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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.

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.

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…

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.

The Senate Armed Services Committee quizzed acting Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy on military housing problems, force readiness, sexual assault and modernization during his confirmation hearing for Army secretary.

9/11 observance at Garrison Headquarters, Wednesday. Fort Belvoir.

The lights in Thurman Auditorium dimmed, as words were flowing across the big screen on stage – commitment, strength, family, country, character, patriot, sacrifice – in a video presentation to start off “Why We Serve” Sept. 5.

Fort Belvoir law enforcement, fire, emergency services and support personnel joined other military, federal, local and interagency partners in a series of Defense Support to Civil Authorities training scenarios as part of Capital Shield 2019, Sept. 3-5.

The National Museum of the United States Army opens to the public on June 4. The museum will be the first and only museum to tell the Army’s entire 244-year history. Under construction on a publicly accessible area of Fort Belvoir, admission to the museum will be free.

After more than a decade of planning, designing, and construction, Fort Belvoir’s Lieber Gate offers another high-flow access point into the installation with improved security. Situated on Richmond Highway across from Pence Gate, Lieber Gate is the new point of access for all commercial veh…

Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison commander, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young, far right, lead the 19th Annual Springfield BridgeWalk over Veterans Memorial Bridge, Tuesday. The walk was followed by the signing of the Army Covenant by county and state leaders. Read the full story in ne…

Belvoir firefighters and emergency personnel had an especially busy day, protecting the lives of residents in two separate incidents on post. No major injuries resulted from either incident.

Garrison Commander Col. Michael Greenberg, left, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, center; and Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins cut the ribbon for a Veteran’s Benefit Service Office on Fort Belvoir, Friday.

Military life is hectic enough, and for parents, it can be even more challenging as school-age children frequently enroll in new schools—with new teachers, academic requirements and regulations.

A Night Vision Labs twin-engine airplane crashes into a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on the runway at Davison Army Airfield – that was the scenario of a full-scale exercise, August 14 as numerous agencies tested their readiness to respond in a life-and-death situation. 

August 26 is an important day for Fort Belvoir’s progress and future, as the long-awaited, new Lieber Gate opens for traffic. August 23 Walker Gate closes for bridge reconstruction. When Lieber opens, the hours at Tulley Gate, Fort Belvoir’s current 24-hour and truck gate, will only be open …

Maj. Gen. Omar Jones, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR/MDW, discusses the importance of collaboration during the Partners’ Luncheon, Tuesday at the O’ Club. Attendees learned about the upcoming gate access changes, military medical readiness and other items of interest.

Fort Belvoir Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division, hosted a small cleanup along the shoreline around the Wildlife Refuge area on Accotink Bay Saturday morning. 

Members of the National Ground Intelligence Center, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, Army senior leaders and partner-nation representatives recently gathered for a change of command ceremony at Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, Va.

In a traditional ceremony, Belvoir garrison said farewell to one senior enlisted leader and welcomed a new one. Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Perry relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Young, Monday morning in Belvoir’s Thurman Auditorium. 

During August, the Army observes Antiterrorism Awareness Month—the annual call to action for Soldiers, Army civilians, retirees and Family members to recognize the dangers posed by terrorism and to be prepared to help combat terrorism.

One of Fort Belvoir’s own is competing on a team of fellow Service members in a major eSports video-gaming event.

Garrison representatives updated leaders from both inside and outside the gates, at a Community Leaders Luncheon and Forum at the Belvoir Officers’ Club last week. 

Eliminating sexual assault and changing the Army’s culture on intervention starts with changing how leaders and Soldiers view the problem, said the Army’s vice chief, during the fifth annual SHARP Program Improvement Forum, in mid-July. 

