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  1. 1. http://www.health.mil/blog/10-06-24/Family_Resiliency_Webinar.aspx. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 _________________________________ On Sunday, we‟ll celebrate our fathers. The day of special recognition was requestedin 1909 by Mrs. John B. Dodd of Spokane, Washington, in honor of her father, William Smart. Smartwas a Civil War veteran and widowed father of six. He raised all six children alone on a rural farm ineast Washington State. The first celebration was held a year later and by tradition , annually on thethird Sunday in June. On this 101st celebration of Father‟s Day, we salute all the fathers, fatherfigures, and men who serve as role models to our nation. We send our thanks and best wishes for awonderful day.Have a good week and take care. Please note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. For bestresults, cut and paste the entire link into your Web browser.From the DASD, Robert L. Gordon IIIFrom DoD Live Family Focus Friday – Royal Couple at Hiring Fair in Los AngelesTwo weeks ago, I first told you about a special opportunity for our military spouses in the southernCalifornia area and nearby military installations seeking jobs and careers: the “Hiring Our Heroes” LosAngeles hiring fair. Today, I am pleased to say that Their Royal Highnesses, Prince William, Duke ofCambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will be participating in both the hiring fair and aservice project!What connection does the Royal Couple have with military families? Many Americans may not realizethat Prince William is a search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force, which means thatCatherine is also a military spouse! Their focus is to help raise awareness and support for the servicemen and women, and their families in both Great Britain and the United States who have proudlyserved and to assist in re-integration and employment efforts of veterans and military families. It isboth an honor and a thrill to have them join us. See http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2011/06/family-focus-friday-royal-couple-at-hiring-our-heroes-fair-in-los-angeles/From DoDEA DoDEA Leaders to Appear on ‘Military Mom Talk Radio’ Marilee Fitzgerald, DoDEA‟s acting director; Charlie Toth, deputy director, DoDEA; and Kathy Facon, branch chief, DoDEA educational partnership will participate in an interview on Military Mom Talk Radio. The show will focus on how education is critical to military families as a quality Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.
  2. 2. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 of life factor, parents‟ roles in positioning students for success in school, and preparing for the next school year – transitioning from summer to school. The broadcast will take place at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, June 20. To access the broadcast on line visit: http://militarymomtalkradio.wordpress.com/ DoDEA 2011/2012 School Calendars Now Available Online DoDEA school calendars for the 2011/12 school year are now posted online. Calendars for DoDDS schools are posted at www.dodea.edu/home/calendars.cfm . For DDESS schools visit: www.am.dodea.edu/ddessasc/aboutddess/areasycalendar.html. Educational Partnership Team Hosts Third Special Ed Professional Development Seminar DoDEA‟s Educational Partnership provided a third special education professional development seminar for educators at Fort Carson, Colorado. The mission of the partnership program is to champion quality educational opportunities for military children by providing resources and support to military-connected local education agencies. The summer professional development opportunities are based on a set of 16 special education training modules developed by Cambium Learning Group for DoDEA to distribute to military-connected local education activities. DoDEA hosted two prior events at schools with large military-connected student populations in Killeen, Texas, and in Okaloosa County, Florida, and in August will host one more professional development session this summer in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Continuous professional growth opportunities are critical for enhancing the repertoire of strategies, skills and competencies of educators. DoDEA values the professional educator as most important in achieving exemplary learning opportunities for our students. During the summer, scores of DoDEA teachers will be engaged in summer training to enhance their skills and to strengthen their teaching abilities.From the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth New Money Management Campaign PSAs Debuts on AFN Four new 30-second public service „spots‟ and four 15-second cutdown versions began airing on Armed Forces Network June 16. The PSAs were created by DoD‟s Radio and Television Production Office using an online animation program. To view the PSAs, click on this link: http://www.dma.mil/rtpo/money_management/ OPM Releases New Federal ‘Ballpark E$timateR’ For Civil Servants The Federal Ballpark E$timate includes projected Federal annuity and Thrift Savings Plan benefits to help civil servants quickly identify approximately how much is needed to save to fund a comfortable retirement. The Federal Ballpark E$timate can be used by employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), CSRS-Offset, or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) who plan to retire under the voluntary age and service rules. The current version does not perform estimates for employees planning to retire under the „Minimum Retirement Age + 10‟ rules, or those who are covered by special computation rules such as law enforcement officers and firefighters, or formerPage 2
