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November 27, 2013

News Briefs November 27, 2013

COMBINED UTA SET FOR JAN. 2014

Due to budget issues, all members assigned to the 452 AMW will report for a combined UTA, Jan. 25-26, 2014. Please see your squadron commander or first sergeant if you have any questions or concerns.

ACCESS SELF-HELP WEBSITES WITHOUT COMMON ACCESS CARD

By direction of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, military Common Access Card (CAC) holders need to register for a DOD Self Service (DS) Logon. The DS Logon facilitates accessing various self-help websites like milConnect, eBenefits, Veterans Affairs, TRICARE Online, and RAPIDS Self-Service, and more, without need for a CAC.

The DS Logon has a level of security that supports the Personnel Identity Protection Directive in working with a person’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Personal Health Information (PHI). The DS Logon gives one the freedom to access the websites anytime from home and after separation or retirement when they no longer have a CAC. Use the following URL to register and find out what other websites use the DS Logon; click the Help Center tab in https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil/dsaccess.

If issues are encountered with the actual registration, contact the Defense Manpower Data Center’s Beneficiary Helpdesk at 800-538-9552 for assistance.

TRICARE HEALTH INSURANCE MEETS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MINIMUMS

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain a minimum level of health insurance, known as “minimum essential coverage” (MEC), for themselves and their dependents. If you are a service member, retiree, family member, or survivor covered by TRICARE, you have MEC and there is no need to purchase additional health insurance. If you are using any of the health plan options shown on the TRICARE web site, you have the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act. The following is a link to the TRICARE Frequently Asked Questions page: http://www.tricare.mil/FAQs/Print.aspx?Ids=%7b3C4D017B-0081-4471-A86E-26DE096E96B7%7d. For more specific questions, call your TRICARE contractor at 877-988-9378 for West Region; 800-444-5445 for South Region; 877-874-2273 for North Region.

ROAD/PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS ON BASE

Contractors are performing a slurry seal on many of the March streets and parking lots. Vehicles need cleared from effected areas or they will be towed at the owner’s expense. The following schedule applies, but keep in mind that rain will delay the process:

(Dates include prepping, sweeping, cleaning, slurry seal treatment and striping.)

Tanker Way and main (Cactus) gate outbound lanes: Full road closures – Nov. 25-27 (alternate base exit route is Riverside Drive gate)

Old running track/Chanute Way: Full road closures – Dec. 2-9

Bldgs. 2300 and 1217: Full parking lot closure – Dec. 2-6

Bldg. 2247 (solar panel parking lot): Full parking lot closure – Dec. 10-16

Bldg. 470: Full parking lot closure – Dec. 16-20

The point of contact for this project is Kevin Santiago at 951-323-8316 or kevin.santiago@us.af.mil.

APPLY FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE BEFORE CLASS STARTS

Your request for Tuition Assistance MUST be submitted no later than seven days prior to the class start date or it will NOT be approved without higher authority approval on a case-by-case basis. You may apply as early as 60 days before the class start date. For more information, contact Arnaldo Ibarrientos at 951-655-2126.

COMMISSARY CLOSURE

The March Commissary will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28. Happy Thanksgiving!

PAX TERMINAL CLOSURES

Thursday, Nov. 28, (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Wednesday, Dec. 25, (Merry Christmas!)

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 (Happy New Year!)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MARCH TAX CENTER

Last year the March VITA Tax Center processed more than 1,000 tax returns, saving Team March families nearly $200 thousand in tax preparation fees and resulting in more than $1.1 million in refunds!! This year they are seeking volunteers. You can earn credit toward the Volunteer Service Medal and rack up some well-earned OPR/EPR bullets AND they train you!

Training dates are: Dec. 2-6 and 10-13 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more info and to volunteer, contact SSgt. Shore at 951-655-4479 or e-mail him at david.shore@us.af.mil.

CCAF GRADUATION DEC. 8

All Team March members are invited to attend the next CCAF graduation ceremony scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, 9:00 a.m. in the Cultural Resource Center on base. Come show support for our Airmen and their academic achievements!

seeking VOLUNTEER speakers

Public Affairs is looking for individuals who would like to volunteer to visit local middle schools for a couple of morning hours to discuss the importance of education with students, motivate them and answer their questions. If interested, report to the school location by 7:30 a.m. on the date of the event.

Dec. 4 – March Middle School – 15800 Indian St., Moreno Valley

Dec. 6 – Norco Intermediate School – 2711 Temescal Ave., Norco

Dec. 12 – Ramirez Intermediate School – 6905 Harrision Ave., Eastvale

Dec. 19 – River Heights Middle School – 7227 Scholar Way, Eastvale

CITY TO WIDEN CACTUS AVE AT MAIN GATE

The City of Moreno Valley will start construction to widen Cactus Ave soon and continue through January 2014. The construction area will start where the north-bound, high-speed off ramp from I-215 meets Cactus Ave. all the way through to Veterans Way. This may cause some disruptions with entering the installation and possible traffic delays. For now, the main gate will remain open as usual. However, the project will be monitored for the duration of the construction in order to ensure the safety of March employees and Moreno Valley citizens. Please be patient and cautious while operating your motor vehicle in and around the construction zone.




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