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www.peninsulawarrior.com • Peninsula Warrior - Army • November 8, 2019 This consists of obedience training, detection or patrol work. Since staying mission-ready is the biggest goal for the dogs and handlers, they spend most of their day in training. “The relationship between the working dog and the handler is critical to mission success in so many ways,” Rolley said. Handlers bond with their dogs throughout the day. According to Pontello, showing love to the dog is beneficial to dog-to-handler relationships and benefits the mission. “Love the dog and the dog will love you back,” Pontello said.

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Medical Care

A1C Alexandra Singer

U.S. Army Capt. Jessica Rolley, Joint Base Langley-Eustis veterinarian, examines Duke, 633rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog, for ear abnormalities at JBLE, Va., Oct. 1. Sick call, imaging and surgical services are performed on an as-needed basis.

MWDs stay on top of their schedule By A1C Alexandra Singer

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS

What does it take to keep one of the military’s top four-legged assets, mission and deployment ready? If the first thing that comes to mind is training, that’s correct; however, that’s only a part of the equation. Military working dogs have round-the-clock, consistent schedules and appointments to maintain their readiness. “The dogs’ missions are to deploy and find bombs,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Carmen Pontello, 633rd Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer. “Without a consistent schedule, strict diet, dedicated handler and frequent

training scenarios, the dog can become complacent and decline in performance.” Every day begins bright and early for both handlers and MWDs here.

Routine Every morning, handlers are tasked with checking their dog from nose to tail for any abnormalities that could’ve happened throughout the night. “The best preventative [actions] are the daily, thorough physical examination that the MWD handler performs on his/her working dog,” said U.S. Army Capt. Jessica Rolley, Joint Base Langley-Eustis veterinarian. “This allows the handler to identify a problem at the beginning stages and initiate contact with the veterinary team right away. Immediate intervention helps to increase the possibility of a quick recovery.” After their morning meal, the dogs’ kennels are cleaned and they are taken out for the specific training they have scheduled for the day.

Veterinary care is also an important aspect of maintaining mission readiness. MWD care is provided by the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps officers and 68T animal care specialists. “The MWDs are seen on a semiannual basis for wellness measures,” Rolley said. “Core vaccinations are kept up-to-date. Bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal examinations and dental prophylaxis/cleanings are performed annually.” Just as service members have sick call for unexpected illness, the dogs are also given sick call, imaging and surgical services. To keep their weight managed, the dogs must weigh in at least 12 times a year. The handlers adjust their food intake depending on how their weight fluctuates, how active each dog is and ultimately what the vet suggests.

Goodnight At the end of their long training day, the dogs are put back in their kennels to rest and have their dinner. Night patrols on duty check up on the dogs every four hours to ensure the dogs are safe and their kennels are clean. According to Pontello, this schedule gives each dog the ultimate advantage of staying fit, missionready and trained up on all avenues to deploy on a moment’s notice should they be called to action.

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Guest speaker Kristen Christy gave a powerful speech offering insight into the trials she has faced in her life during a visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 31 – Nov. 1. Christy is no stranger to allowing people an up-close view of her life story, containing many high points and low points. Nine days before her 16th birthday, Christy suffered a massive stroke which left her with partial paralysis on the right side of her body. It might be easy for a person to give up and resign themselves to a depressive state, but she would not accept that. After her family and friends found someone to perform her surgery, she was finally able to take back a portion of her life, but she would never fully regain the physical abilities she had before her stroke. “I had to find new avenues for my talents but guess what, I didn’t do that alone,” said Christy. “My friends helped me remove those blinders of depression and woe.” Christy was able to overcome adversity early in her life and get a scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where she eventually met her husband. Years later, with her family growing by two sons and her husband an officer in the U.S. Air Force, her mental resolve would yet again be tested. Her husband had just finished a deployment to Bagh-

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Air Force announces NCO Career Status Program for Airmen with 12 years of service From Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON

