News brief - week of Oct. 18|
Posted 10/17/2012 Updated 10/17/2012
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
10/17/2012 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- ITT sells Nuggets tickets
Information, Tickets and Tours begins selling Denver Nuggets tickets 9 a.m. Oct. 22. Prices range from $20-$152 depending on seat selection. Tickets will not be available for games against the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks. Operating hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday - Friday in Building 300, Room 131 or call 567-6050 to make arrangements to meet outside the restricted area. For more information, please contact Korey Kuykendall 567-6050.
Give Parents a Break
The Air Force Aid Society supports the "Give Parents a Break" program by funding care on one Friday evening or Saturday afternoon each month. The next break is 1-5 p.m. Nov. 17. Care is provided at the Child Development Center for all ages; however, children are grouped according to ages. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Parents may make reservations up to 30 days prior to the session; however, reservations will not be accepted after the Friday one week prior to the session. Parents may call after that Friday to request a reservation in the event of a cancellation or availability of a certain age group. A minimum of eight children are required to offer the session. If less than eight children have reservations, the session will be cancelled, and parents will be notified by the Thursday prior to the session. To be eligible for the program, families must be referred by the squadron commander, first sergeant, chaplain, doctor or other medical professional, family advocacy personnel, Airman and Family Readiness Center personnel and Child Development Center personnel. For more information, please contact Nancy Seckman at 567-3920.
Right Start Newcomers Orientation is 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the multi-purpose facility next to the main fitness center. It is a mandatory briefing for all newly arrived military and Department of Defense civilian personnel, except military members scheduled to attend First Term Airmen Center. Individuals should attend Right Start within 30 days of arrival. Please call 567-3920 to confirm your attendance or for more information.
A&FRC gives résumé, interview tips
The Airman and Family Readiness Center provides résumé and interview tips 9-11 a.m. Nov. 15. at the new location in Building 101. For more information or to sign up, please contact Nancy Seckman at 567-3920.
Schriever holds deployed family dinner
Team Schriever holds a deployed family dinner 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9. Come out and enjoy good food and good company. As usual, the DFD's are for the families of deployed members and for families and members who are just returning from deployments. Sign up by contacting your unit's first sergeant. For more information, please contact Tina Johnson at 567-3920.
VA holds medical records review
A Department of Veterans Affairs medical records review is available from 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at the new Airman and Family Readiness Center location in Building 101. If you are 180 days from separation or retirement, now is the time to start your disability claim with the VA. The initial medical records review is provided by the Disabled American Veterans. If you are leaving the military and have service-related medical issues, it is in your best interest to start the process for a disability claim. Depending on the extent of your disability, you may be eligible for monthly monetary compensation, veteran's preference into federal service, and many other benefits depending on the state you decide to settle in. The records reviews are by appointment only, so call early. You must have a copy of your medical records for this appointment. For more information, please contact Liz Archuleta at 567-3920.
Apply for federal service
The Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center and Civilian Personnel Office team up to bring you the steps you need to know in the process of applying for federal employment. It is helpful to become familiar with www.usajobs.gov before coming to the class. The class is 8-11 a.m. Nov. 2 at Building 101. Call to sign up. For more information, please contact Liz Archuleta at 567-3920.
New sponsors train online
Training is mandatory for newly assigned sponsors. Call or e-mail the Airman and Family Readiness Center for access to the online training. Sponsor packet information is available at the A&FRC. Make incoming personnel's arrival to Schriever a positive experience by completing the training online. For more information, please contact Andrea Hernandez at 567-3920.
Briefing eases transition to civilian life
The first step to a successful transition from military service is to attend a mandatory pre-separation counseling briefing 2-4 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30. During the briefing a pre-separation counseling checklist will be completed. You will hear about the resources available as you separate or retire. Questions will be answered and referrals made to assist in making the transition from the military a successful one. For more information, please contact Andrea Hernandez 567-3920.
