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  • 1. Volume 2, Issue 11 November 2011 ATSCOM/164TH TAOG FREEDOM/GUARDIAN COL James Macklin, Brigade Commander Visit us at www.facebook.com/ATSCOMTAOG Month of the Military Family National American Indian Heritage Month November 3 Garrison Workforce Briefing, Theater, 0930-1330 November 6 End Daylight Savings Time November 7 WIND Meeting, Regimental Conference Room, 1000-1100 November 10 Veterans Day Ceremony, Veterans Park November 11 Veterans Day November 14 DONSA November 18 Newcomers Welcome Briefing, The Landing, 0830-1030 November 24 Thanksgiving Day 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: marie.a.stallworth@us.army.mil
  • 2. HHC 164TH TAOG HHC and 597th Soldier and Spouse, I would like to officially welcome the Sol- diers and Spouses of the 597th Maintenance Detachment to our family readiness group. Our first combined meeting I think was a success and I hope that each of you continue to partici- pate in this thriving organization. Be aware that this month has two holidays with double the opportunity to spend ample time with the family. Just be safe over the holidays and take care of yourself and your family. UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS Our monthly Hail and Farewell will be on 4 November at theFt. Rucker Bowling Alley at 1130. We will be welcoming 1 Soldier into the unit that will beworking in the personnel management office. The following week is the FRG Social with acooking class given by Eduardo Renta. The social will be back at the usual time and place,The Commons at 1800. We need to have an RSVP by 4 November who plans on attending.This way we can purchase the supplies before the class the following week. This will be theonly social event for the month but there are also fundraising opportunities. Check out thefundraising page for more information.UPCOMING TRAINING EVENTSFor the month of November, the Soldiers will be preparing equipment for upcoming field ex-ercises as well as conducting a 6 mile road march in full uniform with a ruck sack. They haveall done well on the past two 4 mile marches and they are looking forward to this next chal-lenge. Every few weeks we had a couple more miles as we work towards our goal of 12 mileshappening at the beginning of the New Year.GERMAN ARMED FORCES PROFICIENCY BADGE COMPETITIONThe Warhawks have 5 Soldiers that have been training diligently to compete for the GermanArmed Forced Proficiency Badge; SPC Young, SGT Jarrell, SGT McManus, SGT Baldwin,and myself. For the past 4 weeks, the 5 of us have been working every morning on running,sprinting, shot put throwing, long jumping, swimming, as well as a 7.5 mile ruck march to topit off. It has been exciting and challenging for many but as you read, this will be in the com-petition phase with a completion date of 4 November. Wish us luck.FACEBOOKI would like to clarify a recent email that went out about our Facebook site. The site that ourFRG will be using to receive information is the ATSCOM/TAOG FRG site. Please referencethat for all questions. http://www.facebook.com/#!/ATSCOMTAOG~Warhawk 6 Page 2
  • 3. 597TH MAINTENANCE DETACHMENTFamilies of the 597th,The change in weather means a change in season. Winter will soon be here and with thatcomes the cold temperatures so be prepared to bundle up. I encourage each of you to getout and enjoy all that Fort Rucker has to offer. Please take a look at the Fort Rucker MWRwebsite to see what all is taking place around the local area.This past month‟s calendar was very busy. We pushed out our new SRA 18 team andwelcomed back the Soldiers of SRA 17. SFC Bernal and I are very proud of what they havedone while we stand ready to support the spouses of SRA 18.Of course, the Reorganization of the 597th to a detachment was of great significance to theunit. CPT Brad Deloach and his wife Rebecca will certainly be missed. CPT Deloach hasdedicated the last 12 months of his life to this organization in preparation of the detachment.He will definitely leave the 597th better than he found it. CPT Deloach will be moving tothe HHC 164th TAOG S-3 in preparation for the upcoming ATSSE deployment. Dejah andI wish him and Rebecca the best on their next assignment. Thank you Sir for a job welldone!The combined HHC/597th FRG meeting for this month is on the night of the 8th. I want toinvite each of you to come out enjoy in the cooking event planned. This will allow you, theFamily member, to see what you can do when it comes to creating a Thanksgiving Feast. Iknow some of you have to work, but these types of events will be on-going, so please comewhen you can.It is amazing how fast the time goes. The month of November also highlights VeteransDay. I ask that everyone takes time to think of what that means. It is a time to celebratewhat your Soldier does for this great Nation. Did you know that our Armed Forces make upless than one percent of our total population? Our all volunteer force is the best in the worldand you should be proud of your Soldier. This time also marks a chance for us to rememberthose who sacrifice everyday for our great nation.The Soldiers of 597th continue to impress the command, and I am very proud to be a part ofthis outstanding organization. If there is anything that Dejah or I can do for you, please todo not hesitate to ask.Fast and Furious! Page 3
