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Military Spouse Internship Program
The Military Spouse Internship Program is a DoD initiative "designed to acquaint
Federal Agencies with the skills and talents military spouses possess, by
providing first year salary, benefits and training costs for eligible military
spouses hired into permanent Federal positions with career advancement. The
program is authorized under Public Law 111‐84."
Here is the link for more information regarding the Military Spouse Intern
Program, which is found on the DoD's CPMS website:
Family Support 360 for Military Families
Dr. Rebecca Posante and Isabel Hodge met on April 27 with the Administration on
Developmental Disabilities (ADD), Administration for Children and Families, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss the Family Support 360 for
Military Families initiative. This initiative provides grant opportunities to
create one‐stop centers that assist the families of individuals with
These one‐stop centers enhance the capabilities of families in assisting children
with developmental disabilities to achieve their maximum potential; support the
increasing ability of children with developmental disabilities to exercise
greater choice and determination and to engage in leadership activities in their
communities. Each one‐stop center establishes its own process and determines the
best way to provide services. Families participate in a family assessment and
work with a “systems navigator” to develop and individualized family service plan
(FSP). Each project assists 20 families in the first year and 40 families in the
second year through the fifth year.
Current Military Family 360 locations:
• Alaska ‐ Fort Richardson and Elmendorf AFB
• California – Camp Pendleton
• Florida ‐ U.S. Army Garrison Miami (serves military families in southeast
• Guam – NS Guam and Andersen AFB
• Mississippi ‐ Keesler AFB
• North Carolina – Camp Lejeune
• New Jersey ‐ Fort Dix McGuire AFB and NAS Lakehurst
Marine Corps Base Quantico Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
In 2009, Military Community and Family Policy provided funding to the Marine
Corps Base Quantico and the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools
(DDESS) aboard Quantico to build accessible playgrounds. On April 29, Dr.
Rebecca Posante and Isabel Hodge attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new
handicapped‐accessible playground at Lunga Recreational Park. Next to the
playground, Quantico has a new accessible fishing pier and a pontoon boat
available for military families with special needs to use. The Quantico
installation commander, director of Marine Corps Community Services, and the EFMP
manager as well as 35 to 40 invited guests attended the ribbon cutting ceremony
and enjoyed a picnic following.
Personnel Accounting in Conjunction With Natural or Manmade Disasters
The revision to DoD Instruction 3001.02, "Personnel Accounting in Conjunction
With Natural or Manmade Disasters" was approved by the USD(P&R) on 28 April 2010.
This Instruction will be posted to the DoD Directives Web site at
http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/ The revised Instruction incorporated lessons
learned from subsequent accounting requirements after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina
in 2005, the California Wild Fires in 2007, and Hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike
A short summary of changes include: delegated authority to the Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff to commence accounting upon the declaration of a disaster;
established the Personnel Accountability Reporting System (PARS), and establishes
the requirement for each DoD Component to appoint a Personnel Accountability
eSAT: Electronic Sponsors Application & Training
The eSAT (Electronic Sponsors Application & Training) continues to enjoy success
following the soft launch on March 10, 2010. To date, 2,613 sponsors have been
trained and 516 transferees have been sponsored. The Air Force is currently the
primary user with 7 installations having trained over 100 sponsors. All of the
feedback to date reflects positive responses. Look for the formal announcement
and marketing campaign in the near future!
Family Advocacy at Joint Bases
Staff from the Office of Family Policy and the Family Advocacy Program met with
representatives from the Services to discuss the integration of FAP programs at
joint bases. The meeting focused primarily on the procedures and requirements
for the transfer of personnel between Services at impacted locations. This is
issue will continue to be a topic of discussion at future meetings.
GAO Report on DoD Domestic Violence Program
The General Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled "Status of
Implementation of GAO's 2006 Recommendations on DOD's Domestic Violence Program
progress in implementing recommendations made in the GAO's 2006 report on
Domestic Violence in the military."
