Lajes Field News & Information Page
The following Lajes Field news, information, events, and activities are published for unit and community awareness.
Staying Connected at Lajes Field
Lajes Field Community Campaigns & Observances
- Lajes Field's Official Facebook Page - Like our Facebook page and click 'Get Notifications' to receive Lajes Field news, information and announcements in your news feed.
- AFN Lajes - Watch on TV at home or at work, tune in to 96.1FM or 1503AM or visit their official Facebook page.
- Lajes CTV - Watch original Lajes Community Television programming on AFN channel 48 or online at www.lajestv.com.
- 65th Force Support Squadron - Browse their services website at www.lajesfss.com or visit their official Facebook page. Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Have family visiting and want to show them a good time? Wondering when the next Armed Forces Entertainment show is? Click on FSS' weekly listing of events and activities, the FSS Week E-News.
2014 Air Force Assistance Fund - 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
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
- 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
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.
Lajes Field Events and Activities
- 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)
Lajes Field Town Hall Meetings April 23, Simulcasting Available
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. A question and answer session will be held as well. The meetings are scheduled to last approximately one hour. Attendance to one town hall meeting is MANDATORY for military personnel. Instructions will be provided to units for dividing personnel between the Base Theater and the Community Activity Center. All other Lajes Field personnel and community members are invited and encouraged to attend one meeting. The town hall meetings will be simulcast into the Community Activity Center ballroom to accommodate all personnel. Attendees will be able to submit a question even if attending at the CAC. Additionally, the town hall meetings will be live streamed online at www.lajestv.com and on the Lajes CTV television channel on AFN television. If viewing online, personnel will be able to utilize the website's chat feature to submit a question.
Warrior Welcome Ceremony April 23
The 65th Air Base Wing will hold a Warrior Welcome Ceremony April 23 at 11:15 a.m. at the TORC parking lot.
65th ABW Quarterly Awards and Volunteer Recognition 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. In addition, the wing will recognize our annual volunteer award winners! 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.
Holocaust Days of Remembrance April 28 - May 2
The 65th Air Base Wing will participate in the annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance from April 28 - May 2. The purpose of the Days of Remembrance observance is to reflect upon, to learn about, and to never forget what happened to the millions silenced during the Holocaust. A list of events is below. POC: MSgt Robert Davis, 535-1415
April Wing Promotion Ceremony April 30 -- UPDATE! New time is 3:30 p.m.!
- April 28 - 5K Remembrance Run at the Fitness Center. Showtime is 7:15 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. start time.
- April 29 - "The Boy in Striped Pajams" movie presentation at the Base Theater at 3 p.m. This event is approved as an alternate duty location by the 65 ABW/CC. Free popcorn and soda will be available. Spouses and families are welcome to attend.
- April 30 - Holocaust victims name reading at the TORC foyer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- May 1 - "Life is Beautiful" move presentation at the Base Theater at 3 p.m. This event is approved as an alternate duty location by the 65 ABW/CC. Free popcorn and soda will be available. Spouses and families are welcome to attend.
The 65th Air Base Wing will be holding the Monthly Promotion Ceremony on April 30 at 3:30 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 email@example.com for additional clarification.
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
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.
Lajes Field Tax Center Open Through June 13
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.
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.
Vehicle Processing Center Advisory
A new company has been awarded the Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) contract. All vehicles shipped after May 1 will have new VPC locations at destination. This does not affect the Lajes Field VPC, but will affect where members receive their POV at new permanent duty station. The new website, starting May 1 is www.PCSmyPOV.com. From this site, customers can access information regarding the new VPC locations and shipping tips. For members shipping their vehicle, prior to May 1, 2014, the old web-site, www.whereismypov.com, is applicable. Please note, the addresses of the VPC locations have changed and as of 1 May 14, the following locations are no longer on the new contract: Edison, NJ; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL; Oakland, CA; Mannheim, Germany; RAF Croughton, England; RAF Menwith Hill, England; Seville, Spain and Livorno, Italy. Vehicles shipped to above locations prior to May 1, 2014, will still receive vehicles for pick-up by members. No vehicles will be shipped out of these locations. Please contact the TMO office at 535-5168 for further information.
Facility Closures or Alternate Hours
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.
Commissary Open April 25
The Commissary is open normal hours on Good Friday, April 18, and Liberty Day, April 25.
Housing, Dorms, and FMO Closed April 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.
Exchange Stores Closed April 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.
FSS Facilities Closed April 28
65th Force Support Squadron facilities will be closed Monday, April 28 from 12 - 5 p.m. for an official function. POC: Mr. Jeffrey Adams, DSN 535-5212
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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