www.apgnews.apg.army.mil Published in the interest of the people of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland December 23, 2009 Vol. 53, No. 51
ACS Holiday Extravaganza
draws 800 to APG
Story and photos by
See page 2 for Year Prizes, games, a catered
of the NCO articles. meal and a visit from a jol-
ly old friend in a red suit drew
more than 800 service members
Post Shorts and their Families to the annu-
al Aberdeen Proving Ground
Holiday Extravaganza and Tree
Picerne takes over Lighting Ceremony at the Aber-
recycling deen Area Recreation Center
Picerne Military Housing Dec. 10.
is responsible for the collec- Hosted by Family and Morale,
tion of residential household Welfare and Recreation’s Army
garbage and recycling in Community Service, the event
Aberdeen Proving Ground featured holiday music by the
housing areas. Both the gar- U.S. Army Materiel Command
bage and recycling pick up Band brass quintet and the re-
will be on Tuesdays. signing of the Army Family
For more information, Covenant by APG leaders.
contact Angela Arcelio Alleyne, ACS, wel-
French Marcum, comed all to the gathering.
“This is a very special time A crowd of more than 800 gather in the Aberdeen Area Recreation Center to enjoy the Army Community Service
Meagan Murray, hosted Holiday Extravaganza including tree lighting, games, food and holiday spirit Dec. 10. See page 13 for more
410-672-4072. for us,” he said after asking all
newcomers to the installation to photos and the Edgewood Area tree lighting event photos.
raise their hands. and that warmth radiates from mand; RDECOM Command Family members.
KUSAHC H1N1 “We look forward to meeting this evening, carrying a mes- Sgt. Maj. Hector G. Marin; Justice, noting that it was
immunization clinic and serving all the new Families sage of peace to all nations Col. Orlando W. Ortiz, APG only his fifth day with the APG
and service members.” around the world,” Colon said. Garrison and deputy installa- community, after assuming
schedule Chaplain (Col.) Ruben D. Major Gen. Nickolas G. Jus- tion commander and Garrison command Dec. 4, said he was
Colon, installation chaplain, tice, commander of APG and Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney J. excited to be part of the APG
presented the invocation. the U.S. Army Research, Devel- Rhoades led the signing sur- Family.
Kirk U.S. Army Health Clin- “We pray for those overseas opment and Engineering Com- rounded by APG Soldiers and See HOLIDAYS, page 13
ic will conduct H1N1 immuni-
zation clinics for all active duty
Soldiers and their Families,
retirees and anyone who works
DoD announces results of 2008
on Aberdeen Proving Ground:
• Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Health Related Behaviors Survey
U.S. DoD Military Health System rates were slightly higher than civilian rates
in the Troop Medical Clinic at
KUSAHC The Department of Defense announced among persons aged 18 to 35 but military Providing notice on
• Dec. 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
in the Ortiz Training Room at
the final results of its 2008 Survey of
Health Related Behaviors among active
rates were significantly lower for persons
aged 36 and older. The 2008 rate for illicit DPW
duty military personnel Dec. 16. drug use, including prescription drugs, was
KUSAHC. Active duty Coast Guard personnel were 12 percent, an increase from 5 percent in As weather continues to deteriorate
For more information, call included in the survey’s cohort for the first 2005. The percentage increase is primarily and the holidays approach, the ongoing
the Preventative Medicine time since the series of surveys began in attributed to the addition of questions that projects will use every available oppor-
1980, providing the first comprehensive ask for usage of prescription medication for tunity to continue construction progress.
look at all active military services. non-medical reasons. Rates of use of non- Consequently, there will be short notice
The H1N1 Flu Hotline is road work that will involve lane closures
updated daily; the number is “The 2008 survey indicates that the U.S. prescription illicit drugs (e.g. cocaine, mar-
Armed Forces are generally strong, healthy, ijuana, amphetamines) have remained low and possibly even some road closures.
See SHORTS, page 8 The Directorate of Public Works will
and ready to accomplish their mission,” and stable at about two percent. This survey
said Jack Smith, M.D., acting deputy assis- is the 10th in a series of confidential, anon- make every effort to provide as much
ISSUE tant secretary of defense for Clinical Policy ymous standardized surveys that ask active notice as possible, but in some instances,
minor closures may occur unannounced.
HIGHLIGHTS And Program Policy. “We are pleased with duty service members about various health
related behaviors. Any major activities will be coordi-
the continued increase of healthy behaviors
and preventive health practices reported by In addition to substance use, the survey nated and announced in advance.
Page 2 our service members.” also assesses mental well-being, deploy- All closures will provide traffic control
Year of the NCO: APG The study shows notable decreases over ment issues, fitness, nutrition and weight and detour routing where appropriate.
senior NCO looks back the past 28 years in the use of cigarettes and management and selected national health Susquehanna Avenue will be closed
on Year of NCO; Holiday illegal drugs and encouraging indicators of status goals from the Department of Health to through traffic between Bel Air and
Ball honors NCOs mental well being. and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 Havre De Grace streets from Dec. 19
In addition, there are improvements in objectives. through Jan. 3 inclusive. It will reopen
Page 3 for normal troop physical training and
certain self-reported preventive health mea- More than 28,500 service members from
‘GATE’ project holds traffic not later than midnight Jan. 3.
dual ceremony; Route sures since 2005 including increases in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force
moderate or vigorous exercise and a decline and Coast Guard, randomly selected to rep- Detour will be via Raritan or Booth-
24 Gate opens by Hill Avenues, which will be signed.
in overweight personnel under age 20. resent men and women in all pay grades of
Page 4 When compared to civilian data adjust- the active force throughout the world, com- Continued cooperation and attention
ed to mirror military demographic char- pleted the survey. to safety is appreciated.
OPSEC throughout acteristics, the 2008 survey showed that The full survey, along with a survey For more information, contact
holidays military rates of heavy drinking were low- summary and questions and answers, are Jerry Norris, Directorate of Public
er than the civilian average among persons posted at http://www.tricare.mil/tma/ Works, 410-306-1159.
Pages 5 & 6 aged 46 to 64. For cigarette use, military studiesEval.aspx.
Army Family Covenant
Page 8 $470,000
Community Notes; CFC Office
AAFES News The Aberdeen Proving Ground Com-
bined Federal Campaign exceeded the
Page 9 $470,000 mark with more than 1,400
DTC hosts German donors participating. Nearly 600 online
liaison officer; A donors contributed more than $281,000.
The APG CFC staff congratulates the
Page 11 U.S. Army Garrison Resource Manage-
Well-Being meeting ment Office for exceeding their goals.
The campaign has been extended to
Pages 12 Sgt. 1st Class Deborah Levine, performs “Where are You Christmas” with the U.S. Army Materiel Dec. 30. The APG CFC Office will be
Command Band at their annual holiday concert, “A Family Holiday Celebration,” at Harford open in the U.S. Army Signal Network
FMWR: EDGE!, HIRED! Community College’s Amoss Performing Art Center Dec. 13.
programs offer more Enterprise Center located in building
in new year 324, noon to 3 p.m., Dec. 28 and 10 a.m.
Page 14 AMC Band performs holiday to 3 p.m., Dec. 29.
Anyone wishing to visit the CFC office
mentors SMA senior;
VFW sends packages
concert for community on Dec. 28 needs to make an appointment
at least 24 hours in advance. If a cam-
paign coordinator is not available, contact
to CBRNE Soldiers Story and photo by show appreciation to the Harford County the APG CFC Office at apgr-usag-cfc@
RACHEL PONDER community and nearby communities. This conus.army.mil or 410-246-0607 and
Page 15 APG News
was the first time that the band performed a leave a message for Mikey Graziano.
Health, Dental Notes The U.S. Army Materiel Command Band holiday concert at HCC. Previously the hol- Anyone wishing to donate over the
Page 16 performed a holiday concert, “A Family iday concert had been held at Cecil Com- holidays may do so using the CFC Nex-
Holiday Celebration,” at Harford Commu- munity College. us Online Pledge system.
22nd Chem Soldiers
nity College’s Amoss Performing Art Cen- “I am excited that we are able to bring For a contributor’s guide or online
ter Dec. 13. our holiday concert to the Harford Coun- pledging instructions, click the Coordi-
Page 17 Sgt. 1st Class Deborah Levine, who per- ty community,” she said. “Many people are nators and Keyworkers link next to the
Fire Department formed the opening vocal number “Where not aware that Aberdeen Proving Ground CFC logo on the APG Web site, www.
shares Letters to Santa Are You Christmas,” said that the AMC has an Army band.” apg.army.mil.
Band wanted to provide a free concert to See CONCERT, page 4
2 APG News • December 23, 2009
Commentary: Looking back on the Year of the NCO
By and Army scientists and engineers, as neth O. Preston signed a letter designat-
COMMAND SGT. MAJ. well as other government and industry ing 2009 as the “Year of the NCO.” We
HECTOR G. MARIN defense developers, all in support of our embarked upon a year focused on high-
RDECOM Warfighters. lighting the past and present achieve-
As our year-long tribute to noncom- This year’s recognition served to ments of our NCOs.
missioned officers comes to a close, we build awareness and public understand- The Army renewed its focus on
must not allow this recognition to be iso- ing of the multitude of roles and respon- NCOs’ professional development and
lated to 2009. We will continue to work sibilities that today’s NCOs are asked to the acknowledgement, both internally
to develop NCOs through education, fit- fill, as well as their continuous devel- and externally, of NCOs as national
ness and leadership training. opment to meet the changing demands assets. As we wrap up the celebrations
As the Army transforms, it is more placed on them. marking the “Year of the NCO,” let us
important than ever that NCOs are One ongoing initiative recently intro- not forget the tremendous contributions
engaged beyond a tactical capacity but duced is the Army Career Tracker, which of our NCOs.
are empowered through education, train- will serve as a tool for Soldiers and their Army NCOs will continue to serve
ing and development to make critical leadership to track and monitor career as mentors, teammates and coaches
decisions within the battlespace. planning. to all Soldiers, at all levels within the
Modern warfare in Iraq and Afghani- The Army is also working towards Army. It is my hope that this year’s
stan demands our Warfighters go out and modernizing the NCO Education System focus on the NCO will lead the way
look for the enemy within smaller units. in conjunction with launching the War- to a highly educated, superiorly fit,
Today’s fight not only allows NCOs to rior University Web site (http://www. and well-prepared environment in the
serve as the “backbone” executors of the For example, during a recent visit to warrioruniversity.army.mil/). Army, resulting in the defeat of the
mission but requires them to serve as Fort Irwin’s National Training Center With 234 years of decorated ser- enemy and the protection of our Warf-
recognized leaders. in California’s Mojave Desert and the vice, our NCOs are critical to today’s ighters. Our NCOs set the conditions
At Aberdeen Proving Ground, our U.S. Army Communication, Electronic, fight. Today’s Army NCO understands for success.
NCOs serve as a critical link between Research, Development and Engineering the complexities involved in develop- Army Strong!
research and real-world application. I Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J., RDE- ing technology so that we can defeat the (Editor’s Note: Command Sgt. Maj.
believe this installation is the future of COM NCOs provided critical feedback threat in theater. Hector G. Marin is the senior noncom-
the Army. This is where science and toward the improvement of technology At the beginning of the year, Secre- missioned officer for the U.S. Army
research work with acquisition to pro- and spoke on behalf of Soldiers. tary of the Army Pete Geren, Chief of Research, Development and Engineering
vide the critical tools for the future suc- These training opportunities provide Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Command and Aberdeen Proving
cess of our Army. invaluable interaction between NCOs Jr. and Sergeant Major of the Army Ken- Ground.)
APG Holiday Ball honors noncommissioned officers
Story and photos by
The Aberdeen Proving Ground Holi-
day Ball, held at Top of the Bay on Dec.
19, paid special tribute to noncommis-
sioned officers and served as a culmi-
nation to APG celebrating the Year of
Throughout 2009, APG and the Army
honored NCOs through initiatives and
events that enhanced awareness and
public understanding of the roles and
responsibilities of today’s NCO and
enhanced and accelerated the develop-
ment of NCOs through education, fitness
and leadership development initiatives.
At the Holiday Ball, an NCO display
was set up that explained the NCO ranks
and the duties and responsibilities that
come with a particular rank. The dis-
play emphasized that the Army’s NCO is
effective in any environment and profi-
cient in all aspects of being a Soldier.
The NCO Creed and the history of
the NCO Corps were also displayed,
which highlighted that Army NCOs From left, Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades observes while Col. Orlando Ortiz, APG Garrison and deputy installation commander;
trace their roots to the beginning of Pfc. Billy Pardue, a chaplain’s assistant and the youngest Soldier in attendance; Maj. Gen. Nickolas Justice, installation commander; and the guest
American military history. The display speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger, U.S. Army Materiel Command, cut the evening’s cake designed to pay tribute to the evening’s theme.
also showed that the roles and responsi-
bilities of the NCO have increased over mander of APG and the U.S. Army honoring those who are missing from Thompson said that as an NCO of the
the years. Research, Development and Engineer- our midst. They are commonly called Year she is a representation of all the
The evening began with a social hour ing Command. Ortiz said that this is the prisoners of war, missing in action and NCOs at APG and in the Army and is
in the upper mezzanine then moved to first time in recent years that an instal- killed in action; we call them brothers.” proud to put on her uniform every day.
the main ballroom after the Call to Mess. lation ball was hosted for the benefit After the toasts, Petraitis and Sgt. “I am building on my strengths and
The joint color guard for the evening of 70 different organizations and rep- Ashley Sangret from the U.S. Army working on my weaknesses,” she said.
was composed of Soldiers from the Joint resentatives from the eight organiza- Materiel Command Band led the room “Becoming an NCO is a goal that is
Personnel Effects Depot and the First tions that are going to come to APG as in a “Twelve Days of Christmas” Sing- obtainable with a positive attitude and
Army Medical Laboratory, and was led a result of Base Realignment and Clo- off. Tables in the room were assigned determination.”
by Staff Sgt. Dennis Maldonado from sure Law 2005. a day to sing, and competed to win a The concept of the video was created
the JPED. “It’s great that they can be here with prize. by 1st Sgt. Larry Tyson from HHC.
