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  • H e a d q u a r t e r s , H e a d q u a r t er s C o . 1 0 t h C o m b a t Av i a t i o n B r i g a d e RE N EG AD ES Friday, March 02,2012 FRSA FLASH Points of ContactCompany Commander CPT McLeanCompany 1SG Fort Drum to Host Consumer Financial Protection Discussion SFC Smith U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Holly Petraeus, Consumer Financial Protec- tion Bureau, will be guests at a Fort Drum community meeting the afternoon of March 2Company FRG Leader at 3:30 pm. (1530) at the Commons here on post. The meeting will be open to all Fort RaeAnn McLean Drum Soldiers, Families and Gillibrand and Petraeus will focus their discussion on how to best assist military Families who are facing financial issues. There also will be a question-and-answer session for the community.BDE FRSA Jackie Sharpe The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established to protect American consum- ers from unfair, deceptive or abusive practices at the hands of financial services providers O/315-774-1104 - banks, credit card companies, mortgage and payday lenders, and debt collectors, to name C/315-778-6107 a One group in particular is often at risk of being targeted by unscrupulous lenders: service members and their Families who find themselves in financial trouble and strapped for cash to cover debts and expenses due to the unique challenges members of the military Inside this issue: face. If you and your family are interested in attending, please arrive at least 10 minutes in ad-MetLife New dental 2&3 vance to ensure you are seated on time.carrierBOSS Events 6Drop Off Tax Prep 7March Event Flyers 12Special Olympics 16 Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does not represent the views or endorsement of the 10th CAB or the Army. This material is for personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.
  • Page 2 F R SA F L AS HTRICARE chooses MetLife not United Concordia for dentalcoverageThe U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) upheld a decision to award a $3.1 billion TRICARE dental plancontract to a different insurer, its first change in 15 years.TRICARE Management Activity agency at the U.S. Department of Defense decided to give New York, N.Y.-basedMetropolitan Life Insurance Co. a $3.1 billion dental plan contract rather than United Concordia Cos., based in Har-risburg, Pa.TRICARE managers decided that the MetLife provider network suited the military insurance program better thanUnited Concordia‟s network, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.United Concordia, a division of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Highmark, was the TRICARE dental program provider for 15years. Effective May 1, 2012, MetLife will become the dental carrier for the TDP. MetLife will begin providing dentalcoverage to over 2 million family members of uniformed service active duty personnel, members of the SelectedReserve and Individual Ready Reserve, their eligible family members, and Survivors.Beneficiaries will have access to MetLifes network with over 161,000 dentist access points, and this number contin-ues to grow.Additional information about the contract is available at and benefit updates are avail-able at NOTE that the change to MetLife is for the TDP program only. The Active Duty Dental Program will stillbe administered by United Concordia®.Changes to the TDP will include enhanced dental coverage at a lower premium share than before. MetLife will dis-tribute program information, provider network details beginning in first quarter 2012. Highlights to the benefits andenhancements are listed below: Coverage of posterior resin (tooth colored/white) fillings Increase in the annual maximum to $1,300 per enrollee (formerly this was $1,200) Increase in the lifetime orthodontic maximum to $1,750 $1,200 per year for services related to dental treatment due to an accident as defined in the TDP handbook No cost shares for scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) for diabetics Coverage of an additional (3rd) cleaning for women during pregnancy Expansion of the survivor benefits to surviving spouse and child(ren)If you would like to check if your dentist is already part of the MetLife network, please click Find a Dentist on theright and search for a DPPO provider. If the dentist is not a member, dentists can easily request an application on ourwebsite for dentists, For a list of participating Dentists or for specialists go to and click on the search box in the upper right.
