Dragonslayer Weekly Update 5-5 AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY FACEBOOK PAGEAlpha FRG MeetingMarch 20, Battery Conference Room/Day room, 6 PM, potluck.HHB FRG Meeting: April 11, Battery conference room/Day room, 6 PM1. UNIT PRIDE MOCK DINING INOpen to all JBLM Spouses. Friday, March 16, 6 p.m., Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Avenue SE. Prizes for best Unit costumes, Most Unit participation, Best Unit inspired table decorations. $15 per person. EMAIL YOUR UNIT REPRESENTATIVE, MRS. SHERI MELITO FOR information and the theme for 5-5 ADA BN SherilynM05@yahoo.com Big Opportunity chances. Sponsored by the Lewis Community Spouses Club. Buy tickets at the door or in advance.*Happening this week or weekend2. *ST. PATTY‟S DAY 5K & 10K RUN, Saturday, March 17, at the MWR Event Tent behind Bowl Arena Lanes, Bldg. 2272, Liggett Avenue, JBLM Main. The JBLM Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare & Recreation is celebrating St. Patricks Day by having a blarney of a 5K 10K fun run. Everyone is welcome to participate, even the wee lads and lasses. Dont forget to bring along your lucky charms and remember to wear green or other Irish spirited outfits. EVENT TIME: 7:30-8:45 am- Packet Pick up, 8:45-9 am- Race Briefing, 9 am- Race Starts. Entry Fees: $15 AD Military/Family Member /Retirees/Reservist/DOD Civilians $20 Civilians - No Military affiliation. Day of race registrations will have an additional $5.00 late fee.
3. In recognition of all those who serve our great country, all sixty-seven NCAA March Madness games will be free to watch live using your computer, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad,and select Android phones.Starting March 8, pre-register with your .mil address to redeem your freeaccess. Registration can becompleted anytime leading up to or during the tournament. https://secure.mms.ncaa.com/campaign/MMOD_MIL_CMPGN/email_reg4. 15th ANNUAL PARENT UNIVERSITY, Friday, April 13, 10 AM-3 PM, at North Fort Chapel. Free event for parents seeking information about positive relationships and discipline for children. Matthew Johnson, Psy.D, author of ―Positive Parenting with a Plan‖ will be the guest speaker. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Free on-site childcare with early registration (before April 1). For information or to register call: 253-967-5901 or 253-982- 2695.5. FREE TAX FILING SERVICES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES Military OneSource www.MilitaryOneSource.com is once again offering free tax filing software to eligible service members and Families through the H&R Block at Home® Basic service. The program provides free access to a customized version of the basic H&R Block at Home® electronic tax filing product. This customized product allows for free federal filing and free state filing (up to three states). In addition, free telephonic tax consultations are available to help with tax related issues. Please access your H&R Block at Home® Basic account through the website, www.MilitaryOneSource.com. This will prevent any applicable charges being applied to your account when preparing to file your return. The free offer is only valid through the Military OneSource website. For first time use, Military is username, OneSource is password.6. *THE FORT LEWIS FAMILY MEMBER SCHOLARSHIP FUND is currently accepting 2012 scholarship applications through March 31. Applications can be downloaded from www.fortlewisscholarship.com. Applicants are encouraged to use the fill-in form. Family members , retiree Family mebers, and surviving Family members are eligible to receive scholarships without regard to the income level of the Family or the rank of the service member. The Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund typically awards more than $20,000 per year, which comes from charitable donations from many sources. Applications are judged on criteria including but not limited to essay response, grades, community involvement and leadership. Inquire at FtLewisFamilyScholarship@hotmail.com7. JBLM B.O.S.S. is looking for highly motivated, proactive, creative Soldiers and Airmen to keep our program running strong and even take it to the next level! We are looking to fill four positions: President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Air Force Lead. Please help us continue our current legacy as, "The Best Army BOSS program in the Army‖. SGT William May will be the interim President as we search for the new team. Being part of the JBLM BOSS Team is very exciting and rewarding. We are looking for Service members who are: Passionate about the well being of their peers Have a desire to become an active pillar in the community Work well independently and with little guidance Creative problem solvers with the ability to prioritize and delegate tasks. Reliable, dependable and honestThere are many traits that can qualify someone for this position, the following are disqualifiers: On deployment orders 1 yr or less left on Military contract
Currently flagged or awaiting UCMJ Have less than 2 yrs in Active Duty status Certain profiles may disqualify youAnyone interested in applying should fill out the attached application and turn in to the BOSSoffice located at the Warrior Zone, JBLM North. For information or questions contact SPCMonique Miranda, 967-5636/575-312-71168. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW, for Operation Homefront‟s Baby Shower, April 28th, Register online: http://www.operationhomefront.net/washington/highlights.aspx?id=17948Join Operation Homefront at Real Life Family Center, 17708 28th Avenue East, Tacoma, for gifts, friendship, information, fun, food, and drink. Door prizes will be given out! For Moms only with babies due February 1st to August 1st, 2012. No Dads or other Family members allowed. No childcare is provided. Register at the website.9. PURPLE UP! FOR MILITARY KIDS April marks the nation’s ―Month of the Military Child,‖ a time to honor youth impacted by deployment. In celebration, Washington Operation: Military Kids (OMK) invites you to join us for the 1st annual “Purple Up! For Military Kids.” We are encouraging everyone across the state of Washington to wear purple on Friday, April 13th, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. OMK hopes everyone will take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these young heroes.10. JBLM TAX CENTER is open and preparing for another busy year. The staff consists of 28 service members from the installation and two civilians with tax preparation experience. Military members received training from the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and military-specific tax codes. JBLM Tax Center is also testing a new program entitled Free Assisted Self-Service Tax Preparation at the McChord location. FAST allows people to file taxes electronically on their own for free with a tax preparation service, including H&R Block Free File, Turbo Tax Freedom and TaxSlayer. A trained staff member will be on-site at the designated computer stations to help users with filing and working with the system. Unlike recent years, the tax center will be open on Mondays. You can call ahead to see how long the wait is prior to
arriving. In the past, early daytime hours were the busiest.All services are available on a walk-in basis. Appointments are available to those who own rental properties, have foreign source income or other foreign issues, home day care, respite care and for E-9s, O-6s or higher and CW-5s. http://www.lewis.army.mil/sja/tax/ for information and hours. Call 253- 967-1040 for wait times.11. NEWCOMERS‟ ORIENTATIONMarch 27, 8:30 a.m., McChord Club, 700 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field. Orientation includes briefings, on and off post vendors, complimentary lunch, and a bus tour of JBLM. Free childcare available on site. Mandatory for O-3 and below, CW2 and below, and E-7 and below, within 30 days of arrival. Casual attire. Families invited.12. EKNOWLEDGE DONATES $200 SAT AND ACT TEST PREP PROGRAMS TO MILITARY FAMILIES. Available to all service members, including members of the Reserves, Active Duty, and their families this offer is made possible because of donations from NFL/MLB players. This program has been extended to military Families and veterans for a sixth consecutive year through the eKnowledge Sponsorship Alliance, NFL and MLB players, and over fifty other organizations. Military personnel can obtain SAT and ACT PowerPreptm programs at cost ($13.84 to $72.00). The retail value of these programs is $199.99 to $599.00. The SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs are available as a DVD-ROM set and/or books. To order a copy of the program visit www.eknowledge.com/militaryhomefront13. CHECK OUT THE LATEST APPSfrom T2 (National Center for Telehealth and Technology)! T2 researches, develops, and deploys technologies for Psychological Health (PH) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to promote the resilience, recovery and reintegration of warriors and their families.Mobile Applications | T2 Health, www.t2health.org. The official website for the National Center Telehealth and Technology (T2). Visit this site to learn more about T2s work integrating technology and psychology.14. VETERAN COMBAT CALL CENTER- the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created a 24/7 confidential Combat Call Center. The Combat Call Center allows Veterans and their Families to talk about their military experience or issues they are facing during their readjustment to civilian life. The phones are manned by combat Veterans and their Family members from all eras. The Combat Call Center can be reached at 877.WAR.VETS (877.927.8387). The VA also created Spouse Talk Support program that allows spouses the opportunity to talk about their readjustment issues. For more information on the spouses program, go to www.militaryfamily.org/publications/enewsletters/military-family-topics/va- expands-telephone-spouse.html15. 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.16. 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. Catherine Jorjorian, 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.
