NEWS | May 11, 2011

Air Base News Briefs – May 13

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.

Friday
Brown Bag Picnic: The Team Charleston Spouses Club invites everyone and their families to a brown bag picnic, May 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the picnic pavilion near the Outdoor Recreation Center. Bring a meal for your family and the TCSC will provide drinks and dessert. For more information, go to www.teamcharlestonspousesclub.com.

Tuesday
Transition Assistance Program Workshop: Learn how to transition from the military to civilian life with ease, May 17 through 20. 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 1:30 p.m. Call 963-4406 to sign up today.

Deployed Spouses Dinner: We'll cook so you don't have to as we show our appreciation for family members of deployed team Charleston, May 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the JB CHS - AB picnic grounds. Call 963-4406 to register.

Wednesday
Spouse Orientation to Joint Base Charleston - Air Base: All newly-arriving spouses to JB CHS - AB are invited to attend this class on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. The next class is May 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your Key Spouse, and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry. Please ask about the child care options available when registering. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register.

Thursday
Marriage Seminar: Whether you have a good marriage that you want to make better, or you are hanging on by a thread, this marriage seminar can transform your marriage, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. The JB CHS - AB Chapel is sponsoring this event at no cost to Team Charleston members and their families. Come with or without your spouse. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. R.S.V.P by May 13 to https://einvitations.afit.edu/MarriageSeminar/anim.cfm.

May 25
Smooth Move Workshop: Learn how to ease through a Permanent Change of Station move and receive valuable take-a-ways just for attending. The workshop is May 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the AFRC. Call 963-4406 to register.

May 26
Career Status Bonus/REDUX: Is it a wise choice? Find out May 26 from 3:30 to 4 p.m., at the AFRC. Learn whether or not CSB/REDUX is the best retirement choice before you make a decision you may regret. The briefing is at the AFRC. Call 963-4406 to sign up.

Exceptional Family Member Program: Civilians and military members (who are enrolled in the EFMP) and their dependents are invited to participate in this support group, May 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss concerns, share ideas and gain support. Call the AFRC at 963-4406 to register or for more information.

Special Announcements:
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.

Sleep habits: On average we spend one third of our lives asleep. Shouldn't you know more about it? Learn effective sleep habits and how to get your best zzzzz's. Workshop meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the HAWC classroom and is open to everyone. Call 963-4007.

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 Joint Base Charleston 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. The commercial phone number is 963-7068. 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 on www.NAFjobs.org then selecting the Charleston from the drop-down box. Call the main HRO 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 Joint Base Charleston-Air Base Resources Office. The Environmental Official 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.