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  • 23 Team Training BuildsStrengthA new and revised two-day program.

    4 Month of the MilitaryChildArmy Kid a poem byDanielle Moore-Galley.

    6 April is Autism Awarness Month Information and support for Families with an Autistic Child.

    8 Home-Based BusinessWhat you should know.

    10 English as a SecondLanguageDealing with life in America.

    11 April Calendarof Events

    14 Best Selling Authorto VisitAndrew Gross to visit Barr Memorial Library.

    16 Making Earth DayEverydayReduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

    19 Event Program Guide

    FEATURES - April 2014

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    knoxmwr.com

    Publisher Creative inkAdvertising Ed SnyderOpportunity Knox Staff Laura Sanders

    Jennifer Palalay, Iva Pearlstein Tracy Whitaker, Kerry Weintraub, Nick Knight,

    Teressa Honeycutt, Ashley Bills, Michael Steinmacher

    Want to advertise inOpportunity Knox?Call Ed Snyder at (270) 945-2864 or

    email: edsnyder@opportunityknoxmwr.com

    Opportunity Knox is a monthly magazine produced by the Fort Knox Family and MWR Marketing Department under the authority of AR 215-1. Facilities and activities publicized are open to authorized patrons.

    The purpose of Opportunity Knox is to provide current informationabout Fort Knox Family and MWR activities and events and to shareideas that will help readers become educated about Fort Knox Family and MWR activities. Views and opinions expressed are thoseof the authors. The mention or appearance of commercial advertis-ers, commercial sponsors, and/or their logos does not constitute endorsement by the Federal Government or the U.S. Army. The information in this issue is current at the time of publication.Activities and events are subject to change without notice.

    Fort Knox Family and MWR Marketing is located at 4248 BullionBoulevard, Fort Knox, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 624-3693 or log on to www.KnoxMWR.com.

    To be removed from our mailing list, please email:steve.l.dennison2.naf@mail.mil

    FORT KNOX FAMILY & MWROur Vision: The Driving Force that builds and sustains thestrength of the Total Military Family.

    Our Mission: Deliver Flexible, Innovative and Relevant Pro-grams and Services that enable readiness and resiliency to theTotal Military Family.

  • By Iva Pearlstein

    Although mandatory for Family and MWR Employees, Team MemberOrientation (TMO) training has been designed so that anyone can attend and benefit. Every new Family and MWR Employee participates in a recently revised two day program. An all-encom-passing overview of MWR operations is presented on the first daywhile the second day covers content that is relevant to everyone inthe Fort Knox Community. These topics are so important that the second day sessions are required training on an annual basis. CharlesHead, Family and MWR Training Coordinator, is very proud of TMObecause of its many benefits to employees, Soldiers, and their Families. He explained, The training makes you more aware that ourjob is Customer Service! He added, It is the responsibility of eachone of us to support our Soldiers and their Families. Employees alsobenefit by getting an excellent picture of the huge size and scope ofMWR along with being able to meet team members from all across the

    organization.

    Day one gives a detailed Command overview enhancedby individual presentationsfrom the MWR Chiefs. RandyMoore, Director of Fort KnoxFamily and MWR, discussesthe recently introduced YouMatter campaign. As employ-ees realize that every job isconsidered to be important,providing excellent customerservice becomes the responsi-bility of everyone. Also new today one is the discussion of therole of MWR in Recruitment,

    Readiness and Retention with the addition of another R Resilience. A narrated bus tour of MWR facilities throughout theGarrison concludes the first day. Participants have a chance to see thebroad scope of operations on Fort Knox.

    Briefings on the second day from Fort Knox experts are of value toeveryone in the room. How to recognize when something isn't rightis clearly communicated through an anti-terrorism presentation. KimZornes, Special Agent at the Intelligence and Security Command, doesan excellent job explaining the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP). He states hisgoal, Everyone should knowwhat to look for and how to report what doesnt look right.See something say somethingis an Army requirement. Opera-tion Security (OPSEC) expert,Mike DeRosa, Security Specialistat the Fort Knox Security Divisionwants everyone to know thatOPSEC is keeping our importantinformation away

    from the bad guys! He has many useful tips and not just for Militarysecurity. The potential danger of posting personal pictures taken withGPS settings comes as a surprise to almost everybody. Although itcan be difficult to discuss, Shirley K. Johnson, Jr., Suicide PreventionProgram Manager, covers his sensitive topic in an outstanding manner.He explains warning signs and states realistically, Sometimes life hap-pens and a person needs help.

