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USARPAC HHB – Annual Christmas Angel Tree WHO: All Units on Ft. Shafter WHAT: Angel Tree – Gift Donation WHEN: 16 Nov 09 – 18 Dec 09 WHERE: USARPAC HHB BN HQ POC/OIC: Meri-Mine Clarke (FRSA) CH(CPT) Douglas Weaver NCOIC: SGT Jeffery Menda MISSION The USARPAC HHB will be conducting a Christmas Angel Tree in order to collect gifts for children (of soldiers) who may be having financial challenges this year. COMMANDER’S INTENT

To continue to build the esprit de corps and support the Soldiers & Families of USARPAC and neighboring units. CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS Personnel interested in participating will pick an “Angel” from the Christmas tree & sponsor that Angel by purchasing two (2) gifts according to the description on the Angel. Names of children are anonymous.

TIMELINE 16 -27 November 2009 Nominations collected and approved by higher rater. 28 November -18 December 2009 Deliver wrapped gifts to the Battalion Rm #9 or contact Meri-Mine Clarke.


Public is Welcome!

Join the Oahu South Community at the Annual Holiday Concert & Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, 10 Dec 09 at 1800 Palm Circle, Fort Shafter

Refreshments, Photos with Santa and more! For more info call the Oahu South Community Director’s Office, U.S. Army Garrison, Oahu at 438-6996


DECA Scholarship Commissaries are an integral part of the quality of life offered to service members and their families. The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. A minimum of one $1500 scholarship will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. More than one scholarship per commissary may be available based on response and funding. The scholarship provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other related expenses. Students in 12th grade that are planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the fall term of 2010 are eligible. Contact your local commissary, school guidance counselor, or visit the program website at www.militaryscholar.org or www.commissaries.com. Applications available Nov. 3 with a Feb. 17, 2010 deadline.


Advance Tickets: $17 Single / $30 Couples.

$20 per person at the Door

Dec 31, 2009 8 pm - 5 am Stop serving alcohol @ 3 am, Breakfast from 3-5 am

Tickets Include Cover charge Midnight toast Snacks all night Door prizes Breakfast

New Years Eve Package Arctic Chill Bldg 655 384-7619

Cost $80 2 Tickets to the Chill, 1 night at Army Lodging Check-in after 3 pm on Dec 31, 2009/Check out before 3 pm on Jan 1, 2010

Only 15 Packages Available, Offer Expires Dec 24, 2009


2010 US Army Garrison Hawaii Volunteer Recognition Week Hawaii Volunteers… Stars of the Pacific!!! Monday, April 19th 9:30 -10:00 am Opening Rally at the Post Exchange Schofield Barracks

All volunteers are invited to participate in all events. For more information Contact your unit or organization volunteer coordinator, Tracey Clark at 655-1657 or tracey.clark@us.army.mil

SAVE THE DATES!!!! Mark your calendar now and join us for some great fun as we recognize all of our Hawaii Volunteers

Tuesday, April 20th 9:30-10:45 am Volunteer Breakfast at the Hale Ikena Fort Shafter

Wednesday, April 21st 6:30 pm Volunteer Movie at the SGT Smith Theatre Schofield Barracks

Thursday, April 22nd 6:15 - 8:30 pm Installation Volunteer Recognition Ceremony “Volunteer Star Awards” Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center Schofield Barracks


WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Army Family Team Building presents:

Survival Training

AFTB Level I is the beginning of the journey through the jungle and will assist you in obtaining the skills necessary to navigate your way through your military environment. Level I provides survival techniques to assist your entry into the jungle. AFTB jungle instructors will provide the survival manual and help build your explorer team. We provide free childcare at the Child Development Center with your advance reservation (your child must be registered with Child and Youth Services to be eligible).

January 6th & 7th Class is held 9:00am - 12:30pm at Ft Shafter Flats Bldg 1599, Room 115

Call 655-4227 or 655-1703 to reserve a seat!


WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Army Family Team Building presents:

Survival Training

AFTB Level I is the beginning of the journey through the jungle and will assist you in obtaining the skills necessary to navigate your way through your military environment. Level I provides survival techniques to assist your entry into the jungle. AFTB jungle instructors will provide the survival manual and help build your explorer team. We provide free childcare at the Child Development Center with your advance reservation (your child must be registered with Child and Youth Services to be eligible).

