07 February 2019
Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs
Growing up in Newark, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fort Detrick Police Chief Nelson Oliveira dreamed of being a Soldier when he was little. The road to becoming chief of police wasn’t in his initial life plan, but it has been worth every risk and sacrifice.
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05 February 2019
LEAD Brings Fort Detrick Police Officers, Community Together
Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was recognized on Wednesday, Jan. 9, and members of the Fort Detrick community took the time to say thank you to the officers who protect them.

Officers started the day by raising the flag during Reveille and ending the day by lowering the flag during Retreat. During the day the community showed appreciation to the Fort Detrick police officers by wearing blue clothes, holding a community breakfast at the Balfour Beatty community center and recognizing the men and women for their service and sacrifices.

“Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is a day where community members and leadership have the opportunity to thank the many brave men and women who selflessly serve their community in an effort to keep them safe,” said Fort Detrick police Chief Nelson S. Oliveira.

“From the amazing breakfast hosted by Balfour Beatty, to the support from our kids at our Child and Youth Services and Child Development Center to our many community members who wore a blue item of clothing to show their support for their police officers, it was all appreciated,” Oliveira said.

LEAD was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Since then, organizations from across the Nation have joined forces to support LEAD to spread encouragement and respect to the men and women of law enforcement.

Oliveira said that LEAD is a chance for his officers to meet with the public, talk and answer questions.

“Our officers also wanted to reaffirm their commitment to our country and community, while equally expressing their gratitude to all the officers and Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice by conducting Reveille and Retreat [in their honor]. The officers of Fort Detrick truly appreciate the outpouring of support and we look forward to continuing to serve this great community,” he said.
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21st Signal Brigade Hosts Ceremony Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
The Fort Detrick Auditorium was near capacity as hundreds gathered to commemorate the life, legacy and message of one of the giants in African-American civil rights history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 23.

The celebration’s theme this year was, “Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not a Day Off!” and was hosted by the Soldiers and civilians of the 21st Signal Brigade.

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick Commanding General Maj. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb welcomed the crowd.

Speaking about King, Holcomb said his example of pushing for equality for all is as important today as it was in 1963.

March will mark the 55th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington. The keynote speaker for the observation, chaplain (Maj.) Shane J. Henderson, 21st Signal Brigade, spoke about the moment in time and the importance of King’s speech.

“His influence is apparent as we see that all over the country people honor the memory, legacy, and work of Dr. King in different ways. MLK scholarship banquets promote education, parades in his honor fill the streets, food banks distribute food, churches facilitate programs, children recite his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, volunteers are helping families in need, helping the homeless, helping impoverished school-aged children get what they need to be successful in school.

“There are different methods and means whereby people emphasize love, peace, respect, equality, and hope. But for everything that he represented, there is a person, a group of people, and/or entire organizations fighting against them, working against love, living at odds with peace, trying to downgrade respect, aiming to disrupt equality, and hoping to greedily dispense freedom as they see fit. This is why it’s a day on and not a day off,” Henderson said.

Henderson continued, speaking about King’s tirelessness and constant work to help others.

“I think the theme encourages us to simply be aware of and appreciate each other; to not take a day off from showing kindness, gratitude, and love, and to not take a break from recognizing the injustices and the inequalities that exist right where we are, wherever we are. This is why we remember MLK, because this is what he did.

“We don’t celebrate the moments he slept, we commemorate the sleepless nights that kept him awake with ideas of how to confront injustice. We are not celebrating the times he took a breather, but the time he took to breathe life into some of the most profound activities of the civil rights movement. We’re not celebrating the man as he took a knee, but we do honor him as he knelt in the posture of prayer, asking God for strength to endure, wisdom to engage, and the power to encourage. We didn’t gather in this auditorium to lift up his downtime, we assembled because he lifted up those who were down time and time and time again,” said Henderson.

Henderson finished his address by asking the assembled Soldiers and civilians to continue with King’s work.

“Don’t become weary in doing the good that blesses your sisters and brothers in this human race. Be empowered knowing that other people of good will are striving with you to overcome, to overpower, and to overwhelm the ill will of those who will ultimately fail because through us love, peace, justice, equality, and freedom are not taking a day off,” he concluded.
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Chaplain arrives to serve "close-knit" Fort Detrick community
Leticia Hopkins, USAMRMC Public Affairs
If you’ve recently stopped by the chapel you may have noticed a new friendly face among the chapel staff.

Jan. 14, Lt. Col. Gregory “Scott” Jackson, U.S. Army Garrison chaplain, signed into Fort Detrick as the new post chapel leader after serving as a Chaplain for more than 17 years.
“Garrison chaplain—first time ever,” said Jackson about his new position after being promoted in October at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, his former duty station.

