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Weekly update 7.27.2012

  1. 1. Weekly Update July 27, 2012 Follow us on FACEBOOK: Click the link 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery COMMUNITY EVENTS1. FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER (FRC): The yearly reservation calendar opens for recurring Family Readiness Group (FRGs) meetings on 6 Aug 12. The calendar will be open for the dates 1 Oct 12 – 30 Sep 13. The doors open at 0700 and numbers will be given out. Reservations begin at 0900. One person per unit. For the evenings, the reservations will consist of TWO groups a night, one group in the kitchen/dining area and one in the conference room. Please have a couple of days in mind in case your first choice is not available. No reservations will be made over the phone. If the FRG will not be meeting monthly, please contact the FRC after 6 Aug 12 for availability. The calendar will open for all other events and meetings beginning at 0800 on 7 Aug 12 please call (IMLM- MWA/967-9496).2. McChord Flea Market Saturday, Aug 4, 2012, Flea Market at McChord Field on August 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot across the BX/Firestone on Barnes Blvd. Bring your own table and chairs. Set-up between 8 - 9 a.m. Only home items for sale. Call 253- 982-0718 for additional information.3. U.S. ARMY SOLDIER SHOW August 10. The 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show is for Soldiers, about Soldiers and produced by Soldiers. The 90-minute, Broadway-style show features songs and dance from a variety of musical genres including country, gospel, pop, rap, hip hop, swing and more. The show finds the most talented people in the Army and we borrow them from their units, assemble them and then create a show around their talents. For more information visit the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show webpage located at: ARMED FORCES ACTION PLAN (AFAP) ISSUE SUBMISSIONS: AFAP is a grass- roots program designed to seek solutions to the concerns of the military community. Submit your issues or recommendations for improvement – about entitlements, benefits,, housing, medical and more – to the JBLM AFAP Conference scheduled in October. The deadline to submit issues/recommendations for improvement is Sept. 1. For information about how to submit your issues, please visit or contact the AFAP office at (253)967-9496.
  2. 2. 5. Recycle more, smaller items To achieve JBLM’s goal of net zero waste by 2020, installation recycling centers will expand the variety of commodities accepted. For details, check the website at http://www.lewis- Due to limited space available in our current recycling center and new focus on expanded recycling opportunities, as of Sunday we began to no longer accept excess or oversized garbage from on base residents at the JBLM Lewis Main Recycle Center. On-base residents however, can request curbside bulk pick-up of oversized or excess garbage by emailing or contacting their Equity Residential housing representative. 6. JBLM invited to initial Tacoma run JBLM Airmen and Soldiers are invited to Tacoma’s first running of the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Run honoring the sacrifice of first responders and service members who sacrificed their lives on 9/11. The Sept. 15 run in Tacoma will start and finish at the site of the retired fireboat along Ruston Way on the Tacoma waterfront. Go to or for more information. Event coordinator is Jason Spencer, a Tacoma Firefighter, at 820-6772. 7. Army Ten-Miler information The 28th Annual Army Ten-Miler, produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, will be held at 8 a.m., Oct. 21, at the Pentagon. It’s the largest 10-mile race in the world and the only race to start and finish at the Pentagon. For more information on the event, visit JBLM ‘Ten-Miler’ tryouts scheduled Army active-duty personnel timed trials for the JBLM Army Ten-Miler Team will be held July 28. at Cowan Stadium at JBLM Lewis Main. Selectees will attend the Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C. Final team selections need command approval to participate in team training and workouts during normal PT times July through September. For registration information, call the intramural office at 967-4768. 8. WEAR BLUE: RUN TO REMEMBER RUNNING CLUB- Each Saturday, "Wear Blue: Run to Remember" meets at Powderworks Park in DuPont, WA, at 9 a.m., to serve as a living memorial to fallen Service Members. Names of Fallen Warriors from JBLM are read out loud before each run. You can run/walk a 5K or 10K course each Saturday, and support Spouses of Fallen Warriors. For more information please visit their website at GREAT OPPORTUNITIES1. Play Military Trivia and Win an iPod- Test your knowledge with the Trivia Challenge. Think you know military history and trivia? Heres how you win: For each question you answer correctly youll receive one point, and for each point youll earn an electronic raffle ticket. At the end of the month well have a random drawing of all the tickets and pull out one to determine the winner. Play as little or as much as youd like during the month, but the more questions you answer correctly, the greater your chances of winning JBLM DUTY SHUTTLE: JBLM is making it easier than ever to explore alternate commuting options! The JBLM Duty Shuttle pilot program offers duty-day shuttle service for service
