Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Vol. 4, No. 48
Team Charleston – One Family, One Mission, One Fight!
Friday, December 13, 2013
In Remembrance ...
U.S. Navy photo / Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad Hallford
Members of the Lowcountry Detachment of the Marine Corps League, as well as other veterans, prepare to toss ceremonial wreaths from onboard USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Dec. 7, 2013, as part of the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony, sponsored by VFW Post 10624.
Santa visits 315th AW Airmen, families
AIRMAN HONORED Victims advocate awarded for service See page 4
JB Charleston celebrates holidays See page 5
Commanders Challenge held See page 7
Weekend Weather Update JB CHS, SC
Friday, December 13 Mostly Sunny
High 61º Low 47º
Saturday, December 14 Thunder Storms (50% precip)
High 72º Low 63º
Sunday, December 15
Showers (60% precip)
High 64º Low 45º
Story and photos by Senior Airman Bobby Pilch 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Airmen and their families gathered on the flight line at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Dec. 7, 2013, waiting for Santa's arrival aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and an opportunity for the children to tell him what they want for Christmas. This year marks the fifth anniversary for the Santa flight, bringing more than 100 personnel and their families to the air base for the event. Maj. Nathan Arkwood, a pilot assigned to the 701st Airlift Squadron, and Lt. Col. Jeff Campbell, a 317th AS pilot, planned and coordinated the afternoon’s festivities. "It's the only activity we get to do with the families," said Arkwood. "It builds squadron morale, cohesion and is an opportunity to brag about our families and the children." This event marks one of the many ways the 315th AW balances the Air Force Reserve triad of family, Air Force career and civilian employer.
Santa visits the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C., Dec. 7, 2013, during the annual Santa flight. The event provides an opportunity for Airmen and thier families to share valuable time together during the holiday season.
Motorcycle Safety wins AMC award From Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
Recently, Joint Base Charleston was awarded the Air Mobility Command Motorcycle Safety Award for 2013, for having the most outstanding motorcycle safety unit in AMC. In 2012, the motorcycle safety program was highlighted by playing a vital role in ground safety, and garnishing the "Distinguished Ground Safety Award" for AMC. 2013 was no different. The motorcycle safety program was able to accomplish their recent award by incorporating mentorship from senior leadership down, remaining inclusive to all agencies and branches of the military and providing training to new riders to promote proactive mishap-reduction on motorcycles. According to the award citation, throughout the year newly certified volunteer instructors shadowed, trained and worked alongside senior instructors. The volunteer instructors led the annual motorcycle safety rodeo, where more than 350 riders were briefed on safety, and 55 representatives from safety were involved. Outside of Joint Base Charleston, other agencies assisted in volunteering in the further education of motorcycle safety at JB Charleston, including the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club and the North Charleston Police Palmetto Motorcycle Comp. "Motorcycle Safety Training provides a way for riders to recognize hazards associated with operating a motorcycle and to learn the skills necessary to avoid a mishap such as emergency braking, cornering, balance, and where to safely position one's self in traffic," said Christopher Anderson, 628th Air Base Wing chief of ground safety. "This award is a testament to all the hard work and selfless volunteer efforts of the instructors and individuals that promote safety to our service members every day. Our motorcycle program is truly a team effort between Air Force and Navy volunteers and our community partner, Trident Technical College."
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Santa visits the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, during the annual Santa flight.
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Join us for the 2013 Joint Base Holiday party to thank members of Joint Base Charleston for all of their hard work in the past year. What: 2013 Joint Base Holiday Party When: Thursday, Dec. 19 Where: The Charleston Club Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: FREE Dress: Military - UOD / Civilian: Casual POCs: 315th AW Lt Col Tamara Scholl 628th ABW Capt Lini Cai 437th AW Capt Michael Recker
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T’was the night before Christmas: A Joint Base Charleston rendition COMMENTARY
Commentary by Lt. Col. Todd Groomes 17th Airlift Squadron commander
As we enter the height of the Christmas season, I wanted to be sure to take a moment to reflect on everything that is being accomplished by so many here at Joint Base Charleston. It can never be said enough, just how thankful we are to have such dedicated Airmen and Sailors who sacrifice their time so that others have everything they need during this time of year. Our profession is a calling - a drive to place others' needs before our own. That is a truly awe-inspiring concept in today's "me" society. We do not work a standard nine-to-five, 40-hour work week in the military. If it is hot, we sweat; if it is cold, we bundle up; we get wet when it rains and even press on through the fog and the dust storms. This time of year our job seems much like someone else's we all know and love. In light of that thought, I have taken an old classic and adapted it using the "10 percent rule" for our dedicated men and women of Joint Base Charleston.
T'was the night before Christmas and out on the ramp Maintenance was buzzing and ATOC did scamp Aircraft to prepare and cargo to load after they weigh To make things just perfect for that very special day...
Transportation was running and AFE too In order to make equipment ready for each and every crew
Security Forces kept a vigilant eye on the Keep So all on Charleston would feel safe when they sleep...
The commanders signed orders and encouraged the crews Flight Authorizations, Go-No-Go and ORM too "Go out and be safe--You know what to do"...
The crews stepped to the jets in their greens and their tans Whistling and humming carols as they unloaded the vans The mighty aircraft roared to life Ready for adventure and to get to the fight...
"We'll be back soon enough!" they said to the folks on the line "This stuff must get there and get there on time!" Set up for success by all left behind The crew gave a wave, and a salute to the line...
As they pulled out of parking and onto the runway They were trained and were ready for anything that might come their way Command Post heard the last radio call they made as they flew out of sight...
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!"
