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Director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Column From the desk of Nicholas Johnsen

August marks the return to school for our youth. Please be observant of all of the school crossings as well as the marked school zones-yes they get patrolled and the accompanying ticket will put a hurt on your wallet. I’d ask each of you to be part of the protective effort and not part of the threat as our youth go back to school. Our pools will remain open due to the great support from our BDE partners who have manned all of our pools this summer. All of us who have spent a summer here know that the heat will still be around into October so we’ll work to keep the pools open for as long as possible based on the temperature of the water and other requirements. Those of you who have frequented anyone of these pools can appreciate not only the safety provided by our lifeguards, but also the upgrades that DPW put into place. I’d ask for your help in spreading the word to all of your friends about any Family and MWR activity you think is worthy of info sharing.While our social networking and other efforts continue to push these events we find that we only reach about 65 percent of our Fort Hood Family. Not having information might keep you from attending something of interest to you. MG Grimsley has stressed this information sharing requirement at each monthly Community Service Council. Finally, enjoy this issue of “Hood Happenings” as my Marketing and Advertising Team works very hard on this great magazine and has turned it into one of the best publications of its kind in the Army.

Respectfully,

Nicholas R. Johnsen Director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Hood Happenings is an unauthorized, official monthly magazine for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities within Fort Hood. Contents are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, or the Fort Hood Command. The appearance of advertising in this publication does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fund. Everything advertised in this magazine shall be made available for purchase, use, or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical/mental handicap, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user, or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy is confirmed, Family and MWR shall refuse to accept advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The information in this issue is current at time of publication. Activities and events are subject to change. For confirmation please call the activity.

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Featured Facilities

Leisure Travel Services and Recreational Equipment Checkout

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National Bowling Week: Join the Fun

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Explore San Antonio for $5 or Less

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Entertainment

Karaoke Contest Returns to Patton’s Pub

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Fort Hood Family and MWR Location Guide/Phone Listings

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SOS: Keeping Connected to the Army Family

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Voices of the Great Place

Our Facebook friends shared memories of their favorite childhood teachers, in honor of back to school season.

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Advice: Soldier to Soldier

Fitness

Just Do it Right

Army Community Service

10 Tips for Your Back to School Budget

Child, Youth & School Services

Back to School Bash

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How to Have an At-Home Date Night

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BD Chief Mike Ernst RD Chief Johnny Pelton CYSS Chief Yveta Phillips Marketing Chief Tracy Thomas Administrative Assistant Sara Browning

Account Executive Jade Coleman Ashley Holladay Public Relations Kelsey West Monty Campbell Sales Manager Tashika Dixon Sales Assistant Shelly Damo

Production Manager Nixie Romero Marketing Clerk Tina Wilgeroth Graphic Designers Tanna Jones LaVonda K. Wills Robert Johnson Graphic & Web Designer Jason Weiss

Cover Design LaVonda K. Wills Editor Kelsey West

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SEPTEMBER 2, 9, 17, 23 Operation Rising Star, Phantom Warrior Center 4-5 Club Championship, The Courses of Clear Creek 5 Sunday Brunch, Club Hood 6 Labor Day Holiday 10 Coke Concert (location TBA) 11 Comics on Duty, Phantom Warrior Center Each Monday, Family Bowlopolis Night, Phantom Warrior Lanes Each Monday & Wednesday, Zumbatomic, Meadows Elementary Each Tuesday, Beef & Burgundy, Club Hood Each Thursday, Family Pasta Night, Club Hood Each Thursday & Friday, Xtreme Bowling, Phantom Warrior Lanes Each Friday, Career Assessment, Bldg 284; Job Search With Confidence, Bldg 284; Bringing Home Baby, Oveta; EFMP Sea Dragons Swim Program, Abrams Pool Weekdays, Daily Lunch, Club Hood 254-287-4ACS for ACS classes 254-287-8029 for programs offered by Child, Youth & School Services All dates subject to change. For more information call 254-287-0337.

