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Supporting Those Who Serve What is your definition of service? Is it the act of doing something for someone else, employment in protection or help of others, performing a helpful act, or is it something else entirely? It seems that most of those who truly serve never think of it in those terms, if at all. They simply serve because it is part of who they are. I see it every day in the Soldiers and Families, Retirees and Civilians that MWR supports. We call ourselves your network of services which is a great tag line, but also a concise way to sum up the wealth and variety of the services that we provide to help support all of our patrons.

Melissa Wells, Editor


Inside this issue

Melissa Wells


AshleyArin Alyssa Blakemore CynDe Clack Patrice Johnson-Winters Charlene Mazur Keri McPeak Kelli Pendleton Tony Saluzzo Marty Sims

3 The Definition of Service Learn more about wounded Warrior SFC Brandon Lloyd and his Family.


HOOAH! “Healing Outside of A Hospital”


Fit and Fabulous During Pregnancy Safe prenatal exercises.


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12 National Hunting and Fishing Month


14 A Step Back in Time

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18 Fall Photography Beautiful scenery offers wonderful opportunities.

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20 Patriot Day Ten years since 9/11.

22 Making the Difference Helping with suicide prevention.

24 Savor the Flavor Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with authentic Mexican recipes. pg 29 pg 22

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26 Saluting Fort Campbell Details and information about Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell Week.

26 Gold Star Mother’s Day September 25 recognize and honor Gold Star Mothers.

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24 Grandparent’s Day Celebrate with your grandparents.

The Definition of Service By Melissa Wells Winding through the maze of the Woodlands housing development and looking at the charming little parks and playgrounds, the well kept homes, and the children playing in their yards, I am struck by the peacefulness of this “everyday American” scene. It makes me even more aware of how this community and those in it stand out as much more than your average American, even though most of them would deny it if asked. My mission on this particular day was to interview just one such Family. Sergeant First Class (SFC) Brandon Lloyd, his wife Natalie, and daughters Avery and Lucy were kind enough to invite me into their home. The first thing that I noticed was their patriotic Christmas tree which they keep up year round and decorate according to the change of seasons. This is just one of the ways that they live life to the fullest and celebrate every day. The Lloyds are prime examples of the exceptional quality of our Soldiers and Families of Fort Campbell. SFC Lloyd has been a Soldier for thirteen years and started out as a scout sniper before reclassifying as a combat medic in 2002. He is now with A Company Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB). SFC Lloyd doesn’t talk a lot about his injuries, but more about how his


Family has changed his entire perspective and helped him cope, especially with the “unseen” tinjuries of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). “I don’t know what I would do without my Family,” states Lloyd. “It can be a pretty dark life if you are on your own. My wife is so supportive. She gave up so much to be my caretaker. I don’t know if I could be as strong in her position.” The Lloyds grew up together in the same small town of Mobile, AL and knew each other through friends. They reconnected again years later over Facebook and have been married for two years. Natalie, a former Outside Sales Consultant with a degree in Communications from the University of South Alabama, now a stay at home mom is

new to the Army life. “The Brandon that I married is not the same boy that I grew up knowing in Alabama.” They saw each other again face to face in March 2009. “Being a Military Spouse is definitely a lot different than what you see on TV,” says Natalie. “Sometimes I feel like it is hard to make a connection with other Spouses. It is also hard sometimes to understand why things happen the way that they do. I have the same questions as a lot of other wives. Why is he hurt? How can we get help? Why would he want to deploy again? On the other hand, it is also hard to see people whose husbands ARE deploying and mine isn’t.” Natalie used her frustration and need for connection to reach out to other Spouses by starting and managing the Fort Campbell Wives Facebook page. This outlet has helped her meet others in similar situations and build a network of support. She is also excited to participate in Bunco and other MWR events. The entire Family uses MWR activities to relax, connect with others, and spend their spare time. They love the swimming pools, arts and crafts center, and special events such as the recent Character Dinner. They are also excited for Avery and Lucy to take advantage of the wonderful classes through SKIESUnlimited such as cheerleading and dance. Brandon refers to his time in the Army as

Soldiers. Another great part of going to these events is “seeing the older Veterans from Vietnam and World War II and talking to them. Especially the Vietnam Veterans because of the way they were treated. They want to make sure that no Soldier is ever treated that way again.” It was at one of these events, a Wounded Warrior’s Weekend in 2010, that SFC Lloyd had an experience that he will never forget. In that small town, Soldiers who had been killed in action from that area were being honored in a special ceremony. He was surprised when he heard the name of SPC Richard Arriaga, a Soldier with a group that he had treated in 2003. “Our aid station was full with casualties and we had to move the three Soldiers killed in action outside to clear the room to treat more casualties. When we do this, we put the flag over them and stand guard. They are never left alone. I stood guard over Richard’s body.” Amazingly, SFC Lloyd was able to meet SPC Arriaga’s mother during the Wounded Warrior’s Weekend. Very few words were spoken and more than a few tears were shed as they made a connection. They promised to meet up again at this year’s event, and two different extremes. Before he was married, he volunteered for deployments. He signed a waiver so that he could deploy at the same time as his brother, also stationed at Fort Campbell, and went back into combat even after severe injuries. Having a Family has changed his perspective. He now relishes the fact that he is able to watch his children grow up. Even though his injuries have forced him to slow down and the realities of PTSD and other issues have begun to sink in during the downtime, he gets the chance to spend time with his Family. “Having them gives me a reason and drive to want to get better. Nobody wants to be different.” SFC Lloyd is also an avid outdoorsman and has participated in many events for wounded Soldiers. These events are very important in the process of recovery. “Some Soldiers don’t want to feel like they are asking for something, but the events really bring up your spirits.” Talking about events that he had been to in the past, Lloyd stated that “when communities give back to wounded Soldiers, it means as much to the people doing the activity as it does to the

