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Go Green for Spring Editor Melissa Wells


Jeremy Hayes Kristen Geist-Hodgkins Samantha Gregory Andrea Latimore Keri McPeak Melissa Schaffner Sunny Smith Jan Wagner

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It’s official, spring is in the air and we can look forward to warm temperatures ahead. This is the time of year, for me, that cabin fever really kicks into high gear and I am ready to get outside. I love to see the leaves coming back onto the trees and the first hint of green as spring bulbs start to pop up everywhere. In this issue, we are giving you some great ideas for springtime activities. If you like to spend time outdoors, you will want to turn to page 14 where we talk about Lake Kyle and the new facilities there. If spring cleaning is your thing, be sure to check out our tips for clutter removal and getting organized on page 10. This is an activity that the whole Family can do together. It is also a great time to get your kids involved in outdoor activities. MWR has just the thing to get your kids up and running, swimming and biking. Be sure to read all about the MWR Youth Triathlon on page 20. In addition to March being the beginning of spring, it is also a month full of other activities. March 17th is the ever popular Saint Patrick’s Day. Whatever your means of celebration, you will want to try some Irish treats from Chef Bob on page 6. I also write about my travels to Ireland and all that it has to offer on page 4. March is also Women’s History Month and it is important to remember and appreciate those individuals throughout history who fought for our rights and freedoms. Finally, if you have been following along with gardening tips over the past couple of months, March is going to be very exciting. It’s time to start digging in the dirt! This is the perfect time of year to start planting cool season crops (those that don’t do well in the heat of summer). Saint Patrick’s Day is a great time to plant your potatoes. March is also a great time to plant lettuce, spinach, kale, and most other kinds of salad greens, as well as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Spring onions can also be planted now. I personally like to mix flowers in with my vegetable garden. Some of them give mutually beneficial results as aids with pollination, repellents for “bad” bugs, or attractants for “good” insects. My Grandmother always planted marigolds around the edge of her garden to help detract those unwanted insects. Some flowers such as pansies, impatiens, and nasturtiums are also edible and make a beautiful addition to salads or sugared on a cake. Be sure that if you want to eat these flowers, that you are not using pesticides. It might be a good idea, if you haven’t already, to have your soil tested. This will give you a good idea of any nutrients that need to be added to your soil for the best vegetable production. A great way to add nutrients to your soil and to go green is to start a compost pile. You can find instructions on building a compost bin on the internet, or you can buy plastic ones at hardware and convenience stores. It greatly reduces the amount of trash and waste that goes into your garbage every week, and it helps to improve the nutrients and soil structure of your garden. Spring is a busy time when everything becomes fresh and new again, so enjoy the hopefully warm weather, get outside, and go green!

Melissa Wells, Editor


By Melissa Wells


icture shades of green from pale and yellowy to the deepest emerald with every hue in between and you might begin to imagine the color palette of Ireland.

My first glimpse of the island was in the plane flying over, and it was just as I had always imagined; shades of green interspersed with lines of rock walls, surrounded by the sea. My first impression was breathtaking, but it wasn’t until I landed that the genuine beauty of Ireland truly revealed itself. On my first trip to Ireland in 2004, I took a guided tour to try to get the most out of my experience. It was fantastic. The Irish guides and the comfort of the bus and accommodations were very impressive. The laid back atmosphere and genial nature of the Irish culture were apparent in every aspect of the tour. Even though the countryside is stunning, a day in a bus can be very long. This was not the case as throughout the trip the guide and driver kept us entertained with history, humor, stories, quotes and songs. We did hit a lot of “tourist destinations,” but we also went to sights off of the beaten path and were allowed to have time on our own to take photographs, journal or shop as we saw fit. Despite the amazing sites of Dublin, Galway, and Waterford, to name a few, my favorite part was going out in the evenings and meeting people. Ireland is famous for its pubs, and I understand why. It is a social gathering spot rather than a bar. You will