  • Page 3 F R SA F L AS HEffective May 1, 2012 MetLife will become the dental carrier for the TRI-CARE Dental PlanMetLife and United Concordia, the current TDP contractor, are working together to complete the contract transitionactivities for MetLife‟s start on May 1, 2012. TDP claims with a date of service prior to May 1, 2012 will continueto be processed by United Concordia until April 30, 2013. All TDP claims with a date of service on or after May 1,2012 will be submitted to MetLife. Please make note of these important dates to ensure timely processing of yourTDP claims.The new TDP contract that MetLife will be administering is not to be confused with the separate TRICARE dentalcontract that covers eligible uniformed service members. The Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) will continue tobe administered by United Concordia. MetLife is looking forward to the opportunity to provide quality dental cover-age and oral health educational programs to the more than 2 million TDP beneficiaries, which include the familymembers of all active duty uniformed services personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and theireligible family members.General and Family Dentistry** Please note that this is not a complete list just some within the Fort Drum areaCARTHAGE DENTAL CARE NORTH COUNTRY CHILDRENS CLINIC35761 SAYRE RD 238 ARSENAL STCARTHAGE, NY 13619 WATERTOWN, NY 13601Tel 315 493 6003 Tel 315 788 9834CARTHAGE COMMUNITY DENTAL CLINIC JEFFERSON DENTAL HEALTH3 BRIDGE ST 19333 US ROUTE 11CARTHAGE, NY 14319 WATERTOWN, NY 13601Tel 315 493 3510 Tel 315 788 7070LACLAIR FAMILY DENTAL WESTSIDE DENTAL111 S MECHANIC ST 1116 ARSENAL ST STE 202CARTHAGE, NY 13619 WATERTOWN, NY 13601Tel 315 493 1184 Tel 315 779 2222SUNSHINE DENTAL THOMAS P MCCUE140 EASTERN BLVD 2 S MAIN STWATERTOWN, NY 13601 PHILADELPHIA, NY 13673Tel 315 779 8080 Tel 315 642 0318ASPEN DENTAL SARAH LATIF20991 ARSENAL ST NYS RTE 3 STEPHEN A AHLGRIMWATERTOWN, NY 13601 125 MULLIN STTel 315 785 9620 WATERTOWN, NY 13601 Tel 315 782 2241
  • TRICARE Young Adult PrimeMilitary families have a new TRICARE Prime option for young adults without healthcare coverage. TRICARE YoungAdult Prime gives eligible Family members TRICARE Prime medical and pharmacy coverage with low out-of-pocketcosts for a $201 monthly premium. Military Family members who are not married, who have “aged out” of other TRI-CARE eligibility (up to age 26) and who have a TRICARE-eligible sponsor are eligible to purchase TRICARE YoungAdult (TYA) coverage. TYA enrollees can choose either TYA Standard or TYA Prime coverage, based on eligibility asthe choice will determine your monthly premium, out-of-pockets costs and how you access care. Each TYA program al-lows access to the TRICARE pharmacy benefit. For complete information, along with the application form, please click: or click: for more information. Call for Exemplary Military Children Between multiple deployments, relocations and time spent apart, Military Families must learn to make every second together count.While Soldiers are protecting our country, their Families are doing their part on the homefront to keep the tight-knit com-munity from unraveling.To honor their sacrifices and to celebrate April as Month of the Military Child, The Mountaineer staff is looking for fourFort Drum youths who show exceptional character at home, in school and in the community. Submissions will be acceptedthrough March 9 and should be limited to 200 words.Children will be selected based on the following criteria:* Scholastic activities and involvement* Family contribution (helping out at home, chores, etc.)* Community activities and involvement* Leadership skills* Volunteer service* Academic standing / achievement* Other activities, such as clubs, internships and summer workInclude any awards and honors the child has achieved.A nominee must be a student within grades 7-12 and reside with a military service member assigned at Fort Drum. Selec-tions will be made before April 1. The Mountaineer will highlight each child with a feature article and photos on the"Mountaineer People" page (B3). Families with more than one child may submit one entry per child or a combined entry.To submit a child for consideration, email the essay in a Word document to with the words"Military Child Nominee" in the subject line. Include the childs name and age, and the military parents name, unit andtelephone number.If a child is selected to be featured, The Mountaineer staff reserves the right to reprint any part of the essay in the article.Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Page 5 F R SA F L AS H Find the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade on FACEBOOK. Need Help? Call or visit Military OneSource to find information about taxes, parenting, deployments, fi- nances, taxes, counseling, PCS moves & more
  • F R SA F L AS H Page 6 Fort Drum Soldiers we have made some mi- nor changes to the Turning Stone Casino Trip March 24th-25th. The price is still at $30 for the overnight stay. Married Military couples are welcome to attend for only $45. Items given out will include a $5 gift card towards food and a $15 gambling card. And you will only have to pay $10 to enter the Famous Lava Club. Saturday night is Glow Night!!! The Led Zeppelins cover band will be performing. Tickets will be handed out by request. We only have 8 more slots left! Act fast or you will lose this great opportunity!
