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                                 Tickets still available for Montgomery Gentry concert

  Post Shorts
  Recycling schedule
    The residential and re-
 cycling pickup schedule for
 Oct. 3 is plastic, glass and
 metal. Put items
 in blue bags and
 place them on the

RAB meeting tonight
   The Installation Resto-
ration Program will hold
its monthly Restoration
Advisory Board meeting 7
to 9:45 p.m., Sept. 27, at the
Edgewood Senior Center on
Gateway Road. The topic
of the meeting will be an
update on the Westwood
Study Area.
   Board meetings are
open to the public; all APG
employees and citizens are                                                                                                                                                                  Illustration by NICK PENTZ
invited.                         The 2007 Army Concert Tour featuring Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols and Shaunna Bolton is set for this Saturday, Sept. 29, at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Shine Sports Field. Tickets are
   For more information, call    still available through Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Ticketmaster outlets. See story on page 10.
410-272-8842 or 800-APG-

Veterinary Clinic                                                                                                                                  Post reminds hunters of
   The APG Veterinary
                                                                                                                                                 common sense precautions
                                                                                                                                                 APG Public Affairs Office
Treatment Facility will be
closed Sept. 28 for end of                                                                                                                          The Aberdeen Proving Ground environmental staff is
month inventory. For more                                                                                                                        reminding on-post hunters to take appropriate common sense
information, call the VTF,                                                                                                                       precautions when handling a harvested white-tailed deer.
410-278-4604/3911.                                                                                                                                  Ralph Cardenuto, director of Safety, Health and Environ-
                                                                                                                                                 ment, said the reminder is being made because there has been
Concert parking                  Results positive during 101 Critical                                                                            a small increase in deer mortality on post.
                                                                                                                                                    “In the past several weeks our staff has noted a number of
   The PX will close at 4                                                                                                                        deer that appeared to be sick or dying from disease,” he said.
p.m. and the Commissary
will close at 3 p.m. Sept. 29    Days of Summer safety campaign                                                                                     “The entire southeastern United States, including Mary-
                                                                                                                                                 land and surrounding states, is experiencing an epidemic
to allow for more parking                                                                                                                        outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease [a disease out-
                                 Story by                                               Soldiers and Soldiers are engaging their
for the Montgomery Gentry        LORI YERDON                                                                                                     break affecting a group of animals] in white-tailed deer,”
                                                                                        peers. Additional contributing factors are the
concert.                         U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center                                                                        Cardenuto said. “We have been working closely with the
                                                                                        use of the Army’s tools and programs, and ulti-
                                    During this year’s 101 Critical Days of                                                                      Maryland Department of Natural Resources to monitor and
Combined Federal                 Summer safety campaign, the Army experi-
                                                                                        mately, Soldiers embracing the composite risk
                                                                                                                                                 sample these animals. So far the results from sampling
                                                                                        management concept.”
Campaign celebra-                enced a decrease in fatalities compared to last           To date this fiscal year, not just during the         have been inconclusive concerning EHD or any other dis-
tion Oct. 1                      year, for the same timeframe.                          campaign, the Army’s overall POV fatali-                 ease, but we think it’s prudent to remind hunters how they
                                    “Unfortunately, forty two Soldiers were             ties are down 20 percent from last year and                                   See HUNTING, page 4
   The Combined Federal          lost to off-duty accidents during this year’s
Campaign will kickoff with                                                              motorcycle fatalities have decreased by 35
                                 campaign,” said the U.S. Army Combat Read-
a celebration 9 a.m., Oct.       iness/Safety Center Executive Officer Lt. Col.
                                                                                        percent.                                               APG to host Retiree Appreciation Day
1, at the Post Theater. The                                                                “Year round, the Army and safety pro-
                                 William Zaharis.                                                                                                  Aberdeen Proving Ground will host the annual Retiree Appre-
CFC celebration will feature                                                            fessionals remain dedicated to improving
                                    “While losing just one Soldier is tragic, an                                                                ciation Day activities 8 a.m. to noon at the APG North Recreation
a cake cutting ceremony, a       encouraging trend we observed during this              combat readiness and preserving combat
                                                                                                                                                Center Oct. 20.
jazz performance from the        campaign is that our number of accidental              power,” Zaharis said.
                                                                                                                                                   Scheduled speakers include Maj. Gen. Fred Robinson,
389th Army Band (AMC’s           fatalities decreased.”                                    “This year’s 101 Critical Days of Summer             commander of APG and the U.S. Army Research, Develop-
Own) and donation booths.           Forty-four Soldiers died during last year’s         safety campaign is just one example of how              ment and Engineering Command, and Col. Jeffrey Weissman,
   For more information,         101 Critical Days of Summer Safety cam-                Soldiers and engaged leaders can make a dif-            APG Garrison and deputy installation commander.
contact Pete Leon Guerrero,      paign and of that number, 40 of the fatalities         ference by taking ownership of safety.”                    The guest speaker will be James Adkins, Maryland Secretary
CFC chairman, 410-278-           involved privately owned vehicles.                        “Leaders and Soldiers need to realize that           of Veterans Affairs.
1399 or the vice chairman,          This year’s campaign timeframe showed               we have lost over one hundred and fifty Sol-               In addition, panel discussions will be held by APG activities serv-
410-278-5320.                    a 27 percent reduction in Soldiers that were           diers to accidents outside of theater to date,          ing the retiree community such as the Commissary, Kirk U.S. Army
                                 killed in POV accidents.                               this fiscal year.                                       Health Clinic, the Directorate of Law Enforcement and Security, and
Blue Cross visits                   “Soldiers are looking out for each other,              Although this is significantly lower than            others. Combat service-related conditions and the APG 90th Anni-
APG                              and this is one of several factors that we             last year, it’s essential that we never give            versary Gala Nov. 10 at Ripken Stadium, also will be discussed.
   The Civilian Personnel        believe contributed to the decrease,” said             safety a day off,” added Lt. Col. Randall K.               Lunch will follow in the building 4503 dining facility.
Advisory Center has made         USACRC Command Sgt. Maj. Tod Glide-                    Cheeseborough, chief, Ground Task Force                    For more information, contact Janet Dettwiler, APG adjutant
arrangements for a claim         well. “Leaders are truly engaging their                for USACRC.                                             general, 410-306-2301.
representative of the Service
Benefit Plan Blue Cross/Blue
Shield to visit APG Oct. 2.
                                 ECBC named Army’s Laboratory of the Year for 2007
The representative will be                                                                                ECBC                                                     ties at operational tempo, a capability that has
     See SHORTS, page 7                                                                                     Edgewood Chemical Biological Center was                not been possible in the past.
                                                                                                        recently named the Army’s Laboratory of the                    The top ECBC management accomplishment
Issue                                                                                                   Year for 2007.
                                                                                                            ECBC received the Laboratory of the Year
                                                                                                                                                                   was the successful partnership between Depart-
                                                                                                                                                                   ment of Homeland Security, FBI and ECBC
Highlights                                                                                              designation in the small development labo-
                                                                                                        ratory category of the annual award program
                                                                                                                                                                   in designing and constructing the CBR Sample
                                                                                                                                                                   Receipt Facility. This accomplishment resonat-
                                                                                                        that evaluates Army laboratories on their                  ed with the Army Laboratory Assessment Group,
 Page 2... U.S. Air Force                                                                               accomplishments in research, development,                  which is charged with choosing each year’s win-
                                                                                                        management, and on contributions to the Glob-              ners, because of the interagency collaboration and
 celebrates anniversary
                                                                                                        al War on Terrorism.                                       project cost savings.
 Page 4... Safety News                                                                                      “The enormous technical ability of ECBC’s                  “That we’ve been able to bring together three
 Pages 5... Eating                                                                                      scientists, engineers and other specialists was            very different agencies to collaborate on one
 healthy as a Family                                                                                    the most significant factor in ECBC winning                mission under one roof is an enormous achieve-
 Page 6... Community                                                                                    this award this year,” said Dr. Joe Corriveau,             ment,” said Jim Zarzycki, technical director of
                                                                                                        acting director for Research and Technology.               ECBC. “This makes it possible for law enforce-
 Notes                                                                                                                                                             ment and military units to coordinate their
                                                                                                            The ECBC research accomplishment this
 Page 7... ACS hosts                                                                                    year was for significant advances in biological            investigative efforts. And, by sharing a facili-
 domestic violence aware-                                                                               standoff detection.                                        ty instead of building two, we are being good
 ness activities in October                                                                                 “Indeed, advances in algorithm devel-                  stewards of the taxpayer’s dollars.”
 Page 8... Health Notes                                                                                 opment, technology optimization, and test                      The development of a test bed for biological
                                                                                                        methodologies at ECBC have allowed scien-                  detectors in support of the Department of Home-
 Page 9... Veterans’                                                                                    tists to demonstrate for the first time ever the           land Security’s BioWatch program was submitted
 Voices                                                                                                 ability for detect-to-warn standoff biological             as ECBC’s contribution to the Global War on Ter-
 Page 10... MWR                                                                                         aerosol identification,” he said.                          rorism. The test bed will provide vital support to
 Page 13... Deployment                                                                                      Development of an on-the-move surface con-             the development of the next generation biological
 News                                                                                                   tamination detection capability based on Raman             detection capability for our homeland.
                                                                                                        spectroscopy was nominated as ECBC’s tech-                     “Overall, our contributions to the Warfight-
 Page 14... Fall Fest col-                                                                              nology accomplishment.                                     er in 2006 were significant,” Zarzycki said. “I
 oring contest poster                                                                                       This work, which is taking place under the             am pleased that the Army Laboratory Assessment
 Page 15... ATC twins                                                            Photo courtesy of ECBC Chemical Biological Radiological Unmanned                  Panel agreed. The scientists, engineers and special-
 serve in Iraq                   An Edgewood Chemical Biological Center scientist examines material Ground Reconnaissance program will allow                       ists at ECBC are doing incredible work. This award
                                 under a microscope in its Biological Safety Level 3 laboratory.        Warfighters to conduct reconnaissance activi-              recognizes and honors that contribution,” he said.
 2       APG News • September 27, 2007

Air Force celebrates 60th anniversary
Story by
APG News
    The U.S. Air Force 361st
Training Squadron Detach-
ment I at Aberdeen Proving
Ground celebrated 60 years
of service at Ordnance Circle
Sept. 18.
    Airmen saluted and low-
ered the flag during a retreat
ceremony and then celebrated
the anniversary with cake and
    The detachment was estab-
lished on APG in 1974 “to
provide the support and basic
operating functions for staff
personnel and students,”
according to the APG Web
    Maj. Louis Cumming,
detachment commander, said
he was happy to celebrate the                                                                                                       Photos by SEAN KIEF, APG PHOTO STUDIO
anniversary.                                        Cadets Airmen First Class from left Lloyd K. Davis, Benjamin R. Reich, Stephen A. Nicholls and Dennis A.
    “It’s pretty awesome,”                          Kenton, and Airmen Basic Nickolas J. Clarey carefully fold the American flag during a retreat ceremony to cel-
Cumming said. “We are the                           ebrate the Air Force’s 60th anniversary at Ordnance Circle Sept. 18.
youngest of the services, and                       working with the people and                        the Army Air Forces as its             lized its armed forces after
I think we have done a lot in a                     making sure our mission is                         aviation element and short-            World War II,” according to
short amount of time.”                              accomplished.”                                     ly thereafter made it co-equal         the Web site. “Based on the
    He said he has been serv-                          For more information about                      to the Army Ground Forces,”            AAF’s wartime achievements
ing in the USAF “for just over                      the detachment, visit www.                         according to the AF Web site,          and future potential, howev-
ten years.”                                                                                       er, the U.S. Air Force won its
    “I like everything [about                       History of the USAF                                   “Much as it did a quar-             independence as a full partner
the Air Force],” Cumming                              “On June 20, 1941, the                           ter century before, the United         with the Army and the Navy
said. “What I like best is                          Department of War created                          States immediately demobi-             on September 18, 1947.”              Airmen lower the flag during the retreat ceremony at Ordnance Circle.

Army Distributed Learning System wins 2007 Army Knowledge Award
The AKA program recognizes DLS in the e-Army Initiative category
Story by                                                      end-to-end.                                             have achieved tangible success relat-         dous,” said Lt. Col. Robert A. Bean,                    that enables training for the Solider
MEGGAN KRING                                                     The annual AKA program was                           ed to Army knowledge management               product manager for DLS. “Not only                      to occur anytime, anywhere—24/7.
Distributed Learning System
                                                              established to recognize strong                         goals and objectives. The Army CIO/           does it boost the morale of the Sol-                    Available to more than 1.2 million
   The Army Knowledge Award                                   knowledge management initiatives                        G-6 is the Headquarters Department            diers through enabling them to spend                    Army personnel, DLS provides train-
program has recognized the Distrib-                           that support enterprise solutions                       of the Army staff proponent for the           more time at home with their Fam-                       ing through one of five supported
uted Learning System, a program of                            (applicable at the Major Army Com-                      AKA program.                                  ilies, it allows for a standardization                  components: Digital Training Facili-
the U.S. Army’s Program Executive                             mand, functional community or                              As the e-Army Initiative winner,           in the quality of training across the                   ties, Enterprise Management Center,
Office Enterprise Information Sys-                            Army level) focused on improving                        DLS excelled in the areas of col-             board—from our deployed Soldiers                        Army Learning Management System,
tems, as the e-Army Initiative winner                         situational awareness and decision-                     laboration, impact, transformation            to DA civilians and everyone in                         Army e-Learning and Deployed Digi-
for 2007.                                                     making. The program selects one                         and integration with Army Knowl-              between.”                                               tal Training Campuses.
   This category of the award focused                         winner in each of three categories                      edge Online. DLS received its award               Streamlining the training process                       For more information about Army
on the use of technology to improve                           and provides Army-level recognition                     Aug. 22, during a luncheon at the             from start to finish, DLS is the infra-                 e-Learning and the entire Distributed
the way an organization serves its                            for initiatives that deliver knowl-                     LandWarNet Conference in Fort Lau-            structure responsible for delivering                    Learning System, visit
customers, optimizes internal pro-                            edge-based capabilities for the                         derdale, Fla.                                 distributed learning through its Web-                   mil, or log on to Army Knowledge
cesses and streamlines processes                              enterprise, highlighting those that                        “The impact of DLS is tremen-              based, state-of-the-art technology                      Online at

