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September Omk Newsletter

September Omk Newsletter

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September 2013
 
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T
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G
ET INVOLVED ANDSEE SOME OF THE
OMK 
 EVENTS SCHEDULEDFOR
S
EPTEMBER
 
Operation: Military Kids
Texas
SERVING MILITARY KIDS IN OUR BACKYARDS”
Leadership is learned through life’s lessons and fromothers
 
Fort Bliss Leadership Camp
By Cari Hutcheson
Leadership is learned through life’slessons and from others. The 2013 MYACYouth Leadership Camp served to do justthat, by taking young people with strongleadership skills and giving them theopportunity to mentor others and sharetheir knowledge and skills.Camp was held August 12
th
through 16
th
 on Ft. Bliss and was comprised of 33 Armyyouth that earned the opportunity toparticipate. Milam YAC’s advancedleadership youth served as mentor’s,Team Leaders and Junior Advisorsthrough the entire camp. They alsostepped up and assisted staff with dailyoperations.
Upcoming Events: September 2013
September 7-8 :
National Guard Yellow Ribbon,Austin
September 7:
Army Reserve Family Day, El Paso
September 8:
Army Reserve Family Day, Edinburg
September 11:
OMK State Team Meeting,Conference Call
September 11:
9/11 Day of Service, State Wide
September 14:
Tell Me A Story!, Austin
September 15:
242
nd
Quartermaster Bike GiveAway, Conroe
September 23:
Pre Deployment fair, El Paso
 September 25:
CASE Conference, Houston
October 5:
Movie Making and ResiliencyWorkshop, Austin
October 9:
OMK Face To Face Meeting,Conroe
October 12:
One Day 4-H, Statewide
 
The camp was not only held on Ft.Bliss but youth and staff had the fullexperience as they stayed in the ArmyBarracks and ate their meals in the Ft.Bliss Dining Facilities.Attendees gained their leadershipskills and knowledge through a seriesof fun and challenging activities. Theyouth attended the Ft. BlissLeadership training course andworked their way through theConfidence Course as well as beingchallenged with skeet shooting, lasertag, indoor swimming activities,paintball, bowling and survivaltraining. They also went to the flightline at Biggs Army Airfield to learn alittle about what they do.
 
IND OUT WHAT
OMK 
DID DURING
 
 THE MONTH OF
A
UGUST
 
Through the various activities, teambuilding exercises and times to sharetheir highs and lows in
 
the evening
 
the youth experienced an amazinglevel of bonding throughout thecamp. Staff and youth had such awonderful experience through thiscamp that Milam YAC staff plan tohave the camp again next year andinvite a wider range of youth fromvarious garrisons and the NationalGuard and Reserve.
 
 
National Guard Yellow Ribbon
By Cari Hutcheson
August 2
nd
, the 606 Military Policeunit in El Paso hosted a yellowribbon event as they gear up fortheir upcoming deployment.Families had the opportunity tolearn about resources available tothem in the community. The eventhosted 175 soldiers andapproximately 35 spouses and 15youth for a day filled withinformation and activities at theAirport Radisson Hotel.OMK was there to assist with youthactivities with Texas National GuardState Family Programs. OMK alsohad a booth with information toprovide families with informationon our various programs includingsummer camps, teen council andTutor.com
.
 
National Guard VolunteerTraining
By Brigid Mejia
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens canchange the world”
 
-Margaret Mead 
Volunteers are a vital to the allprograms. Volunteers bring a pulseto a program that is irreplaceable.Volunteers frequently bring much-needed energy and enthusiasm to aprogram. The National GuardFamily Programs volunteers are noexception. Our partners at theArmy National Guard Familyprograms have built a vastvolunteer base of committeddedicated people working with thekids.On Saturday, August 24, the TexasArmy National Guard FamilyProgram hosted their volunteertraining, in which Operation:Military Kids was able to be a partof. We were able to train the adultvolunteers on programs andresources to assist the kids duringyellow ribbon events, family daysand camps. The volunteers leftwith a wealth of knowledge onteam building, creative arts andtechnology skills to enhance thewellbeing of the youth that theywork with.
Mad Science Camp
By Carla Anderson
On August 10
th
local military youth,ages 4-14 years of age, participatedin a Mad Science Camp conductedby the Army Reserve FamilyPrograms CYSS (Child, Youth &School Services). The 300
th
Sustainment Brigade FamilyReadiness Support Assistant (FRSA)Carla Anderson, help host the eventalong with 4
th
ESC School SupportServices Specialist (SSS) LaTonyaCoffey. Operation: Military Kids(OMK), Pamela Lee and Prairie ViewA&M University 4-H Program AgentCynthia Pierfax engaged theparticipants in various scienceexperiences. Topics such asmysterious mud, sinkers andfloaters, flower power and makingice cream in a bag were covered.The day concluded with roboticsinstructions from the Mansfield 4-Hrobotics team and a roboticsdemonstration by the ArlingtonPolice Department with OfficerJesse Manning.
 
News of the Month
Operation: Military Kids holds variousevents all month long; here are a few of our biggest events from the past month.

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