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AF to support joint-interagency effort for presidential inauguration BY 1ST LT. ASHLEIGH PECK AIR FORCE DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON PUBLIC AFFAIRS

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -On Jan. 21, more than 5,000 service members from active, Guard and Reserve components of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard as well as other federal, state and local agencies will take part in the nation’s 57th Presidential Inauguration. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command and its Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), is providing military ceremonial support to inaugural events. JTF-NCR will coordinate all U.S. military support during the 10-day inaugural period from Jan. 15-24. “The inaugural period is a largescale cooperative effort among federal, state and local agencies - it’s a great opportunity for our Airmen to work in a joint-interagency environment,” said Air Force District of Washington Commander Maj. Gen. Sharon K.G. Dunbar who also serves as the 320th Air Expedition-

ary Wing (AEW) commander. “More than 1,000 Airmen will be involved in the 2013 inaugural events.” Air Combat Command activated the 320 AEW on April 9 as the Air Force Component Headquarters to JTF-NCR. The 320 AEW is providing an array of support including command and control, communications, inter-agency liaison, logistics, engineering, legal, and contingency response. “We’ll have a large contingent of proud Airmen supporting inaugural events. Our U.S. Air Force Band and Honor Guard will join Honor Cordons and marching units comprised of active duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen from across the National Capital Region and the Air Force Academy,” Dunbar said. “Hundreds more Total Force Airmen will be supporting myriad contingency, communication, and command and control operations behind the scenes.” The U.S. military has participated in this important American tradition since April 30, 1789, when members of the U.S. Army, local militia units and Revolutionary War

veterans escorted George Washington to his first inauguration ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City. Military support for the inauguration is designed to honor the Commander-in-Chief, recognize civilian control of the military and celebrate democracy. “It has been a privilege to work with the great group of folks here at JTF-NCR - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guardsmen - who are all doing phenomenal work,” said Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. James P. Scanlon, JTF-NCR deputy commander for inaugural support. AFDW also provides personnel, legal, chaplain, finance, logistics, medical, and safety support for designated Air Force activities located within the NCR as well as for select Field Operating Agencies and Air Force elements worldwide on a daily basis. This responsibility entails support for approximately 40,000 Air Force military and civilian personnel in more than 2,000 Air Force elements at 500 locations in 108 countries.

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Members of the U.S. Air Force Band march down Constitution Avenue during a practice run of the inauguration parade for President-elect Barack Obama back in Jan. 2009.

Thrift Savings Plan: Traditional or Roth, bottom line is saving when it matters most BY DESIREE N. PALACIOS AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark. But what about Airmen who serve fewer than 20 years? What can they take away from their Air Force service beyond a medal, a handshake and solid work experience? A Thrift Savings Plan is a retirement and savings plan originally designed for Federal Employee’s Retirement System employees and later became available to service members and employees of the older Civil Service Retirement System. On Oct. 1, service members became eligible to take advantage of

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a Roth version of the Thrift Savings Plan, where money is deducted from taxed income, but becomes tax-free money when it is withdrawn. According to TSP’s external affairs director, Kim Weaver, there’s a big difference between the two options. “The biggest difference is that the traditional TSP is pre-taxed money, so it reduces the amount of your income in that year,” she said. “So let’s say your salary is $50,000 and you contribute $5,000 to traditional TSP. That money comes out before you pay taxes on it. You’re only paying taxes on $45,000, but, when you retire, or when you need the money, you pay taxes on what you withdraw then. “The Roth TSP is just the opposite,” she explained. “The money coming into the Roth TSP is after-

tax money.” Contributors pay taxes before it is put in their account and as long as they follow two IRS rules, it will remain tax free, Weaver explained. Funds contributed must remain in the Roth TSP for five years and members must be 59 and a half before they can withdrawal their funds. “All of the money that comes out is already taxed, so when that money is withdrawn at retirement, it is tax-free, which makes obviously a huge difference,” she explains. “Then the question becomes, ‘Do I think I’m going to pay higher taxes now or higher taxes later and is it going to help me to defer income now or is it ok to pay taxes going into the Roth TSP?” Federal employees can use the contribution comparison calculator on www.tsp.gov to help them

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determine which plan is right for them. The maximum contribution this year will be $17,500. Although Federal Employees must sign up for TSP, Weaver explained that Airmen can take advantage of TSP from day one of their enlistment. It is done through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. While most look at TSP as a roadmap to a comfortable retirement, Weaver said that enrolling in thrift savings, even for one or two enlistments, can pay real dividends. “They can either leave it in their TSP untouched, move the money around within the funds or leave it in until they are ready to retire,” Weaver said. “They can also roll it over into another 401k plan in the private sector if they choose to do that. So, just because service members leave the military, it doesn’t

