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The Future is Bright - an Interview with Major General Patterson | Rebuilding the Holidays: Keep it Simple and Enjoy! Looking Back and Looking Ahead - MWR in 2012 and the Future | Fort Gordon and MWR Wishes Everyone a Happy Holiday!

December 2012


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From the cover If it isn’t obvious to you by now, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s the holiday season! A time of celebration, togetherness, joyous festivities and ridiculously long lines in every retail outlet. Come party with us through a wonderful December issue full of cheer and seasonal inspiration! DECEMBER 2012

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December 2012 In Every Issue


5 Editor’s Notes 7 Around Town Calendar 8 Events with Swami 9 Your Health 10 Customer Care Zone 11 Restaurant Reviews 12 Reflections 13 Financial Fundamentals 15 Planning Your Career 16 Service Member Stories 19 Music at the Library 20 Never Forget 27 This Month in MWR 57 From the Bookshelf 58 Culture Shock 59 Tech Ninja 60 Movie Review 61 Director’s Chair 62 Snapshot 64 Next 65 In Focus


Rebuilding the Holidays Are the holidays a blur of shopping trips, gift wrapping and receipts the length of your arm? Would you like to take a step back and remove yourself from the commercial clutter of the season? Arial Marsh outlines changes you can make to your home can bring in the warmth of the season without breaking the bank.


Interview with Major General Patterson Major General LaWarren V. Patterson assumed command of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon in July of this year. Since that time, the Commanding General has become known around post for his personable approach in addition to his many accomplishments. MWR Special Events Coordinator, Jerry Swain, sat down with Major General Patterson to discuss the future of Signal and more.


Looking Back and Looking Ahead Much of what Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation provides is delivered on a daily basis. You may see us more often as the face of events such as Oktoberfest and the recent Old Fashioned Christmas Festival. But we encompass much more! In this feature, MWR program and facility managers reminisce about the most memorable moments of 2012, as well as look to the future.


Holiday Greetings from Fort Gordon ‘Tis the Season! Our very own Crystal Tyson went around post asking you for your holiday wishes – thank you to all who joined us in wishing our friends and loved ones a very Happy Holidays!

Contributors Jeff Haskell

Kathleen Haskell

Nathan Hoeller

Kim Hussey

Susie Joyner

Arial Marsh

Rachael Sosa

Jerry Swain

Molly Swift

Crystal Tyson

Steve Walpert

Alice Wynn

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editor’snotes Molly Swift, Editor

December 2012

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A few weeks ago, my three year old and I were talking about Christmas. Now, bearing in mind this is a new concept to her, when I asked her what she wanted from Santa for Christmas I wasn’t really expecting much of an answer. She thought about this for a second and then said, “I’m asking Santa for some candy and a baby brother.” She’s been on the baby brother kick for some time now and I’m still trying to figure out who to thank for that gem. I had to tell her the candy was doable, but the baby brother wasn’t something Santa could bring. Apparently it was just something to throw out there – she’s now opted for a train set and a present wrapped in purple wrapping paper. That’s certainly closer to what Santa had in mind, I’m sure, but it did make me think about what I used to wish for on the long lead up to the Christmas holidays. As an adult, time seems to fly. But I recall as a young child the pinnacle of my year was Christmas. Not my birthday – which I loved celebrating – but mostly the day after when I would start looking forward to mince pies, decorating the Christmas tree and going to carol services. This was in August, and in the UK I would still have a few weeks before school started, but it didn’t matter – Christmas was coming. The excitement is something I still carry with me even now and it is something I’ve tried to pass on to my girls. The traditions I’ve established with my family are designed to reinforce that childhood anticipation. Decorating the house and the tree is something I ask for full involvement from; often it ends up being just me and maybe one other daughter hanging ornaments on the tree, but that doesn’t matter. I have seasonal music playing and I love the memories many of the ornaments bring – not to mention having my family around me. I’ve said it so many times before, but that is what the holidays mean to me. Spending time with my kids and husband, appreciating what I have and what I’ve had in my life. It’s special and very important to me. I’m not the best at buying gifts, but I’ve always reiterated the common phrase, “It’s the thought that counts.” So it shouldn’t have surprised me when the youngest asked for a baby brother. It’s been on her mind and I’m proud of that. It shows we are doing the right thing as parents and that her sisters are doing their sisterly duties right too! Otherwise, why would the three year old want to add another to the fold? Our home must be a pretty wonderful place to be and that makes me happy! My holiday wish for you is just that – regardless of in what way and what faith you are celebrating the season; I hope you enjoy a sense of peace, accomplishment, love and happiness. May your days be merry and bright! Take care.

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Christmas Light-Up Spectacular & Christmas Parade


Augusta Common and Downtown Augusta Carolers and sparkly lights illuminate Augusta Common during the annual Christmas Light Up Spectacular. Marking the beginning of the city’s holiday season, the event includes live entertainment and children’s activities. Schedule: 10:00 a.m. - Holiday Market at the Augusta Common 2:00 p.m. - The Miss Augusta Christmas Fantasy Parade 4:00 p.m. - Family Fun at the Augusta Common 5:55 p.m. - Mayor Copenhaver will “throw the lights” lighting up Downtown Augusta until 9 p.m.

Augusta Common | Reynolds Street | Downtown Augusta, GA

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


7:30 p.m. This annual Christmas event, featuring the Augusta Collegium Musicum, The Good Shepherd Choir, The Chancel Choir of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and readers is a highlight of the Christmas season. A traditional English Christmas program, which originated at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University, England, was first presented at Sacred Heart in 1987 under the direction of William Toole. For more information, go to

Sacred Heart Cultural Center | 1301 Greene Street | Downtown Augusta, GA

Cirque Dreams Holidaze


7:30 p.m. An international cast of over 30 multi-talented and brilliantly costumed artists come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid-air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing, and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment. Ticket prices vary – contact the Box Office for more information at 706-262-4567, or go online to

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Signal Corps Regimental Association Adolphus Greely Chapter 5K Reindeer Twilight Romp Check-in begins at 4 p.m. Reindeer Twilight Romp starts at 5:45 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and Glow-Sticks provided for all registered participants (pets okay.) Holiday Headgear (Antlers, elf or Santa hats) highly encouraged! No strollers. All net proceeds and clothing/toiletry item donations provided to: “Blue Goose” Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, Augusta. Registration: Before December 10 – $10.00 • December 10-14 – $15.00 • December 15 – $20.00 Price reduced $5.00 with a new item donation. Donation items: Non-skid socks, belts/suspenders, disposable razors, shaving cream, lollipops/suckers. Open to all! For more information, contact Mark Papenfuss at 706-791-9337 or mark.f.papenfuss.


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eventswithswami Jerry “Swami� Swain, Special Events Coordinator

y p p Ha idays! l o H I believe I speak for the entire MWR staff in wishing everyone a warm and safe holiday season. Soon Service Members and families will be loading their cars and boarding buses, trains, and planes departing Fort Gordon for destinations called home spanning the entire United States. This time of the year is for re-enforcing family ties and reflecting on failures and successes of the past year and what we will do to make the upcoming year better than the last. Thank you for supporting all the MWR events and programs of the past year and get ready for more thrilling and exciting events and programs for the upcoming 2013! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!

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yourhealth Holiday Health Sense Kathleen Haskell, DDEAMC Marketing

Thanksgiving has come and gone but the Christmas Holidays are quickly approaching. Many of us are already planning more family gatherings, special menus, and other holiday preparations. Keeping illness away is important when it comes to sharing close family moments and homemade delicacies. No one wants to hear, “Aunt Betty’s ham made me sick” or “Little Johnny didn’t just give me a necktie – he also gave me the flu!” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, following these easy steps will help stop many infectious problems before they happen.

Wash Your Hands Often. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses. Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people…from the surfaces you touch…and from animals you might pet. Wet your hands and apply liquid, bar or powder soap. Rub hands together vigorously to make lather and scrub all surfaces for 20 to 30 seconds. It takes that long for the soap and scrubbing to dislodge and remove stubborn germs. Rinse hands well under warm, running water and dry thoroughly (paper towels are best).

of dangerous germs – and where there is a possibility that these germs can spread to others.

Handle And Prepare Food Safely. Cross-contamination occurs when bacteria spread from a food to a surface – from a surface to another food – or from one food to another. You’re helping to prevent cross-contamination when you separate and use different cutting boards/plates for raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs from all other foods. Keep a constant refrigerator temperature of 40º F or below, cook foods to proper temperatures, and store leftovers promptly. (Visit for more information).

Get Immunized. Getting immunizations is easy and most importantly, it saves lives. Make sure you and your families get the shots at the proper time as suggested by your health care provider. Keep records of all immunizations for the whole family. Children should get their first immunizations before they are two months old and have additional doses four or more times before their second birthday. Adults need tetanus and diphtheria boosters every 10 years. Get your flu immunization each fall.

Routinely Clean and Disinfect Surfaces.

Cover Your Cough or Sneeze.

Cleaning and disinfecting is not the same thing. Cleaning removes germs from surfaces whereas disinfecting actually destroys them. Cleaning with soap and water to remove dirt and most of the germs is usually enough, but sometimes you may want to disinfect for an extra level of protection from germs. Disinfectants are specifically registered and labeled “Disinfectant”. Always disinfect those areas where there can be large numbers

Stop the spread of germs that make you and others sick! Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeves, not your hands.

viruses such as colds or the flu. That means children do not need an antibiotic every time they are sick. If you do get sick, antibiotics may not always help. If used inappropriately they make bacteria resistant to treatment – thus making illnesses harder to get rid of. When in doubt, check with your health care provider and always follow the antibiotic label instructions carefully.

Be Careful With Pets. Pets provide many benefits to people, including comfort and companionship. However, some animals can also pass disease to humans. All pets should be routinely cared for by a veterinarian. Follow the immunization schedule that the vet recommends. Clean litter boxes daily and don’t allow children to play where animals “do their business.” Wash your child’s hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after contact with animals. Following these tips will help keep germs from gaining a foothold and making you and/ or others sick over the holidays. If you have questions, please contact your doctor. For more information online, visit Happy holidays – be safe and stay healthy!

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customercarezone Army Volunteer Program Jeff Haskell, Customer Service Program Coordinator

This is the time of year that is all about giving and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) needs YOU! Many of you will be busy this holiday season preparing get-togethers with family and friends, cooking meals, and shopping for those special gifts for those special people in our lives. While going about your holiday activities, please don’t lose sight that some of the main themes of this season are giving of ourselves and serving others. One great way to do this is to support the Fort Gordon Christmas House. Lynn Harshman, the Army Volunteer Program Manager, oversees the Christmas House. “The Christmas House has been helping ensure a traditional winter holiday for Service Members, Reservists, National Guard, family members and retirees since 1966”, she explained. “Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to provide toys and a meal to at least 300 families each year who are financially unable to purchase these things themselves.” I asked Lynn what kind of an impact the Christmas House had on the lives of those it touched. “It has a huge impact! In fact, I briefed the Christmas House Program to General Eric Shinseki when he was the Chief of Staff of the Army. General Shinseki and his wife came to Fort Gordon later that year and visited the Christmas House. Mrs. Shinseki told me she thought, out of all the holiday-type programs each installation had, the Fort Gordon Christmas House was one of the best.” I asked Lynn how the community could best support the Christmas House. “The deadline for submitting names of recipients was November 15, but we accept new toys and financial contributions year round.” Lynn went on to tell me last year they received plenty of new toy donations but financial contributions for meals were down. She explained meal items are purchased from the commissary and Christmas House recipients are provided with a voucher which they redeem for a holiday meal at the commissary. I asked Lynn what her job entails. “When people are interested in making a difference in the community where they live and work or their job or school requires documented community service I coordinate Fort Gordon volunteer opportunities with the interests, availability, and skills of a potential volunteer.” What kind of opportunities are out there

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for volunteers? “At Fort Gordon we have 96 programs that are supported by volunteers. This includes units, private organizations and agencies. A majority of our volunteer positions are in office settings and are from 7:30 a.m. To 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Currently we have about 3,000 volunteers filling around 4100 positions.” Lynn informed me the Fort Gordon Community was extremely generous when it comes to volunteers, especially during the holiday season. “However, the number of active volunteers tends to drop off after the holidays even though the need for volunteers does not.” Lynn told me she is also knowledgeable of other volunteer opportunities in the CSRA community. “There are 23 local United Way agencies operating in the CSRA with additional agencies in Aiken, South Carolina. These agencies include the Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Augusta Training Shop for the Handicapped, Easter Seals, Family Counseling Center of the CSRA, and The Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta. Some community programs offer a stipend to help cover expenses such as gas or uniforms.”

What do volunteers receive in return for their service? There are many benefits of volunteering. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Volunteers can learn new skills and retain current ones. This can help enhance career options, build new and diverse life experiences, spur new interests, and create a feeling of achievement and pride. Volunteering may also benefit mental and physical health. Evidence suggests helping others can lead to better self-esteem and improved confidence. Studies also indicate volunteering can actually reduce heart rate, blood pressure, increase endorphin production, and strengthen your enhance your immune system. I hope you keep all these fabulous volunteer opportunities in mind not only during this time of year but throughout the coming year. Happy holidays to you all and I look forward to highlighting more of the great and wonderful things being done each and every day in support of our awesome Service Members and their Families. You’re the best!


