14 March 2012 1 HBCT Weekly News Update


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14 March 2012 1 HBCT Weekly News Update

  1. 1. 14 March 2012 1HBCT Weekly News Update: please pass along to Soldiers, Family and Friends of 1HBCT. You can always stay up to date withlocal events by going to 1st Infantry Division page at http://www.riley.army.mil/default.aspx or if you are having issues reading this you can clickon this link to read the weekly news. http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bct. And we are always up and posting new informationon FaceBook! Join us on the Official 1HBCT FaceBook Page at www.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgmUSO NO Dough Dinner tonight!!! Dont forget tomorrow is No Dough Dinner at the USO DFAC (Bldg 7856 Drum Str) from 5-6:30 p.m. They arehaving a Taco Bar. FREE DINNER!!!!!Irwin Army Community Hospital: Commanders Smoking Policy for IACH has been updated. The only authorized smoking area for the mainhospital (bldg 600) is the smoke shack behind the hospital. Smoking is no longer authorized in front of the hospital, in parking lots and or at thebus stop behind the hospital.Few notes from IACH:  Remember to cancel your appointment, if you are unable to make it. You can call 785-239-DOCS or log on to Tricare on-line at www.tricareonline.com and cancel your appointment plus it makes room for others to get in and be seen. Each appointment missed cost the Hospital and estimated $118 and on an average it costs the Hospital $28000.00 per week. So please remember to cancel!  Register with Tricare online: www.tricareonline.com, if you have issues with this each Facility has staff that is able to help you  Don’t forget to change your online registration and location when you PCS if you are registered with Tricare Online – if you don’t remember to do this, it will delay in making your next appointment.  Survey’s (APLSS) – if you by chance get a survey from your visit from the Hospital, please fill it out and return it, the Hospital receives money for POSITIVE feedback which goes into improving the waiting areas, hiring more staff and in general bettering the Hospital.  NEVER leave the Hospital UNSATISFIED!!! The hospital has Staff that has volunteered as a “Trust Champion” , these staff members want to make sure you are satisfied and any issues you are having are fixed, please don’t leave upset.  Join their Facebook Page, a lot of good information posted daily at http://www.facebook.com/#!/IrwinArmyCommunityHospital  Look for their upcoming special events in April; Safety Day on 19 April and on the 22nd the Festival for the Month of the Military Child with a lot of fun things going on, go check them out!!  Pharmacy Take Back Day! Need to get rid of all the extra medicine hanging around your house? 27 April at the Exchange on Ft. Riley there will be a location that you can take back all those unwanted medicines  Self Care class- take this class online and SAVE money! Pharmacy has products that you can get from them instead of purchasing them at a store, for more information please check out their link: http://iach.amedd.army.mil/sections/clinics/preventiveMedicine/OTC_Dec_2009.pdf  Any issues or concerns you may have, you can always contact them or send questions/concerns thru your Family Readiness Assistances at Battalion and Brigade level.  IACH has a monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and all your questions, issues, and concerns are addressed.  See flyer attached- a lot of good information available for you.
