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  1. 1. DRAGONSLAYER WEEKLY UPDATE January 27, 2012 5-5 AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY FACEBOOK PAGECharlie FRG Update: Jan. 31, FRG MeetingDelta Detachment Update:Jan. 25 Potluck and meeting, Detachment Conference room at COFAlpha FRG Update: Feb. 23, THURSDAY, North Fort Chapel, 6 pm. Potluck style.For free childcare,email Roxanne.Goins@conus.army.mil with your children‟s names and ages.1. 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.2. Applications for the 2012 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN PROGRAM are available 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.APPLICATION CLOSES FEB. 24.3. JOB FAIR February 17 (Friday), from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the ACS Annex, Building 2166, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (on Lewis-Main) on the Corner of S.12th Street & Liggett Avenue. There will be SEVERAL EMPLOYERS with JOB OPENINGS IN AREA! For further information please contact theEmployment Readiness Program at (253) 966-8325.4. JBLM TAX CENTER is open and preparing for another busy year. The staff consists of 28 servicemembers 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.
  2. 2. 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.5. You are invited to BE A MEMBER OF THE JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD MILITARY SPOUSE CAREER COMMITTEE. We’d like you to assist in guiding the Employment Readiness Program by letting us know what we can do to assist Military Spouses to get paying jobs. Some of the employment experiences that you think we should know can help us. We will meet four times a year, for about an hour, in the Employment Readiness Program client center. Next meeting is currently scheduled for 25 January, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 2:00pm. Please let me know if you would like to be a member of the Career Committee for 2012. Email is the easiest way to let me know you’d like to be a member. Steven.Wegley@conus.army.mil6. JR. ROTC DRILL MEET The Lakes High School Army JROTC will host a Puget Sound Division Drill meet Saturday, Jan.28, at Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Dr. SW in Lakewood. The drill meet is free and open to the public. Eleven JROTC teams from Washington and Oregon will compete at the meet including Lakes, Battle Ground, Curtis, Lincoln, Clover Park, Stadium, Prairie, Shelton, South Kitsap, Wilson and Oregon City high schools. Teams will represent the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force JROTC programs. The color guard teams will perform from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the main gym; strength teams 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the JROTC Grand Room and on the track; marksmanship teams 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auxiliary gym; unarmed drill teams 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main gym; individual exhibition 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. in the commons; and armed drill teams 1 to 4 p.m. in the main gym. The unarmed drilldown will take place at 4:10 p.m. and the armed drilldown will take place at 4:20 p.m.in the main gym, followed by the awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. For information, call the Lakes Army JROTC office at 583-5573.7. I LIKE PIE DAY..REDUX..Any adult or child that says ―I like pie‖ at a CYS Facility on Jan. 30 will receive a voucher for a game of free bowling at one of the two bowling alleys on JBLM. Great idea!8. PRAYER BREAKFAST The JBLM National Prayer Breakfast will be held Feb. 1, 7 a.m. at the McChord Collocated Club on McChord Field. The guest speaker is the Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle. For tickets contact your unit ministry team. Suggested donation of $5.9. NEWCOMERS‟ ORIENTATION Feb. 7 or Feb. 28, 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.
  3. 3. 10. OPERATION FUN Feb. 11, 10am-4pm, at the JBLM MWR Fest Tent. A fun-filled community event sponsored by VetsMeetVets, Army One Source, Metro Parks Tacoma, and WA National Guard JSS Directorate for the benefit of Service members, Veterans, and their Families. Bowling, Skating, Wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, Vendor Booths, Entertainment, Demonstrations, Networking, and Kids Activities. For more details contact: Julie Kerrigan, 253-720-0288, JulieKerrigan23@gmail.com.11. CARE FAIR If you like to be pampered, plan to spend the day at the free 2012 Operation Care Fair, Sat., Feb. 18 at McChord Club/Community Center, bldg. 700. More information to come on the JBLMmwr.com website.12. KEYS TO SUCCESS Preparing 9th and 10th Grade Students and Families for a Lifetime of Success Saturday, February 25, 2012at Evergreen Elementary, JBLM from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be a 8:15 am bus pick-up at Clover Park High School and Lakes High School. Buses will return by 2:15pm. Those families living on base do not have to ride the bus.Parents/Guardians and Students are Invited. Free information preparing you for a lifetime of academic and social achievement. Students and parents will be able to participate in the following academic or social/emotional awareness workshops: • Bullying Prevention • Homework Help/Study Skills • Healthy Relationships • Brain Development • Parent to Parent Resources • Tackling Math • Advocating for Child’s Education • Interpreting Test Scores (MAPs, PSAT, ACT) There will be numerous community resources on site. Space is limited. You must register to attend. Complete a registration form and return by February 15 to the main office at your school or the School Liaison office on JBLM. If you have any questions, contact: Lakes High School, Mr. Scher (360) 239- 7284; Clover Park High School, Ms. Garraway (253) 310-2386; JBLM School Liaison Office, Antoinette Walker (253) 967-7195.13. 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.14. 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.
