www.apgnews.apg.army.mil Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland September 27, 2007 Vol. 51, No. 39
Tickets still available for Montgomery Gentry concert
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
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
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
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
The U.S. Air Force 361st
Training Squadron Detach-
ment I at Aberdeen Proving
Ground celebrated 60 years
of service at Ordnance Circle
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.” apg.army.mil. www.af.mil. 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 www.dls.army.
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 www.us.army.mil.
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
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-
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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
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-
A highlight of the night was
the attendance of Able Toast-
master Theo Berenthien, who
served as the model speaker of
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.”
See TOASTMASTERS, page 15
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 http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06058.html
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 http://www.commissaries.com.
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 commissaries.com 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 cast.net.
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
www.swnetwork.org 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
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. pingstonemuseum.org. 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
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 cast.net.
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
email@example.com. 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
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
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
For more information or to
reserve a table, call Tammy,
410-297-6964 or call VFW
Post 5337, 410-676-4456.
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
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.
September 27, 2007 • APG News 7
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
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
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. ryblood.dod.mil. 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 apgea.army.mil/info/inqui-
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- http://www.opm.gov/insure/
at the Centers for Medicare and health/08rates/index.asp;
to www.tsp.gov 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).
http://www.opm.gov/insure/ 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- dtic.mil. 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, www.enstg.com/Invitation 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- morefeb.us 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. Baltimore.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 apg.army.mil 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 PublicSurplus.com.
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 PublicSurplus.com, 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
(RDECOM, ECBC, ECBC
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
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
For more information or
to register for the conference,
The FLC MAR consists
of the states of Delaware,
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 conus.army.mil or visit web
Approved TSGLI claimants quickly.” Enduring Freedom or Opera- tation, burns, paralysis, brain of need,” Sackett said. site www.tsgli.army.mil.
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 www.health-
Management Activity. the MTF to the civilian sector or the netfederalservices.com.
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
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to TRICARE Standard and Extra. members must go to https://www.dmdc.
National Guard and Reserve members The revamped program also includes osd.mil/appj/trs/, 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 www.tricare.mil. 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 www.defenselink.mil/ra/html/tricare.
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
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,
call Ronda McKinney, 410-278-8988, or e-mail rondamckinney@ usag.apg.army.mil.
Employees eligible for donations in the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
James Addas Shelia Davison (benign Coby Lantry Donna Sexton
Karen Blades paroxysmal positional Victoria Little Dianne Simmons
William Bond vertigo) Phillip Mellowship Joyce Spies
Debra Bonsall (daughter Wayne Doyle Karen Moss
has brain tumor) Carolyn Johnson Gloria Morales
Henry Cason Beverly King (caring for Cindy Orwig Louis Winters
Barbara Crossley husband) Lester Pilcher Sharon Woods
John Daigle Jill Klishis Virginia Pippen Charles Young
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
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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 www.hbo.com
“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. hbo.com.
Hire a Hero Program links SRAP program offers combat vets
opportunity to tell their stories back home
veterans with jobs
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
SGT. 1ST CLASS
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.
‘Monster.com’ 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 www.2k.army.mil 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- email@example.com. 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-
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.
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
www.apgmwr.com; 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,
army.mil; 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 eventusher.com; 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 army.mil.
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 email@example.com. 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-
us.army.mil. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 https://sso.dmdc.osd.mil/famAcct-
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.
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.
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-
“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
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
• Notifying USCIS of a new mailing address or
• 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
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, http://www.uscis.gov/
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
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
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.
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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 http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07307.html
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-
pliciMorchildren.com. 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 www.cpsc.gov/talk.
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- cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.
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
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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
“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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.