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2015 Military ball unit ticket representatives

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UNIT RANK / NAME DUTY PHONE

452 Wing Staff (951-655-xxxx or DSN 447-xxxx)

AMW/CSS TSgt/SrA Victor Velasco/Breah Terry 4522

EO Maj Nixomar Santiago 4782

PC Ms. Elaine Plein (DV Tickets {80}) 3060

452 MSG Units

4CTCS Ms Linda Welz (alumni) 4137/2862

452 CES TSgt Omar Baraza 4369

452 CES SrA Elizabeth Stevens 4369

452 CS MSgt Christine Devin 5945

452MSG/FSS MSgt Michelle Aspeytia 3061

452MSG/FSS TSgt Kameika Embry 3121

Honor Guard MSgt Phillip Powell 3086

Honor Guard MSgt Damon Mazyck 6105

452 LRS TSgt Christina Huerta 3437

452 LRS TSgt Duane Bogard 3437

452 SFS TSgt David House 2985

452 SFS MSgt Darrel Heisser 4355

50 APS MSgt Phil Maffett 4990/4992

50 APS MSgt Brenda Menjivar 4990

56 APS MSgt Anoinette Lewis 7854

452 MXG Units

452 AMXS TSgt Jessie Gonzales 4241

452 AMXS TSgt Ana Najara             4701

452 MXS TSgt Araceli Saucedo 6704

452  MXS SrA Ivette Quinones 6704

752 MXG/CSS Maj Katherine Ahadi 2372

452 MDG Units

452AMDS CMSgt Timi C. Bilal 2839/2773

452 AMDS SMSgt Stanley-Wolfe 2839/2773

452 ASTS SMSgt Cordova-Martinez 2751

752 MDS SMSgt Tammy Hellow 5628

452 Ops Group Units

336 ARS CMSgt Deborah McGuane 2153

912 ARS Ms Patrica Vegas 3477

452 AES Mrs Rosemary Pena 5282

452 AES MSgt Adriana Cortez 5228

452 ALCF SSgt Amber Lyon 5102

452 OSS TSgt Adelina Quintero 2856/5448

729 AS TSgt Andrew Lucas             4098

Tenant Units

163 MSG MSgt  Lana Miller 3580

163 RW TSgt Ines Jasso 7713

4 AF Ms Sherry Kemper 3432

701 COS SMSgt Christina Dowal 4735

362 RS SMSgt Russell Forsee 3751

Bringing the Individual Ready Reserve into the ‘total force’

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U.S. Army photo/Sgt. 1st Class Osvaldo Sanchez

While most military recruits sign up for active or Reserve component duty for three or four years, their enlistment contracts actually obligate them to a total service agreement of eight years.

Troops who choose to hang up their uniforms short of eight years of service transition into the Individual Ready Reserve for the remainder of that commitment and serve as an emergency backup “force of last resort.” The vast majority of IRR members are never called back to duty.

But all that could change if Reserve advocates gain traction on a new plan to significantly overhaul the way the IRR is managed, with a goal of making the historically disorganized component into a more integrated, reliable and useful part of the ‘total force’ in an era when the services are under pressure to reduce active-duty personnel strength and its associated high costs.

The Reserve Forces Policy Board, a federal advisory group, has suggested that a revamped IRR might seek to tap inactive veterans for a wider range of potentially short-term missions, creating a relationship similar to the private sector’s use of part-time consultants.

The board is calling for new laws and policies that would redefine the IRR and the role of more than 250,000 young veterans who do not drill regularly or receive pay but have prior military service and are committed to mobilize in the event of a crisis.

The push comes at a time when the military is shrinking, defense budgets remain tight and the Pentagon is looking for ways to modernize the all-volunteer force and tap new sources of talent.

The IRR is “a pool of pre-trained, high-quality manpower that the American military has invested a lot of money in — and they are just sitting there,” Arnold Punaro, chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, said in an interview. “If we are looking at creating greater flexibility and maximizing the use of all talent, the IRR could play a very important role.”

