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Don’t Want to Cook on Thanksgiving?

On Thursday, November 27th, the DFAC (Dining Facility)  will be open from 6:00-8:30 a.m. to provide a continental breakfast.

Thanksgiving dinner will be provided from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

 

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Multiple Prescribed Burns in the Donnelly Training Area

The US Army Alaska, with the assistance of the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will conduct multiple prescribed burns in the Donnelly Training Area East, approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Ignition on the Wills Small Arms Range Complex, Collective Training Range (CTR), Bondsteel Village, and Battle Area Complex (BAX) is planned as early as Wednesday, April 9th and may continue through Sunday, June 8th as weather conditions permit.

Please visit the AICC Situation Report for daily updates at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact UYT Dispatch at the Alaska Fire Service at (907) 356-5554.

 

 

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Fort Greely Greets Warmer Days with spring Fling

Fort Greely, Alaska – Fort Greely’s Directorate of Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation’s invites the Delta-Greely community to their Annual Spring Fling Event on Saturday, March 22. The fun begins with an indoor winter triathlon at 10 a.m. followed by the much-loved “Latrines on Ice” outhouse race at noon. End the day with our first annual prom night for adults – a red carpet affair starting at 8 p.m.

Sign-ups for the indoor winter triathlon are required prior to March 7. Entrants will participate in 20 minutes of running, biking and swimming. Those who are interested should contact the Fort Greely Fitness Center at 873-2696.  

Sign-ups for the annual “Latrines on Ice” outhouse race are required prior to March 17. Those who are interested should contact the Aurora Community Activity Center at 873-4782. Adherence to the “Latrines on Ice” outhouse race rules and regulations are required: Build an outhouse with wood and/or cardboard, put in a toilet seat and roll of toilet paper, mount it on skis and PUSH it 500 feet the fastest to win. Race is limited to first 10 entries. Outhouses may be built from any material that produces a structurally sound building on skis. The outhouse is limited in size to 6 feet wide including push bars, 12 feet long and 8 feet in height. There is no minimum height, length or width. The outhouse must carry one helmeted person sitting on a toilet seat. Four people will push. One roll of toilet paper is required. Push bars must be permanently mounted to the outhouse. The outhouse must ride on wooden runners, snow boards, downhill or cross-country skis. Any outhouse deemed unsound or unsafe by the race committee will not be allowed to race.  

The race course will be a two-lane course with two teams racing each other down to the finish line. Time will be kept with a stopwatch. Winners of each race in the first round will compete in the finals. Top three finishers will receive a special trophy. Sign up your five person team now! This is a wonderful opportunity to use your creative side to develop a theme for your outhouse (PG-rating please).

Rules and free outhouse racer blueprint is available at the Aurora Community Activity Center and at www.facebook.com/FortGreelyFMWR. Stage your finished outhouse racer at the Aurora Community Activity Center by 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. The race will begin at noon.  

To round out the fun-filled day come celebrate at the First Annual Prom Night from 8 p.m. to midnight on March 22 at the Aurora Community Activity Center on Fort Greely. Tickets are $15 each or $25 for couples. Full bar service, contest prizes and finger foods will be available. Must be 18 years and older to participate (Music by DJ Pinkleman and photographs by J. Velez). Contact the Aurora Community Activity Center front desk at 873-4782 for details and to purchase your tickets today.  

Deborah Coble
Installation Public Affairs Officer
Fort Greely, Alaska “Home of the Rugged Professional”

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Commissary Frozen Food Sale and Hours

On behalf of the DeCA Commissary- We are having an outdoor frozen food sale on Feb. 28 through March 1 with big savings on some popular frozen items – a stock up and save event!  

Beginning on March 4, the Commissary will be changing hours on Tuesdays only. We will open an hour later (11:00am) and close an hour later (8:00pm). This is in response to requests by our patrons to have a night during the week when they could have extra time to shop after work.

 

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Purple Heart Hunt Passes Legislation

Fort Greely, Alaska – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game through the Board of Game passed Proposal 91 (DM795 Purple Heart Hunt) Feb. 20, 2014 in a 6-1 vote. This is the first hunt of this kind in Alaska and goes hand-in-hand with the State of Alaska’s Purple Heart Initiative proclaimed earlier in 2013. The Purple Heart Hunt will be available for the 2015 hunting season and will allow six Purple Heart Recipients who are 100 percent disabled to participate in the hunt in the DM795 area (this area is within the Delta Junction Management Area.)

Fort Greely, Directorate of Public Works Natural Resources Manager, Richard Barth, was instrumental in the development of this hunt along with Alaska Department of Fish and Game Local Area Biologist, Darren Bruning. Over two years in development, Barth took the time to solicit congressional backing. Letters to state and federal senators, congressman and the Alaska Governor’s Office requesting support for this hunt were well received and supported by all. “The biggest hurdle we had was convincing the local area advisory committee, but in the end we strengthened community relations and were able to get everyone on the same team – supporting our disabled veterans,” said Barth.

Deborah Coble Installation Public Affairs Officer
Fort Greely, Alaska “Home of the Rugged Professional”

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Mutual aid one of FGA’s Garrison Commander’s priorities

FORT GREELY, AK – USAG Fort Greely Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Brian Speas is committed to response for all EMS calls to include mutual aid between Fort Greely and the City of Delta Junction.

The commander’s priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of the installation workforce and residents, the protection of Fort Greely’s assets to include the infrastructure (mobile and immobile assets) and the fulfillment of Fort Greely’s mutual aid agreements with Delta Junction and Rural Deltana fire communities.

The administrative furlough period has ended; however, Fort Greely continues to experience constraints on the use of overtime making it exceedingly difficult to fill the day-to-day vacancies within Fort Greely’s Fire and Emergency Services.  That being said, there has not been a single instance where Fort Greely has not been able to respond to a call for service to either community.

Fort Greely will continue to provide mutual aid to the City of Delta Junction based on the availability of resources in accordance with the terms and guidelines set forth in the agreement.

Deborah Coble
Installation Public Affairs Officer Fort Greely, Alaska
“Home of the Rugged Professional”

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Fort Greely Mutual Aid

The USAG Fort Greely Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Brian Speas, stipulates that there is no change in the mutual aid agreement between Fort Greely and the City of Delta Junction. Fort Greely will continue to provide mutual aid to the City of Delta Junction based on the availability of resources in accordance with the terms and guidelines set forth in the agreement.