17. PWOC- Protestant Women of the ChapelPWOC Facebook Page for all the latest information. They also have a night bible study that will meet on Wednesdays 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/18. 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/19. 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.20. 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. Names of Fallen Warriors from JBLM are read out loud before each run. You can run/walk a 5K or 10K course each Saturday, and support Spouses of Fallen Warriors. For more information please visit their website at http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/21. 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 253-982-0718/0719.22. MARCH FOCUS Magazine online (MWR): http://issuu.com/fortlewismwr/docs/mar_201223. *PASSPORT TO WELLNESS This Health Promotion & Wellness Event (now through March 30) 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, BLDG 2022. For further information you can call 253-966-3757 or 982-0531. http://www.mamc.amedd.army.mil/Wellpp/24. CALENDAR The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities are planned: • March 16 •25. Information on the REDUX RETIRED PAY PLAN is available in the Career Status Bonus/REDUX Soldier Information section at: http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/PreRetirement.asp
26. RETIREMENT RESOURCES FOR SOLDIERSSoldiers and Families making financial decisions for approaching retirement have help available to them in-person and online. At every major Army installation, a full-time retirement services officer (RSO) supports both retiring and retired Soldiers and Families of the active and reserve components. The Army G-1s Retirement Services homepage offers 24/7 online support, at: http://www.armyg1.army.mil/rso/27. KICK BUTTS DAY March 21. A national educational event to empower youth to reject the advertising messages of the tobacco industry and peer pressure to use tobacco. www.KickButtsDay.org28. 593rd Sustainment Brigade has opened a SATELLITE POST OFFICE ON JBLM LEWIS NORTH. One of the only Soldier-run post offices in the continental U.S, the new post office offers valuable training for Soldiers & an important service to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community. The post office is open to anyone on JBLM. Services offered include sale of stamps and money orders, priority, express and accountable mail. Located in BLDG 12324 (18th ST, near 19th ST & 32nd Division DR). Customer service hours: 10AM-3PM, MON- WED & FRI; 1-3PM THU.29. POV RESALE LOTS Buy or sell cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles or RVs at the POV Resale Lots on JBLM Lewis North next to the museum and McChord Field next to the Commissary. The lot is located at theFenced area adjacent to Military Museum on North Fort. Registration is from Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. What you need to register: Fees per Week (Monday-Monday) Vehicle Registration Under 16 Feet $ 5.00 Proof of Insurance 16-30 Feet $10.00 Post Decal Number and Expiration 30 plus Feet $15.00 Valid ID Card(Yes, there are two different baby showers/celebrations available!)
EINSTEINS RIDDLE: Einstein wrote the following riddle. He said that 98% of the world could not solve it. Several scientists were able to solve it, and they said its not all that hard if you pay attention and are very patient. Give it a try: There are 5 houses in 5 different colors in a row. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5 owners of the houses drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage. Other facts: 1. The Brit lives in the red house. 2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets. 3. The Dane drinks tea. 4. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house. 5. The green houses owner drinks coffee. 6. The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds. 7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill. 8. The owner living in the center house drinks milk. 9. The Norwegian lives in the first house. 10. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats. 11. The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill. 12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer. 13. The German smokes Prince. 14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house. 15. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water. The question is: WHO OWNS THE FISH? Hint: Just take your time. This one should take you some time and is probably one of the harder riddles you see. Answer: Oh, you thought I had the answer? Working on it! Answer will be in an April Weekly Update!30. ENTER YOUR „BABY‟ INTO FREEDOM FEST CAR SHOW Have a car, truck, motorcycleor bicycle you love to show off? The JBLM Auto Centers are now accepting entries into the 2012 Freedom Fest Classy Chassis Car Show, held Wednesday, July 4 at Memorial Stadium. Entry is free; participants receive a dash plaque and goody bag. All entries will be judged by category and trophies awarded to the winners. Download the rules and application form from JBLMmwr.com. Entry deadline is Thursday, June 14. Call 360- 458-0856 or 253-967-3728 for more information.
