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December 2011 Newsletter

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December 2011 Newsletter

  1. 1. Volume 2, Issue 12 December 2011 ATSCOM/164TH TAOG FREEDOM/GUARDIAN COL James Macklin, Brigade Commander Visit us at Tips for coping with stress during the holidays: Stress can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress during this time of the year. December 8Ozark Christmas Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you cant be with loved ones, real-Concert, Flowers ize that its normal to feel sadness and grief. Its OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You Performing Arts cant force yourself to be happy just because its the holiday season.Center, 1930-2030 Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your December 13 spirits and broaden your friendships. CG’s HolidayConcert, Theater, Be realistic. The holidays dont have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, tradi- 1830-2000 tions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children cant come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such December 16 as sharing pictures, emails or videos. Newcomers Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they dont live up to all Welcome Brief- of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be under-ing, The Landing, standing if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are theyre feeling the 0830-1030 effects of holiday stress and depression, too. December 19 Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. DONSA Then stick to your budget. Dont try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someones name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange. Dec 20-2 Jan Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan yourUSAACE Holiday menus and then make your shopping list. Thatll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten Season ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. December 23 Friends and colleagues will understand if you cant participate in every project or activity. If its not pos- DONSA sible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time. December 25 Christmas Day Dont abandon healthy habits. Dont let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you dont go overboard on December 30 sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity. DONSA Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to December 31 soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and New Year’s Eve restoring inner calm. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. For consultation, please contact Dale Lott, MFLC, 334-369-8556. If you have questions or suggestions concerning this newsletter, please don’t hesitate to contact Marie Stallworth, FRSA for 164th TAOG, Bldg. 30501, Cairns Army Airfield, Fort Rucker, AL 36362. Telephone: 334-255-8919 or Email:
  2. 2. HHC 164TH TAOG Happy Holidays, The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving might be over but the winter festivities continue. Many of you traveled over Thanksgiving but even more will venture around the states as Christmas Exodus offers more available time away from the office. Please be safe on the road and if you are snow bound, be extra cautious while allowing yourself more time as you travel over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s House. GERMAN ARMED FORCES PROFICIENCY BADGE COMPETITIONCongratulations to the 4 HHC Soldiers that completed the GAFPB competition along withme. The opportunity to dawn a Foreign Badge is a great honor. Each Soldier pushed hardand achieved greatness; great job SGT Jarrell, SGT McManus and SGT Baldwin.TRAINING OPPORTUNITIESThe Warhawks complete the calendar year with an M16 range, an 8 mile road march and aleadership reaction course competition between the NCOs and the Officers. Fielding andtraining also continues over the next two weeks with our new battle command trackingsystems.UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTSOur monthly Hail and Farewell was on 2 December at Ruby Tuesday’s in Enterprise at1130. The following week is the FRG Social on the 13th with a Christmas gift swap as wellas a Christmas Carol singing game. The social will be at the usual time and place, TheCommons at 1800. Food and Drinks will be provided. Wear your most festive holidayoutfit if you would like. The only thing we ask that you bring is a small gift not to exceed$10. The gift swap will be in the form of a game called “Chinese Christmas” and what thatmeans is you pick a gift that is wrapped from a predetermined order, and run the risk of itbeing stolen. This is a very exciting game.The holiday wrapping dates at the PX are on a follow on slide and if you still want to helpout, we have spots available.The Brigade Christmas Luncheon will be on 15 Dec at 1130, at the Daleville VFW. Pleasestay tuned as more information becomes available.CPT Douglas A. Blevins, AV, HHC 164th TAOG, Commander Page 2
