Fort A.P. Hill hosted the 2016 EOD Team of the Year competition.

Fort A.P. Hill hosted the third annual Ordnance Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year Competition Sept. 12-16. Read more…

2016 Ordnance Corps Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year Competition

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Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors approve Outdoor Lighting Ordinance

Sept. 13, 2016
David San Miguel

LTC Andrew Q. Jordan, garrison commander, USAG Fort A.P. Hill, addresses the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and discusses the benefits of a lighting ordinance to help preserve dark skies. According to Jordan, reducing the effects of light pollution allows military forces to train here as they would fight at night and allow them to take full advantage of night optics and sensors. After a brief discussion, the ordinance was unanimously approved.

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Fort A.P. Hill hosts the 2016 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year competition

FORT LEE, Virginia — The U.S. Army Ordnance School, part of the Combined Arms Support Command here will host the 2016 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Year competition Sept. 12-16 at Fort A.P. Hill.

    Six EOD teams from across the Army will rally to compete in this championship event that will test the soldiers’ technical and tactical knowledge as well as their ability to perform important war-fighting munitions handling and disposal functions under challenging conditions.

    The Ordnance School is responsible for overseeing the training of more than 28,000 ordnance students annually in 33 enlisted career fields, nine warrant officer specialties and two officer areas of concentration. Training areas include munitions, explosive ordnance disposal, mechanical and electronic maintenance.

    Approximately 70 percent of all Ordnance personnel are trained at Fort Lee. The remaining personnel are trained at one of six other locations across the United States. Since 2011, the Ordnance Corps has consisted of approximately 2,700 officers; 3,000 warrant officers; and, 100,000 soldiers serving on active duty, Reserve component or National Guard.

    The Ordnance Corps is one of the oldest branches of the Army, officially founded on May 14, 1812.

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Did You Receive a Call About a Survey?

Fort A.P. Hill has contracted with Responsive Management to conduct a study in the surrounding area and communities to better understand residents’ awareness of and opinions on Fort A.P. Hill’s activities. Residents in the area may receive a phone call from Responsive Management asking them to participate in a brief telephone survey; selection of residents for participation is random to maintain a scientifically valid study. If you receive a call at home or on your cell phone, please consider participating in the study to assist Fort A.P. Hill in better understanding residents’ opinions and attitudes toward the installation’s impact on the area. If you have any questions about the study, please contact the Fort A.P. Hill Public Affairs Office, (804) 633-8120.

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Antiterrorism efforts are everyone’s responsibility, always

By Jason McLendon
U.S. Army Installation Management Command
Provost Marshal/Protection Office

As Antiterrorism Awareness Month winds to a close, it’s important to remember that vigilance is required year-round to protect ourselves from the global threat of terrorism.

“The awareness month program presented an opportunity to highlight the seriousness of this important topic given today’s threat environment,” said Dale Roth, chief, Protection Branch, U.S. Army Installation Management Command. “But it is always important to take extraordinary action to increase awareness across our Army communities worldwide, all year long.”

“The only way to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover collectively and as individuals when faced with a hostile situation is to know what to watch for, and how to respond,” Roth explained.

“Our personnel must remain mindful of the potential circumstances that could develop,” he said, “placing them as a target of opportunity or consequential victim of a terrorist attack.”

Multiple attacks over the past year in both our homeland and abroad have resulted in increased force protection actions on our installations, but there still remains a need to remain vigilant and maintain an ever increasing awareness of activities around us. 

Threats may range from local criminal activity and insider threat actions to violent terrorists and radicalized active shooters to breaches in our security through the use of unmanned aerial systems or cyber-attacks. 

As individuals and units, we must synchronize awareness efforts to avoid circumstances that could increase risk of becoming a target, he said. For example, become current on all required antiterrorism and active shooter training, rehearse individual and collective response options, maintain high vigilance and awareness, and know when and how to report any suspicious activity.

“It is imperative that not only leaders but all Army personnel participate in AT Awareness activities year-round,” Roth stated. “We must be consistent in reinforcing the importance of protecting our Army communities against this ever-evolving and persistent terrorist threat.”

The online antiterrorism class at is not limited to uniformed personnel, and there is a “non-CAC holders” link on the training home page. Roth encourages spouses to take the class, and for parents to discuss what they’ve learned with children in an age-appropriate manner.

“Keeping us safe year round is everyone’s responsibility,” he said.

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Fort A.P. Hill offers first-rate ID card service

By David San Miguel
Public Affairs Officer

     True to Fort A.P. Hill’s legacy of offering first-rate service, the installation now boasts a fully operational DEERS ID card section to handle the needs of its customers.

     According to Deborah F. Bright, site security manager, the decision to establish an office here only made sense considering the distance from other military installations and the time needed to process changes through the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

     “We basically provide ID card service to all active duty and Reserve component service members to include their family members,” Bright said. “This service extends to Department of Defense employees, government contractors, military families, military/DOD retirees, and their respective widows/widowers.”

