www.apgnews.apg.army.mil Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland June 23, 2011 Vol. 55, No. 25
By ANDRICKA THOMAS
“It’s been a fast and furious 32
months,” said Command Sgt. Maj.
Tyrone Johnson, outgoing CECOM
command sergeant major, describing his
tenure at CECOM
during its transition
to Aberdeen Proving
“Take care of the
Johnson who is now
slated to transition
from CECOM to the
U.S. Army Capabili- Johnson
ties Integration Cen-
ter at Fort Monroe, Va., June 30. “Those
were the orders I was given upon my
arrival, and that’s what I focused on dur-
Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson ing my time here.”
Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George W. Casey pins Spc. Rossina Marshall, an awards NCO with the 335th Signal Command, Former CECOM commander, Lt. Gen.
with the rank of sergeant during his visit to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Dec. 24. Casey visited Camp Arifjan to speak with Third Dennis L. Via, now deputy command-
Army Soldiers, thanking them for their hard work in the Drawdown of Iraq and their contributions to the war on terror. ing general for the U.S. Army Materiel
Command, and other CECOM leaders
Army returns to patrol cap,
anticipated and prepared for the chang-
es CECOM would face as the workforce
moved their mission, and lives, south.
The command remained sensitive to the
hearts and minds of the workforce.
makes Velcro optional
By C. TODD LOPEZ
“When Maj. Gen. Randolph P. Strong
took over [CECOM], he continued to do
the same, take care of the workforce,”
Taking their lead, Johnson conducted
Army News Service split-based operations working between
The voice of the Soldier has been heard: the Army APG and Fort Monmouth, N.J. Wheth-
announced the patrol cap will replace the black wool beret as er to provide guidance, support or mea-
the default headgear for the Army combat uniform. sure the effectiveness of the forward
Also changing are the options for how Soldiers can attach presence, Johnson described his role as
certain items to their ACU shirts. Army Chief of Staff Gen. being the conduit for support and aid to
Martin E. Dempsey said Soldiers will soon be able to sew the former command, control, commu-
on name tapes, service tapes, rank insignia and skill badges, nications, computers, intelligence, sur-
instead of using Velcro. veillance and reconnaissance, C4ISR,
The changes were made after Dempsey received input
from Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III, See CECOM, page 11
who had been tasked to gather opinions from Soldiers in the
“I am a scout for General Dempsey, who asked me to look
into everything a Soldier wears from the top of his head to the
bottom of his feet,” Chandler said. “These are changes that Photo by Staff Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez
U.S. Army Pvt. Jeffrey Lunz receives his beret during basic
See OUT, page 7 combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C., Jan. 16, 2008
APG News reporter honored retiring
APG News staff report
By ANDRICKA THOMAS
APG News reporter Yvonne CECOM
Johnson recently won best fea-
ture photo in “It’s hard to believe I’ve been here
this year’s since 1974,” said Edward C. Thomas,
Maryland-Del- U.S. Army Communications-Electronics
aware-D.C. Command deputy to the commanding
Press Associa- general, as he reflects on his CECOM
tion journalism career before retiring this summer. “Thir-
competition. ty-seven years went
The pho- by in a heartbeat.”
to that nabbed Much like today,
Johnson the Johnson Thomas entered into
award for pho- government service
tographic excellence in the weekly in a time of change.
newspaper category was the cover But as a comptrol-
photo in the May 27 (2010) APG ler intern fresh out
News depicting the removal of the of college, he had no
U.S. Army Ordnance Center and idea that he’d one Thomas
School’s sign. day help lead the
The sign was removed by the effort for one of the largest Army logis-
installation’s Directorate of Public tical moves in history.
Works personnel in preparation for “I still remember the day I walked
the organization’s base realignment into the lobby of the CECOM office
and closure move from APG to its building in New Jersey to in-process,”
Bob Dennison and Shaun Blische of the Directorate of Public Works’ buildings and
new home at Fort Lee, Va., structures division return to the task of removing Ordnance emblems from building Thomas recalled. He said there must
3071, after handing co-worker Tony Vincenti part of the sign from the former U.S.
See JOHNSON, page 7 Army Ordnance Center and Schools headquarters about 5:45 p.m., May 19. See CECOM, page 11
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2 APG News • June 23, 2011
EML: Make the most of
time away from battlefield
hen I was a child, every- off. Accept you’re not going to be able
thing seemed large and to do everything you want to do in 15
monumental. The highest days so you can maximize your time
number I could fathom was 100. off. Remember what this time off is for
When I played the counting game, - to recharge.
you could pretty much count on my Slow down. Spend time with your
response: “Bubble gum, Bubble gum in friends and Family. Take comfort in the
a dish, how many pieces do you wish’ fact you don’t have to have a million
One hundred!” and one plans to enjoy your time off.
A mile was a long way, an hour a You don’t want to be on a rigid time-
long time. A day seemed like a week, line - that’s what you do here. You don’t
a week seemed like a year, and a year’ have to wake up at zero-dark-thirty for
Well, when I was 5 and my mother told physical training, shift change or some
me on Dec. 26 that Christmas was now meeting. You can sit down and enjoy
an entire year away, I cried; because to your meals with real cutlery.
me, that was an eternity. Sometimes, the best laid plan is to
Now that I’m older and a little wiser, have no plan at all. It will take a few
I learned 100 is not such a big number days to become adjusted to not hav-
after all. Nowadays, a hundred bucks ing to carry a weapon to Walmart or
won’t cover the cost for a family of four out to dinner. It will take time to adjust
to go out to dinner and a movie. Now, to being called by your first name or
as I’ve recently learned, I can fit 100 Photo by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot mommy or daddy.
pieces of gum in my mouth. It was a EML is your time and that is impor-
challenge from Sgt. 1st Class Vito Pow- U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Travis Vreeland of Ventura, Calif., a MEDEVAC
pilot with Company C, Task Force Phoenix, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade/TF tant to keep in mind when making
ers - I had to accept. Falcon, waits for an Environmental Morale Leave earlier this year. plans. It’s not about the cruise, the
A mile; well, I have to run two miles beach or the weekend at a ski lodge;
for a physical training test, and I can do The best part of this year is the two I was home, I quickly realized 15 days it’s about being with friends or Fami-
that in less than 17 minutes. At least, weeks of Environmental Morale Leave, was not all that long. At first, I was ly; or alone if you want, for 15 days and
I’d better if I want to pass. also known as rest and recuperation; the franticly looking at dates and times and enjoying that time wherever and how-
A week seems to fly by, even here in 15 days Soldiers get to spend away from calling this person and that person to ever it’s spent.
Afghanistan. And a year, well, before the combat mission. I recently came nail down my plan and maximize my Remember, 15 days is not a long
you know it, it’s going to be October back from my EML, and I can tell you it time. I was becoming frazzled - how time. But, put into perspective, neither is
and time for the 10th Combat Aviation went faster than a dozen jelly donuts at was I going to do everything. a year. Before too long, it will be time to
Brigade to come home! a police station. I can say that because I Then it happened; a song from child-
make plans for an even happier moment
Think about how many years you was a military policeman a dozen years hood popped into my head: “Relax” by
- when you are once again with your
have been in the Army. When you look ago. Wow, has it really been that long? Frankie Goes to Hollywood. I found
Family upon completion of this tour of
back, I bet most of you will say, “Wow, See! Anyhow, I had a lot of big plans myself singing, “Relax! Don’t do it,
duty; a time when miles will not distance
has it really been that long’” When you for my 15 days of vacation. I was going when you want to go to it. Relax!”
to do it all. I was going to see all of my After all, it is called rest and recupera- you and time will not have to be spent
put things into perspective, a year is not apart. An hour can once again seem like
much time at all; 12 months, 52 weeks, friends and Family - not only in my tion for a reason.
home state of Florida, but New York, Once I accepted the fact I was not a day; a day like a week and a week like
365 days. Some can even break it down a year. Enjoy your EML and don’t forget
to the hours, minutes and seconds. It’s Georgia, Arizona, and oh yeah, spend a going to be able to see everyone and go
few days in Las Vegas, too! to all of those places in 15 days, I was what Frankie said ... RELAX.
all the same amount of time, no matter
You see, I was a child again, and 15 able to do exactly that - relax!
how it’s broken down. Time is relative
days was a long time. However, once Make realistic plans for your time
Staff Sgt. David Boyle
to how it is spent. 10th CAB Master Resiliency Trainer
Military children adapt well to change
rowing up, I hated the Being a military brat has given me the reason I continue to serve. our country.
military. so much. It not only gave me the oppor- It has opened doors for me and There are many reasons why a mil-
It was the military’s fault tunity to live and experience other cul- held them open so that I can proudly itary brat is special. They are taught to
that I was born with dual citizenship. I tures, but also brought me home to the walk through with my head held high, live life to the fullest, love others uncon-
blamed the military when I had to leave United States. accomplishing my goals. ditionally, to never quit and to always
for the United States and wondered if It taught me how to make friends It has taught me a language that not know that they’re never alone. They
they spoke English there or not. I hat- quickly and how to say goodbye, by not many know and has shown me that even make friends easily and don’t let them
ed the military when it sent my dad to saying goodbye. though I don’t think I can, I can and will go. They know when you say good-
Korea for a year and it was the mili- It has taught me to be independent do what has been placed before me. bye, it’s not really goodbye - it’s only the
tary’s fault when the following year my and know right from wrong. It has given me the strength to go on beginning. Military brats are well-round-
mom had to go to Greenland for a year. It has shown me patriotism, pride when others can’t and to pick up those ed, down to earth people who understand
It was the military’s fault when I had and dignity. who struggle. differences and accept diversity.
