3 January 2013 1ABCT Weekly Newsletter


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3 January 2013 1ABCT Weekly Newsletter: please pass along to Soldiers, Family and Friends of 1ABCT. You can always stay up to date with local 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 click on this link to read the weekly news. http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bct. We are always up and posting new information on FaceBook!

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3 January 2013 1ABCT Weekly Newsletter

  1. 1. 3 January 2013 1ABCT Weekly Newsletter: please pass along to Soldiers, Family and Friends of 1ABCT. You can always stay up to date with local 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 click on this link to read the weekly news. http://www.riley.army.mil/UnitPage.aspx?unit=1bct. We are always up and posting new information on FaceBook! Join us on the Official 1ABCT FaceBook Page at www.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgmFort Riley Current News Updates: This information has recently been updated, and is now available.http://www.riley.army.mil/OurPost/CurrentNews.aspx In addition to the Current News page there are Garrison Commanders CommunityCorner articles http://www.riley.army.mil/DocumentList.aspx?lib=GC-Corner**Reminder** Beginning 7 January 2013 Ft. Riley Child Youth and School Services will provide after school activity bus services from thefollowing locations Monday – Friday to the Fort Riley Middle School and Teen program located at 5800 Thomas Ave. Pick up times listed: 1750Freshman Academy, 1750 JC Middle School, 1800 JC High School Registration with CYSS is required as well as a transportation permission slip.All forms can be obtained http://rileymwr.com/main/?page_id=249 . Additionally in lieu of the winter bus service from Peterson Heights to theFort Riley Middle School students may be dropped off at the bus stop at 5800 Thomas Ave to ride the bus to the Middle School. If you wish foryour children to wait inside the Teen center for the bus and or have breakfast they will have to be enrolled in the morning care program. Call239-9222 for pricing information. Youth awaiting transportation to the MS from the Teen center, will be allowed to wait inside the foyer from0730 to the Pick Up time of 0740.**Reminder from IACH**: IACH staff is working to build strong relationship with ALL of its patients, wanting feedback from Families whether itis positive or negative. If they are having issues while they are at the clinics they can be resolved at each clinic on the spot. Please ask for the AO(Admin Officer) or a GPM there on site to resolve all issues face to face. Listed below are the AO’s for each clinic, they are also willing to comeout and speak to your FRG and Steering Committee meetings to help get this word out. Custer Hill Clinic- Walter Long 240-7070, Farrelly HealthClinic- Robin Harris 240-5548, Dept of Surgery/ Specialty Clinics- Fran Dinklecamp 239-7280 or Toni Murphy 239-7944, and IACH- Tony Pablo-240-7498 *APLSS – Please continue to remind Families to fill out the APLSS surveys the hospital can get up to $175 back per positive survey tobring more items or personal into IACH (see flyer) Be open and honest about your visit- good or bad they want to know about their Clinics andthe Hospital. *ICE Comments- Ask Families or Soldiers if they have a good or bad experience to leave contact information, the Hospital can’t
  2. 2. reach out to them and fix the bad experience if no contact information is there. They have received an estimated 6000 so far this year, they lookat every one of them. They also input all the Comment cards in the boxes. Last week alone 600 plus ICE and comment cards received. WATCHTHE PERSONAL INFORMATION YOU LIST IN THE ICE COMMENTS- A LOT OF PEOPLE READ THESE!!!! *IACH and the Army is looking to make yourvisits more proactive when you visit them, looking to keep continuity with your provider, a care plan that you agree to before you leave yourvisit. Continue to check IACH website http://iach.amedd.army.mil/ IACH Facebook Page athttp://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.165137593517460.35143.129814630383090&type=3#!/IrwinArmyCommunityHospital or evenour own Brigade page at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.165137593517460.35143.129814630383090&type=3 orhttp://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.165137593517460.35143.129814630383090&type=3#!/1HBCTDevilBrigade for updated IACHinformation. *Pharmacy: With cold and flu season upon us you can take self-care class on line at http://iach.amedd.army.mil/, print out card orgo to pharmacy to pick up the card and get your over the counter medicines that they provide for free. *Ft Riley will be adding an ArmyWellness Center to the Resiliency Center up on Custer Hill at Building 7636, the center will have Health educators, Mind and Fitness Rooms,BOD POD and more… more information to follow- Point of contact for this is the Dept of Public Health Kristen Bourland at 785-239-7344 orKristen.bourland@us.army.mil . The Dept of Public Health also located up on the Hill in the old 4th Brigade health Clinic on the other side of theBowling Alley, two buildings down from the new Wellness Center on Normandy. *TriWest will no longer be the administer for the TRICAREprogram for the West Region starting around Feb/Mar 2013 timeframe , the contract will be taken over by UnitedHealthcare Military &Veteran Services. Members should soon be receiving a welcome letter from them but effective 20 Feb 2013 their customer service hotline willbe up and running and at that time if you have questions please feel free to call the customer service line at 877-988-9378 and effective mid-Feb2013 their website will be www.uhcmilitarywest.com. We have more information on our Brigade Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/1HBCTDEVILBRIGADE?v=wall&ref-sgmWays to beat the cold and flu from IACH: get a flu shot, wash your hands, eat healthy, exercise, quit smoking and if you do get sick please dothese things: STAY HOME! Get plenty of fluids, and call 785-239-DOCS if you need to be seen.