Thursday, January 20, 2011

Around Fort Detrick

Walter Reed CYSPCS closing
Effective 4 p.m., Jan. 31, Child, Youth & School Services Parent Central Services will close at Walter Reed, 6900 Georgia Avenue, Bldg 11, Room 101-1, Washington, DC.

All PCS Services (Registration, Re-registration, Resource and Referral Information and any other child care needs) will take place at 2461 Stephen Sitter, Bldg 161 (Post Office Area), Fort Detrick-Silver Spring, MD, immediately on Feb. 1, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For questions and concerns, please contact (301) 295-7548 or (202) 271-0535.

The (202) 782-0565 number will no longer be available after Jan. 31.

Network Core Replacement
The Fort Detrick NEC is beginning its Network Core Replacement. The outages for individual Area Distribution nodes will affect only End User Buildings connected to the particular Area Distribution Node being replaced. Users will should be aware they will have no network connectivity for part of - if not all the time period listed below:

Today, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., ADN1671-2 There should be no users affected on this date during this timeframe.

February 1, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., ADN810-1

Bldg's affected: CBMS (TJ Drive), Forest Glen Annex; 1430, DMLC VTC, 201, 844, 123, 521, CDMRP Corporate Drive, 611, 722, 504, 1546, 199, 121

February 3, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., ADN810-2

Bldg's affected: ECP-7, 820, 1270, 1504, 722(AF), 1673, 839, 1430, 1500, Base Housing, 1532, 393,915, 375, 949, 995, 996

We apologize for any inconvenience and will assure that all efforts are made to make outages as short as possible. These are necessary actions to replace old network equipment with the latest in modern networking technologies.

If critical missions are scheduled for the times and dates listed, please contact the NEC Helpdesk at (301) 619-2049 immediately.

DA EEO Counselor Course
The US Army Chemical Materials Agency Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, Edgewood Area, will sponsor the DA EEO Counselor Course for those who will like to become collateral duty EEO Counselors. The training is free.

Your organization has to pay for travel⁄perdiem.

WHEN: Feb. 7-11

LOCATION: Chemical Demilitarization Training Facility, Building E4516, Assembly Room B

TIME: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Instructors: Wanda M. Jimenez-Barkdoll and Barbara K. Quillin.

IF you are interested, please contact Jennie Smith at (410) 436-7507, Jennie.smith@us.army.mil or Wanda Jimenez-Barkdoll at wanda.m.jimenez@amedd.army.mil or call at (301) 619-2479 to obtain an application.

Payday Loan Scams
The Legal Assistance Office received notice of the following fact patterns involving criminals targeting members of The Armed Forces to extort money after the intended victim had taken out a “payday loan“.

First case: In one case, the intended victim was called by a person claiming to be “Officer Jones“ from the “department of law and justice.“ He said her action in getting a payday loan was illegal, and asked for money. He had personal information about her -- her banking information and the last four of her Social Security number. Said if she didn't comply, he would send police to her home to arrest her.

Second Case: The intended victim was called by a person from some sort of “credit inquiries liquidation“ or some similarly named company. The caller claimed that the victim had violated banking regulations and was being charged with check fraud.

The caller expressed a willingness to “settle out of court“ for $800 -- payable by credit card.

The Legal Assistance Office cautions all Soldiers from using “payday“ loans.

If you wish to speak to a Legal Assistance Attorney, contact (301) 619-2065 for an appointment .

Free Ride to Work
If you would like to find out how you possibly get a free ride to work every day, then this is the program for you.

The Vanpool program helps government employees of Fort Detrick save lots of money in commuting costs to and from work. Vanpools are now being formed in all surrounding areas and cities.

We are looking for outgoing individuals who want to save money and to join a vanpool. We are also looking for volunteers to be riders and lead drivers to take charge of these Vanpools.

By leasing a van in this program, each rider receives up to $230 a month towards the lease amount.

Other incentives include free gas, (used while commuting) free maintenance and free insurance. The process is really easy and the benefits are outstanding.

If you live in one of these areas or another location and would like to be a part of a Vanpool, Please contact John Orelski at (301) 619-2113 or Marie O’Brien at (301) 619-3275.

Indoor Yard Sale
Need to make space for the holiday goodies? Didn't get what you hoped for over the holidays? Then sell and buy during the Indoor Yard Sale, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Activities Center, building 1520A (old commissary).

For more information, call (301) 619-4079.

Space is limited so sign up today!

Step into the New Year
It's never too late to step forward and Toastmasters will give you the training to make it happen!

Improve your communication and leadership skills by joining Fort Detrick Toastmasters.

For more information, call Mark at (301) 639-5110 or Pat at (301) 619-4147.

