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March 2012 newsletter

  1. 1. Family March 2012 Times Army Emergency Relief Campaign AER Campaign kicks off to raise emergency funds for Soldiers and their FamiliesA Strong Traditions of Soldiers Helping Soldiers This valuable assistance is made possible throughEach year the U.S. Army conducts a fundraising campaign donations. The Army-wide annual AERcampaign in support of Army Emergency Relief. fund Campaign is conducted 1 March – 15 May.As we continue to commit Soldiers to meet Our goal this year is to raise $20,000. Donationsworldwide operational requirements, there is an can be made through payroll allotment or through aincreased need for the resources provided by Army personal check. To make a tax-deductible donation,Emergency Relief. contact Madeline Pastorella, AER Officer, at 718- 630-4462.Last year, AER provided $77.5 million inassistance to over 64,000 Soldiers and their Family •Join us for the AER Campaign Kick-off Eventmembers for many different categories of financial March 1st at 1400 Hrs in the ACS Conferenceassistance to include emergency needs, children Room, Building 137C, 1st Floor.and spouse scholarships, and grants to widows andWounded Warriors. At Fort Hamilton, donations to •During the month of March come join us everyAER totaled $18,549 while AER financial Thursday for Karaoke Night! At the Ft. Hamiltonassistance amounted to $375,807 a twenty fold Community Club 1900 hrs to 2200 hrs.return to your Soldiers and their Families. ***Please show your support for the 2012 AERThe Command Referral program which gives Fund Raising Campaign! Our goals is to raisecompany/Battery Commanders and First Sergeants $20,000.00!the authority to approve up to $1,500 in interestfree loans to their Soldiers. Last year the Army-wide average of all loans attributed to CommandReferral was 33.7%. Fort Hamilton achieved an In This Issueaverage of 2% of Soldier loans attributed to Director’s Corner…………………..……......…2Command Referral. Newcomers’.....………………………..……….2 ACS Directory...…….….………………………2AER financial support allows our Soldiers to focus AER Campaign….....…..…………...….............3on the mission and be better prepared to fight and MRT/Vets..……..………………………………4win our nations wars. By providing financial FAP/AFTB………..……………………………5assistance for emergency needs, support to AVC/FRP…………………………....................6surviving Families of Fallen Soldiers. Army ERP…………………….....................................7Emergency Relief is “Helping to make Soldiers SOS/EFMP.……………….................................8and their Families ARMY STRONG.” Relo/Mob/Dep…………………………….........9 AFAP …..…….………………………...……..10 Calendar..……………………………………...11
  2. 2. Director’s CornerOn March 1st ACS will kick-off the AER fund raising campaign, which will run through May15th. ACS has several events scheduled in support of raising funds for AER. Please show yoursupport by attending and a making pledge.If you are new to the Fort Hamilton Community, our Newcomers’ Orientation is scheduled forMarch 29th, starting at 0830 followed by a complimentary lunch at the Ft. HamiltonCommunity Club.Please don’t hesitate to pay us a visit, if you have any Family concerns. Our staff is dedicatedto assisting the Command with maintaining the readiness of Soldiers, theirFamilies and the Fort Hamilton Military Community. Carmen Carmen E. Borrero, ACS Director ACS PROGRAMS & STAFF New to Ft. Hamilton? ACS Director Family Advocacy Would you like to learn more Carmen Borrero Vincent DiMaira 718-630-4457 718-630-4460 about your new community? Army Emergency Relief 718-630-4754 Financial Readiness 718-630-4754 Come to our Army Family Front Desk/Information Newcomer’s Orientation! Team Building & Referral John Mapes Magda Lawrence 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Army Family Action Plan Lending Closet John Mapes Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4498 718-630-4754 Army Volunteer Corps Relocation Readiness Joseph Gamez Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4756 718-630-4462 Deployment Readiness Sexual Assault & Madeline Pastorella Victim Advocacy 718-630-4462 Vincent DiMaira Employment Readiness 718-630-4460 March 29, 2012 Joseph Gamez 718-630-4756 Survivor Outreach Services Beginning at 8:30 a.m. 718-630-4754 Exceptional Family Held at the ACS Conference Room Member Program Bldg. 137-C Poly Place, 1st Floor Vincent DiMaira 718-630-4460 Call Maddy to Reserve Your Seat! Happy St. Patrick’s Day (718) 630-4754
  3. 3. 70 Years of Helping the Army Take Care of Its OwnSUPPORT YOUR LOCAL AER CAMPAIGN! Donate today! 3
  4. 4. Army Community Service Master Resiliency Training Master Resiliency Training On the Following Dates: Thursday, March 15th at 1300-1500 hrs Tuesday, March 27th at 1300-1600 hrs Both Classes will be held at the ACS Conference Room, Building 137C, 1st Floor. For more information please contact: John Mapes at 718-630-4498 Civilians Classes are open to Service Members, Family Members and DoD Civilians Felton Veterinary Services Ft. Dix Veterinary Treatment Facility (718) 388-1172 (609) 562-6636 Hope Veterinary Services Pc Paws and Claws Veterinary Hospital (718) 852-4219 (718) 782-8387 Banfield the Pet Hospital Battery Park Veterinary Hospital (718) 448-5558 (212) 786-4444 (Manhattan)Windsor Terrace Veterinarians Central Brooklyn Veterinary Center (718) 431-8950 www.centralbklynvet.comCarroll Gardens Vet Group Pc (718) 338-9600 Vincent George Veterinarian (718) 875-7007 (718) 444-5151 Brooklyn Veterinary Group Veterinary Hospital www.fifthavenueveterinaryhospital (718) 331-7775 (718) 748-1066
