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  • Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness
    • Do you have children in high school or beginning college in the Fort Bragg, NC area? Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness is offering Performance and Resilience courses for students to enhance study skills and increase resiliency during the transition from high school to college. HP&R Flyer CP&R Flyer

  • The Importance of Financial Readiness
    • Recently, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, joined financial expert & motivational speaker, Ms. Suze Orman for an in-depth discussion on the importance of financial readiness. During the on-camera discussion, Orman answered several questions provided by Soldiers and Family members through social media. Please share this important advice with your Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members to help build fiscal readiness and resilience. Video

  • Saving with the New Blended Retirement System
    • The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provides our military force with a modernized retirement plan built for retirement savings. Beginning in 2018, our service members can get automatic and matching Thrift Savings Plan contributions as well as mid-career compensation incentives in addition to monthly annuities for life. All service members under the current system are grandfathered into today’s retirement system. Download Flyer

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    • The first quarter of the Guard and Reserve Newsletter is now available for download.  The Guard and Reserve Support Network is a Department of Defense partnership of programs supporting the needs of the National Guard and Reserve community. View Newsletter

  • My Training Hub: Financial Readiness Courses Fact Sheet
    • Financial fitness is right at your fingertips with new training for service members and their Families. My Training Hub is the Department of Defenseís new consolidated, online training platform. It brings learning to life in a convenient online setting that services the entire military community. This platform was created by professionals with the highest standards in training and technology, and responds to different learning preferences, tracks learners’ participation and evaluates training outcomes. Info

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    • Army Reserve Family Programs is here for you throughout the Soldier's Life Cycle. Putting Family first, then balancing between a civilian job and Army Reserve life is hard work. Let Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) help you make that balance easier. Get connected by requesting your Life Cycle Kit.

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  • Independence Day

    Army Reserve Family Programs wishes everyone a Safe and Happy Independence Day.  Just a reminder that Fort Family is available 24 x 7 x 365.

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    Join us in welcoming Major General Charles D. Luckey as Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command.

  • Linda Talley

    Mrs. Talley sends her thanks to Family Program Staff, Contractors, Volunteers, Soldiers, and Family Members.

  • ID Card Extension

    Surviving dependents will receive the DD Form 1173-1 with commissary; exchange; and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) benefits. Eligibility requirements are the same as receiving a DD1173-1 for dependents of Reserve Soldiers. Contact the nearest military Identification Card Facility or Survivor Outreach Services for additional information. RAPIDS SITE LOCATOR

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    Enroll now! Receive up to $400 in Amazon Gift Cards! $100 for each phone interview your Family completes. Learn More Today: www.sgr-prosper.org OR 1-800-844-0638 OR militaryfamilies@rti.org.

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    Log into ADPAAS today to maintain current information, prior to an emergency or disaster. You can review your information and make any updates to your contact information, change address, phone numbers and add email addresses.  For more information on ADPAAS click here.



Message from Linda Talley

JUNE 30, 2016
Today is my husband's last day in the Army.  Jeff will be a Soldier for Life!  Caring for our Army Reserve Family has always been my priority.  I know that Army Reserve Family Programs has improved over the last four years. But I know it's the Family Program Staff, Contractors, Volunteers, Soldiers and Family Members working together that have made Family Programs what it is today.

Please support MG Charles Luckey and his lovely bride – Julie as they begin their tenure.  I know with your help that MG and Mrs. Luckey will continue to improve Army Reserve Family Programs.

God Bless you and your family! Army Strong – Twice the Citizen!

Linda Talley

Warm Weather Woes

Scott Kubica, Ground Directorate, U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama

Now that we’re firmly entrenched in the Army’s most active training period — the spring and summer months — our focus is on heat illness prevention, and rightly so. However, there are other things lurking in the training and recreation environments that also demand our attention, such as certain plants, insects and snakes, so Soldiers don’t fall victim to a preventable injury.

Plants

In most areas of the country, the woods are now covered in green foliage. Soldiers must be aware there are a few of those leafy green specimens they need to avoid; or, if they do come in contact with them, how to alleviate their effects. The three most common offenders are poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.

