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January 2009

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FOCUS Fort Lewis Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director William E. Harvey

Acting Marketing Director Johanna Krause


Kimberly Rowe

Senior writer/copy editor Kate Mullinax

Contributers Curtis Atkinson Toby Bartley Angel Hogan

Contributing photographers Minerva Hohaia Song Jordan Kate Mullinax


Carly Jackson at 253.966.2256 or 253.203.8088; Tracey Wilkinson at 253.966.2256; Disclaimers: The Fort Lewis “FOCUS” is a monthly community information source published by FMWR in addition to the Northwest Guardian, a newspaper for command-sponsored and leisure-time activities. Although the information in the issue is current at time of publication, activities and events are subject to change. Please contact the activity for confirmation. Facilities and events publicized in this publication are open to authorized patrons and, where applicable, guests. Opinions are those of the authors and do not speak for FMWR or Fort Lewis. Our hope is that the Fort Lewis community will be motivated to participate in the FMWR activities on the following pages; FMWR Fort Lewis strives to improve the quality of life of our Soldiers and their Families. The use of a commercial sponsor logo or mention of a commercial sponsor or other organization does not constitute a U.S. government endorsement. Submissions are welcome but will be edited for accuracy, clarity and style. Please submit by the first Friday of each month, one month prior to publication online at FMWR Marketing is located at Building 2013B, N. 3rd St., Fort Lewis, Wash. Our mailing address is Box 339500 MS 20, Fort Lewis, WA 98433-9500. Phone: 253-967-5200/ DSN 357-5200; Fax: 253-967-4992/DSN 357-4992. Visit us online at

A word from the director


Happy New Year! Thank you for picking up Family and MWR’s FOCUS magazine’s first issue of 2009. You and yours are invited to visit any of the wonderful FMWR facilities on Fort Lewis. This issue is all about the New Year and everything it brings – resolutions, change, something new. Whether you are looking to get into shape, get your finances in order or spend more time with Family and friends – or all of the above – this issue has the information to help you reach your goal. Fort Lewis boasts six sports and fitness centers, each with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment. If you need help getting started on a fitness regiment or need a little push, there are five fitness trainers who work at Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center and McVeigh Sports and Fitness Center. Parents with young children needn’t worry – Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center also offers on-site childcare by CYS Services staff. Army Community Service’s Financial Readiness/Consumer Affairs Office assists authorized patrons with budget preparation, debt assessment and more. Family and MWR has a number of options where you can you find that quality time with Family and friends that you’re looking for. Sign up for an adventure with the Northwest Adventure Center’s Outdoor Recreation program, take a framing class at Arts and Crafts, catch the big game on the big screen at the Cascade Community Center’s Heroes Sports Lounge and more. The Fort Lewis Libraries offer story times and reading programs, and there are a number of youth sports opportunities through CYS Services. Looking to volunteer in the New Year? Single Soldiers will find opportunities with the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, and the Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator has opportunities for all members of the community. Those of us at FMWR, are proud of our programs. Whether you have suggestions or praise, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and log onto Find special event information, phone numbers, maps and hours of operation all in one location – The online calendar of events is a one-stop location to find out about upcoming events. While you’re there, sign up for our e-mail list and receive information in your inbox. Thank you for your interest and support in FMWR activities. We are here to support you, the Fort Lewis community. Have a happy and healthy 2009. Sincerely, William E. Harvey

Say ‘thank you’ with a Freedom Team Salute commendation Sacrifice. Every Soldier who has served in the U.S. Army knows the true meaning of this word. Honor, duty, commitment, determination. These are more than just empty words to our Soldiers and Veterans. Because of this, gratitude is more than just a sentiment to the U.S. Army. Recognizing what a simple expression of appreciation can mean, the Army created Freedom Team Salute. The program recognizes the essential bond between Soldiers, Family and community, celebrates the sacrifices made by all those who support our Soldiers and honors the millions of Soldier-Veterans who have served and who remain as our living connection to generations of duty, honor and patriotism. The program specifically recognizes: • Spouses of Army Soldiers • Parents of Army Soldiers • Employers of Army National Guard and Re-

serve Soldiers • Those Army supporters who, through their actions, have significantly supported the U.S. Army’s mission and its Soldiers. Every Freedom Team Salute honoree receives an official Commendation package, entirely paid for by the Army, which includes: • A letter of thanks signed by both the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff • An official U.S. Army insignia lapel pin • A Certificate of Appreciation signed by both the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff • A U.S. Army display decal Honoring those who support you only takes a moment…Visit to fill out the online Commendation form. *Allow 2-3 weeks for Commendation delivery.


Tame the Bulge Eating a well-balanced diet is good for you and can help reduce stress. Turn to our “Just tips” section to find simple suggestions to a healthy dinner table, page 14. Enjoy Life More Give yourself a break and take a trip! Near or far, Information, Tickets and Tours has the perfect discounted destination. Next time you’re shopping at AAFES, add a trip to your list! ITT is located in the back of the Main PX at the customer service counter. Stop by for information on discounted tickets and tours. Get in touch with Mother Nature with an outdoor adventure trip courtesy of the Northwest Adventure Center. Turn to the January adventure calendar on page 8 for trip information (253-967-6263). Additional outdoor recreation opportunities on Fort Lewis include: Whether your choice of firearm is pistol, rifle or shotgun, Fort Lewis Recreational Shooting has a place for you to practice safely. For hours of operation and upcoming events, call the pistol and rifle range at 253-967-9803 or the skeet range at 253-967-7056. Fort Lewis Scuba offers open-water certification from PADI-certified instructors. We can arrange social and boat dives and have a certified repair technician as well as retail and rental equipment on site. Call Fort Lewis Scuba at 253-967-3405. The Northwest Adventure Center’s retail store carries everything from bait and tackle to supplies for RV, camping and boating, and the center also offers equipment rentals. We also provide dry storage for your vehicles. For more on all the NAC has to offer, call 253967-5415. You don’t have to travel far for an adventure and to be in nature. How about a cabin with a view of American Lake (with cable TV and access to washers and dryers)? RV and 4 camping spots also available. Call the NAC

Stop Smoking Madigan Army Medical Center can help you kick the habit. See the information on page 14. Get out of Debt Get a handle on your finances with the help of Army Community Service. Obtain general investment advice, budget preparation, debt assessment and more. Turn to page 12 for information. Get Organized Get a jump start on your spring cleaning by donating to the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop. See page 14. Volunteer to Help Others Help yourself by helping others! Share your time and talents with someone. Volunteer today! Explore a new career, develop skills, network with other professionals and create opportunities for yourself. See page 6 for more information.

“Find a way to better help Families of deployed Soldiers.” Nikki Bowen, Family member



What is your New Year’s Resolution?


Quit Drinking The Command ASAP Program can help active duty and retired service members and their Family members (age 18 and older) regarding substance abuse problems. Call 253-967-1446/1413.

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Get fit now With six state-of-the-art sports and fitness centers (one offering free on-site child care) and free fitness trainers, there’s no stopping you from starting that fitness routine that will have you feeling – and looking – good. See page 7.

Travel Camp at 253-967-5415 to find out more. Enjoy life more with FMWR clubs, page 10.