January 14th & 15th Class is held 9:00am - 12:30pm at Army Community Service Bldg 2091 Kolekole Ave Schofield Barracks

Call 655-4227 or 655-1703 to reserve a seat!


DECEMBER 2009

FAMILY ADVOCACY PROGRAM 655-4779 Sun

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Autism Support Group 5:30-8:00 pm AMR Chapel New born Care I 9:00-11:00 AMR CC

Baby Massage 2:00-4:00pm AMR CC

Holiday Stress Potty Training 9:00-11:00 am AMR 0900-1100 AMR CC CC Baby Massage 9:00-11:00 am ACS SB

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New Born Care I 9:00-11:00am Library SB

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Autism Support Group 5:30-8:00 pm SB Chapel

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Magic 123 Parenting 8:00-12:00 am AMR CC New born Care II 9:00-11:00 am Library SB

SHARE Support Group 5:30-8:00pm AMR Chapel New Born Care II 9:00-11:00 am AMR CC

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Breast Feeding Basics Breast Feeding Basics 9:00-11:00am Library SB 9:00-11:00am AMR CC

New Parent Resource Workshop 2:00-4:00pm AMR CC SHARE Support Group 5:30-8:00pm SB Chapel

New Parent Resource Workshop 2:00-4:00pm Library SB

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29 Legend AMR CC= AMR Community Center SB= Schofield Barracks

Daddy Boot Camp

Anger Management 3:00-4:30pm ACS SB 1:00-3:30pm AMR CC

9:00-1200pm ACS SB

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Family Advocacy Program

CLASS AND ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS Ages and Stages of Infant and Child Development: Understanding the ages and stages of normal child development will help you understand how to care for and encourage your child. Come and join us for this important session. Please call 655-4227 for more information Anger Management: This workshop provides information about the basic mechanisms of anger. Are you angry? Do you feel like you are out of control? This class will provide the tools to resolve anger in a healthy way. Register by calling 655-4227. Autism Support Group: Support group for soldiers and family members who are looking for support and information regarding Autism. Both groups offer a 5:30 dinner and 6:00 presentation and discussion. Childcare is provided. And CYS registration is required. For more information or to make childcare reservations please call 655-4777/1551/4791. Baby Massage: Babies are intuitive, and their sense of touch highly developed. Therefore, in addition to many health benefits, the time spent massaging your baby greatly increases your communication and helps you to understand your baby's moods, needs, desires and expressions. Please call 655-4227 for more information. Breastfeeding Basics: It should be one of the most natural things in the world. But for many moms, especially new mom’s breastfeeding can be confusing. Join us as we learn about getting started with breastfeeding, overcoming challenges and the importance of breastfeeding for your baby. Please call 655-4227 for more information. Crisis Response Training: The concept behind CRT team is to provide a team of caring and trained volunteers that can immediately “be there” for a spouse and family members after notification of a death or serious injury. CRT volunteers are screened and selected by the Rear Detachment Commanders. For more information please call 655-1638/5049 Holiday Stress: The holiday season is about to begin. Come and learn important holiday stress management techniques so you can make the most of your holidays. Please call 655-4227 for more information. Magic1-2-3 Parenting for Children Ages 2-12: The program was developed by Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, for parents of children ages 2-12 and offers a humorous look at parenting, with a serious look at discipline. Register for the class by calling 655-4227. Newborn Care I and II: How come they don’t come with instruction manuals? Taking care of a newborn for the first time can be scary. From holding, to diapering, to bathing, come learn the basics of newborn care to make the early month special for parents and baby. Please call 655-4227 for more information. New Parent Support Program - Resource Workshop: The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) has a Resource Group Workshop available for new parents at the Army Community Service at Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter. The workshop provides important information on the Nurturing Parent curriculum, resources available in the community, and short videos on preventing shaken baby syndrome and basic newborn care. Seating is limited to the first 20 participants. Please call 655-4227 for more information. Potty Training Your Toddler: Learn all you can about potty training your child. What are the signs that your child is ready and how do you start. Please call 655-4227 for more information. SHARE Support Group: EFMP Support group that focuses on various special needs issues that encourages sharing hints, accomplishments, resources and encouragement. Both groups offer a 5:30 dinner and 6:00 presentation and discussion. Childcare is provided CYS registration is required. For more information or to make childcare reservations please call 655-4777/1551/4791.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness classes are available upon request. Please call 655-4779 to request a class.


