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Retired Soldier shines bright on America’s stage PG 10

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ROBD hypoxia training PG. 8

JBLE tries out for Army Ten-Miler PG. 6

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Col. Michelle M.T. Letcher, commander of the 16th Sustainment Brigade, administers the oath of reenlistment to 53 Soldiers during a mass reenlistment ceremony in Kusel, Germany. More than 80% of eligible Soldiers have already reenlisted in fiscal year 2019, surpassing the Army's targeted goal five months early.

Army retention hits goal five months early FORT MEADE, MARYLAND

For the fourth year in a row, the regular Army’s retention rate is over 80% after it recently hit its targeted goal five months early this year. At least 82% of eligible Soldiers have already reenlisted in fiscal year 2019, as historical highs among reenlistments continue, according to the senior Army career counselor. “Retention rates being so high tells us many things, mainly that

Soldiers are happy with their jobs and serving their country,” said Sgt. Maj. Mark Thompson. “We understand that Soldiers ‘talk with their feet.’ If they’re happy, they stay. If they’re unhappy, they leave. The great news is, Soldiers are choosing to stay in record numbers.” The regular Army’s fiscal 2019 retention mission was 50,515 Soldiers, but now at least 50,910 Soldiers of See

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“Retention rates being so high tells us many things, mainly that Soldiers are happy with their jobs and serving their country. We understand that Soldiers ‘talk with their feet.’ If they’re happy, they stay. If they’re unhappy, they leave. The great news is, Soldiers are choosing to stay in record numbers.” Sgt. Maj. Mark Thompson

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Housing seminars provide base members free information By Airman 1st Class Alexandra Singer 633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS

The housing offices at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, offer free monthly housing seminars to base members who are preparing to buy a new home, sell a home or manage property. The seminars are completely free and offered to all military members, civilians and retirees. According to Gwendolyn Cunningham, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron housing manager specialist, members are encouraged to attend the seminars and ask questions. Every U.S. Service member has a different situation. The housing offices hope

members will gain valuable information to make their housing situations go smoothly. Participants are given packages of what was briefed, more resources and websites they can use to research more. “Virginia laws are constantly changing,” said Cunningham. “The laws are also different state-to-state, so members new to the area are encouraged to learn the processes in Virginia before purchasing a new home.” During the seminars, industry experts including a mortgage lender, realtor, home inspector and attorney, provide information and answer any questions about home buying, selling and managing property or using services of a manage-

ment company. “They want to ensure Soldiers and family members have realistic expectations and are as prepared as possible for the big step of buying (or selling) a home,” said Regina Fremont-Gomez, 733rd Mission Support Group housing manager. All participants should register for the seminars at least two business days in advance. Langley Air Force Base seminars will be held at the Langley Housing Office from 6 to 9 p.m. Fort Eustis seminars are held at the Soldier Support Center from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information on the Langley housing seminars call 757-764-5040 and 757-8785579 for the Fort Eustis seminars.

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| Army’s retention rate is over 80 percent Continued from2 the assigned mission have been retained. Thompson believes it is the fastest the Army has made its retention mission. In fiscal 2018, the Army accomplished the highest reenlistment rate in its history by achieving a 92% rate without lowering any standard. The momentum is attributed to a variety of factors. Career counselors and leadership engagement has continued from last fiscal year to the current one, allowing the Army to achieve its mission ahead of schedule. In addition, the Army has offered a variety of incentives and bonuses for Soldiers eligible for reenlistment, he said. The Army has also ex-

panded assignment options by increasing stabilization and stations of choice for Soldiers. These options have assisted with the increased retention rates, along with an emphasis on the quality of life for Soldiers and their families. In addition to location options, educational benefits are another big factor. “Families are taken care of through a variety of options such as transferring the GI Bill to qualifying dependents, which equates to four years of college,” Thompson said. “These benefits can also be split between children. For example, two years of benefits can be split between two children. That is a significant amount of money depending on where the child or spouse goes to school.” To transfer benefits, Soldiers must have completed at least six years of qualifying service and agree to serve four more years.

More than 15,000 regular Army Soldiers take advantage of this incentive on a yearly basis. “Retention bonuses are also a big perk, with many bonuses ranging from a thousand to $72,000 depending on the career field,” he said. "The financial gap is broken down based off the Soldier’s [military occupational specialty], but also skill and grade. “Basically, whatever their job is, or the job they’re going to reclassify or retrain into, all factors into their retention bonus.” The bonuses are also based on the needs of the Army, with mid-to-senior grade noncommissioned officers often more vital due to experience and knowledge. However, depending on MOS, initial-level Soldiers may be offered a larger bonus. Some of the highest bonuses are in the intelligence

career field, where they can range from $17,000 for a private first class to $72,000 for a staff sergeant or sergeant first class. Special Forces and cyber operations also offer large bonuses. “Cyber operations specialist has become increasingly vital to the Army mission,” Thompson said. “We know certain skills can transfer to the civilian marketplace, so we offer them incentives to stay in the Army. Like any company, we must remain competitive to ensure we keep the most talented Soldier serving in the right job, in the right place.” Retention numbers are based on Soldiers who are eligible to reenlist, which requires passing physical training scores and not being flagged for adverse actions. On any given year, he said, roughly 70% of Soldiers within a reenlistment window meet this criteria.

