NEWS | Sept. 21, 2011

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.

Sept. 23
Retirement Ceremony: Senior Master Michael Pawlak will have a retirement ceremony Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. in the 15th Airlift Squadron auditorium in Bldg. 74.

Budget Your Way to Financial Freedom: Learn how something as simple as budgeting can help you become organized financially and accomplish your financial goals, Sept. 23 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

Sept. 27
Clinic Closure: The 628th Medical Group clinic will be closed Sept. 27 at noon and will re-open Sept. 28 at 7:30 a.m.

Sept. 28
Smooth Move Workshop: Learn how to ease through a PCS move and receive valuable take-a-ways, Sept. 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

Professional Style Dress: Women's session, is Sept. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. and the men's session is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Understand the dos and don'ts of looking your best with your professional dress. Learn what proper and appropriate dress is for everything from business casual to professional. This program is conducted by Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette and will be held at AFRC. Call 963-4406 to RSVP.

Sept. 29
Learn How to Adopt/Foster parent: Learn to navigate the Adoption and Fostering system from the experts, Sept. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

The Career Status Bonus/Redux: Is it a wise choice? Make an informed decision. Learn whether or not the CSB/REDUX is the best retirement choice before you make a decision you may regret, Sept. 29 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up.

Junior Smooth Move Workshop: This program is for children ages 5-16 who will PCS soon. The workshop will be held at the JB CHS - AB Youth Center, Sept. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up.

Oct. 2
Ecumenical Picnic: The chapel is in need of volunteers for their 2011 Picnic scheduled Oct. 2. Volunteers will help with set-up and tear down. The picnic is open to all Joint Base Charleston families and is free. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Tech Sgt. Veronica Dudley at 963-6675.

Oct. 3
Investing Demystified: Oct. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m., this workshop is ideal for the first time investor and explains the most common types of investments and simplifies terminology for a better understanding of investing. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up.

Oct. 4
First Time Homebuyer Workshop: This workshop will take you through the entire home buying process; everything from choosing the location of your home to financing, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 for reservations.

Heartlink-Charleston Spouse Orientation to the Air Force: Are you a military spouse? Join us Oct. 4 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn about the Air Force mission, culture, traditions, military language, benefits and services while making new friends. Childcare issues will be addressed at time of registration. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

Oct. 5
The Thrift Savings Plan simplified: Civilians and military can learn about the pros of enrolling in the TSP, what it can do to help supplement your retirement income and how to invest based on the lifecycle financial planning concept, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to sign up.

Resume I and Cover Letter: Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letter Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

Oct. 6
Newcomer's Tour: Join other Joint Base Charleston newcomers Oct. 6 from 8:15 to 3:30 for this fun and free bus tour of downtown Charleston and the surrounding area. The bus departs from the AFRC, Bldg. 500, JB CHS - Air Base. Call 963-4406 to reserve your seat.

Special Announcements:
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 Orientation to JB CHS: Spouses are invited to this orientation the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 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, will be conducting 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