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Jan 2013 spouse newsletter

  1. 1. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |1 Med Group Monthly Matters 375th Medical Group ∙ Scott AFB, IL ∙ Vol 4, Issue 1 ∙ Jan 2013 Have Info to Submit? Contact us at: Scott AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) 404 W. Martin St., Building #1650 Office Hours: Mon–Fri, 7:30am–4:30pm (618)256-8668 / DSN 576-6766 . Happy New Year fellow Scott AFB Spouses! Website Twitter We hope this will be an even better year for you than the last. Check out our current newsletter. We Facebook Blog have included some new opportunities for you to take advantage of this month. Enjoy! We look LinkedIn forward to hearing from you. Email Also, if you havent already, please visit & join our *Registration is required for ALL 375 MDS Spouse Website for extra details A&FRC workshops & events and news. Thanks! . 375 Medical Group Key Spouse Roster Do you know your Key Spouse? We’re here for YOU!  Squadron Key Spouse Phone # Email 375 DS Aileen Boone (618)726-7245 375 MDSS Stephanie Wu (502)773-5014 375 AMDS Miranda Cornett (618)795-5358 Rebecca Ehrenfried (843)991-5395 375 MDOS Connie Schroth (618)795-9854
  2. 2. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |2 What’s the difference between a KEY SPOUSE & a SPOUSE CLUB? Key Spouse Spouse Club • Trained volunteer/individual •Private, self-sustaining, non-profit organization • Extension of Squadron/Unit • Base-wide • Purpose is Family Readiness • Purpose is to develop, organize & sponsor • Not a social club educational, charitable, & social activities • Establishes a credible, informal support • Governed by a Board of Governors network at the “grass roots” level • Paid Membership • Engages in Privacy Act info (i.e. contact info) • Not part of the Department of Defense or any • Vital link for families of deployed members of its components and has no governmental • Welcomes incoming individuals & families status Town Hall Meeting – NEXT WEEK! Have you ever thought about a combined Scott ESC and OSC? We have done some research and there are 25 bases around the world with combined clubs. Come on out with your friends and neighbors to learn more about the pros and cons at a Town Hall meeting held at the Scott AFB Airmen and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC): Tues, 15 Jan, 6 pm Wed, 16 Jan, 11 amWere holding one evening and one day-time meeting, trying to accommodate everyones different schedules. We hope to see you there! You can email for more info or visit Facebook at Scott Officers’ Spouse Club (OSC) Events Website FacebookFebruary Board of Governors’ Meeting: February 6th at 9:30am-11:00am. Location TBA.Mini Clubs: Lots of weekly social opportunities. Find one that suits you! Social*: Sweetheart Dinner on February 13th. Invite to be emailed to members.March Event (open to public): Trivia Night at Katy Cavins Community Center in O’Fallon. See event flyer on next page!!*= to attend the socials, OSC membership is required, but your 1st visit is FREE! To apply for membership, visit Scott OSC Membership. We’d love to have you! Scott Enlisted Spouse Club (ESC) Events Website FacebookJanuary Lunch Bunch: Held the 1st Friday of every month. Visit t;he ESC Facebook page for location information.To Place Membership with the ESC: Visit the ESC Website membership page.
