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FRSA FLASH 16 March 2012

  1. 1. H e a d q u a r t e r s , H e a d q u a r t er s C o . 1 0 t h C o m b a t Av i a t i o n B r i g a d e RE N EG AD ES FRSA FLASH Friday, March 16, 2012 Points of ContactCompany Commander CPT McLeanCompany 1SG SFC Smith Special Notes of InterestCompany FRG Leader 24 hour Shopette on Belvedere RaeAnn McLean The Exchange Mini-Mall HVAC project is scheduled to start on Monday, 02 April. project is a base initiative to upgrade the HVAC in the existing Mini-Mall complex. One of the requirements for the work to be completed is to have the retail sales floor closedBDE FRSA for a 30-day period while the contractors complete the ductwork in the main retail sales floor. Jackie Sharpe The Exchange understands closure of the retail sales floor will affect the service to the O/315-774-1104 community. In order to minimize a disruption of service, the Northgate Express will C/315-778-6107 open 24 hours during the time-frame the Mini-mall is under renovation during month of April. The proposal is the following:. Beginning Monday, 02 April: Mini-mall hours of opera- Inside this issue: tion will be 0600 - 2000 hrs for a minimum of 30 days during the construction period. Mini-mall will be limited to a very small assortment of retail items (tobacco, and car-CYSS Training Day 5 bonated beverages).ClosureReligious Lenten/ Popeyes will not be affected by the project and will be open regular hours of opera- 9Easter Schedule tion. Barber Shop, LaundryPost Movie Theater 11 Alternations and Laundromat will not be affected during this period.Closed This Week-end! Northgate Express will begin 24 hour operation starting on Monday, 02 April until the Mini-mall project is completed.Event Flyers 12 Appropriate marketing initiatives to inform the community of these changes will occur,Scholarship Oppor- 16 and further changes will be update in this Flash as well.tunity Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does not represent the views or endorsement of the 10th CAB or the Army. This material is for personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.
  2. 2. Page 2 F R SA F L AS HTRICARE chooses MetLife not United Concordia for dentalcoverageThe U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) upheld a decision to award a $3.1 billion TRICARE dental plancontract to a different insurer, its first change in 15 years.TRICARE Management Activity agency at the U.S. Department of Defense decided to give New York, N.Y.-basedMetropolitan Life Insurance Co. a $3.1 billion dental plan contract rather than United Concordia Cos., based in Har-risburg, Pa.TRICARE managers decided that the MetLife provider network suited the military insurance program better thanUnited Concordia’s network, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.United Concordia, a division of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Highmark, was the TRICARE dental program provider for 15years. Effective May 1, 2012, MetLife will become the dental carrier for the TDP. MetLife will begin providing dentalcoverage to over 2 million family members of uniformed service active duty personnel, members of the SelectedReserve and Individual Ready Reserve, their eligible family members, and Survivors.Beneficiaries will have access to MetLifes network with over 161,000 dentist access points, and this number contin-ues to grow.Additional information about the contract is available at and benefit updates are avail-able at NOTE that the change to MetLife is for the TDP program only. The Active Duty Dental Program will stillbe administered by United Concordia®.Changes to the TDP will include enhanced dental coverage at a lower premium share than before. MetLife will dis-tribute program information, provider network details beginning in first quarter 2012. Highlights to the benefits andenhancements are listed below: Coverage of posterior resin (tooth colored/white) fillings Increase in the annual maximum to $1,300 per enrollee (formerly this was $1,200) Increase in the lifetime orthodontic maximum to $1,750 $1,200 per year for services related to dental treatment due to an accident as defined in the TDP handbook No cost shares for scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) for diabetics Coverage of an additional (3rd) cleaning for women during pregnancy Expansion of the survivor benefits to surviving spouse and child(ren)If you would like to check if your dentist is already part of the MetLife network, please click Find a Dentist on theright and search for a DPPO provider. If the dentist is not a member, dentists can easily request an application on ourwebsite for dentists, For a list of participating Dentists or for specialists go to and click on the search box in the upper right.
