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Here's his read on our Constitution:. He's got a lifetime appointment, he's 54 years old and he's reading the Constitution like was just last year.

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Here's the link. Bush , September, Remember how he did nothing but make us feel good about ourselves and restore respect for America; our moral values and our position of leadership in the world? I was reading the galley pages of When Presidents Lie yesterday and came across this episode. Footnotes are free:. Blige, I might go,'' said Ms.

I just listened to a Web-archived interview with Garlasco listen from 8th min , and he doesn't sound like he has an axe to grind. Note, the interview is on Islamic Broadcasting Network, which might ding Garlasco's credibility for some people, though by the same logic, Bush is anti-American because he was interviewed about Abu Ghraib on Al-Arabiya. For instance, Garlasco praises the pre-planned U. He even contrasts the Iraq war Bush favorably with the Kosovo campaign Clinton in terms of not using Air Force cluster bombs.

Find it here. Garlasco may have become more shrill since December, but he seems fair and credible in the interview. Garlasco notably does not characterize the satphone strikes as 'murder' or 'war crimes'. On balance, he indicates the initial war was executed competently. Name: Charles Westmoreland Hometown: dirty When's the last time you or anyone you know has been arrested by Ashcroft?

Thought so. There is something bracing about reading an unvarnished truth in the New York Times, even if it is in a Paul Krugman column. The thing is, even this understates the case. Remember John Ashcroft is the man who claims to have it in his power to arrest you, Mr. American Citizen, and hold you incommunicado in prison forever if he wants. He has apparently passed along a memo to the president claiming the right to torture and kill you as well. Meanwhile, under Homeland Security orders, journalists from England, Sweden, Holland and other friendly countries are being detained at U.

The most pathetic thing is, for all their police-state tactics, they are doing a terrible job of protecting us, and terrorism is a greater threat than ever. Edgar Hoover? Tom Curley, President and CEO of the Associated Press gave a scathing interview to Bill Moyers last week on NOW based on a speech he gave sounding the alarm about the intense addiction to government-enforced secrecy on the part of the U. Take for instance this AP story :. One hardly needs a free press or a First Amendment if this is the best it can do.

Alterman vs. O'Reilly, round one. This is very good and this is kinda sad. In fact it contains some truths about our media that do not make it into our media. Even Judy makes an appearance. Disturbingly, the death rate in Iraq continues to be high 16 American soldiers in the first nine days of June. Even allowing for the fact that the coverage of Reagan's death dwarfed everything else for the last ten days, it's scandalous that the media aren't paying more attention to the continuing casualties in Iraq.

The Supreme Court's decision to toss the Pledge of Allegiance lawsuit on a technicality is probably a break for Kerry. While I agree that the words "under God" should be excised from the Pledge, it is a hot-button, emotional issue which would only have helped Bush if it had become an issue in the campaign. I actually have all of the Russian-speaking abilities of a native Muscovite; I just haven't gotten around to learning Russian yet. I wish we'd stop deceiving ourselves about our candidate and instead build on his real strengths.

Let's admit it, Kerry's interest in policy over 20 years has been nil. Yet he's distinguished himself in other ways -- for example, by his bravery in uncovering Iran-Contra as a foil to the know-nothing President we've just interred. His real skills are those of a prosecutor, and they would be indispensable in the real work of making America safer, the reorganization of the CIA and FBI. Instead of reality, we get fed domestic- and foreign-policy banalities that run counter to Kerry's record and expose him to further charges and the actual anxieties, valid or otherwise, of real live American swing voters that he's a waffler and an opportunist.

Name: M. And those on the right "are bored with the NASTY left wing, Godless-do-whatever-you-want-to-do-mantra from people like you"? Name: Withheld Hometown: Withheld Wrote to you earlier about homeland security issues. I also have some knowledge on this stuff:. He may have had a secondary involvement, but was not a primary actor or decision maker. He also appears to be the singular driving force behind the "controversy" over the leadership targeting. Most of the articles about this either cite him or Human Rights Watch as sources.

But, from what I can tell he is HRW's primary source. In the intelligence business, we call this circular reporting. However, some lower tier targets not deck-of-cards guys were killed or captured in the early stages of the fight. And leadership targeting appeared to have greatly reduced the effectiveness of the Iraqi regime because they had to spend most of the war on the run or in hiding instead of directing their forces. I'd call that at least a partial success. Of course, all casualties in war are a great tragedy, but it's not like we were fire-bombing Dresden.

I'm not sure what his problem is, but I think this Garlasco guy has an axe to grind. Perhaps the real story here is the circumstances of his leaving the DIA and joining HRW because after having seen him interviewed several times, I reached the following conclusions: 1 He is overstating his involvement. Too young to be washed up, and too young to be much of a decision maker. I am a little amused by all of the debates lately on whether Reagan's fantastical and intellectually challenged policies or Clinton's blowjob did more harm to the country. These arguments have significance, of course, beyond their subjects.

