Early Summer Edition 2011
Meet the Mims Family Winner of our Facebook Photo Contest p. 4
Autism Awareness p.7 Deployment & Financial Goals p.12
6 Job Search Mistakes p. 13
Smooth Moves p.16
ACS Class Calendars
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In This Issue 3 The Dish from Dan Notes from the Baumholder ACS Director
4 Meet the Mims Family Winner of our Facebook photo contest
To Better Meet
Just How Resilient are You?
April Awareness: Child Abuse Prevention, Autism and Sexual Assault
11 Post 9/11 GIBill Update
12 Financial Planning During Deployment Your Needs!
A Little Planning Can Go a Long Way
13 Six Job Search Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make
14 Changes Underway for Army Hiring The Army Changes Their Resume Intake Procedures
15 Army Volunteer Corps and Army Family Team Building 16 Smooth Moves 17 ACS Advertisements 20 ACS Class Calendars April-June 2011
The dish from dan Notes from the baumholder acs director
Army Community Service has been around since 1965…and no, I wasn’t one of the founders! It started with some volunteers helping each other out and slowly but steadily, evolved into a professional Human Services organization. Typically things evolve in order to keep up…It’s a very slow process. It’d be great if things transformed and in a few leaps worked instantly, instead of constantly playing catch up and always being a day late and a dollar short. The IMCOM commander agrees with you! He has directed that ACS transform to provide even better service to you! So what? It means that we will be even easier to contact, more friendly with how our information is packaged and delivered and best of all it’ll be more relevant to the average citizen of the Baumholder community. You will see, if you haven’t already, more interesting advertising, edgier training, and staff members located throughout the community. We will even be co-located with other agencies so you can do some one stop shopping. Also, we are going to export assorted services to other places on the other installation so if you can’t come to the clinic complex, we will come to you! Best of all we’ll have an increasingly visible presence on the web and with social media (make sure to “like” us on Facebook). This also means an increased commitment to making sure you get what you came for. In closing, there is no wrong door for service at ACS. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find it. Make one call or post you request on our Facebook page, and let us do the legwork. Our staff is constantly looking for more work. Do me a favor. Put them to the test…
Dan Furlano ACS Director
Meet The Mims Family Winner of the ACS Facebook Photo Contest
This Army Family of five hails from San Antonio Texas and includes SSG Brandon Mims, Michelle, Brandon Jr., Seann-Oakley and Isaac. SSG Brandon Mims and his wife, Michelle met freshman year of college at the University of North Texas, where she was a music education major and Brandon was a kinesiology major. After 3 years at UNT they decided to get married in Austin, Texas. After Michelle’s final year at UNT, they moved to San Antonio, Texas and started a family. Shortly after, Brandon decided to join the Army, and after AIT, received orders to Baumholder. Brandon announced the news to Michelle by saying, “Baby I hope you like Schnitzel because we’re moving to Germany!” While Michelle packed their home in Texas, preparing to move to Baumholder, Brandon deployed to Iraq. As a brand new Army wife, Michelle PCS’d to Baumholder with her toddler Brandon Jr., in tow. Not knowing anything about the Army way of life, it wasn’t until four months after arriving that she even knew what an FRL was. After his deployment, SSG Mim’s returned home with his Brigade and received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Iraq. With near misses during the deployment, Michelle saw the importance of Family Readiness and became involved. She also went back to school and completed the Dental Assisting Program through the American Red Cross. Now the FRSA for the 40th Engineer Battalion, Michelle stays busy during deployments by helping other Baumholder military Families, while her children stay active in the community as well. Michelle loves the priceless opportunities that Baumholder and the Army has provides to her and her Family. She went on to say, “Baumholder offers so many programs to spouses, and through them, there is so much opportunity for self-growth.”
