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Fort Drum ACS Green Press Newsletter - September 2012

  1. 1. Army Community Service (ACS) Fort Drum, September 2012 ACS Green Press ~A tree free newsletter Direct questions / feedback To: Sarah Lynch : 772-5374 Army Community Service –More Than Just a Band aide Army Community Service ACS offers opportunities for con- ACS offers something forInside this issue: (ACS) is often thought of as the tinuing education, volunteerism, everyone in any stage of life. place to go when you’re going self exploration and self develop- Our goal is two-fold. First,Regarding Resilience 2 through some sort of crisis. For ment. Our secondary goal is to that in times of need SoldiersCan You Really instance, when you are experi- develop and promote these op- and Families “think ACSBounce Back? encing a financial emergency portunities to our community first!” Second, that SoldiersBOSS Grand Open- 3ing you visit Army Emergency Re- members as a way to develop a and Families think of ACS as lief, or when you are having sense of community and belong- more than just a quick fix relationship problems your first ing while simultaneously strength- during times of need. In-New You Now-a 4 thought is to utilize the FamilyRoad to Somewhere ening independence and personal stead, we want Soldiers and Advocacy Program or a Military strength. While that may seem Families to come by ACS andIn the Spotlight 5 Life Consultant. We are proud like an oxymoron, it makes per- explore the many possibilities to offer these services to our fect sense. Any whole is greater for personal growth and selfWorking From 6 Soldiers and Families and it is than its individual parts. We live development.Home our primary goal that all Soldiers with mission in mind therefore, If you’re interested in learning and Families in need seek help, supporting our Soldiers and Fami- more about what ACS has toBenefits of Early 7 first and foremost, from ACS. lies in turn supports our mission. offer, come by our buildingLiteracy –FamilyAdvocacy Program ACS offers many programs de- The continuing education like for a personal tour and a list signed to enhance resilience and parenting classes, stress and anger of upcoming events, classesEFMP Summer 8 independence in the Soldiers, management and master resilience and meetings.Camp 2012 Families, retirees and DOD training strengthens us as indi- civilians that make up the com- viduals, parents and spouses. TheACS Events and 9 munity of Fort Drum. These classes offered through Employ- “Think ACS First!”classes programs promote Family ment Readiness and Army FamilyACS Contacts 10 physical, mental and emotional Team Building can develop skills wellbeing and financial security. to enhance our resumes and in- The programming is, of course, crease our employment market- available in times of crisis but it ability. The spouse groups offer is equally important to note that an opportunity to form friend- ACS offers programming that is ships, develop networks and serve If you have an hour, will you more than just a band aide. as an outlet to de-stress, socialize, not improve that hour, give and gain support. All in all, instead of idling it away? Lord Chesterfield
  2. 2. ACS Green Press September 2012Page 2 Regarding Resilience: Tips, tools and techniques for practicing resilience everyday! By Jenn Eichner, MRT 772-2848Can You Really Bounce Back by Using Resilience Skills?Boy did I have a moment this past ranted more to anyone who would listen. I learned a lot from this experience.weekend that made me remember a Then I took a moment to think about what Most importantly was the satisfaction ofkey fact about resiliency – you do not had just happened and listened to not only knowing that I can slip off the resilientjust know it, you have to practice it. the words coming out of my mouth but path, but get back on it rather quickly if IEven though I am a master resilience also to that little voice telling me that I was just take the time to think. I also learnedtrainer and teach resilience skills on a not handling this activating event in a pro- that trying to ignore challenges and hidedaily basis, I still have to be reminded ductive way. The resilience rocket had fi- them from others is not the resilient put it all to use in my own life. nally hit me. I felt so good when I sat off to the sideThis was just one of my wake up calls: and thought of a list of several names of I walked away, sat by myself for some time folks who could help me. I had exposedOn Sunday, I was watching my son’s and worked through several of the resil- my frustrations and now had to deal withbaseball game. All was well. My mind ience practice skills. Was I caught in a them. The anxiety left me and I nowas a little heavy with some everyday thinking trap? No not really. Did I go longer felt agitated. I was ready to apolo-life realities, but I was using the time directly from activating event to emotion gize to my son. I truthfully explainedto let all that go and enjoy the game. and not think about what got me there? what was really behind my reaction andMy son is very into sports. He enjoys Yes, I did. I was feeling a sense of danger told him that I would get him a new batplaying, practicing and always wants (something bad is going to happen and I once I had taken care of a few necessities.the latest and greatest tools to play the can’t handle it) which led me to feel anxiety He hugged me, right in front of his teamgame. This included a $129.00 wood and agitation. Then I thought about my and