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Meet the new Better Opportunity for Single Soliders (BOSS) President.

Editors CynDe Clack Tara Goodson




That Guy Drama Girl

William D. Corlew III Charlene Frasher Tara Goodson Tammie Heath Ramon M. Maisonet Marie “Mrs. Chingy” McLemore Jessica Ryan TJ Weekly

Another Valentine’s Day to Remember If you struggle with Valentine’s Day gifts this is for you.


Free and Legal Downloads Online resources for music fans.


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Creative Director Sears Hallett


Son Café The first in our series about Fort Campbell Dining Facilities.



Facebook - Twitter Instagram - Vine Snapchat - LinkedIn... Using Social media wisely.


10 Boost Your Self Esteem Learn how this affects every area of your life.

Photography CynDe Clack Tara Goodson Paula Hallett Keri McPeak

12 Love Your Heart – 10K, 5K and Fun Run Kicking off the 2014 Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour.

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Introducing Joshua Charles

12 Direct to You


Changes to the delivery of “MWR Life”.

14 Joyful Barks and Doggie Kisses Be a responsible pet owner.

18 Fill Your Glass How important water is to your health.

20 The Army Strong Beginnings Pre-K Program Waht is it and why you should use it?

22 Homemade Pet Treats Recipes your four legged friends will love.

24 Focused on My Goal What makes this 8 year old run?

27 Welcome to Estep Wellness Center


Check out this unique fitness facility.

29 Introducing Debra Wilson Meet the new Fort Campbell Riding Stables manager.

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Welcome to the

New BOSS President! By CynDe Clack

I had a chance to sit down and talk with SPC Joshua Charles on his first official day as the new Fort Campbell President for Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS). SPC Charles became involved with BOSS at his first duty station. He became a BOSS representative in 2010, the Fort Campbell BOSS Vice President in March 2013 and the President in December 2013. When I asked him why he first became involved with BOSS, this was his answer, “When I first got to the unit, one of my NCOs told me that it was something to do on the weekend. I really didn’t know what it was until I got involved and came to one of their events. Then I realized what they really did. That’s when I realized that they help out Soldiers; they basically take care of the single Soldiers. I knew that I wanted to do my part too - that’s why I became a BOSS Rep. I want to be able to make a difference in single Soldiers lives so I kept trying to go higher and higher, now I’m here”.

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My next question concerned his goals for BOSS. He replied, “I want to be able to keep the momentum going, keep that battle rhythm going and keep doing the great community service that we’ve

been doing and keep doing the same amount of recreation, balance it all out”. When asked if there was a special emphasis he felt, he said, “Before I leave, my goal is to have a good program just for single parents”. My last question for SPC Charles regarded funding. I asked how the budget cuts had affected our BOSS program. SPC Charles said that our program was not severely cut because Fort Campbell BOSS has some great sponsors. At the time of this writing, the BOSS sponsors include: Premier Sponsors - Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union and Mathews Nissan; and other Sponsors - Freedom Furniture and Electronics, Jones International University, Daymar Institute and University of Phoenix. The BOSS office is located at 6145 Desert Storm Avenue, inside D.W. Recreation Center. They can be reached at (270) 798-7858 and you can find them on Facebook at


I D. Corlew, II By William

Here it is again; you knew it was coming – yet another Valentine’s Day. While some people enjoy the attention they receive on this reoccurring day of romance, others just see this day as another non-federally funded, non-observed holiday that will dramatically decrease the weight of their bank accounts or potentially land them on probation at work. Your supervisor is still reeling over the distraction your sweetie caused last year with the 10 a.m. delivery of 551 helium filled-balloons (your busiest time at work), one balloon to represent each day the two of you have been a couple. Additionally, you believe that Valentine’s Day just happens to be the most inconvenient and overly hyped holiday that eerily creeps upon you like the original slow zombies during Halloween or the graceless Grinch attempting to steal away Christmas. It appears that each year as Valentine’s Day approaches, your holiday creativity and cheer for the seasons becomes as cold as a fresh new Frosty the Snowman in a winter wonderland. If your sweetie is the “I’m very vested in Valentine’s Day venture” type, and your enthusiasm is at best room temperature, here is a way to calm that Valentine’s Day vigor. For the thirteenth time (this week), your sweetie reminds you:, “Hey, did you realize Valentine’s Day is coming up soon? What have you planned for us? I can’t wait!”

Dreading yet another romantic rigmarole, your response should begin like those popular car insurance commercials. “Well, did you know that many of the classic romantic folklores were not at all really romantic …?” Here is your explanation debunking some of the most romantic tales of all time. Three of the most popular romantic folklores are actually fairytales: Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. For centuries, these classic tales of romance passed from grand-parent to grand-parent with each successive generation embellishing a new idea or concept, or were portrayed in cinema and theaters by professional actors and entertainers, or studied and researched by students and professors. What is similar in the allure of these fantastical stories of romance is not only are they adored by children and adults alike, but before the rhetorical “happily ever after”, these stories are rather ominous. All three tales consist of a charming prince and a beautiful, yet modest young maiden who coincidently develop a budding romance throughout the duration of the tale. However, before the pairing of our two main characters, there’s always a struggle of good versus evil, or what is morally right versus