see people reading a newspaper, having dinner, watching a game, or just talking to each other. It was not long after entering into a pub that I would be engaged in a conversation with someone, and even though most of the people that I met were not familiar with the geographic location of many states past the East Coast, they were interested and excited to talk about topics of all sorts. One of my favorite experiences was a stop along the tour in a little town called Sneem in the West of Ireland. We had a brief stop there for refreshments, facilities, and to get a break from the bus. Our tour director told us that the cleanest facilities would probably be in the pubs, if we needed them. I decided to take his advice and walked into a giant, hot pink, pub close to where the bus was parked. It was virtually deserted and despite the sign that said “for customers only,” I decided to venture ahead. When I came out, I was greeted by a host of new found friends; one of them being the town postmaster who was at least 90. He informed me that he was quite famous and had been in Time Magazine and if I wanted, I could buy a postcard with his picture at the shop next door. Talk about a character! All of the people in that pub were fantastic. I laughed, talked, bought a round, and laughed some more. Needless to say, I was sorry to say goodbye; however, I have a memory that will last a lifetime. The second time I went to

Ireland was to celebrate my first wedding anniversary. I talked my husband into doing a self-drive tour and planning our own accommodations. He wanted to see as much as possible, so I planned a route of the whole island for the two weeks that we had planned. Needless to say, 1600 kilometers later, we saw a lot of Ireland! It was great because we took our time and explored remnants of old castles, abbeys, and pre-historic sites. You start to feel the magnitude of our time on the planet when you are standing in an abbey that was built in the 700’s. We even ventured into Northern Ireland by driving up the Antrim Coast and visiting sites such as the Giant’s Causeway and the murals painted during the troubles in Belfast and Derry. We stayed in the beautiful and luxurious Europa Hotel in Belfast which at one point during Ireland’s time of intense trouble and violence was dubbed “Europe’s most bombed hotel.” The dramatic past truly hits home when you drive down the street and see the side of a building painted with a mural telling you where their loyalties lie. Curbs are even painted different colors to let you know if you are entering into another area; loyalist colors of the Union Jack (red, white, and blue), or Irish Republic colors (green, and orange). Thankfully now, they are in a time of peace. I would take much more than a page to describe everything that I saw, felt and experienced while traveling around Ireland. It is one place in all of my travels that I felt I could have stayed and called it home. If you are looking for a great place to have a wonderful experience, you won’t be disappointed with an Irish vacation. MWR Leisure Travel Services can help you plan your trip to whatever specifications that you desire. Leisure Travel Services is located inside the Main PX Mall. For more information about planning a vacation to Ireland or any other travel needs, please call (270) 798-7436.


By Melissa Wells

Irish Roast Pork with Stuffing Happy 2 lbs good quality pork tenderloin or lean pork chops St. Patrick’s Day, the 2 Tbsp butter one day out of the 2 Tbsp apple cider or water year when everyone is Pinch of salt and pepper Irish! Ireland is one of my favorite places to Lightly salt and pepper the meat visit. The food, and coat with butter. Place in culture, people, and a dish and cover with foil, the way of life are all bake at 350 degrees for warm and inviting. I 1-1/2 hours. Serve with have been to Ireland stuffing and freshly cooked on two separate vegetables. occasions and am very happy to report that there is much more to Irish cuisine than Corned Beef and Cabbage, although they do love their potatoes. Having friends over for dinner or enjoying a meal with your Family can be a great opportunity to bond over shared experiences or just have fun together. St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to kick up your heels, wear your green, and have a great time. For this occasion, we have asked Chef Bob to use the luck o’ the Irish to get us some tasty treats good enough to be the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. Enjoy!

Irish Potato Stuffing 4–5 large potatoes boiled or steamed & coarsely mashed 1 large onion 2 large cooking apples, chopped Handful of chopped fresh sage and thyme Butter Salt and pepper Add the butter to the potatoes. Chop onion and add to potato mixture, stir in apples, herbs, salt and pepper. Serve with Irish Pork Roast.

