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SPOTLIGHT: FOCUS ON SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES (SOS)

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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WHAT’S UP IN SOUTH FLORIDA

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FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER NEWS

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WHAT’S UP IN FAMILY & MWR

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GOING GREEN

15 SPOUSES’ CORNER / WHO’S WHO 16 FAMILY & MWR FUN BUS TRIPS

United States Army Garrison-Miami Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation 9301 NW 33rd Street Doral, Florida 33172 305.437.2665 Sign up for FMWR E-mails and Send Your Customer Comments to: Mwrcustomerservice@ hq.southcom.mil

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Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is an Army-wide program that provides dedicated and comprehensive support services to survivors of deceased Soldiers. The Objectives are to: (a) Connect and link Survivors to the Army for as long as they desire, (b) Provide enhanced access to all entitled benefits for Survivors, to include assistance with the management of lifelong benefit transition milestones and (c) Leverage non-profit organizations to support Survivors. The SOS Support Coordinator serves as the long-term support advocate for Survivors and is responsible for service delivery. The SOS Financial Counselor provides assistance to Survivors through investment and estate planning education. Mrs. Madhya “Maddie” Husta, SOS Support Coordinator and Mr. Rudy Argüello, SOS Financial Counselor. Maddie grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As a senior in Tegucigalpa High School, she earned an exchange scholarship spending a year as an exchange student in Monterey, California. Upon her return to Honduras, she studied undergraduate and graduate level psychology and became a licensed practitioner. Later in her career, she explored Educational Psychology working in the private school system teaching bilingual students in grade school and high school. Maddie is a Navy wife, married to Pete Husta, the Fourth Fleet Liaison Officer at USSOUTHCOM. Maddie has worked in the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility for several years, serving in Honduras, Colombia and Cuba. She comes to us from the Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, where she supported families of all military branches. Her work in Guantanamo included the Fleet and Family Support Center as the Life Skills Educator teaching

anger and stress management, parenting, couple’s communication, and loss and grief. She was the Cuban Community Assistance Program Manager running the only elder care program in the Department of Defense. In this capacity, she managed a 24/7 service running three assisted living facilities and providing general advocacy for the 44 Cuban families residing aboard the Naval Station. These families are those who chose to remain employed aboard the Naval Station following the 1959 Castro-led revolution. In her free time Maddie enjoys golf, painting, and home renovations. Our new Financial Counselor, Mr. Rudy Alexander Argüello, is a graduate of Florida International University. He brings practical experience in banking, debt collection, loan management, insurance, investment and financial planning. Having worked in many different areas of the private sector financial services industry, he provides comprehensive knowledge and experience to protect, serve and guide families towards financial independence. His professional experience includes work at Mass Mutual Life Insurance, Pratt Financial Group, Nationwide Credit and Wachovia Bank NA. Aside from his work in the financial services industry he has also been extremely active in the community. He provides after school technical and musical direction for high school marching bands and has worked with Spectra, a non-profit drug/sexual awareness organization based at FIU. In his spare time he enjoys writing and performing jazz tunes as a saxophonist. He is a fan of both American Football and Soccer though he prefers to participate rather than be a spectator.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

MARCH

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9 - Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Saturday, 10am-12pm, FSCR

1 - First Term Finance, Tuesday, 8am-12pm, Installation Support Services, Family Support Conference Room (FSCR)

13 - Sponsorship Training, Wednesday, 9-10:30am, SOCSOUTH

7 - Newcomer Orientation, Monday, 8:45-11am, SOCSOUTH

Deadline for Kennedy Space Center Trip, $47/$40, COB

9 - PCS and Entitlements Workshop, Wednesday, 9-10:30am, FSCR 10 - Survivor Benefit Plan/Veterans Group Life Insurance Information Training, Thursday, 1-2pm, SOCSOUTH 8-13 - World Golf Championship at Doral, Tuesday-Sunday 16 - How to Create an Effective Civilian Resume, Wednesday, 1-3pm, FSCR Deadline for Trip to Animal Kingdom, $85/$75, Close of Business 17 - Home Buying Strategies, guest presenter, Thursday 1-3pm, SOCSOUTH 19 - Trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Saturday

14 - Federal Government Position Descriptions/ONET, Thursday, 1-3pm, FSCR 16 - Trip to Kennedy Space Center, Saturday

6 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Friday 11 - Deadline for Busch Gardens, $79/$69 Wednesday, COB 12 - Preparing for Separation/ Retirement, Thursday 1-2:30pm, SOCSOUTH 14 - Trip to Busch Gardens, Saturday 16-19 - Transition Assistance Workshop Monday Thursday, 8am-4pm, FSCR

