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SPOTLIGHT ON THE HOLIDAY PARTY! 1
SPOTLIGHT: HOLIDAY PARTY
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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For the second consecutive year, the Holiday Party was held on site at US Southern Command and participation greatly exceeded expectations. The event was a HUGE success we served more than 1500 meals to the members of the command and their family members. Ms. Christmas, the clown and the stilt walker were big hits, as were the children’s games. The DJ played everyone’s favorite Christmas songs.
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Of course the Star of the Day was SANTA CLAUS. Upon his arrival, he was mobbed by the enthusiastic children of all ages that were thrilled to see him. They told Santa what they wanted for Christmas and were given a variety of small gifts. Everyone who saw Santa had the opportunity to have a family photo taken.
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Two local bands volunteered to entertain during the event and were very well received.
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In case you missed them, photos from the event may be viewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/usagmiami/sets/72157632284277159/.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
12 - Volunteer Council Meeting, Friday, 10:3011:30am, ACS Classroom
15 - How to Develop an Effective Civilian Resume, Wednesday, 1-4pm, ACS Classroom
1- Raise Your Credit Score and Liquidate Debt, Friday, 1-2:30pm, Army Community Service (ACS) Classroom
How to Develop an Effective Civilian Resume, 1-4pm, ACS Classroom
16 - First Term Finance, Thursday, 8am-12pm, ACS Classroom
16 - Credit Sharks in Suits, Tuesday, 11:30am12:30pm, 12:30-1pm, Q&A, ACS Classroom
21 - Investing Basics, Tuesday, 1-2pm, ACS Classroom
4 - Individual Education Plan (IEP), Monday, 10-11:30 am, ACS Classroom
21-27 - National Volunteer Week
Interview Techniques, 1-4pm, ACS Classroom
23 - Newcomer Orientation, Tuesday, 8-11am. ACS Classroom
7 - Financial Planning for a Home of Your Own, Thursday, 1-2pm, ACS Classroom
22 - From Fruition to Tuition, Wednesday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:30-1pm Q&A, ACS Classroom
11-15 - Transition Assistance Workshop, Monday - Friday, 8am-4pm, ACS Classroom
Interview Techniques Workshop 1-4 ACS Classroom
23 -PCS & Entitlements Workshop, 1-2:30pm, ACS Classroom
12 - Parent Advisory Meeting, Tuesday, 12-1pm CDC Training Room
24 - Army Emergency Command Brief, Wednesday, 10:10-10:30am, ACS Classroom
24 - Training Holiday, Friday
15 - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Friday, 11am-2pm, Fitness Center 19 - Super Savings, Tuesday, 11:30am1230pm, 12:30-1pm, Q&A, ACS Classroom 21 - PCS & Entitlements Workshop, Thursday, 1-2:30pm, ACS Classroom 22 - Teacher Planning Day, Miami-Dade & Broward, Friday. 6am-6pm, School Age Center 25-29 - Spring Break, Miami-Dade & Broward, Monday - Friday, 6am-6pm, School Age Center 26 - Newcomer Orientation, Tuesday, 8-11am ACS Classroom 27 - AER Command Brief, Wednesday, 10:1010:30am, ACS Classroom 29 - Miami Tour, Friday, 9am-3:30pm
Buyer Beware, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:30-1pm, Q&A, ACS Classroom
Broward Teacher Planning Day, 6-6 School Age Center 27 - Memorial Day Holiday, Monday
25 - First Term Finance, Thursday, 8am-12pm. ACS Classroom Interview Techniques, 1-4pm, ACS Classroom
28 - Newcomer Orientation, Tuesday, 8-11am, ACS Classroom
26 - Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, 2:30pm, Conference Center of the Americas
Interview Techniques Workshop, 1-4pm, ACS Classroom
27 - Family Fun Day, Saturday, 10am-2pm
29 - AER Command Brief, 10:10-10:30am, ACS Classroom
30 - “Clause” and Effect, Tuesday, 11:3012:30, 12:30-1pm, Q&A
Choosing the Right Insurance for Every State of Life, 1-2pm, ACS Classroom
MAY 7 - Job Fair, Tuesday, 8am-3pm, Gym That’s Not Good Enough, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:30-1pm Q&A, ACS Classroom
31 - Miami Tour, Friday, 9am-3:30pm Working in Your Strengths, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:30-1pm Q&A, ACS Classroom
9 -Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Spouse Training, Thursday, 10:30am-1:00pm, ACS Classroom
APRIL 2 - Cash Flow Planning, Tuesday, 11:30am12:30pm, 12:30-1pm, Q&A, ACS Classroom 4 - Real World Retirement Planning, Thursday, 1-2pm, ACS Classroom 9 - Dumping Debt, Tuesday, 11:30am-12:30pm, 12:30-1pm Q&A, ACS Classroom 11 - Thrift Savings Plan, Thursday, 1-2:30pm, ACS Classroom
Managing Household Cash Flows, 1-2:30pm, ACS Classroom 10 - Bench Press Competition, 11:30am12:30pm, Gym 14 - Of Mice and Mutual Funds, Tuesday, 11:30am12:30pm, 12:30-1pm Q&A, ACS Classroom
Classes and Events For more information or to register, call the Family Support Center, 305.437.2665.
