DRAGONSLAYER WEEKLY UPDATE December 14, 2011 5-5 AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY FACEBOOK PAGE Follow the link and “LIKE” us!JOIN US FOR A CHRISTMAS PHOTO SHOOT! 9am to 6 pm, December 10th, and 11th.Sponsored by Amanda Davis Photography. Basic package: 10 Digital Photos $15. Family photopackage: $20, includes 10 digital photos, 1 8x10, 3 5x7, 8 wallet. Additional photo packages areavailable. Call today to reserve your photo shoot or stop by Delta Detachment orderly room.Information and reservations: Amanda Davis, 253-293-1759, Bldg. 16210, North Fort Lewis.HHB Update: Holiday Party, Dec. 13, at the Clarkdale Community Center.Alpha Battery Update: Jan.17 FRG Meeting at North Fort Chapel.Bravo Battery FRG Meeting: Dec. 13Gift Wrapping at McChord Exchange all day;Charlie Battery Update: Dec. 14, Gift Wrapping fundraiser at PX, all day.1. Applications for the 2012 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN PROGRAM will be available starting December 1, 2011 at commissaries worldwide as well as online at www.militaryscholar.org. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent, unmarried child, no older than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree, or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card. The applicant must also plan to attend or already attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2012 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.2. SAVE THE DATE! THE NEXT THUNDERBOLT READINESS BOOT CAMP, JAN. 23, North Fort Chapel. Day and Evening classes to choose from, OR CHOOSE BOTH. Soldiers and Family welcome! Entertaining, interesting, and timely classes available to help keep our Families resilient. Details and registration instructions will be available soon.3. SANTA VISITS(from BOSS). Don’t try to get the First Sergeant to dress up as Santa! Every year Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) raises money by providing Santa and a team of elves to entertain at unit events, your unit ball, or if you just want to have a visit from Santa and his elves at your home on post. Each visit includes a stocking; extra stockings are $2 each. A 15-minute visit costs $25, 30 minutes costs $50 and an hour is $75. Call the BOSS office at 967-5636 for details and to schedule a visit through Dec. 23.
4. HOLIDAY CAROLING The 56th Army Band would like to fill your office party with musical cheer by caroling around Joint Base Lewis-McChord in anticipation of the upcoming holidays. If you would like some holiday cheer for your office party, contact our operations office at 966-2227. Happy holidays from your I Corps Band.5. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT MCCHORD Sat. Dec 17, McChord Community Center Ballroom. Fee includes breakfast, pictures with Santa, and a holiday craft. $8.75 Adults and Children 11 years and up. $5.75 Children 4-10 years. Under 3 are free. Sign up by Dec. 14. Call 253-982-0718/0719.6. Please take a five minute ANONYMOUS SURVEY THAT WILL HELP JBLM and our local communities understand your needs and those of your Family. This survey will provide us with critical information about your preferences in housing, driving habits, shopping and recreation needs, We made this volunteer survey short; it contains less than 40 questions. As an incentive, our community partners are offering $25 to $100 gift certificates to Best Buy, Regal Cinema, etc., for randomly selected survey respondents. This is also an opportunity to share with the Garrison and off-base providers any ideas or additional comments. To take the survey: https://www.jblmsurvey.com/7. SANTA LAND JBLM Fire Dept: Dec. 15-16, DuPont Gate Fire StationFREE! For more information call 253-966-7160.8. FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL TREE, at Waller Hall. Please visit and pay your respects to the 93 Fallen Warriors from JBLM. Each ornament is a photo of the Hero submitted by their Family left behind.9. NORAD RADAR tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. Check the website daily for Kids’ Countdown and activities each day. Christmas Eve, track Santa’s trip around the globe with NORAD’s extensive RADAR system. www.NORADSanta.org.10. FIRST NIGHT TACOMA. Dec 31, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012, Music. Arts. Fire. Fun. 6:30 PM until the stroke of midnight, downtown Tacoma Theater District. Get your First Night button at www.FirstNightTacoma.org .11. ADOPT A FAMILY 2011 With the holidays just around the corner, Operation Homefront of Washington is partnering with sponsors in the community to provide holiday assistance to military families in need. To apply for assistance, simply print, complete and return the attached form with a copy of your military ID or most current LES. Information Participation Request Form Preference will be given to first time applicants and those families with the greatest need.12. FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE Buy your tickets now for Sounders Lanes Bowling Center’s New Year’s Eve family-style party. Cheer in the New Year on East Coast time with bowling, party favors, pizza, sparkling cider and a really big door prize. Tickets must be purchased in advance at $14 per person. Sounders Lanes is located between Jackson Boulevard and 5th Street across from the Fitness Center Annex at McChord Field.13. PUYALLUP Parks and Rec, Dec. 20, Christmas Cookies with Mrs. Claus. Call 253-841-4321 for information and to reserve your spot.14. THE MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR AWARD This award recognizes military children who stand out among their peers in their community. Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities. The award will be given to an outstanding military child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. If you know a terrific military kid (and we know you do), please nominate them Military Child of the Year for this prestigious award.
15. MILITARY AND FAMILY LIFE CONSULTANTS (MFLCs) are licensed professionals who provide situational, problem-solving consultations anonymously and confidentially. No written records are kept, and it is free to military and Family members. Sue Dickson, the 17th Fires Brigade MFLC, has an office inside the brigade’s new building on North Fort, Room 235. Phone: 253-363-6974 or 253-495-8425. In addition, two consultants work with Child, Youth and School Services and can be reached at (253) 677- 3883.16. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS FORUM Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011, Grandstaff Library;12 -1 p.m., McChord Library 6 - 7 p.m. Dr Jonathan Harrington of Troy University: ―Conflict in the South China Sea: an Update.‖17. EXTREME MAKEOVER SEEKS MILITARY FAMILIES FOR HOLIDAY EPISODE: The cast of ABCs "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" would like to brighten the holidays for a deserving military Family this year. The reality show is seeking nominations for military Families in desperate need of a home makeover. The selected Family will be featured in an upcoming holiday episode. Nominations must include the names and ages of every household member, a description of the major challenges within the home, a short description of the Family story, and a contact phone number. People should also explain why the family is deserving, heroic or a great role model in their community and, if possible, include recent photos of the family and home. People can submit nominations via email to mailto:email@example.com. For more information on how to apply, visit the shows website at: http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index?pn=apply18. JOBS FOR MILITARY SPOUSES through Heroes at Home 2! Current opportunities with businesses in Pierce and Thurston counties include: Network Administrator, Pierce County; Inside Sales Representative, Pierce County; Telemarketer/Researcher, Pierce County; Physical Therapy Receptionist, Thurston County; Apprentice Optician, Thurston County; Ophthalmic Technician, Thurston County. For more information, call (253) 966-7366 or stop by Stone Education Center.19. GOOGLE OFFERS FREE CALLS- Google announced that it is making it free for all uniformed military personnel with a valid U.S. military email address, such as a .mil address, to call the United States, right from Gmail. The free calls will be available through at least the rest of 2011. For more information and to begin making free calls, visit the Google website at: http://www.google.com20. USED CAR “LEMON-AID” The McChord Field Auto Center’s new service helps your used car purchase decision by thoroughly checking out a used car before you buy it. Know what you’re getting, don’t get stuck with a lemon. $35 fee, call 253-982-7226 to make an appointment Wednesday through Saturday.21. ONLINE PHOTO CONTEST All ages are invited to submit photos of your original photography, digital art, two-dimensional art and three-dimensional crafts for viewing online at the 2012 Air Force Arts & Crafts Digital Gallery. Categories are grouped by age and division. Each participant can submit up to three entries per category. Pick up your entry forms and rules at the McChord Arts & Crafts Center, Building 1121, Barnes Boulevard at McChord Field. Entries must be submitted no later than Dec. 27. For details, call 982-6726.22. PWOC- Protestant Women of the Chapel Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ft-Lewis- PWOC/135297726511941 for all the latest information. They also have a night bible study that will meet on Wednesdays ( Dec. 7) from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the North Fort Chapel. FREE onsite childcare available to children registered with CYSS. CHRISTIAN MILITARY WIVES WEBSITE- http://wivesinbloom.com/23. JOIN THE LEWIS COMMUNITY SPOUSES CLUB- Want to meet new people, or get involved more? Join the Lewis Community Spouse’s Club. This organization is open to ALL ranks and holds monthly luncheons and events. Visit their website for the events calendar, and more information. You can join the club right online!http://jblmlcsc.org/
