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The following Lajes Field news, information, events, and activities are published for unit and community awareness. 

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

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.

Commissary Update
Due to a change in mission requirements for the month of September there may be possible delays in arrival of goods to the Commissary that are delivered by air. Please be aware that some items may not arrive when they normally do. We will keep you updated if anything else changes.

Staying Connected at Lajes Field

Lajes Field Campaigns and Community Observances

  • Hispanic Heritage Month:  September 15 - October 15
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month:  October 1 - 31
  • Native American Indian Heritage Month:  November 1 - 30
Lajes Field Events and Activities  

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. 

New Chapel Religious Services Announced, effective July 20
The Lajes Field Chapel has updated their religious services to the following times:  Catholic Mass is Sunday at 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School is Sunday at 9 a.m.; General Protestant Service is Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Gospel Service is Sunday at noon; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Sunday at 9 a.m. (in Praia da Vitoria).  For more information, visit the Lajes Field Chapel website or call 535-4211.  
 
Lajes Field Drinking Water Quality report released for 2014's 2nd Quarter
To view the drinking water quality report, click here

Native American Heritage Month Committee
Individuals who are interested in being on the Native American Heritage Month Comittee should contact TSgt. Candice Compton, 535-6282. NAH Month takes place during the month of November.

Transition Assistance Workshop, 15-19 September
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Airman & Family Readiness Center Bldg T-126. Call 535-4138. This is the final workshop for 2014 on the island. Few seats remain. If anyone is considering separating within the next 12 months or retiring within the next 24 months, this is the class to attend! Be part of a small group instead of a large lecture class in the US. In 2015, workshops are projected to be only once a quarter. POC Lana Smith.

Veterans' Benefits Counselor appointments 18 September
Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg T-126, call 535-4138. This is the final visit by a Veterans' Benefits Counselor in 2014. One hour visits are open for individuals to discuss different education benefits, home loan program, insurance, disability claims process, and more. Only six spots available! Call soon. POCs Lana Smith or Missy (Melissa) Schmidt.

Heartlink September 19
Heart Link is an orientation program for military and civilian spouses. This program offers a day full of fun while learning about the Air Force's missions, customs, traditions, protocol support services and resources. The goal is to strengthen military and civilian families and enhance mission readiness.
Spouses are key to personal preparedness and mission effectiveness. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information contact Airman & Family Readiness at 535-4138.

Air Force Ball September 19
Join members of the 65 ABW as we celebrate the Air Force Ball. The slogan of this year's Ball is "65th ABW honoring 73-year alliance with Portuguese 'ohana." The theme is a Luau.

This year's Air Force Ball will take place on Friday 19 September at the TORC. A social hour will begin at 1800 with dinner to follow at 1900.

There are ticket representatives in each Squadron but tickets are limited, so don't miss out on your chance to celebrate the birth of your United States Air Force.

This year's meal choices are Chicken Cordon Bleu, Vegetarian Lasagna, Lobster tail & steak.

Ticket price information below:

MEMBER PRICING

E1-E4/Civ equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR CHICKEN or LASAGNA $18.00
E5-E6/CGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR CHICKEN or LASAGNA $28.00
E7-E9/FGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR CHICKEN or LASAGNA $38.00
E1-E4/Civ equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR STEAK & LOBSTER $28.00
E5-E6/CGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR STEAK & LOBSTER $38.00
E7-E9/FGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR STEAK & LOBSTER $48.00

Non-Member Pricing

E1-E4/Civ equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR CHICKEN or LASAGNA $20.00
E5-E6/CGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR CHICKEN or LASAGNA $30.00
E7-E9/FGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR CHICKEN or LASAGNA $ 40.00
E1-E4/Civ equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR STEAK & LOBSTER $30.00
E5-E6/CGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR STEAK & LOBSTER $40.00
E7-E9/FGO/Civ Equivalent PRICE PER PERSON FOR STEAK & LOBSTER $50.00

If you have any further questions please contact the Air Force Ball POC, 2d Lt Eric Artman at 535-3373.

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. 

Vehicle Processing Center Advisory
For more information regarding changes to vehicle processing centers click here.

Facility Closures or Alternate Hours 

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. Call 535-5168 for more information. 

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 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.
 
 
Disclaimer
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.
 
 
 



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