unscrupulousness. Each tale usually involves a “wicked” element: wicked witch, wicked queen, or wicked step-sisters. Each tale routinely includes sinister objects such as a poisoned red apple, talking mirror, or inaccessible tower. On the other hand, they each contain some element of magic that represents something good such as transforming fruits and vegetables, morphing animals, one-of-a-kind slippers, fairy godmothers, elves, dwarves, or extraordinary hair. Remember, you are trying to divert your sweetie from the apparent and very obvious response that you have not planned anything for Valentine’s Day and are in no way enthusiastic about this year’s Valentine’s Day romantic hoopla. Additionally, everyone usually puts their own spin or distorts the folklore in strange ways; for example, what if Snow White were allergic to apples and instead of the mirror being this candidly creepy clairvoyant, the mirror is actually a prankster and each time he replies to the queen, the mirror answers, “You are the fairest of them all – psych!” What if one of Cinderella’s evil step-sisters (the most unattractive one) wore the same size shoe? The object here is to distract your darlin’ before she brings up the topic again. The more detailed tidbits about each of these fairy tales can lead to a lengthy discussion about any other topic except for Valentine’s Day. Remember, these are just ideas to help buy you a few moments before you render your holiday plans to your sweetie, maybe the babble over romantic folklores will steer her question of, “What have you planned for us?” in a different direction. But use caution, because if she replies, “Well, did you know that once upon a time, long ago, sweetie didn’t have to ask about Valentine’s Day plans or contemplate romantic folklore!” Therefore, enjoy your holiday and instead of the usual dinner, movie, a card, and roses (or balloons) try to find a new twist on the classic romance folklore and spice-up the inevitable Valentine’s Day.


Free and Legal Downloads


ByJessica Ryan

Downloading free music online has been a controversial subject since the advent of music file sharing websites. Although being a digital pirate can sound rebelliously appealing, there are serious consequences to downloading copyrightprotected music and videos. Luckily, there are online resources where music fans can legally download music and videos for free: Army Digital Media Library (OverDrive) The Army Digital Media Library includes ebooks, eaudiobooks, videos and music. With an Army Library account, users can “check out” items using the OverDrive application and enjoy these items on their computers and mobile devices. To get a library account, please call (270) 798-5729 or visit Robert F. Sink Memorial Library at 38 Screaming Eagle Boulevard. hosts a live music collection, music and arts collection

and community audio. The Live Music Collection ( provides users with the highest quality live concert recordings in a downloadable format. The collection includes live recordings from popular artists such as Maroon 5, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Alabama Shakes, just to name a few. The Music and Arts Collection ( features nearly 600 virtual record labels in the Netlabels collection. Likewise, the community audio ( allows archive users and community members to upload music using Creative Commons licenses. Jamendo Proclaimed the “#1 Platform for free music,” Jamendo is a community for free and legal music published under Creative Commons licenses. With over 410,000 songs in its catalog, Jamendo offers music authors the ability to publish their music. Users can download music for free and re-

distribute it, at least non-commercially, varying by license. As mentioned in last month’s Tempo article, is an online streaming radio service which recommends music to users. also provides free music downloads from all genres. Freegal Local libraries offer access to Freegal Music for its patrons. Freegal Music hosts over seven million songs, including popular and new releases, from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. With their library account, users can download MP3s and videos within their weekly download limit.

Down the Block

Son Café By Tara Goodson

On the far side of post, near Campbell Army Airfield, is the hidden treasure that is known as Son Café. A few weeks ago, CynDe and I headed out there to discover what a typical lunch at a Dining Facility (DFAC) consists of for our Soldiers. Over the next year, we will be visiting all of Fort Campbell’s open Dining Facilities and telling you about them here. Son Café serves the majority of its 1100 daily meals to 101 CAB Soldiers, but SGT Anthony Barnes predicts that will change as 4th BCT returns from deployment. I know, as a Soldier, eating at a DFAC regularly can get a bit tiresome, but with the different themed options offered daily, you can pick one of your favorites easily. Monday offers Italian fare, Tuesday you can choose from Mexican favorites, Wednesday has Asian choices, Thursday is the busiest with Soul

carousel for a sweet treat after you are done with your main course. CynDe and I chose steamed fish, roast chicken, pork fried rice, Florentine potatoes, steamed cauliflower, roast carrots, salad and dessert. A drink for each of us was included in the cost of our meal. The portions are healthy and the food was good. When asked, SGT Barnes said one of the things that sets Son Café apart is their Pancake Bar that is offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning during breakfast hours. Plenty of fruit is offered to go along with the pancakes. Son Café is located at 7095 Entrance Road.

Food options and Friday brings several American style entrees. You don’t have to pick the themed entrees for your meal if you prefer something else, as Son Café also has a hot grill, a large salad bar with all the fixins’, a sandwich bar and even a dessert

Weekday hours: Breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Dinner 4:30-6 p.m. Weekend/Holiday hours: Breakfast 8:30-10 a.m. Lunch 12 -1:30 p.m. Dinner 4-5:30 p.m.