19 - Boost Credit Score and Eliminate Debt, Tuesday, 19 - Basic Investment Strategies, guest presenter 1-2:30pm, FSCR Thursday, 1-2:30pm, SOCSOUTH 21 - ASCAT Spouse Briefing, Thursday, TBD, SOCSOUTH

24 - Newcomer Orientation, Tuesday, 9:30am-2pm, FSCR 26 - Education Services Briefing, Thursday, 1-2pm, SOCSOUTH

26 - Newcomer Orientation, Tuesday, 9:30am-2pm, FSCR

27 - Training Holiday, Friday

28 - Southcom Community Information Meeting, Thursday, 10-11:30am, FSCR

Golf Tournament (tentative) 30 - Memorial Day, Monday

29 - Miami Tour, Friday, 9:30am-3pm

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22 - Stress Management, Tuesday 9-11am, SOCSOUTH Newcomer Orientation, 9:30-11:30am, FSCR 23 - Family Advocacy Program Exceptional Family Member Program Annual Training, Wednesday, 9-11am & 1-3pm, FSCR 25 - Miami Tour, Friday, 9:30am-3pm 29 - Interview Techniques, Tuesday, 1-3:30pm, FSCR

APRIL 4 - Newcomer Orientation, Monday, 8:45-11am, SOCSOUTH 6 - PCS and Entitlements, Wednesday, 9-10:30am, FSCR 7 - PCS/Smooth Move Workshop, Thursday, 1-3pm, SOCSOUTH,

2 - Newcomer Orientation, Monday, 8:45-11am, SOCSOUTH 4 - Thrift Savings Plan, Pay Yourself First, Wednesday, 1-2pm, FSCR

Classes and Events For more information or to register, call the Family Support Center, 305.437.2665. Trips - Reserve and pay for trips at the Information, Tickets and Registration (ITR) Office - Installation Services Building, 9301 NW 33rd Street, Doral, 305.437.1595

To report suspected child abuse, neglect, or spouse abuse, contact Family Advocacy

305.437.2346 After duty hours

305.437.2347


WHAT’S UP IN SOUTH FLORIDA? BROWARD - www.sunny.org/calendar/ Las Olas Art Fair, 3/5 - 3/6, Outdoor event featuring 150+ artists from the nation. Downtown Fort Lauderdale, 10am5pm, 954.472.3755, www.artfestival.com. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Craft Festival, 3/12 - 13, Free. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 10am-5pm, 954.472.3755, www.artfestival.com. St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival, 3/13, Downtown Hollywood, featuring pipe bands, marching bands, floats and community groups. Downtown street festival with Irish entertainment, food, beverages and fun for the whole family. 954.921.3404, www.hollywoodfl.org/parks. Fort Lauderdale Centennial Celebration, 3/27, Showcasing Fort Lauderdale’s rich cultural heritage through a series of events and educational programs. www.ci.ftlaud.fl.us/ centennial/index.htm. Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, 4/15 - 17, Pompano Beach, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-8pm, Every kind of seafood imaginable with huge arts and crafts area and music. $10 per person, under 10 free, 954.570.7785, www. pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com. Fleet Week 2010, 4/25 - 5/21. Each year, more than 1,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard arrive to participate in South Florida’s annual celebration of the maritime services. Port Everglades, www.browardnavydaysinc.org.

MIAMI-DADE - www.miamiandbeaches. com/visitors/calendar.aspx Second Saturdays at ArtSouth, 3/12. Artwork by resident artists, refreshments and live music

while you browse four galleries and open artist studios. Relax in the artistic and tropical atmosphere of ArtSouth. Children welcome. 3-7pm. ArtSouth of Homestead, 240 N. Krome Ave. Homestead, FL 33030, 305.247.9406, www. artsouthhomestead.org. Key Biscayne Art Festival, 3/19 - 3/20, juried show featuring works by 200 artists, children’s activities and food court in a tropical park setting. Free admission. 10am-5pm. Village Green on Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, 305.361.5207, www.artfestival.com. Free Fridays at The Wolf, 4/1, free gallery admission on Fridays from 6-9pm. Exhibition tours at 6 p.m. Wine and light food at The Dynamo Museum Shop and Café. Wolfsonian - FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305.535.2645, www.wolfsonian.org. Fabulous First Fridays, 4/1. A night of fun under the stars. A free star show, free access to the Observatory ( we at h e r permitting), an ever-changing lineup of laser shows and informative, scientific lectures for the entire family. Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33129, 305.646.4200, www.miamisci.org. WordSpeak: Tigertail’s Teen Spoken Word Project 4/1. This teen spoken word project includes workshops, slams and performances in a residency by Sunni Patterson, a New Orleans-based, AfricanAmerican performer and award-winning poet. Free. 8pm, Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134, 305.324.4337, www.tigertail.org. Beats After Sunset @ The Bass, 4/1, Beats After Sunset is held the first Friday of each month, showcasing art, music and a fusion of drinks and food for those who are culturally savvy, or just looking to enjoy a beautiful evening at one of Miami Beach’s great institutions. 8pm. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305.673.7530, www.bassmuseum.org Deering Estate Farmers Market, 4/2. Fresh