GET OUT OF THE BARRACKS/HOUSE31. *MILITARY SPOUSES ACTIVITIES, Lakewood Family YMCA. Refuel emotionally, physically, and spiritually while getting connected to other military Spouses through fun activities and self-reflection. Starting March 6. Every first and third Tuesday of the month. 9 am -12 p.m. Free for members and non-members. Fee-based child care is available upon registration. Register by- contacting Kelli McMorris: McMork@uw.edu or 580-704-9501. Located at the Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, 98499.32. *THE JBLM BREWFEST is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition,Hosted by Joint Base Lewis-McChord& Home brewers of Parkland-Spanaway .The 2012 Beer Judge Certification Program Guidelines will be used for this competition. Event Activities: Registration:February 1, 2012 - March 5 2012 Judging: March 5, 2012 JBLM Brewfest:: Friday, March 16, McChord Club Community Center Time: 4:30-10pm Event: will include homebrew and local commercial beer tasting, food, door prizes, and the announcement of the homebrew competition category winners. Ticket price: $10 at the door (members), $15 non-members.This event is intended to help encourage interest in home brewing for non-brewers and to make connectionsbetween current brewers. We are asking each competitor of the homebrew competition to provide samplingof the beers which they enter into the competition (1-2 oz samples) at the JBLM Brewfest on March 16th.Those providing samples will attend the event free of charge. For info on how to provide sample beer,http://www.jblmmwr.com/brewfest/index.html For info call 253-982-071833. ATV RIDERCOURSESaturday, April 7. In this half-day course, ATV Safety Institute instructors will guide you through the fun and excitement of safely riding an ATV. Dress for the weather, because you’ll ride rain or shine. Fee includes ATV, helmet and goggles. SI ATV RiderCourse Certification awarded upon completion. Minimum age: 16. ($35)34. *HEROES LOUNGE NOW OPEN SATURDAYS Heroes Sports Lounge inside Cascade Community Center will be open 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Watch televised sports action and attend special events. For more information call 253-964-0331.35. Sit back and ride to Seattle for ANIMÉ CONVENTION or sightseeing. Want to attend the annual Sakura- Con at the conventioncenter in Seattle Saturday, April 7 but don’t want todrive? Dress up as your favorite character and let LeisureTravel Services take you to the event and back.Reserve your place by Friday, March 30! For $20, you’llget to spend an entire day in Seattle — from 8 a.m.–10:30 p.m. You can’t beat that price for parking lot andgas totals. If you don’t want to spendthe whole day at the convention, take abreak and see local attractions!The trip is for ages 5 and older. Eventadmission is not included. Call LTS at253-967-3085 for registration details.For all the skinny on Sakura-Con,visit their website at www.sakuracon.org.36. ADULT COOKING CLASS: SPRING INTO SPRING, A Special Dinnerwith Leanne Willard, Tues, March 20th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm. On the night of the Spring Equinox, Leanne shares a favorite dinner that doesnt cost a fortune. Using the less-expensive shoulder-cut, she makes Syrah-Braised Lamb with Olives, Dried Cherries and Endives, accompanied by an Asparagus and Butter Lettuce Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Pine Nuts, and Israeli Couscous with Peas and Mint. Finish with a refreshing Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce. Welcome spring with a meal that will fit any festive occasion this season! Complementary wine pairing. $45 per person. To Register or for More Information Call: 360-754-1448. For Additional Class Descriptions Visit our New Website at: www.BayviewSchoolofCooking.com. Bayview School of Cooking is upstairs of Bayview Thriftway, 516 West 4th Avenue, Olympia.
37. SHOTGUN RANGE OPENS The Recreational Shotgun Range is now open with new renovations, including a wheelchair-accessible pavement to Range 3. The complex offers archery, skeet, trap, sporting clays and more to JBLM patrons. All guns being brought onto any part of JBLM must be registered at Waller Hall in accordance with JBLM 190-11. For more information, call 967-7056.38. COACH A YOUTH TEAM TO VICTORY The Youth Sports Office is in desperate need of six more volunteer youth soccer coaches. Share your love of the game, experience, and skills with JBLM youth- athletes.Promotion points can be earned. For more information, call the Youth Sports Office, 967-2405.39. NEED VOLUNTEER IDEAS? Check out www.Project-U.org for volunteer opportunities in the surrounding communities.40. *JBLM BETTIE BRIGADE,roller derby team, matches coming up: St. Patricks Day home game vs Dockyard Derby Dames "MaraudingMollys" March 17. Want more info? Find them on the web: www.bettiebrigade.com or on FB: www.facebook.com/pages/JBLM-Bettie-Brigade/191688670874385. For details and schedule, call 253-967-4458.41. CABIN GETAWAY If you want to get away from it all just for a few days, rent a studio cabin or one- two- or three-bedroom cabin on the shore of American Lake. Now through Feb. 29, stay two nights and the second night is half-off Monday through Wednesday only. Reserve a cabin up to three months in advance; available year-round from the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. For comprehensive photos and information, visit JBLMmwr.com under cabin rentals, or call 253-967-7744 or 967-8282.42. DEPLOYED FAMILIES are invited to attend a monthly dinner is offered at Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30-8:30 pm. The main dish is provided and attending families are asked to bring a dish to share. Please confirm your attendance to Carolyn Clanton, firstname.lastname@example.org. WAITING FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP is an ACS sponsored group is an outreach support group for active duty Families on unaccompanied tours, extended temporary duty or field training exercises. Interested? Please contact ACS- Relocation at 253-967-3633.44. *QUILTS FOR KIDS at Grandstaff Library Thursday, Mar. 22, 4:00-6:00pm, Grandstaff LibraryLearn how to make a quilt in 6 hours and about volunteering for "Quilts for Kids".45. 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 253-982-5954.46. 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. Every month the FISHER HOUSE (www.FortLewisFisherHouse.org)has a 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!February 2012 Wish List (Please use as March list) Current “Top 3″ Needs: o Laundry Softener (HE only) o Swiffer brand WET cloth refills o Individual Drinks (water, juice, soda, etc.) 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 wish list: http://www.target.com/ot/list/3MppmsAuhLygST6COXUhSg THE FISHER HOUSE DEPENDS ON OUR VOLUNTEERSAND VOLUNTARY SUPPORT to enhance daily operations and program expansion. They offer different types of volunteer activities with flexible hours. Activities include: Preparing meals for Fisher House guests Volunteer positions Projects around the Fisher House JBLM Fisher House offers 24 hours of child care for volunteers who log hours in VMIS, and have their child(ren) registered with Fort Lewis Child and Youth Services. Fisher House also gives awards to volunteers for their generous service. To learn more about volunteering with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fisher House please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (253)964-9283 Ext. 20 or email@example.com. OUTDOOR RECREATION Rent all the snow gear you need for winter fun on your own, or sign up for some of our January and February trips to the mountains. Downhill skis, boots, poles, cross-country skis, snowboard package, snowboard and ski maintenance, and binding tightening available. 253-967-8282.49. MARINERS SALUTE TO THE ARMED FORCES - Join the Mariners for a special pregame program honoring the U.S. Armed Forces, service veterans and support organizations. Festivities will begin at 12:20 p.m., April 21. The M’s take on the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 p.m. Fans will each receive a commemorative military coin courtesy of the Mariners and Boeing at the conclusion of the game. Visit Marners.com/Mariners for tickets. Discount tickets are available for all military service personnel, their Families and friends. View reserved seats reduced to $11. Field seats reduced to $25. Terrace Club seats reduced to $30. During the 2012 season, present your military ID on Tuesday home game dates and receive 20 percent off regular price merchandise at all Mariners Team Store locations. Restrictions may apply.50. WARRIOR ZONE at the corner of D St & 17th St., North Fort. The Warrior Zone has everything a service member could want in a recreational facility — gaming, Internet, movies, billiards, snack bar, patio, theater, 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.
Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice. Register throughWebTrac(visit JBLMmwr.com) or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick-up locations arethe NAC and McChordField’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. We’ll visit FRGmeetings or unit functions. KIDS51. IT‟S TIME FOR YOUTH SPRING BASEBALL!For youth ages 3-15.Register by March 30th. Interested in Coaching? Call 967-240552. YOUTH TRACK AND FIELD. For youth ages 3-15. Register by March 30th.