Punaro and the RFPB recently sent Defense Secretary Ash Carter a letter urging large-scale changes to the IRR that could include:

•Improving official tracking of individual IRR troops and their skills by modernizing personnel data systems.

•Possibly changing the laws governing when and how IRR troops are mobilized.

•Attaching IRR troops to traditional Reserve units.

•Offering IRR troops access to some level of Tricare health coverage and retirement benefits.

•Allowing IRR troops to freeze their high-year-tenure clocks to incentivize the possibility of resuming a career with the active or Select Reserve components.

In most cases, the military is able to fill any gaps in its manpower needs through the traditional Reserve components, known as the Selected Reserve, in which part-time troops are assigned to units, drill regularly and are often dubbed “weekend warriors.”

But during severe personnel shortages, the IRR is tapped, too. During the peak years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 30,000 soldiers and Marines from the IRR were mobilized for deployments. The most common occupational fields for which they were recalled were the combat arms, military police, vehicle operators, mechanics and engineers.

The Navy and Air Force also maintain IRRs, but have not mobilized large numbers of those personnel.

At the time of the Army and Marine Corps mobilizations, critics said the Pentagon was using the IRR as a “back-door draft” that disrupted the lives of veterans who were trying to assimilate into the civilian world and workforce and move on with their post-service lives. The Navy and Air Force maintain IRRs but have not mobilized large numbers.

Punaro said a first step toward revamping the IRR would be to simply figure out a better way to maintain basic contact with the extremely diffuse community of veterans with a remaining IRR commitment.

The Defense Department struggles to maintain an accurate database of IRR troops and their contact information because its personnel directorates use outdated database systems and do not share information with other government agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service. But now, new technology and social media tools should make that a manageable task.

A comprehensive, up-to-date and searchable database of IRR troops would allow the services to identify members with unique training, such as language skills, technical or cyber skills or advanced professional schooling, and tap them for short-term missions,” Punaro said.

“Think of it as temporary manpower. Businesses go out and use temp manpower pools all the time. We don’t really do that in the military that well,” he said.

Assigning IRR members to Reserve units would help integrate them into the operational force more efficiently and effectively. In 2012, the Army began assigning troops who were separating and shifting into the IRR to specific Reserve units. Those personnel are not required to drill or even maintain contact with their assigned units, but it gives those veterans a military point of contact if needed, Army officials said.

Tilghman’s article continues, touching on IRR troops having access to military benefits; being considered as “part-time active” force instead of strategic or operational; and using social media to keep them ready and informed. Read the full article at: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/pentagon/2015/10/26/irr-review/74274560.

Change in Policy: AF extends sexual assault prevention and response services to civilians

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In a significant change in policy, the Air Force announced Aug. 24 that, effective immediately, civilian employees — both appropriated and non-appropriated — who are victims of sexual assault are now allowed to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation’s sexual assault response coordinator.

The policy allows SARCs and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates to assist Air Force civilians who report sexual assaults by providing crisis intervention and advocacy services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to the new policy, civilian employees may utilize SARC or victim advocate services and file a report, even if the incident occurred before the change went into effect.

“Our civilian Airmen are valuable members of our team, and we’re going to support them,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “While this is a huge win for the Air Force and our civilian force, we will continue to work at all levels to prevent sexual assault.”

The Department of Defense recently signed an exception to policy, granting the Air Force the authority to extend SAPR services. Air Force civilian employees now receive the same services as those who were previously eligible to use SARC services, with the exception of legal and non-emergency medical services, which are restricted by law.

Prior to this exception, only civilian employees at overseas locations and their dependents 18 years old or older were eligible to use SARC services, and they could only file unrestricted reports.

SARCs and SAPR victim advocates will assist in contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency for Air Force civilians who file unrestricted reports to ensure reports are properly investigated and prosecuted. They will also be able to help civilians identify and contact additional off-base support organizations as needed.

“Our SARCs and victim advocates provide invaluable support and assistance to our uniformed Airmen who have suffered from this horrible crime,” said Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force SAPR director. “We knew we could do more to help our civilian Airmen, so we sought an exception to policy to allow the Air Force to extend the same care and support to civilian victims as we do to our military Airmen and their families.”