Thank you for everything you do that makes Joint Base Charleston successful. From the 17th Airlift Squadron family to each and every one of yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
The unexpected power of listening
Commentary by José (surname withheld) U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – My name is not José. Steve asked me not to use our real names if I write down what I recently learned about the events of 2002. He”s not “Steve,” either. Steve agreed to share his part, and I will tell you mine – our two sides of one story. What follows is our recollections of then and now. José: Steve and I used to play one of those multiplayer online games when they were just becoming popular. I was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; he was at Aviano Air Base, Italy. We chatted online through the game interface almost daily when our duty schedules allowed. The time difference meant not many players were online when we overlapped, so we just texted for hours. There were times when our real life, "RL" as we called it, was all we’d talk about. The game was just the place to catch up on the latest going on in bella Italia or sunny Dayton, Ohio. Steve: In late 2002, I wasn’t just unhappy, I was bottoming out. My seven-year Air Force career was the only thing in my life that seemed solid; the ops tempo was crazy after 9/11. A year later, when things started to settle down in mid-2002, we got into a new rhythm. As the pace changed, the demands of the job faded into a “new normal;” all the problems piling up were pushing back into the center stage. All the things I didn’t want to deal with because of the pain, could not be ignored. I think I was depressed. José: I knew Steve was upset sometimes, as he often vented about his day or his week. We all did. Then he’d feel bad, like he was griping too much. I’d tell him, "no, man, that’s what friends are for. Tell me." So he did. Then one day he was online, but didn’t feel like talking. It seemed strange. So we joined a larger group of players and found some battle to fight. I knew I could circle back later and ask him what was wrong. I remember thinking that his dad dying earlier that year was probably still on his mind. Steve: It got to a point where our online gaming couldn’t distract me for more than a few moments at a time. Those painful burdens with no resolution continued to mount – nothing made the days brighter. I think if I had just been stressed out, at least some of the good things in my life would have made me feel better. They didn’t. Nothing made me feel better. The pain that settled over me, marital troubles and losing my father to cancer, among other things, made all the good things in my life seem irrelevant. I felt numb. There were times I would just sit still, and catch myself forgetting to inhale. I had to remind myself to breathe. Early one week I checked my blood pressure and the diastolic was about 20 points above the threshold considered "high." Even that, I didn’t care about. I was numb all the way to my core. I couldn’t imagine what hope was any more.
Then one day I started making a plan in my mind. I felt good, for a change – the pain would soon be over. José: We kept adventuring over a week or so, and it still bothered me that Steve wasn’t messaging as much as usual. As Friday rolled into Saturday and Sunday, the main combat game zones got overcrowded, and we reverted back to message chatting instead of straight-up gaming. After several hours, Steve told me how low he was feeling and asked me what I would do in his place. I never lost a family member; I didn’t know what to tell him. I thought of telling him how time heals everything; just give it long enough and everything gets better. It felt like an empty promise even as I typed it. I sent it anyway. Then I listened for a while. He had much more to say once I made it clear I didn’t think it was our place to judge each other. "I got your back, bro," I told him. Steve: He just listened that weekend. He didn’t tell me how to feel and didn’t advise me on all the things I needed to do or not do. He didn’t try to manage my life from 10,000 miles away... and he didn’t log off until I had talked it all out. I didn’t tell him then that I changed my mind about killing myself that day. I let him know in the summer of 2013. José: So Steve lays this on me when we were chatting a couple months ago. I was completely blown away. Even though the man had the courage to share his pain, and even though that is now safely in the past it scared the * out of me. I couldn’t sleep. My wife once told me “sometimes the only way out of something is through it.” Thinking about 2002, I think that’s what Steve was doing -he was going through it to get to the other side. He didn’t have a magic wand to make it better, and he didn’t feel comfortable going to a chaplain or mental health – though I’m sure he knew they were there for him. I don’t know if I was the second or the seventh person he reached out to in his personal life, but it freaks me out that he was close to doing something bad to himself. Steve: I haven’t talked about this much – no one’s proud to admit life got the better of them. I wanted to end it. I wanted to die. José listened, occasionally asking questions to gently challenge my one-track mindset. It made me realize I hadn’t considered other perspectives. I was locked on the one “escape” from all life’s problems that seemed the most obvious answer at the time. Talking through a computer chat interface meant he couldn’t hear my voice or see my expressions, but he noticed things were off. He didn’t ignore that difference, and that made all the difference. My wife and our two young children, though they don’t know the details, appreciate that he listened that weekend too. As we roll into the holidays, I’m thankful – after many years, that pain of 2002 is mostly gone, and I am alive.
New year is a perfect time to update contact information, records Commentary by Debbie Gildea Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time for Airmen to double check and, if necessary, update their contact information, secure web account access and emergency records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The traditional move season is over, so some Airmen may have outdated work and home email addresses, and family status may have changed for others, as well, said Timothy Clary, the AFPC Total Force Service Center director. "We're a global force, and every day, especially during the winter, we face potential hazards, so it's important that we not only have accurate contact information, but more than one method of contacting Airmen," he explained. One way Airmen can support that need is by providing alternate email addresses, which will ensure
they receive important messages, on or off duty. Military Airmen can update their official email address via the AFPC secure site and civilian Airmen can update theirs via myBiz. Both sites are accessible through MyPers. Updating personal email can be done through the member's myPers account profile, as well. "In addition, Airmen who are housebound due to illness or inclement weather can still access their records, secure web apps and more if they take the time before a problem occurs to establish user identification and passwords for secure applications," Clary said. For example, myPers is a secure site normally accessed with the common access card, but Airmen who have a user ID and strong password can access the site from their home computer. That will enable them to stay current on personnel programs, policies and processes that may affect their careers. "A strong, 15-character password is critical to protect your privacy and to maintain a secure
site," Clary said. Since Airmen will be reviewing and updating information, the director suggested they also double-check their DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data, the source document required by law to provide emergency contact information and beneficiary designations in the event an Airman becomes a casualty. "The virtual form, or vRED, is accessible through the virtual MPF, so while you're in the site updating email, it makes sense to update the emergency data as well," he said. Maintaining accurate, up-to-date access, contact and emergency information is part of every Airman's duty, and the new year ahead presents the perfect opportunity to get all the updates done and out of the way, Clary said. To access vMPF, myBiz or your myPers account profile, go to https://mypers.af.mil. A link to the account profile is in the left column above the "contact us" link. The MyBiz and AFPC secure links are in the "I would like to" section.
Administration, an average of 25 people die each day in drunk driving crashes during December." That means approximately 775 people aren't making it home for the December holidays. "Impaired driving crashes are one hundred percent preventable," continued Favorite. "Everyone can practice responsible drinking and Keep What They've Earned." It's within everyone's ability to make and keep to a plan, whether at a party, at the bar, or anywhere that will require you to travel home. If you decide to drink this holiday season, designate a driver that will not drink any alcohol that night. A designated driver will help you get home safely. Have a plan. Make the decision on who will be
the designated driver before going out, and stick to the plan. Know how much you are going to drink in advance and stop when you reach your pre-planned limit. Be a good shipmate. "If you notice someone who is about to drive or ride with a driver who is impaired, take the driver's keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely," concluded Favorite. "Simple planning in advance can bring everyone through December safely." For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.