Photo Contest Honorable Mentions
4 CPT Bradford Dooley & Family
SGT Mickey Hill & Family
Just How Resilient Are You? Written By Angela Pate Family Advocacy Program Specialist
Have you seen the banners around Post lately about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF)? You know— the banners with pictures of Family Members? That’s because these banners are targeted to Family Members of Soldiers, so this means you! Yes, I know it says “Soldier Fitness”, but it’s just the title of the program, ok? The important thing to be concerned about is that it can help you acquire some skills to continue being a strong Army spouse. We know it’s not always easy being married to a Soldier, especially during this time of deployment, so isn’t it nice to know that there’s something out there for the tough times? Have you ever found yourself getting upset over something that later seemed blown out of proportion or downright silly? A conversation with your child about what to have for dinner turns into a heated discussion, an argument, a yelling match. Is it really about the broccoli? Probably not. It might be about fear and being alone without your spouse, missing your spouse, being overwhelmed, a bad day at work, stressed out and/or exhausted. How do you find out what is really going on? There are tools available to you to figure this out and to help you prevent blow-ups and tantrums. Remember (most likely) it’s not about the broccoli! So you might be saying to yourself, “I’m strong enough already”, “I’m resilient. I can do things on my own.”, or “I don’t need any help. I have been an Army spouse for __(fill in the blank) years, I know how to do this”. I can appreciate and understand these thoughts you might be having, but don’t you think it’s ok to find ways to continue building that confidence and self-sufficiency? Perhaps you could also share your secrets and tips with others who may not feel so sure of themselves. To be resilient isn’t about doing everything on your own and never breaking down. It’s about having the ability to bounce back from things that get you down, handle life’s everyday frustrations without “losing it” and discovering ways to modify the negative, “downer” thoughts we all have from time to time. It’s ok to cry and be upset while occasionally giving in to eating a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s, but the more resilient you are, the faster it will be that you will get yourself up and moving again! So, take a moment and take the GAT, or Global Assessment Tool, online at http://www.army.mil/csf/. You’ll also find out that there are different areas, or dimensions, of resilience and you can rate yourself in all of them—physical, spiritual, social, family and emotional. Do you take care of yourself and exercise? If so, your physical dimension could already be high. Strengthen your other areas too and increase your coping abilities even more! And here’s an important point: Thoughts drive behavior! If your thoughts are negative, hateful, vengeful or hurtful, your behavior and reactions to events will be the same. When we can change our thinking patterns to reflect a more positive attitude, we will be less likely to be critical and “lose it”! Join us soon for “Baumholder Fight Club”., where we put into practice the resiliency techniques. We look forward to some fun times and the chance to build connections and get stronger! Want to find out more? Give us a call at 06783-6-8188 and ask for Angela or Scott!
April Awareness: Child Abuse Prevention Written by Angela Pate Family Advocacy Program Specialist
Children are a wonderful gift, but let’s be honest—sometimes being a parent can be downright frustrating and overwhelming! April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, so what better time to highlight the important, yet often over-looked, joys of being a parent. Now for the times when it doesn’t feel like such a joy, remember not to take your frustrations out on your child. Turn to the Family Advocacy Program at the Baumholder Army Community Service (ACS) for tips on parenting and stress/anger management. You will also find playgroups, the New Parent Support Program and more! With ACS, you can discover how to minimize the frustration and the bad days and increase the time you have with your kids. Love, cherish, protect and enjoy your children.
Children Are . . . Poet: Meiji Stewart Amazing, acknowledge them. Believable, trust them. Childlike, allow them. Divine, honor them. Energetic, nourish them Fallible, embrace them. Gifts, treasure them. Here now, be with them. Innocent, delight with them. Joyful, appreciate them. Kindhearted, learn from them. Lovable, cherish them. Magical, fly with them. Noble, esteem them. Open minded, respect them. Precious, value them. Questioners, encourage them. Resourceful, support them. Spontaneous, enjoy them. Talented, believe in them. Unique, affirm them. Vulnerable, protect them. Whole, recognize them. Xtraspecial, celebrate them. Yearning, notice them. Zany, laugh with them.