Based on a routine risk analysis conducted by the Fort Greely Fire Chief it was deemed that supporting a community outreach event, such as the Deltana Fair and Music Festival, with complete crew and apparatus during a period of limited resources resulted in too great a risk to not only the Fort Greely community, but also the Delta Junction community.

While it is in everyone’s best interest to continue forging strong community bonds we must remain fiscally responsible with our limited resources. Fort Greely is a proud supporter of local community events whenever possible and extends the hand of service within our means.

Most recently, Lt. Col. Speas had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the start of the 2013 Deltana Fair and Music Festival with opening remarks and assisting in the judging of the Deltana Fair Parade that has been a time-honored tradition since the first parade in 1983.

Submitted by: Deborah Coble Installation Public Affairs Officer
Fort Greely, Alaska
“Home of the Rugged Professional”
Office: 907-873-5023

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New Collection Point for Aluminum Can Recycling

In case you missed it, there is BLUE aluminum can collection bin located in the parking lot of the Fort Greely Visitor’s Center.

The container is in a convenient location for anyone wanting to recycle aluminum cans without entering post.

PLEASE – NO TRASH – JUST CANS!

We CANNOT accept these items:
– Aluminum foil
– Pie plates
– Steel or tin cans (i.e. Soug, Veg. or tuna cans)
– Decorative tins

 

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Quality Recycling Program Public Auction at Fort Greely ~ Updated

FORT GREELY, Alaska – U.S. Army Garrison Fort Greely Alaska will hold a Quality Recycling Program Auction open to the public on June, 1; 9 a.m. at Building 643. Early viewing will begin at 8 a.m. on the morning of the sale only.

The public is invited to attend the auction. All drivers must present a valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and proof of insurance. All passengers age 16 and older must have a photo ID.

All sale items must be paid for in full the day of auction. Payment can be made by check only. All sales are final and all items are sold as is and where is. It is the responsibility of the buyer to transport purchased materials. A forklift will be on site to load heavy items or containers.

A list of sale items and photos will be available soon on the Fort Greely Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fort.greely.

Photos can be viewed here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.530136977042986.1073741835.134243133299041&type=1

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FGA participates in Full Scale Exercise Shockwave 13

FORT GREELY, Alaska – Fort Greely will conduct Shockwave 13 Full Scale Exercise on Wednesday, May 22. The exercise scenario deals with responding to a natural disaster. The exercise will test and refine FGA’s response and recover plans and procedures in order to ensure the protection and safety of the Fort Greely military and civilian communities while promoting public education and community involvement.

This is an installation-wide activity. Please expect some noise disturbances and minor delays in regards to our normal operating procedures.

Messages related to a scenario may be broadcast over the Giant Voice and or other Command Information products. These messages will be preceded by, and end with Exercise, Exercise, Exercise so they are not confused with real world events.

Real world events take precedence over scenarios associated with the exercise. As with everything we do, safety is our primary concern. During the exercise we must remain vigilant in our day to day activities protecting the community whose members work, live and play on the installation.

Deborah Coble
Installation Public Affairs Officer
Office: 907-873-5023

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FGA Special Access Event – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

On behalf of the Fort Greely Equal Opportunity Special Events Council –

You are cordially invited to attend the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration this Thursday, May 2; 1 p.m. at the Fort Greely Middle School gymnasium.

Help celebrate our cultural diversity!

This is a special access event and is open to the entire Delta-Greely community.

Free ethnic food samplings will be available.

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Important Information About Lead in Your Drinking Water

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), Fort Greely Garrison, and Doyon Utilities are concerned about lead in your drinking water. Doyon Utilities found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Please read this information closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water.

Although most homes have very low levels of lead in their drinking water, some homes in the community have had lead levels above the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb), or 0.015 milligrams per liter of water (mg/L). Under Federal law Doyon Utilities is required to have a program in place to minimize lead in your drinking water.

Health Effects of Lead
Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women.  Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children.   Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults.  Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life.  During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.

What is Lead?
Lead is a common metal found throughout the environment in lead-based paint, air, soil, household dust, water, and food or liquids stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain.

Lead in Drinking Water?
Lead in drinking water, although rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, can increase a person’s total lead exposure, particularly the exposure of infants who drink baby formulas and concentrated juices that are mixed with water.

How Lead enters our Drinking Water?
Unlike most drinking water contaminants, lead is unusual in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like rivers and lakes. Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion, or wearing away,  of  materials  containing  lead  in  household plumbing.  These materials include lead-based solder previously used to join copper pipe, brass and chrome-plated brass faucets. In 1986, Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 0.2% lead, and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and other plumbing materials to 8.0%.

When water stands in plumbing systems containing lead for several hours or more, the lead may dissolve into your drinking water.  This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning, or later in the afternoon after returning from work or school, can contain increased levels of lead.

It is important to note that DU’s water treatment process does not increase the lead levels in the treated water. Any increases in the lead levels are generally from water service lines and older plumbing fixtures within the buildings.

Current testing
Doyon Utilities identified 15 kitchen faucets at FGA where lead testing measured higher than the 15 ppb action level and DU began a faucet replacement pilot program in 2011. The 15 replaced faucets are being sampled to investigate how lead concentrations have changed; current results indicate a de- crease in lead levels below the action level. Additional sampling will be conducted through 2013.

TO AVOID LEAD IN DRINKING WATER TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS: FLUSH YOUR SYSTEM Flushing tap water is a simple and inexpensive measure you can take to protect your family’s health.  To flush, let the water run from the tap before using it for drinking or cooking any time the water in a faucet has gone unused for more than six hours. The longer water resides in your home’s plumbing, the more lead it may contain. Flushing the  tap means running the cold water faucet until the water gets noticeably colder.   Although toilet flushing or showering flushes water through a portion of your home’s  plumbing system, you still need to flush the water in each faucet before using it for drinking or cooking.

To conserve water, fill a couple of bottles for drinking water after flushing the tap, and whenever possible use the first flush water to wash dishes or water plants.

All housing units and common areas have been fitted with faucet -mounted filters. Doyon Utilities and the Garrison encourage use of filtered water for consumption. Replacement filters will be available at self-help. The filters are  designed to last for 6 months and meet the ANSO/NSF standard for lead removal (Standard 53).