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mean they are forfeiting their money. Once they contribute their money, the TSP belongs to the participant.” One bit of caution. There can be large tax consequences for Airmen who simply pull their money out without any type of rollover into another account. TSP officials also confirm the adage that the ‘early bird gets the worm,’ or in the case of TSP, the dividends. For example, two Airmen join the military at the same time. One Airman decides to immediately put away five percent of her pay for 20 years while the other Airman decides to invest 10 percent of his pay for his last 10 years of service. Which service member would

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WASHINGTON (NNS) -The legislation that President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 that postponed the fiscal cliff means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said recently. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the “tax holiday” the rate was 4.2 percent. The increase in Social Security withholding taxes affects both military and civilian paychecks, officials said. For civilian employees, officials said, this will mean a 2 percent reduction in net pay. For military personnel, changes to net pay are affected by a variety of additional factors such as increases in basic allowances for housing, subsistence, longevity basic pay raises and promotions. Service members could see an increase in net pay, no change or a decrease, military personnel and readiness

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officials said. For military members, Social Security withholding is located on their leave and earnings statement in the blocks marked “FICA taxes” - for Federal Insurance Contributions Act. DoD civilians will see the change on their leave and earnings statement under “OASDI” - for old age, survivors, and disability insurance. Reserve component members will be the first to see potential changes in their net pay as a result of the law, DFAS officials said. Changes will be reflected in their January paychecks. Active duty military personnel will see pay adjustments in their January midmonth paycheck and will be reflected on the January leave and earnings statement. DOD civilians will see social security withholding changes reflected in paychecks based on the pay period ending Dec. 29, 2012, for pay dates beginning in January. DFAS stresses that all personnel should review pay statements carefully.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Jan. 8 that it is piloting a program to offer electric vehicle charging stations at several of its NEXs. “We are piloting this program to meet the needs of our customers who own electric vehicles,” said Robert J. Bianchi, chief executive officer, NEXCOM. “Since electricity is considered an alternative fuel, we are also in alignment with the government’s goal to reduce petroleum consump-

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the use of alternative fuels. Electric vehicle charging stations are a win for our customers, for the Navy and for the environment.” NEX Bethesda, Md., is the first store to offer electric vehicle charging. Adjacent to the new NEX is a two-level 500-space parking garage that features two electric vehicle charging spots reserved specifically for eco-friendly, low emissions vehicles. “Our customers are definitely using the electric vehicle charger,” said Rico J. Macaraeg, head of Employee Development and Marketing, NEX Northern District. “We have one cus-

car. While the car is charging, he grabs lunch in our food court and does some shopping.” The cost for charging an electric vehicle in Bethesda is $.48 per kilowatt hour. Customers pay for the service at the charging station by either using radio frequency identification credit or a ChargePoint® key fob card, which acts as a debit card. “The price to charge a vehicle may differ from one NEX location to another,” said Larry Boone, NEXCOM’s automotive program manager. “We survey the surrounding area to ensure our pricing is competi-

customers are receiving the best price, just like any other product or service they would find at the NEX.” NEXCOM plans to provide electric vehicle charging stations at NEX San Diego and NEX North Island, Calif., this year and NEX Annapolis, Md., in 2014 when its new store is scheduled to open. “We chose these locations to offer electric vehicle charging stations because electric vehicle concentration is greater in these metropolitan areas,” Boone said.

doubled his contribution for the remainder of his career? The Airman who chose to contribute five percent from day one is the winner. This Airman ended up saving more overall due to compound interest that accumulated over a longer period of time. This despite the fact that the other Air-

man saved doubled the amount of his pay for 10 years. The Airman who started contributing as soon as she joined would have a total estimated TSP account balance of $95,133 while the other Airman who waited would have a total estimate TSP account balance of $51,325. The difference

is almost double. “If you get an early start and put in just a little bit of money into either the traditional or Roth TSP, youare going to do yourself a big favor for that time when you are ready to retire,” Weaver said. For more information on the Thrift Savings Plan, go to www.tsp.gov.


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Uniform wear policies vary among military services WASHINGTON - Goodbye casual Fridays, at least for the Marine Corps. Effective immediately, all non-deployed Marines and sailors assigned to Marine units are required to wear the appropriate seasonal service uniform. Except in cases where commanders allow exceptions based on operational requirements, active- as well as reserve-component Marines will show up for duty every Friday wearing service uniforms. The change comes from a directive Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos issued in November. The designated uniform worn from November to March will be the Service B “Bravos” and from April to October, the Service C “Charlies” will be worn, the directive specified. “Unlike the utility uniform, the service uniforms are form fitting, and this characteristic provides leaders with an opportunity to frequently

