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By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs | March 27, 2013

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- 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 2
A "My New Space" class will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. This mandatory workshop is a prerequisite for individuals moving out of the dorm that addresses tips for financial success.

April 4
Mandatory TAP pre-separation 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.

A free "Explore Charleston/Newcomer's Tour" will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of Charleston's Historic district including the Citadel Military College, the market (downtown), and Patriots Point. Lunch is on your own. Tour bus departs from & returns to the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

April 5
A Workshop for Dept. of Veteran Affairs Disability Claims will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. The VA representative will cover the claims and filing process and then individual Disability Claims Assistance will be provided from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Members (who do not have a copy of their medical records) must sign an authorization letter (authorizing the VA representative to obtain your medical records) at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Clinic's Family Practice section. This authorization letter must be signed no later than the Monday of that week's Friday VA One-on-One Assistance with Disability Claims that you plan to attend.

April 10
A Red Cross blood drive will be held at the fitness center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are able to reregister at redcrossblood.org, with a sponsor code: ChasAFB.


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