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  1. 1. 6 March 2013 1ABCT Weekly Newsletter: please pass along to Soldiers, Family and Friends of 1ABCT. You can always stay up to date with local events by going to 1st Infantry Division page at http://www.riley.army.mil/default.aspx or if you are having issues reading this you can click on this link to read the weekly news. http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bct. We are always up and posting new information on FaceBook! Join us on the Official 1ABCT FaceBook Page at www.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgm______________________________________________________________________________ Fort Riley Current News Updates: This information has recently been updated, and is now available. http://www.riley.army.mil/OurPost/CurrentNews.asp x In addition to the Current News page there are Garrison Commanders Community Corner articles http://www.riley.army.mil/DocumentList.aspx?lib=GC- Corner More Updates can be found here: 1HBCT Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/1HBCTDevilBrigade Want to be in the know this winter. Check out the Fort Riley MWR Winter Guide and plan your winter activities! http://rileymwr.com/main/?page_id=153338 Ready Army - http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=ReadyArmy <http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=ReadyArmy> Ready Army- Prepare yourself for winter driving - also see the Ft Riley website: http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=ReadyArmy <http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=ReadyArmy>
  2. 2. Use full websitesFinanceMypay: http://www.dfas.milThrift Savings Plan: http://www.tsp.govNews OutletsU.S. Army Homepage: http://www.army.milU.S Department of Defense: http://www.defense.govArmy Knowledge Online (AKO): http://www.us.army.milDoD Community Relations: http://www.ourmilitary.milTrack Santa: http://www.norad.milMilitary Family, Youth, and ChildrenMilitary Children and Youth: http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.milUSA4 Military Families: http://www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil/portal/page/mhf/USA4/HOMEPAGE_V3Employmenthttp://www.usajobs.govMedical CareDental Care: http://www.tricare.mil/mybenefit/ProfileFilter.do?&puri=%2Fhome%2FDentalTRICARE: http://www.tricare.milTRICARE Online: http://www.tricareonline.comDEERS Enrollment Online: http://tricare.mil/mybenefit/home/overview/Eligibility/DEERSEducationDoD Education Activity http://www.dodea.edu/homeGI Bill: http://www.gibill.va.govServicesPX : http://www.aafes.comUS Postal Service: http://www.usps.comNational weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov
  3. 3. TRICARE Changes to Prime Service Areas: Beginning October 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to some beneficiaries.Prime Service Areas (PSAs) are geographic areas in the United States where TRICARE Prime is offered and some are being eliminated.The PSA changes do not affect any other TRICARE benefits such as pharmacy or dental coverage.What does this mean for beneficiaries living in an affected PSA?Retired Service Members and Family enrolled in TRICARE Prime: You will be disenrolled from TRICARE Prime on September 30, 2013. Youwill remain enrolled until September 30, 2013 as long as your enrollment fees are paid, you do not disenroll early or otherwise loseeligibility. Once disenrolled from TRICARE Prime, youll begin to use TRICARE Standard and Extra, or you can enroll in the US FamilyHealth Plan if its offered where you live. In some cases, you may be able to re-enroll in TRICARE Prime by waiving your drive-timestandards. By waiving your drive-time standards, you will have to drive long distances for primary and specialty care so you shouldcarefully consider this option. Note: This is also true for others who are covered like retired service members (i.e. former spouses, survivingspouses of deceased active duty service members after three years, Medal of Honor recipients, etc.)Children of Retired Service Members using TRICARE Young Adult-Prime: You will be required to switch to TRICARE Young Adult-Standardeffective October 1, 2013.PSA changes will not affect:•Active duty service members and family enrolled in TRICARE