  4. 4. 15. 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/militaryhomefront16. EMERGENCY RELIEF CHANGES AIMED AT MILITARY FAMILIES New categories of assistance and new scholarship opportunities are now available through Army Emergency Relief (AER). Included among the new categories of assistance to Soldiers are family member dental care, basic furniture needs, rental vehicles and replacement vehicles. AER provides no interest loans grants to Soldiers, depending on the need and individual case. Family dental care is not available on post for Families located in the United States. This can put a significant financial burden on Soldiers, AER officials said. Also changing within AER is the consolidation of its spouse scholarship programs. Previously, there were separate programs for spouses depending on whether they were located in the United States or overseas. For further information, please go to: http://www.military.com/news/article/army-news/emergency-relief-changes- aimed-at-milfams.html?col=118603236911517. MASSAGE THERAPY Say goodbye to pain and stress with a professional massage therapy session at JBLM. Choose a total back treatment, deep tissue, relaxation, steam facial massage, pregnancy massage, and more. Make an appointment with one of our licensed massage therapists at one of two locations: JBLM 253-224-1110 (at one of the Sports and Fitness centers) or McChord Field Fitness Annex, 206-396- 1467.18. 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.19. 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/20. 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/
  5. 5. 21. 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.22. 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/23. 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 253-982-0718/0719.24. JANUARY FOCUS Magazine online FOCUS MAGAZINE: www.jblmmwr.com/focus.html25. 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, 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 youreceive the stamps you will 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 and your passport will beput into our raffle for our Grand Prizes! The Grand Prizes that have 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/26. CALENDAR The following holidays and days of no scheduled activities are planned: • Feb 17 DONSA • Feb 20 President’s Day Holiday •27. 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
  6. 6. 28. RETIREMENT RESOURCES FOR SOLDIERS Soldiers 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/29. SAVE THE DATE:NORTHWEST WOMEN‟S SHOW, March 2-4 at the CenturyLink Event Center, Seattle. 400 Exhibits • 4 Entertainment Stages • Fascinating Seminars. Shopping • Fun & Trendy Fashion Shows • Firemens Fashion Shows. Favorite Authors • New Food Products • Beauty & Spa Services. Plus Theme Days - Fitness Friday, Stylin Saturday & Spirit Sunday. www.facebook.com/NWWomen’sShow30. ST. PATTY‟S DAY 5K & 10K RUN. 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 DATE: Saturday, March 17,7:30-8:45 am- Packet Pick up, 8:45-9 am- Race Briefing, 9 am- Race Starts. Register by noon, Tuesday, March 6, to guarantee a shirt and JBLM access pass. Registration deadline is at noon, Thursday, March 15, 2012 - without guarantee for shirt and access pass. 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. Place: MWR Event Tent behind Bowl Arena Lanes, Bldg 2272, Liggett Ave. JBLM Main.31. HOUSING OFFICE HOURS Due to manpower reductions, effective immediately, the Housing Services Office customer service hours of operation are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. In addition, hours of operation the last Thursday of every month are 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. These hours apply to both HSO customer service locations: 5128 Pendleton Ave, Lewis Main and 553 Barnes Blvd., McChord Field. Customers are advised that service wait times could exceed 20 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. GET OUT OF THE BARRACKS/HOUSE32. WARRIOR ZONE GRAND OPENINGFriday, Jan 27,at the corner of D St & 17th St.Come to the Warrior Zone Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting! Ribbon Cutting takes place at 2 p.m. and the Party starts at 3 p.m. Giveaways, DJ, BOSS Patio Bash, Free food sampling of menu items, Pool & Gaming (MW3 & League of Legends) Tournaments, Door Prizes & more! Located next to Wilson Sports& Fitness Center.