In the Know

Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Vine Snapchat - LinkedIn… By TJ Weekly

What is Social Media? “Social Media” is a collective term which describes different web-based channels used to communicate or interface with other web users. Social media is a great way for friends and Families to stay in touch despite the distance between them, but when you air dirty laundry – the fallout can live forever in social media land. Remember, you no longer have control over the information once you hit “Share”. You may think that what you put on social media doesn’t matter, but if

you’re “venting” about your job, the people you work with and your supervisors, you can be looking at UCMJ action. Or maybe you are considering getting out of the military and looking for a job. You should know that 1 in 10 job seekers between the ages of 25 to 34 have lost a job opportunity because of what’s on Facebook,Twitter and other services. It’s not always about WHAT you say. HOW you express your opinion can say a lot about you as a person. As recently reported in USA Today, “University of Pennsylvania released findings suggesting it’s possible to predict our personality traits based on the language we use on Facebook. The study adds to a growing body of research suggesting that analyzing our activity on social media may be one of the best ways to learn about human psychology”. One of the individual traits that they were able to identify with the highest accuracy percentages, strictly from status updates, included emotional

stability. Do you really want prospective employers, friends, or significant others to judge you, and possibly make up their mind about you, by what you’ve posted? Social media has its good points and it’s bad. While being a part of a social networking site can increase your quality of life, reduce the risk of health problems, help you find employment or improve relationships - it must be used wisely.

Perspective Management

By Ramon M. Maisonet Did you know that your self-esteem affects every area of your life? Your self-esteem affects the relationships around you, how you perform at your job and, if it’s too low, even your health. If you suffer from low self-esteem and want to know how to boost it, you’ve come to the right place. I can hear your question now, “How can I boost my self-esteem if I don’t have any?” If that’s your question, you’re already on the right track! Boosting your self-esteem begins with these four self-examination questions.

Question #1: How do I talk to me? How’s your self talk? “I can’t.” “It won’t happen for me.” “I don’t think…” Any thought or sentence that handcuffs you from the start is self-defeating. Increasing your self-esteem begins by talking yourself to your potential and beyond. “I’m supposed to be here.” “I can do this.” “What’s stopping me?” In other words, if you can get out of your own way, you may be shocked at how far you can go. I’m not just talking about positive thinking. Having positive thoughts are great, however, I’m talking about the words you use to frame your future. The words that you speak to you can determine whether you succeed or fail in any area of your life. Question #2: What am I doing here? If you are reading this paragraph, you are here. If you are here, you have faced and tackled some hurdles in life. Take a look at every accomplishment in your life and then believe that you are here for a reason. I want you to believe that you have a purpose. I want you to believe that a full size mirror can tell you a wonderful story about you. I believe that you can do things that no other human being can. Here’s a quick activity. I want you to write down your five best attributes. Then, get five people whose opinion you respect and ask them to write down your five best attributes. Then, compare the list and step back and prepare to be amazed! Question #3: Am I a carbon copy? Too many people succumb to the insecurity of who they are because of what others tell them–about them. As a result, a lot of us wind up copying what we think others will be accepting of instead of being authentic. That may work for a little while, but at the end of the day, your self-esteem winds up taking a beating - because it’s not who you are. It’s ok to stand by yourself over an issue, whether it be political, social, or economical, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you respect yourself enough to take a stand for

what you believe in. There is no better feeling than knowing you took a stand for something, even if your point of view is unpopular. It’s also a boost to your self esteem. It was John Mason who said, “You were born an original, don’t die a copy.” Be you, and I promise that everything and everyone else will fall into place accordingly. Question #4: How do I look? Sometimes talk shows have “makeover” episodes. Why? Because how a person looks directly affects not only how wonderful they can feel when they see themselves “dressed to kill,” but in how others respond to them as well. Now, to elaborate, dressing to kill doesn’t mean blowing your saving account at Sears or Macy’s and loading up on $300 outfits. Would that be fun? Of course! However timely bargain shopping and some assistance from those around you who were born with “fashion” DNA genes can have you looking successful and ready to take on the world! One of my favorite books of all time is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. In it he says, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” 1. What do you do well? 2. Where do you struggle? 3. Which of your attributes gives you the greatest opportunities for success? When you ask self-examination questions, the biggest obstacle to positive change is you. The longer you have carried a negative self-image, the greater an enemy you will find within ready to fight you and resist change. That enemy wants to stay comfortably dressed in low self-esteem. Declaration: today is a new day for you, today is ground zero for your new life path! So get a journal, find an accountability partner, answer the questions and begin to plot the course to a brand new you!


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Love Your Heart 10K, 5K & Fun Run Baby, it’s cold outside! But that did not prevent hundreds from running in last year’s Love Your Heart Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour event! Bundle up and join us this year to ”love your heart” in the Valentine’s month of cupids and arrows! The 2014 Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour will kick off this month with the “Love Your Heart” 10K, 5K and Fun Run on the 22nd. This event will take place at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center with same day registration open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Divisions in the 10K and 5K are WTU and female and male age divisions of: age 20 and under, 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50, and 51 and over. First place medals will be presented to the top finishing WTU Soldier, and to the overall male and overall female in both the 10K and the 5K races. First, second and third place

ECFT By CynDe Clack

medals will be presented to the top three finishers in each age division of the 10K and the 5K races. The Fun Run will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the 10K starting at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K will start at 9:35 a.m. On-line registration is available at until February 20. Those who register on-line will be able to pick up their race packets at Cole Park Commons on February 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The early registration cost to participate in the 10K or the 5K is $10; same day registration is $15; there is no fee to participate in the Fun Run but registration is required in order to count this event toward the overall ECFT medal.