“We have maintained a high standard for our Soldiers,” he said. "But, we wouldn’t have been able to close the retention gap early without our high-quality career counselors at all levels working with Soldiers every day. “Career counselors have their 'finger to the pulse’of the organizations they represent, by knowing what the Soldier’s needs are, and how to educate them on the Army’s benefits.” Counselors help Soldiers see the value of the Army and their service within it, he said, adding they also counsel them to determine their eligibility as well as future career options. “Hitting goals five months early is indicative of the hard work by career counselors,” he said, “and how they listen to Soldiers and help them understand the benefits of continued service.”

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Air Force Medical Service unveils new model for active duty care Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs FALLS CHURCH

In an effort to return Airmen to duty quicker, the Air Force is reorganizing medical personnel to restore the overall readiness of the military. Under the Air Force Medical Reform model, dedicated provider care teams will align to an operational medical readiness squadron, focused on proactively treating Total Force Airmen and improving their availability to support the warfighting mission. Separate provider teams aligned to a health care operations squadron will care for non-active duty patients, primarily the families of service members and military retirees. “This new structure optimizes both priorities and allows us to return airmen back to full mission capability as quickly as possible without decrementing care to our beneficiaries,” said Brig. Gen. Susan J. Pietrykowski, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General director of manpower, personnel and resources. “Restructuring where care is delivered lets our providers focus on each group to improve the quality of care, create efficiencies, and most importantly, get injured or ill Airmen back into the fight more quickly.” This organizational structure is based on a pilot the 366th Medical Group, Mountain Home

Air Force Base, Idaho, began in summer 2018. The group reorganized into two squadrons with the goal of returning Airmen to duty as quickly as possible. The pilot initially launched as part of a wing-wide initiative for the 366th Fighter Wing. Since the initial rollout, the 366th MDG has seen promising results. “We had more than 400 Airmen on the base who were considered ‘non-mission capable’ when we launched in March 2018,” said Col. Steven Ward, the 366th MDG commander. “In six months, we reduced that number by nearly one-fourth. Our provider teams focused relentlessly on getting Airmen back into the fight.” A provider team consists of medical and administrative professionals responsible for addressing a patient’s health care needs. They are responsible for coordinating care throughout the life cycle of diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation as required. In the Mountain Home AFB pilot, provider teams were able to holistically treat Airmen instead of waiting for an Airman to seek out care. They visit with Airmen in their duty locations to understand the personal and workplace challenges they face and partner with unit leaders to proactively manage Airmen’s care and minimize downtime. “It was a real culture change for our provider

teams focusing just on Airmen and building relationships with their assigned squadron and leadership,” Ward said. “That narrow focus really helps providers get to know their patients and solve health problems before they can negatively affect the mission.” The renewed focus on readiness and returning Airmen to duty goes hand-in-hand with other reform efforts within the Air Force Medical Service and the Military Health System. Pietrykowski emphasized cooperation with the Defense Health Agency, as they assume a larger role at military treatment facilities. “As we become a more integrated enterprise, it’s very important for us to learn from each other,” Pietrykowski said. “The current version of this new model isn’t final. It will continue to evolve as we roll it out to other locations and get a better understanding of each Total Force population’s specific needs.” The AFMS plans to initially roll out the new medical organization model to 43 Air Force military treatment centers within the continental United States. Medical centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, graduate medical education facilities, overseas military treatment facilities and limited scope facilities will not initially move to the new organizational model.

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Senior Airman Delaney Gonzales

A participant in the Army Ten-Miler try-outs runs a 6.5 mile course at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 28. JBLE will compete in Washington D.C., October13 in a Mixed Team Division. Six males and two females were selected for this year’s race.

JBLE tries-out for Army Ten-Miler By Senior Airman Delaney Gonzales

633RD AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS

More than 25 service members triedout for the 2019 Army Ten-Miler competition June 28 in front of Anderson Field House at Joint Base LangleyEustis. The Army Ten-Miler was established in 1985 and will be celebrating its 35th anniversary during this year’s competition in Washington D.C., Oct. 13. Service members are eligible to compete in a variety of Team Divisions to include the Active-Duty Men’s Team (29 teams competed last year), the Active-Duty Women’s Team (14 teams

competed last year) and the Mixed Team Division (57 teams competed last year). “Last year, JBLE competed in the Active-Duty Mixed Team Division and was 14 out of 57 teams and will be competing in this division again this year in 2019,” said Kacey Gibson, a master resilience trainer- performance expert with the Fort Eustis Ready and Resilient Performance Center. The final time for JBLE’s team for 2018 was 4 hours, 35 minutes, 44 seconds. For the try-out, members completed a 6.5-mile course and eight members were selected for the team. “Six males and two females will rep-

resent JBLE,” Gibson said. “A final tryout will be in August for those who could not make it today.” The top two finishers that completed the 6.5 mile course were: Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Smicker in 39:51 Capt. Kevin Bennett in 39:53 “We are meeting to make plans for training for the race, which is roughly 15 weeks away,” Gibson added. “Tentatively, we plan on meeting one to two times per week for workouts in preparation for the race, but the participants have the opportunity to follow a full training schedule if they would like to.” Training for the race supports the Army’s fitness goals for its Soldiers,

benefiting the JBLE’s team members. “Training for the ten-miler takes a lot of discipline, dedication and hard work,” Gibson said. “Training and competing in the race provides the perfect framework to showcase all of these characteristics.” Gibson is looking forward to training with her runners to prepare for the race. “I am extremely excited to coach this year’s JBLE Army Ten-Miler Team,” Gibson concluded. “I have been a runner the majority of my life and love spreading the joy of running to other people. I have worked with many of the runners who have made the team before and I am excited to keep working with them in this capacity.” For more information about the race or upcoming try-outs contact (757) 878-1483.