Army Materiel Command dedicates 9-11 memorial
Story by                                            quarters Sept. 11.                                 AMC commanding general, and
DIANA DAWA                                             The ceremony was a com-                         AMC Command Sgt. Maj. Dan-
                                                    memorative dedication with                         iel K. Elder, with the assistance
   United States Army Materi-                       an unveiling of an education-                      of recipients Maj. Luis Cotto-
el Command Purple Heart and                         al display honoring 12 award                       Arroyo, William Burnette,
Defense of Freedom Medal                            recipients. Four honorees                          Cleveland Rogers and Kevin
recipients were recognized at                       attended the event.                                Rohm, unveiled the display.
a ceremony held at AMC head-                           Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin,                           During remarks, Griffin
                                                                                                       asked those in attendance to
                                                                                                       remember and honor the sac-
                                                                                                       rifices AMC personnel have
                                                                                                       made in support of the Global
                                                                                                       War on Terrorism.
                                                                                                            “This is a key part of our his-
                                                                                                       tory – our legacy of people who
                                                                                                       went forward and were wounded
                                                                                                       or sacrificed life,” Griffin said.                                                                                                             Photo courtesy of AMC
                                                                                                           The educational display            The front side of the AMC Purple Heart/Defense of Freedom Educational Display located in front of AMC head-
                                                                                                       recognizes the many contri-            quarters, Fort Belvoir, Va.
                                                                                                       butions the AMC workforce              ite and consists of three pillars.   pillar contains a short histo-                      location. We refined the propos-
                                                                                                       makes in support of the Warf-          On the front of the two out-         ry of AMC. The reverse right                        al and sent it back up. With the
                                                                                                       ighter and especially highlights       side pillars, individual bronze      side describes AMC’s global                         approval, we did a Statement of
                                                                                                       the contributions of individu-         plates display the name, loca-       commitment. On the reverse                          Work and awarded a contract
                                                                                                       als who have paid a price for          tion and date of incident for        side of the center pillar is a his-                 to Roberts-Shields Memorials
                                                                                                       their efforts, said Dr. William        which awardees received their        tory of the medals and plates                       Company of Marietta, Georgia.
                                                                                                       Moye, AMC History Office.              Purple Heart or Defense of           representing AMC’s major                            We worked through the Fort
                                                                                                           “AMC Soldiers, civilians           Freedom Medal. There are 12          subordinate commands.                               Belvoir Department of Public
                                                                                                       and contractors are forward            names on the display:                   Producing the display was a                      Works on the contract for the
                                                                                                       with deployed Soldiers, sup-               Maj. Luis Cotto-Arroyo           group effort, Moye said.                            display’s foundation.”
                                                                                                       porting them every day, and                Maj. Darren Tate                    “We coordinated a work-                              Elder said it took more than
                                                                                                       the display is intended to high-           Sgt. Maj. Enoch Godbolt          ing group of representatives                        two years of planning to bring
                                                                                                       light this,” Moye said.                    Master Sgt. Adrain Torrez        from within AMC; the Office                         it about.
                                                                                                           Cotto-Arroyo said he was               Staff Sgt. Ricardo Zamora        of Public and Congressio-                               “I am excited to see that it
                                                                                                       humbled and very appreciative              Staff Sgt. Robert Hodge          nal Affairs, Deputy Chief of                        is finished, and it was just luck
                                                                                                       of the opportunity to be includ-           Sgt. Michelle Hufnagel           Staff for Personnel and Logis-                      that it got done so close to 9-
                                                                                                       ed in the event. He received the           William Burnette                 tics G-1, Deputy Chief of Staff                     11 so we could unveil it on the
                                                                                                       Purple Heart for wounds he sus-            Cleveland Rogers                 for Resource Management G-                          sixth anniversary of the attacks
                                                                                                       tained while in Iraq serving in            Kevin Rohm                       8, Secretary of the General                         that led our entry in to the
                                                                                                       the Contracting Office in 2003.            Thomas Ironside                  Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff                        Global War on Terrorism. It is
                                                                                                           “I thought about my office in          Linda Villar                     for Operations G-3 and the                          appropriate that we dedicate it
                                                                                                       Iraq. It’s hard not to get a little        On the front of the center       Legal Office,” Moye said. “We                       on that day,” Elder said.
                                                                                                       emotional,” he said when describ-      pillar are presentations of the      also worked with Fort Bel-                              “The working group helped
 To purchase tickets for the APG 90th Anniversary Gala                                                 ing what went through his mind         medals. Under each medal is          voir’s post facilities and Phil                     get all the great ideas and sug-
7 to 11 p.m., Nov. 10 at Ripken Stadium
Name _______________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                       during the ceremony. “I think this     a short narrative. Also on the       MacKenzie, Visual Information                       gestions of the workforce to
                                                                                                       will give future generations pause     front is a replica of the AMC        Services Division, Aberdeen                         properly commemorate the trib-
Telephone_________________________________ Credit card number ____________________________
                                                                                                       and maybe think about the sacri-       shoulder sleeve insignia with the    Proving Ground, Maryland. We                        ute to those injured or killed in
Expiration Date ___________________________ Signature ______________________________________           fices great Americans have made        words “Global War on Terror-         worked up designs, briefed it                       support of the Global War on
£ Pay by check. Make payable to Civilian Welfare Fund.                                                 for our country. Many have paid        ism, Supporting the Warfighter”      to General Griffin and put pos-                     Terrorism. I hope we never have
                                                                                                       the ultimate price.”                   inscribed below the insignia.        sibilities out to the work force                    to add another name to the dis-
Mail to the Civilian Welfare Fund, ATTN: Angela Keithley, Building 2727, Aberdeen Proving Ground. MD
21005-5001, or call 410-278-4603.                                                                          The display is made of gran-           The reverse side of the left     for comments as to design and                       play,” Elder added.

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                                                                                                                                             September 27, 2007 • APG News   3

MRICD’s scientist appointed chair
for national certification board
Story by                                       This distinction recognizes Petrali’s            the mechanisms of chemical threat
CINDY KRONMAN                                  many contributions to the field of elec-         agents and to identify those that may
                                               tron microscopy.                                 be predictive or diagnostic of a given
   A scientist at the U.S. Army Medical           In addition, Petrali has been re-             pathogenesis.
Research Institute of Chemical Defense         appointed visiting professor in the                 His work has led to a number of
recently received another honor in his         Department of Dermatology and Der-               breakthrough discoveries, including the
long career.                                   matopathology at the University of               effects of nerve agents on the blood-brain
   Dr. John Petrali has been appointed         Maryland School of Medicine. His                 barrier as being convulsive-dependent
chairman of the National Certification         appointment requires input to the theo-          and the sequential pathogenesis of sul-
Board of Electron Microscopy Tech-             retical and practical ultrastructural and        fur mustard-induced blister formations in
nologists, which functions under               immunohistochemical concepts of skin             exposed skin.
charter with the Microscopy Society            disease. Petrali’s participation will be            His discoveries have led to the devel-
of America.                                    limited to that which complements the            opment of specific immunodiagnostic
   The appointment was finalized during        MRICD mission interests in vesication            tests and to new treatment regimens fol-
the recent international meeting of the        and related skin pathologies.                    lowing exposure.
Microscopy Society of America and the             A member of MRICD’s Comparative                  Petrali is author of more than 120
Microanalysis Society, which was held          Pathology Branch, Petrali has designed           peer-reviewed scholarly articles, eight
in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in early August.     and conducted primary research to detect         book chapters and 31 technical reports.

Gunpowder Toastmasters celebrate 50th anniversary
Story by
APG News
    Toastmasters celebrated 50
years of its Gunpowder Club
with a recognition ceremony
at the Golden City Super Buf-
fet in Edgewood Sept. 7.
    Toastmasters is a club in
which members can improve
their public speaking and lead-
ership skills.
    A highlight of the night was
the attendance of Able Toast-
master Theo Berenthien, who
served as the model speaker of
the evening.
    Berenthien retired from
Toastmasters in 2006 after a
42-year membership, but still
holds the title, “President                                             Photo courtesy of STEPHEN FINE
Emeritus Gunpowder” that           Former Toastmaster Theo Berenthien delivers a humorous speech at a
was awarded to him in 1987.        past Toastmasters meeting. Berenthien served as the model speaker for
    Before introducing Beren-      the Gunpowder Toastmasters’ 50th anniversary celebration Sept. 7 at the
thien, emcee Roger Staso           Golden City Super Buffet in Edgewood.
described the model speaker
as like the dad he never had.
    Staso said he and Beren-
thien had grown close while
they worked at APG together.
    Berenthien’s speech was
titled, “Life’s Lessons,” and
focused on two main lessons
that he had learned and want-
ed to share with members: “get
your priorities straight” and
“others are very important.”
4   APG News • September 27, 2007

                                    Planning the way ahead to save lives
                                    Story by                                         Assessment Program, which provides                 diers and leaders in the force.
                                    KELLY WIDENER                                    commanders an inside look at their for-               Our Soldiers are entering the Army
                                    U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
                                                                                     mation’s safety climate allowing them to           from a different generation and force
                                       The U.S. Army must continue its trans-        identify the strengths and weaknesses that         than we grew up in, noted Forrester. Each
                                    formation and cultural change in relation        might lead to accidents or mishaps. Since          generation is unique in it perceptions,
                                    to safety if it is to decrease accidental        the program’s implementation, more than            communication and actions. These differ-
                                    losses and protect Soldiers said Army            2,606 units have registered and more than          ences, between experienced Soldiers in
                                    Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.          869,354 service members have completed             one generation and new Soldiers in anoth-
                                    during a visit to Fort Rucker and the U.S.       assessments.                                       er, further emphasize the necessity to
                                    Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center                 These types of initiatives are right on         engage with proactive measures in com-
                                    Sept. 19.                                        track in enabling our leaders and Soldiers         munication and embrace concepts such
                                       The cumulative effect of six years of         to operate in an Army environment where            as the “Band of Brothers,” both on and
                                    sustained war results in combat-experi-          risk awareness is constantly present, both         off duty.
                                    enced warriors. However, the Army still          on and off duty, Gen. Casey said.                     The USACRC’s visit with Gen. Casey
                                    needs to focus on arming its Soldiers               “Additionally, installations both here          further supported the Army’s commitment
                                    with the education and tools necessary           and overseas have wrapped their arms               for the well-being of Soldiers and their
                                    to protect themselves from not only the          around initiatives such as the Motorcy-            Families.
                                    everyday hazards they face, but from             cle Mentorship program,” Forrester said.              “We have a combat-seasoned force,”
                                    themselves as well, the general said.            “These types of programs help Soldiers             Gen Casey said. “Now we need to consid-
                                       This fiscal year, the Army experienced        foster a safety climate as well as embrace         er the way ahead to further protect them
                                    the loss of 230 Soldiers to accidents.           the “Band of Brothers” concept – a feel-           on and off duty. Look at what safety issues
                                    Army senior leadership remains resolute          ing of belonging to something bigger than          they are up against and make sure they are
                                    on a continual focus of engagement and           yourself. This powerful concept empow-             aware and ready.”
                                    implementation of safety programs and            ers each member, each leader and each                 The USACRC and the Army Safety
                                    initiatives.                                     teammate to look out for and protect one           Office support this way ahead by collect-
                                       “We, as an Army, have stepped up and          another. While our Soldiers adhere to this         ing all accident information, conducting
                                    embraced safety as an essential and required     concept while in combat, there is a ten-           detailed analysis, and providing world-
                                    function of our missions,” said Brig. Gen.       dency to let it go when they get back or           wide communication of Army safety
                                    Bill Forrester, director of Army Safety and      when they are off duty. Programs such as           efforts. Ultimately, this mission supports
                                    commanding general of USACRC. “The               MMP reinforce that concept and environ-            leadership to continue improving the safe-
                                    impact of engaged leaders is seen in the         ment so they remain strong and influences          ty climate.
                                    decrease of fatalities as well as the increas-   actions, decisions and involvement with               “The Army is committed to equipping
                                    ing safety awareness and integration of          our peers.”                                        our leaders with information to create and
                                    safety programs and tools.”                         In addition to valued Army programs,            foster each formation’s safety climate and
                                       The CSA’s visit included the discus-          senior leadership is also looking at the           work within these generation differences,”
                                    sion of tools such as the Army Readiness         differences within each generation of Sol-         Forrester said.

                                    Simplicity Cribs recalled due to failures
                                    resulting in infant deaths and injuries
                                    CPSC                                 to detach from the crib. When
                                        The U.S. Consumer Product        the drop-side detaches, it cre-
                                    Safety Commission announced          ates a gap in which infants can
                                    Sept. 21 a voluntary recall with     become entrapped.
                                    Simplicity Inc., of Reading,            CPSC is also aware of two
                                    Pa., of about 1 million cribs.       incidents that occurred when
                                        The drop-side can detach         the drop-side was correctly
                                    from the crib, which can cre-        installed with older style hard-
                                    ate a dangerous gap and lead         ware, though the upside down
                                    to the entrapment and suffoca-       installation greatly increases
                                    tion of infants.                     the risk of failure.
                                        CPSC is aware of two                The recalled Simplicity crib
                                    deaths in Simplicity manufac-        models include: Aspen 3 in 1,
                                    tured cribs with older style         Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-
                                    hardware, including a 9-month-       Box, Crib N Changer Combo,
                                    old child and a 6-month-old          Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1.
                                    child, where the drop-side was          The recall also involves the
                                    installed upside down. CPSC          following Simplicity cribs that           
                                    is also aware of seven infant        used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in       stores and mass merchandisers            If the drop-side is installed
                                    entrapments and 55 incidents         1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in1, Ultra   nationwide from January 1998          upside down or not secure-
                                    in these cribs.                      5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio.         through May 2007 for between          ly attached, consumers should
                                        CPSC is also investigating the      The recalled cribs have one        $100 and $300.                        stop using the crib immediate-
                                    death of a 1-year-old child in a     of the following model num-               As an immediate precaution,       ly. Incorrect installation can
                                    Simplicity crib with newer style     bers, which can be found on           consumers should check to see         cause permanent damage to
                                    hardware, in which the drop-side     the envelope attached to the          if the drop-side is installed right   the hardware and re-installing
                                    was installed upside down.           mattress support and on the           side up. To do this, check to see     the drop-side using the same
                                        CPSC is warning parents and      label attached to the headboard:      that the slightly rounded rail        hardware is unsafe.
                                    caregivers to check all Simplicity   4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000,         with the decorative groove is            Consumers should check to
                                    cribs to make sure the drop-side     8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994,         installed at the top and the plain    see if their crib contains the
                                    is installed right side up.          8050, 8750, 8760 and 8996.            rail is on the bottom. Next, con-     recalled hardware. Recalled
                                        The drop-side failures result       The cribs, which were              sumers should make sure the           hardware has a flexible tab at the
                                    from both the hardware and crib      made in China, were sold in           drop-side is securely attached        bottom of the lower tracks and
                                    design, which allow consum-          department stores, children’s         to the tracks in all four corners.        See RECALLS, page 15
                                    ers to unintentionally install the
                                    drop-side upside down. This,                                                 • Avoid cutting through bones       infectious, often viral disease
                                    in turn, can weaken the hard-
                                    ware and cause the drop-side           Hunting                             or the spinal column, and
                                                                                                                 • Always wash hands and
                                                                                                               instruments thoroughly after
                                                                                                                                                     that is often fatal to deer and
                                                                                                                                                     elk. It is the most important
                                                                                                                                                     endemic infectious disease of
                                                                                 From front page
                                                                                                               dressing and processing game          white-tailed deer in the south-
                                                                         can protect themselves.”
                                                                                                               meat.                                 eastern United States.
                                                                            Those precautions include:
                                                                           • Avoid shooting or handling           According to Cardenu-                 EHD is not infectious to
                                                                         a deer that appears to be sick,       to, these and other guidelines        humans, dogs or cats.
                                                                           • Wear latex or rubber              can be found in the DNR’s                Cardenuto also asks that
                                                                         gloves when field-dressing or         “Maryland Guide to Hunting            hunters who do encounter sick
                                                                         butchering deer,                      and Trapping” provided to all         deer notify the APG Hunt-
                                                                           • Remove all internal               Maryland hunters when they            ing Program’s deer shacks of
                                                                         organs,                               obtain their hunting licenses.        the time and location of the
                                                                           • Do not use household                 According to that hunt-            encounter by calling 410-278-
                                                                         knives or utensils,                   ers’ guide, EHD is an acute,          4843 or 410-436-2735.
                                                                                                                                                   September 27, 2007 • APG News   5

Commissaries triple availability of organic foods
Story by                                                               poultry, eggs and dairy products,     items where 95 to 100 percent
LYNDA VALENTINE                                                        organic means they come from          of the ingredients are organ-
                                                                       animals that are given no anti-       ic. Use of the seal is voluntary,
(Note: September is National                                           biotics or growth hormones.           so some products may sim-
Organic Harvest Month, a                                                  “To ensure our patrons             ply state “organic” on the label
celebration designed to focus                                          have available the products           without using the seal.
attention on the benefits and                                          they want, we keep an eye                 “If organic foods appeal
practices of organic agricul-                                          on trends. Because of this,           to you, but their higher price
ture and to encourage con-                                             you’ll see organic selections         takes a bite out of your food
sumers to increase their use of                                        on our shelves,” said DeCA            budget, make the commissary
certified organic products.)                                           director and chief executive          your first choice for purchas-
   United States’ sales of organ-   on their shelves.                  officer Patrick Nixon. “Organ-        ing organic,” Nixon said. “Our
ic foods have grown between             To be labeled “organic,”       ic alternatives are side-by-side      overall price savings of thir-
20 to 25 percent annually for       food must be produced without      with similar nonorganic items         ty percent or more applies to
the past seven years. During        using most conventional pes-       throughout the commissary.”           organic products, too.”
that time, Defense Commis-          ticides, fertilizers made with        To find organic products in            For more information on
sary Agency commissaries            synthetic ingredients, bioengi-    a local store, look for the cir-      choosing and using organic
more than tripled the number        neering techniques or ionizing     cular green and white “USDA           foods, visit the DeCA Web site
of organic products available       radiation. With regard to meat,    Organic” seal, which is on  