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Sho Chin’s Asian Kitchen

Tin Drum Asia Café

Dragon Express

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Sho Chin’s Asian Kitchen is an informal dining experience with a family-friendly atmosphere. The sit down restaurant is nontraditional with an order counter but has an extremely friendly staff and speedy service. The menu offers local favorites and signature dishes, which allow patrons to design their own dish by choosing ingredients. However, the food was dry, lacked flavor and was, all together, less than appealing.

Located across from Regal Cinemas, Tin Drum Asia Café is Asian with a twist ... and a nip. This pay at the counter-style dining offers super-friendly service; a clean, bright, eclectic deco; a military discount and a number of vegetarian choices. Best of all, Tin Drum offers a whole new spin on Asian cuisine with crisp, fresh ingredients such as basil, jalapenos and mango, giving old favorites new and exciting flavor.

Conveniently located outside of Fort Gordon’s Gate 1 on Gordon Highway, Dragon Express is a friendly and casual restaurant with pleasantly inviting aromas. The staff was very polite and the food was served in a timely manner. Even though the outside of the restaurant was not pleasing to the eye; the dining room was fairly clean. Overall, the dining experience was good and the food was delicious.




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“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more...” ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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financialfundamentals Credit: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Rachael Sosa, ACS, Financial Readiness Specialist

Is debt always a bad thing? Not necessarily. Credit can be an extremely valuable tool for us, if it is planned, managed, and used responsibly. When it is abused, however, it can get downright ugly. So what are the guidelines? When is tapping into your credit resources acceptable and responsible behavior? Per Paul Richard, Executive Director of the Institute of Consumer Financial Education, there are some very specific criteria for determining when using credit can be a good thing. • A home mortgage. • Automobile.

How are credit cards themselves a good thing?

So what makes credit cards bad and ugly things?

• The purchase of an item that will long outlast the period of debt incurred to buy it, and also serves to lower other costs. Example: using credit to install storm windows and insulation in your home, which in turn lowers heating and cooling costs.

• Good identification (required for cashing checks and most car rentals)

• When we give in to the temptation to overuse them and overspend.

• Safe substitute for cash

• When we use them to buy nonessential items. (Do you need it, or do you just want it?)

• When the purchase is a necessity and not a luxury.

• Saving money when you can take advantage of a good sale

• When it costs no more money to charge.

• Shopping by mail, phone, or e-shopping

• When it helps your income tax return.

• Providing leverage against the merchant with a problem arises. (Your dispute/ claim may get more prompt attention when the merchant knows your payment can be delayed or disputed.)

• When you may need protection on a repair or a purchase (auto, appliances, mail order). For most of us, credit cards are the major culprits that lure us down the path to impulse buying and overspending. When used responsibly, however, they too can be extremely valuable tools – and should not be totally discounted from your financial picture.

• Automatic record keeping • Consolidating many purchases into one payment

• When our impulse spending increases. • When our payments are late – or only partially made. • When we fall into the “minimum monthly payment” trap, instead of paying off as much of the balance as we can each month.

Credit can be your valuable ally – or it can be your worst enemy. You make that decision every time you sign a loan agreement or pull out your credit card. Think about it. Source: Institute of Consumer Financial Education, | 13

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planningyourcareer Intention Kim Hussey, Owner, Plan4Success, LLC

In the November issue, we discussed the development of a formal success strategy to organize your job search and your life in 2013. A detailed action plan is a helpful tool to use for the achievement of any goal. Another tool to explore is the setting of an intention, which is a short, written statement created to help you focus your thoughts and your actions on a desired outcome. This is a tool you carry with you and view on a regular basis, throughout each day. In 1928, the book Think and Grow Rich was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie, one of the wealthiest men of his time period. Carnegie asked a reporter, Napoleon Hill, to interview 500 of the wealthiest men in the world and find out the common denominator for their success. After eight years of research, the book was completed in 1936. It continues to be a top seller. Hill found one common denominator of the wealthy was intention - focusing one’s time and energy on a heartfelt desire or outcome, with deep feeling and emotion (two key components.) Hill discussed the importance of a positive mental attitude and asserted that thoughts are powerful things, especially when combined with purpose, burning desire, faith, determination, and unyielding persistence. In Think and Grow Rich, Hill discussed the creation and the power of a written intention under “Six Steps That Turn Desires into Gold.” Hill’s original ideas and concepts have influenced a number of modern authors and motivational speakers who have used his work as a foundation for their own life work. Jack Canfield is a motivational speaker who has been a strong advocate of Hill’s intention process. Before Canfield initiated the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and before he became a widely sought after author and speaker, he was a teacher. In the 1960’s, while teaching at an elementary school, Canfield read Think and Grow Rich. He and each member of his class created personalized intentions. He focused on a desire to double his earnings within a year. He completed his intention on a card, carried it with him, and looked at it daily. Opportunities opened up, Canfield’s income increased substantially and his belief system was forever changed. So let’s get started on creating your own, unique written intention to carry with you in 2013.

Napoleon Hill and his book, Think and Grow Rich

First, reflect on your desires. Since many individuals do not know what they want in life, this is the hardest step. Take the time to think about your top three or four values, for living these values will determine your overall level of happiness. Google “values” for a comprehensive list. Then figure out how you might wrap your life around your primary values. Once you know your end result or what you desire, you will be ready to write your vision inconcrete terms. Your intention is written in the present tense, includes your name and a timed outcome or success date. The intention includes action related to your goal. It is filled with visual pictures of what personal success looks like to you. Create a description of what you want to achieve, in as vivid detail as possible, as a means to add feeling and emotion into the picture. In conclusion, setting an intention is a process that can be helpful in maintaining concentration on what you want out of life. It keeps your vision steady and focused. This process can work with any goal set – career goals, relationship goals, even finding a spouse! Here is an example of an intention. I, Kim Hussey, earn over $50,000 in 2013 from the development of entry level to corporate resume packages, individual goal setting strategies, and large and small group workshops.

My profits continue to grow as I assist motivated individuals achieve their dreams by equipping them with the necessary tools to market their own unique skills, abilities, attributes, and formal and informal educational and life experiences to achieve both personal and professional success. My customers are professionals with outstanding skills and abilities who gladly pay for my valuable services. My customers refer family, friends, and others for my assistance and offer job leads after they are hired within their own dream careers. Employers call me daily to request referral of the highly qualified and outstanding individuals who come to me for resume and goal setting services. They are completely satisfied with my referrals and appreciate my outstanding service to their company’s bottom line. Remember: • Determine your intention or what you desire in your life. • Write your intention on a card in succinct, powerful words that evoke feelings. • Read the card often, throughout each day. • Read your desires with emotion and feeling. | 15

Keeping it Together: Family of 9 Crystal Tyson, Staff Writer

In the spirit of the holidays, I thought it appropriate to tell a story of two people who know much about giving and sacrifice. Two people who know much about sharing and caring for others. Two people who have seven children. Yes, you read it right; seven! Jeremy and Shareen Thibault fell in love after meeting at a bowling alley for a night of fun. While Shareen swears Jeremy’s plan was to beat her mother’s record of eight children, Jeremy says that he only intended to have a family. It was never planned to have this many children, but they wouldn’t change a thing! From experience, I find it hard to shop for my three

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different personalities (my children) on any day, especially Christmas. For their family however, Christmas seems to be their favorite holiday. Shareen spent three years in the Air Force and Jeremy has been in the Army for 20. They’ve been stationed in Arizona, Germany, Fort Hood, Washington, Guam, Illinois, Korea and various deployments. Alaska as well, which became a home to them after Shareen’s brother and mother passed away and was buried there. This family makes decisions together. They’ve made it 18 years by budgeting and going without things that just were not necessary. They teach their children to shop and save, and

they want them to learn now that the military is an option and not something that they have to do! This is a close-knit family – it surprised me how they interacted! I saw the normal stuff; fighting, crying, and the necessity for privacy − but there was also a huge amount of love between them! Crystal: How does Christmas shopping go? Shareen: It’s not bad actually. We look for stuff through the year to catch it on sale. I start couponing a while ago and you can save so much money. When you shop you have to know the rules of the store you are in; every store is different. You go in with a list and have

your coupons separated by isle. If you see a really good sale on daily items like tissue, don’t be afraid to buy it in bulk! I mean, everyone needs tissue. Jeremy: People need to know that just because it’s there doesn’t mean you need it at that time. Pay for stuff with cash. If you don’t have it you don’t need it. Sure, I would love a 70” T.V., but what would I need it for? Crystal: What is the Christmas tradition? Shareen: We are used to live in Alaska. Most of my family is there and we would all get together, eat and watch T.V. and open gifts. It’s always a lot of jokes and fun. After asking this question, everyone became sad because they hadn’t been home in a couple of years and truly missed spending that time with the family. I interviewed some of the children. Donovin is the oldest. Crystal: How has it been growing up in this huge family? Donovin: I’m used to it! I’ve had them as long as I can remember! I went on to ask him more questions and he was very open. We talked about his excitement of going to college and his regular visits home to get “groceries.” He said it was a lot quieter in his dorm than he’s used to, but he has a roommate so he doesn’t get complete silence. For someone with so much family he’s pretty quiet. Due to being in a big family, he finds himself explaining to people how many family members he has. His sense of responsibility extends to his friends – one of the many things he says comes from his parents! He told me the story of a friend distancing himself because Donovin was too responsible and tried to tell him the right thing to do all the time, instead of just having fun.

the interview when I brought up the family in Alaska she got emotional − it was hard for her to talk about. “Although we’ve been in the military all my life I still haven’t gotten used to leaving my family. It’s hard moving away, getting a new home and new friends.” Henry is the fourth child. He’s gifted in violin; that he loves to play had surprised him. The opportunity to learn came along at his school when they offered violin to his class. Like his two older brothers, he loves video games. He is the Vice President of the Nutrition Adversary Council (NAC), something he’s very proud of! Jailyn is high-spirited and yet very shy. An intelligent girl, she hangs out a lot with her older sister and was a ball girl for her basketball team. She is the secretary of student council and loves to hang out with her countless number of friends. Xavier & Jeydon are the babies of the family. Their personalities haven’t developed yet, but I’m sure we should watch for them! They are characters! Crystal: So how do you do it? I mean all of it! Shareen: I don’t understand why people think it’s hard to survive. That’s the number one question people always ask. Have you been on welfare? No we never have and it’s nice to be able to say that. I understand sometimes it is a help and I think it’s great you can get help for a little while, get it together and move on. I’ve had to ask for it before and was denied. That all goes back to making sure you budget and make sacrifices. Another thing people don’t do often is include their children in family decisions.

Jeremy: Yes, that’s important. Our children understand the value of a dollar. When it comes to deciding whether they want to go on a $45 field trip or pay for $50 shoes, we let them decide. They help in all the chores at home. I can honestly say they are ready for life on their own. Crystal: With seven children and little to no time, how do you stay happily married? Jeremy: Now that’s work. You have to take time for each other. I appreciate what my wife does! I think she’s awesome. It can be frustrating being home all day raising seven children and still having two she stays home with. We talk about our day, and at night − once the kids are asleep − try to make some time for each other. I have to be very aware of not bringing work home with me. Shareen: Yeah, I got a pretty good guy! He has crazy stuff that he deals with at work! I mean not only does he have seven kids here, but he deals with a lot more personalities at work. I wouldn’t trade him for anything! (She winks and laughs.) It would be nice to have a van though; I might trade him for that! I do get tired of having to take two trips everywhere we go to get everyone around. The Thibaults are the first to tell you that they are far from perfect and are still learning how to be resourceful. But, in the meantime, this family of nine works hard to give each other a good home, and through sacrifice, enjoys a life of care and love.

Elijah is the second oldest of the bunch and he is a jokester. We mostly laughed during his interview! I asked him his most memorable Christmas memory and he jokingly tells me the entire family forgot to get him anything during one of the holidays (a story still not confirmed!) “It’s a lot of us so sometimes you have to count us out. Make sure we’re all here.” Elijah plans to do something in video graphics; his favorite past time is playing video games. You would think he had more space now, being the oldest in the house; he quickly reassures me he doesn’t. Jordan is the oldest girl and third oldest. She’s the sports player and plays basketball and lacrosse, which works in her favor at times since Eli drives her nuts! She’s part of the Pre IV program; the International Baccalaureate program at her school. I asked her if she had “mother hen syndrome.” She agreed – she’s very hands on with the younger ones. During | 17

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Come celebrate the art of music with the library! Each month, we spotlight and display different music genres. Come listen to some mood-enhancing tunes, check out CDs, books, and more featuring your favorite musicians!


