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  • By Jim Dresbach


    Staff Writer

    Corporate America,

    a comedy trendsetter

    and a former commis-

    sioner of the national

    pastime were presented

    with Outstanding

    Civ i l i a n Se r v ice

    Awards the evening

    of April 14 at Joint

    Base Myer-Henderson

    Halls Conmy Hall.

    On the Fort Myer

    portion of JBM-HH,

    the 38th United States

    Army Chief of Staff,

    Gen. Raymond T.

    Odierno joked, com-

    plimented and most

    importantly thanked

    Stephen Colbert, Bud

    Selig, D. Scott Davis,

    Morrill Worcester and

    Matthew Zames for

    their selfless contribu-

    tions to the Army family

    and all servicemembers.

    We have honored

    five incredible men

    who exemplify the

    phrase selfless service,

    Odierno said during his

    address. Their stead-

    fast commitment to all

    service members has

    been unwavering. They

    reach out for the simple,

    yet profound reason that

    they love their country.

    And they want to make

    a true difference for not

    only the nation, but they

    want to make a true dif-

    ference for our Soldiers

    and families.

    The Outstanding

    Civilian Service Award

    is the third-highest

    honor the Department

    of the Army can give to

    a private citizen.

    By Guv Callahan

    Pentagram Staff Writer

    The horses in the Caisson

    Platoon of the Armys 3d U.S.

    Infantry Regiment (The Old

    Guard) participate in thousands

    of ceremonies annually and are

    a popular attraction on the Fort

    Myer portion of Joint BaseMyer-

    Henderson Hall. But with such a

    workload, the animals frequently

    need fresh footwear.

    Thats where the stables two

    farriers, Spc. Tyler Salas and Spc.

    Todd Kline, come in, making

    shoes from scratch for the pla-

    toons elite equines.

    The barn is home to 48Caisson

    horses whose shoes are typically

    changed every six weeks or as

    needed, Salas said during an

    interview with the Pentagram.

    Special cases can arise when

    a horse breaks or loses a shoe

    through routine wear and

    tear, he said.

    The farriers also inspect and

    tighten the shoes on horses before

    their ceremonial duties.

    Salas, 24, and Kline, 19, both

    volunteered for the job, which

    they agree is taxing, but rewarding

    in equal measure.

    I love it, said Salas. Its the

    most physically demanding thing

    Ive probably ever done in my

    life, but I just love it. Its like

    art. Every horse you shoe, you

    try and do better, and you just

    try to make it look as good as

    possible. Theres a lot more that

    goes into it than just putting the

    shoe on the horse.

    Making shoes takes between

    two and four hours, according

    to the farriers, a process that

    requires them to forge pieces of

    metal in 3,000-degree heat and

    shape them to fit the specific

    hooves of different horses.

    And getting the shoes on the

    horses hooves is a challenge in

    its own right. The farriers must

    precisely line up the nails when

    fastening the shoes, or they risk

    injuring one of the platoons

    elite animals.

    Kline said correctly aligning

    the nails can be a daunting task,

    especially if a Soldier is new at

    the job, but he and Salas have

    come to know the horses, so the

    task is easier. Some animals are

    calm when it comes time for a

    shoe change, while others can be

    more fidgety, Salas said.

    These arent just averagehorses

    Forging footwear

    see FARRIERS, page 5

    Odierno honors five at Salute from the Chief event

    Vol. 62, No. 16 April 23, 2015 Published For Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall


    News Notes

    Conversion from heat to

    AC has begun

    The JointBaseMyer-HendersonHall

    Directorate of Public Works began the

    annual change-overprocess fromheating

    to air-conditioning throughout JBM-HH

    in preparation for the upcoming warm

    weather.All barracks buildingswill have

    air conditioning no later than April 27.

    All other facilities should have air con-

    ditioning running properly by May 4.

    During the conversion period, please

    refrain from calling in service orders for

    noheator noair conditioning,unless

    it is an emergency or in a facility that has

    beendesignated as a keymission critical

    facility.DPWcrewswill bediverted from

    prioritywork only for emergency repair.

