This year’s full-scale exercise will evaluate core capabilities pertaining to medical countermeasures in response of a pandemic. Segments will include distribution and dispensing of medical products and testing current plans and procedures for response and recovery.
“Ideally the exercise is designed to stress and evaluate the installation’s planning and response procedures and capabilities with actual response conditions,” said Mary Chizmar, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.
According to Chizmar, by doing these annual exercises it allows the installation to identify gaps and work out any identified issues before an actual emergency occurs.
It is an annual requirement by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command to test the installation’s emergency procedures. In the past, full-scale exercise scenarios have included highway accidents releasing chemicals, tornadoes and active shooter.
Congratulations to our winners:
As a wintry wind buffeted the crowd, the Frederick High School choir, under the direction of Ken Lewis, entertained the crowd with songs from the holiday season; followed by remarks from U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick Commanding General Maj. Gen. Barbra R. Holcomb.
A Soldier discloses to his therapist, “It is very hard to get out of bed every day to go to work or do things I use to enjoy.”
Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm; that's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Hear the beep where you sleep. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm."
What started as a planned family vacation to Walt Disney World for Wanda Jimenez- Barkdoll and her family ended up very differently than expected. During a recent trip to the sunny state of Florida, the Barkdoll family was selected as "Veterans of the Day" and recognized for their service during a flag retreat.
The Fort Detrick Industries for the Blind Express store celebrated the 20th Anniversary of AbilityOne and the Base Supply Center program Sept. 17 at the store location.
A tree dedication ceremony took place Aug. 26 in Frederick’s Baker Park. The Frederick site is one of many that will be dedicating a tree for each of the fallen who died in the line of duty from 1861 through 1865.
Fort Detrick leadership hosted a Women’s Equality Day event at the Community Activities Center Aug. 21.
The Fort Detrick Police Department hosted its annual bike rodeo July 9 at the Balfour Beatty Community Center to meet with children and adults, educating them on bicycle safety, preventive maintenance and the traffic laws for cyclists on Fort Detrick and in the state of Maryland.
On July 4 Soldiers, family members and Fort Detrick civilians celebrated the 239th anniversary of our Nation’s independence, when the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776.
Staff members of the Fort Detrick Barquist Army Health Clinic donate items to a local shelter, Heartly House, in recognition of the Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention Month during the month of April. Heartly House serves Frederick County residents who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. For more information about Heartly House, call (301) 662-8800.
"In their uniqueness, stories of rescue remind us all of the wide range of choices that we are capable of making as individuals. Our actions in the face of injustice of hatred always matter."
-The United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumThe U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment hosted a Days of Remembrance Ceremony April 17 at the Community Activities Center on Fort Detrick.
Did you know that your heart beats more than
100,000 times a day, pumping nearly 1,900 gallons of blood? This means your
heart is beating almost 42 million times and pumping about 700,000 gallons of
blood a year!
Join the Fort Detrick and Frederick communities at the Community Activities Center Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take part in the Black History Month Observance and hear from guest speaker Damien Robinson, activist for the advancement of communities of color.
Hand-drawn cards and heartfelt notes made by
local children in support of our Nation’s military are an instant, visible sign
of support for those wounded in battle when walking through the front doors of
the Fort Detrick Soldier Family Assistance Center, located at the Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. These notes are just
the beginning of the outpouring of support our military members receive during
their transition time from the Warrior Transition Unit.
The temperature is dropping, leaves are falling and winter weather will soon be here.
The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Detrick maintains several efforts in preparation for winter weather, including: emergency planning, strategic communications, snow plan development and execution, plowing, salting... and the list goes on and on.
Behind the Operation United Assistance mission
to respond to the Ebola virus outbreak worldwide is a massive interagency
logistics effort spanning several continents.
The Blast Injury Research Program coordinating
office hosted its fourth State-of-the-Science Meeting Nov. 4-6 in McLean,
Virginia, to guide future research on how to better protect and treat both
civilian and Warfighter communities against mild traumatic brain injuries.