Commentary: Eating healthy as a Family – on the go
By                                  ing habits as adults. As adults,   al ideas for home-cooked “fast        cheese and serve on tortilla
MAJ. KAREN E. FAUBER                they eat more foods with cal-      food” to save the day:                chips or tortillas.
                                    cium, magnesium, potassium,          • Chop cooked chicken                  • Keep cooked pasta or rice
    Families today are busier       vitamin B6 and fiber. All of       breast or ground chicken and          in the refrigerator for a few days,
than ever with school, work,        these nutrients are important      pasta and toss it with olive oil,     mix together with beans, and
activities and errands. It is       for good health.                   garlic and sautéed spinach and        spaghetti sauces. Heat and eat,
challenging to find time to         Family meal planning               tomatoes.                             on nights that are really busy.
enjoy healthy meals togeth-            Make a meal plan for a            • Make a quick chili with               For more information on
er. Yet with a little planning,     week and put it on the refrig-     black beans, northern beans,          Family meals or other nutri-
preparation and commitment,         erator. Have each person in the    pinto beans, cooked, with or          tion topics, go to http://www.
it is possible to enjoy healthy     Family sign up for something,      without lean ground meat and and visit
meals and snacks whether on         to include planning the meals      chili seasoning. Just heat and eat.   the DeCA Dietitian forum. You
the run or sitting down togeth-     and snacks, buying the food,       For variety, drain and serve it on    can post your questions there
er as a Family. At the same         fixing the food and cleaning       tortillas with a little cheese.       or access other helpful infor-
time, teens can learn the value     up. As part of your meal plan,       • Mix a bag of salad,               mation in The Dietitian’s Voice
of the commissary benefit and       consider the following tips:       chopped meat, salsa, a little         archive.
the 30 percent savings that can       • Keep a list of favorite
stretch any grocery budget.         foods and meals on the refrig-
    Compared to teens who have      erator to use for help with
frequent Family dinners (five       planning meals and snacks.
or more per week), those who          • Make the meal plan serve
have infrequent Family dinners      as a shopping list and the week-
(two or fewer) are more likely      ly menu. Include your children
to have used illegal drugs and      when shopping at the commis-
alcohol according to a new          sary for the foods on the meal
report by The National Center       plan.
on Addiction and Substance             Teach children about bud-
Abuse at Columbia University        geting money for food. They
and sponsored by The Safeway        can learn to plan the menu
Foundation. CASA created            around your budget.
Family Day – A Day to Eat              Commit to eating together
Dinner with Your Children™          as schedules allow. Aim for at
to promote the importance of        least one night a week.
eating together during Septem-      Easy Family        meals     in
ber each year.                      minutes
    To add to the significance         Of course, whipping up a
of eating together as a Family,     five-course meal in a snap may
research from the Universi-         be easy for a professional chef,
ty of Minnesota suggests that       but if you are a Family on the
teenagers who eat with their        go, the dinner menu can be a
Families have healthier eat-        challenge. So here are sever-
6    APG News • September 27, 2007

THURSDAY                        For more information or for     SUNDAY                             on 1700 Van Bibber Road,          by Eugen and Alfred Zeller,       analysis, holistic medicine,
                                reservations, call 410-939-                                        Edgewood. Organizations           Mizzi the yodler, DNJ Ange-       children’s activities and
SEPTEMBER 27                    4078.
                                                                SEPTEMBER 30                       include healthcare, food ser-     lika and cash bar. No BYOB.       door prizes. Donations will
SUNSET CRUISE                                                   DRESS FOR BATTLE II                vice, finance and education,      Menu includes schnitzel, jae-     be accepted.
The Chesapeake Heritage         SATURDAY AND                    Ames United Methodist              emergency services, com-          gersauce, bratwurst, sau-         Proceeds will benefit the
Conservancy, Inc. will offer    SUNDAY                          Church located on 112 Balti-       munications, construction,        erkraut, puree, rolls, kartof-    Health and Welfare Ministry.
a Sunset Cruise on the Skip-                                    more Pike, Bel Air, will host      utilities, manufacturing and      fel salad, french fries and       For more information, call
jack Martha Lewis. Tickets
                                SEPTEMBER 29                    guest ministers’ Pastor Mel-       distribution, APG Civilian        German beer. Shots at the         Robin Smith, 410-803-9668
cost $25 for adults and $12     AND 30                          vin, Co-Pastor Carol Taylor;       Personnel Office and many         bar cost $4 each. Plum cake       or e-mail rawasmith@com-
for children under 10 years                                     Word of Faith Outreach Min-        BRAC and government con-          with whipped cream costs
                                HARVEST FESTIVAL AT                                                tractors.                         $4 each.
of age. The ship will cruise                                    istries Choir; the Rev. Grand-                                                                         X MARKS THE SPOT
around the Susquehanna          STEPPINGSTONE                   erson Jones Jr. and White          For more information, visit       For more information or to
                                                                                          for a           purchase tickets, call Lis 410-   Join a naturalist for a park
Flats and upper Chesapeake      The Steppingstone Museum,       Marsh Charge UMC Choir
                                                                                                   list of participating employ-     676-1146.                         wide scavenger hunt. Fol-
Bay. Reservations can be        located at 461 Quaker Bot-      at 4 p.m. Donations will be
                                                                                                   ers.                                                                low clues to explore the
made with credit card.          tom in Susquehanna State        accepted. All proceeds will                                          TRAIL TREK:                       park, find what is on a list
For more information or         Park, Havre de Grace, will      benefit the Ames Praise Sign       LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE                 SUSQUEHANNA STATE                 and then enjoy a snack. This
for reservations, call 410-     hold its annual Fall Harvest    Ministry.
                                                                                                   The Chesapeake Heritage           PARK                              program will be held 1 to 3
939-4078. Call for departure    Festival and Craft Show, 11     For more information, call         Conservancy, Inc. will offer a    Enjoy a splendid 3- to 4-mile     p.m. for all ages (Families).
times.                                                          Lynn Boyd, 410-638-7882.           narrated Lighthouse cruise,
                                a.m. to 5 p.m. Events include                                                                        hike with volunteer Eugene        Cost is $10 per Family, and
FRIDAY                          a fiddler’s competition, his-   THURSDAY                           noon to 3 p.m., aboard the        Burg along the banks of the       registration is required.
                                torical craft demonstration,                                       Skipjack Martha Lewis in          Susquehanna. Bring lunch.         For information, registration
SEPTEMBER 28                    food, hay rides, apple bob-
                                                                OCTOBER 4                          Havre de Grace. Tickets cost      Meet at Susquehanna State         or directions to the Anita C.
MARGARITA NIGHT                 bing and pressing, bluegrass    DEPUTY SECRETARY                   $30 per person and include        Park - location to be deter-      Leight Estuary Center, call
The Chesapeake Heritage                                         OF DEFENSE SPEAKS                  a boxed lunch and water           mined. This program will be       410-612-1688 or 410-879-
                                and country music, cloggers,
Conservancy, Inc. will offer                                                                       views of Concord Point, Tur-      held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for         2000, ext. 1688.
                                square dancing, scarecrow       The Baltimore Council on
Margarita Night, 6:30 to 8:30                                                                      key Point and Fishing Bat-        ages 10 to adult. The pro-
                                making and more. Cost of        Foreign Affairs will present
                                                                                                   tery Island.
                                                                                                                                                                       MARGARITA NIGHT
p.m., on the Skipjack Martha    admission is $5 for adults      Deputy Secretary of Defense                                          gram is free but registration
                                                                                                   For more information or to                                          The Chesapeake Heritage
Lewis. Tickets cost $35 per                                     Gordon England 6 p.m.,                                               is required.
                                and children 12 years of age;                                      purchase tickets, call 410-                                         Conservancy, Inc. will offer
person (21 years of age or                                      in the Maryland Ballroom                                             For information, registration
                                free admission for museum                                          939-4078.                                                           Margarita Night, 5 to 7
older). The historical oyster                                   of the Renaissance Hotel,                                            or directions to the Anita C.
                                members and children 11                                                                                                                p.m., on the Skipjack Mar-
dredger will cruise around                                      located on 201 East Pratt          SATURDAY                          Leight Estuary Center, call
                                years of age and under.                                                                                                                tha Lewis. Tickets cost $35
the Susquehanna Flats area                                      Street, Baltimore. England                                           410-612-1688 or 410-879-
                                For more information, call                                         OCTOBER 6                                                           per person (21 years of
as margaritas are served and                                    will present “A Perspective                                          2000, ext. 1688.
                                410-939-2299     or    1-888-                                                                                                          age or older). The historical
Jimmy Buffet tunes play.                                        on the Current Situation in        SUNRISE PONTOON                   COMMUNITY YARD                    oyster dredger will cruise
Also includes light refresh-    4191762 or visit the muse-      Iraq and                           Relax and take in the natural     SALE                              around the Susquehan-
ments and beer. Credit cards    um’s Web site www.step-         Security Challenges to the         world as it awakens on the                                          na Flats area as margari-
are accepted.                     United States. Reservations
                                                                               ”                                                     Ames United Methodist
                                                                                                   creek as the sun climbs over                                        tas are served and Jimmy
                                                                are required. Members are                                            Church, located on 112 Balti-
                                                                                                   the horizon. This program                                           Buffet tunes play. Also
                                                                free, non-members pay a                                              more Pike, Bel Air, will hold a
                                                                                                   will be held 7 to 8:30 a.m. for                                     includes light refreshments
                                                                $15 fee. Membership is open                                          Community Yard Sale, 9 a.m.
                                                                                                   children weighing 30 lbs. to                                        and beer. Credit cards are
                                                                to the public.                                                       to 1 p.m. Proceeds will bene-
                                                                                                   adult with a contribution of                                        accepted.
                                                                For more information, to                                             fit the Ames United Method-
                                                                                                   $6 for adults and $4 for ages                                       For more information or for
                                                                make a reservation, apply for                                        ist Church school.
                                                                                                   13 and under. Registration is                                       reservations, call 410-939-
                                                                membership or to purchase                                            For more information, call
                                                                                                   required.                                                           4078.
                                                                tickets, call 410-727-2150,                                          Robin Smith, 410-803-9668
                                                                                                   For information, registration
                                                                write to the Baltimore Coun-                                         or e-mail rawasmith@com-          SUNDAY
                                                                                                   or directions to the Anita C.
                                                                cil on Foreign Affairs, World                              
                                                                                                   Leight Estuary Center, call                                         OCTOBER 7
                                                                Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt         410-612-1688 or 410-879-          AMES UNITED
                                                                Street, Suite 1611, Baltimore,     2000, ext. 1688.                  METHODIST CHURCH                  NATURE TALES
                                                                MD 21202, or e-mail bcfapro-                                         HEALTH FAIR                       Come       explore     nature
                                                                                                                                           through a story. Listen to
                                                                                                   OKTOBERFEST                       The Rev. Winifred J. Blag-        a tale about an animal or
                                                                HARFORD COUNTY                                                       mond, Pastor, Ames Unit-
                                                                                                   American Legion Edge-                                               a habitat. Story time may
                                                                JOB FAIR                           wood Service Post 17, locat-      ed Methodist Church, locat-       include meeting a live crit-
                                                                The 19th annual Harford            ed on 415 Edgewood Road,          ed on 112 Baltimore Pike,         ter, a simple craft or acting
                                                                County Job Fair will be held       will hold a German/Ameri-         Bel Air, will hold Healing in     out the story.
                                                                2 to 6 p.m. in the Richlin Ball-   can Oktoberfest. Doors open       the Body of Christ, Health
                                                                                                                                                                       This program begins at 1
                                                                room and Ramada Inn and            5 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per       Fair 2007, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                       p.m., the topic is bats, and is
                                                                Conference Center located          person and include music          Events include blood pres-
                                                                                                                                                                       free for all ages. No registra-
                                                                                                                                     sure screening, body fat
                                                                                                                                                                       tion required.
                                                                                                                                                                       For information or directions
                                                                                                                                                                       to the Anita C. Leight Estuary
                                                                                                                                                                       Center, call 410-612-1688 or
                                                                                                                                                                       410-879-2000, ext. 1688.
                                                                                                                                                                       A-FOWL ON THE
                                                                 Women of Grace                    New Destiny Evangelist            Kathleen Santana, 410-            WATER
                                                                                                   Church, Edgewood. This            273-7358, Librada Peters,
                                                                 Ministry                          event is free.                    410-864-8815 or Bernadette        A mystery canoe trip on the
                                                                    Women of Grace Ministry                                                                            creek will lead to clues to
                                                                                                      For more information or to     Kovalsick, 410-322-5206.
                                                                 meetings, an APG Gospel                                                                               solve the murder. This pro-
                                                                                                   register, call Renata Weaver,                                       gram will be held 3 to 5:30
                                                                 service, will be held 7 p.m.,     410-272-6583.                     Protestant Adult                  p.m. for ages 8 to adult. Cost
                                                                 on the first Friday of each
                                                                 month, APG North Chapel,
                                                                                                      The Women of Grace             Bible Study                       is $10 and registration is
                                                                                                   Ministry meet 10 a.m. the            Protestant Adult Bible         required.
                                                                 classroom 4. The book             second Saturday of each           Study is held every Sunday,       For information, registration
                                                                 “Confident Women,” by             month at a location to be                                           or directions to the Anita C.
                                                                 Joyce Myers will be read. All                                       9 to 9:50 a.m. at the Main
                                                                                                   announced.                        Post Chapel.                      Leight Estuary Center, call
                                                                 women are invited to attend.         For more information, call                                       410-612-1688 or 410-879-
                                                                 Childcare will be provided
                                                                 upon request.
                                                                                                   Renata Weaver, 410-272-           Gospel Children’s                 2000, ext. 1688.
                                                                    The Women of Grace                                               Church/Sunday                     WEDNESDAY
                                                                 Ministry will meet 10 a.m.,       Protestant                        School                            OCTOBER 10
                                                                 Oct. 13, at the APG North
                                                                 Chapel for a fellowship
                                                                                                   Children’s Church                    Children’s Church is con-      AFTERNOON TEA
                                                                                                      PCC is conducted every         ducted every Sunday during        The Chesapeake Heritage
                                                                 gourmet tea and brunch. All                                         the noon Gospel Worship
                                                                                                   Sunday during the 10:15 Prot-                                       Conservancy, Inc. will offer
                                                                 women are invited to enjoy                                          Service at Main Post Chapel.
                                                                                                   estant Worship Service in the                                       an Afternoon Tea Cruise, 2
                                                                 fellowship and fun – design                                         All are welcome.                  to 3:30 p.m., on the Skipjack
                                                                                                   Fellowship Hall at Main Post
                                                                 a hat and win a spa bas-                                                                              Martha Lewis. Tickets cost
                                                                                                   Chapel. All are welcome.             Children and adults are
                                                                 ket. Guest speaker will be                                                                            $30 per person. Dainty sand-
                                                                                                                                     invited to attend Gospel Sun-
                                                                 Minister Eva Mims of the          Catholic Women of                                                   wiches, scones and desserts
                                                                                                                                     day School 11 a.m. to noon at
                                                                                                                                                                       will be served. Credit cards
                                                                                                   the Chapel                        the Main Post Chapel.
                                                                                                                                                                       will be accepted. Reserva-
                                                                                                      CWOC invites all women            For more information,
                                                                                                                                                                       tions are required.
                                                                                                   to the first Friday of the        contact Clarence Weaver,          For more information or to
                                                                                                   month gatherings 10 a.m. and      443-567-8934.                     make a reservation, call 410-
                                                                                                   Monday evenings, 6:30 to             Volunteers are always wel-     939-4078.
                                                                                                   8:30 p.m.                         come and training will be
                                                                                                      All meetings are held at       provided.                         SATURDAY
                                                                                                   the Main Post Chapel Fel-            For more information on        OCTOBER 13
                                                                                                   lowship Hall.                     Religious Education Chapel        VFW FLEA MARKET
                                                                                                      For more information, call     Programs, call Gerri Merkel,
                                                                                                                                                                       VFW Post 5337, located
                                                                                                   Cathy Day, 410-937-2617,          DRE, 410-278-2516.                on 3705 Pulaski Highway,
                                                                                                                                                                       Abingdon, will hold its annu-
                                                                                                                                                                       al flea market, 8 a.m. to 2
                                                                                                                                                                       p.m. Outside tables cost $10
                                                                                                                                                                       each and inside tables cost
                                                                                                                                                                       $8 each.
                                                                                                                                                                       For more information or to
                                                                                                                                                                       reserve a table, call Tammy,
                                                                                                                                                                       410-297-6964 or call VFW
                                                                                                                                                                       Post 5337, 410-676-4456.
                                                                                                                                                                       NATURE’S PUMPKINS
                                                                                                                                                                       Come search Leight Park for
                                                                                                                                                                       natural items to create a
                                                                                                                                                                       natural pumpkin. This pro-
                                                                                                                                                                       gram will be held 11 am
                                                                                                                                                                       to 12:30 p.m. for all ages.
                                                                                                                                                                       Cost is $5 and registration
                                                                                                                                                                       is required.
                                                                                                                                                                       For information, registration
                                                                                                                                                                       or directions to the Anita C.
                                                                                                                                                                       Leight Estuary Center, call
                                                                                                                                                                       410-612-1688 or 410-879-
                                                                                                                                                                       2000, ext. 1688.
                                                                                                                                                                       (Editors Note: More calendar
                                                                                                                                                                       events can be seen at www.
                                                                                                                                                                       Community Notes.)
                                                                                                                                                               September 27, 2007 • APG News                     7

