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1-71 CAV Charlie Troop April 2012 newsletter


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1-71 CAV Charlie Troop April 2012 newsletter

  1. 1. The Phantom Post April 2012 1-71 Cav Charlie Troop Fort Drum, NYContents Commander’s CornerFRG Meeting 2Special Event 2 Dear C Troop families,Did You Know 2 The members of C Troop did an outstanding job on a host of assignments lastCalendars 3 month. Nine soldiers traveled to Fort Polk to assist 2nd Brigade during their rotation atWebsites 4 the Joint Readiness Training Center in Louisiana. Soldiers also helped the squadron byPhone Numbers 4 supporting Ghost Avalanche 2, a training event that qualified A and B Troop on their wartime missions. Although some soldiers were in the field for much of March, others were able to hone their fitness level by engaging in physical training twice a day. From the swamps of Louisiana to the waning months of winter at Fort Drum, Charlie Troop pro- vided support for some of the Brigade’s most valuable training. The month of April will bring a time of increased tempo. With platoon level live fire exercises occurring in the last two weeks of April, soldiers will frequently be in the field. A brief respite in training during the month of May will segue into early June train- ing for the Expert Infantryman Badge. As always, C Troop will set the standard for train- ing readiness. Captain LockeUpcoming Events FRG Corner 04/12: FRG Meet- This past March has definitely been a full month. JRTC and field training kept theing, 6pm Sqdn majority of husbands away, but thankfully they will be home more in April. The childrenClassroom will have Spring Break and there are several local events coming up, so get out and enjoy your Northern NY Spring! The surrounding communities host fish fries and many other04/20: International events on Friday nights; this is always a great time to mingle, enjoy the local people, andFoods Festival at learn about the ones who live around us. I hope you have a great April!The Commons As most of you know, I will be stepping down this month because we are relocat-04/03, 10, 17, 24: ing to Fort Hood, Texas. This newsletter has been a long awaited goal, and I hate thatFamily Welcome my first letter is also my last. I want to personally thank C Troop. I am excited for a newTour at ACS adventure, but sad to leave such a great troop. Over the past several years I have been privileged with the opportunity to work with great leadership, to be acquainted withOngoing: CYS wonderful women, to see babies born, and watch them grow. I have witnessed brand newSpring Sports Sign young spouses grow into strong, able, self-sufficient women and see what this troop canups accomplish when they join together, not only in times of fun, but also in times of tragedy. I wish you all the best throughout your coming years, and hope that when you look back, you feel as lucky as I do to have been a part of such a wonderful group. Thank you. Kim Waldrop 1-71 Cav Newsletter: Page 1
  2. 2. March and April FRG Meetings The March FRG meeting took place at Stefano’s restaurant in Carthage. The ladiesof C troop had a great night out, with delicious food and good times. No new informationwas handed out, as this meeting was meant to enjoy each other’s company and to get toknow one another better. The April FRG meeting will take place on Thursday, April 12th at 6pm in thesquadron classroom. This will be Kim’s, our FRG leader, last meeting before the Waldropstravel to Fort Hood, Texas. Please come out to receive information about the transitionand to thank Kim for all her hard work and dedication to the troop!Special Event April brings the 21st annual International Festival of Food hosted by the FortDrum Volunteer Support Fund. It takes place on Friday, April 20th from 4:30pm - 8:00pmin The Commons. Ticket prices are: $15 for 12 and older, $5 for children ages 3-11, andchildren under 2 are free. All proceeds will benefit Fort Drum volunteers by helping payfor childcare. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Countries and cuisines featured include: Japan: Sushi; Ireland: Corned Beef &Cabbage; Italy: Baked Ziti & Italian Bread; Greece: Gyro & Tzaziki, hummus and pita;America: Mac & Cheese with Hot Dogs; Germany: Brats, Sauerkraut, and German potatosalad; Adirondacks: Jerk Pork, salt potatoes, and Maple pie; Afghanistan: Kabob and rice;Polynesia: Polynesian Chicken, Asian Coleslaw, and Hawaiian rolls; China: Variety of Chi-nese favorites; Cajun: Jambalaya & Dirty Rice; Desserts: Ice cream with Italian Brownies,Tiramisu, Black Forest Cheesecake, Austrian Apple Strudel.Did You Know... Did you know that you can file your income taxes for free? H&R Block has madetheir online federal and state filing software available for all service members to use for nofee! This service must be accessed through Military One Source ( On the main page of Military One Source, click on Tax Information in thepopular links section. This will open a new window. Next, click on H&R Block At HomeFree Tax Filing Service. This will open a new window, where you can log in with yourMilitary One Source account, or make one if you have not already (required). Once loggedin, you will be redirected to the H&R Block website. You can log in with a previously cre-ated account, or make a new one (highly recommended). After logging in, you can enterin the required information and file one or both sets of taxes at no cost! If you have any questions about the program or preparing your taxes, you canschedule an appointment with a tax consultant through Military One Source (1-800-342-9647). 1-71 Cav Newsletter: Page 2
  3. 3. Su M T W R F SaA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Library Book Sale (6th-8th)P 8 9 10 11 ACAP Ca- 12 13 14 reer Fair Parks & Rec BOSS TexasR DC Trip Hold ‘em FRG Mtg Easter (13 -15 ) th th Tourney @6 15 16 17 18 19 20 21I 22 23 24 25 26 Internatl. Food Fest. 27 28L 29 LT Dan Band 30 MWR POV Auction (23rd-27th) Parks & Rec Fishing Trip Su M T W R F Sa Check the monthly 1 2 3 4 5 MWR Preview maga- zine (print or online) for more events! Cinco deM Mayo 6 7 8 9 10 11 12A USO Big Band Bash 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Commis-Y sary Case Mother’s Lot Sale Armed Day (17th-20th) Forces Day 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Memorial Day 1-71 Cav Newsletter: Page 3
  4. 4. Websites Fort Drum: MWR: ACS: ACS Employment Readiness: the shadows! Housing: Library: Tricare: DEERS: Military One Source: Plan My Move: Where is my POV: Where are my HHG: Fort Drum Facebook: 1-71 Cav Facebook: Charlie Troop Facebook: Squadron FRSA: MWR Facebook: Relocation Readiness Facebook: FRG Leader Readiness-Program/171335822906429 Kim Waldrop 315-955-2662 kim.waldrop@ Phone Numbers FRG Leader - Kim Waldrop: 315-955-2662, Captain Locke: 315-772-3112Newsletter Editor 1st Sergeant Dunn: 315-772-2543 Cat Caterson Chaplain Cuchens: 315-774-2674 MFLC - Connie: 315-405-6889, FRSA - Lisa Kadaraitis: 315-774-2663. Staff Duty: 315-774-2896 Training Room: 315-774-0564 Post Operator: 315-772-6011 In accordance with Tricare North: 1-877-874-2273 DoDI 4525.08, the Guthrie Clinic/Urgent Care: 315-772-2778 inclusion of some Samaritan (Watertown) Hospital: 315-785-4000 unofficial informa- Carthage Hospital: 315-493-1000 tion in this FRG Housing: 315-955-6644 newsletter has not Relocation Readiness: 315-772-6556increased the cost to ACS: 315-772-6556/6557 the government. Military Police (Non-emergency): 315-772-5156 Military One Source (24/7/365): 1-800-342-9647 Emergency Chaplain (24 hour): 315-772-5647 1-71 Cav Newsletter: Page 4