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  1. 1.‐06‐24/Family_Resiliency_Webinar.aspx.    This Week in MC&FP December 3, 2010 ___________________________________________________________             We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and returned refreshed,renewed and recharged. We certainly did! In addition to the festivities, we used the shorter work weekto put the finishing touches on a newly redesigned Military Community and Family Policy eMagazine.The December edition was posted earlier today. We hope you like what you see and find news you canuse. We continue to look for ways to better serve you and your information needs and look forward toyour feedback.On Tuesday, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we’ll commemorate a “day that will live in infamy.”Flags will fly at half-staff in remembrance of the more than 2,400 Americans who lost their lives in thesurprise attack that day. We will think of those who died and honor all those who sacrificed for ourliberty during World War II.Have a good week and take care.Your MC&FP TeamPlease note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. For best results,cut and past the entire link into your Web browser.From DoDEA• Customer Satisfaction Survey Continues through December 15, 2010 As a reminder: On November 1, 2010 DoDEA launched the on-line Customer Satisfaction Survey. The purpose of the survey is to give parents and students an opportunity to provide DoDEA with feedback on the effectiveness of educational programs offered. The survey was designed so that each level of the organization (DoDEA, area, district and school) will receive information for decision-making from each of these very important groups. The Customer Satisfaction Survey will close on Wednesday, December 15. Schools are currently working to maximize the participation rate. To participate, see• Luge Team Members Meet with DoDEA Students Members of the U.S. Luge Team visited three DoDEA Schools in Germany as part of a USO education tour this week. Twelve USA Luge team members and four coaches split into groups and visited Vogelweh Elementary School, Vogelweh Middle School and Ramstein Middle School. The group included six 2010 Winter Olympians. The athletes and coaches brought sleds, racing suits and Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.
  2. 2. This Week in MC&FP   December 3, 2010  helmets in order to explain the nuances of luging, and talk about how the skills needed to succeed in elite-level sports are the same as those needed to succeed in life. See a2b4f0ff-7f64-45fa-ad0c-2003e05c18e7.m4v• Wiesbaden RoboWarriors Club to Compete in the First National Competition The first robotics contest is a nationwide event attracting thousands of high school students in a head- to-head engineering competition. Students attending DoDEA’s Wiesbaden High School in Germany, are looking forward to participating in the national competition this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the first week of April. Their team of 30 students will spend thousands of hours fundraising, designing, building, and programming their sophisticated 130 pound robot. More than $14 million in scholarships are at stake and Wiesbaden students hope to earn some of that. To find more, see the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth• Military Pathways to offer Depression, Deployment and the Holidays Webinar The holidays can be stressful for service members, veterans and family members – especially when a loved one is away. Military Pathways will host a free “Depression, Deployment and the Holidays” Webinar on Wednesday, December 8th, at 3:00 p.m. (EST). Speakers include Dr. Erin Scott Daly, the director of the Center for Returning Veterans, and Todd Labreck, a veteran and licensed clinical social worker. As part of the webinar, participants will: – Learn to distinguish between depression and the holiday blues – Receive advice, tips and strategies to cope with sadness and stress that may be triggered by deployment, particularly over the holiday season – Discover ways service personnel and families can manage multiple deployments – Learn about the range of treatment and educational resources available This Webinar is for servicemembers, veterans, family members and clinicians who work with members of the military. To register, click the link below:• Sending a care package this holiday season? Family care packages are always a welcome treat for our deployed servicemembers and especially so during the holidays. Are you looking for postal information? Go to; see the box on the right for "Holiday Mail for Troops." In addition, DoD’s Office of Community Relations provides some helpful guidelines. For the link to holiday care package guidance, see• “Forging the Partnership” Conference Planning Continues If you haven’t done so yet, mark your calendars to be in Chicago April 27- 29, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency for the interagency family readiness conference, “Forging the Partnership.” The conference will bring together professionals from DoD and USDA and will build connections, competency and the capacity of our agencies and programs.Page 2 
  3. 3. This Week in MC&FP   December 3, 2010  The conference will feature keynote speakers, current youth and family research presenters, interactive workshops and computer labs. For more information, see the Office of Communications• MC&FP’s e-magazine December edition is hot off the press today! We are excited to present the newly redesigned December edition of the Military Community and Family Policy eMagazine! This issue highlights the resilience of our military community and most importantly its families. Never is this more important than during the holidays, as many service men and women are performing their duties in harms way. You’ll learn more about the expansion of child care options for military families, as well as the latest ways to stay up to date and connected through social media. The next issue will be published in February. See• Leadership Scholarship for Military Daughters For the third year in a row, The Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation will continue to honor and support families who are serving our country by offering full scholarships to military daughters interested in attending the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy. These scholarships have been generously funded by TriWest Healthcare specifically for military families. Applications for 2011 will be available the first week of January at the Foundation’s Web site, The application is a PDF file, which will need to be downloaded, printed, completed, and then mailed to the address provided. Interested applicants with questions about the Foundation and/or the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy before the first of the year can contact Kerri McClellan at or at (949) 338.5544.