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Summer time is almost here! Warm weather (finally!), school drawing to an end, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Military Spouse Appreciation Day are a few things May has in common. I’m not sure about you, but I know my calendar is packed every weekend to keep my Family busy. This year’s Military Spouse Appreciation Week is chock full of activities for our supportive Spouses to enjoy. Because May is so full, you might notice a couple of regular items are missing from the calendar in the center of the magazine. Please check out the events tab on our Facebook page and our website for all the details. Guenette Arts and Crafts is a wonderful way to spend a few hours letting your creativity flow. Mommy & Me on May 17 is perfect for creating a special surprise just for Daddy! Between the Paintball Field reopening, boat and vehicle rentals from Gear To Go, Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour, Kentucky Derby and Week of the Eagles, CynDe and I strive to keep you informed! As always, you can send us your feedback by emailing us.
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Inside this issue
Editors Tara Goodson CynDe Clack
Steve Crist Charlene Frasher Jenelle Grewell Kelley Kerger Kristy Maute Zack McDonald Kensley McLellan Tim Mines Stephanie G. J. Powell Jessica Ryan Lonnie Scott
Creative Director Sears Hallett
Keeping Connected How do you include your Soldier in important events?
Adrenaline Rush Check out the renovated Paintball Fields.
A New Normal Children and divorce; this Family makes it work.
2014 Week of the Eagles Schedule Remembering the 101st in Vietnam.
10 Get Ready for the Ride Updated regulations to keep you safe.
12 Little River Days One of four ECFT events in May!
14 Summer Concert Safety Music and sun, what could be better?
18 Soak Up the Rays Sun safety for your health.
20 Getting Along with Your Server
22 Are You in the Club?
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A reminder for all of us. Suite deal for club members.
24 Hands Off Are you addicted to your phone?
26 Gear To Go Boat Rentals We make it easy to get out on the water!
26 That Guy Cince De Mayo
28 Memorial Day History It’s not just a day for a BBQ.
28 Freedom Fighters PFC This PFC has it all.
29 BOSS Takes You to the Derby Place your bets here. Disclaimers: Fort Campbell’s MWR Life Magazine is a monthly magazine produced by the Fort Campbell MWR Marketing Department under the authority of AR 215-1. Facilities and activities publicized are open to authorized patrons.The mention or appearance of commercial advertisers, commercial sponsors and/or their logos does not constitute endorsement by the Federal Government. The information in this issue is current at the time of publication; activities and events are subject to change. MWR Marketing is located at 5663 Screaming Eagle Blvd, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. For more information, call 270-798-7535 or log on to www.fortcampbellmwr.com. 24hr. event line - 270-798-3172 www.facebook.com/fortcampbellmwr
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Keeping Connected By Jenelle Grewell
For many Soldiers, their career keeps them away from their Families and loved ones. This means being away for every day events as well as the big, important events. Among events they can miss out on are graduations, commencement ceremonies, birthdays, proms and other significant milestones. However, many technologies allow for Soldiers and their Families to stay connected for these big events. Skype, email and the ability to send pictures and videos all help to keep them a part of one another’s lives, even when separated.
Kelsey Dennler’s stepfather, Colonel Owen Mueller, has been in the Army for 32 years and in the eight years he has been a part of Kelsey’s Family, he has been gone two and half. Kelsey is very close to her stepfather and in the time he has been gone he has missed several important events such as Kelsey’s 18th birthday, her college graduation, moving out on her own and when she started her first job after college. Kelsey said to keep Owen connected, she and her mom utilize various types of technology. “Well, the house feels emptier and it's more difficult to enjoy holidays and big events,” Kelsey said. “Daily schedules are planned around when we can Skype him in. So it’s sad, frustrating, irritating, stressful, and exhausting,” she said. Stephanie Tonkin’s husband, Chris Tonkin, recently left Clarksville for basic training with the Air Force. Not only did he leave behind Clarksville, but a new born baby girl named Sofia. “The hardest thing about Chris being away from me is that I am taking care of Sofia alone and that I get to see all the milestones she goes through,” she said. She said she knows
it hurts Chris that he can’t be here to watch Sofia grow. Stephanie said she tries to keep Chris involved with Sofia’s development with pictures. “I try to send him [a picture] for every first thing she does. I also sent him her little foot prints to show him how much bigger she’s gotten. I tell him everything exciting that happens with her,” she said. For Sofia, Stephanie said she recorded videos of Chris talking to Sofia before he left for basic. “I let Sofia watch them so that she won’t forget his face or his voice,” she said. After basic, Chris moves onto AIT where Stephanie will have more opportunities to stay connected with Chris. She said he will get his phone back once he gets to AIT so it will be much easier on their Family. She said they plan on texting, picture messaging, Facetiming and calling once he is able to get his phone back. “Pretty much and every way that we can [stay in touch and connected],” she said. A big event that many miss is graduation. Luckily, many local schools provide live streaming of graduation and commencement ceremonies for Soldiers and their Families. Bill Persinger, Executive Director of Austin Peay State University (APSU) Public Relations and Marketing said they started providing live stream a few years ago with the help of the Montgomery County School System as an effort to provide access to those who couldn’t attend graduation ceremonies at the Dunn Center for APSU and the local school system.