In this very busy time of year, full with shopping lists, parties, visits, and more, it is imperative to enjoy some quiet, thankful moments just for yourself. Nothing sets a pleasant and calm mood quite like classical composition. Classical music roots itself in Ancient Greek and early liturgical works and is fully expressed in style during the golden age of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky and more light up the season with atmospheric weight and glee.

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Never Forget: stories of our heroes Crystal Tyson, Staff Writer

So Mark, tell us a little about yourself. There’s so much to say about my background. I’ve had a number of experiences as a child and I will not be able to sum all of them up. As for my childhood background it’s a very interesting one. I was a military brat, so moving was very common to me. Around 5th grade I started to realize my talent for art especially after my teacher put my work in a magazine. I began to place first in all the things I entered, which didn’t sit well with my classmates and lead to the start of a path of jealousy throughout my life, even up to this point. At first I used to think it was my fault. I told a few people the way I thought of my talent and how I should downplay it so I didn’t offend anyone. Many told me I should keep doing what I’m doing and not to worry about who is jealous or doesn’t like me because of my talents. It was something very difficult to deal with because no one wants to be disliked or not talked to because of his or her gifts.

Name: Marshall JR., MARK-Anthony Rank: CPL

My family is full of service members. I’m one myself and I can personally speak on the success of my generation of service members. I remember my little cousin − Mark-Anthony − while growing. He always had a talent for drawing; he was creative and had the best heart! I think of the day he drew the sweetest picture and gave it to me in school to cheer me up. So when he told our family he was leaving for the military – the Marines, at that – we were all a little shocked. I personally didn’t see him going in that direction. But he did. He went, he saw, and he conquered! When he came home once on R&R, I asked him of his plans for after the military − he told me of a business venture he was getting into; he was drawing logos and designing for local artists and companies. I thought it was awesome he was serving his country and finding time to go after his dreams. This is why I decided others should know that although the military may be your career, you can still achieve your dreams! 20 | FYI December 2012

Family has played a big part in my development, both life and business. Very few of my uncles and aunts are knowledgeable about starting or running businesses. They do, on the other hand, know how to work hard and provide for their families. I learned that from them and have applied that to my life and I was happy to recently find out my Uncle Chris started his own catering business. Violence has troubled my family for as long as I could remember. Funerals have been a familiar event in our family and will always be a part of my overall motivation for being successful. I’ve had ups and downs just like any other child but I accepted it and dealt with it in a positive manner. Why did you decide to join the Marines? When I was 11 I told my mother I’d eventually go into the Marine Corps and she was not happy about that at all. My work started to get recognized and many things started to change. I started to have fashion shows and art commissions all over Chicago. Adidas commissioned me to paint for them – several things were going my way. I even had the chance to design shoes for Chicago Bears player Lance Briggs and that ended up

in the Chicago Sun-Times. At that time, I had an agent representing me on a number of projects. From the fashion shows, Adidas, to the agent, things were a little overwhelming for me. Nike and EA sports started to get in the mix and I needed to break out. During that time I also realized I wanted to do something more. As I thought about my current situation and how everything was unfolding, it felt to me the perfect time to go. I wasn’t too old and I did enough in college that I could be successful as a freelance graphic designer. A few thought I was crazy for leaving when I did, but that doesn’t change the fact I needed to go see something different and do a little more. How was your Marine Corps time? The experience was amazing. I will not have any regrets about the Marine Corps. I learned a lot from serving. I learned a number of military tactics, physical training exercises, and leadership steps and rules. All of this has added to my success and continued success. I think everyone should serve at least two years. It will give them a better outlook on life as far as what’s important to them and how to appreciate your freedom once you have it to yourself. Everything has its drawbacks. Going to Afghanistan was an experience but it is very real. Our brothers and sisters are putting their lives on the line for a greater good. Some may not agree with the reasons why we’re fighting in other countries but they should always appreciate their service and respect the lives that have been lost and we’re continuing to lose. The most memorable thing was the MAIC (Martial Arts Instructor Course.) It is why I will be teaming up with the local cross fit gym in the area to teach self-defense to the college students and others who choose to take part in the classes. How did you start your own company? This was a tedious process − I was about 15 at the time. My friend Leon and I started doing this together. I remember it started out as drawing faces and logos for people. We

were making a name for ourselves in our small area and we thought, why not make it a business? The company was called “madskillz”. I know, I know − the name is a little immature. People started to take notice and thought it was amazing that two young black teenagers were starting a company. Through time we grew and then − through that growing − we separated. I continued to do projects and later went to college for animation, then switched to graphic design. I found I had more of a passion for that process then the over-demanding process for drawing animation. While in college, I started designing for local rap artists and little small projects here and there. Later I ran into a few people who said I should start a company and become more professional. With the help of Umair Mamsa, I started my company and it has progressed ever since; I even have work overseas in other countries. Things have really picked up recently as well. I’m branding a new sports bar that will be like the next hooters. I have great clientele from a music group called Lake Shore to a young lady on the rise called Tyomi Morgan. Everything is progressing and a large amount of that is due to the Marine Corps and its core values, leadership traits and principles. Keeping those in mind will make anyone who applies them successful. Are there any tips that you can give other service members about life, military, or business? The only tips I can give are to follow your heart and treat everyone with respect. Nothing can go wrong when you keep those two things in mind. For me, I know the Marine Corps values will lead to my overall success. I will not list them all, but Google Marine Corps “Core Values, Leadership Traits, and Principles.” Those three things will aid in my ability to focus and do the right thing when no one is looking. I would also suggest more people talk to one another and figure out what everyone does for a living. Make the world even smaller. If you’re sitting on a bus next to someone, a train, or a plane start a conversation. You never know who will be able to help you or give you

that opportunity. It has worked for me across the board. I could go on and on about success and the tricks of the trade and what works for me, but I don’t know if the magazine has enough pages for that! Who knows, maybe I’ll give a seminar or write a book that can be downloaded for free? One day…I think. *For more information on MarkAnthony’s company go to www. or visit them at www. | 21


Holiday Stress Submitted by the Family Advocacy Program

Although the holidays are a time to celebrate and spend time with those we love. However, with all of those special times also comes a mound of stress. There is the Christmas shopping, limited budgets, special dinners, special holiday functions and parties, new outfits to wear, travel plans, decorations, and so much more. The additional tasks and events squeezed into your schedule just compound the S-T-R-E-S-S in our already hectic lives. Here are a few tips to manage your stress more effectively! • Set Realistic Expectations. Don’t try to buy or get everything for the kids. Time together is a precious gift. • Prioritize. Make a list of all the things you need to do. Handle the “big rocks” first and don’t “sweat the small stuff.” • Just Say “No”. If you have a tendency to take on too much, learn to say no. Real friends and loved ones will understand. • Start a new tradition. Become the curator for your family’s memories. If

your family has outgrown some of the old traditions, start a new one. Get the ideas from the family as to what they really would rather do. • Set a budget and stick to it. Plan for an increase in spending if meals, gifts, and entertainment are part of your holiday. • Set differences aside. Try to enjoy the time and feeling of togetherness and save any potentially heated discussions for another time. If necessary, limit the visit-“short and sweet.” • Be a kid again. Play. Don’t forget to have fun, enjoy the scenery. Laugh. • Get plenty of rest and exercise. Keep your energy level up by getting enough sleep and exercise. • Get emotional support. Reach out to friends or family who can provide emotional support. This is especially helpful when you’re apart from a loved one or lost a love one.

• Empathize. Remember that others are dealing with stress and pressures. • Get Involved. There are many organizations and events that you could volunteer with to help you through these days by helping others. • Remember that families come in all shapes and sizes. There is no perfect family. Don’t try to make yours perfect or get upset that you don’t have one. Look for the good! Take time to write down what you appreciate about your family. For more information about how to manage your holiday stress, contact Army Community Service at; www.; or call (706) 791-3579. Classes are available on financial management, consumer tips, stress management and much more! You can also visit Military One Source at User ID Military; Password: OneSource or call (1 800) 342-9647.

Thank you to all who participated in our World Digital Move survey! A special congratulations to PO2 Timothy Jensen! Timothy won the Google Nexus 7 tablet. We hope you enjoy! The survey was designed to assess our readers online reading habits and boy are you serious internet users! The majority of you are not only computer savvy, but regular techies - laptops, smartphones and tablets, oh my! Nearly three-quarters of those who responded say they already do read the FYI online or plan to do so. And what a loyal bunch of readers; thank you for all your kind words of support and encouragement - it means a lot to us.

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Rebuilding The Holidays Arial Marsh, Staff Writer

All it takes is a quick peek inside any store to realize that the plastic opulence of the holidays has once again crept out of the cardboard storage boxes to bombard us with enough pumpkin scented candles and glittery decorations to make Paula Dean squirm. But is that it? Has this time of the year been degraded to nothing more than a corporate shopping spree, where all the commercials are for shiny toys for the kids and giant blow up Snowman dolls are gracing every yard? To my kindred spirits, I offer you the solution to this repetitive cycle of ‘purple and orange, orange and red, red and green, silver and gold’ that has come to

represent the months of fall and winter. Simple changes to your home can bring in the warmth of the season, without breaking the bank with too many visits to Pier 1. A few pine cones on the table or the Pinecone Christmas Tree craft can bring in the natural essence of winter – especially when paired with a simple room spray or candle and a warm colored blanket on your sofa. Natural not your thing? Stop by the Fort Gordon Thrift Store and pick up a decorative plate or two, spray with metallic paint, and embellish your table with a tasteful, elegant,

and shockingly inexpensive platter. Or pick up a few of the many decorations they have, and personalize them with your own special touch. There is no need to go huge, and for those of you in the Barracks, that isn’t even an option; keep it simple, keep it you, be resourceful and break away from the generic lighted Rudolf to make your home – or temporary abode – a warm and cheery haven. Some curtains on the windows, a tassel tied to the doorknob, or a pretty wreath on the door to greet you when you come home are subtle ways to invite the Holidays into your life without being drowned in velvet and satin. | 23

Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft When making a pinecone Christmas tree you can go about it a few different ways. If you want a fuller looking tree, follow the below directions. 1.

Gather the following: • Pinecones (30-70 depending on the size of the tree and pinecones) • Hot glue gun • Cardboard (for the base of your tree) • Decorations you would like to use for your tree (garland, berries, ribbon, greenery, glitter, etc.) • Topper (angle or star are good choices)


Prepare your pinecones if needed. Some people like to put them in the oven for a little bit to melt the sap; this gives the pinecones an added shinny look. Putting them in the oven will also open any pinecones that are closed and kill any bug that may be in them. Put a layer of tinfoil over your cookie sheet, and then add your pinecones. Put them in the oven at 200˚ for about 25 minutes. You can also soak them in soapy water or bleach water for a half an hour to remove the sap and any bugs.


Paint your pinecones if desired. Spray paint works the best. Spray on many thin coats, being careful not to get too much on at one time. Painting layers to thick can end up with a lumpy look.

4. Cut out a circle of cardboard for the bottom of your tree. This will help determine how big your tree will be. If you don’t have any cardboard or anything else to help for a base, that’s ok. The cardboard will help with holding the bottom layer together, but it should still be fairly stable without it. The cardboard also helps protect the surfaces you will put your tree on. 5.

Start making the base for your tree by putting together a bottom layer of pinecones. Put their widest ends on the cardboard while interlocking their sides and securing them with a hot glue gun. Use your largest pinecones for the bottom layers.

6. Then make a smaller circle of pinecones to go on top of your bottom layer, and then glue them together. Continue this process until you have one pinecone for the top of your tree. Use the better looking pinecones on the outside of your circle, since the middle ones will not be seen. It also might be helpful the pick out the perfect pinecone for the top of the tree and set it aside. 7.

After all your layers of your tree are glued together; go back over your tree looking for any gaps that might need a little help. Some of them you will be able to fix up with a smaller pinecone.


If you painted your pinecones previously, now is a good time to go over your tree and touch up any areas that need some more paint.

