NEWS | Sept. 11, 2012

News Briefs - Air Base

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

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

September 14

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.


September 18-21

A Transition Assistance Program workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to transition from the military to the civilian life with ease.


September 18

Flu shots will be provided to all eligible beneficiaries (active-duty, dependents and GS civilians) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the base theater. Flu shot is required for all dependents enrolled in CDC or those who utilize Teddy's Watch at the clinic


September 19

A Spouse Introduction to JB Charleston - Air Base class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a fun and fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston AB for military spouses who have recently moved here. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry.

A blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the fitness center. For further information, contact Tech Sgt. Phillip DiRoma, 628th Medical Group at (843) 963-6808.


September 20

A Resume II class will be held from 9 a.m. 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 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Receive counseling and assistance to help eligible veterans and their spouses transition into a new career.


September 21

Former Command Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert Gaylor will be hosting an enlisted call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the Base Theater. Enlisted personnel from the 628th Air Base Wing and 437th Air Base Wing will be in attendance.


September 24

A Making Sense of the TSP, Civilian and Military, class will be held from 1 p.m. 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 a.m. to 11 a.m. Training for FGOs in the notification process for Casualties.

A Learn How to Adopt/Foster Workshop will be held from 12 p.m. 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 a.m. 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 12 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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 a.m. 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.

NOTICE

The 628th Medical Group, Flight Medicine Clinic hours will be changed effective Sept. 1, 2012. Their new hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wednesday. The clinic is closed for training every Wednesday at noon, however an on-call flight surgeon will continue to be available by phone.

Joint Base Charleston Veterinary Treatment Facility will be offering limited services during the month of September. Appointments are on a "first-come, first-served" basis. They will be staffed to perform routine boosters and healthy annuals. The VTF will remain open for over-the-counter sales during normal business hours. The VTF staff encourages our clients to consult with off-post veterinary clinics during this period for all of their pets' healthcare needs. We can provide our clients with information regarding their local veterinary clinics, as well as directing our service members to the nearest military installation for PCS requirements. We expect to return to scheduling appointments regularly by mid-October 2012. We apologize to all of our clients for the inconvenience, and appreciate your patience during this time.

The Charleston First Sergeant Association will hold an Additional Duty First Sergeant Symposium in the Bldg. 610 auditorium on Sept.18 through 20. This symposium is for those who are interested in being an additional duty First Sergeant or just want some more tools for their leadership toolbox. Topics covered will give a brief overview of what First Sergeants do. Please contact your unit First Sergeant if you are interested in attending.



POW/MIA RECOGNITION NOTICE
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.

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 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 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.