Belvoir Briefs Dec. 20

Col. Dawn DeVine, Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Army Reserve, center, cuts the ribbon to the migratory bird garden at OCAR, Dec. 11. The garden was planted to feed migrating birds and butterflies in the spring and fall, and complements the pollinator gardens planted last year. 

TRICARE

The TRICARE Open Season has been extended to Dec. 31, for beneficiaries to research and possibly switch plans for their personal situations. Changes can also be made to FEDVIP Dental and Vision. Tricare.mil/openseason; tricare.benefeds.com

ESGR deadline

Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award nominations are due Dec. 31 via freedomaward.mil. This is a chance for Guardsmen and Reserve members to nominate their outstanding employers for recognition.

Thrift Shop news

The Thrift Shop is closed through the holidays and reopens at 9 a.m. Jan. 3, weather permitting. Regular hours for the sales store will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and the first and third Saturdays of the month. Beginning in 2019, consignments will no longer be open Wednesdays, permanently. The first open day for consignments in 2019 is Jan. 3, weather permitting.The Thrift Shop’s inclement weather policy follows Fairfax County Public Schools. On weekdays school is delayed, the shop opens at 10 a.m. The shop is closed on Saturdays the school district is closed. Updates are available from fortbelvoirthriftshop.org. The shop is at 10002 Caples Road, Bldg. 630. 

Newcomers' Orientations

Upcoming Newcomers’ Orientations are Jan. 8 and Feb. 12, 9 a.m., at the Community Center. They are open to anyone new to Belvoir, no matter the command or unit; including spouses and civilians. 

Health and Fitness Expo vendors

Jan. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Specker Field House. Annual event has displays, demos, giveaways and prizes. Interested vendors are asked to call 703-806-4659. More information about the Expo is available by calling 703-806-4655. 

Artillery ball

The Capitol Cannoneers Chapter of the United States Field Artillery Association has its annual Saint Barbara's Day Ball and Celebration, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 26, at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria. The event is open to all current and former serving U.S. Army or Marine Corps Field Artillery or Air Defense Artillery Soldiers. Interested people are asked to contact Lt. Col. Jeff Munn, 703-692-7268; or Maj. Ryan Riggin, 703-692-7271.

Tax volunteers needed

Legal Assistance needs volunteers to help prepare income taxes for community members. Training is provided. Info is available from Ralph Joyner, 703-805-2856. 

Equipment Orientation at Graves

Join Graves Fitness Center for an introductory Equipment Orientation. Learn how to properly use each machine and get the most out of a workout. This program is open to all patrons 16 and older who are eligible to use Graves. Beginning Jan. 28, orientations are at 1 p.m. on the last Monday of every month. Registration opens at the start of each month and is limited to 15 participants. Call Graves Fitness Center at 703-806-5368 for more information.

Wedding Fair and Bridal Show

Join the Officers’ Club, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for an afternoon of luxury and inspiration at its annual Wedding Fair and Bridal Show. The O Club has everything to ensure the special day is a fairytale experience. The Wedding Fair and Bridal Show features tastings, bridal fashion and music options. Preview the hottest trends in table designs; flowers; cakes; linens; stationery; beauty; jewelry and more. Attendees can win exclusive gifts and giveaways throughout the day. The entry fee is $10. For more information, call the club, 703-780-0930.

Plan a party at the O Club

The Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club can make special events better. Call the catering office at 703-780-0930, exts. 600 or 608, to discuss options available for small and large events. The Officers’ Club welcomes all installation visitors.