Master of Ceremonies was Maj. Matt us this evening and team with us as we While attendees ate dinner, a slide “I wanted to create an informative
Petraitis, commander of the Garrison’s move forward in execution of our duties, show was presented in tribute to the video for individuals who might not
Headquarters and Headquarters Compa- and our duties are not insignificant when Year of the NCO, which featured inter- know that this is the Year of the NCO,”
ny, who also organized the event. you link that to our nation’s interests,” views from Spc. Carlos Rios, the instal- he said. “NCOs are expected to do so
Courtney White from the U.S. Army Ortiz said, referring to the research, test- lation Better Opportunities for Single much. I think that every day they should
Test and Evaluation Center sang the ing and development mission which will Soldiers president who works for Head- be showed appreciation.”
national anthem be the main focus at APG as a result of quarters and Headquarters Company, Aberdeen Proving Ground Command
Chaplain (Col.) Ruben Colon gave BRAC. and Sgt. Elizabeth Thompson APG’s Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades introduced
the invocation and asked for a special “As a team we must really move for- 2009 NCO of the Year, from the 1st the guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj.
blessing for U.S. Soldiers fighting in ward and make this an even better instal- AML, and Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Spohn Jeffrey Mellinger, the senior enlisted
harm’s way. lation than what it is right now,” he APG’s 2008 NCO of the Year, from the leader from AMC.
“Thank you for the blessed traditions said. AMC Band. Mellinger was drafted on April 18,
of this Christmas season which have Ortiz added that he also appreciates Rios said in his interview that he 1972, and is the last active duty draftee
been celebrated throughout our nation’s the support of the community, as several strives to maintain a high level of serving in the U.S. Army.
history,” he said. “Thank you for those in APG retirees were in attendance. professionalism. Rhoades said that Mellinger is a great
uniform and their courage, which allows After Ortiz’s welcome, several toasts “To become an NCO is to act like an example of an outstanding NCO.
us to enjoy the freedom that we enjoy were made. NCO before the rank is pinned on,” he “He has done so much for our Sol-
today.” Petraitis drew the guests’ attention to said. diers and leaders,” he said.
Colonel Orlando W. Ortiz, APG Gar- the Table of Remembrance at the front of Rios added that he has taken on lead- Mellinger said that he appreciates
rison and deputy installation command- the ballroom. ership responsibilities, like being the everything that the Army has done this
er and host for the evening, thanked “This table set before you represents BOSS president, to prepare him for the year for the Year of the NCO and has
those who attended the event on behalf our fallen comrades,” Petraitis said. “This responsibility that he will assume when done even more for the NCOs this year
of Maj. Gen. Nickolas Justice, the com- table is our way of remembering and he promoted to NCO. See BALL, page 13
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December 23, 2009 • APG News 3
St. John Properties breaks ground on two office buildings in ‘GATE’
Story by completed and occupied in fall the growth that the EUL brings
AL CUNNIFF 2010. to APG.
St. John Properties
Groundbreaking attendees “This is a time of tremen-
St. John Properties hosted a included Maryland Lt. Gov. dous transformation at APG,
dual groundbreaking ceremony Anthony G. Brown, U.S. Con- and our Enhanced Use Lease
at Aberdeen Proving Ground on gressman C.A. “Dutch” Rup- program enhances that by
Dec. 14 to highlight the start of persberger, Harford County allowing defense contractors to
construction on office buildings Executive David R. Craig, collocate at APG with those
for L-3 Communications and Aberdeen Mayor Michael they support,” McNamara said.
Raytheon Company. Bennett, APG Garrison Dep- “We welcome Raytheon and L-
More than 200 guests attend- uty Commander Tim McNa- 3 Communications to the APG
ed the event, which was held mara, APG Garrison Deputy team.”
on the buildings’ future sites on Commander for Transforma- On completion, The GATE
Guardian Gateway in The Gov- tion Col. Andrew Nelson, Har- is expected to include approxi-
ernment and Technology Enter- ford County Councilpersons mately two million square feet
prise, or The GATE, project. Dion Guthrie and Mary Ann of office, lab and research and
St. John Properties was Lisanti, as well as representa- development space, providing
assigned the Enhanced Use tives from L-3, Raytheon, the a synergetic environment for
Lease which provides exclusive APG garrison, various U.S. firms, defense contractors, and
development rights for the 416- Army commands, the Eco- other Army and Department of
acre GATE project. nomic Alliance of Greater Defense units working on activi-
L-3 and Raytheon have each Baltimore, Harford County ties to complement the missions
Photo courtesy of ST JOHN PROPERTIES
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown addresses the crowd of nearly 200 leased a 75,000 square feet leaders and staff and numer- of APG.
who attended a Dec. 14 St. John Properties ceremony celebrating the office building to be construct- ous commercial real estate (Editor’s note: Author is the
dual groundbreaking of buildings for L-3 Communications and Raytheon ed by St. John Properties. Plans brokers and lenders. director of Marketing at St.
Company in The GATE project at Aberdeen Proving Ground. call for their buildings to be McNamara commented on John Properties.)
APG commander tours APG employees graduate from the first
new Route 24 Gate CES Basic Course offered on post
Story by from the first Army Management Staff
RACHEL PONDER College CES Basic Course is a success
for all who are engaged in the expan-
Thirty-three Aberdeen Proving Ground sion and enhancement of educational
employees graduated from Army Man- opportunities.
agement Staff College’s Civilian Educa- “You can clearly see that our leaders
tion System Basic Course Dec. 18. are deeply committed to the training and
This class was unique in that it was educational options you need to advance
the first to take the course at APG. Previ- your career and to enhance your work-
ously the class was only offered at Forts life balance,” he said. “It is our goal to
Leavenworth and Belvoir. create an Aberdeen Proving Ground edu-
The two-week class focused on cational atmosphere to help you succeed
improving the leadership skills of the personally and professionally, which can
students. One of the goals for the class only help our organizations succeed. “
is for students to receive the same kind Maj. Gen. Nickolas G. Justice, com-
of leadership training that Army officers mander of APG and RDECOM, gave
and noncommissioned officers receive. congratulatory remarks. Justice said that
Michael Lombardi, director of out- the Army relies heavily on the civil-
reach for the U.S. Army Research, ian workforce, which now has increased
Development and Engineering Com- responsibility.
mand, gave the welcome and opening Justice said that he feels like the class
remarks. is important because the Army needs
“I want to thank you and your lead- strong leaders in the military and in the
ership for allowing you to attend the civilian workforce.
Photo by CONRAD JOHNSON course,” he said. “We look forward to “We have so much potential here,”
Aberdeen Proving Ground Installation Commander Maj. Gen. Nickolas G. Justice, right, hosting more of these courses in the near
gets a tour of the newly opened gate from Maryland State Road 24 to the Edgewood Area he said. “We need to turn the potential
future. Because of the dramatic expan- into useable knowledge. This program is
of the installation from Department of Defense APG police officer Sgt. James Toscano Dec.
21. The $8.5 million project included two additional lanes, a new visitor center and guard sion taking place, we have been actively important because it provides our civil-
house. Officials said the project will streamline access to the installation in preparation for engaged with leaders of various educa- ian workforce with leaders.”
the thousands of jobs coming to the area over the next couple of years. tional and training programs.”
Lombardi added that the graduation See CES, page 11
4 APG News • December 23, 2009
Commentary: Practicing OPSEC
throughout the holiday season
Story by surfers” - cell phone cameras, as you crews and other personnel requesting Refrain from using military duffel
LESLIE CHRISTOPOULOS take out cash from ATMs or pay for access to the residence. Verify their iden- bags or bags with government patches or
items with your credit card. tity before allowing entry to your home. logos, and use concealed luggage tags.
OPSEC is the process we use to iden- Make sure to put receipts in a safe Write down the license plate num- Don’t use rank or title to reserve air-
tify and protect sensitive information place or destroy them properly. ber of suspicious vehicles and note the line tickets and hotel rooms.
from our adversaries. If carrying a large amount of cash, description of occupants. Keep a low profile in dress and
While we primarily use this process at keep a portion of the money separate When socializing at parties over the demeanor.
work, we can apply the same methodolo- from your wallet in case you get pick holidays, don’t talk “shop” around those Be cautious about giving out infor-
gy to protecting our Family and our homes pocketed or lose your wallet. who don’t have a need to know, and be mation regarding Family travel plans
over the upcoming holiday season. If you bought so many presents that wary of attempts to elicit information, to those who don’t have a “need to
With the hustle and bustle of the hol- you have to take a trip to the car to unload even from friends and Family. know.”
iday season sometimes we forget about your packages so that you can buy more; Report suspicious activity to the Leave your home with a lived-in look.
common sense security practices. make sure you place the items in your police or local law enforcement. Use timers for lights, TV or radio. Have
“With the holiday season upon us it trunk and out of sight. It’s also smart to a neighbor collect your mail and holiday
OPSEC and travel
is important to remember that thieves do relocate to another parking space. deliveries.
If traveling this holiday season, don’t
not always share the holiday spirit but Be alert and report suspicious
OPSEC and presents forget Travel OPSEC.
see it as a period of time to take advan- activity.
How could giving a Family member a
tage of the rest of us,” said Joseph Kaf- present help burglars target you?
fl, installation OPSEC officer. “OPSEC
or Operations Security, commonly used
Trash can make you a target. Box- ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the
es from items like jewelry or electronics
to protect Classified and Sensitive Infor- (such as computer, television and ste- neighborhood
mation, can also be used to protect us reo boxes) left curbside for trash collec-
from these individuals. Take note of Les- tion provide good indicators to potential Thieves were out prowling, they were looking for goods.
lie’s useful hints on how not to become a burglars about what high value items are
victim this season.” located in the household. Uncollected newspapers and grass two feet high --
OPSEC and shopping Break down the boxes, throw them in
OPSEC and “street smarts” are syn- a bag, or put them out just before trash Indicators the owner was not home and this caught the
onymous. With OPSEC you identify key collection time. thief’s eye.
information that our adversaries might OPSEC at home
use against us, then take measures to Things often get so hectic around the Now their home is empty, the rooms are all bare,
safeguard that information. holidays that sometimes we completely
When shopping protect credit card/ forget about basic security. If only they had remembered to be OPSEC aware.
ATM numbers. Be wary of “shoulder Remember to be alert to public works
Laptop containing personal information
about FMWR customers stolen at Belvoir
FMWRC any inconvenience this may cause their be removed, discarded and replaced, not received official notification from
A laptop computer containing names patrons. according to the risk assessment. the FMWRC are encouraged to call 866-
and personally identifiable information As a command, FMWRC takes the The FMWRC operates numerous 276-9697 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
for slightly more than 42,000 Fort Bel- security and integrity of patron infor- facilities on Fort Belvoir, including (EST) weekdays to determine if they were
voir Family and Morale, Welfare and mation very seriously, and is currently childcare centers, bowling centers, res- included in the database and learn how to
Recreation patrons was stolen from a reviewing policies to determine how to taurants, outdoor recreation facilities and guard against misuse of the information.
FMWR Command employee Nov. 28. prevent similar occurrences in the future. golf courses. Soldiers, Family members, There was forced entry to the
The FMWRC was made aware of the Information Security experts believe it Department of Defense employees and employee’s residence and other high-
theft Dec. 1, and began assessing the is unlikely the information on the comput- other authorized FMWR patrons who value electronics and jewelry were sto-
extent of the security breach and prepar- er will be compromised. Anyone attempt- used an FMWR facility on Fort Belvoir len. Local authorities are investigating
ing to notify affected customers. Letters ing access to the data on the computer since 2005 may be included in the data what appears to be a random burglary,
were sent to all affected patrons explain- would have to bypass three layers of secu- on the laptop. and military authorities are investigating
ing the nature of the breach. rity access and encryption passwords. Patrons who have used a Fort Bel- whether proper security protocols were
Officials at FMWRC apologize for It’s far more likely the hard drive will voir FMWR facility since 2005 but have followed.
thousands of young American Soldiers
Concert who bless our country each day.”
Justice asked the audience, as they
spend time with their Family and friends
From FRONT page during the holidays to take time to think
Levine added that the concert high- about the gifts that Soldiers provide to
lighted various aspects of military life the United States.
during the holidays during with rendi- “The ability to celebrate the holi-
tions of “Merry Christmas Darling” and days with loved ones and to enjoy free-
“I’ll be Home for Christmas,” which dom--these gifts are guaranteed by your
featured vocal solos from Sgt. Eric- Army,” he said.
ka Escalante and Sgt. Anthony Gentilo, The concert included a sing-a-long
respectively. with several favorite holiday songs,
“Many of our service men and wom- “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” “O’
en will be spending time away from their Christmas Tree” and “We Wish You a
Families this year,” said narrator Spc. Merry Christmas.”
Mark-Daniel Mitchell. After the concert several audience
“I think that the line-up was very up members remarked that they enjoyed
beat, with songs that the audience could hearing the band’s performance.
relate to,” she added. Retired Col. Farrell Dreisbach, who
The concert featured a variety of now works as a plans specialist for the
musical styles like country, “God Rest APG garrison, said that he appreciates
Ye Merry Gentlemen;” big band, “Santa that the AMC Band provided a free con-
Baby,” and a tropical Christmas melody
cert for the community.
that included “Feliz Navidad.”
