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  1. 1. ACS Green Press Army Community Service (ACS) Fort Drum, August 2013 Regarding Resilience: Tips, tools and techniques for practicing resil- ience everyday! 2 Going to a Career Fair? Take a Minute to get Prepped 3 Summer Fun With ACS 4, 5 On the Payroll 6 To do Around Town 7 ACS events and Programming 8 Contact information 9 Inside this issue: ~A tree free newsletter Direct questions / feedback To: Sarah Lynch : 772-5374 The month of August is one of the rare months that has no National holidays that are observed. This does not mean that there are no observances for the month. Actually there are many-observances some as obscure as National Creamsicle Day or National Sneak Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. Funny right? Don’t knock it unless you have grown zucchini, you will not under- stand how much of this tasty squash you will be desperate to get rid of! It grows abundantly and much faster than you can harvest. Some of the observances Army Community Service (ACS) is particularly interested in fit nicely with our mission to August Observances and ACS... activities. In July we hosted Family movie days, crafting activities and day trips. For the month of August we have many activities planned to strengthen Family bonds as well as provide fun activi- ties for our children to do before school starts again. Each week there are two to three activities scheduled that will culminate with an end of summer bash! For information or to register you and your child for a specific activity call 772-0819, 772-5914 or 772-5374. “Think ACS First!” support Soldiers and Families here on Fort Drum. For instance, did you know that 15 August through 21 August is National Aviation Week? For Families of our 10 CAB, our prayers are with you and your Soldiers, not just this week but through out the deploy- ment. We offer support before and after deployment in the form of pre deployment fairs, reintegra- tion briefs, Hearts Apart Support Group, Military Family Life Consultants, stress management, Master Resilience classes and many more programs designed to support your resilience and overall well being. The month of August is National Family Fun Month. This summer ACS has planned and implemented many fun Family ACS Summer Activities 1 August 1-3 pm Roller Skating 6 August 1:30 pm Family Game Day 8 August 1:30 - 4:00 pm Wreck It Ralph Movie (rated PG) USO 15 August 9:30 am - 11:30 am Nature Hike 19 August 1:30 pm The Goonies (rated PG) USO 20 August 1:30 pm Outdoor Activity 22 August 1:00 - 3:00 pm Bowling Bash Pine Plains Bowling Alley 26 August 1:30 pm Judy Moody - Not so Bummer Summer (rated PG) USO 27 August 1:30 pm Ice Cream Social 29 August 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EFMP End of Summer Bash with games and activities at the EFMP Playground Pine Camp/Camp Hale Road (bring a bag lunch)
  2. 2. Page 2 ACS Green Press August 2013 The Honorable John McHugh Secretary of the U.S. Army I am pleased to open this quarter’s newsletter* by placing the spotlight where it belongs: on you – our Army’s Master Resilience Trainers. As our sub- ject matter experts in resilience, you have the ability to drive the cultural change called for in our Ready and Resilient Campaign. Working from the local level with the full support of your senior leaders, you play a crucial role in today’s Army, and I am extremely proud of the hard work you are doing to bolster our Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness. In March, I formally established through Army Directive 2013-07 Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) as a key component of the Ready and Resilient Campaign. The Ready and Resilient Campaign integrates resilience training as an integral part of the Army’s professional military education throughout a Soldier’s career from induction through separation or retirement. CSF2 is vital to developing a Total Army team of physically healthy and psychologically strong Soldiers, Civil- ians and Families whose total fitness en- ables them to meet the Army’s mission. I look to our Master Resilience Trainers to serve as the Commanders’ advisors for this important training. Let me share some promising news with you: CSF2 recently completed Technical Report #4, which found that over time, units with Master Resilience Trainers had significantly lower rates of diagnoses for substance abuse (drug and alcohol abuse) and for mental health problems (anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder) compared to units without Master Resilience Trainers. This tells us that what you do each day to improve the total fitness of our personnel makes a marked difference. CSF2 Training Centers bring a decisive component of the Ready and Resilient Campaign to where it is needed the most – at Army installations. And as more CSF2 Training Centers are established at installations across the country, we will have increased opportunities to engage our Soldiers, Civilians, and Families. CSF2 Training Centers are a critical tool for local Commanders to train their own Master Resilience Trainers and provide local subject matter expertise that is vital to maintaining and improving a Ready and Resilient Army. Building and sustaining resilience is