24. LEISURE TRAVEL SERVICES discount deals. www.JBLMMWR.com, click on ―Recreation‖, then ―Price List‖, then ―Travel Page‖ for exclusive deals and packages. 253-967-3085/2050 for help and information. LTS is located inside the AFC Arena, building 2275, Liggett Avenue. Open Saturdays.25. BECAUSE US FORCES ARE COMING HOME FROM IRAQ BY THE END OF THE YEAR, THE POSTAL SERVICE NO LONGER ACCEPTS MAIL ADDRESSED TO MILITARY POST OFFICES IN IRAQ. NEWCOMERS ORIENTATION: Tues., Jan.31, 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Newcomers orientation is for all new arrivals to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Please meet at the McChord Collocated Clubs, Bldg. 700, Barnes Blvd, McChord Airfield. Registration required at the ACS Relocation Program office, Bldg 2140 Waller Hall. Event includes complimentary lunch, windshield tour of JBLM, static displays of on and off post vendors, and on site free child care. Casual/Civilian attire (males:no earrings) . For more information call Lewis Main at 253-967-3628 or McChord-Field at 253-982-3125.26. WEAR BLUE: RUN TO REMEMBER RUNNING CLUB- Each Saturday, "Wear Blue: Run to Remember" meets at Powderworks Park in Dupont, WA, at 9 a.m., to serve as a living memorial to fallen Service Members. You can run/walk a 5K or 10K course each Saturday. For more information please visit their website at http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/27. ON POST HOUSING CHECKS- Do you live on post? WILL YOU BE TRAVELING OVER THE HOLIDAYS? The JBLM military police office can keep an eye on your home while you are away. Simply walk into the MP Station and fill out a quick form. When you return home, just give them a quick call to let them know. This is separate from the form that Equity Residential asks you to give them when you go away.28. LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Grandstaff Library, JBLM Main or Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at McChord Library.29. RENT MCCHORD THEATER FOR PARTIES Looking for a fun and unique place to hold a birthday party or a unit function? Rent the McChord Field Movie Theater! Entertain your guests with a DVD from the theater list, decorate the lobby and bring in your own food and cake. For an additional fee, guests can pick up popcorn and soda from the concession stand. For more information or to schedule a party, call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718/0719.30. DECEMBER FOCUS Magazine online FOCUS MAGAZINE: www.jblmmwr.com/focus.html31. HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES While a time of celebration and festivity, the holiday season is also an opportunity to honor service members and their Families serving far from home. The American Red Cross is offering a simple way to show your appreciation for these troops and their Families during the holiday season. For the fifth year, the Red Cross has partnered with Pitney Bowes to collect and distribute holiday cards to service members, veterans and their Families around the world. This program offers a great way to show your appreciation for their sacrifices and to deliver some holiday cheer. To participate in the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, simply mail your cards to: Holiday Mail For Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
32. PASSPORT TO WELLNESS This Health Promotion & Wellness Event ties the Five Pillars of Wellness (physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and family) together. The Wellness Services from the Air Force and Army have joined together with MWR to provide all ID card holders with an opportunity to increase their awareness of our programs, classes, agencies and activities at JBLM. To begin your journey stop by the Health Promotion and Wellness Centers to register and pick up your "Passport to Wellness". The passports are available at the following locations: McChord Field HAWC - BLDG 726 (Fitness Center Annex) Health Promotion & Wellness Service - Currently Located At North JBLM at Wilson Gym. Starting December we will move back to Jensen Gym, JBLM Main - BLDG 2022. For further information you can call 253-966-3757 or 982-0531.Each agency will stamp your passport after you participate in their activity. After you receive the stamps youwill be eligible to pick up various prizes. For example: 10 Visits & Participation /Stamps = Bronze Level prizes 20 Visits & Participation /Stamps = Silver Level prizes 40 Visits & Participation /Stamps = Gold Level prizesWhen you complete your passport with 40 stamps, Turn it in to a Wellness Center andyour passport will be put into our raffle for our Grand Prizes! The Grand Prizes thathave been donated by MWR include: one night at Whistler, B.C. one night at Vancouver, B.C. passes to the "Hands on Childrens Museum" in Olympia free triathlon registrations weekend cabin on American Lake event entries and more!Prizes can be redeemed at the above listed Wellness Centers. http://www.mamc.amedd.army.mil/Wellpp/33. LAST DAY FOR SOLDIER SHOW 2012 NOMINATIONSSunday, Jan 20, 2012. The last day you can nominate a performer or technician for the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show. Call 253-967-5636 for more information34. CALENDAR The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities are planned:• Dec. 23, DONSA • Dec. 25, Christmas Day • Dec. 26, Christmas holiday • Dec. 30, DONSA • Jan. 1, New Year’s Day • Jan. 2, New Year holiday
GET OUT OF THE BARRACKS/HOUSE 35. Leisure Travel Services at Lewis Main is selling tickets for a CINDERELLA DUCK TOUR OR HOLIDAY LIGHTS DUCK TOUR in Seattle, Mount Rainier Railroad holiday specials and holiday dinner cruises aboard harbor tour boats in Tacoma and Seattle. If you want to visit Victoria or Vancouver, B.C., during the holidays, try the Clipper Holiday Specials offered through LTS. In Victoria, see the Butchart Gardens lit up for the holidays, or tour the German Christkindlmarkt and go ice skating in Vancouver. 253-967-3085. 36. Take the holiday bus from LTS to Leavenworth for the Christmas Lighting Festival Dec. 17. The trip is only $40 per person. For details about tours and tickets, visit LTS at AFC Arena, Liggett Ave at Lewis Main, or call 253-967-308537. SNOW TRAINEach Saturday in December, Alki Tours operates the ONLY day-trip train that goes from Seattle to the winter wonderland of Leavenworth to see the annual Tree Lighting Festival. On each departure, eight hundred passengers enjoy a catered continental breakfast, onboard entertainment including strolling musicians, magicians and of course Santa. Near the 4000 foot summit, the train will transit Cascade Tunnel—the second longest in North America. At approximately 12:30pm, the train will roll to a stop in Leavenworth. http://www.alkitours.us/ for reservations.38. SUNDAY FOOTBALL 9:30am – 9:00pm Heroes Lounge at Cascade Community Center (map) every Sunday up to the Big Game from 9:30 am-Close. Watch all the NFL games on eleven 42" hi-def plasma screens!! Heroes Lounge is located on Lewis Main, corner of Division and Bitar in back of Cascade Community Center.39. GRAND PRIX RACING, Wed., Dec 14, Get ready for fast times on the track, Work up an appetite with more than four miles of thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing. Fee includes transportation, lap fee, kart, helmet, head sock and basic driver instruction. Minimum age: 16 yrs.; minimum height: 5 feet. Cost: $40. Pre- register through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-967-6263.40. BALD EAGLE FLOAT TRIPSat., Dec 17,Most people will never get to see the majestic bald eagle in its natural habitat, but you could see up to 200 on this one trip! Float down the docile Skagit River among one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles. ($55) Preregister through WebTrac at https://webtrac .mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-967-6263.41. AFTER-WORK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRIPWednesday, Dec 21, Enjoy an evening of mountain biking through trails onLewis North ($20) Preregister through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrect rac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-967-6263.42. MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOESaturday, Dec 24Head to the Snoqualmie Pass area and snowshoe in the moonlight! Dress warm because you won’t see the sun on this trip. Difficulty: beginner; Distance: 1.5; elevation gain: 50 feet; time: 2 hours. ($35) Preregister through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/w ebtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-967-6263.43. CHRISTMAS EVE BOWLING Bowl Arena Lanes: Dec 24, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. $1 Games & $1Shoes. Take care of all your last minute holiday preparations by sending Dad and the kids to Bowl Arena Lanes.For more information call 253-967-4661.44. WATCH UFC 141, Dec. 30, at Heroes Lounge, inside the Cascade Club. Doors open at 4 p.m., match starts at 7 p.m. Lesnar vs. Overeem. For more information call 253-964-0331.
