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T N A L I G I V THE VOICE 205th MI BN Volume 2, Issue 33 Week ending 15 October 2010 Inside this issue:

BN Info BDE Info Military Nights MWR Info ACS Info Misc Info

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BN Events, pp 17

Military Nights, p9

AFTB 1 class, p 19

Attachments: News You Can Use “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~ Maria Robinson The contents of this binder are strictly for informational purposes and does not imply endorsement of any private or commercial organization by the 205th MI BN, 500th MI BDE, INSCOM or the De-


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BN FRG 90 Day Calendar October 1 Oct: BN Awards; Chapel Field @ 1300 Fisher House Ceremony; Nehelani @ 1500

November

10 Nov: Alpha Co. FRG MTG – Dec: Gift Wrapping FundMoney Harmony; BN Classroom @ raiser at Schofield PX; 1130 Times and Dates TBA 11 Nov: Veteran’s Day

8 Oct: Training Holiday 11 Oct: Columbus Day

11-14 Nov: Veteran’s Day Weekend

14 Oct: HHD Hispanic Heritage Celebration; BN Classroom @ 1100

12-14 Nov: Ward’s Festival of Giving Weekend

15 Oct: Combatives; Place TBD @ 0630-1200

15 Nov: FRG Boot Camp; Tripler ACS @ 0900

19 Oct: Financial Brief; BN Classroom @ 1100 20 Oct: Blood Drive; BN Conf. and Classroom @ 1000 23 Oct: MI Ball; Hale Koa @ 1600 25 Oct: Welcome Brief; BN Conf. RM @ 1600 26 Oct: Alpha Co. FRG Car Wash; Schofield 29 Oct: Costume Fun Run; Bldg 502 @ 0625

December

17 Nov: Relaxation Techniques; Schofield ACS, Classroom 2 @ 0900 19 Nov: Alpha Co. 1SG Change of Responsibility; TBA 22 Nov: Welcome Brief; BN Conf. RM @ 1600 24 Nov: Turkey Bowl; Takata Field @ 1000 BDE Award Ceremony; 1300

29 Oct: Pay Day Activities; 1200

25 Nov: Thanksgiving Meal; BN Classroom @ 1100

29 Oct: Trunk or Treat; Barracks Parking Lot; 1600

25-28 Nov: Thanksgiving Day Weekend

3 Dec: Volunteer Awards; TBD 3-5 Dec: Strong Bonds – Married Soldiers; TBA 4 Dec: FRG Boot Camp; Schofield ACS, Classroom 2 @ 0900 7 Dec: BDE FRG SCM VTC; 1330 8 Dec: Alpha Co. FRG MTG – Employment Orientation; BN Classroom @ 1130 13 Dec: Welcome Brief; BN Conf. RM @ 1600 25 Dec: Christmas Day 24-27 Dec: Christmas Weekend 31 Dec: New Year’s Eve

29 Nov: Fisher House Decorating; 0900


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“NEWS YOU CAN USE”

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR SOLDIERS, CIVILIANS & FAMILIES

October 2010 INFORMATION & REFERRAL: Defense Department Launches “Lessons Learned” Blog The concept of sharing lessons learned is a familiar one to anyone who served in the U.S. Military, whether in uniform or as a Family member. A new Defense Department blog titled “In Their Own Words: Lessons Learned in Today’s Military” launched on 2 August 2010 to bring lessons learned to an accessible online platform. The blog aims to provide a platform for service members, veterans and Families to share their thoughts and experiences on a variety of topics. Each month the blog will feature a different topic ranging from lessons learned from multiple deployments to lessons learned from the military Family. View the blog. Read more at http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=60266 MyCAA Update DoD will resume the MyCAA program. The Department of Defense has completed the program review and will be making the necessary adjustments to resume the MyCAA program beginning on October 25, 2010. Starting 8 a.m. (EDT) Monday October 25, 2010, Military OneSource career and education counselors will have a much more active role in supporting military spouses. In addition to understanding resources available via DoD's financial aid support, they will provide support and assistance to identify and gain access to other federal, state, and local programs. All military spouses of active duty service members will be eligible for career counseling and support. New financial assistance guidelines. With a focus on the original intent of the program, the Defense Department's financial assistance program will: • Be available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1O2 • Offer a maximum financial benefit of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000. Waivers will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000 • Require military spouses to finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course • Be limited to associate degrees, certifications, and licensures These new guidelines reflect a return to the original purpose of the program - to assist spouses of service members in achieving portable careers. These changes also align the program with responsible fiscal planning by the Defense Department to help sustain the program. https://www.militaryonesource.com/MOS/FindInformation/Category/MilitarySpouseCareerAdvancement Accounts.aspx

