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ATSCOM/TAOG September 2011 Newsletter


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ATSCOM/TAOG September 2011 Newsletter

  1. 1. Volume 2, Issue 9 September 2011 ATSCOM/164TH TAOG FREEDOM/GUARDIAN COL James Macklin, Brigade Commander SUICIDE AWARENESS MONTH Suicide Prevention Month! September 2 DONSA September 5 Labor Day Holiday September 6 WIND Meeting, Regimental Conference Room, 1000-1100 September 7 Monthly Mass Notification System Test, Post Wide, 1100-1230 September 15-October 15 Hispanic Heritage Month September 16 POW/MIA Ceremony, Museum, 0830-0930 September 16 Newcomers’ Welcome Brief, The Landing, 0830-1030 September 21 CFC Kickoff, The Landing, 0900-1130 September 23 Octoberfest, Festival Fields, 1630-2130 If you have questions or suggestions concerning this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to contact Marie Stallworth, FRSA for 164th TAOG, Bldg. 30501, Cairns Army Airfield, Fort Rucker, AL 36362. Telephone: 334-255-8919 or Email:
  2. 2. HHC 164TH TAOG Hello Warhawk Families, As the seasons prepare to change, HHC can expect upcoming changes along with it. We are quickly approaching the integration of the family readiness programs of 597th and HHC. I am looking forward to working with all Soldiers and Families and focusing on ensuring that the transition is smooth and all feel welcomed to participate in our combined Family Readiness Group.Some things to look for this month are the following: HHC FRG Cookout on 7 September 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm behind Building 30501 (TAOG). Please come out and support so we can raise much needed money. On 13 September 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m., there will be a FRG Social event, BUNKO NIGHT. We’re going to have lots of fun. The more people we have to play the merrier, so please come out and join in on the fun! 22-24 September, The Unit Ministry Team will be sponsoring a single’s retreat in Florida. Please see the Chaplain to ensure you get placed on the list.Other announcements worthy of noting are a special congratulations to SGT Pressleywho was promoted at the beginning of August 2011 and congratulations to SPCHibbard who graduated from the Warrior Leader Course.Lastly, if I can be of assistance to you or your family, please let me know. Don’t forgetthat is also a great resource.~War Hawks! Page 2
  3. 3. 597TH ORDNANCE COMPANY Families of the 597th, Wow, who can believe summer is almost over, sure wouldn’t know it by the weather. First off, I would like to thank all of you who attended our back to school cook out. It was great seeing you all there. September will be another busy month for the “Fast and Furious” Company. September will start the transition of the company and we will be complete by the end of October. For you, thetransition should seem transparent. CW3 Steven Hess and I are working to ensure thatyou do not see a change. This month will be our last FRG meeting as a company. Iwill be sending more information out at a later date on that. October will be our firstFRG meeting with HHC. Starting in October, HHC and 597th FRGs will merge. CPTDoug Blevins, HHC Commander, and I have discussed this merger in depth and wefeel confident that this is the best thing for both organizations. I encourage you all tostay involved in the FRG as it moves to HHC. For the Spouses of our deployedSoldiers, CW3 Steven Hess and SFC Vincent Bernal will be your points of contact foranything that you may need. The transition will be complete on 21 October. Untilthen, if there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to call.“Fast and Furious”~Maintainer 6 Page 3
  4. 4. CHAPLAIN “How to Handle Change” Recently, many Soldiers from our unit, as well as their families, attended a Re-integration Retreat. One of the group discussion topics involved an inevitable experience we have all encountered throughout the day, called “change”. For instance, getting married, losing a loved one, preparing for retirement, dealing with an empty nest, or an upcoming deployment. In keeping with the Strong Bonds’ material taught during the Retreat, there are four phases of change: Denial - to deny change is when one refuses to accept it is happening Resistance - at other times, we attempt to resist change when it is unavoidable Exploration - we are to explore change to determine how to make it work for us Commitment - in order to commit to change, we must allow it to flourish Indeed, change is built into life, but it is not new to humankind. Even the Biblereveals how change offers great benefits when we keep God by our side. In Genesis youwill find a person by the name of Joseph that over came change one after another beforearriving at his final destination. Joseph grew up in a family among brothers that disliked him, mainly be-cause he was a dreamer, and also a coat of many colors was given to him by their father.Hence, they decided to cast him into a cistern, and later sold him to a caravan of Ishmael-ites (Gen.37). Just as Joseph began to adjust to his previous changes, he was falsely ac-cused of sexual assault and placed in prison. As my father used to say, “If it’s not onething, it’s another.” In the midst of all of this, the author reveals in Genesis 40:20-21,“But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him.” He continued totrust God, knowing the Lord was with him through his life changes, and was blessed, as aresult of his loyalty to God. Joseph exclaims, “God