The obvious response should be similar to the one used during the Presidential election of quite a nasty little campaign that is worthy of and in which Grover Cleveland was accused of fathering an illegitimate child while James G. Blaine, Cleveland's opponent, was known to have corruptly profited from public office but lived an impeccable private life. A Cleveland campaign supporter wrote to a newspaper at the time: "I gather that Mr. Cleveland has shown high character and great capacity in public office but that in private life his conduct has been open to question, while, on the other hand, Mr.

Blaine, in public life has been weak and dishonest, while he seems to have been an admirable husband and father. The conclusion that I draw from these facts is that we should elect Mr. Cleveland to the public office which he is so admirably qualified to fill and remand Mr. Blaine to the private life which he is so eminently fitted to adorn. Name: Donna B. I totally disagree with your views. If you were over there fighting,then maybe someone would listen.

What you need to do, is listen to someone that has been there like the men in my family. My son is in the Marines with 1st. He is currently around the Fallujah area and he is serving his country, doing what he says is just. Why not support our men and women,instead of putting them down at every opportunity. Maybe intel was wrong, but he is not. Name: Don DeLong Hometown: Paw Paw, Michigan Most of us in the Midwest live closer to what is happening to our country, but, on a less abstract level than those of you who like to play the intellectual games and listen to yourselves talk.

I had a Kerry sticker on the back window of my truck. Some liberals do have trucks! When my wife and I left a restaurant, rather late in the evening, I found the window had been smashed out where the Kerry sticker had been. When it gets to this level, in your world, your thinking will change drastically. How do you like your war, now? The article is here and is further evidence, as if any were needed, that to trust the competence of this administration to carry out this delicate and difficult task—even if one granted them good intentions—was folly indeed. Is it the lies that were told to get us into it?

Is the fact that we are picking up innocent people off the street and torturing them? Is it that we have suspended the most basic civil liberties in our own country? Is it that the work of professional intelligence agencies has been corrupted? Is it that we have drawn resources away from the fight against Al Qaida which has completely regrouped?

Is it that we are creating more terrorists? Is it that more than seven hundred Americans have been killed and thousands have been seriously injured? Is it that thousands of Iraqis have been killed but nobody is keeping an account of the numbers of their deaths? Is it that we are now more hated around the world than we have ever been? Is it that we have spent hundreds of billions of dollars while actually decreasing our security? Is it that we are doing all this while starving the most crucial homeland security programs?

Is it that everyone who told the truth about what was being planned has been dismissed and seen their characters attacked? The usually soft-spoken and moderate intelligence analyst and author Thomas Powers does not exaggerate when he notes that Bush and the neocons have " caused the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in modern U. Got that Mr. Bush by dying: remind everybody of everything the old guy was and the current guy is not. Kerry actually has all of the policy abilities of Clinton—which in any semi-serious country, should be all that matters—but none of his political talents. The fact that Bush is incapable of doing so, is what may save the country from four more years of his misrule.

Significant majorities of the Americans now believe Iraq was not worth it, that the president did not tell the truth to get us involved, that America is on the wrong track and that Bush should be replaced. In , six years after Ronald Reagan left office, "The Republicans took control of both houses of Congress for the first time since Yes, for the same reason, it is available to all who attend. Can you give baby gifts or baby showers out of FSG funds?

No you cannot! Not only is it good way to destroy the fabric of your FSG, but it is illegal. Keep your telephone trees readable. Include your single people living off post, because they can help in a wide variety of ways. You will have to use your own judgment as to how often to exercise your system. You know your unit best. We already talked about job descriptions, but you also need to ensure that your volunteers are registered with your Installation Volunteer Coordinator.

Why keep track of hours? There are several reasons. It not only helps your volunteers document what they have done for job experience purposes, but remember that the U. Recognize your volunteers and thank them as much as you can. We have a bad habit of feeding our volunteers a meal once a year and abusing them the rest of the year. I know that this easier said than done, but you have to try. Burdening yourself will only lead to burn out. Learn about your community resources. Visit and talk to them. You probably would be surprised as to the amount and quality available to you.

As an example, Army Family Team Building is a great resource. You are an information conduit; you are NOT the service provider! You do know that you can get freebies from the Commissary and PX. All you have to do is ask, but remember to thank them. It makes it easier when you go back begging again. You can use official mail to distribute newsletters. You are generally limited to 16 pages for a company newsletter, however, if you combine everything into a battalion or brigade newsletter you can increase the page count.

