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

IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:

 
AFAP

AFAP Delegates to Bring Eight New Issues to Army Leaders

The annual Army Family Action Plan Conference has brought 53 delegates here this week from garrisons across the Army to discuss 51 issues important to families, wounded warriors and Soldiers.

These issues -- brought up through the AFAP process begun at the garrison level -- will be pared down over the next three days to eight, and then presented to senior Army leaders, March 2.

Resiliency App Available on Androids

The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Resiliency Goals Book, previously released as an app for iPhones and iPads, is now available for Android users.

About 5,700 people have downloaded the app since its debut last summer, said Sam Rhodes, the action officer with the Directorate of Training and Doctrine who was responsible for getting the app developed, tested, revised and ready for use.

The app, which helps users gain resiliency by setting and meeting personalized goals, was spearheaded by the Systems Training Branch on post and the Signal Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Resiliency App
MWR Survey

Army MWR Services Survey

This is an approved Army survey about Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) activities and experiences you have had living and working within the Army community and the support services and programs you would find most helpful to you. A sample of eligible Army MWR patrons have been asked to take the survey. Members selected to participate were notified by mail and via e-mail in mid March 2012. Survey results will make a difference in the quality of life for Army Families, improve installation's MWR services and overall support to the entire Army community!

How-to’s of Military Marriage Counseling

We’ve all been there – stuck with our spouse between loud, ahem, “discussions” and trading the cold shoulder. Maybe we feel like we’ve lost the ability to communicate after a deployment, or that we feel stuck in reintegration – still! – after he’s been home for almost a year. “Is the problem me?” you may ask yourself. Or instead you may think, “the problem is definitely him.”

One thing is clear: there is a problem, and the likelihood of you figuring it out on your own is pretty low.

This may come as a genuine surprise, but you’re not alone on this one. Chances are that every military couple, whether they want to admit it or not, has had those moments in their marriage. The question here is over how we choose to tackle it. Do we deal with it on our own, or do we seek help?

Marriage Counseling
Army Surgeon General

Army Surgeon General: ‘We Must be Better’

Army Surgeon General: 'We Must Be Better' - The new Army surgeon general called on military medical professionals to do better, citing high numbers of soldiers who are not ready to serve for medical reasons, as well as Army suicide and sexual assault statistics.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, named to the post in December, said in her first major policy speech that Army medicine must embrace the Internet, social media and other new technology to maximize their influence on patients’ health decisions.

New Coin Honors Infantry

Each of the 174 Infantrymen who graduated Feb. 17, 2012, at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center received a 2012 Infantry Soldier Silver Dollar. The coin, just released for purchase Feb. 16, commemorates the Infantryman. The gifted coins, 230 in total which were given to the graduates, cadre, support staff and special guests were paid for by a private supporter of the Army.

"It's sort of a physical embodiment of our accomplishments," said Pvt. Aaron Sallee, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, after being handed his coin.

Infantry Coin
Supplements

Army Studies Workout Supplements After Deaths

The United States Army is investigating whether certain dietary supplements for athletes, available until recently at stores on military bases in the United States, may have played a role in the deaths of two soldiers.

Both soldiers died last year after having heart attacks during fitness exercises, according to a spokesman for the Army’s assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

As a precaution, the Defense Department has removed all products containing DMAA from stores on military bases, including more than 100 GNC shops, pending the completion of an Army safety review, said Peter J. Graves, an Army spokesman.

NFL Legend Looks to Help Army Tackle Behavioral Health Stigma

NFL legend. Heisman Trophy winner. Named as the best running back in college football history by ESPN. These all describe Herschel Walker, best known as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. However, many people may not know that there are other sides to Walker.

Walker was recently on Fort Bliss to visit Soldiers and their families, as well as to help spread a message. That message was plain and simple. There is no shame in seeking help.

NFL Legend
PTSD

PTSD Ruling Returns Benefits to Thousands of Vets

Former airman Aimee Sherrod stopped going to the therapy sessions, even though she couldn’t get visions of exploding mortars out of her head.

Military officials told her in one breath that she couldn’t do her job because she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, but in the next breath said she was fine

Sherrod received a 10 percent disability rating from the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2005, after the service medically discharged her. The senior airman had completed deployments to Pakistan, Jordan and Iraq in her four-year career. She left without even a military ID.

