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March 17, 2016

Battle Creek focus on DLA community engagement
By Ken MacNevin

On a day some people reserve for partying while wearing green, scores of DLA employees in Battle Creek Michigan instead used their lunch break to learn about community service opportunities.

They learned what 20 different community groups do and ways they could participate.

The program was put together by Robin Rogers, the Family Support Services Manager for DLA Installation Support Battle Creek.

Working as part of the Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, Rogers brought in people from national community service organizations like the American Red Cross and newer programs like Sprout Urban Farms tha is a not for profit group that states its mission is “help the community prosper through food, education and enterprise.”

Called a “Civic Engagement Fair,” the four hour activity brought all the groups into the large Palm Garden Room at the center where they could set up displays and information booths.

“It is our intent to provide an opportunity for our employees to engage in civic responsibility, learn about local agencies and programs that help support wellness and build resiliency, and to encourage active participation in the public life of our community,” Rogers wrote in her invitation to community groups across the area.

After the last group had headed home, Rogers said there had been positive feedback from the groups and employees. She said that people from groups told her that employees had discussed possible service activities after their retirement. She said she is now considering if community service opportunities should become a topic area for pre-retirement seminars.

The fair was a new chapter in a long story of community involvement.

Involvement with the community by DOD military and civilian personnel really predates DOD and DLA, when WWII saw the Army’s largest hospital set up in the buildings DLA now uses.

During the Korean War, Percy Jones Army Hospital was still running when medical staff and wounded Soldiers teamed up with the Salvation Army to collect Christmas gifts for the needy in the community.

Since then, DLA employees in Battle Creek have a track record of giving blood, money to the Combined Federal Campaign, and their time to scores of activities.


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October 8, 2015

Fitness event honors former employee -
By Tim Hoyle

Members of the Defense Logistics Agency community in Battle Creek, Michigan, laced up their running and walking shoes Oct. 8 for the Jeff Gailhouse Memorial Run and Walk.

Tiffany Schmidt, marketing specialist for the Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation program said 26 people participated in the to help celebrate Gailhouse’s legacy and commitment to the health of the employees at the center. Schmidt said most of the people who participated in the 5K were runners with a handful of people who chose to do a one mile walk around the building. The first male to finish the run was Tim Cronk with a time of 23 minutes and 30 seconds, and the first female finisher was Leann Gaviglio with a time of 26 minutes 30 seconds.

This is the 2nd time the Gailhouse Memorial 5k has taken place, Schmidt said. “Jeff had a strong commitment to the health and wellbeing of the workforce, and FMWR feels there is no better way to honor him than by getting employees out and active. He would be proud of the continued success of Martha and the rest of the fitness center employees as well as their desire to carry on his dedication.

Once the Fitness Center manager, Gailhouse became FMWR program director in Battle Creek before he died suddenly Oct. 11, 2013, after being taken ill in the fitness center that now carries his name. Gailhouse had created, opened and operated the fitness center, taking it from a much smaller and less equipped operation to a much larger and well equipment center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

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September 30, 2015

Event pumps us benefits of circuit training for good health - By Tim Hoyle

The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center workforce had the chance to try out the equipment and learn about the benefits of “functional” training at a Sept. 30 open house for the Fitness Center Circuit Room.

Recreation Specialist Sam Lunt explained that exercises done in circuit training offer a more functional workout because “they are more like the movements people do in real life instead of more isolated, body building kind of exercises. He added that the circuit training can be more effective because it can offer the same benefits in 30 minutes that much longer workout would take doing the isolated exercise.

“Rope training is great cardio work for the upper body,” said Recreation Specialist Alison Hedgcock. “It is really good for the shoulders and the back.”

Lunt said the ropes can also work the lower body by mixing in lunges and other lower body movements with the “Russian twists,” waves and “snake” movements.

The workouts can vary and take people through a number of stations featuring high steps, pushup steps, deadlifts, inverted rowing and “slam balls.” As its name implies, the slam ball allows the user to choose a ball from 15 to 40 pounds, raise it overhead and slam it to the floor.

Specialists are available to walk people through workouts. Hedgcock said there are also plans to post workouts to offer a “workout of the day” to encourage people to try different combinations.

“You can come here, change your routine and see what you can do,” Hedgcock said.

The room is located in Room 2A-B-1, and people can email the Fitness Center staff at or call them at ext. 5350 to request more information on circuit training.