“While the intent was to provide more access for those who cannot attend, a major driving force behind this effort was to provide deployed military the ability to watch their graduate cross the stage in real-time,” he said. Montgomery County School Systems provides the streaming, while the APSU Communication Department handles the live video production. Fort Campbell High School also has live streaming of their graduations. Kelsey said it was planned to Skype with her stepdad for her college graduation but the technology failed to connect. “Sometimes [technology] is helpful but other times its worse knowing we should be able to be in contact but can't,” she said. Kelsey advised that a Family member or loved one of a Soldier that is away “should just try to make the best of the situation. Letting yourself get more and more upset will just make it worse,” she said. “And they’re feeling the same way. You should keep that in mind too.” Kelsey said the most reliable technology for keeping in touch and connected with Owen has been through email. Bill said the APSU Military Center was established in 2010 and provides a variety of support options for military-connected students. “The center is a great place for military-connected students to find support networking. The center also offers a variety of social events and support workshops to help those students, including Families of deployed Soldiers who are pursuing degrees at APSU,” he said. For any Soldier who will be away from his or her Family and loved ones, it is important to stay connected. With all the new technologies and improvements to technologies, it gets easier and easier to stay in touch and share moments.
Spotlight on MWR
By Tim Mines and Steve Crist
Fort Campbell’s Paintball field is a recreational-level facility that is open to Soldiers, Family members, Civilians, and Retirees. Located on Jordan Springs Road outside Gate 10, the paintball field was opened in 1994 and encompasses approximately 15 acres, with two wooded playing arenas and an inflatable speedball arena. With 20 years of history, Fort Campbell’s Paintball field offers a fun, safe and friendly environment. The facility not only offers an exciting day of paintball, but offers its customers a day of relaxation to socialize with friends and Family.
The onsite store offers Tippmann 98 paintball markers, masks, and 3000PSI air tanks as rental equipment. Our shop is also able to fill serviceable CO2 tanks and 3000PSI and 4500PSI high pressure air tanks. We sell three grades of paint: an entry level paint for $15 per 500 count bag, $40 for a 2000 count box; a mid-grade recreational paint at $18 per 500 count bag, $50 per 2000 count box; and a premium tournament paint at $20 per 500 count bag, $60 per 2000 count box. Also available are minor paintball accessories, drinks and snacks. Our friendly staff will help you with any paintball or facility related questions you may have. A $20 entry fee is charged to players who have all of their own equipment. This fee covers the use of the
facility and unlimited air fills on one tank for the day. Players can rent the full set of equipment (mask and marker) for $45 a person. We have a group rate of $40 per person for groups of five to fourteen people and $35 per person for groups of fifteen and over. These rates cover the entry fee, the rental equipment, and a 500 count bag of entry grade paint. To accompany a day filled with fun and thrilling experiences, Fort Campbell Paintball wants all players to have a safe and accident free day. In order to do that, the facility requires that all individuals must receive a safety briefing before they enter the field to play. The safety briefing allows all players regardless of experience to learn more about the game of paintball and how to play it safely and effectively. Paintball is increasingly used to simulate close quarters force on force training. Paintball focuses on communication between teammates and unit elements, snap decisions, and coordinating actions with others in order to reach objectives. For unit training, Fort Campbell Paintball offers Sergeant’s time training rate of $35 per person that will include all the necessary equipment to play plus a bag of 500 paintballs for each Soldier. Our small wooded field is nearly 5.5 acres of arena, stretched lengthwise, giving players time to maneuver before engaging the opposing team, while being just wide enough to avoid fire across the field and still keep track of what’s going on, no matter how many players are on the field. This field was recently renovated to replace the
starting bunkers and the removal of obsolete bunkers. The large wooded field, approximately nine acres, is undergoing renovation to include five new bunkers, including new starting bunkers and three bunkers mid-field. The new layout is designed to encourage intense firefights near the center of the field while still giving players a wide back area to attempt to outflank the other team and seize objectives from underneath the opposing team. The wooded fields will host a variety of different games such as Capture the Flag, Medic, VIP, and Alamo. Our speedball field is a recreational layout, comprised of air-filled bunkers staked to the ground, patterned to form a mirror image for both teams. It is an introduction to the fast paced for tournament world of paintball. The bunkers are closer together and without strong teamwork, the game can be over in mere minutes. The Fort Campbell Paintball field is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by appointment only and will be open weekends for open play from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, please call (270) 956-3118.
A New Normal
Keeping it Together
By Kristy Maute
I knew when I loaded all of my belongings into a U-Haul van headed to Virginia Beach I was a making a decision that would ultimately effect far more people than just myself. I had a three year old son to consider. He has a dad in Fort Campbell I had to think about. The move was inevitable, but my heart still ached. I knew I was forever changing the dynamic of what had become our version of normal. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how your react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll I’ve heard this quote my whole life, but never did it apply to my life as much as it did on the morning I moved back to my hometown. In the 12 hour drive through Tennessee and Virginia, I had a lot of time to think. I knew I had to make the best of the situation. My son’s relationship with his dad had to become a top priority since it would have to be maintained across state lines and sometimes divided by an ocean. When the move first happened, things were easy (but sometimes expensive). We flew back and forth every month or so when his dad wasn’t deployed. Long weekends were easy to plan. When our son started school, things got a little more complicated, but they also got a little easier. Absences from school had to be considered. Instead of spending long weekends in Tennessee, our son started spending every holiday break with his dad. Holiday weekends, Christmas break, spring break, and long visits during summer vacations became the new normal. Since our son was now school-aged, he could fly by himself. A quick two hour flight to Nashville is all it takes to see his dad for the weekend. Our son is now approaching middle school. We will have to redefine our normal again. He’s involved in sports. He wants to spend time with his friends. It’s a constant give and take for everyone involved. The visits are the easy part to plan. It’s the time between the visits that needs our attention the most. If I’ve
learned anything over the past seven years, it is that communication is key. In a situation that is often filled with emotion, rational thought has to be our goal. Our son has to be the priority.
