Pearl Harbor Commissary Reset

Hubby forwarded this email to me this morning – FYI Hawaii peeps!

The Pearl Harbor commissary will have a Full Store Reset, scheduled for August 17, 18, and 19, 2014 and will be required to close in order to accomplish this. We will open for half the day on Sunday August 17th and remain closed on the 18th and 19th, reopening on the 20th for normal business. Request widest dissemination of the attached article and to include in the Ho’Okele News Paper every Friday staring from July 25, August 1, 8, and 15.

This store reset will involve the replacement of all dry shelving in the Pearl Harbor commissary. The Hickam commissary will be prepared to support our commissary patrons during this time.

Keep Safe and Healthy This Thanksgiving

Article via Lt. Cmdr. Amit Sood

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy many social events with your family and friends, and of course, some great cooking! During this time of year, it isn’t uncommon to gain a few extra pounds. in fact; Americans gain an average of one to two pounds throughout the holidays. With the abundance of high-calorie foods available at social events, weight gain can happen fast. Just one pound of fat gain is equal to 3,500 calories in excess of what you need to maintain your weight. Fortunately, you have the ability to make a conscious effort to take care of your body and celebrate health with strategic and mindful eating.

Skipping meals throughout the day in preparation for a party meal will often lead to overeating. Instead, eat a hearty breakfast filled with whole grains, fruits and protein, such as eggs or peanut butter. The fiber and protein will help you feel full, maintain your energy level and prevent excess calorie intake later on. Also, snack on high fiber foods throughout the rest of the day to keep your hunger under control. Then when it comes time for that big meal, be sure to savor each bite in smaller portions.

Don’t be fooled, though. all foods contain calories (yes, even vegetable side dishes!). No matter what you choose, the trick is to eat in moderation.

Here are some additional tips to help keep the calories down while still enjoying your holiday favorites:

  1. Use smaller plates during meal times as it will help you eat less.
  2. Substitute two egg whites for one whole egg whenever possible – this reduces cholesterol and calories.
  3. Scale back on butter and margarine and try low-sodium, fat-free broths to flavor your sides.
  4. Look up recipes that use applesauce or pumpkin in place of butter or oil in baked items like breads, muffins, cakes or pies.
  5. Try infusing your favorite spices in fat-free plain yogurt to replace cream-based sauces and cake toppings.
  6. Try “slow-motion” eating. Research shows eating slowly helps to eat less. Take at least 20 minutes to savor your food while focusing on family and friends during mealtimes.

Remember, you have a conscious choice to enjoy this time of celebration, festivities, family and food.

Lt. Cmdr. Amit Sood, the OPNAV N17 Nutrition Programs Manager, is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. He has nearly 10 years of experience in counseling thousands of service members and their families on nutrition and health-related issues, having delivered close to 600 nutrition-related lectures to more than 20 commands and institutions across the DoD. With a passion for promoting nutritional awareness to enhance health and quality of life for individuals and populations, Lt. Cmdr. Sood hopes to offer simple and practical ways to maintain healthy eating practices 365 days a year. He is a firm believer in the phrase “Food is Medicine,” and that every individual should embrace this idea to help them think about food as a therapeutic agent, thus leading to food choices that are beneficial rather than detrimental to overall health.

Potential Phishing Danger Alert: “MyPay DFAS LES”

Potential Phishing Danger Alert:

A third-party smartphone app named “MyPay DFAS LES” is being advertised
to connect to DFAS on your behalf to access your myPay account. This app
is NOT sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD) or the U.S.
Government. As Such, it presents a serious risk of compromising your
account information and theft of funds. While giving your myPay account
information to strangers is typically not considered a good idea, the
app presents itself as an official DFAS service and as many as 50,000
members are estimated to have installed the app. Additional
investigation has found similar apps for Android and iPhone

Again, DO NOT download this app or provide any PII/Privacy information
to unknown or unconfirmed sources.

Here is the news story:

What to Wear to the Navy Khaki Ball

The US Navy Khaki Ball happens within a couple weeks of the Chief Pinning (which is typically mid-September). It’s a dinner and “dance” that is more of a semi-formal event (unlike the Navy Birthday Ball which is usually formal). The active duty members wear their khaki uniforms, so you as their “spouse” would dress according to that (typically).

I keep saying “typically” because some things are done differently at different duty stations. I don’t even recall there being a Khaki Ball at one of the places my husband was stationed. Last year (2012) here in Pearl Harbor the Khaki Ball was mid-September.

I wore a “little black dress” that I think was very 40’s style. Some of the ladies dressed up more than me (some wore floor-length gowns) and some a little less dressed up (more “business” attire). So really, it’s totally up to you. Just keep in mind, if you totally out-dress your husband (or wife!) you are going to look like a jerk and people will talk about you. Seriously.

I’m planning on ordering a dress from an online retailer this year because LAST year there were a few ladies at our Ball with the same dress, all bought on-island! I’m looking for something flattering, but a little funky – yet still classy! Tough order!

I’ve been on Pinterest looking for dresses, as well as the websites of some of my favorite stores. I’d love to hear your favorite stores to shop for dresses!

Congratulations to all the new Chief-Selects and their Spouses!



RPC Mondragon Receives 2013 Military Fatherhood Award™

My husband is an RPC (Religious Programs Specialist Chief Petty Officer) – so of COURSE I’m going to share awesome articles I find about his fellow RP’s! Congrats RPC Mondragon!

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA (PRWEB) June 13, 2013

At a ceremony this morning at the Third Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) presented the 2013 Military Fatherhood Award™ to RPC Patrick Mondragon, US Navy.

Mondragon, a husband and father of two, had to act as a solo parent during his wife’s recent life-threatening health complications. During that time, he cared for his wife and children while continuing to fulfill his military duties. In a display of amazing work-family balance, he recorded over 20 videos of himself reading stories to his children so that they could see and hear him while he was onboard the USS Bunker Hill and forward deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In addition to caring for his own family, he dedicates himself to supporting other military families. As a religious program specialist on his base, he counsels dads and families on handling the challenges of military life. He was also the United through Reading Program Coordinator on the USS Bunker Hill, helping hundreds of dads stay connected to their children while deployed.

One of RPC Mondragon’s fellow sailors said, “I am not surprised that RPC Mondragon was selected. He is absolutely the father, man, sailor, RPC of the year, every year, in my book. I wish him and his family the best and I am so proud to serve along side of Patrick in the sea services.”

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Help Support Military Families Heal – Operation Purple

Anyone who has ever loved an animal knows how powerful and healing its presence can be.

Specially-trained therapy animals are a tremendous help to military families recovering from war and separation at our Operation Purple® camps and retreats. These families have sacrificed so much, and they struggle with uncertainty and other stress.

Therapy animals—including cuddly cats, loving dogs, gentle horses, and others—help military families break down barriers they can’t themselves. These nurturing animals provide a sense of calm for adults and kids often surrounded by stress. And they lend a feeling of “home.” They allow service members to reconnect, talk more openly about their fears and needs, and solidify fragile bonds with their spouses and children at our camps and retreats.

Please help more military families heal from the physical and emotional wounds of war through the comforting presence of therapy animals today.

Donate to the cause!

Learn more about Operation Purple® here!