January 23, 2015

News Briefs 01/23/2015


There will be a Deserving Airman Commissioning Board held on Feb. 19, 2015. All packages are due to FSS/FSMPD by Jan. 24. For more information, contact 452nd Force Support Squadron Career Development at 655-3113.


The Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon Program invites you to a Regional Yellow Ribbon Training event to be held in Orange County, California, Feb. 27-March 1. This event will include activities, referral information, education, vendor booths and interactive breakout sessions that span the concerns and issues faced by reservists and their loved ones before and after a deployment, including: Tricare, Airmen & Family Readiness, ESGR,  legal assistance for wills & powers of attorney, Military Family Life Consultants, Personal Financial Consultants, and more. For information on the event and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, contact the 452 AMW Yellow Ribbon Representative, Senior Master Sgt. Jo Carrillo, at 951-655-2571 or Josephine.carrillo@us.af.mil.


Did you know March ARB has a virtual Airman’s Attic? Log on to Facebook and search “March ARB Airman’s Attic” to like it. The site is where all Team March members can post things they are in need of and/or offer items (for FREE) that they would like to donate to help someone at March in need. The site is NOT for selling or advertising. All items offered must be completely FREE. The link is as follows: https://www.facebook.com/marchairmansattic?ref=tn_tnmn#!/marchairmansattic. Please share the site with your family and friends so we can help some of our own.


The 2015 Reserve Officer Association (ROA) Chapter 11 Recruitment Lunch will be held at Joe’s Italian Restaurant, 22308 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided. All non-commissioned, warrant and commissioned officers are invited to attend. Agenda will include: ROTC Award Distribution Volunteers, Activity/ Service Award Project for 2015, 1st Shirt Run T-Shirts, upcoming conferences and JOLDS courses.


Spin Class: every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.

Zumba: every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Friday at 10:15 a.m.

Battle Ropes/circuit training/TRX training weekdays at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m

For more information, visit the Fitness Center or call 951-655-2284.


Jan. 31: Fencing

Feb. 14: Go-kart racing at Adams Motorsport

Feb. 28: Flying Trapeze

For more information call ODR at 951-655-2816, Monday thru Friday 8:30 to 4:30. Trips are open to all personnel but Single Airmen have priority.


The Norton AFB Museum Board of Directors will host the sixth event in their ongoing series of “An Evening at the Museum”. The museum will open Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. for viewing of the museum and the outdoor Veterans Memorial area, including the newest addition, a section of the Berlin Wall. The auditorium opens at 7 p.m. for seating, which is limited and will be on a first come- first seated basis. Our guest speaker is Maj. Gen. David Post, USAFR (Ret). Post will begin the presentation at 7:30 p.m. and share the story of the 445th Military Airlift Wing (MAW) and focus on its teaming with the 63rd MAW while stationed at Norton AFB prior to its closure. Guests will learn how this AF Reserve (associate) Wing blended with the 63rd and absorbed their portion of the global airlift and logistics mission supported by Norton AFB.


Looking for an inexpensive way to vacation? Then why not try the Armed Forces Vacation Club.   The Armed Forces Vacation Club is a ‘Space A’ vacation condominium rental program developed to benefit active duty, Reserve and National Guard members as well as DOD civilians. Condos through this program are available at a flat rate of $349 a week. There are no dues, no hidden fees, just a great value for the men and women of our uniformed services. For more information or to make a reservation, log onto www.marchfss.com, click on the Ticket and Tours tab and then click on the Armed Forces Vacation Club tab.


The Retiree Activity Office is looking for folks who can volunteer their time for three hours a week. If you are interested, please call 655-4077 or 655-4079.


Jan. 31: Vegas Turnaround. ($20, must be 21 and older) Deadline to sign up is Jan 28.

Other tickets available at ITT include: San Diego Zoo and Safari Park (free for military, discounts for dependents); Patriot Jet Boat Tour on San Diego Bay ($16); SeaWorld Waves of Honor (service members and 3 dependents enter free; Castle Park Amusement Park tickets, includes unlimited regular rides and miniature golf ($16); Whale watching season starts Dec. 26 ($14); Disney 3-day hopper pass for up to 6 people ($130 for active duty, retired, Reserve, Guard).

For More Information on hours, ticket prices and events, visit MarchFSS.com, facebook.com/marchodradventure or call 951-655-4123.


The March A&FRC will host the TSP for military and civilians, Jan. 27 at Bldg. 2313, room 6 (MSG conference room), from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop will be taught by Ms. Debi McCoy. All base personnel are invited to attend, so pack a lunch and join us! Please call 655-5350 to sign up.


Calendar year 2015 has 27 pay periods since the last pay day falls on Jan. 1, 2016 (a Federal holiday), which means you will be paid one day earlier on Dec. 31, 2015. 

If you are under the Federal Employees Retirement System and you wish to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015, you must ensure you do not reach the $18,000 contribution limit before the last pay day of the year.  If you reach the contribution limit before the last pay period you will not receive matching contribution for the pay period (s) that no contributions were made.

If you want to distribute your TSP contributions over the remaining pay periods in 2015, update your election in the Employee Benefits Information System (EBIS).  If you decide to change your election, take into consideration the effective date of your election and how many pay periods remain in the year.    

For additional information on contribution limits and effective dates, visit the MyPers website and search “Thrift Savings Plan contribution limit”.


The Hap Arnold Club is holding a “Name that Dish” contest. The entry forms can be found at the club with the current name of the dish on each slip. All dishes are available at the Back Street Café in case you want to try them before giving them a name. Ballot boxes are located by the entry slips at the Back Street Café and at the Club cashier’s cage. Each consecutive contest will begin on the 11th of the month and close on the 10th of the following month. Winners will receive four tickets to the Aces Comedy Club (a $60 value!), so be sure to include your name and number on your entries. Good luck!


Col. Muncy has determined that the following FY 15 Unit Training Assemblies may only be rescheduled if the reschedule date is for the alternate UTA during the same month of the A and B UTAs for the months of February, May and August 2015. The wing commander will authorize reschedules outside of the same month, if absolutely necessary, on a case-by-case basis.


Implementation of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011, under H.R. 2433, and the Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) under Executive Order 13518, has driven a host of new requirements for transitioning personnel. The VOW Act made service-member participation in the re-designed TAP program mandatory as of Nov. 21, 2012.   This re-designed program expands counseling and guidance for active and Reserve members separating from the military after serving at least 180 days on active duty. Reservists going on or coming off of 180 consecutive days of orders due to school, BMT, deployments, TDY’s, etc. are required to comply with the following requirements:  pre-separation counseling at the A&FRC, VA Benefits briefing (parts I and II), CAPSTONE (DD Form 2958) and five-day TAP workshop.   

The VA Benefits brief can be completed in person at March ARB or online, You can attend the five-day TAP workshop at any active duty installation, or online (it takes four days and includes the VA Benefits briefing). For more information please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 655-5350.

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