I do my best to keep his dad informed of our son’s timeline: school calendars, sports calendars, and big events. I add them all to his calendar so he can call to wish him good luck before a swim meet or call to ask how he did on his report card. Any time there is a behavior problem, we both discuss consequences. When our son comes home with good news, I encourage him to call his dad to share it with him as well. It’s important that my ex-husband and I are a united front even though we aren’t married anymore. Technology has made things even easier. Our son can Facetime with his dad, stepmom and two siblings. He can play video games on Xbox live with his dad. The days of writing letters and waiting weeks to receive them are gone. Everything is instant. For our situation, this is perfect. Our son may not have Family dinners every night at his dad’s house, but he is still very much a part of their Family dynamics. He has two moms, two dads, and three siblings who are a part of his daily routine. Our son has two Families that love and support him. Maybe that’s even more important than the visits and the communication. Our son doesn’t have to doubt whether or not he’s loved by either Family. He belongs in both houses in Tennessee and Virginia. Both households support each other. It’s not always easy. His dad and I don’t always agree. We have different approaches to life. For the sake of our son, we always strive to find a middle ground. We are all a team. Our son knows this. We are all doing our best to make a difficult situation the best it can be. We are choosing to react in a positive way to a situation that could be negative. We are giving 100 percent of ourselves to our version of normal.
Week of the Eagles
2014 Week of the Eagles
This year’s Week of the Eagles will commence the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division’s deployment to Vietnam. In keeping with tradition, activities will take place in May. In 1973, then Major General
John Cushman, started the first Week of the Eagles in an effort to invigorate the local community and celebrate the Division’s combat readiness. Friday, May 16 6:30 a.m. Division Run 6 p.m. Rendezvous BBQ Welcome Center 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (every day through Thursday, May 22) Saturday, May 17 8 a.m. Legacy Golf Tournament 10 a.m. Unit Open Houses/Lunches 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Car Show 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Spectacular Saturday Community Fair (at the Division Parade Field) Sunday, May 18 9 a.m. Combatives Weigh-Ins 4 p.m. Memorial Ceremony
Monday, May 19 6:30 a.m. 10K/5K Run (alternate ECFT event) 9 a.m. Combatives Tournaments 9 a.m. Sports Events 4 p.m. Champions of Fort Campbell Ceremony Tuesday, May 20 3 a.m. Best Air Assault Soldier Competition 9 a.m. Combatives Finals 9 a.m. Sports Events Semi-Finals 10 a.m. Marksmanship Competition 3 p.m. CDR vs SGM Softball Game Wednesday, May 21 1 p.m. Softball/Basketball Finals 3 p.m. Soccer/Volleyball Finals Thursday, May 22 10 a.m. Division Review 10:30 a.m. CG presents awards for events at Division Parade Field
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Get Ready for the Ride By Lonnie Scott
The harsh winter is over, spring is here and it is time to take your motorcycle out of storage and get onto the open road again. Many of you may have been deployed for a year or more so it is also time for you to catch up on any changes to riding requirements. There have been several changes to the motorcycle training requirements while you have been away. The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is the first step in the Army Motorcycle Continuation Training. The BRC is still a mandatory training requirement for Soldiers prior to operating a motorcycle on or off the installation. The second step is now either the Experienced Rider Course (ERC) or Sport Bike Training Course. The ERC is now mandatory continuation training and must be completed within 12 months of completing
the BRC for all Soldiers that operate a motorcycle other than a Sport Bike. The Sport Bike Course is also mandatory continuation training within 12 months of completing the BRC for all Soldiers that operate a Sport Bike. The
Motorcycle Refresher Training (MRT) is mandatory for all Soldiers that have been deployed for 180 days or more and is conducted at the unit. Information on how to conduct the training can be found at the Combat Readiness Safety Center web page. www.safety.army.mil/motorcyclerefresher-training Step three requires each Soldier that rides a motorcycle to take continuation training every three years. The rider must retake the advanced training for the motorcycle that the individual rides to fulfill the continuation requirement. All three training courses are offered at Fort Campbell free to Soldiers through the Army Traffic Safety Training Program (ATSTP). Soldiers must provide protective riding gear and motorcycles for all training except the Basic Rider Course. The ATSTP provides the motorcycles and can provide helmets for the Basic Rider Course only. Registration for all motorcycle training is through Schools NCO and ATRRS. Now let’s uncover your motorcycle and get it ready for the first ride of the season! Clean off the cover and then remove any rags meant to keep out animals and foreign objects from the exhaust pipes and air intakes. Before inspecting your bike, wash it to make it easier to see damage or problems during your inspection. Before trusting your life to your motorcycle, you'll want to make sure it's roadworthy and safe to ride. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has established a checklist they call
T-CLOCS: • T - Tires, wheels • C - Controls (levers and pedal, cables, hoses, throttle) • L - Light (battery, headlights, turn signals, mirrors, etc.) • O -Oil (fluid levels) • C - Chassis (frame suspension, chain, etc.) • S - Stands (center stand and/or kickstand) Get a copy of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation T-CLOCS checklist and use it to ensure your bike is ready for the riding season. The T-CLOCS checklist can be found through any search engine on the internet. Make sure that your insurance, license and other administrative information is up to date. Check out your riding gear to include your helmet. Your riding skills may be a bit rusty and you will have to bring your muscle memory back to normal by practicing your turns and emergency maneuvers. Before you take your motorcycle out for that first and fabulous spring time joy ride - practice your riding skills in an empty parking lot or quiet residential street. Once you have become comfortable again with operating your motorcycle you can safely take it out for your first ride of the season. Always ride with a buddy just in case something happens on your ride. Enjoy yourself and ride safe.
