Caroline High School Military Appreciation Game

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan, throws out the first pitch at the First Annual Military Appreciation Game at Cavalier Park, Bowling Green, VA. on April 19, 2018. [Photo by Anna Burke]

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan, throws out the first pitch at the First Annual Military Appreciation Game at Cavalier Park, Bowling Green, VA. on April 19, 2018. [Photo by Anna Burke]

Fort A.P. Hill – On April 19, 2018, the Caroline High School varsity baseball team hosted their First Annual Military Appreciation Game at Cavalier Park, Bowling Green, VA to recognize veterans, active duty military personnel as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

The festivities kicked off with the presentation of colors by the Caroline High School JROTC.  The National Anthem was performed by Kearstin Kearse, a member of the JROTC.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill, Garrison Commander, Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan, threw out the first pitch. 

Event organizer, Tim Casey said, “I believe as a first time event in honor of all military Veterans… it was very successful.  I personally thank all that gave their time, this single event is only the beginning of rekindling more traditions.”

Soldiers from the McMahon Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center, and the 310th Multi-Role Bridge Co., both located on Fort A.P. Hill, as well as the Virginia Army National Guard, Fredericksburg based, 229th Brigade Engineer Battalion were on site in support of the event.

As an added bonus, the event was a double-header and the Caroline Cavaliers won both games.
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Yellow-throated warbler

YellowThroatedWarbler

The weather is finally warming up and the woods are coming alive with all kinds of wildlife activity. Migratory songbird species that have spent the winter in Central and South America are arriving daily at #fortaphill. This yellow-throated warbler made an appearance this week on Post.

Over 200 bird species utilize the habitat of Fort A.P. Hill throughout the year. 100% of the funds collected through hunting & fishing permits on the garrison are utilized for the conservation of wildlife and their habitat on Post.

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Wildfire on HWY 17 near Jeb Stuart Road

On April 14, 2018 the Fort A.P. Hill Fire Department responded to wildfire on HWY 17 near Jeb Stuart Road.  The cause of the wildfire was a downed power line on Jeb Stuart Road. The wildfire was not caused by the prescribed burn also held on Saturday.  Rappahannock Electric Coop repaired the line and the fire was extinguished late Sunday morning.

The fire was directly attacked from Highway 17 by our team to prevent the fire from leaving the Fort A.P. Hill boundary.  Highway 17 was shut down for firefighter safety (operating on the roadway) and heavy smoke conditions across the road.  Once the head of the fire was extinguished, all personnel relocated inside Fort A.P. Hill to contain the fire.

Virginia Code § 10.1 – 1142, commonly known as the Burn Law, dictates specific dates and times when burning is allowed. The law also provides specifics for prescribed burning. VA Code § 10.1-1150.1 states fire can be set is set for “prescribed burning” that is conducted in accordance with a “prescription” and managed by a “certified prescribed burn manager.”

All Fort A.P. Hill prescribed burn personnel are certified prescribed burn managers. On the day of each planned prescribed burn the forestry office prepares and has approved a Prescribed Burn Plan, an Incident Action Plan, and a Deliberate Risk Assessment.  

Local offices are notified including the Caroline, King George and Spotsylvania County Forestry offices and Dispatch Centers. The mayor’s office in Bowling Green and Port Royal are also notified as well as the Regional Forester and VA Dept. of Environmental Quality. 

Forestry personnel are also trained to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Standards for wildland fire fighters.

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Forester Mark Books uses an ATV mounted torch to ignite a prescribed burn to reduce fuels in the Fort A.P. Hill range complex. The objective of fuel reduction prescribed burns are to prevent wildfires that can be caused by live fire training.

The Garrison also has two fully manned Fire Departments 24 hours a day, year round. Duty firefighters are on standby should any prescribed burn fire leave the parameters of the burn block.

Fort A.P. Hill has a memorandum of agreement with Caroline County to provide Fire and EMS support if needed. Caroline County dispatch can request assistance should a wildfire start in any part of the County.

The prescribed burn season has ended. The next burn season will begin mid-October and end April 14 2019.