WHAT’S UP IN SOUTH FLORIDA? BROWARD - www.sunny.org/visitors/events/ Jazz Picnic In The Park, through April 14, Botanical Garden Amphitheatre, 3801 Inverrary Blvd, Lauderhill, 10:30am-2:30pm, 954.730.3000, free.
(Military Discount is only available for the 2 33139, 305.674.8278, www.artcentersf.org/. day pass) and click on find tickets. Go to the military personnel group box and type the code: MILI. This code gives all military personnel a 20% discount.
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Big Cypress Shootout, March 1-3, Billie Swamp Safari, 10am-5pm, $9 adults, $6 children 12 and younger. Reenactments from the 2nd Seminole War, authentic weapons, soldier and warrior attire, music, Seminole food, artisans, alligator wrestling and venomous snake shows. www. bcshootout.com/.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, admission prices waived the first Wednesday of the month from June to November and each Sunday in August. A day at Fairchild is a day in paradise. Visit a tropical rainforest, view world class art, dine at an award winning café surrounded by the beauty of nature. Free to active duty. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305.667.1651.
Asian Culture Festival, March 2-3, annual festival features Asian crafts, art, and exotic music and dance, highlighted by a selection of authentic Far Eastern cuisine. Children can participate in the Asian passport activity, and receive a special gift upon completion. 10am-6pm, Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead, FL 33031, 305.247.5727, www.fruitandspicepark.org/, www.asianculturefestival.us/.
Gables Gallery Night, Carnaval Miami, Monthly open house on 25th Annual Las Olas Art Fair, March 2-3, Las March 10, the first Friday of each Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, 10am-5pm, Celebration of month showcases local 561.746.6615, free, www.artfestival.com/. Hispanic culture. galleries. exhibitions, Known as the free refreshments St. Patrick’s Day Parade world’s largest and complimentary & Festival, March 9, street party, the continuous shuttle Huizenga Plaza and buses between galleries. Downtown Coral festival spans 23 city blocks, filled with along the Riverwalk to musical stages, youth sites, folkloric sites Gables, 33134, 305.444.4493. Riverfront; Parade along and food vendors. Between 4th and 27th Las Olas Blvd from Free Fridays at The Wolfsonian, Free gallery Avenues on Southwest 8th Street, Miami, FL SE 8th Ave to Andrews admission on Fridays from 6-9pm. Exhibition 33135, 305.644.8888, www.carnavalmiami. Ave, Fort Lauderdale, 954.828.5985. Live tours at 6pm. 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, com/. performance and entertainment featuring 33139, 305.535.2645, www.wolfsonian.org. music, exhibitors, authentic cuisine, beverages, and cultural displays. Family Miami Art Museum - Second Saturdays Are MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CALENDAR OF oriented, downtown Fort Lauderdale. www. Free For Families, fun, interactive programs. EVENTS - www.miamidade.gov/parks/ ftlaudirishfest.com/ Families of all ages explore Miami Art calendar.asp Museum together, find inspiration to create Arts & Crafts Festival, March 9-10, works of art, and participate in hands-on Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Anglin’s Square activities led by education staff. 1-4pm. MONROE (Florida Keys) - www.fla-keys. Commercial Boulevard and El Mar Drive, Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, com/calendarofevents/ 954.776.1000. 305.375.3000, www.miamiartmuseum.org/. St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, March Carnaval on the Mile, 10, 2013, Downtown Hollywood. Pipe Bands, March 2-3. Annual music Marching Bands, floats and community festival features a groups. The Budweiser Clydesdales will fusion of jazz and funk highlight the parade with the Budweiser combined with art, wine beer wagon in tow. Parade begins at 1pm pavilions, gourmet foods and makes it way down Hollywood Blvd and children’s activities. and Harrison St. Downtown street festival One mile of free entertainment with nonwith Irish entertainment. 