News Briefs 08/07/2015

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66ERS BASEBALL AND HOMETOWN HEROES

The Inland Empire 66ers (minor league baseball) are looking for military Hometown Heroes to recognize during their August and September home games. Included with your recognition is a free game ticket for you and three guests, seats next to the home team dugout, free parking, and hot dogs, chips and soft drinks for you and your three guests. The ballpark is located at 280 South E Street, San Bernardino, Calif. 92401. If interested in signing up for a game, please email Megan Crusher at megan.crusher.1@us.af.mil with your name, rank, contact number and the date you’d like to attend. Dates are Aug. 11-13 and 21-27, and Sep. 1-3. All games are at 7:05 p.m. except Aug 23, which is 5:05 p.m.  Uniform is ABUs and it does not require any public speaking. You may also change clothes after the recognition. First come, first served.

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.

REGISTER FOR YELLOW RIBBON EVENTS

The August 14-16 and September 25-27 Yellow Ribbon events are now open for registration for eligible members. For more formation, contact 1st Lt. Shelley Lawrence, your 452nd Air Mobility Wing Yellow Ribbon representative, for details at 951-655-4615.

MILITARY DENTIST FOR UTAS

The 452nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron will provide a military dentist available each Friday prior to the A and B UTAs through the September joint UTA. The dentist’s hours are 8 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. If you or anyone in your squadron needs a military dental examination, please go to the dental clinic during the hour of operation. Individuals must be on military status to be seen.  No appointments accepted. Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first served basis.

FREE SUMMER OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES

Outdoor Recreation is pleased to announce their summer movie series. All movies are free and start at dusk on the “A” and “B” UTA’s.  Bring your own chairs, blankets, snacks, etc., and join us on the lawn behind the Outdoor Recreation/Tickets and Tours – Bldg. 434. Be sure to take all of your belongings and properly dispose of your trash before you leave. Movies are open to anyone with base access. For more information, call Outdoor Recreation at 951-655-2816.

Aug. 8: Woman in Gold (PG-13) – Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Stars: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl

Aug. 22: Insurgent (PG-13) – Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James

Sep. 12: McFarland USA (PG-13) – A cross country coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders. Stars: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Ramiro Rodriguez 

BONANZA BINGO AT CLUB

The Hap Arnold Club invites you to play Bingo for prizes. Visit the cashier’s cage or a bartender at the club or call 951-655-4920 for details. Winning numbers for the week of Aug 3 through 9 are: B8, I28, N45, G50, O73. (Winning numbers are displayed weekly on the information screen in the lobby next to the Grande Ballroom.) Good luck!

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRIPS AUG/SEP

March Outdoor Recreation plans the following trips for the remainder of the fiscal year:

August 15 – Couples hot air balloon rides in Temecula for $20 per person

August 29 – Bungee jump of the Bridge to Nowhere in Azusa for $32 per person

September 5 – Three-hour couples sunset sail in San Diego for $35 each

September 19 – Skydive in Perris for $50 per person

September 26 – Three-hour Alpine horseback tour in Big Bear for $42 per person

Call them at 951-655-2816 for further details or to sign up.

RIDE A BIKE ON UTAs

Outdoor Recreation, in conjunction with the Fitness and Sports Center, offers FREE bike rentals to UTA members from now through September. Male and female beach cruisers, including helmets and locks will be located in front of the Fitness Center and issued by Force Support Squadron fitness personnel. Due to a limited supply, only 10 bikes will be made available each UTA weekend. Mountain bikes are available by special request only through Outdoor Recreation. For more information, call ODR at 951-655-2816 or the Fitness Center at 951- 655-2292.

BACK STREET CAFÉ UTA SCHEDULE

The Back Street Café has begun renovation of the dining area. Food operations have relocated to the Wright Brothers Bar located on the east side of the Hap Arnold Club. Entrances from Adams Ave. can be used as well as available parking across from the Ballroom entrance.

Monday – Friday there will be buffet style food service in the Wright Brothers Bar at 6:30 – 10 a.m. for breakfast and 11-1:30 p.m. for lunch. No dinner will be served during the week.

All UTA food operations will continue throughout the renovation. A limited menu will be available with most of your favorite items, excluding pizza. An express food service will be available in the Atrium as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room. The UTA operating hours are 5:30-9 a.m. for breakfast; 11-1 p.m. for lunch, 4-8 p.m. for dinner.

In addition, Sally’s Alley and Aces Sports Bar will be open on UTA Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The newly renovated state-of-the-art facility will feature new lighting and furniture, an improved serving line, digital menu boards, a revamped menu, and new stations such as a self-serve salad bar and Starbucks coffee stations.

We appreciate your patience during this renovation and are committed to continue to provide quality service and support to the Team March community. Visit MarchFSS.com or “Like” them on Facebook at “MarchFSS” to stay up-to-date.

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.

Daily 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

CONSTRUCTION AT CACTUS AVE & 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.