  3. 3. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 Federal employees who may be entitled to a deferred retirement. To determine your own ballpark estimate, see http://www.opm.gov/retire/tools/calculators/ballpark/ballparkintro.asp. Military OneSource Webinars – June Topics Include Spouse Career Info, Keeping Kids Safe Online Webinars are Web-based training sessions using teleconference audio and the Internet to deliver an interactive seminar. All posted times are listed in Eastern Daylight Savings Time. For more information, see http://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/OnlineCommunity/Webinars.aspx - The Spouse Career Center: Your Success is Our Mission Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time Achieving your career and educational goals when you move frequently can be a challenge. Whether youre changing jobs because of PCS or starting a new career, we can help you and your family prepare for the changes ahead. Let Military OneSource help smooth the way with information about portable work options, flexible college options, licensing, and where to find job postings. Join us for an overview of the Military OneSource Spouse Career Center services. Learn about who we serve, the assistance we can provide, and the benefits of working with a Spouse Career Center consultant as you move ahead in your education and career goals. - Writing a Resume that will Lead to Interview Success Friday, June 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time Have you ever considered that your resume writing and interview preparation are your communication to the employer that you are the right candidate for the job? Military spouses offer a unique set of skills, but many spouses are unsure about how to communicate those skills on a resume. This webinar will help you build a resume employers will want to see and prepare you to make a good first impression on your interview. Join us for a Spouse Career Center sponsored event where we‟ll discuss the purpose of the resume, resume formats, essential features, and more. - Keeping Kids Safe Online Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time Start early when talking to your kids about being online. After all, even toddlers see their parents use all kinds of devices. As soon as your child is using a computer, a cell phone, or any mobile device, it‟s time to talk to them about online behavior, safety, and security. As a parent, you have the opportunity to talk to your child about what‟s important before anyone else does. Join us for an informative sessions where we discuss helping kids improve their digital literacy, including staying safe online and being good digital citizens.Page 3
  4. 4. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011From the Resale and NAF Policy Office Commissary On-Site Sale Events The Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Program provides the commissary benefit to deserving Guard/Reserve members and their families who live in areas that aren‟t close to an existing commissary store. These sales are not only for the Guard and Reserve – theyre for any authorized shopper. Currently, there are no on-site sales for online ordering. For more information, visit http://www.commissaries.com/guard_reserve_sales.cfm In the next few weeks, DeCA will deliver the benefit: June 24-26 155th Brigade Combat Team Tupelo, Miss. July 9-10 Guard and Reserve Martinsburg, W. Va. July 9-10 Guard and Reserve Williamstown, W. Va. July 15-17 Guard and Reserve Springfield, Ore. July 16-17 Guard and Reserve Chadron, Neb. July 21-24 Guard and Reserve Chattanooga, Tenn. July 22-23 Guard and Reserve Riverton, Utah July 22-24 Guard and Reserve Aquadilla, Puerto Rico July 30-31 West Virginia National Guard McConnelsville, Ohio July 30-31 Guard and Reserve Plattsburgh, N.Y. Note for the Plattsburgh event: Pre-order only. Orders must be placed by June 23, 2011In the News From the Family Matters Blog – Obama Salutes Military Dads With Father‟s Day nearly at hand, President Barack Obama took time to single out military dads yesterday, thanking them for their service to the nation. “Thank you for your dedication,” he told the dads gathered for a special screening of the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars 2” on the White House complex. “And when I say thank you, it‟s not just to those in uniform; it‟s to the families as well who are also serving. “We could not be more proud of you,” he added, “and we are grateful because you help not only to keep us secure, but also keep us free.” See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64350 From the American Forces Press Service – First Lady Urges Hollywood, Tell Military Family Stories The entertainment industry can help to shine the light on military families by incorporating their compelling stories into movies and television, First Lady Michelle Obama said yesterday during a panel discussion hosted by the entertainment guilds in Los Angeles. Speaking to an audience of about 500 producers, writers, actors and directors, the first lady discussed her "Joining Forces" military-support campaign and how Hollywood can play a role in her quest to stir up national support for military families. Writer-director J.J. Abrams, who moderated the panel, kicked off the discussion by asking Obama what sparked her passion for military family support. See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64300 and the DoD video clip at http://www.dodvclips.mil/?pid=ga1OeYiTX_cY1hcCDUshNSnI76Ox7opR .Page 4
