Summer Kick Off Do you know why I like the month of May? Because it’s almost June! I love the summer months. Maybe it’s because I was born in the summer and I associate it with Family get-togethers, birthday parties, and days at the lake. I’ve heard people [who are new to this part of the country] talk about how crazy the weather is here, but I grew up in East Tennessee and I love this weather. Fort Campbell is a great place to be no matter what the season. It can get hot but it doesn’t stay that way and it can get cold but it doesn’t stay that way either. Here on post we have everything you need to enjoy the coming summer months: golf, swimming, horseback riding, camping, fishing, picnicking, paintball, and skeet shooting; if you’d rather be inside we have bowling and the D.W. Recreation Center; or if you want to get away then you can sign up for a trip with Outdoor Recreation Adventure Programs or you can visit Leisure Travel Services and plan a vacation of your own. With everything we have – why would you go anywhere else?
CynDe Clack, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside this issue
Eden Barnett Alyssa Blakemore Charlene Frasher Tara Goodson Jessica Ryan Lonnie Scott Sharon Shaw Robin Soifer Lisa Taylor Patrice Johnson-Winters
Relax, learn, train, or just hang out at our swimming pools.
Creative Director Sears Hallett
TYC Programs Bring Siblings Together
The Hutcherson Family talks about how participating in TYC programs helps them be a successful Army Family.
Princess and Hero for a Day
Your Dog’s Best Friend (is you)
Yard Sales and May Flowers
Splash into Summer
A first look at the 4th annual Character Dining Event - "2012 Royal Hero Gala" Don't forget your furry friend when planning your free time activities! This month we're going to hold a yard sale and start a garden.
10 Lower Body Workout
The lower body muscles are essential for your everyday activities.
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12 Get Your Motor Ready and Running
14 Time to Get Your Hands Dirty
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Get yourself and your motorcycle ready for the open road. Getting dirty in the process of creating something wonderful.
18 Eat Dessert First
Three easy Family friendy treats.
20 Healthy Habits by Char Get your sweat on in the pool!
21 Spring Clean Your Budget
Review your finances and apply some spring cleaning to your budget.
22 Riding the Trace at LBL
If you are looking for a place to ride - The Trace offers great scenery and places to stop and relax.
22 USA Staffing is Here!
Learn about the new fully automated application process.
24 Hot Video Games for Spring
Some hot new video games for you to jump right into.
25 Hometown Hero
Currahee Soldier Shatters Sabalauski Air Assault Ruck March Record.
29 Memorial Day 2012
Local Memorial Day Weekend activities.
Spotlight on MWR
Splash into Summer by Jessica Ryan As the hot weather rolls in, there is nothing more refreshing than to dive into the water and enjoy a good swim. At Fort Campbell, we offer multiple aquatics facilities right here on post. Whether you are learning to swim, participating in physical training, or looking for a fun hang-out spot, the facilities here will meet your needs. Dolan Pool, which is located near Gate 1, will open on Memorial Day weekend. Dolan Pool is a great outdoor facility for Families, especially those with young children. In addition to the regular pool, Dolan offers a Kiddie Pool, the only one located on post, and a Splash Pad play area. Jan Wagner, MWR Aquatics Manager, describes the Splash Pad play area as “a hyped version of playing in the sprinkler.” The play area consists of a concrete pad with water features such as water guns, water buckets and a large sprinkling flower. Instead of waiting for their parents to hook up the lawn sprinkler or pull out the Slip n’ Slide, kids can come to Dolan Pool and play on the Splash Pad. For adults, parents and older children, Dolan Pool also offers Recreational Swim hours from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., seven days a week. Another outdoor pool facility is Single Pool, located on the intersection of Desert Storm Avenue and 42nd Street. Contrary to its name,
Single Pool is not a pool exclusively for single Soldiers. It is a Family friendly facility. Single Pool will open during the first week of June and is the only place where patrons can take swimming lessons. Swimming lessons are held from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. and children as young as six months old can participate. Recreational Swim will occur from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., seven days a week. Single Pool is an ideal place for beginning swimmers because it has a zero depth entry, meaning that swimmers gradually step into the water. The pool is also handicap accessible and does not receive as much foot traffic as the other pools so it is an ideal place who those looking for a quieter environment. Single Pool has also undergone a lot of renovations within the last year. According to Ms. Wagner, the facilities such as the office spaces, bathrooms, locker rooms and concession stand are all brand new. If swimming in an outdoor pool is not your preference, then Gardner Pool, located on the intersection of Tennessee Avenue and Airborne Street, is available. Gardner Pool, the only indoor pool on post, is open year round and will maintain its normal business hours during the summer months. Mornings at Gardner Pool are dedicated to Military Training. Recreational swim does not start until 1 p.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Unlike the other facilities, you can also take one-hour water aerobics classes at 10 a.m., from Monday to Friday, and at 5 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Gardner Pool underwent a series of renovations over the past four years. Ms. Wagner states that Gardner Pool is a “fairly new facility” due to new additions such as the bath house, concession stand, classroom and party room. Furthermore, the roof panels and pool liner have been replaced as well as other pool and electrical equipment.
