi’s fifth com- event.” Team Overall petition in the past two years. The Aberdeen Proving 1st place, Ron Colbeck/Chris When asked why he enjoys Ground Canine Section sup- Damko/Leonard Moses, APG competing, Colbeck said, “I ports the APG Community enjoy the camaraderie amongst through force protection mea- Explosive Detection law enforcement officers at the sures, narcotics interdiction, 1st place, Ron Colbeck, APG events, learning new things and law enforcement support and 2nd place, Chris Damko, APG overcoming challenges. Heidi public safety. The sections’ Firearm event is now almost ten years-old and five certified canine teams 2nd place, Ron Colbeck, APG it amazes me that she still has support day and night opera- the desire and stamina to go tions for the APG Communi- Muzzle event through these competitions; and ty, as well as special missions 1st place, Ron Colbeck, APG not only do we compete, but for the Department of State 3rd place, Chris Damko, APG we have done very well in all and the United States Secret Narcotic vehicle search the competitions that we have Service. 1st place, Leonard Moses, APG attended. I’m proud to represent To view the complete results the Army.” for the 2010 VPCA Iron Dog Explosive vehicle search From left, DES police officers Ron Colbeck, Chris Damko and Leonard Officer Damko and K9 Competition, visit the Web site 1st place, Chris Damko, APG Moses pose with their K9s Heidi, Laga and Bleky and the 11 trophies they Laga were competing in their www.vapolicek9.com. 2nd place, Ron Colbeck, APG won during the 2010 Iron Dog Competition. July 15, 2010 • APG News 15 Registration opens for VA Forum on women veterans Department of Veterans Affairs the Women’s Memorial in Arlington, Va., July Presentations from the event will be made available The Department of Veterans Affairs 28. Shinseki and VA department heads plan to online. Feedback about this event and announcements on has opened registration for a Women attend. future events will be available to forum participants. For Veterans Forum that will address the Because of anticipated demand, avail- more information contact the Center for Women Veter- quality of VA health care, the pro- able seats will be filled on a first-come, first- ans at 202-461-6193 or by e-mail at 00W@va.gov. vision of benefits for women, and served basis, and confirmed registrants will VA has undertaken major initiatives to transform ways for VA to continue improving be notified by e-mail once registration is the department to meet the unique health care needs access to the care and benefits for filled. Register through the Center for Wom- of women veterans and provide the best quality care women Veterans. en Veterans by e-mail at 00W@va.gov . Reg- at every VA medical center. In addition, the agency is “The VA forum will bring advocates istration closes when either all seats are filled or working to shorten the delays for claims processing, for women veterans together to learn about by July 16. improve access to VA health services for minority and VA services and to share valuable information The Forum include morning presentations and an rural veterans, end veteran homelessness, and ease the with each other,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric afternoon information marketplace in which partici- transition back to civilian life. K. Shinseki. “The forum will also give veterans’ advo- pants are invited to gather resources and materials pro- There are about 1.8 million women Veterans among cates the tools they need to help build women veterans vided by VA program offices and veterans service and the nation’s 23 million living veterans. VA estimates networks and communities throughout VA.” advocacy organizations. There also will be an afternoon women veterans will comprise 10.5 percent of the vet- The forum which will be held 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at screening of the updated “Lioness” documentary film. eran population by 2020. Charters on the battlefield.” “The sun never sets on the SBC,” he said. “Keep up the fight.” Lyttle thanked Moore and said he From front page was proud to be a part of the battle com- PM, Strategic Battle Command mand team. Later in the day, Lt. Col. Brian J. “When North Korea tests another Lyttle assumed the duties of Product nuclear weapon they will turn to us to Manager, Strategic Battle Command determine a strategic reaction,” he said, from Lt. Col. Kevin Leonard. Col. adding that he looks forward to meeting David Moore, Project Manager, Strate- the challenges of the battle command. gic Battle Command, presided over the PM, Battle Command ceremony. Battle Command provides integrat- In attendance for both ceremonies ed battle command capabilities, training was Brig. Gen. N. Lee S. Price, Program and support to the joint land component Executive Officer, Command, Control, Warfighter. Battle Command is develop- Communications-Tactical, PEO-C3T. ing interoperable innovations for tomor- Moore called Leonard “a strategic row while supporting Warfighters in the thinker in the complex Army Acqui- field today. sition area who was able to air con- cise thoughts and achieve strategic Change of Charter positions.” Photo by RICHARD A. MATTOX, PEO C3T In non-traditional military units, the He said that under Leonard’s leader- Col. David Moore, Project Manager, Strategic Battle Command, left, presents the unit charter to charter carries the same symbolic func- ship the program achieved new Army ini- Lt. Col. Brian J. Lyttle who assumed the duties of Product Manager, Strategic Battle Command tions as the unit colors or guidon in tra- tiatives at the strategic level and stayed during a Change of Charter ceremony at Top of the Bay July 8. ditional units. It represents the same above the 95 percent readiness rate. “With his computer science back- “This is the finest organization I’ve responsibilities for the leadership and “As a result, I have great faith in the ground, we could not have picked a bet- served with in my nineteen years of welfare of the people of the organization. SBC Team,” Moore said. ter successor,” he said. “I know you will wearing this uniform,” he said, add- By accepting the charter, the incom- He welcomed Lyttle, calling him a do extremely well.” ing that his great pride was “providing ing commander assumes the leadership “great person” who is inheriting a “great “Leonard thanked Moore and said it joint and Army commanders the tools to and management of the product manag- organization.” was an honor to serve the SBC. enhance their decision-making options er office. because it’s something they don’t make the post headquarters from its comple- be rehabilitated in a manner that is com- DPW anymore.” Building 310 tion in 1918 until 1995 and oversaw the development and evolution of APG from patible with the historic and architectural qualities of the historic resources at APG, The administration building, or old a proving ground to one of the Army’s and consistent with the Secretary of Inte- From front page post headquarters, also known as build- major ordnance, research and develop- rior’s Standards and Guidelines. needing building materials. ing 310, was designed as the primary ment centers to meet military needs dur- The installation has worked closely “Much of what is here is reusable,” administration building at APG during ing the 20th century. with the Maryland Historical Trust, as he said. “Reuse is a good selling point as To better meet the mission demands the State Historic Preservation Office for the fall of 1917. The high-style Classical is the relationship these items have with of APG in the 21st century, building 310 Maryland, to photograph and document Revival south wing of the building, with the proving ground. is scheduled for a partial demolition. The the building prior to demolition so that a its imposing and ornate portico, came “People love things that have a his- to symbolize the importance of APG to front part of the building will remain to thorough record of the building remains tory and a lot of times they want it just the U.S. Army. The building served as house mission support personnel and will for posterity and future research.