fruits and vegetables at the Deering Estate Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning from October through May at the Deering Estate’s Visitor Center. Free and open to the public. 7am-Noon. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami, FL 33157. 305.235.1668, www. deeringestate.org. Miami Beach Festival of the Arts, 4/9 - 4/10. Juried artwork of 100+ artists from the nation, including paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and photographs. Entertainment by local arts groups, international food court and children’s activities. Free admission. 10am-6pm. Ocean Terrace, Collins Avenue at 73rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140, 305.865.4147, www. miamibeachfestivalofthearts.com. City of Miami Gardens Memorial Day Breakfast, 5/30. A breakfast to honor local families and heroes who have lost their lives in battle while serving our country. 8-10 am. Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St. Miami Gardens, FL 33056, 305.622.8000, ext. 2481, www.miamigardens-fl.gov.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT CALENDAR OF EVENTS - http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/ calendar.asp MONROE (Florida Keys) - www.fla-keys. com/calendarofevents/ PALM BEACH - www.palmbeachfl.com/ events/

DORAL - www.cityofdoral.com/ cityofdoral/ Social Fridays in Doral, 4/1. Doral Trolley stops at various entertainment and culinary businesses of Doral, showcasing the vibrant nightlife of the city. Free. The trolley runs along a designated route with a concentration of restaurants and other nightly entertainment. 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. 7007, www.cityofdoral.com.


FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER NEWS What is Autism? Autism is a neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate and interact socially. It is described as a spectrum disorder, which means that it manifests itself across a wide range of behaviors from mild to severe. The term “autism spectrum disorder” and the abbreviation “ASD” refer to autism (autistic disorder), Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

epidemiologists point to a broader definition of autism and an increasing awareness among medical professionals as key contributing factors. Others consider the potential impact of environmental factors (e.g., toxins) as a contributing cause. As more and more research is funded and completed this question may soon be answered. For more additional information concerning autism go to http://www.operationautismonline. org/autism-101/what-is-autism-2/.

differences in the structure and shape of their brains. Though much about autism remains a mystery, here are some observations made by researchers: • Some people are genetically more susceptible to autism • Individuals with autism seem to have abnormalities in the number of brain cells (neurons) • Serotonin levels are abnormal in some people with autism The effort to find the cause of autism continues with investigations into a number of theories including:

Autism is typically diagnosed by the age of three. The symptoms of autism involve three major areas of development and impact a child’s abilities to:

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• Engage in reciprocal social interactions with others • Communicate with others in developmentally appropriate ways; and • Participate in a range of activities and behaviors typical of the child’s age and stage of development.

What Causes Autism?

One of the hallmarks of autism is that the characteristics vary significantly among different children with autism. No two children with autism are the same. Autism spectrum disorders are found in all cultures and across all socioeconomic groups with the ratio boys to girls with ASD being 4 to 1. In the past 30 years the prevalence rate of ASD has skyrocketed. Recent prevalence estimates indicate that autism spectrum disorders occur in 1 out of every 100 children born (CDC 2009), highlighting the facts that autism spectrum disorders are not rare and the importance of effective intervention is critical on a personal, familial and societal level. Why the increase? No one knows for sure. Some

You’ll hear a number of theories, some with some very vocal adherents, but the short answer is that we don’t really know. Scientists strongly suspect a genetic cause, or perhaps a genetic predisposition triggered by something that happens later in development or after birth in terms of environmental factors. This lack of clarity about the cause contributes to a considerable speculation among parents and scientists and conflicting theories about the cause or causes of autism. Although autism was first identified in 1943, its cause remains unknown. The prevailing theory is that autism is a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Brain scans of people with and without autism reveal