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  4. 4. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |4 JANUARY EVENTS Team Scott, Please join in the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s legacy at a luncheon Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Scott Club. Brig. Gen. Stayce Harris, Mobilization Assistant to the 18th AF/CC, will be the guest speaker. Cost is $12.90 for club members and $14.90 for non-members. Please RSVP by Jan. 10. To make your reservation, please visit: POCs: MSgt Jimmie A. Shaw 256-1436 & Rosamary Stansbury 15 229-6239 Newcomer’s Orientation: 0730-1200 at the A&FRC. Welcome to Scott briefing and information on the base and local area for new Scott personnel. Spouses are invited to attend. Home Buying/Selling Seminar: 1230-1430 at the A&FRC. The ins-and-outs of buying or selling a home. HAWC “Better Body Better Life” Program: All classes from 1200-1300 in the HAWC Classroom. Lose or maintain your weight and enjoy an overall healthy lifestyle. Call the HAWC at 256-7139 to schedule into a module. The program is designed to be flexible, fluid, and allow participants to enter the programs at any time as each module stands on its own. Offered 5 days: January 16, 23, 30 & February 20, 27. 16 Resume Writing Workshop: 0900-1200 at the A&FRC. Tools to prepare a professional resume that will get job interviews. PASS – Getting Your Child into College: 1730-1930 at the A&FRC. Applying for grants, scholarships using the GI Bill, etc. PASS is a peer-to-peer network of parents who promote effective ways for military families to transition from schools. Pre-Separation/Retirement Briefing: 0730-1200 at the A&FRC. Benefits and entitlements info for members retiring or separating. It’s recommended to attend a year before separating/retiring. Spouses are welcome. 17 EFMP Advisory Task Force Meeting: 1100-1300 at the A&FRC. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) provides assistance for families that have a member with special needs; help accessing resources regarding transition, deployment, childcare, school accommodations and more. Federal Employment Workshop: 0900-1200 at the A&FRC. Learn how to apply for federal employment in 10 easy steps. 18 Deployed Family Bowling Night: 1730-2000 19 Base Wide Yard Sale: 8am-12pm held inside Rockwell Hall. 21 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY – Holiday Newcomer’s Orientation: 0730-1200 at the A&FRC. Welcome to Scott briefing and information on the base 22 and local area for new Scott personnel. Spouses are invited to attend.
  5. 5. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |5 Scott AFB “Biggest Loser” begins today! Interested in joining “Biggest Loser 4” this year?! Last year 841 pounds were lost at Scott AFB and 40,655 wellness points were scored. The challenge runs 8 weeks. Teams are composed of 2-4 individuals, with 1 selected as Team Captain. Bring your team to our weigh-ins on January 22-23 from 0800-1600. An incentive prize will be given to all that complete the challenge. Team prizes will be 23 awarded for the top 3 teams with highest percentage of weight loss & most wellness points earned for physical activity + healthy eating! We will also identify the top 3 individuals with the highest percentage of weight loss. Call the HAWC to sign up: (618)256-7139/7007. HAWC Facebook link is Spouse Link: 0800-1400 at the A&FRC. This event will associate you with the military way of life and Scott AFB. Includes local area information, base tour, and lunch. Childcare reimbursement is available. Pre-Separation/Retirement Briefing: 0730-1200 at the A&FRC. Benefits and entitlements info for members 24 retiring or separating. It’s recommended to attend a year before separating/retiring. Spouses are welcome. Key Spouse Training: 0800-1530 at the A&FRC. Bundles for Babies: 0900-1200 at the A&FRC. Active duty/spouses expecting a baby; receive $75 “bundle gift.” Free Childcare: 5pm-9pm at OFallon First United Methodist Church: We realize that the holidays can be both fun and stressful at the same time. Who couldnt use a little time to catch their breath? First UMCs Helping the Homefront Ministries and PMO are teaming up to offer an evening of free child care to our military families 25 with a deployed parent on Friday, January 25, from 5-9PM. Care will be available for children ages 6 weeks through 5th grade. Well provide dinner, fun, and caring attention while the parents have an evening for themselves. Click here to register, or email Suzie Dubose if you would like more information. OFallon First United Methodist Church | 504 E. Hwy 50, OFallon, IL 62269 | 618-632-2354 TAP GPS: 0730-1700 from January 28 – February 1 at the A&FRC. The Transition Assistance Workshop (TAP) is 28 a 5-day workshop that covers employment, transition and benefits. Pre-Requisite: Pre-Separation/Retirement Briefing must be completed prior to attendance. Call for more details. Newcomer’s Orientation: 0730-1200 at the A&FRC. Welcome to Scott briefing and information on the base 29 and local area for new Scott personnel. Spouses are invited to attend. Pre-Separation/Retirement Briefing: 0730-1200 at the A&FRC. Benefits and entitlements info for members 31 retiring or separating. It’s recommended to attend a year before separating/retiring. Spouses are welcome.  Scott AFB January Calendars (just click on the links) 375 FSS A&FRC (Airmen & Family Readiness Center) Youth Center HAWC Aerobics Schedule Cardinal Creek Golf Course