city. Each distance is only $25 to sign up and you can do so at wwwlittlerivercyclingclub.com. Now you may be saying to yourself, I do not have a bike nor am I interested in riding, but I still want to participate in the May Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour events. Well, you are in luck because there is also a 5K race, sponsored by Jennie Stuart Medical Center that same morning at 8 a.m. This beginner friendly race begins in downtown Hopkinsville. It is a timed event so it is competitive, but do not let that discourage you because it is Family friendly and walkers are also welcome. The cost of the race is $20 for pre-register and $25 on the day of. You can visit www.active.com or www.jsmchealth.org/5KRun to register.
By Kensley McLellan Now that it seems Mother Nature has gotten through her mood swings, it looks like spring is finally here! Time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and maybe even try something you never have tried before. Every year Christian County hosts Little River Days, a three day festival at which they have live music, vendors, and plenty for the kids to do. Never fret-they have not forgotten the exercisers, from everyday work out enthusiasts to the current couch potato, there is something for everyone. For the second year in a row, Little River Days Bike Tour and the Jennie Stuart Sports Medicine 5K are both proud members of the Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour (ECFT) and will take place on May 17 at 8 a.m. The Little River Days Bike Tour starts at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Hopkinsville and is a challenging tour that caters to all levels of cyclists. I am a “cyclist” but admittedly, you will not see me anywhere close to competing for a yellow jersey or any placement in a bike race. However, I do enjoy getting outside and having the feeling of the wind against my face and taking advantage of the freedom an open road on a bike seems to give. Last year I decided to participate in the Little River Days Bike Tour. Luckily for me, you do not have to be a professional cyclist to enjoy this course! It was the first type of event like this I had ever done and
I was a little intimidated, but quickly realized there was no reason. I found the cycling community welcomes everyone with open arms. The Bike Tour has three different lengths: 20, 30 and 60 miles. While 20 miles may seem daunting, it is actually easily achievable on a bike, even if you are not a frequent exerciser. Considering I am not an avid rider, I decided that since I could normally do 20 pretty easily I would go out of my comfort zone and do the 30 mile ride; after all that is what ECFT is all about. The course was absolutely beautiful, winding down back roads of Christian County with open fields and beautiful homes surrounding you the entire time. It was so peaceful; it truly did not feel like I rode 30 miles! Now for those of you who are avid riders, the 60 mile ride was a good mix of challenging hills and flat riding to give you a little bit of everything. The Little River Bike Tour is not a timed event, so it is a good opportunity for someone who has never done this type of event, to give it a try and enjoy a beautiful ride in the country. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to the Rail to Trail Foundation in Hopkinsville to support the Greenway initiative in the
May is a busy month but it is important to make time for yourself and your Family. So come visit Christian County and take part in ECFT for May! You can find all of this information at www.hoptown.org and www.fortcampbellmwr.com/ECFT. We look forward to seeing you in May!
Alternate ECFT events for May May 3, Queen City Road Race 10K, 5K, Fun Run- Clarksville May 19, Week of the Eagles 10K, 5K- Fort Campbell May 24, Clarksville Rotary Annual Metric 100, 62, 35 or 20 miles- Clarksville
Summer Concert Safety
by Jessica Ryan
It’s that time of the year again for outdoor summer concerts. In the local area, big name events like Bonnaroo and the CMA Music Festival bring fans from all over the world. These festivals are an amazing opportunity to hear live music from numerous performers. While outdoor summer concerts can be fun and exciting, music fans should make safety their top priority. The weather, the massive crowds and constant exposure to loud music are factors to consider. Lack of preparation can put concert-goers at risk and damper their experience. Here are some tips on how to stay safe at outdoor summer concerts: Carry the Essentials Being outside during the summer can pose serious health risks. Like with any outdoor experience, it is recommended to be prepared. I personally advise concert-goers to bring a bag or backpack (if the venue allows them) so they have all the essential items on hand. My must-have items include a fully-charged phone, hat, sun block (reapply regularly), sunglasses, bug spray, hand sanitizer, lip balm, pocket first aid kit and cash. Now, I understand that carrying a large bag all day can be a pain. Some festivals may offer locker rentals or bag check for a fee. However, if you have to carry all these items, consider carry a sturdy yet lightweight bag. This way, you don’t suffer back or shoulder pain. Also, please visit the festival or venue’s website to make sure you do not try to bring in any prohibited items.
