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All military medical and dental treatment facilities will postpone elective surgeries and procedures for 60 days, according to a Department of Defense March 25 announcement.

The deadline for the 2020 Michaels Educational Foundation Grant for residents has been extended to May 13. Scholarship recipients can get grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, which can be used toward educational expenses at any accredited college, university or vocational training school i…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to warrant social distancing, it is important to conduct prevention checks for self-care. Additionally, we should check on our family members and house mates. As everyone is impacted, remember to ask others about their feelings and help children acknowledge…

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In this time of physical isolation, it’s more important than ever that military spouses reach out to each other, according to Sarah Johnson, USO program coordinator. She said the USO Coffee Connection is a chance for spouses to network and meet their own needs.

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Military children make up a very special part of our nation’s population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. As they face circumstances unique to their lives—such as navigating multiple moves and schools to shouldering repeate…

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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Army has initiated several policy exceptions that will impact enlisted promotion cycles scheduled until the end of this fiscal year, unless terminated sooner, G-1 officials announced March 24.

The USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy are currently supporting the Department of Defense COVID-19 response. The Service members aboard these ships, including Belvoir Hospital personnel, will treat non-COVID-19 patients in Los Angeles and New York, allowing local health professionals to further foc…

Certain Gold Star and next-of-kin survivors can expect to find it easier to visit Army installations, since a new process went into effect in January.

When COVID-19 started affecting this area several weeks ago, the Armed Services Blood Program had several scheduled blood drives. One of those blood drives, sponsored by Belvoir’s Warrior Transition Battalion, was set for the USO Warrior & Family Center on Belvoir. Then, the USO had to close.

On March 14, U.S. Transportation Command issued an advisory to the moving industry to provide Defense Personal Property Program customers and their chain of command decision space, in light of the Defense Department’s March 13 ‘stop movement order,’ which halts most permanent change of stati…

Fort Belvoir’s USO Warrior & Family Center is working to continue its operations online, offering help and a personal connection, according to Michael Hartzell, Virginia centers USO manager. While the center has been closed since March 16, the USO continues to fulfill its mission to supp…

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, and facilities, like schools, are forced to close, Fairfax County Public Schools has a program that provides nutritious meals to students who normally rely on food they get in school cafeterias. Fort Belvoir Upper School, on the elementary com…

With virtually constant news reports of the continuing spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, most of us have shifted our priority to making sure we’re doing everything possible to keep ourselves and our families safe, including four-legged members.

With the global coronavirus crisis forcing more event cancellations and facility closures across Fort Belvoir, many of us are growing concerned about maintaining what the Army places as its highest priority, physical fitness, since recent government and command mandates closed public access …

From staffing informational phone banks to administering tests for COVID-19, many of the more than 9,000 National Guard members on duty in response to COVID-19 are helping state and local medical professionals.

As the Army community continues to encourage teleworking, the Army Criminal Investigation Command, CID, reminds users about cyber adversaries and the importance of keeping all information on the network safe.

During ongoing chapel closures, the Belvoir Religious Support Office offers links to weekly, online services.

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing emergency breakfast and lunch at 18 sites. Meals will be provided to all students for free, with no discrimination. Meals are provided on a first come, first served basis. Breakfasts are available from 8-10:30 a.m.; lunches, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Some e…

Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, right, inspects a temporary screening tent set up outside the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Emergency Department, Wednesday. Navy Capt. Cynthia Judy, center, hospital director, explained the hospital protocols to McCarthy and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Mich…

Army Emergency Relief needs your help. AER is a non-profit, financial assistance organization that provides zero-interest loans and grants to Soldiers and families in need.

On June 1, the Defense Department plans to implement a policy change to current priorities for child care. As directed by Mark Esper, defense secretary, in a memo signed Feb. 21, the department will afford priority access to military families. Beginning June 1, military services may begin to…

**Due to ongoing coronavirus-related closures, cancellations and schedule changes, garrison public affairs suggests confirming with any facilities before planning to attend.

The Belvoir Eagles maintained a dedicated passing and shooting game, combined with an equally determined effort at the opposite end of the hardwood, through two dynamic periods to down the visiting Joint Base Andrews Falcons, 68-64 in a late-season Washington Area Military Athletic Conferenc…

**Due to ongoing coronavirus-related closures, cancellations and schedule changes, garrison public affairs suggests confirming with any facilities before planning to attend.

At age 28, Stephanie Johnson, a mother of two, decided to join the U.S. Army and pursue a better life for her children. She dreamt of providing them opportunities and benefits she never experienced growing up and had no idea she would be the only enlisted female diver in the Army.

Traumatic brain injury remains a key health concern for the military. TBI ranges in severity from mild to penetrating. Most TBIs in the military are mild, otherwise known as concussions, and most Service members return to duty after recovering from their injuries, according to Defense Health…

Anyone wanting to stay abreast of the initiatives set through the Army’s budget can download a document which explains many of the Army’s sought-after changes.

The Defense Department is taking action to protect people, safeguard critical national security missions and capabilities and support the whole-of-government approach to confronting the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, DoD spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said Tuesday.

Recently, there has been one Marine being treated for COVID-19 at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. The Marine did not work or live on Belvoir. As a result of limited community transmission of COVID-19 in the National Capital Region, the Fort Belvoir Health Protection Condition is now at Alph…

Yetta Canty, Army Substance Abuse Program risk reduction coordinator, is the action officer at Belvoir’s Installation Prevention Team monthly meetings, where she briefs the garrison on high-risk behavior in all Belvoir units. Canty said she began recognizing many of the high-risk behaviors w…

Beginning Friday, the U.S. Postal Service and military post offices will stop accepting handwritten customs forms on packages sent to international addresses, and go to all-electronic, printed customs forms. Handwritten forms on packages bound for APO/FPO/DPO addresses will need the electron…

Defense Threat Reduction Agency demonstrated its unit cohesion and precision offensive execution, when it downed Aerospace Data Facility-East, 2 games to 1, in the FY20 intramural volleyball season opener, March 3 at Wells Field House. DTRA, one of the most successful units in Belvoir’s intr…

The Ladies Golf Association of Fort Belvoir welcomes new and returning golfers to the 2020 season with its annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast, March 30, 9-11 a.m. at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club. This event is free for new members and $11 for returning members.

Fitness is an integral part of the U.S. Service members’ lives, and keeping fit normally entails an hour or more of cardio and weightlifting a few times a week. But, for one Defense Threat Reduction Agency colonel and his friends, it was more than just stepping on a treadmill or running the …