The report was critical of DoD's progress in implementing prior recommendations,
and the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for MC&FP, Ms. Virginia Penrod,
expressed her commitment to making to continued progress and taking the necessary
steps to address issues raised in the report.
Armed Forces Boxing Championships:
The Army continued its dominance over the other Services in the 2010 Armed
Forces Boxing Championship held at Naval Base Ventura County 18 ‐ 24 April.
The Army won 6 bouts for the team championship, the Marine Corps won two
bouts for a second place finish and the Navy was third overall with one win.
The Air Force had 2 boxers in the gold medal round but they were beaten by
their Army opponents and had to settle for fourth place finish.
The gold medal winners are eligible for a spot on the U.S. Team for the
upcoming CISM championships. CISM is the international military sports
organization whose motto, "friendship through sports" brings athletes from
all over the world together in the spirit of competition and camaraderie.
The CISM Boxing Championship will be held 8 ‐ 17 October at Camp Lejeune, NC
and at least 16 countries are expected to participate. The last CISM Boxing
Championship was held in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2008 and although the U.S. had
a formidable team, they did not medal. The U.S. is hoping for better
results this year.
DoDEA's Educational Partnership has launched an interactive educational resource
for military families, military leaders and school leaders. The resource,
"Students at the Center," provides information on important policies, procedures,
and best practices that are critical to supporting the needs of military
families' education. "Our military families have high expectations and unique
needs regarding the education of their children and we saw a need to develop a
tool to assist everyone who has a stake in the educational process," said Kathy
Facon, Chief of the Educational Partnership. Available online now at
http://www.militaryk12partners.dodea.edu, the guide offers information focused on
the specific needs of the different stakeholders.
DoDEA reminds parents to review their child’s immunization record to ensure their
vaccines are current prior to the start of School Year 2010‐2011. Before
enrolling in a DoDEA school, students are required to have immunizations that are
outlined in the DoDEA Immunization Requirements Form, which is available at:
http://www.dodea.edu/foia/iod/pdf/2942_0_M_F1.pdf. While the immunization
requirement is not a new policy, it is a standing procedure and one that will
continue to be enforced. Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) provide
immunizations to students and parents can coordinate with their child’s physician
to obtain the required immunizations prior to the start of the school year. In
instances where required vaccines are not available, which can happen
temporarily, the school superintendent will receive a notification from the MTF,
and the student will be allowed to attend school until the vaccine is available.
DoDEA Teacher of the Year, Susan Morris from Boeblingen Elementary/Middle School,
meets Vice President Joe Biden and Dr Jill Biden at a reception for the National
State Teachers of the Year at the Vice president's residence on Monday, April
26th. Teachers of the Year from across the nation are being honored this week in
At DoDEA’s request, General Casey (CoS of the Army) has filmed a Public Service
Announcement (PSA) on Teacher Appreciation Week to air worldwide on AFN. The
spot pays tribute to teachers for their contributions to military families. The
spot will also be available on the DoDEA website.
Pentagon officials announced the selection of Dr. Bruce Jeter as the Area
Director for the Department of Defense Education Activity's Schools in the United
States. Dr. Jeter will oversee the operations of 63 schools located on 16
military installations in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. Nearly
26,000 students attend DoDEA schools in the United States. Dr. Jeter joined
DoDEA in 1992 as an assistant principal at Irwin Middle School, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Dr. Jeter grew up in a military environment. Born at Fort Riley, Kan., he is the
youngest of five children. His father was a career soldier in the U.S. Army,
serving in World War II, the Korean War, and in Vietnam.
Scott LaBelle of Brussels American School is a National Merit Computer Science
Corporation winner. LaBelle is one of six DoDEA students named as National Merit
Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
LaBelle was among approximately 1,000 high school seniors who won corporate‐
sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. This is the 55th year that the NMSC
has sponsored the competition. Winners were selected from students who advanced
to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and who meet
the criteria outlined by their scholarship sponsors.