Irish Vegetables 2 cups green cabbage, shredded 2 cups mashed potatoes 1/4 cup green onions, sliced 1/8 tsp pepper Butter or margarine Parsley for garnish

Irish Apple Cake Heat 1/2 inch of water to boiling, stir in cabbage, cover and cook for 5 minutes; drain. Prepare mashed potatoes; fold in cabbage, onions and pepper. Dot with butter and garnish with parsley.

1/4 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg, beaten 4 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled & diced (2cups) 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 cup all purpose flour Preheat oven to 350 degrees and generously grease an 8 inch square cake pan. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together, until light and fluffy. Add egg, apples, nuts and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix well. Sift in dry ingredients, mix well and pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake until the cake is lightly browned, and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean; about 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then unmold and serve hot or cold with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Irish Soda Bread 3-1/2 cups flour 1 tsp sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 8-10 oz. soured milk or buttermilk

“May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far” Irish Blessing

Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Sift the dry ingredients together several times in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour about 3/4 of the buttermilk and begin to stir, add more liquid as necessary; dough should be raggy, soft, and dryish. Knead the dough for about 30 seconds. Shape the dough into a circle and place on a floured baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut a cross into the top of the dough. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400 degrees and continue to bake for 20-30 minutes.


By Kristen Geist-Hodgkins Employment Readiness Program Manager


ow can your résumé really translate into money? A well-written résumé should net you an interview.

If you wow the interviewer, the next thing you know, you are in the green. On the other hand, résumé mistakes can cost you a job interview; potentially costing you the job. While typos, spelling errors, and word misuse usually rank the highest on most employers’ list of top mistakes, there are many other résumé mistakes that can decrease your chance of getting a job. Check out the top 10 résumé mistakes below:

1. Typos and grammatical errors 2. Not being specific 3. Using a ‘one size fits all’ approach 4. Highlighting duties instead of accomplishments 5. Providing too many or not enough details 6. A poor objective 7. No action verbs 8. Omitting important information 9. Visually too “busy” 10. Incorrect contact information

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In order to prevent these common résumé mistakes and ensure your résumé really does translate into green, have your local Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) representative edit your résumé. A well written

and error-free résumé is well worth the time and effort. Please contact us at (270) 798-4412/4289 for additional information. The next step is applying for a job. Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) and Army Community Service (ACS) are partnering to bring you a job fair on March 9, 2010, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at Cole Park Commons, 1610 101st Airborne Division Road. The Job Fair is free and

Target your résumé to a specific position. Use bullet statements. Do not exceed two pages, and make sure your name and page 2 are at the top of the second page. Check for errors in spelling, grammar, etc. Ensure your résumé is accurate. Use Times New Roman or Arial fonts. Begin your bullets with an action verb. Do not write your résumé in first person. Be consistent with dates, ex. 3/2010 and March 2010, use the same format throughout your resume. Use resume paper (white or off-white is best).

open to the public and there will be over 50 employers from across the country with a variety of industries represented. A list of employers and pertinent career areas will be provided before and during the Job Fair. ACAP, Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP), and the Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP), are joining to bring to you employers who are Soldier and Family Member friendly. ASEP employers such as Convergys have already signed up to participate. ASEP employers look favorably upon Military Spouses for employment. They realize the variety of skills that Spouses possess and will bring to their organization. Job fairs are excellent places to learn, network and possibly land a job. Please contact us for additional information on how to navigate the upcoming ACAP/ACS Job Fair on March 9, 2010. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, please contact the ACAP Office at (270) 798-5000, fax (270) 798-4232, or visit Find us on Facebook: Fort Campbell Army Community Services Family Employment Readiness Program.

Jump Start Your Résumé workshop: 10 – 11:30 a.m., 2nd Tuesday of every month, ACS Parlor Room, 5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd. ACAP Pre-Job Fair Orientation: March 2, 3 p.m., ACS Parlor Room, 5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd. FERP will offer job fair preparation assistance during the Family Information and Training (FIT) Orientation which is held weekly. Opportunities for FERP Clients are March 1, 3 and 5 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Call (270)798-4289/4412, or send an email to to sign up for assistance or walk in during the times listed.