**Just Added**Little Apple to the Big Apple through the USO Fort Riley: Starting 2 Jan – 22 Jan: In collaboration with local schools and thepublic in collecting donations for Welcome Home kits for Ft. Riley soldiers. For every item collected, one dollar will be donated towardspurchasing gift cards for New York RSVP volunteers and those in the local community affected by Hurricane Sandy.With winter weather approaching, have a kit in your car and be prepared ( some examples listed): Blankets, Stocking hat, hand warmers, extraclothes (sweatshirts, long johns, anything you can layer) LED Flashlight, Non-perishable munchies, Bottled Water, Flares, Hazard signs, First Aidkit, Reading material (especially if you have small children), Knife, Cell phone charger or extra cell battery, battery charged radio, jumper cables,a bag of sand, salt or kitty liter, an ice scraper, a small shovel, and a small tool kit. These are just examples, you can add or take away any ofthese items. Don’t forget to “Get a kit, Make a plan, Be informed” visit ReadyArmy for more information please visithttp://www.acsim.army.mil/readyarmy/
  3. 3. **Just added** Community Life Futsball League- just received this information- must be registered by 4 January Season is 9 January- 20 Feb atLong Fitness Center. For more information please see information on flyers below or call 785-239-2813.**Just added** Childcare on Ft Riley at Warren East for January: January 5, 7-11pm and January 8th, 6-8pm.. Be sure to make yourreservations in advance at Warren East CDC. Saturday childcare includes lunch at 1130. Patrons may either use their AFC hours or pay the hourlyrate to take advantage of the care. For more information please contact 785-239-0822**Just added**Comedy night at Rally Point 7pm doors open, 8pm show on 5 January 2013. Must be 18 or older to attend; $10 tickets in advanceor $12 at the door. For more information or to purchase your ticket please call 785-784-5434**Just added**K- State Basketball games this Saturday Men @ 12:30pm vs Oklahoma State Women @6pm: TCU, WILDCAT WEEKEND! Receive a$3 GA ticket w/ your OSU Men’s ticket. For more information please check their website at http://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=WB&linkID=kansuse&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=**Just added** 8 for 8 Kids Beginner Program at the Custer Hill Bowling Center starts 5 January; $8 per week, 8 weeks long! Kids getinstructional coaching, 1 year USBC Youth Membership and will also receive their choice of their own ball with drilling. Program will require afinancial disclosure guaranteeing participation for 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, they will hold a pizza party for the kids to celebrate theirprogress. For more information please contact the Alley at 785-784-4366.**Just added** Kansas Jayhawks Basketball vs Temple in Lawrence Kansas 3:30pm on 6 January. For more information please go to theirwebsite at http://kutickets.com/tickets/mens-basketball/**Just added** 2013 Winter X- Games in ASPEN, CO- Escape VIP style with BOSS from the flatlands of Kansas to the heart of the Winter X-Games in Aspen. Whether you mowboard or ski, this tirp is everything you want at an inexpensive price. Spots will fill up quickly so reserve yourroom as soon as possible. For more information please call BOSS at 785-239-BOSS (2677).**Just added** BOSS Meeting Jan 9 and 23rd, 3pm at the Warrior Zone- Come find out about all the Single Soldier activities Fort Riley has tooffer or voice your quality of life issues to your BOSS representatives. For more information please call BOSS at 785-239-BOSS (2677). **Just added** 3 lb Burrito eating Contest on 9 January at Habañero at 6pm, must be 18 years or older and they have continued Family Nightevery Wednesday in January. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and a Family-friendly movie will start at 5 p.m. at the restaurant. For more information,call 785-240-2782. During the month of December, Children 12 and younger eat for ½ price with the purchase of an adult meal at Habañero. Formore information on the contest please call 785-240-2782
  4. 4. **Just added**MST (Teen Center) Upcoming Events and Workshops: 8 January 6-7pm- Teen Resource, 15 Jan, 6-7pm Learning Styles and 7-8pm Building your Brain, 19 January, 7-10:30pm Movie Night, 24 January 4-5:30pm Celebrate Belly laugh Day, 29 January 6-7pm transition toCollege; 7-8pm Money matters. For more information please call them at 785-239-9885.**Updated** USO Fort Riley No Dough Dinners in 2013: USO Fort Riley No Dough Dinners will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 7856 Drum Street onCuster Hill, unless location is otherwise noted, facebook.com/usoftriley. Some dinner locations may change. For information, call 785-240-5326or email usofortriley@uso.org. USO Fort Riley also is on Facebook at facebook.com/usoftriley Click on "Events" to see the most up to dateinformation for No Dough Dinners. Starting in 2013- No Dough Dinners will be held 2 days prior to payday!!! 11 Jan and 13 Feb- mark yourcalendars – these two events will be held at the USO Center also! 30 Jan and 27 Feb, 13 and 28 March will all be back the USO DFAC on DrumStreet.