45. 6th Annual AEROBATHON, Sat., Jan. 7, 9 AM-Noon, Wilson Sports & Fitness Center, Bldg. 11596, D St. & 41st Division Drive, North Fort Lewis. Free childcare, first come, first served, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. First 250 get a t-shirt. Gym floor aerobic schedule: 9 am Zumba warm up 9:30 am ABSolutely 10 am Zumba 10:30 am Body Conditioning 11 am Cardio Kickboxing 11:30 am Yoga Indoor cycling event: 9 am-noon. For more information call 253-967-7471.46. ADULT SWIM LESSONS are available at Keeler Pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 PM. We advertise them as free 30 minute sessions on a drop in basis so there is no need to sign up for a formal class. Questions please call 253-967-6652.47. KEELER POOL (Old MAMC): Phone 253-967-6652 BLDG 9993 firstname.lastname@example.org@us.army.mil Monday & Wednesday 0500-0900 Military Training 0900-1000 Warrior Transition Battalion 1000-1200 Military Training 1200-1300 Fitness Training & Lap swim 1300-1600 Military Training 1600-1800 Fitness Training & Lap swim 1800-1930 Lewis-McChord Youth Swim Team 1930-2200 Scuba/Kayak Tuesday & Thursday 0500-0900 Military Training 0900-1000 Warrior Transition Battalion (Thursday Military Training) 1000-1200 Military Training 1200-1300 Fitness Training & Lap swim 1300-1600 MAMC Physical Therapy 1600-1800 Adult Swim Lessons and Fitness Training/Lap Swimming 1800-1930 Lewis-McChord Youth Swim Team 1930-2200 Scuba/Kayak Friday 0500-1200 Military Training 1200-1300 Fitness Training & Lap swim 1300-1600 Military Training 1930-2200 Scuba/Kayak KEELER POOL CLOSED SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS
48. THUNDER ALLEY makes Friday night fun Sounders Lanes on McChord Field features Thunder Alley with black lights and music from 8–midnight every Friday. Just $9.95 a bowler gets you up to three hours of bowling. To reserve your lane, call 253-982-5954.49. BOWL on Mondays at Bowl Arena Lanes (Lewis Main) and Wednesdays at Sounders Lanes (McChord Field) for $1.50. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Each game is $1.50, shoe rental is $1.50, and select menu items are $1.50 each, such as fries, pizza, soda and drafts. Pitchers cost only $6.50. Additionally, at Bowl Arena Lanes, seniors and retirees pay only 75¢ a game on Mondays.50. VOLUNTEER FOR ―QUILTS FOR KIDS‖ to make comfort quilts for children having difficulties with parents’ deployments. THURSDAYS, 4:30–6:30PM Grandstaff Library Bldg. 2109, 10th & Pendleton. For more information, call 253-966-1320 or email email@example.com. SEAHAWKS tickets on sale at Leisure Travel Services. Regular season: $60 (300 level), $80 (100 level) each, all games. Next home game is against the Bears, Dec. 12; kick off at 5:20 PM.52. COACH A YOUTH TEAM TO VICTORY The Youth Sports Office is always looking for volunteers interested in coaching a variety of youth sports teams. Share your love of the game, experience, and skills with JBLM youth-athletes. For more information, call the Youth Sports Office, 967-2405.53. DESIGNATED DRIVER (DD) PROGRAM: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! This is an easy way to get hours for volunteering. It starts from 2100 – 0300 every Friday and Saturday. If this program isn’t used, then it will disappear. If you want to volunteer, sign up at your BOSS board or at the Nelson Recreation Center. Plus, you get free bowling all night. To contact the DD van, call 253-208-9169. It will soon be able to accommodate off post as well.54. WHAT IS B.O.S.S.? Almost all of you know that BOSS (Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers) is a program that is set up for Single Soldiers to have activities that you can enjoy and volunteer for to get out into your community. SOLDIERS AND SOLDIER’S IDEAS ARE THE PROGRAM! You can improve the program by just bringing your thoughts to the table. BOSS wants to know what you think would be fun and exciting. You can now follow the events that BOSS is holding by texting ―FOLLOW JBLMBOSS‖ to 40404. You will receive messages about what events are going on. You could also have the chance to receive free tickets or other cool stuff. Battalion BOSS rep is Jessica Culver: JessicaCulver44@yahoo.com55. BOSS HALF DAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:56. 19 DEC Bowling at JBLM Main Bowl Arena. 1400-1700, $5 pp, rent your own shoes.57. 20 DEC Indoor Rock Climbing Rock Climbing without the rain. $25 covers your gear, a class, and three hours of rock climbing. Meet at Nelson Rec at 1230.58. 21DEC Skyhigh This trampoline warehouse is 45 minutes away and well worth the trip! BOSS will be driving the bus to this unique gym where the sky is the limit…literally. Jumping on trampolines into foam pits, even a game of dodge ball. Meet at Nelson Rec at 1330, $11 pp
59. 22 DEC Gingerbread Houses and Thursday Night Football Make a gingerbread house you can eat, give away, or throw at your Battle, while watching the Colts vs. Texans. Enjoy pizza, popcorn, and refreshments. Don’t like gingerbread? Just watch the game! Watch for flying houses! Nelson Rec @ 1530, Kick off is 1700. Free.60. 23 DEC Call of Duty Tournament Your chance to prove you are the best! Enter this tournament to win not only bragging rights, but great prizes and gift cards! Sign up in advance. Tournament begins at 1300. Nelson Rec.61. 24 DEC Fantasy Lights Tour Join us for this holiday favorite, the largest drive-through light display in the Northwest. Meet at Nelson Rec at 1630. Free.62. 25 DEC Christmas Dinner Members of our community have reached out to the single Soldiers and Airmen so we have a wonderful Christmas. Pick up at Nelson Rec at 1000, for a bus ride from the Center, Christmas Dinner, carols, and small gift. Free.63. 26 DEC Dodge Ball Bring your game face for this school yard classic. Meet at Soldier’s Field House gym at noon.64. 27 DEC Indoor Skydiving Come try indoor skydiving with BOSS for the low cost of $50 per jump. Must have 24 people. Transportation provided. Meet at Nelson Rec at 1400. RSVP would help determine if we have enough people.65. 