53. *MILITARY TEENS FREE TRIPS 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‖ ($25 registration fee) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 January camps with more dates to follow in February and March.Click on Trip Name below for further details ACTIVITY/CAMP NAME DATE(s)Skiing/Snowboarding: Stevens Pass 24 March 2012Deschutes River Rafting Trip 9-14, April, 201254. SPRING BREAK CAMPS bring JBLM students a fun week! School-age youth and middle school students/teens will find fun and friends ata Spring Break Camp during one of the following weeks: April 2– 6, 9–13 and 16–20. If not enrolled in before- or after-school care, register at Parent Central beginning Monday, March 5. If already enrolled, make arrangements with your program. For fee and enrollment details, call 253-966-CYSS.55. SPRING BREAK TRIPS Middle Schoolersvisit the Pacific Science Center Wednesday, April 4, and high schoolers head to the Family Fun Center Friday, April 6. You must be registered with Child, Youth & School Services to participate (teens can pick up a self-registration form at the Teen Zone [parent verification required], or parents can enroll youth at Parent Central). There is a cost for spring break activities; details at the Teen Zone.56. WIN GIFT CARDS WORTH $40! If you’re a military youth at JBLM ages 11–18, you’re invited to fill out a 40-minute survey about what you like to do and who you like to hang out with. Participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card for themselves plus a $25 gift card for their Family. Take the survey March 26–30; for times and locations (and more information about) the CYSS-University of Georgia survey, visit JBLMmwr.com.57. SUMMER CAMP FAIR, Sat., March 31. 1-3 p.m. at the STAR Center, Tacoma. This is a great event for our Families to learn about the various summer camps available if they plan to enroll their children in a summer camp this year. South Tacoma Activity and Recreation (STAR) Center is Tacoma Metro Parks newest recreation center; its located at 3873 S. 66th St,Tacoma, 98409; phone (253) 404-3939 or website STARCenterTacoma.org58. INTO THE WOODS brings the outdoors to JBLM youth at this year’s Kids‟ Fest celebration. Join Family and MWR at AFC Arena Thursday, April 5, 1–4:30 p.m. for free hands-on fun, music and much more. This is the 20th year for Kids’ Fest, which is JBLM’s celebration for the Month of the Military Child. This year’s event will feature more than 30 hands-on activities about life in the woods — kids will learn about camping, animal life, trees, birds and more. You’re guaranteed to learn a lot from invited special guests, including the Point Defiance Zoo. Bowl Arena Lanes is offering free Family bowling in conjunction with the event. Check out the activities in AFC Arena and then walk to the bowling alley (they share a parking lot) for two free games of bowling. This special offer is available to Families during Kids’ Fest hours only. The AFC Arena is located at Lewis Main, adjacent to Bowl Arena Lanes, Bldg. 2275 Liggett Ave. For more information, call 253-477-4299.
59. Visit the LEWIS TEEN ZONE FOR OPEN RECREATION Monday–Thursday, 2–8 p.m. and Friday– Saturday, 2–10 p.m. Check out these upcoming events: Hail and Farewell Meet new youth, say bye to those leaving and celebrate March birthdays Friday, March 16 at 4 p.m. Middle school dance Music and fun Friday, March 16, 7–9 p.m. Pot of Gold Lock-In for high schoolers, Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. through Sunday, March 18 at 7 a.m. Kick Butts Day Anti-tobacco activities begin at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.60. Give your kids the EDGE! Interested in strengthening your teens’ resiliency? Consider enrolling them in the YOUTH RESILIENCY ACADEMY. Presented in cooperation with Army Community Service, the academy is for ages 15–19. Find out more about the EDGE! program at JBLMmwr.com.61. KIDS COOKING CLASSES La Petite Academy at Bayview School of Cooking, Designed for Ages 5-8. Saturday, April 7th, 9-11:00 am Chop, Chop, Chopsticks! Kids love Chinese food and they keep asking for more! To satisfy their requests, Linda the Chef will help them create a flavorful, easy Chow Mein with Chow Mein Noodles that they’ll be able to sample along with Green Tea and Fortune Cookies, all while practicing their chopstick technique! $30. Register at www. BayviewSchoolofCooking.com or 360-754- 1448. Located top floor of Bayview Thriftway, 516 West 4th Avenue, Olympia.62. Saturday, May 5th, 9-11:00 am AFTERNOON TEA FOR TWO Instructor: Linda Hunter There’s nothing like tea time to make a person feel special. Join Linda and her assistants for a tea to remember. You’ll prepare special Chicken Salad Sandwiches, fun Salami “Cones”, fresh Fruit Skewers, and a Chocolate Treat to serve to your special person when they return a half hour before the end of class. A variety of teas and purchased tea biscuits round out the menu for this sumptuous little feast. $3563. Mix &Measure Designed for Ages 9-13 Saturday, April 7th, 1-3:30 pm ASIAN PERSUASION Instructor: Linda Hunter Kids can’t get enough of Asian food and they keep asking for more! To satisfy their requests, Linda will help them create a flavorful, restaurant –worthy Chow Mein with Chow Mein Noodles and the ever-popular Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce. Green Tea and Fortune Cookies accompany this meal that will have you chopstick proficient in the end! $3564. Saturday, May 5th, 1-3:30 pm A Springtime English Tea Instructor: Linda Hunter There’s nothing like tea time to make a person feel special. Join Linda and her assistants for a tea to remember. You’ll prepare special Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Deviled Ham Sandwiches and Cucumber Sandwiches, fun Salami-Cream Cheese Cones, fresh Fruit Stacks, and Chocolate Truffles to serve to your special person when they return a half hour before the end of class. A variety of teas and purchased tea biscuits round out the menu for this sumptuous little feast. $4065. CYS HIRED! Apprenticeship Program for Teens Teens can bolster college applications with the Hired! Apprentice Program. Teens ages 15-18 earn valuable work experience, and earn $500 at the end of the program, by reporting to work at MWR operations. For more information call 253-967-4694.66. Are you looking for a playground on JBLM Main? Look no further....Thanks to your ICE recommendations for improvement the JBLM MAIN LODGE PLAYGROUND (RAINIER INN) is now available for children of parents that aren’t guests at the Lodge. A key to access the playground can be checked out at the front desk and conveniently returned to the key box located at the playground entrance. The playground offers a covered, fun, enclosed, centralized area on Main post for children 5-12 years of age to play. Adult Supervision is required.