There are usually columns by the brigade commander; chaplain; AAFES, DECA, and Medical consumer news; each battalion has a section that consists of what each company is doing, training, deployments, awards, PCSs, births, marriages, etc. You can put anything in it that provides information or contributes to morale - no ads. Some people do not like their name as a byline of an article, so have a column with a spurious byline, like the name of the unit mascot for them.

When soldiers are deployed, send them copies. Some units have articles by deployed commanders and troops included in the newsletter to help keep everyone informed about what the unit is doing. They get these articles back through message traffic, couriers, mail, etc. Do whatever it takes to ensure that the soldiers take the newsletters home. Use your contact people to get information out and to sell the program, that is what they are for. FSG reps, you need to circulate within the unit.

Let people know who you are, particularly the soldiers. People are more apt to participate in the FSG if they can put a face to a name. The only problem is that about 20 soldiers overheard this. Whatever people in your unit perceive as your attitude towards the FSG program, they will most likely emulate. You must continually educate your soldiers and family members about the FSG and they will understand the benefit of the FSG to them.

The next few slides are some ideas that have worked successfully. FSG volunteers can help their FSGs succeed if they approach their responsibilities in a professional manner. Some of the most capable and professional people I have ever met are volunteers. The purpose of these meetings is to plan and implement what the FSG is going to do. It keeps all companies on the same script. Also, decisions about support can be made quickly.

That is any family member can sit in on the meetings. If you start this, you will initially have a few that will come to see what you are up to. Once the single soldiers know they are included in the FSG, you can expect them to help. In some units, they provide all the hot-dogs, condiments, sodas, etc. Some units have also used this same system for quarterly brigade and division meetings, but they are directed more for information flow to brigade and division commanders.

The best system for briefing soldiers on the FSG is during in-processing. Spouse briefings can be monthly or as needed, but at least quarterly. If you have spouses that are not comfortable with English, you should provide a bilingual briefing. There are a lot of great deployment checklists available, find one, fit it to your needs, and use it.

Range days can be used in many ways. How it works is when the unit goes to the range, the FSG provides baked goods, cold soda or hot coffee, dependent on weather, and one or two FSG reps take it out to the range about midmorning and hand it out to the soldiers. They also make sure that all trash from this is picked up. Take trash bags.

One thing to emphasize is that FSG reps do not get anywhere near the firing line!

Some places require a tactical vehicle, so one of the companies provides it with driver. This same idea has been used with motor stables, PT tests, barracks pride day, etc. Subsidizing day trips as unit events helps get people out of their houses and barracks, provide an opportunity for people to meet each other, and gives people a concrete example of what the FSG is doing for them.

Remember that sustaining level of the FSG? Mix events up so that one month there is something that includes children and the next something of interest to adults. Never pay for the entire trip - you will get burned by people not showing up! Your community can provide a wide variety of guest speakers on many subjects that would interest your people, from financial planning to relocation stress.

The adopt-a-soldier and family program is slightly different from what you may have seen. In addition to the normal holiday meals and being invited to dinner occasionally, the single soldiers are included in other things that the families do.

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It is totally up to the sponsoring families to decide when and what to include their adoptee in. They also baby-sit children, when the couple want to get out by themselves, some only do this once though. So you can see it works both ways. With the downsized Army, there will be more and longer deployments. What about family readiness? An active FSG program helps complete unit readiness. Your FSGs can help your people feel that they are part of the unit and that someone actually cares about them. Your soldiers are your most valuable resource. So all the training and effort is wasted. This is not just another post, not just another assignment; this is our neighborhood, our community.

This is our home. So, who cares? We do. We all do. A Family Support Group FSG is an organization of family members both immediate and extended such as, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, etc. The FSG provides an avenue of mutual support and assistance, and a network of communication among the family members, the chain of command, and community resources. Leaders have three important characteristics:. First, they care;. Second, they are going somewhere;. Third, they are able to persuade others to go with them.

The primary purpose of any FSG is to encourage self-sufficiency among its members by providing information, referral assistance and mutual support. The FSG achieves family readiness by providing an atmosphere and an agenda of activities which builds cohesiveness among unit members.

Family Support Groups do not encourage or foster dependency, they encourage self-reliance! Developing and providing copies of telephone trees to all FSG members within the restrictions of the Privacy Act. Many roles exist within an FSG structure. The following may be used as guidelines:.

FSG Leader : The leader can be any family member in the unit who the Commander has appointed and endorsed. Becoming knowledgeable of unit mission, existing FSG operating procedures, structure, and community resources. Recruiting, training, and managing volunteers using community resources as needed. Coordinating with community resources to provide training for FSG members. Identifying family member concerns and relating them to unit leadership. Working in conjunction with unit leadership to minimize rumors and stress.