  7. 7. The Warrior Zone 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 253-967-5636.33. SEMI-PRO HOOPS TRYOUT The Lakewood Panthers of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League will hold an open tryout Jan. 28 at Old Grey Middle School in Tacoma at 6 to 8 p.m. The WBCBL is a competitive league for women 20 years old and older. For more information contact David Williams at 486- 8583.34. TEXAS HOLD „EM McChord Community Center (bldg 700 near main gate), Sat., Jan. 28. Check-in 1 p.m., play starts 1:30. Entry includes a light buffet, and prizes include a gift card for first-, second-, and third- place winners. A pay-as-you-go bar is available. For more info call 253-982-0718/0719.35. SKI-N-SNOWBOARD AT CRYSTALSunday, Jan 29, Head for the snow and spend the day at Crystal Mountain Sunday, Jan. 29! ($40; transportation only: $20) Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice.Register through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/w ebtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and/or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information, call 253-967-6263.36. UFC 143 DIAZ VS. CONDIT, Sun. Feb 4, Heroes Lounge inside Cascade Community Center. Doors open at 6 pm.37. ATV RIDER COURSESaturday, Feb 4, If you’ve never been on an all-terrain vehicle or want to work on your riding skills, this Saturday, Feb. 4 clinic is for you. ATV Safety Institute- certified instructors will guide you through the fun and excitement of safely riding an ATV. Ride rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Fee includes ATV, helmet and goggles. ASI ATV Rider Course Certification will be awarded upon completion. Minimum age: 16 yrs. ($25) Preregistration is required through WebTrac at https://webtrac .mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and/or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information, call 253-967-6263.38. MURDER MYSTERY CASTING CALL Looking for 20-30 people, 18 and older, to put on a ―Who-dunnit‖ mystery. Auditions Feb. 7, Rehearsal Feb. 7-11, Show Feb. 12. For details call the Nelson Rec Center, 253-967-2539.39. INDOOR SKYDIVINGSaturday, Feb 4, Soar inside a vertical wind tunnel Saturday, Feb. 4. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced flyer, you’ll always be able to improve your skills and abilities while learning from professional instructors. Enjoy two weightless minutes of flight time with instructor. Call for weight restrictions and exclusions. Minimum age: 3 yrs. ($80) Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice.Register through WebTrac at https://webtrac .mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and/or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information, call 253-967-6263.
  8. 8. 40. BIG GAME PARTY at Warrior Zone, Nelson Rec Center & Heroes LoungeSunday, Feb 5, at the Warrior Zone, Nelson Rec Center & Heroes Lounge (map) http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/46 Come watch the big game on BIG SCREENS! Free munchies. Warrior Zone, Nelson Rec Center & Heroes Lounge. Madden Tournament at the Zone - Sign up at 12 p.m. Game starts at 1 p.m. For more information call 253- 967-2539, or Heroes Lounge at 253-964-033141. SKI-N-SNOWBOARD AT MISSION RIDGESaturday, Feb 4, Travel across the mountains to ski at the beautiful Mission Ridge Ski Resort Saturday, Feb. 4. ($45; transportation only: $25) Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice.Register through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and/or McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information, call 253-967-6263.42. MURDER 101 COMEDY MYSTERY DINNER THEATERFeb 6 – 11,Nelson Recreation Center (map) Murder 101 is an Interactive Comedy Murder Mystery set at a class reunion of a closing high school. As the various alumni gather to say good-bye to their beloved alma mater, old rivalries and new alliances add up to an evening of murder and mayhem. For more information visit: http://www.armymwr.com/recleis ure/entertainment/comedy_mystery_dinner_theater.aspx or call 253-967-2539.43. 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 253-967-6652.44. MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY AT CRYSTALWednesday, Feb 8, Don’t miss the chance to ski or ride Crystal for half price Wednesday, Feb. 8! Transportation and gear are provided. Lift tickets are not included but can be purchased at the mountain. ($40; transportation only is $20) Preregistration is required through WebTrac at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. For more information, call 253-967-6263.45. 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. 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.