evaluate the personal appearance of their Marines without inducing a work stoppage,” said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael E. Sprague, senior enlisted advisor for Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve. “Watching Marines square their gig line away and adjust their uniform is indicative of the ‘spit and polish’ pride we seem to have strayed from,” he said. The new Marine policy came just after the Air Force rescinded its “Blues Monday” policy that had required most airmen to wear the blue uniform every Monday. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III announced in November that he was eliminating the service-wide policy, giving commanders authority to designate uniform wear. Welsh’s decision overturned one former Air Force Chief of Staff Norton A. Schwartz had instituted in 2008 as a partial return to pre-9/11 uniform practices. Airmen had been wearing camouflage uniforms at the time, but Schwartz said he

believed that “part of our image, culture and professionalism is instilled in our blues.” Neither the Army nor Navy have servicewide requirements regarding wear of service uniforms, spokespeople for both services confirmed. Wear of uniform decisions are made by commanders or, in the Navy, by designated uniform prescribing authorities who issue uniform policy within their geographic regions. However, Frank Shirer from the Army Center of Military History recalls a day when all soldiers were required to wear their service green uniforms -- and undergo an inspection -- when they reported to receive their pay. That requirement and the so-called “pay-day inspections” were discontinued during the 1970s as the Army began making direct deposits through electronic banking, Shirer said. (Editor’s Note: Marine Corps Cpl. Nana DannsaAppiah contributed to this article.)

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January application phase to open for Sailors seeking PCS orders FROM NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

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Chief Warrant Officer Liz Rivera, combat systems rating assignment officer at Navy Personnel Command, trains Chief Fire Controlman Mike Zdunkawicz on how to use the Enlisted Assignment Information System (EAIS). Detailers use EAIS in conjunction with Career Management System/Interactive Detailing to post Sailors to billets.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -The Career Management System Interactive Detailing (CMS/ID) application phase began Jan. 10, and will remain open until 5 a.m. Jan. 22 for Sailors in their permanent change of station (PCS) orders negotiation window. CMS/ID is the web-based program enlisted Sailors use to review and apply for PCS orders when it is time to transfer duty stations. Sailors may access the site at https:// www.cmsid.navy.mil or from the CMS/ID link at www.npc.navy.mil. Sailors are in their orders negotiation window when they are within nine through seven months from their projected rotation date (PRD). This is the first application phase for Sailors with an October 2013 PRD, the second application phase for Sailors with a September 2013 PRD and the last application phase for Sailors with an August 2013 PRD. These Sailors may review advertised billets in CMS/ID during the application phase and apply for up to five jobs, either directly using CMS/ID or through a command career counselor. The application phase is typically 10 days, allowing Sailors time to review available jobs, research bil-

lets and discuss options with their family and chain of command before making applications before the application phase closes. Updated detailing business rules announced last July in NAVADMIN 226/12 eliminated red zone and green zone job advertisements in CMS/ID and now detailers fill all advertised active-duty billets each month using the available Sailors who are in their orders-negotiation window. Sailors can be more proactive in getting an assignment of their choice by using all five choices when applying. CMS/ID features a “Sailor Preference” section under the “Sailor Info Tab” where Sailors may rank duty preferences by type, command, location, platform and community, as well as indicate which special programs and schools they would like and leave comments for the detailer. Detailers will always attempt to fill billets using a Sailor’s desired selections first; however, fleet readiness requirements are the guiding factor in filling billets. Detailers must also follow sea-shore flow guidelines outlined in NAVADMIN 201/11, so unless a Sailor requests Sea Duty Incentive Pay or the Voluntary Sea Duty Program to take consecutive sea duty orders, a Sail-

or up for shore duty should not be involuntarily assigned another sea tour. It may mean a Sailor hoping for shore duty in Florida or California may receive shore duty someplace else, where the need is greater. A single set of sea billets, prioritized by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and a single set of shore billets, prioritized by U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Bureau of Naval Personnel are advertised each application cycle as the Navy seeks to fill gaps at sea and place Sailors with the right experience levels and skill sets into high-priority Fleet billets. Some factors a detailer must weigh when matching Sailors to jobs include the Sailor’s desires, qualifications, training availability, career progression and cost to the Navy. Detailers won’t assign Sailors to advertised jobs until after the close of the application phase, during the detailer selection phase. Sailors may log into CMS/ID anytime after the detailer selection phase to see if they have been selected for orders. Sailors can learn more about CMS/ID from their CCC or access CMS/ID by selecting the CMS/ID link on the Navy Personnel Command website at www.npc.navy. mil.