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Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal

Event participants run to break through a banner during a Pride Observance Month 5K run at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 21. U.S. Army Spc. Jimmy Scott-Tingle, Medical Department Activity patient administration specialist, organized the run and kicked it off with a charge through a banner.

Soldier hosts 1st Pride run at JBLE By Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal

633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS

In 2009, President Barack Obama designated the month of June the official observance for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning Pride Month. The observance promotes equal rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and recognizes contributions made by LGBTQ community members. This year marked the first Pride 5K run at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, hosted by U.S. Army Spc. Jimmy Scott-Tingle, Medical Department Activity patient administration specialist, on Fort Eustis, June 21. “I don’t think people know the importance of Pride Month and I think it needs to be shown,” Scott-Tingle said. “This needs to be an annual event because I saw how

much the Soldiers enjoyed themselves out there today. LGBTQ members still battle issues every day. We deal with the way people talk and the insensitive terms that are used. Many people may not know they are being insensitive and that’s where the importance of raising awareness comes in.” More than 100 runners, including members from the 128th Aviation Brigade’s Bravo and Charlie companies, MEDDAC members, emergency medical services team members, Fort Lee personnel, family members and civilians, participated to show support for the LGBTQ community and promote equality throughout the military. The runners displayed their pride with rainbow colored attire and rainbow flags. “Having the flag out there was a very important aspect because all of those colors signify unity and that we are all one team,” Scott-Tingle explained. “I think that Fort

Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal

Runners display their rainbow attire during a Pride Observance Month 5K run at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 21.

Eustis leadership allowing us to show our pride with our colors is an acknowledgement that we are all one team with one purpose and that purpose is to complete our mission.” Scott-Tingle kicked off the run by waving his flag and leading the runners to break through a paper banner with the word “equality” painted on it. “When I grabbed that flag to start to run off, my heart was so full and so warm,” Scott-Tingle said. “It was overwhelming and I was happy that our (Advanced Individual Training) Soldiers

got to see their platoon sergeants out there showing their support, as well as key Fort Eustis leaders. They are our new Army and they need to know that our Army will accept and support them.” The AIT Soldiers were given permission to participate on a volunteer basis. According to Spc. Kristiana Kenny, Bravo Company, 222nd Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Battalion, 128th Aviation Brigade AH-64 armament/ electrical/avionics systems repairer, the Soldiers were excited to get to participate in the first Pride run at JBLE. “We are proud that JBLE

allowed this run to happen,” Kenny said. “I think by showing photos of Soldiers running with the Pride flag will show people in the community that we do welcome everyone and if they are thinking about joining, they don’t have to be worried about acceptance.” Scott-Tingle explained the importance of raising awareness for LGBTQ equality in the military and a key aspect of maintaining a welcoming environment is consistency. He said he hopes to make the Pride 5K run a tradition at JLBE and he hopes to see the number of participants increase with each year. “We are going to have a lot more LGBTQ people join the military and they need to know that they are safe,” Scott-Tingle said. “We will have to work together whether it’s on the battlefield or at our duty stations. The gender of your spouse has no bearing on how much you are willing to protect the Soldier next to you. If you have a rifle in your hand, you’re out there fighting the same fight and protecting the person next to you no matter the race, gender or sexual orientation.”


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AIR, LAND, SEA: ROBD HYPOXIA TRAINING

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Hoopes, 1st Operations Group Aerospace and Operational Physiology flight chief instructs an F-22 Raptor Pilot.

By Senior Airman Tristan Biese

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

Senior Airman Tristan Biese

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Hoopes, 1st Operations Group Aerospace and Operational Physiology flight chief operates the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 13. Once an individual notices one of these symptoms, they are instructed to supply themselves with 100 percent oxygen. U.S. Air Force Cap. “Champ,” 94th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor pilot, trains on the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 13. The ROBD provides pilots the ability to get same day hypoxia training and still be able to fly a mission later in the day.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Hoopes, 1st Operations Group Aerospace and Operational Physiology flight chief operates the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, June 13. Once an individual notices one of these symptoms, they are instructed to supply themselves with 100 percent oxygen.

When flying an aircraft, situational awareness is key for a pilot to have. However, breathing is also important for a pilot. To help pilots learn how their body is feeling and reacting to the lower amounts of oxygen at higher altitudes, the 1st Operations Group Aerospace and Operational Physiology team uses the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device, which is designed to induce hypoxia symptoms. “Any aircrew member in the Air Force that’s going to fly in an Air Force aircraft has to go through altitude training,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Hoopes, 1st OG AOP flight chief. “So [to start], those individuals would go through initial aircrew training. For initial training, they have to go through an altitude chamber to feel the effects of altitude on their bodies.” Once individuals have gone through that initial training then they may use the ROBD to conduct their refresher courses. “With an altitude chamber, we would limit our classes to 16 individuals at a time and with those 16 individuals, we could put all of them in the chamber, we could train them all at the same time,” said Hoopes. “But in order to do that, we needed a crew of seven to nine members just to run the chamber” According to Staff Sgt. Lakishmie Christian, 1st OG AOP technician, the ROBD allows them to train more people throughout the day than the altitude chamber but with fewer AOP technicians. It also gives pilots the ability to get same day training and still be able to fly a mission later in the day. “With the ROBD we are able to quickly and efficiently train [people],” said Christian. “It’s simulating what they do in the aircraft and still allowing them to