to leave the small capital of Wyoming to It has taught me how to love, respect The military introduced me to my April was the Month of the Mili-
go to the busy city of Las Vegas. I hated and honor the one’s who give their lives husband and gave us a safe place to tary Child, but we should take the time
the military every time I looked up to the for our country. raise our son. It’s the reason I raise my every day to honor our service mem-
stands and didn’t see the cheering fac- It has taught me to stop and cov- son to honor the fallen and thank the bers’ children and pat them on the back
es of my parents when I scored a goal. It er my heart every time the nation- wounded. It’s the reason he takes his for all that they do. For all military
was the military’s fault that my brother al anthem is played and to teach others baseball cap off at hockey games and brats, every month is your month. We
moved out to ‘Aim High.’ about devotion. points out every American flag dur- appreciate you, love you and adore all
It was the military’s fault that I had It has given me an education and ing a car ride home. It’s the reason why that you stand for.
the opportunity of a lifetime to see the allowed me to travel to places I would he is able to go outside and play safely
world and its fault that I eventually have never gone. because he knows he’s being taken care Sharilyn Wells
started to like it. It’s the reason I joined in 2003 and of by the men and women who serve Paraglide, Fort Bragg, N.C.
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June 23, 2011 • APG News 3
Planning key for peak-season moves
By MITCH CHANDRAN entitlement will be charged to them. If
Surface Deployment and Distribution service members are close to or over
Command their weight allowance, they can request
Each summer, about 225,000 Defense a reweigh at delivery.
Department and U.S. Coast Guard For questions, service members can
household good shipments are slated for visit http://move.mil or contact their
movement, creating a phenomenon in local transportation office, personal
the transportation industry aptly called property shipping office or joint person-
the “peak moving season.” al property shipping office.
Officials from the Military Surface The success of DOD’s household
Deployment and Distribution Com- goods program is, officials said, a result
mand’s personal property directorate, of the commitment of SDDC’s com-
responsible for the DOD’s household mercial partners in the household goods
goods moving program, want service moving industry. The commercial carri-
members to know a successful move ers range from the largest moving com-
during this peak time is possible with panies down to small, regional local
proper planning. companies and agents. All Defense Per-
Peak moving season runs from May sonal Property Program carriers are
through August each year, with the bus- DOD-approved and supply a wide range
iest portion being from Memorial Day of moving options and capabilities to
through July 4. This peak season creates meet the needs of individual customers.
a capacity challenge for commercial car- Peak moving season is a challenging
riers to accommodate moving dates. But Illustation by Nick Pentz time for the moving industry because
with planning and active involvement, Peak moving season runs from May through August each year, with the busiest its capacity is pushed to the limits. This
service members can have a success- portion being from Memorial Day through July 4. responsibility is not taken lightly by the
ful move even during the busiest mov- vast majority of carriers, but the fact is,
ing season. of year can exhaust the moving indus- should remain in continuous commu- some sign up for more than they can
This summer is busier than normal try’s resources. The DOD shipments nication with these contacts throughout accommodate. Already this year, one
because of the 2005 Base Realignment compete with corporate and private mov- the process. major carrier was suspended for 90 days
and Closure law directing many orga- ing requirements throughout the country, On the move day, service members or for failure to meet contracted obliga-
nizations and units to move by the end and carriers must manage schedules and a designated representative need to be at tions, officials said.
of September. This adds an addition- resources to meet demand. the residence when the carrier arrives. “It’s a tough call to remove a [trans-
al 17,000 service members and Fami- Officials advise service members to Otherwise, they may be liable for an portation service provider] from DoD
ly members to the normal peak season, book their shipments early in the process attempted pickup or delivery charge. business,” Johnson said, “but it’s also
stretching the moving industry’s capac- and stay within their weight entitlement. A rule of thumb to gauge the weight important we adhere to our contractu-
ity even further. Most importantly, service members of household goods is to figure about al responsibilities. If we are to provide
Making a successful and timely move should become familiar with the Web 1,000 pounds per room as an initial esti- a quality program for deserving service
during an already challenging peak mov- site at http://wwww.move.mil and vis- mate. Service members are encouraged members and their Families, then as the
ing season will require added vigilance it their local personal property ship- to dispose of any unnecessary items to policy managers of the household goods
from both the service member and the ping office. Once a carrier is assigned reduce the weight of their shipment as program, we should remain consistent
commercial companies assigned to move to perform the move, service members any weight shipped in excess of their with our expectations from the TSPs.”
“The bottom line to a successful
move is not a matter of chance,” said
John Johnson, branch chief for SDDC’s
Q UICK TIPS FOR MOVES TO AND FROM APG
personal property directorate. “It is the There are five military installations in Maryland, as n Start early: The shipping office needs at least a 30
result of concise planning and prepara- well as JPPSO Ft Belvoir and Dover AFB, all of which day notice during peak season to schedule your move.
tion by both the [transportation service use the same moving companies. To help ease your All move dates for a particular month may be fully
provider] and service member.” move, APG’s Personal Property Shipping Office offers reserved the previous month.
Johnson said the directorate has been the following tips: n Contact APG’s Personal Property Shipping Office
aggressively posturing for this year’s
n Movers should have alternate moving dates. before you vacate your premises to find out how long it
“peak of the peak” moving season since may take before household goods can be picked up.
last summer. The directorate, he add- n Do not change moving dates once they have been
ed, has been engaged with service rep- booked. n Be proactive: Visit www.move.mil, activate your
resentatives and the moving industry to password and put your initial information into the sys-
n Try to obtain orders as early as possible. tem to make the process quicker and smoother.
prepare for this unusually busy moving
season. n If a service member must depart early, consider
Carrier capacity is an issue because providing power of attorney for someone to act on the Information provided by Aberdeen Proving Ground’s DOL Personal
troop’s behalf. Property Shipping Office
the sheer volume of shipments this time
4 APG News • June 23, 2011
Airborne Intelligence fallen honored at APG
By BRANDON POLLACHEK alized died in two accidents that occurred
PEO IEW&S PAO during his time as product manager. The
Members of the Special Electronic Mis-
When you see the placards that describe conference room depicts the losses of 38
sion Aircraft community who died in the the accidents that took lives over the past SEMA professionals who served in var-
line of duty were honored during a recent ious roles from Vietnam to Operation
tribute at the Command, Control, Commu- 40 plus years, think about those serving Enduring Freedom.
nications, Computers, Intelligence, Sur- “The dedicated team here serves to
veillance and Reconnaissance complex on
forward today, taking that risk and rededi- provide capability to those folks that
go out and do the nation’s bidding and
Aberdeen Proving Ground North. cate ourselves to make sure we give them unfortunately some of them give that
“We are dedicating this memorial to
acknowledge our debt to the fallen, to the best equipment possible. ultimate sacrifice and this provides us
the opportunity to recognize those who
offer thanks and to always remember have done that,” said Greene.
them,” said Col. Keith Hirschman, Proj- Brig-Gen. Harold Greene “When you see the placards that describe
ect Manager Airborne Reconnaissance PEO-IEW&S the various accidents that took lives over
and Exploitation Systems. the past 40 plus years, think about those
A conference room within the new nical and specialized community that is products to decisively achieve combat that are serving forward today, taking that
C4ISR complex was dedicated and will centered around teamwork, they are ded- objectives and preserve combat power risk and rededicate ourselves to make sure
serve as a reminder of the contributions icated to the success of the mission no that ultimately saves lives.” that we give them the best equipment that
of the Soldiers, government civilians matter what the cost,” said Hirschman. Brig-Gen. Harold Greene, PEO- they could possibly have,” he said.
and contractors—pilots, operators and “The placards on the wall will be IEW&S who was responsible for fielding SEMA aircraft continue to provide
support personnel –who sacrificed their viewed during every meeting and my various SEMA aircraft while previous- critical intelligence to commanders in
lives while operating various aircraft hope is that they will remind us all of ly serving as the product manager for the field as Guardrail, Medium Altitude
during the past five decades. who we build these systems for,” he said. Aerial Common Sensors, shared during Reconnaissance Surveillance Systems,
“The Special Electronic Mission Air- “I hope it will spur us to be ever mindful the ceremony the special meaning this and other airborne ISR aircraft conduct
craft Memorial Conference Room is of the need to provide systems that will memorial has for him. missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and other
built around the theme of a highly tech- be safe, that will provide the intelligence Seven of the men and women memori- areas throughout the world.
How to cut down on your drinking
ASAP APG for one week. Think about how you feel
If you are concern about have much
To help you reach your goal, keep a “diary” physically and emotionally on these days.
When you succeed and feel better, you
you drink, you can improve your life and
health by cutting down.
of your drinking. Write down every time you may find it easier to cut down for good.