  9. 9. 47. 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.Promotion points can be earned. For more information, call the Youth Sports Office, 967-2405.48. 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.49. 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.com50. Every month the FISHER HOUSE 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!January 2012  Current “Top 3″ Needs: o Laundry Detergent (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 wishlist: http://www.target.com/ot/list/3MppmsAuhLygST6COXUhSg51. 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 flfhvolcoord@aol.com. Current volunteer opportunities can be found and applied for through the VMIS website. Click here for current open positions.52. 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.
  10. 10. 53. 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 mountains54. 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!55. CARE FAIR If you like to be pampered, plan to spend the day at the free 2012 Operation Care Fair, Sat., Feb. 18 at McChord Club/Community Center, bldg. 700. More information to come on the JBLMmwr.com website.
  11. 11. 56. Preregistration is required for all trips; prices and schedule subject to change without notice. Register through WebTrac (visit JBLMmwr.com) or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick-up locations are the NAC and McChordField’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. We’ll visit FRG meetings or unit functions. KIDS57. The Military Child Education Coalition has created a NASA SPACE CAMP SCHOLARSHIP program in memory of one of Americas bright young military children, Bernard Curtis Brown II. Bernard was the 11 year-old son of Chief Petty Officer and Mrs. Bernard Curtis Brown, who died tragically Sept. 11, 2001, when the hijacked airliner on which he was a passenger crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. At the time, Bernard was on his way to California to represent his school at a National Geographic event. Space Camp is a five-day program that shows youngsters to experience first-hand what it takes to be an astronaut. Activities include simulated Space Shuttle missions, training simulators, rocket building and launches, and scientific experiments. There are three Space Camp locations: Huntsville, Ala.; Mountain View, Calif.; and Titusville, Fla. Tuition ranges from $550 to $875 and includes meals, lodging and program materials, but not transportation.
  12. 12. The scholarship covers full tuition including round trip transportation from the students home base to Space Camp, meals, lodging and program materials. Student applicants must be: · The child of a military member on active duty or mobilized Guard or Reserve. · The child of a military member who died while on active duty or mobilized Guard or Reserve. · Enrolled in grades six through nine. Applications are available online at www.militarychild.org/child-student/space-camp-scholarship/ and are due March 10. For more information about Space Camp, go to www.spacecamp.com.58. 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 kcpowers@wsu.edu, 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: Mission Ridge 28 January 2012Skiing/Snowboarding: Stevens Pass 29 January 2012Overnight Skiing/Snowboarding Adventure 11-12 February 2012Skiing/Snowboarding: Stevens Pass 26 February 2012Overnight Skiing/Snowboarding Adventure 3-4 March 2012Skiing/Snowboarding: Stevens Pass 24 March 2012Deschutes River Rafting Trip 9-14, April, 201259. RED CROSS BABYSITTING CERTIFICATION CLASS for Military Youth ages 11 & up. Jan. 28 or 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.60. 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/militaryhomefront
  13. 13. 61. 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):62. The CHILDREN‟S MUSEUM OF TACOMA has Free admission between 10 am-7 pm, the first Friday (Feb.3) of each month.63. A CHOCOLATE VALENTINES SURPRISEFebruary 4th, 9-11am Bayview School of Cooking La Petit Chef Academy, for children ages 5-8, helps kids make special Valentines treats! Cost is $25.64. A CHOCOLATE SURPRISE FOR VALENTINES DAYFebruary 4th, 1-3:30pm Bayview School of Cooking. Mix & Measure, for children ages 9-13, teaches theses youngsters how to make 3 different Valentines treats! Cost is $35.65. www.MILITARYKIDSCONNECT.comHelping children deal with issues unique to military Families.66. 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/dod67. 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.68. CROSS COUNTRY sign up Jan 24- Feb 15, $15, ages 8-15 years.69. 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- 8590/2695.70. 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.vest@us.army.mil.
