March 24, 2012

Fort Irwin Community Calendar March 22, 2012

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This Week


The Fort Irwin Shopping Tour runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  It provides transportation to and from Fort Irwin, Walmart, Home Depot, and Tanger Outlets in Barstow.  Cost is $2.75 each way, free for children under 5.  It is open to anyone with a valid ID to access Fort Irwin.  For more information, call 380-3598 or 380-4784.


There will be a blood drive and bone marrow screening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Exchange.  For more information, call 380-5477.


Aerobathon will be held from 8-10 a.m. at Coyote Activity Center.  Come participate in a variety of aerobics classes to see who can outlast.  For more information, call 380-7242.

There will be a spring scrapbook class at the Fort Irwin Arts and Crafts Center from 1-2 p.m.  Cost is $10 per person and includes all materials.  For more information, call 380-3431.


Monday is the last day to turn in applications for the HIRED! Apprenticeship Program’s term that begins April 1.  The program provides 15-18 year-olds with meaningful work experience in Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation operations. The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program offers valuable paid work experience and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly competitive job market. Upon completion of a 12-week term (15 hours per week), apprentices are eligible for cash awards through CYS Services. First and second term is $500, third and fourth term $625, fifth and sixth term is $750. Applications will be accepted at the Middle School Teen Center, Bldg. 1313. Call Meagan Silva at 380-8412 for more information.

There will be a Community Service Council meeting at 10 a.m. at Ingalls Recreation Center.  The monthly CSC meeting feature updates from offices and agencies around Fort Irwin.  All are welcome.  The meeting will be broadcast live on 88.3 KNTC FM.  The broadcast can be streamed through


The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the blue track.  For more information, call Sgt. Quentin Davis at 380-3586 or 760-1726.

The Fort Irwin Army Education Center will hold an online GT improvement course from 2-4 p.m. at the center, Bldg. 1020.  This two-hour free course will help you set up your account and you will take a short verbal and math assessment.  The course is free and will also be offered April 24, May 29 and June 26.  For more information, call 380-4218.

There will be a post retirement ceremony at 3 p.m. at Reggie’s.  All are welcome.


A Women’s History Month celebration will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at Sandy Basin Community Center.  The keynote speaker is Penny Colman, a widely published author.  For more information, call 380-9437.

There will be a ceramic Easter egg painting class for kids at the Fort Irwin Arts and Crafts Center from 3-4 p.m.  Cost is $5 per person and includes all materials.  For more information, call 380-3431.



The BOSS softball world series will take place March 30-31 at the Fourplex field across from Coyote Activity Center.  All are welcome to come out and cheer on the players.  For more information, call 760-267-1726. 

There will be a 2/5/10K fun run and walk at 8 a.m. March 31 at Coyote Activity Center.  Cost is $3 in advance or $5 the day of the race.  Registration forms are available at Memorial Fitness Center, Freedom Fitness Center and Coyote Activity Center.  For more information, call 380-7240 or 380-7242.

April 1 is the last day to RSVP for the annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, which will be held at 3 p.m. April 25 at Sandy Basin Community Center.  The ceremony will honor volunteers in the community.  Volunteers can earn a free raffle ticket for each hour of service they have performed.  For more information or to RSVP, call 380-8422.

Amnesty Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5.  Small arms ammunition up to and including 50-caliber can be dropped off at the 759th EOD Safe Holding Area behind Bldg. 6111 at the rear entrance on South Loop Road near the intersection with Barstow Road.  Signs will be posted to direct personnel to the location.  For items above 50 calibers or if you are unsure of the type of item, call the 759th EOD company at 380-4092.



Aerospace Exploration Gallery

The Aerospace Exploration Gallery in Palmdale, Calif., is located about two hours from Fort Irwin and offers exhibits including the cockpit of an AV-8 Harrier jet and displays that show the history of NASA in the Antelope Valley.  It is open to the public for free on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9-3 p.m.  It is located at 38256 Sierra Highway in the Palmdale Civic Center next to Palmdale City Hall.  For more information, call 661-276-2376 or visit

Free balloon rides

Orange County Great Park in Irvine offers free rides in its tethered helium balloon, which reaches heights of up to 400 feet.  The park also offers a variety of events, including a farmers’ market every Saturday, stargazing, music, and gardening and sports programs.  For more information, visit or call 1-866-829-3829.



Volunteer mayors needed

Openings are available for volunteers to serve as mayor of the Dove Gulch, Sage Brush, and Crackerjack Flats housing areas, as well as vice-mayor of the Dove Gulch, Sage Brush, Crackerjack Flats, Sandy Basin, and Tiefort View housing areas.  Mayor responsibilities include organizing and promoting neighborhood events, serving as a “good neighbor ambassador,” and bringing housing issues to light.  Mayors can earn $100 off their ETS/PCS move cleaning bill, a letter of recommendation, a parking pass, and 10 hours of free child care per month.  For more information, call 380-8422.

Off-limits establishments

Sam’s Smoke Shop, at 1620 West Main Street in Barstow, and the Phillips 76 gas station on East Main Street in Barstow have been designated off-limits to all Soldiers stationed at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin.  The nature of business conducted in these locations has been found to be detrimental to the health and welfare of Soldiers. Fort Irwin’s leadership is taking this action to protect Soldiers’ health and welfare.

What to do if you find unexploded ordnance

Remember the 3Rs of unexploded ordnance: Recognize it, retreat and report it. Hazardous UXO comes in all shapes and sizes. All UXO should be treated as hazardous.  Do not touch it.  Soldiers should inform their children and spouses that UXO, including simulators, can be found in the cantonment area. If something is found by a family member, have them call the MPs or find the nearest adult. Soldiers who find UXO in the training area should immediately notify their Chain of Command using the 9-line UXO Report, and clear out of the area. If you are unsure if item is a UXO, treat it as hazardous. Serious injuries have occurred by misidentifying items. If your unit would like to arrange a UXO class, please contact the 759th EOD Company at 380-4092.


Youth And School Activities

Middle School Activities

  • Thursday: Field Trip: Land Sailing
  • Friday:   French Cuisine Soup a L’oignon
  • Monday:  4-H Art Club Wax Painted Rocks
  • Tuesday: 4-H Sports Field Day Activities
  • Wednesday: Smart Girls & Ultimate Journey


Teen Activities   

  • Friday:  Football Turnovers
  • Saturday:  Kickball 


Hours of Operation

Middle School :  M-F 3:15 until 6 p.m.

Teen Center:

Friday:  6-11 p.m.

Saturday: 3:30-11 p.m.

Sundays and holidays: Closed

More information:  Meagan Silva  at  380-3732

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