NEWS | March 15, 2011

Weapons Station News Briefs – March18

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.

Tuesday
Till Debt Do Us Part: This course, March 22 and 23 from 6 to 8 p.m., will educate couples on the importance of working together when it comes to personal finances. Although this two-part workshop targets couples, all are welcome. Attendees will be provided the tools to learn how to knowledgeably and successfully discuss family financial dynamics with significantly less stress. To register, call FFSC at 764-7480.

Silver Wings Scholastic Assistance Award: Team Charleston Spouses Club is pleased to offer the Silver Wings Scholastic Assistance Award to eligible military dependents (spouse, son, or daughter) for the 2011-2012 academic year. The three page applications are available at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Airman and Family Readiness Center and the Air Base library. The application and all required paperwork must be postmarked by March 22, 2011. Incomplete or late application materials will not be considered.

Basic Resume Writing: Transitioning from the military? Is your spouse seeking employment or are you just looking to change your career? Check out the Career Connection workshops offered at FFSC, Bldg. 755. Basic Resume Writing is scheduled Mar. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 764-7480 to register.

Wednesday
Military spouse 101: This workshop is for military spouses who are new to the military. Spouses get great information and network to build support systems and friendships that can last a lifetime. Come to FFSC, March 23, from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m., and get your military checklist. For more information, call FFSC at 764-7480.

Friday
Joint Base Charleston Annual Motorcycle Safety Day: The annual Motorcycle Safety Day Rodeo is March 25. The briefing is mandatory for all Joint Base Charleston military motorcycle riders. Civilians, dependants and all other riders are encouraged to attend. The briefing starts at 8:30 a.m. the Air Base theater with multiple events throughout the day. Ride your motorcycle to the briefing and be entered in the bike show. Some of the planned events include a bike show, slow races, guided rides, and much more. Contact Master Sgt. Rob Carman at 963-5594 for more information.

March 30
Volunteer Orientation: Join us March 30 at the FFSC, Bldg. 755 from 10 to 11 a.m. for beneficial information on the volunteer program on base and in the community. It is a great way to meet new people, network and offer help with skills you already use. You can also use volunteering on your resume to help in that job search. Call 764-7480 to register or for more information.

April 6
Job Fair Etiquette Workshop: Join us April 6 at FFSC, Bldg. 755 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for tips and techniques to help you make the most professional, desirable, and memorable impression at a job fair. Registration is required. Call us at 764-7480.

April 12
Joint Base Charleston (Navy & Air Force) Job Fair: Joint Base Charleston is holding a Job Fair April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic Conference Center, Bldg. 3112, Tank Road, Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. This large-setting job fair will boast a variety of employers, jobs and industries. The employers will be accepting resumes and applications to fill their vacant positions, both locally and nationally. Mark your calendar now to attend. Additional information may be obtained by calling FFSC at 764-7480.

Special Announcements:
Personal Financial Management: Are you bit intimidated by looking at your credit report and need help trying to decipher this elusive and lengthy (but extremely important) document. Let your FFSC certified financial specialists assist you in accessing and explaining your credit report to you. We can provide the tools and information to improve your score and make the right decisions about collections and debt. Call FFSC at 764-7480.

Wise credit Choices: Did you know that your credit score is a huge deciding factor for interest rates, mortgages, insurance costs, employability, loans, deposits, etc.? Many people are unaware of the impact debt can have on not just your financial life, but your whole life. Call our personal financial manager at the FFSC for an appointment at 764-7480.

Women's personal training offered: The Weapons Station fitness program is offering women's small group personal training free of charge at Sam's Gym. The service is offered Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., and focuses on muscular strength, endurance and increased functionality of gross body movements. This program is offered to all fitness levels, so bring some water and a positive attitude and be ready to work. Call 764-4173 for more information.

Developing your spending plan: Let a financial education specialist at the FFSC on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station provide you the tools and resources needed to develop a financial plan of your dreams. The purpose of a financial plan is for you to determine where you are now, where you want to go and how you plan to get there by starting today. Contact the FFSC 764-7480 for more information.

Updates and Notices:
Volunteer needed for pre-schooler's program: Do you have a couple of hours per week to spend volunteering at the library for our pre-school program? This program is designed for pre-schoolers with story time, crafts and a lot in interaction. Parent or guardian must attend. The program meets on Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 764-7900.

NSA Library is a computer "Hotspot:" The Naval Support Activity Library is a computer "hotspot" for wireless-ready laptop work and surfing the web from a patron's personal computer. Some service providers charge for this convenience; it's free at the Library. Just show up with your wireless-ready laptop, equipped with a network card, find yourself a seat anywhere in the building, and go to work.

MWR's Recycling Department calling for all metal: Containers for empty aluminum cans are located throughout the Naval Support Activity. Aluminum cans are the mainstay of the recycling program; however, all types of metal are accepted. If you have heavy metal products that need to be picked up, call the Recycling Department at 743-0510. Remember, all recycling proceeds go towards enhancing your Morale, Welfare, Recreation facilities and programs.

Do you have DVDs you have viewed that are just setting around gathering dust? Why not donate them to the library so others can enjoy them. Drop them by the library or use the after- hours book drop box.

Become a Family Child Care Provider: Do you like children? Need extra cash? The Family Child Care program offers you a chance to provide childcare in your home. The options available to Family Child Care providers are numerous and include:
· Before/after school care
· Part-time/drop-in care
· Full-time care for infants, toddlers or pre-school ages
· Evening and weekend care

As an FCC provider, you determine your fees and hours. Although the Navy determines the maximum childcare ratios, you can choose and interview families that have children fitting the hours and ages you are looking for. If interested or for more information, please call 764-7347.