Genetic Immune system Environmental factors

Autism and Vaccines Although some parents of children with autism suggest that there is a link between then MMR vaccine (injection of a mixture of three live attenuated viruses for immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella), to date, there is no scientific proof that any vaccine causes autism. The age for autism diagnosis is normally between years one and three, while children are vaccinated around the age of two. This can often lead parents to link the development of autism symptoms to the injection of the MMR vaccine. There is ongoing research that aims to discover a possible link between vaccines and autism; however, there is currently no definite proof for this link and it is important to note that vaccines help protect and strengthen the body’s immune system. For more additional information concerning autism go to http://www.operationautismonline. org/autism-101/what-is-autism-2/

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How Hard Is It To Fit Back Into The Civilian World? Jerry Havens, USAG-Miami ACS Specialist

A logical concern for any man or woman who has dedicated twenty or more years of their life to one of our Nation’s Armed Forces is, “How hard is it going to be for me to fit back into the civilian world?” For many, joining the service in our late teens or early twenties, we have grown to adulthood only knowing the regimented, relatively sequestered and extremely ethnocentric life of a Soldier, a Sailor, an Airman, or Marine during our formative years. As our inevitable retirement date grows ever closer, we are faced with the trepidation of one who must step forward into a void of unknown depth and proportions, with our fate left in the hands of a civilian society which many of us have grown prone to ridicule and distrust. Believe me when I tell you, “Come on in, the water’s fine!” Granted, the initial sensation of chaos will assault your senses, as there is neither rhyme nor reason for many of the policies, behaviors, modes of dress, or other things you will find your civilian counterparts doing. However, you will discover that you are still able to maintain your own militaryinstilled internal compass of what is right and how to behave – making you just another ‘odd duck’ among the sea of odd ducks that populate our planet. My greatest fear, upon retiring after 30 years in the U.S. Navy, was that I was now going to have to rely on Jerry Havens to provide for my family, and I hadn’t met or thought much about that lad since leaving him behind at the Navy Receiving Station, in Albany, New York, when he was just

seventeen years old. Looking back, he wasn’t much of a prize, and most definitely wasn’t capable of finding or holding down a ‘real’ job out there in the civilian sector. Now - I fully understood who Master Chief Havens was. I was aware of his strengths and capabilities and could produce a sheaf of testimonial letters and certificates vouching for his worth.

Interview tips for men and women

Fact of the matter is, the two were one and the same. As any boy grows into a man, girl into woman, so do we grow during our career in the military. The strengths, knowledge, skills, and personality traits we’ve honed during our years in uniform are largely transferable to thousands of civilian employment applications. We only have to come to grips with our need to recognize, capitalize on and adequately translate these similarities to potential employers.

Use the following list to check yourself prior to an interview. You may want to seek an opinion from someone in the field in which you are interviewing.

I’m always discouraged by the number of remarkably qualified military members who sell their potential short in seeking ‘safe’ or relatively easily attainable jobs with their own service organizations, feeling these to be the only positions they are fit to fill. While many officers and senior enlisted may be disappointed to discover a civilian company may not hire them directly into a high-powered supervisory job, you need to realize, just as cream will rise to the top in life, your obvious worth and innate skills will carry you upward within your civilian organization base upon your performance. So, getting out? Is it scary? Most assuredly it is! Is it a challenge? You bet your life it is! Is it survivable? It is not only survivable, but most of you will find that you will thrive in the civilian world. We will always cherish our time in the service. We will remember with pride the things we have done for our country. I will always know that the United States Navy is the finest of all or our Nation’s Armed Forces – but, in your case, you may find disagreement with that bold statement. Regardless, best of luck on the other side! Please allow Joe Pagan at 305.437.2639 or me at 305.224.6870 (SOCSOUTH) to assist you in your preparations for separation or retirement.

Joe Pagan, CWDP

Part of a successful transition to civilian life involves planning on how to dress for an interview. Here are some tips for men and women that will enhance your first impression. FASHION TIPS FOR MEN

• Hair should be trimmed above ears. Have a clean shave. If you wear a beard or mustache, be sure to trim neatly. • Wear glasses with up-to-date frames and clear lenses. Do not wear sunglasses with dark tints or mirrors. • Wear no more than one ring on each hand and a watch. Do not wear any other jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces or earrings. • Regardless of the position you are applying for, your dress should be formal. • No aftershave, cologne, strong smelling deodorants and no smoking. • Carry a good leather or leather-like portfolio or slim briefcase.

