NEWS | June 7, 2011

Air Base News Briefs - June 10

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 Senior Master Sgt. Paul R. Yecke, 437th Aerial Port Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Second Lieutenant Whitney Hayes, 437 APS is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Sergeant Yecke. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased's estate may contact Lieutenant Hayes at (843) 963-7914 (Office), (843) 437-2551 (Cell) or e-mail at whitney.hayes@us.af.mil.

Tuesday

Managing Stress and Job Stress: Learn to define stress and its effects, June 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The class helps participants recognize signs and symptoms in themselves and teaches stress management strategies for limiting the negative effects of stress. The briefing is at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to register.

Coping with grief and loss: Learn the meaning of grief and loss, symptoms and stages of grief and target ways to cope and to help children with the grieving process also, June 14 from noon to 1 p.m. The briefing is at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to register.

Educational Opportunities Counseling: Receive information and assistance on educational opportunities, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Half hour appointments are available at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday
Spouse Orientation to JB Charleston - Air Base: All newly-arriving spouses to JB Charleston are invited to attend the 'Spouse Orientation to JB Charleston' class on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 500. The next orientation is June 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your sponsor's unit Key Spouse, learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry. Ask about the child care options available when registering. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

Spouse Employment and Scholarship Orientation: Learn about free, available resources and services for employment, resumes, the local job market, scholarships and other job search issues, June 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Briefing is at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to sign up.

Friday

Budget Your Way to Financial Freedom: Learn how something as simple as budgeting can help you get organized financially and accomplish your financial goals. Briefing held at the AFRC, Bldg. 500, June 17 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Bldg 500. Call 963-4406 to register.

MXG Golf Tournament: Four-player Captain's Choice with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Wrenwoods Golf Course, June 17. Cost is $45 for non-members, $35 for members. BBQ lunch is included. Call 963-2938 or sign up at the golf Course. Entry deadline is June 10.

June 21

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshop:  Learn how to transition from the military to civilian life with ease, June 21 through 24. The first three days are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the fourth day is from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 963-4406 to sign up.

June 23

Career Status Bonus/REDUX: ILearn whether or not the CSB/REDUX is the best retirement choice before you making a decision you may regret. Briefing held at the AFRC, Bldg 500 from 3:30 to 4 p.m.. Call 963-4406 to sign up.

Special Announcements:

Base pools open: Both the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base pool and the New Wave Aquatic Center on JB CHS - Weapons Station are now open for the season. All military E-1 through E-4 are admitted free any time during open, recreational swimming. The daily individual fee for all others is $2.50, A seasonal pool pass with unlimited access during open swimming is $30. Family passes for up to four people are $50. Each additional family member after four is $20 per person, with a maximum of $100 per family. Visit www.jbcharleston.com for hours of operation and more information.

Spouse Orientation to Joint Base Charleston - Air Base: Along with attending Quick Start with their sponsor, spouses are invited to this orientation specifically geared for them. Briefing will be held at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. 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.

Education and Training:

Records management training: Records management training is scheduled the last Tuesday of every month in the conference room of the 2nd floor in Bldg. 302 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Members can sign up on the Enterprise Information Management website. For any questions or concerns, contact Airman 1st Class Francisco Bastian or Airman 1st Class Miguel Batista at 963-8270.

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 off Arthur Drive on 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.