Recon the Area Once you enter the venue, it is a good idea to be aware of your surroundings. I recommend getting to the venue early and walking around the grounds. Make note of important sites such as First Aid, water stations, restrooms, food vendors, entrances, exits and ATMs. If it is a multi-stage festival, then be aware of where each stage it is. Not only is this important when catching your favorite acts, but it is good to know where you are if you separate from your friends.
Have a Buddy System As hinted above, it is inevitable that you will separate from your friends during the concert. Since festivals draw massive crowds, it is easy to get lost. Also, with these massive crowds, phone service circuits may be busy, thus making it hard to transmit a text message or phone call. My best advice is to have a
buddy system. Before the festival starts, pick a time and spot to meet at the end of the event. I recommend a spot that is easy to find such as a distinct landmark. Also, try to stick together with your friends as much as possible. At a recent festival, I noticed that many groups carried flags and signs on the grounds. This is a great way for their friends to spot them from a distance. Hydrate Hydration is key to surviving an outdoor summer concert. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two serious risks for outdoor concert-goers. I recommend drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious meals (well, if the food vendor options are available) throughout the day. For water consumption, the old rule of thumb was approximately 64 ounces a day. However, more water is necessary especially in hot weather conditions. Get in the habit of drinking water even when you do not feel thirsty. I recommend frequently refilling a water bottle if complimentary water stations or foundations are available. If not, then budget and expect to spend more money on purchasing water. Also, please be aware that consuming alcoholic beverages can also increase dehydration. Know Your Limits Outdoor concerts can be so much fun! It’s always great to get a break from your regular routine and enjoy live music on a beautiful summer day. While being out of your regular routine can be liberating, it is important to remember that you are human and you have limitations. I recommend taking breaks from the crowd and finding a shaded area to cool off. If you start feeling sick, seek medical attention immediately. There are usually on-site medical professionals who can assist you. Also, if you see someone who needs medical attention, offer to help them. While seeing your favorite musical acts is important, safety should always be your first priority. Be prepared and stay safe this summer!
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Healthy Habits by Char by Charlene Frasher
Soak Up the Rays
As a child I recall kicking back on the lawn and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin. The sunny days were my favorite as I spent many cold winters caught in the dreary weather from the Great Lakes. Little did I know that the warm sunshine on my skin was beneficial and potentially dangerous at the same time. Research has been done debating whether the benefits of sun exposure outweigh the dangers of skin cancer. Some research has found that when sunlight touches our skin, a compound called nitric oxide is released into our blood vessels. It may help with depression, kill bad bacteria, and create Vitamin D naturally in the body. In a nutshell, sun exposure could improve health and even prolong life by reducing blood pressure, cutting the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Even better is that the risk of getting skin cancer due to sun exposure is preventable. In order to prevent skin cancer, sunscreen is a must! Sunscreens combine several ingredients that help prevent the
sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. There are two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB. UVA causes lasting skin damage, skin aging and can cause skin cancer. UVB causes sunburns, skin damage and can also cause skin cancer. Although reports have been released regarding health risks with some ingredients found in sunscreens, you should know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates sunscreens. Oxybenzone is one of the few ingredients in sunscreen that effectively protects our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, Retinyl palmitate is the ingredient that helps protect our skin from premature aging. Neither one of the two chemicals have shown to cause significant health problems in people. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are turned into tiny particles in order to make the sunscreen safe to use on healthy, uninjured skin.
So, how do you select a sunscreen? It’s actually quite simple. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends consumers choose a sunscreen which has three basic
standards. SPF 30 or higher-SPF is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 30 theoretically prevents reddening 30 times longer – about 5 hours longer. However, you should reapply every few hours as most people do
not use enough sunscreen to provide adequate coverage. Broad Spectrum-sunscreens protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays which can cause cancer. Water Resistant-for up to 40 to 80 minutes; sunscreen can no longer claim to be waterproof or sweat proof. One ounce of sunscreen, or enough to fill one shot glass or the size of an ice cube (from tray) is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. There is no regulation regarding replacing last year’s sunscreen, but I would recommend purchasing a new bottle every year before basking in the warmth. Life is an adventure, get outside and enjoy the sunlight and the benefits of what Mother Nature’s glow has to offer. I promise you will feel better, sleep better and might even add a little pep in your step!
Getting Along With Your Server
Coolness Under Pressure
Tips for creating a better dining experience By Kelley Kerger
With a self-deprecating laugh, she smiles and says, “I was horrible at first. It is not easy. Really everyone should do it to see what it’s like, and that will help them appreciate it.” Now with six years of experience as a server, Anetta Patterson has not only put “horrible” in the past, she has also become a wealth of knowledge on the dining experience, both as a server and a customer. “I once had a table with kids who dumped sugar packets and salt all over the table and in each other’s drinks,” said Kaitlin Hennessey, a server for three years. There is nothing like the proverbial walking a mile in another’s shoes to have a greater appreciation for his or her work. For everyone else, here are a few tips for making the dining out experience better for you and your server.
