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Basewide News & Information Page --  April 16
(updated by Friday weekly)

The following Lajes Field news, information, events, and activities are published for unit and community awareness.  The presence of information, announcements, or links on this product does not constitute federal endorsement of private organization activities. 65 ABW/PA provides limited support to private organizations in the form of this online bulletin board in accordance with AFI 34-223 Private Organizations Program.  Private organizations are not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and have no governmental status.   

Advertising your event:  The deadline for the weekly Basewide Announcements is 12 p.m. Thursdays. Send your publicity request email titled "ATTN PA - BASEWIDE INFO REQUEST" to 65abw.pa2@us.af.mil.  Requests must include 2-3 sentences (no bullets) describing the basics of your event. Include the time, data, location, POC, and contact information. Incomplete requests will be returned.  ***Lajes Field/All Personnel emails are reserved for mission critical information and 65 ABW events.***

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FSS WEEK E-NEWS
Check out the link for this week's list of fun events and activities organized by the Force Support Squadron.

2014 AIR FORCE ASSISTANCE FUND CAMPAIGN MARCH 24 - MAY 2
This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign, which Lajes will support from 24 March-2 May. The theme for this year is "Committed to Caring" and that is what the four charities that AFAF supports is all about: The Air Force Aid Society provides emergency assistance, educational loans, spouse tuition and a myriad of services to our Airmen and families. The Air Force Village, Air Force Enlisted Village and the LeMay Foundation provide widows and widowers with housing and community care. This is our opportunity to support our Airmen. The Lajes AFAF Campaign will run for six weeks. During the six week window, various units will sponsor base-wide fundraising events in which 100% of proceeds will go toward the Lajes goal for AFAF. We will have an awesome time building esprit de corps while paying it forward for others.

Installation Project Officer: Capt. Andrea Jackson
Alternate Installation Project Officer: MSgt Victor Santana
Unit Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign Point of Contacts

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and provides dedicated time to renew our commitment to stop sexual assault and increase our awareness about this
crime. The theme this year is, "Live our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault." Our core values define the standard and the message is simple:  sexual assault is incompatible with our core values and we all have a role in preventing sexual assault. As Airmen, we must work together to address this issue for the betterment of our service and cultivate an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  POC: 1Lt Maria Berardo 535-2123 & SSgt Tameshia Prentice 535-2124
  • SAFE Kit Process Event is April 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Medical Group Conference room.  This event is for all victim advocates and potential victim advocates.  A Lajes Field SANE nurse will provide a briefing on the SAFE Kit process. 
  • Film Viewing of "Searching for Angela Shelton" is April 24 from 3-5 p.m. in the Base Theater.  This film depicts the stories of survivors of sexual assault with discussion led by the SAR
  • Pledge Banner Signing at the Base Exchange, Commissary, and Cafe Bean on April 23 and 30 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to promote sexual assault awareness and pass out teal ribbons. 
  • Library display is all month; books and material on sexual assault
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
The following parenting classes will be provided by the Military and Family Life Consultant in partnership with the Family Advocacy Program throughout the month. POC is Capt Kamy Jenkins at 535-5177.
  • 18 April from 1400-1500 in the Chapel -- Conflict Resolution: A Caregivers Guide (for parents with children ages 13-16)
  • 23 April from 1400-1500 in the Chapel -- Conflict Resolution: A Caregivers Guide (for parents with children ages 4-12)
  • 25 April from 1400-1500 in the Chapel -- Parent/Child Communication (for parents with children of all ages)
Holy Week Begins April 17- POC:  Chapel at 535-4211
Holy Week Protestant Services:
17 April, Thurs, 1900-2000, "Christ in the Passover" Study (Fellowship Hall)
18 April, Fri, 1930-2000, Good Friday Worship Service (Sanctuary)
20 April, Sun, 0645-0715, Easter Sunrise Worship Service at the TTU
20 April, Sun, 0800-0900, Easter Breakfast Pot-Luck (please sign up) (Fellowship Hall)
20 April, Unity Easter Worship Service 0930-1100 (Sanctuary)

