NEWS | May 30, 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

June 1
A workshop for VA Disability Claims will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. A VA representative will cover the VA claims and filing process. IMPORTANT: Members must sign-up @ the JB Charleston Air Base clinic's medical records section no later than the Monday prior to the workshop.

An Initial Key Spouse Training class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 1 at the A&FRC. This class is standardized training for the Key Spouse Program.

An Interviewing Techniques class will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 1 at the A&FRC. Learn and practice the skills to successfully interview.

June 5
Unleashing the Power of a Budget class will be held at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 at the A&FRC. Learn to create a budget and how it can help you accomplish your financial goals
June 6
A Resume 1 and Cover Letter class will be held at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. June 6 at the A&FRC. Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letter.

A Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston Air Base class will be held at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 6 at the A&FRC. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse, and learn where to shop, dine and play in the lowcountry.

June 7
A Newcomer's Tour will be held at 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 7 at the A&FRC. This is a free, guided tour of Charleston's Historic district including the Citadel Military College, Ft. Moultrie and Isle of Palms. Lunch will be on your own. The tour bus departs from and returns to the A&FRC.

June 13
A Workforce Specialist class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 13 at the A&FRC. Half-hour appointments will be available to meet with a workforce specialist who will provide job referrals, resume and interview assistance. Available to active duty, retirees, their dependents and Department of Defense civilians.

A Spouse Employment and Scholarship Orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 13 at the A&FRC. Learn about free available resources and services such as employment, resumes, the local job market, scholarships and other job search issues.

A Summer Activities for School Age Children class will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 13 at the A&FRC. Discover ideas for keeping children engaged in learning during the summer while having fun.

A Coping with Grief/Loss class will be held from noon to 2 p.m. June 13 at the A&FRC. Learn the meaning of grief and loss, symptoms and stages of grief and target ways to cope and how to help children with the grieving process.
June 15
A Workshop for VA Disability Claims will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 at the A&FRC. A VA representative covers the VA claims and filing process. IMPORTANT: Members must sign-up at the JB Charleston Air Base clinic's medical records section no later than the Monday prior to the workshop.

June 20
A Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston - Air Base class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 20 at the A&FRC. A fun and fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston AB for military spouses, who 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.

June 21
A Resume II class will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 21 at the A&FRC. 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. June 21 at the A&FRC. Counseling and assistance to help eligible veterans and their spouses transition into a new career. Certification requirements, routes to state certification and employment leads will be discussed.

June 26
A Field Grade Officer Notification Training class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. June 26 at the A&FRC. Training for FGOs in the notification process for casualties.

June 27
A Smooth Move class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 27 at the A&FRC. Learn from numerous experts such as the Finance and Transportation Management Office on how to PCS smoothly.
An All You Need to Know about Building, Maintaining and Repairing Credit class will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. June 27 at the A&FRC. Whether you want to build, maintain or fix your credit and score, this class will cover every aspect of the credit report and credit scoring.
June 28
An Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group class will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the A&FRC. This is a support group for families enrolled in the exceptional family member program.

June 29
A workshop for VA Disability Claims will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 at the A&FRC. A VA representative will cover the VA claims and filing process. IMPORTANT: Members must sign-up at the JB Charleston Air Base clinic's medical records section no later than the Monday prior to the workshop.
A Deciphering the Career Status Bonus class will from 9 to 9:30 a.m. June 29 at the A&FRC. Individuals must select between two retirement systems: their 14.5 and 15-year mark. This brief workshop explains the financial of impact of both.


Special Announcements:

The base Honor Guard team is recreating their Heritage Hall and is accepting contributions of any and all old air force uniforms, coins, flags, pictures, items etc. These items can be dropped off at the Honor Guard Bldg. 4450 New Mexico Ave, Hunley Park Base Housing Area, or they will pick them up. Call 767-2134. They will also be gathering names of the individuals who donate so they can be invited to the unveiling of the new Heritage Hall when it is complete.

Over Pricing (ZOP) Program: Per Air Mobility Command, everyone that orders parts through the Department of Defense stock system is requested to file a report when large discrepancies in prices exist for parts received. An example would be a $5 part that costs $500. All personnel should contact the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Customer Service office to file a complaint. For questions, concerns or further instruction on ZOP, contact Staff Sgt. Charles Brown at 963-4831.

Workforce Specialist: A workforce specialist is now available by appointment on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The specialist can help with job referrals, resume and interview assistance and provide information about educational opportunities for active duty, retirees, dependents and Department of Defense civilians. Call 963-4406 to schedule an appointment.

Girl Scouting: Girls in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to join Girl Scout Troop 895 at the Chapel Annex on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Patti Donahue at 618-363-5230 or pdonahue@sc.rr.com for more information.

Story Hours at the Library: The Base Library has two fun story hours every week. Mondays at 10 a.m., is the home day care story hour. Please call ahead each week to sign-up your group for this day. Tuesdays is the toddler open story and craft hour starting at 10 a.m. Reservations are not required for this session. Both sessions are free. Call 963-3320 to sign up.

Tennis Lessons: Lessons are held at the Outdoor Recreation tennis courts. Children six through 17 and adults can enroll for one-hour sessions, twice a week for $80 per month. Lessons are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

Spouse Introduction to Joint Base Charleston: Held the first and third Wednesday of each month, this is a fun and fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston for all 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. Get the information you need to make this your family's best assignment ever. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register.

Coupon exchange: The AFRC has a coupon exchange that is open to all ranks. Bring in your unused coupons between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday and help yourself to coupons for you and your family. For more information on the coupon exchange, call 963-4408.

Stress coping workshops: Learn how to cope with life's stresses without pulling your hair out. Workshops meet the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Center classroom and are open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up.

Sleep habits: Learn effective sleep habits and how to get your best Z's during this workshop which meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the HAWC classroom. This class is open to everyone. Call 963-4007 to sign up.

Healthy Thinking Workshop registration: Do you find yourself feeling angry or stressed more often than you would like, or regret how you act when you are upset? Do you wish you could express yourself more clearly and be more assertive? Consider registering for the Healthy Thinking Workshop. The workshop is divided into four, 90-minute sessions held on consecutive Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a new group beginning the first Wednesday of every month. To sign up or for more information, contact Family Advocacy at 963-6972.

Palace Chase, Palace Front briefings: The in-service recruiter conducts Palace Chase and Palace Front briefings at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in Bldg. 503, Room 201. Air Force Instruction 36-3205 mandates eligible Airmen who are separating to be informed about the benefits and opportunities available to them within the Reserve, such as cross training, continued service, retirement, education, medical insurance and promotion. For more information, call 963-4499.

Trespassing notice: The small arms firing range is located at 125 Range Road near the munitions operations area and explosive ordnance disposal building. Do not trespass into the surface danger zones; they are identified by posted warning signs. Trespassing is not only illegal; it is dangerous because of gunfire. Personnel requesting entry into firing range impact zones must contact the security forces combat arms noncommissioned officer in charge at 963-1121 or via e-mail at 437sfs.catm@charleston.af.mil.

Airman's Attic in need of donations: The Airman's Attic needs household items, children's clothing to size eight, appliances, food and furniture. If anyone has items that have been gently used, consider donating them to the attic. Donations can be dropped off at Bldg. 500, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 963-4411.

Online legal assistance: The Air Force Legal Assistance website can be viewed at www.aflegalasssitance.com. Airmen, their families and retirees have access to this website to complete worksheets for wills, advance medical directives and powers of attorney. The 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office provides notary services from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on normal duty days. In addition, the office provides attorney consultation on a walk-in basis Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. for active-duty members in uniform, and 1 to 3 p.m. for all others.