1. Task Force Knighthawk 24 May 2012 FRSA Flash www.facebook.com/TF Knighthawk Government Organization Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of re- membrance for those who have died in our nations service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over twodozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidencethat organized womens groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War:a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried thededication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the ConfederateDead" (Source: Duke Universitys Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y.was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, itsdifficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate begin-nings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the wardead in the 1860s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honora-bly to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868.Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commanderof the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington Na-tional Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 itwas recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoringtheir dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring justthose who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It isnow celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the Na-tional Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays),though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate wardead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in SouthCarolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:We cherish too, the Poppy redThat grows on fields where valor led,It seems to signal to the skiesThat blood of heroes never dies.She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.
2. Schedule of FRG Events P a g e 2 Ladies Weekend in Niagara Falls, (see flyer ) Monday, May 30th FRG Meeting and Pay your Grade, 2pm at the motor pool Snapshot fundraiser, (see flyer )May 2012SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 2 3 4 56 7 8 9 10 11 1213 14 15 16 17 18 1920 21 22 23 24 25 2627 28 29 30 31 5/29 Army Soldier Show, 1800 @ Magrath Gym 5/30 Mountain Remembrance Ceremony, 1630- 1700 @ Main Post Chapel 5/31 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 0900- 1700 @ USO
3. P a g e 3 MEDDAC PROVIDES CLINIC COVERAGE PLANS FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAINING AND FEDERAL HOLIDAYS, MAY 25 & 28 U.S. Army Medical Department Activity officials have an- nounced clinic coverage plans for the Memorial Day train- ing and federal holidays, May 25 and May 28, respectively.All MEDDAC facilities will be closed with the exception of urgent care availability atthe Family Medicine Clinic at Guthrie. Urgent Care will be available from 9 a.m. to4 p.m. to support patients urgent medical needs on May 25 and May 28, as well ason Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.For medical emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergencydepartment for treatment.------------VETERINARY SERVICES OUTLINES MEMORIAL DAY CLOSURESCHEDULEThe Fort Drum Veterinary Clinic will be closed, May 25-28, for Memorial Day.Normal business hours will resume May 29.
4. FRG Company Blogs P a g e 4DeathStalkers:Thank you for coming to the BBQ on Friday, it was good to see everyone!!! Hope everyone had a good time.Congratulations the Conley’s for their new addition!!!Warlords:Hello and welcome to our new company name… C Co. Warlords! In the days to follow you will see a new emailcoming from the FRG Leadership to reflect this change as well.With the change of command last week came a slight change in the FRG leadership as well. Casey Green, thenew commanders wife, is stepping up as Leader and Janina will be stepping down. Janina has been a greathelp to me and we will miss her in her leadership but she will still be hanging around and helping out the FRGand as our Treasurer.With that said, Im sure we are all looking forward to this summers adventures and activities. Please make sureto check out the FRSA FLASH weekly. It contains useful information in regards to activities on and off the in-stallation, training schedules, volunteer opputunities and so much more….. Did you also know that military andtheir dependents can also get free annual passes to national parks starting tomorrow. Check out the Task Forcefacebook page as well, TF Knighthawk Government Organization.Have a great weekend and you will be hearing from us again soon.Dragonhawks:I hope that you are all enjoying this beautiful weather! We have a few things that we needs to get out to every-one. I will be receiving weekly submissions of the FRSA Flash, so as soon it is received it will be disbursed toeveryone! A single Soldiers dinner is planned for Thursday, May 31. Any/ALL volunteers please show up at5pm to help set up, dinner will begin at 5:30pm. Right after dinner we would like to have a very short FRGmeeting to give out some additional information for the month of June.Here is a list of items that we need for dinner so if you are able to donate something that would be great! Thankyou for your help, very deeply appreciated!!Pulled PorkPotato SaladMac & CheeseCole SlawDrinksDessertsLoaf of Italian BreadBBQ SauceWhat we have now:PlatesCupsForks/Knives/SpoonsNapkinsHot SauceSalt/Pepper