Key Contact Person : Designated telephone contact volunteer. Maintaining up to date names, addresses and telephone number for assigned FSG members. Providing information and referral assistance to family members needing assistance. Treasurer : Serve as the fund custodian for the Family Support Group. Tailor volunteer roles and responsibilities to the needs of your unit.

Including family members in predeployment, deployment, mobilization and reunion activities. Ensuring regulations and standing operating procedures are available for reference. Ensuring FSG Leader and volunteers receive recognition for their contributions. Spouses do not have rank.

Spouses chain of communication generally follows the same chain of command established by the military i. Providing communication network between the command, the FSG leader and families. Assisting FSG leader articulate and eliminate common problems through the chain of command. Promoting and supporting the training of volunteers at all levels of command. The FSG should be able to fully function during times of deployment.

As the newly appointed FSG Leader, you should discuss the following with the commander:. Resources i. Meeting location with seating to accommodate group i. Personalized invitations mailed to family member. Fund raising, if local policy permits booths, fairs, car wash, bake sales, silent auctions, cookbooks, bingo etc. Activities i. Family member training i. Army Family Team Building, Academies etc. Family Support Group membership is open to unit family members immediate and extended such as, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, etc.

Survey soldiers and family members to determine needs, interests and frequency of meetings. Check local resources to obtain sample survey forms. Do not feed rumors. Ensure FSG provides timely and accurate information and is not perceived as a rumor mill. The military cannot dictate how FSG funds are spent. If you have questions about handling of funds - ASK!!!!! Develop a spending plan and guidelines for expenditures. Standardize procedures. Be consistent.

Decide what mementos will be given and ensure all receive the same. Designate the amount of the FSG fund that leadership can spend without consulting the membership. Audit account when the custodian of the account changes. Appropriate uses include, but are not limited to:. The Commander delegates this responsibility to an organization on the installation. Appropriated and nonappropriated funds can be used to cover enrollment, expenses, travel and per diem meals and lodging. Local policy determines if volunteers may receive an advance of money before leaving their installation.

Travel must exceed 50 miles in accordance with the travel regulation. Normally fund raisers are locally approved. Check with local, state, and community policy before holding fund raisers. Commercial Sponsorship may be available to gain local business support for FSG events or activities.

Consult with that office to determine requirements for commercial sponsorship. Army regulations , define and explain access and restrictions. Personal solicitation of local businesses is discouraged and, on some installations, is prohibited. The provision of child care is one of the major factors in the success of your FSG. Research the local policy on funding of FSG child care.

Some child care options include, but are not limited to:. General George S. During the sustainment phase period of time when the soldier is at home station , the family members may have less need to interact with their FSG. The following are suggested activities in support of the active and sustainment phases of an FSG.

Personal development workshops i. Stick to caring and let Army do its part in delivering specific services. Support FSG representatives at the lower levels and addresses soldier and family member concerns to the appropriate command level. Forms the military linkage at the command level and acts as liaison to the next higher command level. Ensures that volunteer records registration, hours and job descriptions for the command are complete and that monthly time sheets for the command are provided to the Installation Volunteer Coordinator.

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Must be familiar with all applicable regulations concerning fiscal, regulatory, and statutory responsibilities. The commander of the unit is the FSG Leader. Please complete this survey as soon as possible. DO NOT put your name on this form. We would like to have your honest opinion. Circle your answers below or write them as appropriate:. Thank you for your participation in this survey. Your feedback will assist in providing better FSG support. If the issue of their involvement arises in your group, you need to assist your group in deciding how they want to handle this situation.

You may want to keep these things in mind. They may not relate to PX, Commissary, hospital business or information discussed at coffees. Newsletters are a great way to get information out, but how big can it be and how do we mail it? As per DA Pam , the following guidelines apply:. Since the FSG newsletter is designed to reach all family members, its tangible and intangible importance cannot be overemphasized.

Its purpose is to -. Official FSG information relates to command and mission essential information that the commander believes families should have to be better informed. This includes information about the Army, installation, unit, benefits, unit and FSG sponsored activities, and programs and services available. Unofficial information is non-mission related information such as fund raisers for private organizations, etc. Frequency of publication is at the commander's discretion.

In addition, the newsletter must state whether it contains official or unofficial information or both. It is recommended that non-appropriated funds NAFs or FSG generated funds be used when unofficial information is included. The Department of Defense sets the policy on the use of appropriated funds for mail in family support group newsletters. The DoD policy allows commanders to fund the mailing of a FSG newsletter if the content is considered official business.

The U. Army Community and Family Support Center discovered that there is still some confusion in the field about what is official business. The guidance is as follows:. Commanders should apply the following guidelines in determining whether the content of a FSG newsletter is official:. A To give information related to unit mission and combat readiness including family readiness such as information related to FSG activities in support of field exercises, mobilization, and deployments of active and reserve component units.