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Our Facebook friends shared memories of their favorite childhood teachers, in honor of back to school season. “Mrs. Alexander was my 6th Grade reading teacher. She was beautiful, kind and funny. She made learning personal and made me want to do better. She read Where the Red Fern Grows to my class, and I will never forget her crying all the way through Chapter 20. I still cry every year when I read that book to my class.“ -Cathy Dunham “Dr. Clary was my 9th Grade Algebra 2 teacher who helped me through a very difficult year. His encouragement and refusal to accept no less than my best taught me the importance of striving for excellence. He taught Algebra with apples and oranges and I ate it up! Math was the only thing I ever understood and that is why I am a math teacher.” -Candis Boston “My favorite teacher was Mrs. Martin. She taught Sociology in high school. She was the first teacher I had met that motivated us to think for ourselves and not be afraid of debating issues; all the while teaching us to accept others for their positions and beliefs. Class discussions got a bit heated at times, but with her guidance, we all learned to be adults and walk away as friends.Agreeing to disagree has been a much needed and appreciated life skill in my life as a military wife.” -Trish Argumaniz

Connect with Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation online: Visit us on the web at: www.hoodmwr.com. Facebook.com/forthoodfmwr Twitter.com/forthoodfmwr


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t’s that time of the year when being cooped up in the house can make everyone go a little stir-crazy. Are you stressed about figuring out what to do or how to have fun on a budget? There are several facilities on Fort Hood that can help break the monotony and make your summer exciting! Learn more about Texas’ regional events or get tickets to various activities through Fort Hood’s Leisure Travel Services (LTS). Leisure Travel Services provides information on entertainment, sports events, amusement parks, tourist destinations, and popular cultural programs and can accommodate group and unit tours. Leisure Travel Services can also help save active duty and retired military service members and Families’ time and money when booking hotel reservations through the Military Ticket Voucher Program. Leisure Travel Services may be found in Building 4930, Clear Creek Road, inside Recreational Equipment Checkout or

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Recreational Equipment Checkout

at a second location in Building 136, 761st Tank Battalion, next to Military Clothing Sales. Looking for outdoor recreation gear for a future camping trip? How about sporting goods or entertainment and accessories for your outdoor get-together? Recreational Equipment Checkout (REC) has a variety of equipment, from outdoor games and moon bouncers to event tents and party canopies. These pieces of equipment and more are all available to rent at affordable prices. Recreational Equipment Checkout is located on Clear Creek Road in Building 4930. Leisure Travel Services is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm in the summer months. It is closed Sundays and Federal holidays. Recreational Equipment Checkout is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, April 1 to October 31. It is closed on federal holidays. Head on over to where the fun begins!s


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ort Hood, are you ready to fall off your chair laughing? Well you are in luck; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is hosting five comedy shows this fall. Starting off the LOL! Comedy Series with a bang is Saints and Sinners, featuring Matthew Lumpkin and Patrick Jolle. Their adult-themed comedy show is a fun mix of material from the mainstream working man to the eccentric, ego driven juvenile. This hilarious comedy experience will be held on August 20. On September 11, the comedic performance that has been entertaining us since 1992 is stopping by The Great Place. With a total of over 3,000 shows, Comics on Duty has performed over 250 shows in 80 sites in Iraq, and has supported Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom with 300 performances in Southwest Asia. On October 21 Fort Hood is proud to present Ronnie Jordan. Ronnie has performed with none other than Dave Chappelle and Monique. BET’s “Comic View” and “P. Diddy Presents Bad Boys of Comedy” have also featured Ronnie Jordan.

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by Melyssa-Anne MacWillie The fourth performance on the LOL! Comedy Series is Jay Black, on November 16. Starting his career as a high school teacher, Jay is now one of America’s top young headliners. Headlining in colleges across the country, Jay has won the “Reader’s Choice for 2008 College Comedian of the Year” and has been nominated for the “Top College Comedian Award” in 2009.The list of comics Jay has opened for ranges from Carlos Mencia and Joel McHale, to Sinbad and Christopher Titus. The final show of the year is featuring Roy Wood Jr. on December 9. Roy’s shows have been called “tremendous” and “standout” by the Hollywood Reporter and the Montreal Gazette. His nominations included APCA’s title of “Comedian of the Year” and “Performer of the Year,” as well as “Comedian of the Year” for Campus Activities Magazine. Roy’s comedy show gives an honest look at his life and the world we live in. These hilarious comedy shows will be presented at the Phantom Warrior Center Ballroom on 37th Street, Bldg 194. All of these shows are open to the public, free to all, and seating is first come first serve. For more information call the Family and MWR Special Events Office at 254-286-5342 or visit www.hoodmwr.com. s