67. BABY PLAY GROUP is restarting at the Escape Zone McChord! This drop- in group for babies newborn up to age 1 offers bonding activities, age appropriate toys and opportunity for parents to learn about infant development. Thursdays from 1-2:30 pm. If more information is needed, call Janet Roller at 360-628- 1229, or just come on by and have fun! Do not need CYSS enrollment, because parent is always with child.68. HTTP://WWW.MILITARYKIDSCONNECT.ORG, was created by psychologists at DOD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology. It helps children of deployed parents cope with the stress, changing responsibilities, and concern for the safety of their parents. The center, known as T2, developed the website with informative videos, educational tools, and engaging games and activities for three age groups: 6 to 8, 9 to 12 and 13 to 17. The site also features monitored online social network forums for the groups to safely share their experiences with deployments. MilitaryKidsConnect.org provides a safe and engaging way to help military youth with the day-to-day challenges of deployment, and may even help enhance Family resilience and support for the deployed Service member.69. CLARKMOOR HOURLY Child Development Center is now open Tuesdays until 9 p.m. and Fridays until 10 p.m. Your child must be enrolled in CYS Services. For more details or reservations, call Parent Central at 966-CYSS (2977).70. SKIESUNLIMITED YOUTH ACADEMY offers instruction in the Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills. Inspiring classes–ranging from computers, SAT Prep, science, art, dance, gymnastics, boxing, karate, theater, fencing and piano, the SKIESUnlimited Youth Academy is always adding classes–let your children explore new skills, cultivate personal interests, establish connections and bolster college applications. For registration information, call 253-966-CYSS (2977). Sign up on Webtrac for the next session!71. YOUTH SPORTS CALENDAR AT END OF UPDATE!72. *RED CROSS BABYSITTING CERTIFICATION CLASS for Military Youth ages 11 & up. March 17, Camp Murray, Bldg # 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $15 fee. Workshop will prepare youth for situations that may arise while caring for younger children. Class will cover responsibilities and skills required of a safe babysitter, supervision and play with children of various ages, basic child care, basic first aid, safety precautions, accident prevention, and critical emergency action skills. Red Cross certification available upon completion of course. MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN SACK LUNCH. To register and for more information: Robbin Seeberger, 253-512-7985 or Robbin.Seeberger@us.army.mil.73. EKNOWLEDGE DONATES $200 SAT AND ACT TEST PREP PROGRAMS TO MILITARY FAMILIES. Available to all service members, including members of the Reserves, Active Duty, and their families this offer is made possible because of donations from NFL/MLB players. This program has been extended to military Families and veterans for a sixth consecutive year through the eKnowledge Sponsorship Alliance, NFL and MLB players, and over fifty other organizations. Military personnel can obtain SAT and ACT PowerPreptm programs at cost ($13.84 to $72.00). The retail value of these programs is $199.99 to $599.00. The SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs are available as a DVD-ROM set and/or books. To order a copy of the program visit www.eknowledge.com/militaryhomefront74. 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 Avenue on Lewis North and check out the classes below (call 253-966-4802 for details; no CYSS registration required except for infant massage)75. *The CHILDREN‟S MUSEUM OF TACOMA has free admission between 10 am-7 pm, the first Friday of each month (April 6).
76. BABYSITTER LOCATOR WEBSITE-Sittercity.comoffers 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/dod77. 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.78. 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- 8590/2695.79. 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.email@example.com. EFMP80. *JBLM EFMP WORKING FOCUS GROUP, April 5,10:30am: Our mission is to identify a broad range of global issues impacting Exceptional Families within the JBLM and Army Communities. We will work collectively with senior leadership, medical personnel, community and DoD agencies to improve service delivery and quality of life. We extend an invite to anyone who is passionate about Exceptional Families, whether you are an Exceptional Family Member (EFM), a parent/spouse of an EFM, a unit representative, Senior Spouse, representative of a local school or agency, etc. Call 253-967-9704 if you have any questions; no RSVPs required to attend.81. EFMP COFFEE GROUP The EFMP Coffee Group will meet April 10, 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.82. SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIE, March 17 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 253-982-2695.83. *EFMP PLAYGROUP March21@ Raindrops and Rainbows. 10-11 am.84. If you would like to join our EFMP e-mail distribution list, please e- firstname.lastname@example.org.
85. *SPECIAL FAMILIES OF PIERCE COUNTY, Meet first Monday of the month (April 2). POC: Angela Fish SpecialFamiliesPC@gmail.com or 253-830-4368. Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/SpecialFamiliesPC .86. Please contact JBLM EFMP at email@example.com if any of the EFMP contacts above do not respond within 2 business days TRAINING ANDCLASSES87. Free training on Friday, March 30th from 12:30-1:30 at The Escape Zone on McChord. The speaker is Mike Schindler from Operation Military Family and the Title is : Navigating the Storms; During and after deployments to a better relationship". We are really excited to be able to offer this training . You can call the Airman& Family Readiness Center toRSVP at: 253-982-2695.88. PARENT UNIVERSITY April 13th from 1000-1500 at North Fort Chapel for parents seeking information about positive relationships anddiscipline for their children. FREE!89. SPOUSE RESILIENCY ACADEMY, 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. For more information call 253-967- 3544.Childcare is available by calling 966-2977.90. ACTIVE PARENTING NOW, A class for parents of 5-12 year olds will be held on Tuesdays, starting April 10, 2012 at Evergreen Elementary School from 1:30-2:30 PM. Learn non-violent discipline techniques that work . Teach responsibility and important values. Defuse power struggles. Stimulate independence. Prepare for the preteen and teenage years. (Childcare vouchers provided for E5 and below—ask for details.) Class is for adults only--no children please sponsored by: Child & Family Assistance Center (CAFAC), School Behavioral Health (SBH) and Evergreen Elementary School. To register, contact: Sandi Vest at 253-968-4775 or email SBH at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30, 2012.91. FRG LEADERSHIP TRAINING Only open to those registered as FRG Leader/co-leader on VMIS(Volunteer Management Information System). March 22, 29, and April 5. Thursday evenings, 6-9 .m. at the Family Resource Center (FRC). Registration starts Feb. 22. Childcare may be available. Call 253-967-9496 to register.92. FRG POINT OF CONTACT training, (key caller), May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the FRC. Call 253-967-9496 to register starting April 23rd.93. HEALTHY EATING CLASS: Arrange a ―Healthy Eating‖ class for your unit. Attendees will learn how to use nutritious foods to maintain good health and well-being. Call Madigan Army Public Health Nursing to book a class for your unit or FRG! 253-968-4387.94. FRG TREASURER TRAINING April 4 at the FRC, call 253-967-9496 to register starting March 4. Childcare may be available by calling 966-2977 starting March 4.95. FRG POINT OF CONTACT (POC) TRAINING March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the FRC. Call 253-967-9496 starting *February 13 to register.96. ARMY FAMILY TEAM BUILDING (AFTB) Level I evening classes, March 26-30, 5:30-9 p.m. AFTB classesare held in Bldg. 2166, ACS Annex, 12th and Liggett, Main Post. For additional information call 253-967-AFTB (2382).
