Fort Drum Soldier and Family Assistance Center

Fort Drum Soldier and Family Assistance Center The Fort Drum Soldier and Family Assistance Center strives to provide a supportive environment for Soldiers and Family Members as they deal with the stress and uncertainty of injury and the effects of war.

Solicitations will be promptly removed. SFAC Mission Our Mission is to provide a comprehensive, one stop supportive environment for Soldiers and Family members as they deal with the stress of transition and the uncertainty of illness, injury and the effects of war. We ensure that the needs of our Soldiers and Family members are being met and their well-being maintained. Why Use the SFAC? It is a convenient location with services from several agencies. Through the network of providers in the SFAC you can develop your transition plan. Our goal is to help you identify and examine your options, establish a sense of control, set realistic goals and develop a local support network before you transition from the Army. Services in the SFAC: Educational Counseling Financial Counseling SFL-TAP Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Department of Labor (DOL) Under the VA: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VA Liaison for Healthcare

Operating as usual

10/13/2020
Fort Drum Financial Readiness

Fort Drum Financial Readiness

#Military #Credit
October is Credit Awareness Month. Watch this brief video on how to Build Credit Wtihout Going Into Debt.
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Fort Drum Soldier and Family Readiness Division
10/02/2020

Fort Drum Soldier and Family Readiness Division

🎉IMPORTANT!
***Make sure you follow all of the Soldier and Family Readiness Division's individual programs pages!!! We try to share everything on here but want to ensure you don't miss out on some great information or events!!!

Fort Drum Army Volunteer Corps
Fort Drum Army Substance Abuse Program - ASAP
*incl. Soldier Risk Reduction, Drug Testing and Suicide Prevention Programs
Fort Drum Exceptional Family Member Program
Fort Drum Financial Readiness
Fort Drum Relocation Readiness Program
Fort Drum Army Emergency Relief
Fort Drum Mobilization and Deployment
Fort Drum Family Advocacy Program
*incl. New Parent Support Program
Fort Drum Army Community Service and Fort Drum Soldier and Family Assistance Center will SOON be merging with this page!!! ONE STOP SHOP 🧡 So if you "like" these 2 pages, ensure you "like" and follow ours! SFRD

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
10/01/2020

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Join the 10th Mountain Division Band this Saturday, October 3 for a socially-distanced concert featuring the Rock Band "Avalanche" in the Magrath Gym parking lot! Refreshments can be purchased from the Fort Drum BOSS program. Grab your lawn chairs and attend either the 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. concert!

Story time with Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes and author Liana Mahoney 03 October
09/29/2020

Story time with Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes and author Liana Mahoney 03 October

Join Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes on October 3 at 10 a.m. for storytime with local children's author Liana Mahoney. A video of Mahoney reading her book "Forest Green: A Walk Through the Adirondack Seasons" will be posted on the MCH page.

Community members who submit a photo of their family enjoying the storytime event entered in a drawing for a chance to receive one of five signed copies of Mahoney's book. Participants also can comment on the page with their favorite color from the forest. Submissions must be entered on the Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes' page within one week of the video premiere to be eligible for the drawing.

For more information, visit Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes, or call (315) 688-1065.

FYI: Security upgrades at the gates starting 02 October
09/28/2020

FYI: Security upgrades at the gates starting 02 October

Security upgrades are on the way! Effective Oct. 2, the security system at all gates will be upgraded to the Army’s Automated Installation Entry (AIE) system. IDs will be scanned as usual but initial registration will take 15 seconds for each card. Depending on traffic, this may initially cause short delays at the gates. Those who have valid CAC's or Teslin cards should notice no difference when entering post after that.

Retirees with older-issued ID cards with a SSN on the front will have to register their cards at the Visitor Control Center before entering post. These cards are not recognized by the AIE system, so you are advised to register the card or arrange to have it replaced.

You can find more guidance including information for those with Local Access Badges and non DoD ID card holders here: https://bit.ly/341yyJ5

Visitor and Gate information is available at the Fort Drum website at https://home.army.mil/drum/index.php/about/visitor-information, or call the VCC at (315) 772-8585 for assistance.

