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September 2013 Family Newsletter

Welcome to Army OneSource Family News - the monthly newsletter from Army Community Service (ACS) and Army OneSource (AOS), the Army's most comprehensive portal for Family Members.

IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:

 
Medal of Honor Recipient

Staff Sgt. Ty Carter receives Medal of Honor at White House

Sgt. Ty Michael Carter became the second Soldier to receive the nation's highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and selfless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2009.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning

When participating in any type of water-related activity, it is important to identify the hazards and to know your limits. In just minutes, even strong swimmers can tire rapidly in cold water and become unable to help themselves. From FY08 - FY12, the Army lost an average of six Soldiers per year to off-duty, water-related activities.

Hired! Program provides employment opportunities for teens

Jobs may be getting harder and harder to obtain, but the Fort Rucker Hired! Apprenticeship Program provides youth valuable work experience and training to better equip them for the highly competitive job market. The program helps provide career-exploration opportunities to teens ages 15 to 18 with meaningful, professionally managed opportunities in Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation operations, said Pam Williams, child, youth and school services director.

HIRED!
BOSS

BOSS strengthens League of Dreams bonds

Picking up from where they left off last year, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) members teamed up with the League of Dreams to provide local children with disabilities the chance to play baseball. Led by Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin and BOSS president Spc. Eric Jimenez, the Soldiers met League of Dreams founder Frank Kolarek at Cal Senior's Yard inside the Ripken Experience Complex during the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen Aug. 17.

Pathway to a Fit and Healthy Force

As part of the Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign efforts, Army Medicine is advocating a culture shift by encouraging every Professional Soldier to develop a mindset that drives them to optimize their own health in order to improve their performance and resiliency. There must be an effective way to change mindsets, not just dictate behaviors. As Army Medicine continues to open the aperture, we must look at where health is truly influenced.

Performance Triad
Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks: Quick tips for parents

Whether eaten on the go or at home after school, healthy snacks are easy and quick to put together and eat, and offer important nutrients and energy in each delicious bite. Keep healthy beverages, such as water, juice, and soymilk, and snack foods, such as the ones listed in the table below, on-hand at home and encourage your children to pack them into their bags before leaving the house.

Youth Center hosts robotics open house

The APG North (Aberdeen) youth center developing ROBOTICS program held an open house Aug. 13 to give the community a look at some of the new things coming up in Lego-designed platforms. The group focus is on youth exploration of robotic systems, scientific inquiry and the engineering design process, according to Norma Warwick, facility director.

Robotics
Commissary App

Commissary Rewards Card To Offer Mobile App

Your Commissary Rewards Card will celebrate its one-year anniversary Aug. 8 by delivering a gift – to you. “A mobile application will be released and available from the app store for customers who use the iPhone or iPad,” said Marye Carr, DeCA’s Rewards Card program manager. “The app will allow you to access your account, select coupons and review clipped, redeemed and expired coupons – making it even easier to put your coupons to work for you.” An Android version of the app will become available in the future.

Resources assist Families during tough financial times

The recent reduction of mandatory furlough days for civilian Department of Defense employees has had some Fort Campbell employees breathing a proverbial sigh of relief. During this difficult time, they have had to do more with less. On July 23, an amendment to the appropriations bill was approved by Congress that would spare civilian DoD employees from mandatory furloughs in the next fiscal year. However, cuts will have to be made elsewhere in the budget for the department to stay within its spending limits.

ACS Financial Resources