  2. 2. Fort Riley MWR: Spring Skeet League is April 11th - May 16th (6 week session). Its 2 rounds (12 GA) shot per week with 5 person teams (+ 1alternate). The league is on Wednesdays, 6-10pm, unless you arrange a different date beforehand. Sign-ups end April 4th! Only $75/person!(Includes a t-shirt and is $12.50/week; ammo not included). Call/stop by Outdoor Rec, 785.239.2363 or the Skeet & Trap Range, 785.239.9058to sign up or more info. Upcoming Nutrition & Health/Resource Management Classes presented by K-State Research & Extension – Ft. Riley:Register for any of the following classes by calling 785-239-9991 or email ftriley@ksu.edu. All classes can be found on our FaceBook page – K-
  3. 3. State Research and Extension – Ft. Riley. There are space limitations on most of our classes, so please register in advance. If you won’t be able toattend class for which you register, please let us know so someone else will be able to use your seat. Please call in advance to confirm location ofthe classes  Container Gardening: 26 March – Monday, RSVP by 21 March, 10-11:30am, Resiliency Learning Center, BLDG 7285 Normandy Drive. No time or space for a traditional garden? Try container gardening! Come learn the ins & outs of growing vegetables, herbs and flowers in pots. It’s a great way to introduce children to growing plants.  Cash In With Coupons: 29 March – Thursday, RSVP by 27 March, 10-11:30am, ACS, BLDG 7264 Normandy Drive Learn how to use coupons more effectively. What to look for when using coupons.  Starting Investing with $1-$1000, 12, 19, 26 April (3 Sessions) – Thursdays, RSVP by 11 April 2-4pm, ACS, BLDG 7264 Normandy Drive. This class will teach participants how to plan for their future goals and save money to invest as well as the basis principles of investing.WALK- KANSAS: Registration for Walk Kansas ends next Thursday, March 15. K-State Extension will be having a Walk Kansas Kick off on March15 at the Resiliency Learning Center from 12:00pm – 1:00pm with snacks. Anyone needing a packet or information can email me or give me acall Shed Mayberry at K-State Research and Extension - Ft. Riley, 7285 Normandy Drive Ft. Riley, KS 66442, email: shed@ksu.edu or email:shed.mayberry@us.army.mil. Ph is 785-239-9991. See flyer.
  4. 4. Tax Season is PHISHING Season: The long winter chill is lifting, flowers are blooming, April is nearing, and the fish …I mean “Phish” are biting.That’s right, and by “Phish,” I mean “you” soldier. The tax season is here once again, and the cyber predators are well rested from a longwinter’s break, hoping to add you as a feather in their cap. The IRS is warning taxpayers to beware of unsolicited emails that appear to be fromeither the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). Suspicious emailsattempting to get your personal information should be ignored. Bear in mind that the IRS would never request personal or financial info viaemail, nor would it request information from you by text message or social media sites. PHISHING - is the act of impersonating a legitimateorganization in an attempt to scam a user out of their identity credentials. This is most commonly done by sending bogus emails that entice auser to give up their bank account information, email address (to confirm that the users email address truly exists), or simply to retrieveusernames and passwords. TIPS  Remember, valid professional organizations will never request private information or credentials via email.  So be wary of emails asking for your log-in information, Social Security Number (SSN), or Tax Identification Number (TIN).  Never click on links in emails promising large sums of money, or urgently requesting you to log-in to verify your information.In order to help the Army identify and mitigate these problems, do your part and quickly report suspicious e-mails. If you are on a militaryinstallation and receive a suspicious e-mail, report it to your local Information Assurance Manger (IAM), or Network Enterprise Center (NEC)immediately. It is the responsibility of every soldier and civilian to practice precaution and best judgment when accessing the internet with anytype of device. So, keep yourself safe and make sure that when cyber criminals go phishing, you’re the “one that got away”. JCHS presents Hairspray, the Musical. Come out and support the hardworking students on the 15, 16,and 17th of March at 7pm each night. HS is located at 900 North Eisenhower Drive JC KS 66441USO Fort Riley No Dough Dinners in 2012 will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Building 7856 on Drum Street on Custer Hill. Some dinnerlocations may change. For information, call 785-240-5326 or email usofortriley@uso.org. USO Fort Riley also is on FaceBook atwww.facebook.com/usofortriley Click on “Events” to see the most up to date information for No Dough Dinners. Dates for dinnersare: March 14 and 29, April 12 and 30, May 14 and 31, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 31, Aug. 14 and 30, Sept. 13 and 28, Oct. 12 and30, Nov. 14, Dec. 13