LEVEL I CLASSES 1.01 Expectations and Impact of the Mission on Family Life 1.02 Military Acronyms and Terms 1.03 The Chain of Command 1.04 Introduction to Military Customs and Courtesies 1.05 Basic Military Benefits and Entitlements 1.06 Introduction to Military and Civilian Community Resources 1.07 Introduction to Family Readiness Groups 1.08 Supporting Your Child’s Education 1.09 Introduction to Family Financial Readiness 1.10 Basic Problem Solving.27. eBOOK BASICS at Grandstaff LibrarySaturday, Mar. 17, 1pm, Grandstaff LibraryBldg. 2109, N 10th & Pendleton JBLM Lewis Main Phone: 253-967-5889 Learn how to download ebooks and eaudiobooks to ebook readers, such as Kindles or Nooks. Library staff will demonstrate how to search the library catalog for ebooks, check them out, download and transfer titles, and troubleshoot problems. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or e-reader devices.28. 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 March 20, 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 March 26, 27,28,29,30, and April 2, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free childcare during training classes.97. 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, March 9 (2nd Friday),at the Family Resource Center, Call 253-968-6819.98. FOOD HANDLER COURSE First Tuesday of Month, March 6 1900-2000 Third Tuesday of Month, March 19 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). o TUESDAY TOPICS: RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP. WORKSHOP TOPICS:
What makes a marriage work and what shuts it down? A detailed look at communication. Are youmisinterpreted, stuck and misunderstood? Do you need a referee? ―Here we go again...‖ (sound familiar?) Howto identify ―dead end‖ or destructive patterns. How to have meaningful connections with your spouse.March 6, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmAnatomy of the stress response. What is going on in my brain and how does it affect my relationship? Hasdeployment stress affected your relationship? Have you forgotten how to be a couple? Do you live in emotionalextremes . . . shut down or chronically angry? Understanding the effects of chronic stress on. . . your brain,body, emotions and thoughts.March 13, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmEmotional competency. The best tool for anger management /conflict resolution and emotional closeness. Doyou avoid or deny the way you feel? Do you tell everybody you are ―fine‖ when you are not? Do you over orunder 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 notcontrolling you.March 20, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmWhat does my family have to do with us? A look at family history and gender roles. Does your past effectyour present? How our childhood families affect beliefs, values, expectations and the partners we pick.Understanding the role of attachment in childhood and adulthood. Building your family genogram to map yourrelationship patterns. March 27, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pmJoin us for topics of interest in an educational setting packed with helpful information for couples. Perhaps youwould like to make improvements in your relationship without the commitment to counseling; this may help. For information contact Patsy Randahl, LMFT 253-968-4518 or Kathy Howell, LMFT 253- 968-4550 99. *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. 100. *ACTIVE PARENTING OF TEENS Each Tuesday, 11:30-1 p.m. at the Family Advocacy Classroom, Waller Hall. 101. MCCHORD TRX FITNESS TRAINING Tired of your fitness routine? Get fit two new ways for free at the McChord Fitness Center Annex, Building 726. TRX Suspension Training meets Tuesdays from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m. Koncept Fit 101 meets for eight weeks at 6 p.m. starting March 5. For more information, call 982-5032. 102. *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, March 22 & 23, 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, at the North Fort Chapel. Call Art Wienandt at 477-0258/0259 or e-mail email@example.com. 103. *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.
104. *ACS FINANCIAL COUNSELORS are now available at Waller Hall the first Saturday of every month (April 7). Call for appointment 253-967-7166105. THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) is now available at JBLM-McChord Field. The EAP at McChord Field new location is 555 Barnes Blvd (CE Building). The EAP is a free, confidential information, referral and consultation service for adult living issues available to the following individuals: DOD Civilian Employees, Retired military personnel, and Family members of active duty service members, Retirees and DOD Civilians. Education and training is available to Supervisors and Civilian employees IAW AR 600-85 and DA Pam 600-85. For upcoming class schedules, access services or schedule an appointment, or for more information call 253-982-5815 or Carl.firstname.lastname@example.org. LEGAL ASSISTANCE HOURS The hours of operation on Tuesdays and Thursdays have changed for the JBLM Lewis Main Legal Assistance Office. Hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will remain the same. The new hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for attorney services and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for notary and power-of-attorney services. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for attorney services, notary and power-of-attorney services. For questions, call 253-477-1875.107. *EMPLOYMENT READINESS New client orientations are held Tues-Thurs, 10 a.m. or Wed., 1:30 p.m. at the ACS Annex, 12th and Liggett, next to Survivor Outreach Services. Only need to attend one day.108. 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 atRaindrops and Rainbows on North Fort, the first three Tuesdays of 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-register109. Have you attended a PCS/SMOOTH MOVES CLASS before one of your moves? If not, contact your installation Relocation Assistance Program Manager. The Relocation Assistance Program located in Waller Hall is designed to assist service and Family members with managing their permanent change of station moves. Specifically, the program offers all the resources and tools necessary to successfully manage a move. The office has worldwide libraries of information on installations; is responsible for the information in Plan My Move and MilitaryINSTALLATIONS; provides workshops on moving related issues such as renting and buying homes, cultural adaptation, citizenship and immigration, and moving with children, to name a few. The program generally has a lending closet providing basic household equipment for service and family members to use until their own furnishings arrive. The Relocation Assistance Program is a great resource for assisting with spousal employment and child care concerns and answering financial questions related to moving. Service members and their families can access emergency financial assistance such as food closets and emergency loans, if needed, through the Relocation Assistance Program. Another important role of the program is to train sponsors and connect service members with sponsors to facilitate swift assimilation into the new unit. On most installations, the Relocation Assistance Program also runs a youth sponsorship program.
