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2012 HOLIDAY EDITION

BATTALION

COMMANDER 2

COMMAND

SARGENT MAJOR 3

HHB 4

ALPHA BATTERY 5

BRAVO BATTERY 6

GOLF COMPANY 7

BOSS 8

COMMUNITY

HAPPINGS 9

YOUTH/TEEN 10

HEALTH 11

MONEY

MANAGEMENT HOLIDAY SPENDING

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CONTACT INFO 13

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

This newsletter contains official and unofficial information. The inclusion of some unofficial information in this FRG

newsletter has not increased the cost to the Government, in accordance with DOD 4525.8-M.

SWIFT AND BOLD HOLIDAY SPENDING

CONTENT SOURCE:

HTTP://WWW.MILITARYONESOURCE.MIL/PFM/BUDGETING-AND-BASIC-MONEY-MANAGEMENT?CONTENT_ID=267397

The average American spends more than $1,000 during the holiday season. And much of that spending is on credit cards, which means that many people face big bills in the New Year. The key to keeping holiday spending (or almost any other kind of spending!) under control is planning and sticking to a budget. By planning your holiday spending carefully, you can save money and still keep the holidays happy. Remember to start early! Sometimes bargains can be found months in advance.

SETTING A HOLIDAY BUDGET The first step in controlling holiday expenses is deciding exactly how much you can afford to spend. There are four main areas in which most people spend: gifts, entertaining, travel, and decorating. And each one comes with hidden expenses. For example, gift-giving costs much more than the price of each gift. You also have to consider wrapping and, often, shipping costs.

Take time to make a list of everyone you want to buy gifts for. Then consider your list. Are there people who could get a card rather than a gift? Someone you could chip in on a gift for rather than paying for it by yourself? Then, set a price limit on each gift. For example, you might decide that you'll set a $30 limit on immediate family members, $20 on children in your family, and $10 on acquaintances like co-workers or teachers. Don't forget to add in the cost of wrapping paper and shipping, including what you'll pay for a catalog- or online-ordered gift to reach you before you ship it to the recipient. Many people forget to factor in the cost of holiday entertaining. Even if you aren't having a party, providing snacks and drinks for neighbors or friends who drop by and serving the holiday meal can be expensive. If you'll be traveling during the holidays, even if it's by car, be sure to include these costs in your budget. Finally, estimate how much you'll spend on holiday decorations. This is often an easy area to cut back in. Finally, add up the estimates from all four areas. If the total amount is more than you can afford, go back to your lists and the tips in this article to see where you can either cut back on your budget or save on expenses so you won't have to. Ideally you'll do this early enough in the year so you can slowly set aside money to cover your holiday expenses or shop for reasonably priced gifts throughout the year. Once you've reached a reasonable budget limit, you need to commit to sticking to it. The tips below can help.

WAYS TO SPEND LESS Many people blow their holiday budgets because they get carried away by the excitement of the season. It's important to remember that you can still have a joyous holiday season without busting your budget. Try to focus on the true spirit of the season rather than the more commercial aspects. Also, don't give in to pressure to give expensive gifts. The best gifts are those chosen with an eye toward what's personal and meaningful to the recipient, and they don't have to cost a lot.

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CENTAUR ROLL CALL 3RD BATTALION, 6TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT

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COMMANDERS COMMENTARY

SWIFT AND BOLD

BATTALION COMMANDER

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a great New Year! Its been a busy cou-ple of months since our last newsletter and the Centaur train has not stopped moving. For those of you who attended our Saint Barbaras day ball thank you, thank you, thank you for making it another fantastic event. Ladies, you looked absolutely amazing and I was surprised to see how well our Soldiers cleaned up. All in all it was a great event and great fellowship with the Professionals from 3-6 FAR and our fellow Artillerymen and women within the Division.

