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June 18 - News briefs

Posted 6/15/2010   Updated 6/16/2010 Email story   Print story


Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

6/15/2010 - JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- To submit a news brief, send an e-mail to Make the subject line "NEWS BRIEFS." Submissions must be received no later than close of business the Friday prior to publication.


National Crime Prevention Task Force: Joint Base Charleston will host a Street Smart seminar at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the base theater June 21. This interactive presentation informs audiences on tips and techniques to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. This is an open event - spouses, older children, retirees, civilians and Airmen are urged to attend. For additional information, call Stu Wyatt at 963-5605 or visit

2010 AMC Fit Factor: Come join the Youth Center and set a record for the most Walking Club members. The club will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Youth Center at 8 a.m. and walk one lap around the McCombs Way Trail. This program begins June 15 and will run through August 27. This is an open invitation to all to help reach the goal of 500 participants. For more information, contact the Youth Center at 963-5684.

CGO Council Blood Drive: The Company Grade Office Council is hosting a Red Cross blood drive at the Fitness and Sports Center June 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment at and enter sponsor code "ChasAFB."

S.C. employment services: Meet with a South Carolina job services representative to help in your job search and provide limited resume assistance June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Individuals seeking service must register online and identify job leads before arriving at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Building 500. This service is first-come, first-serve. Walk-ins begin at 10 a.m. Call 963-4406 to register.

Pinch your pennies until they squeal: Learn how to have a good quality of life on a budget June 23 from noon to 1 p.m. 963-4406 to reserve your seat.

July 2
Freedom Fest 2010: The Naval Weapons Station invites all Joint Base Charleston Airmen, civilian employees, retirees and their families to Freedom Fest 2010 on Friday, July 2. Gates open to Marrington Plantation at 5 p.m., with free admission and parking. Along with the giant fireworks display, there will be music, food, face painting, an inflatable playground, paintball, sumo suit wrestling and jousting tournaments. A new attraction this year will be hot air balloon rides. All are encouraged to bring a blanket or beach chair for seating to view the fireworks. For more information, call the Liberty Office on the Naval Weapons Station at 764-7002.

Education and Training:
Scholarship deadline July 1: Charleston Club Members and their families have the opportunity to submit an entry to vie for one of the 25 Air Force Club scholarship awards being offered this year Current Air Force Club members and their family members who have been accepted by or are enrolled in an accredited college or university for entry during the fall of 2010 term as a part-time or full-time student are eligible to submit an application. To enter, applicants are asked to write and submit a 500 words or less essay on "What does it mean to be a part of the Air Force Family." All submissions must arrive at the 628th Force Support Squadron Marketing Office in Bldg. 322 by close-of-business Thursday, July 1. For complete submission requirements and an online scholarship application, visit the Club's website at

Funding change to testing: Effective Nov. 20, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) will only fund a military member's initial examination fee for each subject College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST (previously known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) and Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) exams. Due to the change, all military members taking CLEP, DSST or ECE examination on or after May 20 will be informed they will not be allowed to retest with DANTES funding, on that specific exam, if they do not obtain their desired passing score. However, re-testing will continue to be available on a personally-funded basis. Individuals who took a test prior to May 20 must retest prior to Dec. 11. For additional background and details, call 963-4579.

Records management training: Records management training is scheduled the last Tuesday of every month in the conference room of the 2nd floor in Building 302 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Members can sign up on the Enterprise Information Management website. For any questions or concerns, contact Airman 1st Class Francisco Bastian or Airman 1st Class Miguel Batista at 963-8270.

Meetings and Registrations:
Healthy Thinking Workshop registration: Do you find yourself feeling angry or stressed more often than you would like or regret how you act when you are upset? Do you wish you could express yourself more clearly and be more assertive? Consider registering for the Healthy Thinking Workshop. This is a voluntary class focused on helping participants manage anger and stress and learn more effective ways of communicating their emotions. The workshop is divided into four 90 minute sessions held on consecutive Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with a new group beginning the first Wednesday of every month. To sign up or for more information, contact Family Advocacy at 963-6972.

Summer reading registration: The 2010 Base Library Youth Summer Reading Program is underway through Aug. 7. The theme this year is, "Voyage to Book Island." This program is designed to encourage and improve reading skills among youth. To register for the program, stop by the Base Library and pick up a summer reading packet. All books in this program must be checked out from the base library. For more information on this and other base library programs, call 963-3320.

