FEATURES - March 2013 3
Becoming a Leader
Editor Tara Goodson
Ben Alejandro Eden Barnett Sharene Curenton Charlene Frasher Ramon M. Maisonet Jessica Ryan Lonnie Scott Adam Slyfield Lisa Taylor
CPL Lopez is this month’s Hometown Hero.
Sports injury prevention starts during practice.
March brings a calendar full of events and activities to enjoy.
10 Ride Smart
Motorcycle training to stay safe.
12 The Center of Life
What happens if…?
Creative Director Sears Hallett
18 Healthy Habits by Char
20 Aspire to Stardom
Do you know how to read the label on the food you consume?
Jenny Roecker 931-627-4969 firstname.lastname@example.org
Talented youth have a shot at stardom!
Stardom Entertainment CynDe Clack Paula Hallett Jessica Ryan Deborah Young
20 Put it on ICE
How do you provide customer service feedback?
22 The Scholarship Hunt
Where can you find extra cash for school?
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22 City Slicker Urban Orienteering
April’s ECFT event tests both your physical and mental abilities.
24 Spring Style 2013
Stay up to date with a few simple accessory additions to your wardrobe.
27 Canter Down to the Stables
Saddle up and check out what Fort Campbell Riding Stables has to offer!
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Becoming a Leader by Tara Goodson
“Unit awards are the best awards because they show how we work as a team.” Everything about that quote exemplifies what CPL Samuel Lopez is about. This Soldier is humble yet proud of the things he has accomplished, but also quick to point out, he is a member of a team, one of the best teams in 160th SOAR(A). The 160th SOAR(A) consists of the Army's best-qualified aviators and support Soldiers. They are highly trained and ready to accomplish the very toughest missions in all environments, anywhere in the world, day or night, with unparalleled precision. CPL Lopez maintains the standards and ethics we associate with the 160th SOAR(A), his forward thinking and ability to do this both on duty and off is the reason he was chosen to be the subject of March’s Hometown Hero article.
MWR Life: Why did you enlist in the Army?
MWR Life: Who inspired you to join the Army?
Lopez: I started thinking about it in high school and did some research. I didn’t come from a military Family and really wasn’t aware of the difference in the branches until I started doing the research my junior year. At that time I decided to continue my education, but my parents were firm in saying that they would back any decision I made. During the time I spent in school, pursuing a major in music, I kept thinking about the military. I spent a lot of time meditating about it. After three years, I decided enlisting in the Army is what I wanted to do. The Army had the courses and schools I was interested in.
Lopez: I kept coming back to the friends I had that had joined. Their support and accomplishments steered me in this direction. One friend in particular, was so positive that he really motivated me. His advice really helped me and the support from my friends and my Family let me know that it was the right decision for me. MWR Life: Why were you selected to be this month’s Hometown Hero? Lopez: I had no idea that my chain of command was considering me until I received an email from our Public Affairs Office (PAO)! I do the right thing on and off duty and do not always realize the impact of
what I am doing, and I don’t really talk about the things I accomplish. I appreciate my chain of command for recognizing it and nominating me. MWR Life: What do you feel have been some of your greatest accomplishments since you have been in the service? Lopez: “Finishing what I started.” I finish everything I start, from beginning to end. During green platoon (our Unit’s initial training), I was nominated for the Peer Leadership Award and received it. I completed the entry training for the Unit and I also recognize that I can learn from anyone, whether it’s my military or Civilian counterparts. My primary focus is to do what I need to do to help my Unit. We’ve also been also been nominated for several Unit awards. Those awards are the best because it shows how we work as a team to complete our missions. MWR Life: How has the Army helped you become who you are today? Lopez: I’m not the same person I was prior to enlisting, my attitude has improved along with my leadership skills; my confidence has increased and I have developed a stronger character within myself. Being active duty has improved my time management and my responsibility, not only to me but others as well; and my unit has helped me emotionally and financially. I can’t focus on my mission if I am worried about paying bills. They expect a lot but they don’t leave you needing help, they help you out. I truly believe I am 10 times a better person than I was prior to enlisting. MWR Life: How many times have you been deployed and what are some of the major differences you noticed from your first deployment to the next? Lopez: Deploying is a real eye opener, being isolated away from your home can be hard to adjust to, but I know I can count on my team to help me adjust. Plus, being down range makes me truly appreciate what my Unit does. Of course, each time it gets a little easier because you know what to expect, but every deployment presents its own unique challenges and differences.
MWR Life: You said you are back in school. What are you studying? Lopez: I’m studying Multimedia Design Emphasis and Web Designing. I believe the degree will help me enhance my military service, particularly my MOS. Even though I miss aspects of the degree in music I was pursuing previously, I am dedicated to what I currently am doing in the Army. MWR Life: During your career was there someone in your leadership who really inspired or mentored you, maybe someone who helped drive you to be a better Soldier? Lopez: I have had many good leaders and wouldn’t be here if not for them but three people stand out right now, MSG McKenzie, SSG Johnston and SSG Thomas. They have mentored me, pushed me and have stood next to me while I have strived to achieve the goals I set. Everyone in my Unit has helped me in both my military and personal life. They know the good and bad and have taught me everything I know. MWR Life: Prior to joining the Army, you were interested in…? Lopez: In high school and college I was on the track and field and cross country team and, of course, was in music. Every activity, while it can be perceived as solitary, really was a team activity. What I did, or didn’t do, affected the entire team. During my senior year of high school, we were at the regional competition. My team was doing well until the third relay lap occurred. At that point, my teammate decided he didn’t want to race and he walked the entire lap. The fourth runner, knowing we were just knocked out of second place and the chance to move to the next competition, ran his fastest. That one event opened my eyes to what teamwork really is and I have carried it with me to this day. I may not be the best at what I do, but I will always do my best, never give up and complete the task at hand. One person can make a big difference on a team.