U.S. Army in Europe Child Supervision Policy (Found on Baumholder ACS FaceBook page under “Photos”)
Can my fifth grader babysit her siblings? When can my teenage son stay home alone overnight? Can I leave my two-year-old unattended in a car? You or your friends may have had these questions, or some similar to them, related to child supervision. How did you find the answers? Did you ever find the answers? Well, we have the answers and the source you were looking for! The U.S. Army in Europe Child Supervision Guidance Policy is updated each year. This policy is distributed throughout Europe and provides the guidelines we must all adhere to in order to ensure child safety and protection. The policy, provides information for child supervision whether they are newborns or teens (to age 18). With these handy guidelines, you can determine when your child can play alone outside, babysit siblings or be left alone at home. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please call the Family Advocacy Program at Baumholder Army Community Service at 06783-68188. Keep our children safe! 6
April Awareness: Autism Written by Kimberly Hennessy Exceptional Family Member Systems Navigator
Autism is a complex developmental disability that appears in the first three years of life and affects a person‟s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is a general term used to describe complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders specified on the Autism Spectrum are PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Asperger's Syndrome, Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. Since Autism is a spectrum disorder characterized by certain set of behaviors, the degree to which an individual is affected varies from case to case. There are distinct differences among individuals who have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum and one most notable difference involves the use of language. Higher functioning individuals for example those who have been diagnosed with Asperger‟s syndrome, are able to communicate quite well although at times they may use language in a peculiar way. Other individuals however may only speak quite sparingly or may not even speak at all. Other differences include the interpretation of sensory, hypersensitivity to sounds or touch, and an unusual high threshold for pain. Also, while some individuals on the Autism Spectrum are rather quiet and passive, others may be hyper and loud. There is no cure for Autism and children don‟t outgrow any of the above mentioned symptoms. However, research has shown that early diagnosis can lead to significantly improved outcomes. The degree to which an individual is affected by an Autism spectrum disorder varies greatly, but it is important to note that Autism is not: • • •
The result of poor parenting Children with autism are not unruly or spoiled kids with just a behavior problem Children with autism are not without feelings and emotions
Autism affects every race, ethnic group and socio-economic status. However boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed. It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. and more common than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and AIDS combined. Government statistics suggest the prevalence rate of autism is increasing 10-17 percent annually. To date, there is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about Autism and issues within the Autism community. It is especially important to move way from some of the labeling that affects our Autism population to include the assumptions that children who have Autism are not able to function in society, don‟t care about others and are insensitive to their surroundings. The bottom line is that Autism affects their ability to communicate and it is important for the community to know that. Below is an excerpt from Ellen Notbohm‟s book “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wished You Knew”. Her book gives us a great understanding of how children on the Autism Spectrum view the world, are trying to “fit” into society and are fighting every day for acceptance. 7 Continued on next page
April Awareness: Autism 10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes you Knew Written by Ellen Notbohm http://www.autism-society.org/ 1. I am first and foremost a child. I have autism. I am not primarily “autistic.” My autism is only one aspect of my total character. It does not define me as a person. Are you a person with thoughts, feelings and many talents, or are you just fat (overweight), myopic (wear glasses) or klutzy (uncoordinated, not good at sports)? Those may be things that I see first when I meet you, but they are not necessarily what you are all about. 2. My sensory perceptions are disordered. Sensory integration may be the most difficult aspect of autism to understand, but it is arguably the most critical. It his means that the ordinary sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches of everyday that you may not even notice can be downright painful for me. The very environment in which I have to live often seems hostile. I may appear withdrawn or belligerent to you but I am really just trying to defend myself. Here is why a “simple” trip to the grocery store may be hell for me: My hearing may be hyper-acute. Dozens of people are talking at once. The loudspeaker booms today‟s special. Musak whines from the sound system. The meat cutter screeches, babies wail, carts creak, the fluorescent lighting hums. My brain can‟t filter all the input and I‟m in overload! My sense of smell may be highly sensitive. The fish at the meat counter isn‟t quite fresh, the guy standing next to us hasn‟t showered today, the deli is handing out sausage samples, the baby in line ahead of us has a poopy diaper, they‟re mopping up pickles on aisle 3 with ammonia….I can‟t sort it all out. There‟s glare from windows, too many items for me to be able to focus (I may compensate with "tunnel vision"), moving fans on the ceiling, so many bodies in constant motion. All this affects my vestibular sense, and now I can‟t even tell where my body is in space. 3. Please remember to distinguish between won’t (I choose not to) and can’t (I am not able to). Receptive and expressive language and vocabulary can be major challenges. It isn‟t that I don‟t listen to instructions. It‟s that I can‟t understand you. When you call to me from across the room, this is what I hear: “*&^%$#@, Billy. #$%^*&^%$&*………” Instead, come speak directly to me in plain words: “Please put your book in your desk, Billy. It‟s time to go to lunch.” This tells me what you want me to do and what is going to happen next. Now it is much easier for me to comply.
