1st Cavalry Division Round-Up Newsletter

December 2006
1 CAV GIFT SHOP/MUSEUM Crossed Sabers Souvenir Shop.. Phone 532-2075 Website: . www.crossedsaberschapter-giftshop.com The Gift Shop is operated by the Cav Association. Your support is appreciated. All profits go to st scholarships and direct support of 1 Cav activities Volunteers are still needed and child care can be provided. Contact the Gift Shop for details. NEW HOURS Hours: Mon – Fri: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm Sat & Tng Holidays: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sun & Fed Holiday: Closed
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Please check on the AAFES website for the upcoming holiday calendar for both facilities. They will be available in the stores, but there are also holiday saving coupons on line. The Burger King and Einstein Bagels have reopened at Clear Creek. The other food facilities are expected to open by Thanksgiving. The little trailers of food out front will be gone as of 4 Nov. Gift baskets will start the week of th Dec 14 . The barricades in front of WW will be coming down and CC will have theirs changed too. There will be specific parking spaces provided. This is expected to be done in the next few weeks. Commissary news Shop the commissaries for great prices and good bargains. Look for holiday items to start arriving in the stores. ACS http://www.hoodmwr.com/acs/ This is a great web site with all sorts of wonderful info. Too much to put in the newsletter, but check it out and bookmark it. You can find out the dates of AFTB training, youth training, FRG leader training etc. Don’t forget, if you need training at an FRG meeting, ACS can help with speakers for FRG meetings. BREAKING NEWS
st ACS and 1 Brigade will be putting on a bus tour for new families to help them find their way around this great place. Contact ACS or Wendy Edwards at wendy.edwards3@us.army.mil

If you need more information. ACS FOOD PANTRY NEEDS SUPPLIES. Please donate if you can. AFTB For more information please call: 286-6600 The Army Family Team Building Program is a series of classes led by volunteer trainers, consisting of information on resources, benefits, leadership, and interpersonal skills. All classes are held at the Lane Volunteer Center, Bldg 16005, Corner of Hood Rd. & Old Ironsides. Please call 287-2327 to sign up. CHAPLAINS CORNER http://www.hood.army.mil/chaplai n 1st CAV Division REAR D Chaplain--CH (COL) DeWayne Brewer-2874409 ; Cell 291-1589 Upcoming Activities: 08 Dec Holy Day - Immaculate Conception at 58th Street Chapel 17 Dec North Pointe Concert, at Comanche Chapel 1730 25 Dec Christmas dinner, 1200-1800 at Comanche Chapel 31 Dec Watch Night Service at Comanche Chapel Military Council of Catholic Women The Catholic Women's Group on Fort Hood (MCCW) will have an Advent Retreat on 6 DEC 06. Fr. Dan Hussey will discuss the Messianic Prophecies, and there will be time for meditation and prayer. The

Phone: 287-3626 AAFES/COMMISSARY Website: www.aafes.com www.commissaries.com Clear Creek Main Exchange, 532-7200, Hours: 7 days a week 0800-2200 Warrior Way PX, 532-8100 Hours: 7 days a week 0900-2100 Call 287-3066 for a recording listing the movie schedule on Ft. Hood. Palmer Theater Admission: Adults $3.00 (12 years & older) Children $1.50 (3 - 11 years) 3 years and under FREE Clear Creek Commissary, 287-5943 Hours: Sun - 0900-1900 Tues-Sat, 0900-2000 Warrior Way Commissary, 287-8401 AAFES UPDATE

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Christmas Potluck will be on 13 DEC 06. After a break for the holidays, MCCW will start the Spring session with a Kick-Off on 10 JAN 07. We will be studying the Book of Revelation and a study on family communications. The daytime MCCW meetings are at Comanche Chapel from 9:30-11:30 on Wednesday mornings. MCCW at Night meets on Mondays from 6:30-8:30, also at Comanche Chapel. Free on-site childcare is offered during the daytime and nighttime meetings. Homeschoolers are welcome! Come and Join Us!!! Please, contact Karen Patton (254.213.1654 or karen@pattononline.org) for more information about our Spring schedule or our studies. Protestant Women of the Chapel PWOC will be having a Christmas Program on Dec. 12 from 9-11:30.We will have a special speaker, Barbara Adams, who also spoke at our Nov. 20th evening program and is very dynamic with great visual aids. Snacks and free childcara is provided. All ladies are welcome. We will not meet on Dec. 19, 26, and Jan.2. On Tuesday, Jan 9th, at 9am we will kick off the spring semester with our president, Diane Porter, speaking on unity. We will celebrate communion together, and there will be sign-up time for the new classes. Classes will be offered on marriage, children, spiritual growth, and other topics to be announced. Look for more information on upcoming studies to be posted at Commanche chapel. New women are always welcome. Come meet other ladies of all

