FRSA FLASH THURSDAY, 22 MARCH 2012 .Special Points of InterestTHOUGHTS 2OPERATION 5PURPLETHEATER 8SPECIAL NOTE 12ACS MRTVCCUS 16 17 SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!!LTC StillerTF MTN Eagle CdrCSM EscaleraTF MTN Eagle CSMMichele GallowayTF MTN Eagle FRSAOffice 315-774-1206Cell 315-836-6496 FROM 277th FRSA: Operation Purple Camp applications are being accepted now. These are free summer camps for qualifying military de- pendents. There are 2 camps available in NY State, Camp Wabasso lo- cally from July 29, 2012 - August 3, 2012 and Pioneer Camp from July 8, 2012 - July 13, 2012 in Western NY. There are also camps available in other areas of the country as well. To find out more about the camps, theContents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material pre-sented does not represent the views or endorsement of the 10th CAB or the Army. This material is forpersonal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable re-strictions and guidelines.
PAGE 2 FRSA FLASH THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER !!!Dont miss your opportunity! People are too often thinking of security rather than opportu-nity. They hold on to the familiar. They are fearful of taking a risk. They see the crisis in frontof them rather than the hidden opportunity that awaits them.Life must be filled with awareness when opportunity knocks. Develop an attitude filled withhope for the future. Your situation is subject to change. Todays crisis holds tomorrows op-portunities.Walter P. Chrysler encouraged people to be sensitive to opportunities in life. He was anAmerican machinist, railroad mechanic, automotive industry executive and the founder of theChrysler Foundation. Chrysler said, "The reason so many people never get anywhere in life isbecause when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers."Dont spend your life looking for four-leaf clovers. Dont wait for "good luck" to drop in yourlap. Develop a keen sense of destiny in every situation you face. Hidden in the crisis of themoment is the opportunity for a better tomorrow than what you are facing today!
PAGE 3 FRSA FLASH Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center offers free tax return preparation Capt. Jordan Walerstein Tax Assistance Center Officer in Charge The Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center is scheduled to open Tuesday. Staffed by IRS trained and certified Soldiers, the TAC will prepare and electronically file your federal and state in- come tax returns free of charge. By filing your return electronically, you can receive your re- fund in as little as one week. Part of the Legal Assistance Office and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, the TAC staff assists active-duty Soldiers, mobilized Reservists on active duty for more than 29 days, retired service members and their Families. Under Army regulations, self-employed taxpayers and those involved in other private business activities are not eligible for tax assistance services. (Family Child Care providers remain eligi- ble.) The TAC staff also is equipped to prepare 2010 returns for Soldiers returning from deployment who were not able to file last year. Located on South Post at the corner of Lewis and Conway / First Street West in Bldg. T-120 (near the AAFES gas station and across the street from Behavioral Health), the TAC will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning Monday, you may call 772-6727 to schedule a next business day appointment. Throughout tax season, the appointment line will open at 1 p.m. each day and will remain open until all appointments are filled for the next business day. The following documents are required to schedule an appointment: Military ID (Common Access Card) Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security num- ber verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration. (Your military ID is not suffi- cient.) Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents listed on the tax return. Your Army W-2, which is available at www.mypay.dfas.mil. (Your leave and earnings state- ment is not sufficient.) A voided check to receive your refund by direct deposit. To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present or have a special power of attorney or IRS Form 2848 authorizing you to sign the return. The following documents may be necessary depending on your circumstances: Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents; (Next Page Please).
FRSA FLASH PAGE 4 Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN; Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers of all of yourFamily Members; Interest and dividend statements from banks and brokers, including mortgage interest state-ments (Forms 1099); A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; Divorce decrees and receipts for alimony paid or received; Child custody and support orders;Receipts for IRA contributions; Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax identifying number (the pro-viders Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number); andReceipts and other supporting documentation if you plan to itemize your deductions in lieu of thestandard deduction.Visit www.facebook.com/drumtax for the most up-to-date information on the TAC.For more information, call the Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center at 772-3735. Check out all the FACEBOOK pages. We have a page for the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade as well as each of our Task Forces within our Brigade.