  5. 5. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 From the Family Matters Blog – The Perfect Father’s Day Gift Luckily my husband isnt as high maintenance about Fathers Day as I am about Mothers Day. As in, he truly means it when he says, "Dont get me anything." Mike honestly is happy with a nice breakfast (French toast) and working in the yard with his two helpers to celebrate. However, I still quest to find inventive, personal gifts to show him how much we appreciate him. Unfortunately, finding "the perfect gift" usually means it comes down to the wire, leaving me searching into June. Knowing that some of you might be in the same boat – still looking for that elusive perfect gift – here is a list of goodies that the man in your life might appreciate …. See http://us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=9se42a90hv36l From the American Forces Press Service – Dr. Biden Urges Cable Industry Support Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, last night called on the cable television industry to use its vast reach to help educate the public about military families and rally national support for “the very best of our country.” Biden, speaking at the National Cable and Telecommunications Associations annual convention in Chicago, echoed the message first lady Michelle Obama took to Hollywood earlier this week. “The cable industry is uniquely positioned to help Americans learn more about the challenges and needs of military families and to showcase the families‟ strength, resilience and service to our nation,” Biden told the assembly. See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64356 From the American Forces Press Service – Gates, Mullen Protect Family Programs Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the service chiefs to “fence” two areas in the budget options the military is contemplating: training and family programs. “I dont want any money taken out of those,” he told the Senate Appropriations Committee today. See http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64338 From the American Forces Press Service – DoD Libraries Launch Summer Reading Program Defense Department libraries have launched a summer reading program in the hopes of inspiring children – and adults – of all ages to read throughout the summer. Visitors to libraries on 270 military installations around the world are invited to join “A Midsummer Knight‟s Read,” an activity-packed reading program with a medieval twist. “The idea is to encourage kids to come in and see the library and look at the books and other materials, [and to] encourage them to participate,” said Margie Buchanan, libraries division chief for the Air Force Services Agency. See http://us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=53vbnk3ppf8gk ; at Yakota Air Base, Japan, http://www.yokota.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123259460 ; and at Camp Lejeune, http://www.camplejeuneglobe.com/carolina_living/article_ceb698be-9768-11e0-b0ca- 001cc4c03286.html From the American Forces Press Service – Military Spouses Get Help with Professional Licenses A Defense Department organization is making it easier for military spouses to maintain professional licenses as they move from state to state. State Liaison and Educational Opportunity, an office of military community and family policy here, today announced that 16 states have adopted laws, or are close to doing so, to make it easier for military spouses to work in their career fields. "It gets them to work faster, and thats been our objective," Marcus Beauregard, chief of thePage 5
  6. 6. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 state liaison office and a retired Air Force officer, said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. See http://us.mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.rand=d9nokfuqrsamrTips of the Week Nutrition Tip of the Week – Grazing is good for staying lean When you graze on frequent mini meals throughout the day, your body enjoys stable insulin levels. Insulin is a fat-storage hormone, so when you gorge, your store that extra food as extra fat. When you graze, insulin is not so high, which helps keep you lean. Being lean does not mean being skinny, but rather having the right body weight for your body. Parenting Tip of the Week – Home Safety Month June is Home Safety Month and with children home for summer, it‟s a good time to check your home for potential safety issues and take simple steps to prepare for an emergency. - Learn what to do in different types of emergencies. http://www.healthfinder.gov/prevention/ViewTopic.aspx?topicID=54&cnt=1&areaID=0 - Assemble an emergency supply kit. Visit http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html for a list of