A designated driver is the perfect holiday gift From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – December has been designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, announced Dorice Favorite, director, Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office. "The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation's roadways, and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes," said Favorite. "According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
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AMC honors 628th MDG personnel Children invade the Navy Exchange in search of Santa From Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children during the Navy Exchange Children's shopping day Dec. 7, 2013, at the Navy Exchange on Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station. The Navy Exchange opened early for children to get some special time with Santa and his elves and to be able to pick out just the right presents for their mom and dad.
Air Mobility Command recently released the names of several Joint Base Charleston, 628th Medical Group personnel as AMC Medical Service Award winners. Col. Jeffery DeVore, Joint Base Charleston commander notified the base via email, congratulating the winners saying, "This recognition of our leaders and technicians is representative of the outstanding medical support that the 628th MDG provides to JB Charleston and the Department of Defense. Please join me in congratulating them and supporting them as they compete at the Air Force Level. Great work!"
The winners of the 2013 AMC Medical Service Awards are:
United States Air Force Young Health Care Administrator of the Year Award: Capt. David Lutz
United States Air Force Biomedical Specialist Category I Officer of the Year Company Grade Category: 1st Lt. James Betz Dental Civilian of the Year: Patricia Clark
Outstanding Enlisted Health Services Management Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Natalie Hunter
United States Air Force Public Health Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award: Tech. Sgt. Travis Heath
The Chief of the Medical Staff Commitment to Excellence Award: Lt. Col. Meredith Moore
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JB Charleston Victim Advocate named Zonta Victim Advocate of the Year By Airman 1st Class Chacarra Neal Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
Robin Sevigney, 628th Medical Group domestic abuse victim advocate, was recently named the 2013 Breaking the Silence, Zonta Victim Advocate of the Year for 2013. According to the Zonta website, more than 31,000 Zonta members in more than 1,200 clubs make up the worldwide organization of executives and professionals, working together to improve the status of women through service and advocacy. The Zonta Club of Charleston focuses on prevention and awareness of violence against women and girls and created an annual awards program to recognize and honor members of the community whose work makes a difference in the lives of violence victims. "For me, just being a domestic-abuse victim advocate is one of the biggest honors I could have," said Sevigney. "When victims come to me, they are perhaps in one of the worst situations that they have ever been in during their lifetime; because the person they love and trust the most has just hurt them in some way. For them to have to come in and tell me, a complete stranger, that is the biggest and bravest thing someone can do, and I really honor that." Sevigney actually started her career on the other side of the
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"I help them set goals and move beyond where they are now," said Sevigney. "People think I go above and beyond, but I do my job, which is to support and empower victims of domestic violence," Sevigney said. "Mrs. Sevigney is simply an outstanding Victim Advocate," said Maj. Jeffrey McClean, 628th Medical Operations Squadron. "Her compassion for victims of domestic violence has made a profound impact in their lives - giving them hope and support." Sevigney mans a 24-hour a day, seven-days a week hotline phone for victims to call at any time, and that number is (843) 405-5776. "Robin is requested by name by commanders, first sergeants and base leaders to assist their personnel and family members," said McClean. "She is always available to help those in need. I am grateful to have her on our team." "There's something about watching the process of someone who was terribly hurt and broken transform from a victim into a survivor," said Sevigney. "That is the most amazing thing to be a part of. You see people transform. They begin to talk, dress, and even carry themselves differently." "It's been 12 years total and I won't ever do anything else," said Sevigney.
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The Joint Base Charleston – Air Base Christmas tree is lit, officially opening the holiday season Dec. 4, 2013. The ceremony included Christmas Carols, refreshments and the announcement of the Air Base Holiday Card Contest winners. This year, the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum Oil and Lubricants fuels team placed first in the contest.
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Super Skier's last race From 628th Air Base Wing Safety office
Enthusiasts of winter sports - both outdoor and indoor - are getting ready for skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, basketball, ice hockey, etc. There are many activities and just as many chances for injuries while participating in your favorite winter sport. Just make sure that you are physically prepared and have the proper personal protective equipment for whatever winter activity you plan to undertake. Last year during the holiday/winter season, there were 141 Class C sports-related mishaps: 44 on-duty and 97 off-duty. With proper preparation, many of those were preventable. And that's only the numbers for the Air Force! According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2011, nearly 300,000 people were treated for winter sports-related injuries. These included more than 58,000 injuries caused by sledding, nearly 109,000 snowboarding injuries and more than 124,000 skiing injuries. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers the following advice to help you prepare at http://healthfinder.gov. • Check the weather before heading outdoors. Pay attention to warnings about storms and severe drops in temperature. Make adjustments for icy conditions, deep or wet snow, and bad weather.
• Dress properly. Wear several layers of light, loose clothing that's both water- and wind-resistant to stay safe, warm and dry. Wear appropriate safety gear - such as goggles and helmets - and ensure that all equipment is in proper working order. • Don't go out alone. You should always be with a partner and remain in sight of each other. Make sure that someone else knows about your plans and whereabouts during your outdoor activity. It's also a good idea to carry a cellphone with you. • Warm up thoroughly before your activity in order to prevent muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. • Drink lots of water before, during and after outdoor activities. • Stay in shape and condition your muscles before the season begins. If you are over age 50, consider having a medical check-up before you start participating in a winter sport. • Know and obey all the rules of your sport. Take a lesson from a qualified instructor, particularly in sports such as skiing and snowboarding. • If you're in pain or feeling tired, call it a day. • Seek shelter and medical attention if signs of hypothermia or frostbite affect you or a companion. Early symptoms of frostbite include numbness and tingling, lack of feeling and poor motion in your fingers or toes.
