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ARMY EDITION | 2.21.2020 | Vol. 10 | No. 7

L A N G L E Y - E U S T I S

SOLDIERS TEST READINESS WITH TOCS PG 8 For more online content, check out www.JBLE.af.mil

Black History Month PG. 10

Road to resiliency PG. 13

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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS EDITORIAL STAFF Joint Base Langley-Eustis Commander Col. Clinton A. Ross Joint Base Langley-Eustis Public Affairs Officer Capt. Sara Harper • Sara.Harper@us.af.mil Joint Base Langley-Eustis Editor Aliza Reisberg • aliza.reisberg@us.af.mil Per Air Force Instruction 35-101/Army Regulation 360-1, only stories and photos submitted by members of the Department of Defense community and DOD news services may be printed in The Peninsula Warrior. Any stories, photos or announcements must be submitted eight days prior to publication. Stories and photos should be submitted to the editor and/or assistant editor at 633abw.paedit@us.af.mil or Public Affairs Office, 601 Hines Cir., Fort Eustis, VA 23604. Announcements for the Community Section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. Announcements for the Outside the Gate Section should be submitted to fteustismain@gmail.com. For more information call 878-4920. Authors’ names may be withheld, but all letters must include the authors’ signatures and telephone number. The Peninsula Warrior is an authorized publication for all the members of the U.S. military. Contents of The Peninsula Warrior are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force or the Department of the Army. The Peninsula Warrior is printed every Friday by offset as a civilian enterprise newspaper for the Public Affairs Office, U.S. Air Force by Military Newspapers of Virginia at 150 W. Brambleton Ave. Norfolk, VA 23510 under exclusive written contract with the commander, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. MNV is a private firm in no way connected with the Department of the Air Force or Department of the Army. Printed circulation: 25,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this policy of equal opportunity by any advertiser will result in refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of The Peninsula Warrior is prepared, edited, provided and approved by the Public Affairs Office Joint Base Langley-Eustis. All photographs are Air Force or Army photographs unless otherwise stated. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or MNV of the products or services advertised.

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Spiritual readiness takes flight By Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA.

In order to maintain air superiority, the 1st Fighter Wing depends on combat ready Airmen across the flightline – to include spiritual health. To enhance readiness, the 1st Maintenance Group provided office space for a chaplain and a religious affairs Airman to be embedded, allowing the 1st FW Airmen to have more face time and support from the Chaplain Corps. “We want to end up providing some type of spiritual cafe or some type of inviting presence for people to be able to swing by, hang out for a little while, de-stress, have a cup of coffee before going back to work,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Eli Dowell, 633rd Air Base Wing deputy wing chaplain. The 633rd ABW Chaplain Corps provides support for all tenant organizations on base. Several of these organizations have an embedded chaplain with them such as the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance wings, as well as Air National Guard. According to Dowell, the experience for other embedded chaplains has been overwhelmingly positive. Their proximity makes it much easier to stay constantly involved in counseling and commander’s calls among other important duties. Dowell says that being embedded within an organization creates a lot of opportunities for impromptu conversations because of visibility and availability. “They see us and they realize, ‘hey, that’s my chaplain,’” Dowell said. “[Airmen can say] ‘my chaplain sits right down the hall from me or two buildings over from me.’”

Anthony Nin Leclerec

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 1st Fighter Wing have lunch at the innovation lab during 1st Fighter Friday at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Feb. 7. The 633rd Air Base Wing Chaplain Corps provided the meal as part of their integration with the 1st FW and a chance for the Airmen to check out the new innovation lab.

