U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Michael Quiboloy
Lt. Col. Tina M. Tsui, 452nd Force Support Squadron commander, and Maj. Hal Byers, 163rd FSS commander, gather for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the two units’ merger at March ARB, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014. The 3-in-1 integration of FSS will be a continuing process for the joint environment.
Club promotes healthier eating
The Back Street Café, in the Hap Arnold Club, has joined the Healthy Base Initiative with their daily lunch specials that began Dec. 23rd. The new cuisine received high praises from a panel of tasters prior to the launch. Daily specials range from 6.95-8.95 for members and 7.95-9.95 for non-members and include Arnold Club chicken salad, Thai shrimp burrito combo, shrimp scampi and baby back ribs. For further information, see the graphic in the print edition or online PDF, or call the club at 951-655-4920.
PAY ALERT: 2014 MILITARY PAY INCREASE SIGNED
It’s official. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 includes a one percent, across-the-board base pay raise for 2014. This raise is .7 percent less than the 2013 military pay increase, making it among the smallest increases since 1962. In addition, new rates have been set for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). For a copy of the 2014 Military and 2014 Reserve/Guard Pay Charts, BAH and COLA information, visit http://www.military.com then select “Benefits” to find the area you are looking for.
AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFERS RECONNECTION WORKSHOPS
The American Red Cross is offering free reconnection workshops for military and their family members to provide small-group, post-deployment support and skill-building. The first workshop, Communicating Clearly, is Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the ARC, 600 Parkcenter Dr., Room 232, Santa Ana, Calif. 92705. Space is limited. To R.S.V.P. by Jan. 13, call 714-481-5327 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be available.
YELLOW RIBBON EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR CALIFORNIA
The mission of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members and their families by connecting them with resources throughout and beyond the deployment cycle. Through YRRP, service members and those who support them have access to programs, services, and resources and referrals to minimize stress and maximize resiliency during all phases of deployment and reintegration. The next Yellow Ribbon events are scheduled for Jan. 24-26, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif., and Feb. 21-23, 2014 in Carlsbad, Calif. For more information please contact the 452 AMW Yellow Ribbon Representative, SMSgt. Jo Carrillo, Josephine.email@example.com or 951-655-2571.
FREE MILITARY FAMILY APPRECIATION DINNER
Great Oaks Apostolic Church, 38415 Innovation Court, Murrieta, Calif. 92563, is honoring all military and family members with a free dinner on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, from 3-5 p.m. as part of the With Tender Loving Care Ministry. To attend, register by Jan. 11 by calling 951-698-6638 or 619-871-9254, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.