Poison ivy and poison oak are the three-leafed ground dwellers Soldiers often walk through, lay in or rub up against on a tree. Poison sumac looks like a shrub or small tree and grows in damp areas. The results of an encounter with one of these plants can render a Soldier incapacitated for a few days.

The oily sap from these plants, called urushiol, rubs off on the skin or sometimes onto the clothes. The oil is then typically transferred when rubbing sweat from the face or eyes. Urushiol can cause itching, redness, slight swelling and blisters on the skin, which tend to appear 24 to 48 hours after contact. Although the blisters can break and ooze, the fluid cannot spread the rash.

There are several ways to prevent contact with these plants. First, leaders should provide an information brief explaining how to identify hazardous plants so Soldiers can try to avoid them. Second, when in areas of known plant growth, Soldiers should refrain from rubbing their faces with their hands. Finally, if a Soldier comes into contact with one of these plants, they should change their clothes and bathe to remove the oils from their skin. Those unfortunate Soldiers who have an acute allergic reaction due to these plants should visit their medics. They will probably give them calamine lotion to dry up the blisters and prevent spreading. In severe cases, a Soldier may have to be taken to the hospital and given treatment via topical steroids such as clobetasol, or systemic steroids and antihistamines or other allergy medicines.

Insects

From the less harmful black flies, chiggers and mosquitoes to the more threatening ticks, insects become more active in the spring and summer months. Protection from these pests can come by way of different DEET-containing lotions and sprays to uniforms impregnated with permethrin. Most of these insects can cause minor itching due to the reaction to the bite, which can be treated with topical Benadryl or other anti-itching creams. There are some cases where people get numerous bites and then scratch them until they become raw and infected, resulting in the need for medical treatment.

Mosquitoes are known carriers of West Nile Virus. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. However, about 1 in 5 people will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1 percent of those infected develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness. For the most part, though, these insects are little more than just a nuisance.

On the other hand, the tick can cause much more of an issue if you are bitten by an infected vector. Ticks can carry Colorado tick fever, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, southern tick-associated rash illness and tularemia. While not all ticks are infectious, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you find an embedded tick on your body, see your medical personnel and have them remove it and send it to the lab for diagnosis. If the diagnosis comes back positive, a doctor will then prescribe the proper medical treatment.

With the introduction of the permethrin-treated ACU, the Army has provided a product that will enhance force health protection and readiness. A single factory treatment with permethrin offers significant benefits to the wearer, including increased protection against the bites of mosquitoes, flies, midges, ticks and chiggers for the life of the uniform. The permethrin-treated ACU protects Soldiers from insect- and tick-borne diseases while in garrison, training and noncombat deployed environments worldwide.

Wearing permethrin-treated uniforms is a key component of the DOD Insect Repellent System. Soldiers wearing the uniform should continue to properly protect themselves against insect bites and diseases by wearing it with the sleeves rolled down, closing all openings that might let in insects, tucking pants into boots and the undershirt into pants, and keeping the uniform loose. For more than 20 years, the DOD Insect Repellent System has been proven to be highly effective in preventing biting insects from becoming an annoyance or making Soldiers sick.

Snakes

Lastly, there are those creatures that slither on the ground. Snakes become more active as the days heat up. Ensure Soldiers get briefed to avoid snakes and are taught to identify poisonous varieties that may frequent training areas. In the event a Soldier is bitten, it’s a good idea to identify the snake if at all possible. This will greatly assist medical personnel in their treatment plan. Most snake bites won’t kill a person, but they can make them sick, so it’s best to get treated immediately in order to minimize the severity.

Some poisonous snakes found in North America, such as the copperhead, rattlesnake and water moccasin, have venom consisting of neurotoxins that affect the nervous system and brain. The coral snake, the most poisonous, has hemotoxin, which affects the heart and cardiovascular system. The bottom line is if you see a snake, leave it alone! Soldiers must be proactive and check sleeping areas and sleeping bags before settling in for the night. “Jake the snake” has been known to slither into sleeping bags during the day to escape the heat.

Conclusion

As the temperatures warm up and you get out to train or enjoy some much-needed recreation, make sure to take those preventive measures to keep everyone safe from those warm weather woes!