The four parts of Comprehensive Airman Fitness are: mental, physical, social and spiritual health. “We used to use the term pillars, we’ve gotten away from the word pillars and gone to domains, because pillars stand alone while domains touch each other,” Dowell said. “The idea is that each of these domains influence and affect one another.” The Chaplain Corps sees the spiritual domain as core values; things that motivate and give purpose and direction in life. “If there’s something wrong in our spiritual domain, it’s going to affect all the other domains,” Dowell said. “The spiritual domain drives us to go okay, this is why I’m studying this manual, this is why I need to be on point at work, this is why I need to be available for my family. If we don’t have that spiritual drive, it can really inhibit us from being as focused and present as we need to be.” Though all chaplains come with an ecclesiastical endorsement ordained by a church or religious organization, they are able to speak with and meet people where they are spiritually. “I’m Baptist,” Dowell said. “If somebody comes to me and they said they’re Catholic or agnostic, I

can help them navigate their own spiritual understanding and connect the dots between, this is my view of the world, this is my view of humanity and this is my job.” A new program that the chaplains have been working on is called Readiness Integrating Spiritual Empowerment or RISE. Here, the spiritual component is being looked at as foundational to the other domains. This offers a renewed focus on readiness will come about, driven by purpose. Each month will focus on a new theme, targeting real stressors that Airmen are facing. Among these topics are: relationships, burnout, stress management, and post-traumatic stress. “In April, we’re actually going to talk about sexual behaviors,” Dowell said. “Because it’s such a current real-life topic, we’re going to have just kind of a menu of talking points that can be spoken on if we’re invited to a commander’s call or a squadron event.” Now embedded in the 1st FW, at the 1st MXG building, Airmen are able to see the chaplain without driving too far. Whether it’s to talk about the current RISE theme or just for a chat, the door is open. For more information, call the chapel at 757-764-7847.

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Keeping JBLE dentally ready Col. Fred Conner is responsible for providing dental care to 8,700 active-duty military and eligible beneficiaries in the JBLE

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633 DS

In addition to yearly visits, some service

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SOLDIERS TEST READINESS WITH TOCS

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Movement Battalion set up a tent during an area defense field training exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 13. Leaders from the 53rd MCB gathered four companies to test Soldiers on area defense readiness and teach them detailed procedures for each task.

A U.S. Army Soldier secures a tent frame during an area defense field training exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 13. Soldiers assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, the 70th Movement Control Team, the 99th MCB and the 384th MCB, were tasked with establishing tactical operation centers.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Movement Battalion hammer stakes into the ground during an area defense field training exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 13. The Soldiers were tasked with deploying obstacles, securing entry control points with active communication capabilities, establishing fighting positions and completing range card and sector sketches.

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A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 53rd Movement Battalion settles into a fighting position during an area defense field training exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 13. The 53rd MCB works to maintain Soldier readiness through routine area defense exercises.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Movement Battalion establishes tactical fighting positions during an area defense field training exercise at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 13.


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WHILE YOU ARE AWAY BEING A HERO FOR OUR COUNTRY, THEY REMAIN

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(Left) U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ronald Randall, 547th Intelligence Squadron instructor, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, helps (right) Senior Airman Joshua Little, 1st Operations Support Squadron intel analyst, use a virtual reality system brought to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., by Airmen from the 547th IS, Feb. 12.

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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 547th Intelligence Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, visited Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Feb. 12, to showcase their virtual reality system. The 547th IS uses the VR system primarily for training aircrew and intelligence personnel through software that provides equipment familiarization, aircraft recognition and an overview of Red Flag exercise operations. “VR allows us to view things from any angle,” said Capt. Eric Rubenstein, 547th IS deputy flight commander. “We’re introducing [VR] into a training program that gives analysts something a little bit different than reading off of a PowerPoint slide. Instead of a block of text that describes, for example, how a radar system works, and what makes it ef-

fective, why not visualize it and show its capabilities?” The equipment is comprised of a laptop, headset, one controller for each hand, sensors that detect the position of the headset and controllers, and software that allows them to be put into different environments. All the equipment to run the VR system costs approximately $1,600 versus the amount it cost to run certain equipment or aircraft or even to travel and participate in an exercise. “The expenses themselves are quite low compared to actually sending someone out to training,” said Senior Airman Ronald Randall, 547th IS instructor. “Training this way is so valuable and people actually enjoy it because this is something that steps outside of normal training.” While the VR is relatively new, the 547th IS would like to further their capabilities and implement it more throughout their duties and in the Air Force as a whole. “The world is changing at a pace and scale – and our adversaries are competing in ways – that we haven’t seen before,” said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson “We have to change. We need Airmen to help move our Air Force forward, because the status quo just doesn’t suffice in today’s world.”