Halloween candy, costumes, decorated trunks and
face painting were all part of the first ever U.S. Army Medical Research and
Materiel Command Family Readiness Group Trunk or Treat event. The USAMRMC and
Headquarters Company and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious
Diseases hosted more than 75 Soldiers and family members at the gathering.
Spooky skeletons, Little Red Riding Hood, Spider Lady and, of course,
characters from “Frozen” spent the evening happily haunting the parking lot
behind the Odom Fitness Center Oct. 23.
Thanks to the hard work from local community members, Army Emergency Relief at Fort Detrick will be able to help more Soldiers and their families. On Oct. 17 members of the Maryland Knights of Pythias and Pythian Sisters, met with Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, commanding general, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick to donate $30,000 towards the fund.
Pink ribbons, a message of hope, finding a cure, saving lives; these things are at the helm of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The seventh annual Fort Detrick Army Community
Services/Exceptional Family Member Program breast cancer walk on Fort Detrick,
held Oct. 9, was a time to exercise, have fun and learn more about breast
cancer prevention. More than 200 Soldiers, family members, civilians and
contractors walked more than 300 miles in support of the event.
Not even dark clouds and rain could wash away
the smiles at this year’s Teddy Bear Clinic, Sept. 13, at the National Museum
of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Before doors opened at Whittier Elementary, Aug. 25, Fort Detrick Soldiers raised the school’s new U.S. flag and heard words of encouragement from U.S. Army Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Jessup.
Barquist Health Clinic is leveraging the Army Surgeon General’s strategic vision to move from a health care system to a system for health through its Wellness at Fort Detrick campaign.
Family and MWR hosted “Pooch Plunge” on Sept. 21 at the Fort Detrick outdoor pool. The event brought more than 25 canines that enjoyed one last dip before the pool is winterized and closed for the season.
On Oct. 2, the staff at Forest Glen Fire Department were recognized for their actions during a fire on Apr. 2, where mutual aid was provided to Montgomery County for an apartment building fire with the report of persons trapped. On arrival, the crew from Engine 754 assisted with rescue and evacuations of the building occupants. For their life saving efforts, pictured from left to right, firefighter Karen Montgomery, firefighter Curtis King, firefighter Jon Hollen and Captain George Keefer, were recipients of a unit citation award presented by Chief Steve Lohr, Montgomery County Division of Fire and Rescue.
Hundreds of members of the Fort Detrick community, Soldiers, families and friends, gathered under blue skies and warm autumn weather on the Blue and Gray Field Sep. 29 for Fort Detrick’s Fall Fest.
The Fort Detrick Installation Safety Management Office and Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center co-hosted the first ever Fort Detrick Bike Night on Aug. 29. The night brought together retired or active duty military, and Department of Defense civilian motorcyclist enthusiasts.
The last of this year’s Summer Student Seminar Series, which featured leading scientists discussing their current research, was held on Aug. 6. Sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research, the Series allowed summer students to meet one another and hear about the broad range of research being carried out at the Frederick campus. Students from the Frederick community, as well as the National Cancer Institute at Frederick and Fort Detrick, were welcome to attend. The program was started around 1996 by Dr. Howard Young at the NCI, a demonstration of his dedication to training all levels of the next generation of scientists.
The 6th Medical Logistics Management Center hosted the Medical Stability Operations Course to enhance military health support during stability operations, Sept. 10-12, at the Reserve Center, Fort Detrick, Md..
“You have the right to remain silent!”
That is never a phase you hope to hear, unless of course you are part of the 21st Signal Brigade participating in their fifth annual training exercise with the Frederick County Police Department at the Charles V. Main Training Facility located in Frederick, Md., on June 26-27.
The 21st Signal is located at Fort Detrick, Md. and is tasked with providing global information services to enable battle command for the President of the United States, the soldier, and other federal agencies.