Save the date for these upcoming ECFT events: USO 10 Miler, 5K and Fun Run March 15 – registration is open April 5 – Urban Orienteering May 17 – Little River Days 5K Run and Bike Tour, Hopkinsville, KY June 21 – Warrior Challenge Obstacle Course July 19 – Functional Fitness Challenge August 30, Sunrise Century Bike Tour, Clarksville, TN September 13 – Trot for the Troops 10K, 5K and Fun Run, Hopkinsville, KY October 18 – Go Commando Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run, Clarksville, TN November 15 – The Culminator 10K, 5K and Fun Run You can always find more information about the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour on our website, on our Facebook page,, by subscribing to our eNews or by emailing questions to

Direct to You

MWR Life

By Tara Goodson

In January, Fort Campbell MWR made a change to magazine distribution on Fort Campbell. Going Green is an important part of our lifestyle. The Marketing Department is proud to now offer direct mail to every resident in Family housing on post. By doing this, we reduce the amount of magazines that end up in the trash or recycling dumpster. Small changes to our everyday lifestyles can make big results! If you live on post, be sure to check your mail the first week of the month for the newest copy of MWR Life for Families. If you reside in the local community, you can still pick up copies of the magazine at any of the MWR facilities on Fort Campbell and in our magazine distribution boxes located throughout post. Places we currently have our blue boxes include

the Commissary, the Post Office, BACH, the Ed Center, and Gate 4 welcome center. We also have magazines located at the Chamber of Commerce in Clarksville and Hopkinsville. Where would you like to see the magazine in the local communities? Send your suggestions to Did you know you can also read issues online? We update our site with the current issue every month; look for the link on the right side of The added bonus to reading issues online (other than living green), is you can check out past issues of all three of our magazines! No matter how you read MWR Life, we want to hear from you.


Joyful Barks and Doggie Kisses

This ‘n That

By Marie “Mrs. Chingy” McLemore

Knowledge is by far the most important thing if you are to be a responsible dog owner. Asking a few key questions is the start of a long journey filled with joyful barks and doggie kisses. Know thyself. The most critical part of being a responsible dog owner is having a clear and realistic picture of your current lifestyle and schedule. Will you be the only pack leader in the home or are there others in the household that must step up and be leaders too? How much time will you be able to devote to your canine companion daily? If a situation arises that you have to leave on vacation/TDY/PCS, who will care for your companion? Is there someone not on board with having a dog and what are their concerns? What is the energy level of the dog you wish to share your home with? What about your current financial situation? If you are a runner looking for a buddy to enjoy the outdoors with you, then by all means look for a dog that will love to run by your side no matter what the time of day is. If you lead a less active lifestyle, there is nothing wrong with finding a dog that is more inclined to guard your couch. Understand that you have made a commitment to your furry companion, including medical expenses. Be prepared to ask questions about the care that is required to keep your dog healthy, to include, but not limited to, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, regular check-ups and even unexpected visits to the veterinarian. Know the law. Knowing applicable law, rules and regulations is another crucial aspect of dog ownership. If you are renting, does your landlord have certain breed or weight restrictions? Will you be required to pay a pet deposit and how much is it? Will you be exploring renter’s insurance and asking pertinent questions about dog ownership? Do you know your state’s leash and vaccination laws? If you relocate, are you moving to a city/county/state with Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in place? What will you do for your canine companion if you move to a place where you cannot have your dog?

One of the worst things in a dog’s world is to have the loving home they know and trust be taken away because these types of issues were not properly addressed before you opened your heart and home. Maybe right now you cannot adopt the dog that has captured your heart, but your situation may change and you can start enjoying a life that is filled with welcoming kisses. If you can’t have a dog right now, then get involved with your local animal

shelter/rescue. This will open the door to opportunities about learning all that is required to care for a dog and enrich a dog’s life by being their friend. Know the dog. What kind of dog do you want? Do you want a puppy or an adult dog? Are you opening your arms to a small, medium, large or an extra large doggie? What is their current health condition? What care will they need? Are you getting your doggie from a breeder or a shelter/rescue? What do you need to do to ensure that you are caring for your dog, mind, body and spirit? Any rescue worth their weight in dog food will be more than willing to answer any questions you have, address any concerns that arise, help you find needed resources to help you find the right furry one for your home and ensure proper care. No question is too silly and no concern is too small. Here are a few of my recommendations to broaden your horizons on responsible dog ownership. Read any book by Cesar Millan and check out his website Watching his show is truly an inspiration to me to continue to strive to be a better pack leader for all of the dogs in my life. Dog Star Daily Resources from before you bring a puppy into your home to adult dog training. Best Friends Animal Society They have a plethora of articles to read about integrating a rescue dog into your home. Companion Pet Rescue and Transport We are a rescue group committed to enriching our community by educating our neighbors about responsible dog ownership and helping Families find their perfect forever companion.


