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August 26 is an important day for Fort Belvoir’s progress and future, as the long-awaited, new Lieber Gate opens for traffic. August 23 Walker Gate closes for bridge reconstruction. When Lieber opens, the hours at Tulley Gate, Fort Belvoir’s current 24-hour and truck gate, will only be open …

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Maj. Gen. Omar Jones, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR/MDW, discusses the importance of collaboration during the Partners’ Luncheon, Tuesday at the O’ Club. Attendees learned about the upcoming gate access changes, military medical readiness and other items of interest.

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Maj. Gen. Omar Jones, commanding general of Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region/Military District of Washington; and Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, met with residents to hear about privatized housing conditions and issues on Fort Belvoir, with much of t…

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Fort Belvoir Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division, hosted a small cleanup along the shoreline around the Wildlife Refuge area on Accotink Bay Saturday morning. 

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Fairfax County and Prince William County Public Schools start the new school year Aug. 26, and that means a lot of Family preparation in the few days remaining, including vaccinations, wellness checks and transitioning back to early morning routines.

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It’s hard to believe summer is almost over and the time to send the kids back to school is once again upon us. Back-to-school time means it’s also time to think about safety. Here are a few safety tips to help keep you and your children safe all school year long. 

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Looking for information about Fort Belvoir’s environmental quality, natural resources and how they are managed? Visit DPW Environmental Division’s new SharePoint site to learn more. At the link, https://intelshare.intelink.gov/sites/belvoirenvironmental/SitePages/Home.aspx or click on the Sh…

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The Gribble Gatekeepers Toastmasters Club appreciation and awards ceremony was Aug. 7. The outgoing officers, from left, are: Rachel Grandpre; Daniel Feuer; Stacy Langsdale; Yolanda Harlan; Stuart Davis; with Anthony DiPalma, officiating District 29 Division A director. They meet the first a…

Members of the National Ground Intelligence Center, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Army senior leaders and partner-nation representatives recently gathered for a change of command ceremony at Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, Va.

Fort Belvoir Garrison hosts a Quarterly Housing Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thurman Auditorium to update residents about the progress of safety and housing improvements since a May Town Hall and outline existing challenges and plans of action to ensure every home and barracks meets acc…

In a traditional ceremony, Belvoir garrison said farewell to one senior enlisted leader and welcomed a new one. Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Perry relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young, Monday morning in Belvoir’s Thurman Auditorium. 

During August, the Army observes Antiterrorism Awareness Month—the annual call to action for Soldiers, Army civilians, retirees and Family members to recognize the dangers posed by terrorism and to be prepared to help combat terrorism.

One of Fort Belvoir’s own is competing on a team of fellow Service members in a major eSports video-gaming event.

Getting to know your neighbors and surroundings creates a safer community. That is why Pullen Field was glistening with police lights and the sound of sirens, as Families stopped by Tuesday to visit Fort Belvoir responders during National Night Out. Fort Belvoir Police Chief Johnnie Kibler s…

Garrison representatives updated leaders from both inside and outside the gates, at a Community Leaders Luncheon and Forum at the Belvoir Officers’ Club last week. 

Eliminating sexual assault and changing the Army’s culture on intervention starts with changing how leaders and Soldiers view the problem, said the Army’s vice chief, during the fifth annual SHARP Program Improvement Forum, in mid-July. 

Fort Belvoir garrison directors huddled last Thursday and Friday at the Officers’ Club to look at mission objectives and the 2020 Action Plan with Garrison Commander Col. Michael Greenberg, and ensure that planned priorities match those of Army Materiel Command, which has assumed control of …

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month in the Army—the 10th annual observance of this call to action for Soldiers, Army civilians, retirees, and Family members to be aware of the dangers posed by terrorism and to be prepared to help combat terrorism. Preparation is the Key 

Army Community Service was standing room only, inside and out, Friday at its 54th birthday celebration, where Soldiers and Family members, alike, were gift recipients of food, cake, prizes and a variety of fun. George Dickson, DFMWR director, started off the celebration thanking ACS supporte…

While many Fort Belvoir children enjoyed summer mornings at the pool, dozens of students at Fort Belvoir Elementary School spent the last three weeks creating, failing and, finally, solving problems, according to Melvina Michie, Director of the Young Scholar’s Program. The program is designe…

Like communities throughout the country, Fort Belvoir’s Directorate of Emergency Services hosts a National Night Out event from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, on Pullen Field. The annual National Night Out is an event intended to build relationships between police officers and the communities they work …

Fort Belvoir was treated to some top-shelf county music Friday night as the singer-songwriters Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, known as Maddie & Tae, took to the stage at Wallace Theater to kick off Army Entertainment’s Women Rock the Forts Tour. 