Fort Belvoir garrison directors huddled last Thursday and Friday at the Officers’ Club to look at mission objectives and the 2020 Action Plan with Garrison Commander Col. Michael Greenberg, and ensure that planned priorities match those of Army Materiel Command, which has assumed control of …

August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month in the Army—the 10th annual observance of this call to action for Soldiers, Army civilians, retirees, and Family members to be aware of the dangers posed by terrorism and to be prepared to help combat terrorism. Preparation is the Key 

Army Community Service was standing room only, inside and out, Friday at its 54th birthday celebration, where Soldiers and Family members, alike, were gift recipients of food, cake, prizes and a variety of fun. George Dickson, DFMWR director, started off the celebration thanking ACS supporte…

Fort Belvoir was treated to some top-shelf county music Friday night as the singer-songwriters Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, known as Maddie & Tae, took to the stage at Wallace Theater to kick off Army Entertainment’s Women Rock the Forts Tour. 

The community can come out Friday and get some free, live musical entertainment, at a concert by Maddie and Tae in Fort Belvoir’s Wallace Theater. The Women Rock the Forts Tour, presented by Army Entertainment, also features special guests Ruthie Collins and Natalie Stovall; and Lakin.

The 249th Engineer Battalion – Prime Power welcomed a new commander during a ceremony, Friday on Fort Belvoir’s Long Parade Field, as Lt. Col. Francis B. Pera assumed command from Lt. Col. Daniel R. Kent. 

July is the midst of peak moving season, and 60,000 Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians are expected to change duty stations from May to September. Especially the first time, a Permanent Change of Station can be intimidating; not knowing anyone at your new duty station, where to shop…

For more than a half-century, Army Community Service at locations throughout the world have helped their Service member clients with a variety of needs, including lending closets, newcomers services and relocation assistance; employment readiness; financial readiness; and Family advocacy pro…

Fort Belvoir is known for being home to some of the Army’s most competitive athletes, and last week, yet another of its Soldiers emerged triumphant in a major weightlifting championship tournament held July 13 in Manassas, Va.Sgt. Carlecia Richard, assigned to U.S. Army Protective Services B…

Hand-held laser pointers are quite useful during presentations or when you need to direct someone’s attention to a particular place with a narrow, bright beam of light. Poorly-made laser pointers can be dangerous, according to a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist with Combat Capabilit…

In a series of time-honored, Army traditions, Fort Belvoir’s Long Parade Field was the site, last week, for a major general’s promotion ceremony, a change of leadership and a unique parade of troops, all for Regional Health Command- Atlantic, based out of Fort Belvoir.

Soldiers and Families gathered on the banks of the Potomac River at Fort Belvoir’s Castle Park, July 10 for a chance to relax, play and dine at the USO Midsummer Blast. Sara Martin, USO Warrior and Family Center program specialist, coordinated the event and said, “It’s the kickoff to the mid…

Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long, live-action military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” The event is a glimpse into American history through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army …

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or staying after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. 

Parents had a chance to learn about healthy eating, in a workshop hosted by Army Community Service’s Family Advocacy Program. Meg Reichert, a board-certified, holistic health coach and local military spouse, presented the workshop to parents.

Fort Belvoir’s Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security announced this week that, due to extreme heat, Fort Belvoir gates will operate with reduced operational lanes, when it’s extremely hot. This allows Department of the Army Security Guards to increase the frequency and du…

Sgt. 1st Class Jay Martin, a trumpet player in the Army’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, openly admits he was never really athletic. “I was not athletic until my mid-forties and I started racing BMX bicycles, believe it or not,” said Martin. 

The Army could add to its record retention numbers by providing more incentive for Soldiers to stay on duty, the service’s top enlisted leader said. The Army has been testing a pilot program for academic credentialing at Fort Hood, Texas, and plans to extend the program to several major inst…

As you near Fort Belvoir on your morning commute, you realize you don’t have your CAC or visitor’s pass, and then visions of long waits at the Visitor Center to gain access make you anxious about arriving late to work. New updates this spring to Fort Belvoir’s Automated Installation Entry Sy…