VA outlines progress in reducing claims backlog
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WASHINGTON – A senior Veterans Affairs Department official today outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans' disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits, testified at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. "We know there is much more work to be done to reach our goal of eliminating the disability claims backlog in 2015," Hickey said. "But I'm encouraged that the improved tools and processes we've put in place so far are having a real impact so that we may better serve our nation's veterans, their survivors and their families." Hickey detailed the elements of the Veterans Benefits Administration's transformation plan, which includes retraining and reorganizing its workforce, streamlining business processes, and building and implementing new technology solutions. With each transformation milestone, she said, VBA is successfully moving away from a paperbound, manual process to improve benefits delivery through paperless claims processing. She also noted that if full funding is received, mandatory overtime for VBA claims processors, which helped to bring down the backlog this year, will continue for much of 2014. The undersecretary highlighted several accomplishments in the testimony: – Decreasing the pending inventory of claims by 22 percent; – Decreasing the number of claims in the backlog pending for more than 125 days by 36 percent; – Increasing claim-level accuracy from about 83 percent in 2011 to 90 percent today; – Increasing medical issue-level accuracy to about 97 percent today; – Completing processing of 99.9 percent of all claims that were pending for more than two years; – Completing processing of 97 percent of all claims that were pending for more than one year through the end of October;
– Converting more than 360 million images of paper claims documents into a digital format for electronic processing; and – Establishing more than 3.2 million veteran, service member and family member accounts in eBenefits, the joint Defense Department/VA Web portal for accessing and tracking VA benefits. Also, Hickey said, VA's Web-based, paperless electronic claims processing solution, the Veterans Benefits Management System, or VBMS, was deployed to all 56 of VA's regional benefits offices across the country, six months ahead of schedule. VBMS has also been fielded to the Appeals Management Center, the Records Management Center, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, VA's National Call Center, and all VA Medical Centers. Currently, about 75 percent of the VBA's claims inventory is in digital form for electronic processing in VBMS – a percentage that is growing daily, Hickey said, adding that VBMS will continue to add new features and capability. Hickey thanked the committee members for their support, noting that VA will rely on their continued support for resourcing the information technology and automation advancements needed to meet the dDepartment's goal of eliminating the backlog in 2015. In fiscal year 2013 alone, VA provided more than $59 billion in compensation benefits to 4 million veterans and survivors, and more than $5 billion in pension benefits to more than 515,000 veterans and survivors. VA officials urge veterans and separating service members who are planning to file a disability claim to do so by filing fully developed claims, known as FDCs, electronically through eBenefits. Veterans and separating service members who need help filing their claims can contact their local veteran service organization for assistance, officials said. Under current law, veterans filing initial disability compensation claims as FDCs now through Aug. 5, 2015, may be eligible for up to one year of retroactive benefits. Registered eBenefits users with a Premium account can file a claim online, track the status, and access a variety of other benefits, including pension, education, health care, home loan eligibility, and vocational rehabilitation and employment programs.
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The Patriot â€˘ December 13, 2013
JB Charleston holds monthly Commander's Challenge
Members of Joint Base Charleston take part in the Commanderâ€™s Challenge 5K Run Dec. 6, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston â€“ Air Base, S.C. The Commander's Challenge is held monthly to test Team Charleston's fitness abilities.
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2nd Lt. Phil Ramsey, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron programmer, runs toward the finish line during the Commanderâ€™s Challenge 5K Run Dec. 6, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston â€“ Air Base, S.C. Ramsey was the top male runner with a time of 19:28.
Col. Jeffery DeVore, Joint Base Charleston commander, speaks to JB Charleston Airmen before the Commanderâ€™s Challenge 5K Run Dec. 6, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston â€“ Air Base, S.C.
Jessica Ramsey, spouse of 2nd Lt. Phil Ramsey, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron programmer, runs toward the finish line during the Commanderâ€™s Challenge 5K Run Dec. 6, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston â€“ Air Base, S.C. Ramsey was the top female runner with a time of 19:40.
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Pearl Harbor remembered onboard USS Yorktown
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Navy Capt. Timothy Sparks, Joint Base Charleston deputy commander, addresses attendees at the 72nd Pearl Harbor Anniversary Memorial Service Dec. 7, 2013, onboard USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Sparks provided the keynote address to more than 200 guests which included three Pearl Harbor survivors. During the ceremony, the names of 25 men from South Carolina who were killed in the attack were read and a bell tolled for each of their names.
Navy Capt. Timothy Sparks, Joint Base Charleston deputy commander, chats with World War II and Pearl Harbor veterans during the 72nd Pearl Harbor Anniversary Memorial Service Dec. 7, 2013, onboard USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
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JB Charleston bids farewell to 628th ABW command chief Col. Jeffrey DeVore, Joint Base Charleston commander, speaks to Chief Al Hannon, 628th Air Base Wing command chief, and his wife Darlene, during Hannon's farewell luncheon at the Charleston Club, Dec. 5, 2013, at Joint Base Charleston – Air Base, S.C. Hannon served as the 628th ABW command chief for 18 months and will be reporting to Gunther Annex at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
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Wing reinvents council to discuss diversity, force development
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By Staff Sgt. Rashard Coaxum 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Members from the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, S.C., are set to meet in February to continue work on the Human Resources Development Council. The council – which is comprised of up to 15 members who have been selected from key organizations throughout the wing – is set to meet as a whole to discuss topics on wing diversity initiatives and total force development. "At the root of the HRDC, it's grounded as a diversity initiative of the Air Force Reserve," said Col. Scott Sauter, the 315th Airlift Wing vice commander and HRDC chairman. "We have so many things that we can leverage in terms of our human capital, so the Air Force Reserve has acknowledged that it's important to have a body, a function or a process that can tap into that diversity," Sauter said. "But it's not just diversity and that's what's going to make this different moving ahead." The HRDC's main mission is ensuring fair and equitable treatment for all wing members, but just as important, the roles of direction and force development have come to the forefront the Air Force Reserve Commands interests. This has resulted in a resurgence of the program within the wing. "In the past, there's been a no-joke confusion surrounding careers and how to progress in the Air Force," Maj. Chett Collier, the HRDC vice chairman said. "The council is designed to figure out ways to demystify the 'how' so airman can have direction in their careers, because without direction people get unmotivated." The Air Force initially started the HRDC program in the early 1980's with a main focus on diversity initiatives with programs like Women in Aviation and the Reserve Officers Association, Collier said. Over time the needs of the Air Force have shifted, which has caused a shift in the direction of the program, he said. This change was brought about through the research of steer groups who polled wing members to find out what underlying Airman developmental concerns existed that needed to be addressed, he said. One of those concerns was mentorship. "Everything from how do I professionally develop for my next promotion to how do I develop the Airmen in the wing to function better as a team; the underpinnings of it all is mentorship," Sauter said. "Leading and mentoring Airmen improves the unit, which improves the wing," Sauter said. "By equipping and developing our leaders, success will breed success and that's our goal." "We don't just want our Airmen to only know what they need to make the next rank, but we want to mentor and train them so they are portable," he said. Looking toward the future, Sauter said that how the wing can achieve strong mentorship, portability and long term program success, is buried deep in the concept of remaining flexible. Being ready to change focus and stay fluid with the Air Force's growing demands is what will take council will be the point of future success, Sauter said. "If we can keep the council agile, adaptive and if we can make sure the representation is well balanced to represent every unique demographic within the wing, we should be able to do that," Sauter said.