Ring in the New Year with resolutions of self-improvement! Let Fort Lewis Family & MWR help you keep those resolutions going strong. We’re setting you up for success by showing you how the top 10 New Year’s resolutions can be accomplished with a little help from your Fort Lewis FMWR.

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Happy New Year!

“To stop smoking!” PVT Marlowe, 4-2 3rd CRT

“To serve my country as well as I can and to share my music with my fellow Soldiers and Families.” PFC Isis Rosario, HHC MAMC

“To pay more attention to other’s feelings.” Sarah Sawyer, Family member

Learn Something New Whether it’s a hobby or new “To be a better husband, career, there’s no time like now to practice my saxophone learn something new. Save yourself more and get more physimoney and learn a new trade at the cally fit.” Auto Crafts Center! Located next Owen Unger, 56th Army Band to the DuPont Gate in Bldg 4043, the Auto Crafts Center (253-9673728) has available areas and equipment for engine maintenance and rebuild, lube hoists and body and work in shop area. Children under 13 are not fender repair. Professional services are also allowed in shop area. More ways to expand your available in automotive painting, minor body horizons are on page 6. and fender repair, wheel alignment, engine Spend more time with Family and Friends analysis, machine work for drums, rotors, and It’s in our name – Family & Morale, Welfare valves and computer wheel balancing. Profesand Recreation. We have the programs and sional mechanics are available for information events that offer a variety of options for quality and guidance. Call the Body & Paint Shop, Bldg time with your Family and friends. Visit Bowl 4081, at 253-967-4793 for more information. Arena (reopening scheduled for February), No new customers will be signed in one Eagles Pride Golf Course and clubs and restauhour before closing. All work will end and clean up will occur 30 minutes prior to closrants. Find the ABCs of good parenting on page 14. ing. All customers must have military ID and Resolutions from vehicle registration in their name to use shop. holidays/tp/resolutions.htm Shirt and closed toe shoes are required to – Kate Mullinax, FMWR Marketing

The FMWR wrap up Santa Shuffle and Reindeer Dash results Santa Shuffle overall results – 10K Top male finishers: 1st: Christopher Hallows, 38.01 2nd: Zachary Bryan, 39:23 3rd: Mark Deschenes, 39:38 Top female finishers: 1st: Ashley Taylor, 44:00 2nd: Elizabeth Thiel, 45:37 3rd: Loan Vo, 46.48

Santa Shuffle overall results – 5K Top male finishers: 1st: Nick Harvey, 18:50 2nd: Kiefer Sullivan, 20:36 3rd: Patrick Towle, 23:09 Top female finishers: 1st: Jodi Brown, 21:54 2nd: Mary Hather, 23:03 3rd: Aleaha Gregor, 25:48 Reindeer Dash overall results – 2K Top male finishers: 1st: Robert Nesbit, 11:47 2nd: Aden Rothmeyer, 12:20 3rd: Zachary Kirk,13:09 Top female finishers: 1st: Gabi Elliott, 11:31 2nd: Alex Potter, 12:17 3rd: Victoria Taylor, 13:40

The annual holiday tree lighting took place in front of the I Corps Headquarters Building early on the evening of Monday, Dec. 8. Gen. Jacoby thanked everyone for coming, and the Michael T. Simmons Elementary School Choir sang songs to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Afterward, folks moved the party indoors for a reception at the Cascade Community Center where the 56th Army Band played holiday tunes and Pvt. Isis Rosario sang. Santa stopped in for a surprise visit and children stood in line patiently waiting to tell Santa what was on their Christmas lists. There were plenty of cookies and hot cocoa to go around, and a good time was had by all. Army/Navy Game The Army took home bragging rights in the 9th Annual Army vs. Navy Flag Football Game last month. With a score of 14-7, Army won at Cowan Stadium in front of Fort Lewis fans. Photos: Song Jordan / FMWR Marketing; Minerva Hohaia / FMWR Sports and Fitness

Spring soccer registration

Body Strong, Mind Strong, Spirit Strong

Register your soccer players for the spring season at the CYS Services Central Registration Office through Thursday, Jan. 15. Recreational soccer is open to children ages 3-15, and the cost is $45. For more information, call 253-967-2494. Volunteer coaches are needed. Those interested should contact CYS Services at 253-967-2494.

Are you tired of the winter time “blahs?” Do you just want to get out of the house? Come join us for a free day of wellness and pampering with Operation Care Fair at the American Lake Community Center Saturday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get a massage, eat some tasty food and treats, get a mini-makeover, talk to health care professionals and fitness experts and much, much more for FREE! The stage is going to be alive with salsa dancing, live music, a fashion show, a cooking demonstration, other great demonstrations and an educational session about Feng Shui! Additionally, come check out the Escape Zone if you are not into all of the pampering. There will be tons of great door prizes and fun freebies (while supplies last). This event is for men and women; mature children are welcome. Please take advantage of the free childcare that will be available at the event. Call or e-mail for a two-hour time slot reservation (space is limited). When registering, please provide your requested time slot, your name, your children’s names and ages, your CYS Services card number and your phone number. For more information about the fun and excitement and/or to register for childcare, please call the Special Events Office at 253-967-6744 or email

Common Sense Parenting Raising children can be hard and frustrating at times; however, the rewards are always worth the sacrifices. In just a few sessions of Common Sense Parenting, parents can come to feel they are in charge of their Families in a positive way. Join us Wednesdays January 21 through March 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. The classes are free and designed to help Families work and stay together to became a strong and healthy by building on existing parenting skills or learning new ways to deal with children’s problems behaviors. The class is taught by trained facilitators to help parents create a positive and healthy environment in which both children and parents can thrive. Free childcare is available. Children must be pre-registered with CYS Services to receive care. For more information or to register for Common Sense Parenting, call 967-7409.

Team Lewis Night Join us Friday, Jan. 23 at the Cascade Community Center for Team Lewis Night, “Salute to our BOSS, Barack Obama” from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy free food (while it lasts), fun games and great prizes. You must be at least 18 to attend and at least 21 to purchase/consume alcohol. Stop by Bldg 2400 at the corner of Bitar and S. Division. For more information, call the BOSS team at 253-967-5636. Sponsored by FMWR, BOSS and the Joint Financial Military Alliance . No federal endorsement of sponsors implied.

2009 Women’s Conference Register Monday, Jan. 26 through Friday, Feb. 20 for the “Stay Strong, Aim High” Women’s Conference, and join keynote speaker and certified financial planner June Walbert Friday, March 13 at the Stone Education Center.Registration is mandatory, and the cost is $20. Registration booklets are available at various post locations and may also be downloaded at This event is open to all ID cardholders, and affordable childcare and financial assistance grants are available. For more information, e-mail or call 253-507-4071.

Spring cleaning? Recycle your unwanted items at the Spring Flea Market, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Lake Community Center. Booth space is available for all ID card holders: $10 for one six-foot table and two folding chairs. Please call the Special Events Office at 253-967-5776 if you need more space or floor space for large items. This event is for garage sale items only; no commercial resale please.