Lloyd spend several sleepless nights worrying about how it would go before heading down to Texas. He once again met up with Mrs. Arriaga and this year presented her with an amazing gift when he gave her the Bronze Star that he received for his actions the night that he tried to save SPC Arriaga. “I did it for Barbara because it would likely keep Richard’s memory alive and let her know that he was not alone when he died.” All of this fits in with Brandon’s personality and definition of service. “As a combat medic that has spent a career in Infantry unit platoons and treated hundreds of combat casualties, service is a term I take very seriously. It is the giving of oneself for a cause that is much bigger. Whether it was in the snow at Bastogne, the jungles of Saigon or the deserts of Iraq, Americans have done it for hundreds of years. No matter what anyone’s reason is for joining the military, when the bullets are flying the vast majority of Soldiers have their minds on their buddy and not themselves. I rest easy knowing I have had the privilege of training so many medics and am certain they put their service to our country at the top of the list. The support of Natalie and the girls makes what I do possible and has always given me the drive to push forward.” As a Spouse, Natalie also serves. “With his injuries, two girls and another on the way, my service stays closer to home. There are things that Brandon just can't do anymore, so I am here for that. To be married to a Soldier is a lifestyle that I have embraced and still learn something from each day. It has been a roller coaster ride to say the least, but I must say it is all well worth it and we all serve better with the support of one another.” For more information about the HOOAH (Healing Outside Of A Hospital) Wounded Warrior Program, please contact Major Dale Patterson at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at (270) 412-6013 or If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, help is available! For more information please contact the Installation Chaplain’s Office at (270) 798-6124 or the Chaplain CARE line at (270) 798-2273. You can also contact the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at (270) 412-6000. Soldiers and Family members are also welcome to walk-in to their location at 2433 Indiana Ave. Military Family Life Consultants are also available at the Family Resource Center, 1501 William C. Lee Rd., just inside of Gate 1.


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HOOAH! Healing Outside of a Hospital By Melissa Wells

No one wants to feel different or alone, especially after they have been injured. They want to be able to shake off the dust, put some spit on it and move on with the day. Unfortunately, that is not a choice for many of our Wounded Warriors who have wounds or illnesses that have occurred while in a combat zone. Their wounds, both visible and unseen can be isolating, depressing, and limiting in what they are physically capable of doing. This is especially true for Soldiers who enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing that typically require a certain level of physical fitness, whether it be climbing into a tree stand or casting a line. The HOOAH (Healing Outside of A Hospital) Program, part of the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) is something special. Their mission is to provide outdoor activities to Warriors that will enable them to rehabilitate mentally and physically. The program is staffed by a group of volunteer Soldiers; all wounded or have illnesses that occurred while in a combat zone. This is a critical foundation for the program because they know what the other Soldiers in the WTB are going through and

understand the importance of planning these events. “We have a great team here,” says HOOAH Officer in Charge (OIC) Major Dale Patterson. “We are all wounded and have our doctor’s appointments, so we have the same experiences as these men and women. It makes it easier for these Soldiers to relate their experiences to us because we have been there.” The HOOAH program is facilitated almost exclusively by outside organizations that sponsor the outdoor activities and events. “Everything that we are able to do for these Soldiers is thanks to the amazing people that put on and sponsor these

events. Folks will call us up and say ‘we are having a fishing tournament this weekend and we would like to offer 10 spots to Wounded Warriors,’” says Major Patterson. “It’s amazing the effect that it has on the Soldiers. It makes them feel like they are part of something and capable of still doing the things that they love.” The HOOAH program also works closely with the Wounded Warrior Project. Major Patterson spoke of one amazing annual event that takes place each year in Port O’Connor, TX; Warrior’s Weekend. This annual fishing tournament is a complete experience for these Soldiers and helps to foster the new attitudes that they bring home to their Families. “From the minute that we got off of the airplane, we were made to feel special, says Patterson. “They greeted us in the airport cheering and clapping, waving flags, shaking our hands, and letting us know how happy they were to see us. From there, we were escorted to our destination by the patriot guard with presidential treatment! One Soldier who had been skeptical about the trip turned to me and said ‘it’s already worth it.’” There is something very healing about doing an activity that you love. It also provides an opportunity for communication. It is often easier to open up and talk about problems when you are engaged in an activity within a relaxed setting. There is also a sense of camaraderie in that shared experience. It provides these Soldiers with a great opportunity to work through any issues that they may have in a safe environment, surrounded by peers who can relate. For more information about the HOOAH Program, stop by the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) at 2433 Indiana Ave., or contact MAJ Dale Patterson at (270) 412-6013, or SSG Michael Davis at (254) 681-4681, For more information about Warrior’s Weekend, visit