Cindy Scott, Aberdeen Proving
Ground’s Army substance abuse pre-
have a drink for one week. 4. Learn how to say NO. You do not
have to drink when other people drink.
vention coordinator, asks “How do you If you are alcoholic or have other med- drink per day. Men: No more than two You do not have to take a drink that is
know if you drink too much?” Scott rec- ical problems, you should not just cut drinks per day given to you. Practice ways to say no
ommends answering the following ques- down on your drinking--you should stop politely. For example, you can tell peo-
tions honestly. 3. A standard drink is a 12-ounce
drinking completely. Your doctor will ple you feel better when you drink less.
n Do you drink alone when you feel bottle of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine or
advise you about what is right for you. a 1 1/2-ounce shot of liquor. These lim- Stay away from people who give you a
angry or sad? If your doctor tells you to cut down on hard time about not drinking.
n Does your drinking ever make you its may be too high for people who have
your drinking, these steps can help you: certain medical problems or who are old- 5. Stay active. What would you like
late for work?
n Does your drinking worry your 1. Write your reasons for cutting er. Talk with your doctor about the limit to do instead of drinking? Use the time
Family? down or stopping. Why do you want that is right for you. and money spent on drinking to do some-
n Do you ever drink after telling your- to drink less? There are many reasons 4. Write your drinking goal on a thing fun with your family or friends. Go
self you won’t? why you may want to cut down or stop piece of paper. Put it where you can see out to eat, see a movie, or play sports.
n Do you ever forget what you did drinking. You may want to improve your it, such as on your refrigerator or bath- 6. Get support. Cutting down on your
while you were drinking? health, sleep better or get along better room mirror. drinking may be difficult at times. Ask
n Do you get headaches or have a hang- with your family and friends. Make a list your family and friends for support to help
of the reasons you want to drink less. 5. Keep a “diary” of your drink-
over after you have been drinking? ing. To help you reach your goal, keep you reach your goal. Talk to your doctor if
If you answered “yes” to any of these 2. Set a drinking goal. Choose a lim- a “diary” of your drinking. For example, you are having trouble cutting down. Get
questions, you may have a drinking prob- it for how much you will drink. You may write down every time you have a drink the help you need to reach your goal.
lem. Check with your doctor to be sure. choose to cut down or not to drink at for one week. Try to keep your diary for 7. Avoid temptation. Watch out for
Your doctor will be able to tell you wheth- all. If you are cutting down, keep below three or four weeks. This will show you people, places, or times that make you
er you should cut down or abstain. these limits: Women: No more than one how much you drink and when. You may drink, even if you do not want to. Stay
be surprised. How different is your goal away from people who drink a lot or
from the amount you drink now? bars you normally frequent. Plan ahead
Now you know why you want to of time what you will do to avoid drink-
drink less and you have a goal. There are ing when you are tempted.
many ways you can help yourself to cut
down. Try these tips: 8. Do not drink when you are angry
or upset or have a bad day. These are
1. Watch it at home. Keep a small habits you need to break if you want to
amount or no alcohol at home. Don’t drink less.
keep temptations around. DO NOT GIVE UP! Most people
2. Drink slowly. When you drink, do not cut down or give up drinking all
sip it slowly. Take a break of one hour at once. Just like a diet, it is not easy
between drinks. Drink soda, water, or to change. That is okay. If you do not
juice after a drink with alcohol. Do not reach your goal the first time, try again.
drink on an empty stomach and eat food Remember, get support from people who
when you are drinking. care about you and want to help.
For more information, contact the
3. Take a break from alcohol. Pick
ASAP EAP at 410-278-5319 or Cindy
a day or two each week when you will
Scott at 410-278-4013/DRUG or Cyn-
not drink at all. Then, try to stop drinking
Scholarships available for
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June 23, 2011 • APG News 5
APG’s green initiative
letting the sun shine in
By TERRI KALTENBACHER
DPW Environmental Division
Even though you don’t see at APG
the huge photovoltaic solar panels that
are widespread in Florida, California and
the Southwest, our installation is making
strides towards harnessing sunlight to
power our lives.
tion Act of
2010 and oth-
energy man- Article No. 5 in
dates require the monthly series
lations to improve energy efficiency and
reduce reliance on fossil fuels by using
renewable resources like the sun.
Several weeks ago, APG relit the
Pooles Island Lighthouse by installing
an LED light source and acrylic Fres-
nel lens, powered by a pedestal-mounted
solar and battery system. The new optic
has more than a six nautical mile visu-
al range, but needs just a 12-volt battery
Storage of sun power enables the light
to flash for up to 46 days without sun-
shine, an important feature during Mary-
land’s long, gray winters.
The historic relighting utilizes the sun
for its power source, not only because of
the lack of electricity on the island, but Courtesy photo
to symbolically show the Army’s inter- (From left) DPW Maintenance employees Mike Wise, Harold Whitaker and Steve Coale install the environmentally friendly
est in moving forward with renewable lighting at the Pooles island Lighthouse in April.
resources and alternative energy.
The lighthouse is now classified as a that is near completion on the roof of rior while reducing the need for electric especially during winter, and the amount
private aid to navigation with the U.S. Bldg. 525. Unlike photovoltaic cells light during the workday. of vegetation present that impedes the
Coast Guard and has been chosen as our that generate electricity through direct Installation Energy Program Manag- placement of solar panels. Howev-
post symbol by Research, Development, conversion of solar radiation, the dark er Anh Dang said he is interested in fur- er, Dang believes that eventually “the
and Engineering Command and Installa- colored roofing system absorbs the ther pursuing solar and that “at some cost of solar will come down just like
tion Commander Maj. Gen. Nick Justice radiant energy of the sun and cap- point, solar technology development will it did with LED lighting, which is now
to “light a path to the future”. tures heat in the three-inch interstitial increase to allow us to capture and store commonplace.”
When Harford Technical High School space between the roof panels and the sun energy to power our buildings, even For more information on the Pooles
students designed the Pooles Island insulation. at night.” Island Lighthouse solar powered light-
Lighthouse replica and time capsule to The hot air is then piped through- Presently, the amount of money and ing unit, solar tubes and solar air-heat-
celebrate this year’s Earth/Arbor Day, out the 150,000-square-foot building via space needed to implement full-scale ing, click on the Environment Tab of the
many of the construction materials used ductwork, reducing the amount of gas sun power makes it a challenge at APG, APG Live Blog at http://apg.armylive.
were salvaged and recycled. needed to heat the building in the winter partly because of limited sunlight hours dodlive.mil/.
“The lighting mechanism is operated by 15 to 20 percent. Bruce Erdner, DPW
by a small solar battery pack, to simulate roofing systems engineer, said the solar
how the “real” lighthouse is lit, “accord- roof system uses off-of-the-shelf materi-
ing to Michael Svezzese, the students’ als and components and the APG project
trades and industry instructor. He fur- is the largest installation of its kind on
ther commented that “the focus of this the east coast.”
project was to get the students to think in Erdner added that the new roofing
terms of sustainability and reducing car- system is projected to pay for itself in
bon footprint in a real-world sense, by less than eight years, illustrating that
using a model as an example”. going solar isn’t just good for the envi-
The Pooles Island Lighthouse is off ronment; it also has proven cost savings
limits to the public, but you can stop by in the long term.
the garrison headquarters in Bldg. 305 Other projects involve incorporating
to see the replica on display in the main solar tubes into several of the post’s
lobby. buildings for additional natural light.
Current solar energy initiatives on These strategically placed, high-tech
APG include the installation of a pas- skylights will save on energy costs by
sive solar insolation capture system delivering daylight to the building inte-
WHAT IS CLEAN TALK?
Clean Talk is a monthly series that highlights
APG’s continuing efforts to restore our envi-
ronment and protect our natural and cultural
These articles, focusing on the garrison’s
environmental program, will profile cleanup
success stories, bioremediation breakthroughs, pollution prevention
and greening efforts on the installation, both past and present.
6 APG News • June 23, 2011
Timothy Knox, Aberdeen Proving
Ground’s Alcohol and Drug Control
Officer raises a question during the
June Community Action Council
meeting at the APG South (Edgewood)
chapel June 16. Highlights of the June
meeting included presentations by
UFood Grill and Tim Hortons, vendors
who will be bringing new food service
options to APG soon. See the CAC
slideshow presentation at www.slide-
share.net/USAGAPG/. The next CAC
meeting will be held at the APG North
(Aberdeen) Chapel July 21.
Photo by Rachel Ponder
Want to make a difference in how services are rendered
at APG? Tell us how we are doing. Visit http://ice.disa.mil.
Click on “ARMY” then “Aberdeen Proving Ground.
June 23, 2011 • APG News 7
Johnson wins award for Ordnance photo
Continued from Page 1
Specifically the photo shows a worker “Those words were on that building
walking away with the Ordnance sign in It was really a great photo, and for close to a century,” she said, “so I
hand, shortly after it was removed from was thrilled to capture that moment in
Bldg. 3071. great timing. It is one of those iconic history.”
The judges comments noted that “it
was nice that the photographer managed
photos that speaks volumes about a Johnson is a contractor and
employed by Homestead Publishing
to capture the moment when the sign single issue—in this case, BRAC. Fifty Company of Baltimore, Md. Her lat-
was removed and work it into the over- est win is her fourth MDDC award.
all of the building.” years from now we could run that photo Last year Johnson took home the top
“It was really a great photo, and prize in the Critical Thinking category
great timing,” said APG News Editor
again and it would be an appropriate for her “Waiting for Obama” commen-
Adriane Foss. “It is one of those icon- representation of not just the Ordnance tary that detailed her five-hour wait in
ic photos that speaks volumes about a the frigid cold at the Edgewood train-
single issue—in this case, BRAC. Fif- move, but the 2005 BRAC round. ing station for the train transporting
ty years from now we could run that then President-elect Barack Obama
photo again and it would be an appro- Adrianne Foss and vice president-elect Joe Biden to
priate representation of not just the APG News Editor Washington, D.C.