  3. 3. Page 3 F R SA F L AS HEffective May 1, 2012 MetLife will become the dental carrier for the TRI-CARE Dental PlanMetLife and United Concordia, the current TDP contractor, are working together to complete the contract transitionactivities for MetLife’s start on May 1, 2012. TDP claims with a date of service prior to May 1, 2012 will continueto be processed by United Concordia until April 30, 2013. All TDP claims with a date of service on or after May 1,2012 will be submitted to MetLife. Please make note of these important dates to ensure timely processing of yourTDP claims.The new TDP contract that MetLife will be administering is not to be confused with the separate TRICARE dentalcontract that covers eligible uniformed service members. The Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP) will continue tobe administered by United Concordia. MetLife is looking forward to the opportunity to provide quality dental cover-age and oral health educational programs to the more than 2 million TDP beneficiaries, which include the familymembers of all active duty uniformed services personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and theireligible family members.General and Family Dentistry** Please note that this is not a complete list just some within the Fort Drum areaCARTHAGE DENTAL CARE NORTH COUNTRY CHILDRENS CLINIC35761 SAYRE RD 238 ARSENAL STCARTHAGE, NY 13619 WATERTOWN, NY 13601Tel 315 493 6003 Tel 315 788 9834CARTHAGE COMMUNITY DENTAL CLINIC JEFFERSON DENTAL HEALTH3 BRIDGE ST 19333 US ROUTE 11CARTHAGE, NY 14319 WATERTOWN, NY 13601Tel 315 493 3510 Tel 315 788 7070LACLAIR FAMILY DENTAL WESTSIDE DENTAL111 S MECHANIC ST 1116 ARSENAL ST STE 202CARTHAGE, NY 13619 WATERTOWN, NY 13601Tel 315 493 1184 Tel 315 779 2222SUNSHINE DENTAL THOMAS P MCCUE140 EASTERN BLVD 2 S MAIN STWATERTOWN, NY 13601 PHILADELPHIA, NY 13673Tel 315 779 8080 Tel 315 642 0318ASPEN DENTAL SARAH LATIF20991 ARSENAL ST NYS RTE 3 STEPHEN A AHLGRIMWATERTOWN, NY 13601 125 MULLIN STTel 315 785 9620 WATERTOWN, NY 13601 Tel 315 782 2241
  4. 4. Fort Drum officials announce conversion of Arts and Crafts Center intoindoor fitness annexPaul Steven GhiringhelliStaff WriterA hard decision has been made to close one Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility on post to convert itinto another that officials say will meet a much greater demand.Fort Drums Arts and Crafts Center will close March 30 and will be quickly made into a first-class fitness annex tothe Monti Physical Fitness Center to be used for Soldier combatives and Family functional fitness, Fort Drum offi-cials are announcing."Over the past years, our Fort Drum installation has enjoyed robust funding for facility expansion and renovation,"said Hal Greer, director of Fort Drums Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "Likewise, quality-of-life pro-gram enhancements matched that progress with near incredible strides in so many vital areas, such as Soldier lodging,child care, the expansion of Remington Park, Outdoor Parks and Recreation programming and the post commissary."With the restructuring of our Army in progress, we are obligated to validate every program we offer to ensure thewidest impact," Greer added. "Making the hard decision of closing the Arts and Crafts Center means this programjoins the many others closed in the past at other Army installations due to lack of patronage support or use."Officials said the Fort Drum community currently needs two more fitness centers. Both projects were already de-signed and ready for construction, but lacked funding and had been pushed years down the road.FMWR began the Arts and Crafts Center in 1986 to provide classes and workstations for community members to par-ticipate in everything from pottery and glass fusion to crocheting and woodworking.Greer noted that nearly a decade of analysis had clearly revealed the center was cost-ineffective and unsustainable."On average, approximately 10 customers use this program daily, with occasional spikes in participation" he said."Facility safety repair requirements this year alone exceed $300,000."Premised on limited patron use," he added, "and the lack of general community program interest, our commandinggeneral approved this quick conversion."Greer said the decision ends one program, but positively impacts Fort Drums Soldiers and Families by beginning an-other -- an indoor physical fitness center that was short of funding.In addition, he said, a dining facility at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield will undergo renovations to accommodate an-other indoor fitness center that lacked funding.
  5. 5. Page 5 F R SA F L AS HDrainage Work Mt. Belvedere GateDrainage work outside Mt Belvedere entrance gate has been delayed from 19 Mar 2012 until the 26th of March2012, this work will take three weeks to complete. Closing of roughly 1000 feet of one lane will take place on adaily bases during the median work. They will pull the barrels and signs into the median each night and reopen alllanes.Road construction of the intersection of Military Rd and Mt Belvedere will start immediately after and will lastapproximately two weeks. Find the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade on FACEBOOK.