The Air Force announced Oct. 30 it will implement the new Noncommissioned Officer Career Status Program for active duty Airmen, which will affect reenlistment contracts executed on or after Nov. 18. The change will eliminate the need for Airmen who have 12 or more years of service to continue to reenlist by aligning their separation dates with their high year of tenure dates. “Career Airmen are consummate professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to service,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and serv-

ices. “They play a crucial role in developing the next generation of Airmen. With this adjustment, we’re providing them the associated flexibility to make individualized career decisions.” Airmen who reenlist under the NCO Career Status Program will follow processes similar to those of officers and will incur active duty service commitments. The Selective Retention Bonus program will not be impacted by CSP other than a few administrative processing changes. If eligible for an SRB, Airmen electing to accept the bonus — and the associated ADSC — will apply for the SRB via myPers and complete an application electronically. The Air Force’s Personnel Center will identify and notify those Airmen on

“Career Airmen are consummate professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to service. They play a crucial role in developing the next generation of Airmen. With this adjustment, we’re providing them the associated flexibility to make individualized career decisions.” Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly career status contracts who are eligible for an SRB on a monthly basis. Like officers, enlisted Airmen may apply for separation prior to their high year of tenure date with an effective date no later than 180 days from the date of request. “What we are saying to our

Airmen is we hear you,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright. “We recognize your commitment to a profession in the Air Force, and we’re going to manage your service commitment in a way that provides you with reduced paperwork and increased efficiency.”

Airmen with 12 years of service who sign a reenlistment contract on or after Nov. 18 will fall under the CSP and that will be their last contract. CSP Airmen will no longer see a date of separation in their records until they are within 12 months of their high year of tenure date. Upon getting promoted, the date of separation for CSP Airmen will automatically be updated to the high year of tenure date of the new rank. Current high year of tenure lengths of service by rank are:  20 years for E-5  22 years for E-6  24 years for E-7  26 years for E-8  30 years for E-9 The reenlistment form has also been changed to increase efficiency and reduce errors between the personnel and financial systems. For more information, visit the NCO Career Status Program page of the AFPC public website.

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Defense Daily reporter visits JBLE for FAM Flight

Vivienne Machi, Defense Daily reporter, and Airmen, learn about emergency procedures during SERE training at JBLE, Oct. 31. The training is required before taking part in a familiarization flight.

Vivienne Machi, Defense Daily reporter, listens to a pilots’ briefing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 31. Machi completed the required training needed to ride in a U.S. Air Force T-38A Talon during adversary air training.

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Vivienne Machi, Defense Daily reporter, gets fitted for a helmet and air mask before a familiarization flight at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 31. Machi flew in a T-38A Talon during an adversary air training with the F-22 Raptor.

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Vivienne Machi, Defense Daily reporter, and 1st Lt. Josh Burdge, 71st Fighter Training Squadron pilot, walk toward T-38A Talons during a familiarization flight at Joint Base LangleyEustis, Va., Oct. 31. Machi experienced firsthand how 1st FW pilots train at JBLE.

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor takes off at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 31. The F-22 was involved in adversary air training with T-38A Talons.


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JBLE Soldier honored for commitment to community By Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS

Growing up in Ohio with a passion for the military, there was no doubt in this Soldier’s mind that one day he would serve his country, but what he didn’t anticipate was the impact he would have in his community. U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Johns, 221st Military Police Detachment, Training and Doctrine Command, was awarded the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2019 Military Citizen of the Year for the Army. The award has been presented annually since 1955 to recognize the military citizen who has made the most significant contribution of community service in the area. The VPCC names one local representative, E-6 and below from each branch of the military, who has demonstrated active participation in off-duty community activities, as well as exceeding military

standards. “I wasn’t expecting to receive the award,” Johns said. “I volunteer at the school because I want to make a difference in people’s lives. I don’t expect anything from it, but it means a lot to me that someone noticed that I’m trying to make a difference.” Since Johns can remember, he’s always been willing to volunteer his time for a great cause. “I’m always willing to help out whenever and wherever I can,” he said. “I just enjoy helping people and doing my part to create a better community.” For the past three years, Johns has been volunteering at General Stanford Elementary School, Newport News, Virginia, helping teachers with anything they need, whether it’s helping out around the classrooms, attending career day or being the school mascot. He is also often seen greeting the kids as they start their school day.

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U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Johns, 221st Military Police Detachment, Training and Doctrine Command, was awarded the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2019 Military Citizen of the Year for the Army.

