Lajes Field News & Information Page
The following Lajes Field news, information, events, and activities are published for unit and community awareness.
Based on current world events and U.S. European Commands heightened level of force protection concerns we want to remind every member of our community that you have a responsibility to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. No matter how well trained and vigilant our law enforcement and counterterrorism personnel are, they simply cannot be everywhere, at all times. The eyes and ears of each member of Team Lajes, as well as those of our neighbors in the local community, play an absolute crucial role in the prevention of terrorism.
If you hear or see anyone participating in suspicious activity please report them to the Eagle Eyes program at 535-EYES or if off base 295-57-EYES.
In addition you may see more Random Anti-Terrorism Measures (RAMs) on and off base carried out by U.S. Air Force Security Forces, PoAF Air Police and Securitas (Housing Security) personnel, which could include gate closures and increased patrols.
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Drinking Water Leak Detection Study
The 65th Civil Engineer Squadron will be conducting a drinking water leak detection study for the next 3 weeks and there will be contractors on base (housing included) investigating the water pipes. If they find any suspicion of leak, some areas may need to be disconnected from the water system and will be without water for some hours. If this happens we will announce in advance.
Holiday Mailing Season
The holiday mailing season is approaching! These dates were established for mail destined to the CONUS from Europe to arrive in time for the holidays. The following are the recommended mailing dates for the classes of mail available from USAFE APOs .
Space Available Mail (SAM) - 26 Nov 14
Parcel Airlift (PAL) - 3 Dec 14
First Class/Priority Mail - 10 Dec 14
The Lajes Post Office recommended dates due to the geographic location and mail transit times .
Space Available Mail (SAM) - 12 Nov 14
Parcel Airlift (PAL) - 19 Nov 14
First Class/Priority Mail - 26 Nov 14
Expanded Influenza Vaccine Available
The 65 MDG Allergy/Immunization Clinic is expanding the groups of patients for which the influenza vaccine is now available. Flu vaccine is mandatory for all active duty members and highly encouraged/recommended for all family members and civilians.
Details: The influenza vaccine is now available for the following groups:
- Infants - age 6 months to 35 months.
- All high risk patients that meet the criteria for the injectable vaccine, or those that do not otherwise meet the criteria for the flu mist.
- All patients between the ages of 2 - 49 who are otherwise healthy that meet the criteria for the flu mist.
Immunization Clinic Hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 0900-1600
Tues, Thurs: 0800-1600
Closed for lunch from 1200-1300
POC: TSgt Jovan Thomas, 535-3584
New housing website
HOMES.mil is the new housing program that is replacing AHRN.com and it will be operational on 4 Oct 2014. HOMES.mil is a DOD-developed public website that interfaces with our Enterprise Military Housing (eMH) system. HOMES.mil allows public access for members, property managers and landlords 24/7/365 and replaces the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN), which already terminated 1 Jan 14. This program will be very beneficial to all military and DOD civilians in the search for properties for rent or sale at your new assignment. For further assistance concerning this matter, please contact: Joan Wilson, Housing Manager at 535-3727
All members PCS'ing from Lajes Field with Privately Owned Vehicle (POV)
The goal of the 65th Logistics Readiness Squadron is to improve the POV shipment process. We understand how important your vehicle is to you, your family and how it supports the Air Force mission. With this in mind, we established an improved process to assure a smoother PCS. We request you to bring all required documents listed below to the Vehicle Processing Center (T-605) no later than 60 days prior to your departure date:
1. 4 copies of your PCS Orders
2. 4 copies of vehicle's title or letter from lien holder (bank) 3. 4 copies of Lajes Field Vehicle registration 4. Personal email, a current phone number or means to reach you
- These documents will help us order your POV container and coordinate shipping timelines. You may keep your POV until your container arrives and we schedule you a follow-on Turn-In (TIN) time and date via email.
- Keep in mind, delivery times vary upon destination and/or carriers schedule.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Vehicle Processing Center @ 535-3112 or e-mail at: 65LRS.LGRDDC.VPC@US.AF.MIL.
The Lajes Traffic Management Office (TMO) has started utilizing DPS Self-Counseling as a means of procuring transportation for a member's household goods and unaccompanied baggage. DPS Self-Counseling offers members the option of arranging shipments from their own computers or in TMO's cyber café. DPS user guides have been posted on the TMO GPS to PCS page (http://www.lajesfss.com/mpsgps/tmo.htm). TMO Counselors will happily assist you in with any questions you may have.
Face to face counseling is still mandatory for the following individuals:
-Members who have never completed a government move
-Members who are separating
-Members who are retiring -Dependents procuring transportation on dependent travel orders
-Members shipping household goods into non-temporary storage
-Members moving to a unique location
Please note that members will still need to hand carry orders and provide completed DPS forms to TMO at least three weeks prior to requested pack-out dates. We strongly recommend that members complete household goods processing as soon as PCS orders are available to the member. Please contact the TMO office at 535-5168 with any questions.
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Native American Indian Heritage Month: November 1 - 30
Non-command sponsored dependents memorandum available on Lajes Link
A memorandum detailing important considerations for Airmen considering bringing non-command sponsored dependents to Lajes Field has been approved and can be found on Lajes Link here. For inbound members who are considering bringing family members to Lajes Field and currently assigned members who are considering having their family visit the base. Discuss this important decision with your chain of command prior to moving any family members.
Wing Promotion Ceremony November 26
The monthly wing promotion ceremony will be at 3 p.m. at the Community Activity Center.
Wing Thanksgiving Meal November 27
The wing will be hosting its Thanksgiving luncheon on 27 Nov (Thanksgiving Day) from 1130-1430 at the Community Center. Turkeys and hams will be provided through donations from the private organizations. Servicemembers and families are welcome.
Tops in Blue November 30
Tops in Blue will be performing at Lajes Field on Sunday November 30th at 1900. The performance will take place at the Community Activity Center. The event is free and open to anyone with a base pass.
Tree Light Ceremony December 5
There will be a tree lighting ceremony on December 5th from 6-7 p.m. The event will take place in the front of Bier Mar housing gate. More questions contact the Chapel at 535-4211.
BAH Revalidation Required for All Airmen
USAFE-AFAFRICA Airmen must revalidate their dependents to continue receiving basic housing allowance or overseas housing allowance at the with-dependent rate. Revalidation efforts are part of the Air Force's service-wide mandate for Airmen to revalidate their dependents by Dec. 31, 2014. Airmen must complete Air Force Form 549, Application and Authorization to Start, Stop, or Change Basic Allowance for Quarter or Dependency Determination. Revalidation process should take no more than 10 minutes. Supporting documentation includes marriage certificates, birth certificates for dependent children or divorce decrees. The 65th Comptroller Flight will contact military members to arrange proper revalidation in time. View the USAFE-AFAFRICA Factsheet. POC: 65th Comptroller Flight: 535-2274
Airfield Driving Training Reminder
All USAF employed personnel operating a vehicle on the airfield must be trained on local airfield driving procedures. Individuals must complete all the training requirements outlined on the Airfield Drivers Training Program (ADTP) website. Individuals should contact the Unit Airfield Driving Program Manager or the wing program manager at 535-1361.
Facility Closures or Alternate Hours
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.
Advertising & Publicity
The deadline for the weekly Basewide Announcements is 12 p.m. Thursdays. Send your publicity request email titled "ATTN PA - BASEWIDE INFO REQUEST" to email@example.com. 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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