954.921.3404, stop performances on several musical www.stpatricksparade.com/. stages. Along Miracle Mile, downtown Coral Gables, Coral Gables, FL 33134, Jazz In The Gardens, 305.644.8888, www.carnavalmiami.com/ March 16-17, Sun Life index.php/carnaval-on-the-mile. Stadium. Go to the Jazz in the Gardens website: ArtCenter/South Florida Studio Crawl, www.jazzinthegardens. March 2. ArtCenter’s Studio Crawl, every com/#. Go to Tickets first Saturday of the month, visitors wander Info & Sales and click on through the ArtCenter’s two buildings, “purchase tickets now.” This will take you exchange with artists in their studios and to the ticketmaster website. Once there, view current exhibitions. 7-10 p.m. ArtCenter select Jazz in the Gardens 2 Day Pass Gallery, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL
PALM BEACH - www.palmbeachfl.com DORAL - www.cityofdoral.com/ Social Fridays in Doral, free Doral Trolley stops at various entertainment and culinary businesses of Doral, showcasing the nightlife of the city, free. The route includes stops at the city’s hotels, where trolley route maps are available listing other Social Friday points of interest. 8-11pm. Various locations throughout Doral, FL 33178, 305.593.6725, ext. 70, www. cityofdoral.com.
FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER NEWS PRE-SEPARATION BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS
installation Reach out to company’s you’re interested in working for directly to inquire about career opportunities and current openings, in addition to posting your resume on the MSEP Career board and sites like Monster, Hot Jobs, CareerBuilder and Craigslist, or www.usajobs. gov for federal government employment . Don’t be afraid to work for free. Volunteering and interning are great ways to get your foot in the door and can be a tremendous learning experience.
Military members leaving active duty service • Complete the Pre-separation Brief DD 2648 within the next 12 months are required to (AD)/DD2648 (RC) complete a Pre-Separation Brief DD2648 (AC) or DD2648-1 (RC). This brief is available by visiting • Upon completion of the Pre-separation Brief DD2648 (AD) call 24/7, 800-325-4715 either: www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/tagd/acap/, or www.acap.army.mil. • Request an Initial Counseling (IC) via phone con. Title 10, USC 1142, Principal Purpose(s) to record Pre-Separation services and benefits • DD2648/DD2648-1 electronically signed will be sent e-mail. requested by and provided to service members; to identify pre-separation counseling areas of interest as a basis for development of an Personnel not registered with AKO/DKO will Individual Development Plan (IDP). The signed need to establish an account: https://www. pre-separation counseling checklist will be us.army.mil/suite/login/AKO_Utility_Accounts_ maintained in the service member’s official v11.pdf. personnel file. Title 10, USC 1142, requires that not later than 90 days before the date of separation, For additional assistance with processing your preseparation counseling for service members is Pre-Separation Brief DD2648 or a one-on-one counseling call 305.437.2639 or e-mail joe. made available. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help other job seekers. If you hear of a job that isn’t quite right for you, see if it is a fit for anyone else you know and send it to them. Perhaps someday they’ll return the favor. Make a great impression in an interview. This means arriving on time, appropriately dressed and having thoroughly researched the company and position to which you are applying. Keep a polished and up to date resume on hand at all times. Have a well-rehearsed elevator speech - a short summary of yourself that could be used to quickly define your profession, product, service, organization or event to be used when meeting someone unexpectedly. Stay up to date on trends and industry happenings and do whatever you can to acquire new skills companies are starting to look for in potential hires.