DEPLOYMENT & FAMILY READINESS Web Site Helps Families “Know Before You Go” A new American Forces Press Service Web special, “Focus on Family: Know Before You Go” is highlighting how military Families prepare for and deal with deployments. The special features a variety of stories, from single dads preparing to deploy to dual-military couples who will be deploying together. It also includes links to helpful information, including service-specific deployment resources. Visit the web portal. http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=60391 Admiral Mullen Seeks an End to the “Yes-No” Box on Pre-deployment Checklists The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff vowed at the National Guard Family Program Volunteer Workshop on 2 August 2010 to eliminate the “yes-no” box that appears on pre-deployment checklists that determines whether service members’ unit can contact their Families during deployments. “There are just too many spouses whose spouse deploys where that box is checked no,” Admiral Mullen said. Articles are for information only and do not reflect endorsement of referenced sites, products, or services contained therein.

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“In my time as chairman, I’m going to make that box go away.” The eradication of the “yes-no” box will require a joint effort. “This has to be actively pursued from within, from the grassroots level up to the commanders so that we can make it go away.” http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=60282 Personalized Book for Deployed Military Families “You’re Never Far Away”, a children’s book that Soldiers can personalize with a child’s name, their relationship to the child and their branch of service is now available to help address the realities of deployment. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to United Through Reading’s Military Program in which 300,000 Soldier’s have read a book to their child from half way around the world. To learn more about the book and the reading program, visit United Through Reading. Participate in the Sesame Street Study Caregivers of parentally bereaved children have an opportunity to participate in a national research study to evaluate a new Sesame Workshop DVD and print materials kit entitled “When Families Grieve.” The workshop DVD and print materials help caregivers understand the impact of parental death on children in military and civilian Families. This research is being conducted by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Visit the research http://www.cstssesamesurvey.org/ Traveling Overseas with TRICARE Traveling overseas can be an amazing experience. Whether on vacation or a business trip, eating different foods, meeting exciting people and enjoying a different climate can make a wonderful trip, unless you get sick or have a medical emergency. Having a medical emergency on an overseas trip can be a very stressful experience. Understanding your TRICARE coverage before leaving home is key. Before traveling, TRICARE beneficiaries should make sure their Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) information is accurate. For more information about DEERS and how to update DEERS records got to https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/07/DEERS. TRICARE encourages all beneficiaries who have a medical emergency overseas to seek treatment immediately. Beneficiaries should seek help finding a treatment facility through a local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. However, active duty service members and Prime-enrolled active duty Family members should first attempt to contact TRICARE Global Remote Overseas Alarm Center (TGRO) for the area in which they are traveling. For more information on TGRO Alarm Centers, go to: https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/07/TGRO. To read more visit: https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/07/TRICARE

RELOCATION: Move.mil Launches a Redesigned Website Officials at the U.S. Transportation Command launched an improved website to assist both the military and Transportation Service Providers in using the Defense Personal Property System. Officials encourage users new to Move.mil to start their Move.mil experience by selecting their user type on the front page and taking a short video tour. The improvements aim to make the site more user-friendly and helpful. In addition to some new features, most of the information previously available is still on the site, reorganized and updated where possible. http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/08/03/43208-movemillaunches-redesigned-website/?ref=news-humaninterest-title7

FINANCIAL: U.S. Savings Bond Allotment Procedures Change U.S. Savings Bond allotment procedures processed by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for military personnel, military retirees and federal civilian employees have changed. The change required DFAS to discontinue employees' current savings bond allotments. Customers desiring to continue automatic savings bond purchases need to create an account at TreasuryDirect.gov and then start a new allotment. Once the new TreasuryDirect account is established, customers will use their new account information when starting a new pay allotment for purchasing bonds. For those without Articles are for information only and do not reflect endorsement of referenced sites, products, or services contained therein.

