State Bar of South Dakota’s Ask-A-Lawyer Program – May 5-7

SDStateBarlogoSouth Dakotans can get free legal advice from experienced lawyers when the South Dakota State Bar Association sponsors the annual Ask-A-Lawyer program May 5-7.

Each call is handled anonymously by experienced attorney volunteers. Last year Ask-A-Lawyer answered over 1,000 calls from East River to West River South Dakota, ranging from family issues to contracts, wills, real estate, and more.

The calls are not intended to be an in-depth analysis of the caller’s legal concerns, but to answer general legal questions and, if appropriate, refer the caller to specific lawyer referral services or a government agency.

Attorney volunteers will answer calls May 5-7 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT and 7-10 p.m. CDT. They will answer calls at locations in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, but can be reached by residents anywhere in the state. West River residents may call toll free 1-877-229-2214. East River residents may call toll-free 1-877-229-2213.

How Smartphones Are Tracking Your Every Move

From NBC Nightly News (29 April 2015): Your smartphone may be keeping track of where you live, work and go for coffee every day. iPhone and Android phones keep lists of your movements and the Android is not just keeping those details on your device. Jeff Rossen from NBC News reported on this last night and provides instructions on how to turn off these features.

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.