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2010 August 13 Violinist and Saxophonist Showcase Phantom Warrior Center

October 21 Ronnie Jordan Phantom Warrior Center

August 20 Saints and Sinners Phantom Warrior Center

November 10 “Cinderella” on Stage Howze Theater (Not a Walt Disney Production)

September 10 Coke Concert (location TBA) September 10 Jared Mahone Legend’s Pub September 11 Comics on Duty Phantom Warrior Center

December 4 Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Howze Theater December 9 Roy Wood, Jr. and Mark Viera Phantom Warrior Center

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September 17 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Abrams Physical Fitness Center

January 20 Mentalist Wayne Hoffman Phantom Warrior Center

September 30 Lloyd Dobler Effect Phantom Warrior Center

January 28 Natalie Stovall Phantom Warrior Center

October 15 Oktoberfest Phantom Warrior Lanes

January 29 Temple Symphony Orchestra Howze Theater

For more information, contact the Fort Hood DFMWR Special Events Department at 254-286-5342. Stay tuned to www.hoodmwr.com for updates! Please note: All events are subject to change. www.hoodmwr.com

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Travel

Explore San Antonio for $5 or less by Ashley Holladay

Continuing on our frugal challenge of exploring Texas cities for $5 or less, it’s time to stop by San Antonio. Located only 2.5 hours southeast of Fort Hood, San Antonio is known for its great history and authentic Mexican culture. Here are a few of my favorite frugal destinations in the San Antonio city limits: The Alamo: This one may be obvious but it is definitely a must-see for anyone who has never visited it before. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Alamo is the historic location of The Battle of the Alamo in which the Texans valiantly defended the city from the Mexican army. It is open to the public and admission is always free. Japanese Tea Gardens: Stop by and enjoy the winding pebble walkways, stone bridges, waterfall and tranquil pools of this lush garden. Admission is free. El Mercado: Browse the shops and feel the authentic Mexican culture as you stroll through El Mercado (or Market Square) in downtown San Antonio. Try to be there the first Saturday of the month for the monthly festival known as Primer Sabado. The event is free and features local entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s activities and much more. The Riverwalk: The Riverwalk is a bustling San Antonio institution filled with restaurants, shops, nightlife and more. Walking and browsing costs you nothing, but if you’d rather have a tour guide show you around, hop on one of the Rio San Antonio Riverwalk Cruises for just $6 for military (okay, so I know I went $1 over budget) and $2 for kids. Seaworld San Antonio: With amazing marine exhibits, thrilling roller coasters and tons of water park fun, Sea World San Antonio is fun for the whole Family! Add in the fact that Seaworld currently offers free admission to active duty military members plus up to three dependents and this is a no brainer! For more information on the Seaworld military promotion visit www.herosalute.com. If you don’t need to stay on a strict $5 budget, San Antonio also offers the San Antonio Zoo, museums galore (one of my favorites is the Buckhorn Museum), live music and entertainment, sporting events, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and much more. Happy exploring! ▲

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Entertainment

Karaoke Contest

Returns to Patton’s Pub

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or anyone who missed the last Karaoke Contest at Patton’s Pub, it was such a huge success that we are doing it again! We packed the house with some great talent! Sgt Brian Bailey took first place in the last karaoke contest and won a Wii console for his five children. He did a wonderful a cappella rendition of Garth Brooks “Friends in Low Places”. In addition to Sgt Bailey, we had a very diverse group of singers who sang songs from Evanescence, Grand Funk Railroad, Alana Miles and George Strait, just to name a few. Whatever your musical preference, you will fit in just right at Patton’s Pub. As requested by our customers, the next Karaoke Contest will be held Friday, August 13. Come celebrate Friday the 13th with your good friends at Patton’s Pub. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the contest will start promptly at 6:30 pm. Arrive early to pick out your song or make sure we have your song by bringing your own karaoke disc. Once again, the prize up for grabs is a Wii entertainment console and bragging rights with your friends. Judging is based on the amount of audience applause so bring your friends to cheer you on. Space is limited so be sure to call Patton’s Pub at 254-287-8484 or Club Hood at 254-532-5073 to sign up now. You can also sign up by emailing Jennifer at Jennifer.stone3@conus.army.mil. Patton’s Pub is open to all ranks and you must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink. Even if you can’t make it for the Karaoke Contest, Patton’s Pub always boasts a full service bar,