  6. 6. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |6Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Additional Base information ~ applicable to everyone! Scott AFB Family Advocacy ClassesCalling all Dads! “Dad’s 101”Finally a class for Dads taught by Dads. Join us whether youreexpecting your first child or your fifth! Do you have questions,concerns and are feeling overwhelmed with everything that having anew baby entails? Call Mrs. Amanda Pinkham at Family Advocacyfor more information and to register for the 18 Jan class! (618)256-7203 or Management:Sometimes it seems your ever-increasing list of things to do can leaveyou feeling totally undone. Join us for a 3 week stress managementworkshop to learn strategies to cope with daily and long termstressors. Register for the 3 week workshop being held on 24, 31 Jan &7 Feb by calling Mrs. Pinkham, Family Advocacy: (618)256-7203or Management:"Get mad, then get over it." -Colin Powell. Want to learn how to movepast the anger and work towards solutions and acceptance? Attendthe four week anger management seminar and work with others to setgoals and learn techniques to manage emotions in a healthy andeffective manner. This workshop is four weeks long and will be held on5, 12, 19 & 26 Feb from 1400-1600. Registration is required. For moreinformation and to register contact Mrs. Pinkham, Family AdvocacyPOC: (618)256-7203, email: L.I.N.K.SFalling in love is easy... staying in love is an art. This can be accomplished when a couple realizes that a relationship will not runitself; you must run your relationship. The 6-part Marriage LINKS workshop can help you accomplish that. Participants willstrengthen their methods for communicating, resolving conflicts, forgiving and rebuilding trust, identifying and satisfying personalneeds, constructing a marriage story, and growing sexually with their partners. This is a 6 week workshop starting Thursday14 Feb – 14 Mar from 1030-1200. For more information and to register contact Ms. Pinkham, Family AdvocacyPOC: (618)256-7203, email: AFB Thrift ShopThe Scott AFB Thrift Shop is a great way to turn a profit on gently-used clothing and household goods or a great place to shop for newitems at super low prices! Consigning is limited to active duty, reservists, retirees and their dependents, and Civil Service members ofScott. Anyone may shop at the Thrift Shop. The Thrift Shop accepts cash or checks only; NO debit or credit cards. Open for business:Tues-Fri, and 1st Saturday from 10-2. Consignments accepted: Tues, Thurs, Fri, and 1 st Saturday from 10-12 (military in uniform until12:30). The Thrift Shop is always in need of volunteers and donations of brown paper (grocery) bags.  Address: Bldg #700 on Perimeter Road (Just past the Vet Clinic & across from the Resale Lot ), Scott AFB, IL  Phone: (618)744-9441 | Email: | Find out more at Scott AFB Thrift Shop
  7. 7. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |7Pre-Separation Counseling – Every Thursday: The Airman and Family Readiness Center will host the Pre-separation Counselingevery Thursday. It is a mandatory benefits and entitlements briefing for all active duty service members who anticipate separatingin 1-yr or retiring in 2 years. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.American Forces Press ServiceThe legislation that President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 that postponed the fiscal cliff means changes to military and civilianpaychecks. Full story: Programs Offered by the A&FRC:  Survivor Benefits Program: One-on-one brief for retiring AF members with SBP Counselor to discuss their options. Call (618)256-6508.  Casualty Assistance: Prompt/dignified notification & compassionate support to family members & beneficiaries. Call (618)256-6508.NAF Resale Open – Jan. 16, 23, 31Check out what we have for sale at NAF Resale, located at Outdoor Recreation’s RV Storage Lot - Bldg 3286 (old Recycling Ctr),on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. NAF Resale is set to be open Jan. 16, 23 & 31. Items can change weekly, and we neverknow what we are going to receive for resale. Check us out online too at Note: NAF Resale will be closed thelast week of December for the holidays. For more details, call Outdoor Recreation at 256-2067/1527.St. Louis RV Vacation and Travel Show – FREE ticketsThe St. Louis RV Vacation and Travel Show is coming to the America’s Center in St. Louis, Jan. 10-13. Stop by the HighAdventure ITT/ODR office to get FREE tickets to this event! Tickets are given on a first come, first served basis. This year’s eventis planning a special attraction with appeal to those who love to travel and explore the outdoors, plus