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August 24, 2012

In Brief – August 24, 2012

Meet the bowling pros

A Next Level clinic and exhibition event is Sept. 16. Session I is 9 a.m. to noon. Session II is 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Thunderbolt Bowling Center. Meet Norm Duke and Randy Pedersen, professional bowlers who provide video analysis of individuals’ games, on-lane instruction, trick shot exhibition, challenge match, and a photo and autograph session. All skill levels are welcome. Single Airmen are free. To sign up at the bowling center or for more information, call (623) 856-6529 or go to nextlevelbowling.com.

Short sale assistance

The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently announced changes to short sale policies that make it easier for military homeowners with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages to honor financial commitments when they are issued a permanent change of station order. Qualified military homeowners will be eligible to sell their homes in a short sale even if they are current on their mortgage. Under the new policy Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not pursue a deficiency judgment or any cash contribution or promissory note from members of the military with a change in duty station for any property purchased on or before June 30, 2012. To determine if a mortgage is Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, service members can call (877) MIL(645)-4566 or (800) FREDDIE (373-3343).

Operation KIDS

Operations KIDS is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Camp Thunderbolt, Bldg. 400 on Luke Air Force Base. It is a simulated deployment experience for children ages 6 to 15. Registration is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1113; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Allen Readiness Center at 5636 E. McDowell Rd., Bldg. M5260, Phoenix; 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 11 at A&FRC. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Nicole Eisenbarth at (623) 856-6550.

Game Changers – Men making a difference

The Luke Air Force Base Chapel is hosting a Christian community men’s conference 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 at the base theater. Guest speakers from on and off base will give Spirit-filled presentations and testimonies, along with times of praise, according to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ted Wilson. “In the process, all men will have the opportunity to learn how God works out our salvation, often in astonishing ways,” he said. “This will be a chance for men to listen and experience the incredible ‘Spirituality of Men’ as it can only be presented by other men.” For more information, call Wilson at (623) 856-6211.

HHM golf tourney

The 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month committee is featuring a golf tournament Sept. 7 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Registration is 6:30 a.m. and the four-person shotgun start is 7:30 a.m. The cost is $35 per active duty E-1 through E-4; $40 per active duty E-5 and up, officers and retired; and $45 per civilian. Greens fees, golf cart range balls, scoring, hole-in-one contest, raffle and barbecue brisket or cheese burger lunch with potato salad, chips dessert and drinks are included. For more information or to register early, call 1st Lt. Chad Haring at (623) 856-3606.

Car show, golf, men’s health expo

The 56th Medical Group is featuring “Tune-up for Health,” a car show and men’s health expo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Club Five Six. View hot rods, classic cars and motorcycles, and get a health and wellness check at the same time. Food, refreshments and prizes are also included and the event is open to dependents. For more information, call Michelle Hoyt at (623) 856-9330. Also available is a golf tournament with a 7 a.m. shotgun start. For more information on the golf tournament, call John Fountain at (623) 856-8988.

Booster Bash

A new law went into effect Aug. 2 requiring children under 8 to be restrained in a booster seat. The Airman & Family Readiness Center along with Luke Air Force Base Fire and Emergency Services are teaming with Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Child Passenger Safety Program to host a Booster Bash at 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 30 at the A&FRC, Bldg. 1113. Information will be provided on the safe installation of booster seats and a free booster seat will be given to parents or guardians of children meeting the criteria. For more information, call Marjorie Thompson at (623) 856-6550.

Gillespie Memorial ride

The Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie Memorial Poker Run will be held Saturday with registration beginning at 7 a.m. at Jimbo’s (51st Avenue and Cactus Road). The registration fee for single riders is $15 and a $20 for riders with passenger. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Elijah MacLaren at (623) 856-7907.

AFNET migration

Luke Air Force Base will migrate its users into the Air Force Network to centralize services beginning Monday. For more information, call the 56th Communications Squadron at (623) 856-4400.

Academy/LEAD appointments

The U.S. Air Force Academy and its preparatory school are looking for enlisted Airmen who meet the criteria to enter the commissioned ranks. Airmen can apply through the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development program. Each year 170 slots are available to active-duty Airmen for direct entry. Applicants must be younger than age 23 by July 1, 2013, for entry into the academy; or younger than age 22 by July 1, 2013, for entry into the prep school; unmarried; a U.S. citizen; and no dependents. Airmen wishing to apply for appointment must complete an Air Force Form 1786 by Dec. 31. For more information, go to the base education center, Bldg. 1150, Room 3136, or call (623) 856-7722.

MSA closure

The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Munitions Storage Area will close Sept. 17 through 21 to conduct a 100-percent munitions inventory. Only emergency issues will be handled during this time. The last date for munitions turn-in is Sept. 14. Normal operations will resume Sept. 24. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Mark Liddy at (623) 856-6503.

Household goods customer satisfaction survey

Those who have recently had household goods delivered should have received an email with a link to complete a customer satisfaction survey seven days after the delivery. How moving companies are rated on the CSS directly impacts whether they receive more or less Defense Department household goods business in the future. Good or bad, the CSS should be completed. Everyone’s participation ensures quality moving companies are selected. For more information, call (623) 856-6424.

Housing assistance

The Air Force Housing Management Office provides professional and personalized housing assistance to military members and their families. These programs include privatized housing referrals, relocation services, off-base rental property counseling, home buying and selling information. For more information, call Rodney Marks at (623) 856-7643.

Smooth Move

A Smooth Move seminar is 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, Oct. 30 and Nov. 27 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center. For more information, call (623) 856-6550.

Free park pass

The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands is offering active-duty military members a free annual pass for up to four adults to more than 2,000 sites across the U.S. including parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands. For more information, go to www.store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html.

 




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