Task Force Knighthawk 26 April 2012 FRSA Flash www.facebook.com/TF Knighthawk Government Organization The Ladies of Task Force KnighthawkRequest the pleasure of your company at a Welcoming Coffee honoring Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Mrs. Rebecca Braman Military Family news sources. Material presented on Thursday, the third of May does not represent the views half past six o’clock in the evening or endorsement of TF Knighthawk or the United Rhicard Hills Community Center States Army. This material is for personal use of the read- *dessert will be served ers. All readers are encour- This event is open to all spouses aged to do further research for all applicable restrictions RSVP on or by 1 May 2012 and guidelines. firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule of FRG Events P a g e 2 MEET AND GREET Friday, May 4th at 1100, Potluck meeting in the Pathfinder classroom. Please attend and help greet the new commander ! Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Firehawks Fundraiser @ TF hangar (see flyer on page 4) Ladies Weekend in Niagara Falls, (see flyer on page 4) Wednesday, May 16, Firehawks FRG Meeting, TF classroom, 6-8pm (see flyer on page 4) Wednesday, May 2, 2012, Noon till 3pm Firehawk/Deathstalker’s FRG Coffee (see flyer on page 4) Friday, April 27, Company BBQ (more information available soon) Monday, May 30th FRG Meeting and Pay your Grade, 2pm at the motor poolApril 2012 (Month of the Military Child) Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat1 2 3 4 5 6 78 9 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 20 2122 23 24 25 26 27 2829 30
P a g e 44/27 PSAT Test and Assistance 1500-1800 Youth Center Gym4/27 In her Shoes: Living with Domestic Violence 0900-1130 ACS4/27 Spring Clothing Giveaway 1300-1800 ACS4/28 USO Ice Cream Social 1400-1600 USO Fort Drum4/28 Taste of the Town 1100-1400 Dulles State Office Building4/29 The LT Dan Band Concert 1900-2100 Magrath Gym4/30 Thrift Savings Plan Class 1400-1430 ACSApril 2012 (Month of the Military Child) Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat1 2 3 4 5 6 78 9 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 20 2122 23 24 25 26 27 2829 30
P a g e 7 Construction on the Military Road and Mt Belvedere Blvd intersection will begin 30 Apr 12 - 04 May 12.Because of this construction, Military Road from Mt Belvedere Blvd to Main Street will be closedand traffic will be shifted on Mt Belvedere Blvd between Hwy 342 and the Mt Belvedere ACPGate. Phone # 315-221-4044
P a g e 9Kids Corner ~ April is the Month of the Military ChildMembers of the military community often talk about the military-civilian divide, that invisible line that separates these two dispa-rate worlds and makes us feel that most people don’t understand us. But we need to find a way to cross that line, if not for our ownsake, then for the sake of our military children. Military kids are known for their strength and resilience, dealing with situationsthat most kids don’t have to worry about – like having a parent gone for months at a time and multiple moves. To help ease some ofthe stress and worry in military kids’ lives, there are many programs and organizations designed with them in mind.So how can we do this?Question: How can we help educators and caregivers understand our children?Answer: Communication!If your Soldier is preparing to deploy, email your child’s teacher or ask to schedule a conference. Let her know to keep an eye out forunusual behavior. Share any coping strategies you know your child responds to. Compile a list of books written for both adults andchildren about military life. Print out articles and direct teachers to online resources like Military OneSource, Sesame Street forMilitary Families, and Military Kids Connect. At the very least, encourage open communication and make yourself available to an-swer questions.Try emailing your childrens teachers if your Soldier will be gone longer than two weeks. The teacher may just appreciatethe “heads up” about special circumstances or changes their children are experiencing at home. Even if the teacher see nobehavior changes in the classroom, at least he/she may give out a few extra hugs.Military kids know what it’s like having a parent gone for months at a time and have had to move numerous times. They are knownfor their strength and resilience, dealing with situations that most kids don’t have to worry about and it has become apparent thatnot only do spouses need support and help in dealing with the military lifestyle, but children do as well. With continuous and ex-tended deployments and the state of the world today, most parents have heard these questions from there child over and overagain… Why is Mommy or Daddy leaving again? Where are they going? Why are they going there? Are they leaving because of something I did? Do we dislike the Iraqi people? Are they bad? What do they see? What do they wear?The questions truly are endless. To help ease some of the stress and worry in military kids’ lives, there are many programs andorganizations designed with them in mind. For a list of resources please contact your FRG Leader or unit FRSA.
