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AARCH invites you to join us in celebrating the rich history held in the life stories of our oldest African American citizens in Frederick County. The poignant telling of their experiences from childhood, through segregation, to today is a window to the strength and resilience that have shaped their lives, and our community.
Reservations are recommended for this free event. Tickets can be reserved, starting August 16, at weinbergcenter.org.

The movie trailer may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/eM0aZaS1dkc

Firework Safety Reminder

ONLY SPARKLERS ARE ALLOWED ON POST IN THE HOUSING AREA.

Fireworks are often used to mark special events and holidays. However, they are not safe in the hands of consumers. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year.

BE CAREFUL!

People can enjoy fireworks safely if they follow a few simple safety tips:

o Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.

o Do not use consumer fireworks.

o Keep a close eye on children at events where fireworks are used.

Youth to Have Greater Voice; Council Offers Influence

Frederick youth are invited to be a force within City government. The application period is now open to serve on the Youth Advisory Council that the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to create earlier this year.

The council will consist of 18 total members, 13 voting and five non-voting. Each member will be appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. City residents ages 14 to 18 will make up the voting members. Adult professionals from local organizations that specialize in providing youth services will serve as non-voting members.

Youth may apply to serve on the council online (www.cityoffrederick.com/yac), and/or by sending letters of interest to Bob Smith, deputy director of Parks and Recreation, at 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick, MD 21701. The Mayor and Board hope to select the first council by September. The deadline for interested youth to apply is July 31.

The Youth Advisory Council’s primary goal is to expand youth involvement and gain insight from youth so their voices can be heard, and to address a concern about the lack of opportunities for emerging adults in the Frederick community.

The council has a mission to provide advice on legislation, assist the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, and work with the Human Resources Department to develop student programs.

Frederick Mayor, Michael O’Connor said this is a genuine opportunity for young people to be active in their community,
while collaborating with adults to encourage them to communicate on topics that matter to them.

Further information is available from Bob Smith, deputy director of Parks and Recreation,
bsmith@cityoffrederick.com.

Fort Detrick All Services Retiree Council

The Fort Detrick All Services Retiree Council serves as a link between the Fort Detrick leadership and the retired military community, family members, and surviving spouses.

If you are interested in receiving information provided by the Council, please send an email to: detrickretmilcouncil@gmail.com and you will be contacted.

If you know of any retired military members, family members, or surviving spouses who would like to receive this newsletter, please share this email address with them so they can also sign up.

Retiree Meet & Greet
The next Retiree Muster Meet & Greet will be held on July 10 from 5-7 p.m. at the VFW, 5901 Old National Pike, Frederick, Maryland.

Retiree Appreciation Day will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Community Activities Center, Fort Detrick. As keynote speaker, the DA Retiree Services Directorate has offered the Army’s Subject Matter Expert on survivor benefits and related issues. More information will follow in the months ahead.

As another school year closes at Whittier Elementary in Frederick, Maryland, students gather at the school entrance while Soldiers from Fort Detrick’s 6th Medical Logistics Management Center lower the school’s U.S. flag.

After school awards were presented, 21st Signal Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Richard M. Meadows, fired the kids up for summer vacation. The color guard then lowered the flag and students were released, ending the school year.

The flag lowering is a tradition with Soldiers from Fort Detrick and Whittier elementary school were Fort Detrick Soldiers raise the flag at the start of the year and lower the U.S. flag at the end to show their support to the local school.
Photos By Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs

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Military Personnel Division/CAC ID Cards office is closed today June 15.

ID card/DEERS section is closed today, June 15, 2018. We are unable to produce any ID cards or make changes to DEERS.

Please come back Monday, 18 June 2018 at 0800. If you have any questions please call (301) 619-7311.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Fort Detrick Celebrates the Army’s 243rd Birthday
By Nick Minecci
USAG Public Affairs

Soldiers and civilians of the Fort Detrick community gathered today on Fort Detrick’s Blue and Gray Field to celebrate the Army’s 243rd birthday during a ceremony that included leadership from across the installation and distinguished guests including Frederick City Mayor Michael O’Connor and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Dr. Timothy E. Trainor.

Fort Detrick is also celebrating the Installation’s 75th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command throughout the year.

Trainor, the current President of Mount St. Mary’s University and former dean and chief academic officer at United States Military Academy, was the guest speaker for the event.

“As we were planning this event, Dr. Trainor, you immediately came to my mind to speak to us today and we are so glad your schedule allowed you to be here, as we celebrate this milestone in the Army’s history,” said Fort Detrick Garrison Commander Col. Scott Halter, during his remarks.

“During his 33-year military career, Dr. Trainor served as an engineer officer and had numerous operational assignments around the world. Dr. Trainor also served as the former dean and chief academic officer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where his accomplishments were many,” continued Halter.

“His commitment to the U.S. Army, to academia, to his students and to the development of men and women of character make him a respected leader and someone we are lucky to have serving in our area,” Halter said.