USE ONLY COLD WATER FOR COOKING AND DRINKING
Try not to cook with, or drink water from the hot water tap. Never use the hot water tap for water to mix infant formula or for cooking.   Hot water can dissolve lead  more quickly than cold water.  If you need hot water for drinking or cooking, draw water from the cold tap and heat it on the stove.  Boiling water will not reduce the lead level.

For More Information
For more information, call Doyon Utilities at 869-3600 For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home or building and the health effects of lead,  visit EPA’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/lead or contact your health care provider.

Your family doctor or pediatrician can provide you with information about the health effects of lead.

You can also receive information about lead in drinking water from the following:

Lead in Drinking Water Web Site: www.epa.gov/safewater/lead National Lead Information Center: 1(800)-424-LEAD

Deborah Coble
Garrison Public Affairs Office
Fort Greely, Alaska
Email:  deborah.a.coble2.civ@mail.mil
Office: 907-873-5023
Cell: 907-505-0512

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Fort Greely FMWR Spring Fling Vendor Fair

Fort Greely is looking for vendors to show their wares at our upcoming Spring Fling Vendor Fair!

March 23 from 10:30am – 4:30pm  at the Aurora CAC.

Tables are $15 and with that you will receive a $5 Chinook Grill Voucher!. If you have something you’d like to sell join us for SPRING FLING!!

Call 873-4783 to reserve your table. Please pass the word to all the great local vendors/artisians in the area.

Mary Ann R.
Fulton Marketing Specialist
Fort Greely FMWR
Bldg 655, Rm 115
Office 907-873-3542

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Alpha Company Volleyball

Alpha Company Hellraisers–2012 Fort Greely Volleyball League Champions Front Row: Jessica Jefferis, Ernesto Ventura, and Jay Ruiz Back Row: Christian Crespo, Jamie Montes, Omar Marin, Gerardo Lopez, and Gilberto Ortiz

The Alpha Company Hellraisers won the 2012 Fort Greely Volleyball League Tournament by defeating the CRTC Rugged Professionals.  After losing the first set against the CRTC Rugged Professionals, the Alpha Company Hellraisers regrouped, rallied, and won the last two sets. The final championship game was very exciting, as both teams battled it out and played extremely  well.

Team HHB and Team Alpha Company Hellraisers Front row: Lori Pliska , Vince Cepeda, Ernesto Ventura, and Christian Crespo Back Row: Russell Craig, Eric Hannan, Ordie Oldham, Rachael Andrade, Jamir Montes, Omar Marin, and Jessica Jefferis

This year, four teams participated in the Volleyball League:  Alpha Company Hellraisers, Team HHB, Team CRTC Rugged Professionals, and the Fire Department.  As the season progressed, all four teams improved their skills and their team spirit.  The volleyball season and tournament were a lot of fun, and all the teams displayed tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship.

We would like to extend special thanks to the entire staff of the FMWR Fitness Center for hosting the Volleyball League and tournament.  We would also like to thank Mrs. Angie Glass, who organized the Volleyball League and coordinated the games this season; and referee John Ward, who refereed every game of the volleyball season and tournament.  Finally, we are grateful for all the teams and players who participated and made this year’s Volleyball League a success.  Great job!

Courtesy of Chaplain Vince Cepeda and Fort Greely

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Condolences go out to Mr. Georg “Michael” Greaser Families & Friends

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012, Department of the Army Police Officer, Mr. Georg “Michael” Greaser was transported to the Family Medical Center in Delta Junction where he was later pronounced deceased by the local physician.

Cause of death determination is on-going; more information will be provided as it comes available.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Fort Greely Community are with Mr. Greaser’s family during this time of loss and grief.

Treva Slaughter
Protocol Officer
Fort Greely Garrison
Office: 907-873-5234

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Veterans Day Honoring Vets Past and Present

On Sunday, Nov. 11 the American Legion Post #22 Commander, Rick Tirrell, and fellow legion members hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Delta Junction Moose Lodge.

Senior military leaders from Fort Greely were in attendance with Cold Regions Test Center Commander, Lt. Col. Charles May, as Guest Speaker.

The event offered a respectable venue in which to honor our veterans and to thank them for their service both past and present.

Photos and text Courtesy – Deborah Coble
Garrison Public Affairs Office
Fort Greely, Alaska

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Part Day Preschool???

Submitted by: Noel Mitchell
CYSS Facility Director
907-873-4599

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JBER Training at Donnelly Flats

There were 200 Soldiers up from Joint Base Richardson-Elmendorf (JBER) to utilize the large training area located at Donnelly Flats.

Previously, Marines from 3D Force Reconnaissance Company, United States Marine Corp, Okinawa, Japan, used the area to perform several training jumps during August as well.

USMC Paraloft

All Photo Credits  Deborah Ward, USAG Fort Greely, Alaska

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Fort Greely Provides Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Twelve participants successfully completed the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on September 4-5, 2012. Back row: Vince Cepeda-ASIST Instructor, Sarah Anderegg, Kelanitani Maka, William Canada, Josie Barry, Deavene Hodge, Justin Taylor, Jason Tatro, and Julana Jameson. Front row: Paul McDavid, Flanity Briones, Sarah Almeida, Charles Boldt-ASIST Instructor, and Daniel Garner

On September 4 and 5, 12 individuals from various work backgrounds successfully completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) at the Chapel Annex at Fort Greely.  ASIST, a product of LivingWorks Education, Inc., is the most widely used suicide-intervention training material in the world.

ASIST is a two-day, skills-building workshop that prepares caregivers of all kinds to provide suicide intervention and first-aid.  Professionals, volunteers, and informal helpers all need to know how to help persons with thoughts of suicide in ways that increase their safety.  ASIST-trained, first-aid-intervention caregivers are better able to:

*   Identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
*   Understand how one’s beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide intervention;
*   Seek a shared understanding of the reasons for thoughts of suicide and the reasons for living;
*   Review potential risks and develop a plan to increase safety from suicidal behavior for an agreed period of time; and
*  Follow up on all safety commitments, accessing further help as needed.

A significant amount of stigma is associated with suicide, and it is often considered “taboo” to discuss this topic.  The ASIST workshop provides information that can help participants lift and remove some of the stigma that might otherwise cause them to hesitate to intervene when they are aware of individuals who might be contemplating suicide.  As with most things, education is the key.  It is important to educate individuals about this issue and to equip them with the skills necessary to feel confident, ready, willing, and able to help someone avoid suicide.  It is rewarding to know that one person’s assistance and involvement can help save a life.

