Garrison staff are invited to attend the Garrison Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at the post theater on APG North. Attendees at APG South can join in via a VTC Connection in Room 101, JPEO Bldg. E2800.
Come and receive the latest information from the Garrison Command. Learn about upcoming programs and events.
A Q&A session will be held during this event. To submit questions in advance, email email@example.com. For more information about the Garrison Town Hall, contact Lisa McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org, 410- 278-0003, Rm 101, E2800 (JPEO Bldg.)
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES
The U.S. Army Garrison, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) has conducted an Environmental Assessment (EA) for implementation of a Real Property Master Plan (RPMP), to respond to changing conditions at APG in compliance with Army Regulation (AR) 210-20, Real Property Master Planning for Army Installations. The RPMP is the installation commander’s plan for the orderly management and development of the real property assets of the installation, including land, facilities, and infrastructure, and documents the planning process.
A public meeting will be held to solicit comments on the EA and to identify issues or concerns to be addressed in the assessment. The Army will use the comments in preparing the final version of the EA.
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
[*Inclement Weather Date: Tuesday October 1, 2013]
Time: 6:30 p.m. – Informal Poster/Information Session
7:00 p.m. – Presentation
Place: Aberdeen Senior Center
7 Franklin St, Aberdeen, MD 21001
The meeting location is wheelchair accessible and an interpreter is available with 72-hours advance notice (1-800-APG-9998).
COPIES OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE
Review copies of the Draft EA are available at the Edgewood and Aberdeen branches of the Harford County Public Library and the Kent County Library in Chestertown.
WRITTEN COMMENTS WELCOME
The 30-day public comment period on the proposed action extends from September 9, 2013 to October 9, 2013. Written comments postmarked by October 9, 2013 should be sent to:
U.S. Army Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground
Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division
ATTN: IMAP-PWE (Arnold O’Sullivan)
4304 Susquehanna Avenue
3rd Floor, Wing B
APG, MD 21005-5001
$100,000 in Educational Grants Awarded to Military Spouses by Our Family for Families First Foundation
awarded to the spouses and children of active duty service members to date
Our Family for Families First Foundation, the nationally-recognized private, charitable foundation of Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, today announced that it has awarded $100,000 in grants to the spouses of active-duty service members. As part of the award, 20 military spouses each received $5,000 education grants in support of secondary education.
“Our goal in setting up the Foundation seven years ago was to find a way to give back to the service members by supporting their spouses and children in their pursuit of higher education,” said John Picerne, Foundation founder. “We are extremely proud of this year’s worthy grant recipients and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the years to come.”
Since its founding in 2006, the Our Family for Families First Foundation has awarded more than $4.5 million in scholarships to 90 children of active-duty service members, including $815,000 in educational grants to 163 military spouses, based on need and merit. At Fort Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground alone, the Foundation has awarded $606,000 to 21 recipients.
“We are honored to support the hopes and dreams of this year’s deserving grant recipients,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation executive director. “Providing military spouses with support in pursuing secondary education is just one of the many ways that we strive to give back to our communities and improve quality of life for our service members and their families.”
The Foundation’s 2013 grant recipients are the spouses of active-duty service members stationed at six of the military installations on which Corvias has partnered with the Army to improve the quality of housing.
Mary Banaszynski is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Anne Arundel Community College. She has always been fascinated by bridge structure and wants to build bridges. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Banaszynski, U.S. Air Force.
In 2014, the Foundation plans to expand the number of military installations on which it offers educational support. In addition to the six Army installations on which Corvias develops and manages military housing, the Foundation will begin awarding scholarships and grants to the spouses and children of active duty service members stationed at the six Air Force bases that the company began managing, effective September 1, 2013. These bases range from Alaska to Florida and include Edwards Air Force Base in California, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Hurlburt Field in Florida, McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
The Our Family for Families First Foundation was recognized at the White House in April 2012 by First Lady Michelle Obama as the People’s Choice winner of the first Joining Forces Community Challenge. The challenge spotlighted citizens and organizations with a demonstrated, genuine and deep desire to be of service to military families.
About Our Family for Families First Foundation
Our Family for Families First Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias Group, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families and employees to reach higher. The Foundation work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. The Foundation strives to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals, and this is achieved through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving.
During his first trip to Aberdeen Proving Ground since assuming responsibility as the Army’s senior noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III said he learned a little something about what APG is all about. Chandler toured the installation Aug. 20 and then shared his stance on current issues and concerns affecting Soldiers, civilians and families during a Town Hall meeting at the Post Theater.