9. Another fun way to paint your tree is to sponge a little bit of paint on the tips of your tree. White is commonly used to give the effect of snow. 10. After completing any sort of paint you would like to do, it is time to add any decorations that you will wrap around your tree. Source:

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Ms. Di’s Peanut Butter Cookies Bake: 375˚ Makes about 2-dozen small cookies Now that your living space is spruced up with a handful of seasonal touches, why not throw a party? Be it with your friends, your family, or even a casual get together with your coworkers, this season is famous for bringing people together. It doesn’t have to be big, covered in glitz − and you don’t even have to buy a ham! This time is about giving thanks for what you have and for the people in your life – not having four different entrées drizzled in glaze. What you need is simple; food, friends, and some entertainment. You might think that deli ham, green onions, and cream cheese have nothing in common, but when spread and rolled up, cut into little pieces, and towered on a plate, these delightfully different snacks make for a quick (and cheap!) finger food. And what goes best with food? Fun! As anyone who has glanced into GameStop knows, Black Ops II came out in November and what could be more entertaining than slaughtering virtual zombies with your buddies? Make it a real challenge by making the lowest scoring player pay out for pizza. Or you can always stick to a more traditional route and play a game of Cranium or Balderdash, both guaranteed to entertain and challenge whoever dares to compete. Another fun and pain free activity? The time tested favorite of Charades, but no more will you be acting out the generic ‘horse’ or ‘sleeping dogs lie’ – but instead try portraying your favorite movie, actor, or historical event. It might sound difficult, but in this version you do get to talk! Quote a line, copy an accent; just don’t give away the answer! Perhaps you are taking a road trip to visit family? If the endless hours in the car give you cabin fever, play a mentally challenging and interactive game as you drive. The ‘Name Game’ is a versatile and universally entertaining way to pass the time whether you are on your way to Grandma’s or enjoying a football game with your friends. To play, one participant says the name of a celebrity, historical figure, character, or other well known person. For example, “Harry Potter,” the next might respond with “Princess Diana,” followed by “Dr. Evil,” and “Emma Roberts,” each name beginning with the letter the last name began with. When the first and last name start with the same letter, the direction of the circle is reversed. This can go on for hours, and the only way to get kicked out is to use a name someone said previously or skip over three times. Want to make it more interesting? Include the option of band names! The miles will fly by as you battle your way to victory. For a holiday twist, add in names like Kris Kringle, Ice Christmas, Shepherd Boy, and more!

½ C. Sugar

½ C. Butter

½ C. Peanut Butter

½ C. Brown Sugar

One egg

½ Tsp. Vanilla

1 ¼ C. Flour

¾ Tsp. Baking Soda

¼ Tsp. Salt

Cream first six ingredients; gradually add flour, baking soda, and salt. Batter will be slightly sticky and able to mold. Roll dough into gumball sized spheres. In small dish, put 4 tbs. of sugar and roll the balls in it until covered. Place cookies onto baking stone (or slightly greased cookie sheet.) With a fork, make small impressions on the cookies so that they are semi flattened. (The kids will love doing this with you! Just make sure no one sneaks a dough ball!) For extra yumminess, feel free to add butterscotch bits, mini chocolate kisses, and crushed nuts when creaming the first ingredients, or spread Nuttella in the place of icing over the cookies once they have cooled. Another great tip? Double (or Triple!) this recipe to give as a gift! A small disposable plate, a dozen cookies, and some festive tissue paper used as wrapping makes a wonderful – and homemade – surprise! Or, forgo the balls, break out your favorite cookie cutter, and make custom cookies. *Cookies will keep in sealed container for about 5-7 days. For softer cookies, add a few tbs. of extra flour and bake for the lowest time frame. For crunchy cookies, thoroughly bake and allow to cool on a rack.

Whatever it is you choose to do, keep in mind that there are countless ways to embrace the holidays even if you choose to avoid the traditional festivities and celebrations. Giving your resources or time to someone who is struggling, volunteering at the Christmas House, bringing a few goodies to those staying or working at DDEAMC, taking your spouse out for a day in the mountains, or even baking yourself and your neighbor a batch of Peanut Butter Cookies are genuine expressions of the true center of the season, showing you care. | 25

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*Swap And Assist Shop (Reopening Jan. 10) 706-791-3579 Hours of Operation: Thu. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. *Denotes special Fort Gordon programs pioneered at Fort Gordon. Swap and Assist The Swap and Assist facility will be closed for the holiday as of 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012 and will reopen on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. Surviving Unemployment during the Holiday Season Unemployment is never fun at any time of the year. However, it can be even more stressful during the holidays. Below is a list of options to make the most of your situation: • Complete an honest critique and appraisal of your resume. • Ensure your resume skills match the job applying for. • Volunteer – this will provide a great opportunity to network. • Apply at retail companies – Most retail companies hire extra staff In support of the holiday season. • Seek assistance from a professional. Army Community Service, Army Alumni Assistance Program and Department of Labor offer resume and job assistance service. • Call (706) 791-7878 for more info. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


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CYSS Sports Bldg. 45410, 46th St. 706-791-5104 CYSS Youth Program: Holidays around the World December 14, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Bldg. 45410 CYSS youth members in grades 6–12 and YP staff members invite the entire Fort Gordon community to learn how other countries celebrate the holidays. A variety of countries will display decorations and present visitors with a short story on how they celebrate the holidays. Come and receive a little gift from each table. Door prizes, games, and activities for the entire family! For more information on the Youth Program, contact Darrell Butler, YP Director at 706791-7575/6500. For registration information, call Parent Central Services at 706-791-4722.

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COMMUNITY SERVICES cont. Registration is FREE for All CYSS Patrons!

CYSS would like to encourage all parents to register their children and take advantage of the wonderful programs that we offer to our Military Families. Please contact Parent Central Services at 706-7914722 or visit us at Building 28320, Lane Avenue for more information. Our office hours are MondayFriday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. On Wednesdays we have extended hours and are open until 7 p.m. Come by and see us! We are committed to providing quality childcare and youth service programs to the Fort Gordon Military Community through a seamless system of programs and services: • Child Development Centers/Pre-K • Family Child Care • Parent and Outreach Services • SKIES Unlimited Program CYSS School Liaison Services: Winter Break is Here!

• Parent Central Services

Aiken County Public School District Last day of class, December 21 Return from winter recess, January 7, 2013

• Childcare for FRGs or Unit functions

Columbia County School System Last day of class, December 21 Return from winter recess, January 8, 2013 Richmond County School System Last day of class, December 18 Return from winter recess, January 3, 2013 For more information, please contact School Liaison Services at 706-791-7270/4168. School Age Center December 14, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Bldg. 45410

• Parents’ Day / Night Out • Kids on Site • School Age Center • School Liaison Officer • Youth Services - Middle School & Teen • Youth Sports

Before- and After-School Care has openings! The SAC program offers camp during Winter Break from Dec. 19, 2012 - Jan. 04, 2013! There will be several field trips happening during the winter break. A wide variety of activities are offered to include arts and crafts, cooking,

science, homework assistance, technology lab, community service projects, character building, cultural awareness, mentoring and intervention programs, 4-H and Boys and Girls Club, field trips, special events; just to name a few!

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COMMUNITY SERVICES cont. trees. Every ton of office paper recycled is the equivalent of 24 trees. • When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved. • Brutal wars over natural resources, including timber and minerals, have killed or displaced more than 20 million people and are raising at least $12 billion a year for rebels, warlords, and repressive governments. Recycling eases the demand for the resources.

• It is important to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Recycling helps us do that by saving energy. • Manufacturing with recycled materials, with very few exceptions, saves energy and water and produces less air and water pollution than manufacturing with virgin materials.

Bldg. 997, 10th St. and Chamberlain Ave. 706-791-7881 The Green Corner: Recycling Benefits: The many reasons why In our last article we pointed out some of the economical benefits to recycling, as promised here are some of the Environmental benefits; information supplied by: National Recycling Coalition • Recycling and composting diverted nearly 70 million tons of material away from landfills and incinerators in 2000, up from 34 million tons in 1990-doubling in just 10 years. • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees. • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a light bulb for four hours.

• It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%, recycled newspaper 40%, recycled plastics 70%, and recycled glass 40%. These savings far outweigh the energy created as by-products of incineration and land filling. • In 2000, recycling resulted in an annual energy savings equal to the amount of energy used in 6 million homes (over 660 trillion BTUs). In 2005, recycling saved the amount of energy used in 9 million homes (900 trillion BTUs). • A national recycling rate of 30% reduces greenhouse gas emissions as much as removing nearly 25 million cars from the road. • Recycling conserves natural resources, such as timber, water, and minerals.

• Recycling benefits the air and water by creating a net reduction in ten major categories of air pollutants and eight major categories of water pollutants.

• Every bit of recycling makes a difference. For example, one year of recycling on just one college campus, Stanford University, saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.

• In the U.S., processing minerals contributes almost half of all reported toxic emissions from industry, sending 1.5 million tons of pollution into the air and water each year. Recycling can significantly reduce these emissions.

• Recycled paper supplies more than 37% of the raw materials used to make new paper products in the U.S. Without recycling, this material would come from trees. Every ton of newsprint or mixed paper recycled is the equivalent of 12

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• Mining is the world’s most deadly occupation. On average, 40 mine workers are killed on the job each day, and many more are injured. Recycling reduces the need for mining. • Tree farms and reclaimed mines are not ecologically equivalent to natural forests and ecosystems. • Recycling prevents habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion associated with logging and mining. Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Paul Henri, Manager 706-831-3409 (cell) <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Bldg. 29300, 30th St. 706-791-2390 For information on prices and services, visit Hours of Operation: Full Service Drop-Off: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Sat., Sun., and Holidays Self Help: Wed. - Fri. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Clean-Up Starts One Hour Prior to Closing. There are no signing - in of vehicles during the last hour of business. A Shop Safety Card is required for all self help customers. To obtain a safety card you must attend the Safety Orientation Class which is available during regular shop hours. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

CONFERENCE AND CATERING SERVICES Corporate Catering: Our knowledgeable staff will help you to plan your next catered meeting or office party. From working breakfasts to lunch buffets to corporate picnics and holiday parties, we can help make your corporate gatherings successful. We offer special deliveries at any time in a timely manner. Our courteous, knowledgeable associates help ease the stress of meeting planning.

Weddings: Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life. Let the wedding experts of Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering Conference help you create the affair of the lifetime with our creative cuisine, fine wines, and professional service. From locating the perfect venue, to creating the wedding menu, we can help you do it all. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Bldg. 18402, 19th St. 706-791-6780/2205 | 706-793-7636 After Duty Hours: 706-339-0827 Catering Hours: Available for catering 7 days a week. Booking Hours: Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. No appt. needed Mon-Fri: After 5 p.m. By appt. only Sat and Sun: By appt. only Location: Bldg. 18402, 19th St., Phone: 706-791-6780 Fax: 706-793-7414 Caterers: Jeff Starcher and Janice Ivey Our professional staff has catered hundreds of wedding receptions and other special events over the years. We are a full service catering facility that can provide a variety of services for any special event. Creative and flexible are the cornerstones of our success. Provide us with your needs and budget and we can make this a memorable event for you and your guests. Delivery Services: We provide delivery services. For prices please check with our caterer. Equipment: State-of-the-art audio/visual equipment for playing dinner music, and top of the range catering equipment available. Facility: Our rooms will accommodate up to 550 seated guests and up to 700 standing guests. We offer two recently renovated grand ball rooms with large dance floors. Holiday Parties: The holidays are a great time to celebrate a year of hard work with your staff or to have an intimate dinner with friends in one of the most modern facilities around. Special Occasions: Celebrating a milestone? Retirement, birthday, wedding or just feel like celebrating? Call Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference and Catering! We can bring the party to any special event location. Our delectable cuisine and exceptional service have made us the choice of CSRA catering services! | 31


-Conference Center-

Lake Thurmond 6703 Washington Rd., Appling, GA 30802 706-541-1057 Catering & Conference Center Bookings: Janice Ivey 706-791-6780/2205

Leitner Lake -Conference Center-

Located about 1.5 miles down Gibson Rd. from Range Rd. (Full map and directions on Catering & Conference Center Bookings: Janice Ivey 706-791-6780/2205 Conference Center Sales: Jeffrey Starcher 706-840-8399 Located on the serene Leitner Lake and minutes from the heart of Fort Gordon, this breathtaking new facility offers multi-functional accommodations with seating for 100 guests. The spacious deck overlooks the water, an ideal setting for pre-function receptions. Adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area ensures

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perfect ambience for every event. Tables and chairs are included with your room rental, and a nearly limitless array of room layouts can be arranged to suit your event’s every need. Leitner Lake Conference Center offers a caterer for your special events located on Fort Gordon. Gordon’s Conference & Catering Center’s most popular items are available at a reasonable cost. If you prefer to customize a menu, the catering staff will be happy to work with you. Guests at Leitner Lake Conference Center may select independent caterers for their events at an additional fee. We look forward to making your special event a memorable occasion. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you! Events • Weddings • Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners • Retreats • Team Building • Reunions • Themed Events • Luncheons • Showers • Casual Events • Conventions • Birthday Parties • Retirement Parties • Anniversary • Graduation Parties • Bar/Bat Mitzvahs • Business Meetings • Hail & Farewells • Company or Unit Gatherings <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Schedule a viewing: Jenna Parker 706-541-1057 The holidays are full of traditions; gathering with friends and family, creating priceless memories, laughter, and of course indulging in delicious homemade foods. The Conference Center at Pointes West Army Resort has everything you need for your next holiday gathering! Located on a beautiful point overlooking Clarks Hill Lake, our rustic 4,000 square foot conference center has distinctive charm and a laidback atmosphere. To accommodate our patrons, the conference center offers seating for 120 guests, two flatscreen TVs, and a full commercial kitchen. Outdoors, enjoy our comfy cushioned furniture on the patio as you take in the relaxing views and peaceful atmosphere. Let Pointes West Army Resort make your holiday gathering unforgettable! For more information, to view or to reserve the conference center, contact Jenna Parker at 706-541-1057. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


Sandwiches, grill & snacks Bldg. 537, Range Rd. Weekday Hours: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Weekend Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Phone: 706-791-2433 (ext. 4)

Pick-up, Delivery or Dine-In Pizza In Alternate Escapes Recreation Center Bldg. 25722, B St. Sun.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-12 midnight Phone: 706-863-6211

Lunch buffet, sandwiches, hot dishes & more Bldg. 18402, 19th St. Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Phone: 706-791-6780

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 267 Avenue of the States 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week Phone: 706-798-3722 TM

Grill, snacks, smoothies & coffee In Alternate Escapes Recreation Center Bldg. 25722, B St. Mon.-Thu.: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Phone: 706-791-0785


Specializing in coffee & smoothies In Signal Towers Bldg. 29808, 506 Chamberlain Ave. Mon.-Fri.: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.