28 DEC Snow Tubing Play on the Bunny slopes, tubing and sledding all day! Snowball fights..you bet! Group choice of Paradise ($35 pp), or find a hill, some tubes, and go down free.66. 29 DEC Pool/Ping Pong tournament Trophies and great prizes for those who participate. 1300 @ Nelson Rec, free.67. 31 DEC Seattle New Years Bash! 2000 meet @ Nelson Rec. Free. Transportation provided to downtown Seattle. Enjoy fireworks on the Space Needle, music, etc.68. Pierce County Parks and Recreation is pleased to present the 16TH ANNUAL FANTASY LIGHTS at Spanaway Park. It is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable lakeside tradition for the entire family. As you drive, dial your car radio to FM 93.7 to listen to a selection of special holiday music to add to the festive atmosphere of the park. Fantasy Lights will operate every night including Christmas and New Years Eve, from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Since this is a very popular event, please anticipate long waits of up to one hour to enter the park on Friday and Saturday evenings. Enjoy Fantasy Lights Sundays through Thursdays for a more relaxed experience. Admission is charged per vehicle, $13, at the gate. Check out the Pierce County Parks and Rec Facebook page for a $3 off admission coupon! http://www.facebook.com/#!/PierceCountyParks.Recreation Directions to FANTASY LIGHTS at Spanaway Park: From I-5 take Exit 127 (Puyallup/Mt. Rainier) Head east on Highway 512 Take the second exit (Parkland/Spanaway) At stop light, turn right onto Pacific Avenue (SR 7) Go south for 2.7 miles Turn right onto Military Road (152nd St). Spanaway Park entrance is a 1/2 mile on the left
69. ZOO LIGHTS AT POINT DEFIANCE Take a stroll as the Point Defiance Zoo comes aglow with more than a half-million lights Open every night until Jan. 1, 2012, except Dec. 24, from 5-9 PM. Animal exhibits include the Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, Red Wolves and Asian Forest Sanctuary. Warm up with hot chocolate, shop for gifts or just enjoy the beautiful decorations. Cost Online: $7, Gate: $8.25. Value pass allows zoo during the day, Zoo Lights at night.70. Every month the FISHER HOUSE has a new wish list that includes the top 3 and other currently needed items for the house. If you are interested in donating any of these items please contact the Fisher House to set up a drop off time. Thank you for your support!December 2011Holiday 2011 Wishlist http://fortlewisfisherhouse.org/support/donations/wishlist/ Current “Top 3″ Needs: o 1 lb. bags of sugar o Large plastic food storage containers o Toilet bowl cleaner Items we are Always in Need of: Toilet Paper Paper Towels Napkins Bottled water Snacks (individual packages) Juice boxes Shower curtain liners Febreze All purpose cleaner Swiffer mop pads (dry and wet) Laundry detergent (HE only) Laundry softener (HE only) Dryer sheets Dishwasher detergent Garbage bags (all sizes) Ziplock bags (all sizes) Fresh fruit Fresh vegetables Visit our Target Online wishlist: http://www.target.com/ot/list/3MppmsAuhLygST6COXUhSg71. THE FISHER HOUSE is supported by wonderful people who volunteer their time and talents! If you are interested in volunteering for the Fisher House please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 253-964-9283 ext 10 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Current volunteer opportunities can be found and applied for through the VMIS website. Click here for current open positions.72. NEW WARRIOR ZONE TO OPEN, Jan. 27The new Warrior Zone set to open on Lewis North has everything a service member could want in a recreational facility — gaming, Internet, movies, billiards, snack bar, patio and more. For ages 18 and older, the Warrior Zone houses game stations with 55-inch hi- definition monitors for console gaming, Xbox and PS3 stations that are Internet-ready and LAN-connected for casual play tourneys and challenges, Alienware gaming computers (with the latest games), computers to surf the Internet, WiFi and more. Relax with a game of pool — there are eight tables — or in front of one of many flat-screen TVs throughout the facility. A patio with fire pit and barbecues provides an outdoor setting for your get-togethers. A snack bar offers a variety of food and beverages, including beer. Locally roasted Battle Bean Coffee is proudly served at the Warrior Zone. The Warrior Zone is home to the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members (B.O.S.S.) program. To learn more about how you can get involved with BOSS and give back to the community, call 253-967-5636.
73. FAMILY FUN NEW YEARS Sounders Lanes: Dec 31. $14 per person. Join us for a Family Fun New Years! Celebrate at midnightin the Eastern Time Zone. Advance Tickets required.74. BOSS CRAM NIGHT, Dec. 14, Last chance to study in 2011. Study for upcoming boards with BOSS as your study partner. Great program. YUKPA, NITAK HOLLO CHITO75. RUN LIKE A GRRRL is an all levels, womens-only running group in Olympia, Washington. We are grrrl runners that come together to share stories, dreams, and love of the open road and trail. All women (all ages, all skill levels) are welcome. Weekly Grrrls Social Run Wednesday nights, 5:30PM. We meet at the Olympia Farmers Market stage. Three and five mile options. Stroller and dog (on a leash) friendly. No boys allowed! KIDS76. WINTER BREAK CAMPS Dec 19-23 & Dec. 27-30, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. for school age youth, K-5th grade. Enroll at one of Parent Centrals twolocations beginning Dec. 1. For more information call 253-966-CYSS. If your student’s already enrolled in before or after-school program, you don’t need to make arrangements for winter camps.77. ZOO LIGHTS AT POINT DEFIANCE Take a stroll as the Point Defiance Zoo comes aglow with more than a half-million lights Open every night until Jan. 1, 2012, except Dec. 24, from 5-9 PM. Animal exhibits include the Rocky Shores, Arctic Tundra, Red Wolves and Asian Forest Sanctuary. Warm up with hot chocolate, shop for gifts or just enjoy the beautiful decorations. Cost Online: $7, Gate: $8.25. Value pass allows zoo during the day, Zoo Lights at night.