NEW! Down Syndrome Support Group

~Families Helping Families ~

Schofield Barracks Main Post Chapel 1st Wednesday of every month, beginning 4 November 09 5:30 pm Dinner (Catered Meal-Chapel Lanai) 6:00 pm Presentation and Discussion Call ACS EFMP for more information and child care reservations. 655-4227 Child care provided. Children must be registered with CYSS.

In partnership with installation Chaplains


FURLOUGH FRIDAY

HOME ALONE AWARENESS CLASSES November 20 Schofield Barracks Chapel December 11 AMR Community Center December 18 Schofield Barracks Chapel January 29 AMR Community Center February 12 Schofield Barracks Chapel March 5 AMR Chapel April 23 Schofield Barracks Chapel May 7 AMR Chapel Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. To register your child, please call 655-1670. *Furlough Friday dates are subject to change

Children 9-11 will be involved in an interactive workshop that will provide them the tools to make responsible decisions as they prepare to stay home alone.  First Aid  Fire Safety  Stress Awareness  Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Army Community Service 2091 Kolekole Ave Schofield Barracks Phone: 808-655-4227 Fax: 808-655-1654 www.mwrarmyhawaii.com

127 A Krukowski Tripler Army Medical Center Phone: 808-438-4499 Fax: 808-438-4489 Www.mwrarmyhawaii.com


Financial Readiness Your Money Matters

December 2009

Money Management 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 December 1030-1200

Checkbook Maintenance 2 December 0900 – 1030 Discuss opening and maintaining a checking account.

Learn basic tools for financial success, develop a spending plan, reduce expenses and make your paycheck work for you.

Car Buying 23 December 0900-1030

Credit Management 9 December 0900-1030 Learn how to use your credit wisely and how to improve your credit score.

Learn valuable education that can save you thousands of dollars and make the whole auto buying experience less stressful.

Basic Investing 30 December 0900-1030

First Term Financial Training 14 and 28 December 0830—1600 Learn basic financial skills, develop self reliance and personal responsibility, encourage financial planning, improve money management skills, and enhance personal financial literacy. This is a mandatory 8 hour program of instruction. Certificate will be awarded to each participant who completes the 8 hours of instruction

Learn the basics of investing. This course teaches the difference between saving and investing and the difference between savings accounts, CDs, Money Market Accounts, Mutual Funds, Bonds and Stocks.

Personal Financial Counseling By Appointment contact 655-4227 Schedule an appointment to discuss your current and future financial plans with a Personal Financial Specialist. ARMY COMMUNITY SERVICE FINANCIAL READINESS PROGRAM BLDG 2091 SCHOFIELD BARRACKS

REGISTER NOW BY CALLING: 655-4227 VISIT US ON THE WEB: www.MWRarmyhawaii.com


MILITARY SPOUSES CAREER ADVANCEMENT ACCOUNT (MyCAA) DETAILS Welcome to MyCAA!

Spouse Career Advancement Accounts The Department of Defense is expanding the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts -- MyCAA -- for military spouses of active duty and activated Guard and Reserve service members worldwide beginning in mid May 2009. MyCAA is currently completing an extensive testing period with the help of volunteer spouses, schools and other payees In mid May, MyCAA will officially open its doors for eligible military spouses worldwide to receive up to $6,000 of financial assistance to help pay for licenses, certifications and education in high growth, high demand portable career fields. Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Details MyCAA provides up to $6,000 of financial assistance for eligible spouses directly to participating schools or other programs. If they are already listed in the MyCAA system, a spouse and his/her school or other program are ready to proceed with their request for financial assistance. If not, the military spouse needs to click “Can’t Find School” on the MyCAA website to request that his/her school or other program be added. MyCAA financial assistance will pay for expenses such as post-secondary education and training, tuition, licensing, and credentialing fees. It does not pay for computers, school application fees, graduation fees, student activity cards, child care, parking, transportation, medical services or testing fees. Who can help spouses develop a MyCAA Career Plan and explain how MyCAA financial assistance will be provided?