By Jan Wagner


pring is in the air and it’s time to open up those windows, air out the house, and eliminate the clutter that has accumulated over the past several months. Getting organized allows you to clear your mind as well as your living space. I have compiled a list of tips and steps to help you best eliminate the clutter and start off your spring with an organized outlook. Happy cleaning! Step 1: Attack your kitchen pantry and cupboards. Look at the expiration dates on your dry food products and canned goods. If they are expired, toss them right away. Dust things off as you’re checking the dates and then organize while placing them back in the pantry. Go through your spices and seasonings and check for expiration dates. Wipe down the shelves and make a list of things you need to replace. Pull your dishes off the shelves, wipe down the shelves, and straighten your space. Throw out plastic storage container lids missing the container. Set aside containers without lids…we’ll use them later. Do you have dishes you never use? Start the Good Will/Garage Sale area.

Step 2: Attack the laundry. This is a project to make a day of, and maybe turn into a fashion show with the kids. Make piles of clothes; winter clothes, those that fit, those that don’t, and those that just need to go away. If you have multiple children who receive

hand-me-down clothes, purchase storage containers and mark the contents with size and type of clothes – put in storage or in the attic. For those that don’t meet the standards for passing on to siblings….send to the Good Will/Garage Sale pile of clothes. Then have the kids help you arrange their drawers with the clothes that still fit. Take out your list and add things that need to be purchased: socks, t-shirts, jeans or dress clothes. Don’t forget the linen closet. This is a good time to check sheets and blankets for wear and tear. Step 3: Crafts, school bags and stuff. This is an area that can often be easily straightened up. First designate the homework area and establish where the book bags, shoes and coats belong. Take the containers without lids (remember them?) and designate them for crayons, pencils, glue, etc. Then have the “owners” of the excess stuff help you sort through – the toys, the games, the video systems and accessories. Let them help you build on the Garage Sale by color coding the price tags by child. Then if their items sell, they get money toward something new. Things that don’t sell go to the Good Will area. Step 4: Walls and windows. Pick a room a day or a room a week. Start at the ceiling with your broom, checking for cob webs and spiders. Clean the ceiling fan and any lights in the room. Replace the burnt out or missing bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. Open the window(s), evict the spiders and insects that have spent the winter between the screen and the glass – and

give the glass a good cleaning. Then, with plain soapy water, start wiping down the walls. Note areas that need paint touch ups, but keep working on the walls. Base boards are next and lastly the floor. Be honest with yourself. Sweeping and vacuuming are not going to cut it today…use the soapy water to wash up the tile and wood floors, pull out or rent a steam cleaner for the carpets. Add to your list any paint or repair items you need.

Step 5: Organize the Garage Sale and make a trip to Good Will. Have fun, involve the neighbors, and let the kids help…be creative in advertising. Step 6: Start over. It’s now Summer Cleaning your Spring Clutter. The kids have grown, the temperatures are changing, the dust has accumulated and it’s time to put up the school supplies and organize the summer activities. Good Luck! De-cluttering tips 1. Start a list, keep a list, and take it with you to the store. 2. Create a schedule / make a game plan. 3. Ask yourself – Do I really need this? Do I really use this? 4. Use containers to store seasonal and seldom used items. 5. Work with your neighbor or good friend to get the garage sale working. 6. Take notes for summer clean up.


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By Melissa Wells


ort Campbell has a wonderful variety of programs and services available to Army Families.