78. SANTA LAND JBLM Fire Dept: Dec. 15-16, DuPont Gate Fire StationFREE! For more information call 253-966-7160.79. WINTER READING PROGRAM during Holiday breaks. Book Patch at Grandstaff Library.80. Need some extra time for Christmas shopping in the evenings? Clarkmoor Hourly Child Development Center is open Tuesdays until 9 pm & Fridays until 10 pm by reservation. For more info or to reserve a spot, call Parent Central, 253-966-CYSS.81. THE MILITARY CHILD OF THE YEAR AWARD This award recognizes military children who stand out among their peers in their community. Ideal candidates for the Military Child of the Year Award demonstrate resilience and strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. They demonstrate leadership within their families and within their communities. The award will be given to an outstanding military child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. If you know a terrific military kid (and we know you do), please nominate them Military Child of the Year for this prestigious award.82. NORAD RADAR tracks Santa on Christmas Eve. Check the website daily for Kids’ Countdown and activities each day. Christmas Eve, track Santa’s trip around the globe with NORAD’s extensive RADAR system. www.NORADSanta.org.83. HANDS ON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM activities: Hands on Hoopla- Winter break crafts every day from Dec. 18-Jan.2. Gift Making Event- Dec. 17, 3:30-6 p.m. plus ―kids only‖ drop off event 6-9 p.m. NOON Year’s Eve Party – Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Family fun! Located at 106 11th Ave. SW, Olympia. www.HOCM.org, 360-956-0818. 2 for 1 admission and military discount admission.84. MILITARY TEENS FREE SKI TRIP Washington State University, Chelan County Extension and the staff at both Mission and Stevens are offering multiple opportunities this winter for you to spend a day ―on us‖ at one of these world class resorts. Transportation to and from the resort is provided at ―No Charge‖ along with your choice of equipment, (skis or snowboard) including a free lesson to learn how to use the equipment or to improve your skills, a full day lift ticket pass and if this wasn’t enough we are even including a free ―hot lunch‖ as well. You can contact Kevin C. Powers, for further information and to register at email@example.com, WSU Chelan County Extension, 400 Washington Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801, 509-667-6540 or find us on the web at: http://county.wsu.edu/chelan- douglas/youth/youth/mtac/Pages/index.aspx Sign-ups are under way now for December 29th and 30th with more dates to follow in January, February and March.85. FREE PARENT CLASSES AT RAINDROPS & RAINBOWSBring your children to learn and play — you’ll both love story time, crafts and more. Stop by Bldg. 8197 American Lake Ave. at Lewis North and check out the classes below (call 253-966-4802 for details; no registration required except for infant massage): - Baby sign language Dec. 21, 1:30–2:30 p.m. - Story time Dec. 15, 9:45 a.m. with Book Patch - New Parent Support Program’s Play Group Fridays, 10–11:30 a.m.86. FIRST NIGHT TACOMA. Dec 31, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012, Music. Arts. Fire. Fun. 6:30 PM until the stroke of midnight, downtown Tacoma Theater District. Get your First Night button at www.FirstNightTacoma.org .87. The CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF TACOMA has Free admission between 10 am-7 pm, the first Friday (Jan.6) of each month.
88. CYSS START SMART CAMP REGISTRATION Nov 1-Dec. 19, 2011. Ages: 3 - 4 yrs. Cost: $20. Camp dates: Dec. 20 - 22. Times: 10 - 11:30 a.m. Register for sports at CYSS Parent Central (JBLM-Lewis Main: #2295, 12th & Bitar and JBLM-McChord Field: #100 Welcome Ctr.) For more information call: 253-967- CYSS.89. CYSS VOLLEYBALL CAMP REGISTRATIONNov 1-Dec. 19, 2011. Ages: 9 - 15 yrs. Cost: $25. Dates: Dec. 20 - 22. Times: 1 - 2:30 p.m. Register for sports at CYSS Parent Central (JBLM-Lewis Main: #2295 12th & Bitar and JBLM-McChord Field: #100 Welcome Ctr.) For more information call: 253-967-CYSS.90. CYSS FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP REGISTRATIONNov. 1-Dec. 19. Ages: 5 - 15 yrs. Cost: $25. Register for sports at CYSS Parent Central (JBLM-Lewis Main: #2295, 12th & Bitar and JBLM-McChord Field: #100 Welcome Ctr.) For more information call: 253-967-CYSS.91. FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE Buy your tickets now for Sounders Lanes Bowling Center’s New Year’s Eve family-style party. Cheer in the New Year on East Coast time with bowling, party favors, pizza, sparkling cider and a really big door prize. Tickets must be purchased in advance at $14 per person. Sounders Lanes is located between Jackson Boulevard and 5th Street across from the Fitness Center Annex at McChord Field.92. BABYSITTER LOCATOR WEBSITE- Through a partnership with DOD, Sittercity.com offers a free membership ($140 value) for military personnel. This site gives you access to babysitters, nannies, housekeepers, pet care, tutors, senior care. You can access background checks, references, provider profiles, and reviews from other military parents on this site. To take advantage of this wonderful offer visit www.sittercity.com/dod93. RECREATIONAL GYMNASTICS Hillside Skies, Bldg. #6398 Garcia Blvd. Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost:$50 per four-week month (twice-weekly). Enhancing strength, coordination, gross motor skills and self esteem gymnastics is a great foundation for sports. Children will build skills through instruction from nationally certified USA Gymnastics coaches. Private lessons and birthday parties are available. For more information call Coach Laurie at 253-535-2902. Register on Webtrac at JBLMmwr.com. You can also register at Parent Central Services Bldg. 2295 at Lewis Main. PLEASE REGISTER BY THE FOURTH FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR THE NEXT MONTH’S CLASSES.94. EDGE - TEEN FITNESS PROGRAM Teens are invited to get in shape with the Youth Fitness Program at Wilson Sports & Fitness Center. You’ll work out under the supervision of a CYS Services trainer, ensuring your workout will be safe and smart. Monday-Friday, 3-7 PM and Sat. 10 AM-2 PM. Register TODAY to meet your trainer. The following is needed to participate: • Register with CYS Services • Onsite fitness assessment with parent/guardian present • Proper workout attire • Ages 13–15 CYS Services registration is FREE! Simply bring DoD ID, sports physical, shot record and info for three local emergency contacts to a Parent Central Services location (Bldg. 2295 at Lewis Main or Bldg. 100 at McChord Field). For details, call 253-966-CYSS.
95. ADVENTURE CAMPS: Over 1700 military teens (14–18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate (at little to no cost) in adventure camps scheduled through April, 2012.http://militaryfamilies.extension.org/military-teen-adventure-camps(See Ski trip above)96. ESCAPE ZONE hours The Escape Zone at McChord Field is extending its hours to Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. The Escape Zone offers a place to parents and their children 5 and younger to learn and play together. The Escape Zone is in Building 841 on Fairway Road. For information, call 982- 8590/2695.97. The JBLM FOSTER PARENT RECRUITMENT PROJECT is a group that has formed on JBLM to address the needs of military foster children. The group is helping advertise the need for military-connected foster homes, both on the installation and in the surrounding communities. Interested families can get licensed if they plan to remain in the JBLM area for as little as one year. By choosing to become a foster parent, they can help these children to live in the familiar military environment, continue to attend their home school and continue their medical care at from Madigan Healthcare System. For more information on this initiative, or to receive information on how to become a licensed foster parent, please contact Sandi Vest at the CAFAC at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org. JBLM- CYSS CLARKMOOR HOURLY CARE CENTER OPERATING HOURS : Mon 0730-1800 Tues 0730-2100 Wed 0730-1800 Thurs 0730-1800 Fri 0730-2200 Sat 0900-1700 Need some extra time for Christmas shopping in the evenings? Clarkmoor Hourly Child Development Center is open Tuesdays until 9 pm & Fridays until 10 pm by reservation. For more info or to reserve a spot, call Parent Central, 253-966-CYSS. GAJAN KRISTNASKON EFMP99. EFMP HOLIDAY CONCERT Do not miss our Holiday Concert featuring the I Corps Band Ensemble, Dec 13 at the Family Resource Center from 3 to 5pm. The concert will be from 3:30 to 4:15 with time for cocoa and sweets following. Call 253-967-9705 to RSVP as space is limited to 100 people.100. EFMP COFFEE GROUP The EFMP Coffee Group will meet Dec. 13, 10am, at the Lewis Main Battle Bean inside the AFC Skate Arena (bldg 2275, Liggett Ave.) : Meet other adult EFMs or caregivers of EFMs for coffee, friends, and discussionthe second Tuesday of every month, 10 AM, at the Lewis Main Battle Bean. Call 253-967-3553 for more information; no RSVP required.101. SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIE, Dec.17, 12pm, Puss in Boots: Join EFMP for a sensory-friendly movie at the McChord Theater, Bldg. 700. inside Club, Barnes Blvd. Open to everyone. Sensory friendly movies are not as loud, nor as dark. FREE. Sensory friendly movies are shown every 3rd Saturday of the month.For more information, call 253-982-2695.102. EFMP PLAYGROUP, Dec. 28, 10-11 a.m., ages 0-5 years at Raindrops and Rainbows, Bldg 8197, American Lake Avenue, JBLM North. CYSS registration is not required. No drop off allowed.