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Wing announces 4th quarter award winners
By Michael Dukes 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The selection boards for the Airman, Noncommissioned Officer, Senior Noncommissioned Officer, Junior Officer, and Field Grade Officer selected the following winners for October to December 2013: - Airman of the Quarter, Senior Airman Casey Griffin, 701st Airlift Squadron - NCO of the Quarter, Tech. Sgt. Mathew Gregg, 38th Aerialport Squadron - SNCO of the Quarter, Master Sgt. Michael Bunting, MXS - Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Capt. Leanne Babcock, 38th APS
- Field Grade Officer of the Quarter, Lt. Col. Mark Johnson, 317th AS "I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the winners above who were chosen for their outstanding achievements in the representation of the 315th Airlift Wing." said Col. James Fontanella, 315th AW commander, in an announcement. "These are very special honors and it gives me great pleasure to recognize them." Plaques will be awarded during the next Wing Award Ceremony. "Units that put forth the effort to nominate their deserving personnel for awards are to be commended." the commander added. "I urge commanders to continue to take the time to nominate people for these important morale-building awards."
Naval Academy science program seeks young students
By Lt. Teng Ooi, PhD U.S. Naval Academy and Capt. Linda Beltra, MD, Medical Corps, U.S.N.
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curriculum and pave the way for students to succeed academically in mathematics and science and help put them on a path towards successful STEM careers. An effective and practical way to stimulate student interest in STEM is to show how mathematics and science are applied to create exciting technologies. The 2014 STEM program will showcase the latest in technological advances in a wide variety of science and engineering topics to include energy and light, infrastructure, transportation, cybersecurity, environmental challenges, flight and fluids, automation, simulation and modeling, biometrics and robotics. Students are able to participate in project-based modules
using a hands-on, real-world approach to solving design and analysis problems in the Naval Academy's world-class laboratory facilities. This unique learning environment promotes engineering "habits of mind" such as systems thinking, optimization, innovation, creativity, and team work. It exposes students to a problem-based environment, outside the traditional classroom. The 2014 Summer STEM Program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering. Applications open Jan. 6, 2014 at www.usna.edu/admissions/stem. Session dates include June 2-7 for rising eighth and ninth graders; June 9-14 for rising 10th graders; and June 16-20 for rising 11th graders.
Steps for PCS: Making sure Fido is 'homeward bound'
Relocating half-way around the world or even across the country can be a stressful experience, but adding a four-legged friend can make the process even more complex. Base Veterinary Treatment Facility’s offer a wide range of information including in-depth checklists and an inventory of suggested websites, including www.humanesociety.org, that give users step-by-step directions on how to ensure pets will be able to accompany you to a new installation.
Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Taylor 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – Although they are not flying business class, more than 100,000 pets travel by air each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Service members with animals know the importance of having their precious cargo with them every step of the move. Relocating half way around the world or even across the country can be a stressful experience, but adding a four-legged friend can make the process even more complex. According to Dr. Kathleen Nowak, the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Veterinary Treatment Facility veterinarian, time is of the essence. "My biggest piece of advice for service members would be to make an appointment with the clinic as soon as you've received your orders," Nowak said. "Always start early, and get your information so that you can be one step ahead." Base veterinary treatment facility’s can offer a wide range of information including in-depth checklists and an inventory of suggested websites, including www.humanesociety.org, that give users step-by-step directions on how to ensure pets will be able to accompany you to a new installation. Service members should check with their destination base when moving overseas for specific pet health requirements, transportation methods and quarantine issues that may apply. Depending on the destination, pets may be required to have a microchip, vaccination paperwork and a state health certificate. "For many places overseas, your pet must receive their shots within a defined time frame before entering another country, or they are may have to be quarantined at the owners expense," Nowak said. Nowak said quarantine can become costly, averaging $17 a day, and if the pet arrives unprepared, this method can be implemented in some locations for up to three months. Nowak added many countries restrict certain canine breeds, making it important to have alternate arrangements and relocation contacts if necessary. Restrictions vary by base and although the base may permit a certain breed of dog, housing in the community may not. It is imperative to know if local laws and ordinances regarding dog breeds and their breed-specific legislation before you go, Nowak said. If a service member is moving within the U.S., a permanent change of station is just like moving from one town to another. While on a cross-country trek to a new location, military members should always be prepared for bumps in the road. Installation rules vary from one base to another, and there could be restrictions imposed in on-base housing, such as a two-pet limit. "Getting a state health certificate for your pet before traveling across the United States will also ensure you do not run into any problems on your cross-country travels," Nowak said. Service members can always prepare a pet before receiving notice of a PCS by keeping up to date with shot records, health certificates and veterinarian visits. Preparation will take some of the stress out of the equation for both master and pet when the moving day arrives.
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The Patriot • December 13, 2013
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attend! Note: receipt of your mandatory TAP Preseparation Briefing (held on Thursdays) is required prior to attending this workshop.
December 17 / A “Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Fundamentals” class will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Whether military or DoD civilian, learn the basics, purpose, how to enroll/maintain your account, investment strategies, and more.
December 18 / A “Spouse Introduction to JB Charleston – Air Base” class will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join us for this fun, fast-paced introduction to JB Charleston AB for military spouses who have recently moved here. Meet other newly-arrived spouses, connect with your unit Key Spouse and learn where to shop, dine and play in the Lowcountry.
All classes or events will be held at the Airman and Family Readiness Center (Building 500) unless otherwise specified. For more information, or to REGISTER for a class or event, please call 963-4406.