Child,Youth and School Services Registration Central Registration for Child,Youth and School Services is located in Bldg 2295 on the corner of 12th St. and Bitar Ave. CYS Services offers fullday child care and hourly care, youth sports and SKIES instructional classes. For hours and appointments, call 253-967-2494.

Family Child Care Army spouses living in Fort Lewis quarters interested in providing child care in their homes should contact the Family Child Care Office at 253967-7364. FCC provides spouses both an opportunity to work and stay at home with their own children. Stop by and pick up an application at Bldg 2013.Those interested in obtaining Family child care, should call CYS 5 Services Central Registration at 253-967-2494.

Resolution: Learn something new; volunteer

Expand your horizons with Fort Lewis Family & MWR


Take the time in 2009 to learn something new! Whether it’s a hobby or a new career, there’s no time like the present. Are you aware of all the opportunities you have to expand your horizons on Fort Lewis? Feeling artsy? Learn how to frame with Arts & Crafts.

We provide self-help classes, equipment and shop use for those doing their own framing work. Matting & framing classes are required for new self-help users and offered on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In-person and prepaid registration is required. Custom framing is available at a reasonable cost. A wide variety of farewell gifts, military limited edition art and other prints are available for purchase. NEW: We also offer embroidery, laser engraving and heat pressing. If you would like more information please come by or call us at 253-967-5001. The Arts & Crafts Center is the new home of the Fort Lewis BOSS Team while Nelson Rec undergoes renovations. Call 253-9675636 for information on how you can get involved with BOSS.

Check out a book from one of our three libraries: Grandstaff, Crittenberger and Book Patch.

The Fort Lewis Library System supports the development of a combat-ready force by assisting in developing an informed, trained, up-to-date and focused Soldier. Additionally, the libraries seek to enhance the quality of life for the military community. Instructional programming in academics, arts, life skills and sports for infants through teens.

Enrollment for the SKIES Winter Quarter is ongoing at CYS Services Central Registration (253-967-2494). If you’re looking for employment, stop by the Employment Readiness Program in Waller Hall.

Services include resume and professional portfolio

development, application assistance, a centralized job bank, interview skills development, career dress/grooming and career transition. Computers and programs are available for client use. No appointment is needed; however, if you need assistance developing a resume or portfolio from “scratch,” we recommend calling to determine availability of staff or to schedule an appointment. For more info, call 253-967-3538 or e-mail Opportunities available at Stone Education Center

Starting a Second Career as a Teacher Workshop is Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at Stone Education Center, Bldg 6242 on Colorado Avenue. ROTC Green to Gold briefing will be at Stone Education Center Thursday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. The Annual Fort Lewis College Graduation Ceremony is Friday, Feb. 6. If you graduated in 2008 and did not have the opportunity to participate in your college’s ceremony, call 253-964-9914 to find out how you can join this celebration. If you attend one of the on-post colleges and universities, be sure to apply for graduation with your school. Troops to Teachers briefing is Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. at Stone Education Center. Spouses of active duty Soldiers assigned to Fort Lewis are eligible to participate in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account when seeking short-term training in certain fields. Attend an orientation at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays in January, at the Ed Center. Info: 253-967-7174 or Education Counseling is available at Madigan (253-968-2707), Room # G-94-6 (ground floor/ Reenlistment Office) every Tuesday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; and Stryker Army Learning Center (253-967-2449), Bldg. 3661, Wednesday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Technology courses with Giant Campus

Sign up for a variety of computer courses with Giant Campus. Call 1-800-386-4223 or visit for locations, age requirements and more information.

Check out what’s new at Crittenberger Library Our rainy, gloomy winter is upon us, but the Crittenberger Library has just what you need to chase away those blahs! Come in to see what new books, audio books, playaway books, CDs and DVDs are available. We have a wide variety of all the latest titles for your reading, listening and viewing enjoyment. The checkout periods are one to three weeks depending on the format, and some items can be renewed on the phone or online. The Crittenberger Library is on 2nd Division Drive and is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deploying soon? Contact your Fort Lewis libraries The Fort Lewis Library System has Book Deployment Kits, which are prepackaged with paperback books, DVDs and Playaway Books, available for units. Deploying units need to send a unit representative to sign for the kits at either Grandstaff or Crittenberger. We ask that you call ahead and let us know the number of Soldiers deploying in the unit so we will have the correct amount of kits ready for pick up (one box per 25 Soldiers). Call the Grandstaff Library at 253-967-5889 or the Crittenberger Library at 253-9672824 for more information.

Fort Lewis Library and Pierce County Library READS again! Stop by Grandstaff and Crittenberger libraries to check out the new Pierce County READS title! Books will be available for check out when the program starts Monday, Jan. 5.

Start your New Year off right by volunteering to help others The greatest gift we can give is the gift of our time. There are countless ways to share your time and talents with others on Fort Lewis. Throughout history, volunteers have played an integral role in the life of Soldiers and their Families. Soldiers, civilians, retirees, spouses and youth provide aid to schools and hospitals, donate their time on sports fields and volunteer in many organizations and offices. Through their 6 dedicated service, volunteers

transform Pick an The best advice for someone thinkmilitary organiing about volunteering is to just do it. installazation that you are interested in and tions into communities. have a passion for. Volunteers “Fort Lewis is truly blessed with hundreds of dedicated truly make a difference. Fort Lewvolunteers that impact and shape is would not have many of the our community tremendously,” services that are offered without volunteer contributions.” says Army Volunteer Corps Explore a new career, develop Coordinator Lori Parker. “The best advice for someone thinking skills, network with other profesabout volunteering is to just do sionals and create opportunities it,” Parker encourages. “There are for yourself. volunteer positions for everyone. Volunteer organizations include

BOSS, Army Family Team Building, Army Community Service, Child, Youth & School Services, Fisher House and many more. Positions include secretary, hospital worker, library assistant, USO helper, teacher’s aide, sports coach and much more. To register as a Fort Lewis volunteer and track your volunteer hours, visit www.myarmylifetoo. com. For assistance and more information, call 253-967-2324. – Kate Mullinax, FMWR Marketing

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If you want to look FINE in ’09 then it’s time to get fit! Every January 1st, people join gyms to get a running jump on the fitness bandwagon. Why not take full advantage of the fitness facilities Fort Lewis has to offer?

