NEWS | Dec. 15, 2010

Weapons Station News Briefs – Dec. 17

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.

Military and Family Readiness Center will have limited operating hours during the holidays. Our hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. We will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

Events:

Friday

Go to the extreme with Xtreme bowling! Xtreme bowling at Marrington Lanes is held every Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The features include a fabulous light show with glow-in-the-dark bowling balls and pins, fog machines, music and dancing. The cost is $10 per person. Family Night Xtreme Bowling is held every Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Family Night features country music, oldies and rock 'n' roll (you can even bring your own favorite CD's if you want).

Tuesday

Library book club: Do you love to read? Join the book club and share your reading experiences while making new friends. The book club meets once a month on Tuesday at 10 a.m. to discuss many exciting and stimulating book titles. If you are interested in participating, we'd love to have you! Contact the library at 764-7900.

Career Connection: 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 Military and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 755. Job Search Strategies will be held Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Dec. 28

Basic Resume Writing: Do yourself a favor and join your Military and Family Readiness Center for an interactive workshop designed to assist in developing your resume, Dec. 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 764-7480 to register.

Jan. 4

Job Search Strategies: Looking for a job in the Charleston area? This is the best place to start! The next workshop is Jan. 4, 2011, from 10 to 11 a.m. To register or for information call 764-7480.

Jan. 12

Military Spouse 101 Workshop: This workshop is an orientation for military spouses who are new to the military. During this workshop spouses are introduced to the many aspects of the military, including the culture, mobile lifestyle, rates and ranks, chain of command, core values, etc. Benefits and resources that are available to spouses are also explored including educational opportunities, financial aid assistance, job search, resume writing, and volunteer opportunities. The workshop is interactive and it's fun! Not only are the spouses getting great information, they network to build support systems and friendships that can last a lifetime. The workshop is at the MFRC, Wed., Jan.12, 2011, from 9 to 12:30 p.m. To register or for more information, call Becky Bowers, MFRC Educator and Ombudsman Coordinator, at 764-7443.

Special Announcements:

Are you prepared for deployment? Does your family know what resources are available? At one time or another, a military member will deploy, either on a submarine, ship, or as an individual augmentee. The Deployment Readiness program at Military and Family Readiness Center stands ready to assist you and your family, both prior to and upon return from deployment. Come to MFRC and talk to the Individual Deployment Support Specialist. The IDSS will connect you and your family with valuable information and resources needed when the military member deploys. For more information, call 843-764-7480.

Breakfast buffet at Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station: Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast buffet at the Redbank Club on the Weapons Station. We are now serving up "all-you-can-eat" scrambled eggs, ham, grits, sausage, bacon, hash browns, fresh fruit and lots more. The buffet is available from 6 to 8 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, for only $6 per person (includes drink). Call 764-7797 for more information.

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. It 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: Would you like to increase your cash surplus? Do you have any extra money at the end of the month? Let a financial education specialist at the Military and Family Readiness Center on Joint Base Charleston-Weapons Station give you the tools and resources you need to develop the 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 Military and Family Readiness Center at 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.

Stroller Rollers offers "Fitness for Mom, fun for baby!": Attention new mothers! Now there is a way to get fit while spending quality time with your baby. With the Stroller Rollers program, you'll shape up with a power walk and body sculpting while strolling with your baby. It's a great chance to interact with other new moms. Classes meet at the Naval Support Activity gymnasium on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Classes are free. Materials are provided. For more information, call MWR Fitness Director Nancy Haynsworth at 764-4067.

New Naval Health Clinic Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 7a.m. to 11 a.m.

Naval Health Clinic Phone numbers:
Information 794-6000
Central Appointments 794-6221
Commanding Officer 794-6200
Public Affairs Officer 794-6213
Legal 794-6225
Security 794-6020
Safety 794-6557
Red Cross 794-6220
TRICARE Information 794-6030
Officer of the Day 794-6000
Outpatient Records 794-6050
Pharmacy 794-6100
Pharmacy Refill Only 794-6120
General Surgery 794-6150
Immunizations 794-6850
Wellness 794-6910
Radiology 794-6250
Internal Medicine 794-6300
Preventive Medicine 794-6560
Military Medicine 794-6700
Pediatrics 794-6350
Physical Therapy 794-6400
Mental Health 794-6450
Occupational Health 794-6550
Primary Care 794-6800
Orthopedics-Podiatry 794-6750
OBGYN 794-6650
Lab 794-6600
Optometry 794-6880
Management 794-6500
Logistics 794-6951
Facilities 794-6953

DVDs wanted: 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 Child Development Homes Provider: Do you like children? Need extra cash? The Child Development Homes program offers you a chance to provide childcare in your home. The options available to Child Development Home 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 a CDH 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, 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.

Youth Karate offered at Youth Center:
Registration is currently underway for Youth Karate Classes at the Weapons Station Youth Center. Classes are offered on Mondays from 4:15 to 5 p.m. at the Teen Center in Bldg. 777, located next to the New Wave Pool. This is a martial arts themed skill building and self-protection course provided by Coastal Kenpo Karate and Martial Arts. The course, which is open to kids ages 5 to 14, is designed to enhance fundamental skills that your child is currently developing, such as discipline, respect, teamwork, coordination and ability to focus. Registration is $50 (includes uniform) and then $30 each additional month. Classes are instructed by "Mr. Nick" Dreiling, a third degree black belt with more than 20 years experience.

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

Make Your Next Party a Movie Party at Cinema One: Looking for a unique idea for your next group party? Why not make it a movie party? Cinema One offers private showings of your favorite feature films! Cinema One movie parties are perfect for birthday celebrations, command socials, class trips, youth groups and lots more. Movie parties are free to groups of 40 or more (with concessions purchase) and are $25 to groups of less than 40 people. Simply call for show time availability, choose a movie from our huge library, and get ready to enjoy a unique party experience at a price that can't be beat. Call theater manager, Teresa Stuckey at 764-4107 for reservation information.

Birthday bowling Parties: Looking for something different to do for your next birthday party? Marrington Bowling Center has birthday bowling parties that are great for kids of any age. Call the bowling center for party options and availability.

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.