103. Did you miss the JBLM EFMP newsletter? You can access it on-line at http://www.jblmmwr.com/pdf/acs/efmp/efmp_news_nov_2011.pdf. If you would like to join our EFMP e- mail distribution list, please e-mail email@example.com. SPECIAL FAMILIES OF PIERCE COUNTY, Meet first Monday of the month. POC: Angela Fish SpecialFamiliesPC@gmail.com or 253-830-4368. Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/SpecialFamiliesPC .105. Please contact JBLM EFMP at firstname.lastname@example.org if any of the EFMP contacts above do not respond within 2 business days TRAINING AND CLASSES106. BECOME A FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDER Looking for a fun, rewarding job? Become a Family child care provider and make a difference in the lives of military children and their Families. FCC providers earn up to $2,000 a month, may qualify for subsidies, and receive free child care while in training and free resources for your business. Learn about FCC at the Jan. 10, 2012, orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FCC office in building 2013B. Apply today at Family Child Care office, building 2013B, Room 127, at the corner of 3rd and Pendleton on Lewis Main. For information call 253-967-3039. Full-day training classes meet Jan. 30 & 31, 2012 and Feb. 1, 2, 3, & 6, 2012, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.107. SPOUSE RESILIENCY ACADEMYTuesday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the ACS Annex, 2166 Liggett Avenue. Classes are designed to help strengthen the resiliency of our Spouses by teaching them to look within themselves in order to learn to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. Resilience starts at home and in a networked community that cares. The Spouse Resiliency Academy is strengthening that network. To RSVP please email email@example.com. FREE PARENT CLASSES AT RAINDROPS & RAINBOWSBring your children to learn and play — you’ll both love story time, crafts and more. Stop by Bldg. 8197 American Lake Ave. at Lewis North and check out the classes below (call 253-966-4802 for details; no registration required except for infant massage): - Baby sign language Dec. 21, 1:30–2:30 p.m. - Story time Dec. 15, 9:45 a.m. with Book Patch
109. TUESDAY TOPICS, RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP SERIES Presented by the Child and Family Assistance Center (CAFAC) Every Tuesday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm – CAFAC Conference Room, bldg 9923B, room 108, Madigan Annex, Ramp 3, across the hall from 9923A. Watch for signs! No need to register, just show up. Casual atmosphere. WORKSHOP TOPICS: Anatomy of the stress response. What is going on in my brain and how does it affect my relationship? Has deployment stress affected your relationship? Have you forgotten how to be a couple? Do you live in emotional extremes . . . shut down or chronically angry?Understanding the effects of chronic stress on your brain, body, emotions and thoughts. December 13, 2011 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Emotional competency. The best tool for anger management /conflict resolution and emotional closeness. Do you avoid or deny the way you feel? Do you tell everybody you are ―fine‖ when you are not? Do you over or under react? Do you push each other’s buttons?Understand your emotions. Be able to watch and label them. Increase positive emotional experience. Develop coping skills so your emotions are in your control and not controlling you. December 20, 2011 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Soldiers E5 and below can receive childcare voucher to attend with their Spouse. Register hourly childcare by calling 253-966-CYSS and receive voucher after class.110. FOOD HANDLER COURSE First Tuesday/Month 1900-2000 Third Tuesday/Month 1600-1700 POC: Carol Elliot 253-968-4331. 1 Hour Classes given by Environmental Health. This Installation certificate is valid for one year. Each volunteer must have a certificate for all FRG fund raising involving food sales, even if you are not directly handling the food. Held at Old Madigan, Ramp 2, RM 9911C. Directions to Food Handler Course classroom: o From Exit 122 (Madigan Gate) take a left onto Wilson (the street across from Madigan Nursing tower that has the stop light) o Left onto Madigan Bypass o Right onto McKinley o Right onto E. Johnson Street o On your left you will see a parking lot. Park there. o Look for the building with RAMP 2 next to the door o Go through the door and down the hallway to Classroom 9911C (follow signs).111. FAMILY WELCOME BRIEF/What to do the first week of arrival- Every Tuesday 1100 – 1130 Join us in Bldg. 2026D Waller Hall conference room, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and learn more about Fort Lewis. Attendance is highly recommended for newly arrived spouses. For more information call 253-967- 3628.112. ARMY FAMILY TEAM BUILDING Alpha, bravo, Charlie, delta, echo, foxtrot ... Learn the ―military ABCs‖ and about the Army’s lingo and culture with Army Family Team Building. Learn the rank structure, leadership skills, how to interpret an LES and more. Soldiers (E5 and below) can earn 4 promotion points by completing AFTB classes.For more information and to register, call 253-967-AFTB. Classes are held at ACS Annex, Bldg 2166,Corner of 12th St. & Liggett. Call 967-AFTB to register for classes and for childcare information. DEC 13-14 9am-2:30 pm Level I
113. CROSSROADS OF PARENTING AND DIVORCE: This course has been approved by the Superior Court of Washington State for Pierce County and is open to all Department of Defense Service Members and their Spouses, free of charge. You will learn five prevention steps : a. Keep your child out of the middle b. All you child to love both parents c. Work on your own recovery d. Develop new communication skills. e. Create a new relationship as co-parents. To sign up for the next Seminar, Dec. 6, 8am-12:30 pm, Waller Hall ACS Classroom, bldg 2140 or Dec. 21, 5-9:30 p.m. Waller Hall ACS Classroom, Call 253-968-6819.114. COMMON SENSE PARENTING OF TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS focuses on setting reasonable expectations based on your child’s age, development, and abilities. This evidence based program will help you teach (discipline) your children what you want them to do. There are 7 sessions to this class and each session builds on the previous one. This class is great when you have older infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The class is Tuesday mornings from 1000 to 1200 at the Escape Zone.115. INFANT MASSAGE is now taught at two locations on JBLM for your convenience! Learn the art of infant massage in this 3 session class from instructors trained to teach the Loving Touch curriculum. Take this fun class while pregnant or with your infant, solo or as a couple, to learn techniques to soothe a colicky baby, improve sleep, appetite and digestion, bonding and attachment, and increase brain development. Classes are taught monthly at monthly at Raindrops and Rainbows on North Fort, the first three Tuesdays of December, February, April, June and August from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Nancy McDermott-Halverson at 253-318-2293 to pre-register. Infant massage classes are also being offered monthly at McChord at the Escape Zone from 10:30 a.m. to noon the first three Wednesdays of each month. Call Rosie Anderson at 360-280-1416 to pre-register116. ASIST classes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop that trains you to become an effective caregiver for a person at risk of suicide. It helps you perform suicide first aid and to assist the person at risk to stay safe and to seek further help. ASIST is an interactive workshop that equips you to recognize invitations for help, how to offer support, review the risks of suicide, apply a suicide intervention model and link the person at risk to community resources, Dec. 8 & 9, 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, at the North Fort Chapel. Call Art Wienandt at 477-0258/0259 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ACS FINANCIAL COUNSELORS are now available at Waller Hall the first Saturday of every month (Jan. 7 ). Call for appointment 253-967-7166 AAFES http://www.salutetoyourservice.com/ Enter to win a $500 AAFES gift card AND a $500 Commissary gift card by submitting your favorite Family recipe. JB Lewis-McChord Movie Schedule PH (253) 967-4329 *recording PH (253) 967-5976 Reel Time JB Lewis-McChord Exchange YOU MADE THE GRADE PROGRAM is designed to reward students in grades 1 through 12 for above-average academic achievement and to inspire them to work that much harder. Qualifying students can receive a booklet with various discount coupons on variety of items. To get the booklet, students must present a valid military ID card and proof of an overall "B" or better average to their local BX or PX. The overall objective of this program is to provide an incentive for kids to not only stay in school, but to excel in school.
