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18th MEDCOM (DS) Family Readiness highlights QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER

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Top Notch Competition Loud music, unit T-shirts, excitement and anxiety ran high at the quarterly Pacific Knights games. Lt Sturgeon from G1 and MSG Cowden from Clinical Services spearheaded a morning of various exercises that mimicked the fitness craze Cross Fit, which optimizes fitness with constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. The intent of this quarter’s game as always would increase espirit-de-corps, resiliency, teamwork, and the 18th MEDCOM (DS) community that spontaneously arises when Soldiers do these workouts together. The games con-

sisted of eight teams made up of five Soldiers per team. At Station # 1, Teams focused on reps of 6 Pull Ups, 6 KB Swings, 6 Toes to Bar, 6 Air Squats and 6 Burpee Bar within 12 minutes. At Station # 2, Teams focused on rounds of a 200m Run, Jumping Lunge, Push Press, Med Ball Slams and Hand Release Push Ups. After station # 1 and # 2 were complete G3, G6, HHC and the Command Team reached the final round. The final round was a heartbreaker and a gut check for these teams. It consisted a 800m run, 118 Box Jumps, 218 Elevated

MARK YOUR CALENDER  Family Fun Run/Walk 12 Push Ups, 318 Air Squat and finished with another Team 800m run. G3 team which included CPT Modlin, MSG Musnicki, CPT Law, MSG Swords and CPT Wrighten had the honors of lifting the coveted 35lb Kettle Bell triumphantly with an overall time just under 22 minutes. All Soldiers left the games feeling accomplished with an increase espirit-de-corps, teamwork and sense of pride within their sections, the unit and themselves.

This will be my last newsletter as the HHC Company Commander, as I am due to change command in May. Rosa and I would like to thank all the Soldiers and their Families for their hard work and support over the last 26 months. We have learned so much and have thoroughly enjoyed my time in command. I will miss the Soldiers, Civilians, and Families of the 18th MEDCOM (DS) and wish you all the best in the

months ahead. Our unit has had many transitions over the past few months and expect more transition over the next few months. I’m confident that our Soldiers will continue to move 18th MEDCOM (DS) forward well into the future. Congratulate your Soldiers on a job well done on our most recent Command Inspection, they truly shined! Army life can be stressful for Soldiers and Families. The 18th MEDCOM (DS) has a Military & Family

 Compo 3 Battle Assembly 12-13 Apr 14

 Holy Week Prayer Breakfast 15 Apr 14

 APFT 23-25 Apr 14  Confronting the Holo-

caust : American Response Essay Contest 30 APR 14

 Hail and Farwell 2 May 2014

Special points of interest:

Commander’s Corner Aloha Pacific Knights and Families!

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Life Consultant (MFLC) assigned to us to provide assistance in dealing with the stresses of military life. The MFLC is a licensed clinical counselor available to provide short term, situational, problemsolving counseling services to our Active Duty and Reserve Soldiers and Families. Services are confidential and private. If you would like to talk to the MFLC, please call (808) 349-4206 to setup an appointment. PACIFIC KNIGHTS!

 Change of Command May TBA  Sharp Awareness Month  Build & Enhance Your Career  Purple Up  2014 Installation Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony  FRG Training  Where to go for Easter


18TH MEDCOM (DS) FAMILY READINESS

WHAT’S HAPPENING

MOVIE SPOTLIGHT (HICKAM MEMORIAL THEATRE) THU April 10 1900 Son of God (PG-13) 138 min

THU April 03 1900 12 Years A Slave (R) 134 min

FRI April 11 1800 300: Rise of an Empire (R) 103 min

FRI April 04 1800 Son of God (PG-13) 138 min

SAT April 12 1600 300: Rise of an Empire (R) 103 min 1900 Son of God (PG-13) 138 min

SAT April 05 1600 Robocop 4 (PG13) 110 min 1900 Son of God (PG-13) 138 min SUN April 06 1400 Robocop 4 (PG-13) 110 min