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September 16, 2015

Expo lets patrons “check out” items program has for check out - By Tim Hoyle


Patrons of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center had the chance to enjoy a hot dog and some popcorn while they learned about the kinds of rental equipment MWR has to offer.


“We had quite a few people coming out,” said Equipment Checkout Manager Leann Gaviglio as she discussed the Sept. 16 Equipment Checkout Expo. “Overall, it was a successful day.”


Expo visitor had the chance to stroll around the HDIFC Courtyard Area to view many of the rental items. Gaviglio said it was a good chance for people who did not know what was available to learn more.


“We had a lot of questions like how many table and chairs can fit under a tent, what is the availability and cost for renting an inflatable “Bounce House?” Gaviglio said.


She said many were surprised at some of the items MWR has to offer. She added that tents are very popular and they hope to acquire more next year. She hopes one lesson people leaned from the expo is to plan in advance to ensure the item is available.


“Once you know when you may need something you should make your reservation,” Gaviglio said.


The Rental Price List on the MWR website offers a complete list of the equipment available and what each item costs to rent. To submit a request for equipment checkout, please contact Program Manager Leann Gaviglio at 269-961-4544 or


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September 11, 2015

9/11 Remembered - By Jeff Landenberger

Employees of the Hart Dole Inouye Federal Center came together Friday, September 11 at a remembrance ceremony for the nearly 3000 people killed during the attacks of 9/11 fourteen years ago.

Gathering under the portico at the main entrance, the crowd was welcomed by Don Phillips of DLA Installation Support who urged the crowd to remember where they were on 9/11 and reflect on how the attacks have changed them as individuals and changed the nation.

Phillips then asked the audience to turn their attention to the 110th Attack Wing’s Honor Guard, from the Michigan Air National Guard. They presented the United States flag for the playing of the national anthem.

Phillips asked the people in attendance to observe a moment of silence at the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center on 9/11.

DLA Logistics Information Services Director Ray Zingaretti told the audience that was at a conference in Florida and tit became clear very quickly that the conference was not going to continue . With all flights cancelled he drove back to his duty station the next day.

“What I remember most about that day though, beyond the inescapable images of destruction,” Zingaretti said. “Was the sense of unity across the country that happened almost immediately.”

“I would hope that terrorist or anyone who wishes to do use harm learn that these types of acts don’t terrorize us, doesn’t weaken our country, it strengthens our country that we are patient steadfast in our resolve and no matter how long it takes we will hunt you down and serve justice,” Zingaretti said.

He then added. “We take this time this morning to remember the thousands of innocent victims and the heroes who ran into burning buildings, the heroes who overpowered hijackers before they could reach their target saving countless lives.”

“It’s a good day to renew our efforts to do top quality work and support the warfighters who sacrifice so much to ensure our safety, security and freedom,” Zingaretti said.

Phillips then welcomed DLA Disposition Services Director Michael Cannon to the podium.

“This is an important event,” Cannon said. He said there have been four events in the past 100 years that people who lived through them can tell you exactly where they were when they heard the news. He said those were the crash of the stock market, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy and now the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Cannon said 9/11 “changed our lives, it changed our nation, it changed the world.”

After the ceremony the honor guard led the program attendees on a mile long walk around the perimeter of the federal building campus. 



February 25, 2015

Super Bowl Helps Employees Enhance their Fitness and Have Fun - By Tim Hoyle

Almost 100 employees were recognized at the Super Bowl of Fitness awards ceremony Feb 25 for their efforts to start 2015 in a healthful way.

Fitness Center Manager Martha Kerns said the Defense Logistics Agency activities in the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center fielded 24 teams that included 96 members. Each team adopted the name of a National Football League franchise as their mascot. Together, Kerns said the teams generated 2,700 of cardiovascular activity and 2,100 sets of resistance training during the four weeks of competition.

“You probably feel the difference already,” Kerns told participants.

Teams earned points based on the amount of cardiovascular activity resistance training their members performed. A combination of two aerobic workouts and two resistance workouts in a contest week was called a safety and contributed two points. A field goal was a combination of three aerobic and three resistance workouts and was worth three points. For a touchdown, a member performed a combination of five aerobic and four resistance workouts for six points. Once a touchdown was earned, a member could also earn a point after touchdown, or “PAT,” for an additional aerobic or resistance workout.

