In Brief January 22, 2016


Lightning Leadership

Reach your potential and beyond through Lightning Leadership training. Classes are 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday for senior NCOs; Thursday for NCOs and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 for Airman tier. To sign up, email

VA benefits advisors on base

For those separating or retiring, prepare for the transition early in order to take advantage of the Veterans Affairs advisor’s expertise. VA advisors help members make the most of the benefits they’ve earned and provide resources for thriving in life after the military. Advisors offer one-on-one assistance through eligibility requirements, how to apply and more, and are available to meet anytime. For more information or to discuss specific questions and concerns, call 623-856-6550 or visit the office between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the 56th Force Support Squadron Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 1113.

Direct enlisted commissioning program

The Air Force Nurse Corps is now accepting applications for the Direct Enlisted Commissioning Program. Air Force active-duty enlisted members, who are graduating or have graduated from a nationally accredited baccalaureate nursing program, may apply to become a Nurse Corps officer through the DEC process. The DEC also offers active-duty enlisted personnel who have a conferred baccalaureate in nursing degree and have passed state nursing boards an opportunity to commission. Qualified candidate applications will meet the DEC Selection Board April 2016.

Critical dates

• Feb. 12: Suspense date for notification of intent to apply

• March 4: Suspense date for completion of the chief nurse interview

• March 15: Suspense date for submission of three references

• March 25: Suspense date for submitting completed application

• April 18 through 22: Tentative selection board convening date

For more information, send correspondence to AFPC’s Nurse Utilization Office at “”

Scholarships for military children

The Scholarships for Military Children Program are accepting applications at the Luke Air Force Base Commissary and commissaries around the world. Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21, or 23 if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university, of active-duty service members, Reserve or Guard members, retirees or survivors of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree. Applications must arrive by close of business Feb. 12, 2016. For more information, visit, or call 856-616-9311, or email

Parent with love, logic

A Becoming a Love and Logic Parent class is 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays beginning Feb. 1 through March 21 in the 56th Medical Grouop Mental Health Conference Room. For more information or to sign up, call James Yan-Hellewell at 623-856-3417.

Dads 101

A Dads 101 class to help men become comfortable in the new role of being a father is 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 3 in the 56th Medical Group Mental Health Conference Room. For more information or to sign up, call James Yan-Hellewell at 623-856-3417.

Help children discover passion

The Military Child Education Coalition is presenting a no-cost one-day workshop for adults to help young people develop hardiness skills, meet personal and professional goals and identify their sparks and interests. Participants will learn to define the role of caring adults in helping children reach their full potential, develop a process to help adults support youth and more. The training will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 11460 W. Hilton Way, Avondale, 85323. Applicants may register by logging onto or by emailing their name, email and phone number to

Hap Arnold education grant

The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for the Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant through March 18. The Society will award up to $6 million in grants for school year 2016-2017 ranging from $500 to $4,000 based on each student’s particular level of need. For more information or details on eligibility, procedures and access to the application, go to

Give parents a break

The 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center and Youth Center are offering free childcare in a safe, age appropriate learning environment 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 20. The reservation deadline is Feb. 11. For children from infant to age 5, call 623-856-6338. For children ages 6 to 12, call 623-856-7471.

Blended family classes

Learn the skills necessary to successfully parent in a blended family 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; Feb. 3, 10 and 24; and March 2 and 9 in the Behavioral Health Clinic. For more information or to register, call Mary Koehl at 623-856-3417.