said, “thanks, mom.”bat. He told me, “it was unbreak- iceberg beliefs and I became conflicted. Iable”, I bought it for him. believe in teamwork and giving 100% for Side note – life is truly good. I actually the team. My son allowing a teammate to found the 2 month old receipt for the batSo, a few innings into the game an- use his bat is ok and I also believe in being and found that the bat was warranted forother player took a swing and upon a realist - the bat is made of wood, they 90 days. The sporting goods store re-making contact, the bat he was using break. So what was I really upset about? I funded my money. All worked out, as itsplit in two. Moments later I found asked the tough “what” questions – par- usually does, but still holding off on buy-out that he had used my son’s bat that ticularly – what is it that is really bothering ing another bat!time up to the plate. I lost it. I me? I was in tune with the answer almostwalked right INTO THE DUG OUT immediately. It was part of my everyday Do you have a similar story to share?and asked my son if that was really his life realities that was the problem. I had Email me as I would love to share it withbat that was broken. He looked at me been stressing over my budget for a little others, Jennier.e.eichner.civ@mail.milin total embarrassment (as the rest of while. I was trying to fix things and I wasthe team of 15-18 year old boys were not finding myself on the road to success. Practice your resilience. And when italso sitting in the dugout), and simply I tucked away this reality to watch the does not go so well, bounce back and besaid, “Yes, mom it was”. I rolled game, but when the activating event oc- even better!right on with my out of control emo- curred, it is precisely what I reacted to. Itions and informed all the boys in the was anxious about being asked to purchase Have a great month – good luck anddugout, that “contrary to popular be- another bat. The bat cost money and good thoughts!lief, I do not pay to outfit anyone else money and I were not in a good place aton the team but him.” I walked and the present time. MRT Fall Marathon! 17-20 September All modules covered, 9:30—2:30 pm held at the Workforce Development Building
  3. 3. Page 3 ACS Green Press September 2012 ACS Outreach attended the grand opening of the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Satellite building located at the Jack T. Sweet Complex on Fort Drum. The Family of PFC Jack T. Sweet, cut the ribbon for the new facility housed in the Complex named for their son. PFC Jack Sweet served with 2-22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, when he gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country on February 8, 2008. Jack a native of Alexandria Bay, NY, entered the Army in April 2007. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, Na- tional Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Infantryman Badge. BOSS and Army Community Service extends aCSM Mark Oldroyd, Glenn Sweet and Penny Hawley cut heart felt thank you to PFC Jack T. Sweet, andthe ribbon officially opening the new satellite BOSS center. all service members who serve their country. We are proud to serve you! Looking for what the North Country has to offer you? North Country Exploration Expo! (formerly Super Sign-up) Local Chambers Tourism Councils Employers Clubs Volunteer Opportunities September 6, 2012 9 am - 2 pm The Commons
  4. 4. Page 4 ACS Green Press September 2012 The New You Now Women’s Empowerment Group– a Road to Somewhere People often make a trip to ACS hope you will find not only enter- tography and fitness to just name a only when they have an emergency. taining but educational and empow- few. This is a group that drives ACS is much more than that, it is a ering. Within the ranks of the mili- itself. The intent is to learn from building where you can take classes, tary spouses there is an incredible each other, to uncover and share the learn to sew, and make new friends. and diverse group of people. They gifts unique to each group member. Relocation Readiness has the oppor- are smart, talented and beautiful. Like everything in life, this group tunity to meet new Soldiers and However, too often as military requires you to be discerning, to Family members when they first wives theses same incredible people take responsibility for yourself, to arrive at Fort Drum. During these put their husband, their husband’s listen to the voices that question if first encounters, one thing always careers, their children and even the something is right for you or stands out- spouses bring with them Family dog above and before their whether that behavior or activity is a vast array of experiences and tal- own needs. When they do that, they one that will ultimately benefit you ents from every walk of life. When forget how incredible they are. New and others around you. New You we thought about these new com- You Now hopes to help you set Now can be a vehicle for change, a munity members, it struck us that intentions for you; not for you to be chance to give back, an opportunity we needed to provide an avenue to lost in the shuttling of children, to learn, but ultimately it is a vehicle network them with each other so back to school worries, or the fears that the participants can steer in any that they could share their talents and uncertainties that arise with a direction. and experiences to empower each looming deployment. New You other. It was with this in mind, that Now teaches Spouses to remember Come join our group and bring your New You Now group