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  1. 1. FRSA FLASH Wednesday, 15 February 2012 .Special Points of InterestTHOUGHTS 2TAX ASSISTANCE 3THEATER 8FLYERS 11PT 14-16ALPHA FRG MTG 17LTC StillerTF MTN Eagle CdrCSM HurstTF MTN Eagle CSMMichele GallowayTF MTN Eagle FRSAOffice 315-774-1206Cell 315-836-6496 FROM 277th FRSA: FRG Meeting Highlights inside. Lenten/Easter Schedule inside. Have Fun and Be Safe!!!Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material pre-sented does not represent the views or endorsement of the 10th CAB or the Army. This material is forpersonal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable re-strictions and guidelines.
  2. 2. PAGE 2 FRSA FLASH THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER !!!Too many of us have become far too serious! We take life too gravely. The rising cost of liv-ing, health concerns, relationships and dangers of the future rob a person from the joy of liv-ing life to its fullest.Bill Cosby is a man who learned to laugh his way through the circumstances of life. He is anAmerican comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist.Cosby remembers his life as a young boy in school. He loved humor and describes himselfas the class clown.Although Cosby has achieved much in life, he has also faced great disappointments andpain. His son, Ennis, was shot dead while changing a flat tire on the side of the Interstate inLos Angeles in 1997. Cosby said, "You can turn painful situations around through laughter. Ifyou can find humor in anything, you can survive it."What situation are you taking too seriously? Dont be robbed of another day in your life. Takea laughter break. Find a place of humor in your situation. Laugh your way through that cir-cumstance. Now, enjoy a life filled with humor and joy!
  3. 3. PAGE 3 FRSA FLASH Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center offers free tax return preparation Capt. Jordan Walerstein Tax Assistance Center Officer in Charge The Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center is scheduled to open Tuesday. Staffed by IRS trained and certified Soldiers, the TAC will prepare and electronically file your federal and state in- come tax returns free of charge. By filing your return electronically, you can receive your re- fund in as little as one week. Part of the Legal Assistance Office and the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, the TAC staff assists active-duty Soldiers, mobilized Reservists on active duty for more than 29 days, retired service members and their Families. Under Army regulations, self-employed taxpayers and those involved in other private business activities are not eligible for tax assistance services. (Family Child Care providers remain eligi- ble.) The TAC staff also is equipped to prepare 2010 returns for Soldiers returning from deployment who were not able to file last year. Located on South Post at the corner of Lewis and Conway / First Street West in Bldg. T-120 (near the AAFES gas station and across the street from Behavioral Health), the TAC will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning Monday, you may call 772-6727 to schedule a next business day appointment. Throughout tax season, the appointment line will open at 1 p.m. each day and will remain open until all appointments are filled for the next business day. The following documents are required to schedule an appointment:  Military ID (Common Access Card)  Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security num- ber verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration. (Your military ID is not suffi- cient.)  Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents listed on the tax return. Your Army W-2, which is available at www.mypay.dfas.mil. (Your leave and earnings state- ment is not sufficient.)  A voided check to receive your refund by direct deposit. To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present or have a special power of attorney or IRS Form 2848 authorizing you to sign the return. The following documents may be necessary depending on your circumstances:  Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents; (Next Page Please).
  4. 4. FRSA FLASH PAGE 4 Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN; Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers of all of yourFamily Members; Interest and dividend statements from banks and brokers, including mortgage interest state-ments (Forms 1099); A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; Divorce decrees and receipts for alimony paid or received; Child custody and support orders;Receipts for IRA contributions; Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax identifying number (the pro-viders Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number); andReceipts and other supporting documentation if you plan to itemize your deductions in lieu of thestandard deduction.Visit www.facebook.com/drumtax for the most up-to-date information on the TAC.For more information, call the Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center at 772-3735. Check out all the FACEBOOK pages. We have a page for the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade as well as each of our Task Forces within our Brigade.
  5. 5. FRSA FLASH PAGE 5Snow Ridge Ski Resort is having their MilitaryFree Day Lift Ticket Daysagain this year.Dates are as followed;Wednesday - Every Wednesday thru the entire ski seasonFriday - January 6 & 20, February 3 &10, March 2, 9 & 16, 2012Hours of Operation areMon and Tues ClosedWed 10am-4pmThurs - Friday 10am-8:30pmSat - Sun and Holidays 9am-4pmStop on by our Parks and Recreation building here on post to rent skiing orsnowboarding equipment. Click on the link for pricing information.http://drummwr.com/ParksandRecreation_files/Brochure%2010-2011%20winter.pdf FEBRUARY 2012 Preview Is Now Available Online http://www.drummwr.com/ ClassesandEvents_files/ February%202012% 20Pre- view_FMWR_Preview.pdf
  8. 8. FRSA FLASH PAGE 8 What’s Playing at the Movies? Post Theater Bldg 10725, North Riva RidgeAdmission is $4.50 for adults; $2.25 for children 6-11; FREE for children 5 and younger. For more movie information, call 772-5571 THU FEB 16 - 1900 Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (PG-13) ALL SEATS FOR THIS SHOWING $1 FRI FEB 17 - 1900 War Horse(PG-13) 2130 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) SAT FEB 18 - 1400 Joyful Noise (PG-13) 1900 The Darkest Hour (PG-13) 2130 War Horse (PG-13) SUN FEB 19 - 1400 Joyful Noise (PG-13) 1700 War Horse (PG-13)
  10. 10. PAGE 10 FRSA FLASH Coming Attractions & Items of InterestSEE FLYERS AHEAD!!! – YC African American/Black History Events – Youth Center – Texas Hold-‘Em Tournament – BOSS – YC High School Dance – Youth Center – Moonlight Ski Tour – Parks and Recreation – WWE Pay-Per-View – Commons – Mardi Gras Lunch Buffet – Commons – YC Trip to SU Men’s Basketball Game – Youth Center – Ski Trip to Titus Mountain – Adventure Training – YC Middle School Dance – Youth Center – Snowmobile Ride – Adventure Training – YC Trip to Syracuse Stage – Youth Center – Snowboard Winch Competition – BOSS – CYS Services Family Time – CYS Services Sports – AER Campaign Kick-Off – Army Emergency Relief Volunteer FRG Position Description FRG Treasurer/Informal Fund Custodian•Prepares monthly reports on informal fund financial status by 15 th of the month, submitting with copies of applicable receipts and check register.•Makes deposits, writes checks, and reconciles monthly bank statements.•Turns in annual financial report in Jan of each year.•Is familiar with the unit Informal Fund SOP to ensure compliance.
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  18. 18. FRSA FLASH PAGE 18 Volunteer FRG Position Description Key Caller•Makes phone calls to 5-10 assigned spouses on a monthly basis.•Purpose of calls is to verify correct phone number and e-mail address, and to put out other important info from the command.•Documents contact on a sheet: name, date, time, any problems, any referrals made.•Notifies FRG Leader when calls are complete and informs her of disconnects, changes to phone numbers or those she was unable to reach after 3 attempts.
  19. 19. FRSA FLASH PAGE 19 Volunteer FRG Position Description FRG Leader
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  21. 21. FRSA FLASH PAGE 21 Battle Rhythm: Getting It In Gear for the New Year!!! 2012 Is Here!