Civilian employees seek leave donations

The following Appropriated Fund Employees have been accepted in the Leave Recipient Program:

Stanley Atkins and Barbara Paige, Directorate of Public Works; Catherine Padron, Dusnee Mathison, Kimberly Ferguson, Nichole Upton, Bronwyn Wilson, Nicole Best, Elizabeth Keen, Nancy Munoz, Colleen Shear, and Jacquelyn Leslie, all of MEDDAC; Glenn Hancock, Jason Sweeny, and David Dominguez, all of Army Field Support Battalion - Drum; Darrell Johnson, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, and Tracy Medeiros, Directorate of Resource Management.

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 Directorate of Resource Management civilian pay technician for processing.

For more information, call (315) 772-6489.

Safety Office winter driving, snow thrower classes will meet Feb. 18

The Fort Drum Command Safety Office staff will conduct courses in winter driving as well as snow thrower operation for Soldiers, Family Members and Department of the Army civilians in Bldg. 432A, Lewis Avenue.

The Winter Driving Course will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18, and March 3 and 17. The course also will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. March 3.

The Snow Thrower Operation Course will meet from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Feb. 18, and March 3 and 17. The course also will meet from 6:15 to 7 p.m. March 3.

Note: Unit / organization classes are by appointment only, not to exceed 30 students.

For more information or to register for courses, contact the Command Safety Office at (315) 772-3022 or 772-0310.

Work at intersection near Fort Drum may delay motorists

Fort Drum Directorate of Public Works and New York State Department of Transportation Contracting employees will be back on site in Evans Mills to finish work at the intersection of U.S. Route 11 and New York State Route 25, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5, weather dependent. The work, which mainly involves the signal poles, will cause slight delays due to lane closures and flagging the intersection. Work will last approximately two weeks.

There will be work zone traffic control signs in place and message boards for advance notifications. Anyone who can avoid this area will save themselves some time on their commutes.

For more information, contact Zahid Jamil, project manager for Public Works Engineering Department, at (315) 772-6001 or (315) 955-5153, or Andrew McCabe, engineer in charge for NYSDOT, at (315) 408-5972 (Mobile).

Change in hours takes effect at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Gate

Fort Drum officials have announced a change in hours at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield Gate.

The gate is closed from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It also is closed on weekends and federal holidays.

Those wishing to access the airfield during those times will need to use Bomporto Bridge from the main cantonment area.

CYS Indoor Playground welcomes visitors

When it's cold outside, come inside and play! The Child and Youth Services Indoor Playground will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. through March 25. All children ages 18 months to 5 years (who are not yet in school) are invited to play.

CYS will supply the equipment, but parents are required to supervise and participate with their children. Parents, please bring a pair of shoes for you and your child to change into for play. Registration with CYS is not required. For more information, call (315) 772-8675.

BOSS invites Soldiers to take Hiking Challenge

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers invites Fort Drum Soldiers to complete five different hikes in upstate New York as part of the BOSS 5 Hiking Challenge. These hikes increase in difficulty from beginner to advanced: Mount Coney, Mount Scarface, Slide Mountain, Whiteface, Mountain and Mount Marcy. Soldiers will receive a patch after they complete all five peaks.

Soldiers can register for the challenge at the BOSS Center. Information: (315) 772-7807.

Seasonal parking restrictions remain in effect on Fort Drum

Directorate of Emergency Services officials want members of the community to know that no parking is allowed on the sides of roadways on Fort Drum through April 1. Vehicles found to be in violation will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense if impeding snow removal.

In addition, vehicles may not be parked across sidewalks or on seeded areas near housing.

Learn to hula dance!

Have you ever wanted to be able to hula dance? Here’s your chance!

Hula lessons are presented every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the USO Fort Drum Multipurpose Room for students 12 and older. Classes are instructed by Dee Brown. Cost is free. No child care will be available. Those participating should bring a sarong if they own one; if not, one will be provided.

Sewing group meets Mondays on Fort Drum

Do you love to sew? You're not alone! A sewing group meets at 9 a.m. every Monday at Army Community Service.

All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call (315) 772-6566.

Anyone can dine at Exchange restaurants, Expresses

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering a warm welcome – and a bite to eat – to visitors, Department of Defense contractors and civilians at its restaurants and Express locations.

The Exchange’s more than 1,700 quick-serve restaurants and 330 Expresses worldwide are open for anyone with installation access to dine in or pick up grab-and-go fare as long as the items are consumed on the installation (the lone exception being locations in Korea, where authorized civilian visitors and workers are permitted to dine in Exchange restaurants, but not purchase items at Express locations).

“Along with serving airmen, Soldiers and their Families, the Exchange is pleased to offer food and refreshments to civilian visitors and workers,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange’s senior enlisted adviser. “All are welcome to dine with us or grab a quick bite – no need to leave the installation for meals.”

All of the Exchange’s restaurants offer better-for-you menu choices featuring reduced-calorie entrees. The Exchange carries more than 400 BE FIT-approved items, including fresh fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, bottled water and more. Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle shelf tags easily identify these items at Express locations.

Guidelines on who is authorized to use Exchange operations are prescribed by Army Regulation 215-8 / Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) and the Armed Services Exchange Regulations, Department of Defense Instruction 1330.21.

What’s All the Buzz About Books?

All the Buzz About Books is a club for children ages 9-12, where they can get together and discuss books they have read. Each month, the group will choose a new book to read. Kids, think of all the books you would like to read and present the title to Miss Peggy at each month's meeting!

Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at McEwen Library.

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 (315) 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.

Civilian employees have right to representation

Weingarten Notice

Right to Representation During Investigatory Interviews

In accordance with the requirements of 5 USC 7114(a)(3), this is to advise bargaining unit employees that:

An exclusive representative of an appropriate bargaining unit in an agency shall be given the opportunity to be represented at any examination of an employee in the bargaining unit by a representative of the agency in connection with an investigation if (a) the employee reasonably believes that the examination may result in disciplinary action against the employee and (b) the employee requests representation.

Please call the labor relations specialist in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) or your union at the appropriate number listed below if you have any questions.

  • Labor Relations Specialist: (315) 772-5023
  • AFGE Local 400: (315) 772-3039
  • NAGE Local R2-61: (315) 772-3306
  • IAFF Local F-105: (315) 772-5114
  • NAGE Local R2-63: (617) 376-7208

AA group meets on post

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Guthrie Clinic, Patient Care Wing, Patient Service Center conference room. For more information, call (315) 772-0035.

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Fort Drum Reel Time Theater

 

Friday, Feb. 14

No showing

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

Dolittle

(PG) – 2 p.m. 

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

Dolittle

(PG) – 2 p.m.

 

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For more information,
call (315) 773-0065. 

 

Fort Drum Dining Facility Schedule

Fort Drum dining facilities will observe the following meal schedule:

Feb. 14-17

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (Closed)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B/S)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (Closed)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/S)

Feb. 18-20

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (B/L/D/GNG)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Closed)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)

Feb. 21

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (B/L/D/GNG)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Closed)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/L/GNG)

Meal Hours:

Breakfast - 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Lunch - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner - 5 to 6 p.m.

Brunch - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Supper - 5 to 6:30 p.m.