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NEWS | Oct. 31, 2012

Retirees and Spouses Information Fair and Appreciation Day held at JB Charleston

By Staff Sgt. Anthony Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

A Military Retirees and Spouses Information Fair and Appreciation Day was held Oct. 27, 2012, at the JB Charleston - Air Base club.

Several agencies from across Joint Base Charleston came together to provide information to more than 70 retirees and spouses from the local area.

Col. Justin Davey, 628th Mission Support Group commander, gave welcoming remarks and offered the retirees an update on Joint Base Charleston.

"Joint Base Charleston ... a new name and a different organizational structure, but what remains unchanged is our commitment to support the retirees that are still very much a part of this community," said Davey.

Forest City Military Communities, the 437th Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Terminal, the Health and Wellness Center and the 628th Force Support Squadron also updated the guests within their respective areas.

"Many retirees and spouses have very little contact with the military so we try to bring them up-to-date with changes and available resources," said Charles Short, 628th Air Base Wing Retirees Activities Office director. "Additionally, we provide them contact information for all the military medical organizations."

"We wanted to let the retirees know that we are here for them," said Gary Grove, 628th FSS publicist. "Force Support touches everything on JB Charleston, from food to lodging, to child care and recreation. Retirees are a valuable, important part of our client base and nearly every activity we have is open to them."

Booths were also set up at the club to offer additional information to the retirees. The booths included the 628th Medical Group clinic, Trident Medical Center, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Parks University, Excelsior University, the 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office, TRICARE, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

"This year's appreciation day had great support and participation," said Short.

The next Retirees Appreciation Day is scheduled for September 2013.

For more information on the Retirees Activities Office, call 963-2228 or e-mail