News Briefs 04/24/2015

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CONSTRUCTION AT CACTUS AVE AND RIVERSIDE DR

The City of Moreno Valley has removed the “No Right Turn” sign at Cactus/Riverside (east bound) and will see how it goes. They warned that during construction, the turn radius is not enough for tractor trailer/delivery trucks and it will be a problem for those vehicles. Please have your delivery trucks use the Heacock/Meyers entrance to the area to avoid problems with the construction crew. If a problem arises with the vehicle traffic while the construction crew is relocating the traffic signal and installing traffic modifications at the Riverside/Cactus intersection the “No Right Turn” sign will be put up again and enforced. Hopefully this will make things easier for all while the street widening project is going on. If you have any questions contact the March Community Planner and Liaison at 951-655-2236.

NORTON-MARCH REUNION

Former 452nd Air Mobility Wing commander, Tim Wrighton, announces the Norton-March reunion at March Field from June 18-20, 2015. Visit www.norton-marchaircrew.org to learn more and to register. Access from government computers may be limited, so you may have to go to the site from a computer that is not on the base network.

FREE RESILIENCY/BULLY PROOFING TRAINING

The Airman and Family Readiness Center, through the Military Child Education Coalition, will host a free U.S. Air Force Resilience and Bully Proofing Webinar Wednesday, April 29, 8 a.m. for all DOD personnel assigned to Air Force installations and their family members.

The training will help parents understand the importance of raising resilient children and how to help children cope effectively with new challenges. Parents will learn more about what to do to promote social skills, values and behaviors that “bully proof” children. To register for remote viewing, go to https://cc.readytalk.com/r/5kvplz51xshp&eom.

BE PART OF AMERICA’S PREPARATHON!

Be prepared when disaster strikes. Join America’s Preparathon to learn how. March’s point of contact for the national emergency preparedness program is Senior Airman Jennifer King at 951-655-3024 or jennifer.king.20@us.af.mil.

COMMISSARY CASE LOT SALE MAY 1 – 4

The March Commissary’s next case lot sale is scheduled for May 1 – 4. Sale hours will be Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Monday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Save the dates and stay tuned for more details as they become available.

RETIREE ACTIVITIES   OFFICE RELOCATED

The March Field Retiree Activities Office has moved to Bldg. 441, Rm. 25. The address is 1920 Graeber St., March Air Reserve Base, Calif. 92518. Their hours remain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The RAO would like to thank the Civil Air Patrol-March Field Composite Squadron 45, for their help with the move.

FSS UPDATES SOCIAL MEDIA

The 452nd Force Support Squadron has updated and merged its Facebook page and combined all upcoming events into one, easy-to-find location. Visit them at www.facebook.com/MarchFSS to keep up on events and outings.

VOLUNTEER TO PACE RUNNERS

The Rising 6 is looking for volunteers to be part of its Fit to Fight Pacing Program for Airmen. Their mission is to help people improve F2F test run times. To volunteer you must score 90 percent or better on your last two F2F tests and have the confidence to pace at the desired time requested by the tester. You don’t have to be a fast runner to be a pacer. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tech. Sgt. Ygnacio Garcia at ygnacio.garcia04@gmail.com or 714-721-7683.

E-MAGAZINE FREE TO MILITARY, FAMILIES

Chronicling Greatness has just finalized its first issue of an E-Magazine, “The American Heroes of War World War II History From Those Who Lived It.” In conjunction with the non-profit International Urban Exchange Center (IUEC), they are offering the E-Magazine to all military personnel and their families for free. This E-Magazine presents first-person accounts from veterans and civilians who lived during, and participated in, the most monumental event of the 20th century, World War II. The accounts are from personal interviews by Adam P. Kennedy. You can access the EMagazine by visiting http://online.3dpageflip.com/wjhm/oxhr.

YELLOW RIBBON APRIL EVENT

The Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon Program invites you to a Regional Yellow Ribbon Training event to be held in Orlando, Fla., May 15-17. 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.

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. The first class scheduled is a virtual spin class at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. Contact the Fitness Center at 951-655-2292 for a schedule of upcoming classes or more information.

April’s 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

Other activities include: 

April – Extramural golf begins, Gen. Olds Golf Course

May 7 – May Fitness Month 5K Run/walk 7 a.m., base track

May 8 – May Fitness Month 5×5 Basketball Tournament, Fitness Center, 5 p.m.

May 8 – May Fitness Month Zumbathon, Fitness Center, 10 a.m. – noon

May 12 – Intramural softball begins (letters of intent available at the Fitness Center)

May 27 – May Fitness Month Racquetball Tournament, 5, single elimination

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

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”.

FY15 UTA RESCHEDULE GUIDELINES

Col. Muncy has determined that the following FY 15 Unit Training Assemblies may only be rescheduled if the reschedule date is for the alternate UTA during the same month of the A and B UTAs for the months of February, May and August 2015. The wing commander will authorize reschedules outside of the same month, if absolutely necessary, on a case-by-case basis.

TAP VIRTUAL CURRICULUM POLICY

Implementation of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011, under H.R. 2433, and the Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) under Executive Order 13518, has driven a host of new requirements for transitioning personnel. The VOW Act made service-member participation in the re-designed TAP program mandatory as of Nov. 21, 2012.   This re-designed program expands counseling and guidance for active and Reserve members separating from the military after serving at least 180 days on active duty. Reservists going on or coming off of 180 consecutive days of orders due to school, BMT, deployments, TDY’s, etc. are required to comply with the following requirements:  pre-separation counseling at the A&FRC, VA Benefits briefing (parts I and II), CAPSTONE (DD Form 2958) and five-day TAP workshop.   

The VA Benefits brief can be completed in person at March ARB or online, You can attend the five-day TAP workshop at any active duty installation, or online (it takes four days and includes the VA Benefits briefing). For more information please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 655-5350.

NOTIFICATION OF DEATH

Colonel Russell A. Muncy, 452nd Air Mobility Wing commander, regretfully announces the death of Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 452nd Civil Engineer Squadron.  Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Tech. Sgt. Salazar should contact Maj. Tricia Betts at tricia.betts@us.af.mil or 951-655-6786.