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Director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Column From the desk of Nicholas Johnsen
A s I h a v e grown older, I have become more sensitive to Christmas in ways that as a young man I had missed. I can remember growing up and always focusing on all of the newest and latest fads in toys thinking that would satisfy my life and improve my situation dramatically. The toys normally did, for a couple of hours, until they became “old”. Each year the process was not all that different. However, as I have grown and experienced the burden of deployments in support of combat operations, I realized that the greatest gifts in my life have been my Family, my friends, and my teammates. They have always been there for me regardless of the situation, and now in my later years of life I realize that their gift is priceless. We will celebrate Christmas in each of our homes with all of the trimmings and ceremonies of Family traditions. Many Families and teammates will celebrate with a Family member deployed in harms way. Yet, Christmas will happen on 25 December regardless of where this day finds those who serve our nation. Our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen will be giving us the greatest gift of allthe freedom to celebrate Christmas in our own individual way. Let us keep a place in our hearts for those deployed, loved ones or teammates, and remember their gift to us this Christmas.
HOOD HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE • VOLUME 8 • NUMBER 12 • 2009 2 VOICES OF THE GREAT PLACE Share a short story about your favorite holiday recipe... 4 HOBBIES Have a Very Crafty Holiday 5 FEATURE FACILITY We Help Make the Army Family One
6 FEATURE Sticky Fingers at the CDC 10 FAmILY FUN New Year’s Celebration Safety 12 FORT HOOD FmWR LOCATION GUIDE/PHONE LISTINGS Map, Listings, Addresses & Phone Numbers
Cinnamon Stick Holiday Star
Source: www.craftbits.com 14 HOLIDAY TRAVEL Supplies: Winterize Your Ride 5 sticks of cinnamon Glue (I recommend hot glue but if working with 16 HEALTH Tips to Stay Healthy children you can use craft glue, as long as it’s strong-hold) 18 RECREATION AND TwineLEISURE (can be found at the dollar store usually) Be in the Know 4-inch long piece of ribbon 20 ARmY Procedure: COmmUNITY SERVICE Begin by taking your sticks and laying them on Survivor Outreach top of Services each other to form a 5 point star.You do this by creating two triangles. Secure the ends of the cinnamon 22 HEALTH & FITNESS sticks to Set, eachGo other by adding a dab of glue and binding it Take Your Mark, Get ZUMBA! with decorative twine. Do this to all the points of the star. 23 TEENSForm the ribbon into a small loop and glue onto the top so Just 4 U Teens you can hang it.That’s it! 24 i BINGO Bing in the New Year
New Year’s Celebration Safety
Nicholas R. Johnsen
Director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division
Hood Happenings is an unauthorized, official monthly magazine for Family 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 & 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, DFMWR 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.
Garrison Commander COL Bill Hill Director DFMWR Nicholas R. Johnsen Deputy Director DFMWR Lorenzo J. Westbrook NAFSS Chief Susan Burns ACS Chief Jeanie Barton
BD Chief Mike Ernst RD Chief Johnny Pelton CYSS Chief Yveta Phillips Marketing Chief Tracy Thomas Administrative Assistant Sara Browning
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Each Monday, Family/Bowlopolis Night Each Monday & Wednesday, Zumbatomic, Meadows Elementary School Each Tuesday, Beef and Burgundy, Club Hood Each Thursday Family Pasta Night, Club Hood Each Friday & Saturday, Xtreme Bowling, Phantom Warrior Lanes Each Friday, Surf ‘n Turf, Club Hood Each Sunday, NFL Sunday Ticket, Backbone Lounge Weekdays - Daily Lunch, Club Hood Contact 254-287-4ACS for complete listing of ACS reoccurring classes Contact 254-287-8029 to sign up for programs offered by Child, Youth and School Services All dates subject to change Visit us at www.hoodmwr.com Facebook : “ Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation” MySpace.com/forthoodfmwr Twitter.com/forthoodfmwr For more information contact the activity or call 254-287-0337.