FREE MOVIES- The Theater at McChord Field has reopened for free weekend movies. 253-982-5836911 DRIVING SCHOOL Classes held at Lewis Main Exchange. www.911DrivingSchool.com 253-512-0911.Course is exclusively instructed by Police Officers. COMMISSARY The Commissary...Helping You Eat Better!STUDENT EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM provideHigh School and College students valuable temporary workexperience.Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)The SCEP is a planned, progressive educational program thatprovides high school, vocational/technical, and college students withjob-related work that is directly related to their field of study. Thereare opportunities in numerous professional career fields such asCommissary Management, Human Resource Management,Information Systems & Technology, Financial Management &Accounting, Procurement & Purchasing, Marketing, etc, with thepotential for non-competitive conversion to Federal career service.Eligibility Requirements* U.S. citizen Actively enrolled in an accredited academic institution**, at least half-time At least 16 years old In good academic standingAdditional eligibility requirements may apply. Must have a working agreement with DeCA (SCEP only)Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)The STEP provides employment opportunities primarily in clerical support or wage grade positions that enablestudents to gain valuable experience in a structured work environment that is not necessarily related to thestudents field of study. This program does not provide the potential for noncompetitive conversion to Federalcareer service, however there is potential for conversion into the SCEP.Eligibility Requirements* Actively enrolled in an accredited academic institution**, at least half-time, and working towards a degree or diploma At least 16 years old In good academic standingAdditional eligibility requirements may apply. If you need more information, or have any questions about thestudent program, please feel free to contact: StudentProgramPOC@deca.mil118. Applications for the 2012 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN PROGRAM will be available starting December 1, 2011 at commissaries worldwide as well as online at www.militaryscholar.org. To be eligible for a scholarship, the student must be a dependent, unmarried child, no older than 21 – or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university – of a service member on active duty, reservist, guardsman, retiree, or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty or survivor of a retiree. Eligibility is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military ID card. The applicant must also plan to attend or already attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2012 or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.Applications are available at JBLM Main Commissary, Customer Service, behind Register 2.
119. HOLIDAY HOURS Both Joint Base Lewis-McChord commissaries, Lewis Main and McChord Field, will be open Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The JBLM Lewis Main Commissary will be open Dec. 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the McChord Field Commissary will open at 9 a.m., Dec. 26, but close at 8 p.m. Both will close on New Year’s Day.120. If you need a large quantity of grocery items for any function please call 253-966-8470 or 253-966- 9141.121. You can now purchase Commissary gift cards, $25 or $50 denominations, in the Commissary or online at Commissaries.com website Online orders incur a handling fee that is not assessed to in-store orders. Call the toll-free phone number for questions, 1-877-988-4438, which also allows the user to check the card balance122. http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/breaking_news_07/index.cfm Food alerts and product recalls. MADIGAN NEWS123. SUICIDE PREVENTION: Do you know the warning signs, and where to turn for help? TriWest can lend a hand: http://bit.ly/TriWestBH . - Soldiers and Family members must understand that suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem. Please understand that help is available for Soldiers as well for Family members to aid in those situations. The 17th Fires Brigade Leadership and agencies on post are available to help all cases of suicidal ideations. One case is too many and 17th Fires Brigade is committed to help our Soldiers and Family and stands shoulder to shoulder with them to help during hard times as necessary. While situations arise that are a burden, remember you do not need to endure those problems alone. There are many resources available. Please pass the contact information below to every one for resources available for confidential counseling and help as necessary which are available 24 hours a day. Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK , Press ―1‖ for Veterans, SuicidePreventionLifeline.org 5-5 ADA BN CHAPLAIN: CH (CPT) Williams: (253) 306-4963 17th Fires Brigade Chaplain- CH (MAJ) Simpson: (253) 548-4252 JBLM Duty Chaplain: (253) 306-2783 Behavioral Health Clinic: (253) 968-2700 MAMC Emergency Rm: (253)968-1390 Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-SUICIDE (273-8255) Thurston/Mason County Crisis Line (24 Hrs): (800)627-2211 Pierce County Crisis Line (24 Hrs): (800)576-7764 Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647 http://www.militaryonesource.com124. Are you looking for a MEDICAL JOB AT MADIGAN? Check out CivilianMedicalJobs.com! Find Jobs - Submit Resume - Civilian Medical Jobs or www.careers-civilianmedicaljobs.icims.com125. FLU HOTLINE: 253-968-4744
126. MADIGAN SOUTH SOUND MEDICAL HOME..Get your medical care closer to home; always see the same team of providers, PLENTY OF PARKING. Madigan South Sound Medical Home is coming to Lacey/Olympia in the Olympia Plaza. It will open January 2012, but you may change your enrollment to South Sound Medical Home starting in December. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED INFORMATION SHEET AND ENROLLMENT FORM FOR INFORMATION AND ZIP CODES AVAILABLE. The SAME Army Medicine & TriCare health care, closer to home, and with better access. Same day appointments will ALWAYS be available127. The Child & Family Assistance Center - FAME Clinic - offers free, easily accessible behavioral health counseling services to spouses and children of active duty service members. We help keep families strong by promoting emotional, behavioral, and relationship health through individual, marital, and family counseling services. Help is a phone call away. We want to hear from you! Call 253-968-4843. New! Expanded Walk-In Hours: M-F 8:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hours of Operation: M-F 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. No referrals needed Free service for dependents of Active Duty Service Members with TriCare Prime -Counseling available for Individuals, Couples & Families Located at: Old Madigan Bldg. 9923A E. Johnson Ave. Tacoma, WA. 98431128. THE TRICARE YOUNG ADULT (TYA) Prime option is available for purchase on December 1, 2011:, with coverage beginning January 1, 2012. TYA Prime will offer young adult beneficiaries TRICARE Prime coverage for monthly premiums of $201. To purchase TYA Prime, dependents must be under age 26, unmarried and not eligible for their own employer-sponsored health care coverage. TYA Prime Care is delivered through military clinics and hospitals and the TRICARE network of civilian providers.. Complete information and application forms are available here TYA is available only to unmarried young adult dependents.