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MAKING A COME-BACK: ROAD TO RESILIENCY By Airman 1st Class Sarah Dowe

633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, VA.

Sweat drops begin to form as the sun beats harshly down, no one seems to notice the rising temperatures or the sand blowing to and fro as coffin after coffin draped with flags is carried by… “A scream rings out and I jump up throwing punches. It was another recurring dream. I am the one screaming. I walk out of my bedroom, pop the lid off a bottle of alcohol and start drinking. I just want to get away from it all for a couple minutes. I don’t want to think about it.” U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Powers, 633rd Medical Group Internal Medicine non-commissioned officer incharge, joined the Air Force after graduating high school in Pittsburgh in 2005. He trained as a Security Forces defender and received his first assignment at Lajes Field, Portugal. This is his story. As a new Security Forces Airman at a refueling base, Powers worked 14-hour days in a car guarding the flight line. His immediate supervisor made the transition to military life rough. On a regular basis he would call Powers names and throw his gear down a hill, making him retrieve it up in the name of “training.” “It was not an easy start and I was struggling, I also hadn’t seen my family in a year and a half because getting back to the United States was so expensive,” Powers said. Powers decided to make an appointment at mental health. At this time, the Iraq War was ramping up and Powers felt that mental health was not viewed or prioritized the way it is today. “After going to mental health they decertified me, removed my ability to carry a weapon and took my next assignment,” Powers said. “I was pretty much blacklisted; supervisors listed me as a troublemaker.” Powers pushed through the year hoping things would get better. The following year he deployed to an area in Iraq known as the “triangle of death.” There were over 366 deaths in one year, averaging to over one death a day. “I had no understanding of what death really was,” Powers said. “You don’t realize what the world is like un-

Sarah Dowe

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Powers, 633rd Medical Group internal medicine noncommissioned officer in-charge, sits at a table at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Feb. 13. Powers was injured during a deployment and is now a Wounded Warrior.

til you are standing in a formation watching 19 and 20-year-olds being sent home with a flag over their coffin.” Powers and the team he was with were put through a lot during this deployment, both physically and mentally. “As a young 19-20 year-old kid, seeing all that messed me up pretty badly,” Powers said. Back in Portugal, he began to drink heavily trying to forget everything he had seen. His next assignment was in Charleston, South Carolina. “I got back to America, and got going at my next duty station,” Powers said. “I was now 21 and could legally drink, so I continued to do so heavily.” He began to struggle unknowingly with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which lead to difficulty sleeping. “I would wake up in the middle of the night screaming, yelling, punching, you name it, I was a mess,” Powers recalled. “I didn’t know what it was, PTSD wasn’t talked about then.” Drinking was the way he continued to cope with everything going on in his mind.

Where to get help If you or someone you know is struggling with PTSD or depression don’t stay quiet, ask for help today:  Military Family Life Counseling (757) 777-4172  Military One Source (800) 342-9647  Langley Chapel (757) 764-7847  Fort Eustis Chapel (757) 878-1304  Mental Health (757) 764-6840  BHOP (757) 225-7630

Six months later a friend invited Powers along to a party. “Three days later I got called in, there were minors at the party and I was now in trouble for contributing even though I had only attended the party,” Powers said. “I lost my Senior Airman stripe and was pushed back to Airman 1st Class. Three days later I found out I had made Staff Sergeant.” After doing basic Airmen duties again for a couple months, Powers was placed in a desk sergeant position to run security for the whole base. Then Powers deployed again. During a mission, Powers kicked in a door and blew his knee out completely. He was medically evacuated home to South Carolina where things started