4. I am a concrete thinker. This means I interpret language very literally. It‟s very confusing for me when you say, “Hold your horses, cowboy!” when what you really mean is “Please stop running.” Don‟t tell me something is a “piece of cake” when there is no dessert in sight and what you really mean is “this will be easy for you to do.” When you say “It‟s pouring cats and dogs,” I see pets coming out of a pitcher. Please just tell me “It‟s raining very hard.” Idioms, puns, nuances, double entendres and sarcasm are lost on me. 5. Please be patient with my limited vocabulary. It‟s hard for me to tell you what I need when I don‟t know the words to describe my feelings. I may be hungry, frustrated, frightened or confused but right now those words are beyond my ability to express. Be alert for body language, withdrawal, agitation or other signs that something is wrong. Or, there‟s a flip side to this: I may sound like a “little professor” or movie star, rattling off words or whole scripts well beyond my developmental age. These are messages I have memorized from the world around me to compensate for my language deficits because I know I am expected to respond when spoken to. They may come from books, TV, the speech 8 of other people. Continued on next page
April Awareness: Autism Continued from page 8 It is called “echolalia.” I don‟t necessarily understand the context or the terminology I‟m using. I just know that it gets me off the hook for coming up with a reply. 6. Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented. Please show me how to do something rather than just telling me. And please be prepared to show me many times. Lots of consistent repetition helps me learn. A visual schedule is extremely helpful as I move through my day. 7. Please focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do. Look for my strengths and you will find them. There is more than one “right” way to do most things. 8. Please help me with social interactions. It may look like I don‟t want to play with the other kids on the playground, but sometimes it‟s just that I simply do not know how to start a conversation or enter a play situation. If you can encourage other children to invite me to join them at kickball or shooting baskets, it may be that I‟m delighted to be included. I do best in structured play activities that have a clear beginning and end. I don‟t know how to “read” facial expressions, body language or the emotions of others, so I appreciate ongoing coaching in proper social responses. 9. Try to identify what triggers my meltdowns. Meltdowns, blow-ups, tantrums or whatever you want to call them are even more horrid for me than they are for you. They occur because one or more of my senses has gone into overload. If you can figure out why my meltdowns occur, they can be prevented. Keep a log noting times, settings, people, activities.
10. If you are a family member, please love me unconditionally. Banish thoughts like, “If he would just……” and “Why can‟t she…..” You did not fulfill every last expectation your parents had for you and you wouldn‟t like being constantly reminded of it. With your support and guidance, the possibilities are broader than you might think. I promise you – I am worth it. And finally, three words: Patience. Patience. Patience. Work to view my autism as a different ability rather than a disability. Look past what you may see as limitations and see the gifts autism has given me. It may be true that I‟m not good at eye contact or conversation, but have you noticed that I don‟t lie, cheat at games, tattle on my classmates or pass judgment on other people? Also true that I probably won‟t be the next Michael Jordan. But with my attention to fine detail and capacity for extraordinary focus, I might be the next Einstein. Or Mozart. Or Van Gogh. They had autism too. The answer to Alzheimer‟s, the enigma of extraterrestrial life -- what future achievements from today‟s children with autism, children like me, lie ahead? All that I might become won‟t happen without you as my foundation. Think through some of those societal „rules‟ and if they don‟t make sense for me, let them go. Be my advocate, be my friend, and we‟ll see just how far I can go. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) has a growing special needs library open to the entire community. Our resources include books, DVDs, online resources information and special needs products that can help you better understand the condition of your special needs Family member. If you would like additional information on Autism, other special needs, or to access the EFMP library, please contact the 9 ACS EFMP program at DSN, 485-8188, or CIV, 06783-6-8188.
April Awareness: Information obtained at http://www.nsvrc.org
The Facts About Sexual Violence Sexual violence refers to sexual activity where consent is not obtained or given freely. How common is sexual violence? About 1 out of 5 girls and 1 out of 10 boys will be sexually abused during their childhood. Among high school students, 11% of girls and 4% of boys report having been forced to have sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. Twenty percent to 25% of women in college experience an attempted or completed rape during college. Abuse typically occurs within a long-term, ongoing relationship between the offender and victim; escalates over time; and lasts an average of 4 years. Who is at risk for sexual violence? Most children are abused by someone they know and trust, although boys are more likely than girls to be abused outside of the family. In up to 50% of reported cases, offenders are adolescents. Risk factors for being a victim of sexual violence include presence of a stepfather or other nonbiological father figure, lack of maternal education (did not complete high school), lack of emotional closeness to the mother, lack of physical affection from the father, family income less than $10,000 per year, and fewer than 3 friends in childhood. Risk factors for perpetrating sexual violence include being male, having sexually aggressive friends, witnessing or experiencing violence as a child, drug or alcohol use, and exposure to social norms that support sexual violence.
