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August 6-9, 2012 | Fort Bragg, NC www.soliderequipmentexpo.com/fortbragg FEATURING KEY INSIGHTS FROM: Dr. James T. Blake, SES, Program Executive Officer, U.S. Army PEO STRI Colonel Thomas Rogers, Commander, 528th Sustainment Brigade (Airborne) Colonel Paul Roege, Director, Operational Energy Integration, ARCIC, US Army Colonel Bruce B. McPeak, Director of Materiel Systems, Combined Arms Support Command Dr. John S. Morgan, Command Science Advisor, US Army Special Operations Command Tom Lanagan, Director, ASPMO, HQDA/G-8 PRESENTATIONS WILL FOCUS ON: ǩ US Army Special Operations Command technology challenges ǩ Equipment readiness priorities and initiatives ǩ Dismounted soldier training systems ǩ Soldier armor protection: challenges, achievements and objectives in the 21st century ǩ Counterinsurgency challenges in operational theaters

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Making a successful transition from the summer months back to reality with school now in session is easier with a plan. Heather Adams helps you gear up for the new school year in, Back to School.

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Your baby is growing so fast and next year will be heading off to Kindergarten. Strong Beginnings, by Heather Ybarra discusses how the Child, Youth and School Services’ Strong Beginnings Pre-K program helps to build foundations of learning for your child.

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Today, bullying has manifested into something so much more than anyone could have imagined. Lily Marrero helps us see the warning signs in Bullying Prevention. Bullying is the biggest and fastest growing problem in the world. In this months special Teen Corner Oscar Ybarra discusses how bullying effects teens by giving a unique insight this serious issue. Make the Play to Stop Bullying shows us how our children see and deal with bullying everyday. Creative Director: Lori Bruschi Editor: Heather Ybarra Graphic Designer: Anika Stickles Contributing Writers: Heather Adams, Denice Howell, Lily Marrero, Heather Ybarra, and Oscar Ybarra

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Summer vacation is over and school is back in session making mornings crazy once again with lunches and rushing to make the bus; and the nights are just as chaotic as you try to make dinner and deal with homework assignments. Let Denice Howell and Heather Ybarra help alleviate some of your daily stresses and even save you some money! Find out how in, Avoiding Evening Chaos.

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By: Heather Adams The first day of school brings about excitement as well as a feeling of nervousness for the students, teachers and parents. Plan now for the first day, as well as the last, and your year will run smoother. Below are a few tips to help make a successful transition from the summer months to the reality of school being back in session. Check Medical Requirements Make sure your child has all required immunizations, schedule a physical exam if needed to participate in school activities and get their vision checked before school starts. The last thing you want is a call from the school telling you if your child does not have a shot by a certain date they cannot return. Also, notify the principal’s office, the school nurse and your child’s teachers about any health problems or medications in advance. Learn About the School Find out how the teacher prefers to communicate: phone, email, or written note. Every teacher is different. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the information on the school website. Note the process for school closures or reporting absences to the school. Find out the procedure for taking your child out of school early or signing them in late. Read the school handbook and make sure your child understands the rules of the school and the classroom. Plan to be Involved Mark school events on the family calendar, attend the back-to-school program, schedule and attend parent-teacher conferences and meet leaders of the parent-teacher group. Stay in tune and involved with your child’s daily class work too. Check folders daily, keep abreast of upcoming tests and projects. Many schools now have online systems to

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check your student’s grades – this is a great tool! Most teachers have their own web page on the school website to allow you to contact them as well as check calendar of events, links to study guides, and notes from the daily lessons. If you put an emphasis on school, so will your child. Plan Healthy Meals Have nutritious food on hand for breakfast and after-school snacks. Find out how much school breakfasts and lunches cost and whether snacks and drinks are available at school or can be brought from home. Ask where to obtain weekly school lunch menus and alert school staff if your child has a food allergy. Make After-School Plans Arrange child care or after-school activities. Remember to choose extracurricular activities carefully to avoid over scheduling. It is very important to make sure your child knows where to go after school each day. Lay the Ground Rules Establish a firm bedtime before school starts. Determine where and when your child will do homework and figure out a plan for balancing homework and play time. Set rules for the time spent on TV, video games, and computer use for nonschool projects. The school year can be overwhelming for parents and children alike, but with a little planning, positive reinforcement, and involvement you can help your child to have a successful school year!


