U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill loses a leader, friend and mentor

 Robert T. “Bob” Wright, 68 of Bowling Green, Va. passed away Monday Jan. 19, 2015 at his home. Born in Massachusetts, he served as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County.


Robert T. “Bob” Wright, 68 of Bowling Green, Va. passed away Monday Jan. 19, 2015 at his home. Born in Massachusetts, he served as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County.

Robert T. “Bob” Wright, 68 of Bowling Green, Va. passed away Monday Jan. 19, 2015 at his home. Born in Massachusetts, he served as the Deputy Commander of U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County. Prior to being selected for Fort A.P. Hill Mr. Wright served as a Senior Specialist for the Regional Installation Support Team (RIST) with Atlantic Region of the Installation Management Command at Fort Eustis, Va. His specialty included working on the team that built Garrison organizations for Army Material Command installations that were being transferred to Installation Management Command. He also planned and conducted Region Team building staff rides to Civil War battle sites.
Prior to his assignment with Atlantic Region, Mr. Wright served as the Garrison Manager of Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan. Mr. Wright had direct oversight of seven U.S. Army installations and more than 5,000 Soldiers, family members and Retirees who lived on Okinawa. His job also included interaction with local Japanese Government Officials and daily interaction with the senior Mission Commander.
Before being assigned to Japan Mr. Wright was the Deputy Garrison Commander at Pohakuloa Training Area, a 138,000-acre training and range complex on Hawaii Island. Prior to serving at Pohakuloa he served a four-year tour as the Deputy Garrison Commander at Camp Hialeah in Pusan South Korea.
Before he returned to government service as an Army Civilian he worked in various jobs following his retirement from Active Duty service.
Mr. Wright retired from the Army in 1994 at the rank of Colonel. He began his Army career as an enlisted Soldier; among his enlisted assignments is a tour as a Drill Sergeant. Mr. Wright later attended Armor Officer Candidate School at Fort Knox, Ky. and was commissioned a second lieutenant. During his officer career he served in Joint Staff assignments in the Continental United States, Panama and South Korea. He commanded two Armored Cavalry Troops, an Air Assault Infantry Battalion, a Basic Combat Training Company, a student company at the U.S. Army War College and served as an Armored Cavalry Squadron Executive Officer. His combat experience includes three tours in Vietnam as a Tank Platoon Leader, a Tank Company Executive Officer and as a senior advisor to both a Vietnamese Armored Cavalry Squadron in the 1st Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 33rd Vietnamese Ranger Battalion (Airborne). Colonel (Ret.) Wright’s military decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, three Purple Hearts, four Army Commendation Medals, three with “V” Device for Valor, and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Kim Wright. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service and will also host a reception following the service. Burial, with military honors, will occur at a later date in Wiscasset, Maine. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.storkefuneralhome.com.

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‘Know thy enemy’ Army Reserve, active duty OPFOR team enhance skills

by Maj. Sean Casey
78th Training Division

1/20/2015 – FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers from the 78th Training Division and 101st Airborne Division join together to act as the Opposing Force (OPFOR) helping facilitate the 78th Training Division’s Warrior Exercise (WAREX) “Arctic Lightning” at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Jan. 10 to Jan. 31.

Sunlight breaks through the upper canopy of the tree line bringing a glimpse of physical comfort to January’s frigid early morning moments before the OPFOR soldier breaks the silence and initiates his attack. The OPFOR’s mission this day is to ambush a U.S. convoy to test the convoy soldiers’ abilities to react correctly to a complex attack consisting of an IED and small-arms fire.

78th soldiers, who’ve had a lot of experience as OPFOR, taught us about threat behaviors, equipment and tactics, which can helps us learn more about the enemy, said Capt. Jeff Tolbert, commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s Charlie Company, 1-327 Infantry Regiment. “We’ve had an easy time integrating into the 78th’s OPFOR cell and have well a running team.”

Tolbert’s soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky. teamed up with soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Operations Brigade, 78th Training Division from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The division’s mission is to organize and host WAREX’s and Combat Support Training Exercises (CSTX) to train and assess U.S. Army Reserve units as they progress through the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) cycle.

“I’d rather units experience these threats here in a training environment first,” said Maj. Robin Islam, a commander from 3-329 Regiment, 3rd Operations Brigade, 78th Training Division. Islam’s mission during “Arctic Lightning” is to think like the enemy and organize his soldiers and role players to make the training as realistic as possible for units.

The 78th Training Division, along with other similarly organized units from the National Training Center or Joint Readiness Training Center, use Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) 2.1, essentially a playbook for exercise planners to develop a scenario that’s highly likely to exist in the real world, Islam said.

Noncommissioned officers under Islam’s command underwent specific training at an academy that teaches soldiers about “hybrid” variables in geographic regions throughout the world. These variables range from loosely organized guerrilla forces and criminal organizations to foreign populations organized by cultural norms. DATE 2.1 is based on current intelligence, and injects a myriad of challenges for training units to face while simulating a real-world operational environment.

Organizing and acting as the OPFOR not only provides units training value, but provides the OPFOR soldiers a great training experience.