1. 101st Airborne Division Headquarters 2. 19th Hole (Cole Park) 3. Army Community Service (ACS) & ACS Director Director 4. Army Education Center 5. Arts and Crafts Center, Center, Guenette 6. ASYMCA Backdoor Boutique 7. ASYMCA Family Center 8. Auto Service Center, Center, Air Assault Auto 9. Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program Program (BOSS) 10. Blanchfield Army Community Hospital 11. Bowling Center, Center, Hooper 12. Civilian Personnel Advisory Center 13. Commissary 2. Community Activities Center (Cole Park) 30. CYSS, Parent Parent Central Services (Central Registration) 30. CYSS, School Liaison 38. CYSS, SKIESUnlimited Center 14. Dog Kennels 17. Dawg Haus (Dining) 18. Estep W Wellness ellness Center 19. Equipment Rental (Gear-to-Go) (Gear-to-Go) 20. Exchange/Food Court/Mall 21. Family Resource Resource Center (FRC) 22. Financial Readiness (Army Emer Emergency gency Relief)

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Healthy Living

Wrinkles, laugh lines, creases, wisdom lines, whatever your pet name for them, those pesky little lines can wreak havoc on our image and start a conversation of self doubt running through our head. So how do we stop the negativity and age gracefully? I’m not certain about you, but I plan on going down swinging! Skin care was a lesson taught early in my life, thanks to my mother and grandmother. I think it’s paid off since others are often surprised when I actually admit my age and the remarks I receive are along the lines of people thinking I am younger than I really am. Depending on my mood and stress levels, that compliment can be taken two ways…either I am incredibly immature for my age OR I take care of my skin. Since I like to think of myself as fairly mature (most of the time), let’s go with good skin care. The number one thing I will stress is the importance of staying hydrated. Often, we do not drink as many glasses of water as we should. One of the first places that will tattle on us is our skin. No matter your skin type, staying hydrated will battle the appearance of lines. A good rule of thumb is half your body weight should be the number of ounces of water you drink daily. If you have an active lifestyle, if you drink caffeine, or if you are a new mother, you will need to increase the amount. My friend, Ashley, swears by a gallon of water a day to maintain her fresh faced appearance. She also is an aesthetician and the woman I trust with my skin. Your skin must be cared for on a daily basis, and the earlier you start a good routine - the easier it is to continue the routine. Cleanse, moisturize, and protect are the basic steps you should follow. Many products now combine steps,

By Tara Goodson

making skin care easier than ever. Don’t forget to remove your makeup at night before bed. No matter how exhausted you are, do a quick swipe to get rid of the daily build up of grime. The type of moisturizer you will need depends on your skin type. Ensure it’s noncomedogenic, meaning it’s formulated to not block or clog pores. If you are unsure of your skin type, do the tape test. Wash your face with your normal cleanser, after five minutes stick small pieces of clear tape

to your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. If flakes stick to the tape, you have dry skin; if you have oily traces, your skin is oily; nothing left on the tape is normal skin and it’s perfectly ok to have a combination of the three. Choose your moisturizer based on the results you get. It may take a couple of different tries before you find one that you like, that’s why samples are a girl’s best friend! To combat signs of aging from the inside, eat a varied and balanced diet high in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and E. Vitamin A is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, and dark leafy greens. Vitamin B is the holy grail of vitamins and you want to ensure you are taking in several types. Vitamin C is found in many citrus fruits and bell peppers. Vitamin D comes from good sources of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Vitamin E can be found in nuts and shellfish, but if you are allergic, try avocadoes, pumpkin or butternut squash. You can always go for a multi-complex pill or try increasing whole grains and animal proteins if you are looking to avoid supplements. I’ll say it again, drink your water! Your body is a well functioning machine when it is hydrated; this includes your skin. Use sunscreen every single day. No, I am not kidding. Melanoma is no one’s friend and the leading killer in skin cancer deaths. Using sunscreen will not only keep you looking younger, it will protect you. No need to stay out in the sun for hours or head to a tanning booth; there are several great products to give you a faux tan. Again, try several to find the best one for your skin. No one wants to look like an Oompa Loompa. Get your beauty sleep. Seven to eight hours are the recommended times, and going to bed before midnight has proven to be the most beneficial. I find if the heat is too high, my skin dries out quickly and I have to use more moisturizer and even balm to soothe the redness and irritation. Additional enemies to a youthful appearance include stress, pollution, and smoking. Hydration is our best combatant against the fine lines that show up before we are ready. If having a glass or two of water helps keep me looking younger and keeps those pesky doubts out of my head, who am I to argue? Now excuse me, while I refill my glass.