free pool tables, dart board, dominoes, cards, free popcorn and much more. You can kick back on the covered patio and drink your favorite beverage while listening to your favorite music on the radio. On Thursdays, we have a DJ spinning your favorite dance hits and after 8 pm we open up the microphone so you can start practicing your vocals for the Karaoke Contest. On Thursdays, we also have free finger foods until they’re gone and on Fridays, we have a 5-foot long hoagie to snack on until it disappears. We have six televisions with cable throughout the club so you can cheer your favorite sports team on with your friends. Once you step into Patton’s Pub, you will be hooked; we are your local home away from home. Patton’s Pub is open every Wednesday 4:309:30 pm, Thursday 3-9:30 pm and Friday 4:309:30 pm. We are closed holidays and training holidays. We are located at Old Ironsides Avenue between 20th and 21st Street, Building 9212. Patton’s Pub is not just your local pub. We also are available for reservations for trainings and private parties. We have hosted graduation parties, birthday parties, wedding receptions and hail and farewells to name a few. Call 254-5325073 to book now.s

Matt Corey and Daniel D. Hip/hop, R&B, Jazz and Gospel! Aug 13, 1:30pm and 7:30pm Phantom Warrior Center FREE and open to all 254-286-5342

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Recreational Activities Bldg Map Apache Arts & Crafts Center 2337 30 Phantom Warrior Lanes 49010 11 Community Events Center (Bingo) 50012 7 Sprocket Auto Crafts 9138 58 School Age Services (SAS Sites) Clark Elementary School 51600 6 Clear Creek Elementary School 4800 8 Duncan Elementary School 52802 4 Montague Elementary School 84001 70 Venable Elementary School 60160 53 Walker / Meadows Site 85018 64 Sports & Fitness Programs Competitive Sports Info 23005 29 Aerobics & Skating 324 49 Intramural Sports 23005 29­­­ Hood Stadium 4652 23 Varsity Sports 23005 29 Youth Sports 6602 51

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Centralized Marketing Informatiom Area Resiliency Campus (Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm) Copeland Center (Front Desk Open 24hrs 7 days a week) Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier & Family Readiness Center (Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-8:30pm) Swimming Pools Abrams Pool (Indoor) Aquatics Director Comanche Pool 13th SC(E) Pool 62nd St Pool 42nd St Pool Martin Pool Patton Pool Thomas Pool West Fort Hood Pool Youth Centers Bronco Youth Fitness Center Comanche Youth Center High Chaparral Youth Center Miscellaneous Services American Red Cross (toll free) 1-877-272-7337 BOSS Program Combined Federal Campaign NAF Civilian Personnel Advisory Center Palmer Theater Veterinary Clinic Robertson Blood Center Inprocessing DFMWR Headquarters Fort Hood Recycle Center Client Services (Legal Assistance

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Outreach

SOS: Keeping Connected

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he Army has not forgotten the surviving Families of fallen warriors. Survivor Outreach Services, a relatively new Army program, is designed to provide a proactive approach in meeting the needs of survivors, while also helping others prepare in advance for the unexpected. The SOS program works with the spouse, children, siblings, parents and loco parentis of the deceased service member, and not just in war time. Whether the service member was killed in action, suffered a combat-related death, committed suicide or died in an automobile accident, SOS will provide the surviving Families “continuous services, benefits and resources.” The program encompasses survivors of all service branches and military retirees. In what can be a very unstable and emotional period of one’s life, SOS provides a unified support program, which embraces survivors and reassures them that they are continually linked to the Military Family for as long as they desire. After a casualty notification, SOS faculty members meet with the service member’s next of kin and assist them in completing all appli-