Ordnance move, but the 2005 BRAC (Founded in 1908 as the Maryland
round. hard worker and has an excellent rapport building. Press Association for weekly newspa-
“We’re very fortunate to have her on with the community. “ “I didn’t have my camera on me so I pers, the MDDC counts all of the daily
the staff,” said APG Public Affairs Offi- Johnson said she just happened to had to rush to the office, grab it and rush and most of the non-daily newspapers in
cer George Mercer. “In addition to being drive by after duty hours that day and back,” she said. “I got there just in time Maryland, Delaware and D.C. among its
a very talented journalist, Yvonne is a noticed DPW employees at work on the to snap this shot. active members.)
Out with the new (beret), in with the old (cap)
Continued from Page 1
the field said they wanted to see.” Chandler also said Soldiers had asked
Typically, uniform changes come as a for changes to how cargo pockets are
result of a board that meets twice a year. fastened. Velcro had been used -- now,
But Chandler said issues surrounding ACUs are available with buttons used
both the ACU headgear and the use of to keep the pockets closed. A similar
Velcro were changes the Army chief of change is being discussed for how sleeve
staff wanted to bring to the Secretary of cuffs are fastened, but Chandler said that
the Army immediately. decision will be made by the July uni-
Chandler said he spoke with “sever- form board.
al thousand” Soldiers and also received A more localized uniform decision
comments via social media sites, like will affect Soldiers assigned to the
Facebook. Army’s headquarters at the Pentagon in
“I have also discussed this with my Washington, D.C. There, Soldiers had
board of directors -- the most senior been wearing the ACU as their daily uni-
sergeants major of our Army,” Chan- form. By as early as October, those Sol-
dler said. Post-deployment combat uni- diers will show up to work in the Army
form surveys were used as a basis for service uniform, Chandler said.
the changes. “Our perspective is that this is the cor-
The No. 1 and No. 2 issues, Chandler porate part of the Army,” he said. “The
said, involve the beret and Velcro. Photo illustration by C. Todd Lopez business-part of the Army is done in the
“The Soldiers didn’t like the fact that Recently announced changes to the Army Combat Uniform involve allowing Pentagon, and as a professional there
the beret was hot -- it was not something Soldiers to sew on certain items to their uniform in lieu of using the provided are certain standards of attire associated
that they wore the majority of the time,” Velcro. with certain activities. For the business
he said. “And they didn’t like the fact with the Army service uniform,” Chan- Velcro-only, the SMA said. Additionally, aspect of the Army, it is the Army ser-
it didn’t shade the sun and it took two dler said. the ACU will continue to come with Vel- vice uniform.”
hands to put on. And they didn’t like to The Army implemented a mandatory cro in the same locations it is now. Where a The announced changes took place
carry two pieces of headgear to do dif- wear date for the ACU in April 2008. The Soldier is authorized to sew something on, June 14. Soldiers should read Army
ferent functions during the day.” ACU, a replacement for the Battle Dress they will sew it on top of the Velcro. Directive 2011-11 for full details.
The beret has been the standard head- Uniform, featured many design changes.
gear for the Army’s ACU -- the camou- Included among those were a different cut
flage uniform worn by most Soldiers. for the fabric, new placement for pockets
But most Soldiers still needed to switch and a new “digital” color pattern.
to the patrol cap based on the work they Also included were Velcro fasten-
were doing -- in a motor pool or in the ers that allowed pockets to be sealed
field, for instance. shut, sleeves to be cinched down, and
Those Soldiers would have to carry rank insignia, name tapes, service tapes,
two pieces of headgear with them, one patches and skill badges to be added and
in each pocket, and switch depending removed at will -- without time-consum-
on what they were doing. In the field, ing and sometimes costly trips to cloth-
they put on the patrol cap. Back on base, ing alterations.
they’d have to switch to the beret. Still, some Soldiers were displeased
The new policy will make the patrol with Velcro on the uniform, Chandler
cap the standard. But the beret isn’t going said.
anywhere. It will remain as the standard The Army’s new policy on attaching
for the Army service uniform, and as an accouterments to the ACU will allow Sol-
optional uniform item with the ACU -- at diers to sew on rank insignia, the name
the discretion of commanders. tape and the service tape. Additionally,
“They could choose to say for an event, skill badges such as the Airborne, path-
like a change of command, that they want finder, combat action, combat infantry-
them to wear the beret,” Chandler said. man’s, and expert infantryman’s badge
The change in the beret policy will will also be authorized for sewing.
save the Army about $6.5 million over Currently, those badges are provided
the lifecycle of the ACU. New Soldiers in painted metal and have to be pinned to
had been issued two berets, now they the uniform. Pinning badges to the uni-
will be issued one. form can be a lengthy process because
Chandler pointed out that Soldiers they have to be aligned using a ruler. The
didn’t ask to eliminate the beret -- just to new policy will allow Soldiers to sew
change when it’s worn. those badges to the uniform.
“Soldiers said we don’t want to wear Combat and unit patches on the left and
it with this uniform, but they do feel right sleeve and the U.S. flag will remain
they look very professional wearing it
8 APG News • June 23, 2011
FAMILY AND MWR
Activities/Events will also be available for purchase.
beliefs and clear standards and help-
ing parents to provide opportunities,
area. During the time the court side is
closed, fitness classes will be relocat-
APG Team Paintball Tournament June 24, Madagascar, at the APG skills, recognition, and nurture their ed to the Edgewood Area Recreation
Do you enjoy extreme sports? If so, South (Edgewood) Bayside Pool individual characteristics as a means Center, Bldg. E4140. NOTE: small
gather up your friends and form a three- July 8, Harry Potter, APG North to help them bond with the Family, areas of the fitness center side will be
man paintball team for the APG Shoot (Aberdeen) Shore Park community, school and peer group. disrupted at times for fire suppression
Out 3 Versus 3 Paintball Tournament July 22, Karate Kid (2010), EA Bay- Childcare is available. installation. Call 410-436-7134.
11:15 a.m. July 30 at Shore Park. side Pool “Staying Connected with Your Teen”
Navigate, strategize and compete Aug. 5, Happy Feet, AA Shore Park will be held on 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Weather damage Chesapeake
in our inflatable paintball “Mega For more information, call Thursdays, June 23 and 30. The class Challenge Amusement Park
Dome.” First and second place teams 410-278-4124 will be held at the ACS Bldg. 2503
Chesapeake Challenge Amusement
receive medals and the winning team Highpoint Road, Room 123.
Park will not open as earlier promoted
photo will be featured in the trophy Staying Connected with Your Teen For more information or to register,
due to maintenance issues and effects of
case at Outdoor Recreation. Music, call 410-278-7478.
The Army Community Service severe weather over the last six months.
games and refreshments will be avail-
Family Advocacy Program will pres- The go cart track, mini golf and bat-
able. (Paintballs will not be real APG Fitness Center closure
ent “Staying Connected with Your ting cage maintenance will be assessed
paint. Pellets only). Team entry fee
Teen.” It is an exciting time for par- The APG Fitness Center, Bldg. 320, over the summer. It will be determined
is $20 for pre-registration. Registra-
ents and teens as they develop into will be closed through Labor Day week- if it is cost effective to open the park
tion starts 11:15 a.m. with a tourna-
young men and women. Along with end. Work to install a new air condition- in 2012. For more information, call
ment start time at noon. Teams may
also register before July 30 by calling the excitement there may be some ing system with duct work, expanded 410-278-4124.
410-278-4124/5789. growing pains such as, “I can’t con- shower and locker rooms, new floor-
trol my child,” or “My child is reject- ing and entrance area will be done. Call Discount Aquarium tickets
ing me.” This class is intended to 410-278-9725.
Movies under the stars The Leisure Travel Office offers
help parents let loose without let- discount tickets to the National Aquar-
Enjoy a fun family night out free of ting go as their teens transition from Hoyle Gymnasium closure
charge. Pre-movie festivities begin at ium in Baltimore. Adult tickets cost
children to adults. The class uses the The court side of Hoyle Gymna- $23.25 per person; tickets for chil-
6:30 p.m. and include games, a deejay “Social Development Strategy Mod-
and karaoke. The movie will begin at 8 sium, Bldg. E4210 will be closed dren ages 3 to 11 cost $17.50; active
el.” The model is designed to help par- through Labor Day for fire suppression duty tickets cost $19 each and are
p.m. or at dusk. Bring lawn chairs, blan-
ents guide their teens toward healthy system installation, ceiling repair work issued one per active duty ID card
kets and snacks. Food and refreshments
behavior by establishing healthy and expansion of the second floor only. Tickets do not include the dol-
phin show or the 4D Theater, but are
upgradeable at the aquarium. Take an
Looking for a job?
Post pools open, swim Visit FMWR Jobs Available at
unforgettable journey into the myster-
ies of water and the beauty of the nat-
lessons available All jobs for Watch brilliantly colored triggerfish
Aberdeen Prov- explore a coral reef. Marvel as sharks
ing Ground are list- glide through the shadowy depths just an
ed at http://www. arm’s length away.