Fit and Fabulous During Pregnacy

By Melissa Wells and AshleyArin Pregnancy changes your body as well as your perspective in many different ways. It is important to stay mentally and physically fit for the health of both mother and child. AshleyArin, certified Pre and Post Natal Exercise Specialist at Estep Wellness Center, works with expectant moms in many of her aerobic classes and often uses her expertise to modify workouts to fit their needs. She has come up with a group of six exercises for moms to be to help them build strength and maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. She also encourages walking as a great exercise for pregnancy. Special thanks to Alexandra Johnson, our model for these workouts! All pregnancies are different as all women are different. It is important to listen to your body and allow yourself plenty of time to rest. Consult with your physician before beginning any exercise routine.

SQUATS: Squats can be done throughout a healthy pregnancy. There are many variations of squats that work different angles and help prevent boredom. One of the better ones for later pregnancy is a squat with a stability ball. To perform this exercise, start with the ball between you and a wall. Place the ball at your low back/hip level with feet hip width apart. Allow the ball to roll up into the natural curve of your back, sitting down into the squat bringing your thighs nearly parallel to the floor. Inhale as you sit, pressing your weight into your heels, exhale as you come back to your starting position. Dumbbells can be added for extra intensity. 10 - 15 reps.


LUNGES: Stand with your feet hip width apart, taking a large step forward with right leg. Bend both knees to a 90 degree angle and align the right knee over the right ankle and the left knee under the left hip. Rise and come back to a standing position. Repeat with the left leg going forward. 10 - 15 reps, per leg.



Standing with a stability ball slightly in front of one side, hinge forward from your hips and put the hand you aren't working on the stability ball. Keep the abs engaged and exhale as you pull your elbow up. Keep the arm close to your side. Slowly lower the hand back to the starting position. These are normally done with weights, but can also be done without them if you are trying to keep your heart rate or exertion level low. 10 - 15 reps per arm.

During pregnancy, these are more comfortably done sitting on a stability ball using a resistance band instead of dumbbells. Sit up straight on the ball and hold the band in front of your body with your arms straight at shoulder height and elbows soft. Pull your arms away from each other and squeeze your shoulder blades together while exhaling. Inhale and release. 10 - 15 reps.



Begin standing up facing a wall. Place your hands on the wall at shoulder level, slightly greater than shoulder-width apart and lean against the wall with your hands. Keep your knees comfortably apart. Slowly bend your elbows and lower your chest until your chin reaches the wall, keeping the same form as if you were doing a floor push-up. Return to the starting position. 10 - 15 reps.

Pelvic tilts help to strengthen the pelvic muscles and sooth back pain by strengthening your transverse abdominals. Pelvic tilts can be done sitting, standing, and on all fours. Begin by inhaling and expanding the abdomen, exhale as you gently pull the abdomen in and the bellybutton moves towards the spine. If you are against the wall, your lower back should flatten to the surface you are pushing against. 10 - 15 reps.


Celebrate National Hunting & Fishing Month By CynDe Clack

Whether you hunt with a gun, a bow and arrow, a fishing rod, a trap, or a camera, you are lucky to live in this area! There are exceptional hunting opportunities both on post and off. Both Tennessee and Kentucky have over 90 public hunting areas. These Wildlife Management Areas are open to the general public for a variety of uses including hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and in some areas you can find horseback riding and whitewater activities. We celebrate National Hunting and Fishing (NHIF) Day on September 24th this year. Congress established National Hunting and Fishing Day to recognize hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation. Since launching in 1971, the day has been formally proclaimed by every U.S. President and countless governors and mayors. NHF Day is scheduled annually on the fourth Saturday of September. You can find information about events at Hunting on Fort Campbell falls into two categories, big game and small game. Some of the most popular hunts include deer, turkey, quail, rabbit and squirrel.