Air Force civilians stationed on sister service installations will have to contact the closest Air Force SAPR office to make a report. To identify the closest Air Force SAPR office, civilians can go online to www.safehelpline.org and enter their ZIP code.

Prior to the change in policy regarding civilian employees, the Air Force changed its eligibility requirements to allow Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members in Title 10 status who are sexually assaulted while performing active service or inactive duty training to receive full SAPR support services. Reserve members, including air reserve technicians, who report a sexual assault that occurred prior to or while not performing active service or inactive duty training are eligible to receive limited SAPR support services. Local laws and regulations apply to ANG members in Title 32 status.

November: National American Indian Heritage Month 2015

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National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States.

This presentation reviews the historical milestones that led to the establishment of National American Indian Heritage Month, covers various aspects of American Indian and Alaska Native life, and honors the contributions of our Native Service Members.

The Society of American Indian Government Employees has chosen this year’s theme, Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing Our Seven Generations.

At the turn of the century, efforts began to implement a day of recognition for American Indians’ contributions to America. One of the early proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian. In the early 1900s, he persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day to honor the first Americans.

In 1914, Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode on horseback from state to state, seeking support for the designation of a day to honor American Indians. In 1914, Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode on horseback from state to state, seeking support for the designation of a day to honor American Indians.

In 1915, the Congress of the American Indian Association approved a formal plan to celebrate American Indian Day. Reverend Sherman Coolidge, an Arapaho tribal member, asked the country to formally set aside a day of recognition.

In 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, but it took no action to establish a National American Indian Day.

It wasn’t until 1986 that Congress passed a proclamation authorizing American Indian Week. In 1990, the month of November was designated as National American Indian Heritage Month. The title has since expanded to celebrate Alaska Natives. Currently, there are 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and more than 100 state-recognized tribes across the United States.

Native Alaskan tribes belonging to five geographic areas, are organized under 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations, speak 11 different languages and 22 different dialects. They also have 11 distinct cultures.

Federally recognized tribes retain certain inherent rights of self-government (i.e., tribal sovereignty) and are entitled to receive certain federal benefits, services, and protections because of their relationship with the United States.

Sovereignty is the right of a nation or group of people to be self-governing and is the most fundamental concept defining the relationship between the government of the United States and governments of American Indian tribes.

American Indians and Alaska Natives are U.S. citizens and citizens of their tribes. They are subject to federal laws, but they are not always subject to state laws.

From spinning records to digital age music

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DMA photo/MC2(SW) Billy Ho

Walk by this former Air Force NCO’s room at the American Forces Network (AFN) Broadcast Center in Riverside and you’ll hear music classics: rock and roll at its finest — and maybe, if he’s in the mood, a little Sinatra.

Kent Peterson knows about music. He also knows about American Forces Network (AFN) history. Peterson started with AFN in November, 1995. In those days, many years ago, he played music – not from a file on a computer, but from 18-inch records. Video was recorded onto two-inch tapes from a cumbersome recorder. He focused black and white studio cameras loaded with film. 

Forward to 1986 and Peterson was the last weekend and holiday supervisor at the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) Broadcast Center in Hollywood. He worked every Saturday all day, every Sunday all day and all holidays. No joy on Friday for Peterson. When AFRTS moved to Sun Valley, California, back in 1988, Peterson established the TV Traffic Department. He did it all.

He was a TV operator, and of course worked overnights. In 1997 he moved to TV as a Spectrum Scheduler/Planner and later Movie Scheduler along with Spectrum. Peterson also took on correcting problems with the TV library and some 60,000 program items. When the project was completed he had reported 12,000 problem items. To keep him even busier, he took on the task of preparing reports for supplier payments.

It would be conservative to say that Peterson is a conversationalist. In fact, six years ago, he joined Toastmaster’s to hone his public speaking skills. His ability to communicate exceptionally well paid off. He attained the status of Distinguished Toastmaster (the highest level in Toastmasters), Qualified Speaker status and has served as a judge at the International level. He has received various other accolades while in Toastmasters. Peterson also stepped up to leadership roles. He just finished his duties as District 12 Governor for Toastmasters. He was responsible for 120 clubs, approximately 1,600 members in clubs from Barstow to Temecula and Pomona to Blythe.

