For Your Information

ICE PARK VISITORS
The Ice Alaska Ice Park is open daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March 31. The 2013 BP World Ice Art Championship competition is underway. See some of the most beautiful ice sculptures in the world and enjoy many kids’ activities including slides, a maze and skating rink – all made from ice. For more information on daily rates, season passes, group rates and in-park train tours, visit www.icealaska.com or call 388-6388, or 388-6675. The Ice Park is located on West Phillips Field Road, west of Peger Road. Follow the signs.

SKI RACE VOLUNTEERS
Organizers of the Sonot Kkaazoot ski race are looking volunteers for tomorrow’s race.
There is a short stretch from the Chena River to the Sonot Connector at the
ski area on post that has a short zig and zag. Usually there are folks at
three key points directing skiers along the right course. The Fort Wainwright community is being asked for volunteers to direct skiers at two of those
three spots. Volunteers are asked to bring shovels.
For more information contact Robert Hannon at rhannon54@yahoo.com or call
687-9861.
 
COMMANDER’S CUP SURVEY
The Directorate of Plan, Analysis, Integration and Operations is conducting a survey of the Fort Wainwright community to know if Soldiers are interested in participating in athletic competition for a Commander’s Cup trophy. The survey asks basic questions including a laundry list of sporting events. The 7-question survey can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9ZVNQQK.      

NAF SALE
The Non-appropriated Fund Sealed Bid Sale is underway and continues through March 29. Items may be viewed at the NAF warehouse, Building 3020 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until March 29. Bid forms will be provided. All bids must be submitted by Winning bidders will be contacted by phone the following week. For more information, call 361-7258.

FILL YOUR BAG FOR $5
The $5 Bag Day Sale at the ASYMCA Thrift Store is Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All customers are eligible and there are no rank or pay grade restrictions.
Operation Giveaway is Thursday. This event is for active duty military E-1 through E-5 and their Families. Get 15 items of clothing or shoes, each priced $5 or less, free of charge. For more information, call the Thrift Store at 356-1211.

HOUSING OFFICE HOURS
The Housing Services Office will be closed on Thursday mornings. Customer services Thursdays will be from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 353-1661.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Family housing residents on Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely may submit applications for scholarships offered by Winn Companies’ Winning Edge Scholarship Program. Scholarship grants start at $1,000. Winn Companies provides property management and maintenance services for North Haven Communities. North Haven provides housing for Army Families at the two installations.  North Haven will accept application packages at their community offices through April 12. For more information, call 356-1884, extension 147.

TAX CENTER
Active-duty, military retirees from all branches and their Family members who have simple personal income tax returns are eligible for tax assistance service. Returns may be filed electronically whether you are getting a refund or you owe taxes. Only taxes prepared by a Fort Wainwright Tax Assistance Center staff member can be electronically filed at the Tax Assistance Center. The Tax Assistance Center is located in building 1051-9 near the law center on the north side of Fort Wainwright. Walk-in customers are welcome, but customers with appointments take priority. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 353-2613.

PASTA AND PRAYER
Wainwright on Wednesday, or WOW, is provided by volunteers every week at 5:30 p.m. in the Northern Lights Chapel. The program offers free food, fellowship and an opportunity to grow - with classes for youth, a course for children and a group oriented towards parenting children. WOW also offers Bible studies for both men and women. The Northern Lights Chapel is in building 3430 at the corner of Rhineland and Luzon avenues. For more information call 353-9825.

FOR YOUR HEALTH CLASSES
Arctic Health Link offers monthly classes on diabetes, cholesterol, tobacco cessation and hypertension. For more information or to sign up for a class, call 361-4148.

EMPLOYMENT WORKSHOP
Mandatory for Soldiers and recommended for spouses, the Alaska Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment representatives present transition-assistance workshops on post. Learn how to job-search, develop your resume, practice interviewing, understand networking and negotiate salary and benefits. Limited space is available and advance registration is required for the three-day workshops. For more information, contact the Army Career and Alumni Program, 353-2113.
 
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
The garrison Safety Office has posted motorcycle training classes at https://apps.imcom.army.milAIRS.  Soldiers who want to ride this summer are required to complete the necessary course or courses before taking to the road. For more information contact Greg Sanches at gregory.j.sanches.civ@mail.mil or call 353-7079.

COMMUNITY NEWS
Receive a weekly calendar of events offered in Fairbanks, North Pole and other towns via email. Using subject line: Subscribe, send an email to pao.fwa@us.army.mil.

MILITARY DISCOUNTS
The ASYMCA offers discount hockey tickets for the home games in the Fairbanks Big Dipper arena, home of the Ice Dogs. ASYMCA sells tickets at their Fort Wainwright office, 1047-4 Nysteen Road. For more information, call 353-5962.

SEWARD SAVINGS
The military resort at Seward is offering a 15 percent discount on lodging and deep sea fishing reservations for use May 27 through June 15.  For more information on the Early Bird Special, call Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff, (907) 224-5559 or toll-free, (800) 770-1858. View military charter fishing videos, the resort and winter program information online at www.sewardresort.com.

OFF-LIMITS
At the direction of the commanding officers of Eielson Air Force Base and
Fort Wainwright, the following locations are declared off-limits to military personnel assigned or attached to Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright:
  The Smoke Shop, 334 Old Steese Highway; The Scentz, 1616 Cushman Street;
  Mr. Rock and Roll,1452 Cushman Street; Mr. Rock and Roll II, 2016 College Road  
  and Still Smoking Tobacco and Gifts, 516 Old Steese Highway.
The memorandum is available online at www.wainwright.army.mil.