DECEMBER 4 Garrison Commander’s Tournament, The Courses of Clear Creek 5 Holiday-Themed Sunday Brunch, Club Hood 5 Williamson County Orchestra, Howze Theater 5 Youth Frost Bite Festival, Bronco Youth Center 5-6 Overnight Trail Ride, BLORA Ranch 8 Homefront I Debriefing-Home for the Holidays, Oveta Culp Lobby 8 CYS Services presents Victorian Tea, Phantom Warrior Center 11 Sav-A-Tot, Boost A Youth, Phantom Warrior Center 12 Boating Safety Course, BLORA Boat Dock Marina 16 Paper Gingerbread House Class, Casey Memorial Library 16 Army Family Team Building Birthday Celebration, Oveta Culp Hobby Soldier & Family Readiness Center 18 Youth Sports Extravaganza, Comanche Youth Center 19 Children’s Christmas Bingo, Community Events Center 19 Holiday Dash 5K Run/Walk, Abrams Physical Fitness Center 24 Training Holiday 26 Boating Safety Course, BLORA Boat Dock Marina 26 New Years Noisemakers Make ‘n Take Craft Class, Casey Memorial Library 28-30 Youth Sports Performance Enhancement Camp, Abrams Fitness Center 31 Training Holiday 31 Bowl in the New Year, Phantom Warrior Lanes JANUARY 2 Sunday Brunch, Club Hood 9 Zumbathon, Abrams Physical Fitness Center 28 Ron White Comedy Show, Abrams Physical Fitness Center 30 Temple Symphony Orchestra, Howze Theater
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Dear Reader: It’s time for the holidays again; time for Families and friends to gather for friendship, food and fun. Share a short story about what your favorite holiday recipe is. My favorite holiday recipe is my mom’s homemade Pizelle Cookies. She begins with making the batter from scratch and takes her time making each cookie the right size and tenderness! She takes great care and love in her baking. Thank you Mom for always showing your love to our Family each holiday season. Kathryn R. Adams As a child, I loved the smell of my grandmother’s home during the holidays. It always smelled of my favorite cookie, pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! Here is the recipe: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats, uncooked 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, slightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking sheets. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate pieces. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until firm and lightly browned. Jenny Thompsen
Have a Crafty Holiday by Ashley Holladay
he holiday season is the perfect time to get a little crafty. People all over the world tend to spend entirely too much money on everything from holiday décor to gifts for friends and Family. It can be a In the challenge to keep things under budget this time of spirit of the crafting seayear, so I personally resort to DIY (Do it Yourself) son, I thought I’d share one of my faideas for both décor and gifts. vorite little holiday crafts. It’s easy enough for A quick internet search for “DIY Holiday children to make but it also looks great hanging on your Gifts” or “DIY Holiday Décor” will result in hun- tree and it smells wonderful! s dreds of pages worth of fun and creative ideas. One of my personal favorite crafting websites is www.craftbits.com. However, some of us who aren’t exactly what you would call “natural born crafters” may need a little more face-to-face instruction and assistance. Lucky for us, Casey Memorial Library hosts craft classes a couple of times a month for no cost at all. This month they are having a Paper Gingerbread House Class on December 16 and a New Year’s Noisemakers Make ‘n Take Craft Class on December 26. Both will Cinnamon Stick begin at 6pm. For more inforHoliday Star mation on the craft classes call Source: www.craftbits.com 254-287-4921. Another option for assisSupplies: 5 sticks of cinnamon tance is to stop by Fort Hood’s Glue (I recommend hot glue but if working with only building dedicated solely children you can use craft glue, as long as it’s strong-hold) to arts and crafts, Apache Arts & Twine (can be found at the dollar store usually) Crafts Center. At Apache, they 4-inch long piece of ribbon have everything from a T-shirt Procedure: Begin by taking your sticks and laying them on screen printer to pottery wheels top of each other to form a 5 point star.You do this by and ceramics to a framing cencreating two triangles. Secure the ends of the cinnamon sticks to each other by adding a dab of glue and binding it ter and much more. It’s the perwith decorative twine. Do this to all the points of the star. fect stop for some great (cheap) Form the ribbon into a small loop and glue onto the top so DIY holiday gifts and décor. you can hang it.That’s it! For more info on what Apache Arts & Crafts has to offer call 254-287-0343.