Six years ago Peterson became the AFN Broadcast Center’s Media Manager. He was up to the challenge of the leap into the digital world. The volume of communications with suppliers went from approximately 2,000 in 1999 to over 22,000 in the last year. He worked with more than 200 contacts including those in media delivery, finance and contracting offices.  Peterson went from managing more than 40,000 tapes at one time to managing at least 200,000 files. He worked with 30 different financial offices and 140 different suppliers. He coordinated with 20 different departments in the building. As media manager, he took care of programming from cradle-to-grave.

“Kent has one of the most positive and hard-working attitudes of anyone I have worked for, or with previously,” said Heather Metz, his colleague. “Every day is something different and unexpected. He has taken me under his wing to make sure I have all the tools I need to succeed in this position,” she said.

Peterson welcomes questions, comments and concerns to better the organization, Metz said.

“He continues to keep my mind sharp whether it be a game of ‘guess that tune’ or ‘word association.’ He has quite the vast diversity when it comes to the music he blasts from Jim Stafford to Chumbawamba to Katy Perry,” Metz said. “On rare occasion, he even takes song requests. He does different voices and is always up to have a good time and make someone’s day with a joke or friendly ‘hello.’ His enthusiasm, kindness, humor and fun personality will be greatly missed around these halls,” she said.

Although Metz has been with Peterson only a short time, AFN Director of Television, Larry Marotta, has known Peterson for much longer, having worked together nearly 30 years ago at the previous broadcast center in Sun Valley, California. 

“He was a Tech. Sgt. and I was new to civil service. I learned a lot from Kent over the years. His rich experience and history working in many AFN roles around the world, and his passion for the mission and especially the people, have been an inspiration for countless broadcasters, programmers, producers and fellow managers,” Marotta said. “I will always smile when I think of Kent. He brings a deep sense of humanity and humor to everything he does and everyone he meets.”

No one who can deadpan better than Peterson, said Marotta, who still falls for Peterson’s antics.  “We won’t just lose a colleague when Kent departs. We will lose a bit of our heart and soul,” Marotta said.

Now a retired Master Sgt. and soon to be a retired civil servant, Peterson’s office will be a little quieter. Oh, he’ll still handle media, but that of his choosing, in his own time, and at his own place.

March ARB defender honored by L.A. Galaxy

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Courtesy photo

Staff Sergeant Pablo Castillo, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, was invited to be honored at the October 18, 2015, L.A. Galaxy game as part of the organizations Hero of the Game program.  He was introduced as a member of the March Air Reserve Base defenders whose duties as an installation patrolman include resource protection of aircraft and other Defense Department assets as well as law enforcement of base personnel. Castillo has served a total of 14 years. Prior to becoming a patrolman, he was an Air Force Dental Technician. He has served also served at bases in New Mexico and Korea. Proud of his Air Force Achievement Medal for duties performed on a Humanitarian mission to Bolivia, Castillo found his calling protecting personnel and property when his direct efforts led to an Outstanding Unit award where he was an integral part in security infrastructure for the medical group while stationed at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.

Air Force Reserve Recruiting Service shoots public service announcement at March Field

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U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz

A production team from Blaine Warren Advertising (BWA) spent Wednesday morning, October 28, in a hangar at March Air Reserve Base shooting scenes for the Air Force Reserve Command Recruiting Service’s 2016 public service announcement. The BWA agency works with Reserve Recruiting advertising to meet the needs of the command.

“Air Force Reserve Command’s PSA program provides the ability to reach millions of viewers across the nation in its target demographic, and is a critical element to the branding and awareness of the Air Force Reserve to the American public,” said Chief Master Sgt. Darin Thomas, chief of advertising, AFRC.

It takes a lot of cooperation to make the program a success, said Dean Harris, executive producer, BWA.

Team March members from the security forces, maintenance group and public affairs pulled together to clear the production team personnel and their vehicles full of equipment to come on base and then provided a location and C-17 for the shoot, all without disrupting the mission.