Sewing class is every Monday
09/28/2020

Sewing class is every Monday

This is what we are making in sewing class! It might look tough but it isn't. Wouldn't this be a lovely table runner in your house??

Sewing is every Monday from 9-12. Don't have your own machine? No problem, use one of ours!

The best part is that someone is there the whole time with you if you need the help!! Contact me for more information at 772-6566 or [email protected] or PM the page.

Fort Drum Spouses,

The Northern Lights Will Be Visible Over the U.S. Tonight. Here's How to See It. | News Break
09/27/2020
The Northern Lights Will Be Visible Over the U.S. Tonight. Here's How to See It. | News Break

The Northern Lights Will Be Visible Over the U.S. Tonight. Here's How to See It. | News Break

You may have a couple of chances to see the display this week in the northern parts of the country. It's been a long, long time since geomagnetic activity has been strong enough to bring the northern lights to the US in a significant way. However, less than two weeks after NASA announced the sun is....

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County
09/27/2020

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County

Jefferson County 4-H is launching its first-ever Healthy Lifestyle Challenge! Youth and their families who participate will learn how to set achievable goals, participate in mini-challenges designed to get them up and moving, and have the opportunity to join free, in-person events when they reach their goals!

Each month throughout the year will feature a new challenge theme with activities to match! Youth ages 10+ and their families should sign up before September 30th to participate in October’s Get Active Healthy Lifestyle Challenge. Contact Kathryn Ripstein at [email protected] or 315-788-8450 ext 232 to register!

Fort Drum FMWR
09/25/2020

Fort Drum FMWR

The Abandoned Vehicle Auction is right around the corner! 🚗

We hope you've got your calendar's marked and are ready to bid!

To view photos of the vehicles visit, https://www.flickr.com/photos/fortdrumfmwr/albums/72157715684792751?fbclid=IwAR1_GSrmtoa2b7zuJ4MxX47i1-m_NOta31OV4HwO4jdTEE5tfGK5X1bQmdQ

To view the list of vehicles visit,https://drum.armymwr.com/application/files/8715/9959/6095/Abandoned_Vehicle_List_2020.pdf

For more information visit, https://drum.armymwr.com/calendar/event/abandoned-vehicle-auction/4511084/51956

09/24/2020
Fort Drum FMWR

Fort Drum FMWR

Join us for Virtual TRIVIA NIGHT!
You could win $50 to Outdoor Recreation! 🙌🏼

This week's trivia theme is Random Fun Facts! 😀

No purchase necessary to play. A minimum of 10 patrons must participate in order for prize to be won. Open to DoD ID Card holders of all ages.

09/24/2020
U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Thanks for joining us today for another town hall! We'll be focusing on getting our community ready for winter. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and we'll ask them after the presentations.

It may not feel it over the next few days but winter is very close!!!!!!  It is a great time to review the winter car ki...
09/24/2020

It may not feel it over the next few days but winter is very close!!!!!! It is a great time to review the winter car kit check list and get your car all winter safe!!!

September is National Preparedness Month📣
There is no time like today to start preping your Winter Car Kit before snow hits ❄️ Here is a checklist of items to consider when preparing your kit. Planning ahead and being prepared could not only save you money, but could save your life!

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FYI
09/24/2020

FYI

DON'T GET HOOKED 🎣 BY THIS PHISHING SCAM ⚠
If you receive an email like this DO NOT click on the link, Amazon has confirmed this is a scam!
Instead, forward the email to [email protected] and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Comission (FTC). Be sure to include the full email header of the fraudulent message.

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FYI
09/23/2020

FYI

Please be aware that beginning Monday, September 28 the 10th Mountain Division will be conducting Mountain Peak, a two-week field exercise and one of the largest training events held on Fort Drum each year. Due to the large number of Soldiers, vehicles, and support required, increased activity and noise levels around the area are expected. Heavy military traffic on New York State Route 3 and US Route 11 could also occur at various times during this period. Please use caution and patience if you encounter the convoy while driving.

