1 March 2012 Task Force Tigershark FRSA Flash Special Notes of Interest Dear Students, Parents, and and May 24. Staff, In the event of longOn 30 March, Fort Drum This year has certainly term emergency closings, the been an unusual year for the Board of Education reservesArts and Craft Center will weather. As is our custom, which makeup days will bebe closing their doors for the district included five used from any scheduled re- emergency days into the in- cess periods and/or holidays,the final time. structional calendar, just in consistent with any language case we need to close school. that may exist in district labor Thus far, none of these days agreements. Judy L. Waligory has been used thisRoad construction in the year. Interim Superintendent of Schoolsarea of Gas Alley and Iraqi Therefore, the CarthageFreedom( new entrance Central School District Board of Education passed alanes) will restart on 12 resolution on February 27 thatMarch 2012. Construction the instructional calendar will be modified so that studentswill not interfere with traffic and instructional staff will notentering either entrance. be in attendance on the fol- The Womens Conference lowingThis work will provide an 2012 is cancelled due to dates:additional entrance lane March 23, 2012 lack of registration. Thankand has a completion date March 30, 2012 you to all those that have April 9, 2012of June 2012. May 7, 2012 donated, registered, volun- May 24, 2012 However, if additional teered to be a workshop days must be used for emer- presenter and outside ven- gency closings, the first day dor. Your hard work hasnt will be taken on March 23,Carthage School District then March 30, April 9, May 7, gone unnoticed.
P a g e 2 The Spouses Club Fort Drum is now accepting scholarship applica- tions for the 2012-2013 academic year. Eligible individuals are: Spouses and children of active duty, reserve, or retired active duty military (officer or enlisted) -time accredited degree pro-gram during the upcoming 2012 -2013 academic year (fall & spring terms). communities.The application can be found at www.fdosc.com, under "Forms" and must be postmarkedby March 31, 2012. Please direct any questions to Scholarship Chair Mary Gauvin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P a g e 4 March 2012 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Schedule of Events March 16, & 30 – Indoor Paintball – Youth Cen- March 12 – 2012 Volleyball League Begins - ter Sports March 9 & 23 – In Her Shoes: Living With Do- March 16 – Indoor Triathlon – Monti Physical mestic Violence – Army Community Service Fitness Center March 9 – Youth Conflict Resolution Training – March 17—St. Patrick‘s Dinner, 1700, The Com- Youth Center mons March 10 – Ice Fishing Trip – Parks and Recrea- March 21—Spouses‘ Silent Auction, 1800 The tion Commons March 10 – 2012 Basketball Tournament – March 22— Volunteer of the Month Ceremony, Sports Office 1030-1130, The Commons March 10 – Maple Days – McEwen Library March 24, 25— Maple Days ,1000-1400, 45IN Hill (Water Tower) March 10 – Texas Hold ‗Em Tournament – BOSS March 26— DIVISION DONSA March 10 – Trip to Monster Truck Jam – Parks and Recreation March 26—CYSS Child Development Centers Closed (ALL), All Day, All Locations March 10 – Midnight Sports – Youth Center
P a g e 5 Volunteers needed!! Location: Pine Plains Complex
P a g e 6United Gives Break to Pet Owners On PCS MovesUnited Airlines is making an exception for military families who ship theirpets on that airline when making permanent change-of-station (PCS)moves and developed a special process for military families.Under this new policy, military travelers on PCS orders will be able to shiptheir pets under United’s “PetSafe” program without having to pay an addi-tional fee to a third-party freight forwarder which typically could add an esti-mated $1,500 to $4,000 per pet to a traveler’s costs.Military families should contact a United PetSafe desk for details on thespecial process. To read further about this new pet program, please see:http://bit.ly/yhFzbz OPERATION AT EASEOperation At Ease (OAE) is a resort situated two hours east of Fort Bragg at SaintJames Plantation, NC. Volunteers at the coastal community have created a resortspecifically for Soldiers and their families to take it easy, enjoy some peace, andgenerally feel at ease beside the Atlantic Ocean. OAE operates on an eight-monthschedule, hosting Families between the months of March and October, with fewexceptions on the second and fourth weekends of the month. To sign up for aweekend with Operation At Ease, apply through the Operation At Ease website atwww.oaeamerica.org.