To hunt on Fort Campbell, hunters must: • Have a valid hunting license from Kentucky or Tennessee for the game they intend to hunt. • Have proof of a state approved hunter safety course. • Obtain a Fort Campbell post permit. • Be 9 years of age or older. • Call into the automated system and check into a hunting area. • Bring valid post permit to Outdoor Recreation to pick up an area assignment before hunting. Remember – safety first! Hunters must wear on the upper portion of their body and head a minimum of 500-square inches of daylight fluorescent orange (blaze orange), visible front and back, while hunting big game except on archery-only and turkey hunts. (A hat and vest fulfills requirements.)

fishing and outdoor recreation. Designed and regulated especially for Family fishing, these lakes prohibit alcoholic beverages, houseboats, inboard motors, water skiing, personal watercraft, and swimming. Eight of these lakes are located in middle TN and range from 12 to 325 acres in size. Land Between the Lakes is another very popular spot for fishing (and many other outdoor activities). You can find more information about what they offer at

Like to deer hunt but can’t use all of the meat yourself? You should check into Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry (KHFH). KHFH is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization comprised of responsible hunters and conservationists who encourage hunters to harvest and donate an additional deer each season. Statewide donations are processed by KHFH affiliated processors and venison is distributed to homeless shelters and food banks throughout Kentucky. You can find more about this program at If fishing is more your thing, we’re surrounded by great fishing areas. Fort Campbell has two lakes, two stocked trout streams, and numerous beaver ponds. There is also a children’s fishing pond for children twelve and under and does not require an area assignment to fish. For patrons who require handicap accessibility, there is a pond located in area seven, directly next to the land fill. Children 17 and under may also fish at that pond (an area assignment is required) common fish caught are bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and trout. For Family fishing, Tennessee has 18 lakes managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency that are open year round for

Responsible hunting and fishing is a safe and healthy activity that millions of Americans enjoy with their Families each year. Revenue generated from hunting and fishing contributes to habitat acquisition, habitat protection, habitat improvement, wildlife research, refuge management, winterfeeding programs, trap and transplant, clean water and much more. Hunters, fishers, campers, birdwatchers, photographers and many others cherish wildlife and understand the importance of conservation and responsible animal use. MWR Outdoor Recreation is located at 6645 101st Airborne Division Avenue and can be contacted at (270) 798-2175 or Their hours are Monday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (closed daily from 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.).

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It was during my research to find a quiet place to celebrate the homecoming of my husband and our anniversary, that I discovered The Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, KY. After reading the history of the inn, I could hardly wait to start the journey back in time. As we started the drive, the cityscape disappeared in the rearview mirror and was replaced with long fences that framed the road. Acres of what appeared to be vacant land were in fact horse ranches flanked by elegant homes. Soon the historical town of Harrodsburg came into view, the tall steeples that define downtown called out to my heart for closer observation. As we turned the corner onto what would be our home for the next three days, it was as if time had stood still. My heart skipped a beat and the beauty of the inn took my breath away. Greystone House, where our room was located, was stunning with its great curved stairway and grand porch, but nothing could compare to the elegant and welcoming porch of The Beaumont Inn, once known as “Daughters College.” What made this moment most memorable was seeing the handful of guests that stood in the doorway of the entrance. In my heart I felt that they were descendents of the alma mater of the pristine college of the 1800’s. I couldn’t help but smile as I witnessed the graceful ladies and their beaus discuss the tree in the front lawn and how important it was to the history of the

establishment. The heavy door creaked as we entered the Inn and I had the sensation of entering a bygone era. Many pictures of Robert E. Lee adorned the front hall and as we entered the office we were greeted by a library of old books used by the former students and teachers of Daughters College. Even though we were only a few steps into this piece of history, I was already overwhelmed with its spirit. The staff was warm, friendly, and welcoming as they greeted us and regaled us with stories of the Beaumont Inn. Later during our visit, we were received by the owners. Their southern hospitality was as refreshing as the summer breeze that blew through the field of golden lilies so skillfully woven into the landscape. I could hardly wait to see more of this amazing piece of history! We were encouraged to continue our exploration of the Inn at our leisure and did so with a hushed reverence so as to not disturb the spirit of this majestic institution. The first room that we explored is now known as the James Harrod Room; used as a card room, a meeting room, or for small gatherings. A small group of silver haired ladies and gents were comfortably seated and conversing as we entered. The conversation of “The Great Flood” was being led by a distinguished woman, speaking with eloquence and knowledge of the subject. It felt almost like we had walked into a class in session. Although I didn’t want to leave, there was more to see, so I humbly nodded to her as she smiled back to me in appreciation. Time seemed to slow as we wondered through long hallways, staircases, dining rooms, porches and landscaped trails, serenaded by a

whimsical bluegrass band playing on the lawn. We also enjoyed a walking tour down the quiet streets of Harrodsburg that lead us to grand homes with equally grand names, a soda shop that stood as though it were frozen in time, and a winding railroad track that seemed to snake its way through the town. Our time at the Beaumont Inn was filled with so much relaxation, fine cuisine, and southern hospitality; it was incredibly hard to leave. The Beaumont Inn will forever have a special place in my heart. I encourage you to seek out more information regarding The Beaumont Inn at their website www. and plan to make your own special memory!