Examples are:. B To give information which is educational in nature, designed to promote informed self-reliant service members and their families. Such as:. C To give information regarding service member and families which promotes unit cohesion and helps strengthen the ongoing esprit among family members within.


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Information regarding fund raisers for private organizations is also prohibited. However, family support. The information in this message should reduce the confusion about what can and cannot be included in unit FSG newsletters. MacKinnon, Eisenhower Ave. In order to complete this handbook, insert.

A Sourcebook for Service Proveders. The Staff Judge Advocate's Office advises you and your family about personal legal affairs, including wills, powers of attorney, adoptions, name changes, landlord and tenant relations, consumer affairs, marital rights and obligations, and other legal matters. In addition, notary public services are normally available. All assistance is free. However, some legal matters involve civilian court proceedings. Military attorneys generally may not represent you in court but can refer you to civilian attorneys or to civilian legal service agencies that may be able to represent you.

You may ask a Legal Assistance Officer to read and advise you on any contract free of charge. Never sign a contract without completely reading and understanding it. Never accept verbal promises, which are not written into the contract. Do not make important, expensive purchases with out consulting with your spouse. Be prudent and cautious in spending money and especially in using a power of attorney.

It is important for you to have in your possession certain documents and family records. Should an emergency arise, you may need some or all of those documents. Some of the documents listed below may be used often, even when an emergency does not exist. Gather this information and these documents now and put them in a special container or a safe place so you and your spouse or someone outside of your household knows where they are.

In order for your family members to obtain identification cards and legal benefits while your spouse is deployed you must be able to supply the documents in bold type. If the original documents are unavailable, certified copies should be obtained. These documents should be located now. There may not be time to find them later. Medical Power of Attorney: Authorizes a person other than yourself to authorize medical care for family members should you not be available e.

This is excellent for anyone who regularly cares for your children. Do you have copies and know the location of any adoption papers, guardianship papers, divorce decrees, or court orders awarding custody of children or child support? For illegitimate children, court orders declaring the biological parent, written admission of paternity, and related documents?

Statements from licensed doctors or medical officers for dependent children over 21 years of age whom are mentally or physically disabled. Name and location of places where unmarried children over 21 but less than 23 years of age who are enrolled in a full-time course of instruction. Where are your stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, savings and credit union passbooks, notes receivable, and other evidence of income producing properties?

Certificates of title and registration, warranties, and tax receipts for automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, and other personal property. Business agreements including partnership documents, agency contracts, sales contracts, royalties, residual agreements, and employment contracts. Force myself to take a weekly break from my children by trading children with a friend for a day or evening outing. Remember the reasons I fell in love with my spouse and share often those reasons with the children.

Take a hot bubble bath after the children are in bed and re-focus and put the proper perspective on the day. Have a few friends with children join my children and me for a relaxed evening of potluck, games, movies, etc. Relax, take each day at a time Set up ten empty plastic bottles in a triangle on a level area. Each kid gets three tries to knock down as many as possible by kicking a beach ball at them from twenty feet away.

If all the "pins" fall before his last turn, set them up again so he has a chance to add to his score. The kid with the highest score at the end of two rounds wins a prize. Organize players into pairs and hand each team a partially inflated balloon. When the game starts, teammates must race to a finish line carrying their balloon between their heads, no hands allowed. Each kid receives a plain sheet of 8"x 10" white paper to create a paper airplane. When the models are ready, each kid in turn tries to fly his through a tunnel created from a triangle of cardboard set on a picnic table. Or, use a string to mark a landing zone.

Fill each kid's plastic cup to the brim with water. One at a time with their cups in hand, players must jump into the turning rope and complete three consecutive jumps before jumping out. Once everyone has finished the task, players hold up their cups. The child with the most water left wins. Divide the players into two teams and fill one cup for each group. Then she must call in another teammate by singing this jingle: "Water in the cup, splashing all about.

Jump in [teammate's name] and help me out'. After the second kid jumps in the first kid passes her the cup and then jumps out. The second kid calls in the next kid and so forth until all the teammates have had a chance to jump while holding the cup. Then it's the second team's turn. The team that ends with the most water in its cup, wins. Mark starting and finishing lines in both lanes. Riders must travel down their assigned paths as slowly as possible, keeping their feet on the pedals at all times.

The last one to cross the finish line wins. For advanced bikers, draw one long, curvy line and use a stopwatch to time individual riders. Set up an obstacle course using soda bottles filled with sand. Use your imagination to create courses. Challenge your youngsters. Use three bottles set up in a distant triangle to recreate barrel races, set several bottles in a tow to recreate flags, etc. When the kids get good at the courses, start timing them.