Don’t come in ready to complain Remember that servers will do their best to ensure a pleasurable dining experience. Don’t let your mindset set your server up for failure from the start. Have reasonable expectations about waiting Don’t go out to eat when in a rush. Allow enough time, especially before a special event. A rush, whether expected or unexpected, could mean that service in general or each request for a refill may take a little longer than normal.
Remember that open tables doesn’t equal open seating Many customers get upset when they see open tables or tables that need to be bussed. Servers often have a maximum number of tables he or she can serve at one time to help assure quality of service. Say hello and remember your server’s name When your server comes to your table and introduces herself, say hello back. “Sometimes people just stare at me or say, ‘We’re not ready’ yet,” said Patterson. Be personable and more importantly, take note of his or her name. Think ahead Servers can try to anticipate needs, but they can’t read minds. If you know you are a fast drinker, consider asking for two glasses at a time or order water or tea, which many restaurants keep available in pitchers for quicker retrieval by servers. If you know you like ranch with your wings, ask for it when you order. This will keep you from waiting to eat while your server runs back to the kitchen. Be mindful of other guests, especially when dining with kids “One kid continuously yelled at the top of his lungs that he didn’t have any bread and the mom just laughed,” Patterson said. “Another mom let her two kids run, literally, all around the restaurant.” Whether it’s talking in loud tones, using inappropriate language or throwing parenting rules out the window, these incidents are not only difficult on the server, but can be extremely disturbing to other guests. Keep it clean Some restaurants have gotten rid of bussers, so cleaning responsibility falls to servers. Patterson said that this can be a problem area with kids. Being away from the at-home kitchen table doesn’t mean cleanliness rules shouldn’t apply. If you want to go the extra mile, store empty
plates at the open end of the table for easier clean up each time your server comes by. Be patient with mistakes and allow an opportunity to correct them “A lot of times people won’t tell you something is wrong, but they’ll just cut your tip,” Patterson said, even though it could be a mistake in the kitchen or no fault of the server. “I know there are those myths that if a customer sends food back, the kitchen will get upset or spit in your food. I can honestly say that I have never seen that happen.” More importantly, Patterson said, “I want to take care of my customers, so if somebody is upset by anything at all, I want them to tell me so I can fix it.” Try not to camp The majority of servers’ earnings are based on the number of tables they serve and turnover, with the help of a timely kitchen.
Lastly, know about tipping A typical range for a tip is 10 to 20 percent of the total bill, Patterson and Hennessey said, with 10 percent representing the low end of the spectrum. Patterson said that most restaurants also use tip-sharing, in which bartenders, bussers and hostesses are given a portion of servers’ tips. As a result, you may not be tipping as much of you think. Consider asking your server if the restaurant tip-shares.
By Tara Goodson
Nearly three years ago, Fort Campbell MWR started its first ever Text Club. It began as an idea to get information to our patrons, with minimal effort on their part. Once enrolled, members receive upcoming events that are pushed to their phones via text message every few weeks. Enrollment was easy. By texting MWR to 68683, you were in the club! Of course, the question came up in the planning process of “What do our customers get out of it?”.
We rolled out the first Text Club tent during Blake Shelton’s concert on July 10, 2011. 25 members, along with one guest, each were given VIP access. An unobstructed stage side view of the show, with free food and beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) provided by a couple of very generous sponsors, meant the tent was a huge hit. All this for simply texting MWR to 68683? Clearly our members decided it was worth it. Our numbers boosted by almost 2,000 after the concert and the staff working the tent answered the question of how to get in the tent all night long. We brought the tent back for concerts later that summer and the following year. We’ve also offered VIP access to other events over the past few years.
Since we know the VIP tent is a huge hit, we wanted to be able to offer a different experience to our members. We presented a chance at the end of March in a contest to win tickets to a suite at Bridgestone Arena during a Nashville Predators game. On a quiet Friday afternoon, we sent out a text with a clickable link to our website. Within four minutes, this email had notified me there were 136 responses to the text. By the time we pulled the link from the website, we had over 240 responses! The suite access included food and beverages and was an incredible view of the goal zone in the arena. 16 people were blown away by the generosity of the donation. For four people, it was the first time they had been to a professional hockey game, and the Preds did not disappoint. Within nine minutes, both Washington and Nashville had each scored and Rich Clune and Patrick Wey had both been sent to the Penalty Box for fighting. The paced remained tight throughout all three periods and the Preds won in a shoot-out 4 to 3. Even though the Predators did not make it to the Stanley Cup game this year, they are still a great team to watch! Alison Ross and her daughter Ellie enjoyed the game, although Ellie was concerned about the players fighting. Sitting next to me, she was quick to point out that people should use their words and not fists to settle differences. I did agree with her, but shared
that most fans want a good fight to break out, and no, they won’t get in too much trouble for fighting. Dan Homan and his
son enjoyed the view standing up in the suite. Dan stated it was easier for him to stand, than jump up every time a good play occurred. Being an avid hockey fan, I have to agree, but the roomy seats made it easy for everyone to show their enthusiasm whether we jumped up and down or cheered loudly while seated. Cindy Krohn and her Family enjoyed the game while munching on the food provided. They often attend games courtesy of the complimentary tickets provided by the Predators, but this was their first experience in a suite. Dana Helton and her daughter enjoyed the game with a quiet intensity. Kalen’s first game was from the suite and she stated it would be a tough act to follow. Dana agreed, knowing the close quarters of the upper level are not quite as comfortable as Suite 237. We had one unclaimed ticket as face-off neared, and Mike Cross was the lucky Soldier to end up with it. He came in just after the game started and was extremely thankful for the opportunity. The military will call table offered the upgrade and we were glad he was able to join us. Offers like this come along every once and awhile and we want you to have a chance to win. You can’t win if you aren’t a member, so join the MWR Text Club today by texting MWR to 68683.