ages and experience the loving care of our own Fort Hood PWOC. Youth Ministry MCYM has begun weekly club meetings at 6:54-8:03 p.m. Wednesdays at Comanche Chapel in Rooms 103 and 105. MCYM/Club Beyond is for middle school and high school students only. Those interested in volunteering with MCYM can call Johnny Russell at 338-4322. For boys’ bible study information, call Johnny Russell at 338-4322. For girls’ bible study information, call Heather Blaylock at 415-5495. Child and Youth Services Activities Before and after school care for Kindergarteners will now be in the CDCs. Transportation to and from school will be provided. Parents should attend an orientation and ensure their CDC knows what their child’s teacher’s name is. CDS is now offering infant and toddler partday programs in 2 or 3 day packages and part day preschool and toddler programs. Call 287-8029 for more info. Email Address for CERO. Central Registration now has an e-mail address cysregistration@hood.army.mil. This e-mail address was designed to help the patrons to transition from one installation to another. CERO will soon begin closing at 1500 every Friday for records administration. Updates to software will allow CYS records to be electronically transported from one CYS to another. R&R: E-4 and below, 10 hours free child care while spouse is home on R&R Children must be registered with the CDC.

E1 – E4 no cost childcare – All children must be registered with the CYS to receive care. Active duty junior enlisted (E-1-E-4) families will receive 5 free hours per month for one child or 10 free hours per month for two or more children. The no cost cards for this care are available at CRO (Central Registration Office) with a recent LES verifying eligiblity. Call directly any of the three centers to reserve space and time. Hourly Care is now available at any of the three CDCs on Fort Hood. Clear Creek CDC – 288-5222 Comanche CDC – 287-4848 Fort Hood CDC – 287-6037 To obtain information about emergency child care assistance, please contact: Child and Youth Services 288-3039 Child Development Services 2883865 Family Child Care 288-3190 Family Advocacy and Prevention 286-6774 Army Emergency Relief 287-8500 For assistance after duty hours, contact the 287-CARE hotline. ENLISTED SPOUSES’ CLUB The ESC website www.fhaesc.org is not valid. A new website is being constructed. Rachel Dean will notifyus and the hood.army.mil webmaster; once the new website is up and running, with the correct address. Rachel Dean has a new e-mail address: momof3terrors@hot.rr.com ESC meetings are held the third Thursday of each month. They are held at 7:00 PM at the Montague Community Life Building on West Fort Hood. Coming from Fort Hood on Hwy 190, take the Clark Rd/West Fort Hood exit, turn left. Once you pass through the gate, there's a Shoppette on the immediate left.

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Just past the Shoppette is a small tan building. This is where ESC meets, it is the Community Life Building. (basketball hoops are in the parking lot) Upcoming events: ESC will squeeze in a membership drive, to be announced at a later date. New membership forms can be attained at the ESC meetings or requested via e-mail to Rachel Dean at momof3terrors@hot.rr.com . The Fort Hood Area Enlisted Spouses Club invites spouses of Enlisted Service Members E-1 thru E-9 to become a member and participate in their great activities! The annual ESC membership dues are $10.00. FISHER HOUSE Host A week at the Fisher House: Support soldiers and their families in a time of need by donating approximately $20 worth of food items to the Fisher House. Contact Mr. Issac Howard at 532-3730 for info. Host a coffee for groups of less than 20. Army Volunteer Corps Advisory Committee (AVCAC) Please remember to remind everyone who volunteers to document their volunteer hours online with ACS. You never know when you will need additional documentation to get that perfect job and if you are a registered volunteer and submit your hours monthly, ACS can provide you with that documentation, no matter where you volunteer. For questions about volunteer opportunities, or how to document your volunteer work, call Lane Volunteer Center at 287-VOLS (8657). Child Youth Services is in desperate need of volunteers. Anything from clerical to coaching sports is