  • 4. CHAPLAIN Hello 164th TAOG Family! “Remember to Say Thanks” During this time last year several Soldiers from the unit left their families and deployed to Kuwait. Shortly after, my assistant and I were planning to conduct a battlefield circu- lation to visit the troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving. Upon arriving at Farah, Afghanistan, our final stop, there was not a MacDonald‟s, IHOP, Starbucks Coffee Shop or even a Wal-Mart. That‟s right, no Wal-Mart! It quickly reminded me, how often we take things for granted. On Thanksgiving Day, however, my new Family and I made abee-line to the dining facility and as Apple Bee‟s would say “We ate good in theneighborhood.” Even though I was not with my immediate Family, I remembered tothank God that my Family in the USA was doing well. Often times, if we are not careful,we can become overly engulfed by what we do not have, and fail to remember to thankGod for what we do have! One such Biblical story illustrates an ungrateful act by a groupblessed by God. In Luke 17:12-17, “As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy methim … When he saw them, he said, „Go, show yourselves to the priests.‟ And as theywent, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praisingGod in a loud voice.” This story points out several reasons as to why we should be grate-ful. First, all ten men had a need to be healed of leprosy. Due to this disease, theywere not allowed to enter the city to be with their families. They could not enjoy the com-fort of their home, attend church, and could not be employed. In the midst of a vital needamong them, which they could not resolve on their own, they saw hope in God. Secondly, with His unfailing love, God had mercy upon them in their hour of needand miraculously cured them of the dreadful disease. In Luke 17, verses 17-18, Luke re-veal three questions: “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no onefound to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Basically, only one out ofthe ten healed men displayed an act of gratefulness and remembered to say thanks to Godfor the blessing he received. The purpose of this story is to challenge us to be thankful for God‟s blessings andto glorify Him with praise. Has God ever made provisions for you during your hour ofneed? During this Thanksgiving Day, do not mirror the nine men with unthankful atti-tudes, but give thanks to God, just as one of the ten men did for his healing. In the wordsof a hymnologist, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, see what God hathdone.” Surely, after counting, you too will remember to say thanks to God for meetingneeds in your life. Happy Thanksgiving!164th TAOG UMTCH (MAJ) A. Gerald DuBose SSG Farrington Office: 255-8968 BB: 470-6436 Page 4
  • 5. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Featured Soldier of the Month SSG Jacob Dockery is the featured Soldier for November. He joined the Army in 2003 out of Jacksonville, Florida, and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He completed (AIT) Advance individual training for 25Q (Multi-channel Transmissions Operator Maintainer) in 2003 but later reclassified to a 25B (Information Systems Analysis) in 2006. He currently works in the communication field with an emphasis on computers. SSG Dockery has completed a 12 month tour at Camp Red Cloud in Korea and three deployments, two to Iraq and one to Kuwait. His achievements include three Army Commendation medals and two Army Achievement medals. He is currently on track to graduate with an Associate’s Degree from Enterprise State in December and later will attend Florida Institute of Technology where he will pursue a degree in Computer Information Systems. SSG Dockery became a newlywed as of September 26, 2011 to his beautiful wife, Jessica, with the ceremony being held at the Walt Disney World resort. Hails MAJ John Fernan SPC Dafeney WilliamsThe next Hail and Farewell for HHC 164th TAOG will be 4 November2011 from 1130-1300 at the Fort Rucker BowlingAlley. Families are welcome to participate! Page 5
  • 6. FAMILY READINESS SUPPORT ASSISTANT, FRSA TRIBUTE TO THE MILITARY FAMILY Fort Rucker Festival Field: Date: 5 November 11 Time: 10:00 a.m.-2p.m. In conjunction with AAAA Chili Cookoff, activities and events will include:  Recognition of Military Families of Excellence  Recognition of Essay and Art Contest Winners  Fun Activities for the entire family  Children‟s Inflatables  EntertainmentCheck out the Fort Rucker FMWR Facebook page for details on all of the activities and discounts for Sol-dier and their Families during the month of November. You can receive discounts from the following:Center Library, Arts & Crafts Center, Automotive Skills Center, Leisure Travel, Riding Stables, OutdoorRecreation/Lake Lodging, Silver Wings Golf Course, Physical Fitness Facilities, Child Youth & SchoolServices, Rucker Lanes, The Landing, The Landing Zone, & Starbucks!ACS will also have an information table and offer cake each Tuesday in November at the PX from 11:30a.m. to 12:20 p.m. POC: Marie Stallworth, FRSA, 255-8919/ marie.a.stallworth@us.army.mil Page 6