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Check back to www.MilitaryOneSource.com/MyCAA regularly to find out the exact MyCAA launch date. In the meantime, keep exploring your Portable Career options and working on your Career Plan with your school or other program counselor. Once MyCAA is launched, call a Military OneSource Career/Education Consultant (1-800-342-9647) for an appointment. The MOS Consultant can answer questions you might have and provide assistance as you explore career fields of interest, job markets and salary ranges, choose a relevant course of study from a recognized school or program, learn more about the licensing and certifications necessary to meet your Career Goal, and complete your Career Plan. MOS Consultants can also explain how financial assistance is paid directly by MyCAA to your school or other program. They can also help you find additional sources of financial assistance if necessary.

Email us if you have specific questions or need assistance prior to the MyCAA launch in mid May 09.

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For website technical assistance, send an email to MyCAA@invernesstechnologies.com. For questions about which schools and other payees are participating in MyCAA, go to the MyCAA website, and click on "School Search." You can search by school name or State or scroll through the school which are listed alphabetically. If the school is not listed, once you create an account and log-in, you can submit a request for DoD approval by clicking the “Can’t Find School” link at the bottom of the pop-up window. For school and other payee officials who have questions about DoD's direct invoice and payment processes, send an email to: barbara.kellner@moscenter.us.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu is a preventative non-profit agency whose vision is to create successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities for all.

1904 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was established as a mentoring program to support youth across the country

1963 Big Brothers of Hawaii was founded to benefit fatherless boys on Oahu

Community Based Program This traditional form of one-to-one mentorship pairs a Big and Little for a minimum of a year. Matches spend time doing activities they enjoy in the community typically twice per month for 2 4 hours at a time. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

1972 Hawaii Big Sisters was established

School Based Program This program provides a structured

for girls

environment where Bigs and Littles interact weekly in 1 - 2 hour sessions in a classroom setting for one-to-one mentorship under the supervision of agency staff. Curriculum includes educational and recreational activities. We have expanded this program to serve more than thirty schools on Oahu and Kauai. Bigs can be high school students as well as adults.

1979 Big Brothers of Hawaii and Hawaii Big Sisters merged to form the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu

2007 Kauai Big Brothers Big Sisters begins operations Currently across the nation, there are nearly 500 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies offering mentoring services to youth.

Site Based Plus Program This model offers the same structural advantages of the school based program while placing a deeper emphasis on youth exposure to career paths. Adult Bigs have successfully guided eager Littles in the process of discovering life paths in the fields of medicine, law, culture and community service, arts and humanities. Matches meet once a month for about 4 hours and are supervised by an agency staff member.

Become part of our family and change a child’s life today! A national study conducted by a private research group examined the impact of mentoring on youth and found that when compared to their peers, Little Brothers and Little Sisters who met with their Bigs regularly were: 46% less likely to start using drugs 27% less likely to start drinking 52% less likely to skip a day of school 33% less likely to hit someone

! Community support is our greatest resource. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu is funded by Aloha United Way, private grants, donations, and fundraising. Donated clothing from the community also generates important funding for the agency programs through a partnership between the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation and Savers. For more information on the Foundation or to schedule a pickup, call 524.6111

If you would like to volunteer or receive more information about us, please call 521.3811 ext. 1228 or email at bbbs@bigshonolulu.org. You can also visit our website at www.bigshonolulu.org.


“Yes, Virginia, There is a Deaf Santa Claus!” 

Thursday, December 10, 2009 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM At Pearlridge Center, Uptown 

Please join us to chat with Santa in ASL and watch Santa’s Performers as they wish you the merriest of holidays.   Happy Holidays from all of us at  Pearlridge Center, the ASL/Interpreter Education Program at Kapi`olani Community College, the Gallaudet University Regional Center, & the Hawai`i School for the Deaf and the Blind   For more information, contact Jan at 734.9891 V or 866.736.6840 VP


Army Community Service Furlough Friday Home Alone Awareness Classes Classes will be held from 9:00-2:00 p.m. Children 9-11 will be involved in an interactive workshop that will provide them the tools to make responsible decisions as they prepare to stay home alone. To register your child, call 655-1670. Dec 11 Dec 18 Jan 29 Feb 12 Mar 5 Apr 23 May 7

AMR Community Center Schofield Barracks Chapel AMR Community Center Schofield Barracks Chapel AMR Chapel Schofield Barracks Chapel AMR Chapel

On-line Learning Student Online Achievement Resources (SOAR) is a free Internet-based program for students in grades 3-12. It is a virtual classroom that focuses on math, reading, and language arts. This resource is great for students at home. Tutor.com is a Web site that allows students to chat with a live tutor to assist them with homework assignments and special projects. It’s available 24/7 and is free for military family members.