  3. 3. members & employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Shuttle runs Mon-Fri (excluding holidays), every hour from 07:00-18:00. Service provided by JBLMs Directorates of Logistics and Public Works. For updates and more information: Full schedule: (IMLM- LGT/982-2684).3. Kayak Hope Island Saturday, Jul 28, 2012, Take a nice paddle to Hope Island and walk around the beaches and explore tide pools Saturday, July 28. You’ll have the opportunity to see bald eagles, harbor seals and starfish. Difficulty: beginner; paddle distance: approximately six miles; time: 4.5 hours. Minimum age: 15 ($40) Pre-registrationn is required for all trips. Schedule, fees and trip details, to include meeting times, are subject to change without notice. Register through WebTrac at or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Trip pick up locations are the NAC and McChord Field’s Adventures Unlimited. Group rates/private trips available. For more information, call 253-967-6263 or visit Struttin Your Stuff Talent Show Auditions Saturday, Jul 28, 2012, Nelson Recreation Center (map), Part of the 2012 U.S. Army Festival of Arts, the Struttin Your Stuff Talent Show Auditions will be Saturday, July 28 at Nelson Recreation Center. Audition Times: Kids 6-12: 10 a.m. Teens 13-17: 1 p.m. Adults 18 & up: 3 p.m. Be prepared, bring what you need to do your act. Acts can be no longer than 4 minutes. For more information call 253-967-2539. The Talent Show will be August 16, 7 p.m. at Nelson Rec Center.5. Time to get Down and Dirty again Wear your superhero costume and get downright dirty at the annual Down and Dirty 5K Mud Runs at JBLM. Full of lots of muddy obstacles, the first 5K race is June 30 at Soldiers Field House at JBLM Lewis Main. The second run is Aug. 4 with a cartoon character theme. Find the registration form, course map and last year’s results at under Race Calendar. Army Ten-Miler information. The 28th Annual Army Ten-Miler, produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, will be held at 8 a.m., Oct. 21, at the Pentagon. It’s the largest 10-mile race in the world and the only race to start and finish at the Pentagon. For more information on the event, visit THE RACE FOR A SOLDIER - GIG HARBOR HALF MARATHON, 2 MILES, AND KIDS FUN RUN, September 23, Fight to stop the Soldier suicide epidemic. The Race For A Soldier - Gig Harbor Half Marathon is our anchor of hope, our way to show support and raise awareness and a chance to raise valuable funds that will ensure more soldiers get the help they need before its too late. When you support this race - whether you run, walk, volunteer, donate, watch or all of the above - you are making a difference in the lives our brave soldiers and their families. You are showing your support and your belief, making this a brighter future for all soldiers, their families and our community. No longer can we wait to act. The race is on and we can win it together! www.RaceForASoldier.org7. Sharpen your edge at sporting clays event Hone your marksmanship at the JBLM 100 Target sporting clays event at the skeet and rifle range, JBLM-Lewis Main Aug. 4. The cost is $35 per person for 100 targets; lunch costs extra. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; shooting starts at 10:30 a.m. The JBLM Chapter of “Ducks Unlimited” also meets in conjunction with the August sporting clays with prizes, raffles and giveaways. For more information, call 967-7056.
  4. 4. 8. MILITARY SPOUSES ACTIVITIES, Lakewood Family YMCA. Refuel emotionally, physically, and spiritually while getting connected to other military Spouses through fun activities and self-reflection. Every first and third Tuesday of the month (August 7 & 21) 9 am - 12 p.m. Free for members and non-members. Fee-based child care is available upon registration. Register by contacting Kelli McMorris: or 580-704-9501. Located at the Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, 984999. VOW TO HIRE HEROES ACT offers unemployed military veterans, ages 35-60, an additional 12 months of full-time Montgomery GI Bill benefits to use toward education and training for in demand career fields. This program is available to unemployed veterans age 35- 60, regardless of whether or not they still have remaining MGIB benefits. Click the link below to learn more, or be sure to send this to other veterans who may benefit from this program! 81w10. MILITARY FAMILIES TO GET FREE NATIONAL PARKS PASS. Active-duty military personnel and their dependents will be able to enter every national park for free as part of an effort to thank service members and their Families for the sacrifices they make. An annual pass will be made available to members of the military free of charge at all National parks ($80 value). Military personnel can get the passes at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee by showing their military ID. Each family member will also be able to obtain their own pass even if the service member is deployed . The free pass will be made available for activated members of the National Guard and Reserves, but not for military veterans or retirees.11. FREE ADMISSION TO OVER 1,600 MUSEUMS, NOW TILL LABOR DAY, FOR MILITARY FAMILIES Blue Star Museums says thank you to the troops for the contributions and sacrifices you make for our country. For a list of museums, please check out the Blue Star Museums website. KIDS 1. Summer reading for all ages All ages are invited to sign up for the JBLM Libraries’ summer reading program. Activities are planned for children and their parents, plus preteens, teens and adults throughout the summer. Register now at the McChord Library or at Grandstaff Library. For more information, call the McChord Library at 982-3454 or Grandstaff Library at 967-5889. 2. Youth Resiliency Academy Saturday, Jul 28, 2012, Join us July 28, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at ACS Waller Hall and learn about teen communication, how to be a friend (suicide prevention), dating and abuse, youth transitioning to a new norm, bullying and peer pressure and employment & finances. Call 253-967-9287 for more information or to register.3. Sesame Street/USO Show Monday, Jul 30, 2012, Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Children at the Evergreen Theater on JBLM-Lewis Main on July 30 and 31. Showtimes: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. doors open 30 min. before show. For more information call 253-967-5776.