The top three teams recognized were:

First Place:
New Orleans Saints 366 points

Sarah Augustine
Marcus Evans
Jenny Balabuch
Michael Novick

Second Place:
Baltimore Ravens 305 points

Andrea Boughton
Zoe Orchel
Amy Tatham
Renelle Hansen

Third Place:
Philadelphia Eagles 196 points

Ron Fleck
Karen Blanck
Carol Madry
Ted Pixley

Battle Creek area employees will have more chances to compete during the March Madness. Teams of five are forming to earn free throws, field goals, and three pointers for their workouts during the four- week competition. Teams must sign up by March 6. For more information contact, or call (269) 961-5350.



September 11, 2014

Agency Employees Remember 9-11 - By Ken MacNevin

WalkScore of DLA employees in Battle Creek were reminded of the very personal cost of the events of September 11, 2001m during a commemoration at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center today.

Leonard McCabe, an Information Operations employee at the center, spoke quietly to scored of people gathered in the front colonnade of the main building, telling them of three of his family members who died that day.

Two were in New York City's World Trade Center. Cousin Michael Justin McCabe was in World Trade Center One, the north tower. Second cousin Brendan Francis McCabe was in the south tower, World Trade Center Two. He said a cousin on his Mother's side of the family was Petty Office 1st class Edward Thomas Earhart, a Navy meteorologist who died at the Pentagon when it was struck by another of the hijacked planes.

Ray Zingaretti, DLA Information Services Director, also spoke to the group. He said that while the day was time to remember the events of 13 years ago, it was a time to think about the future and what they could do to continue the spirit of national unity.

The ceremony ended with a release of red, white and blue balloons and a remembrance walk around the perimeter of the 24 acre facility.


May 22, 2014

Employees "take steps" toward healthy living during fitness event - By Tim Hoyle

Dozens of Defense Logistics Agency employees and others who work at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center walked, jogged or ran as they participated in Federal Employee Fitness Day.

Participants in the fitness event had their choice between one mile and five kilometer courses. Fitness Center Manager Ryan Woods hoped the event would remind people they have "ample opportunities to work out and be healthy." He also hopes it will increase awareness of DLA's fitness programs and local facilities like the Fitness Center.

Those who completed their chosen course were rewarded with a digital jump rope as a reminder to keep exercising and "stay on track", Woods said.

Besides those participating in the fitness event, other employees enjoyed an MWR-sponosred stroll to the local Farmer's Market. The fresh air and exercise were just additional ways to observe May as National Physical Fitness and Sports month, with President Barack Obama has previously used to encourage Americans to make healthy lifestyle choices. In a 2012 proclamation, Obama encouraged Americans to take simple steps to make physical activity a way of life.

Defense Logistics Agency civilian employees have help in making healthy choices by being able to use on hour of administrative leave three times a week to participate in physical fitness or wellness activities. Employees who do so need to remember to choose the right reason code to properly apply the administrative leave. Those using the time to participate in a local fitness program would choose "11" while those using the time for a wellness program would choose "12" instead.

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January 17, 2014

Fitness Center Dedication - By Jeff Landenberger

The man who was spearheading the development of a wellness plan for all of DLA Disposition Services' field sites was remembered by employees of the Defense Logistics Agency at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center January 15.

Friends and family members of the late Jeff Gailhouse had come together to name the Battle Creek facility's fitness center after him. Gailhouse died suddenly on October 11 of last year after being taken ill at the facility that now carries his name.

At the time of his passing, Gailhouse was the Chief of the DLA Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation program in Battle Creek. But before that he had created, opened and operated the fitness center. The DLA Installation Support Site Director in Battle Creek, Dean Newsome, called Gailhouse mentor to everyone and one of the few human beings who leave a true legacy.

"I have never worked with a more impressive supervisor in my 30 plus years of federal service, ever." Newsome said. He said Gailhouse was an example of a true public servant, leader, supervisor and that he was an absolute family man.

"Jeff's legacy lives on; it was a no brainer to name the fitness center in his honor. I feel it a true honor and privilege to have known Jeff," Newsome said.

Allison Gailhouse told people at the ceremony how important the fitness center had been to her husband.

"Thank you for making this dedication renaming happen, for organizing this ceremony, and for everyone attending today in Jeff's honor," she said. "What a tribute and true honor to his life here at the Federal Center. The fitness center was undoubtedly his baby - his pride and joy - his vision…it was his home."