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cable paperwork, such as the Survivor Benefit Plan, Veterans Affairs’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation and Social Security benefits. The staff also tracks payments that are made. It is very often that many survivors are in the dark when it comes to the financial compensation they are due. In fact, most Family members do not know much about the benefits they are authorized. The SOS team recommends that all current military spouses educate themselves on the benefits available, and sit down with their service member and discuss the hard questions, such as what happens if the service member is injured or killed. For example, the Defense Department Form 93 Record of Emergency Data is the legal document that Soldiers use to designate who is to be notified in the case of an emergency, sickness or death. With this form, the Soldier can also designate who will receive the death gratuity and unpaid pay and allowances, and who should direct the disposition of the Soldier’s remains in the event of death. Families should familiarize themselves with what the DD93 contains to avoid any conflicts


or surprises. While no amount of planning can protect a Family from all of life’s unexpected occurrences, Military Families, with their frequent relocations and separations, can benefit from planning ahead. Being prepared does not mean to only prepare while one is downrange, but one must be prepared across the board. Always remember to

prepare for the unexpected that can and usually does happen while driving on the highways, flying across the country, or picking up one’s children from school. Remember, Military Families need to have their affairs in order in case something happens. For more information on what Survivor Outreach Services offers, call 254-288-3655. ▲

Have issues with Fort Hood or the Army? Let Let your your voice voice be be heard heard at at the the 2010 2010 Army Army Family Family Action Action Plan Plan (AFAP) (AFAP) Conference Conference

October 19 thru 22 Comanche Chapel Volunteer or submit an issue! Call 254-287-2327 or stop by the Lane Volunteer Center, Bldg 16005.

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Sports

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ugust is known for many things around the great state of Texas, such as the month that most every school-aged child returns to school, many Families’ last trips to Six Flags or other amusements parks and particularly in Texas – the start of two-aday football practice. Each of these quite extraordinary events is what makes the month of August so special to many of our Soldiers and Families around Fort Hood. Did you know this month is known for something entirely different to a certain group of people? August is also known as National Golf Month. At “The Great Place” the most fascinating thing about August being National Golf Month is at The Courses of Clear Creek, every month seems like it is National Golf Month. The Courses of Clear Creek features a state-of-the-art grass surface, practice areas and a driving range that accommodates up to 35 golfers at a time. Three nine-hole adult courses are also situated on The Courses of Clear Creek grounds, providing optional areas for that perfect tee off. Children and young adults can also take advantage of our four-hole course, Rattlesnake Ridge, free of charge. The hours of operation of the golf course vary upon the sea-

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National Golf Month by Monty Campbell

sonal conditions and the daylight hours. Traditionally, the hours that the course is open are one half hour before sunrise and it closes at dusk every day of the year. Of course, on Thanksgiving, Christmas and severe weather days, the course is closed. While discussing the amazing particulars of The Courses of Clear Creek, one cannot forget to speak of the different array of tournaments that the course hosts. Not to mention, the premier golf tour- nament for Fort Hood golfers – The Club Championship. The Club Championship will be held September 4-5 with a shotgun start at 8 am each day of the tournament. The cost to enter the tournament is $50 per person plus applicable daily green fees and carts. Included in the cost is a catered dinner from Club Hood on Sunday. The Club Championship is a 36-hole individual stroke play tournament and is flighted after the first day. Winners of the tournament receive an etched glass trophy with their names engraved on them. To register for this or any other golf tournament at The Courses of Clear Creek, call 254-287-4130. ▲


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MilitaryLife

Advice: Soldi

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hat advice can I give a new Soldier and their Family about military life? I am hardly a subject matter expert, but I will share a bit of advice in hopes of making the transition a little easier. ●● The first and most important piece of advice that I can provide for every Soldier is to make copies of everything! Every single document that has your name on it needs to be copied and stored somewhere safe. Many Soldiers maintain a notebook of these documents so that they can be accessed easily and quickly. If possible, also create a digital backup and upload it to AKO or some other web based service so that they may be accessed on the go. There are countless reasons why this is a valuable tip, more than we have room for in this article.