  5. 5. BOSS & The Warrior Zone: Please subscribe to the Fort Riley BOSS Mass Text Information System for the most up to date community serviceopportunities, recreation activities, giveaways and much more at the following URL:http://www.textmygroup.com/join.php?groupname=BOSSFTRILEY You may also subscribe by sending a text message to go@textmygroup.comwith the message "BOSSFTRILEY"DFMWR SURVEY MARCH 2012: As part of an Armywide survey of Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation services, surveypackets will be mailed to active-duty Soldiers and Army civilians March 12-16 and spouses and retirees March 15-22. DFMWR is asking thatthose who receive the survey complete it to help DFMWR provide the types of services the community prefers. For more on the survey, visithttp://www.army.mil/article/70012/.NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2012 SPOUSE FELLOWS: Now in its seventh year, the FINRA Investor Education Foundations MilitarySpouse Fellowship Program has opened the application process for its class of 2012 military spouses. The FINRA Foundation Spouse FellowshipProgram provides military spouse recipients with the education and training needed to earn the Accredited Financial CounselorR (AFCR)designation. Military Spouses can apply to become a member of the 2012 class of fellows until March 31, 2012. The Military Spouse Fellowship isadministered in partnership with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning EducationR (AFCPER) and the National Military FamilyAssociation. The program covers the costs associated with completing the AFCR training and testing for military spouses. Applications areaccepted online at www.MilitaryFamily.org/FINRAFellowship and are due by midnight EST March 31,2012. Spouse fellows have logged morethan 306,000 hours helping military families reach their financial goals, and 314 spouse fellows have graduated from the program. Accreditedspouses serve the military community as financial counselors at family readiness and support centers, credit counseling and tax centers, financialaid offices and credit unions throughout the U.S. and abroad. These organizations are in need of well-trained specialists who understand theunique financial needs of military families. The Military Spouse Fellowship Program is open to current spouses or surviving spouses of aUniformed Service member: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service andthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, or retirees).Military Community and Family Policy Weekly: Welcome to the Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) Weekly eNewsletter, providingyou with access to the blog post of Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy), the latestQuality of Life news and information from the Department of Defense, and dates for upcoming Guard and Reserve onsite sales. The link belowwill open up the MC&FP Weekly eNewsletter in your browser. If the link above does not work, please copy and paste the entire link into yourbrowser window. http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/mcfp/weekly A PDF version of the newsletter is also available for download from the link above. YourMC&FP Team! Military Community and Family Policy Office of the Secretary of Defense Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhancethe quality of life of service members and their families.
  6. 6. Join us for AFTB Level 1 in April!! Register by March 30th for FREE CHILDCARE!! Call 785-239-9435  The Womens Wilderness Institute is honored, and excited, to be working with female veterans and womenspouses/domestic partners of veterans, to offer retreats in 2011 and 2012. We are proud to be offering these courses in a way that is aligned
  7. 7. with our mission and that addresses the specific needs and issues of our women veterans and women spouses/domestic partners of veterans.For more information, click on their link http://www.womenswilderness.org/women-veterans-retreats
  8. 8. Stop by your local Express for Happy Hour today from 1400 to 1800. Now through 31 March, visit any of our Express locations and receive a 20 oz. Premium Java OR 22 oz. Fountain drink for only $.69 cents! Dont forget to pick up some of your favorite snacks to go along with your drink. Whats your favorite drink/snack combo when you visit your Express?OPERATION PURPLE FAMILY RETREATS: Applications Now Accepted for Military Family Retreats! The National Military Family Association ispleased to announce that the application period is now open for Spring 2012 Operation PurpleR Family Retreats. Operation Purple FamilyRetreats are free, four-day retreats held in National Parks around the country, and offer families the chance to reconnect after their servicemembers deployment. Outdoor activities, combined with structured activities that highlight areas of strength and resilience in the family,promote family growth. Apply now http://support.militaryfamily.org/site/R?i=68z6k1vALBfkiz-G8nDjJg. Specific dates and locations foradditional 2012 retreats will be announced soon. Click here http://support.militaryfamily.org/site/R?i=F3efvspRh_uH78P3aLmCFw to applyfor an Operation Purple Family Retreat. Family Retreats are free thanks to the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation.The Military-Extension Adventure Camps and the Operation: Military Kids Family Camps are gearing up for another great summer full of FREEadventure camps! Attached you will find two flyers with camp dates and other information. Registration is not open just yet, but I will keep youinformed as to when the applications are available for both sets of camps. Visit the MEAC website and Facebook page to keep up to date withcamp information! http://www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/militarycamp/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Military-Extension-Adventure-camps/218917788128919 Visit the OMK website and Facebook page to keep up to date with camp information!http://www.ca.uky.edu/hes/?p=590 or http://www.facebook.com/OperationMilitaryKidsKY