5. P a g e 5Firehawks:we are looking for a volunteer to head up the FRG newsletter. It will be published at the start of each month andcontain basic info like dates, fundraising, family spotlights and recipes. If you are interested in helping out, pleaselet us know.We are also looking for input on what our families/Soldiers would like to do in the upcoming months. What typesof activities do you enjoy? Who would you like to have as a guest speaker at our meetings? Our attendance is greatand our motivation is on a roll, but we need your help to keep it going!Nomads: Summer will soon be here…but with the rising temperatures, so comes an upswing in our training in preparationfor future operations. HHC continues to work hard and the Company will be looking forward to a much deserved blockleave period this July. Jennifer and I would like to take the opportunity to welcome some new Families to the Nomad formation. CW3Ed Smith is the new Task Force Tactical Operations Officer. CW3 Smith, his wife Jean, and Family are not new to theBrigade, however. They were last assigned with Task Force Phoenix during our most recent deployment and he brings awealth of experience to the team. Next, SSG Stephanie Thomas and her Family come to us from Korea. SSG Thomas is anew addition to our S4 shop and will play a major role ensuring that the Task Force is properly equipped. We have alsorecently welcomed two Captains to our S3 section. CPT Jon Ryder, an Apache pilot, and his wife, Courtney, come to usfrom the Aviation Captain’s Career Course at Fort Rucker. In addition, CPT Mark Axtell, a Blackhawk pilot, and his wife,English, were last assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, where he attended the Infantry Captain’s Career Course (we’ll trynot to hold that against him though). We would also like to welcome SSG Shawn Calvert, our new S2 NCOIC, and 1LTMeghan Brower, our new S6. We are glad to have all of these key players on board. Many of you may know that SSG Wolfe, our Headquarters Platoon Sergeant, recently lost his house due to a fire.While that is certainly not good news, the outpouring of support and assistance from the Nomad Family was truly inspir-ing. Many of our Soldiers and Family members gave of their time, money, or donated belongings to help SSG Wolfe andhis Family get back on their feet. I would like to thank the whole Company personally for their efforts in helping one ofour own in his time of need. In case you haven’t heard, SSG Wolfe has already begun the process of rebuilding his homeand it will hopefully be complete this Summer. Last, but certainly not least, congratulations are in order for SGT Jason Feltzer, who retired this month after 20years of military service. Your presence in the S3 shop will certainly be missed, but you have earned every bit of yournewfound time off. We know that Leanne and the girls are glad they’ll have you home a bit more often. In closing, I hope everyone is enjoying the change in weather and making plans to take part in all the NorthCountry has to offer. As always, please be in touch if there’s anything we can do for you.Captain Wes and Jennifer CannonNomad 06 Team
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8. P a g e 8 Save the Dates! Fort Drum’s Special EventsThe Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families - Family andMWR in partnership with the USO is proud to present The Sesame Street/USOExperience for Military Families on June 5 and 6 at Monti Physical Fitness Cen-ter. Sesame Street is bringing the furry, fuzzy and friendly Muppets to MilitaryFamilies around the world with a visit to Fort Drum with two shows presentedeach day at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. At these shows your family will meet Katie, a Mili-tary kid on Sesame Street who is moving to a new place and learn how she andher friends cope with this change. Free Tickets for these shows are availablethrough your Military Unit, CYS Services, the USO beginning May 24. Please callCYSS Parent Central Services at 772-8675 if you need more information.Riverfest – Enjoy a day on the Saint Lawrence River in the village of AlexandriaBay including a boat tour of the Thousand Islands, visit to Heart Island and BoldtCastle, Lunch, children’s amusements and fun on June 21with tickets on salefrom your Brigade Unit Representative soon.Mountainfest – A great day of food, activities, Salute to the Nation, games, andmusic on Division Hill, June 28.
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10. P a g e 1 0Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue StarFamilies, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America. First launchedin the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers FREE admission to all active duty military per-sonnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012.Old McDonald’s FarmAttention Military families: All military adults with active duty ID will receive $2 off admission dur-ing the 2012 season! Regular admission is $8.00 per personHours of Operation - Open Every Day May 1st thru October 31st. Spring: May1st-School recess. Weekdays 10:00-4:00 & Weekends 10:00-5:00OLD McDonalds FARM | 14471 County Rt 145 - Sackets Harbor, NY 13685 |(315) 583-5737Group Rates - Visit and Learn at Old McDonalds Farm! They can now seat 100 guests indoors!!What a great opportunity for an FRG Event. Groups will:Visit With Over 200 Animals, The Wizard of OZ Hayride, Mini Golf, Inflated Adventure Playground(small children only), Modern Dairy Tour on the Moo Town Trolley. Please call for non-schoolgroups rates. Extras: Pony Rides for smaller children 60lbs and under. Animal Food: 50 cents/cupThe St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum is offering active duty and woundedwarriors free admission to our June Exhibition June 9 & 10, 2012 in Madrid, NY.
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12. P a g e 1 2For more job announcements andjob searching tips, we post 5-10 jobs daily on our face bookpage!http://www.facebook.com/fortdrumemployment Ft. Drum Employment Readiness Program upcoming Events and Workshops All classes will be located at the ACS building. Please RSVP**Computer Basics for Job Seekers - Intro to PowerPoint - 30 May - 9:30-11:30 Basic Excel - 4 June - 1:00-3:00**Employment 101 - 30 May - 1:00-3:00**Employment 101 - 7 June - 9:30-11:30**Build Your Own Business - 13 June - 9:30-11:20**Resume Writing Computer Lab - 11 June - 9:30-10:30 - ACS Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does not represent the views or endorsement of TF Knighthawk or the United States Army. This material is for personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restric- tions and guidelines.