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By Public Affairs | 437th Airlift Wing | Feb. 15, 2007

Retirement: The 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron will host a retirement ceremony for Senior Master Sgt. Annabelle Farrington on Feb. 23 at 10 a.m., in the building 60 auditorium. For more information, contact Chief Master Sgt. Michael O'Hara at 963-4589.
Retirement: The 17th Airlift Squadron will host a retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Kevin Knight Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the 17th Airlift Squadron auditorium. For more information, contact Capt. Timothy Kipp at 963-7359.

Around the base
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.

Black History Month calendar of events:
Essay Contest: The Charleston African American Heritage Council is sponsoring an essay contest for Black History Month. The theme for the essay contest is "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas. What does it mean to you?" Cash prizes will be award for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Completed essays must be received no later than today at 4:30 p.m., today to be considered. For more information,
contact 1st. Lt. Natosha Reed at 963-3247.

Lunch and Learn: The Charleston African American Heritage council is hosting a "Lunch and Learn" every Friday during the month of February from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charleston Club. "Lunch and Learn" highlights the accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans in today's society. For more information, contact Lieutenant Reed at 673-3247.

Gas mask fit testing: The 437th Medical Group Bioenvironmental Engineering flight will be conducting gas mask fit testing Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only. Airman requiring a gas mask fit testing 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.

On base Term IV College Registration: The Education and Training Center will begin Term IV registration for City Colleges of Chicago, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Park University, Southern Illinois University and Webster University Mar. 5. For more information, contact the Education and Training Center at 963-4575,

South Carolina Sting Ray's military appreciation night: The South Carolina Stingrays ice hockey team will have its Military Appreciation Night game Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Information, Tickets and Tours office has upper level discount ticket vouchers available for $5. Admission also includes a military cup game featuring the Air Force vs. Navy starting at 2 p.m. For more information contact the ITT office at 963-5270.