What are the consequences of sexual violence? Victims of sexual violence may have strained relationships with family, friends, and partners and lower likelihood of marriage. Victims of sexual violence are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behavior and use drugs or alcohol, behaviors that increase vulnerability to future re-victimization. Long-term physical consequences include pregnancy complications, headaches, back pain, and gastrointestinal disorders. Psychological consequences include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and suicide. Women who are sexually and physically abused are more likely to have sexually transmitted infections. Rape results in more than 32,000 pregnancies annually. Continued on next page 10
Automating Education Benefits update TO THE POST 9/11 GI BILL Information obtained at www.va.gov Continued from page 10
Reporting Options : Restricted Reports This option is for victims of sexual assault who wish to confidentially disclose the crime to specifically identified individuals and receive medical treatment, counseling and advocacy services without triggering an investigative process. At this time, only Soldiers are able to make a restricted report. To make a Restricted Report victims may contact: Victim Advocate Coordinator (VAC), Installation Victim Advocate (IVA), Unit Victim Advocate (UVA), Social Work Services, Chaplain, Medical Treatment Personnel Unrestricted Reports This options allows the individual to report the assault to their Chain of Command, law enforcement, Unit Victim Advocate, Victim Advocate Coordinator, Chaplain or medical treatment facility personnel and receive medical treatment, counseling, and advocacy services. An Unrestricted report will trigger an official investigation and allows for legal assistance as needed and offers the most protection possible for the victim in regards to safety.
24/7 Victim Advocate Hotline: 0162-270-8390
he Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has successfully deployed a new automated system that is delivering faster, more accurate payments to Veterans attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
"VA is relying upon the latest technology to provide a high-tech solution for administering the most generous educational benefits since the original GI Bill in 1944," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "The new GI Bill is the first example of VA's use of an agile approach to software development," said Roger W. Baker, VA's assistant secretary for information and technology. "Our success on this project is already being leveraged to ensure the success of other large software projects within VA." The new processes and software available to VA's claims personnel replace the interim tools in use since August 2009, when the Post 9/11 GI Bill became effective. VA has issued more than $8 billion in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit payments to nearly 440,000 students and their educational institutions. The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays schools directly for the tuition and fees incurred by eligible Veterans and active-duty personnel. Those payments are based upon the maximum rate in each state for tuition and fees at the in-state level for undergraduates. A monthly housing allowance is also provided.
Also included is a maximum $1,000 annual stipend for books and supplies, and a one-time payment of $500 for students who reside in specific rural areas. Further information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill is available on the Internet11 at www.gibill.va.gov.
FINANCIAL GOALS DURING DEPLOYMENT A Little bit of Planning Can go a Long Way Written by Mary Johnston Financial Readiness Program Manager
Deployment pay adds up quickly! A 12-month deployment can mean $10,000 or more in extra pay and tax exemptions. What are your financial goals for that added income? Now is a good time to review or establish financial goals. First, establish a written monthly spending plan. Create the plan for monthly needs based on predeployment pay. Then you can use deployment pay to achieve goals outside of monthly needs. Also, returning to pre-deployment income will be easier if deployment pay is not used to pay essential monthly bills. Next, set goals. Make a plan for every dollar available from deployment pay and any surplus on the monthly spending plan. Planning for every dollar will help to ensure you know what you want to achieve your goal and prevents unplanned expenditures. One goal could be to reduce debt. Paying off loans, credit cards and collection debt will help you save on finance costs, improve your credit, and reduce your monthly expenses by eliminating monthly payments on those debts.
For savings goals, consider the Department of Defense (DOD) Savings Deposit Program (SDP). Amounts up to $10,000.00 may be deposited, earning 10% interest annually. Service members must be receiving Hostile Fire Pay and be deployed for at least 30 consecutive days, or 1 day in each of 3 consecutive months, in order to participate in the program.
The Thrift Savings Program (TSP) is an option for goals related to longterm retirement planning. Contributions to TSP during deployment remain tax exempt upon withdrawal. The annual contribution limit is increased during deployment. The Financial Readiness Program is available to help you achieve your financial goals. Call DSN,485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188, for more information, to register for a class, or to schedule an appointment for individual consultation. 12
6 Job Search Mistakes You Canâ€™t Afford to Make Written By Dr. Paul Powers
Mistake No. 1: Feeling entitled In the new economy, your stellar background, great track record, prestigious degree and glowing references guarantee you nothing. The new employment paradigm is, "What have you done for me lately?" You must be constantly developing your skills and talents, broadening your interests and driving your career development. If you don't, you may well be left behind. Mistake No. 2: Focusing on yourself, not the employer Spend your time finding out which of a potential employer's needs are unmet instead of touting your brilliance. Saying, "I need a job" is irrelevant and depressing; that's your problem and has nothing to do with why this organization is hiring. Uncovering an employer's problem areas demonstrates your bona-fide interest, and offering your solutions demonstrates your critical thinking, creativity and approach to problem solving. This is how to get hired. Mistake No. 3: Taking rejection personally Face it; there are a lot of jobs you are not going to land. Use rejection as an opportunity to assess and build your job-hunting skills. Evaluate what you could have done better in your research or interview or with your followup. If you aren't getting rejected regularly, then you either aren't working hard enough to get your foot in the door or you're applying for jobs beneath your capabilities. No employer makes a decision not to hire you; they make a decision to hire someone else who did a better job of selling himself or herself into the position.
