87th Troop Command

Behind
the
Force
Family Readiness Newsletter
January 2014

Trina Hadley
87th TC/875th BN
Office: 501.2...
Register TODAY for the

State Volunteer
Workshop!
March 21st-22nd, 2014
This workshop’s theme will be
Disaster Preparednes...
ARKANSAS
STATE INCOME TAX
WITHHOLDING
The state of Arkansas passed legislation, effective January 1, 2014, exempting most ...
The DARNG, the ARNG Surgeon, and members
from the Army Surgeon General's office have
unveiled the ARNG's newest website:

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Important Contacts
FAC Contacts
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Bentonville
Conway
El Dorado
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Behind the Force - January 2014

  1. 1. 87th Troop Command Behind the Force Family Readiness Newsletter January 2014 Trina Hadley 87th TC/875th BN Office: 501.212.5085 Cell: 501.231.1206 trina.r.hadley2.ctr@mail.mil Maruka Reecer 871st BN Office: 501.212.6816 Cell: 501.231.0014 maruka.l.reecer.ctr@mail.mil The FRSA Program Mission Statement "To empower commanders in their duty to deliver the Total Army Family Program (AR 600-20) so that Soldiers and Families are entitled, informed, educated, assisted and made ready for the unique demands of military life before, during and after deployment." Greetings 87th Troop Command Soldiers, Families and Friends! Welcome to Behind the Force and welcome to 2014! We hope you enjoyed the holiday season with friends and family and took some much deserved time off. th The 87 Troop Command is gearing up for a busy year with two deployments on the horizon. As FRSAs, one of our goals is to support all entities, Command, Soldier, Family, etc., through the deployment cycle. We encourage you to stop by, give us a call or send us an email with any questions or concerns you or your family may have as the deployments draws near. If you are a Family Member or Volunteer make sure to sign up for the State Volunteer Workshop in March! This is a FREE event and you will come away with tons of information and a ton of new friends! Information below! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future information provided, please contact your FRSA. We are here for you!!! Wherever You Are, Military and Family Support Programs Can Help On Your Installation, In Your Community, Or Online www.militaryonesource.mil/frs Very Respectfully, Maruka and Trina Everything you need to find a job. Start now. We know that searching for a new job is a big undertaking. That’s why Hero2Hired (H2H) was created: to make it easy for Reserve Component service members to connect to and find jobs with military-friendly companies. H2H also offers career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, education and training resources, as well as a mobile app. Support for H2H is provided through the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. Visit www.h2h.jobs for more information!
  2. 2. Register TODAY for the State Volunteer Workshop! March 21st-22nd, 2014 This workshop’s theme will be Disaster Preparedness. REGISTER HERE!! http://bit.ly/1gymQG8 Winter Weather Preparedness Tips from the Red Cross                       How to Prepare for a Winter Storm Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing. Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F. Put Together a Supply Kit Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food Flashlight Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) Extra batteries First aid kit Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.) Multi-purpose tool Sanitation and personal hygiene items Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies) Cell phone with chargers Family and emergency contact information Extra cash Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers) Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) Tools/supplies for securing your home Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
  3. 3. ARKANSAS STATE INCOME TAX WITHHOLDING The state of Arkansas passed legislation, effective January 1, 2014, exempting most types of military pay from Arkansas state income tax for legal residents of the state of Arkansas. **See note below for types of non-exempt pay.** For M-Day Soldiers to claim exempt on myPay, go to the State Withholding screen and enter 80 exemptions and exemption reason '1.' For AGR Soldiers to claim exempt on myPay, go to the State Withholding screen and click on ‘File Exempt.’ To ensure all of your 2014 pay is covered, claim exempt on myPay after December 18, 2013 but before December 27, 2013. If you don't have access to myPay, you can claim exempt by completing Form AR4MEC, "Military Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate." Since it is a new form, if the AR4MEC is not yet available on the Arkansas website, use the AR4ECSP, "Employee's Special Withholding Exemption Certificate," annotating 'exempt for active duty military pay' and 'effective 1/1/2014' on the form. Submit the completed form to your unit for processing. Soldiers who are not assigned to units should submit the form to their servicing reserve payroll office. If you claim exempt after the dates indicated above, any state income tax that was withheld for 2014 will need to be obtained through a refund when you file your 2014 state tax return. The pay system cannot process state tax changes retroactively and so cannot refund state taxes. Arkansas withholding forms are available at: http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/incomeTax/withholding/Pages/withholdingForms.aspx Note: The types of non-exempt pay are listed below. If you receive exempt pay and change to non-exempt pay you will need to change your exemption status. Not changing your status to non-exempt may result in under withholding and