to get really bad. “I got through the next year on pain medicine and alcohol,” Powers said. “I ended up rehabbing and then got stationed at McCord.” Six months after arriving at McCord Field, Washington, he was tapped for another deployment. “I will never forget it, I was at deployment training and my kneecap got stuck in my knee,” Powers said. “My friend and I took our palms and we smacked it back into place and kept going.” When he got back from the deployment he had a second surgery on his right knee. He now took pills to control every part of his day; waking up, going to sleep, mental health and even more to keep him going throughout the day. “The way of dealing with PTSD was to medicate and isolate,” Powers explained. “The Air Force and Security Forces had a mission and we just kept going.” Powers then received orders to go to sniper school. “My commander pulled me into his office and said; ‘Ryan, I’ve known you for four years, we’re not going to do this. You’re not going to sniper school, we’re going to medically retire you,’ Powers recalled. At this time Powers was 26 years old. “I loved the Air Force and wondered; what am I going to do?” Powers said. “He said I could find a way to cross train or be medically retired.” Powers did his research and began the process of cross training into the medical field began. He quickly progressed through Career Development Courses and upgrade training. Powers was now seriously struggling with his mental health. One day his new commander walked in, started a conversation with him and soon found out he had been in Security Forces. “I believe God puts people in our lives when we need them,” Powers said. “It turns out he was a mental health provider.” The commander suggested that Powers go to mental health again. He was finally diagnosed with PTSD and given the proper medications to help See

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Continued from13 manage it. Over that year Powers earned NCO of the year and was loving the work he was doing. He also began to use weight lifting, instead of drinking, as an outlet for his stress and PTSD. “I was put into the Wounded Warrior program and they sent me to a program with NFL players,” Powers said. “For eight weeks I no joke got paid to work out, I also had a physical therapist and a massage person.” One of the doctors saw the way Powers moved and soon found that something was very wrong with his hips. “When the doctor looked at my right hip he thought he was looking at an 85-year-old persons hip,” Powers said. “They had to do microfracture surgery to hopefully regain cartilage in my right hip.” Even with everything going on with his body he began to get more into body building and began to compete in shows. Soon after, his left hip cracked and he needed another surgery to reconstruct the bone. After surgery Powers took a cruise to Jamaica to relax for a little bit. The vacation did not go as planned. “I was kicked off the boat and sent to a hospital in Jamaica because I was throwing up blood and they thought I had Ebola,” Powers said. “They wanted $4,000 to treat me, I picked up the phone and called the first sergeant.” The first sergeant made some phone calls which routed quickly up the chain to the Pentagon and then to the Ambassador in Jamaica who cleared the airspace for a private jet to come pick him up. “That was the day I knew I was never leaving the Air Force,” Powers said. “No civilian job will take care of you like that.” Powers knew he needed to progress in his career and became a Generals aide for two years. With the support of the general he was working for he won several awards. After those two years he was assigned to JBLE. Powers made Master Sergeant and now helps oversee the work of 26 Airmen, ensuring they receive the training necessary to complete the mission while making sure they are taken care of. “I see my Airmen as my family, they are like my children,” Powers said. “When my child is feeling unhappy I make sure they are taken care of, when my child is lost or trying to learn, develop and be happy I make sure they have the resources to do that.” Powers explained that he is now focusing on helping Airmen be the best they can be and looks forward to serving in the world’s greatest Air Force for years to come. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the people around me,” Powers said. “Resiliency is a team effort, this is what we are here for. If you are struggling, stand up and ask your wingmen for help.”

JBLE Community

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Fort Eustis Tax Center

The Fort Eustis Tax Center will open Jan. 27 – April 15, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m, at 2733 Madison Ave. Both appointments and walk-ins are available but walk-ins must arrive by 4 p.m. Call 757-878-2343 to set up and appointment. Assistance is available to active duty, retirees and dependents.

Langley Tax Center

The Langley Tax Center will be open from Feb. 3 – April10, Mon. – Thurs., 8 a.m. – noon, at the Education Center bldg. 1027 Rm. 137, 450 Weyland Rd. Tax preparation is done by tax center volunteers by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or find out more information, call 757-778-0045.

