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Weekly update 8.10.2012


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  1. 1. WEEKLY UPDATE WEEK OF: AUG 12, 2012 GREAT OPPORTUNITIES1. BOSS patio party Grab your beachwear and come out to the Warrior Zone (Bldg. 11592, 17th and D St. at Lewis North) for a single Service member patio party Aug. 18 starting at 3 p.m. Find food, fun and friends with a deejay at 3 p.m. and Unified Culture band from 6-9 p.m. Call 967- 5636 for more details.2. Explore Victoria, B.C. Sunday, Aug 12, 2012, Hop on the ferry and spend the day exploring Victoria, B.C., by foot Sunday, Aug. 12. Browse antique and artisan chocolate shops or visit the Royal B.C. Museum. Fee includes walk-on round-trip ferry ticket. Passport required. ($100; ages 5–11: $85; ages 0–5: $55) Pre-registration 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 Raft the White Salmon River Sunday, Aug 12, 2012, Go for a fun ride on the class III–IV rapids of the White Salmon River Sunday, Aug. 12. Conquer the legendary class-IV 10-foot Husum Falls. Minimum age: 10 ($110) Pre-registration 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 Visit Northwest Trek Sunday, Aug 12, 2012, Home to more than 200 North American animals, a lake, trails and beautiful natural exhibits, you’ll love visiting Northwest Trek. Take a tram tour, enjoy hands-on experiences or have lunch at the Fir Bough Café. Explore this 723-acre park Sunday, Aug. 12. ($35; ages 5–12: $30; ages 0–4: $15) Pre-registration 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 All You Can Eat Family Night Out Thursday, Aug 16, 2012, All-You-Can=Eat Family Night Out at The Bistro Thursdays in August, 5 - 9 p.m. Spaghetti, salad, focaccia bread, beverage. Ages 13 yrs. & up: $10; ages 3 - 12: $5; Ages 0 - 2 yrs.: free. Call 253-964-2813 for more information.
  2. 2. 6. German Buffet Thu, August 16, 5pm – 8pm, McChord Club (map) Pile your plate high with Bavarian favorites at the all-you-can-eat German Buffet, every third Thursday, from 5-8 p.m. at the BcChord Club, Bldg. 700. Fill up on schnitzel, bratwurst and more. The cost is $14.95 for adults; $6.95 for children ages 4-10. This event is a JBLM favorite; reservations are required -- call 253- 982-5581/2795.7. Outdoor Cinema @ McChord Field Friday, Aug 17, 2012, Outdoor Cinema at the McChord Club lawn, Bldg. 700 on Barnes Blvd. Movie: "Puss in Boots" Come at 8 p.m. to enjoy a hotdog, chips and drink courtesy of the Community Center. Movie starts at 9 p.m. Be sure to bring a blanket and lawn chair. For more information call 253-982-0718.8. Ape Cave Adventure Saturday, Aug 18, 2012, Head to Mount St. Helens to explore the largest continuous lava tube in the Western Hemisphere. Travel deep into the underside of a 2,000-year- old lava flow to scramble and climb over and under volcanic formations Saturday, Aug. 18. Difficulty: easy; distance: 3 miles; elevation gain: 250 feet. Minimum age: 12 yrs. ($40) Register through WebTrac at or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Group rates/private trips available. For more information call 253-967-6263.9. Hike Twin Falls Saturday, Aug 18, 2012, This hike through the lush forests of Twin Falls State Park is great for waterfall lovers. Join us Saturday, Aug. 18 for a 4-mile round-trip hike. Difficulty: easy; time: 2.5 hours. ($35) Register through WebTrac at ebtrac/jblmrectrac.html or at the Northwest Adventure Center at Lewis North. Group rates/private trips available. For more information call 253-967-6263.10. Joint Base Lewis-McChord ’s Army Continuing Education System will host a combined College & Apprenticeship Fair – Thu., Sept. 6, 2012; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Stone Education Center on JBLM Lewis Main. For the first time, this year’s fair will also include
  3. 3. an opportunity to explore apprenticeship opportunities. Unlike traditional college programs, apprenticeships offer an opportunity to be paid for work performed while learning a new skill, though a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction with preparation to enter a career in the skilled workforce. Apprentices earn a living wage throughout the education process, with periodic raises to reflect increased experience and commitment. Once the apprenticeship is completed, workers receive full journey-level wages and possess a trade certification that is recognized internationally. Representatives from vocational and apprenticeship programs throughout Washington state will be represented, including: Washington State’s Building