P a g e 9Between multiple deployments, relocations and time spent apart, Military Families mustlearn 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 communityfrom unraveling.To honor their sacrifices and to celebrate April as Month of the Military Child, TheMountaineer staff is looking for four Fort Drum youths who show exceptional characterat home, in school and in the community. Submissions will be accepted through March 9and 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 mem-ber assigned at Fort Drum.Selections will be made before April 1. The Mountaineer will highlight each child with afeature article and photos on the "Mountaineer People" page (B3). Families with morethan 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 email@example.com with the words ―Military Child Nominee‖ in the subject line.Include the child‘s name and age, and the military parent‘s name, unit and telephonenumber.If a child is selected to be featured, The Mountaineer staff reserves the right to reprintany part of the essay in the article.Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
P a g e 1 1 2012 Tax Season In order to schedule an appointment, call 315-772-6727 after 1 p.m. the day before you would like an appointment. There is no charge for this service. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/drumtax. Legal Assistance Office, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 10th Mountain Division Lewis Ave, Fort Drum NYLewis Ave, Fort Drum, NY 13602
P a g e 1 4 The Surprise Rough Times of Reintegration March 06, 2012, in Military Life, Reintegration by The New NormalBefore my husband came home getting back to normal very he may be home, I still neededfrom deployment last year, I at- quickly for us and I began to this support to help me throughtended all of the reintegration think that those couples that I some of the difficult times of re-briefings, read all the pamphlets read about in the reintegra- integration! And I had foundand handouts that were pro- tion pamphlets who had a hard friendships that I wanted to con-vided and attempted to prepare time reconnecting — nope, that tinue and a community that Imyself for that last phase in our wouldn’t be us! Everything was still wanted to remain a part of.deployment — homecoming. going smoothly … or so I Needless to say, my new inter-Everything that I read or heard thought. Our biggest obstacle est became the hurdle to over-spoke about how while the re- during this reintegration time come in our reintegration.union with our loved ones is turned out to be one of the bestjoyous and much anticipated, it things that helped me through After much frustration for bothalso can be very difficult and the deployment … my new- of us, we used another goldencan take a while to finally feel found interest, blogging. piece of advice that wasback to normal. People and re- handed out at every briefing Ilationships change when faced One of the best suggestions attended — communicate! Wewith the unique challenges of that I was given during the de- sat down and figured out howdeployment. New roles are ployment was to keep myself we could make each othertaken on within the family. Hob- occupied to pass the time. happy without having to give upbies and interests change or Luckily my kids keep me very the things we enjoyed. Simplydevelop. Independence and busy, but I needed something put, we compromised andstrength are gained in order to that was for me, especially dur- found what would work for thesurvive. All of these are good ing those quiet, lonely hours both of us. We are both happyand necessary things to help after the kids went to bed. I be- with the outcome and feel likeadapt to the challenges of gan blogging to document our things are once again back onlengthy separations, but they life while my husband was track to figuring out whatare also changes that can re- away and through this I met so “normal” is for now.quire some getting used to many incredible women whoonce our servicemember re- were going through, or hadturns home. been through, the same situa- tions. It became my supportOur family easily fell back into system. My outlet for my frus-old routines and roles, with my trations and a place to share inhusband taking over the cook- the joys. I also found a love foring and trash duties (yay!) while writing that I didn’t know I pos-I took care of other household sessed. My husband thought itchores. My husband was proud was great too, because heof the new skills that I had ob- could follow what was going ontained while he was away and back home. But once he camehow resourceful I had learned home, he didn’t need thoseto be, especially when it came daily updates and it becameto tearing apart and rebuilding something that took up time.the washing machine that broke Time that could be spent witha week after he left (it’s still him. I saw it still as my supportworking!). Things seemed to be network because even though
P a g e 1 5I never thought that a hobby or Changes Willinterest is what would havecaused our rough spot during Strengthen Militaryreintegration. Luckily we learned Health System, Top Doca lot about communication dur-ing the deployment and were Says…able to continue to use that inour new situation. Whether it is A proposed new governancea new hobby, structure will make the military-gained independence, adjusting health system more effectiveto new family roles after a de- and produce savings, and theployment (and during!), or justsimply reconnecting as a cou- systems 9.8 million beneficiar-ple, communicating with your ies worldwide will never miss anspouse is the best way to get appointment, the Pentagons topthrough the tough spots. Getting health affairs official claimed re-back to normal, or figuring outthat the new “normal” is for your cently. Dr. Jonathan Woodson,family, will take time after a de- Assistant Secretary of Defenseployment, but by telling each for Health Affairs and Director ofother what you need and how the TRICARE Management Ac-you feel will go a long way to tivity, discussed three govern-making it an easier transition. ance reforms under way for the Quote of the WeekWhat things caused tension military health system. One in-when your SO returned home volves creating a defense healthfrom deployment? How did you agency to take on the functionsresolve it? of the TRICARE Managemen- tActivity and assume responsi- bility for implementing shared services across the system . “Truth can Another proposed reform will grow legs and establish market managers forThe New Normal is a change into multiservice medical markets, ex-proud Army National Guard wife,mom of two, teacher, runner and cept for the national capital region. rumor”keeper of the household zoo. She The third reform involves transfer-currently writes for SpouseBUZZ andblogs at The New “Normal” about ring responsibility for running mili-everything from the struggles of tary treatment facilities in andreintegration to her 7-year old son’s“puppy love.” around Washington, D.C. to a na- tional capital region directorate within the new Defense Health Agency.
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