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Military OneSource provides tax assistance service Jackson emphasized it into premium, … you’re go- ing Military OneSource tax status. financial situation then that BY ARMY SGT. 1ST CLASS is a safe and secure way for ing to incur some additional consultants offering useful Coast Guard reservists ac- detracts from the mission.” TYRONE C. MARSHALL JR. AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE

WASHINGTON - As tax season nears, Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Tony Jackson, a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office, detailed the services available for troops and their families. “Military OneSource is a gateway to a free tax preparation service, partnered with H&R Block,” he said. “We also have tax consultants who can provide assistance, whether it’s seeking and filling out tax forms or any other tax-related information.”

service members to prepare their taxes online. “Military OneSource and H&R block definitely meet industry standards for security for websites,” he said. “Also, encryption software [is used], and there’s also no selling of information, so service members and family members can be assured that their information is secure, and it stays within Military OneSource and H&R Block.” Jackson noted that two services -- basic and premium – are provided through H&R Block, with one notable difference. The basic service is free, he said, and the premium service would apply to taxpayers who must file Schedule C returns, generally to report gains or losses from business ownership. “When you [start] getting

costs, where basic is free,” Jackson said. “But if you have Schedule C tax issues, that’s when you’d go to the premium. Again, the key point there is you do incur additional costs if you have to use the premium.” For those not sure which service they should use, Jackson encouraged them to use the Military OneSource website as a guide. The site lists answers to frequently asked questions, he added. “You can always contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647,” Jackson said. “We’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so any questions you have, you can use the website or the call center at the [toll-free] number.” Jackson said both methods are effective in contact-

services for troops and their families. “Not only do they provide forms and basic information relative to military-specific tax issues and questions, they are a gateway to get you to H&R Block,” he said. “If your tax situation warrants, they’ll get you to a volunteer income tax assistance clinic on your local military installation or larger command. It’s onestop shopping.” These tax consultants cannot prepare tax forms or direct people to do anything, Jackson said. Everything is on a recommended basis. All members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps are eligible to use the service, he said, including members of the National Guard and Reserve components, regardless of activation

tivated under Title 10 authority to serve with the Navy also are eligible, he added, and so are spouses and other family members enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. “Family members that have been designated to provide support to deployed service members, medically discharged retirees and discharged service members [within] 180 days of their discharge date are eligible for Military OneSource services,” Jackson added. The key to these services is financial readiness, which is a Defense Department priority, Jackson said. “We understand that financial readiness is a readiness issue,” he said. “If you have a service [member] who’s concerned about their

Jackson also provided his personal testament to using the free tax preparation program, having served on active duty in the Marine Corps as a personnel officer for more than 20 years. He said his family still uses the service. “In fact, I have a daughter right now who is currently a military spouse, and she continues to use it as well,” he said. This program’s ultimate goal, Jackson said, is to ensure service members and their families know that Military OneSource is an option. “We hope it’s the first option … for getting your taxes prepared or answering any questions or issues you have with taxes,” he said. “Just know that Military OneSource is there to help you.”

USU holds first mandated class in alternative medicine BY JEREMY JOHNSON NSAB PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF WRITER

BETHESDA, MD. - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) held the school’s first mandatory alternative medical treatments workshop for fourth year students recently. During the workshop, students were introduced to non-traditional methods of staying healthy, and managing stress and physical pain. Classes included interactive demonstrations in acupuncture, yoga, meditation and even self-hypnosis. The two-day event was organized by USU in partnership with Samueli Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the science of healing. Though students were given the option to choose the sessions they wanted to attend, their presence at the workshop was mandatory, making it the first time USU has made an experience like this a requirement. According to Eric SchooPHOTO BY JEREMY JOHNSON, UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES maker, former U.S. Army Surgeon General and schol- Fourth year student 2nd Lt. Andre Liem practices yoga in an interactive demonstration during an alternative treatment workshop. ar-in-residence at USU, the workshop served a dual in the military learn about tivation in bringing the work- doesn’t necessarily matter if an exchange or base PX to see tional ‘tool in your toolbox’ the patients are seeking alter- that nutritional supplements so to speak - it’s a plus,” he purpose. First, he said, it ex- these techniques to care for shop to USU. “Unlike surgery, which native health care from the are a multibillion dollar busi- explained. “Conventional posed students to avenues of themselves, because it really treatment outside traditional starts with oneself. How does you can’t practice on your- military health care system ness in this country. Having medicine is wonderful unmethods, such as acupunc- meditation, yoga, guided- self, health promotion you to stay healthy; the need for some insights into good nu- til you run out of ideas for ture of the ears, a technique imagery, and help with sleep actually have to practice on knowledge about it remains trition and how nutritional ways to help your patient. If used to relieve pain without assist a future provider who yourself,” said Jonas, “oth- the same. For example, in the supplements can help or you have some experience is going to be in a very busy erwise, you can’t actually Human Performance Optimi- hinder people [is something] with alternative treatment medication. Second, the sessions of- practice, sometimes in some deliver it to patients. Health zation block of the workshop, I think people going into mili- methods in your back pocket you’ve at least got another fered students tools for han- very dangerous and austere care providers have one of the focus is on sleep, move- tary practice need.” Ens. Ryan Austin, one of avenue to pursue. Even if dling stress and fatigue they parts of the world, care for the highest burnout rates, ment and nutrition - includthe students in the workshop you don’t feel comfortable may face in their own lives as themselves and their fami- and alcoholism rates are ing supplements. “We need to appreciate said the overall experience enough to perform those some of the highest in the lies?” military doctors. Dr. Wayne Jonas, M.D., country. It’s because of the that our patients are using was beneficial. “As a doctor treatments yourself, you can “The final focus is selfcare,” said Schoomaker. president of the Samueli In- pressure that they’re under - any or all varieties of these in training, anytime you’re at least feel good about refer“What can students who are stitute, agreed self-care was even more so in the military.” treatments,” said Schoomak- taught another treatment ring your patient to someone Schoomaker said it er. “You don’t have to go to modality - given an addi- who does.” going to be future physicians an important part of the mo-


