87th Troop Command
Family Readiness Newsletter
87th TC/875th BN
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
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.
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
On Your Installation, In
Your Community, Or
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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
Visit www.h2h.jobs for more information!
Register TODAY for the
March 21st-22nd, 2014
This workshop’s theme will be
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
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses,
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
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
STATE INCOME TAX
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
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,
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:
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
*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:
CPT Martin Patton
Supervisory Financial Technician
The DARNG, the ARNG Surgeon, and members
from the Army Surgeon General's office have
unveiled the ARNG's newest website:
Guard Your Health!
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
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
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.
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Director of Psychological Health
Child & Youth Directors
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!