Volume 2, Issue 8 August 2011 ATSCOM/164TH TAOG FREEDOM/GUARDIAN COL James Macklin, Brigade Commander Teacher’s Tips For The Best School Year Summer break has come to an end and the beginning of a new school year signifies a time of transition. To help you prepare, here are some tips to help ensure your child has a August 15-16 successful school year. AFTB Level 1, Bldg 5700, RM 371F, 0830-1430 Don’t be a stranger at school. It’s very important for parents and August 17 guardians to show an interest in their child’s schooling by attending events such as Fort Rucker ACS Job back-to-school night, open house, and other events which will allow parents to Fair, Enterprise Civic come into contact with teachers. This is a great way to find out what your child is Center, 1000-1400 studying in class and hold them accountable for their homework or assignments. August 18 Get R.E.A.L. (Rucker Keep the lines of communication open. Parent should ask their children Experience, Army specific questions about their school day (i.e. What did you learn in math today? Or Learning, The Commons, what did you play at recess today?) The objective is to find out what projects they 0830-1430 are working on so you can assist. Keeping the lines of communication open with August 19 teachers and to look for updates and notes sent home from school is highly Newcomers Welcome encouraged. This will help you identify problems that your child my be having and Briefing, The Landing, give you an avenue to seek resources, tutors, or other assistance. 0830-1030 August 19 End homework struggles. Having a routine works best when it comes to Music Under the children completing homework. Try ensuring that your child complete their Alabama Stars Concert, homework immediately after school. Supervise your child’s homework without Howze Field, 1830-2000 doing it for them will also ensure that your child completes his homework and will also identify problem areas. When parents sit down with children and complete August 23 & 30 Anger Management homework together, it teaches children good study habits. Some parents like using Workshop, ECAC, reward charts and offering prizes for completing and turning in all of the 0900-1130 assignments in a given week or month. August 26 Become involved. Consider giving your child’s classroom the gift of time, Women’s Equality Day, Bldg 5700, Atrium, those much needed school supplies, or join the school’s Parent Teacher 1000-1400 Association. Ask your child’s teacher if they need help with any project or field trip. If you have a demanding work schedule, ask if there are any items that you School in Session! can donate to the classroom or if there are volunteer projects that you can do at home that could help your child’s class. If you have questions or suggestions concerning this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to contact Marie Stallworth, FRSA for 164th TAOG, Bldg. 30501, Cairns Army Airfield, Fort Rucker, AL 36362. Telephone: 334-255-8919 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HHC 164TH TAOG Hello Warhawk Families, In case you missed out on the HHC FRG meeting/social, the following is a brief overview of what took place: The event began with an informative discussion lead by myself on the preparations that are underway regarding integration of the 597th and HHC FRGs. The command is working hard to ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible. It is our hopes that the Soldiers andFamilies of 597th will feel well received and are willing and ready to work together asone united group.Also, ideas concerning fundraisers and upcoming social activities were discussed. Thefloor was open to any ideas, and we are will be more than happy to hear from any ofyou concerning how we can raise money to support our Soldiers and Families as wellas how we can socialize together in a fun activity or social event. For example, thetheme of the August FRG meeting was a cookie swap. We had a few to participate inthis event and it consisted of baking your favorite recipe and sharing the deliciousgoods and recipe with the rest of the group. Special thanks to Mrs. Blevins and Mrs.Dickerson for their magnificent cookies.Finally, I would like to just take a moment to thank all those who came out for thevery first time. It meant a great deal to me and the rest of the FRG, and I highlyencourage your continued participation. You are what make FRGs meaningful andyour thoughts, time, and ideas are greatly appreciated. To my Soldiers and familieswho aren’t active participates, please support your FRG in anyway you can. It is agreat source of accurate information and resources, full of fun and interesting activities,and a great way to build friendships and camaraderie with your Soldier’s organization.If I can be of assistance to you or your family, please let me know.~War Hawks! Page 2