MWR Life: If you were to advise the Single Soldier population, what is the most important piece of advice you would share with them? Lopez: Stay safe, on duty and off. Wear your personal protective equipment (PPE) if you are a bike enthusiast. Do your checks, including on your personally owed vehicle (POV). Have a buddy you can count on, no matter what. Look out for each other and if you know something is dangerous, don’t do it. MWR Life: What are your future plans with the Army? Lopez: My short terms goals include keep working to gain rank, continue with school and obtain my Associate’s Degree. Better myself with individual training so I can perform my job better and always help others in my Unit. My long term goals are to complete my Bachelor’s Degree, improve my leadership skills and be able to help others achieve their goals. MWR Life: What do you think is the key to your success in the Army? Lopez: My keys are fairly simple…be in the right place at the right time in the right uniform. Don’t settle for the minimum, go above and beyond. Set priorities and always do the right thing, on duty and off. MWR Life: Is there a message that you would like to share with the Fort Campbell community? Lopez: Be safe and help each other. We are a community, after all. Get out and volunteer, Fort Campbell has a variety of programs and nearly all of them accept volunteers. If you are a Single Soldier, be active in the BOSS program. Donate time, money or food. Every little thing counts. “Mom always said, ’Be grateful for the small things and you’ll be grateful with the bigger things’.”
S I DE L I N E D
by Adam Slyfield
Sports are a big part of many people's lives growing up. It can teach young people responsibility, teamwork and how to set and achieve goals. Football was that sport for me. But with the injuries involved in sports, some parents are scared to let their children play. Young athletes are being recruited and groomed to play at a very young age now-a-days, which has made the number of youth sports participants grow dramatically. Nearly thirty million children and adolescents play youth sports in the United States and with those numbers there are bound to be a high number of injuries. High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and nearly 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 have been injured. Those numbers are frightening, but what they do not tell you is 62 percent of youth sport injuries occur during practice. The responsibility to play safe lands squarely on the parents and coaches shoulders to ensure their players are not injured. Why not take the same safety precautions at practice that you do for a game? It is just as important for the parents to know the rules of the sport as it is for the child playing it. There are injuries in every sport from tennis to boxing. Football takes the most of the flack about injuries, probably because it is the most popular sport in the US; even at the high school level it is taken very seriously. But the NFL has problems of its own with players lying about
injuries to keep playing not only for pride but for the fear that they will lose their job. This year San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith received a concussion and while nursing his injury lost his starting job to a young up and comer Colin Kaepernick. This was a decision made by head coach Jim Harbaugh, which ended up paying off with the Super Bowl game. Usually if you get injured in the NFL your job is waiting for you when you recover. But this new way of thinking by coaches like Harbaugh might result in even more players lying about their injuries. In the NFL last year there were 4,493
total injuries, a number that has increased the past two seasons. But every injury isn't life threatening or career ending; the majority of injuries do not even keep the player out more than a week. A concussion is the injury that worries most parents while their child is participating in youth football. With studies being done all across America on brain injuries in sports there has been a lot of focus on head injuries in football. The NFL is trying to educate young players on the game and the injuries involved with it. USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL, created "Heads Up Football" a program designed to teach young athletes to tackle the right way using their chest and upper body instead of the head, therefore helping to prevent serious injuries. The NFL also donated 30 million dollars to brain injury research. Hopefully education on this matter will decrease these numbers in the future. But it is up to the parents and coaches of these student athletes to ensure the lessons are used properly. Superstar athletes are role models to the younger generation, whether they want to be or not, so it's also on them to help educate the youth in understanding the risk of the game and ways to prevent it. Only a parent can determine if the risk of injury is great enough to prevent their child from participating in youth sports, but the lessons learned will carry through adolescent years into adulthood and foster a sense of camaraderie only learned through team sports. To learn more about Youth Sports at Fort Campbell, please contact CYSS Youth Sports at (270) 798-6355.
In The Know
Hello March! by Jessica Ryan
During its 31 days, March is quite a busy month. While many associate the month with Saint Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring, there are many other events occurring in March. Here are some events to check out: March 1: National Education Association’s Read Across America Day Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Giesel, famously known as Dr. Seuss, published 46 children’s books. On March 1, The National Education Association (NEA)’s Read Across America Day will honor Dr. Seuss’s birthday (which actually occurs on March 2). This year’s theme is “Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat.” It’s time to read your favorite Dr. Seuss book to your child, your pet or to yourself. Dr. Seuss’ books are available at the R.F. Sink Memorial Library, located on 38 Screaming Eagle Boulevard. To find your favorite Dr. Seuss book, go to their catalog at https://mylibraryus.fmwr.net/search~S21 or call (270) 798-5729. March 15: Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club VICE Night 2013 The Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club (OSC) will hold their Very Important Charitable Event, also known as VICE Night, at 6 p.m. in Cole Park Commons. The Fort Campbell OSC raises money for their Scholarship and Welfare Grants program which gives scholarships to active duty Soldiers and their dependents, Retirees and Gold Star Family members. This year’s theme is a Boot Scootin’ Bash. Attendees will get the chance to wear their favorite Wild West themed attire, bid during the live and silent auctions and enjoy a performance by the Joel Brown Band. Tickets are $25 per person. Additionally, the Fort Campbell OSC is seeking donations for auctioned items. Visit www.fortcampbellosc.com for ticket purchases, donation inquires and questions. March 15: Dueling Pianos at The Zone Shake, Rattle and Roll Dueling Pianos returns to The Zone for a free performance starting at 7 p.m. The dueling
pianos act will perform both classic and current hits that will get audience members clapping and singing along. The first 100 people through the door at 6:30 p.m. will receive a $5 voucher to use towards food and beverage purchases. The Zone is an age 18+ facility located on 3910 Indiana Avenue. For more information, call (270) 461-0603.