The community can come out Friday and get some free, live musical entertainment, at a concert by Maddie and Tae in Fort Belvoir’s Wallace Theater. The Women Rock the Forts Tour, presented by Army Entertainment, also features special guests Ruthie Collins and Natalie Stovall; and Lakin.

The 249th Engineer Battalion – Prime Power welcomed a new commander during a ceremony, Friday on Fort Belvoir’s Long Parade Field, as Lt. Col. Francis B. Pera assumed command from Lt. Col. Daniel R. Kent. 

July is the midst of peak moving season, and 60,000 Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians are expected to change duty stations from May to September. Especially the first time, a Permanent Change of Station can be intimidating; not knowing anyone at your new duty station, where to shop…

For more than a half-century, Army Community Service at locations throughout the world have helped their Service member clients with a variety of needs, including lending closets, newcomers services and relocation assistance; employment readiness; financial readiness; and Family advocacy pro…

Fort Belvoir is known for being home to some of the Army’s most competitive athletes, and last week, yet another of its Soldiers emerged triumphant in a major weightlifting championship tournament held July 13 in Manassas, Va.Sgt. Carlecia Richard, assigned to U.S. Army Protective Services B…

Residents in each of the Villages at Belvoir hosted their own yard or garage sale Saturday and Sunday, to either remove clutter from their homes or prepare for an upcoming move. The July yard sale weekend was hot, with the temperatures in the high 90s to 100s and pure sunshine. Temperatures …

Physicians can provide checklists that inform male patients of important health screenings for their 40s, 50s, and beyond. These checklists make for a good start, but age is only one factor physicians consider. According to Col. John Barrett, the Army senior service leader and associate prof…

Hand-held laser pointers are quite useful during presentations or when you need to direct someone’s attention to a particular place with a narrow, bright beam of light. Poorly-made laser pointers can be dangerous, according to a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist with Combat Capabilit…

During ceremonies at Woodlawn Village, July 18 The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation awarded $84,000 in college scholarships among 26 Fort Belvoir students. Each scholarship ranged from $1,000 to $10,000. 

In a series of time-honored, Army traditions, Fort Belvoir’s Long Parade Field was the site, last week, for a major general’s promotion ceremony, a change of leadership and a unique parade of troops, all for Regional Health Command- Atlantic, based out of Fort Belvoir.

Soldiers and Families gathered on the banks of the Potomac River at Fort Belvoir’s Castle Park, July 10 for a chance to relax, play and dine at the USO Midsummer Blast. Sara Martin, USO Warrior and Family Center program specialist, coordinated the event and said, “It’s the kickoff to the mid…

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long, live-action military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” The event is a glimpse into American history through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army …

Army spouses can apply for reimbursement of up to $2,500 in professional relicensing expenses through Army Emergency Relief, for when they move to another state. Last month, Army officials announced a $500 limit on relicensing costs for military spouses for permanent change-of-station moves.…

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or staying after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. 

In today’s hectic life, our ability to attain a healthy balance in both work and life is becoming extremely challenging. We increasingly put additional pressure on ourselves to achieve greater results and manage every aspect of our lives. Maintaining work-life balance is not only important f…

Parents had a chance to learn about healthy eating, in a workshop hosted by Army Community Service’s Family Advocacy Program. Meg Reichert, a board-certified, holistic health coach and local military spouse, presented the workshop to parents.

Are you and your family moving? Moving doesn’t change your TRICARE eligibility. But it may change the TRICARE healthcare options available to you and your Family. A change of address, such as moving to a new country, city, region, or ZIP+4 code is a TRICARE Qualifying Life Event. This QLE me…

Fort Belvoir’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security announced this week that, due to extreme heat, Fort Belvoir gates will operate with reduced operational lanes, when it’s extremely hot. This allows Department of the Army Security Guards to increase the frequency and du…

Women Rock the Forts Tour Army Entertainment presents “Women Rock the Forts Tour” featuring country duo, Maddie and Tae, and other special guests, July 26, 7 p.m. at Wallace Theater. If the concert is not sold out, additional tickets will be available for purchase online at belvoir.armymwr.c…

Spotted lanternflies are spreading into Virginia. These flying pests destroy important crops and have been known to devastate whole tree plantations, farms, and vineyards. Originally detected in 2014 in Pennsylvania, spotted lanternflies are native to Asia and likely made their way to the U.…

Sgt. 1st Class Jay Martin, a trumpet player in the Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, openly admits he was never really athletic. “I was not athletic until my mid-forties and I started racing BMX bicycles, believe it or not,” said Martin. 

The Army could add to its record retention numbers by providing more incentive for Soldiers to stay on duty, the service’s top enlisted leader said. The Army has been testing a pilot program for academic credentialing at Fort Hood, Texas, and plans to extend the program to several major inst…