Through a unique partnership with local law enforcement, 18 soldiers from the brigade were invited to the Maryland Police Training Facility in Frederick to train with officials and cadets.
Currently, 11 cadets are going through the academy. Seven of these cadets will go on to become Frederick Police officers; two are training for the Brunswick Police Department and two for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
“The cadets are in the third month of their seven-month training, and it’s time to start putting the classroom on its feet to see how they handle situations,” says Sgt. Sean Carr with the Frederick City Police Department. “We enjoy having the soldiers help us out with this part of the training.”
The partnership offers an unmatched opportunity for both groups to interact and train in situations that would not be possible with civilians. The soldiers role-played in a variety of scenarios to offer the most realistic training opportunity possible for the cadets. This training covers such circumstances as traffic stops, drug trafficking, domestic situations, and disorderly crowds. The training also covers the topic of sexual assault, calling to mind the recently mandated U.S. Army SHARP [Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention] training; demonstrating that while both soldiers and police officers need to be stern in many situations they encounter, they must also display compassion.
“The Frederick Police Department and the 21st Signal Brigade have joined forces going on five years,” says Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Blythe. “We allow the Soldiers to act out real life scenarios to aid the officers with their cadet training, and in turn, the Police Department allows us use of their facilities to conduct military training in a field environment.”
Putting on their acting hats, the 21st Signal Brigade delivered on their promise to give their best at whatever they were assigned. SPC Alicia Hurd was one “trouble-maker” that the cadets hope they will never encounter once they are sworn in to protect and serve.
“I’m not a trained actor, but when they say go, I surprisingly like to cause trouble -- the person you’ll see is not me at all,” says Hurd. “But it’s been fun to play the roles and see how the cadets handled it.”
She noted her behavior during the traffic stop exercise in particular.
“I jumped over the back of the car seats and locked the cops out during the routine traffic stop exercise,” says Hurd. “In one exercise they gave me the chance to run, and I ran.”
The soldiers gave the cadets a healthy dose of reality during the two 80-degree plus days in June. Aggressive behavior, bloody knees, sweat, and tears were presented to the cadets – all with the hopes of training them for a successful future in law enforcement.
But the cadets gave it right back as the soldiers were asked to play difficult roles, such as the aggressive bar patron, drug user, and sexual assault victim. In one instance, the Frederick Police Department even called in the big dogs, literally, as two members of the squad’s canine unit were called in for a staged narcotics bust. As a result of the training, the soldiers learned a great deal about law enforcement techniques, and they discovered firsthand arrest procedures.
“These are exactly the types of real-life situations that we as cadets need for our training. This is a great way for us to experience these situations in the safety of the training environment,” says Cadet Derek Ingman. “It’s good for the soldiers too, because we get to show them defensive take downs that could come in handy for them as well. It’s a great partnership for all involved.”
The 21st Signal Brigade and the Frederick City Police Department plan to continue their partnership, as it has proven to be a valuable training opportunity for two groups that protect and serve our communities and our nation. Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Blythe contributed to this article.
Though declared innocent by the authorities, Christ was crucified and laid in a sealed and guarded tomb. But on the third day He rose from the dead, with the power to save mankind from their sins.
This event is commemorated every year in the spring as a holy day for Christians around the world.If you would like to attend services, please see the schedule below.
March 29 - Stations of the Cross begins at 6 p.m.
March 29 - Good Friday service begins at 7 p.m.
March 30 - Easter Vigil Mass begins at 8 p.m.
March 31 - Easter Sunday Mass begins at 9:15 a.m.
March 31 - Protestant Easter Services begins at 11 a.m.
USAG Public Affairs
United States Army Garrison Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex will hold the first Forest Glen Building Manager’s Forum April 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the conference room of the National Museum of Health and Medicine (Building 2500).
National Museum of Health and Medicine Public Affairs Office
The past, present and future of prosthetics were recently featured at a Montgomery County conference aimed at inspiring young people to consider a career in science or technology.