available. Contact Peggy Stamper at CYS for more information. Outreach Services will come to FRG meetings and brief on what is available for Youth Services. They will also come to battalions and register on special days for inactive registration. This is to have your child registered in the event of an emergency. NO fee is involved for this type of registration. Janice McMillan is the POC. LAYETTE This is a non-profit organization, staffed and manned by volunteers from the brigades and battalions of the First Team. The purpose of the program is to welcome newborn babies to the First Team by delivering a free Layette Gift Bag to st each 1 Cav baby born at Darnall Army Community Hospital. Ladies, If you are volunteering for Layette you have free childcare. The first thing is to register with CYS. After registering call CDC and reserve the date you are volunteering. Once you arrive to CDC sign in the Volunteers Book. Pick up your pink card and take it with you to have the 1 CAV Patient Rep. Liaison (SSG Wallace Taylor to sign your card after you leave). Also the VMIS(Volunteer Management Information System) is online now and every volunteer need to register to e-mail your volunteer hours. If you have not register for MyArmyLifeToo, select on "Register for the site" at the Login page. You will then be taken through site registration followed registration followed by OPOC registration. If you need assisting call Kimberly Parker 287- 8657 or e-mail Kimberly.parker@hood.army.mil Phyllis Kirklin at 542-4886 or Phyllis1k2@aol.com MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition) www.militarychild.org

MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition) is a nonprofit organization which addresses the educational needs of the military child. In order to do this, MCEC develops partnerships with school districts, trains counselors in the unique needs of military children, trains students to help meet the transition needs of other students and so much more. The goal of MCEC is to be a resource and advocate for military families and their children.. To get more info on MCEC, please visit the website or call Jacqy with any questions at 213-1200 NEWCOMERS WELCOME This normally takes place on the last Tuesday of the month. Please contact Carol Livengood to get more information. Everyone new to Ft Hood is encouraged to attend. POC: Carol Livengood 286-6282 carol.r.livengood@hood.army.mil NEWSLETTER If you have anything to submit for publication, please e-mail it to Jan MacWatters at the address below before the 29th of the month. You can check out the Newsletter on the st 1 CAV Site at http://pao.hood.army.mil/1stcavdiv/ And we are also working on putting the info into the Cav Round Up vFRG site. www.armyfrg.org If you wish to receive an e-mail copy of the newsletter after the round up meeting, send Jan a request with your e-mail address. POC: Jan MacWatters, 628-0202 Email: janmac60@hotmail.com NMFA In 2007, NMFA will emphasize issues related to the stresses inherent in the current military environment. The common theme is

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that, in a time of war, support for family readiness should be considered as a cost of doing business. Annual Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference was held the week of November 13. The top conference issues for this year’s AFAP, as voted on by the delegates were: 1. Providing for a comprehensive program for Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation at military medical centers of excellence. 2. Amending the legislation governing the new Traumatic Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) program to provide for an annual re-qualification for an additional lump sum payment to offset caregiver expenses due to the severity of the service member’s wounds. 3. Eliminating the TRICARE co-payment for replacement parts for durable medical equipment (such as hospital beds, respirators, and wheel chairs) and prosthetics. 4. Establishing a searchable convicted sex offender registry for overseas military communities and require all convicted sex offenders who hold a military ID or installation access card to register with the system. 5. Providing retroactive TSGLI compensation to service members with qualifying injuries incurred between October 7, 2001 and November 30, 2005. The legislation creating the TSGLI only provided retroactive compensation to service members injured in Operations Iraqi Freedom or

Enduring Freedom-related missions. For more information on the AFAP process and to view information on all the issues submitted to this year’s Army conference, go to: http://www.myarmylifetoo.com/ and find AFAP in the Find ACS Programs drop-down menu. Pentagon Channel Program Notes Military Kids Serve, Too! A child's sentiment, Serve, Too, is the subject and title of the Pentagon Channel's new half-hour documentary "Recon," which premiered November 24 and will be repeated throughout the holiday season on the cable channel. People who cannot access the channel through their cable companies can view it via the Pentagon Channel website (http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/) by clicking the link for the Serve, Too program. The documentary notes that coping with family separation, fear for a parent and trying not to let their pain show are things many military children experience. The program also provides insights from a child psychologist on the typical reaction of children with various ages to the deployment of their military parent and how parents can help their children. New TRICARE Reimbursement Rates Posted: An updated list of the TRICARE reimbursement rates is now available to beneficiaries. View the updated reimbursement rates on the TRICARE website at: www.tricare.osd.mil/tricarecost. From the chart, click on the links for allowable charges. The chart also provides complete information on beneficiary co-payments and cost shares for various medical services. "America Supports You, " is a new a nationwide program launched by the DOD, which recognizes citizens' support for our military men and women and communicates that support to members of the Armed Forces at home and abroad. For more information go to www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil .

OFFICERS’ WIVES’ CLUB www.forthoodowc.org Next regular monthly meeting will be in January. The tour of homes takes th place on 5 December 2006, as this newsletter goes to print. However, check out their website for info about the upcoming luncheon in January . Last names starting with A-L call 520-2211 or OWCRSVPAL@hotmail.com Last names starting with M-Z call 520-2127 or OWCRSVPMZ@hotmail.com Reservations can be made on our website at www.forthoodowc.org RED CROSS The Red Cross, located in the Reynold's House, behind the Warrior Way Commissary, is open MondayFriday 8 AM to 4:30 PM. They are there to provide emergency communications between families and soldiers, financial assistance, crisis counselling, classroom instruction, and disaster services. Phone # during duty hours: 287-0400 Fort Hood 24-hour Red Cross emergency assistance: 287-4745 Natl 24-hour Red Cross emergency assistance: 1-877-2727337 Robertson Blood Center The Clinic hours are 0730-1530 Monday thru Friday. Unfortunately if you have lived in Europe between the years of 1980 – 1996, you are not eligible to give blood. Tatoos and Body Piercing: Interesting but True: You must wait one year after receiving a tattoo or body piercing to give blood. (14 gage ear piercing is fine.)

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Many people cannot give blood according to the above guidelines, so if you are able to donate, please stop by the Robertson Blood Center and give blood. Santa's Workshop We just started our busy season with our annual Open House and it was a great success! Our shopping days will begin on the 6th of Dec and run through the 20th of Dec. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help walk the families through to "shop," let us know. The shopping hours are 9am - 3pm. Our volunteer coordinator is April McKay and if you have any questions about volunteering, you can email her at april.mckay@us.army.mil If you can't volunteer at SWS but would like to help in another way, we are in need of toys for boys and girls ages 11 - 14 years of age. Some ideas for the girls would be jewelry, scarves, or accessories that you would find at Dustee's or Claires or even a gift card from one of these stores. If you would like to donate something, you can call 287-TOYS and someone will call you back to let you know when you can drop it off. Thanks to all who have purchased Santa Bucks, Adopt a Child and bought gifts for SWS. Your thoughtfulness will help make many children happy on Christmas morning! SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE The Fort Hood Area Military Family Member (FHAMFM) Scholarship Fund is an independent organization developed for the purpose of providing scholarships. Eligible applicants, high school seniors and military spouses, must possess a current military ID card and live in Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, or Williamson County. For more information call (254) 2862334. This is a voice mailbox. Please leave your name and telephone number and allow at least 48 hours for a response. The committee will be looking for donations for scholarships from local

businesses, individuals and even FRG’s later this year. SFRC You can reserve the Soldier & Family Readiness Center for your next meeting by calling 286-6284/5 or drop by anytime. Due to the number of FRG meetings being held, you will need to reserve your room well in advance. Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. The center is located at the corner of Old Ironsides and 75th Street. Don’t forget that you can make copies here for your FRG. THRIFT SHOP Phone: 532-2948 hoodthriftshop@aol.com New: You can now use your credit card at the thrift shop. Remember one man’s trash is another’s treasure. They also need volunteers so if you have the time, please stop by and volunteer. Your FRG group can also raise money by volunteering in the Thrift Shop. Contact the Thrift Shop for details. Sales Hours: Tue & Thurs: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Wed: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 1st/3rd Sat 9:00 am – 2:00 pm We are located in Bldg. 50003 on Clear Creek Rd. between the Main PX and Ft. Hood National Bank. Consignment Hours: Tue, Wed & Thurs: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm 1st/3rd Sat of month: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Vive Les Arts Please browse the following websites to access information about holiday events at area theaters: www.oneworldtheatre.org www.balletaustin.org www.thegeorgetownpalace.org www.acotonline.org

KILLEEN Vive Les Arts Theatre 526-9090 www.vlatheatre.com For tickets to Austin area theaters:www.austix.com TEMPLE CAC Mayborn Stage & Auditorium 254-773-9926 www.cacarts.org Lots of fun stuff at Cultural Arts Center. Check out the web page for up to date detailed information. AUSTIN State Theater 512-719-SHOW www.austintheatre.org Zachary Scott Theatre 1510 Toomey Road 512-476-0541 www.zachscott.com

VOLUNTEER CHILD CARE FUND This fund pays for the child care for our wonderful volunteers Additional Information New School Holiday in Texas for 2007 TEA just approved an additional school holiday on Feb. 2, 2007 for the Welcome Home Celebration for returning soldiers. This day will not have to be made up and will decrease the number of days in the 3rd nine weeks by one day. Interesting links that provide “free stuff” to some soldiers and their families in need. http://www.letssaythanks.com/ You can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You cannot pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This is a great site. Please send a card and send this e-mail to everyone you know. It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received

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a bunch of these? Regardless of whether you are for or against the war, our men and women over there need to know we are behind them! Other links AKO – this has a link to sites for free stuff and bargains for soldiers. FamilyNews@MyArmyLifeToo.co m www.military.com Jan MacWatters Editor, st 1 CAV Round Up Newsletter .

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