Mistake No. 4: Focusing on your age It is human nature to focus more on one's perceived weaknesses as opposed to one's strengths. This is especially true for people in the job hunt.
Younger folks worry about not having enough experience; older folks worry about looking overqualified. If you don't want a potential employer to focus on your age, make sure you focus on what strengths you bring to the party: energy, track record, endurance, patience, technology skills, people skills, creativity and work ethic. Sell yourself based on what you have. Mistake No. 5: Looking for a silver bullet Some job hunters swear by recruiters; others by online job postings. The latest buzz is that social networking sites are making all other jobhunting techniques obsolete. There is no one best way to job hunt. If you want to increase the effectiveness of your job search, you must spend more time on it and use every technique in the book. This means answering print ads, responding to online job postings, contacting recruiters, cold-contacting potential employers, networking your brains out and using social networking sites to pursue all of these strategies. Sorry, there are no silver bullets or genies in a bottle. Mistake No. 6: Absorbing too much news You will never see a story about company hiring back 10 workers or a person who landed a great job after a rigorous job hunt. A regular diet of bad news will convince you that no one is hiring (untrue), that you should avoid employers that have had layoffs (bad strategy) or that maybe you should just move to China (bad idea unless you speak Mandarin). Get out, have some fun, work at keeping your energy and spirits up, and network with optimistic people. Eventually this recession -- like all recessions -will really be over and you'll be better prepared for (gulp) the next one. Dr. Paul Powers, psychologist, executive coach, career expert, and noted conference speaker is the author of "Winning Job Interviews" and "Love Your Job!"
Changes Underway for Army Hiring The Department of Defense (DoD) and Military Components are working with Business Transformation Agency (BTA) on a long-term acquisition strategy for a Defense Enterprise Hiring Solution (DEHS). BTA projects it will take 24-36 months before DOD is able to acquire and/or develop and field an automated hiring solution that satisfies long-term functional requirements. USA Staffing will be phased in Army-wide over FY11 and FY12 as an interim bridging strategy from Resumix to the DEHS.
What is USA Staffing? USA Staffing is a single, integrated software solution used to staff Federal jobs. It provides full integration with USAJOBS to support competitive examining and merit promotion vacancies and will be used to staff appropriated and nonappropriated fund positions. USA Staffing was developed and is maintained by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Differences Between Resumix and USA Staffing 1. USA Staffing uses Occupational Questionnaires to determine the best qualified candidates instead of Resumix skills. 2. Announcements will be available only on http://www.usajobs.gov. 3. Applicants must apply through USAJobs, not the Army Resume Builder. Applicants must answer assessment questions for each vacancy.
4. Applicants can upload supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, SF-50, etc). 5. Selecting Officials will receive a referral list by logging in to an automated system, Selection Manager, instead of receiving a PDF referral list via email. Advantages 1. Eventual DoD-wide hiring program consistency. 2. Applicant better able to demonstrate job specific qualifications by assessing themselves through the occupational questionnaire. 3. Ability to reduce fill time by requiring all eligibility documents with application. 4. Ability to access Selection Manager while TDY or from other locations beside your office. Baumholder Military ID card holders can receive comprehensive information and assistance with this by contacting ACS Employment Readiness at DSN, 4858188, or 06783-6-8188.
Army Volunteer Corps & Army Family Team Building Written By Ciara Luna AFAP/AFTB/AVC Program Manager
Volunteer Success Story In February 2011 Ms. Brittany Beasley was accepted for a position with the Community Mail Room after volunteering as a Mail Tech. Ms. Beasley’s story is a great example of how making connections within a new community through volunteerism can assist in the networking process and forms initial contacts with potential employers. For more information on how to begin volunteering within the Baumholder community contact the Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator at 485-8188 or attend a Volunteer Orientation.
Why Should I Attend AFTB?
What AFTB Class Should I Attend?
Volunteer Recognition Ceremony On May 19, 2011 USAG Baumholder will host the annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Don’t forget to nominate the individual(s) who work so hard to make Baumholder home. Nomination forms can be found on the ACS website and Facebook page. Nominate your favorite volunteer today!