Palace Chase, Palace Front briefings: The new in-service recruiter, Master Sgt. Robert Denehy, will be conducting Palace Chase and Palace Front briefings at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month in Building 503, Room 201. Air Force Instruction 36-3205 mandates that eligible Airmen who are separating be informed about the benefits and opportunities available to them within the Reserve, such as cross training, continued service, retirement, education, medical insurance and promotion. For more information, contact Sergeant Denehy at 963-4499.

Girl Scouting on Joint Base Charleston: Girls in grades four to six, or six to seven are eligible for membership in the Girl Scout troop on JBC. Meetings are held at Building 245 on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. for fun, earning badges and getting to meet other girls. Please contact Carolyn Kolva at 743-5020 for more information.

Summer camp registration: Registration is now underway for Youth Programs' full-time program, which started June 1 and runs through Aug. 13. It is for ages 5 to 12. Camp time is from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost per child for the full-time camp is based on total family income. Registrations accepted Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Youth Center for more information or call 963-5684.

Updates and Closures:
Trespassing notice: The small arms firing range is located off Arthur Drive on Range Road near the munitions operations area and explosive ordnance disposal building. Do not trespass into the surface danger zones; they are identified by posted warning signs. Trespassing is not only illegal; it is dangerous because of gunfire. Personnel requesting entry into firing range impact zones must contact the security forces combat arms NCO in charge at 963-1121 or via e-mail at

628 MDG Closure: Due to a training exercise, the 628th Medical Group will close June 24 at noon and will re-open June 28. For more information contact 1st Lt. John Bigbie at 963-6708.

Photo Studio Closure: The Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Office/Multimedia Center photo studio will be closed June 21 through 25. Those needing award, biography, passport or visa photographs should plan on having them done the week following the closure. For more information, contact Dave Williams at 963-7189.

Base shredding area open: The base shredder has been repaired. To make an appointment, contact Airman 1st Class Miguel Batista at 963-3289 or Airman 1st Class Dawn Voigt at 963-8270.

Base pool open: The base pool is now open for the summer. Season passes are on sale at the Outdoor Recreation Center. There will be no-cost lap swimming and military training Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon. Open swimming will be Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. Without a season pass, the daily entrance fee during open swim times is $2.50 per person. The ORC is also taking reservations for pool parties. Parties can be booked at the base pool for Tuesdays through Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. with a maximum group size of 100 people. Call 963-1732 for more information.

Free pool admission for Airmen: All Airmen E-1 through E-4 now have free entrance to the base pool anytime during open swim times, which are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. The pool is closed Mondays. Call the pool office at 963-3344 for additional information on pool activities and events.

Retiree activities office now at new location: The Joint Base Charleston Retiree Activities Office has moved to Building 503, Room 122. The hours of operation remain 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 963-2228 or e-mail

Airman's Attic in need of donations: The Airman's Attic needs household items, children's clothing to size eight, appliances, food and furniture. If anyone has items that have been gently used, consider donating them to the attic. Donations can be dropped off at Building 500, Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Betsy Crump at 963-4411.

Military News:
Civilian Force Development Reference Center: The Air Force recently launched a Civilian Force Development Reference Center on the Air Force Portal for civilians and supervisors to learn about CFD framework, tools and programs designed to help civilians focus on professional development. An introductory video by Gen. Howie Chandler, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, a webinar introducing the CFD framework, programs, tools and an evaluation to provide feedback have been placed on the CFD Reference Center. You can get the reference center through the AF Portal > Life & Career > Force Development > Civilian Force Development Reference Center. Contact Joint Base Charleston Employee Development Specialist, Kathyann Hopkins at 963-4493 with questions.

Online legal assistance: The Air Force Legal Assistance website can be viewed at Beginning Feb. 1, Airmen, their families and retirees will have access to this website to complete online worksheets for wills, advance medical directives and powers of attorney and submit customer feedback about their office experience. The 628th Air Base Wing Legal Office provides notary services from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on normal duty days. In addition, the office provides attorney consultation on a walk-in basis Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. for active-duty members in uniform, and 1 to 3 p.m. for all others.

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