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  4. 4. 597TH MAINTENANCE DETACHMENT Families of the 597th, Looking around at the falling leaves and feeling the chill in the air, you can tell that winter will be here soon. With winter comes the colder temperatures and perhaps some bad weather, so be prepared to bundle up and take appropriate caution when driving on the roads and bridges. Last month’s calendar was very busy. We welcomed back SGT Ortiz, the final Soldier of SRA 17. SFC Bernal and I are veryproud of all he has accomplished. Also, I would like to welcome SPC Jeffery Erickson,SPC Pedro Santiago-Rodriguez and their families to the 597th.Congratulations to SPC Sherri Booker on winning the 597th Soldier of the Month. Her hardwork and dedication to her Soldiering knowledge were evident during her performance atthe board.The combined HHC/597th FRG meeting for December is on the night of the 13th at TheCommons at 1800. I encourage each of you to come out to share in the fun. Remember tobring a gift of approximately $10 to participate in the gift exchange (Dirty Santa) eventplanned. I know some of you have work and school, but please come and enjoy if you can!The ATSCOM/TAOG FRG has a Facebook site to help discover upcoming events andprograms here at Fort Rucker. Please visit the site for more details:!/ATSCOMTAOGThe month of December is upon us. December is, of course, highlighted by Exodus whichbegins on the 17th and incorporates block leave. I encourage everyone to take advantage ofthis time to reflect on what the holiday season means to them. The holiday season is a timeof celebration and fellowship with our friends and family. Enjoy!The Soldiers of 597th remind me of why I am in the US Army, and I am very proud to be apart of this outstanding organization. If there is anything that my wife Dejah or I can do foryou, please let us know.Fast and Furious! Page 4
  5. 5. CHAPLAIN Merry Christmas 164th TAOG Family!! “The Message of Christmas” Recently, many consumers were overly enthusiastic about the Black Friday through Cyber Monday Weekend. Mainly, this excitement was due to the message associated with Black Friday: Thanksgiving is in the past, and Christmas is only a few weeks away! But it also gives rise to another message in which shoppers anticipate purchasing early Christmas gifts at great bargains or obtaining an affordable price on a long awaited item.Equally, Christmas is surrounded with a message that for many, is slowly losing itssignificance. This begs the question, “What then is the message of Christmas?” Luke1:28, provides an account of how this marvelous message of Christmas came intoexistence. It started with an announcement brought by the angel Gabriel to Mary that shewill give birth to our Lord Jesus Christ. Embedded within this announcement to Mary aretwo points that need expressing regarding the message of Christmas. In verse 28 the angel exclaims, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lordis with you.” Upon receiving this message, Mary was informed she was highly favoredby God. In other words, God bestowed His grace upon Mary, and chose a humble girl tobear and be the mother of the Messiah. In essence, she was graced by God. We have anincredible responsibility to make ourselves available to receive His favor. Grace is theunmerited favor of God. Secondly, the message made known to her was that the “Lord is with you.” Basically, Mary was no longer required to walk through life alone. This is goodnews to be aware of: whatever you are going through in life right now, there is an Al-mighty God that will go with you when you place your trust in Him. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas with our families and loved ones, let us keepin mind the essential message of this special day: since Christ has come, we too can behighly favored by God and have His presence with us, whether at home or deployed.Merry Christmas!!!164th TAOG UMTCH (MAJ) A. Gerald DuBose SSG Farrington Office: 255-8968 BB: 470-6436 Page 5
