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    MA exercise strengthens relations

    During a ground-breaking mortuary affairs exercise here July 14-25, Army and Marine Corps units – the latter from Smyrna, Ga., and Washington, D.C. – exchanged operational procedures and strengthened their ability to operate in a joint service environment.

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    DeCA earns value engineering award

    The Defense Commissary Agency has garnered a prestigious Department of Defense award for “value engineering,” a process in which it analyzes and redesigns products or services so its function can be achieved at the lowest possible overall cost.

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    Lee memorial reaches 40th anniversary

    One of the most recognizable landmarks at Fort Lee, the “1st Log” memorial, has reached its 40th anniversary. The white, half-dome structure located on A Avenue adjacent to CASCOM was first dedicated to the logistical Soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam.

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    6 benefits offered to Va veterans

    Governor Terry McAuliffe said he’s made it a top priority to provide pathways for gainful employment for Virginian veterans and their families. He has also vowed to end veterans’ homelessness by 2016. The state has the fourth largest DOD-affiliated population in the nation.

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    Theater group announces new season

    The Theater Company at Fort Lee has announced its 2014-2015 production lineup. The season kicks off Sept. 5 with “Little Women,” featuring music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and script by Allan Knee. It’s based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.

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Safety Sends

We know Soldiers will take advantage of the weather for swimming, boating and hiking, but neither they nor we can take their safety for granted. Just because they do the same things year after year doesn’t mean they won’t make a mistake this time around. The fact is these activities are inherently hazardous, and when a Soldier has made a bad decision before, lived to tell about it, and cultural pressure has not caused him or her to question that decision, we’ve left their fortune up to luck. When that luck runs out, it’s often tragic — and many tragedies result from accidents that don’t end in a fatality. Just over the Fourth of July weekend, two Soldiers suffered likely permanent total disabilities from fireworks explosions. Yes, these Soldiers should have known better than to take the risks they did, but again, we can’t just assume that because they know better, they’ll do better. That’s why positive culture through engaged leadership works. It puts “should” into action, helping ensure our men and women take personal responsibility for their safety and make risk-informed decisions all the time, whatever their activity.

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