Snacks, coffee & smoothies Bldg. MWR-023, Chamberlain Ave. Mon.-Thu.: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. & Sat.: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Phone: 706-787-3803 Grill, burgers & more In Gordon Lanes Bowling Center Bldg. 33200, 3rd Ave. Sun.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat.: 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Phone: 706-771-6907 Chinese food At the Bus Station Bldg. 36000, 3rd Ave. Sun.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Phone: 706-792-9774

Breakfast & lunch - daily specials In Darling Hall Bldg. 33720, Chamberlain Ave. Mon.-Fri.: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: 706-790-5505

Mexican food In The Courtyard Bldg. 36708, Brainard Ave. Sun.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Delivery Available (Mon.-Sat.: 5-9 p.m.) Phone: 706-910-1044

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Bldg. 36200, 36th St. 706-771-0089 BLUE MAN GROUP - Now More Wow! Blue Man Group has taken their indescribable live celebration of art, technology, and music to a whole new level. Forget what you know – that was then, this is WOW! Military Discount: $44 Adult Tickets. Call Aladdin Travel for more information. Disney Military Salute Promotion Promotion has been extended to September 2013! Call Aladdin Travel for details.

Bldg. 25722, B St. 706-791-0785

Courtyard Outdoor Pool: Bldg. 36707, Brainard Ave. 706-791-8053

DJ – Every Friday night 7-10 p.m. Jukebox with all the new releases!

Indoor Pool: Bldg. 21608, Barnes Ave. 706-791-3034

Guitar Hero – Two guitars, microphone, three song disks. Play every day!

Courtyard Outdoor Pool is closed for the season, and will re-open in May, 2013

X-box 360 – Many games to choose from, four controllers available, sign-up required.

Indoor Pool Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 6 a.m.-1 p.m. & 4-6:30 p.m.

10 Large screen TVs with satellite!

Universal Orlando’s Military Salute FREE 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket! Valid for Active Duty or Retired Military with a valid military photo ID.

Movies – Everyday, all day long. Choose from over 150 movies, including new releases! Wednesdays – ladies choice, chickflick and action movies.

Take advantage of this special limited time offer! Call Aladdin Travel for details.

Eat at the Java Escape – Hot wings, chicken tenders, club sandwich, BBQ and our HUGE fish sandwich with side and a drink!

Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed on all major and government holidays.

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BOSS Headquarters Bldg. 19730, Barnes Ave. 706-791-3025 BOSS Block Party (Date TBA) For more information: Call: 706-791-4040 Email: Visit: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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SPORTS, RECREATION & LEISURE cont. Big Fish Pot, $100 awarded to first place; $50 to second place.

Bldg. 32100, 3rd Ave. 706-793-8552 Upcoming Shows: Harvey, by Mary Chase Show Dates: Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17, 30 & Dec. 1 When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-halffoot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! This laugh-filled Pulitzer Prize winning comedy is an all-time classic! A celebrated success... Full of charm and hilarity, this play has become one of the most successful and popular plays ever produced on Broadway or off! For more shows and upcomming auditions, please visit

Hunter Education Course Online Review course: December 12, 6-8 p.m. at the EAMC 1st floor auditorium. Hunters wishing to hunt on Fort Gordon must have a valid Hunter Safety Card. The online training is available at The course is free of charge and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended at www. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

You can now make tee times online For tee times, email: • • • Tee times are taken four days in advance. 706-791-2556 Rent kayaks, canoes and bikes through Tactical Advantage Sportsman’s Complex at Range 14. (706) 791-5078. For more information on any Get Outdoors Gordon activity, call (706) 791-2556, or email <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<



FITNESS CENTER Bldg. 00445, Carter Rd. 706-791-5078 Pistol and Rifle Range Hours December 1 and 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., Thu. and Fri.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $9 per person, $4 FGSC members and $2 for persons under the age of 16. Bass Fishing Tournament at Butler Reservoir December 9, 8 a.m.−2 p.m. Open to all ID cardholders and members of the public with a Fort Gordon fishing license guest permit (available at registration). $20 per person, $10 FGSC members with a $5

Bldg. 537, Range Rd. 706-791-2433

Bldg. 29607, Barnes Ave. 706-791-2647 Massage Therapy at Gordon Fitness Center and Gym 6 • Therapeutic Back Massage • Relaxation Massage • Wednesday Special • Spa Treatments Call for prices and times Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri.: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. & Holidays: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day December 24 and 25 On behalf of all the staff members here at Gordon Lakes Golf Club, we wish everyone a safe and Holiday Season! Gordon Lakes Golf Club will be open on Christmas Eve. The golf club hours will be from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. We ask that all carts and pull carts be returned to the cart barn by 4 p.m., thus giving all employees a chance to be with their families. Gordon Lakes Golf Club will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas. We will be back open for our normal business hours on Wednesday, December 26. New Years Eve and New Years Day December 31 and January 1, 2013 Gordon Lakes Golf Club will be open on New Years Eve and New Years Day! We will be open for normal operating hours both days! Call to schedule your tee time today! Reservations for 2013 Golf Tournaments The time to set up your 2013 spring golf tournaments is now! Golf tournaments average 90 a year − Fridays and Saturdays go fast! Please contact Bill Fumai at (706) 7912433 to book your event up today! Golf Shop Merchandise Be on the look-out for new arrivals in the Pro Shop! New College School golf bags are now here! Great items from Ahead Golf, Divots, Sun Mountain Sports, Nike Golf and Taylor Made for the winter! Don’t forget: Need a special gift for the upcoming holiday season? We do special orders as well! Special orders take 7-10 business days to process! | 35

SPORTS, RECREATION & LEISURE cont. Golf Memberships Come join one of the best golf courses in the CSRA (The Augusta Chronicle, July 10) and the #1 Army golf course voted by the PGA of America. With great membership pricing available, now is the perfect time to become a member! Members receive special offers on range balls, cart rides and merchandise, as well as discounted green fees, cart fees, tournament entry fees and assistance in securing preferential tee times. Enjoy the latest technology with our new Visage GPS system: exact yardage to the pin, hole by hole playing tips and food and beverages orders from anywhere on the course! Come join the elite group of members of the only 27-hole Robert Trent Jones Sr. design in Augusta that is open to the public! Hook a Soldier on Golf Program The program runs every Saturday morning starting Saturday, March 9, 2013. Enjoy a free hour of golf instruction on the driving range. The clinic runs from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. PGA instructor Dallas Cooke and the Gordon Lakes staff will be available on the range to assist all Active Duty Service Members, Retirees and their families. Range balls and golf clubs are provided − just show up! Gordon Lakes CSRA Lady Members The CSRA Women’s Golf Association completed their 50th year of competition. For the second year, the Overall Champions

were the Gordon Lakes Ladies Golf Team. Team play is yearlong event during which the CSRA WGA member clubs play three-team, four-ball matches against the other clubs. The Gordon Lakes Ladies Golf Team affiliates with the local CSRA. The team is open to civilians and military alike − ladies of all skill levels are encouraged to compete in various tournaments on local public and private courses in the area at modest rates. The Fort Gordon Lakes Ladies Golf Team plays every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. and welcomes lady golfers to join for fun and competition. Masters Week Tee Times Masters Week is April 8-14. Gordon Lakes Golf Club will be accepting tee times for Masters Week starting January 1, 2013. Tee times fill up quickly; don’t miss out on a great week of golf! Watch for information about our 2013 Masters Monday PGA Tour Star − details will be announced closer to the time. Golf Lessons Now is the perfect time to take some golf lessons from our PGA Instructor Dallas Cooke. Dallas is PGA certified and has been teaching the game of golf for over ten years. Individual Lesson:................................... $40 3-Series Lesson Package:........................ $100 5-Series Lesson Package:........................ $150 All lessons are 45 minutes. To sign up, call Dallas at 706-831-4654

2013 Masters Week Pricing at Gordon Lakes E1-E5: $35 Monday-Thursday $40 Friday-Saturday-Sunday After 2 p.m. – $30

Guests of Authorized Patrons (Mil-DOD): $70 Monday-Thursday $75 Friday-Saturday-Sunday After 2 p.m. – $55

E6-Above DOD: $50 Monday-Thursday $55 Friday-Saturday-Sunday After 2 p.m. – $ 45

Civilians: $90 Monday-Thursday $100 Friday-Saturday-Sunday After 2 p.m. – $75

Columbia County & Richmond County Residents: $50 Monday-Thursday $55 Friday-Saturday-Sunday After 2 p.m. – $ 45

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• Call Pro Shop at 706-791-2433 ext. 2 for tee times • Above prices include Greens Fees and Cart Fees • Rates drop $10 after 4:30 p.m. • Replays are $30 per person • Carts are mandatory daily till 4:30 p.m. • Secure ALL tee times with credit card

Gordon Lakes Senior Dogfight Tuesdays and Thursdays Must be 55 or older to be a member – valid handicap required. For more information, please visit the website: SeniorDogFight.htm Please check our information center in the clubhouse for upcoming tournaments and events.

Bogey’s Grill Hours Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun.: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thu.: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.: 6:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Tee times: 706-791-2433 (ext. 2), 706-791-6854 or 706-791-5796 Weather permitting <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Bldg. 33200, 3rd Ave. 706-791-3446 This Month at Gordon Lanes! • School Break Special December 20, 21 and 25-28. Three games and shoes, $8 per person. • Christmas Eve 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: $1 per game! $1 shoe rental, $1 Hot Dogs, $1 sodas and $1 French Fries. Drop the kids off while you cook or shop! • New Years Eve Party 8 p.m., December 31st to 1 a.m., January 1. Unlimited bowling; party favors for all; breakfast at midnight and a Champagne toast (non-alcoholic.) Over $1,000 in door prizes to be given away; bowling balls, bowling shoes; bowling bags! Adults, $21.95; kids 10 and younger, $12.95 and non-bowlers, $10.95. Join us for this wonderful family tradition! • Dollar Days Every Monday in November, 1-11 p.m. $1 per game; $1 shoe rental; $1 hotdogs; $1 sodas and $1 French fries. • Xtreme Cosmic Bowling

SPORTS, RECREATION & LEISURE cont. Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. • Bowlopolis Birthday Parties You supply the kids and the cake; we do the rest! • Wild Wednesdays 5-11 p.m. $1.50 per game and $1.50 shoe rental. Plan your next bowling party at Gordon Lanes • Birthday Parties • Church Groups • Military Functions • Family Reunions If it’s NOT listed above, we probably can do that too! We welcome groups from 10-150.

Single Day Youth Horse Camps December 26, 27, 28 & January 2 We welcome youth ages 7-13. Please call two weeks in advance for reservation. Facility Rental Hilltop offers a unique and beautiful location for your office gatherings, birthday parties, reunions and more! Call and discover how we can help you! Holiday Gift Certificates Now on sale! Stop by to pick up yours today.

At Lake Thurmond P.O. Box 67, Appling, GA 30802 706-541-1057

Full line Snack Bar • Bar • Pro Shop • Arcade Games

Riding Lessons Slots are available for Wednesdays and Fridays. Age 7 and up. Call during business hours for more information

Gordon Lanes Pro Shop Massive inventory close out! Sale, sale, sale! (Ends January 15, 2013)

Pony Rides Available for either a half hour or a full hour session − for children ages 0-6 years old.

Kegler’s Bar Check Out Our New 80” Flat Screen TV

Family Fun Days December 21, 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.

18 TVs – great atmosphere – friendly staff – your favorite beverages

Trail rides, age 7 and up. Child pay full price and parent pays half price!

If you haven’t been to Kegler’s Bar in a while, it’s time to come in with friends and unwind.

Please arrive 40 minutes before the ride time. All rides go out at appointed times.

Kegler’s Café Great food at a fair price!

Boarding $300 per month – openings available

24-Number Bingo Great entertainment! Win up to $4,000!

Trail Day Use Sun.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For privately owned horses. $10 per day, per horse with Coggins.

The Alpine Tower II is a thrilling way to test the strength and courage of your group members. The course starts with a slight and gradual incline and challenges each individual’s strength and trust.

Open Riding No reservations required for weekend riding − first come, first served. See our web site for riding times.

Pointes West Confidence Courses are great for unit functions, birthday parties, or corporate team building.

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Week day riding is at 11 a.m. with a 24-hour reservation.