ACS – We Help Make the Army Family One by Monty Campbell
doesn’t appreciate help? Everyone needs a Wlittlehoassistance every now and then and on Fort Hood, Soldiers and their Families have a perfect organization that is here to help them – Army Community Service. Army Community Service is comprised of a group of uplifting individuals that provide invaluable information to the members of the largest installation in the free world. Soldiers and their Family Members have the ability to learn or receive assistance on the following topics: employment, financial, deployment/mobilization, volunteering, relocating, stress/anger/conflict, parenting and so much more! Another aspect of ACS that continues to improve the quality of life for Fort Hood Families is the Army Family Team Building (AFTB) program. The AFTB program recognizes that leaders in the Army have a responsibility to establish a partnership between the Army and Army Families. Awareness and understanding of the resources available to leaders and to Families will empower Family Members with the ability to better manage their lives during separation and while living within the Army culture. And don’t forget that after 15 years of meeting the growing needs of the Army, AFTB is the link that connects Family Members to the Army. For more information on ACS and AFTB log on to http://hoodmwr.com/acs. s www.hoodmwr.com
Sticky Fingers at the CDC! by Johanna Rosson
ooking for fun with the kids this holiday season? I have included in this issue the recipe for starting a new Family tradition that your kids will never forget; I know that it has worked well for me! I have been making gingerbread houses for almost fifteen years. Through trial and error, and even a â€œthrow downâ€? with Bobby Flay this recipe has stood the test of holiday time! To help with this yearâ€™s holiday cottage I received assistance from some cute little elves at the Chaffee Child Development Center.The kids jumped right in and started decorating the roof. They were so excited to be a part of this project.
With a little planning and preparation, your kids can also be a part of such a great experience! I have found that most gingerbread projects fall flat because of a lack of preparation. I recommend that you make the dough and roll out and bake the pieces a day before you plan to decorate. The next morning, assemble the house allowing enough time for the icing to set on the front and side walls (about 4 hours) before the roof goes on. Future gingerbread artists must also allow plenty of time for the roof to dry before decorating. Following these steps will ensure less frustration and more fun for all! Happy Holidays! s
To make the little trees I used upside down ice cream cones decorated with green royal icing and gold edible beads. To make the fence I used pretzels lined up and secured with green and white royal icing and finished with edible snowflakes. The woodpile is made from pretzel logs.
Gingerbread Dough Recipe 6 cups flour 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup light corn syrup* 1 cup packed light brown sugar* 1 cup margarine Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Combine light corn syrup, light brown sugar, and margarine in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat until margarine is melted. Stir the liquid into the flour mixture. Mix well using hands to mix as dough becomes stiff. Chill the dough until it is easy to handle. Roll the dough out to a 1/8â€? thickness on parchment paper. Using the patterns provided, cut into the required shapes. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Check for air bubbles during baking and poke them with a sharp knife or a toothpick. When baking is done, slide the parchment with the hot cookies onto a large cooling rack. Make sure all pieces lie flat. * Note: Dark corn syrup or dark brown sugar may be substituted and will result in darker dough.
Royal Icing Recipe 1-pound box powdered sugar 3 egg whites at room temperature 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar Sift the entire pound of sugar to remove all lumps. Place egg whites in mixer bowl. Add sugar and cream of tartar to whites while stirring. When all the sugar is incorporated, turn mixer on high and beat mixture until thick and very white. Mixture will hold a peak. This process should take 5 to 7 minutes. When finished, cover icing tightly with a damp cloth or plastic wrap as it dries very quickly and will form a crust. To tint icing, use a small amount of color at a time. Paste food colors will not change the consistency of the icing as liquid coloring will. You only need to add a small amount to make a pastel color. For a quarter cup of icing, dip the tip of a toothpick into the color and then into the icing. Stir well. If you desire more color, dip again, gradually. For strong colors such as red, royal blue, and dark purple, you will need 1/8 teaspoon to ? cup icing. Add more or less as you desire. * Note: If you plan to make several colors as you will for ornaments, a muffin tin makes a handy palette. Recipe from Gingerbread for All Seasons by Teresa Layman, Abradale Press, New York, 1997 cont.
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ach New Year I look forward to a fresh start, an instilled sense of optimism about what lies ahead… and the fabulous fun that is New Year’s Eve! Many people ring in the New Year and this “new start” with a big celebration. Please celebrate safely. Make note of these New Year’s Eve celebration safety tips: ■ Don’t drink and drive, simply put. Choose a designated driver before heading out for the evening. Public transportation is another safe option; have the number for a local cab service programmed in your cell phone. ■ If you are the host of a New Year’s Eve party please ensure that non-alcoholic drinks are also served. This will allow for non-drinkers and designated drivers to also feel included. ■ Just as important for hosts and partygoers alike, have the strength to refuse drinks to guests that may be out of hand/exhibiting signs of intoxication. Step up to the plate and assist a friend who may have celebrated a little too much. ■ Fort Hood does not allow the use of fireworks on post. Off post, city ordinances have strict rules regarding the usage of fireworks. Check your city ordinance before striking that match. ■ When lighting fireworks always keep water on hand in the event of an accident. Also, to ensure the utmost safety of all involved, be mindful that the individual igniting the fireworks is not intoxicated. ■ A pet left at home alone could be a problem because pets can become easily frightened with the sound of fireworks going off around the neighborhood, or by the noise of large crowds of people celebrating. Often pets become scared and try to escape; make sure that your pet has ID tags with current information on them, and that they are safely secured both before and through the holiday period.
