Looking for a Local Job? Join us 23 April!

Are you looking for a local job? We have employers that are looking for you.

meettheemployers_Apr2014_400Polish up your resume, dress for success, and join us on Wednesday, 23 April from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM here in the classroom at the Airman & Family Readiness Center to meet with employers that are currently hiring.

For a list of employers that have committed to being here, visit: http://jobs4ellsworth.com/mte. We have provided links to their websites so that you can research them and be prepared for your networking opportunity with them (Hint, Hint!).

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

SnickersAdMaybe the 2011 Superbowl commercial from Snickers had a point that “You are not you when you’re hungry.” A study out of Ohio State University proposed that low blood sugar can make spouses touchy and a snack could prevent major fights between husbands and wives. Psychology researcher Brad Bushman stated that it can make them “hangry,” a combination of hungry and angry.

“We need glucose for self-control,” said Bushman, lead author of the study, which was released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Anger is the emotion that most people have difficulty controlling.”

The researchers studied 107 married couples for three weeks. Each night, they measured their levels of the blood sugar glucose and asked each participant to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing his or her spouse. That indicated levels of aggressive feelings.

The researchers found that…Read the full story on the AP website.

Credit Card Skimmer Victims: How much you lose depends on your actions!

On 10 April, Rapid City Police announced they are investigating a series of credit card skimmers found inside pumps at several area gas stations. They stated that the skimmers they’ve found so far have been inside the pumps where they’re not visible to consumers.

You are recommended to  monitor your credit cards and bank accounts (a practice we encourage for everyone, all the time). If you notice any fraudulent activity, report it to your financial institution immediately.

In fact, how much you lose depends on the card you used and how quickly you report the problem.

LIMITYOURLOSSESMany ATM/Debit Cards issuers have voluntarily agreed that an account holder will not owe more than $50 for transactions made with a lost or stolen ATM or debit card. However, under the law, the amount you can lose depends on how quickly you report the loss.

For credit cards, you loss is limited to $50 as long as you dispute the fraudulent charges within 60 days of receiving your bill.

For a better understanding of gas pump credit card skimmers here is a story by ABC News from August 2013 showing how the skimmers work and how your are at risk.

Enrolling a New Family Member in TRICARE

Did you know that as of 1 April 2014, the TRICARE Service Center located in the 28th Medical Group no longer provides walk-in customer service?

Today during our Bundles to Babies we had a question about the closure of the service center and how families can register new family members in TRICARE. Here is what we found.

Children are covered by TRICARE Prime for 60 days as long as one other family member is enrolled.  Here are the steps to keep your child enrolled after the first 60 days:

Most importantly, register your newborn or adopted child in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Registering your child in DEERS is separate from enrolling your child in any health plan option and is the first step to ensuring your child is eligible for benefits. (You don’t need a Social Security number to register your child in DEERS. Once you have one, update DEERS with that information.)

There are then three ways that you can add your new family member to your TRICARE:

  1. Call our regional TRICARE contractor. Ellsworth AFB is in the West Region and so theTRICARE Regional Contractor is United Health Care Military & Veterans. Their phone number is 1-877-988-9378 (WEST).
  2. Add your child to your existing plan online by going to the United Health Care Military & Veterans website: http://www.uhcmilitarywest.com/ and fill out a profile for your family, then add your baby to the existing plan online at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/bwe/indexAction.do;jsessionid=CWI98W8nyS7pxoE-Hs2xtsTalEnPxp7Jlb-VFwrhr0awzKLNvRRz!-953372071 or
  3. Send an enrollment form to the regional contractor.

For more information you can go to http://www.tricare.mil/ and search for “Life Events”, then selecting “Having a Baby or adopting.”

Rapid City Police chief calls for tougher city law on texting while driving

textingdrivingFor those of us driving on Ellsworth AFB (or any military installation), hopefully we have already established the safe habit of not driving while texting or doing other things on our cell phones. Soon we will have to carry that habit out into the local community.

On Tuesday of this week, Rapid City Police Chief, Steve Allender, called the recently passed state law on texting while driving “toothless” and proposed his draft of a tougher ordinance to the city’s Legal and Finance Committee that would make texting while driving in Rapid City a primary offense.

South Dakota state lawmakers approved a measure that takes effect on July 1, 2014 to ban texting statewide with a $100 fine, but as a secondary offense. Last month, Box Elder enacted a distracted driving ordinance, but police can only enforce it as a secondary offense.

Unlike a primary offense, in which police can pull someone over specifically for that reason, a secondary offense requires them to pull them over for another reason such as speeding before issuing a ticket for texting.

Read the full article from the Rapid City Journal by following this link: Police chief calls for tougher city law on texting while driving.

April is the Month of the Military Child

MOMC_ButtonApril has been designated “Month of the Military Child” (MOMC).  The U.S. Army started celebrating MOMC in 1986 and it has since spread to encompass military youth of all branches.

Ellsworth AFB Family Services Flight is hosting their annual Month of the Military Child Celebration on Saturday, 12 April from 3-5 PM at the Youth Center.  They will have jumpy castles, games, balloon animals and entertainer Phil Baker will perform during this action-packed 2 hour event. Please call 385-2277 for more information.

On Tuesday, 15 April, everyone is encouraged to Purple Up for Military Kids Day! On this day communities and schools are encouraged to wear the color purple as a visible way to show support of military youth for their strength and sacrifices.  South Dakota Operation Military Kids is the lead organization in our area for Purple Up Day.

Last Full Week to Use Your PLAYpass Card is Here

PLAYpass_imageIn a memo from the AFPC Director of Services dated February 11th, 2014, Colonel Joyce stated that FSS activities will accept the PLAYpass card as a form of payment through 31 Mar 14.”

Issuing new PLAYpass cards ended on February 19th, 2014. The new expiration date on ALL PLAYpass cards is March 31st, 2014, regardless of the issue date or the expiration date that is written on the card.

So if you have already been issued a PLAYpass card, it can be used as a form of payment until 31 March 2014, if you still have funding available on your card.