25 January 2012
Thrift Shop at Fort Detrick Celebrates 50 Years of Service to the Fort Detrick Community.

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. 

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20 January 2012

Fort Detrick is changing the hours of operation for several of its entry gates Jan. 17, to help improve safety and ease of use for all employees, families and visitors.

The change will make Old Farm gate available for visitors and deliveries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This gate is the only gate authorized for visitors and deliveries, however, all others can still use this gate and any of the other open gates.

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Would you like to start your New Year off by saving money, helping the environment, and reducing traffic and parking congestion? You can also decrease your stress levels and make local roads safer to travel. You can do all of this and more by diving in to the Pool. The Fort Detrick Van Pool Commuter program that is.
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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.

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19 January 2012
A newly constructed, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-eligible building opened on Fort Detrick to serve as the headquarters for the Chemical Biological Medical Systems Joint Project Management Office and elements of the Naval Medical Research Center. The facility, which was celebrated in a ribbon cutting ceremony in Dec., is the newest LEED-eligible building constructed on Fort Detrick.
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Fort Detrick’s community of excellence extends a helpful hand, in achieving New Year’s resolutions for 2012. The Army Substance Abuse Program is offering annual training at Strough Auditorium, entitled Prevention Strategies for the New Year. Great tips from the Nation’s leading experts, such as the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, help make healthy choices achievable. Committing to halt heavy drinking, stamp out smoking, or wean worries of smokeless tobacco? Join us, as we focus on setting our goals! Classes are from 10-11 a.m., Jan. 26.
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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.
One of the world's greatest advocates of non-violent social change strategies, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the most influential men of our times. He was an outstanding civil rights activist who fought the "good fight" in his quest to see justice, peace, equality, and righteousness in America for all people. On January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, he entered the world as the first son and second child born to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King. In 1953, he married the former Coretta Scott, a music student and native of Alabama. Together they raised four children.
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The Fort Detrick Tax Center will open Jan. 23 to assist eligible taxpayers with filing both federal and state income tax returns. Active members of the armed forces, including mobilized reservists, military retirees, and their families are eligible for assistance.
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What is the NICBR?
It is hard to miss the cranes, construction, and congestion as we arrive at Fort Detrick to start a new work day. The construction of four new laboratory and research facilities within the National Interagency Biodefense Campus has been quite apparent. However, what is not as visible is the foresight and progress made by seven Federal agencies in building a partnership and collaborative environment here at Fort Detrick known as the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research.
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17 January 2012
Cutting Back on Drinking, For The New Year?

Here are some strategies to try, and you can add your own at the end. Check off perhaps two or three to try in the next week or two. Then click List my choices, at http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/strategies/tipstotry.asp and, where you can print or email them to yourself.

    1. Keep track. Keep track of how much you drink. Find a way that works for you, carry drinking tracker cards in your wallet, make check marks on a kitchen calendar, or enter notes in a mobile phone notepad or personal digital assistant. Making note of each drink before you drink it may help you slow down when needed.
    2. Count and measure. Know the standard drink sizes so you can count your drinks accurately. Measure drinks at home. Away from home, it can be hard to keep track, especially with mixed drinks, and at times, you may be getting more alcohol than you think. With wine, you may need to ask the host or server not to "top off" a partially filled glass.
    3. Set goals. Decide how many days a week you want to drink and how many drinks you'll have on those days. It's a good idea to have some days when you don't drink. Drinkers with the lowest rates of alcohol use disorders stay within the low-risk limits.
    4. Pace and space. When you do drink, pace yourself. Sip slowly. Have no more than one standard drink with alcohol per hour. Have "drink spacers"—make every other drink a non-alcoholic one, such as water, soda, or juice.
    5. Include food. Don't drink on an empty stomach. Eat some food so the alcohol will be absorbed into your system more slowly.
    6. Find alternatives. If drinking has occupied a lot of your time, then fill free time by developing new, healthy activities, hobbies, and relationships, or renewing ones you've missed. If you have counted on alcohol to be more comfortable in social situations, manage moods, or cope with problems, then seek other, healthy ways to deal with those areas of your life.
    7. Avoid "triggers." What triggers your urge to drink? If certain people or places make you drink even when you don't want to, try to avoid them. If certain activities, times of day, or feelings trigger the urge, plan something else to do instead of drinking. If drinking at home is a problem, keep little or no alcohol there.
    8. Plan to handle urges. When you cannot avoid a trigger and an urge hits, consider these options: Remind yourself of your reasons for changing (it can help to carry them in writing or store them in an electronic message you can access easily). Or talk things through with someone you trust. Or get involved with a healthy, distracting activity, such as physical exercise or a hobby that doesn't involve drinking. Or, instead of fighting the feeling, accept it and ride it out without giving in, knowing that it will soon crest like a wave and pass. Also, see the short module to help you handle urges to drink.
    9. Know your "no." You're likely to be offered a drink at times when you don't want one. Have a polite, convincing "no, thanks" ready. The faster you can say no to these offers, the less likely you are to give in. If you hesitate, it allows you time to think of excuses to go along. Also, see the short module to help you build drink refusal skills.

Whatever strategies you choose, give them a fair trial. If one approach doesn't work, try something else. But if you haven't made progress in cutting down after 2 to 3 months, consider quitting drinking altogether, seeking professional help, or both.

Brought to you by The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Army Substance Abuse Program, Fort Detrick

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06 January 2012
The Department of the Army recently eliminated vehicle decals for entry onto Army installations. Effective Jan. 17, Fort Detrick will discontinue vehicle registration and the issue of decals throughout the installation, including those decals specific to mission partner activities.
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