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Ft. Greely Interceptor - October 2008

Ft. Greely Interceptor - October 2008

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Fort Greely is an incredible place to work, live and play. The area is full of exciting adventures waiting for you to enjoy! Just stepping out into your front yard can lead to an incredible encounter with the local wildlife, such as moose or fox. Spectacular views of the gorgeous scenery that surrounds us daily, whether it is a snowcapped mountain or the northern lights dancing across the night sky, will only enhance the experience you will have at Fort Greely.

Fort Greely is an incredible place to work, live and play. The area is full of exciting adventures waiting for you to enjoy! Just stepping out into your front yard can lead to an incredible encounter with the local wildlife, such as moose or fox. Spectacular views of the gorgeous scenery that surrounds us daily, whether it is a snowcapped mountain or the northern lights dancing across the night sky, will only enhance the experience you will have at Fort Greely.

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by Kent Cummins
Public Affairs
Fort Greely Child and YouthServices Programs recentlyearned the Installation PestManagement, or IPM, STARcertification, demonstratingtheir commitment to the healthand safety of children and staff.Fort Greely CYS received therecognition during a recentceremony at the Child Develop-ment Center.Lt. Col. Sandra Alvey, Chair,Department of Defense ArmedForces Pest Management Boardand Dr. Tom Green, IPM Insti-tute of North America, pre-sented the award.“The Army works diligentlyto ensure both public health andenvironmental protectionreaches every facet of the in-stallation,” said Alvey. “In thiscase, each of you has made acommitment to protecting ourchildren through the safe andeffective use of pesticides.”Fort Greely has practicedIPM in all facilities for morethan 20 years.“There will always be lots of health and environmental regu-lations, but here at Fort Greelyyou have taken the steps to gobeyond compliance,” saidAlvey. “You’ve reached a newlevel of community stewardshipby empowering yourselves toachieve the highest standard of protection for our children.”“This is another stamp of excellence on Fort Greely,”said Garrison Commander Lt.Col. Chris Chronis. “This con-firms what I already knew…Team Greely is leading thecharge in quality of life initia-tives for members and familieswho live, work, learn, and playhere.”Thanks to the IPM process,the use of chemicals for pestcontrol at Fort Greely has beenreduced by more than 50 per-cent in the past 10 years.“Fort Greely has challengedtraditional approaches to pestmanagement and pest control,”said Alvey.“Fort Greely works diligentlyto increase pest surveillanceand monitoring, eliminatingunnecessary pesticide applica-tions, and reducing the risk of potential pesticide exposure theimplementing IPM and usingonly the least toxic pesticideswhen necessary,” she said. “Itisn’t about regulations but acommitment to community.”
by Kent Cummins
Public Affairs
Delta Junction civic leaders and the FortGreely Garrison Commander signed acovenant Sept. 19 at City Hall symbolizinga partnership between the two communi-ties.The Army Community Covenant is de-signed to develop and foster effective stateand community partnerships with theArmy in improving the quality of life forSoldiers and their Families, both at theircurrent duty stations and as they transferfrom state to state.The signers of the Community Covenantincluded Mayor Mary Leith-Dowling; Gar-rison Commander Lt. Col. Chris Chronis;Dr. R.E. Andreassen, Family MedicalClinic; Delta/Greely School District Super-intendent PJ Ford Slack, Ph.D.; and DeltaChamber of Commerce Executive DirectorBrenda Peterson.Delta Junction and Fort Greely are
October 2008
Delta Junction Mayor Mary Leith-Dowling, Fort Greely Garrison Commander Lt. Col. ChrisChronis, and Delta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brenda Peterson sign theArmy Community Covenant Sept. 19 during a ceremony at Delta Junction City Hall.
Photo by Sgt. Jack W. Carlson III
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Local leaders sign Community Covenant
Fort Greely Child, Youth Services earn ‘STAR’ certification
 Award demonstrates quality of life commitment 
’ve been in command of this installation for alittle more than 90 days now and I’m very im-pressed with the Fort Greely Team.
 There is a lot of hard work being accomplished. I’ve wit-nessed a lot of dedication, mission focus, enthusiasm and greatattitudes. Thank you for all that you do.In this Command Corner I want to address some issues thatcame up during our recent Town Hall, some complaints fromvarious individuals, and from some personal observations.I don’t sugar-coat things, so I will address the good, the badand the ugly. Remember, the bottom line is whether or not anissue affects mission accomplishment, good order and disci-pline, and quality of life.
Getting cash on Fort Greely is about to get much easier. Mt.McKinley Bank in Delta Junction is coming to us. They haveagreed to place an ATM on post by mid-October. We are stilldetermining the best location for the machine, but the bottomline is we will have one very soon. Additionally, the PX willnow cash personal checks with a name imprint for $300 perday, per customer and personal checks without a name imprintfor $100 per day, per customer. AAFES policy does requireindividuals to provide their social security numbers in order tocash checks.
I’ve received several complaints about dogs in the housingarea, including aggressive dogs, residents not cleaning up aftertheir dogs, and dogs digging up yards. According to the instal-lation Resident’s Handbook, animals must be kept under con-trol at all times and will not be allowed to become a nuisanceor menace to other persons, animals or property. A dog thataggressively charges when people walk by on the sidewalk,and is only restrained by its leash/tether, will be considered anaggressive threat. If you own a dog which exhibits this behav-ior, either bring it inside the house, or prepare to be visited byboth the housing office and/or the police. As you know, smallchildren often don’t walk on sidewalks, and if your dog bitesor mauls anyone, the consequences will be profound. You areresponsible for the actions of your pets. Pet “deposits” will bepicked up immediately. You are also responsible for cleaningup after your pets when you walk your pet.Another issue is housing area appear-ance. For example, residents cannotpark ATV’s in their front yard as long-term storage. We have the most relaxedATV policy in the Army – they cannotbe ridden on any other installation orstored outside at quarters – please don’tabuse this. POVs must remain on pave-ment at all times, and no major POVrepairs my be done in housing areas ordriveways. Let’s keep the housing arealooking sharp and professional. This isnot only about looking good, but is a morale, quality of life,and safety issue.Remember, living on the installation is a privilege - not aright. The Resident’s Handbook spells out the requirementsfor living in Fort Greely Housing. If you need a handbook contact the Housing Office at 873-4658. Please take time toreview it. If a resident is in violation of the handbook repeat-edly, the result can be eviction from housing. So please followthe policies and respect your neighbors – they may not com-plain to you, but they do complain to me.
