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Hiring Our Heroes Employment Workshop – Savannah, Ga

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 9 to 11 a.m. (EDT)
Armstrong Center – Meeting Suite – 13040 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Ga

Hiring Our Heroes is partnering with the public, private, and non-profit sectors to develop customized employment workshops for our nation’s veterans, military spouses, and transitioning servicemembers. Through providing these groups with comprehensive presentations, one-on-one mentoring, and career-focused tools, Hiring Our Heroes Employment Workshops aim to ease their transition and enhance their employability.

A workshop will typically last two hours. The first hour is dedicated to group sessions on essential job-seeking skills, including presentations on “How to Write a Resume” and “How to Work a Job Fair.” The second half of the workshop allows each attendee to take advantage of an individual sit-down with a professional who will help them develop an elevator pitch, participate in a mock interview, and create and print more effective resumes and business cards. The unique online suite of tools that Hiring Our Heroes and its partners have developed, such as VetNet, eMentor, and Personal Branding, will be integrated into the workshop curriculum. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees can put their new skills and improved resumes to work as they attend the job fair.

Information re-posted from the Eventbrite page for the event

Marne Week 2012

MARNE WEEK 2012, June 25-29: The 3rd Infantry Division is promoting esprit de corps and celebrating Marne History during Marne Week, June 25-29, using various locations throughout Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield. The week includes, among other events, a Division Run, a Twilight Tattoo, sports competitions, family events, a closing ceremony and a Division Ball. The purpose of Marne Week is to showcase the 3rd ID, provide Marne Soldiers, Family Members, retirees and civilians with four days of athletic battle focused competitions and family focused events, highlight Marne History, foster strong relations with families and local communities, encourage regimental team building and build esprit de corps through competition, health awareness, and a strong family atmosphere. Families can participate in some of the events, so please contact your unit Marne Week action officer, brigade rep, or Family Readiness Group for more details.

via Marne Messages

Happy Mother’s Day!

Have plans to celebrate tomorrow? After getting the weekend’s chores done, I’m not sure what my family and I are doing. A chat with a friend who’s been married 8 years, has a 4 year old and a baby on the way, revealed she has no plans either. My sister and I, who live states apart from our mom, usually go in on a gift together. This year, since my mom was visiting with us last week, I gave her gift to her early. So, my sister is on her own to figure out what to do. My children usually have something they made at school. I got a sneak peek of my son’s card when my toddler snagged it. I also take care of the card, and gift card, for my mother-in-law. 8 years ago, when I was a new mom, my husband made reservations at the Ft. Benning Officers Club for Mother’s Day Brunch. Three moves later, I can’t remember another time he’s ever made plans.  So, as a mom, is it fair for us to make the plans for ourselves? I’d love to hear from our readers. Do you have a family tradition, or do your plans change from year to year?

If you’re at Ft. Stewart, consider the Mother’s Day brunch on May 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Club Stewart, Bldg. 405. Menu features breakfast items, plus Top Round beef carving station, roasted teriyaki chicken, pork loin with peach glaze, salad station, loaded mashed potatoes, Spring rice blend, green beans Almondine, corn soufflé, dessert station with chocolate fountain and mimosas. Advance ticket discounted prices are ($3 off adults & $1 off children) available at club information counters. Prices at Door are $17.95 for adults, and $7.45 for children (ages 5-10). All children (ages 4 and under) FREE! For details, please call 368-2212.

Happy Mother’s Day!

FRG training dates

Wednesday, April 18 from 9-11 a.m.
Fort Stewart ACS (building 87)
Army Community Service hosts a Family Readiness Group Key Caller Training. This course covers the key caller’s duties, communicating with Family Members, dispelling rumors, handling crisis calls, and how the key caller fits into a successful FRG. Call Army Community Service at 767-5058 for more information.

Thursday, April 19 from 10 a.m.–noon
Fort Stewart ACS (building 87)
Army Community Service hosts a The Family Readiness Group Fundraising Class. Learn creative ways to overcome fundraising challenges that you and your FRG may be facing. The class also includes rules and regulations of FRG Fundraising. Call Army Community Service at 767-5058 for more information.

Thursday, April 19 from 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.–noon
Hunter ACS, Bldg 1286, Room 167, across from the PX
Family Readiness Groups, military units, or other organizations wanting to conduct a bake sale or fundraiser on Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, involving the sale of baked goods, food items, drinks or snacks, must obtain permission and complete food safety training prior to the event. Food-borne disease outbreaks are a public health risk that can have a detrimental impact on our military readiness. Copies of the training certificates must be available for review during the bake sale/fundraiser event. Certificates are only good for one year. For more information, contact Richele Martinez, MEDDAC HHC FRSA at 435-5087 or by email.

Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m.–noon
Fort Stewart ACS (building 87)
Army Community Service hosts a great networking event for Company Family Readiness Group Leaders. Participants can learn how to create a sustainable volunteer force that will empower and decrease burnout, generate better cohesion, and exchange creative ideas. Call Army Community Service at 767-5058 for more information.

Thursday, April 26 from 9 a.m.–noon
Fort Stewart ACS (building 87)
Army Community Service hosts Family Readiness Group Leader Training. This course provides the basic FRG overview, regulatory guidance, and information on how to structure your FRG for today’s Families. Call Army Community Service at 767-5058 for more information.

Shred it, don’t share it

Hunter Army Airfield
April 18 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: the parking Lot on the corner of Duncan Dr. and Billy Mitchell Blvd.

Fort Stewart
April 19 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: the parking lot adjacent to Bennett Sport Complex on Harmon Ave.