“I have three children of my own,” Johns said. “This is my way of showing appreciation to the education staff who help our youth and getting to see the smiles on the children’s faces when I show up makes it all worth it.” Johns takes every chance he gets to be involved with the community to include participating in sporting activities around base housing with the

youth to show them police authorities are not a threat, but are here for them. “In today’s society police officers have somewhat of a stigma,” Johns added. “So I try to get out whenever I can to give them stickers, pencils and if I see any of the children having a bad day I will pull them to the side and speak to them and let them know everything’s going to be ok.”

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"FIRST TO THE FIGHT" F-22 RAPTORS AND T-38 TALONS TRAIN OVER ATLANTIC

Tech Sgt. Carlin Leslie

F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from the 1st Fighter Wing fly in formation of the Atlantic Ocean during training off the coast of Virginia, Oct. 30. The 1st Fighter Wing is home to the 94th Fighter Squadron, 27th Fighter Squadron and the 71st Fighter Training Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

By Tech. Sgt. Carlin Leslie

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

F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from the 1st Fighter Wing fly in formation of the Atlantic Ocean during training off the coast of Virginia, Oct. 30. The 1st Fighter Wing is home to the 94th Fighter Squadron, 27th Fighter Squadron and the 71st Fighter Training Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. The 1st Fighter Wing is responsible for one third of the Air Force’s combat F-22 Raptors. The wing’s mission is to deliver F-22 air power worldwide on short notice to support Combatant Commander taskings. In addition to operating and maintaining two F-22 Air Domi-

nance squadrons, the wing also flies the T-38 as adversary air to increase training capability. The maintainers of the 1st Fighter Wing set the standard for low observable and aircraft maintenance, both of which establish the unit as the most capable and combat ready F-22 wing in the Air Force. The wing’s 1,300 Airmen manage two airfields, more than 12,000 flying hours each year, and equipment and aircraft worth over $7 billion. The 1st Fighter Wing leads the way in combat capability and lethality in current operations worldwide, and serves as America’s premier Air Dominance wing, led by next generation Airmen, integrated with its mission partners, and ready to fly, fight, and win...anytime, anyplace.

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F-22 Raptors and T-38 Talons from the 1st Fighter Wing fly in formation of the Atlantic Ocean during training off the coast of Virginia, Oct. 30.


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Senior Airman Monica Roybal

U.S. Army Soldiers walk during the Norwegian Foot March event at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 30. The 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) conducted the Norwegian Foot March event allowing more than 200 service members to earn the Norwegian Armed Forces skill badge.

JBLE service members pay homage to the Forsvaret By Senior Airman Monica Roybal

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

The 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) conducted the Norwegian Foot March event allowing more than 200 service members to earn the Norwegian Armed Forces skill badge at Joint Base LangleyEustis, Va., Oct. 30. In 1915, the Norwegian Armed Forces,the Forsvaret, meaning “the defense” in the Norwegian language, worked to expose new members to field conditions by implementing an 18.6-mile march to be completed in under four hours, 30 minutes while wearing a full uniform and carrying a 25-pound ruck sack. “The Norwegian Armed Forces

were trying to build some mental toughness into their troops,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Todd Brown, 7th Trans. Bde. (Ex.) operations sergeant major. “You have to consider the sense of mobility wasn’t what we have today. They didn’t have vehicles and aircraft for transportation, so a lot of times it was their own two legs that got them somewhere.” The JBLE competitors began their march at 2 a.m. to complete the race before sunrise, per the badge requirements. Brown said the Forsvaret members would ruck through the night carrying all their gear to a designated training area, then proceed to perform training exercises throughout the remainder of the day. “Completing this before sunrise pays homage to how the Norwegians

used to do it back then,” Brown said. “The other thing that really kicks people in the teeth is that the contenders had to go to work immediately after the march as well. So, it wasn’t like they got up really early to do this extreme physical event and then go home and sit in an Epsom salt bath; they had to go to work and complete the duty day.” Brown, who organized the event, explained that this event challenged members to overcome physical and mental battles in order to complete the march. One aspect participants may not initially consider a challenge is the time of day when the event takes place. “Your body is out of its cycle and it truly affects you out there,” Brown continued. “It’s dark, it’s not a team event, so you may find yourself with no one around you for an extended period, and that’s when it becomes a mental game. You wonder, ‘Why am I doing this? I can stop. No one will