Call Central Registration for more information

December 4, 11, 18

Schofield Barracks 655-8380 Aliamanu Military Reservation (AMR) 833-5393

January 15, 29

For more information regarding Furlough Fridays please visit the following websites:

April 23, 30

FMWR:

February 5, 12 March 5, 12 May 7, 14

http://mwrarmyhawaii.com/cyss-welcome-page

DOE info about Furlough Fridays:

Http://doe.k12hi.us/news/furlough/calendars/index.htm

Chamber of Commerce Website:

http://cochawaii.com/furlough-friday.asp

Effective December 1, 2009, this information supersedes all previously published information.


EDGE Program Excel, Develop, Grow & Experience

1st -12th grade 8:00-4:00p.m. Programs will include: • Outdoor Adventures • Life Skills • Career Development • Recreation • Arts & Field Trips. Activities are subject to change based on availability and Weather conditions. North participants meet at Schofield Teen Center South Participants meet at AMR Physical Fitness Center

Teen Program

6th-12th grade 10am-6pm • Free Snack provided, bring your own lunch Daily Activities include: • Sports Tournaments • Photography • ArtGardening • Bowling • Swimming • Cooking • Field Trips SB Teen Center 655-0451 AMR Teen Center 833-0920

Call 656-0095.

School Age Services CYSS December 4, 11 and 18 Furlough Choices

YOUTH EDGE Session 1

Session 2

24 Spaces available $30 per participant 8:00-8:30 Meet at Schofield Teen Center 8:30-11:00 Youth Choice (Bowling or Arts & Crafts) *Bring socks 11:00-11:30 Lunch- Bring a sack lunch 11:30-12:00 Walk to Richardson Pool 12:00-3:00 Youth Choice- Fitness on the yard, cooking, movies Aerobics, water sports *Bring swim clothes 3:00-4:00 Return to SBTC, program ends

30 Spaces available (1st-12th grade) $40 per participant 8:00-8:30 Meet at Schofield Teen Center 8:30 Depart to Camp Erdman 9:00 Activities to include archery, hiking, swimming and more 12:00 Lunch – provided 1:00 Activities Continued (pack swim clothes, extra clothes, sunscreen, shoes) 3:00 Pick up from Camp Erdman

Recreation

Camp Erdman

Call for reservations: Bennett Youth Center 655-4641 HMR Youth Center 653-0717 AMR Youth Center 833-4932 FS Youth Center 438-6470

SGT Yano Library (open to school age children)

Make Homemade Holiday Gift Boxes

TEEN EDGE 6-12th grade

Session 1

Session 2

15 spaces available (9th-12th grade) FREE 8:15 Meet at Army Community Service 8:30-11:30 20 Nov Communication 4 Dec Money & Careers 11 Dec Resume & Writing 18 Dec Interview Skills

12 Spaces Available (6th-12th grade) $30 per participant 8:00-8:30 Meet at Schofield Teen Center 8:30 Be prepared with swim clothes, sunscreen, extra clothes and shoes (pack lunch & snack). Activities include, kayak, surf, SUP, hike, beach or bike and will be based on weather 2:30-3:00 Return to Schofield Teen Center 3:00-4:00 Recreation time, program ends

Career Development

K-5th Grade 5:30am-6pm • $30 per day Breakfast, lunch and snack included.

Dec 4 3:00-3:45pm

Polar Express Story and Craft

Dec 11 3:00-3:45pm

Outdoor Adventure

HIRED! 15-18 yrs

Apprenticeship Program Additional work opportunities! Training for Teen Apprentices at FMWR facilities available weekdays and weekends Call 655-0445


Fort Shafter’s Funston Road construction causes traffic Changes FORT SHAFTER — Construction on Funston Road, here, Dec. 14-Jan. 1, 2010, will cause changes in traffic flow affecting military personnel and visitors. All inbound and outbound lanes at Buckner Gate will be redirected through the Military Police (MP) Station parking lot. All visitors and trucks will be redirected through Patton Gate, located 100 feet from Buckner Gate and will be open 24 hours a day. Military personnel are urged to let visitors know of the temporary change to traffic flow. Hours for other gates remain unchanged and can be viewed online at www.garrison.hawaiiarmy.mil/sites/traffic/gatehours.asp. Motorists are asked to set aside additional travel time in light of expect traffic congestion during the construction period. For more information, call the Directorate of Emergency Services at 656-6751/6750.


