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  • 1. News New – Army Education Center 'Open House' May 21 The Army Education Center, Building 417 on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base, is hosting an education open house Wednesday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for service and family members and federal employees. The open house will provide an opportunity for community members to check out the facility, get information on education benefits like the Tuition Assistance program and GI Bill, meet with our on- base college representatives (Park University, Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland University College, Old Dominion University and Central Michigan University) and enjoy a free lunch and other refreshments. Everyone's invited to come walk though and see what we have to offer. One of the most important aspects of education planning is how to pay for it, and there will be two financial aid information sessions during the day: one from 10 to 11 a.m. and one from 1 to 2 p.m. Seats are limited, so an RSVP is required. Contact Tim Battle at 703-696-1579 or tim.battle1@us.army.mil to make a reservation. Financial aid sessions cover resources from the Department of Education, hands-on application assistance and scholarship and student loan information. In addition, talk to education counselors, college representatives and much more. Here are important things to know about the Open House: Five local colleges will be in attendance to answer questions. U.S. Department of Education representatives will be on hand to answer questions. “Troops to Teachers” and “Teaching as a Second Career” will be set up in Room 108, Building 417, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone who is interested in becoming a public school teacher is welcome. Greg Coogan, Virginia Troops to Teachers coordinator will provide information on becoming a school teacher as well as information about various school districts. Education counselors will be available to discuss education. This is hosted by the Fort Myer Army Education Services Office. For more information and to register, call 703-696-1579 or Tim.Battle1@us.army.mil. New – Volunteers needed May 21 Volunteers are needed as road guards for the Iwo Jima 7K Race May 21st. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Akida Jordan at akida.jordan@usmc.mil or 703-614-5959. New – Memorial Day holiday hours Most offices on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will be closed Monday, May 26, a federal holiday to commemorate Memorial Day. Most military activities will have curtailed operations Friday, May 23. The following facilities and places of business have reported open or closed hours for this federal holiday weekend May 23-26. Unless otherwise noted, this list applies to May 26. This list is not all encompassing, please check with the facility you wish to visit for more details.
  • 2. *Dining Facility – holiday hours from Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26: Brunch – 9 a.m. to noon and supper – 4 to 5:30 p.m. *Headquarters Command Battalion, Fort Myer side of JBM-HH – Closed with curtailed operations May 23 *Headquarters & Services Battalion, Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall side of JBM-HH – Closed with curtailed operations May 23 *Executive Management Housing Division – Closed *Memorial Chapel – Closed; open with limited staff May 23. For more information, call 703-696-6635 *Rader Health Clinic – Closed *Rader Dental Clinic – Closed; closed May 23. Dental emergencies should report to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital ER *Commissary – Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. *Fort Myer Exchange – Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Fort Myer Express – Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. *Fort Myer Military Clothing Sales Store – Closed *Pentagon Military Clothing Sales Store - Closed *Fort McNair Express – Closed * MCX and The Vineyard Wine & Spirits – open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. * American Clipper Barber Shop – open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. * Java Café – open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. * Zembiec Pool – Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. * Smith Gym – open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. * All other MCCS activities are closed, except the car wash, open 24/7 *Veterinary Clinic – Closed; Open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23 (for purchase of over-the- counter products, routine sick call and appointments). Call 703-696-3604 to schedule an appointment. *CYSS- Closed *ACS- Closed *Fort Myer Fitness Center- Open May 24-26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. *Fort McNair Fitness Center- Open May 24-25 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed May 26 *Library- Open May 25 from noon to 5 p.m., Closed May 26. *Rec Center- Open May 24-25 from noon to 6 p.m. and Closed May 26 *Auto Shop- Open May 24-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Closed May 26 *Fort Myer Officers Club- Open May 24 from 10:30 to 2 p.m., May 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Closed May 26 *Fort Myer Officers Club Pool- Open May 24-26 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. *Fort McNair Officers Club- Closed May 24-26 *Spates Community Club- Closed May 24-26 *Bowling Center- Open May 24 from 10 a.m. to midnight; May 25-26 noon to 6 p.m.