a fundamental part of the Army profes- sion and is a key component of readi- ness. Our Army’s Master Resilience Trainers have my appreciation for your contributions to making us Army Strong! *(Article taken from: http:// CSF2 Newsletter, 4th issue) Have a great month! Good luck and good thoughts! If you would like to get signed up to take or retake trainings to enhance your resilience, please contact Jenn Eichner, 315-772-2848 or Jenni- Page 2 Regarding Resilience: Tips, tools and techniques for practicing resilience everyday! By Jenn Eichner, MRT 772-2848 A Shout Out to All Fort Drum’s Master Resilience Trainers – YOU are Good 2013 Master Resilience Training Schedule 5 August Module 4 9:30 am-2:30pm 9 September Module 5 9:30 am-2:30 pm Learn Your Character Strengths and how to use them to increase energy, motivation and success:
  3. 3. Page 3ACS Green Press August 2013 Going to a Career Fair? Take a Minute to Get Prepared Your 30 Second Commercial What is a 30 second commercial? - it is your personal “commercial” and your chance to sell yourself. I is the answer to the question, “Tell me about your- self ?” It should include the following:  Self introduction  Summery of experience  Defined strength or skill  Follow that with an accomplish- ment  Employment goal  Most importantly, examples of how you can benefit the company Career fairs are an opportunity to find employment, not a guarantee. Remem- ber just with anything else in life, suc- cess most often depends on hard work, commitment and preparation. If you need assistance finding a job, contact Employment Readiness for assistance and the tools you need to succeed! Know yourself and be able to discuss your skills .  Try to identify specific experiences where you have demonstrated your strengths.  Backing up your skills with specific examples makes you a much stronger candidate.  Be able to express why you want to work for the organization; if you can’t tell them why, why would they hire you?  Prepare a list of questions for the representatives.  Practice your questions a few times so you are able to speak them in a natural voice.  Prepare and organize your docu- ments, transcripts, resumes and net- working cards. Bring enough to give to the company representatives.  Put all of your papers and documents in a folder. Look and be organized!  Remember to take a pen so you can take notes.  Be prepared to deliver your 30 second commercial. Walking into a job fair can be overwhelming and even a bit intimidating. For some job seekers, the confusion and noise teamed with the sight of so many people can make the whole experience somewhat daunting. To ensure your experience is positive and you get the most from the event, try to pre-plan a specific agenda for how you will work the job fair once you have arrived. The following tips will help you successfully navigate your next career fair:  Do some research to determine which employers will be repre- sented at the job fair.  Research the companies you are interested in and gather informa- tion you can talk about.  Write targeted cover letters for the companies you are interested in based on the information you gather, your letters will have a greater impact if they are not ge- neric letters.  Be prepared to ask questions of the representatives. Employment Readiness Your one Stop Shop for employment assistance 772-1090/7987/2737/9611 “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self- confidence is preparation.” –Arthur Ashe
  4. 4. Summer Fun With ACS Fishing Derby Page 4 ACS Green Press August 2013
  5. 5. Page 5ACS Green Press August 2013 Summer Fun With ACS Flag Craft Where is there a flag which is never lowered, never raised and never saluted? (The moon, left by the Apollo astronauts)
  6. 6. Page 6ACS Green Press August 2013 Brittany – Pizza Hut & JoAnn Fabrics Stephanie - Olive Garden Tonnica - Resource Mgmt Office Candice - Philadelphia Medical Center Look Who’s on the Payroll!!! 30 second commercial script My name is ______________ I am a graduate from _________ majoring in _________________ My experience is ____________ I am (strength), which I demonstrated when I (accomplishment) I’m looking for a position where I can (Goal) I can be of immediate benefit to your company (why & how) Do you have any questions for me? After the Job Fair….What to do Next Recruiters receive many resumes and talk to large numbers of job seekers during job fairs. It is a good idea to follow up on your initial contact to ensure you stand out among the candidates the representatives have spoken with. 1. Follow up, enthusiasm and positive attitude are the keys to standing out 2. Sort through notes, brochures and business cards to plan your strategy 3. Follow up with a thank you card, email, or call if the representative gave you a business number. If you send an e- mail or letter, don’t forget to attach your resume 4. Reconfirm your interest and remind the recruiter how you met 5. Reiterate how qualified you are 6. Make follow up phone calls immediately following the fair and again two to three weeks later to ask if interviews are being set, but don’t become overbearing. 7. Prepare for the possibility of an interview 8. Evaluate the job fair, what went well for you, what did not, what do you want to work on next time?