**Just added**Sesame Street Live ”Can’t Stop Singing” Deadline to order discounted tickets is 9 JAN for the 17-19th showing of this event atthe Kansas City Sprint Center. Tickets at the discounted price run from $10-$21; please contact Leisure Travel at 785-240-2782**Just added** Youth Sports Registration Dates: Register by 11 Jan for Start Smart Skill Development: Ages 3-4 and Start Smart BasketballClinics for Grades K-1. For more information please contact 785-239-9885**Just added** Outdoor Rec Trip to Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center Jan 12 11:30-6pm. To register and more information please contact 785-239-9885.**Just added** January Warrior Zone Activities: NFL Football Playoff Games every Saturday and Sunday, 23 42” TV’s and 4 hi-def projectors,The Challenge, every Thursday @8pm, Ft Riley faces off w/ JB Lewis-McChord VTC enhanced Challenge match. Every Friday night, Friday NightMagic, come in and play Magic the Gathering in a Sanctioned, Type 2 structured event. Every Saturday, Noon to Close, WARHAMMER 40K andalso on Saturday Texas Hold-em, no buy in into the weekly matches but a prize is awarded weekly to the best player. For more info please callthe WZ at 785-240-6618.**Just added** Acacia Lodge - Black History Month Essay Contest: The Officers and Members of Acacia Lodge # 91 in Junction City are hostinga special writing contest for all students of Geary County, USD 475. The Essay must: 1) Be 300 to 500 words 2) Be about African AmericanHistory with the Subject of: Now is the Time - "How Can You Make a Difference" 3) Be Typed in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman and with a 12pt. font size 4) Include your name, grade, date and name of school. Essays can be emailed to blackhistoryessay@yahoo.com The top threestudents who have written the best essays will be invited to attend and read their essays at the Annual Black History Month Celebration on Feb.23rd. Students will also receive a prize for their selection to be presented at the program.
  5. 5. NMFA MILITARY SPOUSE SCHOLARSHIP: The National Military Family Association is now accepting applications for its annual Joanne HolbrookPatton Military Spouse Scholarship Program. The Association recognizes the unique challenges todays military spouse’s face pursuing additionaltraining or education. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to help ease the financial obstacles that accompany pursuing a higher education.Scholarships are awarded in eight categories: *High School GED or English as a Second Language classes, *Degree Seeking Candidates,(Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate) *Licensing Fee, *Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math Degree (to include certain healthcarefields), *Mental Health Career Fields, *Spouses of Fallen Service Members, *Spouses of Wounded Service Members, *Vocational or TechnicalCertification Applications will only be accepted online http://support.militaryfamily.org/site/R?i=hfjjvy0uTLxeouon3ABSpA and must besubmitted by midnight EST, January 31, 2013. Spouses of uniformed Service Members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve,retirees, and survivors) from any branch or rank are eligible to apply. The scholarship funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees,and school room and board. Apply now! Manhattan Ice Rink: The ice rink in City Park opened for the 2012-2013 season on Monday, November 19, 2012. The cost is $3.00 per person toskate and skate rental is available for $3.00 per person. Visitors who will not be skating do not need to pay admission. Key FOBs good for 10admissions and/or skate rentals are $25.00 and will be available for purchase at the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Office, 1101 Fremont,between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday as the skating season approaches. The hours of operation will be 3:00-7:00 p.m.weekdays and 1:00-7:00 p.m. weekends. On the following dates the Ice Rink will open at 1:00 p.m. due to the schools not being in session:November 21, November 23, December 24, December 26-31, January 2-4, February 8, and February 14. FREE SKATE DAY on January 21 (MartinLuther King Jr. Day), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The Ice Rink will be closed on November 22, December 25, and January 1. Reservations will also beaccepted for private gatherings. The reservation season is December 1-February 28. For more information on reserving the ice rink, or hockeyand skating lessons, contact the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Office, 587-2757. Check out this album on our Facebook! See flyer belowOutdoor Rec “Frosty” Contest continues to run now – Feb: Each time it snows, take pictures of you and your friends making a snowman for thechance to win prizes from Outdoor Rec. One entry per snowfall is allowed. Submit your pictures to Outdoor Rec on Rifle Range Road, for moreinformation please contact 785-239-2363.As weather permits, Fort Riley’s Skeet and Trap Range is open from noon to 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Saturdays and Sundays. For more information on the range, call the Outdoor Recreation Center at 785-239-2363.Family Climb Time: Jan 18, & Feb 15, 2-4pm – FREE! Are you craving Family fun during these winter days? Outdoor Recreation and Craig FitnessCenter are teaming up to offer you an exciting escape from your regular routine. Trained staff will belay while you, your Family, and your friendsclimb on the wall. Pre-registration is required. Please contact ODR @785-239-2363 for more information or to register.