FINANCIAL READINESS Lewis Main Financial Readiness ServicesLocation: Waller Hall, Room 400, 2140 Liggett AvenueHours of Operation: 0700 – 1630, Monday - Friday OPEN 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), Counselors can assist in obtaining and reviewing your Credit Reports, plus assist in clearing up issues listed on the reports. Personal financial management classes are also offered. Applications taken for Army Emergency Relief (AER). All services are free of charge.Appointment Line: Call 253/967-1453 to make an appointment with a Financial CounselorProgram POC : Mary T Cron, AFC, CHC 253/967-9917, email@example.com Lewis Main Financial Readiness Classes March and April, 2012 Classes at Lewis Main, please call 253/967-1453 to register (Classes are held at Army Community Service located in Waller Hall unless otherwise noted)Date(s Class Description Times ) This all day class satisfies the financial topics for the 1st Term Soldiers Mandatory Financial Training. Attendees learn how to deal with the Financial basics of financial issues seen in everyday life. The classes cover: Awareness for03/27 0830 - Understanding Your LES, Principles of Personal Finance, Financial Entry Level04/10 1630 Institutions and Checking Accounts, Planning & Budgeting, Saving & Servicemembers04/24 Investing, Using Credit Wisely and Buying Insurance. If JBLM is your (Spouses first duty station, these classes are a must for you. welcome) Please Note: This class will be held in Bldg 2400 (Cascade Training Annex) Financial 1330 - Learning the ins and outs of moving as a member of the military.04/11 Readiness: 1st 1430 Time PCS Move 1000 - Understanding Gain a better understanding of where you are financially, where you03/20 1130 Money & Credit want to be, and how to better manage your money. Come and refresh your money management skills in this hands-on Checking03/20 1330 - learning session. Learn how to keep and maintain a checking account Account04/17 1600 register and then balance your transactions with the bank statement to Maintenance make sure all entries are accounted for correctly. 1300 - Learn the ins and outs of filing your tax return with Uncle Sam.03/22 1500 Tax Returns and Everything from the forms you will use to filing requirements to04/03 0930 - You exemptions and deductions are explained and discussed. 1130 Contributing to TSP but don’t know what it is or how to manage it? 1000 - Thrift Savings03/29 Come to this class and learn more about the importance of your 1130 Plan Basics contributions or why you should sign up for it. Buying Learn the basic types of insurance that we must have and develop 1300 -04/12 Insurance participant awareness of the insurance that we do not need. 1430 Products
0930 - Learn how to prevent your identity from being stolen and what to do if it04/17 Identity Theft 1100 has been stolen. Financial issues in the different stages of life are discussed. Learn how 1300 - Financial Life04/26 to plan for now and your future to better prepare for each stage in your 1500 Cycle Planning financial life. Understanding Your Paycheck Personal Comparison Shopping03/22 1700 - Finance for Checking Accounts and Debit Cards03/29 1900 Teens: Hands-on Practice: Maintaining Checking Accounts04/05 (ages 14-18) Identity Theft Clues Wheel of Fortune McChord Field Financial Readiness Classes February and March, 2012 Classes at McChord Field, please call 253/982-2695 to registerDate Time Class Description03/02 1000 - 1130 Required briefing for single first term airmen moving off base;03/20 1330 - 1500 Discuss pay entitlement, legal and consumer obligation associated Ready to Rent04/09 1000 - 1130 with tenancy and personal financial obligations. Also discussed are04/27 1330 - 1500 pertinent laws associated with renting a residence or apartment.03/02 Before making a large purchase, learn how this will affect your 1330 - 1500 Large Purchases04/06 personal budget and see if you can really afford it. This lesson provides simple tools for evaluating your present03/06 0900 - 1030 Budget financial situation, setting up a budget to control personal finances,04/03 and planning financial goals for the future.03/13 This lesson explains how to choose the financial services and 0900 - 1030 Banking04/10 financial institutions that best meet your needs. This class helps you understand where you are financially, where you want to go, and what you should do with your money. We give03/20 you tips, guidelines, worksheets, and quizzes that are designed to04/17 0900 - 1030 Money & Credit help you understand and improve your financial situation with an emphasis on the 5 basic steps toward successful money management. This lesson focuses on the four keys to successful saving and investing: Save and Invest to Reach Goals, Learn All You Can About03/27 Saving & Investing, Rule #1: Start Saving Early, and Rule #2: Save Regularly. 0900 - 103004/24 Investing Participants will discuss the difference between short term savings and long term investments and prepare a plan of action to begin reaching their goals. The class concentrates on the Thrift Savings Plan, but also03/30 Thrift Savings introduces 401k plans, 403b plans and Individual Retirement 1330 - 150004/20 Plan (Military) Accounts (IRAs). Traditional and Roth accounts are compared and contrasted. Financial issues in the different stages of life are discussed. Learn Life Cycle04/13 1330 - 1500 how to plan for your future and what may be important to you as you Finance age.110. ACS FINANCIAL COUNSELORS are now available at Waller Hall the first Saturday of every month (April 7). Call for appointment 253-967-7166
Financial Papers - What to Keep and What to TossTax Returns (including receipts and support documents): Up to 6 fullyearsIRA contribution records: PermanentlyInvestment and real estate records: 7 years after you sellBank statements & checks: 1 month to 7 years, depending on whetheryour bank has them available onlineCredit card statements and bills for non-deductible items: Shredimmediately after the next statement arrivesForm W-2: Wage and Tax Statement: Until you start receiving SocialSecurity benefitsPay stubs: Until the end of the yearInsurance Policies: Until they expire - except for liability policieswith "occurrence" coverageReceipts:* Day-to-day debit/credit: Toss after confirming amount charged* Big-ticket item: Keep with other purchase documentation forproof of value in case of loss/damage* Charitable donations: Store and keep for tax-filingKeep original contracts like life insurance policies and legaldocuments like wills in a fireproof safe/box.Separate your temporary tax documents and permanent documents (IRAcontribution Form 8606, Forms 5498 and 1099-R for IRAs) into differentfiles by year. Keep the papers until all distributions are made.Group your receipts and warranty documents together in a singlestorage box/file.Reduce future clutter - and save some trees - by going electronic.
LAUNDRY – As much as everyone hates this household chore, it is a necessity. Removing stains and prolonging the life ofyour clothes can help stretch your clothing budget. Here are some ideas to save money and get cleaner clothes in theprocess:1. Read the label. When you buy something new, read the care label. This is the best place to get information on how your clothes should be washed and dried. If there is little information, wash them with similar colors and fabrics. Also read the manual to your washer. The new HE washers take a lot less laundry soap.2. Wash and dry clothes inside out to help prevent fading. You can eliminate manufacturing chemicals from new clothes by adding ½ cup of white vinegar to the wash.3. Use the cold or warm settings to save money. Set your rinse cycle on cold. Use the appropriate laundry detergent if you are only using the cold settings to ensure you have clean clothes.