Three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were among the
more than 500 students selected as 2010 Presidential Scholars Program. DoDEA's
semifinalists are: Darren P. Eldredge, Vilseck High School; Paul K. Westland,
Brussels High School; and Nathaniel Wickham, Wiesbaden High School. The United
States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by the executive
order of the President and has recognized over 6,000 students to date. In 1979
the program was extended to also recognize exceptional talent in visual, creative
or performing arts. The program awards 141 students with Presidential Scholar
Awards each year. This is one of the Nation's highest honors for high school
Other DoDEA news:
• From AFN‐Europe ‐‐ Mannheim students face the fear of public speaking
Story by Valerie Resciniti. It's one of the most crippling fears a human being
can face. It's even tougher when you're a kid. AFN's Valerie Resciniti tells us
how some Mannheim students overcame the huge obstacle.
• DoDDS Europe 2010 Athletic Champions (Photo Slideshow)
• DoDDS Europe experience the Model United Nations 2010 (Photo Slideshow)
Financial Tip of the Week: What to Do With Your Tax Refund
Instead of spending your tax refund this year on something that may not last
beyond today, why not consider putting it towards something that will help make
your financial future grow?
• Make an extra credit card or house payment to reduce your interest costs.
• Consider buying a U.S. savings bond. You can purchase these bonds from
most banks, credit unions, your workplace, or online by visiting:
• Get an automatic payroll deduction that goes directly to some type of
savings vehicles. You can set it up with a bank or mutual fund company, and
start the account with your tax refund.
• Contribute to an IRA. If you qualify for a tax‐deductible IRA, you have
until April 15th to contribute and claim the contribution for your current tax
return. Or, you could put your tax refund into an IRA for the following tax
• Open a Roth IRA. Even though you don’t get to deduct the contribution
from your taxes, the Roth IRA provides a tax‐free way to save for retirement.
Military Financial Readiness Partner in the Spotlight: Better Business Bureau
As a partner in the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Readiness Campaign, BBB
Military Line® brings Better Business Bureau services to military personnel
(including Reservists and National Guard), retirees, DoD civilians, and their
families. BBB Military Line offers a variety of free services and consumer
education to the military via local BBB outreach as well as on the Web. More
info can be found at www.bbb.org/military.
Military Spouse Tip of the Week
Feeling overwhelmed by the many roles and responsibilities you have from home and
work? Find information on balancing work and life through materials such as 10
Ways to Overcome Overload (booklet), Achieving Balance (CD), and CrazyBusy:
Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast‐
Paced Life (paperback) which are available free through
Parenting Tip of the Week
Getting more involved with your preteen today will help you stay connected
tomorrow. Not only that, it will help your child make better decisions. Here are
some tactics other parents have used to stay involved in their child’s life.
1. Post a family calendar.
2. Create rules and then enforce them.
3. Regularly share a meal with your preteen.
4. Share your day.
5. Give your preteen family responsibilities.
For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/parentabc/.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Nutrition Tip of the Week
How do you choose a lean cut of beef?
Remember the terms "round" or "loin" to help you zero in on the leanest cuts of
beef. The leanest cuts include round steaks and roasts, top loin, top sirloin,
and even chuck shoulder and chuck arm roasts. Ground beef labeled 90% lean is
For more information on making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the
Commissary’s website at http://www.commissaries.com/
. Commanders can request support and resources from the Joint Family Support
Assistance Program by calling the Joint Family Resource Center at 1‐888‐256‐9920.
. Military OneSource:
This free 24‐hour service, provided by the Department of Defense, is available to
all active duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families. Consultants
provide information and make referrals on a wide range of issues, including
financial issues. You can reach the program by telephone at 1‐800‐342‐9647 or
through the Web site at www.militaryonesource.com.
While April 15th has past, Military OneSource (MOS) continues provide free tax
filing services and free tax consultations to military service members and their
families during the tax season. Visit the website or call the phone number above
for more information.
Have a great week. Your MC&FP Team!