Join a support group with other job seekers to help you stay positive, accountable and on track. The Department of Labor-sponsored website provides career resources and workforce Visit: www.hrc.army.mil/site/active/tagd/acap/, information to job seekers, students, businesses, or www.acap.army.mil. and workforce professionals to foster talent CAREER READINESS ADVICE development in a global economy. It also provides • Click on the yellow highlighted: Start your Network extensively. Attend industry events, content specifically designed for military spouses transition process with Pre-separation reach out to friends, family, former classmates including employment resources, education and Counseling. and colleagues, and check to see what career training help, and relocation information. Visit resources your alma mater offers (many provide www.servicelocator.org. • Click on DD Form 2648 Active Duty (AD) extensive help to job seekers free of charge). Visit the Department of Labor-sponsored website • Click on DD Form 2648-1 Reserve Make the internet your friend. Utilize career- career resources and workforce information to Component (RC) focused social media portals like LinkedIn to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce connect with former colleagues and bosses, professionals to foster talent development • Log in with your AKO/DKO login User join industry relevant groups, and request in a global economy. It also provides content Name and Password recommendations from past supervisors (and specifically designed for military spouses don’t forget to make sure your digital presence including employment resources, education and • Select: Fort Stewart as the nearest ACAP training help, and relocation information. Visit is squeaky clean!). www.servicelocator.org.
Military Emergency Relief (MER) Campaign - 15 March-31 May 2013
Volunteer Registration Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS)
The VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION CEREMONY will be held on Friday, April 26 in the Conference Center of the Americas. To be recognized at the ceremony, all volunteers must be registered through the VMIS. Please register as soon as The U.S. Army Garrison–Miami and U.S. Southern possible: Command will conduct the MER Campaign from 15 March to 31 May 2013. During the campaign, key workers will ask their co-workers to consider Using Internet Explorer, go to www. making a voluntary donation to one of four myarmyonesource.com. If you are not already military emergency relief agencies including registered on this site, click on Register at the Army Emergency Relief (AER), the Air Force top right. Click on the Join Now button in the Assistance Fund, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief middle of that page on the right. Complete the Society, and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. registration form and select USAG-Miami in the These agencies provide emergency financial Military Community Affiliation drop-box under support to service members and families in HQ IMCOM. the event of unexpected hardship. Examples of emergency financial support include money for food, rent, utilities, emergency travel, or Once registered, you can log in. Click on the necessary vehicle repairs. Most emergency Volunteer Tools tab located in the upper right support is given as an interest-free loan, hand corner of the web page. however grants can also be approved. Assistance to surviving spouses and orphans is always given Click on Volunteer Profile. Complete all as a grant. requested information in the volunteer profile. These great MER agencies have been supporting Be sure to enter the last four digits only of your our military and their families since 1904. They social security number and save the page. This are part of the binds that tie us together as a will ensure you are a registered volunteer. military family. So please, during our campaign, when your colleague, Battle-buddy, Shipmate, or Wingman asks you for a minute or two, give it to You can use the Volunteer Opportunities tab to them and while you’re at it donate some money locate volunteer opportunities on the installation. to support this great cause. If you want to volunteer off the installation, click on the Army Community Service link provides a The POC for the MER Campaign is the Army generic volunteer position description – Special Emergency Relief Officer, Mr. Rich Zimmelman, Projects Volunteer – for all off-post volunteer 305. 437.2645.
opportunities. Once you locate a volunteer opportunity, click on the position of interest. This will supply you with a detailed outline of the position including the organization contact person. If you want to apply for the position, click on the Apply button on the top right of the position description. If you have questions or concerns about this process, contact Mary Ortiz, Volunteer Coordinator at 305.437.2665, 305.437.2667, or email@example.com.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER NEWS Teacher Planning Day Camp Parents: Child, Youth and School Services will be offering Teacher Planning Day Camp for school-age children, grades Kindergarten to 6th grade, on the following Teacher Planning Day: March 22. Care will be offered at the Child Development Center. Space is provided on first-come firstserve basis, so register your child while spaces are available. Children must be registered at the facility prior to attendance. For more information please contact Ms. Walker or Ms. Treminio, 305.437.1281/1283.
To report suspected child abuse, neglect, or spouse abuse, contact Family Advocacy, 305.437.2734 After duty hours Spouse Abuse - 911 Child Abuse 1.800.96A.BUSE or 1.800.962.2873
WHAT’S UP IN FAMILY AND MWR ? THE WEARING OF THE GREEN
Mark your calendars for March 15 for the 2nd St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Last year’s event was such a great success, we are doing it again. We’ll have corned beef and cabbage, music, fiddling, dancing and games. Get your Shillelaghs, shamrocks, kilts and harps!