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This time of the year, autumn arrives at Fort Campbell and the surrounding communities and brings the beauty of the change of seasons. The heat of summer gives way to the cooler temperatures of fall and the trees slowly begin to change color. Those of us who have lived in this area for a few years sometimes take this changing of the leaves for granted. However, this colorful time of year provides an excellent backdrop for a wide variety of photographic subjects. For a great opportunity, a short drive into the country near Fort Campbell yields a number of rural settings brought to new life amid the bright fall colors. Old barns, log fences and livestock are all potential subject matter for great photographs. Quiet streams running beneath canopies of yellow and red leaves wait to be discovered. A day trip to Land Between the Lakes can provide interesting locations such as the Great Western Iron Furnace ruins which was part of the Stewart County iron industry in the 1800’s. Further north along the Trace is The Homeplace, a historic mid-19th century working farm. Both the Nature Station and The Elk and Bison Prairie offer opportunities to photograph a variety of different animals. The Nature Station has exhibits which include the Great Horned Owl, as well as Red Wolf and Coyote.

The Prairie is a 700 acre enclosure which is home to herds of both Elk and Bison. There are also over 200 miles of trails and abandoned roads to hike in search of the perfect fall photograph. Other fantastic locations for fall photography can be found in old area cemeteries. It is in these old cemeteries that wars, plagues and time are recorded in granite and marble. Statues stand silent amid the falling leaves as autumn sunlight plays across the grass waiting to be shared. Stunning images can be discovered against the rich backdrop of red, orange and yellow leaves. Once you have discovered your perfect fall shots, it’s time to share them with others. The Army provides an excellent vehicle for this with the All Army Digital Photography Contest. This contest is open to all eligible MWR patrons and the submission dates are from 5 September to 16 October 2011. This year’s contest includes the categories, People, Military Life, Nature and Landscapes, Animals, Still Life, Design Element, Digital Darkroom and Monochrome. For additional information on the 2011 All Army Digital contact Contest, Photography Guenette Arts & Crafts Center at (270) 798-0171 or look up the contest website at The fall equinox is 23 September. With the equinox comes the turning of the leaves and an excellent opportunity to take some breathtaking images.


PATRIOT DAY – 10 YEARS AFTER 9/11 By Alyssa Blakemore It seems hard to believe that this year marks the 10th year anniversary of September 11th. Almost every American old enough to remember can recall where they were and what they were doing when those unforgettable images flashed across every news channel. As a high school freshman, it would be some months before I would understand the full impact of that day’s events and the changes to follow. Now ten years later, and proudly married to a Soldier in the US Army, I more fully understand the significance of a post 9/11 world and the heroes that have since emerged from the crumbling towers and fallen planes. The United States that exists today is most certainly not the same country of ten years ago. A sense of sober unity and strong patriotism formed amid the dust of Ground Zero. Songs like “Have You Forgotten” and “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” quickly flooded the airways. Within months, the United States went to war with the events of September 11 and the reality of terrorism looming fresh in every American’s mind. An increased awareness of terrorism resulted, closer to our shores than ever before. As America waged a War on Terror, whatever false sense of security once harbored by some was shattered that day. Tightened security at airports reminds travelers that we are not invincible, suggesting that the reality of once distant evil acts now pose a certain threat to our peace and happiness. Yet despite the inconveniences of newly established TSA regulations, Americans as a whole have learned the meaning of loss, heroism, and American pride. While Americans will continue to adhere to different faiths, politics, and leaders, we

remain united in remembrance of Patriot Day and support for those who continue to defend the freedom that was attacked a decade ago. Although not all Americans agree with the reason for war, most have rallied behind the troops engaged in it. The wars that have ensued both in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought Americans a greater understanding of sacrifice and a deeper appreciation for those who bravely fight. Many American lives have been touched by loss in some way, whether a husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, or father, or even a high school class mate or distant relative. As Americans remember the many lives lost on that fateful day and the heroism displayed, we cannot allow ourselves or those who follow us to forget even ten years later. In consideration of the changes wrought by September 11, it is perhaps safe to say that we now live in a world shaped by the tragic

events of that day. For those whose lives were lost on September the 11th, we will never forget, and for those whose lives were given in sacrifice to defend the freedom that was attacked that day, we will always remember. Have YOU forgotten? If you wish to participate in local events to commemorate the tenth year anniversary of September 11, Fort Campbell will be holding a wreath laying ceremony at 4 pm, Division Headquarters. Local community events include a 6 pm ceremony at Clarksville’s main fire station on 8th and Main Street. Hopkinsville also will host a memorial service at 6 pm at the Stadium of Champions to honor military, firefighters, police officers, and deputies.


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Making the Difference By Tony Saluzzo, Suicide Prevention Program Manager The Army has been tracking suicides since 1980. During those 31 years, the average age of a Soldier completing suicide was 19. A further look into these figures shows us that in 2009 the average age was 27, and in 2010, that age rose to 29; a rather startling revelation. Army wide, 162 soldiers were lost to suicide in 2009 and in 2010 that number dropped only slightly to 156. Locally, Fort Campbell recorded 21 Soldier suicides in 2009 and another 10 in 2010. It is up to all of us, whether on post or off, Soldier, Family member, Retiree, or Civilian working on Fort Campbell, to continue to make a difference in reducing that number. As the Suicide Prevention Team maneuvers around post giving briefings and presentations on suicide prevention, the one point we always stress is “look out for the people you care about.” While there are no expectations for anyone to become a psychologist or therapist, everyone should be aware of the danger signs that signal someone may be at risk. Noticing a change or changes in behavior is much easier to see when you know the other person and understand what their “normal” behaviors are. Any professional can talk to someone for the first time and not realize