  5. 5. Family Advocacy Program (FAP) The Family Advocacy Program, (FAP), emphasizes prevention, education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention and treatment of spouse and childabuse. In addition, a variety of services is provided to Soldiers and their Familiesto develop their relationship skills, parenting skills, and improve their quality of life. This mission is accomplished through a variety of groups, seminars, workshops, and counseling and intervention services. Seminars and workshops are available to individuals, units, and Family Readiness Groups. Unit commanders are encouraged to contact their Family Advocacy staff to schedule seminars that meet their specific need. Vincent DiMaira, Family Advocacy Program Manager 718-630-4460, 137-C Poly Place, 1st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11252Army Family Team Building (AFTB) provides education to Soldiers, Family members, and DA civilians ina variety of subjects designed to help them reach their maximum potential in the military environment. AFTB offers a wide range of classes to empower individuals to learn, grow and become leaders within ourcommunity. AFTB Classes available on the following date: March 13th, 2012 @ 1100 – 1230 hrs held at the ACS Conference Room, Building 137C, 1st Floor For more information, please call John Mapes at 718-630-4498 or email: to sign up!!
  6. 6. Army Volunteer Corps Why Volunteer? Meet new people Acquire or maintain skills Develop and grow personally Gain a sense of achievement Obtain training and knowledge Satisfaction VOLUNTEER TODAY!! TO REGISTER please call (718) 630-4756 or email Adult Career Skills Training  Are you looking for a Job?  Do you want help preparing yourself against the competition?Financial Education Seminars  Do you need assistance in preparing your Presented by CHASE resume? Sign up for the following classes: Preventing & Combating Identity Theft  Making the most out of a Career Fair  Translating Volunteer Experience into a March 21st, 2012 at Resume 1730 Hrs - 1830 Hrs  Secrets to Resume Success Workshop  Federal Employment and the Federal Class held at the ACS Resume Conference Room  Networking 101 Building 137C 1st Floor  Labor Market Information  Interview Skills & Dress for Success To Reserve a Seat!  Career Plan Development Call (718) 630-4462/4754 To Schedule an appointment, please call Joseph Gamez at (718) 630-4756
  7. 7. THE MOST POWERFUL RECRUITING EVENTS FOR TRANSITIONING U.S. MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS, AND MILITARY SPOUSES WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 10:00AM – 2:00PM FT. HAMILTON, BROOKLYN, NY USAG Ft. Hamilton Sports & Fitness Center 402 McArthur Road Brooklyn, NY 11252To register as a Job Seeker and to see a complete schedule of events for 2012 please visit: 10:00AM – 2:00PM NCOA, in partnership with, presents 40+ Career Expos across the country designed to fulfill our mission to assist YOU – our transitioning U.S. Military Service Members, Veterans and Military Spouses. Join us for our upcoming Career Expo and: Be sure to bring copies of your resume and dress business appropriate or in uniform Meet with top recruiting companies and learn how to advance your career With educational opportunities Visit – the largest online veteran job board and military community – for more information on resumes, Job search tips, how to prepare for a career expo and much more Are you an Employer interested in exhibiting at our Career Expos? CONTACT: Shelley Conklin at (210) 837-5200 Jeri Glowacki at (800) 662-2620 Ext. 281 Scoop Davis at (800) 662-2620 Ext. 241
  8. 8. Our Purpose: Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is an Army Community Service program designed to provide short-term andlong-term support to the Survivors of Soldiers who die while on active duty.Our Vision: Compassionate and determined outreach to Survivors.Our Goal: To be intentional yet noninvasive in extending the hand of support to the Survivors of fallen Soldiers at their point ofneed with meaningful programs and caring counsel resulting in Survivor Families knowing that others are concerned for their wellbeing during their journey through grief. What We Do…Facilitate support groups where Families and individuals can share feelings, burdens, thoughts, resources andinformation in a safe and understand setting.Provide care for Survivor Families beyond what Casualty Officers and Unit Care Teams can offer.Offer on site financial counseling to assist Families in adjusting to their unique monetary circumstance following theloss of a loved one. For more information on the SOS Program, please call 718-630-4754Exceptional Family Member ProgramVincent DiMaira, Program ManagerBldg. 137C (718) 630-4460 The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory program designed to meet the needs of Family Members with physical, emotional, developmental, or learning difficulties, that require special medical treatment, therapy, or education. For any questions concerning the Exceptional Family Member Program, please contact Vincent DiMaira, Family Advocacy Program Manager at 718-630-4460 To enroll your Family Member in EFMP, please contact Ms. Brenda Shea, Occupational Health Nurse at Ainsworth Clinic, phone number 718-630-4907/4417/4611.