If you are serious about getting in shape and would like the services of a fitness trainer, there are five group fitness trainers on Fort Lewis that work at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center and McVeigh Sports & Fitness Center. The first step is to get a health and fitness assessment with Samuel Sorbello, Nurse Educator at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center (253-966-3757). You may need a physician’s release before you can take the fitness assessment. When cleared for exercise, you are sent to your trainer (sessions by appointment). For an appointment, call Jensen FHFC at 253-967-5975 or McVeigh SFC at 253-967-5869. Fort Lewis patrons are trained in groups. “Group fitness training has many advantages,” says Eileen Kelley, trainer at Jensen FHFC. “When an individual is training with other people, there is a sense of camaraderie,” Kelley explains. “They are in it together and friendships are established. Another advantage for our program is that there are no waiting lists, and a person has no limit to the number of training sessions available to him/her,” Kelley expounds. If you’re looking to take that first step toward fitness, Kelley recommends starting a workout at a manageable intensity. “Many times, people get excited and start to do too much too fast and expect results overnight. Often, they quickly become discouraged, tired, overworked and injured. It takes time, dedication and a lifestyle change for long-term results.” Periodic assessments to monitor progress help keep people motivated to stick with the program. If you’re on the fence about getting fit, Kelley encourages, “Come in! We provide high quality, professional help at the best price – FREE!” – Kate Mullinax, FMWR Marketing

Life Fitness Circuit, Body Master Circuit, Hammer Strength equipment, free weights, mat area, fitness rooms, rock climbing room and men’s and women’s saunas. Soldiers Field House Bldg: 3236 Telephone: 967-4771 Soldiers Field House is the largest sports facility on post. It houses a gym, three basketball/volleyball courts, free weights, Nautilus circuit, Body Master circuit, Hammer Strength equipment, racquetball courts, outdoor tennis courts, aerobic machines and men’s and women’s saunas. Wilson Sports & Fitness Center Bldg 11596, 253-967- 7471 Wilson has basketball/volleyball courts, two outdoor tennis courts, free weights, racquetball courts, LifeFitness circuit, Nautilus Circuit, Hammer Strength equipment and aerobic machines and men’s and women’s saunas. The new addition to Wilson is the Recreation Center, which provides: a mini-library, pool tables, shuffle board, air hockey, Internet access and games, X-Box 360 and a 70-inch TV movie center. Keeler Sports & Fitness Center Bldg 9993, 253-967-6808 Keeler offers basketball/volleyball courts, racquetball courts, outdoor tennis courts, MedX circuit machines, aerobic machines and men’s and women’s saunas. Sheridan Sports & Fitness Center Bldg 3759, 253-967-7311 Sheridan has a basketball/volleyball court, a racquetball court, Nautilus circuit, Hammer Strength equipment, free weights, stretching room, aerobic machines and a co-ed sauna. Kimbro Pool Bldg 2161, 253-967- 5026 Kimbro pool is 100’ x 50’ and features two water slides and a wheel chair ramp for the disabled. Offering recreational swimming, fitness training and swim lessons, the pool can also be rented on weekends for birthday parties and is available for youth or school groups.

Jensen Family Health and Fitness Center Bldg 2022, 253-967- 5975 Join us for an aerobathon Saturday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon!* While you participate in fitness activities at Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center, free on-site child care is offered on a space-available basis. Children must be registered with Child,Youth and School Services (253-967-2494; Jensen child Top 10 reasons to get fit care program: 253-967-1254). This center also houses an indoor track, basketball/volleyball • Exercise improves your overall health. courts, Body Master multi-station machine, a full • Exercise helps lower cholesterol. selectorized circuit, aerobic machines, an aero• You’ll increase your energy and endurance. bic studio and men’s and women’s saunas. Pick • Exercise contributes to your mental well up the monthly aerobics schedule at Jensen or being. download it at • Exercise relieves stress and anxiety. * Jensen is open Saturday, Jan. 10 for this event only. Pre-register for child care with Clarkmoor CDC (spaces limited and • Aerobic exercise can help control your first-come, first-served). Call 253-966-2490 for reservations.

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appetite. • Regular exercise increases your metabolism. • Exercise improves your skin. • You’ll sleep better. • Regular exercise spices up your love life.

Soldiers Field House Pool Bldg 3236, 253-967-5390 SFH pool is a 25-meter swimming pool with a separate diving well that features a one-meter spring board, a three-meter platform and water lifts to assist patron with entry/exit of pool. We offer fitness training, unit and profile PT training, pregnant profile PT, MAMC physical therapy, ROTC water training, water aerobics, deep-water running and post swim meet competitions. Keeler Pool Bldg 9993, 253-967-6652 Keeler pool is a 100’ x 50’ swimming pool that features a three-meter platform for unit training. We offer military training (water survival and dunker training), Fort Lewis Dolphin youth swim team and scuba and kayak training. The pool can be rented on the weekends for military training. Hours of operation at


Outdoor Recreation


Get outside and have fun on an outdoor recreation trip with the Northwest Adventure Center! This month includes snow sports, photography and more. Call 253967-6263 today to sign up for your adventure!

2 JAN: NIGHT SKI-N-SNOWBOARD @ THE SUMMIT – $26 Transportation only is $16. Think you’ve experienced Summit at Snoqualmie? Not until you’ve tried night skiing! Transportation and gear are provided. You will be fitted for your gear when you sign up for the trip. Lift tickets are not provided but may be purchased at the resort for $35 + tax. Meet at the NAC at 5 p.m. 3 JAN: SAILING IN SEATTLE – $15 Have you ever seen Seattle by sail? No? Now is your chance! Sail around Lake Union or Lake Washington driven by the wind. See the city lights, and enjoy Seattle from a peaceful setting. If you have ever wanted to get your hands in the riggings and try sailing, you can do that here, too! Bring your lunch or snacks, and layer your clothes. Be prepared for all kinds of weather. Meet at the NAC at 2 p.m. 3, 31 JAN: SKI-N-SNOWBOARD CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN – $32 Transportation only is $16. Join us for a day of fun skiing or snowboarding at Crystal Mountain. Transportation and gear are provided. You will be fitted for your gear when you sign up for the trip. Lift tickets are not provided but may be purchased online at Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. 4 JAN: TUBING AT THE SUMMIT – $31 We will travel to the tubing hill at the Summit at Snoqualmie for a great day in the snow. The cost is $28 for youth ages 6-12; $16 for children 5 and younger. Dress warm and get ready to go for a wild ride! Tubing is a blast for all ages. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. 4 JAN: BELLA DONNA CROSS-COUNTRY SKI – $30 Alright, ladies! Time to get off that couch and have some outdoor fun! There is no better workout than cross-country skiing, and no better fun! We will be going to many different places in the Northwest, so come explore! Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. 6 JAN: CRYSTAL MTN MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY TRIP – $32 Don’t miss the chance to ski or ride Crystal for HALF PRICE. Transportation and gear are provided. You will be fitted for your gear when you sign up for the trip. Lift tickets are not provided but may be purchased at the mountain for $30. Have your own gear? Transportation only is $16. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. 7 JAN: INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING – $16 Join us as we head down to the Warehouse Rock Gym in Olympia. Climbing gear and transportation are included. No experience is necessary for this trip. Meet at the NAC at 5:30 p.m. 9 JAN: SEA KAYAK SELF-RESCUE – $20 Love to paddle but need more confidence to go out on your own? Learn techniques of exiting and reentering your kayak in open water safely and quickly. Meet at the NAC at 6 p.m., and we’ll head to the pool.

