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February 1, 2013

Local Briefs February 1, 2013

MOAA meeting

The Military Officers Association of America Luke Chapter will hold the monthly meeting Feb. 14 at Club Five-Six. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and “The Arizona Trio” at 7 p.m. Active-duty, retired, warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their spouses, and auxiliary members are invited to attend. The cost is $20 ($17 for Air Force Club members) per person. To RSVP by Feb. 11 or for more information, call Pam Wojtas at (623) 544-4477.

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month to increase the awareness of good dental habits for children. The 56th Dental Squadron’s focus is preventive oral health care for children and will present information to the Luke Air Force Base community at 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 and 20 at the child development center, 1 to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Luke Elementary School, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Luke AFB Library, 1:30 to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Luke Elementary School and 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at the youth center. Information about proper nutrition, developing good oral hygiene and the importance of regular dental checkups is included. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Ashley Stallworth, 56th Medical Group, at (623) 856-7535.

Book discussion

Come talk about the animals at the next Luke Air Force Library book discussion group to discuss any book that takes an animal’s point of view 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the library, Bldg. 219. New members are welcome. For more information, call (623) 856-7191.

Tax center hours

The tax center is now open by appointment only. E-1 through E-4 may have their taxes prepared at the center through Feb. 28. All others can make appointments for March 1 through April 15. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Bldg. 1150. For more information or to make an appointment, call (623) 856-3140.

Free do-it-yourself tax prep

A free do-it-yourself tax return preparation website for those making less than $57,000 annual income is www.myfreetaxes.com/luke. For those making more than $57,000, go to www.militaryonesource.com.

Luke GameStop closing

GameStop’s plan to close 200 stores includes the Luke Air Force Base facility, which closed Thursday. The Army & Air Force Exchange Service regularly reviews offerings to ensure they meet the community’s needs. The process of identifying and bringing a new retail activity to the space GameStop occupied is ongoing.

Range trespass notice

The Combat Arms Ranges located at Luke Air Force Base, Bldg. 918, and the grenade launcher training area located at Luke Air Force Base Auxiliary Field are off limits to all personnel. Live fire training is conducted on these ranges, and trespassing is not only illegal but also dangerous because of gunfire. For more information or to obtain entry due to a valid need, call Tech. Sgt. Brad Brown, 56th Security Forces Squadron, at (623) 856-6678.

Tech expo

The Luke Air Force Base Technology Exposition is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at Club Five Six. The 56th Communications Squadron is hosting the event that is free to the base community. More than 20 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest solutions to every mission. Preregister at www.FederalEvents.com. Click on the “LukeAFB” link. For more information or to request a company or technology, call Katie Johnson at (443) 563-2462 or email Johnson@ncsi.com.

Savings on homes

Balfour Beatty Communities (Luke family housing) is currently offering three-bedroom renovated homes for $1,100 per month with a one-year lease for E-1 through E-5 active-duty military members only. With an allotted base allowance for housing of $1,287 for those ranks and $1,461 for E-5, members can save money through the basic allowance for housing. Annually members save $2,244 and $4,332 respectively. Specials are subject to change without notice. For more information, call the Balfour Beatty Communities office at (623) 388-3515.

Trip reduction survey

The annual trip reduction survey is being conducted through Feb. 13 online at https://luke-leep.ursokr.com. Base personnel, minus deployed Airmen, are asked to take the two-minute survey. The survey is required by Maricopa County Air Quality Department, and participation will be tracked. The data will be used to analyze and plan to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips.

Basic car care class

A basic car care class for participants ages 16 and older teaches basic car care and preventive maintenance class will be offered at 2 p.m. the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call (623) 856-6107.

Auto hobby shop hours

The auto hobby shop hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and will be closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (623) 856-6107

After-school program

The YP After 3 Program is for parents who are looking for after-school activities for children and teens, ages 6 to 18 who are youth center program members. The program promotes life skills, a sense of belonging, and a safe and supervised setting. YP annual membership is required to participate. Youth program membership is $20 per child. Weekly fees for after-school child care are based on total family income. For more information, call the youth center at (623) 856-7470.

Military children scholarships

Applications for the Scholarships for Military Children Program for students enrolling full-time in the fall of 2013 in an undergraduate program leading to a bachelor’s degree are now being accepted. For more information, go to www.militaryscholar.org.




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