ideas of what to include in the kit. - Make a family emergency plan. Find out what kinds of disasters are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. See http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/index.html Let’s Move/Childhood Obesity Tip of the Week –Physical Activity – Part II Children and Adolescents’ Physical Activity According to the 2008 Physical Activities Guidelines for Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there are plenty of activities your children and adolescents can participate in to keep them healthy! Take a look below for some muscle and bone strengthening activities. Examples of Moderate- and Vigorous-Intensity Aerobic Physical Activities and Muscle- and Bone- Strengthening Activities for Children and Adolescents Type of Physical Children Adolescents Activity Muscle - Games such as tug–of–war - Games such as tug–of–war strengthening - Modified push–ups (with - Push–ups and pull–ups knees on the floor) - Resistance exercises with exercise - Resistance exercises using bands, weight machines, hand–held body weight or resistance bands weights - Rope or tree climbing - Climbing wall - Sit–ups (curl–ups or crunches) - Sit–ups (curl–ups or crunches) - Swinging on playground equipment/barsPage 6
  7. 7. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 Bone - Games such as hopscotch - Hopping, skipping, jumping strengthening - Hopping, skipping, jumping - Jumping rope - Jumping rope - Running - Running - Sports such as gymnastics, - Sports such as gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, tennis basketball, volleyball, tennisFor more information on physical activity and making healthy and nutritious food choices, check outthe Commissary‟s website at http://www.commissaries.com/ Financial Tip of the Week – Attention all Service members and families! Do you have a consumer complaint? Do you feel like youve been scammed by: - A company or individual who sold or attempted to sell you something (electronics, DVDs- CDs, cell phones, etc)? - A payday/loan company or lender? - An automotive, motorcycle, or boat dealer? - A company offering you or a family member employment? - An internet-based commercial site? - Identify theft phishers or scammers? - Any company outside the installation gates or in the community? Military Sentinel is a project of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Defense to identify and target consumer protection issues that affect members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. To file a consumer complaint, click on https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/military_home.htm. This will link you to the consumer complaint forms. Military Sentinel allows members of the United States armed forces to enter consumer complaints directly into a database that is immediately accessible by law enforcement organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. These law enforcement agencies use this complaint data to target cases for prosecution and other enforcement measures. The information from Military Sentinel can be used by members of the JAG staff and others in the Department of Defense to help protect armed services members and their families from consumer protection-related problems. Military Sentinel also provides a gateway to consumer education materials covering a wide range of consumer protection issues, from auto leasing, to identity theft, to work-at-home scams.Page 7
  8. 8. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 Military OneSource Tip of the Week – Quick Tips and Vacation Ideas for Traveling Alone If you‟re thinking of taking your next vacation alone, you‟re in good company. More people than ever are enjoying the benefits of independent travel. You will be able to decide where you want to go, what you want to see, and even what time you want to have meals. Here is information to help you make the most of a solo vacation: - Plan ahead. Find out about single-friendly vacation packages. Many cruise lines, travel agencies, and touring specialists offer packages for singles, which may help you avoid a single supplement charge. - Check into the Armed Forces Recreation Center resorts. Brought to you by Family and Morale, Welfare and recreation Command (FMWRC), these include resorts and clubs in Virginia, Florida, Hawaii, Germany, and South Korea. (Go to http://www.MilitaryOneSource.com and enter “Armed Forces Recreation” into the search box to find out more.) - Consider a theme-based holiday. One seasoned solo traveler loves to learn about his roots by visiting towns once inhabited by his ancestors. If you have a passion for nature, plan a vacation that will keep you outdoors. - Investigate conventions, conferences and trade shows. If you‟re a huge Star Wars fan, or you‟re interested in anything from dog shows to psychology, consider attending a convention held by an association dedicated to that field. - Sign up for a workshop or a retreat. Whatever your interests are – dance, painting, computers – there are seminars, workshops, and retreats held all over the world specializing in these areas. There are even workshop cruises that focus on a specific activity, such as yoga. - Swap homes. You can save on hotel bills when your trade homes with another traveler. - Offer your unique talent or services for a cheap cruise. If you‟re a fitness