One of my most important duties of a commander is to effec-tively communicate with members of the organization withtimely, accurate and relevant information. Effective internalcommunications is not just about providing information andcreating awareness, but more importantly, it can enhance mo-rale, readiness, safety and quality of life.Here at Fort Greely I’m fortunate to have numerous commu-nication tools at my disposal to explain policies, programs andoperations; recognize achievements; provide avenues for feed-back; and more. As you know we have a Command Channelon GCI channel 6, an MWR newsletter, a Garrison newsletter,a centrally-located marquee, post-wide email distribution, nu-merous bulletin boards and regular Town Hall meetings.I’m happy to announce that we now have a re-designed, pro-fessional-looking, public webpage. Now Fort Greely residentsand other personnel across the world have yet another meansof garnering information about this installation. Check out thewebsite atwww.greely.army.mil. There are plenty of links andnews available on the site.
Fort Greely Garrison 
is an authorized unofficial publication for military and civilian members of Fort Greely. The
is published monthly by the Public Affairs Office, Fort Greely Garrison. Contentsof this publication are not necessarily the official views of, nor endorsed by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Department of the Army. While contributions are welcome, the PAO reservesthe right to edit all submitted materials, make corrections, changes, or deletions to conform with the policies of this paper. Articles and photos submitted by the 20th of each month will be considered for publica-tion in the next issue of the
. Submit via email to fgapao@greely.army.mil, or mail to: Garrison Commander, ATTN: Newsletter, PO Box 31269, Fort Greely, AK 99731.Commanding Officer …….……………………………………………...……….Lt. Col. Chris ChronisDeputy Commander ……..……………..……………………….………………..……….Louis RoachPublic Affairs Officer ………………………...………………...……………...……......Kent Cummins
October 2008
Lt. Col. Chris ChronisInstallation Commander
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 October 2008
by Colleen Pugh
Fort Greely Safety Office
The Fort Greely Safety Officewill conduct Cold WeatherTraining, Oct. 8 and 9 at theChapel Annex from 9 to 11 a.m.and 1 to 3 p.m. on both days.The class will cover winterclothing, how to winterize yourvehicle, things to carry in yourvehicle to help you survive if you get stuck or your car breaksdown away from home and lotsmore.The instructors have been inAlaska for a long time and theyare very knowledgeable. We willalso have handouts. If you canattend please call the Safety Of-fice at 873-5239 and let us nowwhat day you can attend.
Cold weathetraining set
Another area I have received severalinquiries about is travel expenses forFamily members’ medical trips to Fair-banks.The Defense Finance and AccountingService has required Family members tofile required receipts for gas, meals, etc.,for reimbursement since Oct. 1, 2007. Inthe past, DFAS has not been strictly en-forcing this policy but they are now.Family members are authorized up tothe per diem rate for travel, but they mustsubmit a receipt proving what they spenton gas and will be reimbursed for thatamount and that amount only.Family members used to get $96 for atrip to Fairbanks, but that is no longer thecase. They will get back what theyspend but only up to the maximumamount allowed by per diem. To get paidthey will need to fill up at the end of thetrip even if they filled up before leaving.This only applies to Family members.Military members must do their travelthrough the Defense Travel System, orDTS, and do not need receipts for gas orofficial expenses under $75. Militarymembers receive reimbursement basedon mileage and per diem.Several families have also asked aboutreimbursement for dental travel ex-penses. The Army and State NationalGuard Dental Point of Contacts haveresponded to our queries, and their uni-fied position is that we have adequatedental care here, there is no regulatoryrequirement to provide dental travelfunds, and thus there are no funds avail-able to compensate for dental travel toFairbanks or Fort Wainwright.
Winter is not “officially” here until inDecember. Plan accordingly and takecare of yourself. PMCS your equipment- Dress appropriately to avoid coldweather-related injuries. Take care of your vehicle and carry emergency sup-plies. Let people know where you aregoing, when you will get there, and callthem when you arrive – just like a FlightPlan. Breaking down in extreme coldweather can be life-threatening if you arenot prepared. Take care of your home…furnace, wood stove, pellet stove, base-board heat…whatever you use to heatyour home, make sure it’s in good oper-ating condition and have emergency sup-plies on hand.If you live on-post, make sure yourTemperature Sensitive Light - the “redlight” is serviceable and ready to installin a window facing the street. As youmay know, this light will come on if thetemperature within your quarters drops toa point where a “freeze up” could occur,and it alerts the Public Works and Hous-ing staff to investigate immediately inorder to prevent damage to your quarters.To learn more about working and liv-ing in Interior Alaska make sure to attendthe Safety Office’s Cold Weather Train-ing Oct. 8 or 9 at the Chapel Annex.Training times are either 9 to 11 a.m. or1 to 3 p.m. Team Greely … keep up thegood work and continue to be safe!
 — Lt. Col. Chris Chronis

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