“We came to support the troops,”
The concert also included a Hanukkah
number, “The Eighth Candle,” which is a Dreisbach’s wife, Martha Dreisbach, an
prayer and dance celebrating Hanukkah. APG retiree, said.
As the band played “Away in the Sandy Harper, an APG retiree said
Manger,” a slide show was shown fea- that she enjoyed the musical line-up.
turing pictures of Soldiers celebrating “I thought it was awesome. I enjoyed
the holidays, including Soldiers reunit- the traditional holiday music,” Harper
ing with their Families. said. “I would like to thank every one
At the end of the concert, Maj. Gen. who had a part of this concert. It was
Nickolas G. Justice, commander of APG wonderful.”
and the U.S. Army Research, Develop- Joyce Hall, who came with Harp-
ment and Engineering Command, said er and is also an APG retiree, said that
that music from the band is just one of she tries to stay in touch with the APG
the gifts that the U.S. military provides community and support the AMC Band
to its citizens. whenever she can.
“These are such a talented group of “Our heart is with the AMC Band,”
American Soldiers,” he said. “These Sol- she said.
diers here today represent hundreds of Sergeant Maj. Wendy Thomson, said
that she appreciates the hard work the
Soldiers put into the concert.
“The concert was a tremendous group
effort,” she said. “We are thankful for
the support of the Harford Community
College, the Aegis, the Military Affairs
Committee of the Harford Chamber of
Commerce and APG.”
She added that she is also proud of the
Soldiers who work behind the scenes.
In addition to performing the music,
the AMC Band also is responsible for
lighting and sound during concerts.
“I’m proud of my Soldiers who
worked not only in front of the cameras,
but in all facets of production and opera-
tions behind the scenes,” she said. “It’s a
testament to the dedication and talent of
December 23, 2009 • APG News 5
Commentary: Real ‘Christmas peace’
By through. It is not built on a feeling or a shopping mall, or conflict with relatives, experience his cleansing so that his
CHAP (MAJ) CLAY DAVIS holiday that is temporary in nature, but but whatever it is, we do not ask for it. It peace can enter in.
20th SUPCOM (CBRNE)
on a real relationship with God that can just barges right in. As long as we insist on our own way
Christmas is often referred to as the never end. God is not intrusive in that way. He and do not repent or turn from our sin
“season of peace” and it is therefore The prophet Isaiah proclaimed that does not force himself or his peace upon and from the desire to rule our own lives,
no surprise when we look at Christmas Jesus would be called the “Prince of us. He offers it; he invites us to receive we will miss his peace.
greeting cards and often read sentiments Peace.” it, but he will not coerce us to receive I know this cleansing can be tough to
like “may you have joy in this season of There are three important points to him or his peace. admit. Our pride does not want to admit
peace” or “may God grant you peace this remember about this lasting peace that We must seek it in faith and ask for our need for it and our vanity often says
holiday season.” comes through a relationship with God. it. The wonderful thing is that as soon as we can earn it on our own if we are just
For many people, identifying peace First, this peace was announced and we seek it, he springs into action to share good enough or try hard enough to cleanse
with the season of Christmas is only nat- proclaimed for many generations. Many his peace with us. ourselves. But no, it can only be received
ural and is often due to their recalling prophets foretold that Christ would come The last point about God’s peace is freely through repentance and faith and by
times past when the Family was gathered and that he would open the door to that our hearts must be cleansed and pre- inviting him do the cleansing of our souls.
together, friendships were renewed and peace with God for all people, races and pared in order to receive it. So this is indeed the season of peace,
general goodwill prevailed throughout nations. This peace is not a “new-fan- Very often, our actions and attitudes but of what kind? Will you have the
the community. This is the kind of peace gled” concept. It is the same peace that have created barriers, not only between “peace of the season” which only lasts
that many think of when they hear of God has offered to humanity from the us and others, but between us and God. for a short time? Or will you experience
“Christmas peace.” This is indeed a sort very beginning and that has proven to be The New Testament says, “If we the real “Christmas peace” which lasts
of peace and is not to be dismissed. real, lasting and unshakeable even in the confess our sins, he is faithful and just for eternity?
In fact, it is a desirable sort of peace, face of adversity. to forgive our sins and cleanse us from The choice is yours in this season of
and how wonderful it would be if there Sometimes, we read about Biblical all unrighteousness.” That is how we peace.
was more of it. characters like Abraham or Paul and say,
However, there is a limitation to this “I wish I could have peace with God like
peace that actually falls short of the real they did.” Well, you can!
“Christmas peace.” The problem is that Another point about this peace is
this peace often just lasts for the season. If that it must be sought. When we have
we are lucky, it may last into mid-January, no peace with God, it is not because he
but that is about it, and then we are back does not offer it or cannot give it; it is
into our old ways of acting and relating to usually because we have not sought it or
one another and, quite frankly, often not asked for it.
very peacefully. The feeling of goodwill Jesus once said, “You have not
is gone with the Christmas cookies and because you ask not.”
our peace along with it. The reason that it Most of the time, we do not have to
goes away is that it was artificial to begin go seeking for things which rob us of
with and thus cannot last. peace. They have a way of invading our
The real “Christmas peace” is not just lives without our permission. It may be
for the season, but lasts the whole year traffic on the way to work, crowds in a
Photo by YVONNE JOHNSON
From left, Amy Shipley and Carol Bruce of the Aberdeen Area Chapel’s Protestant Service fill
plastic containers with toys and other children’s gifts for shipment to Operation Christmas
Child in the chapel lobby Nov. 19. Volunteers collected gifts for one month before shipping
them to the charitable organization Nov. 23.
6 APG News • December 23, 2009
Chapel welcomes St. Nicholas
From left, sister
and brother Regan
Thompson, 4, and
2, hold up gifts they
received from St.
Nicholas (a bishop of
Myra in Turkey in the
fourth century) dur-
ing his visits to the
Catholic faith forma-
tion classes and an
at the Aberdeen Area
Chapel Dec. 6 and 7.
He reminded the gath-
erings that this is the
season of love and
sharing, blessed the
creches and distributed
gifts to the children.
There will be a combined Christmas Eve Candelight Service, 7 p.m., Dec. 24,
at the Edgewood Area Chapel, building E-4620. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Main Post Chapel (Aberdeen Area)
• Thur, Dec. 24 Christmas caroling ....................................................... 11:30 p.m.
• Thur, Dec. 24 Midnight mass ................................................................ midnight
• Fri, Dec. 25 Mass/pageant ....................................................................... 9 a.m.
• Sun, Dec. 27 Holy Family .................................................................. 8:45 a.m.
• Thur, Dec. 31 Holy Day/obligation ...................................................... 6:30 p.m.
• Fri, Jan. 1 Holy Day/obligation ................................................... 11:45 a.m.
• Sun, Dec. 27 First Sunday in Christmas ......................................... 10:15 a.m.
• Sun, Dec. 27 First Sunday in Christmas ............................................... noon
• Thur, Dec. 31 Watch night service ........................................................ 10 p.m.
• Fri, Dec. 25 Christmas Day ........................................................... 11:15 a.m.
• Sun, Dec. 27 Holy Family ............................................................ 10:45 a.m.
• Fri, Jan. 1 Holy Day/obligation ...................................................... noon
• Sun, Dec. 27 First Sunday in Christmas ............................................... 9:15 a.m.
December 23, 2009 • APG News 7
Paul Sokolowski, a member of the Harford County Astronomical Society, shows the children the Aberdeen Area Youth Center’s telescope on Nov. 20. From left: Amber Carpenter, 6, Eddie Williams,
6, and Andrew Fung, 6.
Local astronomy enthusiast shows
APG youths how to use a telescope
Story and photos by ing books and Web sites and
RACHEL PONDER by joining an astronomy club
where they can meet others who
An astronomy enthusiast are interested in the subject.
spoke to the Aberdeen Area “The more you learn; the
Youth Center about his hobby more fascinating it gets,” said
and showed the children how to Sokolowski, who works in the
use a telescope Nov. 20. health care field but said that he
Paul Sokolowski, a member enjoys learning about astrono-
of the Harford County Astro- my during his free time.
nomical Society, was invited “You do not have to be an
to speak to the center by Lisa expert or a professional astron-
Marvel, an electronics engineer omer to develop this hobby,”
from the U.S. Army Research he said.
Laboratory as part of the Gains Sokolowski said that the
in the Education of Math and telescope at the Youth Cen-
Science program, an outreach ter is known as the Dobsonian
program that encourages stu- Reflector and uses two mir-
dent interest in science, engi- rors to reflect the light to the
neering and math. eyepiece.
“We are trying to bring STEM “Dobsonians are very popu-
[science, technology engineer- lar,” he said. “The simple design
ing and mathematics] to the makes big mirrors affordable
kids on post in a fun way,” for amateurs.”
she said. “We are trying to do After Sokolowski’s talk the
as many outreaches as possi- children went outside and looked
ble to the youth centers and the at the sky using binoculars and
child development centers. It is the Youth Center’s telescope,
important to get children inter- where the children were able to
ested in STEM subjects early.” see Jupiter and two of Jupiter’s
During Sokolowski’s talk, he moons and the Earth’s moon.
told the children that his inter- Charles Novak, a Youth Cen-
est in astronomy was sparked in ter tech lab specialist, said that
the 1960s during the space race the children seemed to really
between the United States and enjoy the chance to be able to
the Soviet Union. use the telescope.
“I have been a fan of space “This is the first time that
since I was a young boy and the the telescope has been used at
first astronaut went into space,” the center,” he said. “When the
Sokolowski said. children are here it is usual-
He added that he thinks it is ly not dark enough outside to
amazing how far away people use it.”
can see by using binoculars and Marvel added that she appre-
telescopes. ciated that Sokolowski volun-
“The telescope is like a ‘time teered his time to talk about his Ryan Peves, 9, looks out the Aberdeen Area Youth Center’s telescope during an outreach program that encouraged
machine,’” he said referring to hobby. student interest in science, engineering and math Nov. 20.
the planets and stars in the sky “Seeing Jupiter and the moon
being light years away from was really cool,” Thedy Legros, County Astronomical Society ord County Astronomical Soci- www.stellarium.org
earth. 8, said. “I like seeing the dif- hosts open houses every month ety go to www.harfordastro. • Astronomy Magazine -
Sokolowski told the chil- ferent colors of the stars and to give the public a chance org. www.astronomy.com
dren that anyone can develop an planets.” to look through telescopes. For Astronomy links • Telescopes and binoculars
interest in astronomy by read- Sokolowski said Harford more information on the Harf- • Free astronomy software - online - www.telescopes.com
Officials seek feedback on Family programs
Story by are invited to participate in the survey to-face sessions. priorities for the future, such as where to
ELAINE WILSON at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry. “It helps to have a neutral, third par- put resources.”
American Forces Press Service
jsp?id=1253631402808. ty so people can have a relaxed conver- The feedback also will be invaluable
Defense officials have launched virtu- The online component is an addi- sation,” Kress noted. for officials who hear of issues through
al “listening sessions” in hopes of gain- tion to the face-to-face listening sessions Both the online and face-to-face lis- word of mouth, but don’t have a con-
ing more insight into the effectiveness already being conducted on military tening sessions will wrap up in April. crete way of pinpointing the “big pic-
of military Family programs, a Pentagon installations throughout the world. The Officials will analyze the feedback ture” problems, she said.
official said Dec. 15. Defense Department and U.S. Depart- and create a report that outlines trends “We’re hearing that there are a lot of
The anonymous, online survey solic- ment of Agriculture’s National Institute and program gaps and offer future programs out there, but those programs
its feedback from service members and of Food and Agriculture began conduct- recommendations. aren’t communicated to the people who
their Families on the military’s educa- ing these discussion groups in Octo- The report also will highlight the need them,” Kress said. “Or, people are
tional programs, support networks and ber to help in determining the best way good news stories, Kress said. overwhelmed by information on pro-
other services. forward for military Family programs, “We’d like to know what programs grams and aren’t sure which program to
“We hope to hear from a tremendous Kress said. Families have used and are using, what use when there’s a need.
number of people and have the opportu- “We needed to hear from the peo- have been helpful and how have they ‘We’ve heard this anecdotally, but
nity to hear from people with wide-rang- ple invested in the programs,” she said. been helpful,” she said. Finding out don’t actually know,” she continued.
ing issues,” said Cathann Kress, program Past sessions have included leadership what’s working can be just as bene- “We hope we can gain a better under-
lead for partnerships within the Penta- directly responsible for Family pro- ficial as finding out what isn’t, she standing of what the issues really are.
gon’s office of Military Community and grams and policies and frontline profes- added. That understanding will enable us to bet-
Family Policy. “Whether you’re a brand- sionals who provide support at the local “This information will help us know ter serve Families.”
new military Family with no children or level, she added. what direction we need to go in,” she Whether feedback is gained online or
a military Family with many years in Future sessions will focus only on said. in person, “The goal is to hear from who-
with several children, we want to hear service members and their Families. Officials will share the report with each ever wants to share,” Kress said. “This is
from you.” Virginia Tech University faculty service and their partners, Kress said. a wonderful opportunity to hear from our
Service members and their Families members have been conducting the face- “We’ll use it to help determine our service members and their Families.”
