Civilian employees seek leave donations

The following Appropriated Fund Employees have been accepted in the Leave Recipient Program:

Deborah Atkins, Dusnee Mathison, Kimberly Ferguson, Dawn Bost-Brown, Nichole Upton, Bronwyn Wilson, Nicole Best, Elizabeth Keen, Nancy Munoz, Colleen Shear, Laura Garramone, and Jacquelyn Leslie, all of MEDDAC; Barbara Paige, Directorate of Public Works; Glenn Hancock, Jason Sweeny and David Dominguez, all of Army Field Support Battalion - Drum; Darrell Johnson, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; Eric Schultze, Garrison Command Office, and Tracy Medeiros, Directorate of Resource Management.

Appropriated Fund Employees who wish to donate annual leave should complete an OPM 630A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program, and forward it to the Directorate of Resource Management civilian pay technician for processing.

For more information, call (315) 772-6489.

Travel with Outdoor Rec to Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

There are still a few rooms left for the annual trip to New York City, Nov. 27-29, for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Hurry to Outdoor Recreation to save one of those rooms. Cost is $250 for adults and $125 for children 10 or younger, which includes transportation and hotel accommodations. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at (315) 772-8222.

Free BOSS bowling returns

Single Soldiers are invited to bowl for free from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday at Pine Plains Bowling Center. For more information, call Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers at (315) 772-7807 or the bowling center at (315) 772-6601.

Catch NFL Sunday Ticket at Pine Plains Bowling Center

Doors open every Sunday at 11 a.m. at Pine Plains Bowling Center for NFL Sunday Ticket. Enjoy your favorite teams on all of the screens in the lounge. Come relax, catch some football, and enjoy some bowling and your favorite snacks and beverages. For more information, call (315) 772-6601.

CYS staff plans facilities closure Oct. 11

All Child and Youth Services facilities will be closed Oct. 11 for semi-annual staff training.

College plans nursing information session Oct. 15

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Jefferson Community College (JCC) will hold a nursing information session for prospective students at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Room 5-201, David G. Gregor Building. Attendees will learn about prerequisite coursework, admission requirements, the college application process, financial aid, mentoring and tutoring services and more.

JCC offers a nursing degree program in two formats – a traditional weekday format (ideal for recent high school graduates) and a weekend format (ideal for working adult students). With state-of-the-art nursing labs, students gain real-world experience at JCC.

Graduates of JCC’s nursing program receive an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX. Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, JCC’s nursing degree program could be completed in two years.

Jan. 30 is the application deadline to apply for the traditional weekday option that begins each fall (August), and Oct. 1 is the application deadline for the weekend option that begins each January.

Prerequisite coursework must be completed before being admitted to the JCC nursing degree program, and courses may be taken at JCC. Space is limited. To ensure a spot in the JCC nursing program, applicants are encouraged to apply early.

To learn more about JCC’s nursing degree program, contact Enrollment Services at (315) 786-2437.

(Jefferson Community College)

Safety Office winter driving, snow thrower classes begin Oct. 15

The Fort Drum Command Safety Office staff will conduct courses in winter driving as well as snow thrower operation for Soldiers, Family Members and Department of the Army civilians in Bldg. 432A, Lewis Avenue.

The Winter Driving Course will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 and 29, Nov. 12 and 26, Dec. 10 and 17, Jan. 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, and March 3 and 17. The course also will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, and March 3.

The Snow Thrower Operation Course will meet from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 29, Nov. 12 and 26, Dec. 10 and 17, Jan. 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, and March 3 and 17. The course also will meet from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, and March 3.

Note: Unit / organization classes are by appointment only, not to exceed 30 students.

For more information or to register for courses, contact the Command Safety Office at (315) 772-3022 or 772-0310.

Mountain Monster Mash, Trunk or Treat, Monster Dash set Oct. 18

Prepare to be spooked during a ghostly night of fun Oct. 18 at Magrath Sports Complex.

The annual Mountain Monster Mash is open to those who seek ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches, and all manner of creepy things. Join Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation from 6 to 9 p.m. for a spooktacular time!

Enjoy crafts, games, bounce houses, music, and more in the kids zone. Then wander through the haunted house, if you dare! (Children must be accompanied by an adult through the haunted house.) Entry to the haunted house is $2 per person or $10 for a family. The line for entry will close at 8 p.m.

The kids zone only will open an hour early at 5 p.m. for EFMP Families only, for a sensory-friendly hour with lights up, music lowered, and smaller crowds. Sensory bags are available to check out from the EFMP office before the event and on a limited first-come, first-served basis at the event. For more information, call EFMP at (315) 772-5476.

NEW this year: USO will host their annual not-to-be-missed Trunk or Treat in the sports field parking lot behind Magrath Sports Complex on the same night!