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Service members from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling always have a good time on the slopes of the WhiteTail Ski Resort. The base’s Liberty Center is hosting a full-day trip to the resort Jan. 26.

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JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. – If you’re a fan of skiing or snow boarding, or someone looking to fulfill a new year’s resolution of trying something different in 2013, the WhiteTail Ski Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. may be just the place for you. Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling’s Liberty Center is hosting a trip to the slopes of WhiteTail Jan. 26th for sailors, airmen and any service member interested in a full-day of fun. Coordinator Kay Berube said it’s the center’s fourth year venturing up to WhiteTail – with the hope of doing this again two or three more times during the winter season. Since it’s the Liberty Center’s first official trip of the New Year, Berube expects interest to be high. “We have two buses and another one on reserve if we need it. A few people have signed up already and there’s plenty of room for more,” Berube said. “WhiteTail is a great resort. The courses are very user-friendly and they pride themselves on great customer service. We always have a great time when we’re up there.” WhiteTail features a gift and sports shop, restaurant and many other amenities to help guests with their experience. There are also several classes ranging from beginner to advanced level for those seeking some instruction before hitting one of the resort’s many

Not only can guests ski, but snow board down one of the resort’s many courses. trails or courses. Lift pass tickets cost $30; Rental tickets are $45 and E-Z Learn tickets, which includes a ski lift ticket, rental equipment and an hour and a half beginner’s lesson are $40. All tickets are available through the Liberty Center, which is located in Enterprise Hall at Bldg. 72. All tickets include a meal voucher, Berube said. Buses will depart the Liberty Center 9 a.m. Jan. 26th and leave

WhiteTail at 9 p.m. that night. Berube expects to return to base around midnight. She said the deadline to sign up for the trip is Jan. 23rd. Tickets are on a firstcome, first serve basis and must be purchased with either cash or check. For more information, call the Liberty Center at 202-685-1802. Information on WhiteTail Ski Resort can be found at www.skiwhitetail. com.


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2013 10lb Challenge

Fitness Center I and II Well it’s that time of year again when everyone starts to make that infamous New Year’s Resolution to lose weight. No need to fear! We are here to help you get started on a healthy plan with a little incentive. You will have 8 weeks to lose 10 lbs and earn cash! Stop by the Fitness Center and see how. The participation fee is $10. Please call 202-767-5895 for more information.

Youth Sponsorship and Monthly Birthday Celebration

Jan. 12 | 7 to 8 p.m. | Youth Center | 9 to 18 years old Join the JBAB Youth Center Staff for our Monthly Birthday Celebration. If your birthday is in January, this one’s for you. Current Youth Center Membership is needed for this event. We invite youth new to the JBAB community to come and find out what the JBAB Youth Center has to offer. Meet fellow members and hear what they have to say about our programming, trips and activities. Please call 202-767-4003 for more information.

Rock and Bowl

Jan. 12 | 8 p.m. to Midnight | Potomac Lanes Bowling Center DJ Chris fires up the night! All of the Cosmic Bowling, music and fun for only $15 per person, including shoes! Please call 202-5631701 for more information.

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Jan. 15 | 8 to 9 p.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 Upon completion of the Car Buying strategies course, learners should be able to : Determine how much they can afford to spend on a car, research available vehicles, lenders and sellers and negotiate a fair price on the purchase of a car. Please call 202-4336151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Guiding Your Child Through Adolescence

Jan. 15 | 10 to 11 a.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 Having a tough time with your preteen/ teenager? You are not alone! This class examines common challenges parents face when their children reach puberty and adolescence. Please call 202-433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Home Buying

Jan. 16 | 8 to 9 a.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 Learners should able to: Determine what type of home they want and how much they can afford. Choose a real estate agent and mortgage. Negotiate and close on the deal. Please call 202-433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

MLK Winter Aerobathon

Jan. 16 | 5 p.m. | Fitness Center I Join us for the first Aerobathon of the 2013 year and help us pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will have

a variety of classes for your fitness pleasure. Sessions will be 20 to 30 minutes in length. Refreshments will be served. Participants will be entered to win one of our door prizes. Please call 202-767-5895 for more information.

