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Hurricane Florence, currently a category 4 storm, is headed toward the east coast with sustained winds of nearly 130 miles per hour. The current projected path has the storm making landfall Thursday night somewhere between South Carolina and Virginia. The governors of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have declared states of emergency, encouraging residents and businesses to prepare and monitor the news.
The following materials are attached to help you and your clients prepare for this event:
In addition, we suggest clients and their employees visit Ready.gov for additional preparedness information, such as:
Magellan has opened a 24-hour crisis hotline to anyone in the affected region who may need assistance before, during or after the hurricane: 1-800-327-7451.
Upcoming General User Training Dates:
• Tuesday, August 28th at 5:00 PM EDT
Upcoming Supervisor User Training Dates:
Thursday, August 23rd at 10:00 AM EDT
In August, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) held a training in Orlando, Florida for 24 of its staff members. Subjects included TRICARE, autism, suicide prevention, home visits, and other topics to provide support for families with special needs.
The following people were recognized during the training for their exceptional service:
A group photo from the event can be seen above. Learn more about EFMP and its mission.
AFSC/Magellan Federal had the privilege of presenting Top Army Physical Fitness awards to graduates of the ROTC Cadet Summer Training Program. Awards were given to a select number of the 8,700 Cadets who graduated this Summer at Fort Knox. Photos from the ceremonies are above presented by Tim Barnard (left) and Don Bartholomew (right). Additional photos can be viewed on the AFSC/Magellan Federal Ft. Knox Facebook Page.
View the letter from COL Sean Barnes thanking AFSC/Magellan Federal for our support.
It's almost time to go back to school. With people like Santana Maldonado working in education, you know your kids are in good hands. Earlier this year, Maldonado, an AFSC/Magellan Federal employee and Adolescent Support and Counseling Services (ASACS) counselor, saw a need in the community to better recognize and celebrate our military children.
He created a one-of-a-kind and massively successful event he titled the MATCh (Military Appreciates Their Children) Buddy Event. Students at Vicenza Middle and Elementary created over 1,000 MATCh Buddies that were displayed throughout the US military community in Vicenza, Italy. They decorated their MATCh Buddies and gave them each a back story that emulated their own travels, challenges, and triumphs as military children. Pictured above is Maldonado with participants of the MATCh program and their buddies.
Throughout the month, the students participated various activities highlighting their MATCh buddies and were given the opportunity to tell their stories. The events were a success, and we commend Santana for his initiative in helping to strengthen the community in and around Vicenza AFSC/Magellan Federal is proud to call him a part of our family. Thank you for all you do!
American Red Cross on Long Island supporters came together on June 15, 2018, at The Carltun in East Meadow, N.Y. to celebrate the Red Cross mission and to recognize local community heroes and philanthropic organizations at their “Heroes Among Us” Gala. Ebonnie Goodfield, a retired United States Navy Petty Officer, was among those honored.
Ebonnie is an AFSC/Magellan Federal contractor for the New York Air National Guard and the 106th Rescue Wing Yellow Ribbon Support Specialist in Westhampton Beach. In this role she promotes the wellbeing of deploying Service members and their families by connecting them to critical resources and information. Ebonnie’s support also extends as a VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) member and a National Military Family Association volunteer. Her commitment to supporting these heroes stems from her own personal experience facing the unique challenges of deployment transition and reintegration. You can learn more about her service in the video above.
The annual Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Advocate of the Year ceremony was held on 13 June 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The ceremony celebrated employees who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their duties. Top honors were awarded to Abigail Vega, AW2 Program Advocate of the Year, for her outstanding efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The event also included a Q&A discussion with Geoff Deutsch, former President and CEO of AFSC/Magellan Federal.
Photos from the event can be viewed above and you can read more here.
Upper Left: Director of the Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) program, COL Terrence Johnson (left) with AW2 Regional Advocates of the Year George Butry (South Region), Abigail Vega-Andino (East Region), and Michael Dow (West Region) and AW2 Sergeant Major Thomas Abbott during annual training in Tampa Florida on June 13, 2018. Not pictured: Jamie Fink (North Region), who participated remotely.
Upper Right: Contract Program Manager Gary Kayser (left) congratulates Abigail Vega-Andino on her selection as the AW2 Program’s Contract Advocate of the Year as her family looks on. Abigail was awarded a $500 gift card and presented with an AFSC Magellan Federal Challenge Coin.
Middle Left: COL Terrence Johnson with George Butry, Abigail Vega-Andino, and Michael Dow after the AW2 Advocate of the Year ceremony.
Middle Right: Geoff Deutsch presenting an impact award to AW2 contract advocate Lisette Wadya (Fort Bliss, TX) for exceptional non-clinical case management and ranking first in conducting outreach activities that result in bringing eligible Soldiers into the AW2 program.
Bottom Left: Geoff Deutsch presenting an impact award to AW2 contract advocate Emmett Jackson (Fort Bragg, NC) for exceptional non-clinical case management and conducting effective outreach activities throughout the Fayetteville, NC community.
Bottom Right: AW2 West Region Contract Supervisor Brett Mers congratulating contract advocate Laurie MacLaren (Joint Base Lewis McChord) on receiving an impact award for exceptional non-clinical case management.
Recently, the South Dakota Army National Guard was presented with the Top Small State Medical Readiness Award by the Army National Guard. This is an outstanding achievement and additionally, our very own AFSC Care Coordinators, Leedel and Kristin, were also recognized individually for their efforts.
Col. Michael Pelzner, Army National Guard chief surgeon, presented the award to the SDARNG for having the highest percentage of Soldiers medically ready and deployable – achieving 92.5 percent in its highest categories.
Read more about their success in the full press release.
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