  • 3. New – Memorial Day vigil at Canadian Embassy Marking more than 12 years of service in Afghanistan, the Embassy of Canada is honored to host Canada's Afghanistan Memorial Vigil over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. The Afghanistan Memorial consists of the original commemorative plaques from the Canadian monument at Kandahar Airfield. The series of plaques is dedicated to the 161 Canadians and more than 40 U.S. Armed Forces members who paid the ultimate price in the service of peace and security while under Canadian command. Public viewing of the Memorial in the Embassy's courtyard is available from Friday, May 23, to Monday, May 26. Attendants will be on site from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily to answer questions. For further information visit: http://www.canadianally.com or contact: canadianally@canadianembassy.org New – Military Spouse networking and hiring fair May 28-29 A free networking fair for military spouses will take place May 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. and a hiring fair will take place May 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cpl. Terry L. Smith Gymnasium on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. Both events are open to all military spouses including Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veteran and Gold Star spouses. For more information, visit www.hoh.greatjob.net. New – MWR Customer Satisfaction Survey The Department of Defense is set to release its latest survey to gauge customer satisfaction with Morale, Welfare and Recreation garrison facilities and programs. DoD will focus this survey on select types of facilities and so management, training and financial resources can be maximized in the current fiscal environment. This year's questionnaire focuses on fitness, libraries, outdoor recreation, recreation centers, auto service centers, single service member programs, leisure travel, swimming pools, sports and athletics. Participation in the survey is confidential to encourage honest and full participation from Soldiers and Family members who are patrons of Family and MWR services around the world. IMCOM uses surveys like this, as well as their website www.ArmyMWR.com and social media sites such as www.Facebook.com/FamilyMWR and www.Twitter.com/FamilyMWR, to stay connected with MWR customers in the Army community. Involvement in the survey will help ensure MWR fulfills customer needs in the years to come. New – First Sergeants Barracks Program Barracks functions have been relocated from EMHD Housing Office, Building 205 Bloxon Street to 3d United States Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard.” The point of
  • 4. contact is Staff Sgt. (P) Jared T. Benge, Barracks Program NCOIC. The office is located in Bldg. 246 in the basement. For Room inspections and service orders please contact your Unit UR person. Assignments and terminations; lost key or new keys services will be in the basement of Bldg. 246 basement during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. After hour emergency service orders can be called in to 703-696-3263. For lock outs, contact your first sergeants or go to 1/3 or 4/3 Regimental Staff duty which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For additional questions, call 703-696-3557 or 703-696-3558. New – Volunteers needed for DITB Program The Dinner in the Barracks program is looking for volunteers to make a home- cooked meal to our Marines in the barracks. If you interested in providing some tasty food June 12, sign up at http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=YYHH6188&v=1dd026a237. For more information, call 703-697-7342. Army Ten-Miler Team qualifier series The first JBM-HH Army Ten-Miler 10K qualifier will be held Friday, June 6, with the run beginning at 6:35 a.m. from the Fort Myer Fitness Center. The team has 40 slots available on this year’s joint base team. All runners must be active duty. If a member is selected to be a part of the JBM-HH ATM team, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will pay your entry fee for the race. Other qualifier run dates are July 18 and August 1. For more information, contact Todd Hopkins at 7013-696-0594 or email todd.a.hopkins.civ@mail.mil. Firecracker 5K Twinkie Challenge July3 The next run in the JBM-HH Commanders Race series is scheduled for Thursday, July 3 at the Fort Myer Officers Club at 6:35 a.m. This race will be a 5K, but will also incorporate an eating challenge of six Twinkies at the half-way mark. Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers (runners will eat six Twinkies at the 2.5K mark). There will also be prizes for the craziest individual costume, craziest couples costume and craziest group (three or more) costume. Registration begins May 28 on www.jbmhhmwr.com. For more information, call 703- 696-0594. Zembiec Pool temporarily closed for summer transition The Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec Pool will be closed through May 25 for seasonal transition. The pool will reopen May 26 with summer hours: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday closed. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 pm. For more information, call 703-693-7351.