safely recognize hypoxia symptoms on their own.” The ROBD also provides a more personalized training environment for individuals participating in hypoxia training. “It helps me as an aerospace physiology technician to get to know my customer base more and we can tailor that training more to them, where we couldn’t necessarily do that in the chamber,” said Hoopes. “Individuals are more willing to be open with us [about their symptoms] as they’re going through it.” While operating the ROBD, the AOP technicians speak with the individual training to keep them active, all while monitoring their vitals as they reduce the amount of oxygen the individual has to breathe. Some symptoms that individuals have to look out for are tingling in the fingers and toes, air hunger, nausea, lightheadedness and mental confusion. Hypoxia can also affect someone’s eyes and their ability to see. “Hypoxia affects the brain and the brain is going to pull oxygen from any place that it can get to continue to function,” said Hoopes. “With the eyes being the closest source of oxygen, it will pull oxygen away from the eyes, causing dimness and some graying out effects.” Once an individual notices one of these symptoms, they are instructed to supply themselves with 100 percent oxygen. Aircrew members are taught multiple different measures to take in case one may fail to ensure they have oxygen at all times. The ROBD efficiently trains pilots and aircrew on recognizing their hypoxia symptoms in order to keep themselves and their fellow wingmen safe. Allowing them to safely continue the mission here at Joint Base Langley Eustis, Virginia, and support our allies down range. Editor’s Note: This the final part of a series highlighting the various advanced technology simulators available for training across Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.


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www.peninsulawarrior.com • Peninsula Warrior - Army • July 5, 2019 Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ron Henry, right, sings during “Americas Got Talent” auditions June 18 in Los Angles, California. The veteran and active-duty service member singing group, Voices of Service, made it through the first round of the competition and will move on and compete at the next round. Courtesy photo

RETIRED SOLDIER SHINES BRIGHT ON AMERICA’S STAGE By Tech. Sgt. Robert Hicks

633D AIR BASE WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS

As a child, growing up in Baxley, Georgia, his dream was to one day share his gift with the world by using music to express himself and perform songs that made people feel good. Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ron Henry, now assigned to Joint Base Langley-Eustis as a memorial affairs coordinator, recently got his chance alongside a veteran and active-duty service member singing group, Voices of Service on “America’s Got Talent,” but his journey didn’t start on that stage, it began as a young child with a dream. “I started off singing in church as a six-year-old,” Henry said. “Singing was always something I wanted to do, it’s a part of me and who I am, it’s the most important

way I express myself.” Singing never stopped being a part of Henry, his passion carried over into his adult years. Henry joined the Army in 1988 as a combat infantryman and continued to show his love for music by singing the National Anthem at events and performing during chaplain services. “It was rewarding for me to share my gift with others very early in my career,” Henry said. “When I joined the Army, I had no idea I could even sing and perform in the military, but when I found out I could, I would use it to motivate my fellow Soldiers and bring comradery within the company and unit.” In 2003, Henry was deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom with the 101st Air Borne Division where he went through life-altering experiences.

He expressed how music was something inside of him that he had to share with others to help them get through the deployment and take their minds off being away from family and friends. “Music was one of the things that got us through what we were dealing with during that deployment,” he said. “The challenges of posttraumatic stress disorder are real, it is a silent killer if you don’t deal with it. I have been blessed enough to learn how to deal with my struggles and music has been a pivotal point in my healing process.” Henry retired from the Army in 2008 and joined the Center for American Opportunity (CAMMO) in 2009, whose mission is to create music-based therapeutic programming and outlets for service members, veterans and family members. “CAMMO has helped me tremendously and it continues to do so to this day,” Henry said. “It has allowed me to be transparent with my fellow service men and women and show them no matter what you are dealing with you can make it and rise above it all

and heal from this.” While at CAMMO, Henry has the opportunity to work with young service members along with veterans to deal with their struggles through one of the things he loves most. “At CAMMO we get the chance to help our comrades’ deal with their pain through music,” Henry said. “In some instances we sing and help them develop their artistry and other instances we take what they went through and write a song for them to record in the studio and let it out.” Henry continued to explain how dealing with one’s PTSD is vital for them as well as the people around them. “We have to continue to be strong and have the courage to heal not only for ourselves, but for our family and friends,” Henry said. “It’s motivating and encouraging….that strength will spread like a wildfire and amplify through the world.” Leading up to the auditions, the Voices of Service had one common goal in mind. “Our main goal throughout the “America’s Got Talent”

experience was to bring awareness to PTSD and traumatic brain injuries and let people know that using music as therapy is an intricate part of helping people get through their everyday struggles,” Henry explained. When it came time for the young child from Georgia to shine bright, he did just that alongside the other group members. “When I stepped on that stage my feelings and emotions were through the roof,” Henry exclaimed. “It was overwhelming to know that through our performance we were able to touch the audience and judges and share our experiences with them. It’s a milestone in not only our individual lives, but as a group.” “If this is my last day singing I am fulfilled in my life,” he said. “It’s not about being famous or getting notoriety, it’s about bringing awareness to [PTSD] and supporting the warrior." Voices of Service will continue to compete on “America’s Got Talent,” after securing a spot through the audition rounds.


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Airmen stand in formation during a Military Training Leader course graduation ceremony at the Levitow Training Support Facility on Keesler Air Force Base, May 30.

Air Force officials announce tour length changes By Sarah Loicano

SECOND AIR FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, MISS.

