Pentagon on Oct. 8.
Pentagon on Oct. 8.
Members of the Directorate of Public Works and Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation place flags and placards with the names and ranks of fallen heroes along Porter Street Sept. 3. The Fort Detrick U.S. Army Garrison and the Fort Detrick Survivor Outreach Services will host a placard display and reception at the Fort Detrick Auditorium, 1520B Freedman Drive, Frederick, Maryland, at 2 p.m. Sept. 13. The ceremony will honor the brave men and women of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in defense of our Nation.
Fort Detrick Firefighter Oley Griffith was awarded the 2014 Maryland Firefighter of the Year Award from the Maryland State Firemen’s Association recently in Ocean City, Maryland. This is a very prestigious award that has gone to many very dedicated individuals that served at volunteer fire service throughout the state to the highest degree, according to the state firemen’s website.
The Fort Detrick Volunteer Awards Ceremony was held April 20 at the Community Activities Center, honoring the members of the Fort Detrick community who volunteered approximately 10,000 hours of their time, representing a labor savings for our community of over $208,000.
If the name Fran Hostetler sounds familiar, it
should. If it doesn’t, you will certainly recognize her face. Fran, as so many
across the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick call her, is one of those people who
once you meet, you won’t soon forget. After 35 years of service to this country
in active-duty and civilian roles, Fran is now looking forward to the next
phase of her life: retirement.
The 2014 Army Family Action Plan Conference wrapped up their annual meeting Nov. 6 at the Community Support Center, Building 1520 with a closing ceremony.
Their job is to provide much needed support to chaplains
during war and in peacetime. Their primary purpose is to support the unit
ministry team programs and worship services. Their enjoyment is getting to know
people and making a difference.
For over 105 years, chaplain assistants have
played an integral role in providing support and comfort to Soldiers and their
families while directly supporting chaplains to ensure successful ministries.
Joann Claybon currently serves the Fort Detrick Barquist
Army Health Clinic as a medical support assistant where she assists with
patient care, medical records and various administrative tasks in the clinic.
The Office of Personnel Management brought
changes to the annual Combined Federal Campaign this year making it even easier
for federal employees to donate to the charities that are nearest and dearest
Much like a foreign exchange program in which a student
may participate, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
coordinates employees who want to participate in a professional exchange
through the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program.
As a professional development program, the ESEP promotes
international cooperation in military research, development, test and
evaluation through the exchange of military and government civilian engineers
“I’d love to. I want to inspire others and let them know anything is possible,” said Lt. Danielle Cardwell, supervisor for the Department of the Army Security Guards within the Directorate of Emergency Services when approached about being featured in an article.
Fort Detrick employees commemorated the 94th
anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement by attending an event for Women’s
Equality Day, Aug. 26.
In fiscal year 2014, 29 Army motorcycle fatalities have occurred through Aug. 20, according to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. Three of those fatalities were U.S. Army Medical Command Soldiers during a three-week period in May and June 2014. After the MEDCOM safety director learned of the fatality trends, and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command chief of staff learned of the areas for improvement in current motorcycle mentorship programs, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center Director Col. Daniel Kral was selected as the USAMRMC’s first senior motorcycle mentor.
Members of the Fort Detrick and Frederick
communities played golf with service members July 21 at the Black Rock Golf
Course in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Every Tuesday since January, the U.S. Army
Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Col. Todd Rasmussen commutes from his
New Market home to the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center to donate his
time as a vascular surgeon.
Fort Detrick was one of the major employers in Frederick County acknowledged during the Best Places to Work 2014 ceremony, Aug. 5, at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland.
The Best Places to Work Campaign, now in its 12th year, is part of a countywide partnership among the business and government sectors and the community. The campaign’s focus is on increasing quality-of-life opportunities for Frederick County employees.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force for six years, and as a Department of the Army civilian for 44 years, Radiology Technician Alphonse Addison received his 50 year pin on June 20 at the Barquist Army Health Clinic in recognition of his contributions to the U.S. military.
The Fort Detrick Fire Department was recognized May 21 by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems for their assistance in a trench rescue in 2013. MIEMSS recognizes outstanding services provided throughout Maryland by first responders annually.
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command hosted its quarterly awards ceremony followed by a potluck at Bldg. 810, Sept. 23, handing out awards to more than 25 military and civilian recipients.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Held each October, this national campaign raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is “Because We Are Equal to the Task.”
When you hear the word “furlough,” do you feel as though you are listening to the teacher on the Charlie Brown cartoons? “Wah, wah, waaaahh.” Do your eyes glaze over in utter confusion? If so, you’re not alone.
When budget numbers are in the hundreds of billions, it can be hard to comprehend and put into perspective; when it’s directly linked to your paycheck, it can be a little scary too.
Furloughs will save the federal government about $1.8 billion. This is a down payment on the $22 billion that our office is still short in Operations and Maintenance accounts in Fiscal Year 2013. These O&M funds are used to pay most civilian employees, maintain military readiness, and respond to global contingencies.
