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January 17, 2014

News Briefs January 17, 2014

MARCH VITA CENTER NEEDS HELP TO OPERATE IN 2014

In January 2012, March ARB opened up the first Tax Center in AFRC and the first at March since 1995. Since that time, dedicated volunteers have doubled the number of people and returns they have prepared each year.

The March Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center needs volunteers to help them with a successful 2014 tax season. The Center must have a minimum of 12 volunteers (civilian employees, reservists, guardsmen, dependents, retirees, etc.) by Jan. 21 or they may not be able to open and provide free tax filing service to everyone. Currently, they do not have any Air Force volunteers (Reservists, Active Duty or Guard members).

To volunteer, visit www.linklearncertification.com and create an account. Then complete all training listed under the “Military” tab.

Submit the certificates to david.shore@us.af.mil and let him know which days and hours you are available to volunteer during the week. (They ask for four hours per week, per volunteer.)  If you’d like more information, please call David Shore at 951-655-4479 or e-mail him at david.shore@us.af.mil.

BASE FOD WALK JANUARY 22

All available personnel are invited to join the Base Foreign Object Walk, Jan. 22, 2014. Assemble at the old Air Passenger Terminal Building on the flightline side at 7:15 a.m. Bring a plastic trash bag, like the one in your shop or office trash can. There will be a pre-brief at 7:30 a.m. Please be on time. The access gate at the Air Traffic Control Tower is closed. Please use alternate gates as much as possible so as to limit foot traffic through Base Operations. Carpooling is recommended. Parking is very limited. Be diligent if walking or driving near the tower as construction is on-going and there is heavy equipment operation and semi-truck traffic traversing the roadways.

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 this issue or call the club at 951-655-4920.

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.carrillo@us.af.mil or 951-655-2571.

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.

W-2s AVAILABLE ON MY PAY

Military members can now log on to My Pay to print a copy of their W-2s for tax-filing purposes. It is accessible through the Air Force Portal or log on at https://mypay.dfas.mil.




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