After listening to feedback from Airmen and career field managers, Air Force officials are reducing targeted special duty and instructor tour lengths to create a more ready and resilient force. The tour length reduction from four to three years for military training instructors, military training leaders, Air Education and Training Command technical training instructors with prefix “T”, “J”, or “X” and stateside professional military education instructors was announced July 1, renewing the focus on increasing operational readiness and improving Airmen resiliency. “The Air Force is committed to returning our experienced and professional workforce to their operational

career fields and reducing the unique stressors associated with these special duty tours,” Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, Second Air Force commander said. “The decision to reduce tour lengths is about increasing our readiness and lethality while growing today’s Airmen for the force we need.” All special duty assigned Airmen serving as MTIs, MTLs, TTIs or stateside PME instructors on or after July 1, 2019, will receive a three-year assignment. Airmen already serving in one of these positions on or after July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, will have 30 days to either accept a threeyear tour or opt to keep their original four-year tour. Airmen assigned to one of the targeted DSDs before July 1, 2018, or in an overseas tour, will finish their original assignment. Due to the length of time required to get Air Force recruiters trained and certified, the tour length reduc-

tion does not currently impact recruiting assignments. Building and maintaining community outreach efforts are critical to Air Force recruiting success, making 48-months the ideal recruiter tour length according to Air Force leadership. Restoring readiness is one of the Air Force’s top priorities. The tour length change addresses readiness by responding to career field managers’ concerns over retention, loss of operational expertise and assignment-related burnout. The unanimous feedback from a January 2019 survey of career field managers’ supports a move to a shorter, more manageable tour length for MTIs, MTLs, technical and PME instructors. “This change is about ensuring we are creating additional opportunities for professional development, establishing a more resilient force and returning trained Airmen, with newly acquired professional and leadership training, back to their specific operational specialty,” said Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass, Second Air Force command chief. “Reducing special

duty tour lengths optimizes Airmen’s experience and performance both during their career-broadening experience and their operational career field reintegration.” Input from across five Air Force training wings was factored into the decision to reduce tour lengths. A 2019 survey of MTLs and MTIs indicated that while DSD Airmen reported positive experiences with their career broadening positions, assignment fatigue began to sharply increase around the three-year mark. Survey participants cited a challenging work-life balance including shift work, professional demands and responsibilities outside typical duty hours and the time away from their operational career fields as the primary stressors. Additionally, a review of across other military branches found that in-service instructors and drill sergeants served three-year tours and Army training special duty assignments are currently restricted to two years, with a highly selective third year option.


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SMA: Academic credentialing program could boost Soldier retention numbers By Joe Lacdan WASHINGTON

The Army could add to its record retention numbers by providing more incentive for Soldiers to stay on duty, the service’s top enlisted leader said Wednesday. The Army has been testing a pilot program for academic credentialing at Fort Hood, Texas, and plans to extend the program to several major installations by the end of 2019, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey. Last week the Army provided 110 bachelor’s degrees to senior noncommissioned officers who attended the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. Dailey said the Army will be providing Soldiers with some college credit or professional creden-

tialing for each level of NCO training. “The expectation is we give something back for that service,” Dailey said at an Association of the Army breakfast in Washington, D.C. “(To) not just be able to say that you served and sacrificed, but (receive) tangible results. That’s what we owe to the American people; is a better product, to be more productive in their hometowns.” Dailey said the Army has still been working out the finer points of the program to ensure higher quality training for service members and decide how agencies will receive payment. The program will also be available to National Guard and Army Reserve members. The Army has been working with each of the military

centers of excellence to provide training on technical skills equitable to academic skills. “We thought we need to build on that more because 60 percent of the Army is combat arms, so what tangible technical skills do they leave (the Army) with?” he said. Dailey cited that 80 percent of American jobs require skilled labor and that Soldiers can become productive members of the work force after leaving the Army. “There is a great opportunity for many of our Soldiers to fulfill the ranks of those skilled labor requirements in our hometowns of America and they have the tangible skills,” Dailey said. "We just need to make it official. “We saw the opportunity to be able to capitalize on the

great skills our Soldiers have now and translate those to civilian-sector skills, which we had not done,” Dailey said. Last year, with the help of Congress and the Army Continuing Education System, the Army created the credentialing assistance fund which gave the service the authority to finance credentialing assistance for Soldiers. The program gives Soldiers the opportunity to earn professional civilian licenses and technical credentials. Dailey said the Army has already exceeded its retention goals for 2019 and could come close to its record numbers of last year. Additionally, Dailey said the Army remains on track to meet its fiscal 2019 recruiting goal of 68,000 active-duty Soldiers, along with 15,600 for the Reserve and 39,000 for the National Guard. The retention and recruiting successes can be credited to the Soldier for Life pro-

gram, which the Army will continue to support. The Army reviewed surveys of junior Soldiers that showed a higher trust in Army leadership. And finally, Soldiers cited greater career advancement opportunities as reasons for re-enlisting. The recently updated promotion board system will also help retain Soldiers, Dailey said. For decades, Soldiers earned promotions based more on time in rank and length of service. The changes focus promotions strictly on merit, potential and individual achievement. “Most importantly, there’s opportunity for upward mobility,” Dailey said, “which we found is the critical key to retaining our good Soldiers.” Finally, the Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army will integrate Soldier pay and personnel management into one system to help better manage Soldiers’careers, Dailey said.