                                                                                              POST SHORTS
available from 9 to 11:30 a.m.      District of Columbia. Select         military units through Oct. 31.
in building 305, room 236 and
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in build-
ing E-4811 (seminar area of
                                    conference sponsorships with
                                    many valuable benefits are
                                    also available. For more infor-
                                                                            The request should include
                                                                         the name of the organization,
                                                                         point of contact, address, tele-
                                                                                                                ACS hosts Domestic Violence
Conference Center) to discuss
claim problems and plan cov-
                                    mation, visit http://www.flc-
                                                                         phone number, amount request-
                                                                         ed and specific details on what
                                                                                                                 Awareness Month activities
erage. No appointment is nec-       al_meeting_sponsors.html             the funds will be used for.            Oct. 1
essary.                                                                     In the past, donations have            Meet Me at the Gate: Army Communi-
   For more information, call       Register for the                     been granted to area Boy Scouts,       ty Service staff will greet commuters at all
Teri Wright, 410-278-4331.          2007 Combatant                       Army Community Service, the            APG gates, 7 to 10 a.m.
                                                                         APG Fire Department and vet-           Oct. 6 and 20
Celebrate Hispanic-                 Commanders                           erans’ organizations.                     A domestic violence information booth will be
                                                                                                                                                                   domestic violence.
                                                                                                                                                                   Oct. 2, 9 and 16
American Heritage                   Workshop                                Mail or drop off requests           set up at the commissary, 9 a.m. to noon.
                                                                                                                                                                      Freedom From Abuse ‘Quilt’ – “Talking
                                                                         to APG Thrift Shop, build-             Oct. 13
Month                                  John J. Young Jr., acting
                                                                         ing 2458, APG, MD 21005-                  Cycle to the Fall Fest to ‘End the Cycle’ of    it Out” support group, 6 to 8 p.m., at Army
                                    under secretary, Acquisition,                                                                                                  Community Service building 2754
   The APG Garrison Hispanic                                             5001. For more information,            violence and meet Captain America, 10 a.m.
                                    Technology and Logistics                                                                                                       Oct. 10 and 24
Heritage Program will present                                            call the store during operating        to 3 p.m.
                                    and R. Paul Ryan, administra-                                                                                                     “Reviving Ophelia,” a prevention movie for
“90 Years of Hispanic Heritage                                           hours, which are 11 a.m. to            Oct. 18
                                    tor, DoD Defense Technical                                                                                                     young women to help empower them and rec-
Military Service – Making a                                              6 p.m., Wednesday; 10 a.m.                Lights on Against Domestic Abuse, 7 a.m.
                                    Information Center will host                                                                                                   ognize signs of abuse will be presented 4:30 to
Positive Impact on American                                              to 2 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m.           to 5 p.m. Commuters are asked to drive with
                                    the 2007 Combatant Com-                                                                                                        6:30 p.m. at Child and Youth Services.
Society.” The annual Hispanic-                                           to 1 p.m., the first Saturday          their vehicle lights on.
                                    manders Workshop, Oct. 29
American heritage program                                                of the month, 410-272-8572.            Oct. 22                                            Date TBA
                                    and 30 at the “Lighthouse,”
will be held 11:30 a.m. to                                               Consignments are only taken               Speakers Betty Ramirez Swinners, abuse            “Soldiers Strong Against Domestic Abuse”
                                    Center for Innovation, 8000
1 p.m., Oct. 2, at the APG                                               11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to          survivor, and Sandra Ramos, founder of first       5K Run, location TBD.
                                    Harbor View Boulevard, Suf-
Recreation Center, building                                              5:30 p.m., Wednesday and 10            battered women’s shelter, will speak 1 to 4          For more information, call Aida Riviera or
                                    folk, Va.
3326. Guest speaker will be                                              a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday.              p.m., at Top of the Bay. A shell ‘memorial’        Lynda Fernandez, Army Community Service,
                                       The topic of the workshop
Brig. Gen. Alberto J. Jimenez,                                              Everyone is reminded not            ceremony will be held to honor victims of          410-278-7478/2435.
                                    is “Rapid Technical Support
deputy assistant adjutant gen-                                           to use the area in front or to the
                                    for the Warfighter.” Military
eral, Maryland Army National                                             back of the shop as a dump-           2008 FEHB, FEDVIP                 deen North Recreation Center,     contractors, state and local
                                    officers, colonels and above         ing site. The Thrift Shop only
Guard. There will be food sam-      and civilians, GS-14 and                                                                                     building 3326. The blood          governments and emergency
pling, music and dancing.                                                wants items that are in good as       rates posted                      drive is open to everyone.        response organizations. The
                                    above are eligible to attend.        new condition.
   For more information, call       There is no registration fee                                                  The Federal Employees             For more information, call     service covers the full range
Command Sgt. Maj. Pedro                                                                                        Health Benefits Open Season       Patty Howell, 410-278-5217        of CBRN defense and related
                                    associated with this work-           Disability Employment
Rodriguez,      410-278-1509,                                                                                  will be held Nov. 12 through      or visit Web site www.milita-     homeland security topics.
                                    shop. Workshop attendees
James Rivera, EEO Officer, 410-     are responsible for travel and       Training Conference                   Dec. 10.                                     To take advantage of
278-1161, Sgt. 1st Class Elwood                                                                                   Rates for the 2008 Federal                                       CBRNIAC’s Inquiry Ser-
                                    lodging costs.                       scheduled                                                               TSP offers                        vice, complete the “Submit
Veney, REDCOM, 410-436-                The purpose of the workshop                                             Employees Health Benefits and
4810 or Linda Patrick, CHPPM,                                                The Federal Executive             Federal Employees Dental and      subscription service              an Inquiry” form on its Web
                                    is to improve CoCOM aware-
410-436-1023.                                                            Board is sponsoring the annu-         Vision Insurance Program rates                                      site, http://www.cbrniac.
                                    ness of technology information,                                                                                 The Thrift Savings Plan
                                                                         al Disability Employment              have been posted. New rates                               
                                    and align force providers tech-
Harford County job fair             nical information needs with
                                                                         Training Conference 8:30 a.m.         will be effective Jan. 6, 2008.
                                                                                                                                                 now offers an e-mail subscrip-    ry.php, or call James M.
                                                                         to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 8. The con-                                          tion service for plan news and    King, 410-676-9030.
   The Army Community Ser-          the DTIC tools, Research and                                                  To view FEHB rates, visit
                                                                         ference is being hosted by and                                          information. To subscribe, go
vice Employment Readiness           Engineering Portal, Infor-                                       
                                                                         at the Centers for Medicare and       health/08rates/index.asp;
                                                                                                                                                 to under “NEW         Reminder: Vehicle
Program and the Susquehanna         mation Analysis Centers and          Medicaid Services Complex,                                              - Get e-mail updates.”
Workforce Network will join         Scientific and Technical Infor-                                            to view FEDVIP rates, visit                                         storage in housing
                                                                         7500 Security Boulevard,
Harford County in presenting        mation Network.                      Baltimore (Woodlawn).
                                                                                                             CBRNIAC offers                    areas
a job fair 2 to 6 p.m., Oct.           Questions, issues or sug-                                               dentalvision/08/vision.asp.
4, at the Richlin Ballroom,         gestions can be e-mailed to
                                                                             This one-day conference is        There is no icon, click on the    technical inquiry                    Personnel occupying quar-
                                                                         for federal, state and local man-                                                                         ters on Aberdeen Proving
Ramada Inn and Conference           the workshop coordinator at          agers, supervisors, profession-
                                                                                                               word ”dental” or ”vision.”        service                           Ground are reminded that
Center on Van Bibber Road           D T I C C o C o m Wo r k s h o p @                                            More information on the
                                                                         als, special emphasis program                                              The Chemical, Biological,      in accordance with APGR
in Edgewood. Industry lead-                                                                  Benefits Open Season will
                                                                         managers and employees, who                                             Radiological and Nuclear          190-5 and APGR 210-8 it
ers in healthcare, food service,       For more information or to                                              appear in future issues of the
                                                                         work in the disability arena. The                                       Defense Information Anal-         is prohibited to store recre-
finance, education, emergen-        register, visit Web site https://                                          APG News.
                                                                         conference fee of $50 includes                                          ysis Center, or CBRNIAC,          ation vehicles, utility trail-
cy services, manufacturing,             a continental breakfast, lunch,
and other fields, as well as        and enter code 20069924.                                                   Give the gift of life -           provides a technical inquiry      ers and watercraft within the
                                                                         breaks and a conference pad-                                            service.                          APG housing areas. Vehicles
the APG Civilian Personnel                                               folio and materials.                  blood drive Nov. 30                                                 in violation are subject to
Office and several government       Thrift Shop to                           For additional details and
                                                                                                                                                    The service offers up to
                                                                                                                                                                                   impoundment at the owner’s
                                                                                                                  Support the troops by          four hours of technical anal-
contractors will be on hand.        disburse funds                       registration information, visit the   donating blood. The U.S.          ysis service at no cost to        expense.
   Dress for success, bring                                              FEB Web site http://www.balti-
                                       The APG Thrift Shop will                                                Army Research Laboratory          authorized users from Depart-
plenty of resumes and be pre-                                   or send an e-mail to
                                    accept requests for donations                                              will sponsor an Armed Servic-     ment of Defense agencies,         (Editors Note: More Shorts
pared to fill out applications.                                
                                    from service organizations and                                             es Blood Program blood drive,     other federal government          can be seen at www.apgnews.
   For more information, call
                                                                                                               noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 30, Aber-    agencies, DoD and federal under Shorts.)
Marilyn Howard, ERP man-
ager at 410-278-9669, or visit
the Susquehanna Workforce
                                     Purchase surplus Harford County
Web site, http://www.swnet-
                                       government property online
                                        The Harford County Department of Procurement now
NFFE Local 178 holds                 offers government surplus property on
monthly meetings                     This site allows the public to bid on general merchandise
                                     including desks, chairs, file cabinets, electronic equipment
   The National Federation           and more. The county also will offer for sale several used
of Employees NFFE-IAM,               police package vehicles. Following payment of merchan-
Federal District 1, IAMAW,           dise through, all purchased items must be
AFL-CIO, NFFE Local 178              removed from the county surplus warehouse within 14 work-
invites all bargaining unit          ing days.
members to attend month-                For more information, call the Department of Procurement,
ly meetings 11:30 a.m. to            8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 410-638-3550.
12:30 p.m., building E-4415
matrixed employees, MRICD,
22d Chemical Battalion and
Acquisition Center govern-
ment employees). Meetings
will be held Oct. 18.
   Topics include union health
benefits, union member rights/
benefits, legislative update and
NSPS (National Security Per-
sonnel System) update.
   For more information,
call 410-436-3942 or e-mail

Navigating technol-
ogy transfer
    The 2007 Annual Meeting
of the Federal Labs Consortium
Mid Atlantic Region will be
held 1 p.m., Oct. 22 thru 24, at
Harbortowne Resort located in
St. Michaels, Md. The meeting
is designed to be useful to fed-
eral, industry, academic and
economic development prac-
titioners. A training session
on technology transfer will
be held 1 to 4:30 p.m., Oct.
22, followed by a networking
reception in the evening.
    Cost to attend is $250 for
early birds; after Sept. 28, cost
is $300; the training session
costs $40 extra.
    The FLC Awards for
Excellence in Technology
Transfer and the Hot
Technology contest will also
be featured.
    For more information or
to register for the conference,
visit http://www.flcmidatlan-
    The FLC MAR consists
of the states of Delaware,
Maryland,        Pennsylvania,
Virginia, West Virginia, and the
8     APG News • September 27, 2007

TSGLI Army, VA review: Helping Soldiers, dispelling myths
Story by                          correctly prepared claim; and      Center in San Antonio, Texas.       tion Iraqi Freedom.                  injury or coma, loss of senses       He and the outreach team
LT COL KEVIN V. ARATA             decreasing the claim process-      But more is needed, so Army         Myth #2: A healthcare pro-           (e.g. blindness), or temporary    rely heavily on the Web site
U.S. Army   Human    Resources
                                  ing time.                          TSGLI is working hard to            vider’s statement is all that        losses of two of six activities   and Web-based outreach e-
                                      The average time to process    place “boots on the ground”         is needed to verify a TSGLI          of daily living such as eating,   tools to help in dispelling these
   The U.S. Army along with       a claim from receipt at Army       at major MTFs starting late         claim.                               bathing, dressing, continence,    myths and more.
the U.S. Department of Vet-       through payment by Office of       this summer through this fall.          False. While TSGLI claims        transferring, and toileting. It
erans Affairs has completed                                                                                                                                                        “With a majority of the key
                                  Service Members Group Life         TSGLI counselors will pro-          won’t be approved without a          does not cover Post Traumatic     information online, Soldiers
their first review of Traumat-    Insurance is 30 days, accord-      vide a full stance of claims        certification from a healthcare      Syndrome Disease.
ic Service Members’ Group                                                                                                                                                       or Family members trying to
                                  ing to Col. John F. Sackett,       assistance, medical staff and       provider, additional documen-        Myth #5: TSGLI denies the first   access the TSGLI programs
Life Insurance since its start    who leads the TSGLI Division       caseworker education, and           tation must be provided to           claim attempt automatically.
in 2005. The Congressio-                                                                                                                                                        benefits will better understand
                                  under the U.S. Army Physical       extensive Soldier records pro-      substantiate the certifica-              False. Good documentation     the eligibility and claims pro-
nally-mandated insurance          Disability Agency.                 curement on behalf of the           tion. The documentation may          is the key to a quick award of
program has provided about                                                                                                                                                      cess. In addition, people who
                                      Sackett believes both situa-   Soldier working through the         include medical reports and          TSGLI. Loss Schedules #1          care for Soldiers, such as
$250 million to traumatical-      tions can be improved through      Warrior Transition Units and        tests that establish the type of     through 43 covers losses that
ly-injured members of the                                                                                                                                                       Family members, counsel-
                                  outreach educating Soldiers,       Soldier Family Assistance           injury and the time that the         have a defined and measurable     ors and healthcare providers,
armed services. Of that, about    healthcare providers, counsel-     Centers.                            Soldier was incapacitated as a       loss. Loss # 44, the activi-
$136 million was paid to Sol-                                                                                                                                                   will have information tailored
                                  ors and advocates.                    While the overall focus of       result. Specific information is      ties of daily living does not,
diers in the U.S. Army—more                                                                                                                                                     specifically to their particular
                                      “Our main focus is on          the outreach program is on          available on the TSGLI Web           and further requires the medi-
than twice the next highest                                                                                                                                                     roles in the process,” Sack-
                                  determining which Soldiers         educating claimants and the         site.                                cal provider documentation to
service.                                                                                                                                                                        ett said.
                                  are eligible to receive this       people who care for them,           Myth #3: TSGLI replaces a            substantiate the duration (e.g.
   While those figures def-       payment, based on the claim                                                                                                                      The TSGLI Web site has
                                                                     specific messages have been         traumatically injured Soldier’s      30, 60, 90, or 120 days) of
initely represent success in      they file, and then making                                                                                                                    an array of features includ-
                                                                     created to help dispel five         income.                              two or more ADLs in which
working toward the program’s      sure eligible Soldiers receive                                                                                                                ing user-friendly graphics,
                                                                     myths that have grown up                False. TSGLI provides one-       the Soldier was completely
mission to provide finan-         payment as quickly as possi-                                                                                                                  detailed program information,
                                                                     around the program:                 time, tax-free payments that         dependent (defined as 75 to
cial help for traumatically       ble, so this money is available                                                                                                               outreach materials, program
                                                                     Myth #1: TSGLI is just for com-     can help a Soldier and Family        100 percent care by another
injured Soldiers, TSGLI still     while they recover from their                                                                                                                 statistics that detail claims
                                                                     bat injuries.                       member get through short-term        person).
faces challenges with educat-     injury,” he said. “One of our                                                                                                                 and dollars paid to date; and
                                                                        False. Any qualifying inju-      difficulties related to his or her       By dispelling these five
ing service members about         biggest barriers is the lack of                                                                                                               an online discussion forum,
                                                                     ry incurred after Dec. 1, 2005,     injury and has no affect on reg-     myths, TSGLI will be better
the program and dispelling        knowledge and general mis-                                                                                                                    where users can log in, post
                                                                     is eligible for TSGLI cover-        ular pay.                            positioned to help the Soldiers
some myths that have grown        conceptions that are out there                                                                                                                questions or comments and
                                                                     age—regardless of whether it        Myth #4: TSGLI is an entitle-        who are truly eligible for this
around TSGLI during its short     regarding TSGLI. These bar-                                                                                                                   interact with others to share
                                                                     was in combat or not. The only      ment to Soldiers incurring any       benefit and do so in an even
existence.                        riers create situations where                                                                                                                 best practices and answer
                                                                     exception is the retroactive        traumatic injuries.                  more timely manner.
   TSGLI was created to           Soldiers who are not eligible                                                                                                                 common questions.
                                                                     program, which covers Sol-              False. TSGLI provides an              “As claimants become bet-
help servicemembers and           file claims; or Soldiers who                                                                                                                     For more information about
                                                                     diers injured beginning Oct. 7,     insurance benefit for one or         ter educated about TSGLI, it
their Families get through        are eligible file claims with-                                                                                                                TSGLI, contact the U.S. Army
                                                                     2001, through Nov. 30, 2005,        more of a total of 44 scheduled      can’t help but speed up our
tough financial times that        out supplying the required                                                                                                                    TSGLI service center at 1-800-
                                                                     but only if they were injured       physical losses due to exter-        processes, which allows us to
often happen when a service       documentation         allowing                                                                                                                237-1336, e-mail TSGLI@
                                                                     in a Combat Zone Tax Exclu-         nal force or violence. These         better accomplish our objec-
member is severely injured.       us to adjudicate their claim       sion area supporting Operation      covered losses include ampu-         tive of helping heroes in times or visit web
Approved TSGLI claimants          quickly.”                          Enduring Freedom or Opera-          tation, burns, paralysis, brain      of need,” Sackett said.           site
receive a one-time payment            To reduce these barri-
of up to $100,000, based          ers, the Army uses a robust
on the type and severity
of the injury. That money
might be the difference that
                                  outreach program including
                                  messaging, educational mate-
                                  rials, media outreach, and a
                                                                           New program helps severely
allows a Soldier’s Family to
stay with him or her during
recovery, help with unfore-
                                  constantly updated dynamic
                                  Web site, along with numer-
                                  ous in-person appearances
                                                                       wounded warriors navigate health care
seen expenses or give them        and briefings at significant
                                                                       TRICARE Management Activity                       The program identifies eligible            Department of Veterans Affairs. In addi-
a financial head start on life    military events (i.e. Army              The new Warrior Care Support Pro-           severely ill or injured Service mem-          tion to coordinating care, the team assists
after recovery.                   Medical Holdover Confer-             gram in TRICARE’s North Region                 bers to participate through military          the warrior and members by educating
   From the Army’s point of       ence, AMSUS, AUSA, etc.)             provides wounded service members with          treatment facility referrals, records         them on health care choices, providing
view, the program faces some      and repeated visits to mili-         one point of contact, taking stress out of     identification and service member             specialized resources and assisting with
interrelated challenges: ensur-   tary treatment facilities such                                                      requests. Criteria are not restricted to      claims resolutions and authorizations for
                                                                       military health care for beneficiaries and
ing that all Soldiers are aware   as Walter Reed Army Medical                                                         service related injury and the program        medical equipment.
of TSGLI, understand its pur-                                          their Families.
                                  Center in Washington, D.C.,                                                         is voluntary.                                    Health Net Federal Services, con-
pose, and know how to file a                                              “Programs like this are a great addi-          Upon acceptance in the program, a          tractor for TRICARE North Region,
                                  and Brooke Army Medical              tion to the ongoing efforts within the         health care coordinator from a team of        incorporates the District of Columbia
                                                                       military health care system to help our        nurses, doctors and administrative staff      and 20 Northeast states plus portions of
                                                                       Families during a challenging time in          will assist with a timely and seamless        Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa.
                                                                       their lives,” said Army Maj. Gen. Elder        transition and coordination of physical          For more information about Health
                                                                       Granger, deputy director, TRICARE              and behavioral health care services from      Net Federal Services visit
                                                                       Management Activity.                           the MTF to the civilian sector or the