One of these is the Heroes at Home program. This program is adapted for Military Families from the Parent’s as Teachers program. Fort Campbell was one of the original pilot installations where the program was initially offered. Because of its success, it is now available at 37 other installations. Deidre Davis, Certified Educator for Heroes at Home, talked about some of the many benefits of this program and what they have to offer. “This program is a wonderful outlet for parents to network and a great way for children to socialize,” says Davis. All of the services offered are FREE! Some of the things that Heroes at Home offers are home visits for prenatal development and bonding while pregnant, teaching the developmental process and growth and motor skills for ages zero to three, and skills for school readiness,

motor skills, and working on reading and colors for children ages three to five. According to, “certified parent educators provide child development information, parenting support and encouragement to Military Parents to help their children learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.” Another aspect of this program is the weekly playgroups that meet every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. These playgroups encourage socialization for both parents and children and allow children to play games and learn toys that encourage development of physical and mental

more information about their rentals, call (270) 798-3919/6806 or visit By Jeremy Hayes If you are going to use a boat, please pring is here and with remember the permitted speed on Lake the warm weather comes Kyle is IDLE SPEED only. Canoes and the itch to get outside kayaks can also be used on Lake Kyle. It is a very Family friendly area and the lake has and participate in some favorite a good supply of bluegill, shell crackers, past times such as fishing, bass, and catfish, along with a few other camping, and picnicking. species of fish. If you like to fish, the If these activities sound good to you, then Stump Jumpers Fishing Club is a great Lake Kyle on Fort Campbell is the place to place for anglers, both seasoned and new, go. Lake Kyle is located just off of Indian to get together and learn tips and Mound Road in Training Area 31. It is techniques. The next meeting is approximately 70 acres in size and is mostly 6 p.m., April 21 at Waholi Pavilion. surrounded by a wooded area; a beautiful If you like to picnic, there place to spend a warm spring day! is a NEW covered pavilion that was Lake Kyle has three boat ramps recently added just for that and two NEW floating fishing docks for purpose. This new pavilion, along fishermen who have a boat. If you do not with the picnic tables placed all have a boat, don’t worry; you can walk the around the lake, make Lake Kyle shore line and still have a good chance to the ideal place to enjoy the catch a trophy. Gear-To-Go has a wide outdoors. Additionally, for those variety of boats, canoes, kayaks, as well as that enjoy camping, there is free camping equipment, available to rent. For tent camping available during the


milestones. Currently, they meet at Building 3301, on the corner of 46th and Indiana Ave. Parents can find out about this program when they register for Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS), or by stopping by their offices at Building 2188 on 13 1/2 Street, next to Estep Gym. For more information about the Heroes at Home program or the weekly playgroups, please call (270) 412-6350. More information about the Heroes at Home program can also be found at .

summer! Just remember to stop by the Outdoor Recreation Main Office and get your fishing license, your post permit for fishing, and/or your recreation permit for hiking, camping and other recreational activities. You will have access to the training area map and the staff will be able to assist with any questions that you have. The Outdoor Recreation Main Office is located just outside Gate 10 on 101st Airborne Division Road. For more information about Lake Kyle, please call (270)798-2175.


By Melissa Wells


hen I first started writing an article about women’s history, I thought about famous women throughout time, Mother Theresa, Madame Curie, Sacajawea, Queen Elizabeth, Madeline Albright, Amelia Earhart, the list goes on and is too extensive to name in one article. Then I began to think about current women and how we came to have the rights, freedoms, and choices that we now enjoy. I thought that I knew many facts about the Women’s Suffrage movement and the names of the famous feminists throughout time. It wasn’t until I started doing research that I realized how little I knew and how much I had taken for granted. The Women’s Movement and the groundwork that was laid for the right to vote, among other freedoms, is the basis for the opportunities available to myself and other women. I wonder how many of us really realize the struggles that they went through to achieve those freedoms. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a look back at some of the innovators and suffragettes who paved the way for the future. Women today hold high positions in many fields, including government, social, corporate and entertainment fields. Great strides have been made to ensure equal work for equal pay, the right to vote, hold property, and the right to have custodianship of their own children. Do you realize that it has been less than 100 years since women were granted these rights? For those of us who have had the luxury of growing up with the reassurance that we could be whatever we wanted and do whatever we wanted, we have taken for granted that these rights always existed. The first name that popped into my mind was Susan B. Anthony when I thought about women’s rights; the famous name of women’s suffrage and a pioneering feminist. What I didn’t realize was the depth of her dedication

