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 September 9, 2010                                                   Strength of our Army - Pride of the Southwest
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                                                                                                                                                                                     Army implementing
                                                                                                                                                                                   standard child care fees
                                                                                                                                                                                   SCOUT REPORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                   Fort Huachuca
                                                                                                                                                                                       FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. –
                                                                                                                                                                                   Beginning Oct. 1, most Army fami-
                                                                                                                                                                                   lies will see an increase in their child
                                                                                                                                                                                   care fees, while others will see a
                                                                                                                                                                                   reduction and some will see no
                                                                                                                                                                                   change in fees for school year 2010-
                                                                                                                                                                                   2011. This is a result of a new
                                                                                                                                                                                   Department of Defense policy.
                                                                                                                                                                                       According to Maj. Gen. Reuben
                                                                                                                                                                                   Jones, commander of the Family and
                                                                                                                                                                                   Morale, Welfare and Recreation
                                                                                                                                                                                   Command, the Army will ensure out-
                                                                                                                                                                                   standing child and youth programs
                                                                                                                                                                                   and a quality of life for Soldiers and
                                                                                                                                                                                   families commensurate with their
                                                                                                                                                                                       “Army families will continue to
                                                                                                                                                                                   have access to some of the best child
                                                                                                                                                                                   and youth programs found anywhere
                                                                                                                                                                                   in the world,” Jones said. “These pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                   grams are an important part of our
                                                                                                                                                                                   military communities and will contin-
                                                                                                 PHOTOS BY SGT. MARK MIRANDA / 4th BCT, 1st Armored Div. Public Affairs
                                                                                                                                                                                   ue to be a great value for our Soldiers
      Commanding visit: Fort Bliss Commanding General Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard palms a coin to Spc. John Hamidy, a field                                                       and their families.”
      artillery automated tactical data systems specialist assigned to 2nd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment. For more on this                                                  The Army Family Action Plan also
      story, see Page 7B.                                                                                                                                                          played an important role in shaping
                                                                                                                                                                                   the new policy. One result of AFAP
                                                                                                                                                                                   was as expansion in the number of
                                                                                                                                                                                   income categories to better reflect the
                                                    1ST BCT STEPS UP TO GIVE                                                                                                       full range of family incomes found
                                                                                                                                                                                   across the Army.

 Soldiers donate blood                                                                                                                                                                 By law, child care fees are based
                                                                                                                                                                                   on total family income (excluding
                                                                                                                                                                                   certain special pay and allowances),
                                                                                                                                                                                   not rank or civilian grade. In 2008,
                                                                                                                                                                                   DoD conducted an in-depth study of
‘Ready First’ BCT gives life-saving platelets for comrades overseas                                                                                                                the child development program fee
                                                                                                                                                                                   policy. As a result, they determined
STAFF SGT.                                                                                                                                                                         current fee ranges were no longer in
CHRISTINA J. TURNIPSEED                                                                                                                                                            sync with the total family income for
1st BCT, 1st Armored Div. Public Affairs                                                                                                                                           a majority of the users, and the fees
   Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat                                                                                                                                              have not kept pace with the increasing
Team, 1st Armored Division, “Ready                                                                                                                                                 costs of providing care.
First,” donated life-saving blood during an                                                                                                                                            “While the cost of providing child
Aug. 31 blood drive held at the brigade                                                                                                                                            care has risen each of the past six
headquarters building at East Fort Bliss.                                                                                                                                          years, the value of the programs has
   According to Sgt. Louis Rivera of B                                                                                                                                             also increased for Soldiers, their chil-
Company, William Beaumont Army                                                                                                                                                     dren and the Army,” said Peggy
Medical Center, about 50 Ready First                                                                                                                                               Hinson, Child Youth and School
Soldiers each donated a pint of blood that                                                                                                                                         Services director at FMWRC.
will be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan; with                                                                                                                                             “Our child care programs promote
some of the donations kept in El Paso to be                                                                                                                                        early learning. Most Army programs
used at WBAMC.                                                                                                                                                                     are nationally accredited, and most
   Most of the Ready First Soldiers were                                                                                                                                           importantly, Soldiers can concentrate
ineligible to donate blood because of                                                                                                                                              on their mission, knowing their chil-
restrictions placed on people who were                                                                                                                                             dren are safe and well cared for in a
outside the U.S. during specific time-                                                                                                                                             fully accredited child care system,”
frames. The majority of the brigade’s                                                                                                                                              she explained.