16, in their downtown area. Visit www.houstoncochamber.com/home-page-for-festivitiescms-83 for the parade and event details. Many cities will also host local celebrations during the Saint Patrick’s Day weekend. Don’t forget to wear green on this day or else you will be pinched! March 31: Easter Sunday Brunch at Cole Park Commons Cole Park Commons will host a special Easter Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s menu includes a large selection of breakfast and lunch favorites including stuffed pork loin, chicken with orange sauce, hash brown casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy and vegetables. There will also be a ham carving station, omelet station, waffle station, assortment of scrumptious desserts, chocolate fountain and more. Rumor has it that a special floppy eared guest will make an appearance. Tickets are $20.95 for adults and children age 11 and older; $10.95 for children ages 6-10; and free for children afe 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eagle Catering Office, located inside Cole Park Commons. For more information, call (270) 798-4610 ext. 119.
March 16: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at D.W. Recreation Center The Easter Bunny will make over to D.W. Recreation Center for a breakfast and meet and greet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests are welcomed to take pictures with the Easter Bunny as well as participate in a coloring contest and get the opportunity to win door prizes. Tickets cost $3 for children age 12 and under and $5 for ages 13 and over. On March 14, ticket prices will increase to $5 for children age 12 and under and $7 for ages 13 and over. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door if food is available. D.W. Recreation Center is located on 6145 Desert Storm Avenue. For more information, call (270) 798-7446. March 16-17: Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend Erin, Tennessee will host the 51st Annual Wearin’ of the Green Irish Day Parade and Arts and Crafts Festival on March
March 31: Easter Egg Hunt at D.W. Recreation Center Who doesn’t love an Easter egg hunt? On Easter Sunday, children will get the opportunity to roam on the DW Recreation Center lawn and try to find as many Easter Eggs as possible. There will be six separate hunts for each age group. Age groups and time are as follows: walking through age 2 at 2:30 p.m.; children age 3 at 3 p.m.; ages 4 and 5 at 3:30 p.m.; ages 6 and 7 at 4 p.m.; ages 8 and 9 at 4:30 p.m.; and ages 10 to 12 at 5 p.m. Children need to bring their own basket to put their Easter eggs in. For more information, call (270) 798-7446. *Dates, times and ticket prices are subject to change
Motorcycle training is an important part of any rider’s continuing education. The Army believes this so much that it has made motorcycle continuing education a requirement, through Army Regulation 385-10. This training is required for all riders whether they ride on the installation or not and is conducted in a three part progression. The first part of the progressive training program is to ensure that all riders first get the basic skills training needed to ride a motorcycle. These basic skills are provided by the installation through the Basic Rider Course or BRC. The BRC gives the new rider the basic skills that allow them to go out and ride safely and to practice the newly learned skills. For those taking the BRC after previously riding many years the training will identify bad habits that may have been learned and allow the rider to correct those bad habits. Completion of the BRC will give the rider the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) card,
All Revved Up by Lonnie Scott
which is required for all Soldiers to operate a motorcycle on or off the installation. This card is also required to register the motorcycle on the installation. For Soldiers licensed in Tennessee a Tennessee State certificate will be issued allowing them to update their Tennessee driver’s license without further testing. There is no requirement for a license or the BRC card to take the training. The installation provides the motorcycles for the Basic Rider Course and all students must use the provided motorcycles. Helmets and gloves will be provided only for the BRC for the Soldiers that do not have their own. The BRC card does not expire but a Soldier can become out of compliance with the regulation if they do not complete or register to complete advanced rider training within one year. The second step of the progressive training requires that within one year of completing the BRC all riders must take an advanced rider course. For riders that operate a sport bike, they will need to schedule a Military Sport Bike Rider Course or MSRC. Those riding any other type motorcycle are required to take the Experienced Rider Course for Cruisers, ERC. The ERC is also known as the Basic Rider Course II or BRCII. The MSRC and ERC are a step up in training and add to the rider’s skills and abilities to operate the motorcycle in most cases. Soldiers are required to provide their motorcycle for The Sport Bike and/or Experienced Rider training. Additionally the rider must have proof of insurance, drivers’ license with a motorcycle endorsement, registration and their motorcycle must pass a Motorcycle Safety Foundation T-CLOCS inspection. T-CLOCS stands for Tires, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis, and Stands. The checklist can be found on line through any search engine. Soldiers completing the Sport Bike or Experienced rider course will receive an advanced rider course card for the training they completed. Finally the regulation requires advanced rider sustainment training every three year for the type motorcycle the Soldier operates. With the completion of each training event the Soldier will be issued a MSF card with the new completion date. Lost cards will be replaced but for the lost card issued date and the Soldier must have taken the training at Fort Campbell. Soldiers must wear the following
protective equipment motorcycle training.
HELMET: Department of Transportation (DOT) certified helmet. EYE PROTECTION: Impact and shatter resistant Eyewear. FOOT PROTECTION: Over the ankle footwear, boots preferred. PROTECTIVE CLOTHING: Long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. REFLECTIVE VEST: A brightly colored reflective vest or reflective belt. To register for motorcycle training Soldiers must request the training through the unit training NCO. The annual Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP) schedule may be downloaded from the Installation Safety Portal at https://portal.campbell.army.mil/garrison/iso/ default.aspx or the Fort Campbell 101st Airborne Division Motorcycle portal page at https://portal.campbell.army.mil/MCSafety/ default.aspx. All training begins at building 6074 Screaming Eagle Boulevard across from Range Control. The Basic Rider Course is conducted twice a week, each Monday and Tuesday and again on Thursday and Friday, beginning at 7:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. The MSRC and ERC are conducted every Wednesday begin at 7:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days. No training will be conducted on Federal Holidays. All motorcycle training is for Soldiers only. An Army contract with Cape Fox Government Services provides all of the Army Traffic Safety Training Program motorcycle and POV training for the Fort Campbell installation and all installations across the Army. For additional information please contact Mr Lonnie B. Scott III at (270) 461-0067 or email at email@example.com.
