NEWS | April 10, 2013

News Briefs - Air Base

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

To submit a news brief, send an e-mail to patriot@charleston.af.mil. Make the subject line "NEWS BRIEFS." Submissions must be received no later than close of business the Friday prior to publication.

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.

April 13
A "Bikes and Barbeque " event will held at the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station, Marrington Plantation picnic grounds, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be men's and women's bikes available for trails and road. The event is free and open to all. You will need a valid driver's license and a credit card to take the bikes for a ride.

April 15 - 19
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. Receipt of your mandatory TAP Preseparation Briefing (generally held on Thursdays) is required prior to attending this workshop. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

NOTICE: TAP GPS Workshops: The JB Charleston AB TAP GPS Workshop target audience now alternates between separatees and retirees; i.e., May will be for retirees, and so on. For your convenience, JB Charleston-Weapons Station offers the TAP GPS Workshop to alternating target audiences; i.e., May will be for separatees and so on.

April 16
A "Making Sense of the Thrift Savings Plan, civilian and military" class will be held from 10to 11 a.m. Simplified language to help novice investors understand the purpose of the TSP, whether it's a good choice, learn strategies for investing in the TSP, and more.

April 17
A "Spouse Introduction to JB Charleston - Air Base" class will be held from 9:30 until 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.

April 18
A mandatory TAP pre-separation briefings will be provided for separatees from 8 to11 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.

A "Ready, Set, Parent!" class will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This course provides useful tips for expectant parents, while helping them to understand the importance of budgeting for their new addition. Additionally, parents receive a free bundle for each expected baby.

April 20
CAF Funded Cooking Classes will be held at Trident Technical College from 1 to 4:30 p.m. This quarter's theme will be Deployed Spouses (cooking for the week / repurpose meals).