Bldg. 509, N. Range Rd. 706-791-4864 Closed for the Holidays Hilltop Riding Stables will be closed December 24, 25 and 31 for the holidays. We will reopen for business December 26 and January 2 at 9 a.m. for regular programming.

Do You Have What it Takes? Are you ready for a challenge? Pointes West Army Resort has your next adventure! The High Ropes Confidence Courses at Pointes West include a variety of obstacles high above the ground that will test you physically as well as mentally. The Odyssey II course is a great team building apparatus. The climb up the initial rope netting will definitely set your mind for the course to come. A facilitator will design a program that caters specifically to your group’s needs. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will end with an exhilarating zip line ride down; each team member will have a boost in confidence and a high sense of accomplishment.

• The confidence course is geared for groups only.

Please arrive 40 minutes before the ride time.

• Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.

Youth Horse Camp Reservation book is now open for fall, winter, spring and summer 2012/2013.

• Confidence courses will be made available for groups up to 24 participants.

Hilltop Riding Stable’s 2012/13 event calendars are out. Come by to pick one up. • 100% ID check with all equine activities • Closed shoes are required for all equine activities • This facility will close with the heat index at 101˚F, or at times of thunder and lightning.

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Bldg. 33500, Rice Rd. 706-791-7323 FREE REFERENCE/RESEARCH CLASSES To sign up, call 706-791-2449 or email David White at •

Woodworth Library Catalog (GLIS) December 3 and 12 Find Books, DVDs, Music CDs and more.

Transparent Language Online December 4 and 13 Comprehensive language-learning program that includes 48 languages and English as a second language. Accessible from the Byki Mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices. Registration is required.

U.S. History in Context December 5 and 18 Find journal articles, reference books, and images, also hear voices from the past.

E-Book Readers Demo December 6 and 17 (Additional class available 6-6:30 p.m.) Come learn how to download E-books from AKO for your Nook or Kindle.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context December 10 and 20 Complete source for information on social issues, including articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and fulltext magazine and newspaper articles. HeritageQuest Online December 11 and 19 Unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s.

Class times: 12-12:30 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m. After School Story Time* Tuesday, December 11, 4-5 p.m. Join us for stories and crafts for school-age children (5-11 yrs.) Pre-School Story Hour: Pop Open a Good Book!* Every Wednesday thru 10 April 2013, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.,

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Dear Parents: Pop open a good book with us! Woodworth Consolidated Library warmly welcomes you and your children to participate in our Pre-school Story Hour. A series of fun and encouraging educational activities are planned for children ages 2-5. Please join us in motivating our newest readers! Celebrate National Cookie and Hot Chocolate Day! Tuesday, December 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Help yourself to free cookies and hot chocolate at the Woodworth Consolidated Library! Books Around Town Book Club* Wednesday, December 5, 6 p.m.-until Let’s go restaurant hopping and read a book while we do it! Contact the Woodworth Library to reserve your spot and find out the meeting location! The book selection for December 5 is Black List by Brad Thor! Woodworth Consolidated Library Art Show!* January 2-February 28, 2013 Show off your talent! Submissions will be accepted in all mediums from December 3 January 12.

All ages welcome. Submission forms are available at the Library and on our website. The library will be closed December 21 January 1 for Block Leave. Music in the Library Enjoy music in the library and learn more about different genres and points of interest in history. Check out books, CDs, or downloads for all your favorites! This month the library will feature Classical! eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMovies and eMusic Download your favorites free by registering with your I.D. card at the library, and then create a My Account at: http://mylibraryus. Login: to your ‘My Account’ and select ‘Free Downloads’. Find event flyers, online catalog, how-to guides, and more at the Library’s website: mil/library

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Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR) Rm. 382, Bldg. 33720 Chamberlain Ave. 706-791-4140

Army Volunteer Corps Rm. 169, Bldg. 33720 Chamberlain Ave. 706-791-3880


FYI Advertising Sales Rm. 337, Bldg. 33720 Chamberlain Ave. 706-791-3912 ...............................................................................

FYI Creative Director 706-791-3218 ...............................................................................

FYI Editorial 706-791-6234 ...............................................................................

For a complete list of DFMWR key personnel, visit


Commissary Bldg. 37200, 3rd Ave. By-Pass 706-791-3718



Fort Gordon Bus Company Bldg. 36200, 36th St. 706-793-0026 ...............................................................................


Fort Gordon Housing Office 706-791-5116/7067/9658

Information about upcoming events are available through our free and easy texting service.


Fort Gordon Community Credit Union Bldg. 36305, Avenue of the States 706-793-0012

Text “MWR” to 70720 to subscribe!


leisure services: ...............................................................................

Carlson Wagonlit Travel – Official Travel Rm. 117, Bldg. 33720 Chamberlain Ave. 706-798-0990

Sports & Fitness services: ...............................................................................

Gym #3 Bldg. 25510, Brainard Ave. 706-791-2864


Gym #5 Bldg. 25713, 27th St. 706-791-7370


Gym #6 – Fitness Center Bldg. 21713, 21st St. 706-791-2947


Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Bldg. 29719, Barnes Ave. 706-791-1142

ID Card Section/DEERS Office Appointments available by phone Darling Hall, Bldg. 33720 706- 791-1927/1930 ...............................................................................

Fort Gordon MWR:

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Military Police Station 706-791-4380/4537


Fort Gordon Garrison Town Hall Meetings:

NAF Civilian Personnel Office 706-791-6382 ...............................................................................

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate 706-791-3148 ...............................................................................

Post Information 706-791-0110 ...............................................................................

Public Affairs Office (PAO) Bldg. 29801, Nelson Hall, 520 Chamberlain Ave. 706-791-7003 ...............................................................................

PX Bldg. 38200 706-793-7171 ...............................................................................

Signal Museum Signal Towers, Bldg. 29808 Chamberlain Ave. 706-791-3856 ...............................................................................

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Interview with

Major General

Patterson Jerry Swain, MWR Special Events Coordinator

Major General LaWarren V. Patterson assumed command of the U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon on July 25 of 2012. Prior to his current post, General Patterson served as Commanding General of the 7th Signal Command on Fort Gordon. Since July, the Major General has become 40 | FYI December 2012

well known on the installation for his effusive engagement with on-post activities and events. A supporter of the entire Fort Gordon community, Major General Patterson is warm and welcoming to all he meets and demonstrates a genuine interest in whatever runs across his line of sight.

“I will give you my utmost, I shall expect yours” - GEN Ridgway

General, where do you come from originally? Major General Patterson: Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA (suburbs of Cavalier Manor) in what used to be called Tidewater, VA but today more commonly known as the Hampton Roads. Why did you choose the military as a career? Major General Patterson: Several reasons: I enjoyed watching military TV shows (on B/W TV of course) with my Dad as a very young boy; hearing his stories about his time in the US Air Force (1951-1955) inspired me at a young age; and watching the Sailors walk majestically in uniform and in step along the main street of downtown Portsmouth on Saturdays while downtown as a 4-7 years old kid, trotting along with my Mom and older sister to shop at the five and dime store, grab a chili dog and grape Nehi soda for lunch and take in a movie at the Capital Theater. How do you balance your responsibilities as a husband and dad with your military duties? Major General Patterson: Not very well, but when my wife of 29 years, Jule, a former military person herself (Medical Service) and/or our daughter, Veronica, tells me to “take a knee and let’s do this/that,” I do it. Other than that, reading, working out in the gym and traveling are my thing. The latter always with family. What is the future of the Signal Corps? Major General Patterson: The future is bright with so many global businesses, organizations, militaries, people, systems and devices depending on the network, computers, phones, imagery, e-mail, satellites communications and on and on, to operate and communicate on a second by second, minute by minute and day to day basis. The cyber domain is new, very much like aviation was still a new and uncharted territory with so much to learn with regards to how to use it, 100 years ago. We are on the front edge of the second decade of the 21st Century and we are only beginning to understand what this cyber dominated century has to offer.

Jerry Swain, Special Events Coordinator for Fort Gordon MWR, sat down with the Major General to find out more about this accomplished and personable Soldier. | 41

How do see MWR as a benefit to our military community? Major General Patterson: MWR brings to many excitement, joy, festivities and a great escape from the mundane. The choices of events, activities and trips offered by MWR to the Soldiers, Civilians and Families supporting our Department of Defense puts wind in all of our sails when we need it. How do you stay so positive every day? Major General Patterson: It is inherent in my nature which was pretty much how my Dad was. He was an eternal optimist. People bring me joy. I like people and being around people. I also believe strongly in the term and ethic often called, “Servant Leadership.” I just recently completed a book that was given to me as a gift by a former Civilian co-worker from my previous assignment as the CG, 7th SC(T). The book is entitled, “Love Works”, by Joel Manby, who was featured on an episode of Undercover Boss about a year ago. The Servant Leadership style he portrayed on the show made his appearance one of the highest rated in the show’s history. The co-worker read about the book and stated he immediately thought of me and my leadership style. I highly recommend everyone read it.

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Is there anything that you would like Fort Gordon know? Major General Patterson: Jule and I are absolutely delighted to serve our Nation and our great Army from here at Fort Gordon surrounded by our wonderful post Family and our neighbors in the CSRA. From the time we drive through the gate and are greeted by the most professional and delightful DA Guards, the Garrison Staff, the folks at Balfour Beatty, the hospital staff, MWR, the mission units/ orgs, the sights and sounds of our AIT and permanent party Soldiers and Families to the tremendous mission ongoing here in support of the cyber and signal mission, I can think of no better place for any Soldier, E1-O8 to serve, grow and learn. Sir please give me the quote you end all your speeches with. Major General Patterson: This quote was passed on to me years ago, prior to taking battalion command, by one of my most steadfast and loyal mentors and friends, COL(Ret) Jake Simmons, IV. The quote was taken from a speech given by General Matthew B. Ridgway, as he circulated the battlefield shortly after taking command of all United Nations Forces in the midst of the Korea Conflict. He simply told his troops, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will give you my utmost, I shall expect yours.â&#x20AC;?

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Are you interested in earning your own income while staying at home? You can by providing the best care a mom or dad can offer. Become a Family Child Care Provider in your own home on or off post. For more information on a wonderful rewarding career, please contact: Angela Davis, FCC Director, 706-791-4440 • Free FCC training • Up to 40K a year • Lending Library (equipment, furniture and toys) • Extensive initial and on-going competency-based training

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School Age Center: Best of 2012 Darren Brown, SAC Director

The highlight of the SAC program was Summer Camp 2012! The program was filled with awesome themed weekly activities and each week featured a minimum of two field trips. Some of the top notch field trips included go-kart racing at Malibu Grand Prix and Nascar Speedpark. There were also arcade style field trips to places like Funopolis, Frankies Fun Park and Adventure Crossing. We also sprinkled in some fun, educational trips to places such as Discovery Place, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the South Carolina Relic Museum. The favorites were definitely the swimming trips to Splash n the Boro and Palmetto Falls Water Park, as well the awesome trip to Medieval Times. While the summer program receives a lot of attention, we still offer a wide variety of activities during the school year to include arts and crafts, cooking, science, homework assistance, technology lab, community service projects, character building, cultural awareness, mentoring and intervention programs, 4-H and Boys and Girls Club, field trips, and special events, just to name a few!

Family Advocacy Program’s New Parent Support: Saying ‘Bye to 2012 Diondra Johnson, LMSW - Army Community Service

As 2012 comes to an end, I look back and explore with a critical eye the state of Family Advocacy’s New Parent Support Program (NPSP). I ask myself, “Where have we been and where are we going?” and I intensely reflect on our commitment to the Fort Gordon community. From parenting forums to home visits, playgroups to baby showers, I could not be happier with the opportunities given to serve our military families. Our ultimate goal is to prevent child abuse and neglect through parental education and support. In April, NPSP hosted various events including an umbrella fair of community resources, a parenting forum with unique experienced panelists, and a series of public service announcements regarding child abuse and neglect. An environment was created to provide a safe outlet on the struggles parents encountered in attempt to keep their child(ren) safe in today’s society. Additionally, in March and September, NPSP hosted its SemiAnnual Baby Shower. Mothers-to-be learned the latest on car seat safety, crib safety and NPSP services. Prizes were given based on their knowledge of Army Community Services’ resources. Pregnant women were ultimately given the opportunity to come out and join the fun military mothers-to-be. During our NPSP events, the participants are not only gaining insight on child safety and parental techniques, but also a safe place to network with other parents and discover they are not alone with the struggles of parenthood. In all, 2012 has been one challenging, yet amazing year for NPSP. As we enter 2013, it is my goal to ameliorate our military families by strengthening them with education, resources, and support. To learn more about this program and how we can assist you, call our office at 706-791-3579. I look forward to hearing from you in 2013.

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In 2013, parents can look forward to the same great level of care and passion from the staff. We are always expanding and trying to meet demand by providing transportation to new schools as well. If you need care for your child please contact us! For program information, contact 706-791-7575/6500. For registration, call Parent Central Services at 706-791-4722.