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JBLE Community 4th of July concerts

USAF Heritage of America Band There will be no less than 5 opportunities to see your USAF Heritage of America Band in performance over the July 4th holiday.  On July 3, the Full Spectrum rock band will perform as part of the Port Warwick Summer Concert Series in Newport News at 6:00 pm.  Also on July 3, the Blue Aces rock band will perform as part of the Busch Gardens Independence Day concerts, Williamsburg, at 4:00 pm.  On July 4, Full Spectrum will perform for “Stars in the Sky” at Victory Landing Park in Newport News at 7:00 pm.  On July 5, the Blue Aces will perform at the “Fifth at the Fort” event, to be held on Ft. Monroe at 6:00 pm. Please come join us for one or all five of these family-friendly musical celebrations of our nation’s birthday! For more information, please visit us online at www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil.

OSI Foreign Travel Brief

The Office of Special Investigations will be hosting foreign travel briefs at 8 a.m., every Thursday, at the 633rd Air Base Wing Security Forces training room at 175 Sweeney Blvd, bldg. 775, rm 210. For more information, call 757-764-7972.

Owning your Story

The Langley Club will be hosting an “Owning Your Story” professional development seminar at 2 p.m., July 10, at Quesada Hall, to inspire, instill, and rebuild the next generation of leaders to come and do things better the second time around

Now Hiring! JBLE Exchange

The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Exchange has immediate job openings to include retail positions in the main store express, as well as jobs at food facilities in the food court. The Exchange offers benefits, including paid vacation and sick leave for regular full-time and part-time associates. Those interested in applying for the job opportunities can visit ApplyMyExchange.com or contact the local Human Resources office at 757-887-2742 ext. 2.

CMSgt Grant S. Williams Sr. Enlisted Scholarship Award The Langley Chiefs Group and Tuskegee Airmen Tidewater Chapter is proud to manage the CMSgt Grant S. Williams Sr. Enlisted Scholarship Award to reward regular active duty Air Force (ADAF) enlisted members (E-1 through E-6) or a high school senior dependent of an ADAF enlisted member stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis who is currently enrolled in or planning to pursue higher education programs. The scholarship amount is $1,000.00 and recipients will be required to attend the Tuskegee Airmen – Tidewater Chapter Scholarship Gala on 3 Aug 19. Applications are

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com available by contacting any member of the Langley Chiefs Group and must be received by 1 Jul 19. For more information, please contact CMSgt Cliff Lawton at clifford.lawton@us.af.mil or (757) 225-7245.

Disability Claims Application

AMVETS representative is available at the SFL-TAP Center (bldg 705 Washington Blvd, Room 71) every Monday and Wednesday, 8 am - 4 pm to assist transitioning Soldiers with VA Disability Claims. Contact Mr. Timothy Allen, timothy.allen3@ va.gov or (336) 6181466 to schedule your appointment. No walk-in service is available.

Summer Faith Festival

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center will be hosting a Summer Faith Festival from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., July 19, at the Bethel Manor Chapel. The event will be free for all military families. The event will include a water bounce house, magic show, food and more games so bring out the family to this event.

Summerfest

The Airman and Family Readiness Center will be hosting Summerfest from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., July 19, at the Bethel Chapel. This will be a huge opportunity to serve deployed members families and members who are deploying or just returned from deployment. Please call us at 757-764-3990 to sign up.

MDG Opening

The MDG will be “open” on Friday, 5 July, but will be minimally manned in the Primary Care Clinics. Thus access will be limited. OMC will have one provider on duty in the AM only (last appointment 1100). There will be a limited number of Sick Call appointments in the AM and the AM Sick Call Check in time will still be 0700 -0730 as usual. There will be NO PM Sick Call on 5 July.

JBLE PT Pacer Program

AD members that excel on their PT test (run) can volunteer to be a qualified pacer for runners needing extra motivation during the run portion of their PT test. Volunteer pacers will be available on a list at the Fitness Centers and FAC. Mock PT test with a pacer prior to official PT test is also an option. For more information on the program, please see attached and/or contact SSgt Alyson Silidker at the ACC Fitness Center, 764-5791. Thank you for your time and have a beautiful day!

Sports Physical Announcement

The 633d Medical Group is preparing for School and Sports Physicals as the summer approaches. The Pediatrics and Family Health Clinics are teaming up to provide parents and families more School and Sports Physical appointment times throughout the summer. Designated School and Sports Physical appointments

will be available for eligible students, ages 4 – 18 years of age starting 17 June and ending 27 September. In order to keep these appointments running smoothly for all of our participants, please be sure to accomplish the following prior to arrival to School/ Sports Physical visits: a. Obtain the Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form from the clinic or online at: http:// www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/58/2016/ 12/MCH-213G-032014.pdf b. If there are specific sports physical forms for your school, please obtain them from the school. Otherwise, obtain the generic form online at: http:// sbo.nn.k12.va.us/athletics/documents/VHSLphysical.pdf c. Fill out all appropriate information required on the forms prior to the appointment (typically this is the first page labeled “Health Information Form”). d. Remember to bring any prescribed eyewear. e. Ensure your child is dressed in loose fitting clothes and easy to remove footwear. f. Bring any immunization records that you have for the child. g. To book the appointment please call 757-2257630, option 1.

Running Club

The JBLE Running Club will begin holding running workouts every Tuesday starting at 11:30 a.m. The duration of the workout will vary week-to-week, but will usually be 30-45 minutes. The club will meet at the F-15 next to the Armistead gate (outside bldg. 330), and run the flight line with different workouts each week. Wear appropriate clothing for running and bring water!