December 14 / Santa Clause will be at the Joint Base Charleston - Air Base Commissary Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. Come on out and visit with him and one of his Elves who will be passing out cookies and candy!! Feel free to bring your camera so that you can capture this magical moment! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at your Charleston AFB Commissary!
December 16-20 / A “Transition Assistance Program (TAP) GPS Workshop for Separatees” will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn how to transition and become “career ready” with ease. Spouses are encouraged to
/ The Scrap Metal Yard at Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station is relocating to the East Side Core Area behind building 2332 and the water tower. Operations will begin Dec. 17, 2013. The Scrap Metal Yard will have new operating hours and days: 8 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Joint Base Charleston - Weapons
December 20 / A “Troops to Teachers” class will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Receive counseling and assistance to help eligible veterans and their spouses transition into a new teaching career. / A “VA Benefits Briefing” will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn about all your VA benefits in this briefing! If you are exempt from the TAP GPS Workshop, you will need this. Open to all Active Duty.
/ APPOINTMENT OF SUMMARY COURT OFFICER: It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely demise of Senior Airman Robert L. Hardy III, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Charleston. Capt Craig Francke is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Airman Hardy. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased's estate may contact Capt. Francke at 963-1798 or email@example.com. / APPOINTMENT OF SUMMARY COURT OFFICER: It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely demise of Staff Station personnel will be able to bring their scrap metals, no wood or trash, to the new facility during these days and times. Scrap should be 80 percent metal in order to be recycled as scrap metal. The scrap metal yard can be opened for special request (units getting new furniture, base clean up days, etc.) by calling 640-4197, 794-4240, or 963-1456. If you have any questions, contact Alan Moyer at 963-1456. / VA Appointments Available (Every Thursday) - Attendees receive information on disability benefits and medical records review. To make an appointment or register for any of the workshops featured this month, please call the Fleet & Family Support Center, Joint Base Charleston-NWS, Bldg. 755, at 843-794-7480. / Relocation Assistance (RAP) - The Fleet and Family Support Center offers assistance to transferring service members and their families by providing information on their next assignment via Military Home Front. We also provide assistance in getting settled via a resource room with job listings, a telephone, a fax machine, copier, and internet access. We maintain a relocation computer system called Military Home Front that provides up-to-date information on most military duty stations and communities - plus we can provide additional information and personalized service). / Youth Basketball and Cheerleading Coaches Needed - Youth Sports/Programs is in need of Youth Basketball and Cheerleading
Sergeant Arturo Lorenzo Rivero Jr., 628th Security Forces Squadron and Joint Base Charleston. Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey S. Eidenberger, 628th SFS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Staff Sergeant Rivero. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact Lt. Cmdr. Eidenberger at 843-794-7127, 843-2976320 or email Jeffrey.Eidenberger@us.af.mil
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FSS Holiday Hours for Christmas & New Year’s
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WS = Weapons Station
Airman & Family Readiness Center – AB Dec. 24, 2013 CLOSE @ 3 p.m. Dec. 25-26, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 31, 2013 CLOSE @ 3 p.m. Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Arts & Crafts Center – AB Dec. 23, 2013 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 24, 2013 - Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Auto Skills Center – WS Dec. 22, 2013 Dec. 23-24, 2013 Dec. 25, 2013 Dec. 26-28, 2013 Dec. 29, 2013 Dec. 30-31, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014 Jan. 2-4, 2014 Jan. 5, 2014
CLOSED 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CLOSED 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CLOSED 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CLOSED 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CLOSED
Base Library – AB Dec. 23, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014 CLOSED Base Library – WS Dec. 23, 2013 – Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Charleston Club – AB Dec. 23-30, 2013 CLOSED *Office open only for New Year’s Eve ticket sales Dec. 31, 2013 Doors open 8 pm - New Years Eve Party Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED (Special functions will continue as booked.)
Child Development Center – AB Dec. 24, 2013 CLOSE @ 4 p.m. Dec. 25, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 31, 2013 CLOSE @ 4 p.m. Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
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Child Development Center – WS Dec. 24, 2013 CLOSE @ 4 p.m. Dec. 25, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 31, 2013 CLOSE @ 4 p.m. Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Cooper River Café – WS Dec. 25-27, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014
Dive Bar and Grill – WS Dec. 23, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014
CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Education & Training Center – AB Dec. 24-26, 2013 CLOSED Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Family Child Care Office – AB Dec. 24, 2013 CLOSE @ 3 p.m. Dec. 25-26, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 30-31, 2013 CLOSE @ 3:30 p.m. CLOSED Jan. 1, 2014
Fitness Center – AB Dec. 24, 2013 Dec. 25, 2013 Dec. 25, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014
6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. CLOSED 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fitness Center (Sam’s) – WS Dec. 24-25, 2013 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 31, 2013 & Jan. 1, 2014 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fitness Center (Eastside) – WS Dec. 23-27, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 31, 2013 & Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Fleet and Family Support Center – WS Dec. 24, 2013 CLOSE @ 3 p.m. Dec. 25-26, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 31, 2013 CLOSE @ 3 p.m. Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Flight Kitchen Dec. 25, 2013 Telephone Standby thru DFAC
Gaylor Dining Facility – AB Dec. 24, 2013 Midnight meal 10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Dec. 25, 2013 Continental Breakfast Christmas Meal Dinner
Dec. 26, 2013 Family Day Brunch
Jan. 1, 2014 Family Day Brunch
5:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
LIBERTY Office@NNPTC – WS Dec. 24-26, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 31, 2013 - Jan. 2, 2014 CLOSED
Note: NNPTC Bowman Rec Center will be open Dec. 24-25, 2013; Dec. 31, 2013; and Jan. 1, 2014
Manpower & Personnel Flight Human Resources Office (FSMH) – WS Dec. 25-26, 2013 CLOSED Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED Civilian Personnel Section (FSMC) – AB Dec. 25-26, 2013 CLOSED Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED Manpower & Org Section (FSMM) – AB Dec. 25-26, 2013 CLOSED Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED Military Personnel Section (FSMM) – AB Dec. 25-26, 2013 CLOSED Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED Note: We will have minimal manning on the following: Dec. 23, 24, 27, 30 & 31, 2013, and Jan. 2-3, 2014.
