News Briefs – January 15, 2016

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance

Join the 412th Test Wing Chapel staff in the lobby of Bldg. 3000 Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. to be inspired by the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Feel free to bring your lunch and a friend.
 

Motorcycle riders

The next Motorcycle Experienced Rider Course is 6:30 a.m., Jan. 21 at the Edwards AFB Education Office, Bldg. 2453. This course is for motorcyclists requiring refresher training. Per AFI 91-207, this course is required within one year after the Basic Rider Course and every five years thereafter.  Motorcycles are not provided; you must bring your own.  Request the course in “My ETMS” or have your training manager create a requirement for you.  The course code is ERC. The next Motorcycle Basic Rider Course will be held Feb. 16-17.  This course is for motorcyclists requiring initial training. Motorcycles WILL be provided.  Request the course in “My ETMS” with the course code MCSTB. Riders will be notified by the education office if they have made it into the courses. For more information, call 661-277-4640.
 

Retirement

After 45 years of honorable service to the Department of Defense, Nancy L. Smith retired effective Dec. 1, 2015.  The 412th Communications Squadron is conducting a retirement ceremony and luncheon to properly say farewell to her Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chapel 1 Annex.  Domingo’s will provide a catered lunch consisting of chicken fajitas, chile Coronado, chile rellenos, cheese enchiladas, rice, beans, salad, fruit, chips, salsa, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and water for $11 per person. Everyone is invited and welcome to the ceremony and luncheon; please R.S.V.P., and pre-pay for lunch, by Jan. 21 to Patti Hudson at 661-277-0209.
 

IRS Form 1095 available on myPay

All active-duty, Guard, Reserve, retiree and civilian Airmen will need proof of health care coverage when filing their federal tax returns for 2015.
“This is the first year that Affordable Care Act requires health care validation for filing their taxes and Airmen need this information,” said Robert W. Burke, the Air Force Accounting and Finance Office director, finance division.
Under the ACA, U.S. citizens and legal residents are required to obtain and maintain a minimum standard of health care insurance, called minimum essential coverage. The proof of minimum essential coverage will be provided by the Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service Form 1095. TRICARE is one of many health providers qualifying for this coverage.
In January 2016, Defense Finance and Accounting Service is required to provide each employee with the IRS Form 1095 for employment during 2015. A hard copy form is scheduled to be mailed to each employee and the form will also be available electronically through myPay under the taxes section.
“The Air Force would like to stress the importance for Airmen to elect to receive the form electronic only,” Burke continued. “This action will save the Air Force $200,000 and cause no environmental impact.”
Additional information about the impact of the ACA can be found at http://www.dfas.mil/taxes/aca.html.

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