Sunday, April 7, 2013
Onetime Nanuet resident thanks Catherine Nowicki, her high school English teacher, for inspiring her
Former Nanuet resident Emily Allen attributes much of her success to her former high school English teacher Catherine Nowicki. Allen, whose maiden name was Li, was promoted to the rank of Navy commander on December 28, 2012 at a ceremony at the McNamara Headquarters Complex at Fort Belvoir. Allen, graduated from Nanuet Senior High School in 1993 and then attended the SUNY Maritime College, joined Naval ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1997. Allen said Nowicki, who is currently Clarkstown’s chairwoman of Economic Development, was a great inspiration to her and one of the reasons she chose a career as a naval officer. "A lot of people helped me get here, but in particular I owe a debt of gratitude to Mrs. …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
A traffic-related death of a 57-year-old pedestrian occurred March 11 near Fort Belvoir.
UPDATE: The traffic-related death of a 57-year-old pedestrian on the evening of March 11 near Fort Belvoir has been deemed a suicide. Patrick Early, 57, of Washington DC, was struck and killed by a 1997 Ford pick-up truck at around 11:20 p.m. in an unlit section of the Fairfax County Parkway going south near Ehlers Road. "He was standing in the roadway. We don't know why," said Fairfax County Police spokesperson Lucy Caldwell in a previous interview. "The driver saw the person standing there, he braked but it was too late." Early was declared dead soon after arriving to the hospital. Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? You should.
Friday, February 22, 2013
As clock ticks down to March 1, federal employees brace for sequestration.
Sequestration will mean furloughs — unpaid days off — for federal workers across the country, and Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County will certainly feel the pain. The base is home to 21,100 civilian employees at 26 Department of Defense agencies, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Washington Headquarters Services and the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command. "The assumption is that the offices and units will continue to operate on a full schedule, and supervisors and commanders are still looking at priorities, and also what can be put off to tomorrow," said Don Carr, Fort Belvoir spokesman. "Because what you can't do today is something that may have to be done tomorrow." What will be the impact of sequestration at …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Kaine talks sequestration at base that supports more than 143,251 military and civilian personnel.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited Fort Belvoir Monday to visit the hospital, participate in a roundtable with wounded warriors and tour the base. “The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is a great example of the care our returning warriors deserve,” Kaine said in a news release. “I was honored to meet with wounded warriors and members of their families today to discuss their concerns and to ask for their advice as I take on this new role. These servicemen and women deserve nothing less than our complete support and I look forward to working with them to improve services that will ease their transition home.” The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital opened in the fall of 2011 and serves more than 1,…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
It's the largest facility the USO has ever built.
Hundreds witnessed the ribbon-cutting Tuesday afternoon at the USO Warrior and Family Center on Fort Belvoir. The $25 million 20,000 square-foot facility is the largest USO facility ever built, and is designed as a place to lift the spirits of injured and ill troops, as well as local active duty personnel in all of the U.S. Armed Forces. "The USO has not only identified a need, but they have taken action," said Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander Col. Gregory Gadson, who lost both of his legs in Iraq in 2007. "This opening represents a partnership between all of our services in the USO…to help in the healing process." The center is part of Operation Enduring Care, the USO’s $100 million campaign to support warriors and their families. It is …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The facility will help men and women injured in the line of duty with the difficult process of recovery.
The Fort Belvoir USO Warrior and Family Center opens today. The 20,000 square foot facility is the largest USO facility ever constructed, and includes a business center, dining room, healing gardens, and game and music rooms for Wounded Warriors. The center marks the launch of Operation Enduring Care, the USO’s $100 million campaign to support warriors and their families. Unlike Belvoir’s new $1 billion community hospital, the Warrior Transition Complex will be a non-critical care center designed to help assist with the transition from recovery to civilian life. "This will be a place for wounded warriors and their families to be together as families, away from the hospital environment," said USO President Sloan Gibson at the groundbreaking…
You never know - Today could be a big day in history!
Welcome to Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013! Here are some interesting facts about today: 1. The Welcome Stranger, the largest alluvial gold nugget ever discovered, was found on this day in 1869 in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia. The nugget measured 24 inches-by-12 inches and was worth about $3 million in today's dollars. 2. Like to go to the movies? On Feb. 5, 1919, film legends Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith founded United Artists. 3. Famous Birthdays: American baseball legend Hank Aaron turns 80; American actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 51; American Actress Laura Linney is 49; American singer Bobby Brown is 44 and Welsh actor Michael Sheen is 44. 4. The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Take a Veteran to School Day connected students with military veterans.
Raucous cheers of "U.S.A!" could be heard at Fort Belvoir Elementary School as hundreds of students greeted visiting veterans Friday morning. Take a Veteran to School Day connects veterans with students in a special celebration of veterans. The program is a joint public outreach effort with History Channel, Cox Communications, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Rear Admiral Richard A. Buchanan of the U.S. Navy (Ret.) joined veterans in telling their stories to students. Ninety-eight percent of students attending Fort Belvoir Elementary School have parents who are serving in the military. Bonnie Rice of Alexandria is a World War II veteran who participated in Take a Veteran to School Day. She served with the WAVES as a 2nd Class …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Glücklich (Happy) Oktoberfest!
Get out your schooner and knee-high socks because Fort Belvoir's 17th Annual Oktoberfest is back this week! Belvoir's Freemont Field will host the four-day festival, which includes German music, food, beer, a carnival, 10K Volksmarch and games. Entry to the event is open to the public, and it will be held rain or shine. Beer (and non-alcoholic beverages) costs $5, a ceramic mug costs $8 (plus $5 if you want beer in it) and wine costs $4 per glass. Live Musical Entertainment Schedule Weather The weather forecast is excellent for this year's Oktoberfest celebration, according to the National Weather Service: See you at the festival!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Col. Gadson was greeted by more than 80 at The Fairfax, hosted by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce.
Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander Col. Gregory Gadson was welcomed to the neighborhood on Tuesday at The Fairfax military retirement community. More than 80 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce. "We at Fort Belvoir are an integral part of the Mount Vernon-Lee Community," said Gadson to the audience."Even though BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) is over, there are still a lot of exciting construction projects going on base. There's the USO, the Women and Family Center, a 270,000 square foot PX complex that will open next June, and also a new commissary." Michael Gailliot, chairman of the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce, welcomed Gadson. "Fort Belvoir is an important part of our …