Regardless of these cuts, Fort Detrick assures that safety of life and property will remain at the top of the priority list. Through partnerships with the community and other organizations, we will be able to navigate our way through this difficult time.
You may be asking yourself, if this is only saving $1.8 billion and we are still short $22 billion, why is furlough even necessary? Well, this is only one of many ways spending has been reduced. Several steps have already been taken to reduce spending within the Department of Defense.
o Most services and defense agencies have begun instituting civilian hiring freezes, with exceptions for mission-critical activities.
o Most services and defense agencies have begun laying off most of its 46,000 temporary and term employees -- again with exceptions for mission-critical activities.
o Most services and defense agencies are curtailing facilities maintenance. More than $10 billion in funding— mostly to contractors and small businesses—is affected, translating into lost jobs in the private sector.
o Army has terminated most remaining training at its combat centers, which are culminating training events, and stopped many other training activities.
o Many key public engagements, including air shows, have been cancelled.
Some of the comments and questions that have been asked are “How does this affect me? How can I help? How will my family get through this? I can handle a lot, but when my money is affected, it really bothers me.”
It will take time before the full effects of these furloughs will be apparent, but Fort Detrick leadership is doing everything within its power to minimize adverse effects on national security while also serving and supporting the warfighter mission.
"Furlough will be a difficult time for all of us. Each of us must recognize there are Fort Detrick and community resources available to assist in our individual concerns,” said U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick commander Col. Steven P. Middlecamp. “Our strength as an Army is supporting Soldiers, Families, and Civilians. We are Army Strong when we look after one another and stand together as a community. If you need more information or require assistance, please talk with your supervisor, organizational leadership, the Army's Employee Assistance Program or Army Community Services."
It cannot be stressed enough that support services are available to help during and after this time of furlough. The EAP and ACS offer several avenues to assist, whether it is training, speaking with a counselor, learning how to budget or just learning how to relax and meditate. These programs at Fort Detrick are in place to provide the necessary tools to adjust properly.
The most difficult issue to deal with when it comes to furlough is the reduction in pay. Here are a few ways to handle this issue.
1. Prioritize your spending. Figure out what needs to be paid, what are the most important things in your budget that need to be covered, and start saying “no” to things that can wait or that you really do not need.
2. Make cuts where possible. Once you determine what is necessary, trim out the rest.
3. If you have debt, contact your creditors and find out about your options. Look at a reduction in interest rates or find a payment plan to make your payments more manageable.
4. Seek additional income. Find ways to earn more with a part-time job.
When people struggle with challenging times, they often feel alone. It is helpful to remember that we are all in this together, and there are a number of resources available on post that offer support. The EAP is one resource that specializes in working with employees, their job performance, mental health issues and anything that might affect their job performance, according to Lindsay Tate, an EAP coordinator at Fort Detrick. The EAP program is highly confidential and provides employees with a free place where they can go and can address personal or performance issues with hope that they can restore their productivity on the job. EAP services are available to all Army civilians, military retirees, and family members. The EAP also offers workshops on a variety of topics to promote positive coping and foster a healthier, safer, and more productive workplace.
Call 301-619-4657 for more information about the EAP, or visit the EAP webpage on the Fort Detrick extranet at http://www.detrick.army.mil/asap/eap.cfm. For Forest Glen, call 301-295-7166.
For Army Community Services, call 301-619-2197. For more information/guidance regarding Furlough, visit the OPM site at www.opm.gov.
When Dr. Kathleen ("Kat") Cashman heard the title of the best overall scientific poster at the DNA Vaccine Congress announced in San Diego last month, her first reaction was surprise.
"I thought, wow-someone else has a poster about Lassa fever virus, too!" says Cashman with a laugh. Of course, it was her poster's title being read aloud-and Cashman, upon hearing her name, realized that she had captured the prestigious Hilleman Award, given annually in memory of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, who developed 8 of the 14 vaccines currently used in routine childhood immunizations.
Several Fort Detrick employees and organizations were honored Friday May 6 in Baltimore by the Federal Executive Board for their efforts in public service.
The Federal Executive Board awards are one way this service is recognized. Excellence in service is nothing new at Fort Detrick, where employees strive to maintain and improve this Sustainable Community of Excellence by contributing their suggestions and ideas to improve the post.
Fort Derick honored two outstanding employees Feb. 23, during the annual Federal Executive Board awards ceremony.
Rita M. Walker, Chief of the Personnel and Administration Branch of the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Medical Logistics Division, was recognized as the FEB Woman of the Year, and Capt. James Huston, Forest Glen Fire and Emergency Services, as the FEB Man of the Year.
This year Fort Detrick's higher and subordinate commands nominated 33 people to the Federal Executive Board Career Service Awards program.
Walker and Huston were selected for their dedication and service to the installation and community.