Lunch & Learn: Parenting Classes and Resources – 29 April

LunchLearn_2015-04_400Join us for a brief workshop during your lunch hour. Feel free to bring you own lunch, beverages will be provided.

This month’s topic will be parenting classes and resources available for FREE to the Ellsworth Community.

Open to anyone with base access. Please call 385-4663 to register!

Month of the Military Child Event – Saturday, April 18

The Airman & Family Services Flight is celebrating Month of the Military Child with an event at the Pride Hanger on Saturday, 18 April from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Come out an enjoy the activities with the family!

MOMCFlyer2015_adThe Pride Hanger event will include:

  • Static displays from various on-base agencies that kids can interact with
  • Security Forces K-9 demonstrations
  • Climb the rock wall and play in Jumpy Castles
  • Visit with Sparky and McGruff
  • Visit the Youth Programs Sensory Tables and other activities
  • All for FREE and no registration required

Visit http://ellsworthafrc.org/kdl/ for more information.

Heroes at Home Financial Event – April 16th

HaH2015_400Join us for a FREE financial education event presented by award-winning authors and speakers on Thursday, April 16th at the Deployment Center Auditorium from 9:00 to 11:00 AM! No registration is required.

Ellie Kay presents “Living Rich for Less” – how to set up a workable budget, pay less for everything, money talk with your family and stretching the vacation and entertainment dollars.

Gerri Detweiller presents “Smart Money: 5 Ways to Improve your Credit” – free ways to monitor your credit, pay down debt and improve your FICO score.

Ingrid Bruns presents “Saving for the Future You Want” – practical strategies to start saving early, start small and stay committed.

All the latest financial apps and money saving websites plus you could win an iPad or other prizes!

Recent News Events Create Opportunity to Review Your Social Media Presence

SM-Friend-or-Foe-300x300Many of you may have seen news stories this past weekend of a list containing the names, addresses, and photos of 100 current U.S. service members.

The list was compiled with the respective addresses and photos based off of information obtained through social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

In light of these events it is highly recommended you review your current online footprint, particularly in regard to social media sites. Furthermore, have a conversation with your families about Operational Security (OPSEC) and how we all need to be careful about what we post online. There are real threats out there, and it is important that we do what we can do to mitigate our exposure.

Here some easy steps you can take to help ensure your security online:

  • Understand your privacy settings. Go look at the current privacy settings you have established on the social media sites you use and remember that the safest setting for any site is “only friends”. In our resource section below are smart cards for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
  • Don’t friend people you don’t know. It sounds simple but think about how many people you may be friends with online that you don’t really know. If you don’t know them, then why are you linked in with them?
  • Limit the use of applications. Applications can be a great help, but they can also be a liability. For example, a past study revealed that many of Facebook’s most popular applications were transmitting personal user information to outside servers.
  • Protect your location. It is important that you do not “check in” and let the world know where you are, particularly at home, your friends’ houses, or at work.
  • Don’t overshare. The internet doesn’t forget anything – and nothing really gets deleted – so be careful about what you share. It is much easier to just not share something than it is to get that information back once it has been broadcasted in cyberspace.

Resources:

As always, force protection is a primary concern. It is important that we all remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to base security forces, Air Force OSI, or the local police.

Daylight Saving Time Steals an Hour This Sunday, March 8th

nGl23qjIf you think you never have enough time on the weekends, you definitely are not going to like this weekend. It’s Daylight Saving Time again, and this isn’t the fun one as we turn the clocks forward an hour.

The official change of time begins at 2 A.M.  on the morning of Sunday, March 8th, 2015. Be sure to set your clocks ahead by 1 hour before you go to bed on Saturday Night.

Daylight saving time is currently adopted in over 70 countries and imposes a twice yearly 1 hour change in local clock time. Many assume that the time change only affects your sleep pattern that night, but a study out of England suggests that the seemingly small one-hour shift in the sleep cycle can affect sleep for up to a week. In my opinion, I know I didn’t need a study to tell me that.

Either way you see it, don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour so that you aren’t late for anything on Sunday!

Kids Deployment Line – Saturday, April 18th

KDL2015_400The Airman & Family Services Flight celebrates Month of the Military Child with a Kids Deployment Line.

Kids in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade will be able to process through the deployment center and then be reunited with their families.

There will be activities at the Pride Hangar for everyone not deploying.

Visit http://www.ellsworthafrc.org/kdl for more information on the event and how to register!