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10 JAN: MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE GOLD CREEK POND – $30 Enjoy the beauty of winter in a new light. Come along for a trek through the forest by the light of the moon! Gear, headlamps, guide, instruction, transportation and hot chocolate will be provided. Meet at the NAC at 5:30 p.m. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 3 hours. Distance: 3 miles. Minimum age: 10. 10, 25 JAN: KEEPER STURGEON FISHING CHARTER! – $180 Join us on an amazing charter in the Portland area, where you will be hunting for keeper sturgeon, which are 42 to 60 inches long! You will be using light tackle, so be prepared for a battle.Your guide is an entertaining host who will do everything he can to make sure you catch fish, have fun and are safe. He will fillet your fish, and if you limit early, you can keep fishing catch-

Resolution: Enjoy life more and-release! Bring your lunch, water and gear for the weather. We fish rain or shine as the deck can be covered and heated. Transportation, bait and tackle provided. Departure time TBA according to location. 10 JAN: BALD EAGLE FLOAT TRIP – $50 Many people never get to see the majestic bald eagle in its natural habitat. We could view up to 200 on this trip. Join us as we float down the Skagit River in a large, stable raft among one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles in the continental U.S. Dress for the weather, bring your rain gear and do not forget the camera! No paddling experience required. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. Children 16 and younger $25. Minimum age: 5 yrs old. 11 JAN: CROSS-COUNTRY SKI LAKE EASTON – $30 Combine short trails, rolling hills, groomed trails and beautiful views and you have a great day of cross-country skiing at Lake Easton. Gear, transportation and instruction are provided. You will be fitted for your gear when you sign up for the trip. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 3 hours. Distance: 5 miles. Minimum age: 12. 11 JAN: SKI-N-SNOWBOARD AT THE SUMMIT – $32 Tired of the rain? Let’s head for the snow and spend the day at the Summit at Snoqualmie! Transportation and gear are provided. You will be fitted for your gear when you sign up for the trip. Lift tickets are not provided but may be purchased at the NAC or ITT. Transportation only is $16. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. 16-19 JAN: WHISTLER SKI TRIP – $375 So you want to go to Whistler? It’s on everyone’s to-do list because it is the premier ski resort in North America and also the site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Take advantage of a perfect Whistler Day: skiing, snowboarding, shopping, dining and an incredible evening of international nightlife. We are staying at the Sea to Sky Hotel in Squamish, B.C., and skiing/snowboarding daily at Whistler/ Blackcomb. We will return to Fort Lewis Monday evening to finish out this holiday weekend. There is a mandatory pretrip meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Gear, lodging and transportation are included. You provide food and lift ticket. Price is based on double occupancy. Group rates are also available if you have three or four people who would like to share a room. Single room price: $578, triple: $325 and quad: $297. Meet at the NAC at 9 a.m. 17 JAN: BAVARIAN ICE FEST – $20 Come watch the Winter Play Competitions in Leavenworth! The day includes the Washington State Dog Sled Pulling Championship, a snowshoe race, tug of war, ice cube hunt for kids and games for all ages including the “Great Leavenworth Smooshing Contest,” a contest with four people but only one set of skis. Kids 10 and under go for free! Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. 17 JAN: WINTER SURVIVAL – $35 This class covers the basics such as shelter and fire craft, as well as snow shelters and winter specific concerns. You will leave with a starter survival kit, and we will provide all the transportation and instruction. Bring your lunch, water and gear for the weather. Kids 12 and above welcome! Meet at the NAC at 8 a.m. 18 JAN: SNOWSHOE PARADISE – $30 Explore Mount Rainier’s Glacier Vista! You will love this winter wonderland without the summer crowds. Meet at the NAC at 8 a.m. Gear, guide, instruction and transportation provided. Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 3 hours. Distance: 3 miles. Minimum age: 10. 18, 31 JAN: HORSEBACK RIDING – $70 We will be heading to Elbe, a town in the outskirts of Mount Rainier National Park for a two-hour guided afternoon horseback ride. No experience is necessary for you to join us on this trip. Bring the entire Family along for a great day; all children ages 7and up are welcome. Space is limited, so sign up quickly! Meet at the NAC at 9:30 a.m. 23 JAN: INDOOR GO-KART RACING – $50 Join us for some fastpaced wheel-to-wheel kart racing at the Grand Prix Raceway. Check out your lap times on their computerized timing system at the end of

each race. The price includes three 20-lap races and transportation to the track. Limited food is available for purchase at the track. Meet at the NAC at 5:30 p.m. 24 JAN: SNOWMOBILE SNO CONE MOUNTAIN IN LEAVENWORTH – $175 Fun, action, beauty and excitement! For those seeking the most fun-filled winter excitement, check out this snowmobiling trip through the Cascade Mountains! We’ll take a guided snowmobile tour up Sno Cone Mountain in Leavenworth for a three-hour excursion. Ideal for the novice and expert alike! Everything is provided: snowmobiles, guide, outer suit and insulated boots. Price includes transportation and snowmobile tour. Dress in layers. Ski wear, boots, gloves, hat, goggles and sunglasses are ideal. Pricing based on single rider. Want to bring someone with you? Doubles are just $125 per person. Kids 12 and above welcome, but drivers must be 16 or older. Meet at the NAC at 7 a.m. 24 JAN: ICE CLIMBING – $85 Looking to try something new? Join us as we head north into the Mount Baker National Forest for some ice climbing! You will have the unique opportunity to recreate in a beautiful winter wonderland while in the shadow of Mount Baker. We will be partnering this special trip with Western Washington University’s Outdoor Center. Their staff will provide the equipment and instruction needed to learn this unique sport. This is a trip designed for experts and beginners alike, so come join us. This is a physically demanding activity so participants should be physically fit and prepared to push their physical limits. Minimum age: 18. Meet at the NAC at 6 a.m. 25 JAN: SNOWSHOE COMMONWEALTH BASIN – $30 Join us for an adventurous trek through great snow, varied terrain and a web of trails in a shadowy old-growth forest. You will be able to pause for an occasional break to take pictures and observe the views of the surrounding peaks. Ahhh, what a beautiful winter wonderland. Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 3.5 hours. Distance: 4 miles. Minimum age: 12. 28-29 JAN: OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS AND WOLF HAVEN TRIP – $135 This is an amazing two-day photography class that culminates with a field trip to Wolf Haven! Wednesday evening join us at the NAC for a three to four hour classroom session with professional photographer Bob Ashby. He will be teaching you the best way to catch your action/adventure shots during the winter, using the light to your advantage and other tips. You will need to bring your camera to the classroom portion. The next day, we will be traveling to Wolf Haven for a private photo opportunity, where you can practice all the techniques Bob taught the day before. At Wolf Haven, the staff photographer will join us to help you and answer any questions you might have. She will also help you get the best shots as she is intimately acquainted with the wolves. Meet at the NAC at 6 p.m. You must attend the classroom portion in order to go to Wolf Haven! Please bring your camera and prepare for cold, wet January weather! • If you have your own group and would like to schedule a private trip, call us! We do customized trips! • Location of trips subject to change. • Participants 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Check with program staff for specific age requirements for each trip. • Register at the Northwest Adventure Center in advance on North Fort seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for all trips. • For more information, call 253-967-6263 or e-mail to 9

Resolution: Enjoy life more

Food and fun with Family & MWR clubs Whether grabbing a cup of coffee from Especially Espresso, or playing a round of golf at Eagles Pride Golf Course, Fort Lewis Family & MWR has many hot spots. Gather some friends together and check them all out!

