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County students to attend STEM Expo in April

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, with support from the NSWC Federal Credit Union, is planning to send two busloads of King George County students to the biggest science festival in the country for high school and middle school students.

The Foundation, which is collaborating with the U.S. Navy to establish the Dahlgren Heritage Museum in the former Gateway Welcome Center on U.S. 301, is sponsoring the trip to the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington on April 28 and 29.  The Festival is sponsored by companies and government agencies that recruit science and technology professionals. Students will have opportunities to learn about careers in science, math and technology, talk with representatives from colleges that focus

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Year and Half sentence dealt for theft of church items

Daequan Donte Waddy’s 20th birthday was held in King George Circuit Court last Thursday before Judge J. Martin Bass.  
Unfortunately, there was no cake or presents; the only thing dealt out to Waddy was a prison sentence for the November theft of items taken from Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 13114 Kildee Farm Road.

The stolen items included mostly audio, video and computer equipment totaling $2,200, according to King George court records. Waddy, who had previously pled guilty to the crime, drew a 10-year term for the theft with all but a year and a half suspended.

His lawyer, Fredericksburg attorney Vernon Keeve, Jr., advocated on behalf of his young client to the fact that Waddy struggled through life because he’d been adopted and desperately needed “a structured environment” to function successfully as he had

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Auction set for Mid-Atlantic Precast

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Mid-Atlantic Precast, a business in the King George Industrial Park, is going on the auction block next month on April 24.
The King George Economic Development Authority (EDA) was informed of that last week by Economic Development Director Nicole Thompson. The news that the company went out of business last month was provided at the meeting on Mar. 8.

The business had opened in February 2009 in the midst of the economic slowdown and recently lost its final struggle to stay in business.
Pete Hastings from Motley’s Auction & Realty Group was at the meeting to explain about the foreclosure auction process.

Hastings said the auction is set for April 24 at 2 p.m. for a foreclosure sale on site in the industrial park and with internet bidding also available.

In addition to the building and property, which comprises lots 12, 13 & 14, and totals a little more than 18 acres, equipment is also being sold which includes Spankrete machines, concrete maker and mixer and a 25-ton crane.
A property tour is scheduled for April 17 for prospective bidders. Those interested can obtain additional information and learn about registration requirements by calling Hastings, 804-334-2628.

BUSINESS APPRECIATION EVENT ON MAY 16
The EDA confirmed its wishes to hold this year’s business appreciation event at the new building in Dahlgren that houses the University of Mary Washington – Dahlgren site.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 16. The evening will again be sponsored by the EDA and the Board of Supervisors.
The location is a change from previous years when it was held at the King George Citizens Center. EDA members and Supervisors both had concurred that it would provide a chance for people to see and tour the new building in Dahlgren, next to the new Walmart.

King George officials have been saying ‘Thank you’ to county businesses with an annual appreciation event since 2004.

This one will also differ somewhat in format from the past, as it is not expected that tables will be set out, since there will be no keynote speaker.

Attendees can expect to hear welcome remarks from Board of Supervisors Chairman Cedell Brooks and EDA Chairman Glen Moore, along with a brief overview about the building from Mark Safferstone, executive director of the Dahlgren site.

Attendees will be able to mingle during an informal meet-and-greet time with ‘heavy’ hors d’oeuvres, beverages, coffee and desserts available at various stations.

Dahlgren Museum requests $90,000

King George received an 11th hour budget request this week for $90,000 wanted in the upcoming fiscal year by the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, which is expecting to open a Dahlgren Museum in the coming year.   

But that’s not all. The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation’s goal is to do much more than merely create a museum. The group, which incorporated as a 501(c)(3) foundation 18 months ago, plans to offer visitors and county residents opportunities for education, recreation, and community forums, in addition to providing the county with its first big leap into attracting some

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Defense Health Board Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review subcommittee releases report


Recommends organizational and operational changes

28 Feb 2012
WASHINGTON --  The subcommittee tasked to review operations at the Dover Port Mortuary completed their review and published an 86 page report.

The report was released by the Department of Defense today.

Retired Gen. John P. Abizad chaired the Dover Port Mortuary Independent Review Subcommittee that addressed and made recommendations concerning policies, procedures, and oversight.

The executive summary of the report states, “The subcommittee did not focus its review on disciplinary or retaliatory personnel actions that followed these investigations, which were the subject of another review.”

Instead the report indicates that the subcommittee conducted its work based on several procedural and substantive principles and adopted a comprehensive and long-term approach to addressing the systemic issues underlying the findings cited by previous investigations rather than focusing only on the most recent events.

Among the recommendations are giving the Commander of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations (AFMAO) Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) authority, placing the AFMAO on the list of centrally selected Air Force Commands, and providing the commander with special training to deal with the unique nature of the mission.

 Other recommendations are that the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the Secretary of the Army, should create a command position in the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

The report also recommends that the Secretary of the Army, as Executive Agent, should establish minimum standards of manning, training, and tour length of Service liaison teams at the AFMAO.

The report includes six recommendations regarding Command, Oversight, and Policy; four addressing Operations and Workflow for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES); and ten addressing Operations and Workflow at the AFMAO.

New Jersey Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) who brought many of the allegations of wrong doing to light based on a complaint received from a constituent released a statement about the latest report.

“When I learned last summer that the unclaimed remains of American soldiers had been incinerated, mixed with

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