  5. 5. 4. Volleyball Camp Jul 31 – Aug 2, 2012, Volleyball Camp is July 31 - August 2, 1:30 - 3 p.m. for ages 9 - 18 yrs. Cost: $25. Registration runs May 2 through June 30. For more information call 253-966-CYSS.5. Transitioning Families invited to ‘Moving On Up’ Open Houses CYSS-registered and newly arriving Families at JBLM are invited to attend “Moving On Up” Open Houses from 3-6 p.m. to help their children transition to Child Development Centers, School Age, Middle School or Teen programs. Representatives from various JBLM youth programs will be on hand to answer questions. North Fort School Age Center’s open house is Aug. 8; Cascade School Age Center’s open house is Aug. 9, and McChord School Age Center’s open house is Aug. 10. For more information, call Parent Central at 966-2977.6. WildCraft Walk @ McChord Library Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012, What is wildcraft? Wildcraft is harvesting plants from their natural environment for food or medicinal uses. Join us at the McChord Library July 31t at 10 a.m.for a wildcraft class and walk. Bring your own bag. Online registration begins June 19. For additional details call 253-982-3454.7. Rugby Camp Aug 2 – 3, 2012, Rugby Camp runs August 2 through 3 for ages 7 - 14 yrs. For more information call 253-966-CYSS or visit Skate Competition (Board, Blade, Scooter, BMX) Saturday, Aug 4, 2012, Skate competition is for ages 6 - 18 yrs. Free. Call 253-966-CYSS for information or to register.9. ScreamFree Parenting: Wednesday August 15, 2012 9:00am to 10”30am McChord Club, 700 Barnes Blvd. JBLM-McChord Field. Moving beyond many of the child-centered, technique- based approaches, the ScreamFree way compels you to focus on yourself, grow yourself up, and calm yourself down. By staying both calm and connected with your kids, you begin to operate less out of your deepest fears and more out of your highest principles, revolutionizing your relationships in the process. Please pre-register by calling 253-967-5901. Onsite Childcare is available but you MUST pre-register. Free ScreamFree books and DVDs for the first 125 families to register.10. MILITARY TEENS FREE TRIPS Washington State University, Chelan County Extension and the staff at both Mission and Stevens are offering multiple opportunities this winter and spring for your teen to enjoy free trips ($25 processing fee) and spend the day/weekend with other military youth. River raft trip: spend the day on the river, camp and cook out on the shore at night. You can contact Kevin C. Powers, for further information and to register at, WSU Chelan County Extension, 400 Washington Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801, 509-667-6540 or find us on the web at: douglas/youth/youth/mtac/Pages/index.aspx . For more information: WA.OMK@ad.wsu.edus.11. CYS HIRED! Apprenticeship Program for Teens Teens can bolster college applications with the Hired! Apprentice Program. Teens ages 15-18 earn valuable work experience, and earn $500 at the end of the program, by reporting to work at MWR operations. For more information call 253-967-4694.