The post pools are open to all Department of Defense identification card- For more information or to purchase
holders and their guests. For more information, call 410-278-4124. a r m y c i v i l i a n s e r-
vice.com or check out AAF- tickets, call the MWR Leisure Travel
ES Jobs link http://odin.aafes. Office at 410-278-4011/4907, visit the
Aberdeen Area 5 and under (guest) ...................$2
com/employment/ for additional AA Recreation Center, Bldg. 3326 or e-
Olympic Swimming Pool, Bldg. 3325 Active duty and immediate
job opportunities. mail APGR-USAG-MWR-LeisureTrav-
• Daily operation: through Sept. 2 Family members ................... Free
• Child, Youth and School Service Lap swim ...................................$2
Day Camp 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday and 30-day pass
Friday, June 20 thru Aug. 18 Individual ................................$35
• Open swim: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Lap swim lane available 11:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Sept. 2
June bowling specials
• Swim lessons, 1 to 6 p.m., Monday Family ....................................$175
• Early Bird Special: Bowl for one games cost $3.50 each on Fridays,
through Thursday, through Aug. 12 Swimming lessons will be offered
hour for $12 from 7 to 9 a.m. Includes 9:30 to 11 p.m.; Cosmic Saturdays
• Weekend operation schedule: in the Aberdeen and Edgewood Areas.
shoe rental. cost $3.75 per game; and $3 per game
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lessons cost $50 per person for the
• Each Friday, 3 to 10 p.m., bowl on Sundays.game; and $3 per game
• Labor Day weekend: Sept. 3 thru first session and $45 for each addi-
one game for $3.50 and receive one on Sundays.
5, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. tional member of the same Family.
There will be a 10 percent discount game free. Shoe rental costs $2.
• Closes Monday, Sept. 5 New hours for summer
for each additional session. • Cosmic Saturdays: Each Satur-
day, receive one hour of bowling, one Effective through September, The
Shore Pool, Bldg. 2031 Bowling Center hours are 7 a.m. to
Swimming Lessons whole cheese pizza (toppings extra)
• Daily operation: through Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday;
11:30 to 7 p.m. Olympic Pool and one pitcher of soda for $34 (Up to
• Monday through Thursday, six people). Includes shoe rental. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 3 p.m. to
• Lap swim lane available 10:30 to
through June 30 10 p.m., Saturday; the Bowling Cen-
11:30 a.m., through Sept. 4
• 1 to 2 p.m., level 1 and 2 Bowling rates ter will be closed on Sundays. Hol-
• Weekend operation schedule:
• 2 to 3 p.m., level 3 and 4 Bowling costs $3 per game, Mon- iday hours will be announced at a
11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• July 11 through 22 day to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; later date.
• Labor Day weekend: Sept. 3
through 5, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. • 1 to 2 p.m., level 1 and 2
• Closes Monday, Sept. 5 • 2 to 3 p.m., level 3 and 4
• July 25 through 29
APG Bowling Center Snack Bar specials
Edgewood Area • Adult lessons, 6 to 6:30 p.m., Building 2342
Bayside Swimming Pool, Bldg. E4655 Monday through Friday
• Daily operation: through Sept. 5 • Parent/Toddler, 6:30 to 7 p.m., Lunch delivery is available for orders of $25 or more. Call for delivery
• Morning swim: 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday before 11 a.m.
through Sept. 2 • Aug. 1 through 12 Week of June 20
• Child, Youth and School Service • 1 to 2 p.m., level 1 and 2
• 2 to 3 p.m., level 3 and 4 Special #1: Turkey club sandwich with potato chips, cookie and regu-
Day Camp, 9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday and
Bayside Pool lar soda for $7.45.
Friday, through Aug. 18
• Monday through Thursday, Special #2: Egg salad sandwich with potato chips, cookie and regular
• Swim lessons: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
through June 30 soda for $4.50.
• Open swim: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Labor Day weekend: Sept. 3 • 9 to 10 a.m., level 1 and 2 Week of June 27
through 5, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. • 10 to 11 a.m., level 3 and 4
• July 11 through 22 Special #1: Tuna salad sandwich with potato chips,
• Closes Monday, Sept. 5
• 9 to 10 a.m., level 1 and 2 cookie and regular soda for $6.75.
Pool pass fees • 10 to 11 a.m., level 3 and 4 Special #2: Tuna salad-salad, cookie and regular
Daily passes • Aug. 1 through 12 soda for $7.50.
Daily ..........................................$5 • 9 to 10 a.m., level 1 and 2 The Bowling Center also serves breakfast. For more
Under 5 ..................................Free • 10 to 11 a.m., level 3 and 4 information or to place an order, call 410-278-4041.
Guest of eligible patron ............$9 Orders must be placed before 10:30 a.m.
could be just a
The ASP seeks suggestions
that improve work methods,
equipment, logistics, utilities
or tools that will benefit
Suggestions that save
money can be eligible for a
cash award up to $25,000.
The more money saved, the
larger the potential award.
tions.army.mil for info, or
contact Marjorie Sexton,
Installation ASP coordinator,
at 410-278-0944 or marjorie.
June 23, 2011 • APG News 9
Motorcycle safety card at 443-528-1916 or sondrawatson@ stop in at the APG North (Aberdeen) rec- Sign up at APG for Satellite
yahoo.com; or Shannon Kittok at 912- reation center Thursday evening from 5
waived 492-7898 or Joeyandeve@yahoo.com. to 7 p.m. or Saturday at the post theatre communications
The requirement for civilians to pro- Nursery only for VBS adult volunteers 9 a.m. to noon. The Satellite Communications: Sys-
vide a MSF card to enter the installation with children ages 4 and younger. Reg- tems, Technology, and Applications
will be waived for the next 90 days. Dur- istration forms are in the foyer of the course will present a comprehensive
ing the 90-day period the Safety Team main post chapel. Reserve a picnic area description of the technology and appli-
will attempt to identify training resourc- All installation activities, units and cations of satellite communications that
es to support the training of military the public can make reservations for the is interesting and understandable to engi-
Family members, civilians, retirees and
Thrift Shop closes Saturdays upcoming spring and summer. neers and non-engineers.
contractors. Active-duty military must The APG Thrift Shop will be closed Picnic areas include The course will be held at Aberdeen
present valid MSF cards at the gate. For on the first Saturday of the month until “Shore Park in the Aberdeen Area, Proving Ground July 11 through 15 from
more information, contact the Installa- further notice. Regular store hours just off Aberdeen Boulevard and Frank- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will benefit
tion Safety Office at 410-306-1081. remain: Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ford Street. It is the largest picnic and engineers, technicians, managers, plan-
with consignments from 10 a.m. to 1 recreation area. ners, as well as marketing, contracts and
p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Thurs- “Woodpecker Point in the Aberdeen procurement specialists. Cost is $1,350
Resident Picnic and Bike day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with consignments Area is located at Spesutie Island Road. per student.
Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This picnic area is medium sized holding For more information, including an
From pots and pans to sporting up to 200 people and may be split. outline of the course and registration
In appreciation of its residents Picerne goods, clothing, toys, furniture, jewel- “Kipper’s Point is located in the Edge- form, visit http://www.tdicourses.com.
Housing will host the annual Resident ry and more, the Thrift Shop is a one- wood Area at Skipper’s Point Road. It is Download and e-mail your registration
Picnic June 25 at the Pavilion in Patriot
stop shop for serviceable second-hand a smaller picnic area located near the form by July 1 to tdi98@sbcglobal.
Village from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
goods. Proceeds go back to APG. Call water. net and send check or money order
Activities for the Family include
410-272-8572. Aberdeen Proving Ground’s picnic for $1,350.00 to: TDI, 140 North Vista
games, moon bounces for the kids, face
areas can be used for large events, includ- Street; Los Angeles, CA 90036 or pro-
painting, food and more.
ing organization days, Family reunions, vide credit card information on registra-
The Directorate of Emergency Ser- Register now for MSA degree retirement parties and more. tion form.
vices will also host its annual Bike
Central Michigan University offers Picnic sponsors must submit a ros- The course instructor, Dr. Arthur Ein-
Rodeo. Children should bring their own
a master of science in administration ter of non-ID card visitors’ names no horn, has more than 25 years hands-on
bikes and helmets in order to participate
degree at Aberdeen Proving Ground. later than two weeks in advance of pic- experience in system development and
in this year’s rodeo.
The MSA degree provides a solid core nic date. All invited visitors must stop at engineering in the aerospace industry.
The event is free to all on-post
of management skills and a choice of the visitor’s center by turning right onto Direct questions to 323-935-4649 or
residents. Call 410-305-1076 for more
four concentrations to include Human the road entrance for the Ruggles Golf 323-496-0397.
Resources, General Administration, Course.