By Zach McDonald
Imagine this: you're in a restaurant with a few of your buddies enjoying some well-deserved time off. The conversation has just started really flowing when you hear a phone ring. The guy on your left picks up: “Hello?..No, I can talk...Nothing much, just out with a couple of friends...Did she?..I can't believe she actually did that...Yeah, the good idea fairy struck again...” By the time you've finished listening to an awkward, one-sided exchange that doesn't involve you; the table conversation has stopped to allow the phone person to finish his conversation, or it's moved on, leaving half of the table behind because they are too distracted by the person on the phone. Fortunately, a few simple rules on managing your technological and social lives can prevent a lot of conflict.
–Silencing your phone in meetings, formations, or training is a given, but have you ever thought about your phone while it's not silenced? While you may think your new Lady Gaga ringtone is the bomb-diggity, I guarantee that not everyone around you in a three block radius agrees. Whether it's a brand new song or a preloaded ringtone, it doesn't need to make your ears bleed every time you get a text. Turn the volume down. –A Soldier is a Soldier 24/7/365 and needs to be ready to answer the call when it comes. That doesn't mean your phone needs to go with you when you're out on the lake. Plan some time away from the technology. Studies have shown that a break from technology allows us to focus and reset our body rhythms. The world can wait for a few minutes and it probably won't fall apart. –It's probably OK to text your best friend from middle school “u r gr8!” Somehow, it's less appropriate to do so when you're texting your squad leader. Keep your audience in mind, and be as professional as you should. –Group chat is both a great invention and the bane of my existence. When I need to talk to several folks at once, it makes me want to dig up Steve Jobs and hug him. When someone wishes me and 49 of their other best friends a Happy Arbor Day, I hate group chat with a white hot rage. Even more every time someone chooses the “reply all” button. In short: take that reply into a private channel.
–The first rule I'd like to point out is a simple update to the old rule: No cell phones at the table. Miss Manners would agree that talking on the phone at a restaurant is rude; to the point that some restaurants are starting to forbid talking on the phone at the table. It's a simple extension then, to say that any cell phone use, (be it texting, tweeting, or surfing the interwebs) should be avoided. If nothing else, using one's phone at mealtimes sends the message that the other people present are unimportant.
–Focus on the people you're with. Don't spend whole conversations buried in your phone. We've all spent time with someone, and right in the middle of the best part of our story, they pull out their phone and start texting. Three minutes later, you've given up and get yours out. Before you realize it, you're reading the news and who knows what they're looking at - you're too busy to ask. With a friend, it's impolite to do this, but with a coworker, it's disrespectful. Whoever you're with in person should be the priority - you can always see what Miley Cyrus is up to later. It can be tough to balance so many social priorities: work, Family, and friends. But what is important in balancing these is to realize that your technological connections are your most tenuous. Important calls occur, and there may be important people in your life who you may only talk to over the phone, but the person you're next to physically is the person you've chosen to spend time with: put them first. After all, that text message can wait. So take a breath, take a break from your phone, and enjoy what's right in front of you.
GTG Boat Rentals
All Revved Up
By Jenelle Grewell The summer season is synonymous with boat season and Gear-To-Go is here to help Soldiers and their Families with obtaining a boat rental for fun filled weekends on the water. Gear-To-Go will begin renting ski boats starting Memorial Day weekend, reservations for Memorial Day weekend starting Friday, April 25. Pick-up for boat rentals will be on Friday, May 23. You can rent a ski boat for a weekend with pick up on Friday and drop off on Monday by 1 p.m. for $540. For holiday weekends such as Memorial Day weekend, drop off is on Tuesdays but even with a longer weekend, it is still the same price. Gear-To-Go also offers pontoon boats for weekend rental for $410. There are three sizes of pontoon boats: 18 feet, 19 feet and 20 feet. Gear-To-Go also offers fishing boats in various prices and sizes which can be viewed in their brochure on the Fort Campbell MWR website. A video and vehicle inspection are two requirements that must be met prior to payment on any boat rental. The class schedule for watching the
video can be viewed in the Gear-To-Go brochure found online. According Victor Guzman at Gear-To-Go, the video is a safety and how-to video. The video features an instructor explaining about the lights on the boats, proper procedures and safety precautions. After going over safety issues, there is a how-to for operating each type of boat. Donâ€™t have a vehicle to tow the boat? Gear-To-Go offers vehicle rentals for those who need the means to tow their boat. Gear-To-Go offers a Crew Cab F250 pick-up truck, an Expedition, an Explorer or a 15 passenger van rental to go along with the rental of a boat.