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.  The U.S. Army has reported that, as of August 10, 2012, it is believed that 191 Soldiers have taken their lives this year.  The Army has ordered a Suicide Stand Down on September 27, 2012.  On this date, various training initiatives are being implemented Army-wide to help reduce and prevent further loss of life.

We are offering ASIST Workshops for members of the Fort Greely and Delta communities on an ongoing basis so that we can continue to educate and equip as many individuals as possible who are willing to help those in need.  If you would like to attend a future ASIST workshop, please contact Chaplain (MAJ) Vince Cepeda at 873-9827.

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Hunting Areas Closures and Openings on Army Lands

Call USARTRAK system before starting recreation on Army lands

All users of Army lands are required to register for a Recreational Access Pass (RAP) and are required to call into the U. S. Army Alaska Recreation Tracking System (USARTRAK) system for updates regarding the opening/ closing of training areas for recreational use. The number is 353-3181 for the Fairbanks Area; 873-3181 for Fort Greely; Fort Wainwright main post must dial 1-907-353-3181 or call 1-877-705-8725 outside these areas. Registration for RAPS can be done at the Main Gate Visitors’ Centers at Forts Wainwright and Greely (closed on weekends). You may also obtain a RAP card and check into training areas at the USARTRAK website: http://www.usartrak.com/. Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely RAP holders who have problems checking in may call the Environmental Office at 361-9686 for assistance.

Officials have announced which training areas are expected to be open for recreation during September and which areas will be used for training.

In the Donnelly Training Area East, training areas 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507 513 and 514 will be closed for training Sept. 16-17 and Sept. 20-21.

A large portion of the DTA West will be closed Aug. 1 through Aug. 30.

Training area 548 will be closed Sept. 13-21. Training areas 541 and 542 will be open throughout the month.

Much of the Yukon Training Area is open for recreation. Training area 307 will be closed Sept. 5- and 18-20. Training area 310 will be closed Sept. 18-20, and training areas 308, 309, 312 and 313 will be closed Sept. 17-Oct. 10 for military training.

Johnson Road is closed from Sept. 17-Oct. 10. Manchu Road, Quarry Road, Manchu Lake Trail and Beaver Creek Road are closed from Sept. 18-Sept. 20, 2012.

All of the Tanana Flats Training Area will be open to hunting and other recreational activities except training area 201, which is closed Sept. 4-7, Sept. 10-14, Sept. 17-21 and Sept. 24-28.

Because of concerns for the safety of the soldiers and recreational users, roads in the training areas will also be closed when the training begins.

All recreational users must exit training areas no later than 11:59 p.m. on the date prior to closure.

Hunters and other recreational users are encouraged to have back-up plans for their activities. These openings can still change as units continue to define their training requirements.

It is extremely important for everyone to recognize the locations of permanent impact areas. Permanent impact areas are highlighted on USARTRAK maps in red, and with black dotted line in the current Department of Fish and Game hunting regulations, referred to as “military impact areas.”

Prior to accessing lands withdrawn for military training, hunters and all other recreational users must call in to the USARTRAK system. The system provides Army conservation officials important information concerning the location of people within the training areas and assists with range-clearing efforts before live-fire activities begin.

Maps identifying open areas and date are available at http://www.wainwright.army.mil/env/RecMaps.html. Look for the ones that are labeled “Hunt Map.” All recreational users should still call USARTRAK as this information could change.

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Third Annual Delta/Greely Community Soccer Fundraiser Tournament at Fort Greely

Team Garrison: Front Row–James Wiggins, Ellie Mason, Cory Kiser, Heather Stossmeister, and Angela Hannan. Back Row–David Cepeda, Jaime Hernandez, Charles May, Kazuo Yamaguchi, Eric Stossmeister, Jesse Schexnayder, and Juan Pierre Valentin.

By : Chaplain (MAJ) Vince Cepeda

Our Third Annual Delta/Greely Community Soccer Fundraiser Tournament to support the Delta High School Co-Ed Soccer Team was held at Fort Greely on Aug. 9-11.  This year, six teams participated:  49th Missile Defense Battalion, Team Garrison, Delta High School, Delta High School Alumni, Team Internationals, and Whitestone.  We congratulate Whitestone for winning the tournament for the third straight year!

This was the first year the tournament took place at Fort Greely, as it was previously held at Delta High School.  We converted the Driving Range into two recreational soccer fields.  It turned out that this venue was a perfect location for the tournament.  Many people commented that they were pleased about the convenience, spaciousness, and beauty of the soccer fields.  We were also blessed to have perfect weather for playing soccer.

This was the third year that I have had the privilege—along with several other individuals—to organize the Annual Delta/Greely Soccer Fundraiser Tournament.  Each year, the tournament has met its three objectives:  to raise funds to support travel and other expenses of the Delta High School Co-Ed Soccer Team, to continue to build camaraderie between the Fort Greely and Delta Junction communities as we support a good cause, and to provide an opportunity for soccer players and spectators to enjoy themselves as we play and watch soccer.

To minimize expenses, all activities associated with conducting the tournament were handled by volunteer workers who lined the soccer fields, moved soccer goals to the appropriate locations, refereed all games, and performed other functions.  The tournament was a great success!

I would like to my express my appreciation to Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Terry Clark,  Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff, the Alaska National Guard Recruiting Team, the Fort Greely Commissary, Ms. Andrea Lemons, the team captains and players, 49th Missile Defense Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Joseph Miley and the 49th Missile Defense Battalion for their support in making our Third Annual Delta/Greely Community Soccer Fundraiser Tournament possible.

There has been significant interest expressed by members of the Fort Greely and Delta Junction communities in continuing to conduct this tournament each year.  We look forward to next year’s tournament and to other opportunities during the coming year for the Fort Greely and  Delta Junction communities to work together.

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Buffalo Bowl Leagues Beginning Soon

Interested in signing up for bowling leagues?

First meeting will be August 23 at 6pm in hte Multi Purpose Room of The CAC.

Contact the CAC at 873-4783 for more information.

Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers needed for each league!