    After taking part in the two day training, it was obvious that all the participants had acquired knowledge and realized benefits. Presenters were inundated with questions and lively discussions followed the briefings. Even the Outburst game played over the courseof the two days encouraged team building and camaraderie. Participants learned what to do and who to contact in the event theycome across any of the situations presented by the experts. John Saylor, an employee at Army Community Service commented thatThe sessions were well organized so that the program did notbecome boring. He proclaimed, This was very good training!

    Head says anyone interested in taking the training, even if they dontwork for MWR, can register with supervisor approval. Although it isdesigned more for civilian employees, anyone with a job requiringheavy people contact can benefit. Area businesses can also profit from ideas presented in TMO. Head says, Any business needs to do

    everything possible to take care of staffmembers so they take proper care ofthe customer!

    Charles Head, Training Coordinator, welcomes students to training.

    Shirley K. Johnson, Jr., Suicide Prevention Program Manager, discusseswarning signs and options with the group.

    Contact information:Charles HeadFamily and MWR Training CoordinatorStewart Training Center, Building 67(502) 624-1637

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    Team Training Builds Strength

  • April isThe Month of the Military Child!

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    April is Month of the Military Child! This special celebration is a legacy of former DefenseSecretary Caspar W. Weinberger, established in 1986 to underscore the important rolechildren play in the Armed Forces Community. Army Garrisons and Child, Youth andSchool Services (CYSS) plans numerous events ranging from picnics and parades torecreational fairs and fun festivals, all to recognize and applaud Families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make in supporting Americas Army.

    Family and MWR recently asked school age Family members, What does it mean to youto be a Military Child? Danielle Moore-Galley, an eighth grader at North Middle Schoolin Radcliff, KY, submitted a poem to express her feelings on being a Military Child. Her poem eloquently summarizes her life experiences in the Army.

    Fort Knox CYSS has planned numerous activities, events and programs in celebration of Month of the Military Child. Visit knoxmwr.com for more information anda complete schedule of events.

    knoxmwr.com

  • By Tracy Whitaker

    According to Autism Speaks, Autism SpectrumDisorder (ASD) and Autism are both general termsfor a group of complex disorders of brain development. Autism Speaks states thatthese disorders are characterized, in varying degree, by difficulties in social interaction, verbaland nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Autism Society notes that it is believed that about 1.5 million Americans are affected by Autism. Autism prevalence is now one inevery 88 children in America. The first NationalAutism Awareness Month was declared by the AutismSociety in April of 1970. The goal is to educate thepublic about Autism and to promote understand-ing of the disorder and advocate for those who it affects. Through awareness, the disorder is recognized by the Autism Awareness PuzzleRibbon and is the most recognized symbolof the Autism community in the world.

    Autism often includes significant impairments. It is a complex mentalcondition and a developmentaldisability, characterized by difficulties in the way a personcommunicates and interactswith other people. Autism can bepresent from birth or form duringearly childhood, usually betweenages 2 and 3 years-old. It is a life-long developmental disability with nosingle known cause.

    I discovered my son had Aspergers syndrome, a form of Autism, when he was 5 years-old andhad no idea what it meant. I noticed his behavior was always different than my other children but passed it off asa difficult child with a tendency to be shy. Once he was diagnosed, the pieces came together as to why he wouldact out with a sudden change to his environment, such asa deployment or school change. He would see and playwith the same kids every single day but could not ask themto play, he waited to be asked. It isnt because he was shy;it was because Aspergers affected his social skills.

    After the initial diagnoses, the first thing that came to mindwas now what? I had no idea what to do to get him the

    help he needed or what resources were available tohim. I contacted Army Community Service (ACS)and they helped him get enrolled into the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).Here they assessed my Familys needs andprovided resources such as Army RespiteCare and Individualized Education Program(IEP) Schoo