8 APG News • December 23, 2009
SATURDAY include Caricatures by Rick Wright SUNDAY fully. The Toastmasters mission is
and Company, Magic and Illusion to help people improve communi-
DECEMBER 26 Show by David Breth, face painting
JANUARY 3 cation, leadership, evaluation, and
GIFT WRAP PAPER CAPERS and tattoos by Lucky, Wacky Scien- NATURE TALES - RECYCLING public-speaking skills in a fun and
AND OPEN HOUSE tist Extreme Jean, Growing Smiles, This is story time with a nature twist. friendly environment. Toastmas-
What to do with all those holiday Point Breeze Credit Union, St. James Listen to stories, learn new songs ters Club meets the first and third
gift wrappings? Drop by the Anita Academy, Bel Air Bakery, Open Door and move like the animals. This free Monday every month (unless fed-
C. Leight Estuary Center to show off Cafe, professional DJ Frank Spears, program will be held at 3:30 p.m. for eral government holiday). For direc-
the critters to out of town guests and all ages. No registration required. tions, visit http://gunpowder.freeto-
BAACStage Dance Company and
while here, create crafts using holiday For more information or for direc- asthost.info.
paper. tions to the Anita C. Leight Estuary For more information, call Dave Gar-
Cost is $5 per person, children under cia 410-436-5013 or Carmen Kifer 410-
Center, call 410-612-1688 or 410-879-
SUNDAY 2 are free. Advance registration and 436-8969.
2000, ext. 1688.
payment is required.
DECEMBER 28 For more information or for reserva- MONDAY WEDNESDAY
A NIGHT UNDER THE tions, call 410-838-2670 or visit http:// JANUARY 4 THRU JANUARY 6
CHRISTMAS TREE www.countyparents.com.
FEBRUARY 22 WEDNESDAY WEE WONDERS
The Edgewood Baptist Church, 422 SATURDAY IN WINTER
Edgewood Road, will present ”A NATURE TOTS AND NATURE
Night Under the Christmas Tree, 11
” JANUARY 2 KIDS Join the Leight Center’s naturalist and
a.m., during its morning worship her wee one to explore the wintry
CRITTER DINNER TIME Explore and discover the natural
world through stories, songs, live ani-
service. A fellowship dinner will fol- world during the winter season
low the presentation. All are wel- Come watch the turtles, fish and mals and outdoor exploration. This
through sensory activities, songs,
come. snakes eat while learning more program will be held 12:30 to 1:30
movement and a short hike. Nature
For more information, call 410-676- about these fascinating creatures. p.m. for up to age 4. The cost is $2 per
Tots will be held 9 to 10 a.m. for ages
5838. This program will be held at 10:30 person. Registration is required.
2 and 3 (with parent) and Nature
a.m. and is free for all ages. No reg- Kids will be held 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, to register or
THURSDAY istration required. for directions to the Anita C. Leight
for ages 4 and 5 (parent not required
DECEMBER 31 For information or directions to the to stay). The cost is $30 per child. Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, call Registration is required. 410-879-2000, ext. 1688.
ANNUAL ‘NOON’ YEAR”S EVE
CELEBRATION 410-612-1688 or 410-879-2000, ext. For more information, to register or SATURDAY
1688. for directions to the Anita C. Leight
The Bel Air Athletic Club, located on Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or JANUARY 30
658 Boulton Street, Bel Air, will host the SURVIVAL SKILLS OF
410-879-2000, ext. 1688. VALENTINE BAZAAR
4th Annual “Noon” Year’s Eve Celebra- SCIURUS CAROLINENSIS
tion, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The count down MONDAY There will be a Valentine Bazaar, 9 a.m.
How do squirrels prepare for and to 4 p.m., at St. Joan of Arc Church
to noon Family celebration is present- JANUARY 4
survive winter? Learn about these Hall, 257 S. Law Street, Aberdeen.
ed by County Parents Magazine.
curious critters and then become GUNPOWDER TOASTMASTERS Shop for gifts for that special someone
Activities include a magic show,
one of them with a few costume cre- MEETING for Valentine’s Day. Proceeds from the
BAACyard Treehouse and crafts will
ations. This program will be held bazaar go toward the St. Joan of Arc
be offered to guests under 12 years The GunpowderToastmasters will meet
1 to 2:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 8. The Golden Knights basketball team’s gym
of age. Refreshments, a DJ, and spe- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chemi-
cial activities will make this a fun cost is $3 per person. Registration is rental fees.
cal Demilitarization Training Facility in
way for parents and kids to celebrate required. building E-4516 Seminar Room. For more information, call 410-272-
the New Year together and not be up For more information, to register or 1387.
Toastmasters can help people
too late. for directions to the Anita C. Leight achieve their New Year’s Resolution (Editors Note: More calendar events
“Snowballs” will be dropped from Estuary Center, call 410-612-1688 or to advance their career by learn- can be seen at www.apgnews.apg.army.
the ceiling at noon. Participants 410-879-2000, ext. 1688. ing to speak effectively and power- mil under Community Notes.)
P OST S HORTS
410-306-3588. in the Edgewood Area will close at 10 blood drive will be held 3 to 8 p.m., automated external defibrillator class-
Delivery of vaccine may alter dates, p.m. Dec. 24. Both gates will reopen at 4 Jan. 12, at the Aberdeen Area Recreation es on APG.
times and location; call first. a.m., Dec. 28. Center, building 3326. The blood drive is Two classes will be held 9 a.m. to
open to everyone. noon and 1 to 4 p.m., the third Wednes-
Reduced gate hours for The Harford Gate and the Wise Road
For more information or to make an day of each month.
appointment, call 301-295-2109 or visit In the Aberdeen Area, classes will
holidays Gate will close 10 p.m., Dec. 31. Both www.militaryblood.dod.mil. be held at the Post Chapel, classroom
The Route 24 Gate in the Edgewood gates will reopen at 4 a.m. on Jan. 4. 3, Jan. 20, March 17, May 19, July 21,
Area reopened Dec. 21 and will remain The Maryland Gate in the Aberdeen KUSAHC closes for holi- Sept. 15 and Nov. 17.
Area and the Route 24 Gate in the Edge- In the Edgewood Area, classes will be
open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
wood Area will be open throughout the
days held at the Conference Center, building
During the transition of gate opera-
tions, the Magnolia Gate will be open 6 holiday period. Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic will E-4810, Feb. 17, April 21, June 16, Aug.
close Dec. 24 for a training holiday and 18, Oct. 20 and Dec. 15. Class size will
a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 23 (today)
and will then be kept closed.
Top of the Bay closed Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas be limited to 30 participants.
until Jan. 4 holiday. For more information or to register,
The Wise Road Gate will continue to The clinic also will be closed on Dec. call Mike Davis, 410-306-0572, or e-
remain operational 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Top of the Bay will be closed through 31 for a training holiday and Jan. 1 for mail Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
duty days. Jan. 3 and will reopen Jan. 4. New Year’s Day. The clinic will reopen
There will be reduced gate operations Jan. 4. Planning for retirement
at Aberdeen Proving Ground for the Blood drive for the troops Patients should plan accordingly The Directorate of Human Resources
Christmas and New Year holidays.
Jan. 12 to pick up prescriptions prior to these
provides retirement services to all mil-
Christmas itary members assigned or attached to
Support the troops by donating blood. For medical services needed after
The Harford Gate (Route 22) in the The Armed Services Blood Program Aberdeen Proving Ground. An impor-
Aberdeen Area and the Wise Road Gate hours, weekends or federal holidays, con- tant part of these services is the Transi-
tact Staff Duty, 410-278-1725. The Staff tion Assistance Program.
Duty Officer will coordinate patients’ This three-day training session incor-
care with the Medical Officer of the Day. porates lecture, practical exercise and
To avoid Point of Service copayment guest speaker methodology, with materi-
charges, patient will need authorization and/ als provided by the U.S. Department of
Early birds get the bargains or a referral to go to any urgency clinic.
Emergency rooms do not require a referral.
Labor, Veteran’s Employment Training
Service and National Training Institute.
This program replaces the for-
Prices inside the PX are dropping faster than the temperature outdoors as “early Free basketball tickets for mer ACAP training, and is manda-
bird” shoppers will be rewarded with a flurry of discounts during a special shop-
ping event 7 to 9 a.m., Christmas Eve.
military tory for active component service
members, and is strongly encouraged
“For just two hours on Thursday, December 24, the APG Main Exchange will Camouflage Kids, Inc. offers free tick- for eligible Family members. Class-
offer exclusive ‘early bird’ discounts,” said the PX’s Store Manager Debbie Arm- ets to see Layfayette College vs. Navy, es are offered monthly and are held
endariz. “These reduced prices will, of course, be in addition to the exceptional 7 p.m., Jan. 16, at Alumni Hall Arena, in the Aberdeen Area in the Soldier
value Soldier’s enjoy every day.” Annapolis, Md. There are a limited num-
Processing Room, building 4305. To
Specials during the two-hour event scheduled for the 24th will include 75 per- ber of free tickets for adults and children.
Tickets are provided on a first-come first- register, visit the DHR Web site,
cent off all Foster Grant sunglasses, 50 percent of all Goody Hair Accessories as www.apg.army.mil/apghome/sites/
well as a variety of furniture discounts ranging from $50 to $250. Shoppers who served basis. All Families from the U.S.
Naval Academy and all military branch- h u m a n re s o u rc e s / d h r i n d e x . h t m l
wait until the day before Christmas to finish marking everyone off their lists will and select the “TAP Training Reg-
be rewarded the morning of the 24th with offers ranging from 40 percent off Osh- es from the Maryland, Virginia and D.C.
area are eligible for tickets. istration” tab located under “Retire-
kosh brand children’s clothing to 25 percent off all in-stock IPod accessories and ment Services.”
It is requested that each Family lim-
Bluetooth headsets. it their ticket request to a maximum of For more information contact, Janet
The PX distributed two pages of coupons for the “early bird” event beginning six tickets with a ratio of two adults and L. Dettwiler, 410-306-2301.
Dec. 17. Discounts reflected on the handouts will be accepted Thursday, Dec. 24. four children. All children must have
adult supervision at the game. Tick- Getting help with heroin
ets are for immediate Family members addiction
Picerne Military Housing only. All Families should arrive one
The use of heroin and cocaine is on
and one-half hours prior to game time
Neighborhood Office Information so that the program can get organized
for the event.
the rise in Maryland. Heroin will likely
remain one of the largest problems in the
Effective Dec, 17, Aberdeen Prov- For more information, call Beth state, and will likely continue to spread.
ing Ground housing residents should Stoddard, 410-576-2994, e-mail there- Find out what to do to help. For a bro-
contact their Neighborhood Office for email@example.com or visit www. chure about the signs of addiction, call
work orders, move-out inspections camokids.org/games.cfm. Narconon, 877-413-3073, or visit www.
and neighborhood issues. All homes at DrugsNo.com.
APG will be served by this Neighbor- CPR, AED classes available
hood Office. (Editors Note: More Shorts can be seen
Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire and at www.apgnews.apg.army.mil under
Picerne Military Housing’s dedi- Emergency Services is offering CPR and
cated property management and main- Shorts.)
tenance teams will be located in the
offices and are eager to begin serving
Registration open for UMUC Spring 2010
Neighborhood Office hours will
be longer to accommodate the varied Web site: www.aberdeenpicerne.com Registration has begun for the University of Maryland University College
hours of APG Families. Picerne Military Housing is Fam- Spring Semester.
Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ily owned and operated and has been At Aberdeen Proving Ground, UMUC will offer HIST 364 Emergence of Mod-
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. building and managing residential com- ern America: 1900 to 1945 (3) on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Jan. 26 through
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. munities for 85 years. May 4.
The company has also partnered Online Hybrid Class, WRTG 394 Advanced Business Writing (3), on Wednes-
Telephone numbers: with Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker days, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Jan. 27 through May 5.
Phone: 410-672-4340 and Riley and just recently, APG, under Additional classes are available through distance education formats.
Fax: 410-305-1077 the RCI program. For more information or to register, call 410-272-8269 or 410-306-2048 or vis-
E-mail: aberdeenneighborhoodof- it the APG office of UMUC in building 4305 or visit www.umuc.edu.
December 23, 2009 • APG News 9
Liaison official based at APG helps German,
U.S. militaries share technical information
DTC Public Affairs
Most people know that Germany and
the United States are allies, but what
may be less certain to them is how that
alliance works in the military sphere.
What does it mean, for example, in
terms of military cooperation? One man
who works in the U.S. Army Devel-
opmental Test Command’s headquar-
ters building can give part of the answer
to that question because he serves as
the German Liaison Officer to the U.S.
Eberhard Kloeckner has been in that
role since February 2006, working under
the auspices of the Federal Republic of
Germany Liaison Office for Defense
Materiel USA/Canada in Reston, Va.
He is the bridge, as he puts it, between
U.S. Army research, development, test-
ing and engineering organizations and
their counterparts in Germany, to enable
both the U.S. and German armies to ben-
efit from the exchange.
Not long after he arrived at APG,
Kloeckner used his contacts in Germany
to help a tester at the U.S. Army Aber-
deen Test Center, Timothy Hoy. At the
time, Hoy had been preparing to take
part in the International Engineer and
Scientist Exchange program, funded by
the Office of the Assistant Secretary
of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics
and Technology. The program enables
U.S. Army engineers and scientists to
work in foreign labs on projects of inter- Photo by ERIKA JORDAN
est to the Army and the host countries. German Liaison Officer Eberhard Kloeckner, right, discusses the features of U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center’s Roadway Simulator with ATC com-
Hoy had no contacts overseas to help mander Col. Jeffrey Holt and engineering technician Nathan “Al” Sten.
him work through the necessary coor-
dination, so Kloeckner steered him to iceberg because the German Liaison ter Kloeckner makes a great contribution specialized and expensive test capabil-
the right people at the Technical Center Office in Reston has field offices at sev- to what DTC does. On occasion, he pro- ities. I am anxious to expand our rela-
for Automotive and Armored Vehicles en locations besides the DTC headquar- vides us information on weapon system tionship with the German test centers,
in Trier, where Hoy was sent following ters building at APG as well as project developments in Germany. This helps us ideally returning to the level we enjoyed
seven months of extensive training in offices at six other locations. The oth- stay abreast of what Germany is doing. in the 1980s and 90s, when many of
German at the Defense Language Insti- er liaison officers have cumulatively We are always looking for ways that we ATC’s technical experts worked closely
tute. He worked for a year with German completed a great many more of the can leverage what others are doing.” with their German counterparts testing a
counterparts who were testing a Ger- data exchange agreements than the 16 Kloeckner is planning for a similar trip wide range of combat systems. Eberhard
man armored vehicle similar to the U.S. Kloeckner helped to shape, he said. next year in April with participants from is working hard to set the conditions for
Army’s Palletized Loading System. “The DEAs are always the first step DTC, ATC and the U.S. Army Evaluation this renewed relationship.”