The Army Strong Beginnings Pre-K Program


by Tammie Heath

The Army Strong Beginnings Pre-K is a program designed to prepare 4 and 5 year old children to be successful when they enter school. The curriculum focuses on the social, emotional, and physical development of children; it equips them with basic academics and “Kindergarten Classroom Etiquette” skills to enhance school readiness. The Army’s Strong Beginnings program is available at every Army garrison and has standard guidance and procedures making the program consistent and predictable, thus making it easier for mobile Families to transition from one post to another. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is the only authorized curriculum for Strong Beginnings Pre-K. It is a scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum and assessment system and provides teachers with strategies for meeting children’s individual needs and learning styles. It focuses on literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, technology and process skills, and includes a parent-participation component. The Creative Curriculum is supplemented by Teaching Strategies Literacy, Social Studies, and Math publications and is the most widely used Curriculum for Pre-K Programs in the United States. In addition, Jr SKIES, 4-H Cloverbuds and Smart Start all come into each classroom once a week to extend the learning already taking place. Jr SKIES engages the children in music and movement. They learn about instruments and songs to sign language and culturally diverse music. The 4-H Cloverbuds program promotes fun, age-appropriate activities focused on cooperation not competition; activities that are success-oriented, work to save the environment, and promote Family and community involvement. Smart Start engages the children’s

cognitive and gross motor skills by introducing and teaching new sports. The introduction of new sports helps children stay engaged while learning healthy active lifestyles that will carry them into adulthood. Quite a bit of learning happens through play but there is also organized instructional time in both a group setting and on an individual basis. Here are a few comments from some of our children that are currently attending the Strong Beginnings Pre-K program. They were asked, “What do you like about the Strong Beginnings program?” Wyatt Pop- “You sit on the carpet when there is a teacher and you sing songs.” Dallas Clark- “I learn the days of the week with my friends.” Kaylinn McKeever- “I like Ms. Chambers and I love doing school work.” Isaac Alexander- “I like everything, even the teachers. The teachers are better than the class.” When the program director, teachers and caregivers were asked what they felt about the program, their responses related their sincerity and passion for what they do and the children entrusted to their care. Ms. Wendy Ewing- “At Strong Beginnings Pre-K we strive to promote and enhance the education and development of every child in a nurturing and encouraging environment. It is our privilege to see the children grow and help them prepare for their next adventure!”

Ms. Amanda Ruiz- “I like working with a team and the coming together to help the children prepare for Kindergarten.” Ms. Kimberley Chambers- “I love the children and reaching one means teaching one. As they grow so fast, so do we. The teamwork is great and making a difference to prepare for the future is awesome. Just knowing that I was a footprint in the children's future is what it's all about at the end of the day. That for me is a ‘Strong Beginning’.” Ms. Wanda Jordan- “What I like about Strong Beginnings is that it offers the child a positive environment to learn and develop. I feel that Strong Beginnings offers children a smoother transition into Kindergarten.” We recognize that leaving Strong Beginnings Pre-K and going to Kindergarten is a big step for you and your child. With that in mind, we celebrate the end of Strong Beginnings Pre-K with a “Graduation” ceremony that is fun and meaningful for the children, parents and staff. This program is offered to any child that will be four years old prior to August 15 and is registered with Parent Central Services. For more information about current openings, please contact Parent Central Services at (270) 798-0674. If you would like to take a tour of the program, please contact the program director, Wendy Ewing at (270) 412-4485. The Strong Beginnings programs are located at 3067 Bastogne Avenue and 3066 Reed Road.


Homemade Pet Treats

In the Kitchen

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits with Molasses Courtesy of Tip: You can use smooth or chunky peanut butter for this recipe. However, the one you choose should be salt and sugar free. This recipe is suitable for both dog and human consumption.

Ingredients: 1 ½ Cup Whole Wheat Flour • ¼ Cup Rolled Oats • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder • ¾ Cup Milk (reduced or fat free is preferred) • 1 Cup Peanut Butter (see tip above) 1 Tablespoon Blackstrap Molasses Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk the flour, oats and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Gradually stir in the milk, peanut butter and molasses. Turn out onto a floured surface. Knead until a soft dough forms. Roll out to ½” thickness and cut with a dog bone cookie cutter (or the shape of your choice). Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool overnight in the oven or cool completely on a wire rack. Storing: These peanut butter dog biscuits bake nice and hard and they can last for 2 weeks in a dog treat jar. If you prefer to bake a softer dog biscuit, be sure to refrigerate them for up to 3 weeks. The hard biscuits will be fresh in the refrigerator for 4-5 weeks and both soft and hard dog treats will be good for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Pet Cookies

Courtesy of This recipe is good for both cats and dogs. Ingredients: 1 Cup Wheat Germ • 3 - 2.5oz Jars Strained Chicken Baby Food • 1 Tablespoon Water Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl mix the wheat germ, baby food and water. Add more water if necessary to form a dough. Roll dough into 1” balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork dipped in water. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Flea Terminator Dog Treats

Courtesy of Ingredients: 3 Cubes Beef Bouillon • 1 ½ Cups Boiling Water • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour • 1 Cup Cornmeal 2/3 Cup Brewers’ Yeast • 2 Tablespoons Garlic Powder • 2 Egg Yolks Instructions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in boiling water and set aside. Grease cookie sheets. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, cornmeal, brewers’ yeast and garlic powder. Add the yolks then gradually pour in the bouillon water while stirring. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼” thickness and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven off and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or overnight to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Kitty Kisses

Courtesy of Ingredients: 1 3oz Can Wet Cat Food • 1 teaspoon • Catnip (optional) Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place the cat food and catnip into a blender. Cover and puree until smooth and looks a little like frosting. Spoon pureed cat food into a resealable plastic bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Squeeze ½” kisses onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.