  14. 14. EFMP71. WINTER SNOWBALL DANCE SOCIAL Sat., Feb. 25, 7-9 PM. Enjoy your favorite dance tunes, contests, and light snacks with friends and Family. Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel, Bldg. 9120, Jackson Ave & Transmission Line Rd. All EFMP registered Families invited, one guest per Family member is permitted, All children must be accompanied by an adult. Nancy Dozier, 253-967-9705 for more information. Facebook.com/EFMPjblm.72. EFMP RESOURCE FAIRFeb.7, 9am-3pm at the Madigan Medical Mall, Ground Floor.967-970573. EARLY LEARNING WORKSHOP: Feb.7. EFMP with Treehouse will offer a free early learning educational workshop from 1000 to 1200 in the ACS classroom. This workshop will cover the importance of experiences and relationships, the developmental windows of opportunity, Early Learning/Early Intervention, Kindergarten readiness, and resources. Please RSVP to cheryl.hoyson1@us.army.mil or call 253-967-5795.74. EFMP COFFEE GROUP The EFMP Coffee Group will meet Feb. 14, 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.75. SENSORY-FRIENDLY MOVIE, Feb. 18: 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 253-982-2695.76. EFMP PLAYGROUP Feb. 22 @ Escape Zone. March 21@ Raindrops and Rainbows. 10-11 am.77. If you would like to join our EFMP e-mail distribution list, please e- mailjblmimcomdfmrwefmp@conus.army.mil.78. SPECIAL FAMILIES OF PIERCE COUNTY, Meet first Monday of the month (Feb.6). POC: Angela Fish SpecialFamiliesPC@gmail.com or 253-830-4368. Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/SpecialFamiliesPC .79. Please contact JBLM EFMP at jblmimcomdfmrwefmp@conus.army.mil if any of the EFMP contacts above do not respond within 2 business days
  15. 15. TRAINING ANDCLASSES80. 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: Building your family genogram to map your relationship patterns. January 31, 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.81. 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! 253-968-4387.82. INCOME TAX PREP BASICS Jan. 31, 9:30-11:30 am. Waller Hall classroom. Covers the ins and outs of filing your income taxe, whether to itemize or file the EZ form, learn the new 2011 rules, correct filing status, and choices for free tax e-file. . Learn how to file accurately, quickly, and for free. Register at 253- 967-1453 to ensure a seat.83. FRG TREASURER TRAINING Feb. 1, call 253-967-9496. Childcare may be available by calling 966-2977.84. 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).85. 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- 3628.86. 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, Call 253-968-6819.
  16. 16. 87. 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.88. 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 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-register89. 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, Jan 26 & 27, 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, at the North Fort Chapel. Call Art Wienandt at 477-0258/0259 or e-mail arthur.j.wienandt@us.army.mil.90. ACS FINANCIAL COUNSELORS are now available at Waller Hall the first Saturday of every month (Feb.4). Call for appointment 253-967-716691. 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.newhouse1@us.army.mil.
  17. 17. AAFES http://www.salutetoyourservice.com/ Tactical goggles sweepstakes JB Lewis-McChord Movie Schedule PH (253) 967-4329 *recording PH (253) 967-5976 Reel Time JB Lewis-McChord Exchange SUN Jan 29 – 1400 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG13) 1900 The Sitter (R) MON Jan 30- WED Feb 1- No Showing THU Feb 2 – Babies Night Out 1900 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG13) FRI Feb 3 – 1900 Alvin & the Chipmunks Chipwrecked (G) SAT Feb 4 – 1400 Alvin & the Chipmunks Chipwrecked (G) 1900 We Bought a Zoo (PG) SUN Feb 5 – 1400 Alvin & the Chipmunks Chipwrecked (G) 1900 We Bought a Zoo (PG)FREE MOVIES- The Theater at McChord Field has reopened for free weekend movies. 253-982-583628 JAN 4pm JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN PG28 JAN 7PM TOWER HEIST PG-1329 JAN 4PM DESPICABLE ME PG911 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!92. Applications for the 2012 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN PROGRAMare available 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. Hurry, closes February 24.93. 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.94. If you are looking for a part time job as a store associate and would like to work at the Lewis main commissary go to the following website to apply: usajobs.opm.gov, click on the search jobs tab and type in the announcement # 220275, click on store associate then click on "how to apply" and apply.95. http://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/breaking_news_07/index.cfm Food alerts and product recalls.