  • Season 2 of "ComingHome" premieres Sunday, March 11 at 10 pm/9c after an all-new "Army
  • Page 8 F R SA F L AS H This Week in History, Feb. 24 - Mar. 1 Mar 02, 1904 - Dr. Seuss born Mar 03, 1887 - Helen Keller meets her miracle worker Mar 04, 1933 - FDR inaugurated Mar 05, 1963 - Hula-Hoop patented Mar 06, 1899 - Bayer patents aspirin Mar 07, 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone Mar 08, 1917 - February Revolution beginsFort Drum Tax Assistance Center offers FREE tax return preparationStaffed by IRS trained and certified Soldiers, the TAC will prepare and electronically file your federal andstate income tax returns free of charge. By filing your return electronically, you can receive your refund inas little as one week.The TAC staff also is equipped to prepare 2010 returns for Soldiers returning from deployment who werenot able to file last year.Located on South Post at the corner of Lewis and Conway / First Street West in Bldg. T-120 (near theAAFES gas station and across the street from Behavioral Health), the TAC will be open from 9:30 a.m. to7 p.m. Monday through Friday.Beginning Monday, you may call 772-6727 to schedule a next business day appointment. Throughout taxseason, the appointment line will open at 1 p.m. each day and will remain open until all appointments arefilled for the next business day.The following documents are required to schedule an appointment: Military ID (Common Access Card) Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security number verification letter is-sued by the Social Security Administration. (Your military ID is not sufficient.) Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents listed on the tax return.Your Army W-2, which is available at (Your leave and earnings statement is notsufficient.) A voided check to receive your refund by direct deposit.To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present or have a spe-cial power of attorney or IRS Form 2848 authorizing you to sign the re-turn.Visit for the most up-to-date information on the TAC.For more information, call the Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center at 772-3735.
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  • Page 10 F R SA F L AS H Coming Attractions & Items Of Interest March 2 – A Cold Winter‟s Night Program Ending Party – McEwen Library March 3 – Snowmobile Ride – Adventure Training March 3 – Women‟s History Month Celebration – Youth Center March 4 – CYS Services Sports Family Time – CYSS Sports March 5 – 16 – Indoor Triathlon – Sports Office March 6 & 7 – AFTB Level 1 Training – Army Community Service March 9 – Youth Conflict Resolution Training – Youth Center March 10 – Ice Fishing Trip – Parks and Recreation March 10 – 2012 Basketball Tournament – Sports Office March 10 – Maple Days – McEwen Library March 10 – Texas Hold „Em Tournament – BOSS March 10 – Trip to Monster Truck Jam – Parks and Recreation March 10 – Midnight Sports – Youth Center Check out the March FMWR Preview at - March%202012%20Preview_FMWR_Preview.pdf
  • Post Theater Bldg 10725, North Riva Ridge Admission is $4.50 for adults; $2.25 for children 6-11; FREE for chil- dren 5 and younger. For more movie information, call 772-5571FRI MAR 02 - 1900 Red Tails (PG-13) & 2130 Underworld Awakening (R)SAT MAR 03 - 1400 The Muppets (PG) & 1900 Haywire (PG-13) & 2130 Underworld Awakening (R)SUN MAR 04 - 1400 The Muppets (PG) & 1700 Red Tails (PG-13)THU MAR 08 - 1900 Haywire (R) ALL SEATS FOR THIS SHOWING $1FRI MAR 09 - 1900 Man on a Ledge (PG-13) & 2130 Haywire (R)SAT MAR 10 - 1400 Big Miracle (PG) & 1900 Man on a Ledge (PG-13) & 2130 Haywire (R)SUN MAR 11 - 1400 Big Miracle (PG) & 1700 Man on a Ledge (PG-13)
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  • “Fort Drum: The First 100 Years,” is available on DVD. To purchase aDVD of the 90-minute documentary, watch videos and learn more aboutthe film, please visit To order by mail,send a check for $22.45 TO 4TH Coast Productions, 14250 State Route 3,Sackets Harbor, NY 13685.