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1-71 Charlie Troop May 2012 newsletter

  1. 1. The Phantom Post May 2012 1-71 Cavalry, Charlie Troop Fort Drum, NYContents Commander’s CornerFRG Meeting 2Special Event 2 Dear C Troop families,Did You Know 2 This past month C Troop has been focused on training small unit tactics. In April,Calendars 3 soldiers trained as a platoon. They successfully completed several situational training exer-Websites 4 cises and improved marksmanship. Platoon and squad leaders also honed their skills.Phone Numbers 4 The month of May will focus on preparing for the Expert Infantryman’s Badge test. The evaluation does not commence for some time, but there is much that the soldiers can do to prepare themselves. Known simply as the EIB, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge is a highly coveted award bestowed on soldiers that are able to successfully complete a series of infantry related tasks and skills. Historically, the badge has been considered one of the toughest military awards to earn. Captain LockeUpcoming Events FRG Feature 05/12: USO Big As you may know, our FRG Leader has stepped down. At this time, there is no re-Band Bash @ Wa- placement. In the meantime, a spouse will be sending out emails and posting informationtertown Elks on the Facebook page. Meetings will still be held, and key callers will be active. The newsletter, email, and the Charlie Troop Facebook page will be the main05/24: Mtn. Thun- methods of distributing information. Key callers will continue to call monthly. If you needder Motorcycle assistance and are not sure where to go, please contact your key caller. If you or some youRally @ Div. HQ know does not have a key caller, or you would like to volunteer with the FRG, please send a message to the Charlie Troop email (ctroop171 [at] gmail.com).06/21 - Riverfest Thank you all for your patience as we go through this transition period!06/28 - Mountain-fest 1-71 Cav Newsletter: Page 1
  2. 2. April and May FRG Meetings The April FRG meeting dealt with multiple topics. Please see the email or printversion of the newsletter for more information. There will be no FRG meeting for the month of May.Special Event May brings the Commissary’s Case Lot Sale. This popular event will take placeThursday, May 17th through Saturday, May 19th. Case Lot sales feature many items forpurchase in bulk, similar to warehouse club stores. With prices below the Commissary’salready low rates, great deals can be found. Items available at previous sales include soda,cereals, pasta, veggies, frozen foods, pet products, household and paper goods, and more. The “mix and match” option will be available. This allows customers the ability tofill a case with similarly sized and priced items, such as different brands of soda or cereal.Some products will be excluded from the mix and match choices. Coupons can be usedat the sale, but only one coupon may be used per case. Be aware of the Commissary’s newcoupon policy, which took effect May 1st.*Information about the case lot sale can be found here: www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store.cfm?dodaac=N&page=case_lot_dates*Information about the new coupon policy can be found here: www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2012/DeCA_33_12.cfmDid You Know... Did you know that Tricare has switched dental coverage? MetLife, not UnitedConcordia, is the new provider for the optional Tricare Dental Program. Coverage beginsMay 1st, 2012. New enrollees are accepted on an on-going basis. Most current enrolles willnot have to fill out new paperwork or take any action to continue coverage and shouldhave received new cards and a letter from MetLife explaining the changes. Enrolleeswho use automatic payments from their checking account or credit card should contactMetLife to ensure proper payment. In addition to the benefits previously provided, MetLife has several new offerings.The annual maximum has increased to $1,300, with a lifetime orthodontic maximum of$1,750. White fillings on back teeth, scaling and root planing at no cost for diabetics, anda third cleaning for women during pregnancy are also available. If you have any questions, or would like to enroll in dental care, you can findmore information at the MetLife website (https://mybenefits.metlife.com/tricare) or call1-855-638-8371. 1-71 Cav Newsletter: Page 2
  3. 3. All events are subject to change! Su M T W R F Sa ACS has Local 1 2 3 4 5 new hours! Farmers 730am- Markets 430pm, open May Cinco deM Mon.-Fri. & June. Mayo 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 USO Stuff 10k Mil Spouse USO Big a Truck @ Army Apprecia- Band BashA Sam’s Club 10 Miler tion (ACS/ Qualifier MWR) 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Mother’s School Case Lot Special Armed ForcesY Day Elections Sale (17-19) Olympics Day 20 21 22 23 24 Fishing Derby Mtn Thun- @ Rem. Pond der Rally 25 26 Safety Day Birding Trip 27 28 29 30 31 (MWR) Memorial MWR Sol- Day ider Show Su M T W R F Sa Check Facebook & the Spouses Club starts June 1 2 monthly MWR Preview 1st! The Enlisted and Of- Touch a Post YardJ magazine (print or on- ficers Spouses Clubs are Truck @ Sale (Adr. line) for more events! now one club. USO Crk. & Rh. Hills) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9U Post Yard USO USO Post Yard Sale (Adr. Sesame Sesame Sale (Mon. Crk. & Rh. Street Live Street Live Rdg. & Hills) @ Monti @ Monti Crst. Wd.)N 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Post Yard Bulk Trash Army USO Golf Sale (Mon. Pickup (on Birthday Tourny Rdg. & post) BallE Crst. Wd.) 11 - 15th th 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Riverfest 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Free Fish- CYS Sum- Mountain- ing NYS mer Camp fest 1-71 Cav Newsletter: Page 3
  4. 4. Websites Fort Drum: www.drum.army.mil MWR: www.drummwr.com ACS: www.drummwr.com/ArmyCommunityService.htm ACS Employment Readiness: www.drummwr.com/EmploymentReadinessProgram.htm In the shadows! Housing: www.fortdrummch.com Library: www.drummwr.com/library.htm Tricare: www.tricare.mil DEERS: http://milconnect.dmdc.mil Military One Source: www.militaryonesource.mil Plan My Move: http://planmymove.mhf.dod.mil Where is my POV: www.whereismypov.com Where are my HHG: www.move.mil/home.htm Fort Drum Facebook: www.facebook.com/drum.10thmountain 1-71 Cav Facebook: www.facebook.com/171cavalry Charlie Troop Facebook: www.facebook.com/ctroop171 Squadron FRSA: www.facebook.com/pages/SQDN-FRSA/202173106515711 MWR Facebook: www.facebook.com/DrumFMWR Relocation Readiness Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Drum-Relocation- If you need assis- Readiness-Program/171335822906429tance, please contact your key caller oremail ctroop171[at] gmail.com Phone Numbers FRG Leader - ctroop171 [at] gmail.com OR contact your key caller Captain Locke: 315-772-3112 1st Sergeant Card: 315-772-2543 Chaplain Cuchens: 315-774-2674 FRSA - Lisa Kadaraitis: 315-774-2663, lisa.kadaraitis@conus.army.mil In accordance with DoDI 4525.08, the Tricare North: 1-877-874-2273 inclusion of some Guthrie Clinic/Urgent Care: 315-772-2778 unofficial informa- Samaritan (Watertown) Hospital: 315-785-4000 tion in this FRG Carthage Hospital: 315-493-1000 newsletter has not Housing: 315-955-6644increased the cost to Relocation Readiness: 315-772-6556 the government. ACS: 315-772-6556/6557 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