  6. 6. 12. NEW PARENT SUPPORT PROGRAM (NPSP) PARENTING CLASSES The New Parent Support Program on JBLM offers a variety of free parenting classes to all military families. Free child care is provided for each of the sessions by signing up for the class at 253.967.5901.  Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers: Learn to: 1) Set reasonable expectations based on your child’s age, development, and abilities and 2) Proactively teach your children the behaviors you want them to do. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Older infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Class Length: 7 Wednesdays (2 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/time/location.  The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad: Developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative, learn: 1) the value of a father’s involvement in his child’s life, 2) look at your role as a father, 3) how to connect with each child, and 4) how to develop goals for the future with your child. This class is great when you have. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for all ages of children. Class Length: 7 days over 4 weeks (2 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/time/location  Dr. Dad: Developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative. You will learn to care for your child when they are well, sick or injured and how to keep them safe. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for newborn and toddler age children. Class Length: 2 days; call 253.967.5901 for next start date/time/location.  1-2-3 Magic: You will learn a ‘time out’ type of discipline and how to use variations of it in many different situations. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for 2-12 year olds. Class Length: Two sessions; the first is 3 hours and the second is 2 hours; call 253.967.5901 for next start date/times/location  Infant Massage: You will learn how to massage your infant. Bring your baby and learn how to calm, relax and get to know your baby well. You will also learn how to help with digestions and colic. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for pregnant moms/dads and infants up to 6 months. Class Length: Three sessions held once a week (1.5 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/times/location.  Stress Free Parenting: Based on the book, The Mindfulness Solution, by Dan Siegel, we explore how mindfulness can help us as parents to think before we respond and deal with our own emotions before interacting with our children. Emotion Coaching will be introduced to assist in helping our children learn to deal with their challenging emotions. Age of Child(ren) in Home: Appropriate for all ages of children. Class Length: Six sessions held once a week (1.5 hrs per session); call 253.967.5901 for next start date/ times/ location.  Becoming Parents Program Workshops: This workshop assists couples in improving on their communication skills, caring for their couple relationship and remembering to incorporate self-care into their lives as parents, particularly when adding a baby to the family. At the end of each session, there is also a section on Infant Care and Development for those who are pregnant or with infants in the home and for those who are interested in the information. Age of Child(ren) in Home: For pregnant families and children of all ages. Class Length: Six to ten sessions (2.5 hrs each) held once a week; call 253.967.5901 for next start date/ times/ location  Play Morning: Professionally facilitated play at Raindrops and Rainbows. Information provided on normal growth and development, milestones and safety. Age of Children: All ages. Class Length: Every Friday at Raindrops and Rainbows from 1000 to 1130; no registration required.
  7. 7.  Baby Play Group: Professionally facilitated play at The Escape Zone. Information provided on normal growth and development, milestones and play. Ages of children: Birth to 1 year. Class Length: Every Thursday at the Escape Zone from 1300 to 1430; no registration required. EMPLOYMENT and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES1. ACAP: Is sponsoring a Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) lecture regarding transition at McChord Field. This "Marketing Yourself for a Second Career" lecture is intended for senior officers and NCOs about to transition but may also be beneficial to all who mentor soldiers. Spouses are encouraged to attend. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 29, 8:30am - 11:00am at 551 Barnes Blvd, McChord Field. Please contact Ms. Sabrina Rasmussen to reserve your seat 253-982-2948).2. The Fisher House is supported by wonderful people who volunteer their time and talents! If you are interested in volunteering for the Fisher House please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 253-964-9283 ext 10 or Current volunteer opportunities can be found and applied for through the VMIS website. Click here for current open positions.3. Hiring fair for military spouses The Military Spouse Business Alliance is sponsoring a hiring fair and career forum exclusively for spouses of the active duty, guard, reserves, and retired veteran population. All are welcome at the Club at JBLM McChord Field July 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The career forum and hiring fair features employers looking for military spouses to hire, presentations and workshops to help spouses plan a career in a highly mobile environment and resume help with computers and printers available to edit and print resumes on site. Employers and job seekers must pre-register for this free event by going to Registration for employers closes on July 14. For assistance registering, contact Earn money at home as a Family Child Care provider Looking for a fun, rewarding job? Become a Family Child Care provider and make a difference in the lives of military children and their families. FCC providers can earn up to $2,000 a month, qualify for subsidies and receive free child care while training and free business resources. The next orientation will be July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FCC office in Building 2013B. Full-day training classes meet weekdays July 30 through Aug. 6. FCC provides free child care during the classes. For information, call the FCC office at 967-3039.5. Learn about FCC at the Aug. 21 orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the FCC office in building 2013B. Full-day training classes meet weekdays following the orientation. FCC will provide free child care during the training classes. For more information, call the FCC office at 967-3039.6. CERTIFICATION HELP FOR MILITARY SPOUSES through Heroes at Home 2! Need to update certification? Under employed? Heroes at Home can help with the cost. For more information, call (253) 966-7366 or stop by and visit them at Stone Education Center.