Prime*•Activated Guard/Reserve members and family enrolled in TRICARE Prime*•Surviving spouses of deceased active duty service members enrolled in TRICARE Prime* (for the first three years after the sponsors death)•Surviving children of deceased active duty service members enrolled in TRICARE Prime*•Children of active duty service members using TRICARE Young Adult-Prime•Beneficiaries who already use TRICARE Standard and Extra•Beneficiaries using TRICARE Retired Reserve, TRICARE Reserve Select, TRICARE Young Adult-Standard or TRICARE For Life***While your TRICARE Prime coverage is not affected by the PSA changes, if you move from your current location, you may be required totransfer your Prime coverage or find a new primary care manager. >>Learn More about MovingWhat areas are affected?TRICARE offers a ZIP Code Look-up to help you find out if you live in an area that is affected by the PSA changes. If you do, your regionalcontractor will mail you a letter explaining your future TRICARE health care options and where to get more information.For More Information http://www.tricare.mil/psaContact your regional contractorSign up for E-mail Alerts about the PSA changesView Frequently Asked Questions—Use the search terms, "Prime Service Area" or "PSA"View Article: "Officials Announce TRICARE Prime Service Area Changes"UPDATED: TRICARE Prime Service Area ZIP Code Look-Up Toolhttp://tricare.mil/Welcome/MediaCenter/CurrentTopics/ChangestoPSAs/PSALookup.aspxFebruary 27, 2013
  4. 4. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: This weekend is the shortest of the year at just 47 hours. Set your clock forward for Daylight Saving time whenyou go to bed Saturday, March 9th at night and grumble about how late you wake up Sunday. Or use it as an excuse to show up an hour lateto work on Monday.7 March 2013 Homebuyer Education Seminar 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: 210 Custer Ave Room 15 in the basement, Ft Riley, KS This seminarwill help you to find answers to the important questions you may be asking as you contemplate purchasing a home7 March Teen Workshops: Portfolios 6-7pm and ACT/SAT Prep 7pm-8pm. Teen Center Bldg 5800 For more information call 785-240-3261. High School Students parents are welcome to attend. See flyer for other workshops for March & April.8 March Ft Riley Elementary PTA Carnival: Join the students and staff of Ft Riley Elementary for their annual PTA Carnival at 104 Morris Ston Main Post. 5pm-7:30pm8 March Middle School Teen Dance: Spring Dance for Middle School Teens 8pm-10:30pm Bldg 5800 admission Fee $2.50 members/$3.50non-members.8 March Josh Thompson Concert: The Wareham 410 Poyntz Ave 8pm Tickets $20 for more information call 913-269-1404 see flyer8 March Deadline for Symphony in the Flint Hills Update: Fort Riley Leisure Travel Center will conduct 500 Advance Ticket Sales 25 FEB – 8MAR. Soldiers and Family members have priority to reserve tickets 25 FEB -01 MAR. All DOD cared holders can reserve Tickets 04-08MAR. Tickets can be reserved in person at Bldg 6918 Trooper Drive-Leisure Travel Center M-F 10am-5pm or by filling out Form belowand emailing it to leisuretravelcenter@rileymwr.com. Personnel can reserve up to six (6) tickets. Personnel that reserve tickets must callKansas City Box Office 816-471-0400 11-15 MAR to pay for tickets. Any ticket reservations not purchased by COB 15MAR13 areforfeited. Tickets window closes after 500 tickets have been reserved from Fort Riley. For more information call Leisure Travel at 785-239-5614Save the Date: Symphony in the Flint Hills is coming to Fort Riley on June 15 th: Tickets will go on sale March 23rd at 10am. If you arewanting to attend this big event they are urging everyone to be ready at 10am to purchase tickets as they will sell out very quickly. You canpurchase tickets online at: www.symphonyintheflinthills.org or call the box office at 816-471-0400. Tickets for this years Symphony inthe Flint Hills will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013. General admission tickets are $75 for adults and $43 for childrenunder 12.9 March Great Escape Expo- Riley’s Conference Center on March 9th 10am-3pm. Come out and see exciting tourist and travel destinations.FREE open to the public. For more information call 785-239-8990.