expert, for example, inquire about getting discounted rates for teaching an aerobics class. Most cruise vacations offer passengers lots of varied activities, which may include computer training, dance instruction, and estate planning, and may need people with knowledge and expertise to facilitate them. - Take safety precautions. If possible, avoid nighttime travel. Request a room above the ground floor. Resist the urge to carry valuables with you. When driving, always travel with a cell phone, and keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. Never pick up hitchhikers and, if you see someone in trouble, call local officials for help. - Don’t overpack. Lugging a heavy suitcase around can be a challenge when you‟re by yourself. Experienced travelers know that the secret to enjoying a good trip is to pack light. - Get a local newspaper as soon as you arrive. Look up activities geared toward single people or have a tour leader or hotel concierge help you if you‟re in foreign country. - Try not to overdo it. Don‟t feel compelled to visit every place on your list. Spend an afternoon reading a book or walking around town. - Be flexible. If a walking tour is cancelled due to rain, visit a museum you didn‟t think you‟d have time to see. Introduce yourself to people you‟d like to meet. If you‟re shy, a good conversation starter would be to ask the person to take your picture in front of a landmark with your camera. Your Family Support Center can give you information and support on many issues that affect service members and their families. And Military OneSource, a free 24/7 service from DoD, available to all active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families, provides informationPage 8
  9. 9. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 and referrals plus face-to-face counseling. Call (800) 342-9647 or access on the Web at http://www.MilitaryOneSource.com. Spouse Tip – Portable Career Fields, Occupations and Job Openings Once you decide to „marry into the military,‟ you will quickly learn from fellow military spouses that you are about to enter an exciting mobile military lifestyle, filled with opportunities to live all over the world and experience different cultures that are different from your own – including stark differences as you move from state to state, right here in the United States. Your service member‟s occupational specialty (for example, supply, intelligence, fighter pilot, ship driver, equipment maintenance, etc.) will determine the geographic locations where you and your service member will most likely be stationed. If you decide to live together as a couple, as opposed to being a periodic geographic bachelor, you will become a „trailing spouse‟ as you follow your service member to each new duty location. This can be hard – emotionally, physically, and financially – if you are career minded and have certain lifestyle expectations and goals. In order to establish and sustain your own professional career alongside your service member, it is important to find appealing career options for which you can become qualified, and which are most likely have job openings at duty stations where you are most likely to live as you „trail.‟ Here are some career fields and related occupations that have proven over time to be highly „portable‟ as military spouses move from one duty location to another. Do any of these career choices appeal to you? - Health and Human Services: Nurses; Medical/Dental/Surgical/Rehabilitation Technicians and Technologists; Medical Coding, Billing and Records Specialists; Social Workers; Child Care Providers; Child Development Specialists; Counselors (especially Behavioral and Mental Health); Physical Fitness/Aerobics Specialists - Education: K-12 Teachers (especially Math, Science, Technology and Special Education); English As A Second Language (ESL) Teachers; Skilled Trades/Advanced Manufacturing Instructors (Community Colleges and Occupational/Vocational Schools) - Business and Financial Services: Accountants; Procurement Specialists; Marketing Analysts and Managers; Business Managers; Financial Managers; Financial Counselors; Benefits Specialists; Insurance Agents & Brokers - Information Technology: Programmers; Systems Engineers; Database Managers; Web Designers; Social Media Specialists; Multi-Media Graphic Designers - Skilled Trades: Cosmetologists; Skincare and Nail Technicians; Massage Therapists; Animal Services Specialists and Trainers; Advanced Manufacturing Workers; Mechanics; Maintenance and Repairmen; Telecommunication Specialists and Repairmen; Security Professionals - Entrenuership: Own-Your-Own Business Visit http://www.CareerOneStop.org for the latest career field, occupation and salary information from the Department of Labor on fastest growing, highest demand and largest employment career choices and related state and professional licensing/certification requirements.Page 9
  10. 10. This Week in MC&FP June 17, 2011 Contact a Military OneSource Spouse Career Center Consultant (800) 342-9647 or http://www.OurMilitary.mil) to request Career Connections, Career Fair and Job Fair schedules, and employment websites and job board referrals. For Military Spouse Employment Partnership Program information that connects you to employers who are recruiting military spouses, visit: http://www.OurMilitary.mil. ####Page 10