  8. 8. TRAINING and EDUCATION 1. 2013 Military Scholarship Application- Each year the Council of College and Military Educators offers fifteen $1000 scholarships for Servicemembers, Military Spouses, and Veterans who are working towards the completion of higher education degrees. The 2013-14 CCME Scholarship Applications must be submitted online at This years online application must be completed by the 1 October 2012 scholarship application deadline. Read the Military Advantage Blog for more details located at: MYCAA [MY CAREER ADVANCEMENT ACCOUNTS PROGRAM] (See eligibility criteria and guidelines on front page) Offers up to $4,000 of Financial Assistance for Education, Training, Licenses and Credentials to spouses of service members in pay grades of E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2 serving on Active Duty. Call (800) 342-9647 for Spouse Education, Career, and Employment Counseling Services. Most of the money set aside last year went unclaimed! Ask for additional sources of financial assistance available for all military spouses regardless of pay grade and career status.3. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN CARING FOR WARRIORS WITH PTSD meets first Tuesday of each month from 5-6:30pm. Looking for resources to help better cope and understand PTSD. Need support from others who care and understand what you’re going through. Please call 253.966.8657 or email JBLMIMCOMDFMWRSFAC@conus <> <> for meeting location.4. 6 Principles for a ScreamFree Marriage: Life changing Marriage class. Wednesday, August 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. McChord Club, 700 Barnes Blvd. JBLM-McChord Field. Combining timeless principles, the foremost clinical research, and a LOL-speaking style, renowned relationship expert Hal Runkel presents a vision for intimate relationships unlike most everything you’ve ever heard. ScreamFree Marriage is not about “fighting fair” or “meeting one another’s needs” or “becoming more compatible.” None of these can truly grow you as a person or improve your marriage. A ScreamFree Marriage begins with calming your own anxiety and focusing on individual self-respect, championing your own personal growth as the key to intimacy. ScreamFree Marriage actually celebrates the differences between you and your spouse as the foundation for a great marriage, a message that really hits home with many military families. Free Dinner and Childcare offered. Please pre-register by calling 253-967- 59015. Parenting & Divorce Seminar Friday, Aug 3, 2012, ACSs Family Advocacy Program holds a seminar entitlded "Impact on Children: Crossroads of Parenting & Divorce" on August 3 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, Bldg. 4274 on JBLM-Lewis Main. For details call 253-967-5901.6. TSP & Retirement Planning Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012, This class will be held in the ACS Classroom at Waller Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. For additional information call 253-967-1453.
  9. 9. 7. TUESDAY TOPICS RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP SERIES Presented by the Child and Family Assistance Center (CAFAC) Every Tuesday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm – CAFAC Conference Room, bldg 9923B, room 108, Madigan Annex, Ramp 3, across the hall from 9923A. Watch for signs! No need to register; just show up. Casual atmosphere. CAFAC: 253-968-4843. Workshop Topics: Join Tuesday Topics for topics of interest in an educational setting packed with helpful information for couples. Perhaps you would like to make improvements in your relationship without the commitment to counseling; this may help.  What does my family have to do with us? A look at family history and gender roles. Does your past effect your present? How our childhood families affect beliefs, values, expectations and the partners we pick. Understanding the role of attachment in childhood and adulthood. Building your family genogram to map your relationship patterns. July 31, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm For information contact Patsy Randahl, LMFT 253-968-4518 or Kathy Howell, LMFT 253- 968-4550. 253- 968-4550. EFMP EVENTS and RESOURCES1. Madigan EFMP Office Move! The Madigan EFMP has moved to the 1st Floor of the Nursing Tower (previously where Child Guidance was located). They occupy rooms 1-28-11, 1-28-14 and 1-28-16. Madigan EFMP phone numbers will remain the same: 253-968-1370 (EFMP enrollments, disenrollment’s, updates) or 253-968-0254 (overseas screening).2. EFMP Enrollments/Updates: EFMP enrollment (Air Force and Army) must be updated every 3 years, or as the condition changes (whichever comes first). DD Forms 2792 (medical) or 2792-1 (educational) are needed to enroll, update or disenroll an Exceptional Family Member. For more info about Army EFMP enrollment dates, forms or process, contact Madigan EFMP: 253-968-0254 or 253-968-1370; for more information about Air Force EFMP enrollment and screening, contact the 62nd Medical Clinic at 253-968-3350. Enrollment forms also available on the ACS EFMP website: EFMP Systems Navigator at the Airman & Family Readiness Center (AFRC): Did you know an EFMP Systems Navigator is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm? You can contact Jaclyn Gilley at (253) 982-8860 or stop-in for a visit. The Airman Resiliency Center is located on McChord Field: Bldg. 553, off Barnes Blvd just behind the A &FRC.