                                                                     TRS members must re-register for restructured program
                                                                     Story by                                        member and $253 for member-and-family          the new TRS request forms.
                                                                     BONNIE J. POWELL                                coverage. TRS offers coverage comparable          To continue TRS coverage, all current
                                                                     Army News Service
                                                                                                                     to TRICARE Standard and Extra.                 members must go to https://www.dmdc.
                                                                         National Guard and Reserve members              The revamped program also includes, print out the new TRS
                                                                     participating in the TRICARE Reserve            expanded survivor coverage, continuous-        request form, sign it and return it to their
                                                                     Select healthcare plan must sign up for the     ly open enrollment and much more. Gone         regional contractors by Sept. 30. If pay-
                                                                     restructured TRS by Sept. 30, in order to       are service agreements and differing qual-     ment is usually made by check, the first
                                                                     continue their coverage.                        ifications for each of the three tiers.        month’s payment must also be included.
                                                                         TRS was authorized by Congress in
                                                                                                                         There are only two qualifications under    Members who pay electronically do not
                                                                     2005 as a premium-based healthcare plan
                                                                                                                     the restructured program. First, service       need to include a payment if they meet
                                                                     for National Guard members and Reserv-
                                                                     ists. The revamped version, effective Oct.      members must be selected reserve mem-          the deadline.
                                                                     1, is affordable and simpler, with one pre-     bers of the Ready Reserve. Second, they           For more information about the updat-
                                                                     mium level instead of the current three-tier    must not be eligible for, or currently cov-    ed plan, National Guard members and
                                                                     system.                                         ered by, the Federal Employee Health           Reservists should see the “My Benefits”
                                                                         “There have been many improvements          Benefits program (either on their own or       portal at Reserve-com-
                                                                     in reserve-component pay and benefits in        through Family members).                       ponent points of contact - identified at
                                                                     the past few years,” said Assistant Secre-          Reserve Affairs sent a letter in August
                                                                     tary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Thomas      to reserve-component service members           html - can answer additional questions.
                                                                     F. Hall. ”TRS is a robust healthcare plan.      currently covered by TRS, explaining the       (Editor’s note: Bonnie J. Powell is the
                                                                     It represents a substantial benefit available   program changes and how to continue            director of public affairs for TRICARE
                                                                     to our Reserve and National Guard service       coverage. As of early September, only 15       Communications and Customer Service.)
                                                                     members and their Families.”                    percent of approximately 11,000 current        TRS members must re-register for restruc-
                                                                         Monthly premiums are $81 for the service    members had completed and submitted            tured program

                                                                                                                        LEAVE DONATIONS
                                                                         To participate in the Voluntary Leave Program, use forms OPM 630, Application to Become a Leave Recipi-
                                                                       ent Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program; OPF 630-A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipi-
                                                                       ent Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (within agency); and OPM 630-B, Request to Donate Annual
                                                                       Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (outside agency). For more information,
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                                                                       James Addas                        Shelia Davison (benign              Coby Lantry                       Donna Sexton
                                                                       Karen Blades                       paroxysmal positional               Victoria Little                   Dianne Simmons
                                                                       William Bond                       vertigo)                            Phillip Mellowship                Joyce Spies
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                                                                                                                                                                 September 27, 2007 • APG News                      9

Injured Soldiers celebrate life in HBO documentary
Story by                            cost of war through the mem-         90 percent of those wound-              her knee, was also broken.          Diego, Calif., stares off into        While there, he received 40
2ND LT. OLIVIA                      ories of wounded Soldiers’           ed are surviving their injuries.           “For me to be a female           space and tears well up in her     operations in 13 months.
COBISKEY                            “Alive Day,” the day they nar-       However, a greater percent-             below-knee amputee and still        eyes.                                 But being an amputee
Army News Service
                                    rowly escaped death in Iraq.         age of these men and women              be active duty in the U.S.              When Gandolfini asked her      hasn’t stopped him. He’s tried
   Sgt. Bryan Anderson didn’t           James Gandolfini, execu-         are returning with amputations,         Army will be plenty of moti-        what she was thinking she said,    rock climbing, wake boarding,
hear the explosion that ripped      tive producer, interviewed ten       traumatic brain injuries and            vation for them to strive to        “I won’t be able to pick up my     white water rafting, water ski-
his vehicle apart in southeast      Soldiers and Marines about           severe post-traumatic stress.           succeed,” she said.                 son or daughter with two arms.”    ing and snow skiing. He even
Baghdad.                            their feelings on their future,         Although many of the ser-               The six Soldiers and four            For others, just being alive   has aspirations of being a Hol-
   “I didn’t hear it. I saw the     their severe disabilities and        vice members would prefer to            Marines who spoke with Gan-         is enough.                         lywood stuntman.
light and the flash,” he said       their devotion to America.           return to their units, more than        dolfini ranged from ages 21 to          “If I can lose my legs and        When asked what he want-
of the roadside bomb that               This is HBO Documen-             half of these injuries are too          41, and their injuries ranged       still be alive and be with my      ed people to take away from
changed his life.                   tary Films’ third production         severe for service members              from triple-limb amputations        kids and wife then that’s the      the film, Anderson answered,
   The first thing he noticed       focusing on the War in Iraq,         to return to active military            to severe traumatic brain inju-     way it’s got to be,” said Marine   “We’re all okay. We’re living
afterward was his fingertip ...     following “Baghdad ER” and           service.                                ry and blindness.                   Staff Sgt. John Jones, 29, San     our lives and doing okay.”
gone. Then he noticed his entire    “Last Letters Home: Voices              Spc. Crystal Davis stayed               “The fight doesn’t stop          Antonio, Texas. “God’s given          The documentary will be
hand and his legs - also gone.      of American Troops from the          on active duty after recovering         when you get home. In our           me a second chance.”               available on HBO on Demand
   That was Oct. 23, 2005 -         Battlefields of Iraq.”               from her injuries. The 23-year-         cases, it’s just begun,” Marine         Anderson, 26, lost his right   through Oct. 8, and has been
Anderson’s “Alive Day.”                 “These men and women show        old from Camden, S.C., is               Cpl. Jake Schick told Gandol-       leg at the hip, his left leg       streamed on
   “Everybody makes a big           us what true courage and her-        training to become a military           fini during the documentary.        six inches below the hip and       since Sept. 10. The Web site
deal about your ‘Alive Day,’        oism is,” said Jon Alpert, who       physical therapist technician.             Schick, who was wounded          his left arm below the elbow.      will also include Soldier pro-
especially at Walter Reed,”         photographed and produced the           “... who better to help those        Sept. 20, 2004, near Baghdad,       His right hand was also shat-      files, personal videos and
Anderson said during the Aug.       documentary. “The film prom-         in need than someone who                lost his right leg and has severe   tered. He became the fourth        blogs and exclusive portraits
30 premiere of HBO’s “Alive         ises to tell you about the horror    has been there herself?” asked          wounds to his left arm and leg.     U.S. service member to lose        by photographer Timothy
Day Memories: Home From             and heroism of war.”                 Davis, who was injured in Ar               At one moment in the film,       three limbs in Iraq and survive.   Greenfield-Sanders.
Iraq” at The Palmer House               Alpert told the crowd of near-   Ramadi Jan. 21, 2006, causing           1st Lt. Dawn Halfaker, whose        He stabilized enough to get           For more information on
Hilton in downtown Chicago.         ly 500 people gathered to view       her right leg to be amputated           right arm and shoulder were         to Water Reed Army Medical         the Soldiers and Marines in
   The documentary surveys          the documentary that for the         below the knee. Every bone              amputated, is overwhelmed.          Center in Washington, D.C.,        the documentary, visit www.
the physical and emotional          first time in American history,      below her left knee, including             The 27-year-old from San         where his rehab began.   

Hire a Hero Program links                                                                                           SRAP program offers combat vets
                                                                                                                 opportunity to tell their stories back home
veterans with jobs
Story by
                                                                                                                 U.S. Army Recruiting Command Public Affairs
                                                                                                                    Active duty Soldiers, regardless of age or
                                                                                                                                                                      tion, Soldiers on SRAP duty are eligible for
                                                                                                                                                                      the Army’s $2,000 Referral Bonus if any indi-
                                                                                                                 rank, who are veterans of Operations Enduring        viduals they refer end up becoming Soldiers
                                                                                                                 Freedom or Iraqi Freedom have the opportuni-         themselves.
ERICK STUDENICKA                                                                                                                                                         The Army is seeking as many Soldiers
Army News Service                                                                                                ty to tell their Army stories in their hometowns
                                                                                                                 through the Special Recruiter Assistance             as possible to return to their hometowns
   Although much of the stress                                                                                                                                        for SRAP duty before the end of the year.
associated with a National                                                                                                                                            SRAP volunteers may be located in the
                                                                                                                    “There’s really no one better to tell the
Guard deployment concludes                                                                                                                                            states or overseas, but cannot be current-
                                                                                                                 Army story to the American public than our
upon returning home, a new                                                                                       Soldiers who have been the boots on the              ly deployed in support of contingency
concern can surface for Sol-                                                                                     ground in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Maj.           operations.
diers and Airmen who return                                                                                      Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, commanding gener-               SRAP participants will serve in a temporary
with no job waiting.                                                                                             al of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command at            duty status for up to 14 days and may claim
   For those Soldiers, [Marines]                                                                                 Fort Knox, Ky.                                       reimbursement for travel expenses and per
and Airmen seeking work,                                                                                            This initiative enables Families, friends, area   diem for the TDY period.
there’s a new Internet tool, Hire                                                                                schools, local organizations and community lead-        While on SRAP duty, Soldiers will assist
a Hero, that links military job-                                                                                 ers to hear firsthand accounts of the war through    recruiters at the recruiting station(s) nearest
seekers with military-friendly      of a job search, with success        three months have been impres-          the voices of their hometown heroes.                 their hometowns, participate in area recruiting
employers.                          rates for jobseekers increasing      sive. According to California              “They have incredible stories that deserve        events and activities and talk to people inter-
   “It’s a site best described      dramatically with increased          Army Guard Col. Charlotte               to be heard; they make our Army and nation           ested in learning more about what it means to
as where ‘My Space’ meets           networking. He said a recent         Miller, 694 California employ-          proud,” Bostick said.                                be a Soldier.
‘’ for the military      internal Hire a Hero survey          ers have posted more than                  Bostick said the Soldiers who serve on               Complete details about the SRAP and $2,000
community,” said Dan Caul-          found jobseekers who net-            20,000 potential job oppor-             SRAP duty play an incredibly important role          referral bonus programs are available online at
field, the executive director of    worked with more than six            tunities on the site, and 706           in assisting with the recruiting efforts and or by calling 800-223-3735
the non-profit organization Hire    site users had a success rate of     connections between employ-             helping meet the Army’s end strength. In addi-       ext. 6-1538 or 6-0448, or 502-626-1538/0448.
a Hero that operates the site.      more than 30 percent.                ers and California Guard
“It’s a social network enabling        “We know that the more peo-       members have occurred.
veterans to connect with jobs.”     ple you talk to as you look for          “It is important to us that
   Hire a Hero was designed to      a job, the better your chances       our Soldiers are provided with
match employers searching for       of finding a good job,” Caul-        quality civilian employment
employees with military quali-      field said. ”We want to get you      opportunities,” said Maj. Gen.
ties and skills with job seekers    connected with people local to       William Wade II, the California
looking for careers. More than      where you want to work.”             National Guard’s adjutant general.
600 businesses have participat-        Caulfield believes the Hire       “We are excited to be the first state
ed on the job board, and more       a Hero site will be especially       to take part in this initiative.”
than 180,000 individuals have       effective for National Guard             Caulfield anticipates other
registered at the site. The site    members, and said much of the        states including Texas, New York,
also allows those in the military   potential for the site will stem     Florida and Pennsylvania will
community to expand their net-      from its use by National Guard       sign memorandums of under-
working abilities, especially in    Soldiers and Airmen.                 standing with Hire a Hero in the
the Soldiers’, [Marines’] and          With that goal in mind,           near future. Eventually Caulfield
Airmen’s home communities.          Hire a Hero signed a memo-           would like to sign MOUs with all
   “When someone comes              randum of understanding with         50 states, U.S. territories and the
back from a military deploy-        the California National Guard        District of Columbia.
ment, they want to go back to       to work with that state’s pub-           Before becoming the exec-
work in their home area usu-        lic affairs, Employer Support        utive director of Hire a Hero,
ally,” said Caulfield, a former     of the Guard and Reserve, and        Caulfield was managing director
Marine Corps infantry officer.      Family Services offices in an        of Helmets to Hardhats, a pro-
“The networking features of         effort to assist in employment       gram that has helped about 60,000
Hire a Hero allows Soldiers,        acquisition as well as recruit-      military personnel transition into
[Marines] or Airmen to talk to      ing and retention.                   the construction industry.
more people in their area.”            The initial statistics for the    (Editor’s note: Sgt. 1st Class
   Caulfield stressed that net-     use of the site by California        Erick Studenicka writes for the
working is an important aspect      Guard members during the first       National Guard Bureau.)