Planning for Retirement

Jan. 17 | 8 to 9 a.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 Determine retirement needs, sources of income, pension plans and personal assets. Please call 202-433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Ombudsman/Key Spouse Basic Training

Jan. 18 -20 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | MFSC Bldg 13 | Sign up by Jan. 18 For all newly appointed Ombudsman and Key Spouses. Learn the basics of the program. You must attend all sessions to be certified. Please call 202-433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Effective Communication

Jan. 18 |1 to 2 p.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 Does your style of communicating help or hinder your relationships? Communication is more than just the words you speak. This workshop will teach you what effective communication is, how to achieve it and roadblocks to avoid so you can accomplish what you want for you communication. Please call 202-433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Triple Play Athletic Challenge Games

Jan. 18 | 7 to 9 p.m. | Youth Center Gym Come and test your athletic skills as we challenge you to do push-ups, jumping jacks and squats in a timed manner. All preteens and teens are invited to come and test your athletic skills. Sign up by the front desk. Please call 202-767-4003 for more information.

Wintergreen Resort Trip

Jan. 19 | 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Wintergreen Resort, Roseland, VA Join us for the first snow trip of the year at the Wintergreen Resort for Skiing and Snowboarding. We will depart from the ODR Building 928. The price from an 8 hour lift ticket and transportation for Military with ID is $84.60, for youth and seniors it is $82, and all others will be $99. Equipment is available for rent at ODR and we recommend a fitting before use. Please call 202-767-9136 for more information.

Snow Tubing at Whitetail Ski Resort

Jan. 19 | Noon to 10 p.m. | Youth Center | Sign up by Jan. 16 9 to 12 years old Join the Youth Center Staff and come for an afternoon of snowtubing. Race down one of the ten snow tubing lanes at Whitetail! Cost for a two hour session is $26. Afterwards, we will stop for a fast food dinner stop before returning to the base. Come dressed for lots of cold fun. Current memberships, permission slips and release forms will be needed for this event. Please call 202-767-4003 for more information.

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Money Habitudes

Jan. 22 | 8 to 9 a.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 Money Habitudes help individuals, couples and groups gain insight into their financial habits and attitudes and discuss money in a fun, non-threatening way. Please call 202433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Smooth Move and Overseas Planning

Jan. 22 | 9 a.m. to Noon | MFSC Bldg 13 | Sign up by January 18th Gain information on making a successful PCS move. Family members are encouraged to attend. Please call 202-433-6151/202-7670450 for more information.

Ask and See

Jan. 23 | 8 to 9 a.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 This is an opportunity to talk and ask questions of the Personal Financial Expert. Please call 202-433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Raising Financially Fit Kids

Jan. 24 | 8 to 9 a.m. | MFSC Bldg 72 Learn how to assess their financial situation, communicate effectively with family members about finances, and implement age-appropriate financial practices for children. Please call 202-433-6151/202-767-0450 for more information.

Board Game Night- Monopoly

Jan. 25 | 6:30 to 10 p.m. | Youth Center | 9 to 18 years old Join the JBAB Youth Center Staff for an evening of playing Monopoly. Can you be the one who rules the board? Come and test your skills! Sign up at the front desk. Please call 202-767-4003 for more information.

Liberty Ski Trip

Jan. 26 | 9 a.m. | White Tail Ski Resort Join Liberty for our ski trip of the New Year as we head to White Tail Ski Resort for a full day of hitting the slopes! Please call 202-6851802 for more information.

Teen Swimming at the William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center

Jan. 26 | 2 to 7 p.m. | Washington, DC | Sign up by Jan. 23 13 to 18 years old Join the JBAB Youth Center Staff for an afternoon of swimming and then dinner. We will metro to the William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center and then enjoy dinner at one of the local eateries near the Eastern Market. Members will be responsible for a metro card and the cost of dinner. There is no cost to attend the Aquatic Center. Current membership and permission slip is needed for this trip. Please call 202-767-4003 for more information.

Tournament Madness

Jan. 28 | 6 p.m. | Liberty Center Will you accept the challenge? Join Liberty for an afternoon of tournaments, games, prizes and fun. Please call 202-685-1802 for more information.

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Physical fitness: Make a contract with yourself FROM NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MC2 JEFF TROUTMAN

Airman Matthew Truelove jumps rope during a physical training workout on the flight deck of the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56). Simpson is conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility.