that the person they are conversing with is in trouble. For instance, if a person presents as shy and quiet but they seem otherwise “normal,” the professional might get the impression that all is emotionally well. Whereas someone who knows this person would be aware of the fact that this person is regularly anything but shy and quiet. Some warning signs are numerous and obvious, even to the untrained eye. Is my buddy sleeping more (or less) than normal? Has her appetite changed? Is he eating less (or more) than what is normal for him? Does she appear sad or depressed? Has he been isolating himself from Family and friends? Does she talk about suicide? These are just a few of the warning signs that may be evident if a person is experiencing suicidal thoughts. The most important thing to realize is; these and other warning signs may be more evident to someone to whom we are close, someone we know well. This is where we must all step in and be the ones to assist the psychologists and therapists by identifying someone who may be in trouble. It is crucial to be able to ask that tough question: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It may be the hardest question anyone will ever have to ask, but it could also be the most important. It can be phrased in several ways and you may not get an answer, but on the other hand, you just might! If the answer is yes, your responsibilities have just increased, which is a good thing. If they want to talk, listen. You do not have to be an advisor, just listen. If they are willing to get help, take them immediately. Do NOT leave them alone! Help is available. Resources such as members of the chain of command, a chaplain, or the nearest emergency room are all options. Your responsibility is to keep them safe. It takes all of us to ensure that the people we care about stay healthy, not only physically but emotionally. People like you are helping to decrease the number of completed suicides here at Fort Campbell. Suicide is not a pleasant subject to discuss, but methods to help prevent it MUST be talked about. How can we keep it from happening? If we all continue to pay attention and care for the ones in need, it can be done. We can, as a team, make the difference.

The following are programs available through the Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP): ASAP Manager Karen R. Milner 270-412-0214 Suicide Prevention Joe Varney Tony Saluzzo 270-412-6825/0078 Risk Reduction & Prevention Lead Coordinator Tiffany A. Simms 270-412-0083 Installation Drug Testing Staci D. Campos 270-798-7270 Employee Assistance Program Ramon Maisonet 270-798-4411 Clinical/Counseling ASAP Counseling Center Bldg 2526, 22nd and Kentucky 270-412-6883


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Authentic Recipes By Marty Sims and Melissa Wells Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 until October 15 each year. What better way to mark the occasion than with authentic cuisine! These recipes are Family favorites of our own Marty Sims, MWR Sponsorship and Advertising Manager. One in particular, “Alejandro Family Tamales, a version of the Antediluvian Mexican Family recipe, has been passed down from generation to generation. Now in their 70s, my mother and aunts still love to get up early in the morning, have their cup of coffee, and begin kneading the tamale dough to perfection. The aroma of the tamales brings back wonderful childhood memories gathered in one of their kitchens to cook tamales during the holiday season.” Start your own traditions with one of these delicious dishes today!

Tostadas 1 can fried pinto beans • 4 Tbsp of canola or olive oil 1 tomato, cubed • 2 cups shredded lettuce 1/4 cup of diced onion (your favorite) • 1/4 cup finely diced fresh cilantro 1/4 cup of finely diced fresh jalapeño 1/2 cup of shredded cheese (your favorite) Salt and black pepper to taste • Salsa to taste Heat 2 Tbsp of oil, add 1 can fried pinto beans. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil, fry tortillas until crisp and hard. Drain fried tortillas on a paper towel. Spread beans on tortilla and add the rest of the ingredients beginning with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeño and cheese. Add a pinch of salt, pepper and salsa to taste. Enjoy! Serves two.

Chicken Enchiladas Smothered with Green Sauce

Alejandro Family Tamales

Ingredients: 1 pkg. of chicken breast • 1 pkg. of chicken thighs 2 small cans of chopped green chilies • 3/4 cup of diced white onions 1/2 cup of diced green onions 1 large bag or two medium bags of Monterrey jack/cheddar cheese 1 pkg. of queso fresco (white crumbled cheese) 2 large cans of enchilada green sauce • 24 white corn tortillas Olive oil

Corn Husks: Separate gently and keep in warm water to soften until ready to use. Clean off silk. Filling: 1lb. of Pork Roast, cooked, save meat juice for later use 4 big garlic cloves • 3 Tbsp of ground chili powder 1 Tbsp of ground cumin (fresh crushed cumin is the best) • Salt to taste

Seasonings: 1 tsp of salt • 2 Tbsp dry chicken broth 1 Tbsp garlic powder or fresh crushed garlic • 1 Tbsp cumin 2 tsp black pepper (jar) • 1 Tbsp sage powder (jar) 1 Tbsp parsley (jar) • 2 tsp celery powder (jar) Cilantro – fresh, to taste

Cook Meat. Pull meat apart in a medium pan with ¼ cup water and 2 Tbsp of lard or shortening. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt to taste bring to a boil and set aside.