  5. 5. 9-10 March Central United States Military Basketball Conference: King Field House will be hosting the event on 9 Mar starting at 2pm andon 10 Mar starting at 8:30am. For more information call 785-239-281312 March K-State McCain Auditorium Performance Series: Mummenschanz. 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. For 40 years the company hascreated a surreal and captivating universe of whimsy, wonder and ingenuity that delights both young and old. Mummenschanzrevolutionized mime art a generation ago by blending dance, theater and puppetry, creating fantastical characters that spring to life. Ticketinformation or call 532-6428.13March K-State Research & Extension Family Gardening classes: Learn about seeds, plants and what to grow and how to grow your garden.Army Wellness Center 7285 Normandy Dr come to the loading dock door on March 6th, 13th & 27th Pre-Register by phone at 785-239-9991or email: ftriley@ksu.edu14 March Our Community Spouses Club: Vera Bradley MHIP (membership has its privileges) Bingo at Riley’s Conference Center cost $15.11am-1pm. Non-members may purchase a card for $15. Additional cards are available for purchase $10 per card. Reservations online athttp://www.fortrileyocsc.com/reservations or email reservations@fortrileyocsc.com14 March The Flint Hills Discovery Center will host another FREE admission evening on March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.! And it gets better - theShort Film Series: Our People, Our Land, Our Images will be shown in the Immersive Experience Theater at 6 p.m. - last chance to see theseunique films before the exhibit closes March 14!15 March K-State McCain Auditorium: The Celtic Tenors. 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. The Celtic Tenors is the most successful classicalcrossover group ever to emerge from Ireland. The Celtic Tenors "reinvent the whole tenor idiom," according to Phil Coulter, the composer of"Remember Me." The group is pioneering a new style of cool never before seen on the classical stage and is breaking thetraditional stuffy tenor mold. The unique voices, charm and wit of Daryl Simpson, James Nelson and Matthew Gilsenan combine an emotivejourney with a thoroughly uplifting experience. Ticket information or call 532-642815 March MWR Summer Guide Photography Contest will begin on March 15th and will run for 2 weeks. The last day to turn in your phototo be entered in the contest will be March 29th. Remember we are looking for photographs reflecting Fort Riley in the Summer Time.16 March Dueling Pianos: Rally Point doors open at 6:30pm $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets available at Rally Point Bingo Centerand Leisure Travel Center. For more information call 785-239-6398. If you need childcare please call 785-240-0821 and children must beregistered with CYSS.16 March Saint Patricks Bowling: $1.50 games and $1 shoe rental all night. Contest and prizes starting at 8pm.
  6. 6. 16 March BOSS St Patty’s Day Bowling: 10 lanes, unlimited bowling between 7pm-11pm shoe rental included. Door prizes and rafflesgiven out thought-out the night. More information call 785-239-2677.16 March St. Patricks Day Road Race: Aggieville, Manhattan 35th Annual Road Race will be held on 16 March starting at 10am-Registration packets and pick up start on Monday, March 11th-15th at Manhattan Running Company, 3015 Anderson Ave., Manhattan.10am-7pm each day. See flyer.18-22 March Spring Break Bowling: $.50 Bowling and shoes rental for kids K-12. starting at 11am-5pm Food and Beverage specialsoffered all day for the kids.18-22 March Spring Fling at Eyster Pool: Family $10 single day or $25 for the entire week, $5 single person per day or $15 for the week.Each day will celebrate a different theme. Activities from 1-4pm each day. For more information call 785-239-485418-22 March Teen Center Pet Club: March Volunteer Opportunities for Teens; Pet club members are needing volunteers to help with FtRiley Animal Shelter to feed, water, clean up after, brush, walk and play with the cats and dogs. For more information if you would liketo help call 785-239-9222.23 March Easter Egg hunt in Wamego: Gather up the kids and head on down to Wamego City Park to go hunting for these hidden eggs.With more than 3,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and prizes from local businesses, this is one hunt where everyone will walk awayhappy. The Saturday before Easter 10 am in City Park. For more information contact (785) 456-7849or visit their website www.WamegoChamber.com23 March Teen Center Midnight Basketball: Open to both Teen members and non-members. Cost $1 for players and $2 for spectators.7:30pm-10:30pm Bldg 5800 Thomas Ave. More information call 785-239-9222.23 March Co-Parenting Class: ACS is offering a Co-Parenting class: My Child Too-Co-Parenting 4:30pm-6pm Bldg 7264 call forregistration Family Advocacy Program 785-239-9435. This class is offered FREE!27 March Kimo Williams in a Purple Haze: BBQ starting at 6pm & Live Music at 7pm. Warrior Zone call for more information 785-240-661829 March Youth Career Fair: for youths 15-21 looking for employment! Starting time 2pm-4:30pm come visit with employers andvolunteer organizations. Great opportunity if your student needs to also get their volunteer hours for high school. Forsyth NeighborhoodCenter. For more information call 785-239-9435 Employment Readiness Program.