Jackson added that until coming here he worked mainly in the “operational world” serving as a battalion and brigade chaplain in stateside and deployed locations. In this position, Jackson will have the opportunity to see another side of his job since he’ll be engaging more with civilians and dealing with issues such as financial matters.

According to Jackson though, most importantly, it allows him to serve God and serve people. What he does as a chaplain is more than a job, it’s his calling and being an Army chaplain has allowed him to serve both.

“Encouraging people is important … that’s what people look for a chaplain to do,” said Jackson. “I definitely want to honor that by doing what I’m supposed to do as a chaplain—taking care of people and families.”

While there are some things that the new garrison chaplain wants to accomplish while he’s here, Jackson is in no rush to make major changes. Instead, he plans to learn more about the chapel’s current ministries and programs.

“If things are going well there’s no point in making drastic changes. Now you can tweak things to fit you, your personality, but it doesn’t mean that you have to completely revamp a system that’s going well,” said Jackson.

One of the programs that he definitely wants to keep going is a program geared toward single Soldiers. Outreach and community programs are areas of interest for the new chaplain as well.

“Everybody [that] I’ve talked to has said this is a great community, very close knit,” said Jackson, who is looking forward to getting back to and serving a smaller community.

As the new chaplain settles in, the chapel staff is looking forward to working with him and thinks the chapel and its programs will be in good hands.

“I just want him to keep a positive mindset …sometimes things can get frustrating and overwhelming but as long as we keep our number one priority in mind and heart, providing religious support and taking care of Service Members and their families, then there really is no room to fail,” said Sgt. Shelby Criswell, non-commissioned officer in charge of the Garrison chapel.

“Chaplain Jackson is a very humble, understanding, and patient chaplain … I can leave here knowing that he will take care of this community as if they were his very own family,” added Criswell.

In addition to community and outreach, while Jackson is here, he would also like to visit the historical sites and museums with his family.
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12 December 2018
(FORT DETRICK, Md.) — The Department of the Army has announced the winners of the 2018 Army Community Partnership Awards, which will be presented at the Army Community Partnership Recognition Ceremony at 10:00 a.m., on December 4, 2018, in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
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11 December 2018
Ellen Crown, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency Public Affairs
Access to advanced medical care directly supports the readiness of the Army’s Warfighters by ensuring troops are fit and healthy on and off the battlefield.
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On Nov. 29, 2018 the Fort Detrick community gathered around the installation Holiday Tree to kick-off the season with the annual tree lighting ceremony. Led by Director Tyler Miller, the Frederick High School Chorus shared two selections and led the crowd in festive carols to set the mood for the joyous occasion. As installation commander Maj. General Barbara R. Holcomb, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick gave the countdown, children shouted out in excitement to light up the enormous tree. As the tree shone brightly, Mrs. Claus, elves and Santa himself traded his sleigh for a Fort Detrick Fire Truck handing out candy and well wishes to all who were there.
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Leticia Hopkins, USAMRMC Public Affairs
The 21st Signal Brigade hosted a Native American Heritage Month observance program with a “Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience” theme at the Community Activities Center on Fort Detrick Nov. 26.
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This Holiday, and Every Day, Remember:

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
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03 October 2018
Fort Detrick Fire Department
As Fire Prevention Week approaches, Oct. 7-13, the Fort Detrick Fire & Emergency Services encourages everyone to “Look. Listen. Learn.”
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02 October 2018
Victoria Brun, science writer, Partnership Development Office
The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research is taking its science to new heights – with an experiment rocketing into orbit around the Earth.
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Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs
Some of us remember Lily Tomlin’s portrayal of Ernestine, the feisty telephone operator on the 1960’s hit show, “Laugh-In”. Tomlin’s character answered calls, fielded complaints and was feisty with customers. Fort Detrick is very fortunate to have several women
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Lanessa Hill, USAG Public Affairs
Getting the big things right by having the right leadership, culture and strategy was the focus of a recent leadership development seminar at Fort Detrick, Sept. 25. The packed seminar connected over 150 current and aspiring leaders from Fort Detrick, the City of Frederick and Frederick County.
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13 September 2018
Elizabeth Lamie, USAMRMC Public Affairs
Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence, and Leah Esper, wife of United States Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper visited Fort Detrick on Sept. 4 to speak with military spouses about their experiences. The visit gave military spouses a chance to discuss issues and challenges they face.
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05 September 2018
Caree Vander Linden, USAMRIID PAO
Dr. Connie S. Schmaljohn of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has been awarded the Meritorious Senior Professional Rank Award for the Department of the Army for 2017.
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