the kids can see Yogi Bearand Boo Boo. For more details, call ODR High Adventures at 256-1527/2067.High Adventure - Hidden Valley Ski Trips, Jan. 12 & 19Outdoor Recreation High Adventures will host day trips to Hidden Valley Ski Resort, near Eureka Mo., on Jan. 12 and 19. This is agreat trip for beginner skiers or for a more experienced skier to brush up on their skills while exploring the Missouri Ozarkfoothills. Snowboarding is also a favorite at Hidden Valley. Transportation is $12 and departs at 8:30 a.m., returningapproximately at 6 p.m. Fees for snow passes, lifts, lessons, equipment etc. are payable to Hidden Valley and great militarydiscounts are available. Lift packages and rentals are available for purchase at Hidden Valley. Note: Discount ski price for ActiveDuty Military only ($5 lift pass and $5 rentals). Discount does not apply to polar plunge. Deadline to register for Jan. 12 trip isJan. 10, and deadline for the Jan. 19 trip is Jan. 17. For more details, call ODR High Adventures at 256-1527/2067.High Adventure Series - Learn to Rock Climb, Jan. 12Take a walk on the vertical side and Learn to Rock Climb with Outdoor Recreation’s new Outdoor Adventure Program and UpperLimits Rock Gym “Rock 101” Class on Jan. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn rope skills, climbing techniques and become belaycertified in preparation for the spring climbing season. Adventure is open to ages 15 and above, anyone under 18 must beaccompanied by an adult. Cost is $40/person (fee doesn’t include a $3 climbing shoe rental). Reservations are required by Jan.9. For more details, visit, Scott AFB Outdoor Recreation or call 256-2067.Bald Eagle Festival, Jan. 13Join Outdoor Recreation for the Bald Eagle Festival on Jan. 13 in Alton, IL. The journey begins with a visit to the New AudubonNature Center, which features indoor viewing windows, a chance to watch the eagles and birds from the warmth of the indoors,as well as spotting scopes, duck exhibits and nature art displays. The morning ends with a meet and greet with a live baldeagle. If possible, a quick visit to the Alton Visitor Center will take place, then lunch at the Finn Inn Restaurant (own cost). Afterlunch, head to the Pere Marquette Bald Eagle Festival featuring unique vendor booths, live music, and entertainment by theWorld Bird Sanctuary – showcasing their bald eagle and other raptor species, and Masters of the Sky show. Also take a pictureinside a life-sized eagle’s nest. Cost is $15 adults, and $7 ages 12 & under. Buses depart at 7:30 a.m., returning around 5p.m. Registration is required by Jan. 10 online at For more details, call ODR High Adventures at 256-1527/2067 or visit on Facebook: Scott AFB Outdoor Recreation
  8. 8. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |8Winter Lecture Series, Jan. 16Join Outdoor Recreation for the first of their Winter Lecture Series on Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. This monthly program featuresOutdoor Recreation oriented speakers and discussions. On Jan. 16, come listen to naturalist Lane Richter from the AudubonCenter at Riverlands. Mr. Richter will discuss bald eagles, trumpeter swans and other migratory birds that utilize the MississippiRiver for navigation and nesting, as well as how to attract winter birds to your backyard. Lecture is open to ages 10 and up,anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free, and reservations are suggested. For more details,visit, Scott AFB Outdoor Recreation or call 256-2067.NEW Menu Coming in January!Beginning in January, the Cardinal Creek Golf Course Cafe will be rolling out new and improved menu items. From 6:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, the Cafe will make it the way you want it. New items being added include Quesadillas,Burritos and Chimichangas, just to name a few. The famous signature Cardinal Creek Burger and Texas Burger will remain on themenu. Keep watching for the release of the new menu. Look forward to serving you in 2013.Free Income Tax CourseAs in previous years, H&R Block is offering a free income tax course for military spouses and wounded warriors. This coursenormally costs $250 to $300 depending on location, but H&R Block will pay for those who are eligible. Any military spouse of anactive, retired or reserve military service member and wounded warriors. Active-duty service members are not eligible for thisprogram, but can choose to enroll in these classes if they wish to pay for them. The course is approximately 10 weeks long, only10 hours of lessons per week. The intention is to train spouses on tax codes and regulations, then place graduates in H&R Blockpositions for the tax season. When students call the H&R Block toll-free number to register, they must identify themselves as a"military spouse or wounded warrior." Registration is also available online and at participating H&R Block offices, or call 800-472-5625. Enrollment for tax season 2013 is already under way for the summer courses. For more information, contact Albert Nieblaat MilitaryFieldSupport@HRBlock.comEmployment & Education Fair – 12 JanMeet with a variety of colleges/universities and employers at the 932 AW Auditorium, building 3650 (across from Scott Lake). Thefair is open to anyone with an ID card. Employers include: Account Temps; Air Products and Chemicals, Inc; Bureau of Prisons;Dodge Moving and Storage; ECOLAB; Edward Jones; First Command Finance; Metro St Louis; Monsanto; SAMS; U.S. Cellular; andmore. Call 229-7070 for additional information. 