Holy Week Catholic Services: (All services will be in the sanctuary)
17 April, 1730, Holy Thursday "Feast of the Lord's Supper"
18 April, 1730, Good Friday "Veneration of the Cross"
19 April, 1930, Holy Saturday "Easter Vigil"
20 April, Easter Sunday, NO MASS. The Easter mass obligation is fulfilled at the Easter vigil the night prior

Air Force Assistance Fund Car Wash and Bake Sale April 19
The 65th Operations Support Squadron and 65th Contracting Flight will offer at combined car wash and bake sale at the Commissary April 19. The fundraiser will support the Air Force Assitance Fund and will run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

S/UM Dinner is April 21
The next Lajes Field Single and/or Unaccompanied Member Dinner is April 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel Fellowship Hall.  Once a month, the Chapel sponsor's a home cooked dinner for all Single and Unaccompanied Airmen, of all ranks. This is a time to come together for a meal prepared by different groups here at Lajes. Uniform not required.  Menu is lasagna, garlic bread, green beans, assorted desserts.  Sponsored by 65th MDSS.  POC:  Chapel at 535-4211

Air Force Assistance Fund Bolwing Tournament April 22
To support the Air Force Assistance Fund, there will be a bowling tournament Tuesday, April 22 from 3-5 p.m.  All proceeds will go to AFAF.  4 person teams/$10 per person.  Winner receives AFAF Plaque and 10 FREE bowling coupons. Each coupon is worth "2 FREE GAMES OF BOWLING".  POC: MSgt Jennifer Bjorkman 535-2274 & SSgt Tameshia Prentice 535-2124.

Housing, Dorms, and FMO Closed April 18, 25
Housing, Dorms and Furniture Management Offices will be closed on April 18th and 25th, due to Portuguese Holidays. For Emergencies only, call 967-932-376.

Lajes Field Town Hall Meetings April 23
The 65th Air Base Wing will hold Lajes Field Town Hall meetings on April 23 at the Base Theater. Please attend either the 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., or 2:30 p.m. town hall meeting. Topics will include rightsizing the Lajes Field community services, Caring for People Forum feedback, future wing leadership, and a recap of the announced Lajes Field Transition for new Airmen.

Post Office closed at 1 p.m. April 24
The Post Office will be closed due to an official function on April 24 beginning at 1 p.m.  Post Office hours are Mon-Thurs from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sundays 12-4 p.m.   

65th ABW Quarterly Awards Breakfast April 24
The Lajes Field 2014 1st Quarter Awards Breakfast is April 24 at 8 a.m. in the TORC Ballroom. Please join us in recognizing our 65 ABW quarterly award winners and nominees. Contact ticket sales representative or your first sergeant. Uniform is ABU for Military and casual attire for civilians. POC: MSgt Larry Cooks, MSgt. Adrian McDonough, TOP3 Recognition Committee

Munyon's Self Defense Clinic European Seminar April 26
Munyon's Self-Defense Clinic European Seminar is scheduled for April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lajes Fitness Center on the second floor. You won't want to miss out on this opportunity to learn and train with one of the foremost self-defense experts in the world today. Michael Munyon has trained military personnel, martial artists, police and security personnel all around the world. His Women's Self-Defense Program is one of the most sought after training seminars. Learn self-defense techniques, safety tips and available resources through safety awareness.

Wing Blues Day April 28
In honor of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance week, the 65th Air Base Wing will hold a Blues Day April 28. The Blues Uniform may be worn in any combination. The Holocaust Days of Remembrance will kick off with a remembrance 5K starting at the Fitness Center at 7 a.m.