FASHION TIPS FOR WOMEN • Clean hair, short or tied back and professional. • Makeup should be simple. Avoid bright colors or too heavy an application. • Wear glasses with up-to-date frames and clear lenses. Do not wear sunglasses with dark tints or mirrors. • Simple earrings, not dangling; a pin or a necklace and a watch; no more than one ring per hand; no more than one bracelet. • Regardless of the position you are applying for, you should always dress professionally. • A seasonal business suit in solid color or conservative pattern with tailored skirt; blouse in a complimentary solid color such as white, cream or pastel; skirt should cover the knee when seated; • Tailored dress in solid color or conservative print or pattern and appropriate length. • Medium heel pumps, no open toes or backs; no nicks in heels; do not wear flats. • Stockings or panty hose in nude or beige always – even in the summer. • No perfume, cologne, strong-smelling deodorant, and no smoking. • Carry either a good leather or leather-like portfolio or leather purse – not both

For additional information contact the Employment Readiness Program at 305.437.2639, or e-mail joe.pagan@ hq.southcom.mil.


Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program

What is CSF? The program, based on 30-plus years of scientific study and results, uses individual assessments, tailored virtual training, classroom training and embedded resilience experts to provide the critical skills our Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians need. Why is it important? CSF marks a new era for the Army by comprehensively equipping and training our Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians to maximize their potential and face the physical and psychological challenges of sustained operations. We are committed to a true prevention model, aimed at the entire force, which will enhance resilience and coping skills enabling them to grow and thrive in today’s Army. Why participate in the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program? The Army recognizes the increased sacrifices our Family members make on a daily basis. The CSF program is designed to provide Family members with the thinking skills and coping strategies needed to take care of themselves and their Soldier. The program helps link them with resources and tools available in the military community that can build resilience. What’s in it for me? Our Army is strong in part because of the support our Soldiers receive from their Families. This program enables Family members to actively manage various physical and psychological challenges in their personal lives, and continue to be the pillar of support behind our Soldiers. The Strength of the Nation depends on it.

CDC Managers are here! Child, Youth and School Services is happy to announce that the Child Development Center (CDC) managers are here: Ms. Denise Gonzalez, Director, Ms. Shante Reese, Supervisor, and Ms. Edna Quiñonez, CYS Training Specialist. Ms. Denise Gonzalez comes to us from Fort Campbell, Kentucky where she was a Facility Director. Ms. Reese supervised and trained staff L to r - Edna Quiñonez, Denise Gonzalez, Shante Reese. at one of our local Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood (ACCYN) Center. Ms. Quiñonez comes from Fort Lewis, Washington, where she was the Assistant Director. This team has many years of experience in serving our Military Connected Children. Please come to Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Installation Services Center, Suite E2091 and meet them. They will be glad to answer any questions you have concerning child development services programs and keep you up to date with new developments. For more information, please contact Parent Central, 305437-1141. MrsEaves_italic_abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz`1234567890-=[]\;',./ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ~!@#$%^&*()_ +{}|:"<>?_åç´ƒ©˙ˆ˚¬µ˜øœ®ß†¨¥`¡™£¢§¶•ªº–“‘«…æ÷ |ÅıÇÎ´Ï˝ÓˆÔÒ˜،‰Íˇ¨„˛Á¸`⁄‹›fifl‡°·‚—±”’»ÚƯ˘¿|áéíóúâêîôûàèìò ùäëïöüÿãñõÁÉÍÓÚÀÈÌÒÙÄËÏÖÜŸÑÃÕÂÊÎÔÛ chalet_londonnineteensixty_abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz`1234567890-=[]\;',./ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ~!@#$%^&*()_+{}|:"<>?_åç´ƒ©˙ˆ˚¬µ˜øœ®ß†¨¥`¡™£¢§¶•ªº–“‘«…æ÷ |ÅıÇÎ´Ï˝ÓˆÔÒ˜،‰Íˇ¨„˛Á¸`⁄‹›fifl‡°·‚—±”’»ÚƯ˘¿|áéíóúâêîôûàèìòùäëïöüÿãñõÁÉÍÓÚÀÈÌÒÙÄËÏÖ ÜŸÑÃÕÂÊÎÔÛ chalet_obilique_london_abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz`1234567890-=[]\;',./ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ~!@#$%^&*()_+{}|:"<>?_åç´ƒ©˙ˆ˚¬µ˜øœ®ß†¨¥`¡™£¢§¶•ªº–“‘«…æ÷ |ÅıÇÎ´Ï˝ÓˆÔÒ ˜ØŒ‰Íˇ¨„˛Á¸`⁄‹›fifl‡°·‚—±”’»ÚƯ˘¿|áéíóúâêîôûàèìòùäëïöüÿãñõÁÉÍÓÚÀÈÌÒÙÄËÏÖÜŸÑÃÕÂÊÎÔÛ

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WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S UP IN FMWR ? WGC-Cadillac Championship at Blue Monster Doral All active duty, retired, and Reserve military, along with their dependents, receive complimentary admission. Download a free ticket in advance by visiting www. birdiesforthebrave. com and click on tickets. Veterans may purchase extremely discounted tickets ($15) by visiting the Miami VA Hospital. Tickets may be purchased at the Volunteer Services Center or the Spinal Cord Therapy Unit. Questions about Veteran tickets should be direct to Bill Bray of the Miami VA at 305.324.4455 x3619.