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computer access, paper U.S. Savings Bonds will continue to be available and may be purchased at participating financial institutions. Check with your financial institution to see if they offer paper U.S. Savings Bonds. Customers must have their TreasuryDirect account number to ensure their requests are processed properly and to avoid any frustrations. More information on TreasuryDirect is available online at http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/indiv.htm. Free Weatherization Services Thanks to a generous donation from the Sierra Club, Veterans Green Jobs is providing FREE weatherization services for 50 qualifying service members in northern Virginia. As part of our Military Housing Energy Efficiency Project (MHEEP), selected households will receive a home energy audit and weatherization services valued at $4,500. Services will be provided by veterans who are training for a potential career in home weatherization. You can help them train and receive cost and energy saving services by signing up now! See enrollment details below. Weatherizing your home with Veterans Green Jobs will bring down your utility bills, make your home more comfortable and put fellow veterans to work. TO APPLY FOR THESE FREE WEATHERIZATION SERVICES or learn more visit http://veteransgreenjobs.org/mheep. To qualify, your home must meet the following criteria: Smaller than 3,000 square feet in size; Have one (1) heating/cooling zone (A single thermostat heating and cooling system); Be in safe working condition; Located in northern Virginia (Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, Prince William County, and City of Alexandria); Owned by active members of the military (Active Duty, Reserves, Guard).

FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM “Heroes at Home” Program Transitions to New Parent Support Program “Heroes at Home,” a Department of Defense funded program in partnership with the Parents as Teachers National Center, will transition to the New Parent Support Program (NPSP), a Family Services program run by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. The transition will be accomplished by 30 September 2010 and affects approximately 1,200 Families at 23 garrisons across the United States, Hawaii and Alaska. “The Army recognizes the importance of programs that support Soldiers and parents,” FMWRC Commanding General Major General Reuben D. Jones said in an open letter to parents. “Parents and Teachers and Heroes at Home were well received by Army Families, funding for the programs will continue through 30 September 2010. On that day, the Army will continue to support parents and Families using the New Parent Support Program.” The New Parent Support Program services are provided by experienced, licensed, clinical social workers and registered nurses who have extensive experience working with Families with young children and who are sensitive to the unique challenges facing military Families. For more information, contact your local Child, Youth and School Services, Family Advocacy Program Manager or Parent Educator to discuss the New Parent Support Program and other services offered to Army Families by Army Community Service. http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/08/03/43218-heroes-at-home-program-transitions-to-newparent-support-program/?ref=news-humaninterest-title8 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour crisis intervention hotline (1-800-273-TALK (8255)) and online service (http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org) provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The service is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, to include military members and their Families including Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Service Members, Individual Ready Reserve, and Individual Mobilization Augmentees. Credentialed consultants offer confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week / 365 days a year through phone or online consultation. Tool Kit about Military Teens Available Through the National Military Family Association Each summer, the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple program provides a free week of camp for thousands of military youth who have a parent serving in the Uniformed Services. The National Military Family Association created a kit to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to help them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects of military life. The messages in the tool kit Articles are for information only and do not reflect endorsement of referenced sites, products, or services contained therein.

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summarize what the military teens said over the past few years at the camp. To obtain a copy of the tool kit and learn more visit: https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/07/OperationPurple New Parent Support Program (NPSP) Helps Service Members with Parenting Challenges The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) addresses the many concerns and challenges that military Families with children face during early childhood with an emphasis on Family strengths. By integrating prevention education services and activities, NPSP involves both parents and supports the Family’s adaptation to military life by enhancing knowledge and skills needed to promote healthy Family interaction, form healthy relationships, provide safe and nurturing environments for children and enhance formal and informal support networks. All active Soldiers, National Guard and Reserve and their Families within a 50 mile radius of an installation are eligible to receive NPSP services. Priority is given to first time parents, single parents and dual-military Families. Classes offered by NPSP may include prenatal and infant care, home safety, children and the deployment cycle, stress management and infant safety. Contact your local Army Community Service or Family center for more information. http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/08/16/43808-npsp-helps-servicemembers-with-parentingchallenges/?ref=news-home-title5

AFAP / AFTB / VOLUNTEER: Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Offers New Active Issue Search Option at Army OneSource (AOS) Searching the progress of Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) AFAP Active Issues within the AFAP Program just became easier. The new active AFAP Issue Search application was developed and released on 15 June 2010. The Issue Search will allow Soldiers, Family members, Retirees, Survivors, Wounded Warriors and Department of the Army civilians the ability to search the database of active HQDA AFAP issues to review the status and what is needed for resolution. Visit Army OneSource at https://www.myarmyonesource.com/, click on Family Programs and Services, click on Family Programs and then click on Army Family Action Plan to access this new search application.