Public Administration, or Information All adults and youths 16 and old-
Good Shepherd accepting Resource Management. Registration er must present a valid photo ID. An Veteran and Active Military
applications for fall session is being accepted. Pro- FMWR representative will use roster to Appreciation Nights
grams are offered to the entire APG check in visitors attending picnic. Any In an effort to honor the military, the
Good Shepherd Catholic School in community. CMU is a fully accredited visitor not on the roster must follow visi- Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate
Perryville is accepting applications for university. Alternate weekend class- tor entrance procedures. For information of the Baltimore Orioles will introduce
the 2011-2012 school year. The school es available. Degree completion takes or reservations, call Outdoor Recreation five branch-specific Veteran and Active
provides a safe and nurturing learning two years or less. No graduate man- at 410-278-4124. Military Appreciation Nights on select
environment for a faith-based education agement admission test or graduate Wednesday nights during their 2011 sea-
for grades Pre-K to 8. We offer small record exam required. Credit avail-
class sizes, before- and after-school care able for prior learning. Online option VA Summer Youth son. Ask about the Bowie Baysox group
rates and active military discounts at
and a strong tradition of academic excel- available. Call 410-272-1532, 703- Volunteer Program all regular season games. Each night is
lence. Good Shepherd is accredited 525-4971 or email aberdeen.center@ The VA Maryland Health Care Sys- themed, but none are exclusive to a spe-
through the Middle States Commission. cmich.edu. tem has announced that the 2011 Sum- cific branch.
Tuition assistance is available. We invite
mer Youth Volunteer Program will • July 6, Marines
you to call or stop by and visit at 800
Aiken Ave., Perryville, MD 21903. For Actors, singers sought for begin in June at each facility. Orienta- • Aug. 31, Army
Stop by MWR office for $7 Lower
tion classes will be held for new partic-
more information, visit www.goodshep- Arsenic play ipants and is mandatory to be accepted Reserve seats.
herdschool.net or call 410-642-6265.
The APG Theater Group is still in the program. Youth volunteers must Directions for the Bowie Baysox:
casting minor parts for its Aug. 6 per- be between the ages of 14 and 17; Take Exit 13A off of Highway 50, Prince
VBS slated June 26-30 formance of Arsenic and Old Lace. must be able to show proof of age with George’s Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway,
Actors and singers are needed. No a birth certificate; and must commit Bowie, Md.
Vacation Bible School will be held For more information, call 301-805-
June 26 -30, 6 to 8:45 p.m. at the experience necessary. Arsenic and at least 75 hours of service through-
Old Lace is the hilariously maca- out the summer. Youth volunteers will 6000, visit www.baysox.com or e-mail
APG North (Aberdeen) post chapel Jerran Leber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for children ages 5 to those complet- bre film directed by Frank Capra and work only three days per week; they
ing sixth grade. This year’s theme based on a play by the same name. In will NOT be permitted to work an
is “HOMETOWN NAZARETH: 2000 the American Film Institute list- assignment area with parent or guard-
ian in tow.
Where Jesus was a Kid.” There is no ed Arsenic as one of the funniest mov-
ies in American cinema. Sign up now to volunteer and to
cost but donations of boxed juice or
health drinks are appreciated. Pre-reg- To take part in the APG Theater begin the June Orientation class- ONLINE
istration is requested. Contact Gerri Group’s inaugural performance, have es. Interested youths must complete More shorts can
Merkel at 410-278-2516 or caroline. fun and entertain the community with a volunteer application, available be seen at www.
email@example.com; Sondra Watson one of America’s most beloved come- online at http://www.volunteer. apgnews.apg.army.
dies, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or va.gov/apps/volunteernow/. mil under Shorts.
FRIDAY loween 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY TUESDAY
Amoss Center, 401 Thomas Run Road,
JUNE24 Bel Air. Ages 11 and older may audi- JULY 5 THROUGH JULY JULY 5 THROUGH
BIG CAM & THE LIFTERS tion. Bring dance shoes; combinations 7 AUGUST 9
CONCERT will be given at the audition. Auditions SAT PREP FOR MATH
for Harriet’s voiceover will be held NATURE DISCOVERY CAMP
Get your feet moving with rock ‘n Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Harford Community College, 401
1:30 p.m. Performance dates are Oct.
roll songs featured by this five-piece Eden Mill Road, Pylesville, Md. is tak- Thomas Run Road, Bel Air will hold
20 to 23.
group, sponsored by the Havre de ing registration for the Nature Dis- SAT preparations for math 6:30 to
Grace Arts Commission. Free. Bring For more information, call 443-412-
2112 covery Camp for ages 4 and 5. Camp 9 p.m. on Tuesdays in Fallston Hall,
chairs & picnics. Location: Millard E. will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Room 201. Review math skills and
Tydings Park in Havre de Grace. Rain day. Participants will become detec- test-taking strategies needed to excel
Location: HdG Activity Center. Call THURSDAY tives as they explore and understand on the SAT1 test. Tuition is $85 per
410-939-2100 or visit thelifters.com. the hidden wonders of nature. They person. Course number 35446. Call
JUNE 30 will explore the meadow, wetlands, 443-412-2115.
INTRODUCTION TO and trails and participate in environ-
MICROSOFT PUBLISHER mental activities, crafts and games.
SATURDAY The fee is $75 for members or $85
Harford Community College, 401
JUNE 25 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air will offer for non-member. Pre-registration is MORE
STEPPINGSTONE BLUES Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Edgewood Hall,
For more information or to register,
FESTIVAL call 410-836-3050, email edenmillna-
Room 215. Explore the basics of Micro- events can be seen
The Steppingstone Museum, 461 soft Publisher to create professional- email@example.com or visit www. at www.apgnews.
Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace, looking publications. Work with text edenmill.org. apg.army.mil under
will host its annual Summer Blues Fes- boxes, shapes and graphics to make Community Notes.
tival, 2 to 8 p.m., with entertainment by colorful cards, calendars and other
Matt Wigler, Just Foolin’ Around Band, projects. Tuition cost is $99 per person.
The Johnny Monster Band, Profess- Course fee is $99 per person. Course
er Louis and the Crownmatix, Ghost number 26268. Call 443-360-9108.
Town Blues Band and Ed and Rick.
Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at
the gate. This is an outdoor concert, SATURDAY THRU SUNDAY
rain or shine, with no refunds grant- JULY 2 THRU 10
ed. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. No
alcoholic beverages are allowed. Call KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL
410-939-2299 or 888-419-1752. Visa The Kutztown Folk Festival is located
and Mastercard accepted. E-mail step- at the Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 North
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit White Oak Street, Kutztown, Pa. The fes-
www.steppingstonemuseum.org. tival is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 3 to 11.
Events include more than 200 American
craftsmen and folk artists, food, quilts,
SUNDAY entertainment, a civil war reenactment,
JUNE 26 kids activities and more. Cost is $14 for
adults; $13 for ages 55 and older; $5 for
AUDITIONS FOR HARRIET’S
ages 13 to 17; under 12 is free; An all-
HAPPIEST HALLOWEEN week pass costs $24. For information
Harford Dance Theater will hold or a free brochure, call 888-674-6136 or
auditions for Harriet’s Happiest Hal- visit www.kutztownfestival.com.
10 APG News • June 23, 2011
Summer blues? Find out about APG
child and teen summer activities
Movies under the stars
Location: Shore Park and Bayside Pool
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a fun family night out free of charge. Pre-
movie festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and include
games, a deejay and karaoke. The movie will begin
at 8 p.m. or at dusk. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and
snacks. Food and refreshments will also be avail-
able for purchase.
Dates: June 24, Madagascar, at the APG South
July 8, Harry Potter, APG North Shore Park
July 22, Karate Kid (2010), Bayside Pool
Aug. 5, Happy Feet, Shore Park
For more information: Call 410-278-4124/4011.
APG Teen Splash Bash
Date: June 24
Time: 4-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free File photos by Rachel Ponder
Come to the end-of-school party with swimming,
basketball, volleyball, soccer, disc golf, a DJ and Kollin Wisniewski, 9, and Joseph Fernandez, 9, participate in a drill called King of the Ring during the
food and drinks. A mini bus will be stationed at both Challenger British Soccer Camp.
the APG South (Edgewood) Route 24 Gate and the
APG North (Aberdeen) Route 715 Gate. Parents can Parent/Child Golf Tournament SKIES Unlimited Tiny Tigers
drop off and pick-up at gate. Pick up time is 4 p.m.
Date: July 14 Tiny Tigers, featuring instructor Kyo Sa Nim Sean
sharp. Buses will return to gates at 8:30 p.m.
Time: 5:30 p.m. A. Williams, builds confidence and self-esteem in
For more information: Call 410-278-5014/2857 young students. Students must wear a white t-shirt
Location: Ruggles Golf Course
Ages: 5-17 and sweat pants.
Cost: $30 per parent/child twosome Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays
The tournament will be a 2 person captain’s Time: 5:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
choice scramble format with teams consisting of 1 Location: APG North Youth Center
parent/child team. Ages: 3-5 (parent participation required)
Registration: Register at Ruggles golf course Cost: $40 per child parent paring
one week prior to the event. Registration: Call the Central Registration Office
located in Bldg. 2503, 410-278-7571/7479 D
For more information: contact Umbarger.
Avoid Credit Card Trap
for Teens Class SKIES Unlimited
Date: July 14
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Worldwide Driving Academy
Location: Army Community Service, Bldg. 2503, Class includes 30 hours classroom instruction
second floor conference room. and 6 hours behind the wheel instruction. Last day
Cost: Free to register for the class is one week prior to the first
Looking for a credit card? In the land of plas- class.
tic, there are so many to choose. This session is Ages: Students must be between the ages of
packed with valuable information delivered in 15.9 -18 years old
humor and fun. Topics include how to avoid fees Dates: Classes are conducted Monday-Friday at
and penalties that can destroy your budget, how the following locations:
to avoid any related costs, and traps that come Edgewood Location:
with owning a credit card. You will know what 6:00 p.m. -9:15 p.m. July 18-29; Aug. 1-12;
important questions to ask when shopping for the Aug. 15-26
right credit card 11:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. July 5-16.
