FRSA Flash 9 March 2012

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FRSA Flash 9 March 2012

  1. 1. 9 March 2012 3-6 FA “Swift & Bold” FRSA Flash NOTES OF INTEREST On the 30th of March, the Ft. Drum Arts and Crafts Center will close its doors. The Womens Conference 2012 is cancelled due to lack of registration. Thank you to all those that have donated, registered, volunteered to be a workshop presenter and outside vendor. Your hard work hasnt gone unnoticed. Road construction in the area of Gas Alley and Iraqi Freedom( new entrance lanes) will re- start on 12 March 2012. Construction will not interfere with traffic entering either en- trance. This work will provide an additional entrance lane and has a completion date of June 2012.Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does notrepresent the views or endorsement of 3-6 Field Artillery or the United States Army. This material is for personal useof the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.
  2. 2. P a g e 2The Spouses Club Fort Drum is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 academic year.Eligible individuals are: Spouses and children of active duty, reserve, or retired active duty military (officer or enlisted) Enrolled in a full or part-time accredited degree pro-gram during the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year (fall & spring terms). Applicants or their military sponsors must reside in the Fort Drum area or associated communities.The application can be found at www.fdosc.com, under "Forms" and must be postmarked by March 31,2012. Please direct any questions to Scholarship Chair Mary Gauvin at ftdrumscholarships@hotmail.com.
  3. 3. P a g e 3 March Schedule of Events March 5-9 - 3-6FA Table XII Field Exercise March 15 - HHB FRG Meeting, 1800 @ BN Classroom March 9 – In Her Shoes: Living With DomesticViolence – Army Community Service March 16 - Military Free Lift Tickets, 1000-2030 @ Snow Ridge March 9 – Youth Conflict Resolution Training –Youth Center March 16 - BN DONSA March 10 - WTU Sled Hockey Clinic and Games, March 16-18 - North Country Goes Green Irish1700 @ Canton Festival @ Dulles State Office Building March 10 – Ice Fishing Trip – Parks and Recrea- March 17 ST. PATRICKS DAYtion March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 1700 @ Com- March 10 – 2012 Basketball Tournament – Sports monsOffice March 20 - Bravo FRG Meeting, 1730 @ Hill- March 10 – Maple Days – McEwen Library side Lodge March 10 – Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament – BOSS March 21 - Spouses’ Club Silent Auction, 1800 @ March 10 – Trip to Monster Truck Jam – Parks The Commonsand Recreation March 22 - Volunteer of the Month Ceremony, March 10 – Midnight Sports – Youth Center 1030-1130 @ The Commons March 11 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (Spring Forward March 22 - 3-6FA Coffeeby an hour) March 23 In Her Shoes: Living With Domestic March 12 – 2012 Volleyball League Begins - Sports Violence – Army Community Service March 12-16 - 3-6 Warrior First Responder March 24-25 - Maple Days, 1000-1400 @ 45IN HillTraining (Water Tower) March 12-23 -HQ Training March 26 DIVISION DONSA March 12 - EFMP Using Social Stories, 11:30AM @ March 26 - CYSS Child Development CentersACS Closed (ALL) All Day @ All Locations March 14 - Fort Drum Education Liaison Commit- March 28 - Family Support Huddle, 1000-1130 @tee, 1030-1130 @ The Commons Hays Hall/Eagles Nest March 15 - FRG Steering Meeting, 1030 @ March 28 - Alpha FRG Meeting, 1800 @ BN Class-BN Classroom room March 15 - Golf FRG Meeting, 1600 @ Hill- March 29 - Women’s History Month Observance,side Lodge 1100-1300 @ The Commons
  4. 4. P a g e 4 Effective May 1, 2012M e t L i f e w i l l b e c o m e t h e d e n t a l c a r r i e r f o r t h e T r i c a r e D e n t a l P l a n .The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) upheld a decision to award a $3.1billion Tricare dental plan contract to a different insurer, its first change in 15 years.Tricare Management Activity agency at the U.S. Department of Defense decided togive New York, N.Y.-based Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. a $3.1 billion dental plancontract rather than United Concordia Cos., based in Harrisburg, Pa.Tricare managers decided that the MetLife provider network suited the military insur-ance program better than United Concordia’s network, the Pittsburgh Post Gazettereported.United Concordia, a division of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Highmark, was the Tricare den-tal program provider for 15 years.Effective May 1, 2012, MetLife will become the dental carrier for the TDP. MetLife willbegin providing dental coverage to over 2 million family members of uniformed ser-vice active duty personnel, members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Re-serve, their eligible family members, and Survivors.Beneficiaries will have access to MetLifes network with over 161,000 dentist accesspoints, and this number continues to grow.Additional information about the contract is available at www.tricare.mil/TDPcontractand benefit updates are available at www.tricare.mil. You can reach the customer ser-vice center by calling:CONUS: 1-855-MET-TDP1 (1-855-638-8371)MetLife TDD/TYY Service for the Hearing Impaired: 1-855-MET-TDP3(1-855-638-8373)Phones will go live on the 21st of March 2012