Although Kloeckner has been work- toward cooperation,” he explained. Center. They will be visiting the Tech- Much is currently in the works as
ing “very closely” with a wide range of “Next, one tries to determine where there nical Center for Weapons and Ammuni- a result of the DEA with the ARL that
organizations at APG, his efforts are not are common interests for an information tion in Meppen, the Technical Center for covers ballistic research and develop-
restricted to what is taking place here, he exchange. For me, in my role with DTC, Automotive and Armored Vehicles in Tri- ment, Kloeckner said. It led to four proj-
said. One of his priorities is the devel- the most important data exchange agree- er, Germany’s ministry of defense and ect agreements that, unlike the DEAs, do
opment of data exchange agreements, ment is the one about proving ground the Federal Office of Defense Technolo- involve shared manpower, cost and bud-
or DEAs, between U.S. and German technologies because this is actually the gy and Procurement in Koblenz. get. The agreements focus on joint efforts
organizations involved in military pro- tool that enables us to exchange infor- AEC’s Brendan Webb initiated the with German technical centers to develop
curement. They do not commit any man- mation about technologies between our idea for a trip to German test sites a variety of technologies for the benefit of
power or funding, but they do allow for test ranges and vice versa. We did some because of AEC’s interest in the Ger- both the German and U.S. Army.
the exchange of a wide variety of tech- trips to Germany, and I want to bring the man truck test and evaluation programs, One is designed to “harmonize activ-
nical information, he said. Seven such folks from DTC and the DTC Family to Kloeckner said. AEC wants to focus on ities and help avoid redundancies” in
agreements with the Edgewood Chemi- Germany to show how we test and how test and evaluation programs for Ger- developing warheads that can be con-
cal and Biological Center, four with the we work. The goal is to bring the engi- man trucks and see how the process goes figured to engage specific target types
U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and one neers together.” from the development of requirements to while minimizing collateral damage.
each with the U.S. Army Materiel Sys- DTC’s director James Johnson trav- the way they are tested and evaluated. Another is designed to help U.S. and
tems Analysis Activity and the U.S. Army eled to Germany with Kloeckner in ATC’s commander Col. Jeffrey German forces anticipate the destruction
Developmental Test Command, involve 2007. They toured several German test Holt said he truly appreciates the work caused by weapons inside and outside
APG organizations, but three were made ranges and visited Germany’s ministry Kloeckner is doing. of structures, to aid planners of mili-
with an off-post Army agency. They cov- of defense. Mike Etzinger, DTC’s tech- “The German Liaison Office is an tary operations in urban terrain. A third
er the exchange of technical data for nical director, made a similar trip with exceptional resource for the Aberdeen is aimed at developing technologies that
programs as diverse as defense against Kloeckner in 2008. Test Center,” he said. “Eberhard serves can enhance the testing of small-diame-
biological and chemical warfare, ballis- “I was very impressed with the as the ATC link, intellectually and tech- ter munitions and help evaluators assess
tics research and development, combat breadth of test capabilities they had and nically, to one of our most important their performance. The fourth project
robotics, the demilitarization and dispos- noted that the United States and Germa- international partners. The German agreement with ARL is aimed at making
al of conventional munitions, proving ny had many similar interests,” John- test centers in particular face many of it easier to use modeling and simulation
ground test techniques and the prepara- son said. “I was particularly impressed the same challenges confronting ATC: to evaluate how soldiers using com-
tion, preservation and packaging of food. with their automotive test capabilities encroachment, a high operating tem- plex network-centric information sys-
These 16 DEAs are the tip of the and their counter-IED capabilities. Mis- po and limited funding to sustain highly tems would perform with them.
A Soldier’s Christmas
‘Twas the night before Christmas, he lived Soon round the world, the children would play,
all alone, and grownups would celebrate a bright
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and Christmas day.
stone. They all enjoyed freedom each month of the
I had come down the chimney with presents year,
to give, because of the Soldiers, like the one lying here.
and to see just who in this little house lived. I couldn’t help wondering how many lay alone,
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. home.
No stockings by the mantle, just boots filled The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
with sand, I dropped to one knee and started to cry.
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. The Soldier awakened and I heard a rough
With medals and badges, awards of all voice,
kinds. “Santa don’t cry, for this life is my choice”.
A sobering thought came through my mind. I fight for freedom, I don’t ask for more,
For this house was different, it was dark and My life is my God, my country, my corps.”
The Soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
The home of a Soldier, I could now see
I couldn’t control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,
The Soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
as we both shivered from the cold night’s chill.
Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom
home. I didn’t want to leave, on that cold, dark night,
The face was so gentle, the room in such this guardian of honor, so willing to fight.
disorder, Then the Soldier rolled over, with a voice soft
Not how I picture a United States Soldier. and pure,
Was this the hero of whom I’d just read? whispered, “Carry on Santa...., It’s Christmas Photo by RACHEL PONDER
Day.... All is secure.” The Tobyhanna Virtual Civilian Personnel Advisory Center personnel located in
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right, building 314, room #150 created this visionary display to honor and acknowledge
I realized the Families that I saw this night, the selfless sacrifice and courage of this nation’s Soldiers. Their inspiration came
Merry Christmas, my friend.... and to all a from the words in an anonymous poem, “A Soldier’s Christmas.”
owed their lives to these Soldiers who were
good night. “This holiday season as we gather with our Family and friends we must always
willing to fight.
~ Author unknown ~ remember “Freedom is not free,” said Jeri Smith, CPAC.
December 23, 2009 • APG News 11
December Well-Being meeting focuses
on upcoming post events in new year
Story by lon when they use their Military Star Directorate of Public Works blinds due to risk of strangulation. for
RACHEL PONDER card to purchase gasoline at the AAF- Greg Kuester, who represented the more information, go to www.cpsc.
ES exchange. Directorate of Public Works, said that gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm110.
Members of the Aberdeen Prov- the Residential Communities Initiative
ing Ground community gathered at the Commissary Picerne Military Housing
Anne Morrison, Commissary manag- was put into effect at APG on Dec.
Aberdeen Area Post Chapel Dec. 17 to Greg Cannito, program manager from
er, said that on Dec. 31 the Commissary 17. Picerne Military Housing, which
discuss upcoming events. Picerne Military Housing, said that his
will close at 7 p.m. is privatized housing, will now be in
Colonel Orlando W. Ortiz, APG garri- staff is excited to serve the needs of mil-
charge of military housing on APG. See
son and deputy installation commander, Dentac itary Families who live on post.
previous issues of APG News for more
welcomed attendees to the meeting and Colonel David Kryszak, command- He said that the office can be contact-
said that he is still encouraging increased er of the APG Dental Clinic, said that ed 24 hours a day for work orders.
Kuester thanked attendees for being
attendance at the meetings, and added there are options for care for active duty Cannito said there is no reason that
patient during the ongoing traffic changes
that he was pleased to see more involve- Soldiers for treatment. The Army Den- Picerne residents should have to wait to
on the Edgewood and Aberdeen Area.
ment from military spouses. tal Care System has two main avenues put in work orders, especially if it is a
Ortiz then turned the meeting over to of care for the ADS as well as Den- Directorate of Emergency Ser- safety concern.
Michael Lupacchino, director of Family tal Insurance for Family members and vices “When something happens, contact
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. retired military. Robert Krauer, director of Emergency us immediately,” he said. “We will have
“The monthly Well-Being meetings Active Duty Soldiers can be seen at Services, said that the Route 24 gate will someone at your doorstep within four
are a time to bring up any issues that you any Military Dental Treatment Facility. be open on Dec. 21. During the week the hours.”
might have,” Lupacchino said. “We as dental officers feel that we can Magnolia Gate, or the 152 Gate, will be To contact Picerne Military Housing
care for our warriors better than anyone open 12 hours during the day while traf- for a work order, call 410-305-1076.
Directorate of Plans, Transpor- fic transitions and will be closed after Canito added that Picerne will also
else,” he said. “However if we cannot
tation, Mobilization, Security treat the Soldier in a timely matter, we that week. take care of landscaping, snow removal
Clint Zaengler, chief of Plans and can refer them to an authorized civilian He added that the D.A.R.E. pro- and cutting grass.
Operations, said that there is an installa- provider. The first step is to get an exam gram at the Youth Center and the Child
tion calendar which anyone with a Com- APG School Liaison
and treatment plan by a credentialed mil- Youth Development Center will begin in
mon Access Card or AKO account can Eileen Campbell, the APG school liai-
itary dental provider,” he added. “Then January.
access. The calendar can be found on son, said that she and leaders on post are
we can or you can be referred for all or Krauer asked attendees to remember
www.apg.army.mil, and shows instal- working on strengthening APG’s partner-
part of your care.” fire safety during the holidays.
lation events up to three months in ship in education with schools in Harford
He added that this is similar to what Open Forum County. Campbell said that she met with
advance. TRICARE medical does.
“This is the best way to stay informed BRAC Transformation Office members of the Harford County Board
To find providers for Family, go to of Education and Dr. Robert Tomback,
about what is happening on the installa- http://www.tricaredentalprogram. Syretta Gross, from the BRAC Trans-
tion,” he said. formation Office said that four projects the new superintendent of Harford Coun-
com/tdptws/enrollees/findadentist/ ty Public Schools, along with Ortiz and
Judy Patishnock, from the Security He added that the Web site allows vis- are starting construction in the Aberdeen
and Intel Division, spoke to attendees Area and one project is starting in the Lupacchino to discuss the partnership.
itors to type in the city and it will pro- “You should know that Doctor Tom-
about operations security, also known vide mapped directions. Edgewood Area. Two buildings are also
as OPSEC, during the holidays, as theft being built for the Enhanced Use Lease. back is actively engaged with us,” Ortiz
“This Web site is more accurate than said.
increases during this time. any list we could maintain at the DTF,” Logistics Campbell added that there is a new
Patishnock said that OPSEC, the pro- he said. Gene Schneck, director of Logis- booklet called the APG Harford Coun-
cess we use to identify and protect sen- For general information go to http:// tics, announced that the dinning facili- ty Public Schools Educational Outreach
sitive information, can also be applied to www.tricare.mil/mybenefit and click ty will have the Italian Specialty Meal at Program guide. She added that those
protecting our Family and home during the ‘Dental’ tab. It has sites for the DFACS 4219, 4503 and 4225 from 5:30 who would like a booklet may e-mail her
the holiday season. Active Duty Dental Program, Retired to 7, Jan. 19.
“When you are out shopping, be aware at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military and Family Member Care. February will feature a Black History
of your surroundings,” Patishnock said. “It is a very informative booklet that
KUSAHC Month celebration on Feb. 16. explains the partnerships that APG has
Patishnock added to be aware of peo- Schneck added that Dining Facili-
ple watching or using their cell phone Lieutenant Col. Christopher Ireland with local schools,” she said.
said that the Kirk U.S. Army Health ty prices will not be going up after the Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades
camera you as you check out at the New Year.
cash register or take out cash from the Clinic will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 said that the Interactive Customer Evalu-
ATM. Also put receipts in a safe place or for New Years. CYS Services ation system, or ICE, has improved dra-
destroy them properly. Ireland said that the clinic has received Regina Dannenfelser, director of matically. Rhoades added that he and Ortiz
She also said that it is a good idea to the doses for the H1N1 vaccinations that Child, Youth & School Services, said make sure that comments are followed by
split up cash, so that the loss is not as are now available for all active duty. Ire- that there is a new policy where Fam- a response by leadership, and that follow-
great if you get pick pocketed. land added that soon H1N1 flu shots ily childcare providers on and off post ing up ICE comments is a team effort.
Patishnock added that trash can also will be available for Family members, will maintain the same fees as the child “Picerne will also be actively involved
make you a target. Boxes from items like Department of Defense civilians and development centers. Fees are based on in the process,” he said.
jewelry or electronics (such as computer, contractors. total income categories. Fee category is Rhoades reminded attendees to use
television and stereo boxes) left curbside Ireland thanked those on the installa- determined at the time of registration. the ICE system to show appreciation
for trash collection provide good indica- tion who have helped with the immuni- This policy will go into effect Jan. 4. for services that they are pleased with
tors to potential burglars about what high zation clinics on post. on post.
Ireland told attendees to call the flu Chapel Ortiz closed the meeting by thank-
value items are located in the household. Gerri Merkel, director of Religious
Break down the boxes, throw them in a hotline at 410-306-3588 for the most up ing attendees for coming and providing
to date information. Education, said that there will be a meaningful dialogue.
bag, or put them out just before trash col- National Prayer Luncheon at Top of the
Ireland added that attendees can go to “Thank you for representing the com-
lection time. Bay Jan. 14. For more information and
kusahc.narmc.amedd.army.mil for more munity,” he said.
