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Cool autumn weather set the stage for this year’s USO Fall Fest, as about 2,000 gathered at the USO-Metro Warrior and Family Center, Saturday. Families turned out for a myriad of activities, as Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young welcomed Families to this special facility.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

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While healthy living is essential to all military and civilians, there are some health concerns that affect women differently than men, sometimes with more life-threatening consequences. October—Women’s Health Month—provides a platform to educate women on issues that affect their day-to-day lives.

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With Halloween around the corner, bat decorations are starting to pop up everywhere. But, how much do you know about the real animal behind all those cartoon creatures?

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Youth athletes competing in Fort Belvoir’s fall-season Little League Baseball program took to the diamond in style wearing official Washington Nationals jerseys provided by the National League franchise as part of the Team Up initiative. The jerseys are extra special as the Nats head to thei…

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U.S. Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (7-1) brought to bear every offensive asset in its arsenal to narrowly defeat the 6-2 249th Engineer Battalion 34-28 in a late-season intramural flag football showdown, Oct. 10 at Graves Field.

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The Ladies Golf Association of Fort Belvoir hosted its weekly tournament, Oct. 8 on the Golf Club’s Gunston Course. For this competition, players earned 5 points for landing the ball on the fairway with the tee shot, or hitting a par 3 green with the tee shot plus 3 points for hitting the gr…

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Belvoir Fire and Emergency Services were at The Exchange, Oct. 10, to train AAFES employees on the proper use of fire extinguishers on the job and at their homes. At the Belvoir Fire Safety Trailer, participants can see a simulated kitchen fire, complete with smoke, heat and flames flickerin…

USO-Metro brought military couples into the kitchen to learn important things about cooking, and about themselves. Total Force Kitchen is a comprehensive, 6-week program. Each week highlights a different set of culinary skills and techniques with chef demonstrations and hands-on practice.

Fort Belvoir Garrison and Fire and Emergency Services leaders observed Fire Prevention Week, this week, by signing a proclamation and thanking firefighters for all the hard work they do every day to help keep the Belvoir community safe.

The first significant alterations to the Defense Department’s Transition Assistance Program since 2011 took effect with the new fiscal year, mandated by the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

Fairfax County Public Schools hosts a Career Switcher Information Session, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 14, at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center, Room 1000A, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax.

More than 28,000 Fort Belvoir and surrounding community residents visited the four-day event at Fremont Field, the largest public event on Fort Belvoir. Inside colorful tents, fest-goers enjoyed food and beverages while listening to music and watching traditional German folk dances. Outside,…

Soldiers competed for top honors in a BE STRONG powered by Healthy Army Communities cooking competition, Saturday.

Fort Belvoir’s Family Advocacy Program joined Garrison leaders and community members, Tuesday at Army Community Service to begin the installation’s month-long effort to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence in our ranks and to pledge to combat it.

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Army proposed changes to eligibility criteria at Arlington National Cemetery. Imperatives such as sacrifice, service, and impact on the nation’s security were considered in proposing these revisions. Additionally, the proposed eligibility criteria honor commi…

Last year, more than 1.3 million fires were reported by fire departments, according to the National Fire Protection Association, resulting in in an estimated 3,655 civilian deaths and more than 15,000 injuries. As part of its community risk reduction program, Fort Belvoir Fire and Emergency …

The Fort Belvoir Directorate of Human Resources has moved to a new facility, 9625 Middleton Road, Bldg. 1189, (adjacent to the Bowling Center/behind Specker Field House). The new facility is home to DEERS/ID Card Services, Administrative Services Division, Military Personnel Division (Welcom…

Shopping carts are a customary sight in the grocery store aisles, but a much larger cart will be pushed through the aisles by commissary workers, now that the Defense Commissary Agency, or DeCA, has launched its new initiative, CLICK2GO, at the Fort Belvoir Commissary.

The Department of Defense launched a pain rating scale for use in hospitals to better assess pain in patients. The Defense and Veteran’s Pain Rating Scale improves older pain assessment techniques by measuring not only the intensity of pain but its impact on daily function as well. The scale…

The Army approved and released the fiscal year 2020 scoring standards for the new Army Combat Fitness Test. The age- and gender-neutral ACFT will prepare active-duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers for the occupational demands of combat.The ACFT standards are based on the physical deman…

The U.S. Army Legal Services Agency, a unit that fields some of the fastest runners in Belvoir’s Commander’s Cup intramurals program, claimed victory in the season-closing cross-country run, Sept. 27 at the Fort Belvoir Golf Club, downing the 249th Engineer Battalion in overall times.

Every year, some 35,000 athletes from all over the world converge on the nation’s capital to compete in the Army Ten-Miler, one of the nation’s largest races.

Fort Belvoir Garrison teamed up with the Washington Nationals to arrange for Fort Belvoir Elementary School students, principals and staff members to attend the MLB franchise’s last regular-season matchup at Nats Park in D.C., Sunday.

In celebration of the MWR Libraries 100th birthday, Belvoir community members stopped by the post library on Belvoir Road to enjoy some food, games and activities, Sept. 24. Visitors also had a chance to place a pin on the map wall to show all the places local Army readers have visited.

Retired Col. Greg Gadson, a former Fort Belvoir garrison commander, returned to his former duty station, last week, to talk about being present and resilient, in honor of Suicide Prevention Month.

In my column two months ago, I committed to remain personally involved in improving housing conditions on Army installations, and ensuring safe and secure housing for our residents.

The National Museum of the United States Army is looking for volunteers to be a part of the inaugural group when they open their doors June 4, 2020 at Fort Belvoir. The museum offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to include visitor services, special events, tours and more.

Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Education Hub will host the annual Joint Services Graduation Recognition Ceremony Nov. 14 at Thurman Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Fort Belvoir DEERS/ID Card Facility is closed while in transition to a new facility. Those in need of DEERS/ID card services can visit other facilities located in the National Capital Region. Make an appointment for the following facilities online at https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/.

Gold Star Families – spouses, children, parents, siblings or others whose loved one died in service to our nation – are a vital part of the nation’s military community and history.

True to historic form, Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s male and female swimmers turned in excellent performances across the spectrum of events to best 1st Capabilities Integration Group by more than 400 combined points, Sept. 19 at Benyaurd Indoor Pool.

A Belvoir Soldier has found a way to combine military service with top-level athleticism, as a dedicated competitor in a sport often overlooked in the mainstream media.

With a new Washington Area Military Athletics Conference basketball season around the corner, Belvoir athletes will get a chance to showcase their skills and aim at securing slots on the installation’s elite Eagles team rosters, during official tryouts, from Monday to Oct. 10 at Wells Field House.

Fort Belvoir’s Family Advocacy Program invites community members to join its staff and Garrison leaders at the Domestic Violence Prevention Proclamation signing ceremony to begin the installation’s month-long effort to raise awareness of this problem.

Having difficulty scheduling time to check out the resources at Belvoir’s Army Community Service? ACS offers extended, After Dark hours, in a session, Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m., at ACS. The facility is in Bldg. 1263, Sixth Street.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital shows the essential contents of an emergency go bag to attendees of Retiree Appreciation Day in Specker Field House, Friday.