Happy New Year to all and the very best wishes for 2010! s
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285-2090 287-7310 287-3626 287-3715
To ATV Park & North Fort Hood
Child Development Centers Central Registration Clear Creek Child Development Ctr. Comanche Child Development Ctr. Fort Hood Child Development Ctr. Chaffee Child Development Ctr. Child Development Services, Admin Family Readiness Centers Oveta Culp Hobby SFRC Soldier & Family Assistance Center 1CD Center 3rd Signal Brigade Center 4ID Center
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Fort Hood Lodging Bldg Poxon Guest House 111 Keith Ware Hall Reservations Desk 36006 Information / Assistance Programs Relocation Assistance Program 121 Volunteer Services 16005 Abuse Hotline 121 Army Community Service 121 Army emergency Relief 121 Army Family Team Building 16005 Community Life Program 1001 Consumer Affairs 121 Financial Readiness Program 121 Food Program 121 Loan Closet 121 Mobilization & Deployment (ACS) 16005 Visitor’s Control Center 69012 Library Services Casey Memorial Library Circulation Desk 3202 Library Overdue Section 3202 Library Reference Section 3202
CLEAR CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Map Phone 38 532-2100 24 532-8233 43 44 43 43 43 44 25 43 43 43 43 44 39
287-4471 287-8657 287-CARe (2273) 287-4ACS 288-5003 286-6600 618-7720 287-CITY (2489) 288-2862 287-7130 287-8595 288-2794 287-9909
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Chapels Comanche Chapel Iron Horse Chapel 1 Cav Memorial Chapel Red Team Chapel Spiritual Fitness Center 4th ID Memorial Chapel 19 Street Chapel 13th SC(e) Chapel Historical Old Post Chapel West Fort Hood Chapel
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287-6069 286-5768 286-6284/6285 285-5411 289-9525
Fitness Centers Abrams Physical Fitness Ctr. Burba Physical Fitness Ctr. Harvey Physical Fitness Ctr. Iron Horse Physical Fitness Ctr. Kieschnick Physical Fitness Ctr. Grey Wolf Physical Fitness Ctr. Starker Physical Fitness Ctr. Resiliency Wellness Center West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Ctr.
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Recreational Activities Apache Arts & Crafts Center Phantom Warrior Lanes Community events Center (Bingo) Sprocket Auto Crafts School Age Services (SAS Sites) Clark elementary School Clear Creek elementary School Duncan elementary School Montague elementary School Venable elementary School Walker / Meadows Site Sports & Fitness Programs Competitive Sports Info Aerobics & Skating Intramural Sports Hood Stadium Varsity Sports Youth Sports
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Phone 532-9324 287-8484 287-5215 287-5215 532-5073 287-4130 532-4552 287-2434
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Swimming Pools Abrams Pool (Indoor) Aquatics Director Comanche Pool 13th SC(e) Pool 3dACR Pool 4th ID 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
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Phone 287-4648 287-9430 287-7544 287-3689 618-7336 286-5967 287-5037 287-3437 287-8637 288-9838
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HolidayTravel If the weather outside is frightful, is your auto ready?
Winterize Your Ride by Kelsey M. West
ast weekend, I was supposed to go on a road trip to visit Family a few hours away. It was an unusually cool morning and to make matters worse, it was pouring down rain. I wasn’t going to miss my niece’s birthday so I packed up the car and got ready to go. I put my key in
the ignition… and nothing. My car wouldn’t start! I have a fairly new vehicle so this was unusual. Thankfully, I have AAA so I called for assistance. What I found out is that even though winters in Texas are mild compared to most, it is still imperative to properly winterize your vehicle. Patrons can do their own car work, or assistance and instruction is available for the less experienced patron. Sprocket Auto Crafts is located at 20th Street and Old Ironsides Avenue, Bldg 9138. For more information, call 254-287-2725. s
TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR RIDE READY
1. Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures. 2. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Here’s another important step to take before you find yourself struggling to see in a blinding storm: Fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. (Plain water won’t do the trick at this time of year because it freezes.) Also check to see that your heater and defroster are working properly so you can keep the windshield nice and clear. 3. Give your battery a little TLC. This is an ideal time of year to make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosionfree and that your battery has all the water it needs. If your battery is more than three years old, have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge. 4. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses. 5. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along — and traction is often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now.
