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NEWS | Sept. 19, 2012

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 unless otherwise specified. For more information, call 963-4406.

It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely demise of A1C Daniel Bertulani, 437 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Joint Base Charleston. Capt Dianne Hanley, 437 Aerial Port Squadron, is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of A1C Bertulani. Anyone having knowledge of a claim for or against the deceased's estate may contact Capt Hanley at (843) 437-2551 or by e-mail at

September 20
A Resume II class will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Professional feedback provided as you work on your draft resume ... walk away with a completed product.

A Troops to Teachers class will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Receive counseling and assistance to help eligible veterans and their spouses transition into a new career.

September 24
A Making Sense of the TSP, Civilian and Military, class will be held from 1 to 2 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.

September 25
A Field-Grade Officer Notification Training class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Training for FGOs in the notification process for Casualties.
A Learn How to Adopt/Foster Workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Learn how to navigate the Adoption and Fostering system from the experts! Agencies, resources, and services identified for our military families.

September 26
A Smooth Move class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn from experts on how to PCS smoothly.

A Caring for an Aging Parent - Eldercare Workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Learn to navigate the Eldercare system from the experts! Agencies, resources and services identified in our community for our elderly.

An All You Need to Know about Building, Maintaining and Repairing Credit class will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Whether you want to build, maintain or fix your credit and score, this class will cover every aspect of credit report and credit scoring.

September 27
An Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host their third annual Military Appreciation clinic. The clinic will be 5 to 6 p.m. at Turtle Point Golf Club near Charleston, S.C. To register contact Josh Wagaman, at (843) 266-4655 or email

September 28
A Workshop for VA Disability Claims class will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A VA representative will cover the VA claims and filing process. Members must sign-up at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Clinic medical records section no later than the Monday prior to the workshop.

A Deciphering the Career-Status Bonus class will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Individuals must select between two retirement systems, between their 14 ½ and 15-year mark. This workshop explains the financial impact of both.

Team Charleston will honor all former "Prisoners of War" and those "Missing in Action" during a series of events scheduled to begin Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. and concluding, Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. on the base.

The series of events include:

A 24-hour vigil run: More than 100 service members, Department of Defense employees, family members and local Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets will run continuously in 30-minute increments in teams of four, for the entire 24-hour period starting at 3:30 p.m. Sept 20 and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on the Air Base PT track.

POW/MIA Recognition Luncheon:
More than 200 guests will attend a luncheon at the Charleston Club Sept. 21 honoring former POWs. More than 20 former POWs from throughout the state of South Carolina will be attending as honored guests. Guest speaker for the luncheon is Mrs. Ann Mills-Griffiths, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National League of POW/MIA Families.

POW/MIA retreat ceremony:
The retreat ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. when the POW/MIA flag is delivered from the vigil run culminating with a special POW/MIA retreat ceremony at base flag pole.

The retreat ceremony will be conducted by the Joint Base Charleston honor guard and members for the 628 Air Base Wing and 437th Airlift Wing to include: a wreath laying ceremony by the installation commander and the POW commander for the State of South Carolina; reading of the Code of Conduct, retirement of the colors; playing of TAPS; and a 21-gun salute.