MILITARY AND FEDERAL DISCOUNTS! Airport Fast Park – Federal Employee Discount $6.50 PER DAY. Enroll in the program - “Frequent Park Member Card.” Airport Fast Park Members will never be turned away and you don’t need to make a reservation. If they are full, they valet at no additional cost. Sign up for your free rewards membership card at www. thefastpark.com. Use Company Code: 1349207 and enter your company name. Please make sure to enter GSA CONTRACT instead of your specific department/agency. OR – just click on this link, the code is already entered: www. thefastpark.com/marketing/miami/mp49gsa. html Membership is FREE! POC: Maria M. Pena, 305.871.4669, extension 1503.
THANK YOU, SPONSORS! Family and MWR extends a huge thank you to the sponsors of the Holiday Bazaar, Holiday Party and Door Decorating Contest held in December: Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Camden Living, CoCo Key Resort & Hotel Orlando, Costco, Eagle Brands, El Malecon Restaurant, Fred Perkins, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Hilton Miami Airport, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott International, The McDonald Group, Ruben Mendiola. Without their support, we would not be able to provide such fabulous door prizes and event amenities! Thank you, sponsors!
15% Discount for Service Members with ID at Tony Roma’s 3300 NW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33172. 15% Off For All Military Personnel, El Malecon Restaurant, Latin Cuisine, Catering, Delivery, Take-Out. 5791 SW 137th Ave Miami, FL 33183. 305.392.0370. www.elmaleconrestaurant.com. Sportclips Doral - $2 off any haircut to military personal with ID any day of the week. 10481 NW 41st Street next to WinnDixie, Doral, FL 33178, 305.470.9021. Miami Dade Defense Alliance Community Resource Guide & Discount Guide for Active Duty & Reserve Military Personnel & Dependents: www.fernetymanagement.com/ mdda_resource_guild_local.html. More discounts: www.govexec.com/federalnews/2012/11/gimme-my-discount/29165/.
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0600-0630 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 0600-0630 Core Workout with Frank - Free 0630-0700 Core Workout with Frank - Free 0630-0700 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 1130-1200 Awesome Abs with SFC Granado – Free 1130-1200 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 1130-1200 Core Workout with Frank - Free 1200-1230 Core Workout with Frank - Free 1230-1300 Core Workout with Frank - Free 1200-1230 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 1230-1300 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 1215-1315 Yoga with Gaby 1645-1745 Zumba with Zafille 1700-1800 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free
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0600-0700 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 0600-0615 15 Minute Workout with Frank - Free 0630-0645 15 Minute Workout with Frank - Free 1130-1230 Indoor cycling with Lucy 1100-1200 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 1130-1145 15 Minute Workout with Frank - Free 1200-1300 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 1230-1245 15 Minute Workout with Frank - Free 1215-1315 Power Yoga with Rae 1700-1800 Functional Fitness with Frank – Free 1715-1730 15 Minute Workout with Frank - Free
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Friday 1130-1230 Abs Class & Indoor Cycling- TBA - Free 1215-1315 Yoga with Ali American Kickboxing 1800-1900 Wednesdays, Saturdays 1200-1300 - Free Tae Kwon Do (Kids age 5 -12) 1800-1900 Thursdays, Saturdays 1100-1200 - Free (Parent or guardian must stay with child) Tiger Tae Kwon Do (ages 3 & 4) 1030-1100 Saturdays - Free (parents must stay with child)
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Laptop Computer Buying Guide
By Joab Jackson; Updated by James Robertson for National Geographic’s Green Guide
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
Energy Star ratings The Energy Star program, run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), evaluates a wide range of consumer products for their energy efficiency, awarding the Energy Star label to those that top the list. In July 2009, EPA announced a new class of Energy Star ratings for desktop computers and laptops. The standards were set so that only the most efficient 25 percent of today’s computers would be able to qualify for Energy Star status. Energy Starapproved computers will, on average, be 30 percent more efficient than those that don’t make the cut. Laptops that qualify for Energy Star 5.0.approval can be in one of three categories, depending on the computational power of the laptop. The categories are based on the average number of kilowatt hours (kWh) a computer consumes over a typical year of use. kWh is the number of watts of electricity that an electronic device uses in an hour. A 50-watt laptop, for instance, used for an hour, has consumed .05 kWh.
