News Briefs 02/13/2015

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MARCH HAS NEW YELLOW RIBBON REP

The new 452 AMW Yellow Ribbon Representative is 2nd Lt Shelley Lawrence. She can be reached at shelley.lawrence@us.af.mil or 951-655-4615. The Yellow Ribbon office is now located in Bldg. 2240 in the 452 OSS section. SMSgt Jo Carrillo’s Yellow Ribbon tour has come to a successful close. We wish her well as she continues in her military career.

NCO/SNCO INDUCTION CEREMONY APR 12

The March Top 3 Association will celebrate the concept of “Leadership through Service” during the 2015 NCO/SNCO Induction Ceremony, Sun., April 12, 10 a.m. at the Cultural Resource Center on base. If you achieved the rank of SSgt or MSgt within the last two years you are eligible to participate. Participants must RSVP not later than Feb. 22

The induction ceremony is a long-standing tradition within the Air Force which recognizes

individuals promoted to the ranks of SSgt and MSgt and the selfless sacrifice it takes to be inducted into this prestigious group. 

During the ceremony, eligible inductees will receive a certificate and a coin containing their engraved rank, name, and date of promotion.

Participation is highly encouraged to commemorate this rite of passage. Unit first sergeants and chiefs are also available to provide additional information.

FEBRUARY YELLOW RIBBON EVENT

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, 2nd Lt Shelley Lawrence at 951-655-4615 or shelley.lawrence@us.af.mil.

VIRTUAL AIRMAN’S ATTIC

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.

FITNESS CENTER NEWS

Weekly Battles Ropes circuit at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Mondays in Feb., 11:30 a.m. & 5 p.m., Spin Classes

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. – noon, Valentine Zumbathon event

February – Flag Football arrives

March 13, Annual Golf Tournament

April – First Mud Run

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

UPCOMING SINGLE AIRMEN EVENTS

Feb. 14: Go-kart racing at Adams Motorsport

Feb. 28: Flying Trapeze

Feb. 28: ¾-day Fishing Trip

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.

2015 CIVILIAN TSP CONTRIBUTION LIMITS

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”.