  7. 7. 30 March Teen Open Mic/Talent Show: Teen center is offering some great fun with Open Mic/Talent show; Dress Rehearsal is March29th 5:30pm-9pm. Registration packets available at the Teen Center-everyone is welcome to attend. Call for more information 785-239-9222.31 March Easter Brunch & Activities: Easter Brunch Reservations are going fast! Call today to make your reservations 785-784-1000.Reservations are STRONGLY recommended . Adults $13.95 Children $7.95 & Children 4 & under eat freeMarch – April Volunteer opportunities : See Flyer below.MWR Summer Guide Photography Contest will begin on March 15th and will run for 2 weeks. The last day to turn in your photo to beentered in the contest will be March 29th. Remember we are looking for photographs reflecting Fort Riley in the Summer Time.06 April BN Spring Fling Event: 1-1 BSTB Spring Fling will be hosting a Spring Fling for all 1-1 BSTB and HHC, Brigade Soldiers andFamily members. Time: 1100-1300, Where: Bldg 7270 Bamford Street (BN Annex). Wear Weather appropriate outerwear, Bring Basketsfor egg hunt. There will be activities for the kids and Adults! We are asking if parents can donate a bag of candy (non-chocolateindividually wrap) and drop off with the BN FRSA in Bldg 7410 RM 129 by 3pm on April 3rd. We have 10000 plastic eggs needing to befilled. Food for each Soldier/Family member to provide:HHC, BDE: DrinksHHC, 1-1 BSTB: Hotdogs & BunsA Co: ChipsB Co: DrinksC Co: DessertsFt. Riley USO –Volunteer Opportunity at the Ft Riley USO and they need your help. For more information about becoming a volunteer atthe center or with any USO Fort Riley program, contact Tinkey at (785) 240-5328 or ctinkey@uso.org. The center is open Monday -Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday; training holidays and holidays, noon to 6 p.m.
  8. 8. BOSS Meeting Schedule: All meetings begin at 1500 hours at the Warrior Zone, the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month unlessstated otherwise. Please see schedule below for the next meeting date. * For more information on other events go tohttp://rileymwr.com/main then scroll down to the view calendar tab, click on it and then view the various events going on within eachweek. You will find dates, times and the locations with contact information. * For other events and news updates you can visithttp://www.manhattancvb.org/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=4125 or http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bctFort Riley Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Update: Check out what BOSS is doing on post and in the surrounding areas:UPCOMING EVENTS: March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Party (Custer Hill Bowling Center), April 13: Paintball Tournament (Outdoor Recreation),May 24- 27: Las Vegas Trip. ($450 per person). BOSS MEETINGS : Want more information about the events above? Or to learn aboutseveral other events going on? Come on down to the Warrior Zone every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month @ 3pm for the bi-monthlyBOSS meeting. Here you will stay up-to-date with the latest events and how to get your tickets reserved first. MEETING DATES: WarriorZone Conference Room, 3pm on Mar. 13 & 27, Apr. 10 & 24, May. 8 & 22 http://rileymwr.com/main/?page_id=9Sunset Zoo: 4th Friday of the month at 10:00 A.M. ZOOfari Tails is a collaborative story time with Sunset Zoo staff and childrens librariansfeaturing animal-themed stories-March 22: Baby Animals-April 26: Earth Day-May 24: DinosaursHave a little one? The Sunset Zoo has programs for 2-5 yrs old Wed & Sat mornings. Pre-registration required. Check out Learn With Ustab @ SunsetZoo.com or call 785.587.2737.Welcome to the Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) Weekly eNewsletter providing you with access to the latest Quality of Lifenews and information from the Department of Defense.The link below will open up the MC&FP Weekly eNewsletter in your browser. If the link below does not work, please copy and paste theentire link into your browser window.http://www.militaryonesource.mil/mcfp/weekly