Monday: Military
Tuesday: Men
Wednesday: Ladies
Thursday: Mixed
Friday: Fun League (Cosmic Bowling)

 

Delta Community: To drive on to Fort Greely for this event you will the following information: Current drivers liceenses, registrations, and proof of oinsurance.  Adult passengers will also need to show current identification.      

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Fort Greely community comes together for annual anti-crime & drug event

National Night Out a Going Away Party for Drugs and Crime
Fort Greely community comes together for annual anti-crime & drug event

Fairbanks, AK. – August 14, 2012 – North Haven was pleased to present the fourth annual Fort Greely National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the North Haven picnic pavilion. National Night Out is a nationwide initiative by the National Association of Town Watch to encourage families to take action against drugs and crime in their communities.   This year, North Haven partnered with many fantastic local organizations, Garrison departments and community volunteers to coordinate and present this important annual event:   the Fort Greely Directorate of Emergency Services Department of the Army Police and Fort Greely Fire Department and EMS, the Alaska State Troopers, Fort Greely Military Family Life Consultants, Army Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), the 49th Missile Defense Battalion Family Readiness Group, Fairbanks Chapter of the American Red Cross, Delta/Greely School District, Alaska Army National Guard Family Programs, Army Community Services, the 49th Missile Defense Agency, the Lions Club, Fort Greely Safety, CRTC, the 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Fort Greely Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation , Fort Greely Child and Youth Services and the Youth Center.

On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, over 250 people gathered to celebrate the event.  The event began with a special presentation of the colors by an honor guard provided by the 49th Missile Defense Battalion NCOs.   DJ Jack Carlson kept the party going with a great selection of tunes and fun commentary. National Night Out participants were treated to great family entertainment such as a huge blowup obstacle course brought in from Recruiting and Retention command in Anchorage, a kids bounce house, fun activities and games, and interesting static displays of a fire truck, smokehouse and police vehicles provided by Fort Greely Directorate of Emergency Services and Alaska State Troopers and a CRTC vehicles and weapons display and vehicles from the 49th Missile Defense Battalion.

A special highlight to this year’s event was the landing a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, piloted by Warrant Officer Nyle Harrison and crew of the Alaska Army National Guard aviation detachment of Fairbanks, in the field behind Fort Greely Middle School.   Everyone was invited to check out the aircraft while crew and pilot explained all of the buttons and straps and levers – many kids returned to view the helicopter quite a few times to learn more about it!

Another highlight of National Night Out was the outdoor barbeque, provided by North Haven.  Attendees were treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, snow cones and popcorn.  Door prizes were donated by Mt. McKinley Bank, Buffalo Center Drive-In and Acacia Floral along with goodie bags from North Haven.  This event was made possible through the partnership and cooperation of many businesses and organizations, and through the hard work of many volunteers

About North Haven
Through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, the U.S. Army formed a 50 year partnership with Lend Lease to finance, develop, build, renovate and maintain the posts 1,800 homes on Forts Wainwright and Greely.  The partnership is known as North Haven Communities.  North Haven is dedicated to creating welcoming, safe communities that positively influence the way our Service Members and their Families live.  North Haven is also committed to positively contributing to the local and regional economy by working with small businesses, relying on local resources and hiring local people.  North Haven adheres to best practices in safety, energy-efficient construction, and sustainability.

About Lend Lease
Lend Lease is a leading global real estate service business, having developed, constructed and managed real estate assets around the world for more than 50 years.  Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, the Lend Lease Group operates in 30 countries on six continents with a significant presence in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

In the United States, Lend Lease’s public partnership business is the nation’s leader in public/private community development. With a focus on creating sustainable value, Lend Lease creates communities that regenerate our environment, enrich people’s lives and foster economic growth.  Lend Lease has worked extensively with the Department of Defense through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program that provides for the transfer of military housing assets to private sector companies. With over 40,000 residential units, 192 apartments and 8,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio, Lend Lease will finance, develop, build, renovate and operate these sites for at least 50 years.

Submitted by:
Betsy Woolley
North Haven Marketing Manager
Fort Wainright, AK

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Fort Greely Recylce Program Auction ~ Aug 25

Fort Greely Recycle Program Auction

Location: Building 643 and Salvage Yard (Landfill location)

Auction to being at 9am with early viewing of materials beginning no earlier than 8am the morning of the sale.

All items must be paid for in full the day of the auction. Payment can be made by check only. All sales are final and all items are sold as is and where is. It is the responsibility of the buyer to transport purchased materials.  A forklift will be on site to load heavy,  items or containers. All items are to be picked up from the site no later than August 31, 2012. Items left after August 31st will be resold and proceeds become property of the recycling program. Appointment required for pick up for items purchased.

On 17 Aug 2012, a listing of items for sale will be advertised separately with accompanying photos and detailed descriptions at the following website: http://www.greely.army.mil/directorates/pw/env/programs/envinfo.aspx

Directions to the sale will also be provided with the sale listing and photos.

This will be an Open Post event.

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Global Lightning Full Scale Exercise Starts Today

This is just a friendly reminder that our “Global Lightning” 2012 Full Scale Exercise begins today and runs through Tuesday, May 22.

The purpose of the exercise is to test the installation’s response to a multitude of incidents related to acts of terrorism in the Fort Greely and Delta Junction community and is a continuing effort to assess the validity of USAG-FGA Antiterrorism Plan as well as the installation all hazards preparedness plans and procedures.

During the five-day period the workforce and residents of the FGA housing area can expect to see an increase in the movement of first responders and emergency response vehicles across the installation. There could be an aggressor force making an “attack” against the Missile Defense Complex, with both sides using blanks and pyrotechnics. Messages related to a scenario may be broadcast over the Giant Voice.  These messages will be preceded by, and end with Exercise, Exercise, Exercise so they are not confused with real world events.
Real world events take precedence over scenarios associated with the exercise. As with everything we do, safety is our primary concern.

Deborah Ward
Garrison Public Affairs Office
Fort Greely, Alaska
deborah.a.ward32.civ@mail.mil
Office: 907-873-5023

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Donnelly Training Area West

The US Army Alaska and the BLM Alaska Fire Service will conduct a prescribed fire on the Oklahoma Range within the Donnelly Training Area, approximately 25 miles southwest of Delta Junction. Burning will occur any time between May 5th and May 31st when the burning conditions are optimal and air quality should not be affected.

