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NEWS | June 12, 2013

News Briefs - Air Base

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

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All classes or events will be held at the Airman and Family Readiness Center (Building 500) unless otherwise specified. For more information, or to register for a class or event, please call 963-4406.


Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Briefers are available to assist all service members, veterans, and family members who may have questions about VA benefits and services they are eligible to receive. Appointments are available in one hour blocks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and walk-ins are welcome. The Joint Base Charleston - Air Base office is located in building 503, room 106, and the number is 963-8224. The JB Charleston - Weapons Station office is located in building 302, room 108, and the number is 794-4304.

June 17-21

A "Transition Assistance Program GPS Workshop for Separatees" will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn how to transition and become "career ready" with ease. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Note: receipt of your mandatory TAP Preseparation Briefing (held on Thursdays) is required prior to attending this workshop.
NOTICE: TAP GPS Workshops: The Joint Base Charleston - Air Base TAP GPS Workshop target audience will alternate between separatees and retirees, and for your convenience, JB Charleston - Weapons Station will offer the TAP GPS Workshop to alternating target audiences.

June 19

A "Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston - Air Base" class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a fun, fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston - Air Base for military spouses who have recently moved here. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your unit Key Spouse and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry.

June 20

MANDATORY TAP Preseparation Briefings will be provided for separatees from 8 to 11 a.m. and for retirees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Per Public Law 107-103, in the case of anticipated retirement, retiring service members can receive pre-separation counseling up to 24 months prior to DOS? And a separating service member can receive pre-separation counseling up to 12 months prior to DOS. This is the first step in the process to making you "career ready" to leave the service; and this briefing/counseling is required prior to attending the TAP GPS Workshop.

June 21

A "VA Benefits Briefing" will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn about all your VA benefits in this briefing! If you are exempt from the TAP GPS Workshop, you will need this. Open to all Active Duty.