“Had it not been for the outstanding professionals at March, things would not have gone so smoothly,” Thomas said.

The challenge is to tell the story differently each year, he added.

“At the end of spring we gather ideas for the next PSA, then, we present the PSA, over the summer, to the leadership for approval,” Harris said. “In the fall we go into production, and in January, the PSA is distributed.”

“We have the same target demographics and the same story, so coming up with a compelling storyline that connects well with our audience is a challenge,” Thomas said.

The 2016 PSA was created to highlight new technology, such as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program opportunities, and the high technological areas in which the Reserve is involved.

“We were fortunate enough to team up with Leland Melvin, astronaut and former co-chair on the White House’s STEM Education Task Force,” Thomas said. “He adds credibility to the message we are trying to get across.”

Harris said BWA has worked with Team March in the past and commends team members on their integrity, excellent work ethics and professionalism.

“We filmed Rob Dyrdek’s ‘Fantasy Factory’ here, produced the Kid Rock Tour for the Troops here, and shot the 2015 AFRC Recruiting Service’s PSA here,” Harris said. “It has always been a fantastic experience to work with the folks here at March.”

Key Spouse program trains to connect, communicate

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U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz

The U.S. Air Force Key Spouse program operates under the USAF Services and is thriving at March Air Reserve Base, under the leadership of Valerie Fioretta, 452nd Air Mobility Wing Airman and Family Readiness director, and Analiza Sell, a Key Spouse Mentor for the base.

Fioretta and Sell conduct regular initial and refresher training for any spouse who is interested in joining the ranks. Sell said she became a Key Spouse because she felt alone and isolated from her Air Force community and she didn’t want other spouses to feel that way.

“It’s the Air Force, and we are family. Therefore, we take care of each other,” she said. “Through Key Spouse training, I continue to learn how important it is to connect with spouses. We are a wealth of experience, and I learn new resources that help me to support others.”

Key Spouse training exposes spouses to their duties and responsibilities which include:

  • Providing peer-to-peer support to unit families
  • Acting as a link between unit leadership and families
  • Providing information and referral assistance to families during crisis
  • Welcoming families and cultivates relationships within the unit
  • Maintaining and updating community resources and services
  • Actively participating in unit’s Hails & Farewells, squadron functions, spouses’ group functions, and A&FRC meetings/training
  • Tracking and maintaining a unit family call log; recording action taken and providing feedback regarding family readiness issues
  • Troubleshooting issues and reporting back to families and/or unit team
  • Serving as a role model/mentor for unit spouses
  • Attending scheduled meetings with the unit commander and/or first sergeant and providing feedback regarding family readiness issues
  • Recording volunteer hours and information disseminated on a data spreadsheet

“You’re who people are going to want to go to when they need support,” Fioretta said to the group. “Get a list of everyone in your squadron and let them know who you are and your roles as a Key Spouse. Establish that rapport now, before a deployment happens.”

Fioretta said there are currently 40-45 Key Spouses trained at March Field and that they are improving retention because they are retaining families. “When the spouse is happy…”

She added that the Key Spouse program has improved the quality of life by giving spouses the tools they need to be more resilient or stronger.

“You have the pulse of what’s going on in the unit,” said Elaine Valentine, clinical social worker, 452nd Air Mobility Wing. “Be part of the team to help one another.”

To learn more about the Key Spouse program, contact Valerie Fioretta at 951-655-5322 (valerie.fioretta@us.af.mil) or Analiza Sell at 661-435-6581 (sellproductions@msn.com).

News Briefs

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PLACE FLAGS TO HONOR VETS

If you are interested in helping place flags on the graves of Veterans prior to Veteran’s Day, please join us. We plan to meet at Riverside Evergreen Historical Cemetery (4414 14th St., Riverside, 92501) on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to place American flags on the graves of more than 1,000 Veterans (to include the gravesite of Col. Cornelius Cole Smith, United States Army, the cemetery’s only Congressional Medal of Honor recipient) in honor of Veteran’s Day, which is Nov. 11. All American flags are provided. Any and all volunteers are welcomed to participate. The flags will remain in place through Veteran’s Day. Make it a family day and hike to the top of Mount Rubidoux after you are done placing flags. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. John Morris at 951-655-3622 or 951-746-0416.