FRSA FLASH PAGE 5When you hear "Operation Purple camp" you should think: Kids Serve Too! The National Mili-tary Family Associations Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends,and reminding military kids that they are the Nations youngest heroes.The Operation Purple program was created in 2004 in response to the call from military par-ents to "help us help our kids." The mission of the Operation Purple program is to empowermilitary children and their families to develop and maintain healthy and connected relation-ships, in spite of the current military environment. We do this through a variety of means, in-cluding the healing and holistic aspect of the natural world. The program is joint or"purple"— and open to children and families of active duty, National Guard or Reserve ser-vice members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or the Commis-sioned Corps of the US Public Health Service and NOAA.Since its creation in 2004, the Operation Purple program has grown to serve approximately45,000 military children and teens. The Operation Purple program also includes family re-treats at national parks and specialized family camps geared to address the needs of childrenand families of our nation’s wounded service members.The 2012 traditional Operation Purple camp applications are now available! For informationabout a camp, please view http://www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/operation-purple/2012-camps/ for the full alphabetical list of camps by state. MARCH 2012 Preview Is Now Available Online http://www.drummwr.com/ ClassesandEvents_files/ March%202012% 20Pre- view_FMWR_Preview.pdf
FRSA FLASH PAGE 8 What’s Playing at the Movies? Post Theater Bldg 10725, North Riva RidgeAdmission is $4.50 for adults; $2.25 for children 6-11; FREE for children 5 and younger. For more movie information, call 772-5571 THU MAR 22 - 1900 One For the Money (PG-13) ALL SEATS FOR THIS SHOWING $1 FRI MAR 23 - 1900 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) 2130 Safe House (R) SAT MAR 24 - 1400 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) 1900 Safe House (R) 2130 Chronicle (PG-13) SUN MAR 25 - 1400 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) 1700 Chronicle (PG-13) THU MAR 29 - 1900 Safe House (R) ALL SEATS FOR THIS SHOWING $1 FRI MAR 30 - 1900 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13) 2130 Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (PG-13) SAT MAR 31 - 1400 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) 1900 This Means War (PG-13) 2130 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13) SUN APR 01 - 1400 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) 1700 Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (PG-13)
FRSA FLASH PAGE 12 MARCH 2012 COMING ATTRACTIONS AND ITEMS OF INTERESTMarch 22, 23, & 24 – Hunters Safety Training – Adventure TrainingMarch 23 – In Her Shoes: Living With Domestic Violence – Army Community ServiceMarch 24 – Snowmobile Safety ClassMarch 24 – Trip To Turning Stone - BOSSMarch 24 – Skate Jam – Youth CenterMarch 26 – 30 – AFTB Instructor Training – Army Community ServiceMarch 30 – Right Arm Night – The CommonsFort Drum spouse from A Company, 3-10 GSAB promotes first children ’ sbook: Mindy Whitten will be selling and signing copies of her first publishedbook, “ An Alpaca in My Pocket, ” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 30 and 31 atthe Post Exchange. Whitten also will read her book during story time at McE-wen Library March 23, April 17 and June 12. For more information or to pur-chase a book, email Whitten at AnAlpacaInMyPocket@gmail.com<mailto:AnAlpacaInMyPocket@gmail.com> . MARCH 2012 UPCOMING EVENTS Joe Wietecha , Our Personal Financial Counselor, is MFLC- back and here to help 277th Soldiers and Families on Thursdays (at BN) with any financial issues or just to ask PFC questions. Call him at 586-350-7650 to help set up a budget, check your credit, develop a plan to get out of debt, get started investing, or whatever you need assistance with. HSC FRG MEETING Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, 5:30pm 277th Battalion Classroom
FRSA FLASH PAGE 15 THRIFT SHOP ANNOUNCEMENTAre you PCSing?? Are your closets and storage rooms busting at the seems?? Do you just have tomuch Junk in the house that you want to get rid? Would you like to make some extra MONEY whileclearing it out?? If you said YES to any of these questions, then you need to head on over to theFORT DRUM THRIFT SHOP!! Or Call 315-772-7189 to set up a PCS appointment!The Fort Drum Thrift Shop is your one stop shop to get rid of all your Unwanted Items or Acquiremore Treasures! We take donations 24hrs a day in our front lobby or we offer consignments dailyfrom 0930-1230. We also offer PCS appointments to anyone who is within 90 days of PCS/ETSingin or out of post. What is a PCS appointment you ask?! A PCS appointment allows you to do 1LARGE Consignment Drop OFF and youll be assured your consignment check will be forwarded toyou!! The Thrift Shop is OPEN Tuesday, Wednesdays & Thursdays 0930-1400 we are located on oldpost, Building P55 First St. & Quartermaster Rd.For Sale Specials, Consignment Info or Donation Info call 315-772-7189 or visit us on the WEB @thriftshopinc.webs.comMelissa RexroadStore ManagerBoard of Directors President UPCOMING YARD SALESThe post wide community yard sales are coming to the neighborhoods the weekend of June 2-3 for Adirondack Creek and Rhicard Hills and the weekend of June 9-10 is Monument Ridge and Crescent Woods!