  7. 7. Page 7 ACS Green Press August 2013 Did you know that you can get farm fresh foods and dairy products locally? Eating fresh means eating right! 2013 Jefferson County Farmers Market Guide Alexandria Bay Farmers’ Market Market St., across from Jreck Sub’s Fridays, 9am-3pm May 24- Sept. 27 Cape Vincent Farmers’ Market Village Green, Broadway St. (Rt. 12) Saturdays, 8 am- 2 pm June 22- Oct. 5 Carthage Farmers’ Market Farmers’ Market Pavilion Riverside Drive Fridays, 7 am- 2 pm May 29 – Oct. 25 Clayton Farmers’ Market Frink Park, Riverside Drive Thursdays, 10 am-6 pm June 20 – Sept. 5 Greater Watertown-North Country Market 317 Washington St. Dulles St. Office Bldg. Wednesdays, 6:30 am- 3 pm May 29- Oct. 2 Monday’s Neighborhood Farmers’ Market Contact for available locations (315) 788-1933 Wednesdays- Fridays Philadelphia Farmers Market 1 Pearl St. Saturdays, 9 am- 2 pm May - Oct Stone Mills Farmers’ Market Agricultural Museum, 30959 NY Rt. 180 Tuesdays, 4 pm- 7 pm June 18 – Sept. 24 Village of Black River Farmers’ Market West Dexter Street Tuesdays, 10 am- 3 pm May 28 – Oct. 1 Watertown Saturday Farmers’ Market J.B. Wise Pavilion, 175 Black River Park- way Saturdays, 9am- 2 pm Jefferson Bulk Milk Coop. / Farmers’ Market Route 3, Watertown Fridays, 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm June 24- Oct. 4 The Little Barn Bulk Foods 17937 Rt. 3 (headed towards Sackets Har- bor) Thursdays, 3:00pm- 8:30 pm May 30- Aug. 29 To Do Around Town... Aug 3 Riverfest Lyons Falls Paddle the scenic Black River $5 p/person Aug 3 War of 1812 Bicentennial War Weekend Sackets Harbor Battlle Aug 2-4 Stone Mills Juried Art and Craft Show 30950 Rte. 180, Lafargeville NY Admission $5, children free, mili- tary discount Aug 8-11 Elite 2013 Bass Master Tourney in Waddington NY Aug 9-11 Annual Antique Show- Cerow Recreation Park Arena Clayton NY Aug 10 Classic Car Show Sackets Harbor Visitor Center lawn. Aug 3 Waterfront Festival Oswego Aug 9-18 Alexandria Bay Pirate Days Aug 10 Central NY Scottish Games and Celtic Festival Aug 31 Blues at the Winery Thousand Islands Winery Military discount
  8. 8. Page 8 ACS Green Press August 2013 Tanya has been a military spouse for over eighteen years. She and her husband, SFC Clayton Dockery, met in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Tanya was an Army Reservist and Clay was on Active Duty. It was love at first sight. Five weeks later the two were married! Today they are the proud parents of four beautiful children: Casey (18), Corey (16), Caitlyn (2) and Carter (2 months). As an Army wife, Tanya has had the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. Her husband's career has taken them to various locations such as Fort Hood, TX, Schweinfurt and Mann- heim, Germany, Fort Lee, VA and now to Fort Drum. "Every post has been both an opportunity to reflect back and to move forward." At each location, Tanya has used her talents to volunteer. Over the years, she has served in many positions such as an Army Building Community– Tanya Dockery Spouse in the Spotlight Family Team Building Master Trainer, an FRG Leader, a Girl Scout Leader and Board Member, an actress in several community theaters, a religious education volunteer, a Red Cross medical records volunteer, a Cub Scout volunteer, a member of the Spouses' Club, a Board Member of the Parent Teacher Organization, and many others. Her favorite volunteer position has been when she served as a member of the School Advisory Council for her children's elementary school. As an elected member of the board, she had direct input on the policies affected her children's education. Being a volunteer changed her life! Because she enjoyed this work so much, Tanya decided to return to school and become an elementary school teacher. With the assistance of an AER Educational Grant, Tanya completed her Bachelor's degree. She later completed her Master's degree and began working on a post-bachelor's program in curriculum and instruction. Tanya became an elementary school teacher in Texas and earned several awards including a national teaching award. She taught in the Killeen Independent School District until her husband PCS'ed to Fort Drum. Today, as a Parenting Skills Educator at ACS, Tanya shares the skills she has learned . She teaches life skills classes such as stress management, anger management, and conflict resolution. She also teaches a great class called "The Fourth Trimester" that teaches new parents how to calm even the fussiest of babies. She loves having the opportunity to share ideas with other military spouses. Tanya has some great advice for other military spouses. She says that the key to success at any post is to think like a local. She says that the best thing you can do is to get out of the house and enjoy the things that the locals enjoy. Don't always take the beaten path. Be open to new places and ideas. "Every post is as good as you make it!. " she said, "My favorite thing about the North Country is the wonderful fresh produce available at the Farmer's Markets. If you haven't visited one yet, give it a try! You will thank me!" “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and trans- form.” ~Diane Mariechild
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  10. 10. Army Community Service P4330 Conway Road Fort Drum, New York 13602 Army Emergency Relief 772-6560, 772-8873 or 772-2855 Army Family Team Building 772-6710, 772-9229 Army Volunteer Program Coordinator Corps/13651504365912 772-2899 Exceptional Family Member Program Family-Member-Program /104951319542718 772-5488, 772-0819, 772-0664 Employment Readiness Program 772-9611, 772-2737, 772-1090 Family Advocacy Program (New Parent Support Program) SAPRP 772-4244, 772-6929, 772-2279 772-0596, 772-4070, 772-0748 772-5605, 772-5914 Financial Readiness Program ACS/1956662120473 772-0050, 772-5196, 772-8526 Information and Referral 772-6556, 772-6557 Military & Family Life Consultants 212-6919 Mobilization and Deployment Deployment/178420512193448?ref=ts&v=wall 772-2848, 772-0470, 772-2919 Outreach Outreach/180373271991692 772-5374 Relocation Readiness http:// -Drum -Relocation -Readiness Program/171335822906429 772-5475, 772-6553, 772-6902 772-6566 Soldier Family Assistance Center 772-7781 Survivor Outreach Services 772-6357