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March 1st FRSA FLASH


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March 1st FRSA FLASH

  1. 1. FRSA FLASH Thursday, 1 March 2012 . THOUGHTS 2 BRAVO FRG MTG 7 THEATER 8 SPECIAL NEWS 10 CHARLIE FRG MTG 11 ALPHA FRG MTG 17 Special Points of Interest 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 for personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable re- strictions and guidelines. LTC Stiller TF MTN Eagle Cdr CSM Escalera TF MTN Eagle CSM Michele Galloway TF MTN Eagle FRSA Office 315-774-1206 Cell 315-836-6496 FROM 277th FRSA: FRG Meeting Highlights inside. Lenten/Easter Schedule inside.
  2. 2. THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER !!! PAGE 2 FRSA FLASH The world is made up of two kinds of people - negative people and positive people. Life is not so much about what happens to us. Life is also not so much about what we think happened to us. Life is about what happens on the inside of us. Art Linkletter was a man who found the secret of living life from the inside out. He was a TV host who interacted with the guests on his program and often got hilarious results. He once described himself as being like everybody's next-door neighbor, only smarter. Linkletter said, "Things turn out the best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out." Happiness does not depend on circumstances. It depends on the attitude toward the circum- stances. Keep a positive attitude in your circumstance. An opportunity may be hiding in there somewhere. Live life from the inside out with a positive expectation for your future!
  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 (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 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.  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 your Family 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- vider's Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number); and Receipts and other supporting documentation if you plan to itemize your deductions in lieu of the standard deduction. Visit for the most up-to-date information on the TAC. For more information, call the Fort Drum Tax Assistance Center at 772-3735.
  5. 5. FRSA FLASH PAGE 5 MARCH 2012 Preview Is Now Available Online ClassesandEvents_files/ March%202012% 20Pre- view_FMWR_Preview.pdf Snow Ridge Ski Resort is having their Military Free Day Lift Ticket Days again this year. Dates are as followed; Wednesday - Every Wednesday thru the entire ski season Friday - January 6 & 20, February 3 & 10, March 2, 9 & 16, 2012 Hours of Operation are Mon and Tues Closed Wed 10am-4pm Thurs - Friday 10am-8:30pm Sat - Sun and Holidays 9am-4pm Stop on by our Parks and Recreation building here on post to rent skiing or snowboarding equipment. Click on the link for pricing information.
  7. 7. FRSA FLASH PAGE 7 B Co FRG Meeting Thursday, March 8th 2012 at 5pm Adirondack Creek Community Center Join us to get information, meet new people, and make new friends! A light refreshment will be provided. If there are any questions contact Gigi Tomsu: 315-777-6521
  8. 8. FRSA FLASH PAGE 8 What’s Playing at the Movies? Post Theater Bldg 10725, North Riva Ridge Admission 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 MAR 01 - 1900 The Devil Inside (R) ALL SEATS FOR THIS SHOWING $1 FRI MAR 02 - 1900 Red Tails (PG-13) 2130 Underworld Awakening (R) SAT MAR 03 - 1400 The Muppets (PG) 1900 Haywire (R) 2130 Underworld Awakening (R) SUN MAR 04 - 1400 The Muppets (PG) 1700 Red Tails (PG-13)
  10. 10. PAGE 10 FRSA FLASH SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!! MARCH 2012 UPCOMING EVENTS HSC FRG MEETING Wednesday, March 28th, 2012, 5:30pm 277th Battalion Classroom Strong Bonds Dates Couples 2-4 March 2012 Lake George, NY Singles 8-9 March 2012 MFLC -PFC Joe Wietecha , Our Personal Financial Counselor, is back and here to help 277th Soldiers and Families on Thurs- days (at BN) with any financial issues or just to ask ques- tions. Call him at 586-350-7650 to help set up a budget, check your credit, develop a plan to get out of debt, get started investing, or whatever you need assistance with. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Holly Petraeus, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will be guests at a Fort Drum community meeting the afternoon of March 2 at 3:30 pm. (1530) at the Commons here on post. Please arrive 15 minutes early. The meeting will be open to all Fort Drum soldiers, families and civilians. Gillibrand and Petraeus will focus their discussion on how to best as- sist military families who are facing financial issues. There also will be a question-and-answer ses- sion for the community. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established to protect Ameri- can consumers from unfair, deceptive or abusive practices at the hands of financial services provid- ers - banks, credit card companies, mortgage and payday lenders, and debt collectors, to name a few.
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