Bright Lights

ON MY GOAL By CynDe Clack

and we see what our time was and we try to go faster. My record was one minute and ten seconds for around the block.” While most of us prefer to stay dry when it rains, this is Lance’s favorite weather to run in, “because it makes me push harder so I can finish and get dry and warm”. I asked why he started running and he said, “Because my Dad runs.” Then he shared a story that his Mom told him. “When my Dad was running marathons and I couldn’t even walk, I used to hop around and watch because I felt the energy.” I’ve always wondered what runners think about while they run, so I asked him. Lance told me that he doesn’t really think about anything. He’s just focuses on his goal and trying to finish the race in the time that he has set for himself. His goal for the Culminator 10K was to finish in under 53 minutes and he finished in 49.01. He didn’t look at the clock as he crossed the finish line, so he didn’t even know until later that he had done so well. I also asked him if he could hear the people cheering for him as he approached the finish line and he told me that he could. He can hear the cheering and the clapping and it made him speed up to cross the line. He shared that it made him feel “good” when he How did it make you feel when you heard everyone cheering? “I forgot all about the pain.” This is what Lance Hesselgesser told me when he won the Age 20 and Under category for the 2013 ECFT Culminator 10K on November 16, 2013. You may be wondering what makes that special - after all, someone was going to win. It’s special because Lance is 8 years old. Lance was 7 years old when he started running. When I asked him why he likes running, he replied, “I run because I love it. I love the competition. It’s not only a competition against other runners, it’s a competition against myself and my last run.” Lance trains five days a week. On Monday, he runs with Fit Club at Jackson Elementary with Coach Tanner. “She is an inspiration and encourages all of us to be active.” On Tuesday and Thursday, he runs at Fryar Stadium with the Youth Sports Running Club. On the weekends, he runs for fun with his sister Hailey and his friend Evan. I asked if they talk about how to make themselves go faster and he told us that they just “try to go faster”. He told me that they run around the block three and one half times, this equals a mile, and sometimes they just run around. “My sister will time us

passed adults during the run. I can’t say I blame him – that is a real accomplishment! Of course I had to ask him about his future goals for running. To be this good at age 8, you know he’s going to continue to improve! Lance told me that he would like to run marathons like his Dad. “I’d like to get a scholarship to college and it would be real cool to go to any run where Steve Prefontaine ran.” I must admit that I had to look up Steve Prefontaine to find out that he was an American middle and long-distance runner who completed in the 1972 Olympics. I asked Lance if he remembers how old he was when he started liking Mr. Prefontaine and he said “No, I’ve always liked him.” I’m impressed that he knows about this athlete that ran, raced, lived and died – before he was even born. The last thing I asked him about was his advice for other people who want to start running. His reply was, “I would tell them to make it fun. That is very important. The best part of running for me is the competition. It’s exciting and there are so many people cheering you on so I would definitely tell them to participate in races.”

Lance isn’t the only young runner in their Family. His sister, Hailey, ran her first race in the Culminator 5K where she took second place for the Age 20 and Under category. Hailey is only 7 years old!

Spotlight on MWR

Welcome to

Estep Wellness Center by Charlene Frasher

Estep Wellness Center had been a part of the Fort Campbell community for 22 years when, during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, it was transformed from a troop gymnasium to a welcoming place of fitness for Families. Estep was noted as a place where Spouses could exercise and connect with each other during the deployment. There were very few machines when the 40’ x 40’ boxing training room was converted for exercise classes. Estep has since grown to become a well rounded, fully equipped fitness center that offers a plethora of choices focused on the various aspects of wellness. This includes the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and environmental. Estep believes in strength and wellness inside and out. It is this belief that has lead to the employment of staff that inspire and motivate patrons and clients on a daily basis. Upon entering the facility, you will find the front desk with friendly staff ready to offer a tour and information, register you for a class, check you in, or assist with scheduling you for one of our Certified Personal Fitness Trainers.

Just beyond the friendly front desk is the co-ed spa quarter. This section encompasses a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and locker rooms. The newly renovated sauna is the perfect place to get your sweat on and is beneficial for a number of health reasons - from removing toxins to treating congestive heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions. A steam room is available for those who desire a steam bath. This holistic health treatment is geared toward extracting impurities from the body using heat. It differs from the sauna, in that its effect is brought about by the use of wet heat as opposed to dry. Steam therapy reinvigorates the skin, positively effects lung disorders, assists with circulation and hyperthermia. The 1,000 gallon whirlpool offers a complete combination of heat, buoyancy of water and massage all things necessary to provide the therapeutic benefits associated with hydrotherapy, helping you to enjoy a healthier life by reducing