  18. 18. MADIGAN NEWS96. 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.com97. 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.com98. FLU HOTLINE: 253-968-474499. 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 available
  19. 19. 100. 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. 98431101. 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. 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: JANUARY and FEBRUARY 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)Date(s) Class Description Times This day-long series of classes focuses on the basics of financial Required Classes issues that are dealt with in everyday life. They cover the topics of for First Term Principles of Personal Finance, including Banking & Checking, Soldiers 0830 - Planning & Budgeting, Saving & Investing, Using Credit Wisely and 02/14 1630 Buying Insurance. If JBLM is your first duty station, these classes 02/28 (Cascade Training are mandatory for you. Annex, Bldg 2400, Please Note: This class will be held in Bldg 2400 (Cascade Bitar Ave) Training Annex) 1st Time PCS Move 1330 - Learning the ins and outs of moving as a member of the military. 02/08 (Financial) 1430 Come and refresh your money management skills in this hands-on Checking Account learning session. Learn how to keep and maintain a checking 1330 - 02/21 Maintenance account register and then balance your transactions with the bank 1600 (Remedial) statement to make sure all entries are accounted for correctly.
  20. 20. 1130 - Learn the ins and outs of filing your tax return with Uncle Sam. Income Tax Return 133001/31 Everything from the forms you will use to filing requirements to Basics 0930 - exemptions and deductions are explained and discussed. 1130 Contributing to TSP but don’t know what it is or how to manage it? Thrift Savings 1330 -01/31 Come to this class and learn more about the importance of your Plan Basics 1430 contributions or why you should sign up for it. This class covers the steps necessary to understand and repair your 1300 -02/07 Credit Repair credit. 1530 Buy or rent: Find out which option is best for you. When buying fits Home Buying 1300 -02/13 into your plan, learn about the basics of buying a home. Basics 1530 Please Note: This class will be held in Bldg 2166 Financial issues in the different stages of life are discussed. Learn Financial Life 1300 -02/29 how to plan for now and your future to better prepare for each stage Cycle Planning 1500 in your financial life. McChord Field Financial Readiness Classes in January 2012 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)Date(s) Class Description Times This lesson provides simple tools for evaluating your present financial 0900 -02/07 Budget situation, setting up a budget to control personal finances, and planning 1030 financial goals for the future. 1000 - 1130 Required briefing for single first term airmen moving off base; Discuss pay 1330 -01/27 entitlement, legal and consumer obligation associated with tenancy and 150002/03 Ready to Rent personal financial obligations. Also discussed are pertinent laws 1000 -02/21 associated with renting a residence or apartment. 1130 1330 - 1500 This lesson explains how to choose the financial services and financial 0900 -02/14 Banking institutions that best meet your needs. 1030 Large Before making a large purchase, learn how this will affect your personal 1330 -02/10 Purchases budget and see if you can really afford it. 1500 This class helps you understand where you are financially, where you want to go, and what you should do with your money. We give you tips, Money & 0900 -02/21 guidelines, worksheets, and quizzes that are designed to help you Credit 1030 understand and improve your financial situation. We teach you 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 About Investing, Rule Saving & 0900 -02/28 #1: Start Saving Early, and Rule #2: Save Regularly. Participants will Investing 1030 discuss the difference between short term savings and long term investments and prepare a plan of action to begin reaching their goals. Consumer This course covers consumer rights and obligations, highlighting scams 0900 -01/31 Rights and perpetrated to defraud consumers. 1030 Scams The class concentrates on the Thrift Savings Plan, but also introduces Thrift Savings 1330 -02/17 401k plans, 403b plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Plan (Military) 1500 Traditional and Roth accounts are compared and contrasted. Life Cycle Financial issues in the different stages of life are discussed. Learn how to 1330 -02/24 Finance plan for your future and what may be important to you as you age. 1500
  21. 21. 102. APPLYING FOR AIR FORCE NAF JOBS JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER Applying for Air Force Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) federal careers and employment opportunities located on or near Air Force installations just got a whole lot easier. Their new centralized web portal now helps job seekers find and apply for open positions at Air Force clubs, golf courses, bowling alleys, outdoor recreation centers, child care centers, and youth centers around the world. To apply for a NAF job, applicants must first create a free NAFJobs profile that includes their work background, any military experience, and education information. This system also allows job seekers to upload their résumés and other supporting documentation that will help them successfully compete when job vacancies are posted to the site. Once the applicant identifies a posted position for which he or she feels qualified, applying for the position is as easy as point and click. Unlike other systems, NAF Jobs web portal submits all electronic application packages to hiring officials for consideration. So, if you submit your profile application and documentation through the NAFJobs web portal, you will be considered for the open position. To make sure your nearest Air Force installation and command is participating in this new electronic process, contact your local Air Force NAF Human Resource Office. Point of contact information and addresses are located in the MilitaryINSTALLATIONS web portal which is a very useful tool during times of relocation. 103. 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.