In Europe, laptops must meet standards for not exceeding the maximum level of toxic substances, such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Meeting RoHS is one of the requirements for basic EPEAT certification.
Greening Efforts of Laptop Manufacturers Spending dollars on the greenest models sends a message to computer makers. The message seems to be sinking in with laptop makers, who are starting to produce models that are energy efficient and built from recycled material, or at least made from material that could be recycled. Check the manufacturers’ Web sites for details of their efforts. Companies such as Apple and Dell have pages dedicated to explaining their efforts at building more ecofriendly computers.
When Shopping for a Laptop:
• Evaluate your needs: What you plan to use your computer for will help you purchase the most efficient one for your needs. If you plan on using the device mostly for simple tasks such as checking e-mail, surfing the Web, or watching a DVD, then take a look at netbooks, or tablet computers, which not Category C, designed for those only cost less, but have processors powerful laptops with two or more that sip less energy. Using a tablet cores per processor, designates U.S. government agencies have developed several tools to use when considering a laptop. could also help you consolidate, laptops that use computers use eliminating the need for a separate e-reader. The above tasks don’t 88.5 to 543 kWh over a year. Category B laptops, those with a separate require a lot of computational muscle, so a lower-power processor graphics processors for rendering displays, consume 53 kWh to 41 kWh; would run them without problem. If you use resource-intensive and Category A is for all other laptops that use 40 kWh or less. applications, such as photo editing software, then a laptop with a dual-core processor would be more appropriate. And if you plan to Energy Star also measures the efficiency of the computer’s power supply use the unit in extreme environments such as use in moving vehicles (which converts alternating current into direct current) as well as how or outdoors in damp climates or extreme temperatures, then paying much energy the unit leaks when not being used. for a rugged model may be the greenest choice because they’ll last longer. EPEAT Ratings While Energy Star has helped consumers identify more energy-efficient machines, it doesn’t address the issue of recyclability. EPA and the nonprofit Greener Electronics Council have created the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) (www.epeat. net/) as way to gauge how environmentally friendly electronic components are, in terms of materials they are built from and the manufacturer’s recycling plans. EPEAT requires that computer manufacturers meet 23 mandatory conditions, such as providing a statement of how much recycled material was used in the product and providing an additional optional three-year warranty to keep the laptop in use longer. EPEAT also has 28 additional criteria, such as requiring the laptop be built from at least 90 percent recyclable materials and that laptop use batteries that are entirely free of lead, cadmium and mercury. Bronze status is awarded to products that meet all mandatory requirements, silver status goes to products that meet the mandatory requirements, plus 14 of the optional criteria, and gold rated means the machine meets all mandatory requirements and at least 21 optional criteria. All EPEAT-certified products must also be
• Look for low-power components: The computer industry is starting to learn that in order to make more power-efficient computers, they need to be made with more power-efficient components. Solid-state drives, although more expensive, consume less power than standard hard-drives (and are a lot more rugged and can be faster as well). Also, look for computers with the new generation of low-power chips. Chips consume up to half of all the power a CPU draws. Intel has released a line of low-power chips, code-named Atom, that consume less power and provide nearly the same performance, as has Via, with its Nano line of processors that are used in numerous netbooks. Look for the names of these processors in the specification sheets. Reprinted with permission from National Geographic’s Green Guide www.thegreenguide.com.
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SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM The Spouse Employment Program is offered by Army Community Service to provide assistance to spouses in acquiring skills, developing networks, and resources that will allow them to participate in the work force and to develop a career/work plan. Spouses are provided comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date information on available employment opportunities, education, volunteer resources, and support services which assist in making informed decisions on seeking employment. Services provided consist of individual and group career assessment and counsel, negotiating salary, career exploration, instruction in job search strategies including the use of the internet, headhunters, employment agencies, staffing agencies, newspapers and local resources. Resume and interview technique workshops are scheduled on a monthly basis. Family Support Centerâ€™s resources include computers, faxes and printers. These services are offered free of charge. For additional information contact the Family Service Center Employment Readiness Program Manager, Mr. Joe Pagan at 305.437.2639, or e-mail joe. email@example.com.