An exercise physiologist from the Navy Physical Readiness Office encourages Sailors to make small changes to their exercise plan in order to maximize success. Many people look at the New Year as a time to set goals and make grand resolutions to get physically fit. However, most resolutions fail within days or weeks. According to Lt. Cmdr. Austin Latour, an exercise physiologist with the Navy Physical Readiness Office, making small changes in an exercise plan now can make a big difference. “The most important thing to do is write it down,” Latour said. “Make a plan, then write it down, it can be pretty simple, the days you’d like to exercise, how much

time you want to put into it, what type of activity you want to do.” Writing a plan down can be the key to success. “Once you write it down you’re making a contract with yourself,” Latour said. “It’s human nature to want to adhere to a contract and actually do what you’ve written down. You should try some new things to find something that you like to do though. If you don’t like what you’re doing even writing it down won’t lead to success.” It is important to work within one’s ability level and not get hurt. “If you are not active now, start with some low-impact, nonweight bearing activities,” Latour said. “If you are more physically fit you can do more weight bearing activities. If you are a beginner and you want to do a group activity start with a beginning group

activity.” “If you’ve been running for a long time and are comfortable with it consider a running club,” Latour said. “Take your activity beyond solitary exercise and include a friend so that you also have social interaction while you exercise.” Having a buddy that has the same goals can help you stay on task. “Having a buddy is a good idea but make sure they have the same goals as you do and that they will help keep you honest,” concluded Latour. “Writing out your contract and sticking to it gives you a constancy that helps to mitigate stress. If you take that, add the normal benefits of exercise and have a friend as your exercise buddy, you’ve got a winning combination.”

Soldiers feasting on healthier food BY DAVID VERGUN ARMY NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON --- Dining facilities across the Army are offering more nutritious food these days, with the aim of improving Soldier performance. According to Army dieticians who have been conducting food program evaluations and administering satisfaction surveys, Soldiers have said they like the results of the new effort. Since food can be likened to fuel, where calories are consumed, stored and then burned by the body, the effort to provide healthier meal options to Soldiers has been named the “Soldier Fueling Initiative.” The goal is to “incorporate science into food preparation and education, in order to improve the physical and mental health of our Soldier athletes,” said Lt. Col. Sonya J. Cable, chief, Human Dimensions Division, Military Training Center of Excellence. Cable, a registered dietician and a certified sports dietician, refers to all Soldiers as “athletes,” due to their unique, often rigorous, training and mission requirements. The effort began several years ago when the Army became increasingly alarmed that its entrylevel Soldiers, as well as others, were experiencing health issues and lower physical fitness levels due in part to poor diet and eating habits, Cable said. It is not solely an Army problem, she said, but rather endemic to the modern American lifestyle with its propensity for eating unhealthy fast food as well as fatty, sugary snacks. “Young people bring those problems with them to the Army,” she noted.

This became not just a personal problem for Soldiers, she said. It became a mission-related problem as well. While Cable said the Army has no plans to call out “the food police” on Soldiers, she said the Army must find a way to make healthier choices available. “We can and should offer Soldier athletes better food choices, starting with our dining facilities,” Cable said. She also said the Army must provide Soldiers with proper dietary training. Problems arose early on with the effort in 2006 when Army dieticians began exploring healthier food options. “It was tough to find ingredients in food products from vendors that tasted good and looked good,” she said. Healthy food choices could be offered, Cable said, but if they didn’t look good or taste good, Soldiers might not choose to eat them. “But within the last several years, the food service industry has responded to a growing demand from consumers for healthier, tastier food choices,” Cable said. “It is now quite easy to find quality options, food that Soldiers would choose to eat.” Once those options became available, Training and Doctrine Command headed for the kitchen -- in a manner of speaking. They invited culinary experts and researchers from around the Army to develop better tasting, more nutritious food options for Soldiers. “It was a community effort,” Cable said. Included among those who helped develop the better tasting food options are the Initial Entry Training Center of Excellence, in charge of the Fort Jackson, S.C., dining facilities where the experimentation first took place; the

Joint Culinary Center of Excellence, which runs Army dining facilities, along with Army Installation Management Command; the Army Public Health Command, which, along with the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine took part in the research and studies; and others. By August 2010, all the ingredients were in place and TRADOC hosted a food summit. The goal was to come to an agreement on what the standardized menus would look like. Besides experts from the aforementioned organizations, other attendees who had a seat at the table came from the logistics and resource management communities, since there is a good deal of logistics that goes with food transport, storage and procurement. Cost was an important factor during the discussions. “We couldn’t just blow out walls and buy new food preparation equipment,” she said. “It would all have to be done within our existing budget.” The parties came to an understanding, she said, and program evaluations were conducted. Trainees at one dining facility at Fort Jackson received nutritious food, including fruits, vegetables, lean meat, baked food and less sugary drinks and snacks. Trainees at the other dining facility were served traditional dining facility fare, including deep fried dishes, cakes and cookies. Then something surprising and completely unexpected occurred, she said. “After we administered satisfaction surveys to trainees at both dining facilities, we discovered that the biggest complaint from the healthy food dining facility was that there needs to be more variety in fruits and vegetables offered,”