judge me. It’ll be fine.’ And that’s when we need our mental resiliency the most.” According to Brown, a member’s tenacity and endurance gained from events like this can be applied in combat environments and only bolsters confidence to perform in everchanging scenarios. “Understanding all aspects, like how to position and pack your gear, plays a huge role in whether you will thrive in the field,” Brown said. “The more you can put yourself into a difficult situation and work yourself out of that situation, the more mentally resilient you become.” First place was awarded to Capt. Carl Springfels, 7th Trans. Bde. (Ex.) brigade adjutant, who completed the march in 3 hours, 15 minutes. Springfels said he began the march with the goal to take first place. He said he believes physical and mental challenges are crucial to a service member’s career. “In the military, ruck marches teach us how to carry gear while also moving quickly, and that is an essential skill in a combat environment,” Springfels said. “That’s a skill that is used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Service members are out there carrying heavy packs while executing missions without stopping. They can’t just take a break when they’re tired. Events like this not only build us up physically, it also builds your mental fortitude.” While Springfels and his fellow participants worked hard to earn their badge, they also took an opportunity to help others by filling their ruck sacks with nonperishable foods, prompting the event to yield more than 300 pounds of food to be donated to a local charity. Brown said this year’s march started with 20 JBLE members intending to drive to Fort Meade to participate, but there were so many inquiries that the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion and their Norwegian counterparts approved for Fort Eustis to conduct its own event. Organizers are already planning for a larger event next year. “The participants showed up and made the event worthwhile,” Brown continued. “We’re really excited about doing it next year on a much grander scale so we can really bring the entire community together.”


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U.S. Army Spc. Michael Flores, an allied trade specialist with the 558th Transportation Company, 10th Trans. Battalion, 7th Trans. Brigade, flips over a project he will weld for a customer at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 22. The metals fabrication shop produces parts for equipment and vehicles that are no longer made by companies.

558TH METALS FABRICATION SHOP

U.S. Army Spc. Kayle Ackerman, an allied trade specialist with the 558th Transportation Company, 10th Trans. Battalion, 7th Trans. Brigade, practices welding two metal pieces together at Joint Base LangleyEustis, Va., Oct. 22. Allied trade specialists work with lathes, drill presses, grinders, and the Computer Numeric Control machine.

U.S. Army Spc. Kayle Ackerman, an allied trade specialist with the 558th Transportation Company, 10th Trans. Battalion, 7th Trans. Brigade, checks the project she had been welding at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 22. Metals fabrication Soldiers work with various types of machines that allow them to alter or repair different metals into whatever tool or piece of equipment that is needed.

U.S. Army Spc. Michael Flores, an allied trade specialist with the 558th Transportation Company, 10th Trans. Battalion, 7th Trans. Brigade, welds a metal container at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 22. Allied trade specialists repair, modify and fabricate metallic and nonmetallic parts for the vehicles of the Fort Eustis fleet when companies stop producing those parts.


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JBLE Community Brown Bag Lunch lecture

November 13 at 11:30 am the U.S. Army Transportation Brown Bag Lunch lecture will be on the Civil War Fortifications of Mulberry Island (now Fort Eustis) by Dr. Chris McDaid. Fort Eustis has an exceptionally well preserved collection of Civil War field fortifications and earthworks. These were built over the winter of 1861-1862 as part of the Warwick-Yorktown line and helped to close the James River as an avenue of assault to Richmond. Dr. Chris McDaid is an well informed and entertaining speaker who is the lead archeologist for Fort Eustis. Come to learn more about the hidden treasures of Fort Eustis. Schedule a tour with Dr. McDaid to see the Civil War locations. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is held every second Wednesday (except for January when it will be the third Wednesday) in the museum regimental room. The next brown bag lunch lecture will be held on 11 December The Ever Controversial Jefferson Davis. Follow the U.S. Army Transportation Museum's Facebook page for updated topics. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is open to the public Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Free Gift Wrapping

Volunteer groups are partnering with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service to provide gift wrapping services for shoppers this season November 11th through December 24th. The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Exchanges will provide wrapping paper, ribbon, tape. For more information, contact Sabrina Jennings, jenningss@aafes.com.