  22. 22. WEEKLY FINANCIAL TIPS GOALS – With the New Year already started, it’s time to take a look at your personal financial goals. When setting your goals, you need to know what is important to accomplish. Your financial planning begins with setting clear and concise goals. Think of your financial future as one large money map. If you have no idea where you want to go, how do you propose to get there? When creating goals, you should have both short-term and long-term goals. Here are some tips to help you create your financial success:1. Examining your personal ambitions and take ownership in the goals. Believing in your goals will give you confidence to move forward.2. Take the time to write your goals down. The extra effort of writing your goals reinforces them. It also encourages you move forward and to stop procrastinating. Put these goals in places you will see them every day, such as on the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror.3. Clearly state your goals. Your list should identify specific actions or events that you will achieve. Focusing on a specific target to avoid ambiguity.4. Setting realistic goals gives you the opportunity to stretch your to reach your desires.5. Achievability plays an important role in your success. Ensure your goals are within your skills and abilities. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, your chances of your long-term financial success increases. If the goals are a stretch, consider taking a class to increase your skills or abilities.6. Measure your progress along the way. Recognizing your progress helps prevent frustration while failure to measure will result in wasted effort. Celebrate your progress along the way. Cross off your short- term goals as you achieve them.7. Plan your goals. Carefully evaluate the steps necessary to achieve your goals. When goal setting realize your plan of action are the vital steps to realizing success. Your plan requires action to work.8. Prioritize your steps within your action plan.9. Remember that flexibility provides you the opportunity to change course if necessary. Knowing that sometimes life forces changes to your plans, enabling you to take a detour without losing momentum or confidence.10. Set a timeline to reach your financial goals. Once you set the timeline, work backwards to see if it’s feasible and adjust it as necessary.11. Increase your financial knowledge. Take a class or two to help you reach your goals. The more you understand about finances, the more focused you can be in reaching them.12. Share your goals! The more you share you goals, the more people are willing to assist you reaching them. Ask others for resources to help you achieve success or to encourage you along. Knowing you are not alone makes all the difference. WEEKLY FINANCIAL TIPS ARE COMPILED BY RYKI CARLSON, Ryki.Carlson@us.army.mil , email for answers to your financial questions, or to make a financial planning appointment
  23. 23. 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 104. FORD SUV AND MINIVAN RECALL http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-ford-recalls-539000-minivans- suvs-worldwide-20120111,0,7191223.story SITUATIONAL AWARENESSThere are three scheduled protests in Seattle: 27 Jan 2012, Seattle. Occupy Seattle: Solidarity with Laborers. Friday at 2 pm from Westlake Park with a march to rally at the Darigold Headquarters. 1 Feb 2012, Seattle. National Freedom Day Rally and March. Protest against the believed impending war with Iran and march from Westlake Park point to the Federal Building 4 Feb 2012, Seattle. March with the Nation. Saturday at 1:30pm at Westlake Center to rally and march to the Military Entrance Processing Station at 2901 3rd Ave. 105. 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 McChord Field can also call (253) 982-TALK for updated information. 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!!!!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/JBLMACS
  24. 24. MILITARY 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.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