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News Digest

News Briefs
Civilian Employees seek leave donations
The following Appropriated Fund employees have been accepted in the Leave Recipient Program: Robert Pickeral, Nakia Fleming, Nora Brow, Tamara Morin and Christina Robinson, all of MEDDAC; Victor Brown, Logistics Readiness Center; Sandra Weaver, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Sean O’Brien, Directorate of Public Works.
Appropriated Fund employees who wish to donate annual leave should complete an OPM 630A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program, and forward it to the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, Bldg. 10720, for processing.
MEDDAC officials will host Guthrie Clinic open house
The Fort Drum U.S. Army Medical Department Activity will offer its next open house and tour of the Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. The open house is available to all TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries. It is an opportunity to become acquainted with the friendly staff, modern facilities and first-class services provided by the MEDDAC. Participants will meet in the central lobby near the Pain Management Clinic at Guthrie.
For additional assistance, call the Fort Drum MEDDAC Public Affairs Office, 772-3992 / 4312.
Garrison announces change of command
Col. Gary A. Rosenberg will relinquish command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Drum to Col. Bryan J. Laske at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Magrath Gym.
Staff will conduct briefing on Best Ranger Competition
The Light Fighter School staff will conduct an information briefing about the 10th Mountain Division's Best Ranger Competition at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 in the Mission Training Complex, Bldg. 990, 9th Street, Fort Drum.
Those who wish to enter the competition must be Ranger-qualified (officer and enlisted) and must be natural endurance athletes who have a passion for endurance racing, functional fitness, marksmanship and military skills.
For more information, contact 1st Lt. Veronica Vazquez at 772-1930.
MEDDAC announces change of command
The Fort Drum MEDDAC will hold a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at Sexton Field. Col. Matthew Mattner will relinquish command to Col. John McMurray.
Mattner will retire after 28 years of service to the nation.
McMurray comes to the MEDDAC after last serving as the chief of staff and G3, Pacific Medical Region, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Fort Drum will host Motorcycle Safety Expo
Riding enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Motorcycle Safety Expo from 9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 in the Multipurpose Auditorium, presented by the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Command Safety Office.
Greg Lubinitsky, a 22-year moto veteran, will discuss riding gear, adjustments and maintenance. Lubinitsky began riding motorcycles when he was 6 years old. He now teaches safety courses for all skill levels.
There will be a live demonstration after the seminar.
Military caregiver forum will meet on Fort Drum
The next Military Caregiver PEER Forum will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Family Life and Spiritual Fitness Center, Bldg. 4405, Fort Drum.
These forums encourage spouses, friends, Family Members and loved ones who assist wounded, ill or injured service members to discuss topics they would like to focus on. Topics may include mental wellness, managing stress, nutrition, financial wellness, etc. The PEER Forum aims to provide military caregivers a peer support network through guided discussion, allowing them to share practical and accurate information based on their personal experiences.
For more information, contact the military family life counselor at 955-2964 or the PEER support coordinator at 405-7897. Additional information is available at
MEDDAC offers Saturday Well Woman appointments
Saturday Well Woman appointments will be available Aug. 22 at Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic’s Primary Care Clinic.
Appointments will be scheduled in the morning and afternoon. Well Woman appointments are available for patients who are due or overdue for their Pap test. For more information, or to find out if you are due or overdue and to schedule an appointment, call the Outreach Nurse at 772-2039. This number can be used only to schedule Saturday appointments.
MEDDAC announces Saturday appointments
for sports physicals

Saturday sports physical appointments will be available Aug. 22 at the Guthrie Ambulatory Health Care Clinic’s Primary Care Clinic. Appointments will be available in the morning and afternoon. To schedule an appointment for a sports physical, call the appointment line, 772-2778.
Report security issues to Fort Drum tip line
Fort Drum’s Directorate of Emergency Services encourages everyone to contribute to community security by reporting suspicious behavior or activities to 774-8477 (TIPS).
Callers to the anonymous tip line should report odd behaviors and activities, such as people measuring or asking for blueprints of important buildings; strangers asking about security protocols; a briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind; vehicles left unattended in front of buildings; and chemical smells or fumes coming from a residence or business. The effort is part of iWatch Army, an antiterrorism program.

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