America Recycles Day

Remember to celebrate in America Recycles Day by participating in the aluminum can recycling competition from Oct. 14 – Nov. 14. Squadrons with the largest amount of cans by weight win a reward package. For more info, contact Sherry Johnson at 764-1130. Also, come out and enjoy the environmental film viewing of Trashed: No Place for Waste (2012), starting at 1 p.m., Nov 15, at the Bayview Commonwealth center.

EFMP Sensory Friendly Movie

Come out and enjoy your favorite films in a safe environment 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., November 9, at the A&FRC classroom. Audience is invited to join in to dance, walk, or sing. Hot dogs, beverages, popcorn, and cotton candy are served so just contact the A&FRC to register.

TRICARE and Federal Benefits Open Season

The 2019 TRICARE and Federal Benefits Open Season will run from November 11th through December 9th. This is an annual period when you can enroll in or change health plans for the next year. TRICARE Open Season applies to anyone enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE Prime (including the US Family Health Plan) or TRICARE Select. Federal Benefits Open Season is for enrollment in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). Enrollment choices made during this

Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com period will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. See below and attached infographic for eligibility:  Active Duty Service Members: Open Season does not apply to you. You may only change plans when you retire and you do not qualify to purchase a FEDVIP Vision or Dental Plan.  Active Duty Family Members: You can change TRICARE health plans during the 2019 TRICARE Open Season. You also qualify to purchase a FEDVIP Vision Plan. You do NOT qualify for a FEDVIP Dental Plan as your dental coverage is provided through the TRICARE Dental Program.  Reserve Members/Family Members: TRICARE Open Season does not apply to TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve. You do qualify to purchase a FEDVIP Vision Plan but do not qualify for the FEDVIP Dental Plan as your dental coverage is provided through the TRICARE Dental Program.  Retired Service Members/Family Members enrolled in TRICARE Prime/Select: You are eligible to change your TRICARE health plan during the 2019 TRICARE Open Season. You also qualify to enroll/change your FEDVIP Vision and Dental Plans.  Retired Service Members/Family Members using TRICARE For Life: TRICARE Open Season does not apply to you. However, you are eligible to enroll/change your FEDVIP Vision and Dental Plans.

Community Events Council Meeting

The Fort Eustis Community Events Council Meeting will be held from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. November 26 at the Fort Eustis Club. The Community Events Council provides a formal means for installation leadership to facilitate the flow of command and community information to military members, spouses and civilians. All are invited to attend and learn what's happening on Fort Eustis.

Flu Vaccination Line/POD

The annual Langley Air Force Base Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Line will be held at the ACC Gym Basketball Courts from Tuesday November 19th thru Thursday November 21st from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday November 19th will be open to dependents and retirees and Wednesday November 20th and Thursday November 21st will be for Active Duty members only. For more information please call the immunizations clinic at (757) 764-6985.

Household Chemical Collection and Computer Recycling Day On Nov. 9, York County will have its Household Chemical Collection Day and Computer Recycling Day from 8 a.m. - noon. The drop-off location is on County Drive in Yorktown off of Goodwin Neck Road. If going north on Hwy 17, turn right onto Goodwin Neck Rd and go about 3/4 mile and it will be on your left. Direction signs are normally posted along the road on turn-in day. On Nov. 16, Hampton will have its Household Chemical Collection Day and Computer Recycling Day from 8 a.m. - noon. The drop-off location will be in the parking lot

of the Coliseum on Coliseum Drive.

JBLE Family Child Care Programs

JBLE Family Child Care Programs are currently recruiting fun loving self-motivated individuals to provide licensed 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 is rolling out an initiative to improve the availability of CAC ID card services! Starting Monday, 21 October, the ID card office will be open by appointment from 1630-1900. The appointments will be booked via the MILSUITE application (exactly the same way as a PT test), and be available in 30 min increments. The only customers we will be servicing during these appointments will be CAC card holders (no Dependents). Please utilize the link above to sign up for an appointment. Walk in customers will be seen as time allows. Basic ID card reminders: For all new CAC cards, members require 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 the Security Forces desk, 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.