and how her ideals formed a revolution. Did you know that she worked for women’s rights for over 50 years, or that she wrote an amendment in 1878 that would later become the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote? According to the Women in History Organization, she was “an organization genius - her canvassing plan is still used today by grass root and political organizations.” But she was not alone; other activists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were also on the forefront of women’s rights. As a matter of fact, the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York was initiated by these women after attending an Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840. From “The catalyst for this gathering was the World Anti-Slavery Convention held in 1840 in London and attended by an American delegation which included a number of women. In attendance were Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,

their cause aside to campaign for the abolition of slavery. They believed that after the war, they would be granted the same rights as the freed slaves; they were mistaken. Women were not officially granted the right to vote until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. I am amazed by the courage, dedication, and fortitude that it took to start a revolution and continue to fight and persist for over 70 years to see the result of your cause. Most of these trailblazers were not even alive to see

who were forced to sit in the galleries as observers because they were women. This poor treatment did not rest well with these women of progressive thoughts, and it was decided that they would hold their own convention to "discuss the social, civil and religious rights of women.“ During the Civil War, most of these progressive women set

women vote. I think now it is up to us to continue to remember these heroes who fought not only for women’s rights, but for the rights of everyone.

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ften, moving to a new place can be a scary experience. This is exceptionally true for Military Families. On average, Military Families will move up to five or six times in a 20 year career. Every move is a new experience and an opportunity to learn the Army way of life. A program that helps bridge the gap for Military Families new and old is Army Family Team Building (AFTB). AFTB is dedicated to providing education, guidance, Family Readiness, self-improvement, and volunteer opportunities to the total Army Family. The program is operated by Family members, for Family members, including Spouses, Soldiers, and Civilians. AFTB takes pride in mission readiness and Family

By Andrea Latimore Readiness by encouraging Families to learn the Army culture. AFTB is organized into three levels and is taught through interactive classes.

Level l - Learn A two day course for those who are new to the Army (0-5 years). It introduces the basic terms, acronyms, and resources that are needed in order to successfully transition into the Army lifestyle. The first level of AFTB includes topics such as Military Acronyms & Terms, Customs & Courtesies, Community Resources, and Problem Solving. In addition, Level l provides an introduction to mission, structure, and benefits of Family Readiness Groups (FRGs).

Level II - Personal Development A three day course for those who are becoming involved in the Army Community. This group of classes leads students down a path of self-discovery to find themselves, which in turn will help them learn what leadership style would best suit them. Students will learn the importance of self-confidence when meeting new people and the benefits of being a supportive group member.

Level II classes include Team Dynamics, The Volunteer Experience, Family Readiness Groups and the Deployment Cycle, and Introduction to Leadership.

Level III - Leadership A three day course that offers training to enhance an individual’s professional growth and leadership skills. This training is valuable to individuals who are leaders, within their unit, the FRG, or the community. The skills gained in Level III help to foster cohesive groups that become productive. Topics include Leadership Styles, Coaching and Mentoring, Managing Group Conflict, and Building Cohesive Teams. Students who make it through Level III often go on to be AFTB Instructors. Army Community Service Instructor Training topics include The Adult Learner, Methods of Instruction, Managing the Learning Environment, and The Preparation Process. Want to learn how to read a Leave & Earnings Statement (LES), or need to know the proper length of a dress worn to an Army Formal, then Army Family Team Building is for you. It will not only help you learn the language of the Army, but it will connect you to resources and people that will continue to help you throughout your life. Classes are held twice a month at the Family Resource Center (FRC). Classroom hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., funded childcare is available on-site for regularly scheduled Level classes. For more information on Army Family Team Building call (270) 798-4800, email us at, or become a fan of our Facebook page at AFTB Level II – March 8 – 10, 9 – 3 p.m. AFTB Level III – March 29-31, 9 – 3 p.m. Do you work during the day, but still want to get involved with the program? Army Family Team Building offers Night Owl classes on a rotating basis. If you would like more information about these classes, please call (270) 798-4800.