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TEN TIPS FOR JOB FAIRS Job fairs are excellent places to learn, network and land a job. You could easily miss your ideal job opportunity while trying to work through the crowd. But here are some planning tips to provide that edge over your competitors who fail to properly prepare. 1. If the Web sites of job fair producers offer the option, search for jobs in advance, to target the most promising, participating employers. Read the employers’ profiles if available, to help you answer the classic question, “Why do you want to work for us?” Even if job fair producers don’t offer these options, most at least list the participating employers and the general types of jobs they have open, so you may research them on your own. 2. Plan to take at least 20 crisp resumes to a job fair, 30 or so if it’s a huge event. The job fair might have copy facilities for free or a small fee, which is nice if you run out. But don’t count on it ahead of time. Bring a pen, pencil and notepad too, and organize it all in a nice brief case or portfolio. 3. Before a job fair, prepare to interview on the spot. A 30 second commercial is a statement to describe the skills and services that you have to offer an employer. It’s better to politely sidestep up-front salary discussions if you can. But have a salary figure in mind, just in case your interview advances to the salary stage. Job fairs tend to be more casual than formal interviews, so you can relax and be friendlier, and display enthusiasm. 4. Also prepare to fill out a job application on the spot. Unless you’re otherwise directed, it’s best to turn it in right away. Taking it home first allows your better-prepared competitors to beat you to it. 5. Arrive a few minutes early at a job fair, to register if required and plan your “attack.” Pick up a booth map if available, and route your path to the employers you’ve targeted. Visit your targeted employers first with resume in hand, and spend some “quality time” with each. 6. When wrapping up your conversations with
employers’ reps, show your interest by asking them what the next steps are. Ask if it’s okay to call them or send follow-up letters a few days after the job fair ends. 7. Track which employers you’ve submitted your resume at the job fair, so you don’t redundantly resubmit it too soon. It’s a good idea to jot down other notes too, right after you talk with each rep. 8. Collect business cards or contact info as you go, and do follow up within 24-48 hours with a thank-you letter to each of the representatives with whom you spoke. It’s courteous, professional and typically expected, even after casual job fairs. Complying might make you stand out in their minds, to help you land followup interviews.
within 180 days. The workshops are conducted by representatives from GBX Consultants, Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans’ Affairs. Information on personal appraisal, career exploration, strategies for an effective job search, interviews, resumes, reviewing job offers, networking, mock interviews, federal government employment, and resources will be provided. The next Transition Assistance Program is scheduled for March 11 through 15 at Army Community Service, Training Room, Suite 2005, 9301 NW 33rd Street, Doral, FL 33172. Military spouses are cordially invited to attend. As a matter of policy, former service members may attend TAP Workshops on a space available basis. Personnel unable to attend transition services at USAG-Miami are provided a list of military installations throughout the State of Florida to make arrangements to register and attend. To register for USAG-Miami call Joe Pagan the Employment Readiness Program Manager at 305.437.2665/2639 or send an E-mail to joe. firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Afterwards, revisit the job fair producers’ sites periodically. Many continue to list new and unfilled openings for some time after job fairs. Post your resume if you haven’t already done so. TRANSITION 10. Remember ASSISTANCE to visit job fair PROGRAM DATES employer’s sites that interest you • March 11-15, 2013, after the event Monday through Friday, as they may have 8:00 am to 4:00 pm new openings they don’t forward to the • June 17-21, 2013, producers after the Monday through Friday, job fair. If you want 8:00 am to 4:00 pm to know what’s going on with your resume or if you see a new • September 9-13, 2013, Monday through position, send a follow-up letter or letter of Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm inquiry instead. The employer will let you know if you should submit your resume again. • December 9-13, 2013, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Transition Assistance Program
Held at the Installation Services Center, Suite E2005.
If you are planning to retire or leave the military the Transition Assistance Program is here to Space is available for 35 attendees, spouses are assist. welcome to attend. The program provides comprehensive information on transition assistance benefits and services for service members and their spouses who are separating or retiring from active duty
To register for TAP contact: Joe Pagan, CWDP, MCT. Employment Readiness Program Manager. Spouse Employment, Transition Assistance Program Coordinator. email@example.com 305. 437.2639.