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  7. 7. Page 8 F R SA F L AS H This Week in History, March 16 - March 22 Mar 16, 1802 - U.S. Military Academy established Mar 17, 461 - Saint Patrick dies Mar 18, 1852 - Wells and Fargo start shipping and banking company Mar 19, 2003 - War in Iraq begins Mar 20, 1965 - LBJ sends federal troops to Alabama Mar 21, 1871 - Stanley begins search for Livingstone Mar 22, 1765 - Stamp Act imposed on American coloniesFort Drum Tax Assistance Center offers FREE tax return preparationStaffed by IRS trained and certified Soldiers, the TAC will prepare and electronically file your federal andstate income tax returns free of charge. By filing your return electronically, you can receive your refund inas little as one week.The TAC staff also is equipped to prepare 2010 returns for Soldiers returning from deployment who werenot able to file last year.Located on South Post at the corner of Lewis and Conway / First Street West in Bldg. T-120 (near theAAFES gas station and across the street from Behavioral Health), the TAC will be open from 9:30 a.m. to7 p.m. Monday through Friday.Beginning Monday, you may call 772-6727 to schedule a next business day appointment. Throughout taxseason, the appointment line will open at 1 p.m. each day and will remain open until all appointments arefilled 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 number verification letter is-sued by the Social Security Administration. (Your military ID is not sufficient.) Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents listed on the tax return.Your Army W-2, which is available at (Your leave and earnings statement is notsufficient.) 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 spe-cial power of attorney or IRS Form 2848 authorizing you to sign the re-turn.Visit for the most up-to-date information on the TAC.For more information, call the Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center at 772-3735.
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  9. 9. Page 10 F R SA F L AS H Coming AttractionsMarch 17 - Trip to Syracuse Stage – Youth CenterMarch 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner – The CommonsMarch 20 & 21 – AFTB Level 2 Training – Army Community ServiceMarch 22, 23, & 24 – Hunters Safety Training – Adventure TrainingMarch 23 – In Her Shoes: Living With Domestic Violence – Army Community ServiceMarch 24 – Snowmobile Safety ClassMarch 24 – Trip To Turning Stone - BOSSMarch 24 – Skate Jam – Youth CenterMarch 26 – 30 – AFTB Instructor Training – Army Community ServiceMarch 30 – Right Arm Night – The CommonsApril 3 – Stress Management Class – Army Community ServiceApril 4 – Teen Career Fair – Army Community ServiceApril 5 – Mother-To-Be Breakfast – Army Community ServiceApril 5 – Employment 101 – Army Community Service Check out the March FMWR Preview at -April 5, 6, & 7 – NY Hunter Education Course – Adventure Training March%202012%20Preview_FMWR_Preview.pdfApril 6, 7, & 8 – Used Book Sale – McEwen LibraryApril 7 – Volleyball Championships – Sports OfficeApril 8 – Easter Brunch - CommonsApril 10 – Coastie The Coast Guard Boat Visit – McEwen LibraryApril 11 – What Do Peeps Do? – McEwen LibraryApril 13 – 15 – Trip to Washington DC – Parks and RecreationApril 13 – Month Of The Military Child Lock-In – Youth CenterApril 13 – Indoor Paintball – Youth CenterApril 14 – Texas Hold ’Em Tournament – BOSSApril 14 – 4-Person Team Bowling Tournament – Sports Office
  10. 10. Post Theater Bldg 10725, North Riva Ridge Admission is $4.50 for adults; $2.25 for children 6-11; FREE for chil- dren 5 and younger. For more movie information, call 772-5571 ** The Fort Drum Reel Time Theater will be closed this weekend (March 16-18)due to mechanical problems. The theater should be back up and running next week.THU MAR 22 - 1900 One For the Money (PG-13) ALL SEATS FOR THIS SHOWING $1FRI MAR 23 - 1900 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG)2130 Safe House (R)SAT MAR 24 - 1400 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG)1900 Safe House (R)2130 Chronicle (PG-13)SUN MAR 25 - 1400 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG)1700 Chronicle (PG-13)
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