By Sunny Smith Lined up at the edge of the pool, hearts pounding, legs shaking, and butterflies in your stomach – the race begins. The Third Annual MWR Youth Triathlon series gets underway on Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m., at Dolan Indoor Pool. The triathlon is an event for children/youth in grades 1 – 12. The idea of participating in the triathlon is not to declare a winner, but to develop lifelong athletes, and to encourage the participants to do their best. MWR Aquatics, Outdoor Recreation, and Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) partner for this event. The triathlon at the end of March is a great way to kick-off April’s Month of the Military Child events. What a fantastic way to celebrate being a Military Child! The distances vary in each of the

races in the series. They range from a 30 - 90 meter swim, to a one mile run, and a two mile bike ride. Each participant is timed with their actual start and finish time, and they are encouraged to try their best, do what they can, and have fun. The idea of the series is that they participate, and try to improve their time and technique each time they race. If participants are nervous about the swimming portion of the course, lifeguards are in the water to support and help if needed; kickboards are available. It is a supportive and exciting atmosphere with all of the parents and staff cheering each participant to the finish line. The children compete with looks of determination on their faces, much like

those on the faces of Olympic athletes! They know they can do it! Parents are able to run and bike with their children, making the event a Family affair. By the time each of the participants crosses the finish line, they have done more on their Saturday morning than most kids their age will do all day long! To prepare for the triathlon, MWR has posted a triathlon training schedule at The training schedule is also available at the Taylor Youth Center. Start preparing now for the March 27 event! Registration is open until March 19, and all participants must be registered with CYSS. For CYSS registration, please contact (270) 798-0674. For more information regarding the MWR Youth Triathlon, please contact Sunny Smith at (270) 798-6548.

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should play Texas Hold’em at Sportsman’s Lodge!

By Keri McPeak Texas Hold’em came to Fort Campbell in January 2009, and has been such a hit that it is continuing for 2010. The hands are played following “Robert’s Rules of Poker,” a common set of poker rules and etiquette recognized by all major Texas Hold’em tournaments. No gambling is involved, which means no risk of losing any money. Chips are provided for play to be used as each player sees fit, so some players play it tight while others play aggressively. The tournaments are run on a point scale, with 20 qualifying spaces ranging from 20 points for the person who finishes 20th, to 500 points for the person who wins that game. All participants must be at least 18 years of age to play. All of the fun and excitement of Texas Hold’em can be found at Sportsman’s Lodge every Thursday evening where there

are games played at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The more you play, the more points you can earn. Every three months, the top 100 point earners for that quarter are granted a seat at the Main Event. The next Main Event is March 27. Prizes will be presented to top point earners, as well as the overall winners seated at the final table of the tournament. First place is a prized valued up to $500, $250 for second place, and $100 for third. The actual prizes vary from tournament to tournament. For more information about the weekly Texas Hold’em events or to find out how you qualify for the Main Events, please call MWR Public Relations at (270) 798-7535.

1. The people - fantastic, friendly, and fun! 2. The food - Sportsman’s has great “munchies,” and full menu from which to order. 3. The beverages - Sportsman’s has a good selection of your favorite adult drinks, at prices that will not break your budget. 4. Improve your game - the more Texas Hold’em you play, the better you get. 5. Great environment - enjoy the Texas Hold’em atmosphere. 6. Socialize - great way to spend a Thursday night. 7. Support MWR - showing your support allows MWR to do more for Soldiers and their Families. 8. No gambling involved - you can walk in with a certain amount of money in your pocket, and walk out with the same amount, unless you buy refreshments. 9. Good service - Sportsman’s Lodge and Texas Hold ‘em Staff make you feel welcome. 10. It’s FREE - who says you cannot get anything for free these days! Come play!


