Fort Hood Sentinel (Fort Hood, Tex.), Vol. 75, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 3, 2017 Page: 4 of 24
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August 3, 2017
School Liaison Office stands
how to avoid, survive rip currents
energy and think
The SLO’s sole purpose is
to empower every military
Family by providing a plethora
of resources and information
aimed at ensuring students
have every opportunity at
academic success, including
a smooth transition.
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SOMETHING TO SAY?
involved parent. As
the go, you are in
Spc. Nathaniel Bozeman,
1st Cav. Div.
tion. SLOs serve as the primary point of contact
for school-related matters; representing, inform-
ing and assisting commands; assisting military
Families with school issues; coordinating with
Pvt. Destini Gladney,
1st Cav. Div.
rip current by cutting down glare and reflected
sunlight off the ocean’s surface.
• Pay especially close attention to children and
the elderly when at the beach. Even in shallow
water, you can lose your footing.
Fort Hood Public Affairs Officer
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III Corps Public Affairs Officer
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BY MARY PROFITT
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
BY LIZ DAVENPORT
School Liaison Officer
* Jjprt Hood
LT. GEN. PAUL E. FUNK II
“Keeps morale up and
helps with safety (mea-
“It helps to support
Soldiers who are far
from home; they can
“It builds postive rela-
tionships with commu-
If you see someone in trouble, don’t
become a victim too
• Get help from a lifeguard.
• If a lifeguard is not available, have someone
• Throw the rip current victim something that
floats such as a lifejacket, cooler or inflatable ball.
• Yell instructions on how to escape.
• Remember, many people drown while trying
to save someone else from a rip current.
If caught in a rip current
• Remain calm to conserve
• Never fight the current.
• Think of it like a treadmill that you cannot
turn off and you need to step to the side.
• Swim out of the current in a direction fol-
lowing the shoreline. When out of the current,
swim at an angle - away from the current -
• If you are unable to swim out of the rip cur-
rent, float or calmly tread water. When out of
the current, swim toward shore.
• If you are still unable to reach shore, draw
attention to yourself by waving your arm and
yelling for help.
School Liaison Officers work to connect
commanders, educators and parents. They
serve as the subject matter experts for Pre K-12
education issues. The SLO’s sole purpose is to
empower every military Family by providing a
plethora of resources and information aimed
at ensuring students have every opportunity at
academic success, including a smooth transi-
An informed parent is an
a military Family always on
need of intentional, continuous and purpose-
ful information, especially when it comes to
school support services (public, private, charter
With the Army’s commitment to school and
supporting the transition of the military child,
the SLOs manage, coordinate and facilitate
education support services that maximize the
opportunity for academic success for military-
connected students. This is an awesome expecta-
tion, but one your student does not have to do
alone. SLOs network with a variety of agencies,
both on and off the Fort Hood installation, to
provide you with the most accurate informa-
When at the beach
• Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard-
• Never swim alone.
• Learn how to swim in the surf. It’s not the
same as swimming in a pool or lake.
• Be cautious at all times, especially when
swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt,
don’t go out!
• Obey all instructions and orders from life-
guards. Lifeguards are trained to identify poten-
tial hazards. Ask a lifeguard about the conditions
before entering the water. This is part of their
• Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and
jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist along-
side these structures.
• Consider using polarized sunglasses when at
the beach. They will help you to spot signs of a
We both knew that to make it to shore we
would have to swim with the current in a diago-
nal direction. We kept swimming and fell into a
rhythm with the tide. Although time was hard
to estimate, I’m sure more than an hour passed
before we collapsed on the shore. We landed
miles away from the point where we
We had to take a taxi back to our hotel to find
the rest of the family and let them know we were
all right. My mother, helped by three lifeguards,
had been frantically scouring the beach for us.
The feeling of reuniting with loved ones after
such a big scare is hard to describe.
The lifeguards informed us that the rip cur-
rents were especially strong that day. A red
warning flag had been displayed to indicate the
water conditions were hazardous. I didn’t notice
the flag. I was so overconfident in my swimming
ability that I didn’t stop to consider the unre-
lenting power of the sea. I have since returned
to the ocean several times. Now, however, I
approach it with respect and a healthy fear of the
danger behind its mighty power.
Rip currents are particularly dangerous for
weak or non-swimmers and can even sweep the
strongest swimmer out to sea. The following tips
will help keep you from becoming a victim to a
Why is community support from
OUR OUTLYING NEIGHBORS IMPORTANT?
“Because Soldiers espe-
cially can get advice
and help; residents can
be the experts.”
“Keeps everyone safe
and aware of what is
ready to support Families
local schools and military resource systems and
forging partnerships between the military and
In order to be effective advisors, the SLOs
concentrate their efforts to empower you with
the necessary knowledge and tools needed to
allow you to be your child’s strongest advocate.
One of their most powerful tools is the ability
to network with many different agencies and
then share those resources with you, the parent.
Their networking has no boundaries. Whether
stationed at Fort Hood while living in Austin or
getting ready to PCS to Japan, military Families
have a school support resource available at the
SLO office. Some of the best advice for military
Families is to keep the SLOs in your back pocket
because you never know when you are going to
need them. The education a child receives will
set the foundation for future successes, and the
SLOs are honored to be an integral part of that.
The School Liaison Office is located in the
Rivers Building, Bldg. 121, Room 147, 761st
Tank Battalion Avenue.
Contact them by calling 288-7946 or going
online to usarmy.hood.imcom-fmwrc.list.cyss-
email@example.com. Office hours are Monday through
Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., including training
holidays - closed on federal holidays.
FORT DETRICK, Md. — My favorite memo-
ries from childhood are of our family vacations
to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We made the
trip every year from Kentucky to enjoy a week
filled with coastal luxuries like breezy ocean
winds and the feeling of sand between our toes.
I loved the ocean and was avid swimmer who
enjoyed success as a member of my local swim
team. One day, however, my overconfidence in
the ocean almost cost me my life.
In the summer of 1995, I was 15 years old
and lacked a fear of things more powerful than
me. We traveled to Myrtle Beach and, after the
long drive, I hopped out of the car and sprinted
straight toward the ocean. I was coaxed out of
the water for dinner, but was eager to return the
I woke up early the following morning and
headed to the beach with my father. We decided
to do some boogie-boarding and wave-riding.
He was also a great swimmer and taught me how
to swim when I was very young. We were the
fish of the family. We spent hours in the ocean
that day before we got tired and decided to lie
back and float on the waves, relaxing with the
momentum of the current.
I don’t recall how long we floated there, but
when I finally raised my head to look around,
I quickly realized we were in trouble. I looked
toward the beach, where the sunbathers looked
like ants and the beachfront hotels seemed dis-
tant on the horizon. I yelled at my father, who
was floating nearby, and pointed toward the
beach. I could see the fear in his eyes, despite his
efforts to hide it for my sake. He immediately
yelled, “Swim!” and we frantically began pad-
dling toward the shore.
I didn’t even raise my head to check my prog-
ress for the first five minutes. I swam as hard as
I could, but I could not keep up with my father.
He picked me up and tossed me ahead of him
and I swam until he caught up to me again.
We kept this up for several more minutes until
we were exhausted and gasping for breath. To
our horror, the shore was still far ahead in the
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