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NEWS | March 30, 2011

Air Base News Briefs - April 1

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

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Investing Demystified (for beginners): This class is ideal for the first time investor and explains the most common types of investments and simplifies terminology for a better understanding of investing. Briefing will be held at AFRC, April 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to sign up.

First Time Homebuyer workshop: This workshop will take you through the entire home buying process, from choosing the location of your home to financing. Workshop will be held at AFRC, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 for reservations.

Emotional and Mindless Eating: Eat lunch and learn, April  5 April from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the HAWC classroom. BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch).

Thrift Savings Plan Simplified: For civilians and military, April 6 from 8 to 9 a.m. 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. Briefing held at the AFRC. Call 963-4406 to sign up today.

Gardening Lowcountry style: Team Charleston Spouses Club is hosting a social, April 6 at 11 a.m. The guest speaker is Amy Dabbs, Clemson University horticulture extension agent. The social is open to all military spouses interested in connecting with other military spouses. RSVP to

Resume and Cover Letters: Learn the basics of writing a resume & cover letter. Briefing held at the AFRC. Call 963-4406 to register.

Spouse Orientation to Joint Base Charleston: Along with attending Quick Start with Sponsors, spouses are invited to this orientation, specifically geared for them, April 6 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call 963-4406.

Newcomer's Tour: Join other JB CHS newcomers in this fun, free bus tour of downtown Charleston and the surrounding area, April 7 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bus departs from AFRC, Bldg. 500, JB CHS - AB. Call 963-4406 to reserve your seat on the bus.

April 12
Blended parenting: Learn to understand blended family issues, common complaints from adults and kids, stages of adjustment, characteristics of a successfully blended family, household rules and discipline and establishing new traditions, April 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the AFRC Bldg. 500. Couples only and no children, please. A light snack will be provided. Call 963-4406 to register.

Educational opportunities counseling: Get information and assistance on educational opportunities, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule your half-hour appointment by calling 963-4406.

April 13
Credit repair solutions: Learn what it takes to improve your credit score without paying a service to do it for you, April 12 from 10 to 11 a.m., at the AFRC, Bldg. 500. Call 963-4406 to reserve your seat.

Spouse employment/education orientation: Learn about free avaiilable resources and services regarding employment, resumes, the local job market, scholarships and other job search issues at the AFRC, April 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Call 963-4406 to sign up.

April 14
Resume II: Get professional feedback as you work on your draft resume and walk away with a completed product. The class is held at the AFRC, April 14 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 10:30 to noon. Call 963-4406 to register.

Making a good marriage better: Learn how temperment impacts a healthy marriage, how to define a healthy marriage and maintain it by developing communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Couples only and no children please. Light snack provided. Class is held at the AFRC, Bldg. 500, April 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Call 963-4406 to sign up.

Exceptional Family Member program: Civilians and military members who are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member program and their dependents are invited to participate in this support group to discuss concerns, share ideas and gain support, April 14 from 6 to  7 p.m. at the AFRC. Call 963-4406 to register.

April 26
Heart Link: Are you a military spouse? Join us and learn about the AIr Force mission, culture, traditions, military language, benefits and services while making new friends, April 26 from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Childcare issues will be addressed at time of registration. Call 963-4406.

Special Announcements:
Joint Base Charleston Air Force hockey team: If you are interested in playing organized ice hockey at the Carolina Ice Palace adult B league contact Airman 1st Class James Richardson at 832-4951 or, or Master Sgt. Jeff Cliff at 822-0165 or

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:

New website debut: The MAFRC has a new site on the web at Whether single or married or an immediate family member and regardless of branch of service, the MAFRC serves all active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retirees and civilian employees.

NAF Human Resources Office relocated: The Non-appropriated Fund Human Resources Office has moved from Bldg. 503 on Hill Boulevard to the Naval Weapons Station at 2316 Redbank Road, Suite 100, Bldg. 725. This building is in front of the theater and the pool. The new number for the NAF Human Resources Office is 754-6569.

NAF HRO opens 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 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

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.

Military News:
Base Shredder: For members who would like to make an appointment to shred unclassified documents using the base shredder, please use the sign-up sheet on Joint Base Charleston's Enterprise Information Management, EIM website at Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Upon completion of using the shredding area, members must take their shredded material with them and place it in the recycling bins on base, being sure to empty the bags.

Civilian Force Development Reference Center: The Civilian Force Development Reference Center is now on the Air Force Portal for civilians and supervisors to learn about CFD framework, tools and programs designed to help professional development. The reference center is accessed through the AF Portal > Life & Career > Force Development > Civilian Force Development Reference Center. Contact Joint Base Charleston Employee Development Specialist, Kathyann Hopkins at 963-4493 with questions.

Online legal assistance: The Air Force Legal Assistance website can be viewed at 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.

Retraining opportunity: The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is seeking exceptional staff sergeants and technical sergeants with less than 12 years of service. Airmen must have an outstanding military record, be able to qualify for a top secret clearance, and have a stable personal and financial situation. AFOSI is a Federal Law Enforcement and Military organization. AFOSI investigates felony level crimes, frauds and counterintelligence violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and federal law which negatively impacts Air Force operations worldwide. Airmen who think they are up to the challenge should visit the AFOSI homepage at and call 963-3248 to set up an appointment.

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