Family child care providers needed
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business? Do you enjoy working with children? We have an opportunity for you. We are looking for individuals on Schriever AFB who are interested in providing quality child care in their homes during evening and weekend hours. Homes will be licensed by Peterson AFB. Training, background checks, start-up equipment and materials are at no cost to applicants. Interested applicants should contact Karen Kirshenbaum, the Family Child Care Coordinator at Peterson AFB at 556-4322. Applicants will need to complete Peterson AFB Family Child Care Orientation 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12, 13 and 14. Applicants need to pick up orientation packets at the Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center prior to attending orientation. For more information, please contact Mary Barkley 567-5464.
School Age Program lock-in
School Age Program is hosting a lock-in for children ages 9-12 7 p.m. Nov. 9 to 7 a.m. Nov. 10. Call and sign up today. For more information, please contact Alex Allen at 567-4742.
SAP offers care for Thanksgiving
School Age Program will offer care during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 19-23. Please call for pricing. For more information, please contact Alex Allen at 567-4742.
AF migrates to eOPF
Beginning Nov. 1, the Air Force will be migrating to the Office of Personnel Management electronic Official Personnel Folder. The migration to the OPM eOPF is mandated by the Federal Government eGov Act of 2002. The Air Force agreed to be the last component to migrate because AF has been using an eOPF since October 1996, Personnel Automated Records Information System, more commonly referred to as PARIS. The OPM eOPF will provide the same level of access and the same functionality provided by PARIS. Similar to the current AF eOPF, OPM's eOPF will contain electronic copies of the documents that make up the AF civilian service employee's OPF. OPM's eOPF organizes and stores personnel documents in a secure repository. These records will be regularly backed up and the eOPF provides disaster recovery to assure continuity of operation in any situation. You can find OPM eOPF information on myPers. Recommend you visit https://myPers.af.mil as new material will be posted to this site periodically. For more information, please contact David Duhe at 567-5679.
El Paso provides child support assistance
Colorado received a federal grant to assist service members with their child support and related issues. El Paso County Child Support Services is providing the assistance under the grant to either parent provided at least one of the parents is active-duty military. Under the grant, child support issues, including paternity and parenting time, can be addressed before a service member is deployed, upon redeployment or if stationed locally in El Paso County. The grant allows for pre-deployment cases to be expedited so that the child support issues can be resolved before the service member is deployed. An El Paso County Child Support Services military liaison will be at Schriever 1-3 p.m. Oct. 30. If interested, contact the 50th Space Wing legal office at 567-5050. The liaison will be available on base on a regular basis to assist service members and their families on the last Tuesday of each month. Alternatively, El Paso County Child Support Services may be reached by calling (719) 457-6331 or by visiting www.elpasocountycss.com. For more information, please contact Betty Sansone at 567-5050.
Submit your ballot
It's not too late to submit your ballot. If you have not received your requested absentee ballot, now is the time to submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to ensure it arrives by election day, Nov. 6. You can find many helpful resources at www.fvap.gov. Your Unit Voting Assistance Officer and the Installation Voting Assistance Officer can provide assistance also. Reach the SAFB Voting Asssistance Officer at 567-6877.
Schriever holds health insurance fair
Schriever holds a civilian health insurance benefits fair 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the multi-purpose facility next to the main fitness center. Representatives from health insurance providers will be available to help members make the decision that is best for them. Health benefit representatives will have information to pass out and answer questions about health care plans. The fair is open to all appropriated fund employees. For more information, please contact David Duhe at 567-5679.
Attend Bundles for Babies class
A Bundles for Babies class is available 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Building 101. Funded by the Air Force Aid Society, this class includes topics such as the financial aspects of raising a child, how to maintain couplehood when children enter the picture and ways of dealing with the stresses of having a new baby. Fathers even have the chance to experience how mom feels by wearing an empathy belly. Active-duty Air Force and Department of Defense civilian personnel and spouses who are awaiting the birth of a child are eligible for a free bundle of baby items worth more than $60. Call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 567-3920 to sign up.