Dashing down the road… ’round about the way… Going to run or walk 5K… on this jolly day!
Join us for the HOLIDAY DASH 5K RUN/WALK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC December 19 - 8am Abrams Physical Fitness Center, 62nd St and Support Ave, Bldg 23001 254-287-2016 www.hoodmwr.com to register
SPROCKET AUTO CRAFTS IS YOUR ON POST RESOURCE FOR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE.
to stay healthy in the winter by Monty Campbell
h the weather outside is frightful, but the O fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Alright, so the likelihood of snow occurring in Central Texas is very slim, but the winter months are once again upon us. With the onset of the winter months, there are a few tips that we all must remember to avoid becoming ill in the cold and flu season. These tips will continue to help you live that healthy lifestyle. s
TOP TEN TIPS 1) Washing your hands is a must if you hope to keep germs at bay. Viruses and bacteria can live for hours on surfaces touched by an infected person. Then they are transferred to the next healthy person to come along. 2) Effectively utilize hand sanitizers to maintain that germ-free quality when you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water. 3) When you go outside, cover up. There is absolutely no reason to try and brave the elements when you do not need to. If you become more heated, you can always remove a layer of clothing. 4) Remain a safe distance from those that are already ill. The more distance that is maintained between the healthy and the infected, the less likely you are to become ill. 5) Try to avoid the crowds this winter. The more people in one concentrated area, the more the likelihood that there is a high concentration of germs infecting the area. 6) Remain hydrated. Although it may seem cliché, hydration is a key element in one’s health. 7) Eat a wide variety of foods, including plenty of fresh and seasonal fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. 8) Continue to exercise during the winter months, just remember to remain covered. Just because the temperature drops does not mean that you can drop the workout routine. 9) When working out in the winter, remember to stretch before, during and after your workout. This will help avoid any unnecessary injury. 10) Above all else, remain happy. A happy person is a healthy person. Joy and laughter uplift one’s spirit and helps them to remain healthy.
Behavioral Problems Tour
Tater Salad returns to Fort Hood! Come listen to the Comedy Central and Blue Collar Comedy Tour Comedian Ron White as he brings down the house at Abrams Physical Fitness Center.
Doors Doors Open Open at at 66 pm pm
Show Starts at 7 pm Free, Free, Open Open to to all all 18+ 18+
Abrams Physical Fitness Center 62nd Street & Support Avenue, Bldg 23001 254-286-5342 Please note: As part of this act, the performer will be smoking; cigar smoke will be present. No other smoking allowed. This performance is intended for adult audiences and may contain material that may be offensive to some individuals or inappropriate for individuals under 18 years of age in accordance with AR 215-1.