Deployment is just around the corner and this Battalion is well trained, families are resilient, FRGs are strong and we have great missions, whether they are

here at Drum as a contingency force or on a FOB supporting our maneuver brothers in Afghanistan. Every single one of us will be busy. I would ask families and spouses to stay engaged in your FRGs, contrary to some peoples thoughts we are not splitting the battalion, we just have two missions going on simultaneously in two different locations. By staying engaged in your battery programs you will not only receive the most current information but you will also have a pool of resources to pull from as our wives have an incredible depth of experience and collectively we can solve just about any issue that will arise. We will have a world class team of professionals in charge while the Battalion is operating in two loca-tions. Here at Fort Drum the team will consist of; CPT Clint Hauger with 1SG Vanorman, our FRG Ad-visors, Pam Oeschger and Melinda Thomas, our FRSA, Kim Williams, and all of the Battery FRG lead-ership continuing to support. We are the best Battalion in the Army and its because of the people that are in it. For our families out there that dont participate in the FRGs know that they are there when and if you need them. Im proud of all our Centaurs and our Families; you are amazing people who collectively make us an incredible organization. God Bless each of you, my next note will be from Ghazni Province, Afghani-stan with an additional Commander commenting as Clint Hauger picks up the rear D command. If you have questions ASK them we dont know what we dont know. Please enjoy your Christmas leave with your families, come back safe, be kind to one anotherthanks for all you do every day. Merry Christmas.. LTC O

LTC MICHAEL T.

OESCHGER

CENTAUR ROLL CALL 3RD BATTALION, 6TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT

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BATTALION COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR

Swift and Bold! This month I would like to discuss the importance of the Military Family. Often family members do not truly understand the significant role they play in a success-ful Military career. I personally have witnessed on numerous occasions over the last 24 years the confidence and vigor a Soldier can attain from the strength of his or her Family. Many successful missions can be attributed to the dedication and understanding of a Soldiers Family. Our Family is about to experience a deployment next month Being a Resilient Army Family means knowing how to prepare for and get through a deployment

successfully. An important part of supporting your Soldier is to prepare for a deployment by knowing what to expect. Spouses and Family members who are engaged in learning about resources ahead of time will be emotionally and logistically better prepared. Becoming more involved in your Family Readiness Group (FRG) is one of the best ways to under-stand and enhance your knowledge of the pending deployment. Keep in mind that every deployment is different and adapting to this change is key to your success as an Army Family. FRG's were established to increase the resiliency of the Unit, Soldiers, and their Families. They pro-vide practical tools for adjusting to Military deployments and separations and can also enhance the well-being and esprit de corps within the unit. One of the goals of an FRG is to support the mission by pro-viding support, outreach, and information to Family members. Many Volunteers in this Battalion are here to educate and help you along the way and we appreciate their commitment to the CENTAUR family. I urge you to please take advantage of the programs offered to you. Some may just find the experience a rewarding one that will last a lifetime. My door is always open and if you may ever have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you for everything you do.

CSM Thomas

CENTAUR 7

COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR COMMENTARY

SWIFT AND BOLD

CSM MICHAEL B.

THOMAS

CENTAUR ROLL CALL 3RD BATTALION, 6TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT

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HEADQUARTERS BATTERY

SWIFT AND BOLD November has been another busy month for the Gladiator Bat-

tery, but luckily one where we had some down time as well. I

hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed a well-

deserved break. The Soldiers of HHB have been working tire-

lessly to ensure the Battery is prepared to deploy, spending

hours loading containers and conducting training.

As part of our predeployment training several Gladiators trav-

elled to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels,

Germany to train on the use of the D30 Howitzer the standard

artillery piece of the Afghan National Army. With lessons learned from the Ger-

many trip, Soldiers from HHB are preparing to take over the mission to train Afghan

Artillerymen with the goal of conducting a fire support missions on their own. For

many of us, this type of mission will be different from previous deployments, but a

vital one which will play a pivotal role in accomplishing the Battalion and Brigade

mission.

Early this month the Gladia