AFTB helps you to not just cope with, but enjoy the military lifestyle. Many of the courses can be applied toward resume’ and career building, self-development and leadership skills. Active duty Soldiers can earn promotion points for participating in the training. AFTB provides the knowledge and self-confidence to take responsibility for yourself and your Family. The training is available to Soldiers, Family members of all Soldiers, Department of Defense civilians and volunteers.
AFTB Level I Modules train basic information about the Army. AFTB Level II Modules train personal growth skills. AFTB Level III Modules train leadership skills. AFTB Instructor Training teaches group management and public speaking skills. You can also take classes online at www.myarmyonesource.com. Just click on Family Programs and then Army Family Team Building. For more AFTB information, call DSN 485-8188 or CIV, 06738-6-8188.
Smooth Moves Written By Will Luna Relocation Readiness Program Manager
Are you preparing the move in the next 6-12 months? If so, there is no time like the present to start preparing! Moving can be very stressful and expensive if proper steps are not taken during the preparation process. Moving from overseas only makes that stress and expense increase! So what can you do? Come to Army Community Service and talk to a Relocation Readiness professional! We can provide you with individual counseling as well as classes to get you on the fast track to a successful and smooth move!
Whether this will be your first move, or your 14th; the first thing you have to do is gather information. Where are you moving to? What are the schools like? What is on-post housing like? Will you need more than one vehicle? What about your pets? ACS can show you a variety of resources to answer these questions and more. What if you cannot make it into ACS? Start at www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil; this is a great website designed to answer questions about your gaining installation and prepare you for a move. What about the kids? Children are like mirrors when it comes to a PCS. If you are excited and engaged in the process, they will be too. On the other hand, if you are upset, mad or disheartened, they will mirror those feelings. Be upbeat, look on the positive side and be sure to include them as much as possible in the moving process. A great way to motivate your children is to have them design their new room. Where will their bed go? How about the dresser? Giving them a sense of purpose during the move will increase their excitement level and lower everyone's stress! Remember, ACS is here to help you with whatever your needs may be. We have multiple classes to prepare and educate you to have a successful transition and our Relocation Readiness Staff are subject matter experts in their field. Stop by today (BLDG 8746) or call us at DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 067836-8188 to make an appointment!
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German Language LV 1A (6/12) Get a Grip! German Language LV 3 (6/12) German Language LV 2 (6/12) IEP: Rights & Responsibilities as a Parent **1830 – 2030 FAP Movie Night: PreciousRated R *1700 – 1800 Baby Bumps
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FRG-L Training German Cuisine, Culture & Customs Coffee Break Spectrum Families Sponsorship Training AWOL
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Family Advocacy Program
Budgeting for Baby This class will give you tips on how to financially prepare for the cost of a new baby. Open to adults, whether or not you are expecting. * Coupons and Coffee Come out and Save $$ your way to Afghanistan while enjoying coffee. Featured in Stars & Stripes! Successful Money Management Learn the importance of managing money. Personal Financial Readiness for First Term Soldiers New to the Army? Learn how to maximize your money! Know Your Credit Score- Find out how to stay on top of your credit score.
* Parent & Tot Playgroup Playgroup where parents attend with their children (birth- 4 years). * Coffee Break Relax, drink coffee and chat with other parents while your children play. Get a Grip! Managing Anger & Frustration Find out the causes behind your anger and discover healthy ways to express anger and deal with life’s frustrations. * Coping with Deployment Deployment affects every member of the Family. There is help! Classes for three separate age groups: 0-5, school-age and pre-teen/teen. * Raising Resilient Children Learn the strategies on how to raise a child who is able to bounce back from adversity. Say It Right Do you and your spouse have different ways of handling conflict? Talking at each other instead of to each other? WRU@?WAN2TLK?CD9 Do you have teenagers at home? Come and hang out at the Java Café & see what all the commotion’s about! EXPLICIT * 1-2-3 Magic Learn how to manage difficult behavior in children age 2-12. * Scream Free Parenting Discover other alternatives to screaming to improve behavior in children. Families in Action Parenting & education class for parents & teens to take together. Keep the Fires Burning Find out what you can do to keep the fires burning while your spouse is deployed. Stress Management Learn how to effectively deal with stress and balance your life. Baumholder Fight Club This class is only for the strong at heart- call ACS to see if you’ve got what it takes! Women’s Power Hour- Learn all the right moves to empower yourself. Get a Handle on It- Housework and life piling up? Find out how to cope! **FAP Movie Nights – Call ACS to sign-up.