owing state tax at the end of the year. As an alternative to filing exempt, you may wait and obtain a refund when filing your tax return at the end of the calendar year. *ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps). Dual status ROTC members' active duty service is exempt; ROTC pay is not exempt. *College First. Dual Status College First active duty service is exempt; stipend is not exempt. *HPSP (Health Professional Scholarship Program). Stipend is not exempt; assemblies and annual training are exempt. *FAP (Financial Assistance Program). Stipend is not exempt; assemblies and annual training are exempt. *STRAP (Specialized Training Assistance Program). Stipend is not exempt; assemblies and annual training are exempt. *Nurse Candidates Accession Bonus is exempt; continuation bonus is not exempt since it is a stipend. Please see the USP&FO finance office if you have any questions. Finance office contacts are located at: https://ngarhome/Web%20Pages/USPFO/Comptroller/Pay%20Branch/Pages/Default.aspx POC: CPT Martin Patton Supervisory Financial Technician (501)212-4324 martin.patton@us.army.mil
  4. 4. The DARNG, the ARNG Surgeon, and members from the Army Surgeon General's office have unveiled the ARNG's newest website: Guard Your Health! www.guardyourhealth.com Guard Your Health provides a central place for Army National Guard Soldiers and family members to find information and resources on health and medical readiness. The site supports the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s efforts to build and sustain a resilient, adaptable and medically ready Citizen-Soldier force. Contact us for more information about the program. WE SUPPORT THE CITIZEN-SOLDIER Army National Guard Soldiers wear at least two caps: they are Citizens and Soldiers. This creates unique challenges—from balancing civilian jobs and family activities with monthly drill weekends, to mobilizing and deploying outside base support systems. Army Guard Soldiers routinely do it all with limited access to Army facilities and programs. Our goal is to give Army National Guard Soldiers the information, motivation and support to overcome these challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their units. MY MISSION. MY HEALTH. The Guard Your Health motto, My Mission. My Health., was chosen by Soldiers for Soldiers because it reflects the personal responsibility of each Soldier and family member to maintain health and readiness. The health-focused mission involves more than passing the Army Physical Fitness Test. It’s about taking care of one’s mind, body and spirit. It’s about keeping fit and ready to answer the call at home and abroad. And it’s about feeling good—now and into the future. ABOUT THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SURGEON The Chief Surgeon’s mission is to build medical readiness in order to support force projection and to provide medically ready forces to fulfill the Army National Guard’s State and Federal missions. The Office of the Chief Surgeon coordinates national programs and empowers States with tools, personnel, and processes to maintain medical readiness of Soldiers.  COL Anne L. Naclerio, Chief Surgeon, Army National Guard Directorate  COL Jill K. Farris, Deputy Surgeon, Army National Guard Directorate STATUTORY AUTHORITY The National Guard’s charter is the Constitution of the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution contains a series of “militia clauses,” vesting distinct authority and responsibilities in the federal government and the state governments. These clauses and follow-on legislation have sculpted the Guard as you see it today. Visit the Army National Guard website to read summaries of how the Guard came to be what it is today. You can also follow us on Twitter! @ARNGHealth
  5. 5. Important Contacts FAC Contacts LOCATION North Little Rock Batesville Benton Bentonville Conway El Dorado Fort Chaffee Jonesboro Mena Pine Bluff Russellville NAME Deitrea Williams Monica White Fred Gill Bruce Bowen Rob Sellers Melissa Parnell Amy Lowdermilk Kim Barrow Cindi Sawyer Catrina Horn-Stevenson Suzie Bowen OFFICE#/CELL# 501.212.4034/501.416.2093 501.212.7253 / 501.413.8205 501.212.7611 / 501.413.3418 501.212.6452 / 501.413.3328 501.212.7915 / 501.413.3385 501.212.7487 / 501.413.8936 479.484.3949 / 501.413.3359 501.212.7014 / 501.413.3210 501.212.7865 / 501.413.3432 501.212.7526 / 501.413.8494 501.212.7325 / 501.413.3350 EMAIL deitrea.l.williams.ctr@mail.mil monica.l.white16.ctr@mail.mil frederick.l.gill2.ctr@mail.mil bruce.l.bowen.ctr@mail.mil william.r.sellers24.ctr@mail.mil melissa.m.parnell.ctr@mail.mil amy.r.lowdermilk.ctr@mail.mil kimberly.k.barrow.ctr@mail.mil cynthia.l.sawyer8.ctr@mail.mil catrina.y.horn-stevenson.ctr@mail.mil michelle.s.bowen.ctr@mail.mil MFLC Contacts LOCATION Northeast AR Central & Southern AR Northwest AR NAME Anita Martin Carissa Bone Audra Prince PHONE # 870.530.7294 501.754.8084 501.215.0895 EMAIL anita.martin@ahsg.us carissa.bone@ahsg.us audra.prince@ahsg.us Director of Psychological Health LOCATION Camp Robinson NAME Joyce Wesley OFFICE#/CELL# 501.212.4131/501.231.9589 EMAIL joyce.s.wesley.ctr@mail.mil Child & Youth Directors NAME CJ Walden Charles Waddell OFFICE#/CELL# 501.212.4077/501.216.7279 501.212.4037/501.216.7295 EMAIL catherine.j.walden2.ctr@mail.mil charles.w.waddell5.ctr@mail.mil Your FRSA has more information on each of the programs listed above. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to assist you! Also, if you would like to volunteer for your unit’s FRG, or one of the programs above, please contact us for more information! The 87th Troop Command is “Leading the Force”. We support those “Behind the Force” and look forward to getting to know each of you!

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