and Construction Trades; Southwest Washington Pipe Trades; Cement Masons & Plasterers of Washington; Washington & Oregon Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship; Carpenters- Employers Apprenticeship & Training Trust Fund of Washington-Idaho; Pierce College Workforce Development; Puget Sound Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust; Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust Fund; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Pierce County Building & Construction Trades Council; Helmets to Hardhat; Veterans in Construction & Electrical (VICE); Veterans in Piping (VIP); WorkSource Thurston and WorkForce Central; as well as other State Apprenticeship Agencies. Many of these participants will demonstrate their trades for participants during this event. More than 80 academic and education organizations will also be represented. COMMUNITY EVENTS1. Audition for ‘Struttin’ Your Stuff’ Eligible JBLM personnel and family members can compete in the 2012 U.S. Army Festival of the Arts talent competition, “Struttin’ Your Stuff,” by auditioning July 28 at Nelson Recreation Center, 3168 2nd Division Drive. Children ages 6 to 12 audition at 10 a.m., teens ages 13 to 17 audition at 1 p.m. and adults audition at 3 p.m. Acts can be no longer than 4 minutes; be prepared to fully perform your act by bringing all your costumes, props and equipment. The show is Aug. 16, 7 p.m. at Nelson Recreation Center. For details, call 967-2539.2. 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 For JBLM-specific Army Ten-Miler information, see the next Ledger item. 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 967-4768.3. 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, education, 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)967-9496.4. 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
  4. 4. 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 v=AbjNgb2y8AU for more information. Event coordinator is Jason Spencer, a Tacoma Firefighter, at 820-6772.5. Hot Summer Nights Car Show Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, Hot Summer Nights: Car and Motorcycle Show at McChord Club Barnes Blvd. parking lot, JBLM-McChord Field, 4 - 8 p.m.Register your Corvette, Street Rod, Classic Stock, Muscle Car, Truck or Motorcycle to compete for best of show and peoples choice award, to name a few. We will have live entertainment, Food and Beverages available for purchase. For registration forms and more information, call the McChord Community Center at 253-982-0718.6. 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). KIDS1. 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 966-2977.2. Youth Resiliency Academy Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, Join us August 25, 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. Basketball Camp Aug 13 – 17, 2012, Basketball Camp for ages 5 - 18 yrs. Cost: $35. Registration runs from May 2 through August 12 For more information call 253-966-CYSS.4. British Soccer Camp @ JBLM-Lewis Main Aug 13 – 17, 2012, British Soccer Camp at JBLM-Lewis Main for ages 3 - 16 yrs., August 13 - 17. Call 253-966-CYSS for more information or visit Seattle Sounders Camp Aug 20 – 24, 2012, Seattle Sounders Camp runs August 20 through 24 for ages 3 - 16 yrs. For more information call 253-966-CYSS or visit
  5. 5. 6. Youth Resiliency Academy Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, 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. EFMP EVENT S and RESOURCES1. 14 Aug - EFMP Coffee Group from 10:30-11:30AM in the AFC Arena: Meet other Exceptional Family Members or Parents of Exceptional Children. A staff member will also be available to answer questions and speak to services and resources. Contact (253) 967-3553 for more information.2. 17-19 Aug – EFMP Camp JBLM at American Lake: Join us for our annual Camp JBLM! The EFMP DAY CAMP JBLM on August 18th from 9:00AM – 4:00PM is for all EFMP Families and will be a day filled with FREE Pirate themed activities, including a BBQ, fishing, bouncy castle, crafts, pontoon rides, Karaoke, Raffles, and more. Registration packets can still be requested by email at or picked up at ACS EFMP.3. 