Off post motorcycle basic skills training is available for both Soldiers and Family members at Appleton Harley Davidson. Learn more about The Rider’s Edge® at www.appletonharley.com or (931) 648-1607 10
The Center of Life by Ramon Maisonet
There’s an “if” in the middle of Life. I noticed it when I first read the words of John Maxwell in his book 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth when he asserted, “Most people allow their lives to simply happen to them. They float along. They wait. They react. And by the time a large portion of life is behind them, they realize they should have been more proactive and strategic. If it has, then I want to encourage you to develop a stronger sense of urgency and a pro-strategic mind-set.” If…then—notice the pattern. Life is either about something that happened to us, or something that happened for us. I’m not trying to sound deep or super philosophical, but as I pointed out in my last article The Power of Perception, Perception is everything! Allow me to elaborate. In the calendar year of 2012, the Army suffered 182 active duty suicides, according to a report from the Associated Press. 182 Soldiers made the tragic decision that something happened to them, and they ended their respective destiny-oriented journeys prematurely. On the other hand, we had 30,000 plus Soldiers who also suffered hardships and made the decision that something happened for them—and they are still here pressing forward. “That’s a nice quote” a friend said to me when I shared this perspective with him, “But I fail to see how something can happen for us. I don’t know about you but I don’t like to have unpleasant or stressful experiences.” “Who does?” was my simple response. It is my belief that there are things that you can only learn about life when you go through its trials, when you go through the fire (so to speak) that you can never learn in times of peace. There are times that when someone steps in to help you during what I call your “learning trial,” that they can actually hurt you. This is wonderfully illustrated by the story of a man and a butterfly. It goes something like this:
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly where a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldn't go further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body, neither happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around; it was never able to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was this: The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If we go through life with no obstacles, then we could actually become crippled. There’s an “if” in the middle of Life. If you accept that hardships are intended to mold you into the champion that you will one day become, then you can look hardship in the eye when it’s knocked you to the ground and smile and say “is that all you’ve got?” If you train and discipline your habits to work with and for you instead of against you, then you can prepare for the abundance of success that is going to come at you in a windfall! John Maxwell says that you don’t determine your future, your habits do. If you’ll see the challenges of life as the roadmap to whom you really are, then you can embark on the journey with the curiosity of a two year old child. If you’ll do the little things that you need to achieve that great physical fitness test score, that hawk-eye at the range, that “A” on the exam, then you
will find that your path to achieving the goals that you set out for yourself that much easier to accomplish. What makes the story of Peyton Manning, NFL quarterback of the Denver
Broncos, a great one is that he did not just want to come back—he wanted to perform at an elite level. When Manning first attempted to rehabilitate, he found out that he could barely grip the football, his triceps muscle had weakened significantly and he had nerve damage that affected his accuracy. His worst fears were revealed when he threw a pass to his workout partner that went straight into the ground—he was now in a trial.
All he did this past season was pass for the second most touchdowns in his career on his way to breaking various team records while leading the Broncos to a tie for the best record in the NFL during the regular season. Anthony Lopez, author of Breakthrough Thinking says, “Not believing that something is possible is the easiest of alternatives. When a person thinks something is impossible, they don’t even try to make it happen. Why would they? After all, it’s impossible! Rather than spending any energy in trying to figure out the best way to make something happen, these individuals spend their mental energy convincing themselves, and others, that ‘it’ can’t be done.” Manning however chose breakthrough thinking. He thought, “If I can just get on the practice field, then I can make it to the playing field.” He had a setback, but he didn’t allow it to stop his come-back. There’s an “if” in the middle of Life. Sometimes success is about what is not happening in your Life! I’m going to go Sherlock Holmes on you—not to bore you—rather to share a very insightful observation. In the Holmes classic The Adventure of Silver Blaze, the fact that the dog did not bark when the Horse, Silver Blaze, was stolen from the stable demonstrated that the thief was someone that the dog knew well. The clue to Holmes that something was amiss was that the dog did not bark. There are common themes that can be found in people drowning in the seas of this life, it’s found in what they’re not doing: 1. Not taking a systems approach to everyday life; in other words, failing to structure your daily activities in a way to account for accomplishing your goals. If you desire to learn a systems approach, I recommend reading chapter 7 titled “The Law of Design” in John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.