The annual Combined Federal Campaign is underway at Fort Detrick, Md. The Installation will participate in the campaign from Oct. 15 through Nov. 30, offering employees seven weeks to donate to an organization of their choice.
The CFC is the only workplace-giving campaign authorized by the federal government. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sought the development and administration of a uniform policy and program for fundraising within the federal service. Since then, the CFC has led the way for workplace giving.
Historical data shows that the Thrift Shop at Fort Detrick was organized on 8 January 1962. “The objective was to provide an exchange or sales point for excess property of its members with any financial profits obtained to be devoted to the welfare and morale of the military personnel of Fort Detrick and their dependents.” (Quote from 1st Constitution and By-Laws) Today, the objective of the Thrift Shop still remains the same. In 2011 the Thrift Shop gave grants, scholarship, and donations in excess of $10,000. Organizations and individuals who received grants included: the Chapel Programs; Army Community Programs; Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation Programs; BOSS; AMVETS; Frederick Rescue Mission; individual soldiers and their families, and the U.S. Army Garrison and Medical Research Materiel Command Solider and NCO of the Year.
From Its humble beginnings to the current location in Building 11 on Porter Street, the Shop now has 12 rooms of items. A Board of Directors made up of representatives, from all units on Fort Detrick with 0-6 Commanders, as well as, representatives from the Chapel, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program, and the All Service Retiree Council governs the operations.
No longer able to recruit enough volunteers to maintain The Shop, five part time individuals are employed; a manager, three assistant managers, and a bookkeeper. However, volunteers are always welcome and needed to process the massive donations and consigned item. In 2011 volunteer donated nearly 1,000 hours of service to the Thrift Shop. With support from the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick of a building, which was once the aircraft control tower for Camp Detrick, the Thrift Shop is a self sustaining non-profit organization.
To celebrate their 50 years of Service the Thrift Shop will be serving coffee, punch and cookies, during the month of February2012. The Shop will give away a $50 Gift Certificate one a week for 4 weeks, to be used at the Thrift Shop. You do not have to make a purchase to participate in the drawing nor do you have to be present at the drawing to win. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail.
During February, starting on Saturday 4 February at 9 a.m. the Shop will be holding its 50 cent sale of Thrift Shop property fall and winter clothes, shoes, and purses. All other Thrift Shop property items will be 50 percent off.
Applications are now available for the two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in May. Applications can be found on the Thrift Shop web page, or picked up at ACE, or the Thrift Shop. Applications are also being sent to all the Frederick County High Schools. The Scholarships are for undergraduate studies and eligible applicants are any individuals who are authorized consignors or dependent children of those who are authorized consignors at the Thrift Shop.
The Shop is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-3 and the 1st Saturday of each month from 9-12. To see a complete schedule of dates open and closed please go to the Thrift Shop Web page and click on the tab for Expiration Dates.
Besides the donated and consigned items, The Shop sells Fort Detrick Ornaments, Nallin Pond Prints and White House Ornaments, profits from these items are dedicated to the scholarships and grants.
Items purchased in The Shop can be paid for by Credit Card, Check or Cash. The Shop is open to the public to shop, but rules on who can consign and other information on the Shop can be found on their web page by going to www.detrick.army.mil , click on Site Index, then the letter “T”, then on Thrift Shop. You also can call for information at 301-619-2289.
This is a cadence call one might hear while working on a military installation, but not what one would expect to hear in the middle of a gymnasium with 100 high school students.
At 7:30 a.m. on a Thursday morning at Frederick, Maryland's Linganore High School, cadets from the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps mustered for command inspection.
The former Walter Reed Commissary is still open for business but with a new name -- the Forest Glen Commissary -- in keeping with changes the area has undergone since the Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed in September.
What started out as red, white, and blue fabric in Frederick has managed to touch hearts and souls close to home and seven thousand miles away as a Quilts of Valor Project.
On June 2, four quilts were presented to Wounded Warriors at a ceremony in Fort Detrick’s Resiliency Garden with the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation presiding.