Plus, youths ages 5 to 16 who are registered with CYS are invited to run in the FREE Mountain Monster Dash on the Magrath outdoor track starting at 5:30 p.m. Register by Oct. 17 online at drum.armymwr.com/programs/youth-sports-and-fitness-program or call (315) 772-6718.

Family and MWR plans property sale set Oct. 22-23

Fort Drum Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sell surplus equipment and items during a live auction and sale Oct. 22 and 23.

The auction schedule is as follows:

Oct. 22

• 8 to 8:30 a.m.: Preview items from at Bldg. 68 (Oswego Avenue)

• 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Live auction of large equipment (golf carts, campers, boats, and a selection of abandoned vehicles)

• 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Live auction of other MWR property (outdoor and fitness equipment, CYS items, etc.)

Oct. 23

• 8 to 9 a.m.: Preview items from at Bldg. 68 (Oswego Avenue)

• 9 a.m. to completion: Live auction of MWR property (restaurant equipment, office equipment, furniture).

More information about property sale items will be coming soon.

The sale is open to anyone who can access the installation. For gate and visitor information, visit https://home.army.mil/drum/.

Abandoned vehicle auction will take place in Oct. 22-24

Fort Drum Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sell abandoned vehicles during an auction Oct. 22-24 on post.

A traditional live auction of campers and hand-selected vehicles will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22, outside Bldg. 68 (Oswego Avenue). Buyers may view these vehicles from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and must be present to bid on them.

After the live auction, any remaining vehicles will be open for bid by silent auction from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24.

More information about the vehicles for sale will be coming soon.

This sale is open to anyone who can access the installation. For gate and visitor information, visit https://home.army.mil/drum/.

Funded Legal Education Program applications due Nov. 1

The Office of The Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active-duty commissioned officers to law school at government expense. Selected officers will attend law school beginning in the fall of 2020 and will remain on active duty while attending law school.

Interested officers should review Army MILPER Message 19-190 and Chapter 10, AR 27-1 (The Judge Advocate General's Funded Legal Education Program) to determine their eligibility. This program is open to commissioned officers in the rank of second lieutenant through captain. Applicants must have at least two, but not more than six, years of total active federal service at the time legal training begins. Eligibility is governed by statute (10 U.S.C. 2004) and is non-waivable.

Eligible officers interested in applying should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test.

Applicants must send their request through command channels, to include the officer's branch manager at AHRC, send the original application to the Office of The Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Yvonne Caron - Room 2B517), 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20310, to be received by Nov. 1. Submission of the application well in advance of the deadline is advised.

Interested officers should contact the 10th Mountain Division Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (772-6370) for further information. Additional information is located at www.jagcnet.army.mil/JARO and @Army JARO on Facebook.

(10th Mountain Division Office of the Staff Judge Advocate)


Paving project gets underway in Adirondack Creek neighborhood

Officials have announced that Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes will pave Fitzsimmons Loop and Dayton Loop, which are located in the Adirondack Creek neighborhood. The project is expected to continue through November, weather permitting.

Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. One side of the road will be open at all times on the loop. Flaggers and spotters will be present during all work hours.

MCH officials thank members of the public in advance for their cooperation and patience while the paving project is underway.

For more information, call MCH at (315) 955-6640.


(Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes)

Road work on Nash Boulevard continues

Road repair work on Nash Boulevard is scheduled to continue until Oct. 11 (subject to weather conditions, dig permit approval and other conditions).

The final phase will include asphalt paving work from First Street West to Pine Lane / Fifth Street East with paving one lane and closing the other lane. One travel lane in each direction will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays. Officials suggest that drivers allow additional time or plan an alternate route. The work tentatively will begin Oct. 7 and is expected to be finished Oct. 11.

Motorists are asked to follow the posted signs and flaggers and to use caution in and around the construction zone area.

For more information, contact the Public Works Engineering Department project manager, Zahid Jamil, at (315) 772-6001 or 955-5153, or the Engineering, Plans and Services Division chief at (315) 772-7911.

Road work on Lewis Avenue continues

Directorate of Public Works employees have begun repaving work on Lewis Avenue, along with some sidewalk repair. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about Oct. 18 (subject to weather conditions, dig permit approval and other conditions).

One travel lane in each direction will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays. Officials suggest that drivers allow additional time or plan an alternate route. Motorists are asked to follow the posted signs and flaggers and use caution in and around the construction zone area.

For more information, contact the Public Works Engineering Department project manager, Zahid Jamil, at (315) 772-6001 or 955-5153, or the Engineering, Plans and Services Division chief at (315) 772-7911.

BOSS invites Soldiers to take Hiking Challenge

Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers invites Fort Drum Soldiers to complete five different hikes in upstate New York as part of the BOSS 5 Hiking Challenge. These hikes increase in difficulty from beginner to advanced: Mount Coney, Mount Scarface, Slide Mountain, Whiteface, Mountain and Mount Marcy. Soldiers will receive a patch after they complete all five peaks.

Soldiers can register for the challenge at the BOSS Center. Information: (315) 772-7807.