  6. 6. **UPDATED***VetTix has partnered with them and are giving out donated tickets to military! More tickets have just been added for the 18thand the 19th of January! To check out their schedule go to their official site of the Roadrunners athttp://topekaroadrunners.pointstreaksites.com/view/topekaroadrunners/the-official-home-of-topeka-roadrunners-hockey and then join Vet Tixhttp://www.vettix.org/ to get a great deal! Take the whole family to see some really good hockey!!!**Reminder** Picerne scholarship, grant applications available now: Applications for the 2013 Our Future Scholarship and 2013 EducationalGrant are now available at www.ourfamilyfoundation.org. The Foundation is committed to supporting military Families in the pursuit of highereducation and has awarded more than $3.5 million since 2006. Applications for the Our Future Scholarship must be submitted by February 14,2013, and will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university or college in the amount of up to $50,000 each.The foundation will select 10 children of active-duty service members at Fort Riley, Fort Meade, Md.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Rucker,Ala.; Fort Sill, Okla.; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., to receive the scholarships based on merit and need. Recipients of a scholarship willbe notified by April 8, 2013. "We are honored to help military Families reach their educational goals, and we hope these scholarships help thechildren and spouses of active duty service members to reach higher," said Maria Montalvo, executive director. Applications for 2013educational grants must be submitted by May 9, 2013. Grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 for the spouse of an active-duty servicemember at the installations listed above. Applicants may be in any stage of the educational process. Recipients of a grant will be notified by July12, 2013. Applications and all necessary paperwork for both the Our Future Scholarship and Educational Grant must be submitted by the duedate in order to be considered. Awards for both the scholarship and grant are for use beginning in the fall of 2013. Applications are availablenow at www.ourfamilyfoundation.org. Please contact info@ ourfamilyfoundation.org or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility orthe application process. Our Family for Families First was established by John G. Picerne, president and CEO of Corvias Group and PicerneMilitary Housing, to support the spouses and children of active-duty service members assigned to Picerne Military Housing installations. Familiesdo not have to reside in on-post housing in order to qualify for scholarships or grants. The Foundation also serves to further the primarymission of Picerne Military Housing – putting military Families First.**Reminder** Scholarship Programs of the Fisher House Foundation: Scholarships for military children will officially open 1 Dec. For moreinformation go to www.militaryscholar.org ; several scholarships out there, also Spouse scholarships available.The Wing Nuts Youth Aviation Program: The Flint Hill EAA Chapter 1364 has a special program that runs the second Saturday of every monthfrom 9 am - 12 pm. Students in grades 5th-12th can participate in their Wing Nuts Youth Program. The program gives students an opportunity
  7. 7. to learn about aviation through the restoration of a Piper TriPacer airplane. The program is free to enroll and is held in the EAA Hanger at theJunction City Airport in Freeman Field. Head to www.1364eaachapter.org for more information!Welcome to the Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) Weekly eNewsletter providing you with access to the latest Quality of Lifenews and information from the Department of Defense and dates for upcoming Guard and Reserve onsite sales. The link below will open up theMC&FP Weekly eNewsletter in your browser. If the link below does not work, please copy and paste the entire link into your browser window.http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/mcfp/weekly You can now receive the MC&FP Weekly content and news in an RSS feed! Learn more aboutMilitary OneSource RSS feeds, and sign up today for the Weekly RSS feed by selecting the URL below: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/rssYour MC&FP Team! Military Community and Family Policy Office of the Secretary of Defense Providing policy, tools, and resources to furtherenhance the quality of life of service members and their familiesFt Riley Tax Center is tentativley set to open on 17 January 2013- will post more information as I receive it.Check out these websites for more information or events going on: Ft Riley MWR http://rileymwr.com/main/The 1st Infantry Division website http://www.riley.army.mil/default.aspxMore Social Media sites for Fort Riley can be located here! http://www.riley.army.mil/NewsViewer.aspx?id=28732013 Here! Check out these ACS Events , events , programs and the 2013 Alternative Care options from CYS- see the flyers below.Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does notnecessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government. The views and opinions ofauthors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government,and shall not be used for advertising orproduct endorsement purposes.