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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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/.

At two Fort Belvoir Housing Town Halls, and in numerous focus groups, residents brought up excessive speeding in most of the villages. Garrison leaders and Fort Belvoir Police have each said speeding is a concern and have put steps underway to curb the problem.

Alec Scott’s family came to Fort Belvoir when he was in the fourth grade, and Belvoir’s community of faith had a lasting effect on him. Scott conducted a final Mass at Belvoir Chapel, Sunday, before reporting to the Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, S.C.

The U.S. Army has released the report from its Inspector General on privatized housing on Army installations, September 5, 2019. The report was directed by Army leadership in February 2019 to determine the effectiveness, responsiveness and quality of privatized housing.

The Fort Belvoir Religious Support Office’s Vacation Bible School event — their largest outreach to children each year – was held August 11 – 16 (or wrapped up last month) for five days at the Belvoir Chapel, with 55 volunteers and 300 children participating in this year’s event.

The end of peak moving season is approaching and here are some helpful facts to help you and your family with the delivery of your household goods to your new duty station.

Fort Belvoir’s annual Retiree Appreciation Day is Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Specker Field House; and 1-3 p.m., at Scott Hall auditorium, Bldg. 226.

For something as important as buying or leasing a house, it is important to understand the implications of the contracts you’ll sign. The Fort Belvoir Legal Assistance Office offers free legal advice and consultation to Service members and their families, including buying a home, reviewing l…

Belvoir children have returned to school and the complexion of the installation’s already busy roadways has, once again changed, with many buses making frequent stops around the same time employees are making their way into the office.

Before students and parents arrived for the first day of school at Fort Belvoir Elementary School, teams of volunteers had decorated the sidewalks and brick walls of the school with notes of encouragement, such as “you are never too old or to cool to be kind;” “you are kind, smart and import…

Where’s the bus? If you’ve ever been worried that your child will miss the bus, FCPS has employed a new tool to help. The Here Comes the Bus® app offers real-time information on bus arrivals, locations and delays to simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students. 

If you have questions regarding your housing rights and options or need advice, the Fort Belvoir Legal Assistance Office is here to help. The office offers free legal advice and consultation to Service members and their Families, including lease agreements, unresolved housing disputes and bu…

According to a recent Better Business Bureau study, Service members are more susceptible to fraud than average consumers. In fact, scammers using the name “Exchange Inc.” have been attempting to fool Soldiers and Airmen into thinking they are working with the Army and Air Force Exchange Serv…

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…

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.

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. 

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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. 

The U.S. Army has provided care for children and youth since 1980, through the years growing into a nationally acclaimed model for quality childcare while supporting Soldier and Family readiness. Child and Youth Services, a program of the Installation Management Command’s G9 Family and Moral…

 Beginning July 12, all actively serving members of the armed forces with 16 or more years of service will no longer be able to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members, as change one to DoD Instruction (DoDI)1341.13, Post-9/11 GI Bill, dated 12 July 2018, takes effe…

 AMC leaders looking to get the best, most effective, and most efficient programs for Soldiers and their Families

Dozens of Belvoir children and Fami ly members flocked to the Bowling Center, Saturday to compete in the Angry Birds bowling tournament. Participants even got to play alongside Col. Michael Greenberg, the Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander. 

The youngest members of the Belvoir community began MWR’s Summer Reading Program with an afternoon of film and fun, courtesy of the library’s “It’s Showtime” movie event.