(See OPSEC article on page 4.) to purchase tickets, call 410-278-4333.
information. Ortiz added that during meetings
AAFES An attendee asked Ireland if any Safety attendees are welcome to discuss any
Debbie Armanderez, manager of the of the doses at KUSAHC have been Robert Hailstone from the APG issues related to APG community.
APG Army and Air Force Exchange, recalled, and Ireland replied by saying Safety Office said that the U.S. Con- The next Well Being meeting will be
said that between Dec. 28 and Jan. 4 that recalled doses for the H1N1 flu shot sumer Product Safety Commission is at the Edgewood Area Chapel 9:30 a.m.,
customers can save 20 cents off per gal- have not happened at KUSAHC. doing a recall on Roman and roll-up Jan. 21.
Dr. Laurel Allender, a graduate of
CES the class who works for the U.S. Army
Research Laboratory, said that she felt
From page 3
that the training that she and the other
students received was beneficial.
Justice asked graduates as they go
about their work to always remember the “I have an even greater comradeship
Warfighter. with Soldiers now,” she said, referring
“Our Soldiers are our nation’s trea- to receiving the same kind of training
sure,” he said. “No one in the world can that officers and NCOs receive. “I think
lead like the Army.” that from receiving the training, I will
After the presentation of diplomas, now be able to support the Soldiers more
Gary Martin, the executive deputy to the effectively.”
commander of RDECOM, gave closing Allender said that students in the class
remarks. worked on team building and communi-
“This class helps meet the challenges
that BRAC presents,” he said. cations exercises.
Martin asked graduates to encour- “We learned how to apply what we
age others to take the class and consid- learned in class through our exercises,”
er taking the intermediate class when it she said. “The next challenge is to take it
is offered at APG. back and truly put it into work.”
Dr. Philip Carter a graduate of the Allender said that having the
Photo by ROGER TEEL, 20TH SUPPORT COMMAND (CBRNE) class, who works for the U.S. Army class offered at APG is appropriate,
Colonel Thomas Cartledge, chief of staff, 20th Support Command (CBRNE), center, Aberdeen Test Center, said that he since APG is the center of excel-
accepts a set of dumbbells from Mary Jane Jernigan, right, president of the Aberdeen learned different leadership techniques
lence for research, development and
Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, during the monthly APG AUSA lun- while taking the class.
cheon at Top of the Bay Dec. 15. Trish Weiss, left, past president of the Bel Air Kiwanis “I think it was very challenging, more technology.
Club and current vice president of Aberdeen AUSA, presented a symbolic check for $2,338 of an eye-opening to see the many “Having this class being offered at
to Cartledge. leadership styles, and finding out more APG signifies a larger movement at APG,
about the different learning styles of a new excitement,” Allender said. “This
AUSA tosses weights around individuals.” class is just the tip of the iceberg.”
The Aberdeen AUSA raised $1,338 Tactical (PEO C3T), was guest speaker
in support of Unit 066, a group of 20th
SUPCOM Soldiers in Iraq, by selling
for the luncheon and provided an over-
view of her command which is respon- APG closing
“mulligans” at its annual golf tour-
nament in October, and the Kiwanis
Club chipped in an additional $1,000.
The money was used to purchase
sible for system engineering across
communications and battle command
Colonel Orlando W. Ortiz, APG
If the installation is closed, is will contain updated information
weightlifting equipment, circuit train- Garrison and installation deputy com- experiencing a delay in opening or if and should begin at about 5 a.m.
ers, weighted jump ropes, curl bar mander, will be the guest speaker at the liberal leave is in effect due to weath- Announcements about federal
sets, a volleyball net and volleyballs, next AUSA luncheon, Jan. 19 at Top of er or other emergency situations, offices in the greater Baltimore met-
poker chips and a Texas Hold ‘em the Bay. check for postings on the local televi- ropolitan area do not apply to APG;
poker table – all currently en route to RSVP to email@example.com. Cost of sion and radio stations, WAPG-TV listen for those that name APG spe-
the Soldiers. the luncheon is $20. Channel 21 (on Aberdeen Proving cifically.
Jennifer Zbozny, chief engineer for Some corporate sponsorships are Ground) or call 410-278-SNOW For general information, call the
the Program Executive Office, Com- available to military personnel when (7669). APG Public Affairs Office, 410-278-
mand, Control, and Communications – RSVPing. A recorded telephone message 1147.
12 APG News • December 23, 2009
Commentary: New year EDGE! programs offered
Story By There will be a $40 fee for our youths
CHUCK ROSE ages 6 through 10 currently not enrolled in
our School Age Services programs; no fee
With the New Year comes new reso- applies for the teens ages 11 through 18.
lutions we all promise ourselves we will
fulfill. Auto maintenance 101
New ideas bring about plans on what A new program that will be a big help
we can do to relieve our stress, improve to all the “new driver’s” in the house is
our health, make more money and have the “Auto Maintenance 101 or “What do
I do now?” This EDGE! program will
more fun. We find that these thoughts
show our teens how to perform basic
also apply to our Family members,
maintenance and preventive measures
including our youth and teens.
to keep their cars running just right.
To help them get back into the swing
Teens will learn how to change the oil in
of things, Aberdeen Proving Ground
the car, change a tire and check for bad
Child, Youth and School Services has
tread wear, how to change wiper blades,
some great programs that our youths and replace lights and fuses and more.
teens just might find interesting. This is a “don’t miss” program for all
Beginning in January, three new DoD-eligible teens ages 16 through 18.
EDGE programs are scheduled for our The program is free and will be held on
kids. Thursdays, Jan. 7 through 28, 4 to 6 p.m. Photo by RACHEL PONDER
Digital photography Program at the Auto Crafts Center, building 2379, Eddy Nubine Jr. bowls at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Bowling Center during the EDGE!
in the Aberdeen Area. learn how to bowl package. The EDGE! is offered through Family and Morale, Welfare and
First, for our photography buffs, a Recreation’s School and Youth Services program, a year-round program designed to provide
digital photography program is set for This program will fill up fast, so don’t young people with access to free activities. Most activities are offered in FMWR facilities, and
Mondays and Fridays for the entire hesitate and register early. serve as a precursor to other FMWR programs.
month. Kids can learn how to use a dig- Yoga program
ital camera and begin their own portfo- FMWR partnership specialist, 410-278- setting, interview tips and more. This
How many of our teens dream of 1399 or firstname.lastname@example.org. training is mandatory for teens who wish
lios. All facets of digital photography finding that inner strength and peace,
and camera techniques will be covered To register, contact our CYS Ser- to participate in our next HIRED! pro-
a new way to focus on life’s trials and vices Central Registration Office gram term.
in this four-week program. Our goal is tribulations, or just a great way to exer-
to help everyone learn to take better and to walk in or make an appointment, HIRED! is a program of 12-week
cise and get into better shape? This 410-278-7479/7571. terms where high school teens ages
sharper pictures. new EDGE! Yoga program has just the
This program will really benefit our 15-18 can gain valuable work experi-
answer. Teen’s ages 11 through 18 will HIRED! program schedules
ence through an apprentice-type pro-
youths and teens who have an interest in be able to increase their strength and next training session gram. Each teen will be able do their
entering their photos in the annual Boys flexibility while also learning to focus All DoD-eligible teens interested in own career exploration in a variety of
and Girls Clubs and 4H Fine Arts Pho- on their inner strength. Programs dates learning a trade or gaining valuable work areas and setting. And, each teen
tography competition coming later this are Tuesdays, Jan. 5 through 26, 4:30 experiences in a variety of work areas who completes each term receives a sti-
spring. to 5:30 p.m., at the Aberdeen Area Ath- need to be at our next HIRED pro- pend of $500 or more.
Classes will be held Mondays, Jan. letic Center, building 3300. Come meet gram training sessions at Youth Services So, why wait, contact us now to
4 through Feb. 1, at the Aberdeen Area other teens and share ways to alleviate building 2522, 6 to 7 p.m.: see how you can register for this great
Bowling Center and Fridays, Jan. 8 stress from school, sports, friends, Fam- “Time management for teens,” Jan. 8 program.
through 29, at the Edgewood Area Youth ily and life. “Dress for success,” Jan. 22 Contact Jay McKinney, 410-278-
Center. All sessions are scheduled for 4 This program is free for our DoD-eli- “You have the job now keep it,” Jan. 21 3250, or e-mail him at Jay.A.McKinney@
to 6 p.m. The program is open for all eli- gible 11- through 18-year-old teens. Sign up at central registration Jan. 2. us.army.mil. Don’t miss out on this
gible Department of Defense youths and For more information on these three Topics to be discussed include finan- opportunity!
teens ages 6 through 18. or other EDGE! classes, contact me, cial management, resume writing, goal
Hoop shoot free throw contest the 1st Mariner Arena, 201 West Balti- ter, building E-4140. FMWR daily bus trips to Atlantic
The Elks National Free Throw Con- more Street, Baltimore. Tickets cost $20 For more information, visit or call City
test “Hoop Shoot” will be held 4 p.m., per person all seats are located in Sec- 410-436-2713. Roll the bones on daily trips to Atlan-
Jan. 9, at the Aberdeen Area Youth Cen- tion 114. For 84 years, the Harlem Glo- For full services, visit or call the APG tic City, N.J. FMWR Leisure Travel Ser-
ter, building 2522. betrotters have thrilled audiences around Leisure Travel Office located in the AA vices offers daily bus service to Trump
Participation is free to all boys and the world. Today, a new generation of Recreation Center, 410-278-4011 or e- Taj Mahal Casino. Cost of the trip is $45
girls ages 8 thru 13 (as of April 1) stars carries on this storied tradition with mail APGR-USAG-MWR-LeisureTrav- per person with $25 back in cash and a
through local, district, state, regional and timeless basketball exhibitions. email@example.com. $5 buffet coupon.
national levels. For more information or to purchase 2009 White House ornament sale Only for ages 21 and over. The bus will
The program builds character while tickets, contact FMWR Leisure Travel
FMWR Leisure Travel Services is leave Vitali’s Restaurant, Best Western in
promoting integrity, hard work, quality Services, AA Recreation Center, building
selling the latest White House orna- Edgewood 9 a.m. and return 9 p.m.
Family time and good sportsmanship. 3326, 410-278-4011/4907 or e-mail apgr-
ments for $16, but supplies are limited. For more information, contact
Sign up the day of the event at 4 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2009 White House Christmas Orna- FMWR Leisure Travel Services, AA
Holiday golf sale at Ruggles Volunteer today ment is in honor of Grover Cleveland’s Recreation Center, building 3326, 410-
Ruggles Golf Course has a holiday Explore a new career, develop new 24th presidency, which was his second 278-4011/4907 or e-mail apgr-usag-
sale through Dec. 24. Sale items include skills, network with other professionals non-consecutive term. Cleveland was email@example.com.
25 percent off all men’s and ladies appar- and create opportunities. Army Commu- the only president elected for two non-
el (excludes shoes and previously marked nity Service has many opportunities and consecutive terms in U.S. history. Looking for a job?
down items). Save up to 40 percent on needs support for its various programs. The ornament is also in honor of the first Visit FMWR Jobs Available at
select group of clubs from Titleist, Cobra For more information, call Army Christmas that used electric lights in 1894. www.apgmwr.com.
and Ping; 20 percent off all Golf Gloves; Community Service, 410-278-2453. For more information or to purchase, All jobs for Aberdeen Proving
10 percent off golf balls; and 20 percent Leisure Travel Services available call FMWR Leisure Travel Services, 410- Ground are listed at http://acpol.army.
off Etonic Shoes (in-stock only). at EA Recreation Center 278-4011/4907, visit AA Recreation Center, mil/employment/naf.htm or check out
Harlem Globetrotters tickets Limited services are available at Lei- building 3326, or e-mail APGR-USAG- AAFES Jobs link http://odin.aafes.
Tickets are available for The Harlem sure Travel Services, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., MWR-LeisureTravel@conus.army.mil. com/employment/ for additional job
Globetrotters, 2 or 7 p.m., Dec. 26, at Wednesdays, at the EA Recreation Cen- CDC implements Army’s Strong opportunities.
For more information or to register for 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Tuesdays or Fri-
a SKIES Unlimited class, call the Central days, Jan. 5 through Feb. 12 (no class on
Registration Office, building 2752, 410-
278-7571/7479. Open to all DoD ID card
Jan. 15) and Feb. 23 through April 2.
Lessons cost $102 per student and
December bowling specials
holders. For an appointment, e-mail sta- Adult Lunch Leagues bowl Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Shoe rent-
include six weeks of 30-minute lessons
firstname.lastname@example.org. and Thursday during the day. No open al costs $2.
once a week. Parents choose which time
bowling until 1 p.m. Evening leagues • Cosmic Saturdays: Each Saturday,
frame session they want to sign-up for
Toddler Art are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. receive one hour of bowling, one whole
when they register their child.
Calling all young Picassos. Toddler There will be no open bowling on cheese pizza (toppings extra) and one
Students will be responsible for pur-
Art lessons will be given 11:30 a.m. to Thursdays after 5 p.m. and no open pitcher of soda for $32.
chasing the required books for the course
12:45 p.m., Saturdays, Jan. 9 through bowling on Friday until after 9:30 • Each Friday, 9:30 till close, bowl
as recommended by the instructor.
Feb. 20, for ages 2 through 4 at Aber- p.m. On Wednesday a few lanes will for $12 per hour. Cost of shoe rental is
Tae Kwon Do be issued on a first-come, first-served included.
deen Area Youth Center, building 2522.