South Dakota offers veterans bonus
State of South Dakota               service medal awarded for            are not eligible for any addi-
   The state of South Dako-         participation in combat opera-       tional payment.
ta is paying a veterans bonus       tions against hostile forces. All       Applicants living outside
of up to $500 to certain mili-      active duty between the dates        of South Dakota may obtain
tary personnel who were legal       of Sept. 11, 2001, through a         an application by e-mail at
residents of the state for no       date to be determined, quali- Include
less than six months immedi-        fies for a bonus payment.            service member’s branch of
ately preceding entry into the         This program also allows          the military and dates of ser-
armed forces, who are cur-          payment for active duty during       vice. Service members may
rently on active duty or were       the Desert Storm/Shield dates        also request an application and
honorably discharged from           of Aug. 2, 1990 to March 3,          instructions by writing SD Vet-
the armed forces, and who           1991 and for individuals who         erans Bonus, 500 E. Capitol,
served on active duty during        served in an imminent dan-           Pierre, SD 57501 or by calling
one, or both of the following       ger pay area during the dates        605-773-7251.
periods. Individuals who have       of March 4, 1991 to Dec. 31,            Applicants living in South
previously received the max-        1992. Individuals who have           Dakota may apply through the
imum $500 payment, for one          previously received the maxi-        nearest County or Tribal Veter-
or both of these periods, are       mum of $500 for these dates          ans Service Officer.
not eligible for any addition-
al payment.
   For service between the
dates of Jan. 1, 1993 through
Sept. 10, 2001, payment will
be made only to those who
served in an imminent dan-
ger pay area, or were awarded
the Armed Forces Expedition-
ary medal, Southwest Asia
Service medal, Kosovo cam-
paign medal or any other
United States campaign or
10     APG News • September 27, 2007

Tickets still available for Montgomery Gentry concert
Story by                                  grew up in his Family’s band where         Rogers, Ark., at the top of his vocal
YVONNE JOHNSON                            he and his brother John Michael            game.
APG News
                                          spent their formative years singing in        According to Nichols “Real
   Montgomery Gentry and spe-             honky-tonks. The Montgomery broth-         Things,” is the album he would have
cial guests Joe Nichols and Shaunna       ers and Troy Gentry joined forces in a     made from the beginning, if he’d
Bolton are set to bring a foot-stomp-     band called Young Country until John       had the skills time has helped him
ing good time to Aberdeen Proving         Michael landed a record deal. Eddie        accumulate.
Ground’s Shine Sports Field for the       Montgomery and Gentry eventually              Nichols said that past hits like “I’ll
2007 Army Concert Tour this Satur-        found themselves on stage together         Wait for You,’”“Tequila Makes Her
day, Sept. 29.                            at various charity concerts and they       Clothes Fall Off,” and “What’s a Guy
   Gates open 6 p.m. and the show         decided to get back together.              Gotta Do,” were just a taste of what
starts 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in            “It just seemed like the more we        was to come.
advance, $30 the day of the show.         were playing together around town,            “I don’t think we’ve put it all
   For tickets, visit the Morale,         the bigger our following got,” Gen-        together on an album like this before,”
Welfare and Recreation Web site           try said.                                  Nichols said. “Musically, we’ve done; call 410-278-                Nashville heard the buzz, and           what we’ve wanted to do.”
4907/4621/4011; TTY 410-278-4110;         Columbia Records signed them. A               “I’ve learned that when I look at
e-mail MWR-LeisureTravel@apg.             string of hits followed, including         people’s faces when I’m singing,; or call Ticketmaster at         “My Town,” “Speed,” “Hell Yeah,”           what touches them most -- what gets
800-551-SEAT.                             “Gone,” “She Don’t Tell Me To,”            them to lean forward rather than lean
   The concert is lawn seating, rain or   “Something To Be Proud Of” and “If         back -- is when you show personali-
shine and no refunds.                     You Ever Stop Loving Me.”                  ty,” Nichols said.
Gate operations, security                    The duo has performed for more             He said that on “Real Things”
    The Route 22 Gate will open 3         than a million fans and they have          his persona comes though on songs
p.m. for concert traffic. The Route       been named the Country Music Asso-         like “Who Are You When I’m Not
715 gate will be operational for gov-     ciation’s Duo of the Year and won          Looking,” and “My Whiskey Years,”
ernment ID card holders as usual.         Favorite New Country Artist by the         in which he addresses the curse of
Entry to APG requires a valid photo       American Music Awards. As impres-          addiction as though singing to an evil
ID for ages 16 and older and drivers      sive as their past has been, their         lover.
must present a valid drivers license.     future looks even brighter.                   “Anything I do musically is a
    The Post Commissary will close at        With their latest CD, Montgomery        reflection of what I am doing person-
3 p.m. and the Main PX will close at      Gentry takes yet another important         ally,” Nichols said.
4 p.m. to allow for extra parking.        step forward.                                 “With “Real Things,” I think I’ve
    Alcohol, drugs and any types of          “Some People Change,” the title         recaptured some of the little boy who
weapons, cameras, recording devices,      track, became their fastest-rising sin-    moved to Nashville, who had no
coolers and pets are prohibited. Fans     gle. The CD’s other songs include          opinion about how he would pres-
may bring blankets and lawn chairs        “Hey Country,” “Tears Are Comin’,”         ent himself to people. It was a boyish
but no beach umbrellas.                   “Redder Than That,” “Free Ride In          kind of naiveté. This album’s not
    Cars and possessions are subject to   The Fast Lane” and the father-son          naïve. But it’s getting back to the
search by law enforcement and secu-       epic “Twenty Years Ago.”                   purity I had before I had ever made         said, when asked about the transi-             Shaunna Bolton is a singer/song-
rity personnel.                              “If you look at the direction Mont-     a record.”                                  tion from songwriter. “But artists will     writer originally from Cleveland,
Montgomery Gentry                         gomery Gentry has gone,” said                 Other singles on the CD include          always need songs and the artist side       Ohio. She is signed to EMI Music
    The Country Music Association         Gentry, “we started out with a hard-       the hit single “Another Side of You,”       of me works hand in hand with the           Publishing and she writes regular-
announced Aug. 30 that Montgomery         driving, in-your-face, honky-tonk,         “If I Could Only Fly,” a duet with Lee      singer, although I’ve learned how to        ly in Nashville, New York and Los
Gentry has been nominated for Vocal       hell-raising style and carried that over   Ann Womack, “Let’s Get Drunk and            separate the two.”                          Angeles. Bolton’s songs have been
Duo of the Year.                          into more of a working man’s album         Fight” and “She’s All Lady.”                    Bolton said that fans can expect        recorded by Jo Dee Messina, the
    “We’re keeping our fingers            on “My Town.”                              Shaunna Bolton                              a “grassroots blast” from her APG           Baha Men and Aaron Carter. Her
crossed,” said Troy Gentry when              “We spoke a lot about our military         Bolton lived in Baltimore for four       performance as well as from her             song “Love Is,” sung by young pop
informed of the announcement.             … and songs Americans could lis-           years before moving to Nashville in         upcoming CD.                                sensation, Angel Faith, was Angel’s
“We’re coming off a good run with         ten to and identify with. This album       2006. She performed locally at the              “I can’t wait to perform before the     second single and has been released
“Lucky Man” being number one on           goes even farther and brings it back       Tower Restaurant in Bel Air and at          [APG] Soldiers and I hope this is the       to radio. Also, her song “Beauti-
the charts for two weeks, and our new     to Family and religious beliefs, and       the Bayou Blues Café in White Marsh         first of many opportunities,” Bolton        ful In U” was placed in the Disney
single, “What Do Ya Think About           keeps those ties to the military.”         as well as for the Sunday in the Coun-      said, adding that it still thrills her to   Channel’s movie of the month, “Tru
That,” has a lot of momentum behind          Montgomery Gentry drew more             try concert series at Merriweather’s        remember when she performed for             Confessions.”
it. So that sets us up great for the      than 10,000 fans in their first sold out   in Howard County in 2004.                   injured Soldiers at Walter Reed Army           Shaunna has opened for Jo Dee
awards coming up in November.”            performance at APG in 2004.                   Currently at work on her first           Medical Center.                             Messina, The Righteous Brothers,
    The 41st Annual CMA Awards airs       Joe Nichols                                Nashville CD, Bolton is a self-                 “I’ll always remember the appre-        Chicago, Neil McCoy, The B-52’s,
Nov. 7 on ABC.                               “Real Things,” Joe Nichols’ fourth      described “Country-Pop-Soul” artist         ciation in the eyes of those Soldiers,”     Huey Lewis and the News, John
    The duo’s roots spring from north-    album for Universal Records South,         who writes her own music.                   she said. “It was the most special          Michael Montgomery and Montgom-
ern Kentucky. Eddie Montgomery            presents the 30-year-old native of            “I’ve always been a singer,” she         night of my life.”                          ery Gentry.

Sight and Sound trip               Choose Phantom of the              Piano lessons                        scribed by the instructor for       needs and a massage therapist        p.m., Feb. 23, 2008; and 8
   The Civilian Welfare            Opera or Les Miserables            Piano I                              the course.                         will be available for an optional    p.m., Feb. 29, 2008
Fund will sponsor a trip              MWR Leisure Travel Ser-            Piano lessons for beginners          Classes cost $60 per per-        massage. A stress-free day for          • Camelot, 2 p.m., March 29,
to Sight and Sound, Oct. 5                                            with no prior experience or          son and will be held at the         all with plenty of pampering.        2008
                                   vices has tickets for Phantom
to see “In the Beginning,”                                            instruction will be held 6 to        Aberdeen Recreation Center              For more information or to          • The Color Purple, 2 p.m., May
                                   of the Opera or Les Miser-                                              Ballroom, building 3326.
with dinner at Hershey                                                7 p.m., on Mondays, Oct. 15                                              make a reservation, call Angela      3, 2008; 2 p.m., May 10, 2008; and
                                   ables on Broadway, 2 p.m.,                                                 For more information or          Keithley, 410-278-4603.
Farms. Experience the                                                 through Dec. 3 (no class on                                                                                   6:30 p.m., May 11, 2008.
                                   Oct. 13. Tickets cost $130                                              to register, call the MWR                                                    Tickets are available for a lim-
dawn of creation as Sight                                             Nov. 12 for Veteran’s Day).                                              Basic Auto Mechanics
                                   each for Les Miserables or                                              Registration office, building                                            ited time – purchase them now.
and Sound Theatres pres-                                              Piano II                                                                     Sign up for Basic Auto
                                   $115 each for Phantom of                                                3326, 410-278-4907/4621.                                                 Tickets range in price from $33 to
ents the account of the cre-                                             Piano lessons for students                                            Mechanics classes designed to
ation of the world. Tickets        the Opera. Cost includes bus                                                                                                                     $87. To order tickets, visit www.
                                                                      who can read music and had           Dog Obedience for                   enable the student to perform
cost $93 for adults; $69 for       transportation and admission                                            Beginners                                                      ; enter the special
                                                                      previous training will be held                                           maintenance on a vehicle’s
teens, ages 13 to 18 years;        into each play. There will be      7 to 8 p.m., on Mondays, Oct.                                                                                 password: 105MWRAPGMD
                                   time for shopping before and                                               Get hands-on training and        engine and small engines
and $47 for children, ages                                            15 through Dec. 3 (no class on       learn techniques that will help     including lawn mowers and            and follow the instructions on the
12 years and under. Cost           after each show.                   Nov. 12 for Veterans Day).                                                                                    ordering page.
                                                                                                           the dog respond to commands         some vehicle accessories.
includes ticket, dinner buf-          For more information or to         Learn to play the piano or                                                                                     Price includes show ticket
                                                                                                           in a positive way.                      Classes will be held 5:30
fet at Hershey Farms and           purchase tickets, call MWR         the keyboard by mastering the           Class will be held 6:30 to       to 7 p.m., on Thursdays, Nov.        only, no transportation is pro-
charter bus transportation.        Leisure Travel Services, APG       basic skills required to read        7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Oct.      8, 15, 29 and 7, at the Auto-        vided. Open to all DoD ID
The bus will depart 4 p.m.         North Recreation Center, build-    and play music. All equipment        18 through Nov. 29 (no class        motive Crafts Shop, building         card holders.
   For more information or         ing 3326, 410-278-4011/4907        is provided.                         Nov. 22) at the APG North           2379. Cost is $45. The dead-             For more information, or to
for reservations, call Angela      or e-mail MWR-LeisureTrav-            Students will be responsible      Recreation Center, building         line to register is Nov. 6.          purchase tickets, visit the MWR
Keithley, 410-278-4603/4771.                   for purchasing the book pre-         3326. Registration costs $60.           For more information or to       Leisure Travel Office located
                                                                                                              For more information or to       register, call the MWR Regis-        in Aberdeen North Recreation
                                             Sports                                                        register, call MWR                  tration office, building 3326,       Center, building 3326, call
                                                                                                              Registration office, 410-278-    410-278-4907/4621.                   410-278-4011/4907 or e-mail
Ruggles holds Customer Appreciation                  for $33. This special may not be used with                                                                                     MWR-LeisureTravel@apg.
Tournament this Saturday                             any other discounts. Tee time registration is         4907/4621, building 3326.           Your choice of shows at    
   Ruggles Golf Course will hold a Custom-           recommended.                                          Scrapbooking Crop                   The Hippodrome Theater
                                                        For more information, call 410-278-4794 or                                                                                  Disney High School
er Appreciation Tournament, 8 a.m., Sept. 29.                                                                 The Civilian Welfare Fund            MWR Leisure Travel
                                                     e-mail                                                                                              Musical on ice
The tournament will be an 18-hole, two-per-                                                                will sponsor a Scrapbooking         Services has discounted tick-
son scramble. Minimum team handicap is 12. A                                                               Crop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 20,    ets for several shows at The             Tickets are available for Dis-
continental breakfast will be served prior to the           2007 Golf Club                                 at Top of the Bay.                  Hippodrome Theater, located          ney High School Musical: The
start and refreshments and awards upon com-                                                                   For any seasoned scrap-          on France-Merrick P.a.c., 12         Ice Tour, Nov. 2 through 4, at the
pletion of event.
                                                         Championship results                              booker or those who would           N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore.          1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore.
   Cost is $20 for annual patrons; $33 for                     Ladies Club Champion                        like to try scrapbooking, come      Shows include:                           For more information, call
authorized patrons; and $40 for guests.                               Louise Gentry                        and “Crop Till You Drop.”              • My Fair Lady, 2 p.m., Nov. 11   MWR Leisure Travel Ser-
   For more information or to register tee times,           Men’s Championship Flight                         Cost is $22 per person and          • Avenue Q, 2 p.m., Dec. 15       vices, Aberdeen Recreation
call 410-278-4794 or e-mail david.correll@               Winner …….......…….. Patrick Hinch                includes lunch, door prizes            • Cirque Dreams, 2 p.m.,          Center, building 3326, 410-                                             Runner up……….. Anthony Vincenti                   and a goodie bag. Vendors will      Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 2008             278-4011/4907, or e-mail
Units are set to duke it out in November                 Men’s A Flight Champion Gross
                                                                                                           have items for all scrapbooking        • High School Musical, 2
   Another Amateur Boxing Night is set for 6             Winner…………..…..Dustin Spinnato
                                                         Runner Up………...…Martin Sennett
p.m., Nov. 17, in the parking lot of Hoyle Gym-
nasium, building E-4210. The 16th Ordnance                 Men’s A Flight Champion Net                        APG Bowling Center Snack Bar specials
Battalion will defend its title against the 143rd          Winner…………..……Harvey Lee                                                                Building 2342
Ordnance Battalion.                                        Runner Up…………...Hans Kruse                        Week of Sept. 24
   Tickets cost $5 for active duty military, $10         Men’s B Flight Champion Gross                          Special #1: Breaded chicken patty sandwich served on a Bowlerburger bun with mayon-
for civilians and $20 for ringside seats. Admis-          Winner………….....……Bob Glenn                         naise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, potato chips, one cookie and soda for $4.95.
sion is free for children 6 and younger. The event        Runner Up………...Edwin Delacruz                         Special #2: Chef salad with lettuce, tomato, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, cheese,
is open to the public. Doors open at 4 p.m.                                                                  pickles on the side, ham turkey, potato chips, one cookie and soda for $5.75.
   The event will be held inside the gym in case           Men’s B Flight Champion Net
of inclement weather.                                   Winner…………..........……Bob Purkey                     Week of Oct. 1
   Purchase tickets at MWR Leisure Travel               Runner Up…………...Wyatte Arrington                        Special #1: Chicken cheese steak sub with mayonnaise, lettuce, toma-
Services building 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or             Men’s C Flight Champion Gross                       to, pickles, onions, sweet green peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers,
Hoyle Gymnasium, 410-436-3375/7134.                       Winner………………Gilbert Gentry                         potato chips, one cookie and soda for $7.85.
Senior Golf special                                       Runner Up…………...Paul Demond                           Special #2: Double cheeseburger with bacon, mayonnaise, lettuce,
                                                           Men’s C Flight Champion Net
                                                                                                             tomato, pickles, onions, French fries, one cookie and soda for $6.95.
   Ruggles Golf Course is offering a Senior
Golf Special to golfers age 55 or older: play           Winner………………Thomas Bowman                              For more information or to place an order, call 410-278-4041.
Monday through Thursday until 2:30 p.m.                 Runner Up……..........……...Jim Jewell                 Orders must be placed before 10:30 a.m.
                                                                                                            September 27, 2007 • APG News                         13

