Event welcomes Team APG newcomers

(From right) Tonya Froisland, with Child and Youth Services, shows Christina Heam, a military spouse, information about the SKIES Unlimited program during the quarterly Newcomers Orientation at the APG North (Aberdeen) Feb.15.| U.S. Army photo by Rachel Ponder, APG News

Soldiers, civilians, contractors and family members new to APG received a wealth of information at the Newcomers Orientation at the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center Feb.15.

The quarterly event is hosted by Army Community Service and features displays from on and off-post vendors and briefings from garrison organizations.

APG Garrison Commander Col. James E. Davis welcomed attendees to Team APG and introduced Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Jr.

“If you have any problems, questions or concerns please reach out to my staff, reach out to me,” Davis said.

Morale, Welfare & Rec.

Linda Edwards, with , or FMWR, said the FMWR website, www.apgmwr.com, has information about upcoming events and services on post. The website includes the “InDemand” newsletter and a directory.

Edwards added that FMWR hosts monthly installation socials that are open to the APG community and include complimentary refreshments and a cash bar. The next social will be held Feb. 23 at the APG South (Edgewood) recreation center, Bldg. E4140 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to meet [with] some of your friends,” she said.

On March 8, MWR will host a Travel Fair and Spring Bazaar in the APG North recreation center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features information on local travel destinations and attractions. For more information, contact the Leisure Travel Office at 410-278-4011.

Army Community Service

Army Community Service Director Jennifer Eichner said the goal of ACS is to “help you thrive while you are here at APG.” According to Eichner, there are many education and prevention programs available through ACS.

“Sometimes people do utilize our services when something unproductive is happening, but we would really like to work with you before that occurs,” she said.

Eichner said ACS has several services available for newcomers, including a lending closet and a computer lab.

For more information about all ACS services offered at APG visit https://www.apgmwr.com/community-services/army-community-services.

Installation Sexual Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Michcell Shoultz shares information about the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program during the quarterly Newcomers Orientation at the APG North (Aberdeen) Feb.15.| U.S. Army photo by Rachel Ponder, APG News


Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Michcell Shoultz invited attendees to familiarize themselves with the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program, or SHARP, Resource Center located in Bldg. 4305.

Shoultz said this center provides a variety of services for Soldiers and civilians including sexual assault victim advocacy, restricted and unrestricted reporting and a 24-hour APG SHARP Hotline, 410-322-7154.

Child & Youth Services

Child and Youth Services Coordinator Tammy Ford gave an overview of the many services and programs offered on post for children.

On April 22, Team APG will host a free Month of the Military Child 2K Family Color Fun Run and Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Tonya Froisland at 410-278-3250.

School Liaison Officer Stacie Umbarger, with CYS, said youth between the ages of 8 through 18 can request a youth sponsor before, during, or after their move to APG.

“When your child moves here they [will] have a friend, somebody that will show them around school, a familiar face for them, so that will make their transition a little easier,” she said.

For more information on the Youth Sponsorship Program, contact Umbarger at 410-278-2857.

CYS is also offering a Start Smart Lacrosse program for boys and girls ages 6 to 12, which will run from April 6 to May 11.

“If you are new to the area and haven’t tried lacrosse, it is really huge on the East Coast,” she said.

For more information on all Child and Youth Sports programs, contact Child and Youth Sports Director Bill Kegley at 410-306-2297 or visit https://www.apgmwr.com/child-youth-school-services/child-and-youth-sports.

Religious Support Office

Mark Edwards from the Religious Support Office, or RSO, talked about services offered at the chapel and upcoming events sponsored by the RSO including Strong Bonds Marriage Resilience Training for military couples from March 17-19. For more information call 410-278-4333.

“We’re open and we want to welcome you to APG,” Edwards said. “Come see what we do at the chapel.”

For more information about APG worship services and RSO programs call 410-278-4333.

Newcomer’s reactions

Representatives from the Army Substance Abuse Program, the Directorate of Emergency Services, Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic, the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Corvias Military Housing and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and emergency manager Pedro Rodriguez also gave presentations.

Several attendees said the event was beneficial. Newcomer Sharmaine Rayner, with KUSAHC, called the event “awesome.”

“A lot of information was given out especially for teens,” she said.

Alec Rojero with the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command said he wanted to attend the event to find more about the area.

“As a new employee I thought it was very helpful, I just got here in January [from Texas] and I had no idea where anything is, or what services are [available], so this was very informative.”

By Rachel Ponder, APG News