SUN April 13 1400 300: Rise of an Empire (R) 103 min

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ACS Schofield Barracks Financial Resilience, Bldg 147 (156 Lewis St.) 808-6554ACS

UPCOMING EVENTS


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Where to go for Easter

What: Photos with the Easter Bunny Where: Pearlridge Mall, Downtown Center Court When: March 22, 2014 through Saturday, April 19, 2014; Mon-Sat from 10am-8 pm and 2pm3pm (break), Sun from 10am-6pm and 3pm-5pm. About: Pictures with the Eater bunny and yummy treats (while supplies last) Cost: pearlridgeonline.com For more info: 808-488-0981 What: Easter Bunny Arrival Celebration Where: Center Court Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, Hawaii When: March 22, 2014, 10am to 12pm Put on your finest spring attire and hop into Windward Mall to take treasured family photos with the Bunny. Every child will receive a cute gift from the Bunny too! Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cost: Free For more info: 808-951-7827 What: Easter Photo Garden Where: Kahala Mall next to Macy’s When: March 21, 2014 – April 19, 2014, Mon-Sat: 10am-8pm, Sun: 10am-6pm, Bunny breaks from 2-3 p.m Cost: Packages are $20. What: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Where: Dave & Buster’s, Ward Entertainment Center, 1030 Auahi Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814 When: March 23, 2014; 8am to 10:30am About: Enjoy a breakfast buffet, Easter egg hunt, face painting, balloon art, and a VIP card for each guest. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No walk-ins. Cost: $17.99 for adults (includes tax and gratuity), Free for kids 2 years and under. Photo packages for pictures with the Easter bunny are sold separately. Bring in a canned or non-perishable food item to support the Hawaii Food Bank and receive a special offer. For more info. and tickets: 808-589-2215


What: Ark of Safety Easter Event Where: Park When: Every Easter season the Ark of Safety Christian Fellowship, sponsors an egg hunt for its members and invites everyone in the Waianae community to participate. This holiday celebration will happen on Friday, April 18/19, 2-9 P.M. and on Saturday, April 19 2-11 P.M. at the Waianae Intermediate School located at 85626 Farrington Highway. There will be four egg hunts – a neon egg hunt on Friday evening and three separate ones on Saturday. The neon egg hunt starts at 2 P.M.; the three hunts on Saturday are for three age groups: ages 2-4 at 2 P.M. , ages 5-7 at 5 P.M., and 6 P.M. for ages 8-11. Page 13

Phone: (808) 696-3781 What: Bunnies & Butterflies Where: Kapolei Shopping Center, 590 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei When: April 13, 2014, 11noon to 1pm About: There will be a Bunny Petting zoo, a butterfly house, a chance to take pictures with Keoki Cottontail and arts and crafts. Take your camera! Cost: Free Fore more info: 808-695-4316 What: Easter Brunch Cruise on the Star of Honolulu! Special Easter Brunch Cruise. Perfect for the whole family, enjoy an egg hunt and prize giveaways for kids, Hawaiian cultural activities and buffet with roast beef and “champagne!” When: Time: 12:00 - 2:00PM; April 20, 2014Add an Enhancement to your cruise upon check-out: Photo In Logo Album - Purchase souvenir photo in 9” x 9” custom Star of Honolulu logo album for a lasting memory of your cruise experience for just $18.00 each. http://www.starofhonolulu.com/easter-lunch-cruise.html

Adult $65.00, Child $39.00

Also Check Star Advertisement Link http://www.staradvertiser.com/features/calendars/20140325_Easter.html?id=252154751


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18TH MEDCOM (DS) Family Readiness Mission: To maintain the continuity and stability of Family Readiness Group as the Unit undergo changes in volunteers and leadership. To provide administrative and logistical support to Commanders, Rear Detachment Commanders, and volunteer FRG Leaders

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