Home Buying and Selling Seminar

Come and learn about the home buying or selling process. Home Buying seminars are held the second Tuesday of each month, 6-9 pm and Home Selling seminars are held second Wednesday of each month, 6-9 pm. Seminars are at JBLE-Langley Housing Office (Bldg 65), 11 Burrell Street. Must register no later than two days in advance. Call 764-5048 to register.

Summary Court Officer

1LT Adam Gabriel, 53rd MCB Fort Eustis, is detailed as the Summary Court Marshal Officer to secure make proper disposition of the personal effects pertaining to Sergeant Taje Revelle. Any person having knowledge of money or property due to the deceased or has claims against the deceased estate, please contact 1LT Gabriel at (630) 441-8808.

Summary Court Disposition

1st Lt Elizabeth M. Hill, 633d Medical Support Squadron, Langley AFB, is detailed as the Summary See

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com cations. Patients with the following symptoms cannot be seen in the Cough and Cold Clinic: patients having any symptoms of severe illness/disease such as shortness of breath/wheezing, active asthma attack, chest pain, coughing up blood, etc. Cough and Cold Clinic walk-in times are 8 to 10 AM and 1 to 3 PM MondayFriday.

Durand Entry Control Facility (NASA gate) changes The Old Point Toastmasters Club will meet the first

Toastmasters Club

and third Wednesday of each month at 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. at the Fort Eustis Soldier Support Center, 650 Monroe Ave, Rm 106, to help attendees become better speakers, leaders, or just improve their conversation skills. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, visit https://oldpointcomfort.toastmastersclubs.org or call 878-2204/2977.

Alpha Warrior fitness class

The 633rd Force Support Squadron gym staff will host a free “at your own pace” Alpha Warrior class from 11:30-12:30 p.m., every Tuesday and Thursday, at the ACC gym Alpha Warrior rig. The class will teach attendees to exercise the entire body in full body circuit training by hitting every component of fitness for all levels of athletes and to also teach and encourage fitness. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Earl White at earl.white.3@us.af.mil or Tony Arroyo at victor.arroyo@us.af.mil.

JBLE Retiree Council

The JBLE Retiree council will meet every third Wednesday each month at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., in the Army Community Service conference room, building 650, on Fort Eustis. Retirees and those who are approaching retirement from all military branches are invited to attend the free meetings. 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, (757) 218-7118, or torrence0512@gmail.com.

633 ABW/EO Hours

The Fort Eustis and Langley Equal Opportunity Offices will operate under normal customer service hours from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The offices will close daily from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (757) 764-5877/5878 or (757) 878-4797/0022.

Pharmacist Cough and Cold Clinic

Dependent and Retiree patients between the ages of 18 to 70 who are enrolled to USAF Langley Hospital can be seen at the 633 MDG Pharmacist Cough and Cold Walk-in Clinic. Patients should check in at the Family Health Clinic front desk and ask to be seen at the "Pharmacist Cough and Cold Clinic." Clinical Pharmacists will evaluate and, if needed, prescribe medi-

Security Forces personnel will no longer man the Durand Entry Control Facility (NASA Gate). Personnel will still have their credentials checked by guards at the main NASA gate, however, their credentials will not be checked again at the Durand Entry Control Facility. NASA guards will still man their side of the Durand Entry Control Facility and will only allow CAC holders (no dependent ID cards) to enter NASA property. Additionally, no commercial vehicles are allowed access to NASA property. The Durand Entry Control Facility hours are from 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Manpower shortage impacts 633rd Medical Group services

The 633rd Medical Group strives to provide Trusted Care to all they serve, while supporting many deployed and home-station missions. Due to contract vacancies and multiple provider deployments/permanent changes of station during the coming months, it will take longer to receive appointments and have messages returned. In light of these staffing concerns, TRICARE will temporarily enroll only Active Duty service members and their family members. This action is being taken to ensure patients receive the care they deserve within the established standards. There will be no enrollment changes or action taken to any patients who are already enrolled at the 633rd Medical Group, regardless of category. For questions regarding TRICARE benefits, or for enrollment assistance to locate the best medical facility to meet healthcare needs, contact the TRICARE Information line at 1-800-TRICARE or 1-800-874-2273.

JBLE Family Child Care Program

The Joint Base Langley-Eustis Family Child Care Program is looking for child care providers interested in a professional, portable career that will allow them to stay at home and run a home-based business. The program is available for children ages two weeks to 12 years old. Child care providers must be at least 18 years old, be able to read and speak English, be in good health, and willing to undergo a background check. The FCC will provide training and materials to get your business started. For more information, call Fort Eustis at 878-5584/5726 or Langley Air Force Base 764-3585/2835

Fort Eustis’ Groninger Library encourages

reading

Fort Eustis’ Groninger Library has implemented an ongoing Reading Program entitled "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" and "1000 Books from 1st -5th grades." For every 100 books read, children can take their reading log to the library to receive a prize. After reading 1000 books, children will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, contact the library at 878-5017 or visit www.groningerlibrary.com.

Do you know your Special Victims’ Counsel at JBLE? The Special Victims’ Counsel at Joint Base Langley Eustis provides confidential legal advice and assistance, advocates the voice and choice for sexual assault victims and protects the rights and privacy interests of SAV, among other services. For more information or to reach the SVU, contact them at 225-1629.