  10. 10. 4. 2012 EFMP CAMP “Pirates of American Lake” JBLM: August 17-19: Registration Deadline is July 31st. Registration packets can be requested by email at or picked up at ACS EFMP. Families interested in Cabin Overnight Stay will be placed in a drawing to be held August 1st. A waiting list will also be created at this time to ensure full occupancy of the cabins. EFMP DAY CAMP JBLM will be held August 18th for all EFMP Families and will be a day filled with FREE Pirate themed activities, including a BBQ, fishing, crafts, pontoon rides, etc.5. Army Community Service (ACS) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) will host a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 13 from 10:30-11:30 am in the ACS Classroom in Waller Hall (Bldg 2140, Liggett Ave, Lewis-Main). The Town Hall Meeting will provide Exceptional Families an opportunity to raise global issues impacting Exceptional Family Members (EFM) on JBLM and Army-wide. The purpose of this forum is to bring to light issues faced by a number of EFMs; we have staff at ACS EFMP in Waller Hall to assist Families with personal concerns Monday-Friday from 7:30 am–4:30 pm. The goal is to compile the issues and determine the appropriate course of action for addressing these issues. JBLM ACS EFMP has worked hard to forge relationships with agencies on and off post to partner in improving the quality of life of EFMs and their families. It is your experiences and voices that will pave the road towards change! We will have a call-in number available to those Family members who would like to participate but are unable to meet in ACS Classroom (details of the call will be available later this month and will be sent through our email distribution list and posted on Facebook). If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us at (253) 967-9704,, or stay tuned to our Facebook page, Did you miss the JBLM EFMP newsletter? You can access it on-line at If you would like to join our EFMP e- mail distribution list, please e-mail ** Please contact JBLM EFMP at if any of the above contacts do not respond within 2 business days. MADIGAN NEWS1. School Physical Dates: Does your child need a physical to participate in sports this school year, attend summer camp or enter kindergarten? please call the TRICARE Regional Appointment Line to schedule your child’s physical. The Department of Pediatrics will be offering several dedicated physical exam dates this summer on Aug. 9, Aug, 28, Sept. 13 and Sept. 25. Appointments can be scheduled 6-8 weeks in advance by calling the TRICARE Regional Appointment Center at (800) 404-4506. We look forwarding to seeing you and your family this summer!2. Walk-in services are now available for all service members in the Behavioral Health Clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The Soldier Readiness Service (SRS) located at Madigan Annex has permanently closed. Contact Madigan BH Clinic at 968-2700. The Child and Family Assistance Center (CAFAC) provides behavioral health services for active duty family members including individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents.
  11. 11. CAFAC is located in Bldg 9923 at the Madigan Annex. Triage hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assess individual or familys needs and decide the most appropriate services available for their situation. Contact CAFAC at 968-4843. Services are also available through the School Behavioral Health (SBH) program for children enrolled in one of the base elementary schools. Contact SBH at 477-3731.3. Taking Stress Out of Reintegration- The Defense Department (DoD) is working to assist and change the nation’s understanding of the invisible wounds of war, according to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. In doing so, the lead has been taken by the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological and Traumatic Brain Injury. DCoE is out in front on recognizing psychological problems among Servicemembers and recently began reaching out to military members and their families through social networking. People often have unrealistic views of redeployment. Communication is key to understanding what the Servicemember wants and needs. Include your Servicemember in the planning process so they can have a say in what is happening. To learn more, please go to: CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: On the 3rd Thursday of each month, the Dept of Social Work at Madigan Army Medical Center hosts a support group called "Caring for the Caregiver." The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Nursing Tower at Madigan on the Second Floor in the South Waiting Room. The Caregiver Support Group is an open group designed to provide information & support for anyone who is the caregiver of someone with a chronic medical condition. For more information contact Sandra (MAMC- DSW/968-2303).5. TOBACCO CESSATION: Join the growing number of ex-tobacco users on Joint Base Lewis- McChord. Call TRICARE at 1-800-404-4506 for a cessation appointment. Also, check out the free cessation counseling, quit tools and promotional materials at "Make Everyone Proud. Quit Tobacco you can do this - you can be tobacco-free! POC is Ms Hawthorne, RN-BC, Madigan Army Public Health Nursing for more information please call the following (MCHJ-CLY-P/968-4382).6. Requesting Military Service Records- If you are a veteran or a next-of-kin and need documentation to prove military service, you need to obtain copies of your or your veteran’s DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Military personnel records are stored with the National Archives and can be requested through the eVetRecs online system order form. Any requests for military personnel records must be done by the veteran or the next-of-kin of a deceased veteran. The next-of-kin needs to provide an official proof of death. Anyone who is not the veteran themselves or the next-of-kin needs to complete a Standard Form 180 (SF 180). Records are added into the National Archives library 62 years after the service members separation from the military. Records with a discharge date 62 years ago or prior are archived and open to the public. For example, for 2012 records are available from 1950 and earlier. Records with a discharge date after 1950 are non-archival and are maintained under the Federal Records Center program. Non-archival records are subject to access restrictions and need to be accessed through the eVetRecs online system order form. The 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center damaged or destroyed 16-18 million Army and Air Force records for military personnel discharged between 1912-1964. Alternate record sources can often be used to reconstruct these records. (Source: National Archives Veteran Service Records,