Before you put on your swimsuit and head to the pool, it is important to be prepared, since the summer heat and sun can be dangerous. Safety is a top priority for the MWR Aquatics staff. Ms. Wagner recommends that patrons, both children and adults, practice safety habits such as applying and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, drinking enough water and
listening to directions of the lifeguards. All the pool facilities have a 15 minute Adult Swim every hour. It is highly recommended that Families use that time to take care of themselves. Additionally, teens, ages 13 and above, are allowed to enter the facilities without an adult. Teen patrons should make sure to bring their IDs as well as food/snacks and money. At the moment, Baldonado Pool, the largest outdoor pool on post, tentatively plans to be open by Fourth of July. For now, Dolan, Single and Gardner Pools are the places to be as the summer starts. Day and month passes for individuals and Families are available for purchase. Please visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com for more information. Hours of operation and admission fees are subject to change. The Aquatics Office can be reached at (270) 798-6310.
Keeping it Together
Bring Siblings Together by Jessica Ryan
For a military child, fitting in is not always easy. Since children in military Families deal with frequent deployments and moves, it can be hard for them to find their niche in the community. Luckily, Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) offers programs and services that help children explore their interests, make new friends and stay active. When the Hutcherson Family first came to Fort Campbell in late 2004, SSG Henry Hutcherson Jr. and his wife Stacia wanted to get their children involved with after-school activities. “I wanted them to get outside and do something with sports. I didn’t want them to stay at home all day playing games, “says Stacia, “I didn’t want them to be couch potatoes.” With the help of CYSS, Stacia learned about different activities offered on post. Their children, Henry III, 17, and Cree, 12, first played sports such as baseball, soccer and Tae Kwon Do. Both Henry III and Cree are regulars at the Taylor Youth Center (TYC). They have been part of events such as last year’s “Zombie Apocalypse Invades Fort Campbell”, where they got to dress up in spooky costumes and scare anyone who dared to enter the TYC’s Haunted House. Due to their age difference, they also found activities for their respective age groups. Cree is a member of the Experience, Develop, Grow and Excel (EDGE!) program. EDGE! is a free, after school program for children between the ages 11 and 18. From the arts, fitness, adventure programs and community volunteer opportunities, EDGE! has something for every child. Shannon Kinkle, MWR Program Partnership Specialist and Acting Youth Services Assistant Director, says that programs like EDGE! are also beneficial for working parents because they offer activities after school, evenings and weekends, and all classes are free. By being part of EDGE!, Cree explores her many talents and interests. In addition to her involvement in the Haunted House, Cree participated in several activities including playing various sports, acting in a theater workshop, attending the 4H Leadership Summit and becoming a certified SCUBA diver. Most notably, Cree starred in a commercial that aired during the TYC’s 2012 Super Bowl Party. She and her fellow EDGE! classmates also made a short film called C0F73E. In the film, Cree played a poltergeist who haunts a friend after he spilled coffee on her. With the help of Brian Brantley, the Youth Technology Lab Program Lead,
the EDGE! students brainstormed ideas and assisted in writing the script. Cree loves lending her talents to EDGE! and hopes that more children will come to TYC. “Once I tell them how fun it [TYC] is, then they will beg their parents to come. I get to show them around and tell them to sign up for things. They will sign up and they will recommend it to their friends,” Cree explains. Likewise, Henry III discovers and develops his skills in the HIRED! Apprenticeship Program. The program gives 15 to 18 year old youth valuable work experience and training while working in MWR operations. By being part of HIRED! teens acquire skills needed for a highly-competitive job market and have experience which they can put on a resume, college application, or scholarship application. HIRED! instructors also educate the students about important life skills such as saving money and preparing for a job interview. Henry III is currently employed at the Dale Wayrynen Recreation Center (DW Rec). His job responsibilities include working at the front counter, distributing movies and games to customers and assisting at special events. Henry also enjoys working with the Soldiers. He comments that “it is
certainly interesting to work at DW Rec. I am always kept busy.” In addition to working, Henry III also learned important lessons from the HIRED! instructors. He says that grasping how to budget his earnings was very useful. Like many students in the HIRED! program, Henry III has become a well-rounded individual and plans to do great things as he prepares for college. Through their involvement with various after school programs, the Hutchersons are a successful military Family. By researching new activities and programs, the Hutchersons are not afraid to explore a budding interest or master a new skill. The Family is very proud to be a part of the military community and appreciates all the amazing services provided to military children. “Our nieces and nephews back home don’t have the opportunities to participate in after school programs like this one,” Henry Jr. remarks, “It is one huge advantage that military kids have.” The Hutchersons encourage other military Families to get their children involved in CYSS and their programs for children of all ages. For information about EDGE!, HIRED! and other CYSS programs, please call (270) 412-3994 or visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com.