• College Grants Up For Grabs The Air Force Aid Society plans to award up to 3,000 grants to dependents of Air Force members for their college education through the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program. Applications for these $2,000 need-based grants are now available from the Society’s Web site. Completed forms must be received by AFAS no later than March 11, 2011. The grant program is open to dependent children of active duty, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reservists and deceased Air Force members. Spouses of active duty members and surviving spouses of deceased personnel are also eligible. All applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at an accredited college or university during the 2011-2012 academic year, and are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average. For more information, see http://www.afas.orgPage 3 
  4. 4. This Week in MC&FP   December 3, 2010 From Resale• Gift Vouchers Extend Holiday Cheer to Commissary Shoppers During November and December, the Defense Commissary Agency reminds anyone who wants to send some holiday cheer to authorized military shoppers that they can do so with gift vouchers. Gift vouchers are available in $25 denominations. Anyone – civilian or military – can purchase them, but only authorized shoppers can redeem them in a commissary. Vouchers are available at commissary customer service areas, cash offices, and from cashiers at full-service checkout lanes.• Commissary On-Site Sale Events. There are no on-site sales scheduled for this week at Guard and Reserve locations. For more information, visit In December, DeCA will deliver the benefit: Dec. 10-12 Guard and Reserve Chattanooga, Tenn. Dec. 12 National Guard Fresno, Calif.In the News• From the Family Matters Blog – Obama Thanks Troops, Families for Service President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today to thank U.S. servicemembers for their service and sacrifice, and to personally pass on his holiday greetings. See• From the American Forces Press Service – First Lady Dedicates Fisher House at Bethesda When servicemembers travel the road to medical recovery, families often must travel that road with them, First Lady Michelle Obama said today at the opening of a new Fisher House at the National Naval Medical Center here. "When the nations servicemen and women are called to serve, their families serve, too," Obama said. "Their sacrifice is their families sacrifice, particularly when our servicemembers or veterans are sick, wounded and are struggling to get well again." See• From the American Forces Press Service – New Policy Bridges Korea Tour Normalization Army Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, announced the new system this week to control the flow of command-sponsored military families to ensure infrastructure improvements underway are prepared to accommodate them, he explained in his “Sharp Point” blog. See• From the American Forces Press Service – Dr. Biden Welcomes Guard Children at Holiday Event To kick off the holiday season, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, welcomed children with parents serving in the National Guard as well as children from local schools to the official residence of the vice president yesterday to make holiday ornaments, decorate cookies and write letters to servicemembers overseas. “One of the things I love about being the wife of the vice president is getting to welcome people to our home,” said Biden, adding that school children alsoPage 4 
  5. 5. This Week in MC&FP   December 3, 2010  visited last year. “This year, I wanted to welcome school children to come back and be our very first holiday guests.” See of the Week• Nutrition Tip of the Week – Eat your Fruits and Veggies Almost all are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, none have cholesterol, and all are important sources of dietary fiber. How much fiber do you need each day? Strive for 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. For more information on making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the Commissarys Web site at• Parenting Tip of the Week – Home Schooling A growing number of U.S. students receive their education through home schooling. Is your child home schooled? If so, Child and Youth Services and other community resources provide services for sponsors choosing to home school their minor dependents. School Liaison Officers can also provide helpful information. Visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS at, where you can find specific information about programs and services available at a particular installation or state.• Let’s Move/Childhood Obesity Tip of the Week – Familiy Meals Family meals are a comforting ritual for both parents and kids. Children like the predictability of family meals and parents get a chance to catch up with their kids. Kids who take part in regular family meals are also: • more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and grains • less likely to snack on unhealthy foods • less likely to smoke, use marijuana, or drink alcohol In addition, family meals offer the chance to introduce kids to new foods and to act as a role model for healthy eating. Teens may turn up their noses at the prospect of a family meal – not surprising because theyre busy and want to be more independent. Yet studies find that teens still want their parents advice and counsel, so use mealtime as a chance to reconnect. Consider trying these strategies: • Allow your teen to invite a friend to dinner. • Involve your teen in meal planning and preparation. • Keep mealtime calm and congenial – no lectures or arguing. What counts as a family meal? Any time you and your family eat together -- whether its takeout food or a home-cooked meal with all the trimmings. Strive for nutritious food and a time when everyone can be there. This may mean eating dinner a little later to accommodate a child whos at sports practice. It can also mean setting aside time on the weekends, such as Sunday brunch, when it may be more convenient to gather as a group. Source: Nemours 5 