Tuskegee Airmen International Tidewater Chapter Community Event

Come on out to the Tuskegee Airmen International Tidewater Chapter community engagement session to help increase awareness of the accomplishments of Tuskegee Airmen during WWII 11:30 a.m. –12:45 p.m., Feb. 21, at the Langley Base Exchange Food Court. There will be a Documented Original Tuskegee Airman on site to share their experiences and autograph books. For more information, contact Rickey Rodgers at 402-650-3401 or 757-764-8710.

Memorial Service for Lt Col Paul Voss

A unit memorial service will be held for Lt. Col. Paul K. “Tabs” Voss, ACC/A3, at Langley Chapel on Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m. Lt. Col. Voss passed away while deployed in Afghanistan after 25 years of service. This ceremony is open to all who knew Tabs and will be followed by a brief reception. Due to limited space in the chapel, if you did not know Paul, but would still like to support the family and honor his service, please join the detail line to welcome the Voss family. Detail volunteers should be in UOD and will line Dodd Blvd starting from Dodd Circle to the Chapel and render salutes as the family passes by. Detail participants, please meet at the chapel annex at 1:00 p.m. Black History Month Dialogue Come out and enjoy a “When do prisoner’s wrongs end, and their rights begin?” dialogue 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Feb. 26, at the Base Theater. Topics for these dialogues will range from politics to prison reform and go throughout the month of February.

Army Career Skills Program

Army Career Skills Program (CSP) for Transitioning Service Members JBLE Army Education Center Career Skills Program (CSP) will host a meet/greet/information session from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Feb. 26, at the Army Education Center, for our newest CSP. The Natural Refrigeration Technician (#REDWHITEANDCOOL) will be a 4 week class at the Army Education Center starting March 23. The Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA) and Smithfield Foods of Smithfield VA is sponsoring this program which is available and free for transitioning Service Members. Please contact Clayton B. Wilkes, Career Skills Program Installation Administrator for more information at phone (757) 878-5356 or email: clayton.b.wilkes.ctr@mail.mil.

U.S. Army Transportation Museum Lecture

The U.S. Army Transportation Museum will host a Chocolate lecture with samples on February 27th at 6 p.m. This special evening lecture will focus on the importance of chocolate to the Soldier. Morale components have been part of Army rations since their inception during the Revolutionary War. Along with the chocolate samples, a replica original chocolate bar will be given to each attendee. For more information call 757-878-1115.

Airman Bible Study

Airman Bible Study is set to begin 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, at the Tunnel Hall Day room. For more information, contact Chaplain Lu at (757) 764-7847 or Senior Airman Darrow at (605) 646-

5568.

Black History Month Dialogue

Come out and enjoy the final Black History Month dialogue for February showcasing the beginning of the voting rights movement and the future starting 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Base Theater.

Adopt an Airman

The Adopt an Airman program is one of the ways our community helps Airmen feel at home in Hampton. Since the program kicked off in November of 2015, more than 200 Airmen have been paired with over100 Hampton area Host Families! This initiative provides a partnership outside of Air Force avenues to enhance the Airman’s assignment at Langley. This program also gives Airmen a place to go and get away from the dorm life while easing the burden of being a first term Airman away from home. For more information regarding the program or applying to become a Host Family, please visit: https://hampton.gov/2941/Adopt-an-Airman.

Fort Eustis Volunteer of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for the Fort Eustis Volunteer of the Year. Nomination packets are available at Army Community Service, 650 Monroe Ave or contact Roger Bullis, Installation Volunteer Coordinator for electronic delivery of the packet. For more information on award criteria and how to submit nominations, contact Roger Bullis, 757-878-3173 or roger.k.bullis.civ@mail.mil or see the attached word documents. Deadline for nominations is 13 March 2020.

Summary Court Officer

Torrance Womack, 99th Control Team Fort Eustis, is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Private first class Hunter West. Anyone having knowledge of money of property due to deceased or has claims against the deceased estate, contact Womack at 757-4036628.