  • 5. Marine Barracks Washington hosts Evening Parades The Evening Parades are conducted on Fridays only through Aug. 29. There will not be a Friday Evening Parade July 4. The one hour and fifteen minute performance of music and precision marching, the Evening Parade features "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, "The Commandant's Own" The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Color Guard, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, Ceremonial Marchers, and LCpl. Chesty XIII, the official mascot of Marine Barracks Washington. For ticket information, log onto: http://www.mbw.usmc.mil/RequestReservation.aspx. Soldier for Life website available The Army's web portal Army Knowledge Online -- better known as AKO -- has been available to retirees and family members for many years now. However, the Army is transitioning to a more secure enterprise network for business users -- Soldiers, Army civilians and contractors. Retirees will continue to be able to access important information about the Army, and information pertaining to health, retirement, employment and education benefits online at www.soldierforlife.army.mil. Please visit www.army.mil/article/125210/ for more details pertaining to the transition. Home Run Derby registration now open Registration is now open for the “Home Run Derby” scheduled for June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the softball field. Register through June 3 online at: www.mccshh.com/SmithGym.html. Complete rules are available online. Prizes will be awarded to the top three challengers. Spectators are welcome to cheer. Free hotdogs while supplies last. For more information, call 703-693-4730. Presidential Salute Battery drills being conducted The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery will be conducting crew drills, which includes the firing of blank rounds, every Tuesday morning from 7-8 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. This is a reoccurring event, which will occur every Tuesday unless mission dictates that it be cancelled. For more information, call 703-696-3290. School Physical appointments available for scheduling Rader Army Health Clinic is now scheduling appointments for 2014-2015 school and sport physicals. These appointments are available for Tricare Prime children assigned to Rader Pediatric Clinic. It is recommended to make the appointment early because space is limited and appointments fill fast. To schedule an appointment, call 855-227-6331.
  • 6. The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” upcoming events For a list of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” upcoming events, log onto www.usarmyband.com/. All of the performances are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. This schedule is subject to change without prior notice. All outdoor concerts are subject to cancellation due to weather considerations. Please call (703)696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com for up-to-date information on concert cancellations. Education and Career Services For ongoing tests given by Education & Career Services, Marines, phone 703-614- 9104 or visit www.mccshh.com/learning.html. DSTRESS available 24/7 The United States Marine Corps challenges Marines and members of all services: win your personal battles. Help is available through online chat or phone for anonymous, peer-to-peer counseling 24/7. Online chat is at DSTRESSLINE.com or call 1-877-476-7734. Need help? Know someone who does? Suicide is preventable The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans and their loved ones in crisis with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For free, confidential support call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255. More folks care than you might think. See some leaders’ public service announcements at www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/spmonth/leader_message_psa.asp. Family Readiness Play Morning (Outdoor) This playgroup is for preschool age children to provide time for play, physical activity and socialization for parents. Play morning is scheduled for May 26 from 10- 11:30 a.m. We will meet at the playground (Virginia Highlands Park, 1600 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202) by the restrooms, weather permitting. Pre-registration is encouraged. For questions: 703-696-3512 . Play Morning (Indoor) Play, songs, and story time for preschool children 0-5 years old. Enhance children’s social and cognitive skills while parents support each other through sharing ideas, parenting experiences, concerns and information. Space is limited and pre- registration is required. Play morning dates are May 21 and 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at