Soldiers deployed to Iraq from November                                                                                                                                                The National Association of Child
2009 through this summer.                                                                                                                                                          Care Resource and Referral
   More than 1,000 of the brigade’s                                                                STAFF SGT. CHRISTINA J. TURNIPSEED / 1st BCT, 1st Armored Div. Public Affairs   Agencies, the country’s leading voice
Soldiers remain in Iraq.                                 Pvt. Albert Naputi of 501st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st                                       for child care, issues a biennial report
   “They need the blood,” said 2nd Lt.                   Armored Division, holds his arm up after giving blood Aug. 31 at the Ready First head-                                    on the quality of nationwide child
Trevor James Klemin of the brigade’s                     quarters building at East Fort Bliss.                                                                                     care, including the DoD. The 2007
Headquarters and Headquarters Company.                                                                                                                                             study found that the DoD child care
“We do what we can to support those in                      “I always have given blood,” said Spc.          back from theater in July.”                                            system “stands alone as a model for
need.”                                                   Michael Sousa of 501st BSB. “It feels                 Pasha said he wants to give blood                                   states.” In that report, military child
   “I always donate blood,” said Spc.                    good to know that my blood can save                because Soldiers really need it. He said he                            care ranked first among the 50 states
Justin Resseguie of 501st Brigade Support                someone’s life.”                                   remembers a time in Iraq when there was                                and the District of Columbia, and was
Battalion. “I feel the need to help and                     Spc. Mo Pasha of A Co., 501st BSB,                                                                                     the only entity to score in the top 10
someone needs my A-positive blood.”                      said, “I would have given blood but I came                                             See Page 2A, BLOOD                 for both standards and oversight crite-
                                                                                                                                                 Commentary .............2A            Since 2004, child care fees at most
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BLOOD       Continued from Page 1A                  Energy Star appliances:                                                                             system and landscaping with
                                                washers and dryers - The                                                                                drought-resistant plants to
a specific blood type needed for a              average American family
                                                does almost 400 loads of
                                                                                                                                                        minimize your water con-
                                                                                                                                                        sumption. You might be sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Did you know?
wounded Soldier. The announcement               laundry every year, but                                                                                 prised at the number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Although summer
came over the intercom and Soldiers             Energy Star clothes washers
                                                                                clogged air filters in your         wide variety of styles,
                                                                                                                                                        beautiful planting options out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          does not officially
                                                and dryers could help cut the                                                                           there even if you only do part
rushed to donate blood.                         associated energy use by up
                                                                                heating, ventilating and               these lights are highly
                                                                                                                                                        of your yard, this is a great                                     end until Sept. 23,
   Spc. Eric Bernabe of A Co., 501st                                            air conditioning equip-                  weather resistant, fea-                                                                          the Biggs Water
                                                to half, and water use by                                                                               way to significantly reduce
                                                                                ment is a quick and                       ture a photosensitive
BSB, 1st BCT, added, “If they ask for           more than 30 percent.                                                                                   water used for irrigation and                                     Park at East Fort
                                                                                easy way to drasti-                        element that auto-
                                                Washing machines that have                                                                              any associated utility bills.                                     Bliss closes after
volunteers, I would give blood, but I           qualified for the Energy Star
                                                                                cally improve the                          matically turns them
                                                                                                                                                            Painting interior spaces -                                    Labor Day. Kaylee
                                                                                smoothness of air                         off when ambient
just got back from Iraq in August.”             use only 18 to 25 gallons per
                                                                                flow and reduce the                   lighting conditions no
                                                                                                                                                        If you’re painting a new room                                     Kuchta brought her
   Bernabe said when called on he is            load, compared to 40, while                                                                             or addition, or simply redoing                                    2-year-old son
                                                                                amount of energy your sys-       longer warrant artificial light-
                                                Energy Star dryers may use                                                                              an existing space, be sure to
willing to give blood because he                                                tem uses to circulate air        ing, and in most cases the                                                                               Tucker to the park
                                                up to 50 percent less energy                                                                            look into low-VOC paints,
                                                                                throughout your home.            high-capacity rechargeable                                                                               for the last refresh-
wants to help those in need. He said            than models from just 10
                                                                                   Outdoor solar lighting -      batteries they come equipped
                                                                                                                                                        adhesives and sealants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing dip in the water.