Basketball court closes
The basketball court at the main fitness center will be closed on the following dates and times in support of official functions: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15, 16, 17 and 1-3 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, please contact Seth Cannello at 567-6658.
Hatch Act sets political activity rules
With this political season, all civilian employees should be mindful of the rules set forth in the Hatch Act governing political activity in the workplace. Notably, the Hatch Act prohibits political activity by Federal civilian employees while on duty, while wearing an official uniform or insignia, while using a government vehicle or in any Federal workplace. Civilian employees are free to engage in the activities described when not on duty or when away from the federal workplace. According to the Office of Special Counsel, for purposes of the Hatch Act, a "Federal workplace" is any federally owned space or federally leased space in which federal employees perform official duties on a regular basis. As a reminder, "political activity" includes: distributing campaign materials or items, wearing partisan political buttons, t-shirts or other items; displaying campaign materials or items; performing campaign-related chores; making political contributions to a political party, candidate for partisan political office or partisan political group; posting comments to blogs or social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter that advocates for or against a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group; using an e-mail account to distribute, send or forward content that advocates for or against a political party, candidate for partisan political office or partisan political group. Military members should also be mindful that their political activities are also constrained by various prohibitions and limitations, which are explained in detail in AFI 51-902. For more information, please contact the legal office at 567-5050.
Run, walk for 5K Turkey Trot
The annual 5K Turkey Trot run and walk will be held 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at the main fitness center. No registration is necessary; however, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and for pre-race instructions. Participants will run or walk 5K around the paved path (two laps) located directly behind the main fitness center. T-shirts for the first 100 participants and prizes for the top three male and female finishers will be provided. For more information, please contact Seth Cannello at 567-6658.
Attend sports advisory council meeting
The fourth quarter sports advisory council meeting is Dec. 12. Annual fit-to-fight reservations will be determined at this mandatory meeting. At least one representative from each squadron should attend. In order to be eligible for a physical training time, your squadron must have an up-to-date sports advisory council appointment letter on file with the fitness center. A one-hour block of time per week will be available for the following areas: the basketball court, the indoor running track, the outdoor track and the aerobics room. For more information, please contact Seth Cannello at 567-6658.
Join 'The Murph' competition
The main fitness center will be hosting "The Murph" competition Dec. 14. The Murph consists of a 1-mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 body-squats followed by another 1-mile run. Contestants will have one-hour to complete this grueling event. The pull-ups, push-ups and body-squats can be completed in any order (i.e. doing sets of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats) but the 1-mile runs must "book-end" the event. Pre-register for this event no later than Dec. 12. Receive start time when you register. All participants completing the event in less than 60 minutes will receive a free t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female participants. For more information, please contact Seth Cannello at 567-6658.
Protect PII on shared drives
Protecting privacy information is the responsibility of every federal employee, military member. and contractor who handles privacy records or personally identifiable information contained in any record. According to AFI 33-332, PII contained in any records shall not be placed on shared drives for access by groups of individuals unless each person of the group has an official need to know for an approved government purpose to perform their job. Add appropriate access controls to ensure access by only authorized individuals that have the need to know. Recall rosters will be marked For Official Use Only and only provided to individuals with a need to know of the information in order to accomplish their official duties. Do not place a complete recall roster on a shared location with access allowed for everyone in a unit, unless necessary for official purposes. For more information, please contact Gregory Cummins at 567-2818.
Need a listening ear?
The Military and Family Life Consultant is here to listen and address marriage and relationship issues, parenting, sibling and family issues, communication challenges, stress and anxiety, grief and loss and daily life issues. The MFLC is available every day at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Building T-65. Drop-in appointments are available or you can schedule a time by calling the MLFC directly. For more information, please contact Mercedes Petiford at 567-3920.
