3-6 FA “Swift & Bold” FRSA Flash https://www.facebook.com/3.6FA.1BCT.10MTN 22 March 2012 Schedule of Events March 22 - 3-6FA Coffee April 6-9 - DIVISION DONSA March 23 - In Her Shoes: Living With Domestic April 8 - EASTER Violence – Army Community Service April 8 - Easter Sunday Brunch @ Commons March 23 - Make up BN DONSA April 10 - Bravo Training March 24-25 - Maple Days, 1000-1400 @ 45IN April 10 - Thrift Savings Plan, 1400-1430 @ ACS Hill (Water Tower) April 11 - Kids Korner: What do Peeps Read, March 26 DIVISION DONSA 1600-2000 @ McEwen Library March 26 - CYSS Child Development Centers April 13 - Education Fair @ Commons Closed (ALL) All Day @ All Locations April 13-15 - Trip to Washington DC, Departs March 28-29 - Bravo Exercise 0700 @ Parks & Recreation March 28 - Family Support Huddle, 1000-1130 @ April 15 - TAX DAY Hays Hall/Eagles Nest April 16-May 11 - 3-6 Field Training March 28 - Alpha FRG Meeting, 1800 @ BN April 16-20 - Fort Drum Volunteer Appreciation Classroom Week, 0700-1630 @ ACS March 29 - Women’s History Month Observance, April 17 - Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ob- 1100-1300 @ The Commons servance, 1100-1330 @ The Commons March 29 -Mountain Remembrance Ceremony, April 19 - Volunteer of the Month Ceremony, 1630-1700 @ Main Post Chapel 1030-1130 @ The Commons March 30 - Right Arm Night , 1700 @ April 19 - Annual Volunteer, Man & Woman of Commons the Mountain, 1700-2000 @ The Commons March 31—Maple Days , 1000-1400 @ 45 Infan- April 20 - 21st Annual Festival of Food, 1630-2000 try Hill (Water Tower) @ The Commons APRIL April 21 - Child Safety/Month of the Military Child Carnival, 1300-1700 @ Youth Center Gym April 1 - APRIL FOOLS DAY April 22 - EARTH DAY April 1 - Maple Days , 1000-1400 @ 45 Infantry April 23 - Budget Management, 0930-Noon @ Hill (Water Tower) ACS April 2-5 - Bravo Exercise April 25 - Family Support Huddle , 1000-1130 @ April 2-9 - Local Schools Spring Break Hays Hall/Eagles Nest April 5 - HHB Change of Command, 11AM @ April 26 - Civilian of the Quarter Ceremony, 3-6 Building Area 1130-1300 @ The Commons April 6 - In her Shoes: Living with Domestic Vio- April 27 - PSAT Test and Assistance, 1500-1800 lence, 0900-1130 @ ACS @ Youth Center GymContents 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.
Page 6Changes Aim to Strengthen Military Health SystemBy Cheryl Pellerin man and equip the force, yet ernance could produce greaterAmerican Forces Press Service provide for quality health efficiencies and savings," care." He said everything pos- Woodson said. The main struc-WASHINGTON, March 2, sible must be done to reduce ture being proposed, called the2012 - A proposed new govern- costs in the military health Defense Health Agency, "looksance structure will make the care system before adjusting to do a better job administer-military health system more fees for medical services. ing what we call shared ser-effective and produce savings, vices," he added.and the systems 9.8 million The effort began in June,beneficiaries worldwide will Woodson said, when then- "Right now we have essen-never miss an appointment, Deputy Defense Secretary tially three administrativethe Pentagons top health af- William J. Lynn III estab- structures -- the Army, Navyfairs official said. lished an internal task force to and Air Force -- that run review the military health sys- health services," the DefenseIn a Feb. 24 interview with tems governance. The task Departments top doctor ex-the Pentagon Channel and force reported back in Septem- plained. "The thought is thatAmerican Forces Press ser- ber, evaluating health system we would combine functionsvice, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, governance options as well as that are common to the ser-assistant secretary of defense options for the governance of vices, and thereby producefor health affairs and director multiservice medical markets savings."of the TRICARE Management and of the national capital re-Activity, discussed three gov- gions health system. He cited health informationernance reforms under way for technology as an example, not-the military health system. Based on the report and on ing that it is extraordinarily consultations with the ser- costly and is common to all ofWoodson, a vascular surgeon, vices top civilian and military the services. "There [is] nosaid its been a transformative leaders, the chairman of the reason why the servicesdecade for the nation and the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other should develop their own prod-Defense Department. senior Defense Department ucts," Woodson said. "This can officials, the current deputy be done in a shared fashion"Our defense health program defense secretary, Ashton B. and produce savings." Otherbudget was about $19 billion Carter, now has directed that common areas, he added, arein 2001, [and] this years three reforms be instituted in medical education for physi-budget is about $53 billion," the military health system. cians, nurses, medics andhe said. "So we clearly need to pharmacists, and medical lo-not only focus on accessing One involves creating a de- gistics.quality care, but [also on] pro- fense health agency to take onducing value for the amount of the functions of the TRICARE Another proposed reform willmoney were spending on Management Activity and as- establish market managers forhealth care." sume responsibility for imple- multiservice medical markets, menting shared services except for the national capitalAs the health care budget across the system. TRICARE region. The managers en-grows and the Defense De- is the civilian care component hanced authorities will allowpartments top-line budget of the military health system. them to create and sustain ashrinks, Woodson added, "a cost-effective, coordinated andnatural tension is created in "One of the things we looked high-quality health care sys-terms of being able to train, at is whether new MHS gov- tem, Woodson said
Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 7Continued from page 8 with leadership nominated by if approved, probably wouldThe third reform involves the undersecretary of defense not be instituted until earlytransferring responsibility for for personnel and readiness next year, Woodson said.running military treatment and Joint Chiefs Chairmanfacilities in and around Wash- Army Gen. Martin E. "The whole idea is to look for-ington, D.C. -- including Wal- Dempsey, to ensure timely im- ward," he said,ter Reed National Military plementation of the govern- "understanding that we needMedical Center in Maryland ance plan after its reviewed -- to bend the curve of the healthand Fort Belvoir Community first by the Government Ac- care budget to look at a gov-Hospital in Virginia -- to a na- countability Office and then ernance structure that makestional capital region director- by Congress. us more effective, more agileate within the new Defense and adds value to the servicesHealth Agency. Each organization has more and their ability to deliver than 100 days to review the high-quality care."Carter also is establishing a proposal, so changes in theplanning team, Woodson said, medical systems governance,
Page 8 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers
Page 9 The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Clinical and Non- Clinical (Prevention & Drug Testing) services will be relocating from buildings P-36 & T-2228 to building 10250 on Fourth Ar- mored Division Dr. All services will closed after 1300 on Friday 23 Mar 12 and reopen at our new location at 0730 on 27 Mar 12. Operational hours will remained 0730-1600 Monday - Friday ex- cept holidays. We apologize for any inconvenience this presents. The move to 10250 will fully integrate both clinical and non-clinical servicesof ASAP, which will allow us to efficiently and effectively provide fully integrated compre-hensive care to the Fort Drum community.Bldg 10250 is located on Fourth Armored Division Dr. between Euphrates River Valley Rd.and Tigris River Valley Rd. All points of contact and phone numbers will remain the same.FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship ProgramThe FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program gives military spouses the op-portunity to earn a career-enhancing credential—the Accredited Financial Counselor® cer-tificate—while providing financial counseling to the military community. The fellowship cov-ers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing.Created in 2006, the program is administered in partnership with the Association for Finan-cial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Asso-ciation (NMFA). To date, the FINRA Foundation has awarded nearly 1,200 Military SpouseFellowships—and participants have logged more than 279,500 hours of service back to themilitary community.Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 Military Spouse FellowshipsMilitary spouses have until March 31 to apply. The program helps military spouses foster their own careersand maintain Financial Readiness in Military Communities, and the fellowship covers the costs associatedwith completing training and testing for certification as an Accredited Financial Counselor ® (AFC®). Read thenews release.Apply OnlineVisit the National Military Family Association website to submit your application today. Operation Purple Camp applications are being accepted now. These are free summer camps for qualifying military dependents. There are 2 camps available in NY State, CampWabasso locally from July 29, 2012 - August 3, 2012 and Pioneer Camp from July 8, 2012 -July 13, 2012 in Western NY. There are also camps available in other areas of the countryas well. To find out more about the camps, the qualifications to apply, and to register go towww.militaryfamily.org
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Page 11 Kids C or ner“An Alpaca in My Pocket”Mindy Whitten (3-10 Spouse) will beselling and signing copies of her firstpublished book, ―An Alpaca in MyPocket,‖ from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March30 and 31 at the Post Exchange.Whitten also will read her book duringstory time at McEwen Library March23, April 17 and June 12. For more in-formation or to purchase a book, emailWhitten at AnAlpacaInMy-Pocket@gmail.com.