The Oklahoma Range is critical for enhancing U.S. Army and Air Force mission training. The purpose of the prescribed burns is to reduce the dead and dry vegetation in the ranges, thereby reducing the potential for a wildfire to ignite during live-fire training exercises.

Smoke may be visible in Delta Junction and the Donnelly Training Area during burning operations.

For further information, please contact Alaska Fire Service Dispatch at 907-356-5554.

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Main Gate Closure for FGA in Conjunction with Full Scale Exercise

United States Army Garrison Fort Greely (USAG-FGA) will conduct a full scale Antiterrorism and Emergency Response Exercise, “Global Lightning” to test the installation response to a multitude of incidents related to acts of terrorism in the Fort Greely and Delta Junction community. The exercise dates are May 18-22, 2012 and is a continuing effort to assess the validity of USAG-FGA Antiterrorism Plan as well as the installation all hazards preparedness plans and procedures. This effort is accomplished in coordination with all USAG-FGA activities, directorates and military units.

On May 21 at approximately 8:45 am all Fort Greely Gates will be closed and remain closed for approximately 10 to 20 minutes to evaluate various capabilities used to secure our installation should an actual incident occur. As a consequence there will some; however, minimal impact on the community. In addition the Mass Notification/Giant Voice will be used to announce an incident (EXERCISE ONLY) has occurred on post and everyone should remain indoors, stay off the roads, and await further instructions. This will cause minor delays entering and exiting Fort Greely and there may be some confusion and anxiety because of the Mass Notification/Giant Voice announcements. Again, this is an EXERCISE ONLY event.

The Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Terry Clark, asks for your patience, understanding and cooperation during this important exercise as we continue to train and work to protect and serve our community.

If you have any questions, please contact the FGA Public Affairs Office at the number below. Thank you.

Very respectful,

Deborah Ward Garrison
Public Affairs Office
Fort Greely, Alaska
deborah.a.ward32.civ@mail.mil
Office: 907-873-5023
Cell: 907-505-0512

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Donnelly Training Area West Prescribed Burns

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service will assist the US Army Garrison Alaska with a prescribed burn in the Donnelly Training Area West. The burn is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Delta Junction, Alaska. Burning may be initiated any time between May 5 and May 31, 2012 when weather conditions are optimal and air quality will not be affected.

The Oklahoma Range is critical for enhancing U.S. Army and Air Force mission training. The purpose of the prescribed burns is to reduce the dead and dry vegetation in the ranges, thereby reducing the potential for a wildfire to ignite during live-fire training exercises. The burn will remove dried grass and brush from approximately 20,000 acres of the Oklahoma Range.

Smoke from the prescribed burn may be visible in Delta Junction and the Donnelly Training Area but is not expected to linger because the primary vegetation burned will be grass and brush. For more information about prescribed fires, contact the Alaska Fire Service Dispatch at 356-5554, or visit the BLM Alaska Fire Service website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/.

Submitted by Mary Lynch

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Fort Greely Basketball Championship Game April 12

On behalf of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation –

Who: ALL FORT GREELY MEMBERS
What: CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL GAME
Where: FT. GREELY FITNESS CENTER
When: TOMORROW, APRIL 12 ~ GAME STARTS @ 1900

This is a great opportunity to support your local athletic talent! Come see which Ft. Greely Basketball League will walk away with the championship hardware.

We have a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Saturday, April 28th and the co-ed softball team season starting in June. For more information on any of the sports events, please call the Fitness Center at 873-2696.

Submitted by:
Regina Sheptock
Marketing, Family & MWR

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Ft. Greely Gym 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Game

Ft. Greely Gym 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Game Day April 28, 2012

Deadline to sign up: April 23rd

Sign up for the tournament at the Fitness Center

If you have any questions please contact:
Richard (907) 505-8005
Robin (907) 378-1026
Angela (907) 873-2696

Physical Fitness Center Hours: Monday – Friday 0530-2200 Saturday, Sunday & Holidays  1000-1800

Submitted by:
Regina Sheptock
Marketing, Family & MWR

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Fort Greely Coed Adult Softball League

Fort Greely Coed Adult Softball League Begins June 4 and goes through August 27

Open to Delta Community

Team Sign-up no later than May 28, 2012

Games held 1800 – 2100 Mondays

Physical Fitness Center Contact 873-2696

Physical Fitness Center Hours: Monday – Friday 0530-2200
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays  1000-1800

Submitted by:
Regina Sheptock
Marketing, Family & MWR

 

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Let’s Get Together ~ Quarter Open Post Events – Updated

Learn how to get Ft. Greely passes, go swimming, go bowling, go to the movie theatre, go to the gym, go to the Chinook on March 31, 2012

Fort Greely invites the Delta Junction community to check out opportunities at these participating locations:

1. Aurora Community Activity Center ~ Bowling, Chinook Bar & Grille, Game & Arcade Rooms with Foos Ball, Ping Pong & Darts
2. Gym ~ Sauna, tanning, weight & cardio equipment
3. Pool ~ Open swim
4. Movie Theatre

CAC 11am – 10pm
873-4782

Tour the new Aurora Community Activity Center. Come and see what all the fuss is about. Many amenties to enjoy: Buffalo Bowl, Chinook Bar & Grille, Lobby & Fireplace, Arcade & Game Room, Ball Room rentals, Theatre & Reading Room, & Dance Studio

Gym & Pool
10am – 6pm
873-2696

The gym and pool will give information regarding equipment, fitness coordinators, tanning, sauna and steam rooms, lessons and pool. Gym and pool will be free except for tanning bed which costs $3
per session. (based on space available).

7pm
AAFAES movie theatre will be showing Journey II: The Mysterious Island Movie (PG) 94 minutes
$4.50 for adults $2.50 for children

 
Additionally learn about these upcoming events:
Delta/Ft. Greely Triathlon June 9 Open Post Event
Acquiring a post pass does not allow for free access to Ft. Greely at anytime. Delta members must be participating in a designated activity. Attend this open post event to learn details. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Maps are available at the Visitor Center. For bowling and restaurant pricing call 873-4782/4783.