  6. 6. This Week in MC&FP   December 3, 2010 • Financial Tip of the Week – Sales Pitches to Resist This holiday season, retailers are rolling out more tricky marketing strategies to encourage recession- scarred shoppers to spend. Get to know these hidden triggers, and next time you go shopping you can look at retailers’ pitches with a more critical eye -- and maybe avoid blowing your spending plan (budget): “Our Big Sale ends tomorrow/today/in a few hours.” Aimed at: Your survival instincts. Why you fall for it: Fear, pure and simple. This tactic appeals to a basic instinct to grab what’s available or be left without. Think of the crowds stocking up on bottled water and canned goods before a major storm comes through. In those frenzied hours, it’s a matter of survival. “Get 23% off.” Aimed at: Your love of a bargain. Why you fall for it: Real estate brokers have long known that uneven pricing (say, $524,755 versus $525,000) catches buyers’ attention, because those odd numbers suggest a bargain that has already been marked down -- whether that’s actually the case or not. This year, retailers have picked up on that tactic this year as a way to separate their sales from the sea of 20%-off offers. Although price- comparing consumers are unlikely to buy if the deal isn’t the best out there, just looking opens up the door to impulse buys on other sale items. “Shop today and save 50% next week.” Aimed at: Your best intentions. Why you fall for it: The promise of bigger savings in the future appeals to people who think they can game the system. You figure on buying just one or two things now, then returning to pick up a few more. But volume-driven retailers are using the now-and-later tactic this year to steer consumers back to stores when they know they’ll have new stock or other promotions that help you buy more than you planned.• Military OneSource Tip of the Week – Quick Tips for Communicating with Your Teenager One sign that you child has become a teenager is that he talks with you less than he used to. It can be hard not to feel excluded. To maintain a close relationship with your teenager, you’ll want to find new ways to communicate and connect. Here are some ideas that can help: Make an effort to really listen to your teenager. Give him or her your undivided attention. Avoid distractions, such as a ringing phone or the television. Try not to interrupt or jump to conclusions. Respect your teenager’s need for privacy. Teenagers are working out their independence, and part of that process may involve spending lots of time alone or with friends and not sharing everything with their parents. Try not to be hurt and remember that this is a normal part of growing up. Show that you’re interested in your teenager’s activities, schoolwork, and friends. Ask questions about sports events, art shows, or tests. Take the time to attend school events, recitals, or matches. This helps you stay connected and gives you a common ground for communicating. Ask questions that can’t be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” Instead of asking, "Is everything okay with you and Angie?" say, "I havent heard you talk about Angie recently. Whats going on with her?" Open-ended questions can help start the conversation with your teenager.Page 6 
  7. 7. This Week in MC&FP   December 3, 2010  Ask your teenager what he thinks. Ask for his opinion about TV shows, movies, music, the news, and anything that’s going on in his life. By asking for his opinion and then listening to it, you’ll be showing that you respect his opinion. Think hard about offering unsolicited advice. For many teenagers, taking advice from parents feels like taking a step back in their struggle for independence. Even when your teenager asks for advice, she might not follow it. Sometimes when teenagers ask for advice, what they’re really looking for is someone to listen to them, not someone to tell them what to do. Take advantage of the time you are together, especially in the car. Instead of trying to force a conversation right after school, when your teenager wants to relax and decompress after the day, try talking at other times, such as when you’re driving to school events, sports practices, or friends’ homes. If your teenager seems upset, wait until he has cooled down before you try to talk. He may simply need time alone or on the phone with friends. But don’t let him think you don’t know or care he’s having a problem. “You seemed really upset when you came home. Did something happen at school? Do you want to talk about it later?” Use other ways to communicate. Communication doesn’t have to always be face-to-face. Send an e-mail to say hello and ask your teenager how his or her day went. Many teenagers rely on texting as a primary form of communication. You can try sending your teenager a text with a few words of support or encouragement. Your family center can give you information and support on many issues that affect service members and their families. And Military OneSource, a free 24/7 service from DoD, available to all active- duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families, provides information and referrals plus face- to-face counseling. Call (800) 342-9647 or access• Spouse Tip – Promoting Personal and Workplace Values during Your Next Job Interview Current workplace research confirms that trust, pride and camaraderie among employees are three elements that contribute to bottom-line business success for many of “America’s Top 100 Places to Work.” So, how can you use this information to enhance your chances for being hired into a new job in a new community? As you prepare for your next job interview, think of community volunteer and workplace experience examples that demonstrate how you value and have worked hard to create trust, pride and camaraderie at past duty locations. Concrete examples will demonstrate to future employers that you have the personal characteristics, creativity, leadership and corporate values that can help produce healthy communities and business success.   #### Page 7