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Avoiding Ev Summer vacation is over and school is back in session. Mornings are crazy as you try to rush everyone out the door with full backpacks, lunch boxes and more to make the bus. Evenings are even crazier with after school activities, homework, dinner and baths all before a reasonable hour. While the evening chaos will never completely go away, a little planning can help alleviate some of the chaos, as well as save you some money. The hours after my kids get out of school are some of the craziest of the week. Once I get off work and pick them up, it feels like we go, go, go until bedtime. With practices a couple times a week and daily homework for all three, time is short. The nightly question always became, “what’s for dinner tonight?” A slight change in my routine has made for much less stress in when it came to weeknight meals. I have recently begun planning out our weekly meals each weekend. This leaves the guesswork out of what we will have or trying to find something last minute when we do not have the supplies on hand for what we do want. A few key things to remember when meal planning are: • Easier meals should be saved for your busier nights. This is Tuesday a n d Thursday for us. My youngest son has practice from 4:30-

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5:15 p.m., my daughter has dance from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and my oldest son has practice from 6-8:30. Not a lot of time for cooking….crockpots are a mom’s best friend on these days. • Label your days! Choose a title that is catchy and will keep you ready to cook. Once you decide on meal type (sandwich, pasta, etc.) for each day you’ll have an easier time preparing a list. For example, Mexican Monday or Wacky Wednesday. If you want to involve the kids, let them pick a meal for one night of the week. • Make meal plans while relaxing! Think of foods you enjoy eating at home as well as foods you like to eat at restaurants. Incorporate both into your plan • After a few weeks of meal planning, you can start to mix and match your weeks. Try to avoid the same meal every Monday so you (and the kids) do not get bored. The last thing you want to hear on a crazy Monday night is, “Spaghetti AGAIN??” • Examples of items you can include on your meal plan: Sandwiches, pastas, casserole, breakfast (what is better than pancakes for dinner), crockpot meals and grilling out (if you have the time). You do not have to have a four course Sunday dinner every night of the week. Something as simple as sloppy joes and fries or grilled cheese and soup can work just fine. Meal planning also saves money. How? It’s quite simple. By figuring out what we will eat each night, we have the necessary items on hand which eliminates last minute trips to the store or even worse, giving up and just eating out or ordering a pizza. Weekly shopping trips became simpler with a meal plan ready and on hand. Add this to the idea of using coupons and you will be amazed at how much you will save! Couponing has become the trend as of late. I could not wrap my head around the idea, until I sat down with a few friends and received a Couponing 101 lesson from them! I figured, it can’t hurt – I will try it and see what happens. Four months later, I am hooked and have saved over $1,500. That is nearly $400 a month in savings! But, just like meal planning, you must have a plan with your coupons! Here are a few tips:


vening Chaos By: Denice Howell and Heather Ybarra

1. Just because you have a coupon does not mean you have to buy the item! 2. Know your store’s policy to maximize your value. 3. Combine your coupons with store sales for the best deals! For example, a recent trip to a local store during super doubles (where they double coupons up to $2 face value), awarded me with Mio for only $.50 each – quite a win considering it is used like it is going out of style at my house and it is normally $4 a bottle. The store had it on sale 2 for $5. I had coupons $1 off one. This doubled to $2 and since I was buying two items, I could use two coupons. This gave me a total of $4 off making my final price 2 for $1! Start planning out your weekly meals and you will be shocked how much time you save during the week! Plan your next shopping trip using coupons and your meal plan and you will be surprised how much money you save! Saving time and saving money will eliminate some of the evening chaos which will save you from some stress!