Create teams of two each. Give each team an egg. Begin with the teams facing one another at a distance of five feet. Toss once. Step back one giant step. Toss again. Continue until only one team has an intact egg. Divide available kids into teams. Each team forms a seated line and is given a 16 ounce bottle with no top. The last teammate in line pours the liquid into a waiting bucket The team with the most liquid in the ending bucket wins.

The liquid can be anything that the kids wouldn't want on them. Egg yolks, pickle juice, etc. Give each kid a sheet of white paper and a crayon stub. Send them out with a time limit, to get three rubbings of outdoor objects. Gather everyone back together to try to guess the rubbings. This also works for a rainy day indoor activity. There is no reason not to get more mileage out of those plastic eggs. Fill them with tokens for local game rooms, hard candy, money, etc. For each kid, you'll need an empty soda bottle and a 4' chalk circle.

Arrange the players in a circle. Dodgers must keep one foot inside their circle while using their other foot to deflect the ball. The "kicker" stands at least 6' from the closest player and can aim at any bottle. Once he succeeds in knocking one over; he gets to change places with whoever was guarding that circle. Draw a 6' square on a paved surface. Then, divide the space into four smaller squares. Start with a child standing in each block. One child serves the ball by bouncing it in his square and tapping the airborne ball into another square. The kid in that space must tap the ball after one bounce into yet another kid's area, and so on, until someone lets the ball bounce twice or sends it out of the grid.

A kid who ends the volley steps out, and the game resumes until all but one kid is eliminated. You will want to let your neighbors in on this game; inviting their kids to play too will go a long, way toward enlisting their cooperation. Divide the kids up into equal groups. Give each group a list of items to find within the prescribed boundaries leaving the boundaries means automatic disqualification!

The first group back with all of their items wins, OR the team with the most items at "times up" wins. This game is played on a stairway in order to use the steps as "grades". All the kids begin on the bottom step. One kid is the "teacher" and holds a rock in one closed hand or the other and asks a "student" which hand the rock is in.

A correct guess allows die kid to advance one step. The winner is the kid who reaches the top step first. This is an outdoor game played in teams. The kids are divided into two equal teams. Each team lines up on opposite sides of a yard or field and holds hands. Each teammate takes turns calling a kid from the other team by saying: "Red Rover, Red Rover, let kids name] come over". The kid who was called runs with all his might to break through between two kids on the other team. If he succeeds, he gets to select a player to take back to his team, if he fails he becomes a part of this team.

Any of a number of generic card games. This activity is intended to fill empty slots at the last minute. Form two teams with one person as "it". Everyone else gets a squirt bottle filled with water. On "go", each team squirts water into its bowl. The team to fill their bowl first wins. Team members place their shoes in a pile. Then one at a time each teammate races to the shoes, puts his or her shoes on, and returns to the team.

Players return to the line and repeat until their team's bottle is filled. Each teammate races 10 yards to a piece of bubble gum, blows a bubble large enough to cover his or her nose when the bubble breaks, and returns to the line. Teams line up, and players place their hands on the waist of the person in front of them. The centipede maneuvers through these obstacle; walk along a 2x4 beam, stomp on balloon "ants", step over a low fence , duck under a limbo rod or line and run back and forth between pylons. Tell them to put one end of the licorice in their mouth and race to see who can get all the licorice into their mouth without using their hands.

Children race 10 yards and put four saltine crackers in their mouths. The first to chew and whistle wins. Any of a number of board games on hand can be played. On a piece of yam long enough to string from one side of the car to the other between the coat hooks, string 3 small colored beads, then a larger white bead.

Do this five times. Offer a treat from a hidden bag every time you reach a white bead. Instead of having kids running in and out of the house all summer, try this! Then, when the kids are off to the playground or pool, hand them a frozen drink that stays cool for hours.

Using a big tarp, create a slip n slide area in the grass. Use the sprinkler, aimed at the tarp, to keep things wet. Keep the sprinkler inside the fence. This activity is run with the stipulation that the watermelon not be "butchered" on the picnic table. This activity is self explanatory. Equipment is in the garage. A regulation field is behind the housing area. Lay out blank computer paper along with markers, pens and pencils.

Each child must write at least one letter to be mailed to someone outside the house. Provide envelopes and stamps. Each kid starts with a plain white T-shirt. Using potatoes, cut a design into the flat side of each half.

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Insert several sheets of newspaper or a sheet of cardboard inside a cotton T-shirt. Pour fabric paint into a pie pan. Dip the potato stamps into the paint and press design onto the shirt. At each vacation destination, let each kid select the "perfect" postcard to commemorate the spot for him. Then they secure the postcard in their book and write a few sentences about the place. After each kid decorates his block and the design is set according to the medium used, the blocks are pieced together with fabric strips and machine quilted with a border. Yes, Christmas Cards! Get the kids together to think up a design and work out the particulars such as a group picture in Santa hats or Christmas season clothes.