Woodworth Consolidated Library: Making Learning Fun! Susie Joyner, Manager

We love to make learning fun at the Library, and our most enjoyable events include activities that you might not initially associate with educational pursuits! But, there are so many ways to learn: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, linguistic, logical, musical, spatial, and even naturalist!

Hilltop Riding Stables: Favorite Events Heidi Mohr, Manager

My favorite Hilltop Riding Stables events of 2012 were filled with the joy of the outdoors and sharing the appreciation of nature and the yearly seasons in all its beauty!

Singing, dancing, Yoga, word games, bingo, live bands, original puppet shows, crafting, duct tape fashion shows, art shows, sidewalk chalk contests, story hours, book clubs at local restaurants, Cookie Day, felt monster making, and so much more! When you engage the “fun” centers of the brain, you make learning easy and memorable. Our favorite events are cooked up outside the box and are a joy to share with our Soldiers and Families! At the Library, we love to share laughter, knowledge, and the possibility for a better world! We look forward to continuing this tradition into the New Year, infinity and beyond!

The Old Fashioned Christmas and winter festival was a lot of fun, with the holiday excitement in the cold evening air. I loved the hay rides with the children bundled up listening to the holiday music, drinking hot cocoa, and watching the brightly colored holiday lights of the season! It was a lovely bit of nostalgia; like being in an old holiday movie.

School Support Services: Supporting Parents and Youth in the Past, Present and Future!

On cool sunny spring days, our trail rides highlight the light colors of green and pastels of the flowering buds peeking out from the trees and plants. The crisp air and peaceful rides are fabulous to share with our Soldiers and Families. In the fall, we celebrate Oktoberfest and offer fun pony rides for the kids. This year, along with our famous ponies, we introduced the mischievous little donkeys: Chloe, Zoë and Jack. My staff was exhilarated with the anticipation of all the fun and excitement of the Gyro wheels, and really enjoyed helping all the adrenaline junkies laugh and squeal! Sometimes, I really do think that IMWRF stands for (I Make Work Really Fun). If anyone can say anything about Fort Gordon; it is that we, as a community, can have a great time!

School Support Services finished out 2012 with the Second Annual Back to School Parent and Youth Advisory Council (PYAC) meeting. This year, the event was attended by not only parents and members of the Fort Gordon Military Community, but also school counselors, teachers, and school principals from the Aiken, Columbia and Richmond County School Systems. PYAC attendees were treated to lunch and were provided information on Operation Military Kids, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, changes in Homeschooling Laws for the state of Georgia, and Student to Student programs. School Support Services looks forward to hosting the event next year as participation continues to grow!

Melissa Barrickman and Heather Howse

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Exceptional Family Member Program: Smiles for our Exceptional Families Pamela Rachal, EFMP Manager

The Fort Gordon Exceptional Family Member program (EFMP) hosted several events during 2012. Exceptional Families especially need recreational outlets that provide opportunities to play together, relax, and enjoy life. For the individuals with special needs, sometimes these events are therapeutic such as swimming, bowling or horseback riding. Often movies with the appropriate stimuli for our EFMs are scheduled with popcorn or pizza available. Parents’ Night Out is regularly scheduled at the Child Development Center to provide a safe respite for the parental caregivers. Events are scheduled quarterly or when funds are available.

Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre: The Most Memorable Experience of 2012 Steve Walpert, Entertainment Director

Wow…so many shows…so many experiences tied to all of them in the past year. What was the most memorable? Well, I make it a habit not to rate our shows. I am connected to them all, and the great people who make them happen in so many ways, and that makes them all unique and special. But in 2012, I must admit that I shared a wonderfully spiritual stage experience with the cast, crew, staff, audience, and all involved with our musical, Children of Eden. And that was not just because it was a biblical tale set to music and dance, or the pageantry and great music, but rather because it was the story of families, such an important universal theme and one that we can all take to heart. The stories of ‘Father’ and Adam, Adam with Cain and Able, and also ‘Father’ with Noah and his sons (and all the other family members involved) carry such an important lesson. It is personified in the duet between Father and Noah, “The Hardest part of Love is Letting Go,” so beautiful and heart-wrenching. It deals with that life-long struggle between parent and child, reminding us that love of family, understanding and accepting their needs and aspirations, is so important…something residing deep in our hearts at the very core of our existence…that can never ever be taken for granted. It’s good to remember that at this special time of the year. Wishing you all a joyful holiday and a wonderful 2013!

Let us take a look at the participation by some of our Exceptional Families and their comments. Stephanie Warsham The EFMP recreational events give us the opportunity to take part in activities we normally wouldn’t be able to participate in. It gives our Family a chance to interact with other Families in similar situations and exchange ideas on how to cope with our unique positions. It provides a safe environment for our children, for example when we do the swimming event, some of us are not able to take our children to a pool when there are large crowds, the EFMP swimming event schedules a time just for our kids, it’s a great opportunity for them to do what they normally wouldn’t be able to do. Dominga Leslie This gives the Family quality time together; the children actually look forward to going to these events to have fun and be with other children like themselves. We as parents get to actually interact with other adults who deal with the same issues, so it really becomes a supportive situation as well. SFC David Burdyck I just wanted to take this time to express my gratitude for the number of events that the EFMP program has provided for my family. Everything from pool parties to movies, trips to Great Wolf Lodge and sponsoring summer camps. These are just a few of the recreational events that ease my Family’s life while I am dealing with the day to day challenges the military has to offer. If it wasn’t for these types of activities and educational awareness that accompany many of them; it would be very difficult for my Family to cope with the stresses that come with being an EFMP member. I hope that these benefits that are offered through the EFMP program do not go away, because they are truly beneficial to us. Belinda Garza Smock Attending EFMP events makes our Family feel a part of a larger Family that can depend on each other for support and fun. Thank you from the Garza-Smock Family. Our Exceptional Families have said it better than I ever could.

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CYSS Youth Program: A Year in Review Darrell Butler, Manager

The Youth Program held their annual “Youth Heroes Lock-In” for CYSS youth members in grades 6-12 in celebration of Month of the Military Child by recognizing the “True Heroes”, our Youth. The Lock-in was all night until early morning the next day. The youth members participated in a skate competition at Red Wing Roller Way; gokarts, laser tag and arcade games at Adventure Crossing; and a midnight basketball tournament. This is one of our biggest events here in the Youth Program – the youth are the stars of the Youth Program! For program information, please call Darrell Butler at 706-791-7575/6500. For registration, please call Parent Central Services at 706-791-4722.

CYSS Youth Sports and Fitness: Fort Gordon Champions! Curtis Dorsey

This past summer, the U-12 Fort Gordon Hawks Baseball team was the first to go undefeated with a winning record of 10-0! The Fort Gordon Hawks won the championship! The team was coached by MLB professional baseball player, Danny Figueroa. This team had made a lot of buzz about baseball season for Fort Gordon in Youth Sports. We have seen increased number of children/youth registering for our Youth Sports Programs and we hope this trend continues as Fort Gordon Youth Sports and Fitness goes into the future! For program information, contact Curtis Dorsey at 706-791-5104. For registration information, contact Parent Central Services at 706- 791-4722.

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The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program provides 15-18 year-old youth with meaningful, professionally-managed career-exploration opportunities in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) operations. The HIRED! Apprenticeship Prorgam offers valuable paid work experience and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly-competitive job market. Examples of exploratory career fields in the HIRED! Apprenticeship Program: n Education n Child and/or Youth Development

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JoAnn Lamberty Workforce Peparation Specialist (706) 791-3551/7575

December is

“National 3D Month” Prevent Drunk & Drugged Driving


Highway Safety and Law Enforcement Officials Remind Everyone To Designate a Sober Driver before All Holiday Events Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcoholdrug related traffic crashes. December is “Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month”, which is a national campaign focused on keeping our highways and communities safe by encouraging our Family Members, DA Civilians, Soldiers, Airman, Sailors and Marines to remain alcohol and drug free when operating a motor vehicle. That’s why the Fort Gordon Army Substance Abuse Program is joining with other national, state and local highway safety and law enforcement officials to remind everyone this holiday season to always designate a sober driver before each holiday party or event involving alcohol. “The holiday season is supposed to be a time for family, friends, and festive celebrations, but it is unfortunately also a time when we see a jump in the number of alcohol-drug related highway fatalities each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s” said Michael Reed, Fort Gordon Prevention Coordinator, “That’s why we are out reminding everyone this holiday season, if you catch a buzz, catch a ride. Nationally, according to the National Highway

Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,759 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes during 2009. The numbers decreased to 10,228 in 2010, which is a significant decrease, but each of these deaths is entirely preventable. This decrease in fatalities is a definite improvement, but someone in America dies in an alcohol-related crash every 51 minutes, nearly 28 times a day. Hundreds of thousands more are injured each year. According to the NHTSA, about three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives. Many Americans have been the victim of a drunk driver or have a close friend or family member that died as a result of an impaired driving incident. Each one of these tragedies is 100% preventable. Furthermore, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2006 to 2009 combined data indicate that 13.2 percent of persons aged 16 or older (an estimated 30.6 million persons) drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year, and 4.3 percent (an estimated 10.1 million persons) drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the same time period. Designating a sober driver before the party begins is just one of several, simple steps to remember to help avoid a tragic crash or an

arrest for impaired driving. Here are a few other simple reminders for a safer holiday season: • Don’t even think about getting behind the wheel of your vehicle if you’ve been out drinking; • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come get you; • Or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober; • And remember – Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. ASAP recommends if you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead, always offer alcohol-free beverages during the event and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. For further information and tips on how to celebrate safely please see the “Celebrate Safely” brochure on the Fort Gordon Army Substance Abuse Program website mil/garrfp/sites/directorates/human.asp, under the section entitled “Party Safely during the Holidays.” Since 1981, every President of the United States has proclaimed December “National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month” to help underscore the public’s commitment to preventing impaired driving and promoting the use of designated drivers and sober ride programs. The month of December and the New Year’s Eve holiday are also often highlighted by significant increases in state and local law enforcement efforts to combat impaired driving such as the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be really significant and not the way you want to spend your holiday season. If further information is needed, please contact Michael Reed, ASAP PC/EAPC at (706) 791-5797, or e-mail Join with ASAP in making this a safe, joyous and happy holiday season for everyone! So remember,

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from Fort Gordon

Seasons Greetings! SSG Brad Qualls Springdale, AR

Merry Christmas!

PVT Marc Harper Elkins, WV

I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and the best of hope for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! COL Robert A. Barker Fort Gordon, GA

The holiday season is the best time of year to share with family and friends. I hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! CSM Kenneth Stockton Thomson, GA

Hope everyone has a safe Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Remember, safety doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take a holiday. SPC David S. Owens Montgomery, AL

Happy Holidays to the Hanson and Vaughan families. Love and miss you all, and will see you soon. SSG James Hanson Petersburg, VA | 53

Happy holidays to all my family, friends, and to all the Soldiers! SSG Keith Joell San Diego, CA

Feliz Navidad! Merry Christmas! To all my loved ones, I hope you have happy holidays and I can’t wait to see you soon!

Merry Christmas to my family and Allison. I miss you and love you. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

PFC Noel Marquez California

SPC Joelene Hurtado Santa Fe, NM

I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all my family and friends. I’ve made it so far because of the people who love me. PFC Shante Duke Waynesville, MO

Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holiday season! God Bless!

PFC Henry L. Jillarama Fairfax, VA

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Merry Christmas to all my loved ones, I’ll be home soon. I miss you all. PFC Martinez Alexis Los Angeles, CA

My wife, Rebekah, and I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Have fun and stay safe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! CH (CPT) Chris Weinrich St. Louis, MO

Would like to wish everyone here and near a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who are deployed overseas, and wish you a safe return.

To my family and loved ones in Tupelo, “Greetings, I love you all and can’t wait to see you for the holidays!”

SPC Sean-Michael Jackson Ladson, SC

PFC Stacey Lockridge Tupelo, MS

Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus’s birth, and to spend time with your family. May God bless you all! Joye Allen Garrison HQ

Let the special meaning of Christmas be your guide all year long. John Curry Garrison HQ

Happy Holidays! Frank Bennett Martinez, GA

Happy Holidays! B.J. Evans Warrenton, GA | 55

Time is fleeting, remember to stop and cherish the moments that warm your heart. Nathan Hoeller Augusta, GA

Wishing everyone the best of holiday seasons and a wonderful year to come.