During his remarks Trainor talked about the Army being the first national institution of the United States, and how it has continued to be a vital organization in the growth of the country. The theme of this year’s Army birthday is, “Over There! A Celebration of Army Heroes from WWI to Present Day,” and Trainor spoke about the Soldiers who fought in World War I.

“The men who fought in Europe left their families, and the guns finally fell silent on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 100 years ago. Their sacrifices and valor helped build our Army, and today every Soldier carries on that tradition,” Trainor said.

“All of the Soldiers serving today are volunteers, and they volunteered to serve while their nation is at war. I am proud of all our Soldiers, and this is a great day to celebrate the Army birthday,” said Trainor.

The event concluded with a cake cutting ceremony where the garrison commander was joined by the youngest and oldest active duty soldier on Fort Detrick.

To learn more about the history of the United States Army, visit: https://www.army.mil/birthday/.

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UPDATE- Bike to Work Day is June 1.
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The rescheduled Bike to Work Day is June 1. Team Fort Detrick will meet in the Fort Detrick AAFES parking lot at 6:15 a.m. and will ride the 4.4 mile recreational ride through the City of Frederick ending at the Frederick City Transit Center.
Army Soldiers will wear attire that shows their affiliation with the Army (Army Physical Fitness Uniform or appropriate bike attire with Army identity markings).
Maj. Gen. Holcomb requests Service Members and civilian employees from all joint services to show similar support by wearing service affiliating attire. Participation is not limited by service affiliation and all interagency partners are
also invited to support Team Fort Detrick.
Participants may register on the Washington, DC "Bike to Work Day 2018"
website at: http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org and enter "Fort Detrick" as their
employer. Your “Pit Stop” will be Frederick, MD.
Riders located at the Forest Glen Annex are encouraged to join Team Fort Detrick by registering and selecting the “Pit Stop” Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD. The route from FGA to Discovery Place is relatively flat, and approximately
2.5 miles (one‐way).

Riders on the installation must wear a bike helmet approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and carry appropriate identification to return to the installation following the event. Participants are responsible to coordinate their
work schedule with their supervisor in advance of the event. This is a volunteer event and riders will not be in a duty status.
For more information call 301‐619‐3154.

President Nixon came to Fort Detrick in 1971 to announce that he was creating the Frederick Cancer Research Facility of the National Cancer Institute at Fort Detrick. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (as the Department of Health and Human Services was then) was given title to more approximately 68 acres and 70 buildings in Area A at Fort Detrick.

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In 1931 a small, one-man operations airport becomes Detrick Field, named for Squadron Surgeon Major Frederick Louis Detrick, a native of nearby New Market, Maryland. Dr. Detrick was born in 1889 and died in June, 1931. Two months after his death the first military presence came to Detrick Field in the form of an encampment of Dr. Detrick's unit, the 104th Aero Squadron of the 29th Division of the Maryland National Guard.

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The government purchased additional land for Detrick Field in 1943 and renamed the facility “Camp Detrick”. The facility became the site of the US Army Biological Warfare Laboratories, responsible for researching biocontainment, decontamination, gaseous sterilization, and agent purification.

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Fort Detrick 75 Years
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How the Day of Infamy Changed Fort Detrick
By Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs

On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States was plunged into World War II, already being fought for two years. On that fateful Sunday morning, planes of the Imperial Japanese Navy struck U.S. military installations across Hawaii; devastating the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet, destroying 188 aircraft and killing 2,403 Americans, wounding 1,178.

Although Pearl Harbor is 4,803 miles from Fort Detrick, the attack would change the mission of the small Maryland installation in profound ways.

Prior to the Japanese attack, Detrick Field was home to the Maryland National Guard’s 29th Division’s 104th Aero Squadron, as well as a cadet pilot training center. Following the United States’ entry into World War II, the aircraft stationed at Camp Detrick were reassigned to submarine patrol duty off the Atlantic Coast.

In March 1942, the U.S. Army stationed the 2nd Bombardment Squadron at Detrick Field prior to deployment to England in September; where it would be redesignated the 8th Air Force Headquarters. In 1943, Detrick Field ceased operations as an aviation center and the U.S. government renamed the facility Camp Detrick.

The government also purchased more land to expand the new facility, which housed the newly activated U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories. The USBWL was charged with conducting research on biocontainment, decontamination, gaseous sterilization and agent purification. Construction of the new facilities was budgeted for $1.25 million, and from 1943 through the end of World War II, Camp Detrick would continue growing with an additional $3 million in facilities construction; and as home to 240 officers and 1,530 enlisted personnel by the end of the war.

