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YELLOW RIBBON EVENT #2 IN TEXAS 1ST and foremost, on behalf of the Yellow Ribbon Coordinators, the 200th Military Command and the FRG Team ‌..PLEASE accept our deepest APOLOGIES to the families that did not attend due to travel issues .. We are in process of making the proper corrections before our next event. We hope to see you all there ..


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Our Soldiers did a Question & Answer Spotlight SPC Morris, Timothy How long have you been in the Armed Forces? I have been in the Army since May 2009, which is 4 years and 10 months. During this time I was placed on ADOS orders and stationed in San Pedro, CA attached to the Defense Logistics Agency for two years, now I’m back with the 491st here in Cuba. Why did you join the Armed Forces? I joined the Army looking for a chance to serve my country. When 9/11 happened I was in the 7th grade, and I didn’t really understand what or why someone would want to hurt my beloved country. As I grew up and learned more about the world, I realized people dislike us for our freedoms, the way we have different religions and equal standards for men and women. I knew that it was my job to ensure that the people of the US were to always be free and live how they please. What Platoon/ Squad are you in? Here in GTMO I am currently assigned to 1st Platoon, 1st Squad, Bravo Team under the direction of my Team Leader Sgt. McJimpson. What are your hobbies? Although there are a lot of things to do here on island nothing compares to my hobbies back home. Being from California it gives us the opportunity to do pretty much everything. My family and I love to be outdoors doing anything from off-roading in Glamis to Surfing in Huntington Beach, or speeding down the slopes on the snowboard in Big Bear. I love being active and having fun.

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What do you miss most about being away from home? I think the one thing I can honestly say I miss the most about home is my family. Being recently married and then deployed a month later can be hard on any relationship, but to have such a tight-knit family is the best. Being able to know that my family is back home taking care of my wife for me makes me miss all of them even more. What is the first thing you are going to do when you get home? The first thing I’m going to do when I get home is eat at In-n-Out Burger. It is the best burger you’re going to get anywhere. Is there anything you would like to say to any of your family members, friends, significant other, and civilian employer back home? To my family I would like to say, though I am not with you for your birthdays or holidays just know that I will always love and support everyone of you, whether you are my Brother or Sister, Mom or dad and of course my wife. There is nothing in this world that I wouldn’t try my hardest to make happen for you. I love you all so much and I can’t wait to come home!

What is your civilian occupation? Unfortunately, at this time I do not have a civilian occupation, for the last two years I’ve been on ADOS so I have been living the active duty life and have not needed civilian job.

SPC Soriano, Nathaniel

What do you miss most about being away from home? I miss hanging out with my friends and family

How long have you been in the Armed Forces? I’m coming up on 3 years Why did you join the Armed Forces? Patriotism and to give myself a good foundation for a future What Platoon/ Squad are you in? Headquarters platoon/Supply Section What are your hobbies? Hiking, camping and playing music What is your civilian occupation? I sell shoes at Dick’s Sporting Goods

What is the first thing you are going to do when you get home? Eat a Carne Asada burrito from Rancherito’s Is there anything you would like to say to any of your family members, friends, significant other, and civilian employer back home? Gladiators.

NEXT FRG MEETING MARCH 2ND 9:30am RIVERSIDE, CA @ THE UNIT


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CONGRATULATIONS Sergeants in the U.S. Army command squads of as many as 10 enlisted men, including privates and corporals. Staff Sergeants command squads of the same size, so their duties are largely the same as those of sergeants. However, a Sergeant First Class command platoon size elements of as many as 50 enlisted Soldiers. On January 10, 2014 the 491st Military Police Company had the great privilege to promote three Staff Sergeants to the senior rank of Sergeant First Class. The promotion ceremony was held at Windmill Beach; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Junior Soldiers and Senior Leaders from the 491st Military Police Company and 525th Military Police Battalion came out to show support for the newly promoted. Christin Aldrete, Rommel Bautista, and Emily Colon were promoted from Staff Sergeant to Sergeant First Class


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Seeing beyond the uniform can reveal invaluable lessons By Sgt 1st Class Kristofer Kelley NCOIC, 491st Military Police Co. Det 2 When you look through your ranks do you know what you have? Throughout the world there are many Reserve Troopers and National Guardsmen deployed and activated supporting the War on Terror. Most of the Troopers serving in those units have professional careers back home. They could be anything from civil servants, trade professionals, educators or employees in the retail and service industry. I am guilty of the common, but erroneous, perception of “they aren’t active duty so they don’t know as much as I do.”; When I was a young specialist in Afghanistan, on my second deployment, I was tasked to help train an Army National Guard unit to take over an Entry Control Point (gate). One of the Guardsmen was a specialist in his mid-30s. My first thought of him was, “he must not be a good Soldier because he is so much older than me and yet is the same rank as me.”; After talking to him that day while working on the gate, I learned he was a city K-9 Police Officer with more than ten years of law enforcement experience. He told me he joined the Army National Guard at a later-than-normal age to serve his country after the attacks of 9/11. I was blown away by this specialist and all the life experience and knowledge he had. I am telling you this now because we need to remember to

look through our ranks and know our Troopers. You never know what kind of expertise your Troopers might have hidden behind their military uniform. For example, in my own unit, our lieutenant might have only been in the Army for a few years, but if you stop and talk to him about his civilian career, you would learn he is a Deputy District Attorney for San Bernardino County, Calif. So not only is he an Army Reserve military police lieutenant, he is also lawyer with a ton of life and legal experience back home. I’ve learned a lot from him as a professional and as a leader. What I would like you to take away from this article is don’t judge a book by its cover and learn what kind of experience the Troopers around you have. With the mission always changing, you might need the expertise of a Trooper’s Civilian profession to help accomplish your unit’s mission.