Parents ... need a night out? The Child Development Homes program has certified providers available for Friday night child care. Call the CDH office for a list of available providers at 764-7347.

Resale vehicle lot: Selling a car, truck, camper, boat or motorcycle? MWR's "Hot Deals on Wheels" used vehicle lot offers the only authorized place to display vehicles for sale on Naval Support Activity. The lot is located near Red Bank Road in the New Wave Pool parking lot. The cost is $8 per week for military and immediate family and $10 per week forretirees and DoD civilians. Reservations and payment are accepted at the Information, Tickets and Tours Office. Call 764-2120.

"Early Bird" drop-off service: The Auto Skills Center, located on Fletcher Street, offers "Early Bird" drop-off service for your convenience. Vehicles in need of service can be dropped off prior to our normal operating hours using the key drop-box, located outside the facility. Patrons can simply fill out the provided envelope with an explanation of the mechanic services needed, place the vehicle keys in the envelope, and drop them in the box. Then all you have to do is call the Auto Skills Center during their normal operating hours to receive an estimate or to provide any additional information concerning the work needed. At the end of your busy workday, stop by and pick up your serviced vehicle and "off you go!"

Meetings and Registrations:
Join the Redbank Plantation Golf Association: The Redbank Plantation Golf Association invites you to become a member at a cost of only $20 per year. Benefits of the Golf Association membership include: USGA Handicap, participation in monthly tournaments, participation in Association Club Championship and participation in the Association Blitz. Membership is open to all military and civilian golf patrons. Membership applications are available in the golf course club house. Applications and payment may be placed in the silver locked box near the Pro Shop. For more information contact Tournament Chairman Tina Bohannon at tinab@sc.rr.com or call the Pro Shop at 764-7802.

Education and Training:

Judo & Jujitsu classes: Free to active duty military.Get in shape, build self confidence and learn self defense with Judo and Jujitsu classes. Classes are held in the group exercise room Bldg. 725 and are free to active duty military and $2 per class for all others. Judo classes are offered Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jujitsu classes are offered on the first Friday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Nancy Haynsworth at 764-4067.

Free MWR Fitness Classes: Did you know that MWR offers group exercise classes free of charge to active-duty military and only $2 per class for all other patrons? A variety of classes such as yoga, spinning, step and sculpt and more are available in the Group Exercise Room, located in Bldg. 725 next to the Post Office. Call Sam's Fitness Center at 764-4173 for more information.

Recreation

BINGO: If you like to play BINGO, Marrington Bowling Center has two great ways for you to play! Enjoy Quick-Play (electronic) BINGO in our game room or stop by the front desk to purchase Bonanza Bingo cards where the numbers change daily.

RV/boat storage area: Morale Welfare and Recreation operates the Recreation vehicle and boat storage area located on Fletcher Street, across from the Housing Office. There are currently 54 sites available at a cost of $35 per month (paid quarterly). Reservations are handled at the Auto Skills Center located on Fletcher Street, directly across from the storage site.

Camping is a breeze with help from the Outdoor Adventure Center: Your Outdoor Adventure Center has everything you'll need to enjoy the great outdoors. Tents that will accommodate from one to five people, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, lanterns, two-burner stoves and coolers are all available for rent at a nominal fee. Kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes are also available to make your weekend get-away complete. The Outdoor Adventure Center is located in the Building 1700 on Fletcher Street, across from The Dive. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays and holidays. Stop by the OAC for all of your outdoor recreational needs or call 764-2120 for more information.

Disc Golf Course: There's more going on these days at Locklear Park than just baseball and softball. A nine-hole disc golf course runs throughout the park with many varied and challenging holes. Disc golf is played just like traditional golf, with a Frisbee-like disc substituting for the golf ball and club and a basket acts as the golf hole. Access to the course is available any time during daylight hours. The discs are available for check-out at the Outdoor Adventure Center at no charge.

OAC Rock Climbing Wall: Nothing offers stress relief quite like exercise, and one of the most fun and exciting ways to get a total body workout here on the Naval Support Activity, is at the Outdoor Adventure Center's climbing wall. The climbing wall stands 30 feet high and offers many different climbing routes with varying degrees of difficulty. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber, the OAC has a climbing program to suit you.
Climbing Rates:
Introductory climb $2
One hour or less: $4
Daily pass: $6
Ten pass punch card: $3
Shoe rental: $1.50
Chalk bags: $1

Armed Forces Vacation Club: The Armed Forces Vacation Club offers weeklong stays for only $329 on "space available" accommodations to Department of Defense-affiliated personnel. With AFVC, you'll save on vacation accommodations in exciting destinations worldwide. There are more than 200,000 accommodations in more than 100 countries. Program registration is free and easy. Just call toll-free at 877-270-4624. Once approved, you can immediately begin planning your next exciting get-away. All active and retired members of the U.S. military are eligible, including spouses and children, as well as civilian employees of the Department of Defense. As an added bonus, the Naval Support Activity Morale Welfare and Recreation department receives a rebate for every confirmed reservation. Simply enter the base code 169 when registering. For more information, check online at afvclub.com, and join the Armed Forces Vacation Club today.

ITT offers lay-away on cruise reservations: The Information, Tickets and Tours Office here on the Naval Support Activity has everything you'll need to plan and reserve your affordable cruise vacation, including a convenient lay-away payment plan. Soon, you will be sailing away to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico or any of a number of exotic ports of call. There are now many cruises departing from right here in Charleston! Call your ITT Office today at 764-2120.