Add about four cups of water to a large pot, bring to boil, add chicken, and lower the heat to medium for 25 to 30 minutes. Add 1 tsp of salt. When the chicken turns white, add the remaining seasonings. Add only a little cilantro and chop the rest for the enchiladas.

Dough: 5 cups corn flour or Maseca corn flour 1 cup lard or vegetable shortening 1 Tbsp of salt • 3-4 cups of cold water or meat broth or some of both. Spread masa dough on wide end of corn husk with a spoon up to ¾ full, have cup of warm water on hand to dip spoon in to smooth out the dough. Place about 1 Tbsp of meat in middle of the husk, roll and fold the top end down. In a stew pot or tamale pot, place a cup at bottom of pan and place tamales around the cup in a circle in layers with the folded end down. Place 2 ½ cups boiling water in the cup and cover the tamales with a layer of corn husks. Cover pan with lid. Cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cooked. To check if it is cooked, open one tamale and if it comes out of the husk clean, it is done. Makes about 2-3 dozen.

After the chicken is cooked to perfection, (you will know when you poke it with a fork) take out the chicken and let it cool. Don't throw away the broth! While the chicken cools down, add the enchilada green sauce to the chicken broth. Dice cooled chicken, put in a large bowl and add onions, cilantro and mix well. I always soften up my tortillas with hot olive oil (1-2-3 count each side and drain in paper towel). Drench each tortilla in the green sauce, add chicken mixture and cheese (leave some cheese to sprinkle the entire pan) and roll in pan. Do all tortillas until complete. Place in 375 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. If your oven cooks on the hotter side, do the temperature at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes, but no more than that. You don't want the enchiladas to dry out. Enjoy!


Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell

BIGGER & BETTER By Kelli Pendleton

It’s been 25 years since the communities of Christian County, Kentucky organized the first festivities to salute Fort Campbell. What started as just a one day celebration has now turned into a week’s worth of events to honor and recognize our friends and Family at Fort Campbell. While Salute Week is typically scaled back during deployments, each year that the troops are home it becomes a little bigger and a little brighter. This year is sure to be no different as the members of the Hopkinsville-Oak Grove-Christian County Military Affairs Committee (MAC) have been busy making plans for this year’s Salute Week. There is plenty to celebrate during this year’s event as the majority of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell has returned home from a tough, year long deployment. Community leaders, individual volunteers and business partners of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce are working hard on this year’s Salute Week to ensure Military Families are given recognition and honor that they deserve for their hard work and sacrifice. Christian County Salutes Fort Campbell Week 2011 will kick off on Saturday, September 10 in Oak Grove at the War Memorial Walking Trail Park from 11 am until 3 pm

The event will include an Interactive Gaming Experience and BMX Stunt Show! That will be followed by a 9/11 Memorial Service on Sunday, September 11 at 6 p.m. at the Stadium of Champions, the Command/Command Sergeant Major Luncheon on Tuesday, September 13, the Ladies Luncheon & Tour of Homes on Thursday, September 15, and the Freedom Friday Chili Cook-off on September 16. This year, the Chili Cook-off will end with a firework display over the Christian County Justice Center! Saturday, September 17 wraps

up Salute Week with the Hopkinsville YMCA “Trot for Troops” that morning and ends with the formal MAC Ball at the James E. Bruce Convention Center that evening. The communities of Christian County thank you for your commitment to our country and hope that you will come out and take part in what is sure to be an unforgettable Salute Week! For more information about Salute Week events, contact Kelli Pendleton, Director of Military Affairs at the Hopkinsville-Christian Co. Chamber of Commerce, at (270) 885-9096 or

Honoring Gold Star Mothers By CynDe Clack

September 25, 2011 is Gold Star Mother’s Day. In the United States, on the last Sunday of September, we honor mothers whose sons or daughters have been killed in the line of duty. “Gold Star Mothers” is a term that came into general use with the creation of the service flags used to show that a Family had a son in the service, a blue star, or a son that had died in the service, a gold star almost covering the blue star so that a rim of blue still shows. Mothers of slain servicemen came to be known as Gold Star Mothers. The United States began observing Gold Star Mother’s Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936. Every year, Gold Star Mother’s lay a

wreath at the Vietnam Wall and visit Arlington National Cemetery where they lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Army cannot do what it does without the support of Families. The Army commemorates Gold Star Mother’s Day because mothers across the nation have supported the Army. By recognizing them and starting programs such as Survivor Outreach Services (SOS), the Army now supports them. The mission of SOS is to provide enhanced services through a commitment to Families of the fallen. They maximize cooperative efforts within the Army casualty and Family programs, extend support to

Families both before and after a crisis by maximizing cooperation between government and non-government agencies, ensure Survivors receive all benefits to which they are entitled, and encourage Survivors to remain an integral part of the Army Family for as long as they desire. They also offer the personal services of support coordinators and financial counselors. Even though September 25th is called Gold Star Mother’s Day, there are many Gold Star Families out there. Spouses, dads, husbands, siblings, friends and other loved ones. Each and every one of them have shown the same determination and resiliency as the Soldiers that they support during deployments and the tragedy that war sometimes brings to Families. Everyone is welcome to participate in Gold Star Mother’s Day activities. For information about Gold Star Mother’s Day on Fort Campbell, please contact Survivor Outreach Services at (270) 798-0272.