18 Aug – EFMP Family Friendly Movie at 12:00PM at the McChord Theater: Join other Exceptional Families for a FREE showing of We Bought a Zoo. Concessions can be purchased at a small cost. Contact (253) 982-2695 for more information. TRAINING and EDUCATION1. AFTB Level I Classes Aug 14 – 15, 2012, AFTB Level I classes are held in Bldg. 2166, Aug. 14 - 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For additional information call 253-967-AFTB (2382). LEVEL I CLASSES 1.01 Expectations and Impact of the Mission on Family Life 1.02 Military Acronyms and Terms 1.03 The Chain of Command 1.04 Introduction to Military Customs and Courtesies 1.05 Basic Military Benefits and Entitlements 1.06 Introduction to Military and Civilian Community Resources 1.07 Introduction to Family Readiness Groups 1.08 Supporting Your Child’s Education 1.09 Introduction to Family Financial Readiness 1.10 Basic Problem Solving.2. Auto Centers offer classes Changing your own oil and fluids and lubing your vehicle saves you a lot of money — learn how at your Auto Centers — it’s easier than you think. The McChord Auto Center’s lube and oil change class is $25; the car check-up class is $20. Supplies are extra. Call to make an appointment for a class you want to take. For more details, visit under Auto Centers. For more information about your Auto Centers, call the Lewis Main center at 253-967-3728 or the McChord center at 253-982-7226.3. After-work Bike Repair 101 Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012, In this class designed for beginners, you’ll go over the simple things you should know for basic bike repair. The clinic covers the following: • Parts of the bike and what they do • Tools and accessories you should have on the trail • A pre-trip and post-trip checklist for bike maintenance • How to change a flat tire • What to do if your chain breaks • Lube and maintenance • Front and rear brake adjustments You can bring a bike you own or learn on one of ours Wednesday, Aug. 15. ($15) Pre-registration is required for all trips. Schedule, fees and trip details, to include meeting times, are subject to change without notice. Register through WebTrac at ebtrac/jblmrectrac.html 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
  6. 6. 4. Spouse and DA Civilian Resiliency Academy Aug 27 – 29, 2012, Spouse and DA Civilian Resiliency Academy in August is held at the ACS Annex, Bldg. 2166 on JBLM-Lewis Main from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 27 - 29. Classes are designed to help strengthen the resiliency of our Spouses by teaching them to look within themselves in order to learn to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. Resilience starts at home and in a networked community that cares. The Spouse Resiliency Academy is strengthening that network. For more details call 253-967-3544.5. 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: Anatomy of the stress response. What is going on in my brain and how does it affect my relationship? Has deployment stress affected your relationship? Have you forgotten how to be a couple? Do you live in emotional extremes . . . shut down or chronically angry? Understanding the effects of chronic stress on. . . your brain, body, emotions and thoughts. August 14, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Emotional competency. The best tool for anger management /conflict resolution and emotional closeness. Do you avoid or deny the way you feel? Do you tell everybody you are “fine” when you are not? Do you over or under react? Do you push each other’s buttons? Understand your emotions. Be able to watch and label them. Increase positive emotional experience. Develop coping skills so your emotions are in your control and not controlling you. August 21, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm 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. August 28, 2012 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm For information contact Patsy Randahl, LMFT 253-968-4518 or Kathy Howell, LMFT 253- 968-4550.6. 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
  7. 7. 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. • 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. MADIGAN NEWSDoes your child need a physical to participate in sports this school year, attend summer camp or enterkindergarten? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please call the TRICARE RegionalAppointment Line to schedule your child’s physical. The Department of Pediatrics will be offeringseveral dedicated physical exam dates this summer on June 27, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug, 28, Sept. 13 andSept. 25.Physical exams appointments are offered for TRICARE PRIME patients enrolled to the Departmentof Pediatrics for primary care between ages 4-18 years. Forms for physicals, special diet or medications
