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NEWS | Jan. 9, 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.

TAP GPS Workshops: Beginning February 2013, the JB Charleston - Air Base TAP GPS Workshop target audience will alternate between separatees and retirees; for example, February will be for separatees and March will be for retirees; April will be for separatees and so on. For our transitioning member's convenience, Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station will offer the TAP GPS Workshop to alternating target audiences; for example February will be for retirees and March will be for separatees; April will be for retirees and so on.

The Parent and Community Summit 2013 is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 12 at the Charleston Southern University. Dr. Christine Carter, author of "Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents," will be in attendance. The summit will include more than 20 interactive workshops to include "Show Me the Money," "Use It or Lose It," "Power and Transition," and "Score Big." For more information, visit

January 10, 17, 24, 31
Mandatory TAP Pre-separation Briefings are provided every Thursday (separatees from 8 to11 a.m. and retirees from 11 to 2 p.m. 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.

January 14 - 18
A New and Improved "Transition Assistance Program GPS Workshop" will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn how to transition and become "career ready" with ease. Remember, receipt of your mandatory TAP Preseparation Briefing (held on Thursdays) is required prior to attending this workshop and spouses are encouraged to attend.

January 15
A "Making Sense of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Civilian and Military" class will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Simplified language to help novice investors understand the purpose of the TSP, whether it's a good choice, strategies to use when investing in the TSP, and more.

January 16
A "Spouse Introduction to JB 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 and give them the opportunity to meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with the unit Key Spouse. Participants will learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry.

January 17
A "Ready, Set, Parent!" class will be held from 5:30 until 8: 00 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!