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By Public Affairs | 437th Airlift Wing | March 21, 2007


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

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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 March 31. The deadline for youth sign up is April 30. To volunteer and for more information, contact Evelyn Knight at 963-6849.

Women's History Month calendar of events:

Women's History Month expo: The Women's History Month committee is hosting a Women's expo today at the Fitness and Sports Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Beth Dickens at 963-4074.

Women's History Month walk/run: The Women's History Month committee is hosting a 5K walk/run today on the Commander's Challenge Course from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The event will start at the Fitness and Sports Center. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Beth Dickens at 963-4074.

Women's History Month Luncheon: The Women's History Month committee is hosting a Women's History Month luncheon Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Charleston Club. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Beth Dickens at 963-4074.

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.

Promotion ceremony: Airmen The base promotion ceremony is scheduled to be held March 30 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.

Company Grade Officer Council meeting: The next CGOC meeting is scheduled to be held 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Charleston Club.

Monthly Airmen's Dinner: This month's Airmen's Dinner will be held March 29 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the chapel annex. There will be a raffle for two Airmen who may each bring a guest to have dinner with the Joergers.

Family housing residents: Security rods for family housing sliding glass doors are now available at the Self-Help Store.

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.

New pharmacy hours: The pharmacy has new hours. The pharmacy will open at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. daily. The pharmacy will close at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month for training. For more information, contact Maj. Karen Berkeley at 963-6809.

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.

Gas mask fit testing: The 437th Medical Group Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight will be conducting gas mask fit testing Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Airmen requiring a gas mask fit test must first contact their unit deployment manager to schedule an appointment. Airmen are asked to bring their own gas mask and eyewear inserts and to avoid consumption of any food, drinks or tobacco products for at least an hour prior to the appointment. For more information, contact Senior Airman Matthew Anderson at 963-6289.