  8. 8. at school or day care will completed and returned the same day. Parents should ensure that the parentsection for all paperwork are completed prior to arriving and should bring the patient’s immunizationrecords.During this appointment, the patient may receive immunizations and vision or hearing screenings.Parental philosophical declines for immunizations will be requested to book a separate appointmentfor counseling and completion of immunization declination form. If your child has multiple medicalissues or special needs, please book the physical with your child or adolescent’s primary care provider.To help make these appointments go smoothly, please arrive 15 minutes early for measurements andvital signs and ensure that your child/adolescent wears comfortable clothing?Appointments can be scheduled 6-8 weeks in advance by calling the TRICARE Regional AppointmentCenter at (800) 404-4506. We look forwarding to seeing you and your family this summer! 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) This all day class satisfies the financial topics for the 1 st Term Soldiers Mandatory Financial Training. Attendees learn how to deal with the basics of financial issues seen in Financial everyday life. The classes cover: Understanding Your LES, Awareness for Principles of Personal Finance, Financial Institutions and 08/14 0830 - 1630 Entry Level Checking Accounts, Planning & Budgeting, Saving & 08/28 Servicemembers (Spouses Investing, Using Credit Wisely and Buying Insurance. If welcome) JBLM is your first duty station, these classes are a must for you. Please Note: This class will be held in Bldg 2400 (Cascade Training Annex) 08/21 1330 - 1600 Checking Come and refresh your money management skills in this Account hands-on learning session. Learn how to keep and maintain Maintenance a checking account register and then balance your transactions with the bank statement to make sure all entries
  9. 9. are accounted for correctly. Financial issues in the different stages of life are discussed. Financial Life 08/23 0930 - 1130 Learn how to plan for your future and what may be Cycle Planning important to you as you age. Money and This course covers the importance of finances in a 08/16 1300 - 1530 Marriage marriage. This session covers the steps to buying a car. Learn Car Buying 08/29 1330 - 1600 Process how to shop for not only the car but also the loan and the insurance; one size does not fit all. 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 consumer 08/13 1000 - 1130 Ready to Rent obligation associated with tenancy and personal financial 08/31 1330 - 1500 obligations. Also discussed are pertinent laws associated with renting a residence or apartment. This lesson explains how to choose the financial services 08/14 0900 - 1030 Banking Basics and financial institutions that best meet your needs. Money and Gain a better understanding of where you are financially, 08/21 0900 - 1030 Credit where you want to be, and how to better manage your Management money. The class concentrates on the Thrift Savings Plan, but also Thrift Savings introduces 401k plans, 403b plans and Individual 08/17 1330 - 1500 Plan (Military) Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Traditional and Roth accounts are compared and contrasted. Saving & 08/28 0900 - 1030 Learn the basics of investing. Investing Basics SITUATIONAL AWARENESSSpear Phishing Scam Beware of a spear phishing campaign targeting military members. The actoris sending an email claiming to give the military member a free gift card if they go to a particular site.Dont fall victim for this kind of scam! (Army OPSEC Facebook). HOURS, CHANGES, AND CONSTRUCTION AAFES JB Lewis-McChord Movie Schedule PH (253) 967-4329 *recording PH (253) 967-5976 Reel Time JB Lewis-McChord Exchange
  10. 10. SUN Aug 12– 1400 The Amazing Spiderman (PG13) 1900 Magic Mike (R) MON Aug 13- WED Aug 15- No Showing THU Aug 16– Family Night Out 1900 The Amazing Spiderman (PG13) FRI Aug 17– 1900 Savages (R) SAT Aug 18– 1400 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) 1900 Savages (R) SUN Aug 19- 1400 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (PG13) 1900 Savages (R) The theater at McChord Field. Call 253-982-5836 for schedule. FINANCIAL TIPS COLLEGE – With fall arriving, many students are making the transition from high school to college or the military. Adapting to college or even military life provides lessons, including handling money. Here are some ideas to help make students and new military members more responsible with money:1. Understanding your cost of living – Make a list of your expenses and prioritize them. This includes items such as