Hands-on creativity is the theme as chil- Join the Unity Tae Kwon Do School basis. The Bowling Center will hold a spe-
dren explore paint, clay, color, texture and of Martial Arts at APG. Tae Kwon Do cial bowling promotion Dec. 18 through
promotes discipline, as well as muscle Leagues are still forming
shapes. Dress little ones in old clothes or Saturday youth leagues are accepting Jan. 3. Soldiers and their Families can
smock and be prepared for a messy good toning and conditioning. bowl two free games with free shoe rent-
Classes will be held at the Child, Youth members ages 18 months to 20 years
time. Parent participation is required. for their youth league. Youths ages 18 als per day. The Soldier and or Family
Cost is $70 per student. and School Services building 2522, Mon- member must present an ID that verifies
day and Wednesday; Jan. 4 through Feb. months to 11 starts at 9 a.m. and ages 12
Martial Arts at APG presents Tiny they are a Soldier or Family member.
1 and Feb. 3 through March 3, 6 to 7 p.m. thru 20 starts at 10:45 a.m.
Tigers (No limit to the size of Family.)
(ages 6 to 14). Cost is $65 per student for Bowling specials This is based on available lanes and
Children ages 3 to 5 (parent partici- a one-month session or $150 per student • Bowl for $.75 per game Monday shoes.
pation required) can join the Tiny Tigers for a three-month session.
Unity Tae Kwon Do School of Martial
Arts at APG. Instructor Kyo Sa Nim Sean
Students must wear a white T-shirt
and sweat pants. APG Bowling Center Snack Bar specials
A. Williams will teach this program. Class size is limited so register early. Building 2342
Tae Kwon Do builds confidence and Basic arts and crafts class
self-esteem in young students. The Bowling Center hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday and
Classes will be held at the Child, Basic Arts and Crafts will be taught Tuesday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 7 a.m.
Youth and School Services Center, build- Jan. 14 through March 4 on Thursdays, to 11 p.m., Friday; 1 to 11 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 6 p.m.,
ing 2522, Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 6 thru 10; and Sunday.
to 6 p.m., Jan. 1 through Feb. 1. Cost is 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. for ages 11 thru 15, at
$40 per parent/child pairing. the Aberdeen Area Youth Center, build- Week of Dec. 21
Students must wear a white T-shirt ing 2522. Buy one meal and get the second one (of equal or
and sweat pants. Class size is limited to Children will learn about the art of lesser value) one-half price.
12 parent and child pairings, so regis- other cultures and famous artists. They The Bowling Center will be closed Dec. 24,
ter early. will explore art techniques, processes 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.
and mediums through a variety of activ- For more information or to place an order,
Private piano lessons ities, including painting, drawing, print- call 410-278-4041. Orders must be placed before
SKIES Unlimited private piano les- making and paper mache. 10:30 a.m.
sons will be given for ages 4 thru 18, Cost is $100 per student for 10 weeks.
December 23, 2009 • APG News 13
Edgewood Area holds tree lighting event
Photos courtesy of JIM FOARD, GARRISON PHOTOGRAPHER Samantha Devorak, 9, daughter of Jennifer Devorak, U.S.
Cameron Rutherford, 6, whose mother is assigned to the 20th Support Command, throws the switch for the official tree lighting at Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, sings
the Edgewood Area Recreation Center holiday party Dec. 8. From left, Col. Orland Ortiz, APG Garrison and deputy installation “Nine ladies dancing” from the “12 Days of Christmas” song
commander; Lori Rhoades, wife of APG Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades, right, provide assistance under the watchful during the Edgewood Area Youth Center’s entertainment por-
eyes of jolly Old St. Nick. tion of the holiday party.
From front page
“I can feel the pride of this commu-
nity, and I welcome you all,” he said. “I
look forward to meeting many of you,
and I’m excited to be here with you
Ortiz said that he and Rhoades were
happy to share in the festivities.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to
be with you tonight as we light the tree
symbolizing the start of the holiday sea-
son,” he said. “It’s wonderful that we
live in a great society where we can
enjoy these freedoms, and I encourage
all of you to think about our Soldiers and
Warriors who aren’t with us and remem-
ber the sacrifices that allow us to be here
with our Families.”
Guests filled 10 rows of tables and
chairs in the center’s ballroom and dined
on a meal catered by the Z-Squared Cater-
ing Company from Lakewood, N.J.
Supporting elements for the event
included Picerne Military Housing, Best
Buy and USAA, whose representatives dis-
tributed raffle tickets for prize drawings.
In addition, Marge Fissel, Marilyn
Howard and Aida Rivera manned the Courtesy of ACS
ACS information table. Staff members Resigning of the Army Family Covenant was an official part of the Army Community Service Holiday Extravaganza. Signing are, from left, Maj.
from the Army Substance Abuse Pro- Gen. Nickolas G. Justice, commander of APG and the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command; Col. Orlando W. Ortiz,
APG Garrison and deputy installation commander; RDECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Hector G. Marin and APG Garrison Command Sgt. Maj.
gram provided samples of nonalcoholic Rodney J. R hoades.
beverages for holiday parties.
Children enjoyed face paintings and many who supported this event for the the amount of candy in four jars. dressed her two daughters in bright red
playing the cake walk, ring toss and Pin community,” Hayes said. “Our thanks “It’s amazing what they do for Families dresses for their photos with Santa, said
the Ornament on the Tree games while go out to the U.S. Marine Corps Detach- here,” said Johanna Gonzalez, a military they attended the event last year and the
awaiting their turn for photos with Santa ment; Lamont Harbison, Mike Miller spouse, as she watched her sons Jheudy, 11 children couldn’t wait to come back.
and Mrs. Claus. and Beth Brendle-Williams of the Multi- and Joshua, 10, offer their best guesses. “We love it,” she said. “It’s a great
Diana Hayes, ACS Information Refer- media/Visual Information Services Cen- “We just got here in June from Fort thing to have for Families.”
ral and Outreach Program, thanked the ter; FMWR Marketing; Child, Youth and Polk [Louisiana] and we didn’t go to any APG civilian Shariese Demby with
volunteers who assisted the event. They School Services; the Military Transpor- events like this [there],” she said. “We’re the Chemical Materials Agency, said she
included about 40 Soldiers from the tation Office; Picerne Military Housing; looking forward to our stay at APG.” “just enjoyed watching” her 18-month
Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course ASAP; DFMWR, the caterers, and of “This is our first time here and he’s old grandson Aiyee Alexander share in
classes 005, 006 and 007 and firefighters course the ACS staff. really enjoying himself,” said Spc. Dom- the festivities.
Christina Liddel and L.R. Brown who Children and parents alike said they inique Davis of Kirk U.S. Army Health “He’s really caught up in the excite-
gave toys to all the children who posed enjoyed the festivities. At the guessing Clinic as she watched her son Donte’, 2, ment with all the kids running around,”
with Santa. game table, ACS volunteer Ashlee Men- play with a rubber USAA ball. she said, “but he loves it. It’s just won-
“This was such a success thanks to so zies watched as children tried to guess Military spouse Leslie Clark, who derful what APG does for our children.”
From page 2
than the last time the Army honored
NCOs in 1989.
He said that NCOs translate the orders
of their officers into action.
Mellinger said that the NCO Creed
was put into place in 1977 so we can
start to grow the NCO Corps and instill
pride and discipline.
Mellinger paid a special tribute to ser-
geants, asking them to stand up.
“Sergeants have two things they have
to do get done every day--accomplishing
the mission and looking after the welfare
of the Soldiers,” he said. “The first one is
a lot easier to get done, especially during
this day in age.”
Mellinger said that officers ask ser-
geants to be sociologists, physiolo-
gists, marriage counselors, finance Installation Command Sgt. Maj. Hector G. Marin, presents the guest speaker Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Mellinger, U.S. Army Materiel Command,
with a print that depicts noncommissioned officers on APG which reads “No one is more professional than I,” while garrison Command Sgt. Maj.
counselors and Post-Traumatic Stress Rodney Rhoades, and Maj. Mathieu Petraitis, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, watch.
Disorder counselors. Sergeants car-
ry great responsibility as they are expect and demand outstanding leader- tant, who was the youngest Soldier in how the guest speaker focused on the
accountable for four to six Soldiers ship from them.” attendance. accomplishments of NCOs throughout
and that the responsibility of NCOs is After Mellinger’s remarks, Rhoades Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dan Singh, the Army’s history. The NCOs make
greater than when he was first draft- presented him with a print that repre- from the 16th Ordnance Battalion, who things happen. It is important to remem-
ed in Army. sents work of NCOs on APG. attended with his wife, daughter and ber our comrades. We are all working
“NCOs are tactically and technical- The formal portion of the evening son, said that he enjoyed the night’s together.”
ly proficient,” he said. “The sergeants in concluded with a cake cutting by Jus- event. More information on the Year of the
Iraq make strategic decisions every day tice, Ortiz, Mellinger, Rhoades and “I think it is nice for everyone on NCO can be found at http://www.army.
that are pretty powerful. Their Soldiers Pfc. Billy Pardue, a chaplain’s assis- post to get together,” Singh said. “I like mil/yearofthenco/home.html
14 APG News • December 23, 2009
APG civilian mentors SMA Capstone project
Completed project will be added to Harford County Web site
Story and photo by
Harford County Rideshare and Bike to
Work Day organizers are excited about a
project being conducted by an Aber-
deen High School Science and Mathe-
matics Academy senior and an Aberdeen
Proving Ground civilian that will result
in a Web-based interactive map of Har-
ford County’s bike routes for bicycling
Volunteer mentor Bryant DeBruyne,
a Geographic Information System spe-
cialist with the Directorate of Public
Works is guiding 18-year-old senior
Montrell Koonce in the Capstone Proj-
ect which is a part of the academy’s four-
year Science, Research and Technology
Working with DeBruyne, Koonce is
creating a map that will show bicycling
routes, Harford Transit bus stops, hazard
areas, elevations and points of interest
throughout Harford County.
Koonce meets with DeBruyne two-to-
three days a week in the GIS Comput-
er Aided Drawing and Design room in
building 4304 to work on the project.
DeBruyne supervises Koonce in the use
of ARCMAP 9.2 GIS System software,
which he uses in his daily work and Harf-
ord County data to design the map. Bryant DeBruyne, a geographic information system specialist with the Directorate of Public Works mentors Montrell Koonce from Aberdeen High
He said the map will include state School’s Science and Math Academy on his Capstone Project in the Computer Aided Drawing and Design room in building 4304 Dec. 3.
roads, be color coded by slope and will
show road hazards such as construction and the third and final phase will involve DeBruyne is a retired Army major when a bus will arrive at a particular bus
or obstacles that could cause damage to the construction of a network database or who worked for the U.S. Army Ord- stop by a simple click of the button.
tires as well as bus stop information for map route in which bikers can input their nance Center and Schools while on “Kudos to Mister DeBruyne,” she
the Harford County Transit system. preferences to map a compatible route. active duty and then with the U.S. Army added, “for his interest, expertise and
“One click on a bus stop will bring “That is the ultimate goal,” DeBruyne Aberdeen Test Center before joining time in mentoring Montrell in this sig-
up a bus schedule,” DeBruyne said, add- said. “Technology is changing constant- DPW. A longtime bicycling enthusiast, nificant project.”
ing that the project should be complet- ly, and I take several courses a year just he also has mentored with the Joppa-
to keep up. The only way to be comfort- towne High School math program and AHS Science and
ed in May in time for the annual Bike to
Work Day. able with this software is to be totally with the Cycles Across Maryland Teen Mathematics Academy
Harford County will maintain the site. immersed in it and Montrell understands Challenge. Exclusive to the SMA is a four-
He said that he and Koonce have been that.” He encourages others with knowledge year, series of courses called Science,
working together since September and Koonce said that working with to share to mentor youths. Research, and Technology (SRT I-IV),
called him a fast learner. DeBruyne has been a non-stop learning “There’s always a need for mentors,” which allow students to discover and
“After he got the basics and explored experience. he said. “You don’t have to be a research pursue unique areas of interest using
the hands-on applications, the questions “Sometimes when I’m not sure where scientist or have a degree [Ph.D.]. If you the tools, techniques and valid protocol
got fewer and fewer and the work got to begin, he shows me how to slow have something to share it’s worth the inherent in scientific research. Students
down and sort things out,” he said. “I’ve time. The more you put into it the more in the program develop critical think-
faster and faster,” DeBruyne said.
learned a lot about the software and you get out.” ing and creative problem solving skills
He said the two will present the proj-
about problem solving, and I’m defi- Pat Fielder, Harford County Ride- through regular contact with practic-
ect during the SMA Capstone Project
nitely more knowledgeable than when share and Bike to Work Day coordina- ing scientists, engineers, and mathemati-
Presentation program in May.
we started. I like the scientific hands-on tor, said the project will be a boon for the cians who volunteer as mentors.
DeBruyne said the project is the first
aspect of learning and at this point, I’m professional as well as the recreation- The program culminates in a year-long
phase of a three-part project.
very proud of what I’ve achieved.” al cyclist. Capstone Project which concludes with a
The first phase, which he and Koonce
Koonce is a history major who also “With the information he has gath- written report and an oral presentation.
will complete, is building the base map.
is interested in engineering and robot- ered, it will also benefit those who ride The SMA is a member of the Nation-
A second project will involve adding
ics. He has applied for admission to the Harford Transit,” she said. “Ultimately, al Consortium for Specialized Second-
a ‘bicycle level of comfort’ to the site
University of Maryland. His father is an his interactive map will allow anyone to ary School of Mathematics, Science &
which will addresses comfort levels on
Army Soldier deployed to Iraq. hyperlink to Harford Transit to identify Technology.
specific roads for inexperienced bikers,
Volunteers mail care packages to deployed CBRNE Soldiers
Story and photos by
CHANEL S. WEAVER
20th Support Command (CBRNE)
When Jocelyn Runice opened her
presents at her “Sweet 16th” birthday
party a few weeks ago, the contents were
a bit unusual.
