NEWS | Jan. 18, 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.

Appointment of Summary Court Officer: It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely demise of Staff Sgt. Courtney J. Rush, 437th Maintenance Operations Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. 2nd Lt. Whitney Hayes, 437th Aerial Port Squadron, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Sergeant Rush. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased's estate may contact 2nd Lt. Hayes at 843-963-3071 (Office), 843-302-4725 (Gov) or 719-237-7067 or e-mail at whitney.hayes@us.af.mil.

Jan. 24
First Time Homebuyer Workshop: Learn whether you are ready to purchase, what to look for before you purchase and whether to use a realtor to what banks look for when qualifying you for home ownership, Jan. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 for reservations.

Making a Good Marriage Better: Learn how temperament impacts a healthy marriage, how to define a healthy marriage and maintain it by developing communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Couples only. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 for reservations.

Jan. 25
Smooth Move Workshop: Learn how to ease thru a PCS move with the help of relocation experts from TMO, Finance and A&FRC, Jan. 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 for reservations.

Jan. 26
Exceptional Family Member Program Support Group: Civilians and military members and their dependents who are enrolled in EFMP are invited to participate in this support group to discuss concerns, share ideas and gain support, Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 for reservations.

Jan. 27
628th Air Base Wing 2011 Annual Awards Banquet: The 628 ABW 2011 Annual Awards Banquets is Jan. 27 starting at 6 p.m., in the Charleston Club. The guest speak is (Retired) Command Chief Master Sgt. Eric Harmon. See your first sergeant for tickets.

Deciphering the Career Status Bonus (CBS/Redux): Make an informed decision and learn whether or not the CSB/REDUX is the best retirement choice before you make a decision you may regret, Jan. 27 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to sign up.

Initial Key Spouse Training: Indoctrination training for newly appointed key spouses will be held Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register.

Jan. 30
Making Sense of the TSP (Both Civilian & Military): This workshop, Jan. 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. provides simplified language to help even the novice investor understand the purpose of the TSP, whether the TSP is a good choice for you, strategies to use when investing in the TSP and much more. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register.

Feb. 1
Individualized Education Program Training for Parents: This training, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will cover: special education terms, the IEP process, development of the IEP, parent's rights, goal development, sample checklists, and resource information. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register.

Feb. 2
437th AirLift Wing 2011 Annual Awards Banquet: The 437 AW 2011 Annual Awards Banquet is Feb. 2 starting at 6 p.m. in the Charleston Club. The guest speaker will be (Retired) Maj. Gen. Ronald "Ron" Ladnier. See your first sergeant for tickets.

Newcomer's Tour: Join in on this fun bus/walking tour of downtown Charleston Feb. 2 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Let a professional tour guide show you the sights and tell you all the secrets that make Charleston a wonderful place to live. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to reserve your seat.

Feb. 7
Interviewing Techniques: Learn and practice the skills to have a successfull interview, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register.

Unleashing the Power of a Budget: 07 FEB, 1500-1600. Learn how to create a budget and how it can help you accomplish all of your financial goals, Feb. 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register.

Feb. 8
Spouse Employment/Scholarship Orientation: 08 FEB, 1000-1130. Learn about free available resources, services, employment, resumes, the local job market, scholarships and more, Feb. 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call the A&FRC at 963-4406 to register.

Special Announcements:
Clinic Announcement: The Health and Wellness Center has changed phone numbers. To contact the HAWC, call 843-963-4087.

LEAN Awareness Class: Learn how to create a more efficient and effective environment in the workplace and learn proven techniques and methods to eliminate waste in processes. The Lean Awareness Class is held every Tuesday in Bldg. 16,000, Mission Support Group Conference Room from 8 to 11 a.m. Call George McDowell at 469-8378 for more information.

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.

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 PCS'd here. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse, 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 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.

Meetings and Registrations:

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, Master Sgt. Robert Denehy, 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, contact Sergeant Denehy at 963-4499.

Updates and Closures:

NAF HRO satellite office: The NAF Human Resource Office has a satellite office available on JB CHS - AB in Bldg. 322, Room 222. The office is open Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m. on a walk-in basis and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon on an appointment basis. This is part of an effort to reach all potential customers, since the main Human Resource Office has moved to the Naval Weapons Station, Bldg. 725, next to the Fitness Center. The commercial phone numbers at the Naval Weapons Station are 764-7065 or 764-7068. Most transactions, including job searches and applications, can be done by visiting www.NAFjobs.org and selecting Charleston from the drop-down box. Call 963-7068 for more information.

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, contact Betsy Crump at 963-4411.

North Auxiliary Air Field hunting permits: Hunting permits for the recreational hunting program at North Auxiliary Air Field can now be purchased at the JB CHS - AB Resources Office. The Environmental Office is located in Bldg. 247 on the first floor. The hunting program is open to active-duty, Reserve and retired military, as well as Department of Defense civilian employees. Permits can only be issued to hunters who have a valid South Carolina hunting license and big game permit. The fee for a hunting permit for NAAF is $20. For more information, call the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron at 963-4020.

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.Zero