1000 – 1400Rip-stop ABUThe new Rip-stop Airman Battle Uniform (RABU), featuring a lighter nylon-cotton blend was introduced to the Air Force in June2012. This uniform is designed exactly like the ABU, however, the new material is similar to the old summer-weight battle dressuniform. The change to the new material made the RABU light and cooler, but its also treated with a wrinkle-resistantfinish. Initially, the uniforms in-store priority was given to state-side bases with hotter climates; however it is now available world-wide as well as through AAFES on-line sales at Refresh is a hit!This program was introduced in October 2011 to modernize and add new/trendy recipe items to the standard core food servicemenus currently used in Air Force Dining Facilities. Since implementation, the program continues to receive positive feedbackfrom the field. Both the Airmen who eat in our dining facilities and the food service professionals who work in them are enjoyingnew or revamped recipes. To date, we have implemented 23 new recipes, along with two training videos and step-by-stepguides to assist our food service professionals in the preparation of the new menu items. Additionally, we have partnered withindustry executive chefs to continue to develop fresh recipe trends and provide culinary skills training to our installations. Wereexcited about the possibilities of this initiative and will continue to make Operation Refresh a relevant and progressive programfor future Air Force Food Service operations! Please send ideas or feedback to MSgt Adrienne Mimms MattersThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureaus Office of Service member Affairs is now on Facebook and Twitter allowing servicemembers, military families and veterans direct access to consumer financial issues that matter most tothem.
  9. 9. Med Group Monthly Matters Page |9Air Force Services is conducting a 24/7 Fitness Initiative Test at the following bases: FE Warren, Scott, Fairchild, JB Andrews, andFairchild. The test is based on increased Airmen workloads, limited resource availability for increased Fitness Center hours ofoperation and continued focus on Airmen fitness and resiliency. This initiative will be conducted in secured facilities; accesscontrol and monitoring equipment is currently being installed and should be operational at all test locations by early January2013. Test bases have conducted Operational Risk Management studies and completed local usage policies. The test periodbegins 1 Jan 2013; metrics will focus on user counts, utility costs, equipment/facility damage and injuries/incidents.Escort whose story inspired the movie "Taking Chance" visits mortuary, speaks at USO Gala: 11/21/2012 – DOVER AFB, Del.Its been years since retired 121117-F-XB327-017Marine Lt. Col. Michael Strobl escorted the remains of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelpsfrom Dover Air Force Base to his final resting place in Wyoming. But, as he addressed a crowd gathered for the Delaware USOGala at Dover Downs, Del., Nov. 17, his voice resonated into the past as if it were only yesterday. For more click MeetingThe Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) meeting took place from 13 - 15 Nov 12 at the Hyatt Mark Center in DC.During the three days, new partners attended orientation training and thirty (30) new companies joined the partnership. Thesigning ceremony, held at Navy Yard, brought the new total for MSEP partners to 129 companies. New and enduring partnersparticipated in training and working groups, such as Strategic Communication and On-Boarding for New Partners. The 15 Novout-brief was provided to Mr. Charles E. Milam, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and FamilyPolicy. AF Airman and Family Services representative, Ms. Jamie-Lynn Smith and other Service reps, provided recommendations/suggestions from the partners to OSD. Since Jun 2011, MSEP has posted over 817K positions (currently 210K posted) and over32K spouses have been hired through the partnership.Wounded Warrior Gets Help With New Battle BuddyStaff Sgt. Andrew Goligowski, an Air Force wounded warrior, has a new buddy that is helping him cope with his physical andmental pain. Goligowski struggles with post-traumatic stress and the pain caused by sarcoidosis, a disease with no cure thatcauses inflammation in the lymph nodes, organs, joints, and other tissues. He was grumpy and moody, and thinking he was nevergoing to be able to do his Air Force job again; the negative thoughts wouldnt go away. Then he met Mali, a 3-year-old BelgianMalinois working dog, through the Train A Dog - Save A Warrior program. She is now the