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●● Know your first line supervisor and your Chain of Command; not just their names but how to reach them. We have a saying in the Army, “Two is one, one is none.” No matter what you need, your COC is going to be the first place you go. This group will be able to direct you to the answers you need, personal or professional. Family Members also need to have this information in case of an emergency so that your COC can be notified quickly. ●● We are very fortunate at Fort Hood to have many resources available. There are dozens of programs, services and events on and off post for Soldiers and their Families. One of our newest additions is the Resiliency Campus located at 31st and Battalion Ave. The Resiliency Campus offers everything from


Just Do It Right!

ier to Soldier by SPC Jonathon M. Hudson

financial services to Family and Individual counseling to a rock climbing wall and much more… all for Soldiers and their Families. ●● As a Soldier, you have the opportunity to do so many things beyond your MOS. Explore the training, certifications and schools that are available to you. Talk to your COC about furthering your education and take advantage of the free programs the Army has available for Active Duty Soldiers. ●● Talk to your battles and get involved with everything you possibly can. Volunteer in the community with Veterans Associations; you would be amazed what

you can learn from those that have “been there, done that.” Families are strongly encouraged to get involved with the unit’s Family Readiness Group and participate in meetings and events. This will give your Family the opportunity to have their voice heard. ●● Lastly, always remember that you are a Soldier, now and forever. Even if you are a spouse, the same principal applies. Just because you are not wearing your uniform or on post, does not change who you are and what you represent. Be responsible, carry yourself in a military manner and maintain your professional bearing. Be proud of who you are, what you’ve done and where you’re going. ▲

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Tips for Your Back to School Budget by Melody Squires, Financial Readiness Specialist

1. Set limits and review your budget. School supplies are an example of period expenses that can drain your wallet if you forget to include them in your plan. Determine how much money you realistically need and don’t spend a penny more. Contact the Army Community Service Financial Readiness Branch at 254-287-2489 for assistance in developing a spending plan or to attend financial classes. 2. Consider recycling last year’s supplies. Give your children a list and challenge them to a scavenger hunt around the house. 3. Healthy lunches can be inexpensive if you plan ahead and prepare them at home. Look for special deals at your grocery store. Check with your school to determine if your children qualify for free or low cost lunches. 4.. Online internet sites, garage sales and thrift stores. These are great places to sell clothing that no longer fit and toys your children have outgrown. Besides providing you with extra income you can find inexpensive clothes, backpacks and essentials for the current school year.

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5. Observe tax free weekend and sales. Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 20, 21 and 22. Don’t forget to check out the sales at your Post Exchange. 6. Little things add up. Include yearbooks, trips, pictures, sports and other after school activities in your budget. 7. Dress codes and school uniforms. Review your children’s school policies and plan accordingly. 8. Avoid trendy and cutesy items and instead stick to generic items that can be reused year after year. For younger children allow them to pick out one fancy eraser or pencil. Teach your teenagers money management skills by giving them a set amount for clothes and let them choose. 9. Year-round shopping. You don’t need to buy a year’s worth of school supplies on the first day of school. Spread the cost throughout the year and look for end of season sales and clearances. 10. Split the costs. Connect with your friends and other Families in your unit’s Family Readiness Group and buy tissues, hand sanitizers and baby wipes in bulk.▲


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Q: What can I do for my community in the month of October? A: Participate in

Make a Difference Day!

That answer is CORRECT! On October 23, Fort Hood and local surrounding communities will participate in Make a Difference Day, a national day of doing good. Units, organizations and individuals will set out to do something positive for the community, such as conduct food drives, repair homeless shelters, visit veterans and the elderly and more.   Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to help improve the community in which you live- adopt a project or submit your own! For more information on Make a Difference Day, call 254-287-8657. www.hoodmwr.com

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Child,Youth&SchoolServices

Back to School Health and Wellness Fair August 20, 10am Resiliency Campus Culinary Arts Building

Information Blast August 20, 2-5pm Bronco Youth Center

Pool Party

August 20, 5-8pm Comanche Youth Center & Comanche Pool

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uzzzzz! Your 6am alarm is happy to be buzzing since you’ve had it OFF for the past two months. Summer break has come to an end and yep… It’s time to go BACK TO SCHOOL! Review this lesson to make the most of your new school year: Subject: Back to School Bash 2010 Lesson 1 Part 1: Health and Wellness Fair On August 20, the event will start off at 10am at the Resiliency Campus Culinary Arts building with a Health and Wellness Fair. Did you know the human brain cell can hold five times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica? Or, that apples are more efficient at waking you up in the morning than caffeine? Good health and nutrition play vital roles in education. At the Health and Wellness Fair, health experts will share demonstrations on how to stay healthy, medical professionals will answer questions and a chef will share how to prepare healthy meals. Healthy, yet tasty, sack lunches will also be provided.