Family and MWR thanks the generous sponsors of the New Beginnings Block Party held on 17 December 2010:

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All military and veterans are invited into the Birdies for the Brave Patriots' Outpost located on the 17th green. a complimentary hospitality chalet with free food and beverage. A Military Appreciation ceremony will be held Thursday, March 10, 10am on the 1st tee of the TPC Blue Monster.

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GOING GREEN Seven Steps to Safer, Healthier Food By Diane di Costanzo

When it comes to food, most parents are concerned with safety, health and getting children to eat what’s good for them. No doubt, the need is great. Pound for pound, children not only consume more food and water than adults; if they’re hit with toxicants during critical windows of development, diseases can occur later in life. But feeding kids healthy food can be difficult when you can’t always find or afford organic, and are up against a food industry spending billions of dollars annually to convince kids that products low in nutrition and high in sugars and fats are cool. Since the 1970s, when the U.S. adopted a farm policy resulting in cheap corn and cornsyrup sweeteners, Americans have been eating about 200 extra calories a day, Michael Pollan writes in The New York Times Magazine. No wonder 64 percent of us are overweight. Still, you can improve the odds each time you shop for and prepare a meal. Here are seven small ways that add up to big change:

1. Buy Organic Where It Counts Most Recognizing that it’s not possible to eat organic produce 100 percent of the time, you can prioritize by picking the top 10 fruits and vegetables that are most often contaminated by pesticide residues and thus best bought organic: apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, hot peppers, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach, strawberries. For meat, eggs and dairy, certified organic is your best choice, because federal standards mandate 100 percent organic feed (eliminating the risk of mad cow disease, for one). But when organic isn’t available or affordable, ask the following questions: Was the animal fed only grass and/or 100 percent vegetarian grain? Were growth hormones used (in cattle)? Were antibiotics routinely given? Were the animals confined?

2. Buy Food Directly from Local Farms, and Ask Your Grocer to Sell Local Food Too In a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group, each member buys a share of the entire harvest (usually $300 to $600) from the farmer before the growing season starts, and is rewarded with weekly

produce gathered at peak ripeness. There are more than 1,000 CSAs across the U.S.

www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ ConsumerInformation/ucm109832.htm.

Farmers markets also give you—and your children—a chance to talk to and support the people who grow local food. The USDA reports that there are over 3,100 farmers markets nationwide, a number that increased 79 percent between 1994 and 2002.

5. Avoid Neurotoxic Fish

For a directory of CSAs, visit csacenter.org and to find your nearest farmer’s market and organic farm, see localharvest.org.

Freshwater and saltwater fish, such as tuna, swordfish and walleye, may contain high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) or mercury, both of which can harm brain development.

6. Demand Healthier Food and Drink at Schools Many strapped school systems rely on revenue from sales of such items as candy bars and sugary drinks in vending machines and fast food supplied by Pizza Hut, available in 98 percent of our nation’s senior high schools. The impact on kids’ waistlines is all too evident, but all this sugar is also promoting tooth decay.

3. Sidestep Easily Contaminated Foods Contaminated food causes an estimated 76 million illnesses and 5,000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To be safe, make sure meat, poultry and shellfish are properly cooked. The CDC also warns against cold cuts, which can be contaminated with listeria. Raw, unwashed produce and unpasteurized fruit juice can also carry E. coli, hepatitis and other diseases. For more info, see foodsafety.gov.

4. Avoid Unhealthy Fats Fifteen percent of Americans 6 to 19 years old are overweight—and the percentage is growing. Avoid saturated fats, trans-fatty acids and cholesterol by reading labels. Trans fat, which contributes to heart disease, lurks in the very foods most heavily marketed to children: French fries, candy bars, cookies, baked goods, chips and pretzels. Best to limit these, as well as commercially prepared salad dressing, vegetable shortenings and anything containing “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” vegetable oil. See the USDA’s trans fat label page, http://

Ask your PTA and school administration to change; get ideas and success stories from a kit available through the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Get healthy-vendingmachine guidelines at Health Collaborative.