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Make plans now to join us for a special Army Birthday celebration June 14 at 1100 on the Blue and Gray Field. This year we are marking the 75th anniversary of Fort Detrick as well.
We are honored with our special guest speaker Dr. Timothy E. Trainor, who is the president of Mount St. Mary’s University.
Dr. Timothy Trainor, is also a retired Brigadier General who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1983.
After the celebration, all of Fort Detrick is welcomed to join us on the field as we form a 75 and take a group photo.
#Armybirthday

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Garrison Commander Asks Cooperation: Refrain from Water Use

The Garrison Commander, USAG Fort Detrick, immediately requests refraining from non-essential water use because of conditions affecting the wastewater treatment plant. Due to current historic flooding, the wastewater treatment plant is inundated and at risk of additional overflow. In order to avoid potential backups in collection lines and homes, and maintain the ability to safely treat wastewater, DPW officials are requesting that residents please refrain from nonessential water use. Washing clothes, washing dishes, and using water in any capacity only adds to the already overburdened plant. Should you experience a sewer backup, please contact our DPW switchboard at 301-619-2454.

UPDATE

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED TO JUNE. MORE INFO COMING SOON
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Bike to Work Day 2018
May 18
Fort Detrick is putting together an informal team/group to participate in the event.

Team Fort Detrick will meet in the Fort Detrick AAFES parking lot at 6:15 a.m. and will ride the 4.4 mile recreational ride through the City of Frederick ending at the Frederick City Transit Center.
Army Soldiers will wear attire that shows their affiliation with the Army (Army Physical Fitness Uniform or appropriate bike attire with Army identity markings).
Maj. Gen. Holcomb requests Service Members and civilian employees from all joint services to show similar support by wearing service affiliating attire. Participation is not limited by service affiliation and all interagency partners are
also invited to support Team Fort Detrick.
Participants may register on the Washington, DC "Bike to Work Day 2018"
website at: http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org and enter "Fort Detrick" as their
employer. Your “Pit Stop” will be Frederick, MD.
Riders located at the Forest Glen Annex are encouraged to join Team Fort Detrick by registering and selecting the “Pit Stop” Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD. The route from FGA to Discovery Place is relatively flat, and approximately
2.5 miles (one‐way).

Riders on the installation must wear a bike helmet approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and carry appropriate identification to return to the installation following the event. Participants are responsible to coordinate their
work schedule with their supervisor in advance of the event. This is a volunteer event and riders will not be in a duty status.
For more information call 301‐619‐3154.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

From 2:50pm EDT, Sat May 12 until 11:00pm EDT, Sat May 12

Action Recommended: Attend to information sources as described in the instructions
Issued by: Baltimore/Washington - MD, US, National Weather Service,

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 84 IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN MARYLAND

THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES IN NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND FREDERICK WASHINGTON IN WESTERN MARYLAND ALLEGANY

IN VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA LOUDOUN IN NORTHWEST VIRGINIA CITY OF WINCHESTER CLARKE FREDERICK

IN WEST VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES IN EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA GRANT HAMPSHIRE HARDY MINERAL IN PANHANDLE WEST VIRGINIA BERKELEY JEFFERSON MORGAN THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF BALLENGER CREEK, BERRYVILLE, CHARLES TOWN, CUMBERLAND, FORT ASHBY, FREDERICK, FROSTBURG, HAGERSTOWN, KEYSER, LEESBURG, MARTINSBURG, MOOREFIELD, PAW PAW, PETERSBURG, ROMNEY, SHEPHERDSTOWN, STERLING, WINCHESTER, AND WINCHESTER.

The Fort Detrick Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is currently down.

Only garrison networked .mil CAC users are able to access the webpage using government computers during a system update. There is no completion date estimated at this time. This outage also affects the USAG Fort Detrick mobile app link and DODEA CAC users.

In the interim, to submit ICE comments, non-CAC users can contact their Sponsors or supporting commands to access the ICE system.

Customers can also email comments and feedback to garrison Customer Service via email (usarmy.detrick.usag.mbx.customer-service@mail.mil) or use manual cards provided at select locations.

Customers should specify if they would like a response back or if they prefer to remain anonymous.

Spring Research Festival – May 9‐10
The Spring Research Festival will be held May 9‐10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Building 1520 the Community Activities Center, Building 1529, and the large tent located in the parking lot of Odom Fitness Center.
Come out to see scientific poster presentations, walk through the biomedical equipment expo and hear keynote speaker‐ Dr. Garry Nolan from Stanford University School of Medicine, speak on May 9 from 10-11 a.m. at the CAC, building 1529.
Please visit:
https://springresearchfestival.amedd.army.mil for more information

Unable To Issue ID Cards Today May 4


Due to system difficulties, the ID Cards Office is unable to issue chip embedded CAC cards at this time. Also no walk-in customers will be accepted at this time.

Please contact us at 301-619-7311. To find out when our machines are back up.

Military Appreciation Night at the Frederick Keys

Public Affairs needs 15-20 service members to film shout out video messages which will play on the jumbotron during the game. Each service member should be prepared to state their Name, hometown and a short line or two thanking the Frederick community for supporting the military. PAO will be filming service members on April 25th from 1-3.

Please direct interested service members to Public Affairs so we can capture names and unit prior to filming. Our phone is 301-619-2018 or email usarmy.detrick.usag.mbx.pao@mail.mil

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