Participants will be coming home with valuable Abingdon Location:
lessons that they can use for life. 6:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m. July 5-16; Aug. 1-12;
Registration: Contact Marilyn Howard, Army Aug. 15-26.
Community Service Employment Readiness Man- 11:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. July 18-29; Aug. 1-12;
During Vacation Bible School at APG North (Aberdeen), ager, 410-278-9669/7572. Aug. 15-26
Brianna Nubine creates a puppet of the Apostle Paul *More SKIES Unlimited classes to be announced.
during an arts and crafts session. Contact Umbarger for more details.
Army Community Service
Vacation Bible School 46th Birthday EDGE! program
Free picnic and activities to celebrate the 46th
Date: June 26-30 birthday of ACS
Free EDGE! classes for the summer to be
Time: 6 to 8:45 p.m. announced. For more information call Jay McKin-
Date: July 21
Location: APG North post chapel ney, 410-278-3250.
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ages: 5 to sixth grade Location: Shore Park Area
Cost: free, donations of boxed juice or health
drinks are appreciated
For more information: 410-278-2472/7572 AUGUST
This year’s theme is “Hometown Nazareth: Where
Jesus was a Kid. ” SKIES Unlimited Piano Lessons CYSS Sports Fall Soccer
Registration: Contact Gerri Merkel at 410-278- Ages: 4-18 Dates: Practice begins the first week of August
2516 or email@example.com; Sondra Dates: Mondays beginning July 25-Aug. 15; Location: APG North Soccer Field
Watson at 443-528-1916 or sondrawatson@ Tuesdays beginning July 26-Aug. 16. Ages: 4-14
yahoo.com; or Shannon Kittok at 912-492-7898 or Classes are conducted Monday or Tuesdays 1:00 Cost: Under age 6 fee is $20 and the age 8
Joeyandeve@yahoo.com. p.m.-9:30 p.m. through age 14 fee is $40
Cost: $68 per student, open to all Department of Registration: ends June 29
The Dark Side of Social Media Defense cardholders.
Each class is a private, one-on-one session, 30
Date: June 29 minutes long for four weeks, once a week.
Time: 11 a.m. to noon Parents choose which time frame session they
Location: Bldg. 2503, room 214 want to sign-up for when they register their child.
Ages: 13-18 Students will be responsible for purchasing the
Cost: Free required books for the course as recommended by
Teens will learn what social media is like and how the instructor.
to protect themselves, and their job. This session Registration: call the Registration Office locat-
will be facilitated by Sean Wilhelm, Child Youth and ed in Bldg. 2503, at 410-278-7571/7479 for an
School Services functional technology specialist. appointment. Registration for July classes begins
Registration: Parent Central, Bldg. 2503, Rooms June 20.
210 or 211. For more information: Contact Stacie Umbarg-
For more information: Call Jay McKinney, er, SKIES Unlimited director, 410-278-4589, or e-
workforce preparation specialist, 410-278-3250. mail stacie.e.umbarger.naf.mail.mil.
SKIES Unlimited Tae Kwon Do
Challenger Soccer Camp Tae Kwon Do class featuring instructor Sabun-
The Challenger British Soccer Program delivers im Sean A. Williams, promotes discipline, as well
quality coaching with a unique British cultural twist. as muscle toning and conditioning. Students must
This summer’s camp features new drills and practic- wear a white t-shirt and sweat pants.
es designed to improve individual ball control, foot Ages: 6-14
skills, fakes and moves. Eligibility: Open to all DoD cardholders
Date: July 11-15 Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays
Location: APG North Soccer Field Time: 6:00 -6:45 p.m. White Belts-Yellow Belts;
Ages: 3-14 6:45-7:30 p.m. Yellow with Green Stripe and above
Cost: First Kicks: ages 3-4, 9 to 10 a.m. $68 Location: APG North Youth Center
Mini Soccer: ages 5-6, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. $84 Cost: $65 per student per 1 month session, $150
Half Day: ages 9-14, 9 to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. $110 per student for a 12 week 3 month session.
Full Day: ages 9-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $157 Registration: Call the Central Registration Office Leah Jones practices kicking during a SKIES
Register online at www.challengersports.com located in Bldg. 2503, 410-278-7571/7479. For more Unlimited taekwondo class taught by Sean Williams
For more information: Call Bill Kegley, 410-306-2297 information, contact Umbarger. of the Unity Taekwondo School of Martial Arts.
June 23, 2011 • APG News 11
CECOM CSM bids farewell to APG
Continued from Page 1
Forward Command Group. is our aim…to spread the word about
“Col. [Augustus] Owens, Master CECOM’s services.” said Johnson. He
Sgt. [Walter] Farrell and Karen Quinn- traveled to a variety of sites across the
Doggett did a phenomenal job with coor- nation, and even to overseas locations in
dinating with APG Garrison and being Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany to vis-
our eyes and ears on the ground at APG it Soldiers and observe CECOM opera-
in the early stages of the BRAC [2005 tions being implemented in theater. “We
Base Realignment and Closure] imple- have a large mission in the Iraq Draw-
mentation,” said Johnson. down effort to plan and execute the
Johnson spent much of his time reach- logistical efforts necessary to recover
ing out to the warfighter and raising the communications equipment downrange
awareness of CECOM’s services avail- back to the [United] States.”
able to battalions and brigades all over Johnson commended the Soldier-
the world. Civilian hybrid workforce for dem-
“One of my biggest objectives was onstrating the ultimate meaning of
to go out and talk directly to the warf- teamwork and collaborative effort.
ighter,” said Johnson. “I visited as many “Here and in the field, I have wit-
CECOM sites as possible. Our folks are nessed our partnership efforts in prac-
doing a great job out there and it was my tice,” he said. “CECOM and C4ISR
job to identify what we as a command personnel have truly put the mission
first during a time when they are faced
could do even better to support the warf-
with life altering career decisions. This
ighter, as well as our workforce.”
workforce is top-notch and they con-
During his tenure, with guidance
Photo by Sean Kief tinue to put the warfighter’s needs
from his commander, Johnson initiated first.”
a Wounded Warrior employment focus Michael Vetter, (left) director G4, Logistics and Engineering, CECOM Life Cycle In leadership, tough decisions must
at CECOM during the early stages of Management Command, escorts Command Sgt. Maj. Tyrone Johnson, CECOM be made, said Johnson. “Know your
the move. LCMC and a group of sergeants major through the Army Team Command, Control,
Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance commander’s intent. Realize that, as
“In preparation for the command’s relo- a leader, the decisions you make just
construction site at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The tour was part of a CECOM
cation, we were hiring at rapid numbers to LCMC and Army Team C4ISR sergeants major conference. don’t affect you, but the organization,
reconstitute the workforce,” said Johnson. its people and their Families. Support
“So my first thought was, ‘let’s employ “We had always hired veterans, but “For me, the success was in the com- initiatives that are ethically, morally
wounded warriors’,” said Johnson. this was the first time we were able munity’s response to us. I received a lot and legally sound.”
Two years ago, Johnson led the effort to utilize the Wounded Warrior Pro- of positive feedback from the communi- As Johnson transitions, he encourag-
for CECOM’s participation in a job fair gram as the hiring vehicle to bring them ty indicating they appreciated our pres- es Soldiers and civilians alike to con-
at Walter Reed Army Medical Center onboard,” explained Johnson. “Every- ence and they even invited us back year tinue to seek challenging assignments,
for the sole benefit of wounded service one has been really receptive to support- after year,” said Johnson. self-development opportunities, and fol-
members in search of new careers as ing this program. This year, we made our Johnson hosted a Senior Enlisted low the Army values.
they transition from military service. first job offer as a result of this effort. Conference where Soldiers representing “Celeste [Johnson, his wife] and I
Johnson’s passion for taking care of He accepted. That is a mission success,” commands such as AMC, Signal Com- would like to bid a very fond farewell
the nation’s wounded warriors led him said Johnson with a smile. mand and the Acquisition Command, to both the Fort Monmouth and the APG
to work with CECOM personnel and In 2009, the Year of the Noncom- worked to identify new ways to collab- community,” said Johnson. “Our bod-
the Wounded Warrior Program repre- missioned Officer, Johnson encouraged orate and learn more about CECOM’s ies and minds will be in Virginia, but our
sentatives to identify avenues to offer enlisted personnel to go out into the services. heart will always be with the CECOM
employment through the program. communities to help tell the NCO story. “They know who we are, and that Family.”
CECOM deputy retires after 37 years
Continued from Page 1
have been a few hundred new person- workforce. He understood the challeng-
nel in line that day in the 600,000 square es and concerns of personnel and felt it
foot new office building lobby. “In front It was just a vibrant, new experience was imperative that he, too, make the
of me was Eddie Bair and behind me
Tom Tanguay, two people I had nev-
for so many people, and all of us move south.