FUNDRAISERS
All fundraisers on Fort Wainwright require the approval of the garrison commander. Fundraisers need to be submitted a minimum of two weeks before the planned event. Fundraiser requests are to be submitted to Shenicia Askew at shenicia.askew.naf@mail.mil and a copy furnished to Cindy Blum at
cynthia.a.blum.civ@mail.mil.  For more information, email Blum or call 353-7633.

Open ice
The Fort Wainwright indoor ice rink is located in the Physical Fitness Center. Open skating sessions take place 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Fridays and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Lunchtime open skate is available Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays the lunch hour is reserved for hockey. Special hours and programs are planned during student break. Call 353-7223 for more information. Rates are posted at www.ftwainwrightfmwr.com.

PROTESTANT WOMEN OF THE CHAPEL
The Protestant Women of the Chapel meets Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Northern Lights Chapel, building 3430. Join PWOC for food and fellowship. Childcare and a home-school room are available. PWOC also meets for an evening Bible study Wednesdays along with a spaghetti dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. at Northern Lights Chapel. For more information go to Facebook and search PWOC Fort Wainwright or email at ftwainwright@pwoc.org.

WINTER GEAR
The Armed Services YMCA Thrift Store stock changes daily. The store is located in building 1031 at the corner of 102nd and Chestnut in north post housing. For more information call 356-1211.

OFFICIAL INFORMATION
Fort Wainwright’s official Facebook page for installation news – like changes to road conditions and reporting status - and events can be found atwww.facebook.com/FortWainwrightPAO. It isalso a great place to ask questions and get answers.

BUCK-A-RIDE
The Armed Services YMCA Y on Wheels shuttle service provides rides anywhere on post for $1. Schedule your ride Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with last pickup at 7:30 p.m. Door-to-door pick-up and delivery. Children 5 and younger ride free. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 353-3733.

ABUSE HOTLINE NUMBER
The Victim Advocate Program is available 24/7. Domestic violence reports may be made anonymously or by name anytime, call 799-9770. In case of emergency, dial 911. The Family Advocacy Program manager at Army Community Service, building 3401, is available to answer questions about the Victim Advocate Program. For the FAP, call 353-7317.

easy profile updates
MilConnect is a website provided by the Defense Manpower Data Center that allows sponsors, spouses and their adult children to access information regarding their personal information, health care eligibility, personnel records, and other information from a centralized location.  Update addresses, phone numbers on DEERS record by signing into, choosing "My Profile Information" and clicking "Update Address." Scroll to the bottom and click "Submit" to add or update any of your contact information at the DMDC site: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect.

SPONSORSHIP TRAINING
Remember what it was like when you moved for the very first time? Remember all the questions you had and the answers you didn’t get? Army Community Service is offering train-the-trainer classes so unit sponsor trainers can take the information back to their organization and teach their Soldiers. Unit requests may be made by calling the Relocation Program manager at 353-7908.

MILITARY CHILD, FAMILY THERAPY
Family members of active and retired military can consult the Child and Family Assistance Center for assistance with youth and Family issues. Individual and group therapy is available. Referrals are not required. For more information or an appointment, call 361-6284 or 361-6059.

PREVENT ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Help for abused and neglected children is available locally and through a toll-free hotline. Call the 24-hour Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 4A-CHILD or on post, call Army Community Service at 353-7317. If you suspect a child is being hurt or neglected, contact the local police. Tips and resources are available for parents, educators, caregivers and volunteers at www.myarmyonesource.com.

PRE-RETIREMENT BRIEFING
A monthly summary of retirement benefits for those who are one to two years from retirement, presented by the Army Career and Alumni Program. To schedule Survivor Benefit Plan or SBP counseling and to register for the pre-retirement briefing call 353-2099.

APPLY FOR FEDERAL JOBS
The Army Career and Alumni Program staff will share information about how to apply for federal jobs with the Department of the Army and with other agencies, completing applications and how to use the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website to search for federal positions at www.usajobs.gov.

BIRCH HILL SKI AND SNOWBOARD AREA
The Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area is open Thursday through Sunday; the tubing hill is open Saturday and Sunday. More information can be found on their Facebook page, search BirchHillFtWW. The lift will close when temperatures are 20 below or colder for safety reasons; call the recorded line for ski lift status, 353-7053.
 
HOUSING ALERT
Are you on the waiting list for post housing? If your phone number, email address or lease end date changes, contact North Haven Communities at 356-7000 (press 3, then 1) to update your status.

FREE TUTORING
English and math students needing assistance can make an appointment for tutoring at the Post Library, building 3700. For more information, call 353-4137.

ALASKA POST SUBMISSIONS
Submit a photo, place a post event or class on the calendar. Send an email to pao.fwa@us.army.mil no later than close of business Monday prior to the print week. Please include the name of the event or class, date, time, location and a contact phone number or email. For display advertising contact the Fairbanks Daily News- Miner at 459-7548.

ALASKA POST HOME DELIVERY
Housing residents who no longer want home delivery of the Alaska Post should e-mail the Public Affairs Office at pao.fwa@us.army.mil or call 353-6780. Share news tips or request submission guidelines by calling the editor, 353-6760.