Changes take effect at fitness facilities

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation officials have announced some changes are in effect at fitness facilities on post.

First, FMWR no longer provides towel service. Patrons should bring their own.

Second, Atkins Functional Fitness Facility is staffed from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday only. The facility remains open 24/7 for access card holders. Patrons may stop in during staffed hours to obtain a card.

Sewing group meets Mondays on Fort Drum

Do you love to sew? You're not alone! A sewing group meets at 9 a.m. every Monday at Army Community Service.

All skill levels are welcome. For more information, call (315) 772-6566.

Learn to hula dance!

Have you ever wanted to be able to hula dance? Here’s your chance!

Hula lessons are presented every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the USO Fort Drum Multipurpose Room for students 12 and older. Classes are instructed by Dee Brown. Cost is free. No child care will be available. Those participating should bring a sarong if they own one; if not, one will be provided.

What’s All the Buzz About Books?

All the Buzz About Books is a club for children ages 9-12, where they can get together and discuss books they have read. Each month, the group will choose a new book to read. Kids, think of all the books you would like to read and present the title to Miss Peggy at each month's meeting!

Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at McEwen Library.

Anyone can dine at Exchange restaurants, Expresses

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering a warm welcome – and a bite to eat – to visitors, Department of Defense contractors and civilians at its restaurants and Express locations.

The Exchange’s more than 1,700 quick-serve restaurants and 330 Expresses worldwide are open for anyone with installation access to dine in or pick up grab-and-go fare as long as the items are consumed on the installation (the lone exception being locations in Korea, where authorized civilian visitors and workers are permitted to dine in Exchange restaurants, but not purchase items at Express locations).

“Along with serving airmen, Soldiers and their Families, the Exchange is pleased to offer food and refreshments to civilian visitors and workers,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange’s senior enlisted adviser. “All are welcome to dine with us or grab a quick bite – no need to leave the installation for meals.”

All of the Exchange’s restaurants offer better-for-you menu choices featuring reduced-calorie entrees. The Exchange carries more than 400 BE FIT-approved items, including fresh fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, bottled water and more. Healthier Choices, Healthier Lifestyle shelf tags easily identify these items at Express locations.

Guidelines on who is authorized to use Exchange operations are prescribed by Army Regulation 215-8 / Air Force Instruction 34-211 (I) and the Armed Services Exchange Regulations, Department of Defense Instruction 1330.21.

Report security issues to Fort Drum tip line

Fort Drum’s Directorate of Emergency Services encourages everyone to contribute to community security by reporting suspicious behavior or activities to (315) 774-8477 (TIPS).

Callers to the anonymous tip line should report odd behaviors and activities, such as people measuring or asking for blueprints of important buildings; strangers asking about security protocols; a briefcase, suitcase, backpack or package left behind; vehicles left unattended in front of buildings; and chemical smells or fumes coming from a residence or business. The effort is part of iWatch Army, an antiterrorism program.

Civilian employees have right to representation

Weingarten Notice

Right to Representation During Investigatory Interviews

In accordance with the requirements of 5 USC 7114(a)(3), this is to advise bargaining unit employees that:

An exclusive representative of an appropriate bargaining unit in an agency shall be given the opportunity to be represented at any examination of an employee in the bargaining unit by a representative of the agency in connection with an investigation if (a) the employee reasonably believes that the examination may result in disciplinary action against the employee and (b) the employee requests representation.

Please call the labor relations specialist in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC) or your union at the appropriate number listed below if you have any questions.

  • Labor Relations Specialist: (315) 772-5023
  • AFGE Local 400: (315) 772-3039
  • NAGE Local R2-61: (315) 772-3306
  • IAFF Local F-105: (315) 772-5114
  • NAGE Local R2-63: (617) 376-7208

AA group meets on post

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Guthrie Clinic, Patient Care Wing, Patient Service Center conference room. For more information, call (315) 772-0035.

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Fort Drum Reel Time Theater

 

Friday, Oct. 11

It: Chapter Two

(R) 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, Oct. 12

It: Chapter Two

(R) – 2 p.m.

 

Hustlers

(R) – 7 p.m.

 

Sunday, Oct. 13

It: Chapter Two

(R) – 2 p.m.

 

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For more information,
call (315) 773-0065. 

Fort Drum Dining Facility Schedule

Fort Drum dining facilities will observe the following meal schedule:

Oct. 11-14

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (Closed)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B/S)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (Closed)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/S)

Oct. 15-17

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (Closed)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)

Oct. 18

* 1st Brigade Combat Team (Closed)
* 2nd Brigade Combat Team (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Combat Aviation Brigade (B/L/D/GNG)
* 10th Sustainment Brigade (B/L/GNG)

Meal Hours:

Breakfast - 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Lunch - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner - 5 to 6 p.m.

Brunch - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Supper - 5 to 6:30 p.m.