  5. 5. P a g e 5PLEASE NOTE that the change to MetLife is for the TDP programonly. The Active Duty Dental Program will still be administered byUnited Concordia®.Changes to the TDP will include enhanced dental coverage at a lower premium share thanbefore. MetLife will distribute program information, provider network details beginningin first quarter 2012. Highlights to the benefits and enhancements 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, pleaseclick Find a Dentist on the right and search for a DPPO provider. If the dentist is not amember, dentists can easily request an application on our website for dentists, http://www.metdental.com/.MetLife and United Concordia, the current TDP contractor, are working together to com-plete the contract transition activities for MetLife’s start on May 1, 2012. TDP claims with adate of service prior to May 1, 2012 will continue to be processed by United Concordia un-til April 30, 2013. All TDP claims with a date of service on or after May 1, 2012 will be sub-mitted to MetLife. Please make note of these important dates to ensure timely processingof your TDP claims.The new TDP contract that MetLife will be administering is not to be confused with theseparate TRICARE dental contract that covers eligible uniformed service members. The Ac-tive Duty Dental Program (ADDP) will continue to be administered by United Concordia.MetLife is looking forward to the opportunity to provide quality dental coverage and oralhealth educational programs to the more than 2 million TDP benefici-aries, which include the family members of all active duty uniformedservices personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserves, andtheir eligible family members.For a list of participating Dentists or for specialists go to http://www.metlife.com and click on the search box in the upper right..Check with your current dentists as not all dentists accepting the
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  9. 9. P a g e 9 What is BOSS?All Soldiers are welcome to stop into the BOSS Center and check out all that BOSS has to offer. Open Wed - Sun 11am- 11 pm. The great room is a large open area with a fireplace, comfortable lounge furniture, large screen TV’s, movietheatre screen with surround sound and gaming stations. There is wireless internet, a cyber lounge, another game roomwith pool, air hockey and fooseball tables and more TV gaming machines and a large media room with comfortable re-cliners in theater seating and a giant screen TV.BOSS Executive CouncilSenior Military Advisor. . . . . . . . . . . . .CSM Mark OldroydFamily and MWR Advisor . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .Brandon SmithBOSS President . . . . . . . . . . .SGT Bradley JohnsonBOSS Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . .SPC Jennifer GarciaBOSS Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . .SPC Vanessa TrinidadBOSS MeetingsBe a part of making the decisions regarding BOSS activities for Single Soldiers on Fort Drum. Units are required to sendtheir BOSS Representatives and newest single soldiers to the monthly meetings at the BOSS building, T-2190. BOSS islooking for all ideas regarding events or activities that can be presented for Soldiers. Let your voice be heard. For moreinformation call 772-7807.Boss Takes You To The MoviesBoss will supply transportation to and from the REEL TIME Theater on Fort Drum. Soldiers must call at least one hourprior to the movie time to schedule a pick up. Soldiers being transported in a BOSS vehicle will be given a discountedadmission to the movie and a REEL TIME Express Voucher from he EXCHANGE. Rides are available for Friday andSaturday night movies only. Call 772-7807.Trip To Turning Stone CasinoThis trip is open to Single Soldiers at a cost of $30 and married Soldiers and Spouses at a cost of $45 (No Children per-mitted on this trip). Married Soldiers and their Spouses will be eligible to sign up 5 days prior to the trip for any seatsavailable at that time. 60 seats available. A lottery will be held, from all trip ticket holders, for 20 persons to ride the Turn-ing Stone Luxury Bus to the Casino from Fort Drum. Tickets include an overnight stay, $40 in casino credit, and “nocover charge” VIP tickets to the “Lava” Dance Club. Escape the Barracks for a weekend of fun at a low low cost.Mar 24 . . .Bus leaves BOSS at 2 pmUltimate Fighting ChampionshipCheck out the Pay-Per-View UFC Fight Night at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar. Pre fight activities begin at 9 pm with themain event beginning at 10 pm. Brought to you FREE by BOSS. Transportation provided to and from Barracks callBOSS. No UFC bout in March but mark your calendar for this event in April.Apr 21 . .UFC 145 - Jones vs Evans
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