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NEWS | Jan. 30, 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.

The 2013 Joint Base Charleston National Prayer Breakfast will be held Feb. 20 at 7:30 a.m. at the JB Charleston - Weapons Station Red Bank Club. Tickets are $5 and include a breakfast buffet.

February 4
An "Ace that Interview!" workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn interviewing techniques by practicing with expert coaching.

An "Explore Employment and Scholarship Services for Spouses" workshop will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about free available resources and services such as employment, resumes, the local job market, scholarships and more.

February 5
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.

Educational Opportunities Counseling half-hour appointments will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Individuals will get to meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with an expert who will help you reach your educational goals.

February 6
A Workforce (Job referral) Specialist will be available for half-hour appointments from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with a specialist that will provide job referrals, resume and interview assistance. This service is available to active-duty, retirees and their dependents and Department of Defense civilians.

February 7
A free "Explore Charleston/Newcomer's Tour" will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 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 and returns to the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

February 8
A "Troops to Teachers" class will be held from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Receive counseling and assistance to help eligible veterans and their spouses' transition into a new teaching career.

A Workshop for Department of Veteran Affairs Disability Claims will be held from 8 a.m. to noon the VA representative will cover the VA claims and filing process. "VA One-on-One 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 letter is already prepared, but must be signed no later than the Monday prior to that week's Friday VA One-on-One Assistance with Disability Claims that you plan to attend.

February 7, 14, 21, 28
A mandatory tap "Pre-separation Briefings" are provided every Thursday (separatees from 8 to 11 a.m. and 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. 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.