Each kid selects a picture or photo. Stick with a large image, such as a magazine ad or a photocopy of a school portrait. Lay a sheet of tracing paper on the photo and take a minute to study the darker shaded areas, such as eyebrows, cheeks, jawbone, or hair. Recreate the facial features on the tracing paper by dipping a fingertip in Tempera paint and covering the shaded areas with a series of fingerprints.

Start with shapes in the center of the photo and work outward. Back the finished artwork with a sheet of white paper. Let them use their imagination to create a creature of their own. Lay out paper plates, markers, crayons, glue, staplers, scissors, yarn and popsicle sticks. Let each kid use his imagination to create a mask of his choosing. Lay out old socks, scissors, large needles, thread, fabric scraps, yarn and buttons. Lay out glue and an assortment of dried beans, spaghetti, macaroni and cereals.

Let their imagination take over! This one explains itself. The first part of this craft involves the activity of hiking in the woods to collect small natural items to use Beware of poison ivy! Keep a hot glue gun handy for those hard to secure treasures but be certain everyone understands its for adult use only. Everyone gets a plain white T-shirt. Dissolve the dye according to manufacturers instructions in the washing machine. Wet all the T-shirts this activity is better achieved outside then allow each kid to scrunch and smoosh his T-shirt at will.

Secure the sections with rubber bands. Dump all the T-shirts into the washer and follow instructions for dying. Following final machine cycle, remove all T-shirts and remove rubber bands. Dump all the T-shirts back into the washing machine for another rinse cycle. Using sand and a large bowl, create a small mold.

Don't make any tiny places as these will not remain stable when they become part of the candle. Melt wax, which can be bought in blocks at the craft store, in the top of a double boiler. Add crayon shavings for color. Place wick, which can also be purchased, into the mold and suspend by wrapping it around a pencil laid across the mold opening.

Slowly pour in the wax up to the brim of the mold. Allow to cool completely. Gently remove from the mold. Trim wick. Everyone gets a piece of chalk and draws to their hearts content on the driveway. After everyone is finished, the driveway gets a scrubbing with the patio broom and dish liquid! Failure to provide the required information could result in a delay in the providing of needed assistance to the individual's family members. GRADE 3. SSN 4. Are there any physical or mental conditions in your family that require special attention or assistance as a result of your absence?

If so, state the problem and request assistance below. Does your spouse drive? YES NO. What pay options do you presently have in effect i. Does your spouse have a power of attorney POA to act in your behalf? Do you have a will? YES NO Does your spouse speak English? What languages besides English does your spouse speak? Do you want your next of kin to receive a copy of this sheet? Do you have a driver's license? Principal purpose. Information will be used to provide Support, outreach and information to family members. These family information sheets can be used in a variety of ways.

For example, if you have a family member who may be in need of special assistance medical when the military sponsor is gone, you might take a yellow highlighter and make a stripe on the right edge of the paper. A blue stripe might denote a language interpreter is necessary; a pink stripe might denote that the family lives apart from the sponsor.

This makes it easy to identify any potential 'hotspots' during a deployment. PURPOSE: Provide an efficient system to keep the spouses informed about what the unit is doing, what agencies are available to help families, and provide a few social events to facilitate communication between spouses. The normal FSG program for garrison is one designed to maintain some minimum level of contact to facilitate gearing up to a Deployment FSG. Should the unit deploy the Deployment FSG will gear up to a full time operation for disseminating information to spouses and families on the real world deployment.

The FSG roster should be in database to make updating and label making efficient. The best database system has the family data i. Volunteers are treated correctly so they continue to volunteer. Their calls are returned promptly. Since companies are the usual element to deploy most of the events should be company level to maximize the contact between company spouses. Smaller groups make for a more successful events. Companies hold their own Easter and Christmas parties. This is will form a tighter group at the company level. Ans: The Commander or First Sgt. Redline messages should be passed word for word.

Single soldiers next-of-kin should be in the FSG Database for newsletters and for when the unit deploys so the family can get the latest information. And single soldiers should be targeted during Christmas and Thanksgiving. Adopt a soldier programs. In this section, some very basic information about communication and conflict resolution is provided. Place any additional material you find helpful on the subject here and for more information, consider these references:. By David Campbell. Good communication is essential in all aspects of a healthy unit.

Keeping an open line of communication with all the spouses in your unit shows that you care and that you want to keep them informed. Being a reliable source of good information is important at all levels and builds trust and confidence within the family support group FSG. Communication can be accomplished through personal contact, written communication and group activities or meetings. NOTE: If you decide to send cards for special occasions, make sure you do not leave anyone out as this can create bad feelings.

