Thursday, September 30, 2010

Around Fort Detrick

Dealing with Media
With increased media interest in Fort Detrick, please remember some simple guidelines if you are approached.

If you are approached and someone says they are with the media and there is no Public Affairs representative with them, ask if they have contacted the Public Affairs Office, and if they have identification or press credentials. Call the PAO and refer the individual to your chain of command or public affairs representative.

If you do speak to the media remember to think before you answer, and always tell the truth. You should not lie or intentionally mislead members of the media. It is important you only discuss things that you have direct responsibility for or have personal knowledge about. Don't answer speculative or hypothetical questions.

Keep remarks brief and concise, and always remember everything you say may be printed or broadcast. If you don't know the answer to a question or cannot discuss it for any reason, say so and refer them to PAO. Do not use “no comment“.

Finally, always inform the chain of command of interaction with the media.

PAO can be reached at (301) 619-2018.

Parking Lot Now Open
The gravel parking lot adjacent to Bldg. 1430 which has been closed is now open for use. The work at this parking lot has been completed ahead of schedule.

Vanpool Incentive Program
Save money, gas, time and the environment through the vanpool incentive program. 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 government implemented this program to help you save money, promote safety and to GO GREEN! Just think about how much wear and tear on your personal vehicle you can save as well as reducing the air pollution and traffic congestion. To learn more and contribute to the Fort Detrick Sustainable Community of Excellence, call John Orelski at ext. 2113 or Marie O'Brien at ext 3275.

INTERESTED IN STARTING A VANPOOL ?

A VANPOOL is being started in many of the surrounding areas. We are looking for outgoing individuals who want to be lead drivers to take charge of these Vanpools. The process is really easy and the benefits are outstanding. We are having a meeting about Vanpooling and all the benefits that are included on October 4th, at 12:30pm in building 201, room 249 (upstairs). Some specific cities include Hagerstown⁄Boonesboro MD, Martinsburg WV, Waynesburg PA and several other cities located in Pennsylvania.

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 ext. 2113 or Marie O”Brien at ext. 3275.

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
Bonnie Creager has recently been approved to become a recipient of annual leave donations through the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Ms. Creager will be having surgery Oct. 6 on her right shoulder.

Federal employees wishing to donate annual leave to Creager may do so by completing the form OPM-630A if they are within the agency (Army), http:⁄⁄www.opm.gov⁄forms⁄pdf_fill⁄opm630a.pdf .

Completed and signed forms can be forwarded to DeMonica Nealy at 1425 Porter Street, Room 114, or by fax at (301) 619-4299.

Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid Atlantic are seeking Wish-Granting volunteers in Western Maryland (Washington and Frederick Counties) to work in teams of two to meet with wish families, help children discover their most heartfelt wish, and enhance the wish experience.

You must be 21 years of age, requires cleared background check and training class.

Bilingual volunteers (esp. Spanish⁄English) are also needed.

Volunteers will be asked to complete at least four wishes as well as one continuing education seminar per year. The next training session will be in October in Hagerstown.

For more information contact Carole Crisci at ccrisci@midatlantic.wish.org, or (301) 797-9474.

Frederick's Oktoberfest – Oct. 2 & 3
On October 2nd and 3rd, the Great Frederick Fairgrounds will be transformed into a German village for the ninth annual Frederick’s Oktoberfest. This event is rich in tradition, history and good old-fashioned fun. What’s not to like about that, especially when it includes bratwurst and, you guessed it, Oktoberfest bier, along with German wines, soft drinks and German food. And, if you don your authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen, you’ll get in free. Otherwise the cost is just $5, with children receiving an all-inclusive pass for the activities. Kids two and under are free.

New for 2010 is Frederick’s largest outdoor sports bar -- the Football Tent with big screen TVs showing both college and pro ball games on Saturday and Sunday. Watch your favorite teams while enjoying the traditions of Oktoberfest!

The children will delight in the activities and entertainment just for them, including scare-crow making, a hay bale maze, pumpkin decorating, face painting and a moon bounce. The entertainment line up includes the Actor Anonymous Troupe, a magician, clown, and Karate demonstrations.

The event is handicap accessible and will be held rain or shine. More information, including schedules is available at the web site www.frederickoktoberfest.com

Family Action Plan Conference
The Fort Detrick Army Family Action Plan Conference will be Oct. 26-29. The conference is open to the entire Fort Detrick community including Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, DA Civilians, Contractors, Retirees and their family members.

AFAP is a mechanism for you to offer ideas and suggestions that impact the local, regional, and HQDA levels in the Army. AFAP Issue Submission forms and Conference Registration forms are available online at www.detrick.army.mil⁄outreach⁄afap.

Free childcare is available for eligible spouses. To schedule a AFAP briefing for your unit⁄organization or for more information contact Eva Garrett at USAGOutreach@amedd.army.mil or (301) 619-3787.

Civilian Welfare Council breakfast
The Civilian Welfare Council will be holding its next breakfast buffet, Oct. 27, at the Rally Point, 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per ticket for civilians, contractors, and military. NCI employees and retirees are $8.50. The deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 20.

Please call (301) 619-3245if you are interested.

Connections Beyond the Classroom
There have been several recent incidents involving photography occurring at Fort Detrick. PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT ALLOWED ON ANY OF FORT DETRICK'S INSTALLATIONS WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE DES AND PAO. If you see anyone taking photos, or any other suspicious activity (listed below) on or around Fort Detrick and associated facilities, please IMMEDIATELY CONTACT the Provost Marshal Desk Sergeant at (301) 619-7114.

Surveillance:

* use of binoculars, cameras or sketch pads inconsistent with ordinary tourist interest

* taking measurements of sites

* notes locations of entrances, guard posts, security cameras, etc

* unusual interest in facility procedures

* shift changes, security checks, incident responses, etc

Assessing facility procedures and responses:

* Attempts to enter without credentials

* Possession or use of cloned vehicle

* Breaches or attempted breaches of security perimeters

* Possession of or attempts to obtain credentials, uniforms, passwords, or authorized vehicles

* Possession of fraudulent credentials or unauthorized genuine credentials

* Abandoned packages or vehicles

* Attempts to defeat facility security features (physical, procedural or cyber)

* Possession of or attempts to obtain facility plans, schedules or

procedures

* Attempts to pose as vendor, contractor or other authorized personnel

* Attempts to smuggle contraband into or out of facility

* Acquisition or possession of explosives, explosive precursors or toxic chemicals

This list is not all-inclusive. Even if it isn't on this list, if it looks suspicious, report it