Marrington Lanes Bowling Center – WS Dec. 22-25, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 26-27, 2013 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 28-29, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 30-31, 2013 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED Outdoor Recreation Center/ITT – AB Dec. 23, 2013 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dec. 24-26, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 31, 2013 & Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Outdoor Adventure Center/ITT – WS Dec. 16-21, 2013 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dec. 23-26, 2013 CLOSED Dec 27-28, 2013 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014 CLOSED Jan. 3-4, 2014 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Redbank Club – WS Dec. 17-20, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 24-31, 2013 CLOSED Jan. 103, 2014 CLOSED (For admin/kitchen operations. Special functions will continue as booked.) Redbank Plantation Golf Course – WS CLOSED Dec. 25, 2013
Short Stay Outdoor Recreation (in Moncks Corner) Dec. 25, 2013 CLOSED
Starlifter Bowling Center – AB Dec. 22-25, 2013 CLOSED Dec. 26-27, 2013 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 2013 & Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Wrenwoods Golf Course – AB Dec. 25, 2013 CLOSED Youth Programs – AB Dec. 24, 2013 Dec. 25, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014
Youth Programs – WS Dec. 24, 2013 Dec. 25, 2013 Dec. 31, 2013 Jan. 1, 2014
CLOSE @ 4 p.m. CLOSED CLOSE @ 4 p.m. CLOSED CLOSE @ 4 p.m. CLOSED CLOSE @ 4 p.m. CLOSED
(All other dates are regular hours)
Still Time To Enjoy An Amazing Cruise of Charleston Harbor
A beautiful way to spend time with loved ones, visiting family, co-workers. Also a great birthday or anniversary gift!
Departs from Mount Pleasant. Three boats to choose from.
Call 843-345-7029 or visit us online for info!
Visit us at www.Centerl i n e Charters.com
MARKETPLACE $395 Sofa & Love Seat, New in Plastic. Delivery Available, must Sell! 843-696-5712
Military: Want To Place A Free Ad? Go To www.CharlestonMilitary.com
Come Join the Fun at CafeMoms.com.... info, playdates & meet other Moms on the base! group "Moms on the NWS in Charleston SC" Military Mommies Group for JB Charleston. Visit our website for playdates and more http://www.meetup.com/military-moms/
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) For Moms with kids birth through kindergarten. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Old Fort Baptist Church, 10505 Dorchester RD. Summerville, SC 29485. Contact Heather Hansen 873-2283 for more information.
Veterans, Families & Friends PTSD Support Group. Free Anonymous help for AD, Vets, families. 843.637.6463 or 843.509.0535.
CNA with 14 yrs. experience. Adult care provided for you or your loved one. Home care, personal care, meal preparation and light housekeeping or hospital sitting. References available. Please call Gloria. 843-270-6713 or 843-722-0064.
HOMES/LAND FOR SALE
4 BR 2 BA 1992 SF home in West Ashley close to I-526/Citadel Mall/Costco, 10 miles to AFB, $239.9K. Bryan (843) 452-1686.
2BR/2BA w/2x gar., Lg. porch & sunrm, shade trees, irrigation, gated community, 208 Patchwork Dr. Ladson, Can fish from backyard! $108K negot. Info: 843-364-2066 Ridgeville 2 Acres Campbell Rd Cleared Property On Frontage Road 10 Min From Summerville. $50,000 843-826-0750
HOMES/APTS FOR RENT
2BR/2BA 1200 sq ft, ground floor apt in Otranto. Water and reserved parking spots included $750/mo. Available 1/25/14 Call 843-278-5454
Spacious 2 bed, 2-1/2 bath condo for rent in S'ville. Fireplace, patio, WD hook-ups. 1200+ sq. No smoking, will consider pets. 697-6470
Furnished room/bath in N CHS home 15 mins to AFB. Access to kitchen/washer/dryer. Internet & utilities incl. 500/mo Call 331-444-9005
MISC ITEMS FOR SALE
6 Pc. Cherry Bedroom Set with Mattress set, Still in the Box! $350! Delivery Available 843-696-5212
The Patriot • December 13, 2013
TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
www.CharlestonMilitary.com • 843-412-5861 fax 843-628-3454 • info@CharlestonMilitary.com Diggle Publishing, PO Box 2016, Mt. Pleasant SC 29465
Diggle Publishing accepts free three-line personal* classified ads from active duty, reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents. Each line is roughly approximately 45-55 letters and spaces. The amount depends upon the number of capitals, punctuation, etc. Three lines is roughly 150-160 total letters and spaces.
Washer dryer sets $250/$350, stacker wash/dryer $400; kitchen dining sets $50/$200; dressers/chest drawers $50/$250. Call 452-2229 Entertainment Center with 20" color TV with remote. Plently of storage for media and players. Good condition, Only $50 797-0410
One ad per military family per issue. Military may re-submit ad each week. Only personal ads qualify to run for free (ie: garage sales, home rentals, pets, autos, furniture, etc.) Business-related ads (even if a home business) do not qualify to run for free and must be paid. (See information below.*) We DO NOT accept “work at home” or “multi-level-marketing” ads. Ads which do not adhere to submission guidelines may be rejected without notice.
5 Pc Dinette $148, New in Box. Coffee & End Tables $99, All New! Can Deliver if needed, 843-696-5212
KITCHEN CABINETS Beautiful. Never Installed. Cost $4800, Sell $1650. Call 843-856-4680.
The Best Way To Submit A Free Classified Ad Is With Our Online Form At www.CharlestonMilitary.com We do not take ads by phone. Please do not call us to confirm receipt of your free ad.
MATTRESS SETS 11'' THICK PILLOWTOPS Brand New, With Warranties. QUEEN $285, KING $395 Twins & Fulls Available Can Deliver. 843-225-2011
* Ads from non-military or business-related ads (even home businesses) cost $3 per line (45-55 letters and spaces per line). Additional lines (over the 3 free) for personal ads may be purchased for $3 per line as well. To pay for an ad or additional lines, please submit your credit card number and expiration date - as well as the name of the cardholder - with your ad via fax, email, or by phone.
Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set w/ warranty. $150! King for $225. Can Deliver $150 843-696-5712
Deadline to submit an ad is 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ads printed on a first come-first serve, space available basis.