4. Removing stains: Avoid machine drying or ironing until you have exhausted all stain removal efforts. Time and heat can set some stains permanently. a. Oil stains - rub white chalk or corn starch into the stain before laundering or use a small amount of baby shampoo on a toothbrush and gently rub shampoo in, rinse and reapply if necessary. b. Perspiration stains – mix a solution of 4 tablespoons of salt in 2 cups of hot water and rub on stain until it disappears, then wash as normal. Another option is to spay full-strength white vinegar on the affected areas before tossing them into the washer. c. Blood stains – fresh: use cold water, dried: use hydrogen peroxide. Pour over stain as soon as possible, rub it around then rinse with cold water. Another option is to sprinkle unseasoned meat tenderizer on the blood stain. This will digest the protein in the blood and help eliminate it. Another option is to rinse it with cold water and gently rub baby shampoo on it. d. Chocolate – use a small amount of baby shampoo on a toothbrush and gently rub over the stain, rinse and repeat if necessary. Another option is to use a little ammonia then rinse with cold water. e. Sites for specific stains: http://housekeeping.about.com/od/laundry/a/stainremoval.htm or www.stain-removal- 101.com/stain-removal-guide.html5. Brightening clothes: a. When washing dark clothes for the first time or to brighten them use cold water and put a ½ cup of salt in the water. The salt helps set the color. b. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your wash, along with your laundry detergent. c. Half a cup of baking soda added to a full load of washing will help brighten your wash and remove odors.6. Wash your washer occasionally. Run the machine on hot water, normal cycle, and add a gallon of white vinegar to clean the soap film and scum that builds up inside.7. Hard water: By adding ½ cup of borax to soften water, your clothes will get cleaner and whiter.8. Softening clothes: a. Cut dryer sheets in half before using. They still work just as well. b. Add about ¼ cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. The acid in the vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, yet strong enough to dissolve the alkaline in soaps and detergents. Besides removing soap, vinegar prevents yellowing, acts as a fabric softener and reduces static cling.9. Clean the lint filter after each use. Also, wash the lint filter once a week with soap and water to remove build up that causes fires.Weekly Financial Tips are compiled by Ryki Carlson, ACS Financial Readiness. EmailRicarda.Carlson@us.army.mil with your financial questions. AAFES JB Lewis-McChord Movie Schedule PH (253) 967-4329 *recording PH (253) 967-5976 Reel Time JB Lewis-McChord ExchangeFRI Mar 16– 1900 Chronicle (PG13)SAT Mar 17 – 1400 One for the Money (PG13) 1900 The Grey (R)SUN Mar 18– 1400 Chronicle (PG13) 1900 The Grey (R)FREE MOVIES- TheTheater at McChord Field has reopened for free weekend movies. 253-982-5836
17 MAR 4PM THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN PG 17 MAR 7PM WAR HORSE PG-13 18 MAR 4PM CATWOMAN PG-13 24 MAR 4PM JOYFUL NOISE PG-13 24 MAR 7PM SHERLOCK HOLMES: GAME OF SHADOWS PG-13 25 MAR 4PM X-MEN: THE LAST STAND PG-13 31 MAR 4PM EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE PG-13 31 MAR 7PM MISSION IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL PG-13 01 APR 4PM HANCOCK PG-13911 DRIVING SCHOOL Classes held at Lewis Main Exchange. www.911DrivingSchool.com 253-512-0911.Course is exclusively instructed by Police Officers. 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 receivea booklet with various discount coupons on variety of items from The Exchange. To get the booklet, studentsmust present a valid military ID card and proof of an overall "B" or better average to their local BX or PXManager’s Office. The overall objective of this program is to provide an incentive for kids to not only stay inschool, but to excel in school. COMMISSARY The Commissary...Helping You Eat Better!111. 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 balance.112. http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/breaking_news_07/index.cfm Food alerts and product recalls. MADIGAN NEWS113. 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 5-5 Air Defense Artillery Battalion Leadership and agencies on post are available to help all cases of suicidal ideations. One case is too many and we are committed to help our Soldiers and Family and stand 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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding its efforts to prevent suicide through several new initiatives that increase the availability of services for Veterans, Servicemembers and their families. Now, in addition to the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and online chat, located at: http://www.VeteransCrisisLine.net, Veterans and Servicemembers in crisis, and their friends and families, may text free of charge to 83-8255 to receive confidential, personal and immediate support. The text service is available, like the Veterans Crisis Line and online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and connects a user with a specially trained VA professional SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 1-800-273-TALK , Press ―1‖ for Veterans, www.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 PIERCE COUNTY CRISIS LINE (24 Hrs): (800)576-7764 MILITARY ONE SOURCE: 1-800-342-9647 http://www.militaryonesource.com (phone help, or referral to off post confidential free mental health professional, for Soldiers and Family members) CHILD AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER, Old Madigan, 253-968-4843 OR WALK IN, M-F 8am-2pm. THURSTON/MASON COUNTY CRISIS LINE (24 Hrs) 800-627-2211114. THE SOLDIER READINESS SERVICE or SRS located at Madigan Annex has permanently closed. Walk-in services are now available for all Service Members in the Behavioral Health Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. For our Family Members, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE remains at Madigan Annex at the Child and Family Assistance Center or CAFAC that also includes walk-in services daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Behavioral Health Clinic Team is excited about this new service where we believe our patient centered approach will make it easier and faster for our patients to get the care they need. Additionally, the Behavioral Health Clinic has one simple, easy to remember number for all Behavioral Health needs. That number is 968-2700.115. 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.com116. 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. The SAME Army Medicine & TriCare health care, closer to home, and with better access. Same day appointments will ALWAYS be available117. THE CHILD & FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER - (formerly 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. 98431 118. THE TRICARE YOUNG ADULT (TYA) Prime option is available for purchase. 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. 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-SPY CLOSURES AND CONSTRUCTION103. As part of the larger effort to improve livability and functionality at Joint base Lewis McChord (JBLM), the PENDLETON AVENUE PROJECTwill result in better traffic flow, improved parking and facility access. It will also create an attractive bike and pedestrian-friendly environment with a tree-lined boulevard as well as off-street parking in some areas.Construction will tentatively begin February 29, 2012, and is scheduled to be completed September 2013. This date may change with requested change orders or unforeseen conditions and will be updated accordingly.Work on Pendleton Avenue will go from West to East as follows: Work from 7th to 10th Street will be closed for approximately 4 months and will be detoured onto Liggett at N 10th Street. MAR-JUN 2012, expected closure approximately 83 days. 7th to 10th will open up and we will work on the North half of Pendleton from 10th to 14th keeping traffic open both ways on the south side. SITUATIONAL AWARENESS INTERESTING LINKSDisclaimer for External Links: The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by theUnited States Department of Defense of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein.For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, theUnited States Department of Defense does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at theselocations.5-5 AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY FACEBOOK PAGE <- CLICK ME!!!!
ROAD CONDITIONS For the latest information about JBLM road conditions, closures, and delays, call (253)967-1733 (recorded message) or check the JBLM Current Conditions Web site at http://www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/ and click on Joint Base Lewis McChord Updates. Air Force personnel on McChordField can also call (253) 982-TALK for updated information.JBLM Website: www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/JBLM Warrior Zone, North Fort, www.facebook.com/JBLMWarriorZoneJBLM MWR FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/jblmmwrJBLM Army Community Servicewww.Facebook.com/JBLMACSMILITARY ONE SOURCEwww.MilitaryOneSource.com Every resource you need, free confidential counselingservice, PCS information, Spouse employment, Child care, Free Tax Preparation Software (H&R Block)Http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/stay-connectedJoining Forces initiative Facebook and Tweeter linkswww.AfterDeployment.org Great resources to help with stress. New Smart phone apps that help record yourstress levels, teach Combat Breathing techniques, suggestions, and resources.NORTHWEST GUARDIAN newspaper: www.nwguardian.comARMY ONE SOURCEwww.MyArmyOneSource.com information for Spouses and Soldiers,FRG eLearning,Mandatory First Term Soldier Financial eLearning Classes.Customer Management Services Website: www.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/cms/ Ideas, Comments,Complaints?ICE Comment/Suggestion: http://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=service_provider_list&site_id=957&dep=*DoDEFMP website: www.jblmmwr.com/acs_efmp.html17th Fires Brigade FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/17thFiresBrigadewww.publications.usa.govThis Federal Citizen Information Center site still offers important consumerinformation and publications to help you make important life decisions.CATEGORIES: >Animals >Cars>Computers >Consumer Protection >Education >Employment >Family >Federal Programs >Food >GoingGreen >Health >History >Housing >Money >Small Business >Travel >Españolwww.adpaas.army.milArmy Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System. Soldiers mustcheck-in at this website if involved in a natural disaster, such as flooding, tornado, earthquake, etc.Looking for a phone number?
Lewis Information (253) 967-1110Madigan Information (253) 968-1110McChord Information (253) 982-1110SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 1-800-273-TALK