MANDATORY FLU VACCINATIONS

The 452 AMW Flu Vaccination Campaign has begun, and will continue through the December’s UTAs. The Flu vaccination is mandatory for all Airmen unless exempted by medical staff. Airmen not current with their Flu vaccination after the December UTAs will potentially be placed in a no-point, no-pay status.

Please remind your fellow Airmen to attend our mass immunization site at Bldg. 355 (2355 Graeber St.) during the October and November UTAs.

Schedule for October/November UTAs is: Saturdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Additionally, there will be a mobile vaccination site at the Wing Commander’s Call during the November UTAs. Starting in December, all Flu vaccinations will be given at the base clinic.

All Airmen, Unit Health Monitors and leaders are asked to get their annual Flu vaccination at the earliest convenience, and to encourage others to do the same. Help make this year’s Flu Campaign a success. There is no vaccine available for civilians at this time. For questions or concerns, email Maj. David Haupt at david.haupt.7@us.af.mil.

KEY SPOUSE INITIAL TRAINING TOMORROW

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s Airman and Family Readiness director will conduct Initial Key Spouse Training on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Mission Support Group Conference room, 1261 Graeber Street, Bldg. 2313, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Prior to attending, interested volunteers must be interviewed and appointed by their unit commanders. Key Spouses are responsible for assisting families in finding and using available base and community resources. They also provide support to military families during their sponsor’s deployment. Reservations are required. Please call the A&FRC at 951-655-5350 for more information and to reserve your seat.

BACK STREET TRANSFORMATION

The Hap Arnold Club is looking for “Team March” specific items/memorabilia to decorate the walls of the new Backstreet Café! Bring items to Bldg. 434, administration office. Any unused items will be returned. Call 951-655-2801 for more information.

NAF TEAM JOBS AVAILABLE

Non-appropriated jobs are available at various locations throughout the USAF. View available positions at www.NAFJobs.org.

INSTALLATION VOTING ASSISTANCE OFFICER

With the onslaught of political debates in the news, it’s time to consider your right to vote. Are you registered? Do you understand military and federal employee guidelines for participating in a political rally or event? Are your social media postings getting political? The March Air Reserve Base Installation Voting Assistance Officer, Maj. Jessica Ditson, can help you find the information you need. She can be reached at Jessica.ditson@us.af.mi l or by calling 951-655-4551. Don’t wait until your state’s deadline to register. Choose to make your vote count!

MARCH EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SEEKS COUNSELORS

The March EO office is looking for ARTs/civilians interested in training to serve as Collateral Equal Opportunity counselors. This is an additional duty appointment. The Collateral EO counselors serve as a bridge between civilian employees and management for informal complaints concerning discrimination. Applicants should be at ease with oral and written communication to all pay grades, and have the ability to remain neutral while performing his or her duties. The additional duty will not exceed 20 percent of the counselor’s primary job duties. Applicants range from GS-05 to GS-12 or equivalent. Primary supervisor concurrence required. Training is required, date/time to be determined. If interested, contact Ms Paula Greenhaw, paula.greenhaw@us.af.mil, Maj. Nixomar Santiago, nixomar.santiago@us.af.mil. 

HAP ARNOLD CLUB

The Back Street Café is temporarily operating in the Grande Ballroom at the Hap Arnold Club and serving breakfast and lunch.  Most of your Back Street favorites are available, such as breakfast burritos, French toast, fried chicken, March Burger, salmon sandwich and more!  Download the full menu with pricing at MarchFSS.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday: 6:30-10 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for lunch.

UTA operating hours are 5:30-9 a.m. for breakfast (Sat & Sun); 11-1 p.m. for lunch (Sat & Sun), and 4-8 p.m. for dinner (Fri & Sat).

MARCH TICKETS & TOURS

Amusement Park Specials

Knott’s Scary Farm tickets are here!! Prices range from $38 to $48 depending on the date. Visit MarchFSS.com for more information.