Summary Court Officer

CW2 Garrett Cleland, 97th Transportation Company Fort Eustis, is detailed as a Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Specialist Bradley Robert Walsh. Anyone having knowledge of money or property due to deceased or has claims against the deceased estate, contact Cleland at 518-335-6071.

Summary Court Martial Officer

"MAJ James Barr, TRADOC Fort Eustis, is detailed as the Summary Court Martial Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Sergeant First Class Nathan P. Stanton. Anyone having knowledge of money or property due to the deceased or has claims against the estate of deceased, contact MAJ Barr at 757-501-5783."

Cultural Observance Month Volunteers

How would you like to help JBLE celebrate diversity? The 633 ABW/EO office is seeking project officers for various cultural observance months in April, May, June, August and September. To sign up please contact the EO office at 764-5877 or 633abw.eo@langley.af.mil.

Kid’s Ministry to Bethel Manor Wednesday Meal Nights Come join our FREE community meal at the Kid’s Ministry to Bethel Manor Wednesday Meal Nights 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Wednesdays at Bethel Manor Chapel. Kids (K-grade 5) and adult ministry are from 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. POC: Liz Hedger, 764-7264 See

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Retiree Council Meeting

JBLE Retiree Council will meet every 3rd Wednesday at 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. each month in the Army Community Service conference room, building 650, on Fort Eustis. There is no membership fee to join or to attend the meetings. Retirees and those approaching retirement from all military branches are invited to attend. Members can stay connected with their community and local events as well as learn more about investments, benefits and other militaryrelated information. For more information or to join, contact (757) 878-5884 or (757) 218-7118, or torrence0512@gmail.com.

Palace Chase/Palace Front Briefing

Come out and take part in Palace Chase/Palace Front briefings the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m., and the 4th Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m., at the MPF/BLDG 15 Auditorium room 203. This is great information for any Airmen that may be looking for information or are planning on separating the Air Force soon. The Air Force Reserve is a great way to continue serving part-time, while maintaining most of the benefits you receive from active duty for you and your family.

Official Photo Scheduling

Just a reminder when trying to schedule an official photo, the new link to schedule is located on the JBLE website. Visit www.jble.af.mil and scroll over the public affairs tab. From the drop down menu, scroll over the official photo section and click on either the Air Force or Army tabs which will then direct you to a site that will give you step by step instructions on downloading and filling out official AF Form 833s and scheduling your studio appointment. If there are any questions, feel free to give the Public Affairs office a call at 764-5701.

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com child care in their homes.  Infants 4 weeks to 24 months  Expanded Child Care Programs  Children with special needs  All ages (4weeks to 12 years old) for all shifts including swing shift, night shift, and weekend care Romona Butler – FCC Chief | Joanne Reddick- FCC Chief 501 Madison Avenue - Fort Eustis | 117 Burrell Loop - Langley 757-878-5584/5726 757-764-3585

FCC Hours of Operation– Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CAC ID Services The MPF currently provides extended hours for CAC/ID card operations. Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., customers are able to book appointments and utilize walk-in services. We highly recommend booking an appointment prior to coming in to ensure the customer receives proper service. Walk-in customers will be accepted and serviced as time allows. The services offered are limited to CAC replacements and CAC pin resets. All other services must be completed during the duty hours of 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. MondayFriday. Please use the website https://633mpfappointments.setmore.com/ to book appointments during normal duty hours and extended service times. If you have any questions, please contact the Customer Service office in the MPF at 757-764-6420. Basic ID card reminders: For all new CAC cards, members must provide 2 forms of ID. Driver’s licenses need to be current and not expired (despite the issuing state law). Please ensure for lost/stolen cards, the member has a letter from their unit First Sergeant, and 2 forms of ID. For any member not in uniform, the member must still meet all AFI 36-2903 grooming standards. Shaving waivers will be accepted if presented at the time of appointment.