Especially Espresso Shops Stop by one of our three locations for a variety of hot and cold drinks to include Battle Bean coffee. Food items also available. 253-964-8838, Bldg. 2166 across from Waller Hall 253-964-8837, Bldg. 11589 on North Fort Lewis 253-964-8152, Stone Education Center

Madigan Café, Bldg. 9903 Dance the night away to Latin music Fridays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Latin Sensations. 253-964-4054 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or 253-964-1209

Bowl Arena Stay tuned to the Focus and for information on the grand re-opening.

Heroes Sports Lounge, Bldg. 2400 With the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch all the games on the big screen with your friends. The bar opens at 3 p.m. and closes only when the action ends. Happy hour specials start at 3:30 p.m. 253-964-0331 Russell Landing Café, Bldg. 8981 Russell Landing will undergo renovations.Visit for closure info. Old Skool Fridays, with a casual atmosphere, appetizers and music courtesy of Lady Scorpio, will relocate to Club North (253-964-0144), 253-966-0400

Club North, Bldg. 3-A-3 (North Fort) Listen to R&B music Friday nights and country favorites each Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 253-964-0144 American Lake Community Center is home to Five Star Catering, where you can turn if you have a special event that needs catering. 253-964-1209/2769 Eagles Pride Golf Course is operating under Winter hours and open-play golf. 253-967-6522 The Cascade Community Center invites Families of deployed Soldiers to enjoy dinner, free games and fun activities with the monthly Family Night. For future dates,

times and additional information, visit www. Make reservations by calling 253-967-4986. UFC Fights If you like mixed martial arts and combatives, FMWR has news for you! You can watch the next UFC event on hidefinition big screens for free! Visit www. for details.

Information,Tickets & Tours can help you travel the world ITT’s TicketMaster service has tickets for live concerts by top stars; cultural events at theaters, museums and art galleries; professional sports in action and more. Before you take the Family to the Seattle Center and local aquariums, zoos and parks, stop by ITT, which is now located in the AAFES Main Store at the customer service counter. Call 253-967-6169 for ticket information and hours of operation. The world awaits you! Ride a horse-drawn carriage amid the beautiful flowers of Victoria, B.C., or ski at the pinnacles of snow-covered peaks at the Northwest’s best ski resorts. Call 253-967-3085 for additional information, or visit

Resolution: Spend more time with Family and friends encouraged to change the character parts as many times as they like. The OUTSIDE THE GATES cost is $7.50. It’s easy to spend more time Children’s Museum with Family and friends this Seattle, Monday New Year. Fort Lewis and the through Friday 10 surrounding communities have a.m. to 5 p.m. Satura number of special events to day and Sunday 10 get you started. Visit us online a.m. to 6 p.m. at and check the events listed JANUARY 1-31:The W.W. below. Seymour Botanical Conservatory Display THROUGH JANUARY 4: Zoolights Begin the New Year The dÊcor includes a half-million surrounded by earlylights, which bring the animal blooming azaleas, exhibits aglow. There will also be live tulips and daffodils. entertainment and hot refreshments. Admission is free. Point Defiance Zoo, 5 to 9 p.m. ; The W.W. Seymour 253-591-5337 Botanical Conservatory, THROUGH JANUARY 11: The Tuesday-Saturday 10 Children’s Museum Seattle a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Do your kids like taking things 253-591-5330 apart and putting things back January 1: New Year’s together? The Children’s Museum Day Dance in Seattle presents The Adventures South Park Community of Mr. Potato Head. Children are

Center in Tacoma invites you to dance your way to a fabulous New Year. If you are at least 18-years-old, you are welcome to attend. Cost is $10 dollars at the door. South Park Community Center, 1 to 3:30 p.m.; 360-491-0857 JANUARY 2-4: Puyallup Home & Garden Show The Puyallup Home & Garden Show is a show that includes hundreds of exhibits with product demonstrations and wonderful ideas to improve the look of your home. The Puyallup Fairground Showplex, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Friday & Saturday) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday); admission rates: www. or 253-874-8711

JANUARY 22-25: Winter Festival at Benaroya Hall A concert series including 13 internationally acclaimed musicians. Concerts will include well-known classical pieces paired with contemporary works.Tickets range in price from $10 to $42. Benaroya Hall, Saturday 6:30 p.m. until end and Sunday 2 p.m. until end; For information, visit or call 206-283-8710 January 10-11: NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo A free event geared toward helping consumers make healthy decisions and live fit lives.The expo will include demonstrations, a blood drive and much more. Washington Convention Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 512-436-8016 – Compiled by Angel Hogan The appearance of these events does not constitute an endorsement of any business, organization or event by the U.S. Army, Fort Lewis or FMWR. Events subject to change without notice. Call number listed for entry fee and details.

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Resolution: Get out of debt

Stress less: get a grip on your finances


Let Army Community Service financial readiness specialists help you get out of debt. The New Year is a great time to see where you stand and get back in the black!

The Daily Basic Budget Class is taught to arriving personnel E-6 and below from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Bldg 5218 (behind Waller Hall). A limited number of walk-ins may attend the class including spouses (no If you come to ACS wanting to make children, please). a plan to get out of debt, the first step The Remedial Check Writis to meet with one of the five financial ing Class is planning specialconducted Army Community Service offers ists. The specialist daily from 9 classes for budgeting, checkbook will evaluate your to 11:30 a.m. management and much more. current situation by in conjunction creating a budget, with the Manwhich shows your current income and datory Personal Financial Readiness expenses. Class for First Term Personnel. The The specialists offer suggestions on class is held in Bldg 2140 (Waller how to reduce expenses. Sometimes this Hall). Walk-ins are welcome, howis as simple as providing coupon Web ever, class size is limited to 35 persites, and other times it involves working sons including spouses (no children, with them to improve credit scores in please) and first-term personnel order to lower interest rates. have priority. Pulling your credit report gives you the Units may schedule a class, by real nitty-gritty of your financial situaprior notice. Classes should be retion. “Your credit report is your financial quested 30 days in advance; however, fingerprint,” says Financial Readiness classes can be scheduled 7 days in Program Manager Les Toth. Toth recomadvance if available. Classes include mends pulling your credit report from all Banking and Checking, Personal three credit reporting agencies (Experian, Finance, Checkbook Management, TransUnion and Equifax). You can do this Using Credit Wisely, Planning and once a year for free from www.annualBudgeting, Saving and Investing, Debt The credit reports Management, TSP, Consumer Rights will identify what needs to be fixed. and Identity Theft. For information “We notice an increase in the use of or to schedule a class call 253-967financial planning services beginning with 7166/3525. the New Year,” says Financial Specialist One-on-one financial counseling Ryki Carlson. “People are looking more time slots are available weekdays toward their future and looking for ways from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to plan. Soldiers are setting financial goals The Financial Readiness Offices and looking for avenues to reach them.” are located in Bldg 2140 (Waller The most important advice you can Hall). For additional information, call impart on someone trying to get out of 253-967-7166. debt? “Be realistic about the process,” The Debt Management Program Carlson advises. “You didn’t get in debt is managed by Consumer Credit overnight, and it won’t go away overnight. Counseling Service. A counselor is Commitment to getting out of debt is available locally by calling 253-588the foundation to reaching that goal.” 1858, ext. 112. Another option is to Additional services include general inwork with In Charge Debt Soluvestment advice, budget preparation, debt tions at 1-877-399-8656 or online at assessment, consumer mediation with businesses and credit repair. Assistance – Kate Mullinax, FMWR Marketing with preparing or filing a formal complaint is also available. Service is by appointment.