  6. 6. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Featured Soldier of the MonthSGT CAREN BRADLEY is the featuredSoldier for December. She is currently working as the 164th TAOG MedicalNCOIC. Her husband, SGT Frank Bradley, is also stationed here at Ft. Rucker.They have 3 children, Justin (13 y/o), Alexis (11 y/o) and Frank Jr. (10 y/o).SGT Bradley has served in the Army for over 10 years. Her past assignmentsinclude B Company 168th Medical Battalion, Yongsan, Korea; C Company,Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii; HHC and C Company 2-227 AviationBattalion, Ft. Hood, Texas. These assignments have taken her from treatingsoldiers basic medical needs to running emergency ambulance operations as anEMT (Emergency Medical Technician) for Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. While inC Company 2-227, her medical experience was greatly expanded as she worked asa flight medic for 27 months deployed to Iraq out of the 4 ½ years spent at Ft.Hood. She has over 700 flight hours, the majority of them combat hours. Herawards include 2 Air Medals and a Combat Action Badge, among others.SGT Bradley has been a War Hawk for the past 11 months and at this point in hercareer could not be any prouder than to be able to provide care for the finestgroup of Soldiers that the Army has! Hails PVT Baltazar PFC Arkansas PFC Mann PFC Munoz Farewell SSG Hussani Page 6
  7. 7. FAMILY READINESS SUPPORT ASSISTANT, FRSAPOC: Marie Stallworth, FRSA, 255-8919/ Page 7
  8. 8. TAOG FRG LEADER Happy Holidays to all. We had a blast at the cooking class last month and thank you to those that came. Mr. Eduardo Renta did a fantastic job with everything. Very Professional. The next social will be even more fun with the giftswap. Please contact me if you have any questions as to how a “Chinese Christmas” issupposed to work.We always continue to need volunteers, especially during the holidays. Volunteers areimportant and it is with volunteers that this unit can be successful in communications,planning, and execution. Those that really put forth the effort and provide time with theunit will be awarded accordingly. We like to recognize those that give their time as a thankyou and appreciation for what you do. Please help out where you can by letting me knowwhat you can offer to the company, anything can help.CURRENT POSITIONSFRG Leader: Megan BlevinsCo FRG Leader: Natasha PerezTreasurer: Judy NoblesCo Treasurer: REQUIREDActivities Coordinator: Julie SmithKey Caller: REQUIREDKey Caller: REQUIREDIf you would like to know what the required positions duty descriptions are, please let meknow.~Megan Page 8
  9. 9. & 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group 10 December Ozark Christmas Parade Please join us for food and good cheer City Hall 10:00am DATE: Thursday, December 15th TIME: 1130 - 1400LOCATION: VFW, 434 Highway 84 E, Daleville COST: $13.00 Please turn money in by 5 December 2011 to: SGM Tony Smith (ATSCOM) CPT John Deloach (TAOG, 597th & 1-58th AOB) Freedom’s Voice! Enterprise Amateur Radio Club Christmas Dinner Date: 16 December 2011 Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: PoFolks in Enterprise Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Regular club meeting are located at the Science Building at the Enterprise/Ozark campus in Enterprise, Alabama on the Third Thursday of every month. Anyone interested in learning more about Amateur Radio is always welcome. POC: Mr. Kerry Keel, 334-255-9188 Fort Rucker PX December 10 & 17 1100-1400 Please stop by the main store and check out all the great deals on toys for those in the giving spirit! There will be a marine present to pick up toys from shoppers for disadvantaged Page 9 children during the holiday season.
  10. 10. December 9Get R.E.A.L. (Rucker Experience, ArmyLearning), 0830-1430 at The Commons on7th.December 10Hearts Apart Christmas Party, 1500-1700 atThe Commons.December 10The Wiregrass Wreaths Across America Cere-mony at Sunset Memorial Park, 1700 MidlandCity, 1100-1230.December 10SOS will host First Annual Christmas Partyfor Surviving Children at The Commons from1100-1300.December 12Co-parenting Workshop, 0900-1200, Bldg3705.December 13New Parent Support Program, partnered withPicerne, will be hosting a “Terrific Two’s”workshop, 0930-1100 at the Bowden TerraceNeighborhood Center.December 14Relocation Readiness offering Immigrationoverview to Soldiers and Families, 1000-1130at Bowden Terrace.December 15Employment Readiness Job Search Class,0900-1030, Bldg 5700, Room 371A. Page 10
  11. 11. KiD’s CoRnEr Santa’s Here! 6:15 p.m. to 10:15 December 10  The PX from 1100- 1400. Stop by the PX and have your photo taken with the big guy! Have a Big Breakfast with Santa from 0900- 1200 at The Landing. Kids may have their photo taken with Santa. Page 11
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