he understands the growing need for             years ago. These easy                                                                                   whenever possible to keep
                                                                                Solar-powered accent lighting    with will last for a full 12                                                          LETTIE WILLIAMS
                                                upgrades could save you                                                                                 your home’s air quality as
blood for servicemembers and is will-                                           for walkways, gardens and        hours of darkness.
                                                upwards of $140 in utility                                                                              high as possible for you and
                                                                                driveways are a reliable and         Landscaping: water-effi-
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                                                                                                                                       FORT BLISS MONITOR • SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 •       3A

Garrison Commander
                                             The tools to win
    If I could only write one word this
week to talk about the responsibility
                                             Team DOL helps keep Team Bliss ready
our Directorate of Logistics has in
keeping not only our garrison assets         DAVID E. POE and STEPHEN BAACK                 we can do anything, because those orders            As director, Eslinger said he hopes a
properly equipped, but the Team Bliss        Monitor Staff                                  give us that authorization and that fund        team atmosphere resonates within his
family as a whole, it’d be … “daunt-             The government-owned computer you          site to begin to start the process,” said       DOL, but with 15 separate facilities on
ing.”                                        may be using to read this story may be         Eslinger. “They’re experts on what an           main post and East Fort Bliss, he knows
                        Between dedi-        listed in a book somewhere within Fort         individual is entitled to based upon his        that his people are as physically wide-
                     cated government        Bliss’ Directorate of Logistics offices. If    grade, rank, so they’ll say ‘this is your       spread across this installation as their mis-
                     employees and con-      you’re indeed using a government com-          weight allowance and these are some of          sion range is for the customers they serve.
                     tractors, Fort Bliss’   puter to read these words, the govern-         the limitations.’ Those types of entitle-           “There is a compartmentalization
                     DOL has almost          ment-owned phone that will ring any            ments explanation, that happens in trans-       because we’re not all in the same area.
                     1,000 individuals at    moment may be on the list too ... and          portation a lot.”                               We’re spread out over several facilities on
                     work to cover a         maybe the desk you’re working at and the           Household Goods isn’t the only main-        post,” said Eslinger. “When we have orga-
                     multitude of move-      chair you’re sitting on.                       stay of the Transportation Operations           nizational days, or when we have
                                                 The mission of DOL is to “support an       Branch. It also maintains a motor pool that     Christmas parties and things like that,
  Col. Joseph A. ment and equip-             expeditionary Army by providing Army           offers bus support to Bliss’ MaD Brigade        that’s when you see most people get
   Simonelli Jr.     ment missions to
                     keep Soldiers and       standard, predictable support services that    and active-duty component units as its pri-     together.”
those who support them able to contin-       optimize available resources to support        mary action.                                        With that understanding, Eslinger said
ue to operate at a high level.               ARFORGEN, or Army Force Generation,                DOL’s Transportation Division also          he thinks a sense of “team” survives
    Many standard-issue items you’ll         readiness and mission execution and            supports other kinds of “movement” on           because of the small community of per-
see Soldiers walking around in today         enhance the well-being of the military         Bliss, such as facilitating transport of cer-   manent DOL employees at Bliss.
