NEWS | Aug. 27, 2013

News Briefs - Air Base

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

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All classes or events will be held at the Airman and Family Readiness Center (Building 500) unless otherwise specified. For more information, or to register for a class or event, please call 963-4406.

September 3
A "My New Space" class will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. This mandatory workshop is a prerequisite for individuals moving out of the dorm that addresses tips for financial success.

A "Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Fundamentals" class will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. Whether military or DoD civilian, learn the basics, purpose, how to enroll/maintain your account, investment strategies, and more.

September 4
A "Start Your Resume (Part I)" workshop will be held from 9 a.m. - noon. Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letters.

September 5
A FREE "EXPLORE CHARLESTON/NEWCOMER'S TOUR" will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of Charleston's Historic district including the Citadel Military College, the market (downtown), and Patriots Point. Lunch is on your own. Tour bus departs from & returns to the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

MANDATORY TAP Preseparation Briefings will be provided for Separatees from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and for Retirees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Per Public Law 107-103, in the case of anticipated retirement, retiring service members can receive pre-separation counseling up to 24 months prior to DOS? And a separating service member can receive pre-separation counseling up to 12 months prior to DOS. This is the first step in the process to making you "career ready" to leave the service; and this briefing/counseling is required prior to attending the TAP GPS Workshop.

September 6
A "VA Benefits Briefing" will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about all your VA benefits in this briefing! If you are exempt from the TAP GPS Workshop, you will need this. Open to all active duty.

A Workshop for VA Disability Claims will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The VA representative will cover the VA claims and filing process and individual claims assistance will be provided from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Members (who do not have a copy of their medical records) must sign an authorization letter at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Clinic's Family Practice section. This letter is prepared, but must be signed no later than the Monday prior to the week's Friday workshop that you plan to attend.