Gear-To-Go offers a 10 percent discount on vehicle rental when also renting a towable item such as a boat. Prices for towing vehicles are $145 for a weekend for the F250 and the Explorer. The Expedition and the 15 passenger van are $190 for a weekend. Gear-To-Go is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On May 23, Friday hours will become 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For additional information please call (270) 798-3919/6809 or go to www.fortcampbellmwr.com an find Gear-To-Go under the Trades and Services tab.
This ‘n That
Memorial Day History A Day to Remember America’s Fallen Heroes Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday held every year on the final Monday of May. The holiday dates back to three years after the Civil War ended. Originally, a day set aside for Americans to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War Soldiers with flowers, it later extended the honor to all Americans who have died while in military service. The holiday has undergone many other changes since the years of its early celebrations. In 1971, U.S. Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday and reserved the last Monday in May to celebrate it rather than its original date, May 30. It’s hard to say why the 30th was initially the date chosen to celebrate. Most historical readings conclude that the possible reason is because by the end of May, all states would have flowers beginning to bloom. Others stated that the date signified the beginning of summer, whereas Labor Day is the end. Whatever the reason, the holiday was later changed to the last Monday of the month to accommodate Families, friends, and loved ones with a longer weekend to gather
together and remember the sacrifices our American Service Members have made. Not to be confused with Veterans Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all United States military veterans.
By Stephanie G.J. Powell Unfortunately, Memorial Day has simply become another three-day weekend, or an extra day off. In December 2000, Congress passed “The National Moment of Remembrance Act” to ensure that Americans never forget the sacrifices of our fallen. The Remembrance Act encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to honor and remember those who have died serving our nation. This year, Memorial Day falls on May 26, and Fort Campbell along with the surrounding communities will hold events and services throughout the holiday weekend, recognizing the great sacrifices made by our fallen heroes. For a list of Memorial Day services events in your community check the community sites below. For Clarksville: www.cityofclarksville.com For Hopkinsville: www.hoptown.org
Freedom Fighters PFC
Down the Block
By Stephanie G.J. Powell Just through Gate 7, down the street and over the railroad tracks from the Shoppette, you will find one of Fort Campbell MWR’s unique Physical Fitness Centers (PFC). Freedom Fighters PFC is located at 7037 Toccoa Road and sits directly behind Son Café Dining Facility. Taking pride in serving 4th Brigade and 101 CAB, Freedom Fighters is also open to all Soldiers, Family Members, Retirees, and DoD Civilians. It is one of two PFCs on post that offer an indoor climbing wall and wooden basketball courts– making it one of the exclusive places to
work out. Bernetta Prather, Freedom Fighters’ Supervisory Recreation Assistant, stated that a typical day at the gym brings in 300-500 patrons. Some of the equipment offered at the PFC includes Jacob’s Ladder, summit climbers, and treadmills. The facility also has an extension that houses free weights, rowing machines, medicine balls, dumbbells, kettle bells, and exercise balls. The PFC offers separate locker rooms and saunas for both male and female patrons. Weekly classes offered at the gym include step aerobics Monday and Wednesday from 4:45-5:45 p.m. and Zumba from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Classes are free to anyone who is interested and holds a DoD ID card. When asked what sets Freedom Fighters apart from other gyms on Post, Prather responded, “We are a multi-use facility. Our basketball courts and multi-purpose rooms are able to accommodate and host a wide range of events. Anything from briefings and Change of Commands to combatives and company organization days. “ Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Looking for a place to work out on Sunday when Freedom Fighters is closed? Try one of MWR’s other PFCs like Lozada and Gertsch
which are both open Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Got questions? Contact Freedom Fighters PFC at (270) 798-7365 or check them out under the Sports & Fitness tab at www.fortcampbellmwr.com
In the Know
BOSS Takes You to the Derby By Tara Goodson
Excitement mounts as the trumpeter sounds the Call to Post, everyone turns to the starting gate, and with a shot, hooves stampede out of the gate. They are off and the stands are alive with a thundering roar, bets have been placed and the most exciting two minutes in sports is underway. The very first Kentucky Derby was run on May 17, 1875 and nearly 10,000 people attended the event! This year, Churchill Downs is expected to draw more than 160,000 patrons. We have Colonel M. Lewis Clark, grandson of General William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to thank for bringing large organized races to the United States.
After 139 years, the Kentucky Derby is still the place to be during the first weekend in May. Fort Campbellâ€™s BOSS program will attend this year and 25 single Soldiers will have the opportunity to experience everything from the fashion and pageantry of the races to exploring the city of Louisville and its history as one of the oldest cities settled in Kentucky for only $50 per person. While dressing to the nines is a tradition for the Derby, you do not have to put on an extravagant hat to be admitted to the races. Everything from business casual to semi-casual is allowed in the Derby Room, Turf Club, Trophy Room and Millionaires Row. Casual attire is allowed in all other seating areas, including the Grandstand. For many, the best aspect about the Derby is placing a bet or two. How you pick your horse is up to you, but you should know a few terms before placing your bet.
WIN PLACE SHOW
Your horse must finish first for you to cash a ticket. If your horse finishes first or second, you are a winner. You are a winner if your horse finishes anywhere among the top three.
Of course, there are many other terms that go with horse betting. You can find them out by visiting www.kentuckyderby.com or www.derbyexperiences.com along with additional history about horse racing in the United States. BOSS organizes and participates in monthly activities and trips. For additional information, please call (270) 798-7858 or visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com/Recreation/BOSS.
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