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ZIP CODE GROUPS The Zip Code Groups at USSOUTHCOM are organized by place of residence and offer an opportunity to meet new friends. The groups also provide a channel for spouses to get information about what happens at the command and in the surrounding civilian communities. The Zip Code Groups are a means of social interaction and camaraderie for spouses similar to that provided by the Officers and Enlisted Spouses Groups located on traditional military bases. The Zip Code Groups are organized in Doral, Broward County and Homestead. For additional information, contact Army Community Service at 305.437.2665 or one of the Zip Code Group Coordinators listed below:
Zip Code Group Coordinators DORAL, CORAL GABLES, MIAMI LAKES, NORTH MIAMI, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Doral Coordinator position is vacant. BROWARD COUNTY, Stephanie Walters, 4teamwalters@ gmail.com. SOCSOUTH, LTC Stewart Mason, 786.415.6202, stewart. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/groups/socsouthredfam HOMESTEAD, www.facebook.com/groups/ HomesteadMilitaryWives
Want to make a difference by volunteering? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 305.437.2665 or locate an installation volunteer opportunity at www.ArmyOneSource.com. If you have already registered with Army OneSource, click Login and enter your username and password. To register with Army OneSource, click the Register link at the top of the homepage, then click Join Now! To search and apply for volunteer opportunities in and around your military community, click the Opportunity Locator link in the Volunteer Center box on the top of the MY AOS Page. Use the Opportunity Locator screen dropdown menus and textboxes to set up selection criteria, and then click Search to generate a list of volunteer opportunities near you. Next, click a position title to view details about that volunteer opportunity. To apply for a volunteer position, click Apply. Next, enter the required [*] information on the application form, then click Submit to complete the process. You will be contacted by an Organization Point of Contact or the Volunteer Coordinator with a response to your application and more information about the volunteer process.
WHOâ€™S WHO Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (Family and MWR)
Child, Youth & School Services (CYS Services) 305.437.1141
Army Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP)
Office of Administration: Director - Sheryl Byrd, email@example.com 05.437.2720 Financial Management Officer - Marisol Archibold, firstname.lastname@example.org 305.437.1144 Marketing, Sponsorship and Advertising - Helen Colby, email@example.com 305.437.3149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Toll Free Hot Line: 1.877.291.1604
CYSS Director - Ileana Gonzalez-Posada, email@example.com Administration - Mary Gomez, firstname.lastname@example.org Child Development Center Director - Denise Gonzalez, denise. email@example.com School Liaison Services - Francisco Brizuela, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADCO, Suicide Prevention and Employee Assistance Programs - Guy W. Drab, email@example.com. mil 305.437.3078 ASAP Clinical Manager/Counselor 305.437.3072 Drug Testing Coordinator (DTC) - Connie Sova, firstname.lastname@example.org 305.437.2428 Prevention Education/Activities Coordinator (PC) Carmen Rivera, email@example.com
Special Events/BOSS - Community Recreation Manager Stephen Ondriezek 305.437.2627 firstname.lastname@example.org Leisure Travel Services - Eric Ruiz, 305.437.1595 email@example.com; Jenny Livesey, jenny.livesey@ hq.southcom.mil Fitness Center 305.437.0123/0124 Jill Hauser, Recreation Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org Frank Same, Recreation Specialist, Francisco.same1@ hq.southcom.mil Angelique Williams, email@example.com. mil; Elson Sanchez, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dolly Fernandez, email@example.com; Jose Fernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org; Alci Montero, email@example.com; Kevin Ruvalcaba, kevin. firstname.lastname@example.org
Army Community Service Director - Victoria DuBois, email@example.com 305.437.2644 Consumer Affairs/Emergency Financial Assistance - Richard Zimmelman, firstname.lastname@example.org 305.437.2645 Employment Readiness/Transition Assistance - Joe Pagan, email@example.com 305.437.2639 Family Advocacy/Exceptional Family Member - Joe Walker, firstname.lastname@example.org 305.437.2734 Relocation Readiness - Vilma Lesesne, email@example.com. mil 305.437.1958 Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinator - Maddie Husta, firstname.lastname@example.org 305.437.2178 Survivor Outreach Services Financial Counselor - Vacant Volunteer Coordinator - Mary Ortiz, email@example.com
Clinic Office hours: 0700-1600
For appointments call 305.437.3559 Services TRICARE enrolled members TRICARE Service Centers 1.800.444.5445 Miramar or USCG Air Station Opa Locka Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Dr. Woodrow Wilson 305.437.0519 firstname.lastname@example.org Family Counseling Center 305.437.3086 Housing Referral 305.437.2642 Education Service 305.437.2287 Carlson Wagonlit 1.800.579.6681
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