Be in the Know by Ashley Holladay
s t h g i l h g Hood Hi
obody likes realizing that you were missing out on the latest and greatest events simply because you didn’t know about them. The same goes for here on Fort Hood. There are so many amazing activities, events and programs, but how can you possibly keep up with all of them? Here at the Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation department, we strive to always come up with new ways to keep our information flow streamlined and easy to access.There are several new methods that we are using that we want you to know about. We recently jumped feet first into the world of social networking. Follow us on Twitter, fan us on Facebook or friend us on Myspace to get updates about what we have going on. We even give out exclusive information only to our social networking followers, such as information on how to acquire free football or rodeo tickets. It’s also a great interactive way to give feedback, share your photos from our events or ask us questions. Our public relations team also recently began publishing a weekly digital newsletter called Hood Highlights. It covers activities and programs that we may not always be able to cover in Hood Happenings magazine. It also has lots of information on dining and nightlife on Fort Hood. All you
have to do to start receiving Hood Highlights is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and it will start arriving in your inbox every Tuesday. One not-so-new method of sharing information is our website, www.hoodmwr.com. However, we have added a few new features to keep it more up to date.You can now access digital copies of Hood Highlights or Hood Happenings from our homepage or if you like receiving updates right to your inbox, sign up for NIK (Now I Know) on our website. Click on the yellow “NIK Info” button and enter your email address to start receiving emails. In addition, we have a digital calendar that we list events on so you can view what’s happening on a given day, week or month. To access the calendar go to our homepage and in the column on the far left hand side of the page you will see a link to “FMWR Calendar of Activities”. Click on that link and it will take you to the master calendar which lists all upcoming events and activities within FMWR. Now you’ll never have an excuse to say,“But I didn’t know about it!” because you’ll always be “in the know” with these new methods of finding out what’s going on at the Great Place. Questions? Call us at 254-285-5372. s
Outlines Changes in
he Survivor Outreach Services Program held a summit in Alexandria, Va., which included a briefing from Lynn McCollum, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Director of Family Programs. She emphasized the work that’s been done over the past year and the needs her staff is currently addressing. “We need to do better in providing access to support information and services closer to where you live, to keep that connection with the Army for as long as you want,” McCollum said. Based on the gaps identified at the first SOS summit, McCollum updated the survivors on what’s been done over the past year to improve these services. “We’ve added 50 support coordinators for the Active Army, eight for the Reserve and our plan is to hire 108 for the Army National Guard who will be stationed at Army Community Services (ACS) centers, regional Reserve Readiness commands and Joint Force headquarters in the 50 states and four territories. “At Casualty Assistance Centers (CAC), we’ve added 35 benefits coordinators, and at ACS centers, we’ve added financial consultants. We’ve also added 30 trainers at CAC to better train Casualty officers and Notification officers,” McCollum said.
Support for Survivors by Rob McIlvaine
Other recently added benefits and entitlements for survivors, McCollum said, include extending housing benefits to 365 days post time of death. Survivors living off the installation are now provided one year of basic allowance for housing. One of the other changes is an SOS landing page, now accessible through Army OneSource. “To help bring resources to you, we are developing a virtual world in cyberspace so it’s easier to connect with others,” McCollum said. Social networking, resource links, and a monitored feedback loop to respond to survivor queries and provide support is currently available. Under development is a virtual world space for Survivors, only. At full operational capability the virtual world space will be a place for survivors to connect and meet in a secure, private on-line environment, such as a virtual world chapel that will enable Survivors to reach chaplain support on-line. While the Summit indicated there is more work to be done, Army leadership at the most senior levels is clearly dedicated to ensure the needs of our Survivors are met. Working together with Survivors from throughout the Army, SOS will continue to be an advocate for change for Survivors.s
For more information on the Survivor Outreach Services Program call: 254-288-3655
Take Your Mark, Get Set,
Go ZUMBA! I
f you think motivating your kids to maintain a healthy and physically fit lifestyle has to be another one of those things they’re just not that into, think again! Fun, music and rhythmic dancing are the motivational ingredients that will have your kids begging to be a part of the Zumbatomic® fitness program. When participating in the Zumbatomic® fitness program, your kids are sure to burn those holiday calories and effectively tone all muscle groups while improving their cardiovascular system. This exhilarating activity keeps our youth constantly engaged and entertained utilizing a variety of rhythms including salsa, meringue, samba, belly dancing, cumbia, flamenco, reggaeton and more! With the holiday season in effect, we know that finances can be limited due to additional shopping, traveling and dining. Hence another great thing about the Zumbatomic® physical fitness program is that it’s no cost to you for your kids to be in-
by Jade Coleman
volved. All you have to do is register them. Your kids will appreciate you for it. According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education(NASPE), youth between the ages of 3 and 12 should accumulate at least 60 minutes daily of exercise. Taking this fact into consideration the Zumbatomic® physical fitness program is designed to support the overall wellness of the mind, body and soul of our youth. On the other hand the Zumba style workout wasn’t designed just for kids. Adults and seniors are also encouraged to come take part in Zumba. The Fort Hood Youth Sports and Fitness Program and Abrams Physical Fitness Center are partnering up to bring you Zumbathon. The event will be open to all ages on Saturday, January 9 from 6-9pm at Abrams Physical Fitness Center. So take your mark, get set, and go Zumba! We can’t wait to see you come out and be a part of this fun-filled experience! For more information please call 254-288-3770. s
Just 4 U Teens T
by Jade Coleman
he holidays are IN and school is OUT! Now you just need something FUN to do in order to convince your parents to let you out of the BORING house. Donâ€™t fret teens, we have some fun activities planned just for you. For more information on all events please call 254-287-8029. s
Sports Extravaganza - FREE Come out and participate in a basketball tournament, volleyball, play xbox360 and jam out with Dance Revolution and Beatleâ€™s B a nd, e l e c t ron ic da r t b o ard s, po o l table, ping pong and much more! Cool door prizes will be given away throughout the night such as MP3 players and Wii games. Dec 18 6-11pm Comanche Youth Center Bldg 52019, Tank Destroyer Blvd HIRED! Winter Lock-in - $15 All teens registered with Child, Youth & School Ser vices are invited for a night of fun activities and special trips. Dec 18 7pm-7am High Chaparral Youth Center Bldg 5485, Past Shoppette in Pershing Park
Austin Park and Pizza - $25 Gather up some of your friends and come out and enjoy a fun time at Austin Park and Pizza. Dec 23 1-7pm Austin Park and Pizza in Austin (Transportation provided)
Youth Sports Performance Enhancement Camp - $5 Maximize on your athletic abilities by becoming more in shape. Sports enhancement involves all the concepts of improving power, speed, agility and core strength. Dec 28-30 9am-12pm Abrams Physical Fitness Center Bldg 23001 62nd & Support Ave.