  9. 9. 1-1 BSTB & HHC, BDE will be hosting a Spring Fling with an Egg Hunt for the Battalion to start off Spring! WHEN: 6 April 2013 @ 11am WHERE: BLDG 7270 BAMFORD STREET (BN Annex-Custer Hill) Wear weather appropriate outerwear, Baskets for eggs.There will be activities for the kids: Egg Relay, Fishing Game, Egg Toss, Balloon Animals and much more! Even the Adults will have fun activities! Food: each Family Member/Company will provide as follow: HHC, BDE: Drinks HHC 1-1 BSTB: Hotdogs & Buns A Co: Chips B Co: Drinks C Co: Desserts Requesting each parent donate a bag of candy as we will be filling 1000 plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt for those children attending. Please drop off your candy donation (Non-Chocolate individually wrap to the Battalion FRSA in Bldg 7410 Bamford Street Room 129 by 1500 (3pm) on April 3rd. RSVP to the BN FRSA, Helen Day at 785-240-4337 or helen.day@us.army.mil or Company Representative by 29 March with total number attending event!
  10. 10. Reminder: Outdoor Recreation Relocation Map-Outdoor Recreation will be relocating from building9011 Rifle Range Rd to Building 1806 Buffalo SoldierRoad in Camp Funston starting 4 Mar-8 Mar:reopening at 1806 Buffalo Soldier Rd on 11 Mar. Formore information call 785-239-2363.
  11. 11. Still need volunteers for March 23 rd Casting Call for the Murder Mystery Dinner:Casting Call for the Murder Myster Dinner Theater on March. 23rd at RileysConference Center 6pm.We are looking for volunteers to work as an “event production team” and be part ofour dinner theater show. No prior performance experience is required. Workshopparticipates will assume “role” in a Storyline while being guided through theimprovisational performance process. Youth may also be a part of theworkshop/cast provided they are under the direct supervision of a parent, guardianor authorized adult representative who must also agree to be a workshopparticipant. All Participants must agree to commit to the entire scheduled workshopweek. Rehearsals will be conducted at Riley’s Conference Center at 6:30pm on Mar18-20 and Mar 23 (prior to the show.) For instructions on how to apply, contactBrad Carlton at 785-239-6398 http://ow.ly//hGms9.Location: Riley’s Conference CenterDate/Time: Sat, Mar 23. Doors open at 6pm. Performance starts at 7pm.Plot: A lovely couple is getting married. At their wedding rehearsal dinner, someclown is bent on bringing down the tent on this pair. What promises to be a double-ring ceremony turns into a three-ring-circus, as the couple discovers someone istrying to eliminate the competition.Requirements: We are looking for volunteers to work as an “event production team”and be part of our dinner theater show. No prior performance experience isrequired. Workshop participants will assume "roles" in a storyline while beingguided through the improvisational performance process. Youth may also be a partof the workshop/cast provided they are under the direct supervision of a parent,guardian or authorized adult representative who must also agree to be a workshopparticipant. All participants must agree to commit to the entire scheduled workshopweek. Rehearsals will be conducted at Riley’s Conference Center at 6:30 pm on Mar18-22 and Mar 23 (prior to the show).How to apply: Complete the attached form and return in person to Mr Brad Carltonat MWR Special Events, 7867 Normandy Drive (Warrior Zone). If you cannot cometo the Warrior Zone, send your application in advance by e-mail and we can makearrangements to interview you by phone.Application Deadline: NLT Mar 13MWR Contact: If you are interested or have questions, please call Brad Carlton,Work 785-239-6398, Cell 785-375-3085, e-mail brad.carlton@us.army.milNote: Tickets to the performance are available at both Leisure and Travel Center andRiley’s Conference Center starting on 15 Feb. Tickets are $19 and include awonderful buffet dinner and a hilarious performance. Open to all.
  12. 12. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarilyconstitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. The views and opinions of authors expressed hereindo not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.