was envi- to take care of themselves. talents to the table. For more infor- sioned. Through this group, ACS is We will begin the group with vision mation call 772-5374/6566/6902 or offering an opportunity to foster boards, each one of us will decide 772-6902. awareness, to get to know yourself, when and where we see ourselves make new friends, to learn from going. Vision Boards can be power- each other and to make conscious ful visualization tools that help the choices in your life. creator begin to manifest their dreams into reality. There will be “A woman is a full circle. The New You Now is a group of- fering the opportunity to have fun opportunities to learn about cook- Within her is the power to and learn new things; things that we ing, health, nutrition, make up, pho- create, nurture and transform.” -Diane Mariechild author “Ifnothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies” ~author unknown
  5. 5. Page 5 ACS Green Press September 2012 Building Community: In the SpotlightACS welcomes Kaya and Tala Zehler to Our Community! with the 63rd Ordinance Battalion and new adventure. They played with the their mom Suzette. ACS Relocation Readiness Program “Think ACS First” Stress Cows while The girls are both excited and appre- their mom signed up for the New- hensive about starting first grade in the commer’s Tour and learned about all Carthage School District. “I don’t the great ACS programming available want to get shots” Kaya explained. to her and her Family. However, she is looking forward to math, lunch and recess where Kaya What struck me about the Family was enjoys playing on the monkey bars the their positive attitude. They viewed best! Tala on the other hand, is look- Fort Drum as their next great adven- ing forward to counting and working ture. It was a pleasure to meet the with numbers, and art because she Zehlers and welcome them to the Fort loves to color. Tala explained that she Drum Community!Recently, Kaya and Tala Zehler visited is pretty good at counting in Spanish.Army Community Service RelocationReadiness with their mom. The girls Both girls are full of energy (they re-moved here from Fort Bliss with their ferred to themselves as the “rock and “Think ACS First!”Dad Michael who is a Sergeant Major roll twins”) and are ready to start their Dancing at the Farmer’s Market International Spouse Group Visited the Carthage Farmer’s Market
  6. 6. Page 6 ACS Green Press September 2012Thinking About Working From Home? Gain Personal Freedom – You can Increase Productivity & Job En- shape your work around your life: richment – With less time comment- work at night, work on the weekends, ing there is more time to work! Most and best of all do what you like! To importantly you work for yourself and succeed you will need good time man- want to have your business shine! You agement skills and be disciplined to are also given the opportunity to be push yourself to work hard! creative; you are not only the business owner, but the boss, marketing spe- Be with Your Family – Many busi- cialists, secretary and budgeting ex- ness owners decide to start their at pert. home business to be with Family mem- bers and have their Family members If you find any of the listed benefits of involved in their businesses. You may working from home appealing, maybe still need daycare arrangements so you you should consider working fromAs you get ready to send the kids off to home as an option for you. can really concentrate on your work;school are you thinking about how you however you can change your work The Army Community Service Em-will keep yourself busy? Have you hours to best fit your Family’s needs. ployment Readiness Program (ERP)thought about working from home? Reduce Stress – Working at home has designed an employment eventWorking from home is the wave of the geared for those who wish to work can reduce the stress of juggling thefuture, government reports show from home. ERP has lined up people demands of work and home life. Youworking from home has increasingly who work from home to come to can take your 15 minute break and dobecome an option for many men and ACS for an informational career fair. dishes, or start dinner. Since you oftenwomen. People are looking for ways to This event provides those interested in work alone there are no office politicscombine their careers with their home working from home, a forum to dis- and deadlines that you would need tolife in order to spend more time with cuss the possibilities with people who stress over. You only need to followtheir families and less time commuting have a first hand knowledge of the the deadlines and goals YOU set forto and from work. For many military process. For more information on yourself!spouses, working from home is an ideal working from home and to talk toway to make money without worrying Financial and Tax Advantages – business owners attend the ACS Em-about juggling your work schedule and The convenience of not having to ployment Readiness Program Worklong list of responsibilities of running drive to work, or shop for expensive From Home Career Fair on Septem-your household during deployments. work clothes, along with the tax write ber 26 from 9:30-11:30 at ACS. off of having an at home office canHere are some reasons why it is great increase your income just by workingto work from home: from home. “All have wishes, many have dreams, ACS – Employment Readiness some have ideas, few have plans” - Program Informational Work William Arthur Ward from Home Career Fair on September 26th from 9:30-11:30 at ACS.