For notices in advance, about prescribed burns, noise alerts and other important information from the Garrison, sign up for Caroline Alert at https://member.everbridge.net/ and check the Fort A.P. Hill check box.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that the Department of the Army has requested authorization from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to replace three failed corrugated metal pipes with three new 48-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipes, install new concrete headwalls and a riprap storm apron to restore the culverted crossing of Mount Creek along Ewell Road at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County. Send comments/inquiries within 15 days to: Marine Resources Commission, Habitat Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607.
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Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan, commander

Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan, commander, U.S. Army Garrison, #fortaphill, and his leadership team hosted the installation’s quarterly awards ceremony, March 14, 2018. The installation workforce gathered at the Training Support Center and joined in recognizing employees for time in service, meritorious achievement, and dedication to the installation’s mission.

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Fort A.P. Hill Workplace Safety and Awareness Message

Fort A.P. Hill Workplace Safety and Awareness Message

If you receive a letter or package, and suspect the possibility of a suspicious substance in the letter or package, contact the police department immediately.

Do not handle or move the letter or package no matter how much it had been handled before you became suspicious. The letter or package will be evaluated by the responding police officer. If necessary, experts will be called in to further handle the situation.

If you receive or discover a suspicious letter or package:
• Do not touch, tamper with, or move it
• Call DES Desk 804-633-8888 or 8911 and report what you suspect immediately to Police.
• Police will determine if evacuation or other action is necessary
• Notify your supervisor of what you suspect
Know the emergency numbers for your local police, ambulance, and hospitals. Keep these readily available in your wallet or purse. Report Suspicious Activities to police and law enforcement.
• Be aware of packages left on door steps, porches or around your work area that you didn’t order or have the wrong information on the package.
• Never open suspicious packages with stains, strange smells, protruding wires, incorrect spelling, or with no return or unknown address.
• Be alert for individuals loitering in or around mail distribution boxes.

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Cold Cold COMEX Yields White Hot Readiness

310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command
Story by SSG Luis Delgadillo

Cold Cold COMEX Yields White Hot Readiness

Despite record breaking cold temperatures in Virginia and throughout the country, Army Reserve Soldiers continue to lean into their training with renewed vigor.

Despite record breaking cold temperatures in Virginia and throughout the country, Army Reserve Soldiers continue to lean into their training with renewed vigor. In three days, January 5-7th, units of the 55th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Belvoir, Va., transported tactical equipment 75 miles, set up communications equipment, and successfully completed its communications exercise (COMEX).

While sustainment brigades are known for their ability to sustain the force, without training to test vital communications networks and radio equipment, via a COMEX, the job of securing the victory would be harder to accomplish.

Cold Cold COMEX Yields White Hot Readiness

As the Army’s largest and most geographically dispersed sustainment brigade, the 55th SB often relies on Soldiers from its down trace elements to keep communications flowing. For the January battle assembly, brigade Soldiers, Soldiers of the 55th Special Troops Battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarter Company, and Soldiers of the 410th Brigade Signal Company fulfilled that role.

“The 410th and HHC/55th SB overcame severe weather conditions and terrain constraints to establish a battalion command post and voice/digital communications with the HQ (headquarters),” said Lt. Col. Christian Hall, commander of the 55th STB.

Cold Cold COMEX Yields White Hot Readiness

The Soldiers moved their trucks and equipment from Fort Belvoir to two different training sites at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., in order to set up a command post. With elements spread out among three training sites, the Reserve Center back at Fort Belvoir and two locations at Fort A.P. Hill the brigade’s soldiers learned valuable lessons about their equipment, lessons that they will be able to carry forward.

While the establishment of command posts and networks are routine; the transport, setup, testing and recovery of all equipment and personnel in one weekend is only typical in the Army Reserve.

“COMEX was the first of three Field Training Exercises (FTX) to prepare the 55th SB for Warfighter 18.5 and meet Ready Force X (RFX) aimpoints,“ said Hall.

Through Ready Force X, the Army Reserve places a focus on individual readiness, the warrior ethos and for specifically identified units, an emphasis on building, sustaining, mobilizing and deploying in short time windows.

With the next training event always on the horizon 55th SB Soldiers are beginning to appreciate what it means to stand at the ready.

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