“Plenty of the soldiers in my and Capt. Tolbert’s command have witnessed and experienced real-world threats we’re simulating,” Islam said. “By having these soldiers already knowing our own tactics and, now, an increased understanding of the enemy’s tactics, they can be an even more flexible and effective combat leader.”

“Arctic Lightning” has approximately 4,000 service members, mainly from the U.S. Army Reserve, training on four military installations; Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and Joint Readiness Training Center, La. The exercise also incorporates numerous aviation and special operations units from the active duty Army, along with units from the U.S. Navy Reserve.

“It’s been a phenomenal experience mixing the expertise of our soldiers in the Army Reserve with the experience and knowledge of the soldiers from the 101st,” Islam said.

Pfc. Jonathan Elledge and Pfc. Ryan Williams from Charlie Company, 1-327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, egress from their fighting positions during a simulated ambush on Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan. 16, 2015. The soldiers provide realistic encounters to units as they operate in a simulated operation environment. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Phillip Scaringi/Released)

Pfc. Jonathan Elledge and Pfc. Ryan Williams from Charlie Company, 1-327 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, egress from their fighting positions during a simulated ambush on Fort A.P. Hill, Va., Jan. 16, 2015. The soldiers provide realistic encounters to units as they operate in a simulated operation environment. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Phillip Scaringi/Released)

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Holiday Hours for F&MWR on Fort A.P. Hill:

As always, for all F&MWR activities and events, make sure to visit their official website at http://aphillmwr.com/.

F&MWR Main Office:
December 22 – 24 > 0700-1630
December 25 – Closed
December 26 – Closed
December 29 – 31 > 0700-1630
January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 0730-1600

F&MWR Headquarters Fitness Center/Gym:
December 22 & 23 – 0600-1900
December 24 Dec – 0800-1300
December 25 – Closed
December 26 – Closed
December 27 – 0800-1630
December 28 – Closed
December 29 – 31 > 0800-1630
January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 0800-1630
January 3 – 0800-1630

F&MWR Recreational Lodging:
December 22 – 24 > 0900-1530
December 25 – Closed
December 26 – Closed
December 27 – Closed
December 28 – Closed
December 29 – 31 > 0900-1530
January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 0730-1800

F&MWR Outdoor Recreation:
December 22 & 23 > 0900-1700
December 24 – 0900-1300
December 25 – Closed
December 26 – Closed
December 27 – 0800-1500
December 28 – Closed
December 29 & 30 > 0900-1500
December 31 – 0900-1300
January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 0900-1500

F&MWR Downtime Zone:
December 22 – 0800-1630
December 23 – 28 > Closed
December 29 – 0800-1630
December 30 – Closed
December 31 – 0800-1630
January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 0800-1630

F&MWR Food and Beverage:
Java Café re-opens 5 Jan at 0600.
Primo’s Express re-opens 5 Jan at 1100.

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IMCOM’s 2014 Winter Holiday Safety Message

IMCOM Family,

As we prepare to celebrate the winter holidays, we want to wish every member of our U.S. Army Installation Management Command Family a joyous, blessed, and safe season. IMCOM is wrapping up a challenging year and looking forward to the challenges of next year. The holidays are a time of celebration, Family, and renewal. Take this opportunity to nurture your own resiliency. We encourage you to make time for your Family, to celebrate the season, and to look forward to a prosperous New Year.

A number of you will be traveling and just a moment of inattention can turn a festive journey into a tragedy. Winter driving has its own set of hazards. Take time to prepare your car by cleaning the headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows as often as necessary. When in doubt, turn headlights on. Lights will not help you see better in early twilight, but they’ll make it easier for other drivers to see you. Being seen is as important as seeing. Reduce speed and increase following distances in inclement weather. Judging other vehicle’s speeds and distances is more difficult at night. More tips can be found at:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/SafeDriving.pdf

The number of home fires tend to increase during the holiday season. Most “arts and crafts” Hanukkah lamps made by children are not suitable for lighting and could burn. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Keep Christmas trees well watered. The National Fire Protection Association offers additional tips at:

http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/christmas-tree-fires/christmas-tree-safety-tips

It is the season for parties. Take the time to have fun, but moderation is the key. New Year’s Eve is notorious for drunk driving. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by staying alert. If you drink, leave the keys with a designated driver, or call a taxi. If you are hosting, provide alternative, non-alcoholic drinks. Also remember: buzz driving is drunk driving. Don’t text and drive! Here are more safety tips for your use:

(http://www.army.mil/article/71393/New_Years_Eve_safety_tips/)

It has been a wonderful year! The CSM and I are proud to be part of this great team. We cannot express our gratitude for all that you do for our Soldiers, their Families, and our Army Civilians. Be safe this holiday season. We want you to return refreshed, resilient, and whole.

Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier. Soldier for Life!   Army Strong!

LTG David Halverson

CSM Jeff Hartless

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Fort A.P. Hill Christmas Candlelight Service

Fort A.P. Hill Christmas Candlelight Service

On behalf of LTC David A. Meyer, Garrison Commander, you are cordially invited to attend the Fort A.P. Hill Christmas Candlelight Service on Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1600-1700 at Liberty Church.

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Up and Down the Hill newsletter

Check out the latest edition of Up and Down the Hill, Fort A.P. Hill’s official newsletter:

UpAndDownTheHill-21November2014

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