Fort A.P. Hill Celebrates Earth Day with Environmental Awareness and Community Outreach

By Olivia Mills, Environmental Technician; Jason Applegate, Natural Resources Specialist, Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia

On April 26, Fort A.P. Hill welcomed more than 1,830 visitors from 15 local schools to participate in its largest Earth Day celebration thus far. This event was supported by more than 70 public and private entities that volunteered time to exhibit educational displays and engage local youth on all aspects of natural resources and environmental management.

This annual event is recognized by the surrounding community for its quality and excellence, largely due to the support it receives from a diverse spectrum of environmental organizations. Military tenants also provided a hands-on perspective of why environmental stewardship and management are essential—to maintain the quality of lands that are required to train the nation’s military forces.

One exhibit allowed students to match the tree to its corresponding seed, and even take home a small sapling at the forestry exhibit!

One exhibit allowed students to match the tree to its corresponding seed, and even take home a small sapling at the forestry exhibit!

Garrison Integrated Training Area Management personnel were available to teach students about the long-term viability and sustainability of the
U.S. Army’s lands. The U.S. Army’s Sustainable Range Program strives
to keep Fort A.P. Hill’s training areas continually available and accessible by protecting its natural resources and achieving environmental compliance.

 

A partner in working for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay—the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality engaged students with natural resource stewardship practices.

A partner in working for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay—the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality engaged students with natural resource stewardship practices.

The students were exposed to a variety of organizations during this event, ranging from natural resources and wildlife conservation groups to outdoor recreation clubs, local sustainable farms, historic societies, and even law enforcement and military units. For many students, it is an Earth Day event like this that first comes to mind when asked about Fort A.P. Hill. This annual celebration has become the premier outreach event to engage the community on environmental awareness and conservation, while promoting sustainable military land management.

This event is an ideal forum for the local youths and members of the community to learn about the challenges with restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Exhibitors presented information on water recreation safety practices, the importance of maintaining clean waterways through proper litter disposal, and managing agricultural runoff, which is an ongoing concern in the Chesapeake Bay and wetlands nationwide.
Environmental awareness was not limited to those who visited the event— training personnel also integrated annual workforce Environmental Awareness Training. Subject matter experts within the installation Directorate of Public Works, Environmental and Natural Resources Division provided this hands-on training. Posters and displays highlighted mission-relevant aspects of Fort A.P. Hill’s Sustainability/ Environmental Management Systems Program, Hazardous Waste and Recycling, Water Quality, and Natural and Cultural Resources Management.

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Fort A.P. Hill has a new command team

During today's change of command ceremony Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan (right) handed the Fort A. P. Hill colors to Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr. (left) Director Installation Management Command Sustainment signifying Jordan's relinquishment of command

During today’s change of command ceremony Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan (right) handed the Fort A. P. Hill colors to Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr. (left) Director Installation Management Command Sustainment signifying Jordan’s relinquishment of command

FORT A.P. HILL, Virginia – Lt. Col. Michael E. Gates took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill during a brief ceremony today at Ambrose Physical Fitness center here. He succeeds Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan who commanded A.P. Hill for the last two years.

Lt. Col. Michael E. Gates (right) accepted the Fort A.P. Hill colors and with them command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill from Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr. the Director of Installation Management Command Sustainment during today's change of command ceremony.

Lt. Col. Michael E. Gates (right) accepted the Fort A.P. Hill colors and with them command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill from Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr. the Director of Installation Management Command Sustainment during today’s change of command ceremony.

Gates is a Special Forces officer who grew up in Botetourt County, Virginia. He comes to Fort A.P. Hill from Special Operations Command-Africa in Stuttgart, Germany.

Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan relinquished command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill during a brief ceremony at the Ambrose Fitness Center today. Jordan moves on to a new assignment at Special Operations Command-Central in Tampa. — at Fort A.P. Hill.

Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan relinquished command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill during a brief ceremony at the Ambrose Fitness Center today. Jordan moves on to a new assignment at Special Operations Command-Central in Tampa. — at Fort A.P. Hill.

Jordan, also a Special Forces officer, departs Fort A.P. Hill for an assignment at Special Operations Command-Central in Tampa.

Lt. Col. Michael E. Gates, who grew up in Botetourt County, Virginia, took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill today. He comes to A.P. Hill from Special Operations Command-Africa in Stuttgart, Germany. — at Fort A.P. Hill.Lt. Col. Michael E. Gates, who grew up in Botetourt County, Virginia, took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill today. He comes to A.P. Hill from Special Operations Command-Africa in Stuttgart, Germany. — at Fort A.P. Hill.

Lt. Col. Michael E. Gates, who grew up in Botetourt County, Virginia, took command of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill today. He comes to A.P. Hill from Special Operations Command-Africa in Stuttgart, Germany. — at Fort A.P. Hill.

Joining Gates on the A.P. Hill command team is Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph E. Reilly. He has served in communications and Civil Affairs during his Army career.

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert L. Parker II has been the command sergeant major at U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill for the last two years. He leaves A.P. Hill for a new assignment as the command sergeant major of USAG White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert L. Parker II has been the command sergeant major at U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill for the last two years. He leaves A.P. Hill for a new assignment as the command sergeant major of USAG White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Reilly succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Robert L. Parker II, a career Military Police Soldier, who moves on to be the command sergeant major at USAG White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr., the Director of Installation Management Command Sustainment Directorate, hosted today's change of command ceremony at Fort A.P. Hill.

Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr., the Director of Installation Management Command Sustainment Directorate, hosted today’s change of command ceremony at Fort A.P. Hill.

Before today’s change of command ceremony, Mr. Davis D. Tindoll Jr. Director Installation Management Command Sustainment Directorate presented Jordan and Parker with the Legion of Merit for their exemplary service leading Fort A.P. Hill.

Before today's change of command and change of responsibility ceremony Mr. Davis D. Tindoll, Jr. (left) presented the Legion of Merit award to outgoing commander Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert L. Parker II. Also shown is Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, the commanding general of the Military District of Washington (right). — at Fort A.P. Hill.

Before today’s change of command and change of responsibility ceremony Mr. Davis D. Tindoll, Jr. (left) presented the Legion of Merit award to outgoing commander Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan and Command Sgt. Maj. Robert L. Parker II. Also shown is Maj. Gen. Michael L. Howard, the commanding general of the Military District of Washington (right). — at Fort A.P. Hill.

U.S. Army photos by USAG Fort A.P. Hill Public Affairs

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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

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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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