We'll be sharing photos and updates from the exercise and all the many Soldiers involved as it goes on! Spread the word and stay tuned.

Colorful Autumn Drives to Weekend Escapes
09/23/2020
Colorful Autumn Drives to Weekend Escapes

Colorful Autumn Drives to Weekend Escapes

There's nothing like autumn in New York. If you're into road trips, here are some ideas to maximize your fall foliage viewing opportunities, with plenty of suggestions of what to do along the way.

Fort Drum Financial Readiness
09/23/2020

Fort Drum Financial Readiness

💲💲 WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE AND ENJOY A TAX FREE RETIREMENT? 💲💲

Here is ROTH TSP Explained provided by your local experts at Fort Drum Financial Readiness Program.
For more information on the difference between Traditional and Roth, click on the link below.

https://www.tsp.gov/making-contributions/traditional-and-roth-contributions/

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Who loves Quesadillas????????
09/22/2020

Who loves Quesadillas????????

Come on over and grab a quesadilla and celebrate #NationalQuesadillaDay with us!

Friday, September 25, 2020 starting at 11:30AM UNTIL GONE over at the Pine Plains Bowling Center on Fort Drum parking lot, we will be serving FREE QUESADILLAS!

This is a first come. first served drive-thru style event. Must wear a mask and remain in your vehicle during food pick-up. Limit one meal per person while supplies last.

Open to all DoD ID Card Holders.

Thank you to the Gary Sinise Foundation - Serving Heroes for giving us the opportunity to do this!

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
09/19/2020

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Next week we'll be hosting a town hall focused on getting the entire community ready for winter weather. We haven't officially stepped into Fall but Winter can come up quickly and you don't want to be caught out in the cold. Watch live here on the page, September 24 at 1 p.m. and if you can't join us live we'll be saving the video here.

Fort Drum Thrift Shop
09/19/2020

Fort Drum Thrift Shop

Effective immediately the Fort Drum Thrift Shop is closed until further notice due to a staffing issue.

09/18/2020
Jefferson County NY Fire & Emergency Management

And just like that we have a freeze warning

⚠️ THIS ALERT IS NO LONGER ACTIVE OR HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY ANOTHER ALERT ⚠️

Freeze Warning issued September 18 at 10:54AM EDT until September 19 at 8:00AM EDT by NWS

SUMMARY:
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...FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM EDT SATURDAY... * WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures in the upper 20s expected. * WHERE...Jefferson and Lewis counties. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 8 AM EDT Saturday. * IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other

AFFECTS: Jefferson; Lewis

INSTRUCTION: [None]

URL TO LIVE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INFO:
https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=NY125F648CD978.FreezeWarning.125F649BB880NY.BUFNPWBUF.ce1cb5a55f1b4097ad7b0423a752879d

URGENCY: Expected

SEVERITY: Moderate

CERTAINTY: Likely

EFFECTIVE DATE: 9/19/20 12:00 AM EDT

EXPIRATION DATE: 9/19/20 8:00 AM EDT

FULL ALERT TEXT:
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...FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM
EDT SATURDAY...
* WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures in the upper 20s expected.
* WHERE...Jefferson and Lewis counties.
* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 8 AM EDT Saturday.
* IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other
sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor
plumbing.

Its coming right around the corner
09/18/2020

Its coming right around the corner

Message the page to sign up for this class. Limited space in person but SO WORTH going to!
USO Fort Drum, Fort Drum Spouses

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
09/18/2020

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Fort Drum Financial Readiness has always got our financial fitness on their minds. This week they're sharing some important info about the upcoming Social Security Tax Deferral and how you can offset the cost of paying that money back next year. Their advice: set the additional money aside in a separate account or emergency fund to ensure that money is available when the taxes are collected between January and April 2021. Read more about it in their Mountain Money Matters!