came through our DOL. A lot of the           community.”                                    tain sizes by its Freight Operations Branch         “Because the organization is an A-76
tactical equipment has reached our               Its 90 government employees and            and the vital troop and hardware move-          organization – meaning that it was con-
Bliss units through DOL as well, but         more than 700 contractors here equip our       ment of active-duty and reserve units by        tracted out back in 2000, 2001 – in rela-
it’s not just camouflage and bullets         Army on multiple organizational levels         its Unit Movement Branch.                       tive terms we have small government
(DOL covers the latter as well on the        and initiatives.                                   Though they aren’t the main engines         staff,” said Eslinger. Currently standing at
Fort Bliss Training Complex through              “The DOL, at the installation level, is    behind Bliss dining facilities, DOL and         about 90, they’re planning for a total of
its Ammunition Supply Point, or              kind of broken up into three primary oper-     DOL’s contracts support the food program        about 165 employees in the future. “The
ASP), they facilitate the household          ational areas, and those operational areas     here at Bliss.                                  vast majority of my functions are by con-
goods program, which coordinates             are: transportation, supply and services           “Under Supply and Services, we have         tractors – we’ve contracted out the main-
transit of the personal property of our      division, and the maintenance division,”       a Food Program Management section, and          tenance, household goods (with different
incoming and outgoing troops.                said Vic Eslinger, director of DOL. “Also      they’re responsible for making sure the         truck companies), so that’s all contracted
    If those things weren’t enough,          I have an overall plans and ops division,      dining facilities have the equipment as         out, and supply. The three major opera-
they take care of our government vehi-       which kind of does the analysis and coor-      well as the stocked food supplies and           tional divisions – Supply and Services,
cles, freight movement, unit move-           dination and integration of DOL functions      things like that – the rations that they need   Maintenance, and Transportation – are all
ment of troops and equipment for             and activities.                                to provide to the Soldiers. We have kind of     contracted out. We have government
deployments and redeployments                    “Basically, DOL is responsible for         an overview of that,” said Eslinger. “We        oversight in those areas. My largest gov-
through their DAACG facility at              repairing equipment – at the installation      don’t run all the dining facilities. We have    ernment staff is in my Plans and Ops
Biggs Army Airfield, and a whole lot         level – issuing organizational clothing and    three contracted dining facilities that we      Division.”
more.                                        equipment for Soldiers – different kind of     fully run the contract.” Two of those din-          Whether it is contract labor, which are
    One entity of the DOL mission            body armor and the tactical web gear and       ing facilities are at the Fort Bliss Training   ensured by DOL employees, or their
that’s received repeated acclaim from        helmets and things of that nature. Also        Center, and the other is Bamford Dining         hands-on missions at Bliss, DOL’s mis-
you the customer through our local           along that vein, we repair multiple types      Facility.                                       sion seems to be working. They are “serv-
Interactive Customer Evaluation, or          of tactical equipment. We also issue and           “We also coordinate what is called the      ing an expeditionary Army” that contin-
ICE, program, is their Central Issue         store items through the installation prop-     ‘prime vendor,’” said Eslinger. “The            ues to grow by the month, and Eslinger
Facility here.                               erty book.”                                    prime vendor delivers fresh produce and         said that’s done properly not by one per-
    For those of you who aren’t famil-           The DOL’s Transportation Division          food products to each dining facility.          son’s leadership, but a staff who cares
iar with CIF, every Soldier goes             serves post commanders and tenant lead-        That’s our contract that does that.”            about the logistics mission in support of
through and gets what they call organi-      ership “on all transportation require-             Whether it’s a set of cook whites for a     this Army.
zational clothing and individual equip-      ments.” These include: passenger, freight,     food service specialist or a piece of life-         “For the most part, we’ve got a great
ment. A basic issue consists of body         household goods, U.S. General Services         saving Kevlar, most troops will visit the       group of staff, and the division chiefs, I let
armor, wet-weather gear, Kevlar hel-         Administration, or GSA, vehicles, along        Central Issue Facility, or CIF, at some         them kind of operate pretty autonomous-
mets, packs, equipment bags, sized           with “unit move” services.                     point in their time at Bliss, which is also a   ly,” said Eslinger. “They’re the subject-
items and authorized uniforms.                   “Household goods is a big thing where      DOL component.                                  matter experts within their areas. I know a
    The team at CIF outfits Soldiers         we really touch the Soldiers,” said                “Every Soldier goes through there to        lot about a lot of things, and a little about
one at a time – especially when issuing      Eslinger. “In the transportation arena, we     get equipment,” said Eslinger.                  all things, but I’m not the subject-matter
“sized items,” like body armor for           also manage the non-tactical vehicle fleet,        DOL is not only the middle man for a        expert. Part of that knowledge is, over
example, to make sure it’s the right         which is the GSA vehicles, and also have       lot of the items utilized on Bliss, or the      time some things change. I have to always
size. Also, as we all probably know,         the shuttle bus services.”                     experts in transport, they’re also a facility   go back.”