7. Talk to Kids About How Ads Pitch Food at Them You’re up against big bucks—and the wiliest of marketing minds—when you try to coax your kid away from junk food. According to a report released in February 2004 by an American Psychological Association (APA) task force, the average child in our country views 40,000 TV commercials a year, with the most common products marketed being “sugared cereals, candies, sweets, sodas and snack foods,” says task force chair, Brian Wilcox, Ph.D. What’s a parent to do? Limit television time. Watch with your children, and point out and discuss the difference between programs and commercials. Finally, every chance you get this summer, take kids to a farmstand, pick a ripe, sweet fruit and give them a bite of the real thing. Reprinted with permission from National Geographic’s Green Guide, www.thegreenguide.com.


Employment Readiness Program The Employment Readiness Program provides free assistance to military spouses in acquiring skills, networks, and resources that will allow them to participate in the workforce and develop a career/work plan. The services you can expect are:

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• Comprehensive, accurate, easily accessible, and upto-date information on available employment opportunities, education and volunteer resources and support services which help customers make informed decisions on seeking employment. Job search assistance workshops, seminars, or individual sessions that include: 1. Self Assessment 2. Resume writing 3. Interviewing 4. Dress for Success 5. Negotiating Salary 6. Job/employment/market research 7. Career Exploration In conjunction with community representatives from business, education and nonprofit agencies, additional services are provided in support of Youth volunteer/employment opportunity preparation.

Contact or visit the Employment Readiness Program at U. S. Army Garrison-Miami, Installation Services Center, 9301 NW 33rd Street, Suite 2005, Doral, FL 33172, or call 305.437.2665/2639 to schedule an appointment.

New to USSOUTHCOM? Take the Free Miami Tour Join us for a whirlwind tour of Bayside, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, South Beach and more. Service Members, Family Members, Civilians, Call the Family Support Center to reserve your space 305.437.2665


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SPOUSES CORNER USSOUTHCOM Community Information Meeting (SCCIM)

SPOUSES NEEDED TO COORDINATE the HIALEAH and KENDALL ZIP CODE GROUPS!

2011 SCCIM meetings will be held 27 January, 28 April, 28 July and 27 October (tentative.) Zip Code Group Coordinators disseminate information from the SCCIM to the zip code groups. All spouses are encouraged to submit concerns/issues to your area zip code coordinator. The purpose is to share ideas and make living in South Florida an enriching experience. Meetings: 10 am, 9301 NW 33rd Street, Installation Services Building ACS Conference Room. For more information, call 305.437.2665.

Coordinators disseminate information from the monthly SouthCom Community Information Meeting (SCCIM) to spouses in their zip code area and present ideas, issues or concerns to the SCCIM. Zip code groups can organize and meet in a variety of ways, from monthly information socials to web groups, depending on the desires of the members. Programs such as music play group, 9/11 GI Bill briefing and the recent “Evening with TRICARE” are examples of recent collaborations between Army Community Service and zip code groups. New spouses are identified during Service Member in-processing but if you are interested in becoming involved in a group in your area, starting a group, or interested in coordinating, please call Vickie DuBois, at 305.437.2644.

Zip Code Groups DORAL, CORAL GABLES, MIAMI LAKES, NORTH MIAMI, NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Eva Raquel Cool, 305.510.4875, lotusflower_0308@ yahoo.com; Mary Ellen Keen, 305.767.0304, keen_me@ hotmail.com; Maria Cante, 786.566.7523, maria_joe@yahoo. com. www. doralzipcode.webs.com, doralzipcode@yahoo.com HIALEAH, coordinator needed, please call 305.437.2665 KENDALL, HAMMOCKS, PINECREST, PALMETTO BAY, surrounding areas. Coordinator needed, please call 305.437.2665 BROWARD COUNTY, Sabrina Bowman, scott_bowman1969@ yahoo.com; Nila Mistry, nilamistry1@yahoo.com HOMESTEAD & SOCSOUTH, Kris Rodriguez, sirkesojerdna@ hotmail.com, Michelle Lindsey, michelle.lindsey2@us.army.mil socsouthfamily@yahoogroups.com Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR)

One Stop Phone Number:

