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  1. 1.‐06‐24/Family_Resiliency_Webinar.aspx.    This Week in MC&FP July 2, 2010 ___________________________________________________________       In this day of instant information, social networking, and quick communication, it’s particularly hard to believe that in 1776, most citizens were unaware of their own Declaration of Independence for a very long period of time. While the declaration was unanimously adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, the first public reading wasn’t until July 8th and many states didn’t receive authenticated copies more than six months later. That delay, however, did not diminish celebrating that brave act a year later. The July 18, 1777, edition of the Virginia Gazette described an Independence Day celebration that we all might recognize: “The evening was closed with the ringing of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks…. Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal. Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated through America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age till time shall be no more.” Have a good week and take care. Your MC&FP Team Please note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. For best results, cut and past the entire link into your Web browser. Acting DeCA Director Named Thomas E. Milks was appointed acting director, Defense Commissary Agency, by Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, in an announcement made July 1st. The appointment is effective immediately. Milks becomes acting director following the June 30 retirement of Philip E. Sakowitz Jr., who leaves the federal government after 35 years of service. Kaiserslautern School District Superintendent Selected DoDEA announced the selection of Dr. Dell W. McMullen as the Superintendent of the Kaiserslautern School District in Kaiserslautern, Germany. "Dr. McMullen is an excellent choice to lead our Kaiserslautern District," said Charlie Toth, Deputy Director, DoDEA. “She is a proven leader with many years of experience as a superintendent and we are looking forward to seeing her apply her skills and expertise to a new environment.” McMullen served as the District Superintendent of DoDEA’s Georgia/Alabama District at Fort Benning, Ga., since 2002. States Continue to Address the Quality of Life Concerns Many issues surrounding quality of life and family well-being can be addressed only by the states. In response, the USA4 Military Families initiative, worked through the DoD-State Liaison Office, engages Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their
  2. 2. This Week in MC&FP July 2, 2010  state policymakers about the needs of military members and their families. Governors are now signing many of the bills passed by their legislatures during their 2010 sessions. In the past week, legislation enacting the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children – ‘the Compact’ – has been signed by the governors of Rhode Island, Tennessee and Illinois. With the addition of these three states, there are now 35 states that have approved the Compact which now covers the transition needs of 88 percent of military children living in the U.S. In addition, the governor of Hawaii has signed legislation protecting the child custody and visitation rights of service members when they deploy. This brings the total number of states with some form of protection to 36. Finally, the governor of Ohio signed legislation that ensures the person designated by the service member on the DoD Record of Emergency Data (DD Form 93) will be consulted in the event the service member dies. Eighteen states have enacted specific legislation during the 2010 session. There are still more bills expected to be signed this year, with 31 bills still active in 13 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on these three issues and the other issues impacting the quality of life of our Service members and their families which the Department is working with state governments, visit or Dependents Education Council Meets On June 23 the Dependents Education Council met in Arlington for one of two annual meetings. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Virginia (Vee) Penrod, acting deputy under secretary of defense for MC&FP and covered a variety of topics ranging from military construction to the ‘Virtual School.’ The council advises the DoDEA director on the full range of issues affecting dependent education. DoDEA Students Compete and Win eCYBERMISSION Competition Two teams of students from the DoDEA came in second place in their grade and region in this year’s annual eCYBERMISSION competition. The competition is a free, Web-based science, technology, engineering and math competition for students in grades six through nine. Sponsored by the U.S. Army, eCYBERMISSION, allows students to compete in regional and national forums while working to solve problems in their community. Each student from the two DoDEA second place teams will receive $3,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds and a certificate. DoDEA’s winning teams are: Rainbow Elementary School, Ansbach, Germany and Vilseck High School, Vilseck, Germany. 850th Museum Joins the Blue Star Museums Honor Roll The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, N.H., is the 850th museum to join Blue Star Museums, the partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and 850 museums nationwide that offer free museum admission to service members and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2010. For more information, see USO Launches “ME AND A FRIEND” for Military Kids The Washington Nationals are the first organization to formally activate this program through its local USO, the USO of Metropolitan Washington on the 4th of July. Fifty tickets will go to families to launch the program. The children will be recognized in the stadium during the game and they will be the first to run the bases following the game. This initiative will continue throughout the season and beyond. Page 2 
  3. 3. This Week in MC&FP July 2, 2010  “Me and a Friend" was designed by the USO in cooperation with various partner organizations and in consultation with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Community Relations and Public Liaison. The program recognizes the unique challenges and sacrifices made by the children of military service members, especially those who have a parent who is deployed. Most military children move every few years and must adjust to new a community and make new friends. This initiative provides an opportunity to connect with their peers. The USO is reaching out to professional sports teams across the United States and partnering with local military organizations to support military kids nationwide through this program. The Nationals and the USO-Metro will partner with other military support organizations to distribute tickets for all Sunday home games. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis through USO-Metro’s TicketLine program. Military families can also visit to check availability. eKnowledge Corporation Donates $32 Million of FREE SAT/ACT Test Prep Software eKnowledge Corporation, the leading supplier of interactive learning software for college test preparation is donating $200 Test Prep Programs to military families worldwide. Over the past five years, eKnowledge has donated over $32 million of FREE SAT/ACT software to America’s military families and received tens of thousands of thank you letters and testimonials from grateful recipients of the donation. The SAT and ACT PowerPreptm DVDs include more than 11 hours of video instruction and 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material, thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions, practice tests and graphic teaching illustrations are indexed for easy use. eKnowledge Corporation has extended the FREE SAT/ACT donation program through 2010. Eligible recipients include service members from all branches of the military who are active duty, retired, Veterans, Guard, Reserve, DoD employees, and civilians performing military support. Also eligible are relatives and dependants of anyone who otherwise qualifies from the prior list. To place an order: Enter Sponsorship Code: 9F2C2942EB Commissary On-Site Sales DeCA is delivering the benefit at the following Guard and Reserve locations: July 10-11 Bakersfield, Calif. In the News “From the field,” Pentagon Channel – Independence Day shout outs Service members in Iraq and Afghanistan send holiday greetings to friends and families. See: From the American Forces Press Service – “Online Tool Eases Overseas Voting Process” The Defense Department launched an Internet-based program to help service members, families and other Americans living overseas vote more easily in November’s elections. The new, online voting Page 3 
  4. 4. This Week in MC&FP July 2, 2010  assistant at will make the registration and absentee ballot application process “quick, easy, seamless and intuitive.” See: From the American Forces Press Service – Program Eases Adoption Expenses for Military Families Air Force Master Sgt. Kipp M. Bourgeois and his wife, Christina, adopted their three children, thanks in part to financial assistance from the Defense Department’s adoption reimbursement program. See: From AFN – High School Awards. It wasn’t the Oscars or the Grammys but the hard work that was being recognized was just as worthy of awards, petty officer Adam Wolfe has more See: From AFN – All Points South: June 17, 2010. On today’s APS 120, streaming high school graduation in Naples, high school awards ceremonies in Vicenza & Sigonella and summer education opportunities in Naples. See: From AFN – SCIENCE!!! Science fairs have been around for as long as any of us can remember. It was a time in the school year you either looked forward to or dreaded. SSgt. Joseph Orellana takes us to the SHAPE elementary school to see what the kids are making these days. See: Safety Tip of the Week July 4 Fireworks Can Foil Family Fun Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Fire Administration warn that careless handling of fireworks and outdoor grills can ruin parties and picnics – and entire summers. More than 30,000 fires are attributed to fireworks every year, and according to Dennis Hunsinger, FEMA Acting Regional Administrator for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, more than half of those occur the first week in July. “The best way to enjoy fireworks is through public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals,” said Hunsinger. “Summertime should be a source for fun and fond memories—not tragedy, recrimination or crippling financial burdens.” If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips: • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. • Read and follow all warnings and instructions. • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Page 4 
  5. 5. This Week in MC&FP July 2, 2010  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away. • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire. • Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially a glass or metal container. • Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas. • Store fireworks in a dry, cool place. Check instructions for special storage directions. • Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework while lighting. For more information, visit: Nutrition Tip of the Week What’s in the milk group? All fluid milk, all yogurts, hard natural cheeses like cheddar, soft cheese like ricotta, and processed cheese like American, plus some milk based desserts like ice cream and pudding are in the milk group. For more information on making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the commissary’s Web site at Parenting Tip of the Week Whether your ‘yard’ is a large open space or a set of glass jars on your kitchen windowsill, you and your children can enjoy gardening together. • Visit your local library or go online with your kids to discover what plants are native to your area. • Plant a family garden, allowing each child to select a few species. They can make and insert markers with the plants’ names and their own names. • Encourage kids to keep a daily or weekly garden journal, recording the steps they took and the changes they see as the garden grows. • If your family garden produces fruits or vegetables, sharing some with neighbors or a local food bank shows children that responsibility can extend beyond their family to their community. For more tips, visit the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse at Financial Tip of the Week Resource in the spotlight: In 29 April 2010, the Department of Treasury, in partnership with 20 other federal agencies to include the Defense Department, rolled out the federal government’s primary financial education and resource referral website, This free resource is available to the general public, military members, and DoD civilians and contractors. The site provides information on financial implications of life events, other helpful resources facilitated by the 20 Federal agency partners, and financial calculators for virtually any financial need or question. The site features up-to-date information on the latest developments within the financial industry, and pertinent articles and news about legislation, laws, and practices affecting the American consumer. Page 5 
  6. 6. This Week in MC&FP July 2, 2010 complements the financial readiness and education resources provided through Military One Source (, available free of charge to all service and family members, regardless of military service or activation status. Spouse Tip of the Week Myth: Family life will return to "normal" when my service member returns home. Fact: The most difficult time for military families is the first three months after the service member returns home. Family and friends have changed during the deployment; be patient and give yourselves time to readjust. Accept the idea that each person is likely to have a different perception of what happened during the deployment. Learning how others have changed and grown, and being open to accepting those changes, will make the reintegration process much smoother. Learn more at Military Families Campaign, This Emotional Life by PBS: #### Page 6