2. Not having an accountability partner(s). The ability to triumph through adversity is magnified when we have a good coach in our ear encouraging us through one more push-up, one more lap around the track, one more burst of energy. It is the coach, the accountability partner that will spur you on the get up off the mat one more time when you fall down. 3. Not caring. This article, and everything I have talked about until this point, is useless and won’t matter a lick if you simply don’t care. Someone who is unmotivated to do everything that they can to equip themselves to survive is akin to the person who hears of an oncoming category five hurricane and opts not to seek shelter. It is important to know where you stand. My good friend, Gary Ellis Jr., once said in a sermon that he preached, “We are always in one of three places in this life—we are either about to go into a storm, in the middle of a storm, or coming out of one.” So, in closing I would like for you to consider the following thoughts: • Your greatest resources are hidden in the very places that you won’t venture. If you will venture, then you will find! • Your best connections are in the very relationships that you are trying to avoid. If you will get past your own negative emotions about people, then you can open yourself up to places you’ve never even considered. • Your greatest breakthroughs are just beyond your comfort zone. If you will find the courage to stop settling for what life has to offer you, then you will find out how far you can go. • If you will press past your own discomfort, your own pride, your own offended person, then you will enjoy some of the greatest achievements in this life you never thought possible. Why? Because life has a big “if” in the middle of it and there are things you are responsible for doing. If you want to win the battle of life; then don’t make your success the responsibility of anybody else—take the reins. There’s an “if” in the middle of Life…
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Child, Youth & School Services 1. Bastogne (CDC) (270) 412-4485 2. Eagle (CDC) (270) 412-3303/3304 3. Gardner Hills (CDC) (270) 412-0392 4. Part Day Preschool (CDC) (270) 412-6767 5. Polk (CDC) (270) 412-4471 6. Tennessee (CDC) (270) 412-4477 7. Watters #1 (CDC) (270) 439-7993 8. Watters #2 (CDC) (270) 439-7996 9. CYSS Division Adminstrative Office (270) 798-6539 10. Family Child Care (FCC) (270) 798-4959 10. Parent Central Services (CYSS Central Registration) (270) 798-0674 11. Billy C. Colwell Center (270) 412-2315 12. Gardner Hills (SAS) (270) 461-0641 13. Airborne (SAS) (270) 461-1047 14. Bastogne (SAS) (270) 461-0995/0996 10. School Liaison (270) 798-9874 15. SKIESUnlimited Center (270) 412-5811 16. Teen Club 24/7 (270) 956-1033 16. Youth Center (Taylor) (270) 798-3643 16. Youth Sports (270) 798-6355 Community Services 17. Army Community Service (ACS) & ACS Director (270) 798-9322 18. Family Resource Center (FRC) (270) 956-2935 19. Financial Readiness (270) 798-5518 17. Lending Closet (270) 798-6313 20. Soldier & Family Assistance Center (SFAC) (270) 412-6000 21. Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) (270) 798-0277 22. ASYMCA Backdoor Boutique (270) 956-1566 23. ASYMCA Family Center (270) 798-7422 Dining & Entertainment 24. 19th Hole (Cole Park) (270) 798-1822 25. Conference & Catering Center (Joe Swing) (270) 798-2175 24. Community Activities Center (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610 26. Dawg Haus (270) 798-0766 24. Southern Buffet (Cole Park) (270) 798-4610 27. Sportsmanâ€™s Lodge (931) 431-4140
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Recreation & Leisure Baldanado Pool (270) 798-5207 Dolan Pool (270) 798-5350 Gardner Indoor Pool (270) 798-6310 Single Pool (270) 798-4247 The Zone (270) 461-0603 BOSS Program (270) 798-7858 Bowling Center (Hooper) (270) 798-5887 Golf Club (Cole Park) (270) 798-4906 Challenge Course (270) 412-7855 Adventure Program (270) 412-7854 Archery Range (270) 798-2175 Dog Park, North (270) 798-2175 Dog Park, South (270) 798-2175 Hunting & Fishing (270) 798-2175 Paintball (270) 956-3118 Parks & Pavilions Office (270) 798-2175 Riding Stables (270) 798-2629 RV Park (Eagles Rest) (270) 798-2175 RV Park (Fletchers Fork) (270) 798-2175 Skeet Range (270) 412-4015 Small Arms Recreational Range 16 (270) 798-3001 Recreation Center (Dale Wayrynen) (270) 798-7391 Sports & Fitness Estep Wellness Center (270) 798-4664/4023 Fryar Stadium, Sports Admin Office (270) 798-3094 Fratellenico PFF (270) 798-9418 Freedom Fighter PFF (270) 798-7355 Gertsch PFF (270) 798-2753 Lozada PFF (270) 798-4306 Olive PFF (270) 798-4101 Softball Complex, North (270) 798-3320 Softball Complex, South (270) 798-3320 Trades & Services Army Education Center (270) 798-3201 Arts & Crafts Center (Guenette) (270) 798-6693 Auto Service Center (Air Assault Auto) (270) 956-1101/1100 Auto Skills (North) (270) 798-5612 Engraving Etc. Specialty Store (270) 798-0171
61. Equipment Rental (Gear-to-Go) (270) 798-6806 62. Library (R.F. Sink) (270) 798-5729 63. Veterinary Services (270) 798-3614 Travel & Lodging 64. IHG Hotel (931) 431-4496 65. IHG Hotel (Satellite Location) (270) 439-2229 66. Leisure Travel Services Office (270) 798-7436 Miscellaneous Services 67. 101st Airborne Division Headquarters (270) 798-9793 68. Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (270) 798-8055 69. Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (270) 798-7161 70. Commissary (270) 798-3663 71. Division Parade Field 72. Fisher House (270) 798-8330 73. Gate 4 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 798-5047 74. Gate 7 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 956-4495 75. In/Out Processing & MWR Public Relations (270) 798-7535 76. MWR Director (270) 798-9953 76. MWR Unit Funds & MWR Collections (270) 798-6818 77. Museum (Don F. Pratt) (270) 798-3215/4986 78. Wilson Theater (931) 431-3636 The Exchange 79. Airfield Mini Mall/Burger King Green Beans Coffee (270) 640-4614 80. Community Town Center Class Six (270) 431-3622 Military Clothing Store (270) 798-4212 Pizza Hut Delivery (270) 439-1113 66 Exchange/Food Court/Mall (270) 439-1841 81. Exchange Administration Office (270) 439-1846 82. Firestone (270) 439-1865 83. Gardner Hills Mini Mal1(Burger King/Subway) (270) 697-1020 84. Kentucky Shoppette (24hr gas) (270) 439-1914 85. KFC & Taco Bell (270) 439-6353 86. Troop Mini Mall (gas) (270) 431-2410 87. Tennessee Shoppette (gas) (270) 431-4944
Healthy Habits by Char by Charlene Frasher
Nutrition Label Facts: Bottoms Up!