Castle Park: $16 per person includes unlimited rides, water park access, miniature golf and the new Sky Rider.

Disney 3-Day Park Hopper military special: $130 per person (adult/child)

SeaWorld “Waves of Honor” special: Extended through November 11, 2015. Program provides a one-time, limited, free admission to SeaWorld San Diego per veteran service member and up to three guests. Visit WavesofHonor.com to register for and obtain your free admissions. Additional tickets are available for purchase from the Tickets & Tours office.

Discount Movie Tickets

Available for only $10 each and valid for Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Cinemas.

Hotel Discounts

Receive 10% off any Best Western and 15% off any Choice Hotel

Visit the Tickets & Tours page at MarchFSS.com and download the Discount Ticket Price List for a full list of discounts tickets prices, hotel discounts and special promotions. Call Tickets & Tours at 951-655-4123 for more information.

LEARN TO FLY WITH THE AERO CLUB

The March Aero Club offers flight training (flying, private license, ground school, instrument training) at very reasonable rates including a pay-as-you-go plan with zero down. Visit Hangar 355 on base or call 951-655-3875 for more information.

OUTDOOR REC EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Outdoor Recreation has a variety of equipment for rent such as camping gear, water sports equipment, bicycles, and trailers to carry it all! Special orders for Callaway, Odyssey, Cleveland, Never Compromise, Nike, Bag Boy, Sun Mountain and Staff golf equipment are also available.  Download the full equipment rental price list at MarchFSS.com, call 951-655-2816 or come on by for more information.

BACK STREET CAFÉ TEMPORARILY OPERATING IN BALLROOM

Breakfast and lunch are available in the club’s Grande Ballroom. Most of your Back Street favorites are available such as Breakfast Burritos, French toast, fried chicken, March Burger, salmon sandwich and more! Download the full menu with pricing at MarchFSS.com. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6:30-10 a.m. for breakfast; 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for lunch. UTA operating hours are 5:30-9 a.m. for breakfast (Sat & Sun); 11-1 p.m. for lunch (Sat & Sun), and 4-8 p.m. for dinner (Fri & Sat).

FITNESS CENTER NEWS

The March Fitness Center has received the Wellbeats Virtual Group Fitness Kiosk. This kiosk allows members to participate in virtual fitness classes.

Daily Fitness Schedule is:

Mondays: 6 a.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. — Intro TRX; 11 a.m. —Virtual Spin

Tuesdays: 11 a.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Circuit Training

Wednesdays: 6 a.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 11 a.m. — Zumba; 12:15 p.m. — Virtual Fusion Yoga; 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Battle Ropes Circuit Training

Thursdays: 11 a.m. —Virtual Spin; 12:15 p.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. — Circuit Training

Fridays: 10 a.m. — Zumba; 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. — Intermediate TRX; 11:15 a.m. — Virtual Cardio

UTA Saturdays: (A UTA) 5 p.m. — Virtual Strength “Fit for Duty;” (B UTA) 5-7 p.m. — Pick-up Basketball

Call the Fitness & Sports center at 951-655-2292 to sign up or for more information on these programs.

GRILL NIGHT AT SALLY’S ALLEY

Every Wednesday night starting at 4 p.m., Sally’s Alley is open for business with Grill Night. Sally’s Alley is also now open every Pre-UTA Thursday at 4 p.m. For more information, call them at 951-653-2121.

THE 452ND AIR MOBILITY WING’S 2015 MILITARY BALL

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s 2015 Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, November 21. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails at 6 p.m. and seating at 6:30 p.m. This year’s location remains the Riverside Convention Center, and this year we will have a Holiday Theme. This will be a fantastic evening and one you do not want to miss. Ticket prices dropped to $60 per person. See your first sergeant to purchase tickets or contact SMSgt. Griffey at 951-655-3999. There are 40 rooms available at the Marriott for $123 each, and 50 rooms available at the Hyatt Place for $105 each (the Hyatt Place price includes breakfast). When you call to make a reservation, mention the 2015 Military Ball to get the correct rate. You can contact The Marriott at 1-800-228-9290 or (951)784-8000 for reservations and The Hyatt Place at 1-888-553-1300 or (951)321-3500. ROOM RATE INCREASE-The Marriott Hotel advises that the room rates for the 2015 military ball were increased from $110 to $123 due to the FY 16 military per diem rate change that was recently released.