Pentagon Attacks Obesity with New Food Choices

Obese Americans in the military are a national security hazard and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama wants to see that change.

Obama, who has led a healthy eating and fitness program for children for two years, lent her voice on Thursday to the military's efforts to overhaul the food it serves.

In an event at Little Rock Air Force Base, Obama announced a new Pentagon obesity and nutritional awareness campaign that will change nutrition standards across the services for the first time in 20 years.

Obesity
Re-Enlistment

2013 Re-enlistment Window Opens with Restrictions

Brannan Pedersen was 16, attending a young activists meeting in Alabama when she first spotted Caleb Vines, then 19, an enthusiastic organizer who wanted to change the world.

She fell hard: Three years after their first date, they married. Later, when they watched the World Trade Center fall, Caleb pledged to join the fight: He enlisted in the Army infantry.

Expert Shares Tips for Battling Bullies

"The old adage 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,' is a lie."

So said Barbara Coloroso, best-selling author and internationally recognized expert in the areas of parenting, teaching, conflict resolution and bullying, when she visited Hohenfels, Jan. 27.

Coloroso conducted a series of lectures across the garrison, focusing on recognizing and responding to bullying. Bullying, as defined by her, is "a conscious, willful, deliberate activity intended to harm, where the perpetrator gets pleasure from somebody else's pain."

Bullying
DOD Testing

DOD Testing Program to Screen for More Prescription Drugs

The Defense Department's drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two additional prescription medications to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects.

Joe Angello, the department's director of operational readiness and safety, told Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters the two drugs added to the screening program -- hydrocodone and benzodiazepines -- are nationally among the most abused prescription drugs now on the market. The program already tests for codeine and morphine, he noted.

Third ID’s Sergeant Rocky’s TV Show Named Army Best Practice

Beloved by Marne children, Third Infantry Division mascot Sgt. Rocky’s neighborhood television show was named an Army best practice. Army Community Services Mobilization and Deployment programs throughout other installations can now incorporate lessons learned with the use of puppets and educating military-connected children.

“We are out here to meet the needs of our community,” said Program Manager for Mobilization and Deployment Tonya Imus. “It’s [Sgt. Rocky’s show] a great avenue to use so kids and parents can learn the message about deployment and being separated. We educate and reach the children and parents… we are reaching the whole community.”

SGT Rocky
Facebook

Military Wives Turn to Facebook Sites for Support

It's never easy moving to a new town, but when you're an Army wife it's even harder. That's why more and more Fort Hood wives and girlfriends are turning to Facebook for some help.

The Wolfe family relocated from California to Killeen 4 years ago. And it wasn't an easy transition. "I didn't know anyone. I only pretty much met wives through my husband," says Jennifer Wolfe, a Army Wife.

That is, until she found the support she needed. Jen and thousands of others are using different Facebook sites to get much needed emotional support, or just to save some money. "There's a local free cycle group that if you just want to clean out your garage and give something to somebody who can use it instead of letting it go in the landfill," says Wolfe.

Want an iPad? Pentagon CIO Thinks you should be Able to have One

Teri Takai, the Defense Department's chief information officer, kicked off a speech at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Cyberspace Symposium on Wednesday by asking, "Everyone wants an iPad, right?" and then implied quick deployment of tablet computers and smartphones across the department without defining the timeline.

Takai said, "we have to get those devices out there," but cautioned their use had to conform to strict information security guidelines. One way to ensure that compliance, she told the audience, was to embed it within Defense networks rather than in the hardware.

iPads
Shipping Pets

Merger Will Not Gouge Families Shipping Pets

The imminent merger of two large U.S. commercial airlines will not affect the costs for service members shipping their pets with them on military-contracted “Patriot Express” flights as they make permanent change-of-station moves, according to defense officials.

“Our contract allows pets to fly for a tariff that’s already been negotiated,” said Cynthia Bauer, spokeswoman for the U.S. Transportation Command.

A variety of commercial passenger carriers contract with the Defense Department for Patriot Express flights, Bauer said, adding that Patriot Express missions are “the primary way” that military passengers on official orders move to and from the U.S. and overseas locations.