     DEERS is used by the defense department to update personnel records which identify and verifies specific benefits and privileges individuals may be entitled as indicated by Defense Finance and Accounting Services, she explained. Some of these benefits and privileges may include, entry onto a military installation, post exchange/commissary privileges, medical care provided or access to the government’s computer network.

     Located at the Visitors Control Center near the north gate entrance, individuals will find little trouble locating or accessing the building.

     We get a lot of retirees in this area because the facilities are handicap accessible and there’s virtually very little problem with traffic to and from the installation, Bright said.

     Unlike larger installations, the Fort A.P. Hill site is relatively easier to get to and, in most cases, appointment times average from 10 minutes to an hour depending on the circumstances, she said.

      Bright explained that sometimes, extended wait times may result from processing delays in scanning and emailing documents to the Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, before this office can complete the transaction and issue a card.

     “But a simple retiree card renewal or dependent ID issue probably takes just 15 minutes,” she said.

     To facilitate processing and reduce customer wait time, Bright employs the RAPIDS Appointment scheduling website at to schedule and manage appointments. There, the office location, hours of operation as well as available appointment days are posted for the individual’s convenience. In addition, the website outlines what documentation an individual needs to obtain a CAC card, update records or add an individual to DEERS.

     For those individuals not able to connect via the Internet, Bright said, “we do still accept walk-ins.”

     “Walk-ins, however, are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis,” she said. Nonetheless, she still advises individuals to call before coming into the office to determine wait time or to schedule an appointment. 

     For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (804) 633-8797.

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Aiming for a higher caliber: Developing future weapon systems for Marine Corps snipers

By Ashley Calingo
Marine Corps Systems Command

Every Marine is a rifleman, but a Marine sniper is not your average rifleman. Their “one-shot one-kill” mindset is heavily influenced by the precision weapons system they use.

The goal of equipping Marine snipers with a superior weapon system brought teams from Marine Corps Systems Command’s Infantry Weapons Systems and Marine Corps Scout Sniper Instructor School to Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, for a market research caliber study on a hot, muggy day in July.

“As the Marine Corps’ only systems command, it’s essential that we have Marine Corps snipers shooting and Marine Corps acquisition professionals collecting the data,” said Maj. Paul Gillikin, Special Purpose Weapons team leader for IWS. “This is a Marine Corps-driven event with Marines behind the guns, but we are still following along with SOCOM and other joint service programs. This data will inform our senior acquisition and requirements officials in buying the next rifle system.”

The goal of the caliber study was clear: to inform Marine Corps acquisition leaders about future Marine sniper weapon system requirements, while leveraging what is currently available in the marketplace. The sniper weapon system has three primary components — the projectile, the rifle and the optics. 

“You need to understand the application of the weapon system, then procure the system as a system,” said Gillikin. “If we want a weapon system capable of engaging targets at, say 1,500 meters, we need to find the right round — the right caliber — to shoot at that range. Once you find the round that best supports the criteria — the 1,500-meter target engagement — you build the rest of the system around it.  Even though we are assessing three calibers in this event, we are actively researching other nomenclatures to inform future system procurement.”

Gillikin and his team collected ballistic data on three different caliber projectiles: the .308 Winchester Magnum, .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum — fired by Marine Corps snipers using different rifles at distances ranging from 900 to 1,500 meters to target. For each caliber round, the MCSC team determined the probability of snipers hitting the target at each distance. The six snipers participating in the caliber study routinely hit targets at distances greater than the current standing requirement for Marine Corps sniper rifles.


The snipers also had the opportunity to experience other calibers available across the Department of Defense, industry and those used by U.S. coalition partners, said Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Lalota, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Scout Sniper Instructor School at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

“The event allowed us to see the capabilities and limitations of different calibers and compare them to our existing program of record,” said Lalota, who also participated in the event as a test sniper. “To be able to equip Marines with a weapon system that neutralizes threats in a higher caliber magnum cartridge would essentially save lives on the battlefield.”

When the next sniper rifle system will be acquired and fielded has yet to be determined.

Currently, Marines have the M40A6 sniper rifle, which uses the .308 WinMag. MCSC began fielding the M40A6 which offers better transportability, concealability and ergonomics than its predecessor to Marine snipers across the Corps in June.

The caliber research is an essential part of the overall acquisition cycle. These findings will be forwarded to the Marine Corps’ Combat Development and Integration Command, which writes requirements for new system procurements when determining Marine sniper weapon system attributes.

The ultimate beneficiaries of this research, of course, will be the Marine snipers.

“Marine snipers are taking shots way beyond what most infantry guys and riflemen do,” Gillikin said. “That’s why we select our snipers very carefully. It’s not something where you can give a guy a gun and an optic and tell him to go shoot at targets at great distance.”

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