Cable said. The thinking had been that the trainees would be unhappy that the sugary, fatty junk foods were absent. The other surprise came from the control group at the traditional food dining facility. “Their feedback was mostly being disappointment at not having healthier choices,” Cable said. “’We joined the Army for a challenge and to improve ourselves and were disappointed with the quality of food,’” was a typical comment, she said. Objective measurements were taken as well. “We definitely found improvements in lipid profiles and significant body fat reductions,” she said, adding that profiles in mood were noticed as well. The program evaluation was so successful that in February 2011, Soldier Fueling Initiative was launched at all initial entry training dining facilities and efforts were made to go Army-wide, she said. A block of instruction for trainees, called Sports Performance Nutrition was added to the training regimen as well. Trainees learned what types of foods and how many calories to consume based on the day’s activity. For example, she said they would consume less calories on a day at the rifle range but more on a day when an arduous foot march was planned. As of today, the Soldier Fueling Initiative is about 60 percent fully implemented Army-wide, Cable said, including full implementation at all installations in Europe and Afghanistan. The other services have taken an interest in the program, she noted, and there’s even national interest. She said that it takes time for the initiative to be fully imple-

mented because contracts already in place to food vendors must be fulfilled. “This can’t turn on a dime,” she noted. “But as opportunity presents itself, we can work to modify contracts or write new ones” to procure healthier foods and ingredients. But Soldiers at dining facilities where the initiative is still underway can make better informed food choices using the “Go For Green” program, part of the Soldier Fueling Initiative. She explained that Go For Green, now in place at dining facilities Armywide, stipulates that all food be labeled with three easy-to-understand color codes: red for foods deemed not nutritious, amber for less nutritious, and green for very nutritious. Along with those surprise findings during the experimental trials at Fort Jackson, a few other serendipitous ones came up. “We heard stories at the (Fort Jackson) dining facilities from contractors who successfully applied the Soldier Fueling Initiative to their own personal lives and lost weight,” Cable said. “One regional manager said slips and falls in the dining facilities decreased by about 10 percent due to fewer grease spills on the floor,” she continued. “Contractors said it became easier to clean the kitchen. Fewer plumbing problems were experienced because less grease was poured down drains.” The icing on the cake, she said, was that “cooks told us they have a renewed sense of pride in preparing meals for Soldiers. Previously, they were simply taking prepared items and just heating and serving. Now, they’ve returned to using recipe cards using natural ingredients and are actually ‘cooking’ again.”


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Miscellaneous items related to your health, your career, your life and your community and other military charitable organizations. Thrift Shop Reopening For more information about the AFOWC or

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop has relocated to Enterprise Hall (building 72). The store hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more information call 202-433-3364.

its Thrift Shop call 202-563-6666 or email afowcthriftshop@verizon.net.

Protocol & Special Events Office has moved

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-year-olds and 12-year-olds. For more information or to sign up, call 512-560-5548 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or email Michael.martinez@afncr.af.mil.

The JBAB Protocol & Special Events Office has moved to Building P-12. Coordinator Karen Smith’s new phone number is 202767-7710.

Chapel Center seeks Gospel Service Drummer

The JBAB Chapel Center is taking bids for the gospel service drummer contract. Bids should be submitted by COB Wednesday, Jan. 16 to the Chapel office manager, Freddy Edison. The statement of work and other criteria is available at the Chapel Center office during normal operating hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

JBAB Girl Scouts

Calling all Girls! Girls registered in Kindergarten - 12th grade this fall and interested in joining should contact JBABgirlscouts@ yahoo.com. The troop meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the community center on Chappie James Blvd at 6 p.m. Girl Scouts; building girls with confidence, character and courage for 100 years.

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AFOWC Thrift Shop

The Law Offices of Burch & Voss * Military Law * Family Law * Personal Injury

301-474-4468 Larry N. Burch

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“Helping the People who Serve and their Families.”

The Air Force Officers’ Wives’ Club Thrift Shop is located at 13 Brookley Ave and is open Tuesdays, Wed-nesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are accepted during business hours only. Profits from the AFOWC Thrift shop go towards college scholarships

Boys and Girls Club volunteer opportunity

Navy Wives Clubs of America

The D.C. Metro chapter of Navy Wives Clubs of America, Eleanor Roosevelt #37, hosts meetings every second Thursday of the month to discuss and plan volunteer activities in the local military and civilian communities. Military spouses of all branches are welcome to attend. For more information, email angeladowns@me.com or visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/NWCA37.

Jogging path closed

The jogging path by Giesboro Park is closed until further notice. An alternate route has been provided.

JBAB photo studio closure

The JBAB Public Affairs photo studio is closed until further notice. For official studio photography support, contact 11th Wing Public Affairs at 240-612-4430.

Toastmasters Club seeks members

The Bolling Toastmasters Club meets every Wednesday from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the JBAB Chapel Center. Participants can learn to hone their communication and leadership skills. Meetings are open to all services and anyone with base access. Call 301-452-6931 or email james.queen@olg.com.

Worship Guide

Call 301-670-7106

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