  7. 7. Page 7 Newsletter Title September 2012 Benefits of Early Literacy-Family Advocacy Program September 8, is International shop is for parents between niques calms and relaxes Literacy Day. When people the ages of 1 and 4. In this your baby so he can pay think about literacy, the big- workshop, parents will attention to the world gest thing that comes to mind learn: around him. This relaxed is the act of reading. Often state is a wonderful time for  Techniques to build one does not think about the you to read to your infant. strong bonds through deeper meaning of literacy. Books written for infants understanding them- There have been countless selves and their children include sweet, repetitious studies to determine the phrases that when said in a  Identifying effective soothing tone can be very benefits of reading to your “There are many little ways to child. Not only does reading parenting styles beneficial. enlarge your child’s world. Love of to your child benefit them  How to encourage posi- books is the best of all If you would like to learn cognitively by fostering a love tive behavior some of these techniques or -Jacqueline Kennedy for reading, increasing vo-  Strategies to be active are interested in other par- cabulary, and building the parents through their enting resources and classes language neural connections child’s growth and de- offered through the Family in their brains but also devel- velopment Advocacy Program, call 772 There are many little ops a bond between you and -4244 or 772-0748. your child. The act of read- Another class offered ways to enlarge your ing to your child promotes a through FAP’s New Parent Remember, the formative sense of intimacy and well- Support Program that nur- years pass quickly, use every childs world. Love tures a bond with your child tool available to you in or- being. of books is the best early on in the formative der to build a strong foun- The Family Advocacy Pro- years is the Infant Massage dation for your child’s of all." gram (FAP), along with New class. Research shows the bright future. Parent Support, have many ~ Jacqueline benefits of infant massage resources to support you and include nurturing babies’ Kennedy your child through their de- psychological, physiological “Think ACS First!” velopmental years. and developmental growth. The Active Parenting Work- Using gentle massage tech- Active Parenting Workshop September 11,12 & 14 9am to 11am ACS
  8. 8. Newsletter Title September 2012 Page 8 Exceptional Family Member (EFMP) Summer Camp 2012 EFMP Summer Camp 2012 was, conducted between 6-10 August. This year 39 Campers participated in a week of activities that in- cluded white water rafting, roller skating, games, arts and crafts as well as a trip to Old Forge Water Safari and a Fishing Derby. The highlight of the week was the interaction between the children with special needs and the 76 Soldier and civilian volunteers that self- lessly gave their time to enhance the lives of the EFMP campers. The volunteers devel- oped an appreciation of the challenges and joys of caring for a child with special needs. Perhaps the best comment heard that week was from a spouse who volunteered with her Soldier who said “My husband and I have got- ten so much out of this experience, he said he now has a greater appreciation of what I do on a day to day basis as a parent of our special needs child.”
  9. 9. Page 9 ACS Green Press September 2012 ACS Events Calendar September 2012
  10. 10. Army Community Service P4330 Conway Road Fort Drum, New York 13602Army Emergency Relief 772-6560, 772-8873 or 772-2855Army Family Team Building 772-6710, 772-9229 Volunteer Program Coordinator 772-2899 Family Member Program 772-5488, 772-0819, 772-0664 /104951319542718Employment Readiness Program 772-9611, 772-2737, 772-1090 Advocacy Program 772-4244, 772-6929, 772-2279(New Parent Support Program)SAPRP 772-0596, 772-4070, 772-0748 772-5605, 772-5914Financial Readiness Program 772-0050, 772-5196, 772-8526 and Referral 772-6556, 772-6557Military & Family Life Consultants 212-6919Mobilization and Deployment 772-2848, 772-0470, 772-2919 772-5374 Readiness 772-5475, 772-6553, 772-6902http:// -Drum -Relocation -ReadinessProgram/171335822906429 772-6566Soldier Family Assistance Center 772-7781 Outreach Services 772-6357