  12. 12. WEEKLY FINANCIAL TIPS MOBILE SECURITY – Smartphones aren’t just smart, they are small personal computers. These devices are small and mobile, which opens a new set of threats to your identity. If you listen to the news, read the paper or even view the headlines online, you can’t get away from the recent increase in identity theft. There were over 8.1 million victims of identity theft in the U.S. in 2010. With people stealing credit and debit card numbers, it’s no wonder we need to take steps to protect our identity. It can take up to 5,840 hours (the equivalent of working a full-time job for two years) to correct the damage from identity theft. The average victim spends 330 hours repairing the damage. Here are a few steps to help you to prevent identity theft on your Smartphone:1. Protect your Smartphone. Every Smartphone can be password protected or locked through a pattern or code. This prevents others from accessing your phone’s information or downloading apps to track you.2. Install security software. Mobile malware is a rising threat to privacy and security. Mobile malware may present itself through fake mobile applications, web-browsing, and SMS/text messages. There are numerous companies which offer anti-virus, malware and security software designed especially for Smartphones. Make sure to download security software updates. Here is a link to the top five best free android security apps: apps-for-smartphone-security/3. Be careful when you install apps on your phone. Apps can do almost anything these days. However, it is important to install apps from a trusted source. Before downloading any app, consider reviewing the information the phone app is asking permission to access. The information varies depending on the app’s requirements. Take the time to read the small print.4. Install all updates for your phone. Just as you do for your computer, install all updates for your phone and the apps on your phone.5. Understand your location (GPS) abilities. Many applications request permission to access location. Consider turning off the GPS on your phone to protect your location privacy, unless it is necessary to perform a desired function. If you GPS is enabled, your personal information may be exposed through a process called “geotagging.” Keep in mind that you have the ability to enable and disable the location service on your phone. To learn how to turn this feature off visit Be aware of what you are doing on your phone. The same precautions you would take while on your home computer apply to your Smartphone. Double check URLs for accuracy, don’t open suspicious links, and make sure a site is secure before giving any billing or personal information.7. Limit your activities while using public Wi-Fi. Try not to purchase things or access email while using a public Wi-Fi zone. Public Wi-Fi hotspots are targeted by hackers since they can give the hacker direct access to your mobile device. Using your 3G or 4G network provider connection is much more secure than using a public Wi-Fi connection.8. Do not “jail-break” or use a “jail-broken” phone. A “jail-broken” phone is a phone that has gone through a process which opens it operating system to applications which would otherwise not be compatible with the operating system. Once a phone is “jail-broken” it is vulnerable to anything the user downloads.
  13. 13. 9. Make sure your phone has a feature that helps you locate it if it is lost or stolen.10. Enroll in a backup/wiping program. You can enroll in a program that will back up the information on your Smartphone to your home computer. Many of these services are also able to “wipe” your phone if it’s lost or stolen so that no data remains on the device itself. **Compiled by Ryki Carlson** ACS FINANCIAL READINESS SERVICES Locations: Lewis Main: Waller Hall, Room 400, 2140 Liggett Avenue and McChord Field: Airman and Family Readiness Center, 551 Barnes St Hours of Operation: 0700 – 1630, Monday – Friday (OPEN all DONSA days, closed Federal Holidays) Services Available: Confidential one-on-one counseling for Service Members and their spouses (budgeting, debt management, credit counseling, investment education, general financial planning), Counselors can assist in obtaining and reviewing your Credit Reports, plus assist in clearing up issues listed on the reports. Personal financial management classes are also offered. Applications are also taken for Army Emergency Relief (AER). All services are free of charge. Appointment Line: Call 253/967-7166 to make appointment with a Financial Counselor Program POC: Mary T Cron, AFC, CHC, 253/967-9917, Lewis Main Financial Readiness Classes Classes at Lewis Main, please call 253/967-1453 to register (Classes are held at Army Community Service located in Waller Hall unless otherwise noted) Date Time Class Description Contributing to TSP but don’t know what it is or how to 1300 - Thrift Savings manage it? Come to this class and learn more about the 07/31 1500 Plan Basics importance of your contributions or why you should sign up for it. McChord Field Financial Readiness Classes Classes at McChord Field, please call 253/982-2695 to register Date Time Class Description Required briefing for single first term airmen moving off base; Discuss pay entitlement, legal and 1330 - consumer obligation associated with tenancy and 07/27 Ready to Rent 1500 personal financial obligations. Also discussed are pertinent laws associated with renting a residence or apartment. 0900 - Consumer This course covers consumer rights and obligations, 07/31 1030 Awareness highlighting scams perpetrated to defraud consumers.