Leisure Travel Services
2840 Bastogne Avenue (Exchange Mall), Fort Campbell, KY 42223
Princess & Hero for a Day
This and That
by Charlene Frasher This year, MWR Leisure Travel Services will be presenting an elegant twist on the Character Events of years past. We have altered the event to an upscale and elegant yet fun and fantastic Family affair for our 4th annual Character Dining Event the “2012 Royal Hero Gala”. On Saturday, June 23, Cole Park Commons Grand Ballroom will be turned into a formal fantasy ball for all Family members to enjoy. We are encouraging all attendees to come dressed in their best ball attire as special guests of the Royal Princess’ of the Court. Dads and Moms will have a chance to dance with their princess and prince. Guests will be greeted by several Marvel Superheroes as they enter the Royal Hero Gala for the social, prior to dinner. This will provide a chance for snapshots and memories.
Are you wondering what Fort Campbell offers for dogs and their owners? Well, here’s the low down on what to do with your dog on post! There are two dog parks on post where you can bring your dog(s) to socialize and run freely. The North Dog Park is located on Morgan Road across from LaPointe Village Housing area and the South Dog Park is located on Bastogne Avenue between Gates 2 and 3. Both dog parks have separate areas for small and large dogs. There’s a puppy playtime at the South Dog Park on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Ensure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations and not aggressive towards dogs or humans. Outdoor Recreation also offers dog hikes (on leash only) throughout the year with our Adventure Programs. You and your pup can get some exercise and experience the great outdoors with each other, all while getting to meet fellow dog owners. Check out our Adventure Programs monthly calendar on www.fortcampbellmwr.com for upcoming dates. Fort Campbell Riding Stables (FCRS) and Kennels is the place to bring your dog when you can’t take your faithful friend along. The kennels are spacious, clean, and climate controlled. Dogs are let out into grassy yards at least three times a day. When the weather permits, they are kept in outdoor kennels during the day. Dogs must
A noble dining experience is in store as the Princess’ have instructed the Royal Chef to create a selection of “Specialties of the Castle”. The Royal Menu will consist of entrée’s for the young imperials by way of a sampling of fine cuisine to entice their adolescent palates. A succulent menu for the more mature appetite will consist of a meal fit for a King and Queen. The Royal Hero Gala will then present her Highness’ Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Jasmine, Snow White, Ariel, Tiana and Rapunzel for an individual meet and greet on location for photo opportunities. ”The Royal Hero Gala” will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. This is a ticketed event with a limit of 300 guests; tickets can only be purchased at MWR Leisure Travel Services beginning May 15.
Tickets will not be sold at the door. Thank you to all our sponsors, without whom we could not hold this amazing event: USAA, University of Phoenix, Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union, Mathews Nissan/Garland Nissan, Jenn Lutz with Scentsy, and Melenie Espinoza with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mark your calendars and plan to spend an evening in a magical place where special memories await. We encourage you to bring your camera to document this special event. For more information contact us at (270) 798-7436/0509, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by our office located in the Exchange Mall.
Your Dog’s Best Friend (is you)
be current on vaccinations in order to make reservations. So, remember, you are your dog’s “BFF” and don’t forget your furry friend when planning your free time activities!
by Robin Soifer
For additional information about these activities, please contact Outdoor Recreation at (270) 798-2175. 6
Families in Motion
Yard Sales & May Flowers by CynDe Clack If you’ve been following our Families in Motion, Fitness-friendly Activities for the Family series, then hopefully you’re feeling great about three months of consecutive Family activities. If this is your first time to read our series, it’s not too late to get your Family up and active! This month we’re going to hold a yard sale and start a garden. May Even though yard sales are a lot of work they don’t have to be stressful. If you read the April Families in Motion article then you’ve already gotten your Family together and you’ve sorted through everything. Now all you have to do is price it, set up the yard sale tables, stay outside with it all day and then deal with the items that are left at the end. Okay, that makes it sound like a chore but it doesn’t have to be! Involve your kids by having them set up their own table selling their old toys, unwanted books,
out-grown clothing; you get the picture. Make a plan with them to donate any items that are left when the sale is over. Now; set up your yard sale, enjoy being outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and relax!
After you’ve had a couple of days to recover from your yard sale and you’re ready for more activity, get your Family together and prepare to plant a garden. Just because I used the word “garden” doesn’t mean you have to dig up half your yard, you can plant a container garden. You can even use some of your yard sale money to buy seeds or seedlings! Container gardening is simply growing your garden in – you guessed it – containers. You can get just as creative with a container garden as you can with a large garden. You can find information about planting a garden on line, in the library, in the bookstore or you can contact the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Program at (931) 648-5725. Get some seeds and seedlings into your soil and watch for the June installment of Families in Motion when we’ll be working outside in our gardens.
Don’t worry about perfection, just dig in and grow something beautiful or good to eat.
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