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FRSA Flash for 22 March 2012

  1. 1. 3-6 FA “Swift & Bold” FRSA Flash Sc h e du l e o f E v en t s March 22 - 3-6FA Coffee March 23 - In Her Shoes: Living With Domestic Violence – Army Community Service March 23 - Make up BN DONSA  March 24-25 - Maple Days, 1000-1400 @ 45IN Hill (Water Tower)  March 26 DIVISION DONSA  March 26 - CYSS Child Development Centers Closed (ALL) All Day @ All Locations  March 28-29 - Bravo Exercise  March 28 - Family Support Huddle, 1000-1130 @ Hays Hall/Eagles Nest  March 28 - Alpha FRG Meeting, 1800 @ BN Classroom  March 29 - Women’s History Month Observance, 1100-1300 @ The Commons  March 29 -Mountain Remembrance Ceremony, 1630-1700 @ Main Post Chapel  March 30 - Right Arm Night , 1700 @ Commons  March 31—Maple Days , 1000-1400 @ 45 Infan- try Hill (Water Tower) APRIL  April 1 - APRIL FOOLS DAY  April 1 - Maple Days , 1000-1400 @ 45 Infantry Hill (Water Tower)  April 2-5 - Bravo Exercise  April 2-9 - Local Schools Spring Break  April 5 - HHB Change of Command, 11AM @ 3-6 Building Area  April 6 - In her Shoes: Living with Domestic Vio- lence, 0900-1130 @ ACS  April 6-9 - DIVISION DONSA  April 8 - EASTER  April 8 - Easter Sunday Brunch @ Commons  April 10 - Bravo Training  April 10 - Thrift Savings Plan, 1400-1430 @ ACS  April 11 - Kids Korner: What do Peeps Read, 1600-2000 @ McEwen Library  April 13 - Education Fair @ Commons  April 13-15 - Trip to Washington DC, Departs 0700 @ Parks & Recreation  April 15 - TAX DAY  April 16-May 11 - 3-6 Field Training  April 16-20 - Fort Drum Volunteer Appreciation Week, 0700-1630 @ ACS  April 17 - Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ob- servance, 1100-1330 @ The Commons  April 19 - Volunteer of the Month Ceremony, 1030-1130 @ The Commons  April 19 - Annual Volunteer, Man & Woman of the Mountain, 1700-2000 @ The Commons  April 20 - 21st Annual Festival of Food, 1630-2000 @ The Commons  April 21 - Child Safety/Month of the Military Child Carnival, 1300-1700 @ Youth Center Gym  April 22 - EARTH DAY  April 23 - Budget Management, 0930-Noon @ ACS  April 25 - Family Support Huddle, 1000-1130 @ Hays Hall/Eagles Nest  April 26 - Civilian of the Quarter Ceremony, 1130-1300 @ The Commons  April 27 - PSAT Test and Assistance, 1500-1800 @ Youth Center Gym 22 March 2012 Contents of this newsletter are compiled from multiple Military Family news sources. Material presented does not represent the views or endorsement of 3-6 Field Artillery or the United States Army. This material is for personal use of the readers. All readers are encouraged to do further research for all applicable restrictions and guidelines.
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  4. 4. Page 4 Ft. Drum Community wide yard sales will be June 2-3 for Adirondack Creek and Rhicard Hills, June 9-10 is Monument Ridge and Crescent Woods!
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  6. 6. By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 2, 2012 - A proposed new govern- ance structure will make the military health system more effective and produce savings, and the system's 9.8 million beneficiaries worldwide will never miss an appointment, the Pentagon's top health af- fairs official said. In a Feb. 24 interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press ser- vice, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity, discussed three gov- ernance reforms under way for the military health system. Woodson, a vascular surgeon, said it's been a transformative decade for the nation and the Defense Department. "Our defense health program budget was about $19 billion in 2001, [and] this year's budget is about $53 billion," he said. "So we clearly need to not only focus on accessing quality care, but [also on] pro- ducing value for the amount of money we're spending on health care." As the health care budget grows and the Defense De- partment's top-line budget shrinks, Woodson added, "a natural tension is created in terms of being able to train, man and equip the force, yet provide for quality health care." He said everything pos- sible must be done to reduce costs in the military health care system before adjusting fees for medical services. The effort began in June, Woodson said, when then- Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III estab- lished an internal task force to review the military health sys- tem's governance. The task force reported back in Septem- ber, evaluating health system governance options as well as options for the governance of multiservice medical markets and of the national capital re- gion's health system. Based on the report and on consultations with the ser- vices' top civilian and military leaders, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior Defense Department officials, the current deputy defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, now has directed that three reforms be instituted in the military health system. One involves creating a de- fense health agency to take on the functions of the TRICARE Management Activity and as- sume responsibility for imple- menting shared services across the system. TRICARE is the civilian care component of the military health system. "One of the things we looked at is whether new MHS gov- ernance could produce greater efficiencies and savings," Woodson said. The main struc- ture being proposed, called the Defense Health Agency, "looks to do a better job administer- ing what we call shared ser- vices," he added. "Right now we have essen- tially three administrative structures -- the Army, Navy and Air Force -- that run health services," the Defense Department's top doctor ex- plained. "The thought is that we would combine functions that are common to the ser- vices, and thereby produce savings." He cited health information technology as an example, not- ing that it is extraordinarily costly and is common to all of the services. "There [is] no reason why the services should develop their own prod- ucts," Woodson said. "This can be done in a shared fashion and produce savings." Other common areas, he added, are medical education for physi- cians, nurses, medics and pharmacists, and medical lo- gistics. Another proposed reform will establish market managers for multiservice medical markets, except for the national capital region. The managers' en- hanced authorities will allow them to create and sustain a cost-effective, coordinated and high-quality health care sys- tem, Woodson said Changes Aim to Strengthen Military Health System Page 6