Chandler was met by APG Garrison Commander Col. Gregory McClinton, Installation Command Sgt. Maj. Kennis Dent, and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin.
After a short meeting with installation senior NCOs, the SMA took an aerial tour of APG led by Installation Safety Officer Ralph Cardenuto. A capabilities demonstration of the 22nd Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) led by Command Sgt. Maj. Montonya Boozier, followed, and then Chandler ate lunch at Top of the Bay with some of the installation’s noncommissioned officers.
Accompanying Chandler was his wife, Jeanne Chandler, who visited with Army Community Service Director Janice Downey, FMWR Director Mike Lupacchino and unit Family Readiness Group leaders before rejoining him at the Town Hall meeting.
Chandler is the senior enlisted advisor to Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, on all enlisted matters; particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life.
He sits on a variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted Soldiers and their families and is routinely called to testify before Congress.
Town Hall Meeting
Soldiers, civilians, Family members and cadets from the Maryland National Guard’s Freestate ChalleNGe Academy attended the afternoon Town Hall and where they had an opportunity to hear the senior enlisted Soldier’s priorities. Chandler used short video clips to illustrate his point on several subjects.
The Army Profession
He asked members of the audience to stand and define “character,” “commitment” and “competence” and said the three characteristics were essential to becoming a professional Soldier. “The Army Profession” manual, a professional development tool initiated by Chandler, is available at http://cape.army.mil/aaop/doctrine.php, was launched on the Army Birthday, June 14.
One challenge to the profession, Chandler said, are the number of suicides across the Army. Reminding Soldiers that the NCO Creed states, “No one is more professional than I,” Chandler said today’s Soldiers are challenged to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing while ensuring their battle buddy is living by the same standard.
“In almost every [suicide] case,” he said, “there was alcohol, a weapon and a failed relationship involved. If we choose to, we can reduce suicides in the Army. Look for those three things and you can save someone’s life.”
The issue is bigger than the Army and includes every spectrum of society, he said, adding that his words were meant for all listeners. “It’s not just uniform to uniform. Whatever the spectrum is, we are the Army Family and families look out for each other. In order for [Soldiers] to be successful, we all have to be successful.”
He encouraged everyone to familiarize themselves with Army Community Service and Army Substance Abuse Program services and resources.
Chandler drew a close comparison when explaining the effects of sexual assault. He asked listeners to think about how it felt to have something stolen from them and equated similar feelings to sexual assault and rape.
“Unlike when someone steals an Item from you that can be replaced, they take something you cannot buy back,” he said, adding that to defeat sexual assault more energy and outrage must be applied against it. “We should be fired up and angry that we tolerate criminal activity,” he said. “If the NCOs get behind it, we’re going to solve this challenge. When we tolerate mediocrity or violence then we are the problem.”
He said the first priority is to encourage Soldiers to come forward—and when they do— believe them. “We cannot be skeptical,” he said, acknowledging that instances of false statements have occurred.
“There’s an answer for someone who comes forward and makes a false statement and we’ll handle that,” he said, “but in 99 percent of cases, something happened. We’ve got to do our part. We need an understanding from our perspective that we can change things but we all have to contribute.”
He added that while members of the House and Senate are concerned about sexual assault in the military and not satisfied with how military leaders are addressing the situation, he believes the solution lies within the ranks.
“We are taking action and holding leaders accountable,” he said.
Regarding retention and training during an era of budgetary uncertainty, Chandler said though the Army has high standards when it comes to providing the nation with a ready force, training will suffer if the next budget is not approved. He said he believes there is a distinct possibility 2014 will bring a full sequestration which means about a 50 percent decrease in defense spending.
“The last thing we want is to send Soldiers not trained into combat,” he said.
As for retention and recruitment, “There will always be opportunities to serve our needs proudly and with competence,” he said, with regard to current and future Soldiers.
“We want you to be a part of our team.”
Chandler presented his challenge coin to several Soldiers who were selected by their units as outstanding or contributing above and beyond.
He said he didn’t know what to expect from APG but after researching installation organizations and viewing programs in place for Soldiers, civilians, retirees, families, and Survivors, he was very impressed with what he saw.
In the grand scheme of things, “APG is extremely important,” Chandler said.
“Research and science is how we will move forward into the future. We have to put a lot of emphasis and investments on future innovations that will only make us more efficient.
“This is a significant and important workforce,” he said. “I didn’t know this place was so beautiful. It’s like a little jewel you don’t notice at first because you get blinded by the bigger ones.”
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler will host an Installation Town Hall at the APG Post Theater on Tuesday, August 20 at 1 p.m. All APG personnel and residents are encouraged to attend.