By Samantha Gregory If you access Fort Campbell through Gate 10, you may have noticed a few new structures near MWR Outdoor Recreation’s main office on 11th Airborne Division Road. If you have not visited us lately, you are missing out on some exciting changes taking place for Outdoor Recreation. Fort Campbell Outdoor Recreation is proud to announce the completion of the new Alpine Towers Adventure Complex. Construction for this high adventure challenge course began in October 2009 and was completed in December 2009. Plans are in place to open the Adventure Complex in the spring of 2010. The challenge course was constructed with the intent to service Soldiers returning from deployment; it provides an avenue to reach a “new normal” through high adventure programming. There will also be

opportunities for Soldier’s Families, the military community, and civilians to participate on the Adventure Complex in the near future. The complex consists of several elements designed for team building and high adventure experiences. These elements include the Team Development Course, Carolina T-Wall, Odyssey, and Alpine Tower. The Team Development Course is a series of ground-level initiatives, designed to facilitate team building, communication, trust, and problem solving skills. Next, the Carolina T-Wall offers various levels of complexity for bouldering, climbing, and rappelling. Multiple faces of the wall allow enthusiasts of all levels to experience new challenges with each climb. The Odyssey is comprised of

several elements within the structure. Two levels, of different heights, support initiatives such as the Matrix, Complex X, the Scary Ferry, and two Zip Lines. Lastly, the Alpine Tower stands 50 feet high and offers numerous routes with varying levels of difficulty. The Alpine Tower is an inclusive element that allows people of all abilities to participate. Another exciting element within the Alpine Tower is the Giant Swing, which involves being hoisted up to 30 feet in the air by your teammates, allowing you to experience the most breathtaking swing of your life! This new Adventure Complex offers the perfect opportunity to get out and experience some high flying fun and a taste of extreme sports with your friends, Family, and battle buddies. For more information on pricing and hours of operation, contact the Adventure Programs office at (270) 412-7855.

By Melissa Schaffner March is the last month to take advantage of the Cole Park Golf Club’s off-season price break. Dave Normand, PGA Master Professional, explains it this way: “A typical season of golf in Tennessee is April through October. Cole Park Golf Club is open year round, weather permitting. There are perfectly good days for golf in the winter months, and occasionally, getting out on the links is the perfect cure for cabin fever. This is why we offer $1 per hole greens fees, including cart, Monday through Friday, until the end of March. ” Even in the winter, the greens are mowed at Cole Park every week. The Bermuda fairways go dormant in the winter. The appearance of the course is an important part of the experience of the game. “The attractive aesthetics of the course are part of

what our customers expect, “ states Normand. Dave Normand has been the manager of the Cole Park Golf Club for nearly a year. As a PGA Master Professional, he is certified in three areas: Golf Operations, which includes tournaments, and the Pro Shop, General Management, covering the grounds maintenance and care and budgeting, and Instruction. As an Instructor, he can provide lessons for men, women, juniors, and seniors, from the novice to the experienced golfer. Normand remarked, “I encourage those who wish to learn golf to try a few options that are free or low cost first. Folks have a perception that golf is a game for the wealthy, but that is not necessarily true. Our putting green is free, and we offer inexpensive rental clubs, and range balls for the driving range are low cost too. We also have a free three hole practice course across the street.”

After you try a few of the lower cost options to gauge interest in pursuing the game further, a standard set of clubs would be the first significant expense. Normand offers club fitting, and encourages new golfers to take lessons. “As your game improves, you could reward yourself with better tools, for example, new clubs,” Normand recommends. Memberships are offered at Cole Park Golf Club, both 5 day and 7 day are available. Daily use is another option, and fees vary depending on the category of the golfer, military rank or Civilian status. Guests are always welcome. “I look forward to sharing my love of the life-long game of golf with all of our new players,” declares Normand. A Ladies Day is in the plans for spring, which will include a morning lesson, time on the driving range, clinics and refreshments. For more information about Cole Park Golf Club, call (270) 798-4906/1822.


Fort Campbell MWR Life  
Fort Campbell MWR Life  

Information for and about the Soldiers and Families of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Home of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division.