P a g e 1 0Calling all teens! The Youth Program Coordinators would like to meet on 30 April at1700 at the Youth Center to start planning the grand opening of the new facility anddiscuss programs that will be offered as well as the hours of operation. This will be aprocess that I would expect to take a few months to complete. Plans made must be ap-proved by the Garrison Commander prior to implementation. This is an opportunityto ensure the facility/program meets the needs of all eligible teens in the area. Youth Center Trips & ActivitiesIntramural Flag Football - Free May 21 - Jun 6 -4 - 5:30 pm, Lego Robotics - FreePlay Football for fun Tuesdays and On Monday and Wednesdays you can cre-Thursdays. ate Lego Robots that can complete tasks. AMay 1 - 31—4 - 6 pm, Lego Robotics Competition will take place on June 9. Register for this activity by MayMay 5 - 1:30 - 7 pm, Syracuse Stage Play 9.Trip - $15Take a trip to the Syracuse to see the play May 26—noon - 7 pm, Syracuse Carousel―The Brother’s Size‖ with friends at YC . Mall Trip - Free Ride with Youth CenterRegister by April 24. staff to Syracuse for a day at the mall. Bring your own money for food and pur-May 9 - 18—4 - 5:30 pm , Cooking Club chases. RegisterAsian Pacific Observance - Free by May 15.Learn recipes and the cooking techniquesof Asian/Pacific cuisine on Wednesdays June 2—4 - 7 pm , Pine Plains Bowlingand Fridays. Register by April 27. Center Trip—Cost: $6 Enjoy bowling with your friends. RegisterMay 12—8 pm - midnight , Midnight Sports by May 21.Cost: $3 for members or $5 for non-members June 5 - July 5 - 5 - 6:30 pm (*) ,Have fun until midnight in the Youth Cen- Date Smart Class - Freeter Gym. Learn tips on safe and fun dating on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Register by MayMay 18—5:30 - 7 pm, Asian Pacific Heri- 23.tage Event - FreeLearn about this exotic culture and enjoy * Registration deadline for each trip willthe cuisine of the Asian Pacific people. be 10 business days prior to the trip. Business days are Monday throughMay 19 -3 - 6 pm, Skate Jam - Cost: $3 for Saturday.members or $5 for non-members. Enjoythe moveable skate park with your inlineor quad skates or skateboard.
P a g e 1 1HIRED! Apprenticeship ProgramTeens ages15-18, interested in working may ap-ply for an apprenticeship through HIRED!Teens can work in selected Family and MWRfacilities for 12 week terms and are paid at theend of each term. Training is provided . Teensmust register with CYS Services to qualify. Con-tact 772-0281 or 772- 6719 for information. Ap-plication are now being accepted for the upcom-ing term.Middle School Day CampRegistration begins June 5th at Parent CentralServices. Each weekly camp is created around acentral theme, and will offer at least two field-trips. Field trip locations will vary; however, allcampers will be back at the Youth Center priorto 4:00 PM. Permission slips are required foreach trip during camp. Fees/Cost will rangefrom $20.00-$55.00 per week (based on TotalFamily Income). Call 772-8675 for more infor-mation.
P a g e 1 2 MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY!The Personal Financial Counseling group of the Military & Family Life Consultantprogram offers confidential, free financial counseling to you and members of yourfamily. A consultant can help you manage your finances, establish financial goalsand plan your financial future.Thank you for your service. Here are several resources that may help you. Do a budget: talk to us to learn how! Or go to www.google.com. ( Gmail account/ Documents/Search Templates/Family Budget Planner) Debt solutions – www.powerpay.org ; www.ftc.gov/bcp View Earnings Statements/Change Deductions – www.mypay.dfas.mil/ mypay.aspx Order your free credit report – www.annualcreditreport.com Get your free credit score – www.saveandinvest.org/military Improve your credit – http://myfico.com/crediteducation/improveyourscore List of approved credit counseling organizations – www.usdoj.gov/ust Printable Food Coupons. www.smartsource.com Food, furniture, auto repair, financial help – www.operationhomefront.net Comprehensive community resources – www.211.org (Type in your location) Ripped Off? Register complaint at -- www.ftc.gov/sentinel/military Military Child Care – www.military.com/benefits Off-base housing – www.ahrn.com Grants – Am. Legion 800-504-4098; VFW – 816-756-3390 Emergencies – Red Cross – 877-272-7337; or BDE Chaplain - 315-772-2940 Education Assistance – www.gibill.va.gov Plan your financial future – www.saveandinvest.org/military Plan your retirement with the Thrift Savings Plan – http://www.tsp.gov
P a g e 1 3 Helpful Phone Numbers For Military Families at Fort DrumThe MFLC Personal Financial Counselor program helps you and your family manage your finances,resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals. Services are free, anonymous and confidential.For an appointment, call (at 10th CAB) 315-523-3765 or (at ACS) 315-489-2466.Thank you for your service to our country. Here are several resources for families who need helpachieving financial readiness. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Call (315) 782-9222. WIC serves all kinds of families with nutritious food, free nutrition advice, tips for staying healthy, recipes and resources for growing families. Food Stamp Program – through the Community Action Planning Council. Call (315) 788-4900, or go to www.mybenefits.ny.gov. Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Helps people pay for their energy bills. Call (800) 342- 3009 or visit www.otda.state.ny.us and click on “Resources for Working Families”. Army One Source. See http://aos.myarmylifetoo.com, or www.militaryonessource.com. Open 24/7 to answer any questions about everyday concerns or Army Community Services (ACS). Employment readiness, basic budgeting, credit use; multiple forms of help. Building 4330. Call 315-772-6556/6557. Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) Pre-screening. Go to https:// www.dmdc.osd.mil/fssa/. See if you qualify for special assistance to supplement the BAS allowance. Difficult to qualify. Unemployment Compensation for Military Spouses upon PCS-related Job Loss. Contact your previous state’s Department of Labor. See www.careeronestop.org. Family Advocacy Program (FAP) at ACS Building. FAP offers a variety of services to help Soldiers, Spouses and Families gain life skills to lead a fulfilling life. Workshops include: Baby Basics; Parenting Workshops; For-Fathers-Only. Call (315) 772-4244. New Parent Support Program (NPSP). The NPSP is a professional team of nurses and social workers who provide supportive and caring services to military families with children from birth to three years of age. Call (315) 772-0748.