A&FRC eases military-to-civilian transition
Airman and Family Readiness Center offers transition assistance program class 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 22-26. Active duty military members separating or retiring should attend the five-day seminar. The program is facilitated and funded by the Department of Labor. The first two and a half days focus on networking, job search, résumés and interviewing. It concludes with an employer panel offering tips on what employers are looking for in terms of resumes and future employees. Please call to sign up for the next class. For more information, please contact Andrea Hernandez at 567-3920.
Receive AFAS education grant
The Air Force Aid Society's General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant begins accepting applications Nov. 1. Online applications for the 2013-2014 academic year will be available from the society's website, www.afas.org. Please visit their website for details on eligibility and requirements. For more information, please contact Nancy Seckman at 567-3920.
Visit AF legal assistance website
Team Schriever is encouraged to visit the Air Force Legal Assistance website. It consists of three features: 1. Legal topics information - review basic information on legal assistance topics that commonly affect military members, such as consumer affairs, family law, wills or powers of attorney. The information provided is for educational and general information purposes only. It is not legal advice. Speak with a licensed attorney before relying on the information contained within the website to make a decision or take any action. Use the legal services locator to find the nearest military legal office within the continental United States. 2. Online worksheets - People may fill out an online legal worksheet prior to their visit to the legal office for expedited service, although this is not required prior to the visit. Worksheet topics include wills, advance medical directives, and powers of attorney. Please note that no legal documents can be printed from this website; individuals are still required to visit the nearest Air Force legal office to obtain the legal document. Only Air Force legal offices have access to the data entered here, and it will be deleted after 90 days. 3. Online survey - following a visit to an Air Force legal office, individuals may submit anonymous comments through the online survey. For more information, please contact Betty Sansone at 567-5050.
CDC offers Parents Night Out
The Child Development Center offers limited number of hourly care slots for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, one day a month. The care will be in conjunction with the care that is offered through the Give Parents a Break program. The cost for care is $4 per hour. The days will alternate each month between the third Friday and third Saturday of each month. Care on Fridays will be from 7 to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Snacks are provided. The first Parent Night Out is 7-11 p.m. Oct. 19. Parents need to sign up at the Child Development Center. This is a great opportunity for parents to take time to do the things they want to do while their children are provided quality care in a nurturing environment. This program will be offered on a trial basis and is subject to modification or cancellation without notice. Please call the Child Development Center at 567-4742 for additional information.
Professional Development Center Courses
The Professional Development Center offers the following classes to enhance your military skills. The center is open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and is located on the third floor of Building 210 in Room 310. NCOPE: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 23-25; Informed Decision: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Testing is also available at the Professional Development Center. PME/CDC end of course test are 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays (only in October and November). Defense Language Aptitude Battery Education Counseling is available at Peterson AFB education center. Call the Peterson AFB Education Center at 556-773 to schedule an appointment or e-mail them at email@example.com. The Peterson AFB Education Center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. ASVAB retesting is available at the U.S Air Force Academy. Please call 333-3826 for more information. For more information, please contact Master Sgt. Amy Hunter at 567-5927.
A&FRC holds Heartlink
The Airman and Family Readiness Center holds Heartlink 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Oct. 26 at Building T-135. Military spouses will learn about benefits such as TRICARE, employment assistance, financial services and access to scholarships. Would you like to connect with other military spouses? Lunch will be provided and free child care is available for children ages 6 months to 12 years of age at the base Child Development Center. RSVP must include child/children's name(s) and age(s) with. All attendees must RSVP by calling 567-3920 no later than Oct. 18. For more information, please contact Loura Winkels at 567-7391.
TVC holds town hall meeting
Tierra Vista Communities will host its quarterly community information (town hall) meeting at the Community Center on 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Discussion items include: Community Enrichment Council updates, fall weather and winterization tips, utility billing program, solar construction update and review scheduled community events for October, November and December. All residents are encouraged to attend since resident engagement is crucial to the growth and enrichment of the community. Ask questions, provide suggestions, voice concerns and obtain direct feedback concerning issues and events related to the community. For further information, please contact Devon Forhan or Diana Burris at 719-683-3660.