rent, utilities, transportation, groceries, parking, school supplies, debt- repayment, and student activity fees. Every month does not have the same expenses; ensure you evaluate your budget every month. Once you identify your needs, you can create a discretionary fund and savings plan for your wants. Sites to assist you with budgeting are,, or Give yourself an allowance – Put yourself on an allowance for things like entertainment, eating out, clothing and vacations (this includes those weekend excursions). Remember to ask if there is a student/ military discount to help you stay within budget. Staying on budget helps prevent future emergencies.3. Organize your receipts – Keep your debit card receipts, bank statements and bills all in one location. An easy way to do this is with an accordion folder. Organize them by month or by expense. Ensure you keep these in a safe place to deter identity theft.4. Understanding your debt load – Student loans aside, there are other ways to get into debt. Credit card companies target students and young military members, since most are inexperienced with unsecured debt.5. Transportation . Consider carpooling, public transit, or even biking as a means of transportation. Visit to a carpool or vanpool.6. Eat healthy. It’s feasible to eat well on a small budget if you know what you’re doing. • Make sure you review the local advertisements for sales or visit This site offers you link to coupons as well as advertisements providing you all the resources to make your grocery list.
  11. 11. • Use coupons to reduce you food expense. Consider loading coupons straight to your rewards card. • Bring lunches, drinks, and snacks from home; this not only helps keep costs down and will help you monitor what you eat as well.7. Take advantage of campus activities. There is always something to do. Attend a free movie or festival. Get the most from your student ID.8. Textbooks • Borrow books. Once you know what books your need, see if any of your friends already have them. Check the local library for the books, you can renew them a couple of times and pay late fees if the semester runs long (this is still cheaper than paying hundreds of dollars for books). Check out to for some FREE e-textbooks. • Buying only what you need at Students can purchase a full electronic college textbook for half the price of a new hard copy textbook. Consider buying only the chapters you need. • Buy your textbooks second hand or online. Check out the following sites to help reduce textbook costs:,,,,, or Remember to search for discount codes to reduce this expense even further at or OTHER TIPS The Military Spouse Preference (MSP - established under the Military Family Act of 1985; called Program "S" - the Priority Placement Program (PPP) for Military Spouses) offers employment placement preference in Department of Defense civilian positions to eligible military spouses. This program applies to DoD job vacancies only. There are variations and exceptions that allow local hiring authorities to tailor their policies to meet their requirements (e.g. DoD school teachers and positions in intelligence-related activities may be excluded). This program is for spouses who relocate with their military service member to a new duty station and are seeking Appropriated Fund (AF) or Non- Appropriated Fund (NAF) positions. Spouses may apply for MSP as early as thirty days prior to their reporting date at the new duty station. On the application, spouses should check "military spouse preference" if it is an option. Otherwise, spouses should submit a separate statement requesting PPP/Program "S" along with their job application. This program applies to spouses of all Military Services, including Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and full-time National Guard who desire competitive service positions at DoD activities in the United States and its territories and possessions. Chapter 14 of the PPP Operations Manual contains specific information on registration for this program. I NTERESTING LINKS Military Community and Family Policy Weekly: MWR Operations: JBLM Website: FOCUS MAGAZINE: FT LEWIS COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE: Exchange hours: McChord Events:
  12. 12. 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 Training 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 Behavioral Health (SBH) joint-base-lewis-mcchord/219746524730115The Bistro at Russell Landing Healthcare Alliance
  13. 13. Washington State Survivor Outreach Services 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