  7. 7. if approved, probably would not be instituted until early next year, Woodson said. "The whole idea is to look for- ward," he said, "understanding that we need to bend the curve of the health care budget to look at a gov- ernance structure that makes us more effective, more agile and adds value to the services and their ability to deliver high-quality care." The third reform involves transferring responsibility for running military treatment facilities in and around Wash- ington, D.C. -- including Wal- ter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia -- to a na- tional capital region director- ate within the new Defense Health Agency. Carter also is establishing a planning team, Woodson said, with leadership nominated by the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, to ensure timely im- plementation of the govern- ance plan after it's reviewed -- first by the Government Ac- countability Office and then by Congress. Each organization has more than 100 days to review the proposal, so changes in the medical system's governance, Continued from page 8 Page 7Volume 1, Issue 1
  8. 8. Page 8 Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers
  9. 9. Page 9 The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Clinical and Non- Clinical (Prevention & Drug Testing) services will be relocating from buildings P-36 & T-2228 to building 10250 on Fourth Ar- mored Division Dr. All services will closed after 1300 on Friday 23 Mar 12 and reopen at our new location at 0730 on 27 Mar 12. Operational hours will remained 0730-1600 Monday - Friday ex- cept holidays. We apologize for any inconvenience this presents. The move to 10250 will fully integrate both clinical and non-clinical services of ASAP, which will allow us to efficiently and effectively provide fully integrated compre- hensive care to the Fort Drum community. Bldg 10250 is located on Fourth Armored Division Dr. between Euphrates River Valley Rd. and Tigris River Valley Rd. All points of contact and phone numbers will remain the same. FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program The FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellowship Program gives military spouses the op- portunity to earn a career-enhancing credential—the Accredited Financial Counselor® cer- tificate—while providing financial counseling to the military community. The fellowship cov- ers the costs associated with completing the AFC® training and testing. Created in 2006, the program is administered in partnership with the Association for Finan- cial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) and the National Military Family Asso- ciation (NMFA). To date, the FINRA Foundation has awarded nearly 1,200 Military Spouse Fellowships—and participants have logged more than 279,500 hours of service back to the military community. Operation Purple Camp applications are being accepted now. These are free summer camps for qualifying military dependents. There are 2 camps available in NY State, Camp Wabasso locally from July 29, 2012 - August 3, 2012 and Pioneer Camp from July 8, 2012 - July 13, 2012 in Western NY. There are also camps available in other areas of the country as well. To find out more about the camps, the qualifications to apply, and to register go to Now Accepting Applications for the 2012 Military Spouse Fellowships Military spouses have until March 31 to apply. The program helps military spouses foster their own careers and maintain Financial Readiness in Military Communities, and the fellowship covers the costs associated with completing training and testing for certification as an Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®). Read the news release. Apply Online Visit the National Military Family Association website to submit your application today.
  10. 10. Page 10 Be Your Own Hero! MYCAA Start a New Career Today with Meditec Your spouse is a hero in the military, now it's time for you to shine! Learn how you can launch a new career in the medical, business, or legal industry now. Meditec programs include the following features: * Self-Paced Learning * 100% Online Access * 24/7 Technical Support * Interactive Courses * Preparation for a mobile-friendly career You still have time! Some Meditec programs can be completed in as quickly as 3 months. Finish a program be- fore your spouse returns to maximize the benefit of MyCAA. Don't have a MyCAA account? Check if you're eli- gible! <blocked> Meditec Financial Assistance Meditec just introduced the Financial Assistance Program <blocked milmail/63/> so that you can have more options and flexi- bility to pay your tuition fees. Choose the payment plan <blocked> that's right for you. Train from home, work from anywhere! Choose one of our online, self-paced programs. Medical Billing Medical Coding Medical Transcription Medical Office Assistant Paralegal Legal Transcription Accounting Clerk Certification Administrative Assistant Certification ....and many more!
  11. 11. Page 11 Kids Corner “An Alpaca in My Pocket” Mindy Whitten (3-10 Spouse) will be selling and signing copies of her first published book, ―An Alpaca in My Pocket,‖ from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 30 and 31 at the Post Exchange. Whitten also will read her book during story time at McEwen Library March 23, April 17 and June 12. For more in- formation or to purchase a book, email Whitten at AnAlpacaInMy-
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