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During an Army Housing Summit Jan. 14-16, senior Army leaders and privatized company executives met at Army Materiel Command headquarters to review the status of the Army housing portfolio and develop a strategy for long-term improvements across installations.

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Col. Michael Greenberg, Belvoir Garrison commander, met with mission-partner agencies and community partners at a luncheon at the Officers’ Club, Tuesday.

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A little known, little used program may be a ticket to a healthier you. And, Uncle Sam will pay civilian employees for working out, up to three hours a week, for six months.

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Hundreds of community members showed their dedication to staying active and fit in 2020 by attending the annual MWR Health and Fitness Expo, Jan. 16 at Specker Field House.

Nearly a year after assuming responsibility for all Army housing, Army Materiel Command will host a comprehensive review of the reforms and improvements made across the enterprise to ensure Soldiers and Families have access to high quality on-post housing.

After nearly a year’s effort, a Jan. 1 policy change allows digital breast tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography, to be used to screen for breast cancer. While the procedure may not be offered at all military treatment facilities, the expanded benefit will be available as a screening and diagnos…

Commissaries are an integral part of the quality of life offered to Service members and their Families. The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize military families’ contribution to the force’s readiness and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military…

Many New Year’s resolutions involve spending less, eating better, or expanding personal networks. For active-duty Service members and their Families, USO is ready to help. One of its many programs is Supermarket Sweep, at the Belvoir USO warehouse on Jackson Loop. Sara Martin, USO program sp…

Need to make a maintenance request for your military housing? You have options! Work orders can be submitted in person at the housing office or via phone. For added convenience there are also apps and web portals for that.

This is the last issue of the Belvoir Eagle for 2019. Thank you for reading and for providing story ideas to be shared with our Belvoir community. We’ll be back on the racks and in homes Jan. 9. Happy Holidays!

To maximize resident participation and feedback, the Army extended the closing date for its online housing-satisfaction surveys until Friday. The surveys, one on Army-owned and -leased housing, and another on privatized housing, were originally scheduled to close Dec. 13.

The holiday season can be intensive and exhausting. The season can be an overwhelming and demanding experience, from never-ending activities, shopping, and entertaining others to family obligations. There are some healthy coping strategies that you can implement to effectively manage the str…

Many of our local streams suffer the effects of too much salt. Road salt (sodium chloride) is most commonly used to remove ice from roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. As snow and ice melt, road salt is carried into our lakes, streams, and wetlands, where just one teaspoon can permanently po…

From left: Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Peguese, The Army Aviation Brigade; Nicole Murray, Washington Nationals Community Relations; Col. Mark Kappelmann, commander, The Army Aviation Brigade; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Behrendt, Command Chief Wa…

Every year, Fort Belvoir’s Fire and Emergency Services invites students from Belvoir Elementary Campus to create art that reflects the installation’s commitment to maintaining fire safety. Those art pieces are then judged and winners get VIP treatment from FES personnel, the garrison command…

The Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2020. Most military retirees will receive a 1.6 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on January 1. Likewise, survi…

The Defense Department has announced expanded commissary, Military Service Exchange and MWR access Jan. 1, and established a standard for physical access to military installations. Veterans and primary family caregivers who are eligible and want to take advantage of in-person benefits must h…

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by two main types of the flu virus: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. Both can cause mild to severe illness with symptoms including fever, sor…

After a successful reception to last year’s expanded tree lighting activities, Garrison staff and DFMWR went all in, Saturday, with Holiday Fest. The garrison estimated 3,000 people flocked to 12th Street to enjoy the snowball fights, ice skating, cartoon character visits with children, a li…

The Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2020 – 2021 school year kicks off Monday, marking its 20th year of awarding grants to military families and celebrating the commissary’s role in enhancing their quality of life.

Readiness and health are intimately intertwined. Being medically ready is critical for deployable Soldiers who need to be ready to fight and win today’s wars. Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s Joint Medical Readiness Center is an integrated system of readiness and health that provides centra…

Ryan McCarthy, the Army secretary; and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine visited Fort Belvoir Monday to hear from residents. The visit was in preparation for Tuesday’s Senate Armed Services Committee update on privatized housing and ongoing reports by military leadership of substandard housing conditi…

In this second in a series of information about pet safety, this information, from the Belvoir Veterinary Center, details the dangers of pets and holiday decorations.

While the holidays may be a joyous time for many, sometimes the season can bring along financial stressors that can be overwhelming. From holiday travel, gift shopping, to meal preparations and even hosting holiday festivities, this time of year can leave people financially overextended and …

Save time and money when you are ready to buy a home. Turn to the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA. Its new website is a one-stop shop for information and updates on benefits you may qualify to receive as an active-duty Service member.

Kevin Gaquin started working for the Exchange during the Vietnam War. At the time, depending on when a man’s birthday was, companies might not want to hire, thinking they’d invest in training and then the young man would be called up to for duty. But, Gaquin was told ‘the post was hiring,’ a…

Helping wounded, ill and injured warriors prepare for tomorrow is a complex task, with individualized assistance needed from numerous agencies. As part of Warrior Care Month, Belvoir’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center hosted a Warrior Care Resource Fair at Army Community Service, Nov. 19.

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year, particularly for foodies, and, with so many large meals being prepared at homes across the country, everyone involved in preparing the feast should keep in mind potential risks involved.

With Thanksgiving upon us, Americans everywhere will soon sit down to feast with friends and family. Many will have a family’s secret sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie surrounding the feast’s centerpiece, the turkey, plump, juicy and stuffed with all kinds of different concoctions.

As we enter into the holiday season, we at the Fort Belvoir Veterinary Center want to make sure you and your furry family members are safe through the season. With the guidance from a recent article by the American Veterinary Medical Association, here are a few recommendations to keep veteri…

Fort Belvoir’s quarterly Housing Town Hall, last week, brought several positive announcements for residents. The panel, hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar Jones, Military District of Washington commanding general, included garrison, Army and Residential Communities Initiative leadership. All of the sp…

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving, the official start of the holiday season, is right around the corner. This season can provide chances for families to spend time together and to be grateful for their loved ones. However, the long to-do lists, packed schedules, and high costs are natur…

Nearly 40 expectant moms gathered at Fort Belvoir’s Army Community Service to attend a special baby shower. The Operation Storks Nest Baby Shower was hosted by ACS and Belvoir Garrison and supported by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Omicron Theta Zeta Chapter; and the March of Dimes Storks Ne…

Fort Belvoir Elementary School became a large science lab, Saturday, as the 10th Annual STEAM Family Day brought in scientists; technologists; engineers; artists and mathematicians from Belvoir and its surroundings.

To celebrate Military Family Month, the Exchange Reel Time Theater is providing family matinee movies each Saturday during the month of November.

After eight months of efforts and initiatives across the Army to improve housing conditions, residents of Army family housing will have another chance to rate the quality of housing and housing services in 2019 as the Army prepares to launch two more surveys – one on Army-owned and -leased h…