597TH ORDNANCE COMPANY Families of the 597th, I hope that this finds you all doing well and not melting from the heat. Rebecca and I look forward to seeing you all in August for our FRG meeting. This month we will be having a back to school cook out. We are looking at several different locations. I will be sending out more information as the date gets closer. This month has been a busy one for the “Fast and Furious” Company. I wantyou all to be aware of what will be taking place in the next 90 days. 597th OrdnanceCompany will re-flag as the 597th Ordnance Detachment. We are beginning to discusswith our leadership about how we work our FRG. My promise to you as that nomatter how the 597th’s FRG is managed you will not be left behind. The incomingdetachment Commander, CW3 Steve Hess knows the importance of the FRG and Ifully expect him to take care of the Soldiers of Families of this great organization.I invite you all to take a look at the Fort Rucker MWR website to see what is availableto Soldiers and their Families. With school quickly approaching, I know that many ofyou will be taking end of summer vacations. Please take the time to take a good lookat your vehicles. We do our best to ensure that your Soldier’s vehicle is well kept, butI encourage you to ensure that your vehicles are in good working order prior todeparting on your vacation.As the unit makes its transition to a detachment, my goal is to make it transparent toyou. If there is anything that Rebecca or I can do for you, please do not hesitate to callor e-mail us. We are here for you.“Fast and Furious”~Maintainer 6 Page 3
CHAPLAIN Hello 164th TAOG Family! “The Benefits of Faith and Faithfulness” Several years ago while on an unaccompanied assignment in the Republic of Korea, I had just returned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma on leave, and two days later I received a call from my brother. He informed me that our mother was critically ill and that I needed to hurry home. The entire Family loaded up in the car and started our travel back south. Upon our arrival at the hospital, a nurse met us in the hallway, and shared the news that my mother passed away a few hours ago. After the funeral, I had toprepare myself for a long 14 hour flight back to Korea. The only thing that kept me whileseparated from my Family was my faith in God and remaining faithful to Him. Adversity can knock at our door anytime, and most of the time it comes when weleast expect it to happen. In Psalm 125:1, 5 the Psalmist captures what is believed to haveoccurred to Nehemiah after captivity. He encountered all sorts of difficulty in his attemptto rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. In spite of all the challenges, he held on to his trust inGod and continued to be faithful in building the wall. Furthermore, to keep moving under adversity requires faith in God. In verse 1, thePsalmist declares, “Those who trust in the Lord is like Mount Zion which cannot beshaken but endures forever.” Basically, when we place our faith in God we are likeMount Zion, built on a rock. When the wind of hardship blows your way, you will beable to stand by faith. Finally, verse 5 reveals that faith will keep you hoping. In essence, when you feeland see no relief insight, faith in God will allow you to wait and hold on until victorycomes. Regardless, of the attacks launched at you by others, the Creator is faithful in thepresent and in the future. Therefore, keep your faith in God and remain faithful to Himeven in adverse situations. Then you will witness the benefits that God will bring to you. Be Encouraged! 164th TAOG UMT CH (MAJ) A. Gerald DuBose SSG Daniel Farrington Office: 255-8968 255-8692 Cell: (334) 470-6436 (334) 379-3160 Page 4
FAMILY READINESS SUPPORT ASSISTANT, FRSAGreetings Families of Deployed Soldiers, HEARTS APART BRIEFINGFor those of you who are separated from your loved ones due to deployment, unaccompaniedtours, or extended TDY, the Hearts Apart Program is available to you. Briefings about theprogram are every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. by appointment only.For more information about the program or to schedule an appointment, please contact RuthGonzalez, Relocation Readiness Program Manager, at 255-3735. - Marie Stallworth, Family Readiness Support Assistant (FRSA), (334) 255-8919- Page 5
164TH TAOG FAMILY READINESS GROUPS (FRG) 597TH ORDNANCE COMPANY FRGFriends and Families of the 597th,Wow! August is here and things are really heating up! The Back-to-School weeks are upon usand we are wishing all of our wonderful children a wonderful start to the 2011/2012 school year.Our next meeting will be a Back-to-School BBQ on August 16, 2011….Location TBD. Look formore information in the coming weeks! I hope to see each and every one of you there!A big CONGRATULATIONS to Julia and Chris Lunsford on their marriage this past month!Please join me in giving Julia a warm welcome into the 597th family.As always, feel free to contact me if we can help in any way! See you all very soon!Respectfully,Rebecca DeLoach HHC 164TH TAOG FRGHello War Hawk Families! Just wanted to share these upcoming events! Page 6
13 September—6 December 2011Every Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the New WingsChapel. To register call Beth Gunter, 334-255-9639. NEED HELP WITH SCHOOL! Page 7
Congratulations SPC & Mrs. Hubbard!!!! The Hubbard’s have a new addition to the family. Joshua was born on 10 August 2011. He is 6 lbs and 18 in. and the family is doing well. “A child is the greatest joy, the ultimate blessing.” ~ Emily LaughtonAugust 13Boss Presents Committed, 6-8 p.m.,Post Theater, call 255-9810August 15-16AFTB Level I, 8:30-2:30, Bldg 5700,Rm 371F, call 255-2382August 16, 18, 23, 25Resilience Training, 5-8 p.m., Bldg8950, call 255-3643.August 17Job Fair, 10-2 p.m., Enterprise CivicCenter, call 255-3949August 18Get R.E.A.L. (Rucker Experience,Army Learning) AFTB ConceptBlock, 8:30-2:30, Bldg 8950, call 255-2382August 19Newcomers’ Welcome, 8:30-10:30,The Landing, call 255-3735August 20Baby Sitting Course, 8-4, BowdenTerrace, call 255-2958.August 23, 30Anger Management Workshop, 9-11:30, Early Childhood ActivityCenter, call 255-3839August 30TSP Workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m., FortRucker Bowden Community Center,call 255-2594 New Guide to Fort Rucker Entertainment and Events. Located at www.ftruckermwr.com. CHECK IT OUT!