Top 10 steps ACS’s financial readinesss specialists take to help you get out of debt • Figuring out a starting point – This is where we work with the client to create a realistic budget for their expenses. We ensure all household expenses are included in the budget. Review bank statements, pay stubs and other income documents to ensure the budgets are accurate. Online software allows for budget tracking from almost anywhere. Consider using the following free sites: www.quicken. com, or • Pull your credit report to identify all debt outstanding – either through Brightscore at or using (Both these are free options that do NOT impact your credit score, but allow the client to see all outstanding debts reporting to the bureaus.) • Get a commitment from the clients to stop borrowing or charging until all the debts are paid off. Without a commitment, everyone is just wasting their time. • Prioritize the debts – this is either done by highest balances or highest interest rates. We look at setting up a payment plan to pay off credit card debts that are more than 50 percent over their available credit to help their credit score. As credit cards are paid off, continue to pay down on other cards with that additional amount, eventually all the credit cards will be paid off. Remember to make your payments on time to avoid late fees and rate increases. • Discuss the value of using cash instead of credit cards. It is important to get the client to understand that they need to spend less than they make and in doing so, keep track of each transaction. ACS offers classes on checkbook management to teach clients to be aware of how much they spend and to balance out each month. Keeping track of expenditures reminds the client of how much money is going out, reduces bank fees and validates the progress they are making toward their goals. • Set up an allowance for each adult. Knowing how much each client can spend per paycheck helps spending awareness and identify wants versus needs. • Talk about avoiding borrowing money to get out of debt, especially consolidation loans. Debt consolidation loans are a means of combining debt, with the hope of lowering the payment. The goal is to get out of debt quicker, not stretch it out. • Recommend that the clients talk with their creditors. Many creditors will work with their customers to reduce payments as long as the customers have paid on time in the past. Asking doesn’t guarantee that they will reduce the interest rate, but you only get what you ask for out of life – so make the call. • Look for opportunities to save money. This includes looking for deals, using coupons, and shopping around. It’s amazing how much you can save when you take the time to look for savings. Check out for coupons on more than 20,000 retailers. • Remind the clients to pay themselves; this ensures there is money for emergencies. It is important to make progress toward ALL their financial goals, not just getting out of debt, but keeping them out!

Have your voice heard with ICE

Get acquainted with military life and lingo. Army Family Team Building: 253-967-2382/7166 Customer Management Services Program customer feedback mechanism for on-post programs and services. Info: 253-967-0052 or Army Emergency Relief is the financial and educational assistance program. Call 253-9679852/7166 (emergency cases during evenings/ weekends: 1-877-272-7337), Support services and classes with the Financial Readiness Program: 253-967-3525/7166. Employment Readiness Service enhances career opportunities: 253-967-3538/7166. Assistance with PCSing from the Relocation Readiness Program. Attend monthly Newcomers Orientation at American Lake Community Center (usually the last Tuesday of each month). Info: 253-967-3628/7166. PCSing? Kitchenware, futons and more from the Loan Closet: 253-967-3635/7166. Personal/Family readiness training and assistance available through the Mobilization & Deployment Readiness Office: 253-967-9916/7166. Make a difference.Volunteer. Applications taken online through Army Volunteer Corps: 253-967-2324. Prevention and education concerning domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault offered by the Family Advocacy Program. Includes New Parent Support Program & Victim Advocate Program: 253-967-5940/5901. Support and assistance to all Soldiers and Family members with special needs through the Exceptional Family Member Program: 253-967-9704/9705/3451/3520. Confidential assistance with deployment/ reintegration, marriage/relationships, parenting, stress, anxiety, grief, loss and daily life issues through the Military and Family Life Consultants: 253-495-8425. Soldiers and their Families stay connected with the help of an online forum, multimedia resource facilities and video messengers at the Center of Excellence: 253-967-3314.


The Interactive Customer Evaluation system is a major component to providing individual feedback as part of the Customer Management Services program. It provides direct feedback of services received by individuals and promotes rapid interaction between service providers and the customer.

With implementation of Customer Management Services, customer participation in the ICE system at Fort Lewis has improved each month. From August through October, the ICE system at Fort Lewis has steadily grown in the number of comments submitted each month (from 239 to 406). Additionally, the satisfaction rate has also improved moving from 80 percent in August to 88 percent in October. Every comment that is submitted is reviewed by the service provider manager. Many times the service is a compliment for doing a great job. These recognitions are passed on to the individuals who provided the service if their names were provided and to the entire section in general. When a problem is identified, information submitted allows action to be taken. A good example to show how this information is beneficial can be seen at the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office. From August through October, there were many comments concerning the efficiency of the phone system utilized by JPPSO and the accuracy of the e-mail addresses on the Web site – long waits on hold and dead e-mail links on the Web page. These problems have proven very frustrating to the customer. As a result of those comments, the following actions are being taken: • The System Division is working with the DOIM to identify the problems with the telephone system and then implement corrective action. • The System Division is reviewing the JPPSO – Lewis’ Web page to verify all four e-mail addresses are correct and operational. There will then be a test on all four addresses from System Division Chief ’s home. • JPPSO is conducting a feasibility study to justify hiring one full-time employee to manage all four e-mail addresses and the telephone system to ensure timeliness of responses to the customer. Upon completion of these actions, communications with the customer will be more timely and provide a more pleasant experience during the difficult time of moving. As always, ICE is accessible online through various Fort Lewis Web sites. From the Fort Lewis home page, www.lewis., customers may click on the ICE logo to be forwarded directly to the Fort Lewis ICE site. Customers may also go directly there with the following link: http://ice. cfm?fa=site&site_ id=348 to go there directly. The ICE system is monitored daily to ensure customers requesting a 253-278-6184 response receive Email: their response within three working days. 253-278-6184 253-278-6184 Email: Email:

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Have a healthy and happy

Don’t drink & drive. Drink responsibly. Think before you drink. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get a handle on your drinking, the counselors at Command Army Substance Abuse Program can help. “Most of the Soldiers I’ve worked with over the years are good people,” said Bob Steger, Risk Reduction Program Manager with Fort Lewis ASAP. “They say ‘I never expected this to happen to me. I only had a few drinks.’” Command ASAP can help. Simply call 253-967-1446/1413.


Stop smoking and start living!


If you want to stop smoking, Madigan Army Medical Center’s program may help. TRICARE-eligible patients may call 1-800-404-4506 for a tobacco cessation appointment.