Cans of shaving cream, hundreds of
socks, tubes of toothpaste and too many
boxes of snack food spilled out onto the
But Runice loved the presents. She
had asked her guests to donate supplies
for deployed Soldiers in lieu of gifts.
“I have everything I want, so I really
didn’t need any presents,” Runice said.
“I am thankful for the Soldiers because
they help us with our freedom.”
Runice was among 15 other volunteers
who gathered at the Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 5337 in Abingdon, Nov. 19, to
mail care packages to deployed Soldiers
of the 20th Support Command - Chem-
ical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear
and High-Yield Explosives.
The Abingdon VFW Post adopted
the 20th SUPCOM and continues to
send care packages to Soldiers who are
deployed to Iraq.
A cross-section of people – members
of the VFW Post, APG employees, mil-
itary spouses and local Harford County
residents - packed dozens of boxes for
shipment overseas in a little more than Dee Schildt, left, and Kim Blische fill boxes with items for 20th Support Command Soldiers who are deployed to Iraq.
“We appreciated all of the volun- the troops.
teers who showed up,” said Leola Bog- “The response from the children was
dan, president of the Ladies Auxiliary overwhelming,” Doris Runice, Jocelyn’s
for the VFW Post. “We were particular- mom, said.
ly impressed with the youths who volun- Though accolades for the youth vol-
teered to send items to the Soldiers.” unteers were plentiful, they called the
Ten-year-old Marissa Smith asked Soldiers the real heroes.
students at her local elementary school “I’m blessed to be a part of the VFW,
to donate some of their Halloween can- and I am very appreciative of what our
dy to the Soldiers. Soldiers do in defense of our freedom,”
“What she did was amazing,” said Jocelyn said.
Sabrina Bauld, spouse of 22nd Chemi-
cal Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Chad-
wick Bauld. “She gathered about forty
pounds of candy.”
Smith hopes 20th SUPCOM Soldiers
will distribute the candy to the children Erica Amos, left, and Jocelyn Runice write
letters to 20th SUPCOM Soldiers who are
in Iraq. deployed in support of Operation Iraqi
In addition to requesting supplies for Freedom. Runice asked her Family and
Soldiers, Runice asked students in her friends to donate supplies for Soldiers in lieu
high school art class to make cards for of receiving gifts for her 16th birthday.
December 23, 2009 • APG News 15
Chiropractic care for active duty service members
expands to new locations across the country
U.S. DoD Military Health System CARE Management Activity convened Rucker, AL or for more information about chiroprac-
Eleven military hospitals and clin- a chiropractic workgroup composed • Bayne-Jones Army Community tic care, see the TRICARE Web site at
ics geared up this year to ensure more of senior service representatives,” said Hospital, Fort Polk, LA www.tricare.mil/ChiropracticCare.
active duty service members have access Kathy Larkin, chief of the TRICARE • Bassett Army Community Hospital, The Chiropractic Care Program has
to chiropractic services. Policy and Benefits Branch. “The group Fort Wainwright, AK been in effect since 2001 and is only
The 11 new locations join the 49 worked long and hard to determine • Landstuhl Regional Medical Cen- available to ADSMs at designated mili-
military clinics and hospitals currently where to expand chiropractic care to ter, Germany tary treatment facilities. A service mem-
providing chiropractic care to ADSMs. best meet the needs of active duty ser- • Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic, ber’s primary care manager determines
Also, for the first time, ADSMs over- vice members.” Germany
if chiropractic care is appropriate.
seas will have access to chiropractic Navy
The planned sites are: • Naval Health Clinic Quantico, Va. TRICARE does not cover chiroprac-
services with two of the new loca-
tions in Germany and one in Okina- Air Force • Naval Branch Health Clinic Gro- tic care, but Family members may be
wa, Japan. • 1st Special Operations Medical ton, Conn. referred to non-chiropractic health care
The 2009 National Defense Autho- Group, Hurlburt Field, FL • Naval Hospital Lemoore, Calif. services—physical therapy, Family prac-
rization Act called for the Department Army • U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa, tice or orthopedics—for treatment as
of Defense to expand the number of • Irwin Army Community Hospital, Japan appropriate.
military facilities offering chiropractic Fort Riley, KS For a complete list of military facil- For more TRICARE news, go to
services to ADSMs. As a result, “TRI- • Lyster Army Health Clinic, Fort ities offering ADSMs chiropractic care, www.tricare.mil/pressroom.
Soldiers can find a sympathetic ear online, through TRIAP
Story by reported to a Soldier’s command, said sion of the TRIAP pilot program. These would require a video camera.
C. TODD LOPEZ Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Peter W. individual programs can be accessed on Also part of the initiative by TRI-
Army News Service
Chiarelli. each region’s Web site at the URLs list- CARE to place more emphasis on mental
Soldiers who need somebody to talk “I am very excited that our Soldiers ed below: health, is the expansion of its Telemen-
to any time of the day or night can turn and Family members can now access care • https://www.hnfs.net/bene/autho- tal Health Network. Under that expan-
to the TRICARE Assistance Program. from the comfort and privacy of their own rizations/behavioralHealth/TRICAR sion, about 251 locations are available
TRIAP allows Soldiers to use a tele- home, if necessary, and the processes are E+Assistance+Program+Web+Based+ where TRICARE beneficiaries can vis-
phone, a computer, or even a comput- in motion to move us through a phased Counseling.htm it via teleconference with a profession-
er with video conferencing capabilities, approach to eventually get to where Sol- • http://www.humana-military.com/ al mental-health-care provider, such as a
to communicate directly with licensed diers and Family members can access tru- south/bene/health-wellness/triap.asp therapist or psychologist and participate
counselors about stress management ly comprehensive behavior health care at • http://www.triwest.com/benefi- in a session.
issues, Family difficulties and pres- home,” Chiarelli said. ciary/behavioralhealth/onlinecare/ Sessions under Telemental Health
sures, Family separations and deploy- No records are kept of when a Soldier defaut.asp must be scheduled like any appointment,
ments, relationships and marital issues, uses the services provided by TRIAP. The TRIAP program uses commercial and are fully documented and placed
parent/child communication, or any Additionally, if Soldiers are using TRI- communications applications like Skype into a patient’s records.
personal problems that might adverse- AP, and they need more advanced men- or iChat to connect Soldiers face-to-face “I believe we have taken a very
ly impact work performance, health or tal-health services, the online licensed with counselors. important first step in getting behav-
well-being. counselors will assist them in setting up To take full advantage of the service, ioral healthcare to Soldiers and Family
The TRIAP service is available day such an appointment. Soldiers must have the correct software members who might not have received
or night, year round, comes at no cost to Each region of the three regions of and hardware on their computer. Face- it otherwise, because of stigma or geo-
Soldiers, is confidential, and doesn’t get TRICARE has developed its own ver- to-face counseling services, for instance, graphical separation,” Chiarelli said.
Commentary: Clarifying common misconceptions about nutrition
Story by ly and will burn fewer calories during a
CHRIS HALAGARDA workout. Water may also provide a feeling
of satiety or fullness when we eat a small
Having counseled and trained many meal. This could add up to weight loss
athletes, health enthusiasts and aspiring over time. There is also some thought that
health enthusiasts over the years, I’ve when we lose fat successfully, our adipose
noticed that there are many reoccurring tissue (fat cells) shrinks and releases tox-
misconceptions about nutrition. Here are ins. Being adequately hydrated is impor-
just a few of the more common ones: tant for flushing these toxins out of the
A supplement must be safe if body through the kidneys. So be sure to
it’s all natural. drink regularly for many different reasons,
Many supplement companies try to but don’t expect drinking water to lead to
prey on the public’s naivety by claiming a shrinking waist.
that their product is natural, therefore, To ensure you’re adequately hydrated,
it must be safe and effective. This mes- monitor your urine color. This is a meth-
sage assumes that there is nothing harm- health at your commissary while saving butter on an apple or pear, blend some pea- od used by firefighters after returning
ful in nature, right? Not true. Marijuana, money at the same time. The “grocery nut butter or whole peanuts into a shake, or from a fire and many active-duty person-
cocaine, penicillin, ephedrine, tobacco list” of nutrients in nuts includes ami- add a scoop of peanut butter or whole nuts nel during military exercises. It’s also a
and many other powerful supplements, no acids (the building blocks of protein), into your morning oatmeal. Don’t lim- good habit to weigh yourself before and
drugs and medications are “all natural,” complex carbohydrates, fiber, dozens of it yourself to peanut butter either. Try dif- after a workout. Drink about 16 to 24
yet we know how powerful they are. vitamins and minerals and fats, but the ferent types of nut butters such as almond, ounces of fluid for every pound lost dur-
Don’t be confused by the good advice healthy kind of fats. Nuts have mono- and macadamia, pecan, pistachio and sunflow- ing your workout. The weight lost dur-
to eat foods in their most “natural” state. poly-unsaturated fats instead of saturated er, or try making your own mixed nut but- ing a workout is water in sweat, not fat.
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world. You can buy nuts with all the nutri- er seeds on a salad, add sliced walnuts to breathing. So, if we are dehydrated while Kay’s Kitchen https://www.commissar-
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Commentary: ‘All I want for Aberdeen and Edgewood Area
Christmas is my two front teeth’ Dental Clinic holiday schedule
By nuts with your teeth. Using your teeth as
SGT 1ST CLASS a tool can cause fractures and possibly Aberdeen Area • Dec. 31, closed; for emergencies,
SUMID SMITH extreme pain. Use a nutcracker instead. • Dec. 24, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. report to the AA Dental Clinic
Aberdeen Proving Ground Dental Clinic Another dental hazard that increases • Jan. 1, closed; New Year’s Day
• Dec. 25, closed; Christmas
during the holidays is sugar intake. Pro- • Dec. 28, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sickcall hours are 7 to 9 a.m.
It’s a busy time of year for most peo- longed exposure to sugar carbohydrates or • Dec. 29, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call
ple: shopping, preparing food, travel- sweets and candies filled with sugar is a • Dec. 30, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 410-436-3487/2756
ing to relative’s houses for parties. It can great way for bacteria to cause decay. Dur- • Dec. 31, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
also be a dangerous time with the snow For after hour emergencies, call the
ing the holiday season it is very important • Jan. 1, closed; New Year’s Day Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic.
and ice and bad road conditions. But one to brush and floss after meals and snacks. Sickcall hours, 7 to 9 a.m. The AA and EA D e n -
thing people don’t think of during the Lastly, there is the toothache. The For more information, call tal Clinics will
holidays is their dental health. winter weather can make even the small- 410- 278-1795/1796 return to
All safety measures are considered, est tooth pain huge and can bring out
except what happens if you get an object Edgewood Area their reg-
tooth problems you never knew existed. u l a r
caught in your teeth, break a tooth, get a If you experience a toothache or tooth • Dec. 24, closed; for emergencies,
toothache, and what about all those holi- sched-
pain, tend to the tooth or teeth imme- report to the AA Dental Clinic
day sweets. I would like to discuss these ule on
diately by calling your dentist for an • Dec. 25, closed; Christmas
teeth issues. Jan. 4.
evaluation. • Dec. 28, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
During the holiday season (and oth- (Editor’s note: Author is a senior • Dec. 29, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
er times of the year), people often eat dental noncommissioned officer at the • Dec. 30, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
walnuts and pecans, but do not open the APG Dental Clinic Command.)
16 APG News • December 23, 2009
Engaging the target
Specialist Joshua Uhrig, from Chillcothe, Ohio, zeroes his M-4 carbine during a weapon qualification range held at Aberdeen Proving Ground Dec. 10. Uhrig is a chemical, biological, radiologi-
cal, nuclear and explosive specialist with Company A, 22nd Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort), 48th Chemical Brigade, 20th Support Command.
Chemical Soldiers refine their marksmanship skills
SGT 1ST CLASS JB JASO III
22nd Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort)
Going to annual qualification at a marksmanship range in
December can pose many frosty challenges, yet Soldiers from the
22nd Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) beat winter’s icy blast
and completed their qualifications Dec. 10 on Aberdeen Proving
Houston native, Sgt. 1st Class Martin Bryant assists a Soldier in identifying corrections that need to be made to his
sights during weapons qualification. Bryant is an assistant team sergeant with Company A, 22nd Chemical Battalion,
48th Chemical Brigade, 20th Support Command.
Fairport Harbor, Ohio, native Spc. Danielle Doucette fires her M-4 carbine
from the prone supported position during weapons qualification. Doucette
is a decontamination specialist with Company A, 22nd Chemical Battalion
(Technical Escort), 48th Chemical Brigade, 20th Support Command.
Fire at your target
Sergeant Dave Williamson, from Quincy, Ill., fires his M-4 carbine from the kneeling position during weapons quali-
fication. Williamson is a sample team leader with Company A, 22nd Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort), 48th
Chemical Brigade, 20th Support Command.
Counting bullet holes
Captain Justin Brooks from Modesto, Calif., left, assists Sgt. Dave Williamson
from Quincy, Ill., count the number of hits during weapons qualification.
Taking aim Williamson, who qualified expert, is a sample team leader with Company A,
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Bolden from San Diego uses his M-4 carbine to shoot targets during weapons qualification. Bolden 22nd Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort), 48th Chemical Brigade, 20th
is a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive specialist with Company A, 22nd Chemical Battalion Support Command, while Brooks is a team leader with Company A, 22nd
(Technical Escort), 48th Chemical Brigade, 20th Support Command. Chemical Battalion (TE).
December 23, 2009 • APG News 17