FINANCIAL READINESSLocation: Waller Hall, Room 400, 2140 Liggett AvenueHours of Operation: 0700 – 1630, Monday - FridayOPEN all DONSA days, closed Federal HolidaysServices Available: Confidential one-on-one counseling for Service Members and their spouses (budgeting,debt management, credit counseling, investment education, general financial planning), Personal financialmanagement classes, Army Emergency Relief (AER). All services are free of charge.Appointment Line: Call 253-967-7166 to make an appointment with a FinancialCounselor or to register for aclassPROGRAM POC: Mary Cron, AFC, CHC, 253-967-9917 or Mary.T.Cron@us.army.mil FINANCIAL READINESS CLASSES DECEMBER To register for classes at Lewis Main, please call (253) 967-7166 (Classes are held at Army Community Service located in Waller Hall unless otherwise noted) Learn how to choose the financial services and 1330 - 12/13 Banking & Checking* financial institutions that best meet your needs. 1430 Understand the advantages and disadvantages of 1430 - 12/13 Using Credit Wisely* using credit and how lenders calculate the interest 1530 rates on money they lend. This course covers the pros and cons of different 0930 - 12/15 Debt Management Strategies debt management strategies and how they impact 1130 your credit score. McChord Field Financial Readiness Classes in December 2011 To register for classes at McChord Field, please call (253) 982-2695 (Classes are held at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 552 Barnes Blvd, unless otherwise noted) Required briefing for single first term airmen moving off 1300 -1430 base. Pay entitlements, legal and consumer obligations 1000 -1130 Ready to Rent associated with tenancy and personal financial obligations, 12/29 1300 -1430 and pertinent laws associated with renting a residence or 1000 -1130 apartment are discussed. This lesson explains how to choose the financial services 0900 - 12/13 Banking and financial institutions that best meet your needs. 1030 0900 – Explore the different aspects of various insurance policies 1030 12/16 Getting Insurance while finding out which ones meet your needs and goals. 1330 - 1500 Gain a better understanding of where you are financially, 0900 - 12/20 Money & Credit where you want to be, and how to better manage your 1030 money. Principles of Personal Learn the importance of controlling personal finances and 0900 - 12/15 Finance planning for a stable financial future. 1030 Find out more about the Thrift Saving Plan as well as other TSP & Other 1330 - 12/30 retirement programs, such as the 401k plans, 403b plans Retirement Accounts 1500 and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).
129. USAA Phishing Scam: In early November, USAA members began receiving email claiming to be from USAA with the subject line: USAA Protection Alert. In an elaborate scheme, the email informs members about a failed usaa.com login attempt and to click on a link to update their identity including information such as: name, logon, password, billing address, credit card information, email address and password. Although the e-mail includes a USAA logo and appears to be from USAA, it is not. This is a phishing scam - targeting USAA Members / Military Personnel. Comment: If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply. And don’t click on the link in the message, either. Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email. If you are concerned about your account, contact the organization mentioned in the email using a telephone number you know to be genuine, or open a new Internet browser session and type in the company’s correct Web address yourself. In any case, don’t cut and paste the link from the message into your Internet browser — phishers can make links look like they go to one place, but that actually send you to a different site.130. STILL TIME TO ORDER YOUR 5-5 ADA BLANKET/THROW. $40 each. Blanket measures 48‖ X 68‖. Four color, heavy weight blanket. You can see sample at FRSA office. Order through your Battery Command or see MAJ Recella.
WEEKLY FINANCIAL TIPS CREATIVE HOLIDAY GIFTS –Even with budgeting for the holidays, the cost of gifts can add up. However, with a little thought you can create great gifts that fit within your budget. Check out some of the following sites for affordable gift ideas that work within your budget: 1. Here are some specific holiday Do It Yourself (DIY) ideas: a. www.learnvest.com/living-frugally/guerrilla-guide-to-the-holidays-8-diy-holiday- gifts/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=lvdaily&utm_campaign=img#top-block offers options for homemade gifts that make the holiday special. b. Peppermint Pretzels - www.do-it-yourself-gifts.com/peppermint-pretzels.html c. Christmas cookies in a jar - www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/giftsinjar.html or d. Gifts in a jar - www.recipelink.com/holiday/merrygifts.html and christmas.organizedhome.com/gifts-in- a-jar - these sites have recipes for beverages, cookies, dessert, snacks, cereals, breads, soups, dips, spices and even bath salts. e. Homemade heating pads for those stressful days. Check out www.do-it-yourself-gifts.com/make-a- heating-pad.html f. Easy homemade gifts - www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/gifts/homemade-holiday-gifts- 00000000024318/page2.html g. www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/holiday-ideas/holiday-guide offers ideas from stocking stuffers, cookie swap recipes, to easy do it yourself gifts. h. www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/11/13/a-do-it-yourself-christmas-34-great-gifts-you-can-make- yourself/ offers you some great ideas for do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts. i. www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/gifts-for-her offers unique ideas into wonderful gifts. j. If you are looking for fun DIY holiday projects visit www.diynetwork.com/topics/christmas/index.html. k. www.livinglocurto.com/2009/11/easy-diy-christmas-gifts-with-free-printables/ - this site offers you some easy DIY ideas with free printable labels. l. For those with tech gadgets in your life check out www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/diy-holiday- gifts-tech-ac_n_1132501.html.2. Free printable cards at www.123printcards.com.3. Looking for creative gift wrapping ideas? Check out http://www.realsimple.com/holidays- entertaining/gifts/wrapping/easy-holiday-gift-wrapping-ideas-00000000024959/index.html4. If you haven’t sent out your holiday cards yet, consider sending e-cards. Check out the following sites for free e-cards: a. www.123greetings.com b. www.bluemountain.com c. www.hallmark.com d. www.regards.com e. www.greetingsnecards.comWeekly Financial Tips are compiled by Ryki Carlson, ACS Financial Readiness Program.Ricarda.Carlson@us.army.mil to have your financial questions answered or be added to her tipsemail list.
CRIME PREVENTION, COUNTERINTELLIGENCE, AND SAFETYFORCE PROTECTION Force protection conditions for Joint Base Lewis-McChord are now posted on theJBLM public website at http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil . This will allow commanders to keep their Soldiers,Airmen, DOD civilians and Family members aware of the current FPCON to raise security awareness. TheFPCON can be raised in the event of a specific threat to the installation or upon direction of higherheadquarters. REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: https://www.inscom.army.mil/isalute (Suspicious activity reporting form, iSalute website) HTTP://TWITTER.COM/JBLMMFPDIVISION HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PAGES/JBLM-PROTECTION-DIVISION/160688777317183 EMAIL: LewisPMFusionCell@conus.army.mil If you wish to remain anonymous, call the Counterintelligence Hotline: 1-800-CALL-SPYPHOTOCOPYING OF MILITARY IDENTIFICATION CARDS Recent incidents regarding the photocopying ofmilitary identification cards, by commercial establishments to verify military affiliation, have been reported.Personnel are reminded that the photocopying of US Government Identification is a violation of Title 18,US Code Part I, Chapter 33, Section 701 and punishable by both fine and/or imprisonment. Many militarymembers, family members and DoD employees are unaware of this law. NOTE: This does not apply to medicalestablishments who are allowed take a copy for the purpose of filing insurance claims; and other governmentagencies in the performance of official government business. FPO Comment: Criminal elements and terroristorganizations place U.S. government identifications as a high value logistical element when planning actsagainst the U.S. military. There are no safeguards in place to ensure a government identification card won’t becounterfeited or ―cloned‖ based on a photocopy by a commercial establishment. It is recommended thatmilitary/DoD personnel provide a state drivers license or other form of photo identification to be photocopied ifan establishment insists on a photocopy of the traveler’s identification. (Reserve Affairs Office of SECDEF)ROAD CONDITIONS For the latest information about Joint Base Lewis-McChord road conditions, closures,and delays, call (253) 967-1733 to hear a recorded message with the latest information or check the JBLMCurrent Conditions Web site at http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/ and click on Joint Base LewisMcChord Updates. Air Force personnel on McChord Field can also call (253) 982-TALK for updatedinformation.
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