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Positions Available Joint Base Charleston Chapel POSITION AVAILABLE – PROTESTANT YOUNG ADULT COORDINATOR: The Joint Base Charleston (JB CHS) Chapel Protestant Community is in need of a Young Adult Coordinator. This individual must be a member of the Protestant Faith group and have a broad knowledge of Protestant denominations and be familiar with their beliefs and practices. Must have a B.A. in ministry or 2 years experience as a Young Adult Director/Coordinator and satisfactorily demonstrate the ability to fulfill relevant duties. Duties will be performed at the Ari Base and Naval Weapon Station. Individual should be knowledgeable in areas of Air Force Instructions relevant to chapel functions. Potential candidates may obtain a copy of the bid documents from the Base Chapel, bldg. 1005 on Joint Base Charleston. All bids and resumes must be submitted to one of the POCs for this position, which are MSgt Tansa Ayazgok or TSgt Mitchell McNair. The criteria used in selecting for this position will be “best value” to the government. Candidates will be required to interview. The close-out date to apply for this position is 16 Dec 13. A selection will be made by 18 Dec 13. The individual selected must complete a background check as directed by DoDI 1402, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services; suitable results are required. POSITION AVAILABLE – PROTESTANT SERVICE INSTRUMENTALIST/PIANIST: The Joint Base Charleston (JB CHS) Chapel is in need of a Protestant Service Instrumentalist/Pianist for the Liturgical Service. The duty location of this position is on the Naval Weapon Station (NWS) at the All Saint’s Chapel. This individual must have a degree in music from an accredited institution is preferred; alternatively, a minimum of four years of experience in Protestant church/chapel music may be substituted. Must be knowledgeable of Protestant liturgy with a competent ability to lead/play contemporary Christian music, gospel Christian music, and traditional Christian music is required. Individual shall provide piano accompaniment for weekly worship services, rehearsals and all special services. Must be able to read music and play piano proficiently. Individual should be knowledgeable in areas of Air Force Instructions relevant to chapel functions. Potential candidates may obtain a copy of the bid documents from the Base Chapel, bldg. 1005 on Joint Base Charleston. All bids and resumes must be submitted to one of the POCs for this position, which are MSgt Tansa Ayazgok or TSgt Mitchell McNair. The criteria used in selecting for this position will be “best value” to the government. Candidates will be required to interview & demonstrate skills by playing all three styles of music on the piano. The close-out date to apply for this position is 16 Dec 13. A selection will be made by 18 Dec 13. The individual selected must complete a background check as directed by DoDI 1402, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services; suitable results are required. POSITION AVAILABLE – PROTESTANT SERVICE MUSIC COORDINATOR (Air Base): The Joint Base Charleston (JB CHS) Chapel is in need of a Protestant Service Music Coordinator for the Evangelical Worship Service. The duty location of this position is at the Base Chapel on JB CHS, building 1005. This individual must have a degree in music from an accredited institution is preferred; alternatively, a minimum of four years of experience in Protestant church/chapel music may be substituted. Must be knowledgeable of Protestant liturgy with a competent ability to lead/play contemporary Christian music, gospel Christian music, and traditional Christian music is required. Must be able to read music and play piano proficiently. Ability to coordinate all music activities of the Air Base chapel Protestant program is required. Individual should be knowledgeable in areas of Air Force Instructions relevant to chapel functions. Potential candidates may obtain a copy of the bid documents from the Base Chapel, bldg. 1005 on Joint Base Charleston. All bids and resumes must be submitted to one of the POCs for this position, which are MSgt Tansa Ayazgok or TSgt Mitchell McNair. The criteria used in selecting for this position will be “best value” to the government. Candidates will be required to interview & demonstrate skills by playing all three styles of music on the piano. The close-out date to apply for this position is 16 Dec 13. A selection will be made by 18 Dec 13. The individual selected must complete a background check as directed by DoDI 1402, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services; suitable results are required.
POSITION AVAILABLE – PROTESTANT SERVICE MUSIC COORDINATOR (NWS): The Joint Base Charleston (JB CHS) Chapel is in need of a Protestant Service Instrumentalist/Pianist for the Liturgical Service. The duty location of this position is on the Naval Weapon Station (NWS) at the All Saint’s Chapel. This individual must have a degree in music from an accredited institution is preferred; alternatively, a minimum of four years of experience in Protestant church/chapel music may be substituted. Must be knowledgeable of Protestant liturgy with a competent ability to lead/play contemporary Christian music, gospel Christian music, and traditional Christian music is required. Ability to coordinate all music activities of the Air Base chapel Protestant program is required. Must be able to read music and play piano proficiently. Individual should be knowledgeable in areas of Air Force Instructions relevant to chapel functions. Potential candidates may obtain a copy of the bid documents from the Base Chapel, bldg. 1005 on Joint Base Charleston. All bids and resumes must be submitted to one of the POCs for this position, which are MSgt Tansa Ayazgok or TSgt Mitchell McNair. The criteria used in selecting for this position will be “best value” to the government. Candidates will be required to interview. The close-out date to apply for this position is 16 Dec 13. A selection will be made by 18 Dec 13. The individual selected must complete a background check as directed by DoDI 1402, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services; suitable results are required.
POSITION AVAILABLE – CATHOLIC MUSICIAN/PIANIST: The Joint Base Charleston (JB CHS) Chapel is in need of a Catholic Musician/Pianist. The duty location of this position is on the Naval Weapon Station (NWS) at the All Saint’s Chapel. This individual must have a degree in music from an accredited institution is preferred; alternatively, a minimum of four years of experience playing music in the Catholic Church/chapel may be substituted. Must be knowledgeable of Catholic liturgy with a competent ability to lead/play appropriate music for Catholic Mass is required. Must be able to read music and play piano proficiently. Individual should be knowledgeable in areas of Air Force Instructions relevant to chapel functions. Potential candidates may obtain a copy of the bid documents from the Base Chapel, bldg. 1005 on Joint Base Charleston. All bids and resumes must be submitted to one of the POCs for this position, which are MSgt Tansa Ayazgok or TSgt Mitchell McNair. The criteria used in selecting for this position will be “best value” to the government. Candidates will be required to interview & demonstrate skills by playing all three styles of music on the piano. The close-out date to apply for this position is 16 Dec 13. A selection will be made by 18 Dec 13. The individual selected must complete a background check as directed by DoDI 1402, Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services; suitable results are required.
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