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Strong Beginnings

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Bullying Prevention By: Lily Marrero

Do you remember when bullying use to be something that kids only dealt with in school? It used to be that a bully picked on you because you were different. They called you names, took your lunch money and made your life miserable. Today, bullying has manifested into something so much more than anyone could have imagined. It doesn’t just happen at school anymore. With the advances in technology, kids have taken to not just bullying their victims face to face, but through the use of the internet and text messaging as well. It has become a growing problem that must be addressed immediately. Kids used to have a way out by going home to avoid bullies, but they (bullies) have found new and different means in which to torment their victims. With today’s internet, bullying can go unnoticed by parents and continue for a long time. As parents and teachers, we need to be more vigilant and watch for signs of bullying towards our children and students. A few warning signs for parents and teachers to watch for are listed on www.stopbullying.gov: • Unexplainable injuries • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch. • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide Page 14

If you notice a child showing warning signs, regardless whether they are yours or not, talk to them or their parents and let them know that you’re there to help them. Many victims are worried if they say something, the bullying will get worse, so they may not want you going to the school or confronting the bully directly. It is important for the child to understand you are there to help them. If your child tells you that he or she is being bullied at school, immediately contact his or her teacher, the school guidance counselor and the principal so that immediate action can be taken. Many schools have already put into affect a zero tolerance policy for bullying to ensure all kids are learning in a safe environment. There are ways to prevent bullying, but it isn’t just up to the child being bullied to do something about it. We, as adults, play a huge role in teaching our children to be leaders and to instill confidence in them. They need to know they are important and that they don’t deserve to be treated badly. A key way to stop bullying is bringing it out in the open and to the attention of people in power. Bullying is not a situation that will fix itself. All students, parents and teachers need to take bullying seriously and not be afraid to speak up and get involved to help both the victim and the bully.


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Make the Play to Stop Bullying By: Oscar Ybarra

Very often you see or hear of kids being bullied and you think of it as a minor activity. This is when the problem gets worse. Soon the victim doesn’t want to go to school and or camp. Bullying is the biggest and fastest growing problem in the world. It is estimated that there will be 13 million kids who are going to be bullied this year. Millions are wondering how to stop this and there are thousands of videos on www.youtube.com a b o u t people getting bullied or talking about their friends getting bullied.

I have personally seen people bully other students before. I didn’t know what to do because I didn’t want to draw attention and become the victim and/ or looked at as a bully myself. The right thing to do is tell the teacher right away because there are many stories of students committing suicide because they couldn’t stand getting bullied or were scared to go back to school. There are three types of bullying: physical, cyber, and emotional. Cyber bullying is when students are getting bullied through technology like email, Facebook, Twitter, texting, and Myspace. Emotional bullying is when there is no physical violence occurring but there is bullying through language, where they are insulting the victim and calling them names. They also are picking on them about where they live, sports they do or don’t do, their grades good or bad, family and more. The last one was is physical bullying, which many people know as punching, kicking, fighting, throwing objects at them, etc., Physical bullying is probably the most common when thinking about it, but in reality cyber and emotional can cause just as much harm. Most parents normally suspect these kinds of things to happen when their kids get into middle school or high school, but today kids are bullied even at 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. I recently saw a story about a girl in 3rd grade that went to a plastic surgeon to get her ear fixed because she was tired of kids making fun of her ear because of what it looked like. The little girl had said that it started in the 1st grade. It is just sad that an 8 year old felt the need to get plastic surgery to stop getting bullied. This proves how serious this subject has become. This is an issue that needs to be stopped. If you know anybody that is getting bullied, do something about it. Don’t be a benchwarmer; be active to stop the problem. Make the play to stop them. Always remember, treat others the way you would want to be treated. If you do not want someone saying it to you or doing something to you – do not do it to them!

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