Range Operations is located on, Mulberry Island Road, Building 2432, JBLE Range Operations can be reached at (757) 878-4412. Hunters: If military training, government work or other non-hunting activity occurs around you; make yourself seen and heard, vacate the area, and contact SFS Game Warden immediately @ (757)-878-4556 / 4557. IAW ASA Regulation 350-1, the Range Safety OIC/RSO Certification brief is conducted every Friday at Range Operations (Bldg. 2432 Mulberry Island Rd). Start time is 0900. A Commander’s certification Memorandum is required. For hunting and private owned firearms range requirements contact Outdoor Recreation at 757-878-2391. There is construction in progress vicinity TA 20, 21 and 28. Expect large commercial trucks and use caution. For scheduled training in TA 28 and UOS all vehicles/personnel must enter at TA-19. * Denotes weekends ** Holidays DATE RANGES TIMES 21 Feb 2020 R4 0700-1600 *22 Feb 2020 NO LIVE FIRE EVENT SCHEDULED --------------*23 Feb 2020 NO LIVE FIRE EVENT SCHEDULED --------------24 Feb 2020 BTRAC,R1 0700-2200 25 Feb 2020 BTRAC, R1 0700-2200 26 Feb 2020 BTRAC, R1 0700-2200 27 Feb 2020 BTRAC,R1,R2 0700-2200 28 Feb 2020 NO LIVE FIRE EVENT SCHEDULED 07002200 *29 Feb 2020 NO LIVE FIRE EVENT SCHEDULED ---------------*1 Mar 2020 NO LIVE FIRE EVENT SCHEDULED ---------------2 Mar 2020 BTRAC,R1 ---------------DATE MOUT/ UOS SITE TIMES CLOSED TO ALL TRAINING TA 20, TA 21 -------------TA-28 AND UOS UNIT TRAINING 3-15, 22 Feb 2020 TA 28 UOS 0800-2300

Did You Know…New Transition Assistance Program Do you know anything about deceased’s money? Curriculum & Requirements

There are new requirements/changes coming to the New Employee Assistance Program Phone Number Congressionally Mandated Transition Assistance Program and Website

Torrance Womack, 99th Control Team Fort Eustis, is detailed as the Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal effects of Private first class Hunter West. Anyone having knowledge of money of property due to deceased or has claims against the deceased estate, contact Womack at 757-403-6628.

Langley AFB Hospital’s North entrance closing

DISCLAIMER

What has changed is how to access the program: New Number:1-866-580-9078 New Web Address: www.AFPC.af.mil/EAP

Due to construction, Langley AFB Hospital’s North entrance (located across from the flight line) will be closed until further notice beginning Dec. 2. All patients and staff must use the South entrances (Emergency Room/water side) for all appointments. Please leave an extra 15 minutes of travel time in case of any delays due to the construction. A shuttle will be provided with pick-up and drop-off locations on the North and South sides as indicated on the map. Thank you for your patience as we improve our Medical Group!

JBLE Family Child Care Programs

JBLE Family Child Care Programs are currently recruiting fun loving self-motivated individuals to provide licensed

(TAP) beginning 1 October 2019. Members who have completed the Pre-separation Counseling and signed the eform by 30 September 2019 are grandfathered in the FY19 curriculum. If the e-form is not signed by 30 September 2019, service members must re-accomplish the Pre-separation Counseling and complete applicable new requirements (FY20 curriculum). For a detailed explanation of what those requirements are, per individual, please call the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC), 764-3990/94 for guidance.

Subject Weekly Live Fire Schedule for 17 Feb. - 2 March

Attention Fort Eustis Community: Please do not enter any range, training area or facility unless you have signed in at Range Operations and received authorization to enter. Entering training areas without proper authorization during hunting season could result in serious injury or death.

The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Joint Base Langley-Eustis, the United States Air Force or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein. Although Joint Base Langley-Eustis may or may not use these sites as additional distribution channels for information, it does not exercise editorial control over the information you may find at these locations or the privacy and user policies of these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of the website. References to non-federal entities do not constitute or imply Department of Defense or Air Force endorsement of any company or organization.


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