Justin Mitchell, Fort Bragg Deputy Garrison commander, reminded attendees of the significance of being associated with the installation at the latest Community Information Exchange, Nov. 15.
“We get to live, work and play on Fort Bragg, North Carolina,” Mitchell said. “It’s not about you; let’s take care of our community.”
As such, Renee Lane, director, Fort Bragg USO of North Carolina, spoke of the organization’s Breakfast with Santa event, to take place at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The breakfast will be open to Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield active-duty Families ranked E-5 and below with children.
Additionally, municipal spokespersons shared calendar updates, including:
Dickens Holiday, Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Free event, presented by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County and the Downtown Alliance. For more information, call 323-1776.
The 2017 Rotary Christmas Parade, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.rotarychristmasparade.com/index.php. Both events will be held in downtown Fayetteville at Person and Hay streets
Spring Lake
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec. 4, 6 p.m., Ruth Street and Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 9, 9 to 11 a.m., Spring Lake Community Center, 245 Ruth St. Cost is $2 in advance, $4 at the door. For more information, call the town at 436-0241
Cape Fear Valley
Community Blueprint Fayetteville, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Cumberland County Public Library Headquarters, 300 Maiden Lane. This event provides networking and resource sharing to address the needs and celebrate the strength of service members, veterans and their Families. For more information, call John Freudenberg, organizer, at 826-3122.
In other business, Dr. Renee Butler, community superintendent, Fort Bragg/Cuba Mid-Atlantic District, reminded attendees of the school holiday breaks and closures.
Thanksgiving break is today to Friday. Winter break takes place Dec. 18 to Jan. 1 for all schools, except Poole Elementary School students who will be on break Dec. 12 to Jan. 1.
“We will be doing last minute prep for those kids to come join us on the second of January,” Butler said.
Poole will hold tour dates on Dec. 6 and 13, 3 to 5 p.m., as well as an open house, Dec. 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Bill Shoffner, general manager, Army and Air Force Exchange Service said that online shopping is now open to any honorably discharged veteran.
Some AAFES funds are used to support Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities, said Ray Lacey, director, Fort Bragg FMWR. Last year, the program received nearly 10 percent of its budget from AAFES, or $5.3 million of its $50 million budget.
“Shop at AAFES,” said Lacey.
In the Fort Bragg Garrison chaplains update, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Celestene Robb, garrison chaplain, highlighted the food voucher program.
She said that 1,000, $50 vouchers will be given through the commissary to supplement holiday meals. Notices were sent to commanders, chaplains and others to pick up those vouchers for service members who need them.
Other information presented includes:
Fort Bragg Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Main Post Parade Field. Inclement weather date will be Dec. 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Some activities feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, demonstration by Golden Knights, introduction of Fort Bragg Family of the Year and tree lighting
Deadline for Iron Mike nominations, Dec. 5
TRICARE changes pertaining to consolidation of TRICARE west and east regions, as well as fiscal year calendar becomes a calendar year and other adjustments, beginning Jan. 18. Visit https://heath.mil/TakeCommand for more changes
The CIE, according to its websites, provides information about programs, services and events to spouses of battalion, brigade and higher-level commanders and command sergeants major.
There will be no December CIE meeting. The next CIE will take place Jan. 17, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., at the Iron Mike Conference Center. For more information, visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/promos/cie-community-information-exchange.