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 military-related information. For more information or to join, contact (757) 878-5884 or (757) 218-7118, or torrence0512@gmail.com.

Community Events Council Meeting

The Fort Eustis Community Events Council Meeting will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. November 20, at the Fort Eustis Club. The Community Events Council provides a formal means for installation leadership to facilitate the See

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JBLE Community Continued from14 flow of command and community information to military members, spouses and civilians. All are invited to attend and learn what's happening on Fort Eustis.

Toys for Tots

It's that time of year again and the holidays are right around the corner! This year we will be teaming up with our sister service, The Unites States Marine Core Reserve, in aiding with the Toys for Tots program on the Peninsula! The donation drive will start next week, on October 30, 2019 and run until December 6, 2019. Any and all toys and books are accepted but they must be unwrapped and in their original packaging. All proceeds will be distributed as gifts by the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, to the less fortunate children within the community. Any squadron that is interested in participating in this wonderful opportunity, to collect toy donations for the Toys For Tots organization, please have at least two POC’s. Those POC’s will need to notify the JBLE POC’s of how many boxes and advertisement flyers their respective squadrons will need to participate. They will also be responsible for sending out information about the donation drive, throughout the donation window. Along with, monitoring the donation boxes within their respective squadrons. If any squadrons are interested in participating, please contact one of the below POC’s by October 29, 2019. Any assistance, or participation is greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, contact the Jble POC’s SSgt Burls, Aneque DSN: 574-6064 E-mail: aneque.burls@us.af.mil, SSgt Arcos, Monique DSN: 574-7055 E-mail:monique.arcos@us.af.mil, SSgt Hall, Andre DSN: 574-6891 E-mail: andre.hall.3@us.af.mil

MS4 Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan

JBLE-Langley’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plan is available for public review and comment at https://www.jble.af.mil/About-Us/Units/AirForce/Langley-Environmental/Stormwater. Please submit comments and/or concerns to 633CES.CEI.Flight@us.af.mil NLT 30 Oct 2019.

Did You Know… New Transition Assistance Program Curriculum & Requirements

There are new requirements/changes coming to the Congressionally Mandated Transition Assistance Program (TAP) beginning 1 October 2019. Members who have completed the Pre-separation Counseling and signed the e-form 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

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Weekly Live Fire Schedule for 4-18 Nov 2019

Attention Fort Eustis Community: The JBLE Water Fowl Hunting Season opens on 22 September 2019. Deer Hunting Season opens on 27 September 2019. 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. 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 757-8782391. DATE... RANGES... TIMES 4 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3, R6... 0700-2200 5 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3, R6... 0700-2200 6 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3, R6 ...0700-2200 7 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3, R6... 0700-2200 8 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3... 0700-2200 *9 Nov 2019... WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT HUNT... R2, R3, R4, R5, R6... 0600-2000 *10 Nov 2019... WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT HUNT... R2, R3, R4, R5, R6... 0600-2000 *11 Nov 2019... R1... 0700-2200 12 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1... 0700-2200 13 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3... 0700-2200 14 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3... 0700-2200 15 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3... 0700-2200 16 Nov 2019... DEER HUNTING R1... 0400-1830 17 Nov 2019... DEER HUNTING R1.... 0400-1830 18 Nov 2019... BTRAC, R1... 0700-2200 DATE MOUT/ UOS SITE TIMES CLOSED TO ALL TRAINING... TA 20, TA 21 --------------

TA 28... UOS There is construction in progress vicinity TA 20, 21 and 28. Expect large commercial trucks and use caution

JBLE Base Operating Status Hotline

In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies impacting base, JBLE personnel are strongly encouraged to check the most up-to-date base operation status using the many JBLE social media options. Check the status on the JBLE website at www.jble.af.mil, on Twitter by following @JBLEstatus, on the free JBLE smartphone application (available in Google Play and the Apple App store), and on the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Facebook page. In addition, the Joint Base Langley-Eustis Base Operating Status hotline features updated information of the installation's operating status. The hotline number has recently changed to 764-7550. Please update records.

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Vol. 9 | No. 44

Peninsula Warrior Army Edition  

Vol. 9 | No. 44