Holiday in the Park - $40 Take a trip to see all the winter wonders at Six Flags in Arlington, TX. Dec 21 9am-1am Six Flags Arlington (Transportation provided)
For more information on all teen events please call 254-287-8029. www.hoodmwr.com
BING in the New Year with iBingo: This just might be your lucky year!
by Tashika Dixon
he secret is out! The power of iBingo can no longer be contained and it has officially burst its way onto the Great Place. Fort Hoodâ€™s electronic game enthusiasts have an extraordinary opportunity to bring in the New Year at Phantom Warrior Lanes with the new and innovative iBingo trend. With self-contained electronic devices capable of performing the most intensive bingo tasks, players enjoy a full color oversized display, ease of operation, long battery life and touch screen capability so they can have their numbers daubed automatically when a ball is called. Itâ€™s a game of vast opportunity, with daily jackpots up to $6,000, plus additional daily cash prizes ranging from $20-500. Just last month, one player won $3,000! There are many advantages of iBingo, along with great interactive fun; players can enjoy playing with friends and Family during this holiday season. Patrons may purchase desired game amount at the central register, grab a bite to eat, listen to tunes on the juke box, or even play in between bowling times. With the option to play up to four cards at a time and games lasting a mere 15 seconds, the prospect of a win will be exceedingly high and only a screen tap away! So share some of your holiday fun with your FMWR Family and seek your luck with iBingo, your fresh game of festivity and fortune! s
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Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area • BLORA
Nov 20 - Jan 3 5:30 - 11 pm nightly
Car, Mini-Van & Pick-Up - $5 15 – Passenger Van, Limos & RVs - $15 24 – Passenger Van - $25 47 – Passenger Van or Larger Bus - $40
World Finance and Tax Service
Personal Credit and Tax Service
Santa’s Village: Nov 20 - 22, Fri - Sun, Nov 26 - Dec 13, Thurs - Sun, Dec 17 - Dec 24, Nightly, Open Thanksgiving • Seasonal Crafts & Wares • Photos with Santa • Homemade Cookies • Hot Chocolate and More
Killeen Evening Lions Club
AAFES ACE Fence Ashford Homes Blackhawk Management Central Texas College Cleo Bay Honda Coca-Cola Cove Leader Press EMBARQ Equipment Depot Freedom Furniture Heart of Texas Federal Credit Union Jack Hilliard Distributing Killeen ISD Lamar Outdoor Advertising Nami Japanese Hibachi, Sushi & Bar Oak Farms Dairy Quality Paint & Body Tarleton State University Temple Bottling Company Temple College United Rentals Western Insurance
Open to the Public
During Nov 20 - Dec 9 Enter for your chance to win One of Two Camping Packages at BLORA Drawing Held Dec 10, only one entry per vehicle per visit.
Experience the splendor Monday-Wednesday evenings and receive the 2nd edition collectible Nature in Lights Ornament. *While supplies last*
www.hoodmwr.com or 254- 287-2523 for details & directions *All pricing is subject to change Sponsorship does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Army or Fort Hood. Individuals requiring accommodations due to disability, should contact the park office two weeks prior to the event at 287-4907.
Published on Dec 2, 2009
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