GRILL NIGHT AT SALLY’S ALLEY

Every Wednesday night starting at 4 p.m., Sally’s Alley is open for business with Grill Night. Sally’s Alley is also now open every Pre-UTA Thursday at 4 p.m. For more information, call them at 951-653-2121.

MOTOWN REVIEW  AUGUST 29

The Hap Arnold Club presents The MoTown Review dinner and show, featuring the Men of Motown, Saturday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m. Call the club at 951-655-2121 for more information.

THE 452ND AIR MOBILITY WING’S 2015 MILITARY BALL

The 452nd Air Mobility Wing’s 2015 Military Ball is scheduled for Saturday, November 21. This year’s location remains the Riverside Convention Center, and this year we will have a Holiday Theme. This will be a fantastic evening and one you do not want to miss.  Ticket prices dropped to $60 per person. See your first sergeant to purchase tickets or contact SMSgt. Griffin at 951-655-3999. There are 40 rooms available at the Marriott for $110 each, and 50 rooms available at the Hyatt Place for $105 each (the Hyatt Place price includes breakfast). When you call to make a reservation, mention the 2015 Military Ball to get the correct rate. You can contact The Marriott at 1-800-228-9290 or (951)784-8000 for reservations and The Hyatt Place at 1-888-553-1300 or (951)321-3500.

VETERANS’ ROUNDTABLE

(Cathedral City, CA)  RSVP requested for Dr. Ruiz Veterans Roundtable on Aug. 20, 2015.

Mark your calendar and don’t miss the opportunity to interact with our own Congressman

regarding veteran’s issues. Congressman Ruiz has been a strong advocate for veteran’s rights since he was first elected to Congress nearly three years ago. During that time, he has helped many local veterans personally with their benefits and used his position on the Veterans Committee in Washington to help pass important legislation regarding veteran’s rights, especially regarding support from the local VA hospitals.

On Thursday August 20th at 1:30 p.m. there will be a Veteran’s Roundtable at the Cathedral City Corps of the Salvation Army located at 30-400 Landau Blvd in Cathedral City. The Congressman will address the audience concerning what is currently being done to improve the quality of assistance to veterans and what is being proposed. He will also entertain questions and answers from those in attendance as time allows. Experts will be there to help individuals with their unique problems and help them get started on a solution. The goal is to constructively identify and address the most pressing concerns that veterans in the area have, regarding their benefits.

This is a great opportunity to interact with your representative in Washington so don’t miss out. Pass the word on to others who you know will benefit from being there. If you have any questions, please contact Bill Young at majorbill1@aol.com or 760-861-0037. Please RSVP to Tony Aguilar at tony.aguilar@mail.house.gov or 760/424-8888.

WWII VETS FREE ADMISSION TO PATTON MUSEUM

WWII vets get free admission to General Patton Memorial Museum – 62-510 Chiriaco Rd, Chiriaco Summit, CA 92201 on Aug. 14.

The end of World War II in Asia occurred on 14 and 15 August 1945 when armed forces of Japan surrendered to the forces of the allied powers. The surrender came just three months after the surrender of the axis forces in Europe.

On 14 August, 2015, the General Patton Memorial Museum is honoring all veterans and their families who served during World War II by extending an invitation to come for a free visit at the museum.

This invitation is to ALL U.S. veterans who served anywhere in the world during WWII. Each WWII veteran who visits the museum will be welcomed by the General Manager who will give them a VIP tour. All WWII veterans and family members will be given a flyer telling how GPMM Board Member, Pete Minix, provides free assistance in preparing a complete biography about their service and their life.

Should you have any questions or need special assistance, please contact Michael T. Pierson at 760/227-3483 or via email at gpmm@wildblue.net.

For more information about the museum, visit www.generalpattonmuseum.com.

The General Patton Memorial Museum is located on I-10 at Chiriaco Summit, just 30 miles east of Indio. Thank you for your service, they are looking forward to your visit on 14 August, 2015.

EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS NEWS

Are you aware that if you plan on transferring any or all of your educational benefits to your dependents, you MUST have a minimum of four years left in the military at the time of the transfer? The exception is if you are getting out due to reaching your high year of tenure or something else that is beyond your control. Contact the education office or the local Veteran’s Administration office for specific details.

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 month of 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.

KEY SPOUSE REFRESHER TRAINING AUGUST 22

Key Spouse Refresher Training, hosted by Airman & Family Readiness, is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 22, 9-11 a.m. in the Mission Support Group conference room, Bldg. 2313, 1261 Graeber St., Rm 6.

All current Key Spouses (Reserve, 912th ARS, and Guard) and anyone interested in volunteering to be a Key Spouse is welcome. This is also an opportunity for those interested in being a Key Spouse volunteer to meet current Key Spouse volunteers. Since this is a commander’s program, all commanders and first sergeants are welcome to attend. The discussion will include any issues that the Key Spouses want to discuss. Reservations are required. Call 951-655-5350 to reserve your seat by 17 August. POC is Valerie Fioretta, A&FRC Director, 655-5322.