  • 7. Sequoia Plaza, Third Floor, 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204. For questions: 703-696-3512 . Survival Skills101 Missing the tools to survive in this world? In this 4-part series, you will learn how to use your strengths to improve your personal and professional life. Learn how to manage difficult emotions, effectively communicate with others, and enhance conflict resolution skills. Registration required. Classes are May 22 and 29 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the JBM-HH ACS Classroom, Bldg. 201. For questions: 703-696-3512. Anger Management Individuals will receive information on the basic principles of emotions management, specific information about the impact of unmanaged anger, and receive resources on how to recognize and manage the anger triggers in their own lives. Class is May 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the JBM-HH ACS Classroom, Bldg. 201. Registration required. For questions: 703-696-3512. Baby Bundles Prepare your home and your relationship for the changes that are needed when your baby arrives. A brief overview of the labor and delivery process, newborn care and baby proofing your home will be discussed. Individuals will receive a bag of free baby care and safety items. Class is May 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the JBM-HH ACS Classroom, Bldg. 201. Registration required. For questions: 703-696-3512. MCCS Offers New Community Counseling Program The new Community Counseling Program is designed to provide increased access to counseling for Marines, sailors, and their families, and to focus on screening, prevention, and intervention of stressors and problems to improve readiness and quality of life. We offer individual, couple, family, child, and group counseling services. All counselors are independently licensed and credentialed professionals who can work with you to develop a plan and find solutions to meet your needs and help you overcome stressors in your life. Call 703-614-7204 for an initial screening and to schedule an appointment. ACAP supports spouses in transition Army Career and Alumni Program offers services to the spouses of military personnel who are transitioning: both retiring or ETSing (Expiration of Term in Service). Some of the services offered to transitioning spouses include one-on-one assistance with a resume, a Veterans Affairs benefits briefing, Department of Labor Employment Workshop (includes the interview process, dress for success, building a resume, salary negotiation) and financial planning.
  • 8. More services include classes on home buying, credit scores, investing, TRICARE, finding and applying for federal jobs and much more. If your spouse is preparing to transition from the military -- retiring or ETSing, make an appointment with ACAP. Call 703-696-0973 to register or visit the ACAP Center at 232 McNair Road, Building 404 on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base. See www.facebook.com/ArmyCareerandAlumniProgram. Anger Management workshops offered Marine & Family Programs offers anger management workshops weekly, Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. The workshops are designed to teach eight tools for managing anger. Participants may start at any time, but must attend all eight sessions to receive a certificate of completion. Sessions are in Building 12’s conference room on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. The workshops are open to active duty personnel, their family members, and military retirees. To register, please call 703-614-7204. Stress workshops held Tuesdays Marine & Family Programs offers workshops on coping with work and family stress on an ongoing basis. The 12-session, evidence-based series, designed to teach strategies for dealing with stressors, is held Tuesdays, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in Bldg. 12’s conference room on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base. Topics include identifying stressors, deep breathing and muscle relaxation, assertive communication, changing yourself talk, eating right, exercise and developing a personal stress management plan. The workshops are open to active duty personnel, their family members and military retirees. To register, call 703-614-7204. Traffic, Roads, Grounds New – Possible traffic delays May 21 The Iwo Jima 7K Race is scheduled for May 21 at 6:30 a.m. The race route will begin at the Cpl. Terry L. Smith Gymnasium on the Henderson Hall portion of the joint base and head down through Wright Gate to the Marine Corps War Memorial and back. Motorists should be advised and remember to slow down around the runners. For more information, call 703-614-5959.
  • 9. New – Summerall Field Parking lot closed May 27-28 The Summerall Field parking lot on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base will be closed May 27 at 9 p.m. until May 28 in support of the Motorcycle Safety Day event. The parking lot will reopen after the event is complete. Temporary road closure on Fort Myer portion of joint base McNair Road from the intersection of Lee Avenue to Marshall Drive on the Fort Myer portion of the joint base is closed, to include pedestrian and bicyclists, until further notice due to road damage. For more information, call 703-696-3290 or log onto www.facebook.com/jbmhh. Parking lot on Fort McNair closed June 12 The D Street parking lot on the Fort McNair portion of the joint base will be closed June 12 in support of a graduation ceremony taking place that day. The parking lot will reopen after the ceremony is complete.