I wish you all the happiest of holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Jenifer Immer Hempstead, NY

Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Molly Swift Harrogate, UK

Bartley Harper Martinez, GA

Food. Presents. Family. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas time. Feliz Navidad! Katherine Scott Military Brat

Wishing the happiest holidays to my husband, Nate and children, Jayden, Jaylynn & Deena Joy. Crystal Tyson Chicago, IL

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Wishing our Military Community a glorious, safe and wonderful holiday season! Anna Gaillard Low Country, SC

May beautiful moments & happy memories surround you with joy this Christmas! Heather Addis Virginia Beach, VA

fromthe bookshelf Susanna Joyner, Director, Woodworth Consolidated Library

Army Library Program, FREE Online Audio, eBooks, and Movies!! Did you know your Army Library Program provides free and easy online access to thousands of books, audio books, music, and movies? For kids, adults, school, and leisure – that’s right, it’s free and convenient – and the title selection is immense! Check out for free download to Kindle, Nook, or other electronic devices. Registering with your I.D. card at the library then create a My Account at: Login to your My Account and select:

Movie: The Original Television Christmas Classics: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town / Frosty the Snowman / Frosty Returns / The Little Drummer Boy, 1964, Director: Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass Take a moment to imagine a time without VCRs, On-Demand and DVD players…do you remember when there were only three stations on television from which to choose? If so, then you likely remember these holiday classics only shown once a year in winter. If you are in the mood for a little nostalgia, classic holiday tales, and fine stop-motion animation, this selection is for you! Enjoy these 1960s era classics with the entire family.

Books, movies, CDs and more are available for free check-out to Service Members & DOD Civilians at Woodworth Consolidated Library, 549 Rice Road, Building 33500, Fort Gordon, GA 30905 For more information, call: (706) 791-7323 or visit our website at

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Crystal Tyson, MWR Staff Writer

Being on a military installation allows us the opportunity to experience many different cultures. This month we focus on the Eskimo community. Next month’s focus is the Bushmen community.

When you think of an Eskimo, do you imagine a man or woman in a big furry coat, a person holding a fishing pole made from a stick, or someone with an igloo as a house? Despite what many envision, the Eskimo culture is much like our society except they traditionally dwell in the circumpolar regions of the planet.

Below are some things you can do to expand your cultural awareness:

Learn: How well do you know Eskimo? Try to translate the following phrases:

Cook: Awesome Slow Cooker Caribou Roast 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix 1 1/4 cups water

1. Kish-tu-ah (the i long, as in mice) or Kah-poong-ah 2. Neck-out-voot nahng-ock or Ner-key-voot peeto-hung-i-tu-goot 3. Noo-tick or Cook-e-oo

5 1/2 pounds caribou roast In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.

Answers: 3. Gun

Cinema: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) (2002) An interesting movie telling the Inuit legend of

Cook on high setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

2. Our food is all gone

Experience: Take a ride near Mile Post 189 of the Parks Highway in Alaska to see the remains of an igloo which was meant to be a hotel, or Grand Falls New Brunswick Canada claimed to be the world’s largest igloo.

an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior’s endurance and battle of its menace. Although most of the movie is in Inuit language, you can use subtitles. This is a story/ legend passed down through the generations.

1. I am hungry

Education: From eastern Siberia, across Alaska, Canada and Greenland communities referred to as Eskimo reside: the Yupik and Inuit. Within these two main groups are multiple subgroups. Study more about the Eskimo and discover some unusual facts, such as the names of the different subgroups and places to which Eskimo have navigated.

December 8, 2012 | 1000-1830 Engineer Field/Courtyard Pavilion (Bldg. 63708, Brainard Ave.)

1000-1230 - Toys for Tots 1045 - Opening Ceremony 1100 - JROTC Football Kickoff (Greenbrier vs. Lakeside) 1200 - Active Duty Army vs. Navy Football Kickoff 1300 - Post Fort Gordon Army vs. Navy game/BBQ and Tailgate commence at the Courtyard Pavilion 1430 - Live broadcast of Army vs. Navy game begins (CBS) Displayed on two large screen TV’s 58 | FYI December 2012

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techninja The Mobile Web – a new kind of browsing experience Nathan Hoeller, Creative Director

Often, the convenience of surfing the internet on a modern smartphone can be overlooked. And I’m not just referring to the ability we have to wirelessly search the world-wide-web almost anywhere in the world; I’m taking about the major differences that set it apart from standard web browsing on a laptop or desktop computer. In fact, if you ask most mobile users what the difference is between a mobile browser and a desktop browser, they’ll probably say, “Well, the screen is smaller.” And sure that’s true, but it’s so much more than that! You’ll find many popular websites are beginning to take advantage of some technologies that far surpass that of a standard desktop computer. After a closer look at some of your favorite websites, you may have noticed they look considerably different than their desktop versions. This is because they’ve been optimized for mobile users. This usually includes a narrow page with large text that only requires the use of your thumb for vertical scrolling. You’ll also notice

on pages for things like airlines, movie theaters, or banks, they’ll often be customized to make the information a mobile user would need more accessible. For airlines, you might see an option to check-in or book a flight right on top. For movie theaters you’ll probably see a list of upcoming shows in your area as well as an option to get directions to the theater. For a bank, the first available option may be to transfer money or check your balance. If you think about it, a mobile web-browsing experience is much different than a desktop web-browsing one. The mobile user could be on a crowded bus, or

waiting for their order at a restaurant. They usually won’t spend a great deal of time scanning an entire web page; they’re looking for quick information. By using technologies already built into a smartphone like GPS, touch gestures, and gyroscopes, websites are able to make their content much more accessible for the mobile user. So if you thought the mobile browser was just like your desktop browser, only with a smaller screen, you’re in for a big surprise. Smartphones are so much more than just phones, they’re like small personalized robots that know everything and work really hard to make life easier for you. If you’re not a smartphone user, you’re missing out on a whole world of opportunities that would make sharing and retrieving information much more convenient. | 59

moviereview Keeping the faith: Miracle on 34th Street Alice Wynn

The holiday season is in full swing. Christmas trees are decorated, presents wrapped and stockings hung by the chimney with care. Even for the most cynical, it’s hard to deny the magic that permeates the air around us this time of year. As we get older and our lives become more complex, we don’t often take the time to absorb that magic; we tend to view the season as something to be tolerated, not delight in. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) reminds of us that magic and what it means to believe in the true spirit of Christmas. In fact, as Kris Kringle himself tells us in this classic film, Christmas is more than a day; it’s a frame of mind. Miracle on 34th Street is one of those films that make us take a break from reality and revel in the spirit of the holiday season. For those unfamiliar with the story, like I was, a department store Santa, Macy’s to be exact

(hence the 34th Street), claims to be the real-life Kris Kringle. Naturally those that he comes in contact with can’t determine if he’s for real or if he’s a head case. On the day of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a kindly, white-whiskered old man who walks with a cane, discovers the hired Santa a bit too full of holiday cheer to fulfill his parade duties. The man, who says his name is Kris Kringle, is hired by the parade coordinator, Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), on the spot. He fills in at the parade and is also hired to be the store Santa for the season. Doris is a no-nonsense single career woman, a bit unusual for the time. When we meet her daughter, Susan (Natalie Wood), we discover she’s been brought up in much of the same no-nonsense manner. As Susan watches the

parade from her friend Fred’s, the single lawyer’s (John Payne) apartment, who lives in the same building as Doris and Susan, she informs him she doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. She doesn’t know any fairly tales, and shuns fantasy of any kind. “I don’t want her to believe Prince Charming is going to come along,” Doris tells Fred. Is she talking about Susan or herself? Much like her mother, Susan has her doubts when she meets Kris Kringle for the first time. She tells him she doesn’t want anything for Christmas, anything she wants her mother will buy for her. Her reservations are lifted a bit when she sees him speak Dutch to a little girl, perhaps making her realize that perhaps he really is Santa. Doris, still unsure, speaks with his doctor who cares for him at his retirement (called “old-age” in the film) home. He assures her he is simply a harmless old man. While the commercialization of the holiday is certainly nothing new, it is apparently just as rampant in the mid-20th Century. Kris Kringle is told that if a child is unsure of what gifts they want for Christmas, he is to memorize a list of toys that Macy’s has overstocked. He tears up the list instead doing what he knows in his heart is the kindest gesture. He tells shoppers what stores carry gifts that Macy’s has run out of, leading Macy’s to become known as the store “with a heart.” Susan and Doris both begin to believe that maybe he is who he says he is. He doesn’t seem to mind the over commercialization, he’s just happy doing for others. Still, some of the people at the store aren’t convinced of his sanity. The tests he is given reflect more on the psychologist than Kris Kringle himself. Still he is declared insane and sent to Bellvue. Fred decides to take on his case in the public hearing. His defense strategy? In addition to testimony from the DA’s son, who insisted his father told him Santa was real, bags upon bags of mail from children intended for Santa. The U.S. Postal Service, a branch of the government, declared him real, so who’s to say he’s not? What we walk away with from Miracle on 34th Street, is that if we can’t allow ourselves to indulge in a little make-believe, the magic, the fantasy of the whole holiday season, we lose faith in others. But, if you don’t lose faith, all of your Christmas wishes are bound to come true. Happy holidays!

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Steve Walpert, Entertainment Director

We are very excited to announce some BIG NEWS about Operation Rising Star! If you remember from earlier announcements, Operation Rising Star, the annual singing contest for U.S. military personnel and Family members, was originally licensed through Freemantle Media to mirror Fox’s most popular TV show, “American Idol,” complete with a trip to Hollywood for the winner. The production begins with local competitions on installations and at Garrisons around the world. From the local winners, a panel of judges selects 12 semifinalists who travel to Fort Sam Huston for a weeklong competition televised by the Pentagon Channel and webcast worldwide on the Internet. We held our local finals at Fort Gordon’s Oktoberfest on October 12 at the outdoor Barton Field stage in front of a large crowd, and our five local finalists did an amazing job! Local prize winners were CPT Jacqueline Allen (B 447 SIG BN), First Place ($500); SGT Jeremy Thomas (HQ/CO A 551 SIG BN), Second Place ($250); PO 2 Kristina Farmer (NIOC) in Third Place ($100). The Spirit Award ($300) went to 63rd Sig BN who turned out in force to support the event. So here’s the big news… After reviewing video footage from Installation finalists from all over the world, the 14 judge panel has selected 12 finalists who will compete for the Grand Prize in a live televised broadcast on the Pentagon Channel, AND our very own CPT Jacqueline Allen was selected to represent Fort Gordon! CPT Allen says she has been singing her whole life and that music is her “first love and greatest passion.” Her favorite musical genre’s are Gospel, Soul, and R&B, and her biggest musical influences; Whitney Houston, Donny Hathaway, Jasmine Sullivan and Aretha Franklin. If she had to pick a favorite song to play for you, it would likely be Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Run to You” or Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You.” CPT Allen will travel to Fort Sam Houston to prepare for and participate in the live broadcast December 1-17. As with many of the music competitions you see on TV these days, audience votes will count as 50% of the total score, so it is very important that we all watch the broadcast and cast our votes for her. Details are not available at press time, so keep an eye on the Signal, the MWR Facebook page and for more information.

In theatre news, we have had a terrific run of our classic comedy hit HARVEY. Show dates include November 30 and December 1. So, if you’re reading an early copy of the FYI, you may still be able to snag a ticket for one of the last two shows if you call now. We also had great turnout at auditions and have assembled a fantastic cast for our winter musical Legally Blonde, playing the first three weekends in March. This is sure to be a sensational production, so make plans to attend before seats sell out! For holiday gift giving, dinner theatre gift certificates to Legally Blonde are a great idea, and will be on sale at the Box Office through December 12. After that, the Box Office will be closed until regular ticket sales resume in January. Call 706-793 8552 for more information.

We’ll be announcing our finalized 2013 Dinner Theatre Season in the January issue. We promise you lots of excitement in the coming year. In the meantime, the staff and volunteers of the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre wish you a wonderful holiday season, and very best wishes for a great 2013. Please remember to keep our Service Members and civilians who are deployed around the world to make this world a safer place, in your hearts and prayers. We hope to see you at the theatre in the New Year! And, as always, thanks to you and all the staff and volunteers who have supported our program and productions in 2012. Without all of you, we absolutely could not make all these shows happen. | 61

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CSM Lisa Clair and CSM Kenneth Stockton at Morale Call, Gordon’s Conference and Catering

SFC Russetta Celestine at Morale Call, Gordon’s Conference and Catering

LCPL Austin Meese at the Tribute to the Fallen, Barton Field

CPT Curtis Kimbrell, CPT John Bayse and CPT Ken Demars at Morale Call, Gordon’s Conference and Catering

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January 2013

A New Approach What do you look for when you tackle a new pastime? Do you need some ideas? We take a look at a few options you might not usually consider − ice hockey, roller derby, toastmasters and more!

It’s Time for some (Positive!) Change There is no sure fire way to be happy; no book or activity or food we can buy will offer us the cure to find perfect happiness – and there is a very simple reason why not. Happiness and positive energy has to come from with us.

Rejuvenate What can MWR do to help you feel like a new person? Join us in this feature to discover how you can relax and renew with MWR facilities and programs!

Are You Entertained? Entertainment is a huge part of our lives; from chick flicks and LOLcats to standup comedy and reality TV, we love to look into other people’s lives and discover more about ourselves. But how does entertainment truly benefit our Service Members?

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The FYI is a monthly magazine. We provide current information on events, programs, facilities and general news pertinent to the Fort Gordon...


The FYI is a monthly magazine. We provide current information on events, programs, facilities and general news pertinent to the Fort Gordon...