Latest version of Army Combat Shirt debutsStory by                                   is moisture-wicking, anti-microbial       jacket cuffs. The cuffs can be loos-
                                          DEBI DAWSON                                and odor-resistant.                       ened for ventilation or tightened
                                          Army News Service
                                                                                        The latest version of the shirt        to keep out sand and other debris.
                                         In response to Soldier feedback,            includes upgrades based on Soldier        Changes were also made to the neck
                                      Program Executive Officer-Soldier              feedback collected since the shirt        band.
                                      has designed the new Army Combat               was first distributed in the spring for      Although the ACS was designed
                                      Shirt to be even more breatheable.             limited-user evaluations.                 to be worn under the Interceptor
                                         The flame-resistant ACS is in                  “Even though we developed the          Body Armor, test participants noted
                                      development for use under body                 Army Combat Shirt to be lighter,          the short breaks between patrols
                                      armor. It is designed to replace two
                                                                                     more comfortable and breathable,          made it impractical to change into
                                      layers, the Army Combat Uniform
                                                                                     we listened to Soldiers who test-         the ACU jacket. They wanted chang-
                                      jacket and moisture-wicking T-shirt,
                                                                                     ed it and said they wanted it to be       es to the ACS that would identify
                                      thus reducing bulk and heat stress.
                                                                                     even more breathable and comfort-         them and their unit. In response,
                                         “As providers of the world’s
                                      best equipment to the world’s best             able,” said Maj. Clay Williamson,         hook and loop tape was added to the
                                      Soldiers, we collect and rely on Sol-          assistant product manager for Cloth-      right sleeve to accommodate a name
                                      diers’ input and ideas to constantly           ing and Individual Equipment. “The        tape, rank and infrared flag. The left
                                      improve all of our products,” said             fabric that made up the torso of the      sleeve also sports hook and loop
                                      Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, Pro-                 ACS was replaced with a fabric that       tape for a unit patch.
                                      gram Executive Officer Soldier. “All           provides breathability that is off the       The ACS with the most recent
                                      of our clothing and equipment is               charts.”                                  improvements will be available in
                                      battle-proven and live-fire tested.               However, to retain modesty, the        late September for follow-on user
                                      Those labels can’t be earned in a              original fabric was maintained in the     evaluations. The shirt is still a
                                      laboratory.”                                   mid-chest area. Both fabrics have a       developmental garment, and further
                                         The ACS features a mock-turtle-             four-way stretch.                         fielding will be determined by the
                                      neck, long sleeves in the universal               Another change that increased          Department of the Army.
                                      camouflage pattern, flat seams that            breathability was replacing the elas-     (Editor’s note: Debi Dawson works
                                      reduce bulk and chafing and built-in           tic cuffs designed to keep out sand       for the PEO Soldier Strategic
        Photo courtesy of PEO-SOLDIER anti-abrasion elbow pads. The shirt            with adjustable cuffs similar to ACU      Communications Office.)

DoD reemphasizes commitment to service members
with launch of new health reassessment program
OSD                                       international efforts is because of the    before they affect a service members      advocate. By completing the
    With more than 200,000 Service        resilience and dedication of our ser-      deployment status or career.              PDHRA you have an opportuni-
members currently deployed world-         vicemen and women. The Department             The PDHRA also empowers ser-           ty to take charge of your health and
wide, the Department of Defense           of Defense is committed to provid-         vicemen and women to proactively          take advantage of the health care
continues to recognize the essen-         ing health care programs that improve      take charge of their health so that       and community services available
tial need for health programs which       your readiness, fitness and well-being     they receive the DoD and Veteran’s        to you. Identifying health concerns
safeguard the well-being of our men       before and after deployment.”              Affairs sponsored health servic-          early allows us to treat your health
and women in uniform.                         The Post Deployment Health             es they have earned through their         concerns before they become chron-
    In recent months, DoD has reem-       Reassessment program will be               service.                                  ic problems.
phasized this dedication to the health    implemented on all military instal-           Each member of the armed forces            How do I complete the initial
and fitness of U.S. servicemen and        lations and will include active duty       who has been deployed since Sept.         PDHRA questionnaire?
women. As a part of this ongoing          members as well as the armed ser-          11, 2001, will have the opportunity           Your unit will contact you when it
commitment, DoD has launched the          vices reserve components.                  to complete the PDHRA and identi-         is time to begin the PDHRA process.
Post-Deployment Health Reassess-              Research indicates that many           fy and address any post-deployment        You will receive instruction then
ment, or PDHRA. The goal of the           deployment-related health prob-            health concerns they may have.            about the next steps to take.
program is to identify and recommend      lems may not arise until three- to            Organizations/commanders that              What happens after I complete
treatment for deployment-related          six-months after a Service member          would like to receive materials or more   the initial questionnaire?
health concerns after a service mem-      returns from deployment. Defense           information on PDHRA, should call             A primary care provider will
ber’s return from deployment.             Department officials stated that the       1-800-497-6261 or e-mail pdhraout-        review your health concerns with
    Speaking directly to the troops,      program will allow Service members           you and discuss any deployment-
Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assis-      and health care providers the opportu-     Q&A’s on PDHRA                            related health questions you may
tant secretary of defense for Health      nity to identify potential health issues      Why should I be a part of this         have. If needed, the health care
Affairs said, “America’s success in its   before they become chronic condi-          process?                                  provider will refer you for further
                                          tions and treat known health problems         You are your own best health           treatment or to additional resources.

New program helps severely wounded                                                      Service members urged to set up Family
warriors navigate health care system                                                     member accounts before deployment
                                                                                       TRICARE                                     To get a Family Member Account,
TRICARE Management Activity               gram, a health care coordinator                                                      the active duty sponsor can log on to
                                                                                          Deployable and TRICARE
   The new Warrior Care Sup-              from a team of nurses, doctors                                             
                                                                                       Remote service members should
port Program in TRICARE’s North           and administrative staff will                                                        Mgr using his or her CAC or DFAS
                                                                                       consider setting up Family Mem-
Region provides wounded service           assist with a timely and seam-                                                       PIN. Eligibility for an account is
                                                                                       ber Accounts enabling their Family
members with one point of con-            less transition and coordination                                                     based on the Family’s benefit status
                                                                                       to access medical, pay and human
tact, taking stress out of military       of physical and behavioral health                                                    in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility
                                                                                       resource Web sites in their absence.
health care for beneficiaries and         care services from the MTF to the                                                    Reporting System. Dependent chil-
                                                                                          The Family Member Account is
their Families.                           civilian sector or the Department                                                    dren older than 18 can get their own
                                                                                       a secure credential issued to spon-
   “Programs like this are a great        of Veterans Affairs. In addition                                                     account. The sponsor selects which
                                                                                       sors and their family members
addition to the ongoing efforts with-     to coordinating care, the team                                                       family members are eligible and then
                                                                                       that allows them to log on to other
in the military health care system        assists the warrior and mem-                                                         creates a separate account and a tem-
                                                                                       Department of Defense Web sites
to help our Families during a chal-       bers by educating them on health                                                     porary password for each of them.
                                                                                       even if they don’t have a Common
lenging time in their lives,” said        care choices, providing special-                                                     Once the account is established, the
                                                                                       Access Card or Defense Finance
Army Maj. Gen. Elder Granger, dep-        ized resources and assisting with                                                    sponsor gives Family members their
                                                                                       and Accounting Service PIN, also
uty director, TRICARE Management          claims resolutions and authoriza-                                                    numbers and temporary passwords.
                                                                                       known as “myPay.”
Activity.                                 tions for medical equipment.                                                             Family Member Account
                                                                                          “The Family Member Account is
   The program identifies eligible           Health Net Federal Services, con-                                                 numbers and passwords will be
                                                                                       especially useful to National Guard
severely ill or injured service mem-      tractor for TRICARE North Region,                                                    accepted on TRICARE’s new
                                                                                       and Reserve members who mobi-
bers to participate through military      incorporates the District of Columbia                                                Beneficiary Web Enrollment sys-
                                                                                       lize quickly,” said Army Maj. Gen.
treatment facility referrals, records     and 20 Northeast states plus portions                                                tem launching later this fall. The
                                                                                       Elder Granger, deputy director,
identification and service member         of Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa.                                                     new system will allow Prime and
                                                                                       TRICARE Management Activity.
requests. Criteria are not restricted        For more information about                                                        Prime Remote beneficiaries to eas-
                                                                                       “It lets the Family handle business
to service related injury and the pro-    Health Net Federal Services visit                                                    ily enroll and manage their health
                                                                                       from home, taking stress off the
gram is voluntary.                        www.healthnetfederalservices.                                                        care online.
                                                                                       sponsor during deployment.”
   Upon acceptance in the pro-            com.

                                                                 Channel 21 features
                                                            Pentagon Channel programming
     The Pentagon Channel will feature the                  AFN News Europe, 1:30 p.m.                             Freedom Journal Iraq – A daily news program
  following programs on Channel 21. These                   Around the Services, 8 p.m.                         produced by American Forces Network Iraq. The
  programs are subject to change each week                  Focus on the Force, 9:30 p.m.                       program focuses on military missions, operations
  and will be updated accordingly.                       Friday                                                 and U.S. military forces in Iraq
  Monday                                                    Around the Services, 8 a.m., Noon                      Navy Marine Corp News – A weekly look at
      Around the Services, 8 a.m.                           Freedom Journal Iraq/AF Prime Time, 2:30 p.m.       the men and women of today’s sea service
      Focus on the Force, 10 a.m.                           Army Football, 4 p.m.                                  Opportunity Showcase - A monthly program
      Army Newswatch, 11 a.m.                               AFN News Europe, 6:30 p.m.                          dealing with a variety of subjects that benefit
      Freedom Journal Iraq/AF Prime Time, 1 p.m.            Around the Services, 8 p.m.                         small business owners, transitioning military
      AFN Europe, 6:30 p.m.                              Saturday                                               members and other subjects of opportunity-pro-
      Around the Services, 8 p.m.                           Freedom Journal Iraq/AF Prime Time, 4 p.m.          duced by the U.S. Air Force
      Focus on the Force, 10 p.m.                           Army Newswatch, 7:30 p.m.                              The American Veteran - A half-hour video
                                                            Focus on the Force, 9 p.m.
  Tuesday                                                Sunday
                                                                                                                news magazine designed to inform veterans,
      Around the Services, 8 a.m.                                                                               their Families and their communities about
                                                            Focus on the Force, 11:30 a.m.                      the services and benefits they have earned
      Freedom Journal Iraq/AF Prime Time, 10 a.m.
                                                            Army Healthwatch, 2 p.m.                            through their service to America and to rec-
      Focus on the Force, 1 p.m.
                                                            Army Newswatch, 4:30 p.m.                           ognize and honor that service
      Around the Services, 5:30 p.m.
      Army Newswatch, 7 p.m.                                                                                       Battleground - Every weekend, this series
                                                            Army Newswatch – Bi-weekly report on the
      Freedom Journal Iraq/AP Prime Time, 10 p.m.        men and women of the Army                              features historic films from World War II,
  Wednesday                                                 Around the Services – From the Penta-               Korean War and the Vietnam War. A Pentagon
      Around the Services, 8 a.m.                        gon Channel News Center, daily half-hour               Channel Original Series
      Army Newswatch, 9:30 a.m.                          program featuring military news from top                  Focus on the Force – A weekly program high-
      Focus on the Force, 2 p.m.                         defense officials and the military services            lighting missions, operations and people of the
      AFN News Europe, 6:30 p.m.                         from around the world                                  U.S. military.
      Around the Services, 8 p.m.                           RECON – A monthly information television               Inside Afghanistan – Presents the latest
      Army Newswatch, 9:30 p.m.                          program providing an in-depth look at a variety        from Operation Enduring Freedom, showing
  Thursday                                               of topics, highlighting the accomplishments of         the activities of American Troops in country.
      AF Prime Time/Freedom Journal Iraq, 10 a.m.        U.S. military men and women.                              ATS Reloaded – ATS-Reloaded revisits the
      Around the Services, Noon                             Your Corps – Monthly view of the men and            best of the week and keeps viewers updated on
      Focus on the Force, 1 p.m.                         women of the Marine Corps                              information that’s important to them.
14     APG News • September 27, 2007

DOD responds to recent cyber threats
Story by                                    into by the Chinese military earlier        significant as physical or kinetic        were not disrupted, he said. The sys-     al actors, and nation states. When
SGT. SARA WOOD                              this year. Whitman confirmed that an        threats,” Whitman said. “The depart-      tem was restored to full service within   appropriate, the department turns
American Forces Press Service
                                            attack did occur in June but declined       ment aggressively responds to deter all   two or three weeks.                       cases over to law enforcement offi-
   The Defense Department receives          to identify the origin of the threat.       intrusions to defend what is known as        There are hundreds of attempted        cials for investigation, he said.
many attempted cyber attacks each day          It is often difficult to pinpoint the    the GIG, the global information grid.”    intrusions into the DoD computer net-        “We continue to aggressively
and has measures in place to aggressive-    true origin of an intrusion into com-          When the intrusion occurred in         work each day, the majority of which      monitor our networks for intrusions,”
ly respond to and deter these attacks, a    puter systems and even more difficult       June, elements of an unclassified e-      are detected and stopped, Whitman         Whitman said. “We have appropriate
department spokesman said Sept. 4.          to tie the intrusion to a specific nation   mail system in the Office of the          said. The nature of the threat is large   procedures to address events of this
   Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whit-           or government, he noted.                    Secretary of Defense were taken off-      and diverse and includes recreational     nature.”
man addressed media reports that               “Cyber or non-kinetic type threats       line briefly, Whitman said. However,      hackers, self-styled cyber vigilan-          Since the incident in June, Whitman
a computer system in the Office of          to military computer networks are           the department has redundant sys-         tes, various groups with nationalistic    said, he knows of no successful intru-
the Secretary of Defense was hacked         viewed as just as real and just as          tems in place, so ongoing operations      or ideological agendas, transnation-      sions into the DoD computer system.

‘Fratricide’ reduction focus of NTC exercise
Story and photo by
CASEY BAIN                                               lead NTC coordinator for JFIIT during Bold
Army News Service                                        Quest. “We’ve faced many challenges put-
   The U.S. Joint Forces Command joined coali-           ting together such an important and complex
tion partners to conduct force-on-force operations       event, but when you bring together a superb
at Fort Irwin, Calif., to assess combat identifica-      team of professionals from the NTC, USJF-
tion to improve combat effectiveness and reduce          COM and industry, and include our coalition
fratricide.                                              partners, we were bound to be successful -
   The Joint Fires Integration and Interoperabili-       our service members fighting and sacrificing
ty Team, a USJFCOM subordinate command, was              today deserve nothing less.”
part of the 1,850-person team that participated in          The Army provided key ground forc-
Bold Quest. The event included representation            es for Bold Quest, including units from
from all U.S. services, Australia, Belgium, Can-
                                                         the 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Hood,
ada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden
and the United Kingdom, as well as from NATO.            Texas, and Fort Irwin’s 11th Armored Cav-
   “Much like today, future conflicts will be            alry Regiment.
fought by a coalition team,” said Noel Cumbia,              The exercise ended Sept. 19 and shifted
senior joint fires analyst for JFIIT and Bold Quest.     focus from the NTC and force-on-force oper-
“This exercise provides an incredible opportuni-         ations to primarily air-to-ground operations
ty for coalition Warfighters to come together and        near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
                                                                                                      U.S. and Coalition vehicles await pre-combat checks prior to conducting a combat patrol as part of Bold Quest
improve combat identification in a realistic opera-      (Editor’s note: Casey Bain works with the at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.
tional environment.”                                     JFIIT Public Affairs Office.)
   According Marine Corps Capt. Brad Sand-
ers, the JFIIT project lead at NTC, combat
identification is one of the most challenging
and critical tasks facing today’s Warfighters,             Entering the APG 90th Anniversary coloring contest
and Bold Quest is an important step in solving
the problem.                                                   Cut out and color the ‘APG Fall Fest Celebrates 90 Years of History’ poster using crayons or color pencils and turn it in at the Fall Fest reg-
   “We consider our efforts supporting Bold                istration table by 11 a.m. Oct. 13, or mail to Fire & Emergency Services, C/O Doug Farrington, Building 2200, APG MD 21005-5001. Be sure
Quest to be a big success story,” said Dan Myers,          to mail entries early enough to be received by Oct. 12.
                                                               Winners will be chosen in three age groups: 3 to 5; 6 to 8; 9 to 12.