She said she had supported his decision to accept the position as acting supervisor of the full morale, welfare and recreation program after 20 years in the fitness center but knew he would never fully cut his ties to "his" fitness center. She even told the audience that she had been more worried for the person taking it over than for her husband in his new leadership role.

She then looked at the staff that now run the fitness center and said "You ladies have done a phenomenal job and may you continue to do so in his honor. Do him proud!"

"Life is short - live it. You only get one chance - do so without regret," she said. "In one moment you can be replaced at your job and life continues to go on. Don't get me wrong. Do your job and do it well, but more importantly love your spouse, love your children, love your family, love your friends - love them well."

"May that piece of Jeff's legacy live on thru all of you just as his legacy will live on through his fitness center. I couldn't think of a more appropriate way in which to keep his memory alive," she said, and "from my children, Taylor and Thomas, and from Jeff's family and my own - we thank you."

Dedication ceremony


July 12, 2013

Health Initiative comes to Federal Center - By Jeff Landenberger

Employees enjoy their time during the recent outing to the Farmer's Market.The first Healthy Base Initiative event conducted at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center took place this week with a lunchtime walk to the local farmers' market.

The two-mile round trip walk to the farmers market was a simple way to encourage healthy living and support the HBI effort to offer good nutrition, active and tobacco-free lifestyles for Defense Department employees.

"Getting active is easy," said Jeff Gailhouse, team lead for the HDI Employee Wellness Program and one of the organizers of the walk to the farmers' market. "All you need to do to start is get up from your desk and go for a walk, maybe take the stairs instead of an elevator. these small steps are the first steps to better health."

Gailhouse said the team picked the market for a destination "so people could shop for fresh local food." For those who missed the first one, Gailhouse said that other walks are being planned. Assisting Gailhouse on the team are members of Safety and Occupational Health, Family Readiness, and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Offices.


May 15, 2013

Employees take to streets to celebrate healthy lifestyles - By Tim Hoyle

Employee Fitness Day 2013

Defense Logistics Agency employees and others who work at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center walked, jogged or ran as they participated in Federal Employee Fitness Day.

Fitness Center Manager Nicole Reames thanked everyone for helping to celebrate fitness and healthy lifestyle choices. Participants in the fitness event could choose between one mile and five-kilometer courses.

"You can walk, run , or even skip if you like," Reames said. "Just get out and enjoy it."

President Barack Obama added his encouragement for Americans to make healthy lifestyle choices as he proclaimed May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

"With simple steps, all of us can make physical activity a way of life," Obama said. "This month, we recognize Americans who are choosing that future for themselves and inspiring others to do the same."

Defense Logistics Agency civilian employees have some help in making healthy choices thanks to the one hour of administrative leave they can use three times a week to participate in physical fitness activities. The January issue of "HR News You Can Use" newsletter described the policy as "part of a new agency wide Wellness and Fitness Program that was created to improve employees' work lives and encourage healthy lifestyles." Employees do need to remember to choose the right reason code to properly apply the administrative leave. Those using the time to participate in a local fitness program would choose "11" while those using the time for a wellness program would choose "12" instead.


April 24, 2013

March Madness participants recognized - By Tim Hoyle

March Madness Participants 2013

Members of the 31 teams who participated in this year's March Madness fitness competition were recognized during an April 24 ceremony in the French Room.

Fitness Center Manager Nicole Reames thanked everyone for their support of the contest, now in its third year. She also thanked the team captains for thier "extra efforts", as well as those of her colleague, Martha Kerns, who helped run the competition. Reames noted that this year's participants logged 5,800 hours of cardiovascular exercise and 49,000 sets of resistance training from March 3 through 30.

Jeff Gailhouse, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program Manager, added his thanks for the workforce's support of the wellness program. He also shared figures from the Defense Logistics Agency headquarters that showed the fitness program participation here is part of the 8,723 people who have exercised more than 104,851 hours from across DLA from Dec. 13 through April 6.

"My challenge to each of you is to convince one more employee to begin participating in the three hours of exercise allowed each week," Gailhouse said.

Reames said the teams were very competitive and that there were often only a few points separating those in one place from another. Reclaiming the first place honors this year were the Devils who were led by Al Meyer and included team members James Wilson, Michelle Moore, Linda McMurray and Justin Beck.

For more information on fitness programs, contact the Fitness Center staff at ext. 7105.

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