Got Issues? Let Your Voice Be Heard! By Keri McPeak Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is the Army's grassroots process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life issues to senior leaders for action. These issues impact all components of the Army including, Soldiers, Retirees, Department of the Army (DA) Civilians, and Families. Information provided through the AFAP process gives commanders and leaders insight into current satisfaction detractors, quality of life needs, and expectations of Army constituents. Leadership uses the information to effect changes that improve standards of living and support programs. These changes foster a satisfied, informed, and resilient Army Community. The Army Family Action Plan is a year-round process that begins at the installation or unit level. It is the means for commanders at all levels to learn about and seek solutions to the concerns of their communities. AFAP provides a

way for Soldiers and Family members to let Army leadership know what works, what does not, and ideas for solutions. Every year, Fort Campbell holds an Army Family Action Plan Conference where delegates are divided into focus groups to talk about all of the services, programs, and quality of life that affects Fort Campbell and Army life. The issues are officially submitted through Fort Campbell Army Community Service AFAP at, where they are categorized as local issues or issues that can be seen Army-wide. Although the local issues are important and do get reviewed, the AFAP Conference is geared to developing the greatest issues that affect “big Army.” Did you know the recent operative that came down to remove the social security numbers from military and DoD ID cards originated as an issue that was brought to AFAP?

This is just one of the few issues that affect the whole Army and proof that your voice is truly heard. Not sure how to write or submit an issue? Come to the AFAP Issue Forum on September 7, and they will help guide you in writing your issue to be reviewed for the 2011 AFAP Conference. Now is the time to ensure your voice is heard! Once you have experienced the AFAP process you will come to the same conclusion as Denra Riley, volunteer. Denra says, “I love the fact that this program is what I like to call ‘the voice’ of the Army. This is where things happen!” The Army is the only service with a program like AFAP. Denra is not the only person who feels this way. When you talk to someone who has participated in an AFAP event, they will all reiterate the importance of the AFAP Issue Forum and AFAP Conference. Michele Gayler expressed that “until you experience an AFAP Conference, you don’t understand how it works and how it affects things that are part of your Army life.” If you are interested in contributing to positive change, register to attend the issue forum where you will be developing and submitting issues to be discussed at the conference November 7 - 9. Jessi Mitchell, a first time AFAP volunteer, says one of the reasons she has gotten involved in this year’s AFAP process is to let people know that they “can’t just sit and complain. You need to actively be a part of bettering your community.” The AFAP Issue Forum will be held at the Family Resource Center, located at 1501 William C. Lee Road, at 1 p.m. on September 7. Childcare will be provided by Army Community Service (ACS), and children must be registered with Child Youth and School Services (CYSS). For more information about or to register for the AFAP Issue Forum, please call AFAP at (270) 798-4800 or visit You can also look to see if an issue you want to raise is already being addressed by visiting You can also ask questions and find out more information by visiting the Fort Campbell AFAP Facebook page. *Information obtaining to AFAP was retrieved from


A Grand Day for Grandparents By Keri McPeak This year, National Grandparent’s Day falls on Sunday, September 11, and grandparents are known for spoiling their grandchildren. This Grandparent’s Day, no matter your age, make it a point to spoil your grandparent. A simple gesture such as a phone call to tell your grandparent that you love them and thank them for all those years of love and affection, can make their day. Want to do something a little more elaborate? Treat your grandparent to a spa day, a special dinner at a fancy restaurant, or better yet make them dinner yourself with help of a parent. No matter what you decide, they are bound to be overjoyed that you are acknowledging them. While the weather is still nice, take a walk with the whole Family. Celebrate Grandparent’s Day by unplugging and venturing into nature for some good

conversation and healthy exercise, introduce your grandchildren to the joy of gardening, or take them on a fishing expedition. Maybe even start a special tradition for younger grandchildren. One blogger who started the tradition of keeping a journal for her grandson had this to say, “I started a journal for my four-year-old grandson even though he

can't write. When I sleep over, I ask him what he would like to remember about this day when he grows up, such as events that took place at his preschool. I write down his answer and he draws a picture on the following page. He loves it! I thought this was a good way to get him to tell me about his day, and when he's older and learns to write, he can take over the journal.” I have given you some great ideas, but there are plenty more activities out there that grandchildren and grandparents can do together. Check out the classes at Guenette Arts and Crafts Center and make something together, or take the afternoon and go bowling. The important part of Grandparent’s Day is that grandparents and grandchildren spend the time together, enjoying life and being thankful for each other.

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Monthly magazine for Soldiers and Families at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Home of the 101st Airborne Division, "Air Assault".

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