USCIS launches                                                 One trophy will be awarded per age group. Winners will be announced at noon, Oct. 13.
                                                               For more information, call Doug Farrington, fire inspector, 410-306-0523 or Angela Keithley, Civilian Welfare Fund, 410-278-4603.

toll-free help
line for military
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Members of the U.S. military and their Fam-
ilies stationed around the world are now able to
call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
for help with immigration services and benefits
using a dedicated, toll-free telephone help line, 1-
877-CIS-4MIL (1-877-247-4645).
    “Thousands of immigrant Soldiers, Sailors,
Airmen and Marines have made extraordinary
sacrifices for America,” said USCIS Direc-
tor Emilio Gonzalez. “As such, at USCIS, we
are committed to exhausting every effort to
ensure that the application process for immi-
grant service members is convenient, quick
and secure. These brave men and women, and
their Families, deserve this service, and we
are proud to assist.”
    “This hotline honors the more than 40,000
non-U.S. citizens serving in the military today.
If you are willing to fight and die for Ameri-
ca, you should be able to become an American,”
said Senator Barbara Mikulski. “I will continue
to work to improve this process, because ser-
vice members and their Families have enough to
worry about.”
    USCIS customer service center specialists are
available to assist callers Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (CST). Callers will
receive assistance with:
   • Tracking their application for naturalization
(Form N-400);
   • Notifying USCIS of a new mailing address or
duty station;
   • Checking the status of an application or peti-
tion; Bringing a spouse, fiancé or adopted child to
the United States;
   • Obtaining posthumous citizenship for a
deceased member of the armed services; and
   • Submitting an application for expedited
    Service members and their Families stationed in
the United States or overseas may access the help
line using the toll-free number, through their base
telephone operator or using the Defense Switched
Network. After hours callers will receive an e-
mail address that they can use to contact USCIS
for assistance. Operators will ask members of the                                                                                                             World War I
general public to call the main customer service                                                                                                              Doughboy
line, 1-800-375-5283.
    USCIS is working with the Department of
Defense to ensure the military community has
accurate and up-to-date information about immi-
gration services and benefits. USCIS offices and
the designated point-of-contact at each military
installation will receive information about the
Military Help Line and other immigration-related
information and resources geared specifically for
the military and their Families.
    In addition to the help line, USCIS has
developed a Web page,
military that contains information and links to
services specifically for the military and their
                                                                                                                                                           September 27, 2007 • APG News                           15

ATC twin brothers serve in Iraq to support troops
Story by
    Twin brothers who work as tes-
ters for the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test
Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground
voluntarily deployed to Iraq, one after
the other, to help Soldiers survive
attacks from improvised explosive
    While serving on separate For-
ward Operational Assessment teams
in Iraq, Doug and Dana Blanken-
biller, both employees of ATC’s
Survivability/Lethality Directorate,
assessed Soldiers’ needs for armor
improvements and other means to
counter the IED threat. They provid-
ed the latest information from testers
about system survivability to Sol-
diers and passed threat information
from the field back to ATC and Army
acquisition organizations, to update
material solutions and keep testing                                                   Photo courtesy of DANA BLANKENBILLER                                                   Photo courtesy of DOUG BLANKENBILLER
                                           While in Iraq, Dana Blankenbiller surveyed Soldiers and got a greater sense of their   Doug Blankenbiller, like his brother Dana, volunteered to help Soldiers in Iraq as a
current with the threats in theater.       urgent need for vehicles that better protect them from roadside bombs.                 member of a Forward Operational Assessment team.
    Typical information sent back
included battle damage assessments         and then there were three or four of       series, the Family of Medium Tactical       problems they have with their equip-            “I got a good feeling for their sense
of vehicles involved in IED strikes,       us from DTC,” he said.                     Vehicles, the M915 series of tractor-       ment. That is why we have a good            of urgency, and I think sometimes the
threat validations, threat dispersion          Initial FOA team rotations in the-     trailer rigs, the Palletized Loading        reputation here and are considered          pace back here, the sense of urgency
analyses and details about Soldier-        ater were for relatively short periods,    System, and the Heavy Equipment             friends of the Soldier.”                    back here, is a lot different from what
devised equipment fixes that require       but more recent deployments have           Transport Truck.                               He said the “most productive rela-       the guys in theater have,” he said.
rapid test and evaluation stateside.       been increasingly longer because that          “Basically, I answered questions        tionship” established during his tour       “When the guys in theater are hang-
    ATC provides the results of bal-       has made team members more effec-          from Soldiers, such as ‘What truck          was with a military police battalion.       ing some kind of homemade armor
listic survivability tests and program     tive, said Dana, who deployed to Iraq      provides better protection . . . or            “To quote a Soldier’s e-mail, ‘...       system on their vehicle, it is because
status reports, which the Blankenbill-     in March 2006 and stayed for eight         which of the multiple versions of           helping us out would really be appre-       they need something, and they need
ers have disseminated to appropriate       months.                                    the HMMWV provides better protec-           ciated and is literally a matter of life    it right away. Sometimes there is a
personnel in theater.                          He volunteered to stay longer than     tion,” he said. “I fed information back     and death here in Baghdad.’ Our first       disconnect between their sense of
    “The continuous exchange of            he was initially assigned, said Frank      about the latest threats and what the       meeting was at a forward operat-            urgency and how we perceive it back
information ensures that the test and      Bartosik of DTC’s Directorate for          requirements are from what I saw and        ing base in Baghdad. I did not have         here. It is definitely not a nine to five
evaluation and acquisition communi-        Plans and Operations.                      heard … and some of the armored             much good news to offer them dur-           job for them over there, and so now
ty conducts tests using relevant threats       “He broke the mold by saying,          solutions that Soldiers were coming         ing that meeting, but we laid out           that I’m back home, it is never a nine
in realistic test scenarios and devel-     ‘I’ll stay for six months,’ and then,      up with. I sent that back home, and         a plan of action, and although the          to five job. I think to myself, ‘I know
ops products that will meet the needs      ‘I’ll stay for another month,’” Bar-       then they [ATC] would test it there.”       task seemed nearly impossible at that       what those guys are doing, I know
of the Soldiers,” Doug said. “Infor-       tosik said. “The test centers have             Doug said his mission in Iraq has       point in time, I walked away with a         what they are going through,’ and I
mation from the field ensures system       been working to educate their work-        included just about all the combat and      determination to work with Aberdeen         adjust accordingly here.”
developers can make informed deci-         force and to communicate to the            tactical vehicles at one time or anoth-     [Proving Ground organizations] to               The test programs at ATC to field
sions based on the current operational     people who would volunteer for the         er. The primary vehicles he has focused     get them a product that would work.         solutions to the IED threat do not just
environment.”                              FOA mission that they really need to       on include the HMMWV, the Stryker              “Six weeks later, Aberdeen had cre-      concentrate on protection against bal-
    The Army Test and Evaluation           go for a full six-month tour, and they     and route-clearance systems such as the     ated a prototype armor system ready         listic threats, he noted. Adding armor
Command established in 1999 to             have been successful in communicat-        Buffalo, RG-31, Husky, and Cougar.          for test. Less than two months after        that is too heavy for tactical vehicles
oversee all of the Army’s test and         ing that message.”                             He recently worked to help the          that, initial testing was complete and      impacts automotive performance,
evaluation programs, has sent sev-             Doug’s tour of duty is even longer.    Army field Mine Resistant, Ambush           a prototype was in the [theater]. One       so automotive testing takes place in
eral rotations of FOA teams to the         He arrived in Iraq Oct. 22, 2006, and      Protected vehicles.                         month after that, Aberdeen had fabri-       conjunction with ballistic tests. The
combat theaters of Iraq and Afghani-       returned Sept. 2.                              “I’ve dealt with many units, from       cated and shipped a sizeable quantity       Army is working on armors that are
stan since it initiated the program in         Both of the Blankenbiller broth-       platoon to corps level,” he said.           of armor systems for evaluation under       not only more protective but lighter.
2003. ATEC’s Developmental Test            ers, who hold mechanical engineering       “Questions, requests for information,       operational conditions. You can’t give          “We work a lot with the Weapons
Command, the technical tester that         degrees, have worked and lived at          and requests for help come from all         enough credit to the team at Aberdeen,      and Materials Research Directorate
manages ATC and six other test cen-        U.S. Army camps in Baghdad, sup-           organizational levels. I try to give        DTC, ATC and the Army Research              at ARL, and they are really the armor
ters across the country, has been a key    porting U.S. Soldiers in theater by        every one the same level of attention       Laboratory. It was a tremendous             designers,” Dana said.
player in the FOA program, as have         working long hours, seven days a           and detail, regardless of whether it is     accomplishment. It is a great feeling           “There are a few new things out
the other two ATEC organizations,          week.                                      coming from an enlisted Soldier or          knowing that we have contributed to a       there, but it always gets back to the
the Army Evaluation Center and the             Though his mission was the assess-     a general officer. The goal is to pro-      project that will save lives.”              fact that some basic materials are
Operational Test Command.                  ment of survivability of all armored       vide accurate and usable feedback to           Dana also understands the need to        included in the armor designs,” Dana
    Dana said he served on the FOA         and tactical wheeled vehicles against      requests for information, to support        keep pace with the evolving threats         said.
team with about 20 people, spread          the IED threat, the nature of the evolv-   Army leadership and field command-          because of his tour of duty in Iraq,            He said he would gladly return to
throughout Iraq and Afghanistan.           ing attacks prompted Dana to focus         ers in the decision making process,         where he worked 15-hour days to get         Iraq if asked because that type of sup-
    “The majority of them were from        on systems such as the High Mobil-         and to provide technical assistance to      Soldiers what they needed to survive        port for the Soldier is so critical and
OTC, two of them were from AEC,            ity Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle           individual units regarding issues or        attacks.                                    personally satisfying.

                                    the safety of military and                                              Jubee Bunk Beds. The recalled       tion at CPSC’s Web site, www.        ly view the CPSC Web site as a
      Recalls                       civilian children on and off
                                    the installation, who might be
                                    sleeping in these cribs,” said
                                                                       Geo Trax Locomotive Toys
                                                                          Fisher-Price Inc., of East
                                                                       Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily
                                                                       recalling about 90,000 Geo
                                                                                                            bunk beds do not comply with
                                                                                                            federal safety standards and
                                                                                                            have wooden side slat supports
                                                                                                                                                   “Parents should occasional-
                                                                                                                                                                                     proactive measure of safety for
                                                                                                                                                                                     their children,” Johnson said.
           From page 4
                                    Overton R. (Rick) Johnson Jr.,     Trax Locomotive Toys. Sur-           that can separate from the bed
the top of the lower tracks are     chief, Installation Safety Divi-   face paints on the toys contain      frame causing the upper bunk
open. Newer hardware, which         sion, Directorate of Safety,       excessive levels of lead.            to collapse.
is not subject to the recall, has
                                    Health and Environment. “We        Various Barbie® accessory            Avant Yarde candles
the flexible tab located at the
                                    need to get the word out to        toys                                    The Hayes Company Inc.,
top of the lower track and a
                                    all parents to check the CPSC         Mattel Inc., of El Segundo,       of Valley Center, Kan., is
permanent stop at the bottom.
   Consumers who have a             Web-site to ensure they don’t      Calif., is voluntarily recalling     voluntarily recalling ”Avant
crib with older style hard-         have a recalled crib in their      about 675,000 Barbie Acces-          Yarde” Decorative Glaze Out-
ware can receive a free repair      homes. Recalls such as this        sory Toys. Surface paints on         door Candles. The candle’s
by immediately contacting           are extremely important as         the toys contain excessive lev-      wax can catch fire causing
                                    they identify risks that were      els of lead which is prohibited      a high flame, which poses               
Simplicity toll-free at 888-                                                                                                                    Old style hardware                               New style hardware
593-9274 between 8:30 a.m.          missed by inspection teams.”       under federal law.                   a fire and burn hazard to
and 10 p.m. ET Monday               Other recalls                      Cribs                                consumers.
through Thursday, between 8            In cooperation with the            NettoCollection LLC, of           Reporting a product for
a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Friday,       CPSC, the following recalls        New York, N.Y., is voluntarily       recall
and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.       are announced.                     recalling about 400 ”Moderne”           To report a dangerous prod-
ET on Saturday, or by visiting      Bongo Band Toys                    and ”Loft” Cribs. The crib           uct or a product-related injury,
the firm’s Web site, www.sim-           Fisher-Price Inc., of East     slats can separate from the          call CPSC’s hotline at 800-638-               Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily       side rails, posing an entrap-        2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at
   Consumers who have a crib        recalling about 8,900 Big Big      ment and strangulation hazard        800-638-8270, or visit CPSC’s
with newer style hardware and       World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys.      to young children.                   Web site
have installed the drop-side        Surface paints on the toys con-    Bunk beds                            html. To join a CPSC e-mail
upside down or have broken          tain excessive levels of lead,        d-Scan Inc., of South Boston,     subscription list, go to www.
hardware, should also contact       which violates the federal law     Va., a subsidiary of Tvilum-
Simplicity immediately.             prohibiting lead paint on chil-    Scanbirk, of Denmark, is                Consumers can obtain
   ”The major concern is for        dren’s toys.                       voluntarily recalling about 500      releases and recall informa- Correctly installed drop-side                   Incorrectly installed drop-side

Toastmasters                               Fine, the longest serving member of
                                           the Gunpowder Club.
                                              Fine said he has been a member of
                                                                                      millions of dollars.
                                                                                         “I’ve received e-mails that I won
                                                                                      a lotto I’ve never entered,” he said,
                                                                                                                                  ning speech titled, “’You Know’ and
                                                                                                                                  Health,” focusing on words and the
                                                                                                                                  topic people would say over and over
                                                                                                                                                                              mations and praised the Gunpowder
                                                                                                                                                                              About Toastmasters
                                           the Gunpowder Club since 1984 and          “And if I send an e-mail back with          again when he talked to them while             A “self help” public speaking club
             From page 3
                                           has served as president, Area 24 gov-      my account and routing number and           he rode the MARC train to Washing-          began in 1924 and later became Toast-
   “Work is not the most important         ernor, and was president and a charter     the money will come in.”                    ton. D.C.                                   masters International.
thing in your life,” he said, adding       member of the Bel Air Toastmasters,           Minichiello’s speech, titled “What          “That’s the reason I joined Toast-          About 211,000 people in more than
that people should put their spouses       Bel Air, Md., and is a charter member      They Don’t Tell You about Being a           masters,” Kolodny said. “So I could         10,000 clubs in 90 countries are mem-
and Families first before a career.        of Box Hill Toastmasters, Abingdon,        Parent,” was about the reality that has     get people to stop saying ‘You know,’       bers of Toastmasters International.
   He stressed “being honest with          Md.                                        set in now that he is a parent. He said     and call people out on it.”                    APG has two Toastmasters Clubs:
yourself and others.”                         Members joked about Fine’s age,         his wife just had a baby girl, about           He said he joined a senior fitness       the Gunpowder Club and the Susque-
   Berenthien said that people should      height, his children’s free education      a week before the 50th anniversary          class and all the people wanted to talk     hanna Club.
reach out to their communities and         at military service academies and          celebration.                                about was their health problems or             The Gunpowder Club meets at the
volunteer because “others are very         many other subjects.                          Minichiello said when he and his         their spouse’s health problems.             Gunpowder Conference Center on
important.”                                   Fine had the opportunity for rebut-     wife were taking a class about par-            “If you’re lucky, everyone in here       APG South every first and third Mon-
   He said that he has enjoyed being a     tals and shared positive remarks about     enting before the baby was born,            will be a senior citizen,” he said.         day from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Toastmaster and that the club helped       the club saying that he has enjoyed        they were shown an unrealistic              “You’ll find age spots that weren’t         For more information, contact Kolod-
him in many ways.                          being a member, and it has helped          video in which a woman giving               there before, everything hurts and          ny, 410-734-6573,,
   “It’s so applicable to a job,” Beren-   him become a better Family man.            birth was wearing makeup with just          what doesn’t, doesn’t work.”                or Fine,
thien said, adding that “the ability to       Fine, Vince Minichiello, president      “one small bead of sweat” rolling              Local politicians who attended the          The Susquehanna Club meets from
express yourself” is very valuable.        of the Gunpowder Club, and Len             down her face and not a whole lot           50th anniversary celebration includ-        11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second and
   He said that he enjoyed attend-         Kolodny, vice president of public          of blood around her.                        ed Joseph Cassilly, Harford County          fourth Tuesday at Top of the Bay.
ing the 50th anniversary celebration       relations, competed in a humorous             He joked that instead of the hos-        State’s Attorney; Dan Riley, Maryland          For more information about the
because he had the opportunity to see      speech contest.                            pital showing the unrealistic video,        House of Delegates; Dion Guthrie,           Susquehanna Club, contact Doug
people he had not seen for a while.           Fine delivered a speech titled, “I      the staff should show “slasher” films       Harford County Council District A;          Strand,
   Since Berenthien was no longer a        don’t need this job. I’ve got millions     like “Halloween” and “Nightmare on          and Veronica “Roni” Chenowith, Har-            For more information about Toast-
member of Toastmasters, the mem-           waiting for me,” about the numerous        Elm Street” with Freddy Krueger.            ford County Council District B.             masters, go to www.toastmasters.
bers decided to roast ATM Stephen          spam e-mails that tell him he has won         Kolodny delivered the win-                  Riley and Guthrie read procla-           org.

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