Health class
ABCs of Vitamins

Health Choices - What we need to know

Jan. 25

11:30 a.m. to -1 p.m.

Bldg 1520, Classroom 1

For information call (301) 619-3385 or (301) 619-4147

Partnered by: Federal Women's Program, Exceptional Family Member Program and Barquist Army Medical Clinic Join us as we present an expert panel leading a vibrant discussion on hot health topics that will include how to manage menopause, why vitamins, what is holistic health, where do weight control and heart health fit into the mix, and can complimentary therapies prevent and moderate chronic illness?

We will host Dr. Jeanne O'Connell from Sylvana Institute in Frederick, COL Mimms Mabee Chief of Preventive Medicine at Barquist Army Health Clinic, and CPT Tara Lemons, Chief of Outpatient Nutrition Services at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

You will have an opportunity to participate in an open discussion and Q & A session.

Submit your questions anonymously on a 3 x 5 card at the Lunch 'n Learn, or send them ahead of time to:

Michelle.hewitt@det.amedd.army.mil or Pat.mcconnell@us.army.mil. to be read at the event.

Bring your lunch or purchase a meal at the CafÈ Too. The special will be Beef Fahitas.

Light refreshments will be served.

Military Spouse Scholarship applications
The deadline is quickly approaching for spouses to apply for the National Military Family Association's Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program.

Scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to military spouses to obtain professional certification or training, complete a two- or four-year degree, or attend graduate school.

Scholarships are awarded in three categories: all military spouses, spouses of wounded service members, and spouses of fallen service members.

Applications will only be accepted online at: http:⁄⁄www.militaryfamily.org⁄our-programs⁄military-spouse-scholarships⁄

Spouses of uniformed service members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) from any branch or rank are eligible to apply.

The scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, and school room and board.

Start New Year saving
Recent legislative action extended the $230 MAX LIMIT for Mass Transit.
What does this mean to you, take the LEAD, start a vanpool and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE.

The lease cost includes Gas, Insurance, Maintenance and unlimited use of the van.

Just stop and think about all those miles you currently put on your car?

We all ready have many interested personnel wanting to join a vanpool from many different areas, but first we need those that want to take the lead and make it happen!

The following web site can provide you with much needed information: http:⁄⁄www.whs.mil⁄DFD⁄Info⁄NCRTransitSubsidy.cfm or contact John Orelski (301) 619-2113 or Marie O'Brien (301) 619-3275.

ASAP classes
January 25
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Strough Auditorium

Topic - Heroin
February 7
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Strough Auditorium
February 23
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Strough Auditorium
Questions about the training can be answered at (301) 616-9722.

Volunteer hours turn-in
Attention all Volunteers and Volunteer Supervisors: This is a reminder to turn in your volunteer hours to the Installation Volunteer Coordinator for 2010.

Please note that while it is understood that many of you would rather not report your volunteer hours because you feel that you're just helping out or you don't want to be recognized, it is VERY important to do so.

The US Army uses the volunteer hours reported when lobbying for Congress to fund different programs.

The millions of hours volunteered each year makes Congress aware of how many active community programs would otherwise be obsolete.

The Installation Volunteer Coordinator is collecting hours worked both on post and in the community.

If you are volunteering in the community as a coach, mentor, Boy Scout⁄Girl Scout Leader, at your church, at the Soup Kitchen, etc. we need you to report those hours to show the impact that Fort Detrick has in the surrounding communities.

Please contact Marsha Duncan at (301) 619-3171 or marshaduncan@amedd.army.mil to report hours today.

Computer Virus Alert
The newest virus circulating is the UPS⁄Fed Ex Delivery Failure.
You will receive an e-mail from UPS⁄Fed Ex Service along with a packet number. It will say that they were unable to deliver a package sent to you on such-and-such a date.

It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached. DON'T TRY TO PRINT THIS. IT LAUNCHES THE VIRUS!

Pass this warning on to all your PC operators at work and home.

This virus has caused millions of dollars in damage.

Volunteer Opportunities
Interpreters needed to help FCPS school staff and parents to communicate with each other fully. Interpreters work with families from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade at Parent-Teacher Conferences, IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings and after school events, etc. The candidates need to be 100 percent bilingual and proficient in oral and written English.

Languages needed: Korean, Chinese, Burmese, Spanish, French, Farsi, Bengali, Arabic, Russian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, etc.

You may contact violeta.thomoson@fcps.org, FCPS Coordinator, for the entire list of languages needed, or Marsha Duncan, Volunteer Coordinator at (301) 619-3171 or marsha.duncan@amedd.army.mil to volunteer.