Message from the FRG Leader Hello Family & Friends of the 491st MP Co. I hope as is well with each one of you as we celebrate another month passing as we patiently wait for our soldiers to get home. I know the waiting is hard. For some of you this might be your soldiers first deployment and for others like myself we've been through deployment before. Regardless of whether you've been through this or not....it can be different every time and with each deployment comes challenges. I continue to encourage everyone of you to get involved in the FRG somehow. Some of you might ask why and my honest response is for the support of others like yourselves. This is my family's third deployment and I didn't get involved the first time and it was lonely and I felt like no one understood what I was going through and none of the people in my life at that time did. The second deployment my husband was a cross level so my husband was now with a unit he didn't know and I never got involved in his military stuff so I knew nothing except

he was going to be gone. I got a call from Yellow Ribbon though and decided to go and see what its about and I met a woman who became my battle buddy and to this day is a cherished friend. She listened when no one else would and understood how hard it was trying to raise my kids when their dad was deployed. Some of you might already have people in your life who support you which is awesome. Just know the FRG is here if something comes up and you don't know where to go. We're here if you need to talk or anything else that might come up. I love hearing from you all and love serving you all. Your FRG Leader, Charlotte Gadsby cgadsbyfrg@gmail.com

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Filing state and federal income taxes may be the last thing you want to deal with right now, especially if you or your service member is deployed. But as overwhelming as it may seem, filing your tax return should not be difficult. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recognizes that service members and their families often face special circumstances and has taken measures to make this annual obligation easier. Getting started If you are a service member or are filing on behalf of one, there are a few things you should know before getting started.

File returns in your permanent home state. If yo u ar e statio ned so m ew h er e oth er than your permanent home address, in most cases you will still pay state taxes to your home state. For

instance, if your address of record is in Kansas, but you are stationed in California, you will file state taxes with Kansas. In most cases, spouses working outside their home of record will also have to file a state tax return for the state in which they are employed.

Access your tax statement online. As a m em ber o f th e m ilitar y Ser vices, yo u can view and pr int out yo ur W -2 form before it is mailed to you. Go to myPay. You will need your personal identification number (PIN) to access your W-2 form. Be sure to have power of attorney if filing for a deployed service member. Attach a co py of yo ur po w er of atto r ney to yo ur tax return. You may use IRS Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative. Find answers to your questions on the IRS Web site. Visit th e IRS Arm ed For ces' Tax Guide . Combat zone and hazardous duty deadline extensions The IRS extends filing deadlines for members of the military Services for the following reasons: You or your spouse are serving in a combat zone or in direct support of those in the combat zone and receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Th e deadline fo r filing incom e taxes is 180 days after yo ur last day in th e co m bat zo ne o r hazar do us duty area. The IRS defines specific geographic areas at Combat Zones. In addition to the 180 days, the extension includes the number of days left in the filing period when you entered the combat zone or hazardous duty area. The filing period is generally January 1 through April 15 (exceptions to the April 15 deadline may be made in a given year if the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday). So, if you or your spouse entered the combat zone on March 31, you would add 15 days to your 180-day tax filing extension.

You or your spouse is hospitalized outside of the United States as a result of injuries suffered in a combat zone or hazardous duty area. Th e deadline is 180 days after disch arge fro m th e h o spital. Note th at th e extensio n do es no t apply to th e spo use if th e service member is hospitalized in the United States.

Your command will have notified the IRS of your deployment to a combat zone but you may want to notify the IRS directly through its special e-mail address. E-mail the deployed member's name, stateside address, date of birth, and date of deployment to combatzone@irs.gov or call the IRS main helpline at 800-829-1040. If the IRS sends a notice regarding a collection or examination, return it to the IRS with the words, "Combat Zone" and the deployment date in red at the top of the notice so the IRS will suspend the action. Write, "Combat Zone" on the envelope as well. Getting help with your taxes Service members and their families can get help at many installations through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Check with your legal center to see if this service is available at your installation. VITA volunteers will help you file your taxes free of charge. Go as early before the filing deadline as possible to avoid long lines. If you decide to see a private tax preparer, make sure he or she is familiar with the IRS Armed Forces' Tax Guide and has experience filing returns for service members and their dependents. When you go, bring the following with you:

Military ID

All W-2 and 1099 forms

Social Security cards for all family members

Deductions and credit information

Bank account and routing numbers (if you choose to receive your refund by direct deposit)

Receipts for child care expenses

Last year's tax return, if available

Special power of attorney authorizing you to do business on behalf of the deployed service member

Before sending in your completed tax forms, double-check your figures and make sure all Social Security numbers are entered correctly. And remember, unless you qualify for an extension, the filing deadline for federal income taxes is April 15. For state income taxes, filing deadlines vary from state to state so check with the local county tax office for the filing deadline in your state.


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