Submitted by
Deborah Ward
Public Affairs

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CRTC Notice of Availability

Notice of Availability U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center “Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment: Army Testing, Infrastructure Improvement and Enhanced Environmental Procedures, Donnelly Training Area, Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely”

The U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center (CRTC), along with the Fort Wainwright Garrison Commander and Fort Greely Garrison Commander announce the availability of a draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and draft Findings of No Significant Impact (FNSI). CRTC has prepared a draft PEA to consider the potential environmental effects of continued test operations and infrastructure improvements by CRTC on Army lands (Fort Greely and Fort Wainwright’s Donnelly Training Area) as well as enhanced environmental procedures for reviewing environmental impacts. The PEA evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed actions. The draft PEA and draft FNSIs are available for review for 30 days, from January 12 to February 11, 2012. A paper copy is available at the Delta Junction Public Library, 2291 Deborah Street, or upon request. The document is also available here: http://www.yuma.army.mil/mhub_documents.shtml.

Requests for further information or submittal of public comments must be received no later than February 11, 2012. Comments received will be reviewed and relevant issues will be addressed and incorporated into a revised PEA.  If no comments are received during the public comment period, the original PEA will become the final PEA. For further information or to submit comments, please contact Michael Nuckols, U.S. Army Cold Regions Test Center, PO Box 31350, Fort Greely, Alaska 99731; telephone (907) 873-1245; email michael.nuckols@us.army.mil.

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DA Civilian Notice Town Hall Meeting

ATTENTION:  DA Civilians! The Garrison Commander will be holding a Town Hall
Meeting for all Department of the Army Civilians on Dec. 22 at the Post Theater. There will be two sessions for your convenience. First session is from 10 am – 11 am; second session from 2 pm – 3 pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to brief the workforce on strategies and tools that are currently in place and tools that will be implemented to get IMCOM to our authorized on board strength number. The Directorate of Emergency Services will be videotaping the session for those unable to attend. The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center Director will be at both sessions to answer specific Human Resource questions. Thank you.

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Veterans Day

Words from the Garrison Commander Lieutenant Colonel Terry Clark
Used With Permisson from the Fort Greely Interceptor

Veterans Day is a day to remember those who have served and who are still serving. We remember those brave men and women who have made hallow the ground at such places as Lexington, The Alamo, Veracruz, Gettysburg, San Juan Hill, Manila, the Marne, Normandy, Chosin Reservoir, Khe Sanh, 72 Eastings, Tora Bora, Fallujah and the Helmand Province to name just a few.

On this day, I would ask that we pause to remember those who are part of our history and to consider those who are currently serving to protect our future. Over the last 10 years our all-volunteer Military has proven its worth in one of the most important conflicts this nation has ever faced.

Throughout this time, leaders at every level have displayed unparalleled ingenuity, flexibility and adaptability. Additionally, our Soldiers have displayed the mental and physical toughness, courage under fire and humanity that are truly the hallmarks which define the American fighting man.

Together, with the support of DOD civilians, contractors and the American public, we have transformed ourselves into the most versatile, agile, deployable and sustainable strategic force the world has ever known… yet, this was not achieved without a price.

For more than two centuries, the success and security of our Republic has depended on the willingness of its finest men and women to step forward and to serve… On Veterans Day, we should turn our thoughts toward the 1.1 million men and women we have in uniform today, arguably the next greatest generation, and to those millions more who have gone before… all giving some and some giving all.

As a Nation, we owe much to our veterans. In honor of this fact, I would encourage all Americans to go beyond personal remembrance and words of thanks (as important as these are). In fact, I would ask that each and every one of us act in order to make a positive difference, whether small or large, in the life of a veteran or the loved ones they left behind.

Ms. Moina Michael was one such American who did just that. In 1918, as World War One came to a close, Ms Michael recognized a need, developed a vision, and took action. Drawing inspiration from Canadian poet LTC John McCrae’s immortal poem “In Flanders Fields”, Ms Michael began distributing artificial red poppies in support of veterans. Now, more than 80 years and millions of dollars later, the red poppy remains a symbol of remembrance and care for the welfare of veterans and the well-being of their families.

On this Veterans Day, I would like to extend to you my personal thanks for your service to the Nation and to challenge us all with the words once spoken by President Kennedy when he remarked, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Thank you, and may God continue to keep and to bless the United States of America

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Grand Opening of The Aurora Community Activity Center

LTC Terry L. Clark coridally invites the people of Ft. Greely to attend the Grand Opening of The Aurora Community Activity Center
Monday, November 21
1630 hours – (4:30pm)
500 N.Robin Road, Fort Greely, Alaska
Questions Only (907)873-4783

LTC Terry L. Clark coridally invites the townspeople of Delta Junction to attend the Public Grand Opening of The Aurora Community Activity Center
November 26, 2011
1100 – 2300 hours (11am – 11pm)
Please join us for bowling, food & drinks.
On this day it will be open post for anyone wishing to attend.  You need only to bring your driver’s license, registration, and insurance to gain access onto Ft. Greely.

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City Council Meeting and Fort Greely Access

Fort Greely will have representatives on hand at the City Council meeting on October, 11 at 5 p.m. to inform the general public about gaining access to Fort Greely.

The Garrison Commander, LTC Terry Clark will be there as well as subject matter expert Rob Mathews from Physical Security to answer any questions the public may have. We will also have telephone guides for Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely as well as brochures on accessing Fort Greely to help simplify the process. If you would like to help spread the word I would appreciate it.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please give me a call.

Thank you!

Very respectful,
Deborah Ward
Public Affairs
deborah.ward3@us.army.mil
Office:  907-873-5023

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U.S. Army Soldier Show – Presented by Fort Greely Family and MWR

Pvt. Sandra Ayinbode of Schweinfurt, Germany, sings Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" and Sean Paul's "Give it up to me" during live auditions for the 2011 U.S. Army Soldier Show at Wallace Theater on Fort Belvoir, Va. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

Carnival Atmosphere of U.S. Army Soldier Show Provides Getaway
By Tim Hipps
FMWRC Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The carnival concept of the 2011 U.S. Army Soldier Show will take audiences on a globe-spanning journey to more fun-filled venues in 90 minutes than some folks experience in a lifetime.

From a boardwalk to a fun house to a circus to a county fair to a time machine, Soldier-entertainers will take their guests on a song and dance tour of carnivals across America and beyond.

“It’s an opportunity to actually take the audience on a journey with us,” Soldier Show director Victor Hurtado said. “And not just to the continental United States – we have a great international scene.”