  9. 9. FAP Program Relocation Program Sexual Assault Prevention eSponsorship Application & Training Training Sponsors to Assist Relocating Service Members & Their Families Sponsorship Training Available on the following dates: Sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault canhappen to males & females of all ages. Sexual assault is intentional sexual contact, March 21, 2012 characterized by the use of force, physical June 20, 2012 threat of force, or the abuse of authoritywhen the victim does not or cannot consent. September 17, 2012 Rape, nonconsensual sodomy, and indecent assault are all forms of sexual assault. Time: 1300 – 1400 Location: ACS, Bldg. 137C If you are a victim of a sexual assault, please contact the ACS assault For more information contact response coordinator at 718-630-4460 or 347-452-4302 24/7 Madeline Pastorella 718-630-4754/4462 Waiting Families Military & Family Life Consultant Have a Deployed Service Member?Join Waiting Families Support Group for fun, outings & support! Bowing CenterMarch 17, 2012, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pmMeet at ACS, Bldg. 137 C, 1st Floor Military and Family Life Consultants Help with the Stress of Military Life Deployment  Relocation Adjustment  Reintegration Concerns  Loss or Grief  Parenting Challenges  Financial Management  Relationship Issues  Workplace Stress Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) Please call to reserve your seat!! are mental health specialist who provide confidential, short-term, non-medical Contact: Madeline Pastorella counseling to Military Families. Phone: 718-630-4754 To access MFLC services please call: ACS Bldg. 137C, 1st Floor (718) 757-9408
  10. 10. Fort Hamilton Army Family Action Plan 2012 Issue Submission FormDo you want to change, improve or fix something in the Army or maybe, just here onFort Hamilton? If you do…..Submit an ISSUE via the issue form below and drop it off in one of the many AFAPboxes on Fort Hamilton. Or fax it to 718-630-4473.AFAP Box locations: ACS, Bldg 137C, Commissary, PX, Visitor Control Center,CDC, Housing, Bowling Center, Fitness Center.Issue: What is the problem?Scope: Why is this a problem? (tell us about it - why is this a problem & who does it affect)Recommendation (s): What do you think could be done to solve the problem? (howshould we fix it) Name, phone number and/or e-mail address (optional)
  11. 11. March 2012 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 AER Kick-Off ACS HOURS at1400 0800-1630 ACS Conf. Rm. Computer Lab Karaoke Night 0800-1600 1900-2200 FT Hamilton Community Club4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ACS HOURS ACS HOURS ACS HOURS Karaoke Night ACS HOURS 0800-1630 0800-1630 0800-1630 1900-2200 0800-1630 Computer Lab Computer Lab Computer Lab FT Hamilton Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600 0800-1600 Community Club 0800-160011 12 13 14 15 16 17 ACS HOURS AFTB Training College Savings MRT –P re-Dep ACS HOURS Waiting Families 0800-1630 1100-1230 1730-1830 1300-1500 0800-1630 Bowling Center Computer Lab ACS Conf Rm. ACS Conf Rm. ACS Conf Rm. Computer Lab 1400-1600 0800-1600 Karaoke Night 0800-1600 Meet at ACS Conf . 1900-2200 Rm. FT Hamilton Community Club18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ACS HOURS Financial Readiness Preventing Identity ACS HOURS ACS HOURS 0800-1630 PCS 1400-1500 Theft 0800-1630 0800-1630 Computer Lab ACS Conf. Rm. 1730-1830 Computer Lab Computer Lab 0800-1600 ACS Conf. Rm. 0800-1600 0800-1600 eSponsorship Karaoke Night 1300-1400 1900-2200 ACS Conf. Rm. FT Hamilton Community Club25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ACS HOURS MRT-Mob 1 ACS HOURS Newcomer’s ACS HOURS 0800-1630 1300-1600 0800-1630 Orientation 0800-1630 Computer Lab ACS Conf Rm. Computer Lab 0830-1330 Computer Lab 0800-1600 0800-1600 ACS Conf. Rm. 0800-1600 Karaoke Night 1900-2200 FT Hamilton Community Club Happy St. Patrick’s Day