Great California ShakeOut hits March

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U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. David Smith

Team March members helped kick off the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 15. The exercise began at 10:15 a.m. with a simulated earthquake lasting three minutes. The first order of business was to drop, get cover under a desk and hold on.

The statewide earthquake exercise is designed to help prepare Californians for a large-scale earthquake. Millions of people worldwide simultaneously participate in these drills, which began in California in 2008, according to statistics listed at shakeout.org/California.

Once the shaking stopped March employees exited buildings to designated accountability sites.  The Emergency Operations Center was set up and activated.  Upon activation of the Emergency Operations Center base personnel performed necessary steps to ensure the base and surrounding community recovered from the earthquake and able to continue operations supporting recovery efforts.

“I believe the exercise went very well,” said Lt. Col. Aurthur Rodi, deputy commander, 452nd Mission Support Group. “It is always a challenge to conduct an exercise scenario that impacts the entire installation.  There are certain limitations that must be accommodated to be effective.”

The first responders and key communication nodes are well prepared to react to such an incident.

“We received good responses from our facility managers, providing us simulated casualty and facility damage reports,” Rodi said. “As always the training helped newly assigned members to understand the processes and procedures needed to be effective should an actual catastrophe occur.”

Once accountability was taken everyone got to work. Emergency units set up the triage center and began treating the inured. Law enforcement and the fire department began surveying the base to see how well facilities fared and to determine mission readiness.

“The objectives were met. (There’s) always a concern for response, reporting and accountability and we did well in all three areas,” said Robert Kaschak, emergency management technician, 452nd Civil Engineer Squadron. “Conducting a base exercise, while being careful not to disrupt real world missions, is always a challenge. People evacuated buildings to their rally points effectively and reports to the command and control center were turned in timely.”

Mission partners participated in the exercise to the extent practical to their mission sets, Rodi said. March member were also in contact with City/County Emergency Management teams as they conducted simultaneous scenarios.

“It is always necessary to be as inclusive as possible to help ensure all of our partners understand the need to account for our workforce and any facility structural damage that may occur from a major earthquake,” Rodi said.

Being ready takes practice and practice makes progress. Several factors can affect readiness, and results will depend on the day, time, amount of personnel on the base as well as the severity of the earthquake or other event, Kaschak said.

“Our goal is to ensure people know what to do and can react in a manner to keep them safe,” he said.

That’s exactly what this exercise is all about, to test their abilities to respond to a catastrophic event, Rodi said.

“We continue to hone our abilities to respond to a variety of incidences, whether a natural disaster or an aircraft mishap,” he said. “Each of these exercises provides that opportunity to ensure we can mitigate personnel, equipment, and facility losses, and the mission of the installation can continue.”

According to an article on the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, compared to the previous assessment issued in 2008, the second Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF2), the estimated rate of (California) earthquakes around magnitude 6.7, the size of the destructive 1994 Northridge earthquake, has gone down by about 30 percent. The expected frequency of such events statewide has dropped from an average of one per 4.8 years to about one per 6.3 years.

The new model, referred to as the third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, or “UCERF3”, provides authoritative estimates of the magnitude, location, and likelihood of earthquake fault rupture throughout the state.

However, in the new study, the estimate for the likelihood that California will experience a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 30 years has increased from about 4.7 percent for UCERF2 to about 7.0 percent for UCERF3.

“We are fortunate that seismic activity in California has been relatively low over the past century. But we know that tectonic forces are continually tightening the springs of the San Andreas fault system, making big quakes inevitable,” said Tom Jordan, Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center and a co-author of the study. “The UCERF3 model provides our leaders and the public with improved information about what to expect, so that we can better prepare.”

Public service announcements advise Californians to plan and prepare for an earthquake in hopes of preventing a disaster from becoming a catastrophe.