Africa, Samoa, Latin America, Nepal, with influences from India, Thailand and China are represented in the song-and-dance extravaganza that plays to the strengths of cast members from several countries. Each international scene will feature authentic music from that locale.

This Soldier Show cast features strong instrumentalists on the violin, drums, guitar, keyboards and bass who will keep the performers on the move as they dance from scene to scene.

One central character will help keep the show moving by introducing each scene.“There are a lot of dancers, a lot of movement in the show,” Hurtado said. “But there some great voices as well. And some great stage presence. We have some great rapper and spoken-word guys, so we have quite a bit of that driving the show.”

Patriotism is woven throughout the show that does not so much resemble a military production.

“With MWR, we’re in the business of taking Families and Soldiers away from the trials and tribulations of what they’re going through, so I think this will definitely inspire the patriotism, but really help you escape and take you to places you wouldn’t go all in one day,” Hurtado said. “You wouldn’t go to the circus, a boardwalk, a country fair, a fun house – in four different areas of the world – and a Fourth of July celebration, all in one day.

“You could never physically do that, but you’re going to be able to do that at this show.”

“Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier” is the working motto of Army Entertainment Division, which will launch the 106-performance Soldier Show tour from Fort Belvoir, Va., to 61 installations, garrisons and other venues around the United States, Germany and Korea.

“As a group, they’ve really become very cohesive,” Hurtado said. “We’ve really been able to get the show together quickly. They’ve been very engaged. It’s pretty amazing where they are already, as far as rehearsals go.”

The 2011 U.S. Army Soldier Show’s eight-month tour will conclude Dec. 10 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, the Army Base Realignment and Closure law-mandated future home of Army Entertainment Division.

Admission to all shows is free on a first-come, first-seated basis. Please note this show is for all of Delta Junction and Fort Greely to enjoy, we hope to see you there!

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U.S. Army Soldier Show Coming to Delta Jct. !

Step Right Up to the Best Show in Town
The 2011 U.S. Army Soldier Show

For the Soldier, by the Soldier

The U.S. Army Soldier Show, proudly presented by Family and MRW, returns with a LIVE 90-minutes musical performance! Don’t miss this memorable night of music, dance and celebration.

Admission is FREE
Community Wide Event – Everyone is welcome

Delta Junction, High School Gymnasium
July 25, 2011 – 6:00 p.m.
(907)873-4336

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Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Fort Greely Pavilion

 Picnic Pavilion Completion is a Milestone in 50 year Partnership

Photo by Deb Ward: Left to right - John Bittner, North Haven Deputy Director, LTC Chris Chronis, Fort Greely Garrison Commander, Cyndi Larson, Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Director, CSM Carolyn Reynolds, Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Joyce Bendell, Fort Greely RCI and Housing Manager, and Kathy Rogers, North Haven Community Manager

Fairbanks and Delta Junction, Alaska – June 14, 2011 – A milestone of the U.S Department of Defense privatized housing program was celebrated Monday, June 13 in the Fort Greely picnic pavilion as a red ribbon was cut to commemorate its completion. 
To honor the occasion, the colors were posted by the 49th Missile Defense Brigade and an invocation was given by Chaplain Earl Vanderhoff. 

The event was marked by speakers LTC Chris Chronis, Fort Greely Garrison Command and John Bittner, North Haven Deputy Director.   “Thank you, North Haven for this beautiful picnic pavilion,” remarked Chronis.  “It will improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families on Fort Greely.  It is already being used and has been since the day it was finished.”  The pavilion, itself, was finished last year and has been used frequently by residents for picnics and social gatherings.  The concrete paths and landscaping were completed last week.  Bittner noted in his address, “This is just the first of many successes over the next 7 years.” 

The ribbon was cut by LTC Chris Chronis, Fort Greely Garrison Commander, CSM Carolyn Reynolds, Garrison Command Sergeant Major, Cyndi Larson, Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Director, John Bittner, North Haven Deputy Director, Joyce Bendell, Fort Greely RCI and Housing Manager, and Kathy Rogers, North Haven Community Manager.

To meet the challenges of providing a better quality of life and to provide for the well-being of Soldiers and their Families, the U.S. Army formed a partnership with Actus Lend Lease called North Haven.  The partnership will finance, develop, build, renovate and maintain on post homes for a period of 50 years, including 126 homes on Fort Greely.  The completion of the Fort Greely picnic pavilion marks the beginning of this process including the creation of additional amenities including playgrounds and a community center.

The pavilion was constructed with native spruce, grown no more than 50 miles from Fort Greely.  The roof was built using a majestic open beam ceiling and the rock work on the fireplace is round, river stone offering a grand finishing touch for the pavilion.  Picnic tables fabricated from recycled materials and barbeque grills ring the pavilion and are available for resident use, year around.  The grounds surrounding the picnic pavilion include an extensive playground and a wide open, grassy play area.   In an interview the following day, Chuck Downham, Project Director for North Haven, smiled and noted that, “As stunning as the finished picnic pavilion is, the best is yet to come.”

About North Haven
Through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, The U.S. Army formed a 50 year partnership with Actus Lend Lease to finance, develop, build, renovate and maintain the posts 1,800 homes on Forts Wainwright and Greely.  The partnership is known as North Haven Communities.  North Haven is dedicated to creating welcoming, safe communities that positively influence the way our Service Members and their Families live.  North Haven is also committed to positively contributing to the local and regional economy by working with small businesses, relying on local resources and hiring local people.  North Haven adheres to best practices in safety, energy-efficient construction, and sustainability.

About Lend Lease
Lend Lease is a leading global real estate services business, having developed, constructed and managed real estate assets around the world for more than 50 years.  Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, the Lend Lease Group operates in 30 countries on six continents with a significant presence in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
 
In the United States, Lend Lease’s public partnership business is the nation’s leader in public/private community development. With a focus on creating sustainable value, Lend Lease creates communities that regenerate our environment, enrich people’s lives and foster economic growth.  Lend Lease has worked extensively with the Department of Defense through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program that provides for the transfer of military housing assets to private sector companies. With over 40,000 residential units, 192 apartments and 8,500 hotel rooms in its portfolio, Lend Lease will finance, develop, build, renovate and operate these sites for at least 50 years.

Media contact:
Betsy Woolley
North Haven
Tel 907.750.6448
Betsy.Woolley@nhcalaska.com

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