stress, headaches, muscle and joint pain to include arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as offer a better night’s sleep. Separate locker rooms are available for both men and women. However, this wasn’t always the case. For many years, the sole locker room was switched at midday to accommodate women in the afternoons and evenings. In the mid 90’s, Estep underwent a division of locker rooms with renovations to accommodate both genders. An update to the steam room and Jacuzzi were also completed at that time. Estep recently underwent a few more changes that included a fresh coat of paint. The main walls in the hallway are masked with bold colors that offer a powerful appearance prior to even setting foot into the exercise areas. Our next stop is the energetic cardio room filled with various pieces of equipment that will encourage a healthy heart beat! The vibrant colors chosen for this room were intentional to wake you up and get you going. Ellipticals, treadmills and recumbent bikes align the outer walls while row machines and stair climbers highlight the core of the room that once housed a boxing ring and several heavy weight bags for the Fort Campbell Division Boxing Team. Remnants of a time gone by can be found on the ceiling in the form of rings impacted to withstand the heavy weight bags and hard hits of a powerful fist. As you exit the door at the opposite side of the heart pumping area you will find a vast weight room that was once the hot spot for many basketball and volleyball games when Estep was known as DIVARTY (Division Artillery) and home to multiple units. This area has since been transformed into a muscle shredding pit stop, filled with a variety of more than 90 strength and resistance training machines and free weights. This area was recently modernized with new rubber flooring and 6 new pieces of Life Fitness equipment. There is also a section that is reserved for abdominal work and stretching. The oversized racquetball court, once used for hand ball and later revamped as a private ab and bike room, has found its calling as an exclusive out of this world “Cycle Studio” with a twist.

Thirty state of the art spin bikes call this home and patrons can participate in scheduled classes taught by Estep’s own Mad Dogg Spin Instructors. One of the highlights within Estep is the unique graffiti design created by artists from the Art Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. Artists took the encouraging words of the instructors and styled them on the black walls for an eclectic display of inspiration. When the lights go out - the walls glow to help motivate the patrons with each revolution. The twist on this room isn’t the artwork but the new addition of TRX® which was added in December. In 1998, an aerobics room was added to the building due to the ever changing health and fitness industry and the influx of and popularity regarding group fitness. A few years ago the floor was updated and made more suitable for aerobics. In order to offer a wider variety of classes, more equipment has been added. Estep prides itself on a well maintained aerobics fitness program that offers more than 30 classes weekly. Popular instructors lead classes such as Yoga, Zumba® Fitness, PiYo™ Strength Turbo Kick®, INSANITY®, Bokwa® Fitness and TRX® as well as those exclusive to Estep - Total Pump, Triple Threat, Power Lunch-H.I.I.T series, Latin Step, and Tabata. Special challenges, classes, events and/or series are limited to Saturdays no more than twice per month.

Another exclusive and very popular program created at Estep is Boot Camp Xtreme, commonly known as BCX. This is a 6-8 week intense program that is a mix of the three major fundamentals of fitness: cardio, strength, and agility that will test your limits and push you to dig deep, it is as much mental as it is physical. BCX is offered twice per year with a spring (morning) and fall (evening) session and is limited to 20 participants. These are held opposite each other due to the fact that it isn’t held within the walls of Estep but rather outside in the elements and at various MWR locations around Fort Campbell. Team Estep has a crew of 20 employees, the majority of which are trained, skilled and/or certified in some form of fitness. With 6 Certified Personal Fitness Trainers - 4 for hire, 7 Group Fitness Instructors, 10 Volunteer Group Fitness Instructors and more staff currently being trained in the industry, Estep’s programming quality is without a doubt one of the best ever offered in its nearly a quarter of a century existence. Estep is an ever evolving place for fun fitness. With so many trends that change at random it can be hard to keep up, but rest assured that Team Estep is progressing with the industry and the community to provide the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and environmental needs that it was tasked with so many years ago.


Shout Out

ng Introduci

Debra Wilson

The New Fort Campbell Riding Stables Manager By CynDe Clack

Debra was born in Gastonia, NC, lived in Sierra Vista, AZ for 18 years and moved to Charlotte, TN in May 2012. How did she end up at Fort Campbell? Her son is stationed here, she has a daughter who lives and works in Clarksville, and her significant other took a job at the VA Hospital in Nashville. With this many ties to the area, she was meant to be here also. When I asked her how she came to work at the at the Riding Stables, she told me, “Horses have always been my passion.” She shared that she started volunteering at Fort Huachuca Buffalo Corral in 1999, then became an animal caretaker and finally became the manager. “I’ve helped with all aspects of horses, from medical and dental to conditioning and more. I have slept at the barns many times watching a sick horse. I’ve gotten my training from many people, no one trainer in particular, then kept the knowledge of what I felt was best for the horses. No formal training, unless you consider ‘school of hard knocks’ training.”

Debra’s goal is for the Fort Campbell Riding Stables to be the best stables around – both in the facilities provided and the information given. She stated, “The staff here is very knowledgeable in so many areas.” She shared the following bits of advice for our readers: • If you are thinking about buying a horse, don’t just base your decision on looks. Take a knowledgeable person with you before buying. • If you want to learn to ride, listen to your guide and your horse. Be aware of your surroundings and have fun! • If you are a parent and want your children to learn about and ride horses, bring them to the stables. We teach everything from the ground up – from cleaning up after them to grooming and saddling. It’s not just about riding - it’s about bonding with your horse. It also teaches children responsibility.

“My greatest joy in teaching a child to deal with horses is seeing them become more confident in their everyday life, because if they can make a 1,000 pound horse walk, trot, back, bow, or whatever and not be afraid – then they can handle any bully out there!”

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