Exchange Vaccinations: 0900-1400 DATES

LOCATION

Kaneohe Bay MCX Hickam BX Schofield PX NEX, PH

05 Dec 09 06 Dec 09 12 Dec 09 13 Dec 09 School Age Children’s (SAC) 2009-2010 H1N1 Program

Beneficiary Locations Kaneohe Bay Clinic: M, T, W, & F: 0730-1130, 1300-1530 Th: 0730-1130, 1300-1400 Makalapa Clinic: M-F: 0730-1700 1st Sat of each month: 0800-1600

Iroquois Point

25 NOV

0700-1100

Solomon Elementary

01 DEC

0945-1300

Pearl Harbor Kai

02 DEC

0830-1300

Navy Headquarters Clinic (Bldg 1750):

Barbers Point

03 DEC

0800-1200

M-F: 0730-1600

0830-1030

T: 1300-1500, W&F: 0900-1130

TAMC: Navy Hale Keiki

10 DEC

Schofield: M-Th: 0730-1130, F: 0900Shafter Elementary

14 DEC

0800-1100

Wheeler Elementary

14 DEC

0830-1230

Hickam Elementary

15 DEC

0800-1200

Wheeler Middle

16 DEC

0830-1130

1130

M,W,F: 1300-1500 T & Th: 1300-1400 Ft. Shafter: M-W: 1300-1600 F: 1300-1600 Air Force Clinic: M,T,Th,F: 0800-1130

Please visit www.CDC.gov for more information on H1N1 virus and vaccines, adapted from CDC material

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Joint Public Health Emergency Working Group

2009-2010

H1N1 “Target groups who need the vaccine first” * Pregnant women * Persons who live with or provide care for infants under 6 months of age * Health Care and Emergency Medical Service personnel (Emergency Responders) Oahu Joint Services Flu Hotline 433-1FLU


What Is novel H1N1 influenza? The H1N1 virus is a novel (new) influenza virus strain causing contagious illness in people, first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. H1N1 was called “swine flu” at first because it was thought genetically similar to flu viruses normally occurring in pigs. (It actually contains genes from viruses that circulate in birds and humans as well.)

Healthy people are more resistant to contagious diseases, so get adequate sleep, eat nutritious food, and keep physically active. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Rub your hands thoroughly; don’t just get them wet. Limit unnecessary exposure to people with coughs and fevers.

How dangerous is it? In the United States, most people who have become ill with the H1N1 virus have recovered without requiring medical treatment. A majority of those hospitalized have had one or more medical conditions that increase risk for complications, including pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, kidney disease and immunosuppression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects H1N1 to continue for some time. The virus could cause significant illness with associated hospitalizations and deaths in the fall and winter 2009, during U.S. influenza season.

How is H1N1 transmitted? Both seasonal and H1N1 viruses spread mainly by people with the flu coughing or sneezing. People may also sometimes become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. People infected with seasonal flu can pass it on before they feel sick and even if they never develop flu symptoms. Adults may be contagious for as long as a week after they get sick. Children may be contagious for longer periods. Current information on H1N1 indicates similar experience.

How can I protect myself and my loved ones? Vaccination- Vaccines effective against the H1N1 flu virus are in production. All military personnel will be vaccinated, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it. Good Health Practices- Standard preventive measures help avoid all varieties of the flu:

No matter where you are, and especially if you are traveling, stay informed of the regional situation and recommended precautions.

What are the H1N1 symptoms and danger signs? The symptoms of seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses are similar-fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some also have diarrhea and vomiting. Seek medical care promptly at any of the following warning signs: In children, fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish or gray skin color, not drinking enough fluids, severe or persistent vomiting, not waking up or not interacting, or flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.

Pandemic flu is a global epidemic, occurring when a new virus strain emerges. People have no residual immunity, and it takes time to develop and test effective vaccines. In June 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the global pandemic alert level to Phase 6, indicating that a global pandemic is under way. This designation reflects the spread of the H1N1 virus, not the severity of the illness it causes.