Now that you’re done filing your taxes it’s time to scrutinize the personally identifiable information (PII) documents you maintain, and those you’ve been meaning to get rid of. Protect yourself and your family members from identity theft. No appointment required. Units and directorates are encouraged to use this event to destroy FOUO & Unclassified sensitive documents not required for operational purposes. Questions may be referred to the DPTMS Security Division at 767-8613.

As part of the annual Spring Cleanup, a Recycling “Drive-Thru” Collection will also be held to collect small scrap metal items, used cooking oil, hazardous waste, and electronics (no TVs above 19″) in addition to paper/PII documents for shredding. For more information please call 767-6573 or 767-8880.

Source: Marne Messages

HAAF and Ft. Stewart Holy Week Worship Schedule

Easter Cross with lilliesHunter Army Air Field Holy Week Worship Schedule (April 1-8)
Hunter Religious Education invites everyone to their Holy Week Worship events, scheduled at Hunter Army Airfield.

Sunday, April 1
Palm Sunday Services
9 a.m. Collective Christian Service
11 a.m. Roman Catholic Mass and Confessions after Mass

Thursday, April 5
7 p.m. Roman Catholic Holy Thursday Mass

Friday, April 6
Noon and 7 p.m. Roman Catholic Good Friday Mass
5 p.m. Collective Christian Good Friday Service

Saturday, April 7
7 p.m. Roman Catholic Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass

Sunday, April 8
7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service
The Guest Speaker is the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Deputy Garrison Chaplain, Chaplain (LTC) Stanley Whitten.

For more information, contact SGT Jackson, Hunter Army Airfield Chapel NCOIC, at (912) 315-5515.

Fort Stewart Easter Worship Schedule

Sunday, April 8
7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service
Community Members are invited to attend the Easter Sunrise Service at Marne Garden on Fort Stewart. Refreshments will follow. The speaker for the service is Chaplain (COL) Charles L. Howell. For more information, call Chaplain (LTC) William C. Prewitt, (912) 320-5373.

For more information on worship opportunities, visit Team Stewart online (religious support office) for schedules and locations.

Come on out to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Day

Easter Bunny in a basket

Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Day
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field
Saturday, March 31
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Fort Stewart
CYSS School Age Services Sports Field (behind SAS Bldg. 6571)

Hunter AAF
Squires Sports Complex, Bldg. 1460

Families can enjoy games, face painting, inflatable’s, and Easter eggs. The Egg hunt is scheduled to begin sharply at 10 a.m. and parents are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early for children to get placed on the fields. Kids remember to look for prizes hidden inside some of the Easter eggs. There will be an opportunity to take and purchase professional pictures with the Easter Bunny. This is a Month of the Military Child program.

Please call for details:
Fort Stewart 767-6212
HAAF 315-9781

If you’re unable to make it on March 31, a Toddler Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Monday, April 9 at Cypress Creek, building 448 on Fort Stewart. Bring your toddler to the Easter Egg  Hunt designed just for toddlers up to five years old. The activity is free and will begin promptly at 10 a.m. It will end when all  the eggs are found, so don’t be late. For more information, call 912- 767-4273.

source: Marne Messages and Ft. Stewart Frontline
image source Webweaver’s free clip art

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child with Music

Music Medicine dot org celebrates the month of the military child

Saturday, April 14
Southwest Chatham Library
14097 Abercorn Street Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 925-8305

10 a.m. Interactive Drum Circle (all ages)

11 a.m. Music is a Window to Me (ages 5 – 15)

1:30 p. Music and Movement (all ages)

2:30 p.m. Stories Music and Imagery (ages 5-11)

Saturday, April 28
Hinesville (Liberty County) Library
236 W. Memorial Dr., Hinesville, GA 31313
(912) 368-4003

10 a.m. Interactive Drum Circle (all ages)

11 a.m. Storytelling with Music “The Invisible String” (ages 5-11)

1:30 p.m. Chimers Charts (all ages)

2:30 p.m. Music and Movement (all ages)

The program is free and open to all. For more information, visit musicmedicine.org

Happy Leap Day!

Just for fun, we put together a couple of resources to celebrate Leap Year:

29 Activities to Do with Kids on Leap Day that Require Little to No Planning —The Home School Classroom dot net. Personally, I will be doing item #8 with my kids “… since Leap Day rarely happens, take the day as an opportunity to go on a field trip to somewhere you have never been before.” The Jepson Center is free this week!

Leap Day traditions and superstitions on February 29 via timeanddate.com

The New York Times Learning Network: 10 Activities for Learning About Leap Year and Other Calendar Oddities By Patrick Honner and Holly Epstein Ojalvo

Watch the flick “Leap Year,” starring Amy Adams which “…according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.”

What are your plans for this day? Please share your comments here or on our Facebook page. Happy Leap Day!

Military One Source Orderable Materials

We’ve posted information about ordering from Military One Source before, but their site continuously updates, so here’s the new info:

Go to MilitaryOneSource.com and select the “Resources” tab. Below, you will see “Orderable Materials.” Click on the little arrow to the left of the title to get the list to drop down (pictured below).

Resources and Orderable Materials

Today, we ordered three items: 1) “Handbook: Keeping It All Together: An Organizing Notebook for Wounded, Ill, and Injured Service Members and Their Families,” 2) “Booklet: Personal Budgeting Management,” and 3) “Kit: Coming Together Around Military Families.”  Make sure you are logged in to your Military One Source account before adding items to your basket. I had to go back to the “Resources” page each time to select a new item to add.

Military One Source order page

Military One Source order page

When our items arrive, I’ll share a photo and more about each one. I hope you find this information helpful! As always, please share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.