Special Ops session today

Barden Education Center hosts a Special Operations info session, today at 10 a.m., in Room 108 of Bldg. 1017. Career opportunities include civil affairs, special forces, 160th Soar(A) and psychological operations. The Special Ops recruiting team point of contact is Sgt. 1st Class Mark Heidelberger, mark.d.heidelberger.mil@mail.mil. 

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week runs through Wednesday. The campaign honors Kiki Camarena, a DEA special agent who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered by a drug cartel in Mexico in 1985. Did you know? * An estimated 4,300 people 21 and younger die each year from underage, drinking-related causes. * The three most widely used drugs by adults and youth are alcohol, prescription drugs and marijuana. * One person can make a change to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug-free. Redribbon.org. 

Operation Sugarplum closing

Registration is open until Wednesday for the 2018 Operation Sugarplum Program. Operation Sugarplum is open to active-duty Service members, E1-5, assigned to Belvoir. Participants must submit a registration form and attend two financial readiness courses offered through ACS. Each year, ACS Operation Sugarplum helps Service members and their families with financial support during the holidays through gift cards and/or food vouchers. FMI, 571-231-7001. 

Thrift Shop update

The Belvoir Thrift Shop is open 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday of next week. On Nov. 1, the shop returns to regular hours, which are: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesdays- Thursdays and the first and third Saturday of the month. The thrift shop’s consignment area remains closed through the holidays and reopens Jan. 4, which allows new staff to get inventory under control and get trained. Updates are available from fortbelvoirthriftshop.org

Please use caution!

Drivers are asked to use caution and drive slowly around barriers at the access control points. They are in place to increase force protection, deter speeding and make our guard personnel safer. Drivers are also asked to use particular caution when driving near or over Belvoir’s in-road, pop-up barriers. Once activated, drivers get visible and audible warnings that the barriers are about to rise. 

Veterans observance

Garrison’s Veterans observance is at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Cold War Memorial on Long Parade Ground, adjacent to 21st Street. Everyone is welcome. Navy Capt. Robert Fry, Belvoir Hospital director, is guest speaker. 

Organ recital

Linda Wilberger Egan, minister of music at Historic Pohick Church, has a free organ recital, Sunday at 3 p.m. The recital celebrates the 50th anniversary of the church’s Noack Pipe Organ with 16 stops, 18 ranks and 948 pipes. Selections will include works by Pachelbel, Buxtehude and Bach, which were composed during the musical Baroque period. Historic Pohick Church is at 9301 Richmond Highway in Lorton, on U.S. Route 1, adjacent to Belvoir. For information call 703-339-6572 or visit pohick.org. 

Taste of Greater Springfield

The Rotary Club of West Springfield hosts its 6th Annual Taste of Greater Springfield, 3-6 p.m. Nov. 11, at Waterford Receptions, Commerce Street, Springfield. Enjoy food from many local restaurants. The tasting costs $30 for adults, $25 for active duty/veterans, $10 for ages 6-13. Complete information and online tickets are available from rotaryofwestspringfield.org. Event proceeds go to scholarships and community service projects.

Thanksgiving buffet

There’s no need to fuss over cooking with the Officers’ Club’s annual Thanksgiving Buffet. The buffet is Nov. 22, with two seatings: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pre-paid reservations are required and customers have to choose a seating time. The O Club is always open to active duty, family members, retirees, civilians and installation visitors. Buffet dress code is business casual. The cost is $40 for club members; $45 for non-members; $16 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger, not including gratuity. For more information and reservations, call 703-780-0930.