You should also decide if you will give gifts for new babies, weddings, etc. It is best if the gifts are the same or similar for everyone and you are consistent. It is important that new spouses feel welcome and connected to the unit from the beginning. Providing information helps them get settled and lets those who have been in the unit for a while know you want to keep them informed regardless of their level of participation.

These activities give unit members, spouses and families a chance to have fun and bond. Remember to balance activities to include single soldiers, couples and families with children. Carry emergency-type telephone numbers with you so you can have immediate access to them.


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For example, unit telephone tree, unit duty numbers and medical resource numbers. Ask people to keep you informed to help avoid surprises. When you are surprised, try to figure out a way to keep it from occurring again. You can always get back to someone with an answer to their question. Overloading people with papers to read or telling them laundry lists of information is not effective communication. Consolidate and pick and choose what you believe is most relevant to your group. It is extremely helpful to keep detailed records of major unit activities.

It makes it much easier to organize succeeding events. Good meetings do not just happen; they are planned. To have an effective meeting you need to prepare ahead of time, know how to manage the meeting and follow up with results. Whether you are leading a decorating committee, planning a unit function or helping to put together a major unit briefing, these guideline should be helpful. Conflict Resolution. Although unsettling, conflict is a probability wherever there is human interaction. There is a tendency to look at conflict as something to be avoided or ignored, but successful resolution can be productive and lead to closer personal relationships, increased understanding and a higher level of shared enthusiasm for group activities.

When conflict occurs, you have a five choice response model. Maybe you know that the issue will be decided by someone else shortly or is a moot point due to other factors. For example, a wife may be upset at what your husband is asking her husband to do in the unit. You might use avoidance because you recognize it is not your place to address an issue like this.

He may want to speak to his chain of command if he has concerns. You prefer to avoid the expense and fix dinner at home. You give in. Or, someone wants to bring food to the FRG meeting because you are starting earlier than usual.

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It might be a nice treat for a change. This is especially effective in a crisis situation, such as a trauma in the unit. You may have a great lady in your company call with the idea to begin meals to the family. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated, but we need to wait until we have further information from the commander or the chaplain in order to respond to the specific needs of the family. However, sometimes this is the only stand to take.

If you cannot be part of the team effort in a more positive way, we will have to refrain from inviting you to the planning meetings. You want the beach and your husband wants to visit his family. This is more time consuming and not always possible to achieve, but is frequently desirable. For example, your group is planning welcome home activities for soldiers returning from a deployment. Full potluck dinner for hungry troops vs.

Two groups have great ideas, which they feel strongly about. You can suggest that everyone sit down and share their ideas and incorporate them into one great welcome home event. Perhaps pre-wrapped cold-cut sandwiches and sodas in a lunch sack would work for both sides! Choosing to confront an antagonist in a group is frequently a balancing act. The reality is that the adversary plays an important role in the group process. Why now? How much longer will they be in this group?

Then, objectively look at the situation. Is this person fulfilling a role in our group that ends up making us all think and clarify, making ourselves more sure of ourselves in the end? Are we able to still function as a productive group and have a good feeling about being together? Are there instances where feelings are being hurt, or gossip is being spread by or about the adversary? Evaluate carefully. Then consider your options. Group dynamics can be a wonderful thing!

However, a word of caution is necessary. As the leader, your obligation includes maintaining a comfortable environment in which members are able to perform their roles unencumbered by constant discord, unmolested by other group members. Is it time to confront? Most of us loath this part, and in fact have spent a lifetime avoiding confrontation. This has led to the misconception that confrontation is always aggressive, always ugly, and only to be used as a last resort. In fact, confronting an issue can be relatively easy, and extremely productive, but like most leadership skills needs to be learned and practiced.

This is a skill that can be perfected! The greater its importance, the more meaningful the confrontation. Can you gain, lose, or maintain a friend through this? Do you care? The more significant the issues, the greater the potential benefit from confrontation. Is this really important? The ability of the other party to act on the issue. Will confronting solve anything? Will it stress one of us out? Will the other person care enough to make a change? Is the other person able to act differently?

There are specific guidelines that enhance your chance at success when confronting. These can be found in your notes. These guidelines include:. Identifying the issue in question. Staying specific to the issue. Communicating openly and directly your perceptions of, and feelings about, the issues in the conflict.

Inviting the other person to confront you about your behavior. Reciprocal confrontations can balance power in the situation and lead to higher quality conflict management efforts. Share your interpretations while inviting a collaborative approach to improving the situation. This can require courage and tact, but it need not be hurtful or ugly.