Saturday, April 6, 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, March 7, 2013
The study will explore extending the Yellow Line to Fort Belvoir.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th District) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th District) have re-introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday to study the extension of Metrorail into the Richmond Highway corridor. The Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act (H.R. 907), cites three potential Metrorail projects: • Extension of the Blue Line along the I-95 corridor, including the Engineer Proving Grounds, through Woodbridge to Potomac Mills in Prince William County • Extension of the Orange Line to Centreville in western Fairfax County • Extension of the Yellow Line along the Route 1 corridor, including Fort Belvoir, in Fairfax and Prince William counties. “Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax County already experience …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Christine Vance has been nominated for Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year 2013.
Christine Vance of Fort Belvoir has been nominated for Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. Vance is one of 18 nominees for the Military Spouse of the Year contest sponsored by Military Spouse magazine. Each year, the contest honors the most deserving military spouses nationwide. Vance is the founder of Heidi's Pantry, a food and clothing sharing program helping families in need at Fort Belvoir. According to its website, "Military Spouse of the Year nominees have introduced initiatives and solutions to address a multitude of topics affecting the military community. These men and women have emerged as leaders within the military spouse community advocating for a variety of issues ranging from spouse employment and education …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Fort Belvoir Officers' Club hosts its annual bridal fair.
If you recently got engaged to your significant other or are in the process of planning a wedding, be sure to attend the Belvoir Bridal Fair at the Fort Belvoir Officers' Club on Saturday. The bridal fair will feature more than 50 vendors, including DJ's, bands, travel agents, photographers, hair and make-up stylists, gowns, flowers, and cakes. Door prizes and giveaways will also take place. Admission is $10, and no pre-paid reservations are required to attend the Bridal Fair. The bridal fair will take place from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the Officers' Club at 703-780-0930.
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 …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Officials from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties met in Arlington to discuss six potential sites Thursday.
Local, state and congressional leaders met Thursday in Arlington to discuss six potential sites for a new FBI headquarters and to present a unified front in their commitment to landing the new federal complex somewhere in Northern Virginia. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who called the meeting, said leaders from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties had a "singular focus" in bringing the FBI headquarters to the Old Dominion. "We're all committed to finding a home for the FBI in the commonwealth of Virginia," Moran said during a news conference following the meeting. "We are all going to promote Virginia as the best place for this relocation." Arlington's role was simply as host. It has not put forth any potential sites …
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 …