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Air station to participate in annual Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield training

NAS Patuxent River is participating in the annual Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield force protection training Feb. 1-12, 2016.

Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield is an annual Navy-wide exercise designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy Security Forces. Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield is not in response to any specific threat, but is a regularly scheduled exercise.

Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base operations at NAS Pax River, but there may be times when the exercise will cause increased traffic around the installation or delays in base access. Area residents may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise.

Commission on Aging Meeting Rescheduled

Due to weather closures, the Commission on Aging meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, January 25, has been rescheduled to Monday, February 1, at 1 p.m. at the Garvey Senior Activity Center. The address is 41780 Baldridge Street, Leonardtown, MD.

For additional information, please call the Department of Aging & Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. *1051.

Commission for Women Meeting Rescheduled

Due to weather closures, the Commission for Women meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, January 25, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building. The address is 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.

Topics will include banquet planning. For additional information, please call the Department of Aging and Human Services at 301-475-4200, extension *1680.

Community Presentation on Suicide Prevention Announced

The Healthy St. Mary's Partnership (HSMP) will host a community presentation provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The HSMP is a community-driven coalition of partners working together to improve health in St. Mary's County. The coalition mobilizes members through four action teams to address the priority health issues in St. Mary's County including Behavioral Health, Access to Care, Healthy Eating & Active Living and Tobacco Free Living.

The upcoming presentation will be held at the next meeting of the Behavioral Health Action Team (BHAT) on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the St. Mary's County Health Department located at 21580 Peabody Street in Leonardtown. Reducing the rates of suicide in our community has been identified as a priority by the Behavioral Health Action Team.

"The loss of life from suicide and the devastating and lasting effects of that loss on loved ones and friends is a tragedy that our community can and should work to prevent," said Gerry McGloin, BHAT Co-Chair and Executive Director of Pathways, Inc. "In some segments of the population, especially, the rates are high and increasing. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, one of the featured presenters at the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration's recent Suicide Conference, is a resource that may help us form a better response."

This presentation is open to any community members who are interested in learning more about how to prevent suicide in St. Mary's County. Visit for local statistics, resources and information. Healthy St. Mary's Partnership membership is free, and all interested organizations and community members are invited to join. Visit or call (301) 475-4323 for more information or to sign up for the free HSMP e-newsletter.

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