  14. 14. INTERESTING TIPS Tips for your PCS Move  Have expensive and valuable items (e.g., artwork, collectibles, heirlooms) appraised. The government does not pay for the appraisals, but consider this part of your investment in the event of loss or damage.  Attempt to locate original purchase receipts for your more expensive items and keep them separate from the rest of your shipment.  Consider using a video camera or taking close-up pictures to record the condition of your furniture, working condition of your stereo or television, and the actual appearance of your expensive and valuable items prior to the HHG pack/pickup dates. This could help in the event you must file a Loss/Damage Claim.  Don’t ship small, extremely valuable items such as stocks, bonds, jewelry, coin collections, and items of great sentimental value such as photo albums. Pack them in your suitcases and hand-carry them, as well as your purchase receipts, pictures, and appraisals. CLOSURES, HOURS CHANGES, AND CONSTRUCTION1. Jensen Fitness Ctr. reopening delay A renovation project scheduled to finish early this year has been extended. Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center will remain closed until a flooring issue is resolved. The $2 million renovation will include new exercise machines, new flooring, a new track surface and a new child care facility.2. JENSEN FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS CENTER WILL CHARGE CHILD CARE HOURLY RATE- Jensen FHFC will offer a fully functioning child care center with child development professionals and age appropriate learning activities. The cost for child care at Jensen will be $4 an hour per child. Hourly care fees are set at Department of Defense level. Parents will be able to make child care reservations and use their deployment benefits at Jensen. (The opening of Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center has been delayed until September ) Child care at Wilson Gym will remain free, until Jensen’s child care center is open. SITUATIONAL AWARENESS Facebook photo virus spreads via email. Facebook users are at risk from a new virus which is being spread by emails posing as photo alerts from the social network. The emails look exactly like Facebook’s own messages which are sent to a user’s personal email accounts when they are tagged in a photo. However, instead of the links in the emails leading to the referenced photo, they redirect the victim of the spam campaign to a site which tries to infect the person’s
  15. 15. computer with malicious software. A few seconds later the link will redirect the user one more timeto Many people will not have realised that their computer has been infected – butcan spot the bogus emails as Facebook is misspelt as ‘Faceboook’. “Be wary of emails claiming tobe from Facebook, and saying that you have been tagged in a photograph,” warned Graham Cluleyof the British internet security firm Sophos. “SophosLabs has intercepted a spammed-out emailcampaign, designed to infect recipients computers with malware. If you click on the link in theemail, you are not taken immediately to the real Facebook website. “Instead, your browser is takento a website hosting some malicious iFrame script (which takes advantage of the Blackhole exploitkit, and puts your computer at risk of infection by malware). He added: “Even if you didnt noticethat Faceboook was spelt incorrectly, you could have seen by hovering your mouse over the linkthat it wasnt going to take you directly to the genuine Facebook website.” Facebook wasunavailable for comment. ( COMMISSARY AAFES JB Lewis-McChord Movie Schedule PH (253) 967-4329 *recording PH (253) 967-5976 Reel Time JB Lewis-McChord Exchange FRI July 27– 1900 That’s My Boy (R) SAT July28– 1400 Rock of Ages (PG13) 1900 That’s My Boy (R) SUN July 29– 1400 Rock of Ages (PG13) 1900 That’s My Boy (R) MON July 30-WED Aug 01- No Showing THU Aug 02– Family Night Out 1900 Rock of Ages (PG13) FRI Aug 03– 1900 Ted (R) SAT Aug 04– 1400 Brave (PG) 1900 Ted (R) SUN Aug 05- 1400 Brave (PG) 1900 Ted (R) The theater at McChord Field. Call 253-982-5836 for schedule. 28 JULY 4PM SAFE R 28 JULY 7PM RAVEN R 29 JULY 4PM BEDTIME STORIES PG INTERESTING LINKSMilitary Community and Family Policy Weekly: Operations: Website: MAGAZINE:
  16. 16. FT LEWIS COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE: Exchange hours: McChordStore.htm McChord Events: Madigan Website: Customer Management Services Website: ICE Website:*DoD EFMP website: CYSS Hours: Operation military kids website: JBLM OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGESAAFES BX and PX Army Continuing Education System!/JBLMArmyEdArmy Family Action Plan Project Corps ACS Aerobics Program and Fitness Program-and-Fitness-Training/210140972391367JBLM Airman & Family Readiness Center Army Family Team Building BOSS EFMP Family & MWR Garrison Health Promotion Outdoor Recreation PAIO Office Sports Races Teen Zone Teen_Zone/138033819599124JBLM Warrior Zone Battle Bean Coffee Bowl Arena Lanes Lanes/117410934969719Lewis-Main Cascade/Heroes Sports Lounge Healthcare System OneSource Spouse Magazine Military Family Association newspaper newspaper/157092306880
  17. 17. Behavioral Health (SBH) health-joint-base-lewis-mcchord/219746524730115The Bistro at Russell Landing Healthcare Alliance State Survivor Outreach LOOKING FOR A PHONE NUMBER? Lewis Information (253) 967-1110 Madigan Information (253) 968-1110 McChord Information (253) 982-1110 SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE 1-800-273-TALK RESOURCE INFORMATION FOR SPOUSES OF DEPLOYED: Assistance with lawn care: Family members will have to sign up and request lawn assistance and if there is someone available they will be contacted. There may be a wait while the service seeks a volunteer who is available Build A Sign: (CAN ORDER WHETHER DEPLOYED OR NOT) Families can order a Welcome Home or special banner free of charge. May have to pay shipping and handling fee. For pregnant spouses who would like a doula: Create and send a photo book to your soldier through the USO. Provides internships for military youth inspiring to be a writing or video journalist Deployment Time Resources at JBLM Libraries for Parents and Kids