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by Jade Coleman Lesson 1 Part 2: Information Blast From 2-5pm Bronco Youth Center will be filled with activities for Families and children of all ages including inflatables, a skate park exhibition, community partnership information booths and more. At the Information Blast you can find out everything from A to Z about going back to school. Lesson 1, Part 3: Pool Party If you’re being a good student, you are still reading this lesson and you have earned your treat! For the final part of the Back to School Bash, come make a splash at a pool party, 5-8pm at the Comanche Youth Center/Comanche Pool. There will be music, games, cool door prizes and of course swimming! This will be your last chance to have a blast before you’re in my classroom learning lesson 2 on Monday morning. I would normally tell you to raise your hand if you have any questions, but this time I want you call 254-288-3770 or visit www.hoodmwr.com for more information. See you soon; I’ve missed you all summer! s


Teens

VENTURE TO

Army Youth Programs . . .

by Jerome Scott Last year, Fort Hood Child, Youth & School Services established a brand new after school program called the EDGE!.The EDGE! offers students in first through 12th grade the opportunity to try various types of experiences that fall under either art, life, fitness or adventure. To participate in the EDGE!, students must be registered with CYSS. Registration is free and participants can sign up at Parent Central Services. Each experience is offered as a package for one month.The package includes the activity, instruction with a professional in the field, all equipment, transportation from a designated CYSS site and a snack. The packages are $20 a month for a one day per week class for students in first through fifth grade. For students in sixth through 12th grade the program is completely FREE. Before working with the EDGE! program, I never thought about going SCUBA diving or taking up archery, but after seeing several of the brave students participate, I have a new found desire to try something adventurous. For those who want something a little less physical to cultivate their artistic side or develop life skills, the EDGE! also has packages for you. In the fall, activities will include jewelry making, painting, baking and more. You may be surprised how creative you can be! Join me and venture to the EDGE! For information, call 254-553-3995, check us out on Facebook at CYSS TEENS or log on to www.hoodmwr.com. s

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Couples101

How to Have an

At-Home Date Night by Ashley Holladay

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n honor of Anniversary Excuse Night on August 26, I have all the tips for you on how to enjoy the perfect at-home date night. No need to go out…snuggle into the comfort of your own home and reconnect with your significant other. Anniversary Excuse Night is a makeup day of sorts for those who perhaps didn’t have the chance to celebrate their anniversary together. Or maybe someone needs to get back on their significant others’ good side with a special night. Whether you need the makeup day or not, why not take some time out of your busy schedule to spend a romantic evening together? Having regular date nights, whether at home or out, can increase happiness and intimacy in a relationship because it gives the couple time to only focus on each other and forget about all the other day-to-day distractions.

Romance Date Night: Candles, dinner at the table, wine and snuggling on the couch to watch a movie afterwards are the components of a romantic date night. Keep in mind that you don’t have to cook the meal yourself. Maybe takeout would be better if you get stressed out when the kitchen is dirty, or consider cooking together. Wine Tasting Date Night: Ask for recommendations on good wine and stock up on lots of cheese and fruit. Maybe you’ll discover a new favorite! Throw a blanket out in the backyard and enjoy your wine tasting picnic in the open air. Wedding Reminiscing Date Night: Put on your wedding attire (or just something nice), pull out the wedding album or video and get a cake that is the same flavor as your cake from the big day. Dance in the living room to your first dance song. Game Date Night: Bring out your competitive edge and play a board game or two. Munch on popcorn or chips while you play. Raise the stakes by agreeing that whoever loses has to do the dishes! s

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