Oh, how I loved plucking a fresh tomato from my parent’s garden in the summers of my childhood! Mama would can fresh tomatoes and make the most delicious spaghetti sauce with scrumptious fresh ingredients. So why was the spaghetti sauce I tried to recreate using processed foods at a local market so blah? Simple… the quality of the products could not be matched. I recall when I became interested in what was in the food I was eating. I began to study the nutrition facts and ingredients on labels, but I didn’t quite understand what the information meant. Through much time and effort I learned how to read a label and finally got what all of the jargon meant; the most important part that I learned is that it wasn’t personal. The
label on each package is a standard for anyone and simply a guideline for the average adult. This is important for you to realize because you are unique and your personal serving size or dietary needs may not be the same as the next person. Many people believe that the most important item on a Nutrition Facts Label is what is at the top and the least is what is at the bottom. However; in my opinion, the most important section of the label is at the bottom. There may be a section at the very bottom that is bolded and in all CAPS because it pertains to allergies for example: CONTAINS WHEAT, MILK AND SOY INGREDIENTS, the next section is the INGREDIENTS: this list can be anywhere from a few understandable words to a novel of unpronounceable items that only a scientist could understand. This is the most important section of the label. Your body is made of nature-pure yet complicated. The art of the internal functions from the brain to the flow of blood, the beating heart and musculoskeletal formations are intertwined. The nature of the design is to keep the body running smoothly, unpolluted, and to block toxins. It is
unnatural for manmade chemicals to be placed into foods to keep them from spoiling; foods are meant to spoil if they aren’t consumed in a timely manner-that is their lifecycle. The ingredients should be as pure as you can get. Sugar is a natural ingredient- sucralose is not; chemists actually created it by accident while attempting to produce an insecticide. You may be concerned that if you consume sugar you will gain weight because sugar has more calories in it than sucralose. This is understandable, however, this mind set must be altered in our society; chemicals are toxins to the natural body and once inside they begin to destroy and breakdown the natural function, yet offer illness and disease. The internal health of our bodies should be more important than the external. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t pay attention to the calories but I am saying that if you are eating whole, pure, and clean by reading the ingredients and refusing to consume the product based on the ingredients rather than the calories, fat, and sodium then a healthier you will naturally emerge. Vitamins, minerals and natural ingredients are what make our bodies function properly and offer a healthy lifestyle. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce it then don’t consume it. Think before you put it in your mouth, and feel good about the healthy choices you make for a better you!
Aspire to Stardom
by Angi Peek The city of Clarksville as well as surrounding areas will be gearing up for another great year at the Rivers and Spires Festival! Among the many great events that will be held over the mid-April weekend is Aspire to Stardom. This highly anticipated event will showcase talent from all over Clarksville and surrounding areas like Fort Campbell. This is a venue where young people can experience exposure to the professional entertainment industry through Talent Scouts, Record Producers, Image Consultants and more provided by Stardom Entetainment create during the event. What Stardom Entertainment hopes to
Put it on Have you ever had an experience with a service provider on Fort Campbell that just left you fuming? Instead of getting hot under the collar, next time put it on ICE! What exactly is ICE, you ask? The Interactive Customer Evaluation system (ICE) is the Department of Defense’s web-based application that allows customers to submit online comment cards about services they have used. This system gives patrons the opportunity to provide feedback about their experiences and/or seek resolution. Every service that supports the Fort Campbell community has an online ICE comment card account. Have an issue with housing? Or maybe you want to share your suggestions on how to improve one of Fort Campbell’s MWR programs? Don’t keep it to yourself, share it on ICE. Providing feedback through the ICE system not only allows programs and activities to learn how they can improve services; but comments and ratings also help service providers gain valuable insight into how they can grow their
create is an outlet in which aspiring, talented artists can receive an opportunity to share with their community and receive mentorship. Every year the festival grows and offers more opportunities for young people to share their talents with the community free of charge. This year the event will host two shows. The first, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 19 on the Family Fun Stage is open to the public and free. The second is the Awards Show with limited ticketed seating on Saturday, April 20 from 1 to 5 p.m. The winners will be announced at the Saturday show. The first place winner
will receive $1500, $750 to the second place winner and $250 to the third place winner all courtesy of Daymar Institute. The first place winner’s school will also receive a cash prize. More importantly the winner will have the opportunity to capitalize on their talents with the help of a studio recording session and full day photoshoot with hair and makeup provided. For more information, contact Samantha Getter or Kelly Maselli at (931) 2787264/320-7368. Stardom Entertainment’s website is Stardom-Entertainment.com and you can find them on Facebook.
Everything Else by Lisa Taylor programs to meet the future needs of the Fort Campbell community. Service providers receive submissions directly to their email and respond to all who request a response and provide contact information. Fort Campbell is known for the superior level of customer service provided to
Soldiers and their Families. If you have had a wonderful experience, the ICE system is an excellent place for you to express that as well. Customers are always encouraged to use the ICE system to share and help direct recognition for the positive services they have received. Don’t have access to a computer? No worries! Customers who cannot access a computer can provide their feedback by requesting a postage-paid comment card. Fill out the comment card at your leisure and simply drop it into a mail box when you are ready to submit your feedback. The next time you feel your temper rising or you want to recognize a service provider for going above and beyond, think ICE! To submit your comments and suggestion through the Interactive Customer Evaluation system visit www.ice.disa.mil. A link to the ICE system is also available on www.fortcampbellmwr.com.
The Scholarship Hunt
by Jessica Ryan You just made a big decision in your life. You decided to go to college. No matter where you are going to school, this thought probably crossed your mind as you see the estimated tuition costs: “How am I going to pay for this?” College tuition is expensive, but it can be less costly. One method to lower tuition costs are scholarships. Scholarships are awards for financial aid to assist a student in furthering their education. These awards can be merit or need based. They can also be student, career or university specific. Organizations from the federal government to local businesses offer scholarships to students each academic year. The key to maximizing your scholarship search is utilizing as many resources as possible.