“I decided I was going to become one
er met. Little did I know that we would were learning together. of the pioneers,” said Thomas. “If we
become great lifetime friends and col- were expecting the workforce at large to
leagues,” Thomas said with a smile. Edward C. Thomas, CECOM deputy to the CG make the move, I felt it was important
Thomas compares his first day on the Beginning his careers at the GS-05 level, he only hoped he would make it to GS-11 by for them to know that their senior lead-
job to what he imagines many CECOM retirement. He never thought he’d be one of the top senior leaders in the organization. ership was making the move too.”
new interns experience today. And move he did; Thomas arrived at
“It was just a vibrant, new experience Army, and the nation, became more technological support from the CECOM APG in February of 2009.
for so many people, and all of us were dependent on information technology. emergency response team in Sandy Thomas emphasized that the continu-
learning together,” said Thomas. Begin- We saw the need to stand up a sepa- Hook, N.J., to assist in the efforts to help ity of operations for a move of this mag-
ning his careers at the GS-05 level, he rate organization to fulfill our new mis- escort people who were fleeing Manhat- nitude can be a matter of life and death
only hoped he would make it to GS-11 sion requirements,” said Thomas. So, in tan after the attacks and help reconstitute to a Soldier in the field. He boasts on the
by retirement. He never thought he’d 1996, the CECOM Software Engineer- the Pentagon’s communications capabil- workforce’s dedication to the mission.
one day be one of the top senior leaders ing Center was created to streamline ities, Thomas recounted. “You know, people could have slowed
in the organization. software support missions Army-wide The C4ISR team provided antenna down, and even gone on strike, but they
“At that time the annual salary was with improved technological and placements and portable listening devic- didn’t. Our workforce has always kept
$7,000. And I remember thinking, ‘If I cost-effectiveness. es to assist in the search and rescue our bottom line in mind; our support
could ever get myself to the GS-9 lev- Computers and information technol- efforts; probes equipped with an inte- to the Warfighter,” said Thomas. “They
el, and maybe even GS-11, I’d be good ogy and software infrastructure soon grated micro-thermal camera to help understood the importance of the work
to go; that was my long-term plan,’” he became a top priority for the Army as the rescue teams search for signs of life; por- that they do and they just couldn’t have
said with a smile. He credits his success new millennium approached. table laser Doppler vibro-meters to help done it any better.”
to a long list of supervisors and mentors “Do you remember Y2K [Year monitor nearby structures for signs of Among many pivotal leaders dur-
he respected and who took an interest in 2000]?” asked Thomas. According to potential collapse; and provided over- ing the command’s transition, Thomas
his professional development throughout Thomas, CECOM had a great impact head shots of the area using geo regis- credits Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via, former
the years. “I’ve had a ‘charmed’ career.” on the Army’s communications equip- tration capabilities to help the New York CECOM commander and present AMC
Today, Thomas reflects fondly on 37 ment in providing continuity of commu- Fire Departments with situational aware- deputy commanding general, for leading
years of change, evolution and relation- nications given the ambiguity of the new ness on the ground. the way to set conditions for a success-
ships lasting a lifetime. millennium as it relates to Army commu- “We were really proud of the support ful move, said Thomas.
“Fort Monmouth and now APG [Aber- nications equipment. “Nothing bad hap- we provided during such a dark time in Maintaining continuity of operations,
deen Proving Ground], really became, pened. The clock struck midnight, the our country’s history,” reflects Thomas. retaining institutional knowledge, and
not only your job, and your career, year turned over and nothing happened. Serving as deputy commanding gen- providing uninterrupted support to the
but you became part of a family,” said That was a mission success,” he said. eral for the past four years, Thomas was warfighter was first and foremost on
Thomas. He chuckled at the thought of He gives a great deal of credit to the instrumental in the efforts to establish CECOM leadership’s list implementa-
what he called his ‘crew’ the ‘Lancers,’ CECOM workforce and their efforts in CECOM as a Life-Cycle Management tion activities, said Thomas. He credits
a social group he often played softball, the last 10 years in support of Operations Command in 2005 to provide an integrat- Via for leading the effort to gain permis-
basketball and bowling with during his Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and ed, holistic approach to product develop- sion for the command to recruit and hire
career. now New Dawn. ment, acquisition, system support and in anticipation of out-going positions;
With change being the only constant “It’s just amazing to me how the sustainment for customers across the establishing a forward presence and hav-
in Thomas’ career, he was often instru- people of our community, of CECOM, Department of Defense and other gov- ing the foresight to implement the move
mental in driving changes to evolve the have responded to all of those day-to- ernment agencies. With that came the in phases; and securing temporary facili-
command as the times dictated. day requirements, to provide support responsibility of nurturing a new part- ties and workspaces for forward person-
In the 1980s, CECOM was involved around the world, in the midst of having nership between the U.S. Army Materi- nel at APG while the new C4ISR Center
with the fielding of a battlefield commu- to uproot their Families and move here al Command and the Assistant Secretary of Excellence construction was being
nications network named the Mobile Sub- from New Jersey, to APG,” said Thom- of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics completed. Via charted the pathway for a
scriber Equipment. Thomas described as. CECOM personnel have been instru- and Technology, commonly referred to successful move, according to Thomas.
this network as the first of its kind. The mental in not just military operations as ASA/ALT. Today these team mem- Looking back on his 37-year career,
network operated much like a telephone during his tenure, but also humanitarian bers comprise the C4ISR portion of the Thomas feels lucky that he had mentors
system on the battlefield for the entire missions in a variety of crisis situations. Army’s Materiel Enterprise, one of four to help him along the way. Retired Lt.
Army to utilize and was the starting point September 11, 2011; a date most Army enterprises. Gen. Al Mallette, Frank Fiorelli, and Vic
for the Army’s digitized battle command Americans can remember exactly what In the same year CECOM was des- Ferlise, taught him the value of under-
capabilities, explained Thomas. they were doing when the country was ignated as a life-cycle command, com- standing people while in a position of
In the 1990’s, the Army’s Vice-Chief attacked on American soil. Thomas mand leadership was notified that it leadership. As a result of their leadership
of Staff ordered a study that resulted in was called into a secure meeting with would soon reside at APG, the Army’s styles and his own experiences, Thom-
CECOM receiving several new missions then Maj. Gen. William H. Russ, 9th new home to Army technology. The as adopted a leadership style of agility,
in software engineering; logistics sys- CECOM commanding general, who led 2005 Base Realignment and Closure flexibility, open communications, and
tems; and other business applications CECOM’s 9/11 rescue assistance efforts decision brought about a, “[…] little bit being a team player.
the Army uses in day-to-day operations. during 2001-2004. of déjà vu,” said Thomas. Thomas decided to retire only after
Up until this study, CECOM had been “We gathered in the war room and “When I started with CECOM, the the biggest phase of the move had been
primarily responsible for software relat- he [Russ] just started asking open-end- command had just moved a large por- completed. As he looks toward his new
ed to tactical weapons systems, accord- ed questions about how we could help,” tion of its operations from Philadelphia future, he boasts on doing a lot of noth-
ing to Thomas. As a result, CECOM said Thomas. Russ challenged his lead- to New Jersey, similar to a BRAC [Base ing during the summer. “I decided that
evolved into a world-wide command, ership to identify CECOM and C4ISR Realignment and Closure] move before the summer was a better time to do noth-
control, communications, computers, capabilities that could assist with rescue they called it BRAC.” Now, after 35 ing rather than the middle of winter,” he
intelligence, surveillance and reconnais- operations.” ½ years of service at Fort Monmouth, said with a smile. Thomas plans to stay
sance organization it is known as today. CECOM and C4ISR personnel Thomas was faced with relocating to in the Harford County area as he pursues
“We saw the growth potential as the answered the call to duty with people, Maryland like the rest of the CECOM a second career.
June 23, 2011 • APG News 15
From the promenade you can see the Bayou Condominiums, a historic building that was a luxury hotel from 1921-1934 hosting famous clients from Washington, D.C.,
Philadelphia and New York to hunt canvasback ducks on the flats, fish, and attend local horse races. The building later served as a Franciscan Sisters retirement home.
Tydings Park offers day
of relaxation by the Bay
Story and photos by
About 10 miles from Aberdeen Proving Ground North, Tyd-
ings Park and the promenade boardwalk in Havre de Grace is
a great place to relax after work or to bring the Family for a
Tydings Park is located on a hill overlooking the Susquehan-
na River and the Havre de Grace Yacht Basin and includes pic-
nic areas, clean public restrooms, a playground and pavilion.
And if you get hungry, there is a little restaurant called Prome-
nade Grill at the bottom of the hill.
The promenade, adjacent to the park, features a half-mile
walkway that runs along the Susquehanna shoreline. Plenty of
benches line the path, allowing visitors to sit and admire water-
fowl and other wildlife that live in the wetland. The benches
also provide a perfect spot to get lost in a good book.
The area also features the Decoy Museum, Maritime Muse-
um and Concord Point Lighthouse, the second oldest tower
lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay.
And don’t miss the free summer concerts and festivals in
the park. On July 3 the city will host its annual Fourth of July
celebration featuring a parade, carnival and fireworks over the
n The Promenade is open daily from sunrise to 11 p.m.
n Bicycling is permitted from sunrise until 10:00 a.m.
n Dogs, roller blades, skates, skateboards or alcoholic bever-
ages are not allowed on the promenade.
n Fishing is permitted in designated areas only.
The Concord Point Lighthouse, the second oldest tower lighthouse on the
Chesapeake Bay, is located at the end of the promenade.
pular activity on the pro Visitors can get exercise while enjoying the views on the half-mile walking trail.
Bird and animal watching is a po