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By Public Affairs | 437th Airlift Wing | March 28, 2007


Retirement: The 437th Maintenance Group will host a retirement ceremony for Senior Master Sgt. Jim McCabe today at 2:30 p.m. in building 60. For additional information, contact Senior Master Sgt. Rodney Benefiel at 843-568-4308.

Retirement: The 16th Airlift Squadron will host a retirement ceremony for Master Sgt. Todd Noltemeyer April 6 at 1 p.m., in the 16 AS auditorium. For additional information, contact Chief Master Sgt. Steven Woodside at 963-7130.

Retirement: The 315th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 315th Civil Engineer Squadron will host a retirement ceremony for Senior Master Sgt. George Newkirk and Master Sgt. Deborah Newkirk April 15 at 11 a.m., in the Charleston Club. For additional information, contact Capt. Luis Class at 963-4975 or Senior Master Sgt. Glennis O'Brien at 963-7473.

Around the base

DEFY: The Drug Education for Youth program is a two-week summer leadership day camp, which will be held June 11 through June 21. DEFY is a Department of Defense program, free for any military, retired or DOD employee children ages 9 to 12 years old. The deadline for adult mentors to sign up is Saturday. The deadline for youth sign up is April 30. To volunteer and for more information, contact Evelyn Knight at 963-6849.

Free tax preparation: Military OneSource is offering free tax preparation software to military members this year. The software, TaxCut Basic Online, is available to active-duty, guard, and Reserve servicemembers and their families. Military OneSource also offers a free consultation service to assist Airmen with tax-related questions and financial planning. Information on the software and consultation service can be found at Tax preparation services are also available through the Charleston AFB Tax Center. The Tax Center offers free tax preparation services to active-duty members, retirees, reservists and guard on active duty, military family members and Department of Defense civilians with an identification card. For additional information on the installation tax program, please call a Tax Center representative at 963-1040.

Holy Week schedule:
Catholic: The Palm Sunday Mass will be Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Holy Thursday Mass will be at 6. p m. followed by Adoration until midnight. The Good Friday Mass will be April 6 at 6 p.m. The Easter Vigil will be April 7 at 8 pm. And the Easter Sunday Mass will be April 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Protestant: The Palm Sunday Gospel Service will be Sunday at 8 a.m. with the traditional service at 11 a.m. The Good Friday Service will be April 6 at noon. The Easter Sunrise Service on the flightline will be April 8 at 6:10 a.m. with transportation from the base chapel starting at 5:30 a.m. There will be an Easter Breakfast at 7:15 a.m. in the chapel annex. The Combined Protestant Easter Services will be at 11 a.m.

Sponsorship training: The Airman and Family Readiness Flight will be hosting sponsorship training Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. For more information or to sign up, call the A&FRF at 963-4406.

Job Services: Meet with a Job Services representative who will help you seek employment at the A&FRF Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon by appointment only. For more information, call the A&FRF at 963-4406.

Newcomer's tour: A&FRF will be hosting a tour for newcomers to Charleston Thursday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The day will be spent touring locations on and off base around Charleston. Transportation will be provided departing the A&FRF. To reserve a seat, call the A&FRF at 963-4406.

Promotion ceremony: The base promotion ceremony will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Charleston Club.

Daedalian event: The Daedalian golf tournament will be April 6 at 8 a.m. at the Charleston AFB golf course. Retired Lt. Gen. Tex Brown, Daedalian National commander, is scheduled to participate.

Club Advisory Committee: All Club members interested in serving on the Club Advisory Committee are invited to attend the first meeting scheduled for April 18 at 5:30 p.m. Club members in attendance will be presented information on requirements for the Club Advisory Committee and will be provided a complimentary buffet dinner. For additional information or to R.S.V.P. by April 16, contact Ms. Harriett Barrett at 693-3914 or

Family housing residents: Security rods for family housing sliding glass doors are now available at the Self-Help Store. For more information, contact the Self-Help Store at 963-4273.

Airmen's wingman golf special: All Airmen (E-1 through E-4) will receive complimentary green fees through the month of April with the purchase of cart fees. Offer valid any day of the week, but you must bring your wingman or another Airman with you. For more information, contact the Wrenwoods pro shop at 963-4177.

Scholarships: The Officers Spouses Association is giving away four $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and two $500 scholarships for spouses. For more information, contact Summer Ellis at 225-3401. The deadline to apply for an application is April 7. Scholarship winners will be notified May 1.

Free bowling for Airmen: Starlifter Lanes is honoring Team Charleston's Airmen in the grade of E-1 through E-4 with free bowling anytime, any day of the week along with the shoe rental fees. For more information, contact Starlifter Lanes at 963-3315.

Supermarket of veteran benefits: A variety of veteran's benefits counseling and enrollment, health screenings and employment opportunities for South Carolina veterans will be available April 17 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, located at 1113 Sam Rittenburg Blvd.

Free self-defense course: A free self-defense course will be offered for all who have been victimized or want to avoid being victims. All materials will be provided free of charge. The course will be held at the Health and Wellness Center in four sessions (April 3, 5, 10 and 12) from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. For registration or more information, contact Donna Warren at 963-7898 or

New internet site: The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has a new Internet site,, which offers information to assist veterans. The Web site offers general information about the facility, as well as specific information about subjects, such as eligibility, release of information, billing and insurance, driving directions, how to schedule or cancel an appointment, how to refill a prescription, visitor information, contact phone numbers and more information.

After school program openings: Youth Programs currently has slots available for its diverse after school care program. For more enrollment requirements or other information, call Paula Matthews, school age program coordinator, at 963-3307.

Searching for instructors: Charleston's Fitness and Sports Center is currently recruiting volunteer instructors for aerobics, yoga, Pilates and many other types of exercise and fitness programs. Those who would like to volunteer or need more information can stop by the fitness center or call 963-3347.

Airman's Attic in need of donations: The Airman's Attic is in need of household items, children's clothing to size eight, appliances and furniture. If you have items that have been gently used, consider donating them to the attic. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Betsy Crump at 963-4411.