Installation Town Hall provides updates to workforce, residents

Town hall

Mike Fancher, chief of housing for the APG Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works, answers a question from an attendee during the Installation Town Hall at the post theater Jan. 18, 2018. | U.S. Army photo by Rachel Ponder, APG News

Team APG received updates from senior leadership and service providers during the Installation Town Hall at the post theater Jan. 18.

The quarterly meeting was hosted by APG Senior Commander Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, CECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew McCoy, APG Garrison Commander Col. Robert Phillips III and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Toese Tia Jr.

Phillips welcomed attendees on behalf of senior leadership.

“We are actively tracking the feedback that we get from you, not only here at the town hall, but the feedback we get from ICE [Interactive Customer Evaluation],” he said.

The ICE system allows the community to provide direct feedback to senior leadership and service providers, at http://ice.disa.mil//.

“I look at every single comment that comes in,” Phillips said.

Support needed

Phillips highlighted some successes in 2017, and gave an update on 2018 projects. Team APG can help the installation by “adopting” areas or buildings for beautification, he said. For more information, contact the Director of Public Works Tom Kuchar, at 410-305-1101, or APG Public Affairs Officer Amburr Reese, at 410-278-3775.

He also asked attendees to continue to support services on the installation, like the food trucks, located at APG North (Aberdeen) and APG South (Edgewood), and at the APG Bowling Center.

“If we want to keep services like that on the installation, we have to use them,” he said.

Weather events

Clint Zaengle, chief of plans and operations, discussed procedures for post closings and delays in the event of inclement weather. Updates are provided on the APG Weather Line at 410-278-7669; the APG Facebook page, www.facebook.com/APGMd; and the APG Twitter page,www.twitter.com /USAGAPG.

Regarding the AtHoc mass warning notification system, Zaengle said the system is available to the APG workforce, and residents, and is used to deliver emergency warnings and other important notifications to computers, desk phones and cellphones.

For more information about AtHoc, contact administrator Richard Rivera at 410-278-4337.

New street names

John Fink, the deputy director for the Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works said the process for installing new street names was “fully implemented” Jan. 16. Maps with new street names will be available at the APG North and APG South visitor centers.

For more information, contact the Official Mail Distribution Center, 410-278-2252.

New clinic hours, TRICARE changes

Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic Commander Lt. Col. Jody Brown, said clinic hours have been extended. Primary Care hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 6:30 am. to 6 p.m.; Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pharmacy hours are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Physical therapy hours are Monday-Thursday, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic is closed the first Wednesday of every month.

Deborah Dodsworth, KUSAHC health benefits advisor, gave an overview of changes to TRICARE benefits. She advised beneficiaries to make sure their contact information is correct in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS.

“Read correspondence and act according to your plan,” she said.

(From left) Nikki McClung, a Humana Military representative, and Shanikqua Sharp, Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic’s patient advocate, provide information to Winston Worrell, a paralegal specialist with the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate after the Installation Town Hall at the post theater Jan. 18, 2018. | U.S. Army photo by Rachel Ponder, APG News

For more information, visit http://www.tricare.mil/changes For questions about health benefits, contact Dodsworth at 410-278-1719, or deborah.a.dodsworth. civ@mail.mil.

Commissary

Daryl Alexander, assistant commissary officer, said the Scholarships for Military Children Program is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Students can submit applications at the APG Commissary until close of business, Feb. 16. Two winners selected from the APG Commissary, will receive a $2,000 scholarship, Alexander said. For more information, visit www.commissaries.com.

Alexander added that Military Star Cards, the credit card for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, are now accepted at the APG Commissary. For more information, call 410-278-3101.

Corvias

Corvias Military Living Leasing and Resident Manager Carol Treas said utility meters have been installed in Corvias homes to comply with the Live Army Green Program. Mock billing will occur during the March or April time frame, Treas said, and will last from three to six months, depending on the neighborhood.

A resident town hall, sponsored by Corvias Military Living, will be held after the mock billing period. Those with questions or concerns regarding the Live Army Green Program should contact the Corvias Office, at 410-305-1076.

Upcoming events

Linda Edwards, chief of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Business Operations Division, gave attendees an overview of upcoming events, including a job fair set for Feb. 24 at the APG North (Aberdeen) recreation center. More information will be available on https://www.apgmwr.com/.

Other upcoming events include the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival bus trip to Washington, D.C., on April 14, and the Month of the Military Child Color Run on April 21.

Edwards added that the Shore Park Pool is tentatively set to open during the Memorial Day weekend.

For more information about upcoming events, visit www.apgmwr.com/ upcoming-events.

The town hall included a brief question and answer session. Taylor concluded the meeting, thanking attendees for their service.

“Thank you for showing up and preparing, and making this place a little bit better every day,” he said.

Installation Town Hall-Jan. 18

By Rachel Ponder, APG News