Employment Readiness Federal Resume Writing Focuses on the structure/composition of a Federal Resume, understanding Federal job announcements and identifying federal employment sources. Dress for Success Learn to dress appropriately for different workplaces. Interviewing Techniques Learn how to ace an interview by speech, posture and overall presentation.
Deployment & Mobilization Readiness ** Battlemind for Spouses ** Coping with Separation ** Managing Expectations ** FRL Council ** CARE Team Training Casualty Assistant Response Team training for Unit and Garrison Teams. ** Key Caller Training ** FRGL Training ** FRG Treasury Training Obtain the basics and skills of managing the assets of your FRG.
AFTB/ AVCC/ AFAP Volunteer Orientation- Want to volunteer? This is where you begin. Volunteer Orientation for YouthMust be accompanied by parent. Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Level I,II,III Basic Survival training if you are new, or relatively new, to the military. Levels II & III for advanced knowledge and personal empowerment & development. VMIS OPOC TrainingVolunteer PDL 3 R’s to Managing Volunteers
New Parent Support Program
Exceptional Family Member Program
**Zona Latina Discuss Army life, acronyms, finance, ACS classes, learning English language and meet new people. **Unter Uns German Meet & Greet Group. Provides valuable topics, insights and assimilation into the military community. **AWOL- Meet other people who love to travel that don’t have children.
*Spectrum Families A support group for Families living with Autism. * MOMs (Moms of Multiples) A support group for parents of multiples and children born back-to-back. Respite Care Provider Learn to provide care for those with special needs while helping to give EFM caregivers a break. EFMP Bowling, Musical & Movie Nights– Call ACS to sign-up.
* Bringing Home Baby Are you an expecting parent? Get the resources you need to be prepared to welcome the new addition to your Family. * Newborn Network A support group for parents of newborns. Enjoy the opportunity to discuss and share with others who can relate to your situation. * Baby Bumps A Support & Education group for expecting parents.
Class Descriptions English as a Second Language (ESL) Beginner: designed to build fundamental English skills and increase selfsufficiency and proficiency. Units 1-6. PSC Workshops Smooth Moves Timelines, tips & advice ensure your next move is smooth. Moving with Kids Tips on the how to PCS with children. School Transitions Get information on gaining school requirements and other valuable info. Overseas Briefing Moving to another overseas location? Find out what you’ll need to know! Sponsorship Training Help another Soldier out and learn how to become a great sponsor! Culture College 101, 201, 301 Enjoy this two day, hands-on, community-oriented program. Make friends, learn about German culture and customs, OPSEC, shop at local stores, take mass transit, and experience Germany. Childcare provided for CC 101. Must register for child care to qualify for childcare. Childcare slots are limited. Must have attended CC 101 or R.O.C.K. in order to advance to CC 201. 301 Pre-requisite for CC 301 is CC 201. Bring Euro for all transportation and lunches. Sign-up in advance for these classes. German Language Classes, Level IA &1B Designed to help you develop fundamental German language skills. New session-cannot be picked up in the middle. Free! German Language Classes, Level II Designed to help you develop intermediate German language skills. New session-cannot be picked up in the middle. Free! German Language Classes, Level II This conversational German class will help those who have a basic understanding and command of the German language. become more fluent. Pre-requisite: Must attend the Level II German Class or demonstrate working knowledge of German. Free! ** Home On The Rock– A Spouses Welcome New to the area? Come to this informative & FREE base introduction.. Childcare provided. Must register for child care. Citizenship Workshop Gather all the information you need to apply for your citizenship. ESL strongly suggested as prerequisite. German Cuisine, Customs & Culture Shop at the local supermarket, then make a delicious lunch. Cook and taste traditional German recipes. Learn the customs & culture of our community. (Call ACS for class menu; Limit- first 10 signees.) Victim advocates provide 24/7 support to victims of domestic and sexual violence and offer a wide range of services that include explanations of victim rights, reporting options, protection orders, legal advocacy, referrals to other agencies/organizations and referrals for a safe shelter, if needed.
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ACS Business Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. DSN, 485-8188, or CIV, 06783-6-8188. Located BLDG 8746, Health Clinic Complex. All classes are held at ACS, BLDG 8746, unless otherwise indicated with an asterisk* or identifying location.*Classes held at Wiggles & Giggles, BLDG 8884, Wetzel, are indicated with an asterisk*. **Classes held at the Yellow Ribbon Room, BLDG 8876, Wetzel, are indicated with two asterisks**. Classes that are underlined provide childcare. Advance registration with CYSS is required..