reason for Goligowski to get out ofbed in the morning, and the walls dont close in when hes with her. Theres a special bond between the sergeant and his newbattle buddy. Goligowski needed help, and Mali needed a job -- in the end, they both got what they needed. For the completestory and photos, visit A Digital Collection of Popular Magazines Is Now Available In Air Force LibrariesZinio provides a quick and easy way for customers to read digital copies of their favorite magazines through an online platform.By simply using the code provided to them by their Air Force library, customers are able to read, interact with, and explore alarge selection of magazines. Zinios wide range of magazines includes areas such as sports, entertainment, travel, business, andmore. And with iPadR, iPhoneR, and AndroidR compatibility, Zinio makes it easy to view digital magazines on the go, or on yourPC or Mac. Zinio takes the reading experience even further with intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive richmedia elements such as audio, video, and live links. Visit your Air Force library for help getting set up with this new program. Or,visit the Air Force Portal, library tab (click on the word "Library" on top blue bar), and read more about how to access Zinio. Conditioning "Fit for Duty" VideosIn Aug 2012, the Air Force Personnel Centers Directorate of Services Fitness Section partnered with The Pentagon Channel (TPC)to icon_podcast-Fit_for_Dutyshoot 26 extreme conditioning videos. TPC will add the videos to their existing collection of over100 introductory and intermediate "Fit for Duty" videos. These videos will be available on-line, via podcast and for their televisionprogramming in Jan 13. Existing "Fit for Duty" videos are available at, ServicesThe Sittercity website is assisting military families in finding caregivers in their area at no cost. This is a great way for members andtheir families who are affected by Hurricane Sandy to find child care or pet care.
  10. 10. Med Group Monthly Matters P a g e | 10DMV at the Scott ClubNeed to renew your license plate stickers, but can’t make it to the DMV? Catch the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles mobileunit at the Scott Club every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This DMV mobile unit offers basic vehicleservices. The next date the mobile unit is scheduled to appear is Jan. 16. Stop by or call the Scott Club for more details,744-1333.Base-Wide Yard SaleSign up to sell items at the next Base Wide Yard Sale on Jan. 19, 8 a.m. to noon, held inside Rockwell Hall. The cost is $15 whichincludes one table, two chairs, set-up/break-down of display area… all profits yours. Deadline for sign-ups is at noon Jan. 18.Reservations can be made online at, over the phone, or in person. Full refunds are given with a 48-hourcancellation notification or if the staff cancels the sale. For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation at 256-2067/1527.Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) Seasonal DiscountsThe Air Force Central Ticket Program has discount military tickets available to several holiday attractions. Installation ITT officesare promoting special seasonal discounts at Six Flags Over Texas, Fiesta Texas, and Discovery Kingdom Holiday in the Park from23 Nov 12-6 Jan 13. Other military discount prices are available for Sea Worlds Christmas Celebration 16 Nov 12 - 6 Jan13. Universal Orlando offers "Home for the Holidays" 1 Dec 12 - 1 Jan 13. Disneyworld (The Magic Kingdom) offers "MickeysMerry Christmas" on select nights from 9 Nov - 21 Dec 12. Holiday decorations will remain up through early January. There willbe special pricing on selected nights and available at the gate (pricing to be announced).  Scholarships1) The National Military Family Association is now accepting applications for its annual Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program. The Association recognizes the unique challenges todays military spouses face pursuing additional training 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 healthcare fields)  Mental Health Career Fields  Spouses of Fallen Service Members  Spouses of Wounded Service Members  Vocational or Technical Certification Applications will only be accepted online and must be submitted 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!   The Air Force Aid Societys Gen. H.H. Arnold Education Grant. Online applications for the 2013-2014 academic year are available from the Societys website, This scholarship application is due by March 8 and then AFAS will send out a financial package that will need to be completed and it is due 15 April. NOTE: please make sure the application is completed in its entirety by the due date and requested documents are attached. Active duty spouses and children are eligible along with children of retirees. Please visit their website for additional information.3) MyCAA is also a great website for the junior spouses, E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2. Visit
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