  • 7. TAOG FRG LEADER Hello Warhawks and welcome to the new Soldiers and Spouses of 597th. I think our first meeting went very well and I am looking forward to upcoming events with each of you. I would really like to encourage those interested to come out to the cooking class and learn to make a special Thanksgiving dish. The FRG is supportingthis event so no money is required and daycare can be provided just as usual. There mighteven be some door prices.If you would like to work at the Thrift Shop, there will be a couple opportunities inNovember. The hours are from 10-2, Wednesday through Friday, but you can workwhatever length works best with your schedule. Every little things counts.We always continue to need volunteers, especially with the upcoming holidays. Check outthe fundraising flyer for more information on how you can participate. Volunteers areimportant and it is with volunteers that this unit can be successful in communications,planning, and execution. Those really put forth the effort and provide time with the unitwill be awarded accordingly. We like to recognize those that give their time as a thank youand appreciation for what you do. Please help out where you can by letting me know whatyou can offer to the company, anything can help.~Megan Page 7
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  • 10. November 4thPromotion Points Parent Support Program,9-11 am at the Early Childhood ActivityCenter, Bldg. 3705, Dean St. Please contactFAP at 255-3898.November 7th & 14thDivorce/Separation Co-Parenting Workshop,9am-12pm at the Early Childhood ActivityCenter, Bldg 3705, Dean St. Please contactFAP at 255-3898November 8thStress Management Workshop, 9am-12 pm atthe Early Childhood Activity Center, Bldg3705, Dean St. Please contact FAP at255-3898November 10thFRG Power Training, 8:00am-12:00pm, Bldg.5700, Rm 371F. For more information con-tact Curtis Williams at255-9578November 15th Soldiers now can earn up to 16 promotion points for completingHunter Education Courses, 5:30pm-9:30pm, the Headstart2 language training program. Soldiers must registerAdams Hall, Bldg. 5419, Rm 120, Contact for an Army Training Requirements and Resources System ac-Outdoor Recreation, 255-4040 count, known as ATTRS, to earn points in any of those target languages. For now, promotion points only apply to enlisted sol-November 22nd & 29th diers. Officers dont earn promotion points. The following linkAnger Management Workshop, 9am-11:30am,Early Childhood Activity Center, For child- is what published in reference to how Soldiers can earncare and registration contact FAP at 255-3898 promotion points for completion of Headstart2: http://www.army.mil/article/67702/ Onlinelanguagetrainingnowearnspromotionpoi http://www.dliflc.edu/index.html Page 10
  • 11. KiD’s CoRnEr 6:15 p.m. to 10:15“Family is a circle of strength and love…With every birth and every union the cir-cle grows…Every joy shared adds morelove…Every crisis faced together makesthe circle grow stronger.”Family & MWR Ornament ContestPrizes awarded to first-place entries in the following categories: 3-4 years, 6-8 years, and9-11 years. An overall winner will also be awarded and will help light the Post Christmas Tree atthe Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2011. Ornaments may be turned in to the YouthServices Center, Child Development Center, or Central Registration in Bldg. 5700. All entries willbe displayed on the Post Christmas Tree. Please label your entry with the child‟s name and age, and theguardian‟s name and contact information. For more information, please call 255-1749. Page 11
  • 12. To apply as a TAOG FRG Volunteer, simply contact Marie Stallworth, FRSA, marie.a.stallworth@us.army.mil/334-255-8919 Remember, all volunteer must be registered in VMIS, www.armyonesource.com. Contact us for help!!!!Check out www.ftruckermwr.com to find outwhat’s happening in the Fort RuckerCommunity. Also, Like us on facebook.com/ATSCOMTAOG. Fort Rucker Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Enjoy a delightful evening of music, hot chocolate, the lighting of the post Christmas Tree, and a very special visitor from the North Pole from 5-6pm! Afterward, enjoy complimentary photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus at The Landing - they may also have some treats for those good girls and boys! A buffet-style dinner will also be available for purchase at The Landing following the ceremony. Buffet choice of pasta and sauces, salad bar, assorted cookies, tea, soda, and coffee. Adults-$8, 12 and under $5, children 3 and under are free. Families of 4-2adults & 2 kids 12 & under-$20. Event is free and open to the public. EFMP friendly. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at The Landing. For more information, please call 255-1749 or visit ftruckermwr.com. Page 12