The first step, especially if you are applying for need-based scholarships, is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly known as the FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA determines a student’s eligibility for financial aid including the Pell Grant, federal work-study programs and federal student loans. The FAFSA’s federal deadline for the 2013-2014 academic year is June 30. Check with your state and university as their FAFSA deadline may be earlier. The next step is finding scholarships you qualify for. Finding the right scholarships involves more specific search parameters. Scholarship search engines such as Scholarships.com, CollegeBoard.com, CollegeNET.com and Fastweb.com yield numerous results. Social media is another online resource as students can follow Twitter feeds and “like” Facebook pages of companies and education-related organizations. To maximize your search results, become a web sleuth and regularly track websites to find the most current application deadlines and information. It is also important to look right under your nose. Your local community can be an excellent resource for finding less-advertised scholarships. High schools, places of worship, non-profit organizations, local university alumni
City Slicker Urban Orienteering
chapters, and even your parents’ employers, just to name a few, can offer scholarships for local residents. Searching for scholarships can be a long process. No matter how you go about your hunt, make sure to be organized, well-prepared and persistent. You never know what scholarship awards you will receive. Need help budgeting for college? Contact the ACS Financial Readiness Office at (270) 798-5518. The Academic Common Market provides out-of-state students the opportunity to receive in-state tuition in specialized fields. Visit www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html for more information. For additional information about local scholarships please visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com/marketing/news/ 2013ScholarshipInfo.pdf
by Ben Alejandro On April 27, Fort Campbell will host its first ever City Slicker Urban Orienteering event as a part of the 2013 Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. This will be unlike any other event in the Fitness Tour, challenging not only physical capabilities, but mental readiness as well. Orienteering originated as a means of testing Soldiers on their land navigation ability and physical endurance. The object is to locate as many control markers as possible within the specified time using a provided master map and score sheet. Points are awarded for each control marker pinpointed and verified by event officials. Markers that are lower in point value will be dispersed closer to the starting area with points increasing for markers located further away. In this race, participants will have a two hour time limit (120 minutes), with one point being deducted for every
minute after allotted time. All competitors that have not crossed the finish line after three hours will be disqualified.
The inaugural City Slicker Urban Orienteering event will be an excellent opportunity to learn and gain experience with this new and upcoming sport.
The event is designed to be fun and challenging for competitors starting at beginner level to the more advanced. One of the biggest challenges will be deciding to rack up the lower points (that are closer to the start/finish points or to go after the high value ones that are further away. All control markers must be reached on foot. Various control markers will be suitable for children of all ages (15 and under must be accompanied by an adult) and Wounded Warriors. Pre-Registration has already begun at www.fortcampbellmwr.com. Cost will be $10 for individuals and $25 for a group up to five people. Late registration will be available on the day of the event at a cost of $15 for individuals and $35 for Families. Check out the entire schedule of the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour at www.fortcampbellmwr.com.
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Spring Style 2013
Style Your Life
by Eden Barnett
As much as we would all love to look like we walked off the cover of a magazine every day, we also know that is just not the case. Most of us need a little extra help when it comes to our wardrobe. With winter slipping away and spring creeping in, I'm going to give you some tips on how to transition your clothes from cold wear, to spring wear; and try to not break the bank either. The first things I like to change when seasons transition from one to the other are my accessories, and most importantly, my purse. Changing the color and shape of your purse is a quick way to add drama and a pop of color to your
wardrobe. With winter I typically stick with black, but spring is definitely the time to throw some color in to your outfit. Be brave! Pick a pink or pastel green! Those slouchy purses of the past are definitely giving way to purses with more structure. Try picking a a purse or bag in a fun new color. A wide variety can be found at our local Exchange When it comes to things that you can use for both winter and spring, boots are definitely re-usable. You paired them with leggings and skinny jeans in the winter, but in the spring you can pair them with a cute skirt. Short boots and cowboy boots work the best for this look. Also keep the skinny jeans out and pair them with new ballet flats or wedges in a pastel color. For a dressed down look, wear a v-neck t-shirt with it. If you want to dress it up, try wearing an ultra feminine blouse. I’ m particularly in love with the lacy looks coming out this season in peaches, pinks, and creams! Pick out a blouse in fuchsia and pair it with neutrals. How about a great pair of flats in coral to go with your skinnies? A suede pair of ankle booties would be the perfect type of boots from your winter collection to incorporate with spring looks by pairing them with a skirt. Another simple way to update your look is with jewelry. Whether you opt for costume or pony up some bucks for the real thing, it’s an easy way to incorporate a fresh youthful feeling into your everyday wardrobe. Trends for Spring 2013 include: subtle drop earrings, snakes, art deco black and white pieces, amber and Pantone has declared emerald as its color of the year. Whatever your style, don’t be afraid to try something new. Have you considered using hair ornaments as an accessory? From funky
headbands to gorgeous crystalline hair pins, it doesn’t matter if your locks are long and lovely or short and sassy, you can play up work clothes or a date night. Spring is all about incorporating color back into your wardrobe, and the easiest and most cost effective way is to do that by changing your accessories. The key is to not overdo it with the color. Pick one item to really let that color shine and accent it with other neutral clothes. Reuse things like your skinny jeans and short ankle boots. Sometimes it just takes one more look in the closet or a fresh pair of eyes to see spring clothing possibilities.