    In general, heat and air conditioning

    emergencies are defined as instances in

    which indoor temperatures are below55

    degrees or above 90degrees. If youhave

    such an emergency, please call 703-696-

    3263/64/65. For additional information,

    call 703-696-3820.

    Ceremony to reroute traffic

    at Fort McNair

    A special ceremony April 24 from

    9 to 11 a.m. will result in some traffic

    reroutes at FortMcNair. The ceremony

    will be held on the field in front of Inter-

    American Defense College, Bldg. 52

    on the FortMcNair portion of the joint

    base. Traffic will be rerouted from 3rd

    Avenue to B Street, then to 5th Avenue.

    Use caution driving and walking in

    this area during this time. For more

    information, call 703-696-3291.

    JROTC to celebrate

    99 years with 5K run

    World Junior Reserve Officer

    Training Corps participants will work

    to break a record on the Fort Myer

    portion of the joint base April 25.

    It is JROTCs 99th anniversary,

    and JROTC units worldwide will run

    April 25 to try and break the Guinness

    World Record for having the most

    see NEWS NOTES, page 4

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    Throwback Thursday. . . . . . . . . . . page 2

    Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 3

    In photos: Forging footwear . . . . . . . page 5

    Bioretention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 6

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    By Julia LeDoux

    Pentagram Staff Writer

    You see them in offices and

    facilities all around Joint Base

    Myer-HendersonHall andmay

    not even realize that it was a

    volunteer who was helping you

    make a purchase at the Thrift

    Shop, handing you your pre-

    scription at AndrewRader U.S.

    ArmyHealth Clinic or offering

    a smile and warm welcome at

    the USO lounge.

    Volunteers and the orga-

    nizations they represent were

    honored during a ceremony

    April 15 at Spates Community

    Club on the FortMyer portion

    of the joint base in conjunction

    with National VolunteerWeek

    and Army Volunteer Week.

    Headquarters and Service

    Battalion, Headquarters

    Marine Corps Henderson

    Hall recognized its volunteers

    during a ceremony April 16

    in Bldg. 21 on the Henderson

    Hall portion of the joint base.

    Fort Myer recognizes


    JBM-HH Commander

    Col. Mike Henderson said

    this years recognition theme,

    Army Volunteers: Hands

    that Serve, Hearts that Care,

    captures what it means to be

    an Army volunteer.

    I realize that many of our

    joint base organizations could

    not function without all the

    hours of volunteer work from

    our dedicatedmilitary spouses,

    service members, civilians,

    retirees and military kids, he

    said. You all do so much.

    Henderson said the recog-

    nition ceremony provided the

    joint base with an opportu-

    nity to pay tribute to a special

    group of individuals who over

    the past year donated more

    than 93,000 hours of service

    to the community.

    I challenge those of you

    who are volunteers to continue

    your service, and I call on all

    of you who are considering vol-

    unteering in your community

    to take action, he said.

    Henderson was presented a

    check for $2,990,44.20, which

    represented the amount of

    money the volunteers saved

    the joint base.

    James Goodwin, the events

    master of ceremonies, said that

    volunteers accomplish work

    which would have not been

    done otherwise due to time

    and financial constraints.

    Without their work, our

    mission would not be ful-

    filled, he said.

    Among the organizations

    recognized at the ceremony

    were: TheAmericanRedCross,

    Arlington County Chapter at

    the Andrew Rader U.S. Army

    Volunteers are the heart of the joint base

    see VOLUNTEER, page 4

    see SALUTE, page 4

    Caisson Platoon farriers

    provide unique service to TOG

    LEFT - Spc. Todd D. Kline of the

    Caisson Platoon, 1st Battalion,

    3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The

    Old Guard), forges a horseshoe

    at the Caisson Stables on the

    Fort Myer portion of Joint Base

    Myer-Henderson Hall April 9.


    Spc. Todd D. Kline of the Caisson Platoon, 1st Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard),

    displays a horseshoe he forged at the Caisson Stables on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-

    Henderson Hall April 9. Part of the care of the Caisson Platoons steeds is the repairing and forging of

    new shoes. The horses require routine care, including new