has made me fruitful in the land ofmy suffering,” (Gen. 41:52). Certainly, there is an abundance of discomfort and insecu-rity that come along with change, but change is not intended to make you bitter, but better.Because Joseph refused to deny and resist changes he confronted with in life, it allowedhim to declare before his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it forgood to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives,” (Gen. 50:19). In closing, ensure you accept change and focus on the future, not the past. Changeenables us to see another door opening, when one door closes. Be encouraged, and don’tlose heart when you are faced with change, because God is about to do something great inyour life. Remember, even though you encounter changes in life, God is always withyou.164th TAOG UMT, Chaplain DuBose/SSG Farrington, Office: 255-8958/BB: 470-6436 Page 4
  5. 5. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS HailsSGM KimbleMSG NicholsCW3 CollinsFarewells School Graduates SPC Smith SPC Hibbard, WLC The next Hail and Farewell for HHC 164th TAOG will be September 16th from 1130-1300 at Ryan’s in Enterprise, AL. Families are welcome to participate! Congratulations!!!! SPC Smith & Jasmine Richardson And SGT Pressley & Karen Lingle Page 5
  6. 6. FAMILY READINESS SUPPORT ASSISTANT, FRSAGreat Opportunities for Training and Development! Register Now! FRG LEADER FORUM 8 September 2011 0800-1200 The Commons, Building 8950 Page 6
  7. 7. Helps & 13 September—6 December 2011 Information!!!! Every Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the New Wings Chapel. To register call Beth Gunter, 334-255-9639. NEED HELP WITH SCHOOL! Library 101-Research Fundamentals for Students Have a paper to write? On Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 –2:30 p.m. bring your research topic and we will help you get started! Join us for a quick and easy class. We will show you “Using Credit Wisely” how to use the library resources to find information from a world of options: books, 14 September 2011 magazines, scholarly journals, DVD’s, from 1130-1230 multimedia formats, databases, and the Web. Building 5700, Room 284 Registration is limited to 8 students. For ages 13 Topic: mortgages, auto loans, credit and up. For information, call the Library, cards, credit history, and much more!! 334-255-3885. For more information, call 255-9631 Newcomers’ Welcome 16 SEPTEMBER 2011 Every 3rd Friday of the month 0830-1030 at The Landing, Building 113, Novosel Street For Information, Call 334-255-3161/2887 FREE! Oil Change Special!For Free childcare, register your child/children at the CDC, 334-255-3564. Reservations must be made 24 15 & 16 September at The Auto hours prior to the Newcomers’ Welcome. Skill Center from 1100-1600. Patrons must bring their own oil and filter. Page 7 POC: Anrick Smith 334-598-1064
  8. 8. September 1st-30th, ACS EFMP, Call 255-9277 ACS’s New Parent Support Program is holding a Promotion Points class from 9-11 am at the Early Childhood ActivityThe Exceptional Family Member Program Center, Bldg. 3705, Dean St. These monthly Parenting(EFMP) is in the process of identifying active Education Classes are designed for Soldiers and will beduty military Families with special needs. held the first Friday of every month. For more information and to register, please contact the Family Advocacy Program at 255-3898.“Other things may change us, butwe start and end with the family.”~ Anthony Brandt This free workshop is a two part series. Participates must attend all classes in order to receive a certificate of completion. Registration is required. For childcare information and registration, call the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) at 255-3898/9641. Stress Management Workshop ACS’s Family Advocacy Program is holding Stress Management Workshop on September 6th from 9am-12pm at the Early Childhood Activity Center. Topic include, identifying cause of stress, symptoms of stress, techniques on how to manage stress, and developing a stress management plan. Registration is required. This workshop is open to Active Duty, Retired Military, DoD Employees and their Family Members. For child care information and registration, please contact the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) at 255-3898. Page 8
  9. 9. Craft Making ActivityCraft Making Activity for childrenages 3-11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at theCenter Library. Space is limited atthe first 65 children registered. Come by or callthe Center Library @ 255-3885 to register. Children Activities & Events Page 9
  10. 10. Fun & Entertainment September 5 Labor Day Pool Party at Splash, 10-6 pm, The Landing, call 255-9162 September 5 Live Entertainment by Sons of Summer, 12-4 pm, The Landing Zone, call 598-8025 September 10 & 11 Silver Wings Club Championship, 7-9 am, call 334-598-2449 for information September 13 Fall Bowling Intramural Begins, 6:30-8:30 pm, call Rucker Lanes 334-255-9503 September 15 Creative Social, Every 3rd Thursday, Arts & Crafts Center, 4:30-6 pm, Call 255-9020 September 16 Comedy Live at Rucker & Band, 8-9:45pm, call 255-9810 September 17 Two Man Buddy Bass Tournament, 6am-2pm, Lake Tholocco, To register call, 255-4305 September 19 Exceptional Family Members’ Let’s Roll Bowl, Beginning 4:00-5:00 pm, call 255-9277 September 23-25 Budweiser Silver Wings Pro-Am, 5:00 pm, Silver Wings Golf Course, 334-598-2449 September 24 Outdoor Recreation ATV Trail Ride, 7am-1pm, contact ODR at 255-4305 Page 10