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CANTER DOWN TO THE STABLES by Sharene Curenton
“I didn’t even know there was a Riding Stables out here!” I didn’t either, at least not for the first three years I was at Fort Campbell. Everywhere you go, you’ll see farm land, horses and cattle. I guess it never dawned on me that Fort Campbell would have a Riding Stables. You can imagine my excitement when I finally turned the corner of 101st Airborne Division Road and saw a herd of horses running across the street. I found the stables over a year and a half ago, and I loved it so much that I got a job here. You see, we are not your typical Riding Stables. We do not want to offer just trail and pony rides. We want to be more, give more – to our deserving Soldiers and their Families. We want to make memories, improve the quality of our customer’s lives, have fun and come together as a community. That is what the Army is all about, isn’t it? A band of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, daughters and sons; whether you’re serving, supporting, or admiring, we have something to offer each and every person who visits our Stables. Our trail rides are the bread and butter of the operation. Riding experience is not necessary to enjoy a trail ride on one of our government horses. The summer leading into fall season seems to be the time that everyone wants to ride, so it’s pretty hectic, not to mention the plethora of camps going on for children. We are open for riding all year long. Trail rides typically run on Saturdays and Sundays at four different times. We offer a 9 a.m. and
10:30 a.m. ride for early risers and two afternoon rides at 1. and 2:30 p.m. The rides can accommodate 10 to 12 people and we have a trail guide at the front and back of the ride to ensure safety. Ages 10 and up may participate in our trail rides. We usually get questions about double riding for parents to be able to carry their young children with them; however, we do not allow any double riding for safety reasons. If your children aren’t quite 10 years old, we offer our pony rides on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with an hour lunch break from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The pony rides are such a great chance for parents to let their younger children ride, while they lead the pony around the pen. We even have a pony package where your child can get a pony ride, a t-shirt and a couple of bags of horse treats to feed their pony – it truly completes your experience. For a no cost experience, come and pet the horses each weekend. We also offer pony and
trail parties for birthdays. Our pony parties, parents have the option of using the covered pavilion or our conference room. Our pavilion offers six picnic tables and a round pen that is separate from the hustle and bustle of the stables. It’s tucked away in the woods and provides a more private setting. Our conference room is climate controlled with plenty of natural lighting. The trail parties are an hour and a half trail ride. We have several different packages to accommodate the needs of the party. Our parties are available year round, weather permitting. Like I said, it’s not all about trail and pony rides… we also have camps! Make your child’s summer memorable with one of our Rodeo or Wild West Camps. Every year the camps are packed full with smiling faces eager to ride and learn about our government herd. The camps are available for ages 3 and up, please remember to make your reservation early! We also offer a spring, fall and winter break camp. This gives children something fun and education to do while out of school for the week and it makes for a great experience. Looking for a night out with your sweetie? Our “Date Nights” are a great way
for couples to reignite the flames. We offer an hour long trail ride, including dinner, a hayride to Lake Taal with a roaring campfire and plenty of s’mores to go around. It’s a great event for Family Readiness Groups (FRG) to participate in. We have had several FRGs want to do this right after a deployment cycle starts, because it’s a great way for Spouses to come together and cope as a group when their significant other deploys. They are able to rent out our conference room for the FRG meeting, and then enjoy the night together in a social gathering that helps you during the deployment. Our Sweetheart Trail Ride is a unique way to celebrate the one you love. You want creative and thoughtful? This one takes the cake. Our sweethearts arrive and immediately hop in the saddle for an hour and half trail ride. When they come back, they sit down to a delicious meal from Eagle Catering in our conference room that is all decked out in a romantic fashion. A hayride
down to Lake Taal, roaring campfire and cozy hay couches are just part of the experience. A dozen red roses are delivered along with a box of chocolates round out this romantic activity. Be sure to make your reservation early for next year! We have other holiday rides throughout the rest of the year. With the Turkey Trail Ride, customers get to pick a turkey from the trees during their ride and at the end we draw a number. The winner with the lucky number gets a free turkey for Thanksgiving. On the Freedom Ride, we celebrate our Independence Day with Buy One, Get One Free trails all day long. My personal favorite would be the Easter Sunrise Ride. We start with a sermon delivered by local Chaplains and then enjoy an hour long trail ride down to Lake Taal. There, we tie up the horses and sit down to breakfast fit for kings. After we eat, we gather around the archway which is surrounded by tons of hay couches, and enjoy the morning as the sun rises over the lake while we listen to another moving sermon. The great thing is that it isn’t limited to just the trail ride. Anyone can come and enjoy the sermon. We offer hayrides for anyone wanting to attend but not go on the trail ride. The hayride will take you around Lake Taal, stopping at the meeting place and there you can enjoy breakfast, the sermon and then get another hayride back to your car. If you’re looking to add a special touch to your organizational function day, we can do that as well. We offer pony
rentals, pony express, hayrides, corn hole, horseshoes, and other contests for the children to participate in. We are available for organizational day functions any time of the year. Not many people know how big the equestrian community is here at Fort Campbell. Though, if you come out of Gate 10, I’m sure you see the horses in that gorgeous pasture on the right. We have private boarding for Active Duty and Retirees. We have both stall and pasture boarding available at affordable rates. Our boarders regularly participate in the horse shows that we offer throughout the year. For those who love the fast ride, our Speed Shows are just for you. We offer barrel racing, pole bending, speed and flags. We also have something for our English riders. Open Shows have over 40 classes for you to compete in, including but not limited to: Huntseat, Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Ranch Classes, Commands, Hunter Hack and Hunter Over Fences. Our boarders enjoy unlimited use of our marked trails, arenas and cross country course, as well as free trailer parking. If you’re thinking about purchasing a horse, you should definitely stop by the stables and ask about our Horse Care Clinics. These three part clinics are designed to educate customers before they purchase. Topics covered include: how to care for a horse, what to look for when shopping for a horse, different breeds, colors and types of feed. We go over the common illnesses that you may find in a horse, as well as the ways to handle those illnesses. Our instructors are very knowledgeable and provide a lot of information in these clinics and offer them in hands on setting. Even if you’re not planning on ever owning a horse, but have an interest in learning how to ride, we’ve got a clinic for you. Our introduction to horseback riding clinics start on a beginner’s level, and are offered at intermediate and advanced as you progress in the class. The instructor will move you up or down based on performance. Both of these clinics run throughout the year at various times. However, they tend to fill up quickly, so we recommend early reservations. We are constantly adding new events and ideas, and welcome any new ideas that our customers may provide through feedback. In the past year, we’ve added over 25 different, new, and never offered before events in an effort to provide our Soldiers and their Families as many options as possible for your recreational needs. For additional information please call (270) 798-2629.
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Monthly magazine for single Soldiers attached to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Published on Feb 25, 2013
Monthly magazine for single Soldiers attached to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.