April Wing Promotion Ceremony April 30
The 65th Air Base Wing will be holding the Monthly Promotion Ceremony on April 30 at 3 p.m. at the Community Activity Center.  Please come out and help celebrate with our new promotees.  POC:  TSgt Lori Downey, 535-3534

Single Parent Retreat May 2-4
A single parent's retreat at the Terceira Mar Hotel ("Pink Hotel") is targeted for single parents to build stronger families. There will be a seminar hosted by Ch Granger. Programs and activities for children will be available.  Hotel and meal expenses paid.  Please wear civilian clothes.  Please register by contacting the chapel at 535-4211.

Annual Vendor Products Exposition May 8
The 65th Contracting Squadron is hosting its Annual Vendor Products Exposition on 8 May at the Top of the Rock Club from 1030 - 1430. The exposition gives Azorean vendors the opportunity to showcase their products and services available to American units and personnel on Lajes. This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to stop by and see what is available in our local market.  POC:  Phyllis Meneses, DSN 535-1465 

SSgt Promotion Testing Cycle Now April 1 - May 16
The 14E5 testing window originally scheduled for May 1 - June 15 has been moved up 30 days to begin April 1 - May 16. Moving the testing window up will allow individuals to test and allow AFPC time to remove selects from the ERB eligible list. Verification has been made with organizations to ensure study references are available and test booklets will be printed and delivered to testing locations in time for the April 1 start date. The MPS is the liaison with AFPC Enlisted Promotions. Please contact us at DSN 665-2107/2362 or afpc.dpsoe@us.af.mil for additional clarification.

Transition Assistance Programs for Airmen Affected by Force Management
The Airman and Family Readiness Center has scheduled the next several Transition Assistance Program workshops for April 14 to 17, May 5 to 9 and June 9 to 13. TAP is a partnership among the Department of Defense, Department of Labor and Department of Veteran Affairs to provide separating or retiring members and their families with information, resources and services to ensure a successful transition to the civilian sector. For more information and for reservations, call 535-4138.

Commissary Open April 18, 25
The Commissary is open normal hours on Good Friday, April 18, and Liberty Day, April 25.

Exchange Stores Closed April 18, 25 and May 1
Lajes Field Exchange Stores (Main Exchange, Shoppette, & Car Care Center) will be closed due to Portuguese Holidays on April 18 and 25 and May 1. 

TMO Closed Thursday Afternoons for Training
The TMO office will be closed on Thursday's from 1 to 5 p.m. for squadron training. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and on Fridays. For emergencies, please contact your first sergeant for the after-hours phone number. For more information, call 535-5168.

G.I. Bill Comparison Tool
VA announced the launch of their new GI BillR Comparison Tool this morning at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/comparison. The comparison tool is designed to make it easier for Veterans and Service Members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. It provides key information about college affordability and value, allowing Post-9/11 beneficiaries to compare education options and make informed choices about the best education program to meet their needs. The comparison tool brings together information from more than 17 different online sources and three federal agencies into an easy-to-use online resource. For more information, contact MSgt Jai Rodriguez, 65th ABW Career Assistance Advisor, 535-6197

Lajes Field Tax Center Now Open
The Lajes Tax Center is now open and will run until June 13. You may drop-off your paperwork Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in building T-100 at the Legal office. Free tax preparation is offered to any service member, dependent, retiree or federal employee who is eligible for legal assistance. Contact the legal office at 535-3546 for more info.

65th Medical Group Closed for Training 2nd Tuesday of Each Month
The 65th Medical Group clinic is closed for unit training every second Tuesday of the month. TRICARE On-line (TOL) is always available as an option for appointment booking. All beneficiaries must register at www.tricareonline.com for an account. For more information, call 535-3261. In case of emergencies, call 911 on-base or 295-571-911 off-base.  

Portuguese Air Force-issued Base Pass Required at Passenger Terminal
In order to expedite arrival processing at the Lajes Field Passenger Terminal, all members should present their blue badge during mandatory immigrations processing. Due to recently implemented Portuguese Air Force requirements, all personnel ending travel at Lajes Field will be required to present their blue badge during immigrations processing. If the member is unable to present the blue badge, he/she will be required to obtain a temporary base pass.


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