“The New Year is definitely a time we see an increase in demand for tobacco cessation appointments,” says Madigan’s Tobacco Cessation Coordinator Cynthia Hawthorne. “People are ready to switch from tobacco-using mode to healthy lifestyle mode.” In a cessation session (individual and group appointments available), you will learn about the three-link chain of tobacco dependence: physical, emotional and behavioral and that there is no medical cure for nicotine addiction. You will get tips and strategies for setting and achieving healthy lifestyle goals. Any long-term success will be due to changing your habits through behavior modification. Cessation medication is a tool to assist you in your attempt to quit, and you will work with your provider to decide the one that is best for you.You’ll receive the prescription at the end of the appointment. There are a variety of free resources available, both over the phone and online. For additional support between follow-up appointments, visit or www.ucanquit2. org, or call the free state Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. “Our patients are motivated to quit, so we continue to remind them about the improved well-being associated with abstaining from tobacco – not to mention the financial windfall from no longer spending money on cigarettes. The best advice, “Never quit trying to quit!” Hawthorne says. “There is no magic patch, pill or gum. It takes perseverance and commitment. People who are the most successful at conquering their nicotine addiction and committing to a healthier lifestyle typically get plenty of help. First they learn what to do and then they actually do it. Do your research. Talk to people who have quit and ask them how they did it. Write down the good things that will happen when you quit – more money, better health, cleaner breath and whiter teeth. Understand that becoming a non-tobacco user is a process.”

Steps to kick the habit and kickstart your life. • Drink a glass of water whenever you feel like lighting a cigarette. The water will help wash the toxins from your body. • Get real with yourself. You are losing an enemy, not a friend. • Get rid of everything in your house and car that reminds you of smoking. • Set smaller goals. Quit for a month. Then another month. • Tell your friends and Family you’re quitting so they can support you. • Exercise more. It speeds up the cleansing of your body. • Write a list of reasons to quit smoking and read it twice a day. • To minimize cravings, change your routine. • Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits. • In the first couple of months after quitting, stay away from other smokers.

Eat your way to a healthier you


Follow these tips, and you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

• Drink plenty of water or other caloriefree beverages. Thirst is sometimes mistaken for hunger, so before you open a bag of chips, drink a glass of water. • Be choosy about nighttime snacks. Mindless eating occurs most frequently after dinner. Allow yourself a low-calorie snack, or don’t eat after a certain hour. • Enjoy your favorite foods. Enjoy your favorite foods – in moderation – without guilt. • Eat several mini-meals during the day. If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight. Eat four to five small meals or snacks throughout the day. • Eat protein at every meal. Protein is more satisfying than carbs or fats, keeps you

feeling full longer and helps preserve muscle mass and encourages fat burning. Incorporate proteins like lean meat, yogurt, cheese, nuts or beans into your diet. • Spice it up. Add spices or chiles to your food for a flavor boost that can help you feel satisfied. • Stock your kitchen with healthy convenience foods. Having ready-to-eat snacks and meals-in-minutes on hand sets you up for success. You’ll be less likely to hit the drive-through or call in a pizza order if you can throw together a healthy meal in five or 10 minutes. Here are some essentials to keep on hand: frozen vegetables, whole-grain pasta, reduced-fat cheese, canned tomatoes, canned beans, pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, whole grain tortillas or pitas, and bags

New Year of salad greens. • Order children’s portions at restaurants. Ordering a child-size entree is a great way to cut calories and keep your portions reasonable. Another trick is to use smaller plates. This helps the portions look like more, and if your mind is satisfied, your stomach likely will be, too. • Swap a cup of pasta for a cup of vegetables. Simply by eating less pasta or bread and more veggies, you could lose a dress or pants size in a year. –

ABCs of Parenting Accept your child as the wonderful person he or she is. Be a good role model in all you say and do. Communicate respectfully and listen attentively. Discipline fairly, firmly and with love. Encourage good eating habits. Find ways to get and stay fit together. Give chores that build responsibility. Help your child learn healthy ways to manage anger and stress. Instill respect for people and property. Join parent organizations at school. Keep your promises or don’t make them. Laugh together and enjoy each other’s company. Make family rules and enforce them with consistency. Never use physical force on your child. Offer your help whenever it’s needed. Praise your child for achievements as well as for efforts. Quickly stop your child from any harmful activities. Read together often and make reading fun. Show patience and remember nobody is perfect. Teach health and safety rules and good character traits. Use every opportunity to say, “I love you” and show your love. Value your child’s thoughts and opinions. Wait until you cool down before disciplining your child. eXcite your child about the value of education. You make a difference in your child’s life, so parent with pride! Zero in on practicing good parenting skills every day. – Positive Promotions

Resolution: Get organized


Whether you’re looking for a way to save money, make money or clean up your act and get organized, the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop is the destination of choice.

Save money

If you’re thrifty and always on the prowl for ways to save, “The Thrift Shop is a great place to purchase slightly used items for incredible savings,” says Linda Walker, Thrift Shop manager. The Thrift Shop is completely computerized. Every item is bar coded, just as it is in a department store. Browse by section for everything from furniture to baby clothes. Get organized

Start your spring cleaning early! A great way to clean out your house and help others at the same time is by donating to the Thrift Shop. If downsizing to be more organized is your goal, the Thrift Shop is the perfect place to donate. All proceeds are used to support community projects at Fort Lewis and the surrounding communities. Make money

If you’re PCSing and need to keep the weight down, the consignment shop is a great way to sell those gently used items to earn money. Any ID card holder may consign 20 items per day. You set the selling price, and items can remain on sale for up to 60 days. If you don’t pick up your unsold items after 60 days, they are moved to the sales room, where there are progressive mark downs throughout the month. The Thrift Shop is located in Bldg 2070 and 2071 on Main Post. Call 253-964-0445 for consignment information and hours. – Kate Mullinax, FMWR Marketing

Reasons to Get Organized

• Enjoy more time for yourself. You’ll be more efficient. • Save money. You’ll plan better and won’t buy a second because you can’t find the first. • Improve your health. You’ll lower your stress. You’ll have a cleaner work and home environment. • Make a better impression. Improve your status at work, and look pulled together with an organized wardrobe. • Improve your mental health. Feel a sense of peace, and experience an uncluttered mind. • Increase your self-confidence. “Yes, I have my act together!” • Eat better. Plan your meals and grocery shopping. Enjoy cooking in your organized kitchen. • Make more money. You’ll do your job better and be more likely to get promoted. • Have control over your surroundings. Know where everything is located. Take control of your time. • Be a better parent. You’ll have more time for your kids.

I Corps Readiness Outcomes & Wellness Service

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month


Cervical cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the cervix. Cervical cancer usually develops slowly. Before cancer appears in the cervix, the cells of the cervix go through changes known as dysplasia, in which cells that are not normal begin to appear in the cervical tissue. Later, cancer cells start to grow and spread more deeply into the cervix and to surrounding areas. Cervical cancer in children is rare. Human papillomavirus, or HPV, infection is the major risk factor for development of cervical cancer. Infection of the cervix with HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer. Not all women with HPV infection, however, will develop cervical cancer. Women who do not regularly have a pap smear to detect HPV or abnormal cells in the cervix are at increased risk of cervical cancer. Other possible risk factors include the following: • Giving birth to many children. • Having many sexual partners. • Having first sexual intercourse at a young age. • Smoking cigarettes. • Oral contraceptive use (“the Pill”). • Weakened immune system. There are usually no noticeable signs of early cervical cancer but it can be detected early with yearly check-ups. – National Cancer Institute 15

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