one “size” doesn’t fit all when it               In depth, oversaw by Transportation’s      owner, and one of them is pretty vital to           It’s DOL’s confidence in knowledge
comes to equipping Soldiers and the          Operations Branch, DOL facilitates per-        operations here on the installation.            and motivation to do the right thing that
roles they fill in today’s Army. They’re     sonal property shipments for tens of thou-         “The DAACG (Departure/Arrival               will help keep Bliss-stationed Soldiers
able to dress out Soldiers with their        sands of Bliss Army families. Household        Airfield Control Group) is our facility, we     well fed, armored, equipped, prepared,
general issues, but if a food service        Goods specialists concern themselves           run that,” said Eslinger. “We deploy units      and most importantly, “ready” for years to
specialist walks the line in the CIF, he     with such things as the regulations on         out of there and we also have the nearby        come. To learn more about the missions of
or she will also get things like six sets    what Joint Federal Travel Regulations will     rail yard to upload equipment for deploy-       the DOL not covered here, and for cus-
of cook whites, the standard wear for        allow a person to move.                        ing and redeploying units. It’s very visible    tomer service-type information, visit
cooking quartermasters here in our               “When someone PCSs, the first thing        as a transportation function, but a lot of
great dining facilities.                     we have to have is a set of orders before      folks don’t realize it belongs to the DOL.”     al/dol/publication.htm.
    Though CIF is at the mercy of
Army-wide equipment availabilities as
stated by Army Materiel Command,             FEES     Continued from Page 1A                range of fees determined by the garrison.       dren.
their goal is always to outfit Soldiers                                                         The School Year 2010-2011 Child                Commanders may authorize additional
with 100 percent of their gear on first      the financial impact of fee increases, the     Care Fee Policy will contain nine cate-         fee reductions for families with tempo-
visit. Also, as our installation grows,      Army received approval from DoD to             gories, with three added at the top to more     rary, documented financial hardships.
they’re not only planning for more           begin a phased-in implementation of this       accurately accommodate higher incomes.          Army Family Covenant fee reductions are
gear and more space to reflect a high-       new Child Care Fee Policy. Individual              Under existing policy, families earning     in effect, while military parents are
er troop population, but adding to their     installations will have plans to reach fixed   $70,001 pay the same fees as those mak-         deployed.
availabilities as we soon welcome spe-       dollar amounts for each fee category with-     ing more than $100,000. The three addi-            To obtain this assistance, the Soldier
cific-mission units such as combat avi-      in the next three years.                       tional categories will raise fees incremen-     must obtain a letter from their command-
ation brigades.                                  A 2009 update confirmed that DoD           tally to cover families earning $125,001 or     er stating they agree with the Soldier’s
    It’s impossible to address the mis-      child care continues to score more than 60     more annually.                                  need for a fee reduction. The Soldier must
sion of DOL here in one newspaper            percent above the national average.                Those earning $85,000 and below will        take that letter to a financial counselor at
column, but I want to reiterate the              “It’s important, in keeping with the       see smaller increases. Furthermore, some        Army Community Service, and they will
daunting task their employees and            promises made in the Army Family               lower-income families will pay reduced          generate a letter. If a fee reduction will be
contractors have in both outfitting and      Covenant, that we do everything we can         fees under the new policy.                      considered, chancellor sends the packet to
helping to keep us moving forward at         to minimize the impact the DoD fee                 As always, families with more than          the garrison commander for his approval.
a high rate of speed and efficiency. If      changes will have on our Soldiers and          one child will receive multiple child              Families will receive information
you want to learn more of the details,       their families,” said Jones.                   reductions, regardless of total family          about their specific fee changes this
visit their pages in our Bliss portal at         Currently there are six fee categories,    income. This will become an Army-wide           month, through personal contacts at their         including a minimum fixed rate and five        standard, 15 percent, up from 10 percent,       CYSS location.
l/publication.htm.                           income-based categories, each with a           discount for second and subsequent chil-

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