VETERANS Veterans Affairs (VA) Makes Filing Claims Easier and Faster The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reducing the paperwork and expediting the process for veterans seeking compensation for disabilities related to their military service. VA shortened application forms to reduce paperwork for veterans. The new forms are available on the VA’s website at https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/07/VAForms. In order to make the claims process faster, VA introduced two new forms for veterans participating in the VA’s new fully developed claim program, which is one of the fastest means to receive a claims decision. For more information go to: https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/07/VAClaims

NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE Federal Rules Published for TRICARE Retired Reserves The interim final rule for the TRICARE Retired Reserves (TRR) program was published on 6 August 2010. The rule brings the opportunity for members of the Retired Reserve, who are not yet age 60 to purchase TRICARE Standard coverage one step closer to a planned program launch. The program launch is expected as early as September 2010. Beneficiaries can read the entire interim final rule online. A 60 day comment period will allow for public input before the final rule is issued. http://www.tricare.mil/mediacenter/news.aspx?fid=650

OUTREACH: TRICARE’s New Website Design Offers Easier Access to Benefit Information A new website design at TRICARE gives beneficiaries a faster, more personalized way to get the TRICARE information they need. The redesign includes improvements to the profile entry field, as well as new sections such as “New to TRICARE,” “Crisis Center” and “Quick Links.” Visit TRICARE now to view TRICARE’s new design and offer feedback through the link on the bottom navigation bar. Articles are for information only and do not reflect endorsement of referenced sites, products, or services contained therein.

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EMPLOYMENT READINESS PROGRAM: Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP) Signing Ceremony for New Korean Corporate Partners An Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP) signing ceremony for new Korean corporate partners is scheduled for 10 September 2010 at Yongsan in Seoul, Korea. Each partner company and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civilian Personnel and Quality of Life (DASA/CP&QoL) will sign a statement of support pledging their best efforts to improve spouse employment opportunities. Currently, the ASEP program has 39 total partners from the private sector, the military, and the Federal Government, with others being considered through an intense application process. Read more about the ASEP program. https://www.myarmyonesource.com/skins/aos2/display.aspx?moduleid=426d245d843e-4e0d-a49a-a662716441b7&mode=user&AllowSSL=true Free Software and Training from Microsoft Microsoft’s Elevate America program to provide technology training is an initiative to bring together a coalition of public, private and nonprofit organizations to give veterans and their spouses the skills and resources they need to be successful in today's civilian work force. Microsoft will contribute $2 million in cash and up to $6 million in software over the next two years to support programs for members of the armed services and their spouses who are separating from the military and reintegrating into their civilian communities and the work force. The Elevate America's Veteran's Initiative will seek partner to provide job training and job placement services as well as other support services to help veterans and their spouses with their career transition including childcare, housing and transportation assistance. To learn more, visit Elevate America.

DEALS OF THE DAY: Military Discounts Save on your purchases! In honor of your military service, you can find regular and name brand products at a special discount here: http://www.armytimes.com/marketplace/discounts/2/. Over 26 pages to choose from. Save on Office 2010 Get the NEW Microsoft(R) Office Home and Student 2010 - Military Appreciation Edition today for just $79.99! See Offer. http://www.microsoft.com/office/offers/military/?CR_CC=200000160 Barnes & Noble.com Save on incredible selection of books, DVDs and CDs: Over one million titles in stock and ready to ship! Start Shopping Now! : www.bn.com/militarycity (Offer is valid through the URL provided only. Not valid in retail stores.) FREE standard ground shipping and an additional 6% off the online price Expires: 12/31/2010.

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HOLIDAY MAILING AND SHIPPING DEADLINES FOR APO, FPO AND DPO ADDRESSES Mail Addressed To

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Express FirstMail Class Mail Military Letters Service and Cards (EMMS) 1

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1. EMMS is available to selected military and diplomatic Post Offices. 2. PAL provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight and 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service. 3. SAM parcels are paid at Parcel Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.

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