What if we get H1N1 anyway? If you are sick, take the following measures: Carefully dispose of used tissues, disinfect your hands frequently, and use germicidal cleaners on appropriate surfaces. Consider wearing a facemask to help prevent spreading the illness to others in your household. Remain at home until at least 24 hours after you are free of fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.

In adults, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe, or persistent vomiting, or flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.

If you or a family member has a severe illness or is at high risk for flu complications, contact your healthcare provider or seek medical care to learn whether flu testing or treatment is needed.

How is H1N1 related to seasonal or pandemic flu?

Prescription medications that suppress reproduction of viruses in the body are available, but must be given within a certain time after exposure to the H1N1 virus.

Seasonal flu strikes every “flu season,” infecting 5%-20% of the U.S. population. CDC recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine, which protects against the three seasonal viruses that research suggests will be most common. The 2009-2010 seasonal vaccine will not protect against novel H1N1.


US ARMY GARRISON, OAHU

December 12, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Martinez Physical Fitness Center Also enjoy kids’ crafts and more! No registration required, doors open 30 minutes prior to each show. Call 655-0112 for more information. ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!


US ARMY GARRISON, OAHU

A brand-new series of classes is now available to help you deal with stress, learn coping and relaxation techniques. The best part? They’re all FREE! Chi Gung – An ancient Asian art designed to develop the body’s vital energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. Every Thursday, 6-7 p.m., Martinez Fitness Center Tai Chi – An ancient Asian art designed to reduce stress and improve health through the use of gentle flowing movements. Every Thursday, 7-8 p.m., Martinez Fitness Center

Mindfulness – Mental techniques teaching how to live psychologically “in the moment” and relax away the stress of the day. Every Monday and Wednesday, 6-7 p.m., SGT Yano Library

Call 655-4804 for more information on all of the above programs. ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!


US ARMY GARRISON, OAHU

Arts & Crafts Center Holiday Craft Workshops Jewelry Workshop: Dec. 5, Make your own earrings. Christmas Card-Making & Stamping: Dec. 8, Make your own holiday cards. Graham Cracker Candy House: Dec. 12, Make your own fun & edible house. Mosaic Tile Workshop: Dec. 18, Make your own mosaic tile Christmas tree. PLUS: Weekly Mom and Tot crafts, Sewing and Quilting, Oil and Acrylic Painting, Digital Photography and more! Schofield Barracks 655-4202

Fort Shafter 438-1315 ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!


US ARMY GARRISON, OAHU

Blue Star Card Special Events & Activities for Families of Deployed Soldiers December 5 – AMR Community Center Holiday Fun Fest December 5 – Honolulu Hale Honolulu City Lights, BSC holders ride for FREE! December 8 – Ala Moana Shopping Center Special Edition Walk off the Wait: Spouses in the City December 18 – Nehelani Big R: Cookie Exchange & Holiday Pictionary Great Aloha Run Discount! $5 early entry fee for Blue Star Card until 17 DEC

Top: BSC holders at the Big R: Luau Bottom: BSC holders enjoying Walk off the Wait at Makapu’u Lighthouse

Stay current with upcoming Blue Star Card special events by visiting our website: www.bluestarcardhawaii.com ,or find us on Facebook! For Blue Star Card Program questions or comments, please call 655-0002 or email Sarah.Chadwick@us.army.mil.

ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!


US ARMY GARRISON, OAHU

Outdoor Recreation Adventure Programs Dec. 9: EDGE Teen Adventure Trip Dec. 12: Shoreline Fishing Sites Tour Dec. 13: Honolulu Marathon Picnic Dec. 16: EDGE Teen Adventure Trip

Dec. 19: Outrigger Canoe & Stand-Up Paddling Dec. 26: Stand-Up Paddling Dec. 27: Adventure Surfing, Level II Dec. 29: Customer Appreciation Fish Fry

PLUS: Weekly dive certification classes! Call 655-0143 today!

ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!


US ARMY GARRISON, OAHU

Please go to www.mwrarmyhawaii.com/flyers To Download FMWR Flyers and Slide Presentation ONE TEAM, ONE FIGHT!


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07-11 Dec Weekly Info Binder