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NEWS | July 31, 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.

The 628th Medical Group will be closed Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12 p.m. for training.

August 5
An "Ace that Interview!" workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. Learn interviewing techniques by practicing with expert coaching.

August 6
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.

Educational Opportunities Counseling half-hour appointments will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meet one-on-one for 30 minutes with an expert who will help you reach your educational goals.

A "The Difference between the CSB/Redux and High Three" class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Learn the facts about both of these military retirement systems before making an irreversible decision!

August 7
A "Heart Link - Charleston Spouse Orientation to the USAF" will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are able to join for this fun orientation. This is an excellent way for Military spouses to learn about the Air Force mission, culture, traditions, military language, and benefits/services while making new friends!

August 8
MANDATORY TAP Preseparation Briefings will be provided for separatees from 8 to 11 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. 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 and counseling is required prior to attending the TAP GPS Workshop.

A "Deployed Spouse Appreciation Dinner" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Chapel Annex. Join us for good food, games, and great fellowship - all on us! This appreciation dinner is for all family members of deployed team Charleston.

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 and returns to the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

August 9
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. VA One-on-One Disability Claims Assistance will be provided from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. NOTE: Members (who do not have a copy of their medical records) must sign an authorization letter (authorizing the VA representative to obtain your medical records) at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Clinic's Family Practice section. This letter must be signed no later than the Monday prior to the week's Friday VA One-on-One Assistance that you plan to attend.