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division
09/16/2020

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

"This workforce isn't great because they strive for it as a benchmark. They are great because they strive to do their best every single day and because they believe that the work they do makes a difference to the Soldiers and families they serve," said COL Jeffery Lucas, Fort Drum Garrison Commander.

Today, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment W. Jordan Gillis recognized Fort Drum as the Army's recipient of the 2020 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence, via a virtual award presentation.

The award recognizes superior resource management and innovative efforts from the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. Nominees were evaluated on criteria ranging from mission support and quality of life to environmental stewardship and public relations.

Along with the garrison command team and installation directors, joining the teleconference were Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes, 10th Mountain Division (LI) and Fort Drum commander, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, New York's 21st District representative.

Among notable achievements highlighted in the award presentation were Fort Drum's quality-of-life programs, mission readiness support and environmental stewardship.

This is happening tomorrow
09/11/2020

This is happening tomorrow

Food Box Distribution Event on 12 September

It's called a payroll tax deferral, but what does it mean for Soldiers and federal employees? Let's break it down: What ...
09/11/2020
Social Security Deferral

It's called a payroll tax deferral, but what does it mean for Soldiers and federal employees? Let's break it down:
What is it?: A withholding of the 6.2 percent Social Security tax from wages.
Who is it for?: Active-duty service members and federal employees whose monthly basic pay is less than $8,666.66.
When does it start?: Effective mid-September and through the end of 2020.
Why?: In order to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, a presidential memorandum was issued, with guidance from the Internal Revenue Service.
What else?: This temporary deferral is automatic (no opt-outs), and the collection of deferred taxes will be withdrawn from wages between January and April of next year.
For more information, visit https://www.army.mil/article/238849/what_the_payroll_tax_deferral_means_for_soldiers and https://www.dfas.mil/taxes/Social-Security-Deferral/.

The official website of the Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS)

Fort Drum Financial Readiness
09/09/2020

Fort Drum Financial Readiness

SOCIAL SECURITY TAX WITHHOLDING DEFERRAL:
Starting mid month pay 15 September through December 2020 military members pay will reflect the first paycheck that does not have Social Security payroll taxes withheld.
If you look at the example LES pictured below you will see "FICA-SOC SECURITY" which accounts for 6.2% of your base pay. (ex. 2634.60 x 0.062 = 163.35).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
During the months of September 2020- December 2020 you will see an increase in pay from the addition of taxes not being withheld.
During the months of January 2021- April 2021 you will see DOUBLE Social Security Taxes being withheld to make up for the prior months.

HOW TO PREPARE?
During the months of September 2020- December 2020 you can set aside the amount you typically get taxed in a savings account. This will help balance out the months of January 2021- April 2021 when you start receiving less per month (because of paying double Social Security payroll taxes).

HOW TO CALCULATE:
Base Pay x 0.062 = Amount You Set Aside

For more informations:
https://www.dfas.mil/taxes/Social-Security-Deferral

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Fort Drum FMWR
09/09/2020

Fort Drum FMWR

We are excited to invite all Retirees, Family Members, DoD ID Card Holders and Contractors ages 17 years and up to start using the Fitness Facilities within the next few weeks! 💪🏽😄

Make sure you know before you go. Below you will find the designated times and limitations for when the Atkins Functional Fitness Facility and Monti Physical Fitness Center are available for you to use.

U.S. Army Fort Drum & 10th Mountain Division

Some Question and Answers
09/09/2020

Some Question and Answers

Its going to be a Spooktacular Parade
09/09/2020

Its going to be a Spooktacular Parade

The Spooktacular Parade!!!!!!!! Fort Drum Army Substance Abuse Program - ASAP Fort Drum Exceptional Family Member Program Fort Drum Family Advocacy Program

Address

11042 Mount Belvedere Blvd
Fort Drum, NY
13602

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 07:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 07:30 - 16:30
Thursday 07:30 - 16:30
Friday 07:30 - 16:30

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(315) 772-7781

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