305.437.2642

Director - Sheryl Byrd, sheryl.byrd@hq.southcom.mil Administration - Vilma Lesesne, vilma.lesesne@hq.southcom.mil Financial Management Officer - Marisol Archibold, marisol.archibold@hq.southcom.mil Marketing, Sponsorship and Advertising - Helen Colby, helen.colby@hq.southcom.mil E-mail: mwrcustomerservice@hq.southcom.mil Toll Free Hot Line: 1.877.291.1604 Recreation Services One Stop Phone Number: 305.437.2642 Recreation, Better Opportunity for Single Service Members (BOSS) - Stephen Ondriezek, stephen.ondriezek@hq.southcom.mil Information, Tickets and Registration - Eric Ruiz, eric.ruiz@hq.southcom.mil Macarena Schmidt, macarena.schmidt@hq.southcom.mil Fitness Center, Jill Hauser, jill.hauser@hq.southcom.mil Frank Same Erik Vidal, erik.vidal@hq.southcom.mil Angelique Williams, angelique.williams@hq.southcom.mil

Elson Sanchez, Dolly Fernandez, Jose Fernandez, Martin Galvez Kevin Ruvalcaba, Joshua Corraliza

WHO’S WHO

Child, Youth & School Services (CYS Services)

One Stop Phone Number:

305.437.2642

CYSS Director - Ileana Gonzalez-Posada, ileana.gonzalesposad@hq.southcom.mil Administration - Mary Gomez, Mary.gomez@hq.southcom.mil School Liaison Services - Ileana Gonzalez-Posada, Ileana.gonzalezposad@hq.southcom.mil

Family Support Division (FSD)

One Stop Phone Number:

Army Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) ADCO, Suicide Prevention and Employee Assistance Programs - Guy W. Drab, guy.drab@hq.southcom. mil, 305.437.3078 Drug Testing Coordinator (DTC) - Connie Sova, connie.sova.ctr@hq.southcom.mil, 305.437.2428 Prevention Education/Activities Coordinator (PC) Carmen Rivera, Carmen.rivera.ctr@hq.southcom.mil

305.437.2642

Army Community Service Director - Victoria DuBois, vickie.dubois@us.army.mil Administration - Lydia Sanchez, lydia.sanchez@hq.southcom.mil Consumer Affairs/Emergency Financial Assistance - Richard Zimmelman, richard.zimmelman@hq.southcom.mil Employment Readiness/Transition Assistance - Joe Pagan, joe.pagan@hq.southcom.mil Family Advocacy/Exceptional Family Member - Joe Walker, joe.walker@hq.southcom.mil Relocation Readiness - roxanna.acosta@hq.southcom.mil Relocation and Employment Readiness SOCSOUTH Gerald Havens, gerald.havens@socso.southcom.mil Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinator - Maddie Husta, Madhya.husta@hq.southcom.mil Survivor Outreach Services Financial Counselor - Ruddy Arguello, ruddy.a.arguello@us.army.mil Volunteer Coordinator - Mary Ortiz, mary.ortiz@hq.southcom.mil

USAG-M PublicAffairs - Arthur McQueen, 305.437.2685 Arthur.mcqueen@hq.southcom.mil

USSOUTHCOM Clinic Office hours: 0730-1630

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 John Knoebel 305.437.3072 john.knoebel@hq.southcom.mil Family Counseling Center 305.437.3086 Housing Referral 305.437.2642 Education Service 305.437.2287 Carlson Wagonlit 1.800.579.6681


LEAVE THE DRIVING TO US - FAMILY & MWR TRIPS March 19 DISNEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ANIMAL KINGDOM Adult $85, Child $75

May 14 BUSCH GARDENS Adult $79, Child $69

April 16 KENNEDY SPACE CENTER Adult $47, Child $40 All trips depart from the East parking lot at Headquarters at 6 a.m. and depart from each attraction at 7 p.m. (unless noted otherwise.) Deadline to sign up for trips is close of business the Wednesday before each trip. All prices include transportation, parking, tolls and entrance to the attraction. Prices and times are subject to change. Tickets are available in the ITRO, HQ. # 1303A. Phone: 305. 437.1595. The Bugle Boy is a bimonthly publication of the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Miami, and is published for members of the United States Southern Command. Contents of The Bugle Boy are not necessarily the official views of, or are endorsed by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Southern Command. The distribution, mention or use of any sponsorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products, services, or funds by the U.S. Southern Command does not express or imply an endorsement of the sponsor. All submissions are subject to editing. The appearance of advertising in this newsletter does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the Army, the U. S. Southern Command or the U.S. Army Garrison-Miami Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fund. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by the advertiser is confirmed, the publisher shall refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. To submit story ideas, articles, or purchase advertising, call the editor at 305.437.3149.

U.S. ARMY GARRISON-MIAMI Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation 9301 NW 33rd Street Doral, Florida 33172


Bugle Boy Mar/Apr 2011  

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Newsletter of US Army Garrison-Miami

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