Weekly Live Fire Schedule for 17 June-1 July 2019

IAW ASA Regulation 350-1 (http://www.eustis.army.mil/Pubs/Chap3/ TCFE%20Reg%20350-1.pdf) and Range Safety Brief, OIC / RSO Certification Block of instruction: The Range Safety OIC/RSO Certification brief is conducted every Friday at Range Operations (Bldg. 2432 Mulberry Island Road). Start time is 0900. A Commander’s certification Memorandum is required. Ranges, Training Areas, and associated facilities are Off Limits to personnel not engaged in Scheduled firing, training/recons, or inspections unless clearance is obtained in person from Range Operations. For hunting and private owned weapons range requirements contact Outdoor Recreation at 757-8782391. There is tree cutting and construction in progress vicinity TA 20, 21 and 28. Expect large commercial trucks and use caution in these areas. DATE... RANGES... TIMES 17 Jun... BTRAC, R1... 0700-2200 18 Jun... BTRAC, R1... 0700-2200 19 Jun... BTRAC, R1, R2, R3... 0700-2200 20 Jun... BTRAC, R1... 0700-2200 21 Jun... BTRAC, R1 MAINTENANCE R2, R3, R5, R6... 0700-2200 22 Jun... NO LIVE FIRE EVENT SCHEDULED -------------23 Jun... NO LIVE FIRE EVENT SCHEDULED -------------24 Jun... BTRAC, R1, R2... 0700-2200 25 Jun... BTRAC, R1... 0700-2200 26 Jun... BTRAC, R1, R2... 0700-2200 27 Jun... BTRAC, R1, R2 0700-2200 28 Jun... BTRAC, R1 MAINTENANCE R2, R3, R4, R5, R6... 0700-2200 29 Jun... POF R3 See

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JBLE Community Continued from14 WILDLIFE HABITAT WORK... R1... 0900-1300; 06001400 30 Jun... POF R3... 0900-1300 1 Jul... BTRAC, R1... 0700-2200 DATE MOUT/ UOS SITE TIMES Closed to all unit training... TA 20, TA 21 AND 21 MOUT -------------No unit training schedulie... TA 28 UOS

Worship hours for JBLE services Langley services

 Main Chapel:

Sunday Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday Protestant Gospel Service at 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday Catholic Mass at 12 p.m.  Bethel Chapel: Sunday Protestant Community Service at 9 a.m. Sunday Catholic Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday Catholic Reconciliation at 3:30 p.m. Saturday Catholic Mass at 5 p.m. Additional/special services call 757-764-7847 or visit https://www.facebook.com/JBLELangleyChapel. Fort Eustis services  Regimental Memorial Chapel: Sunday Catholic Reconciliation at 8:15 a.m. Sunday Roman Catholic Mass at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Traditional Protestant Christian Service at 11 a.m. Sunday Latter Day Saints Worship at 10 a.m. (RMC Annex) Monday-Friday Roman Catholic Mass at 11:45 a.m.  Chapel NeXt, Wylie Theater, Bldg. 705 (entrance closes to Express Mart): Sunday Contemporary Christian Service at 10 a.m.  Cultural Center, Bldg. 2751: Islamic Daily Prayer, Monday - Thursday at 1:30 p.m. JUM'AH Prayer, Fridays at 12:30 p.m. (Islamic Prayer Room) Additional/Special services, call 757-878-1450/1316 or visit www.facebook.com/RegimentalMemorialChapel or https://www.facebook.com/ChapelNextFortEustis.

633rd Force Support Squadron RAPIDS/ DEERS location information

Langley Air Force Base 45 Nealy Ave, Wing A, Suite 114 Hampton, VA 23665 757-764-2270 Customer Service Office's customer service hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CAC priority from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.) and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted until 3 p.m. The Awards and Decorations Office's customer service hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed between 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Monday

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Submit Eustis Community announcements to pw@militarynews.com through Friday. Requests and documents can be e-mailed to 633 FSS/FSMPS Decorations Support at 633mss.dpmpe.decsupport@us.af.mil. The Official Passport Office is by appointment only. Walk-ins are accepted from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., for Passport pickups and cancellations only. Fort Eustis 650 Monroe Ave, Room 123 Ft Eustis, VA 23604 757-878-0948 Customer Service Office's customer service hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CAC priority from 8 to 9:30 a.m.). Walk-ins are accepted until 3 p.m. All appointments are made online only. Please visit https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment/default.aspx to make an appointment. Please visit http://www.cac.mil/Portals/53/Documents/required_docs.pdf for information on identification and documentation requirements for ID card Issuance/Renewal and DEERS enrollments.

Other RAPIDS/DEERS Locations:

Please visit https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/ for locations and information on other RAPIDS/DEERS sites in the area. For service capability and hours of operation call ahead.

JBLE CAC/ID Customer Service Hours: LANGLEY

 Walk-in Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Appointments: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.  CAC Only Hours: Monday – Tuesday, Thursday –

Friday: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Commercial: 765-2270 Fax: 764-4683 45 Nealy Ave, Bldg. 15 Wing A, Suite 114, Hampton, VA 23665 EUSTIS  Walk-in Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Appointments: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  CAC Only Hours: Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Friday: 8 – 9:30 a.m. Commercial: 878-0948 Fax: 878-0942 650 Monroe Ave, Room 123, Fort Eustis, VA 23604 Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment can do so by accessing the RAPIDS Site Locator at the following links: Langley: https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment/building.aspx?BuildingId=573. Eustis: https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/ appointment/building.aspx?BuildingId=228. Additionally, there are several ID Card Issuance Offices located across the Hampton Roads Region. Use the following link to search for locations nearest you. https://rapidsppointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment/default.aspx.

Sponsors who need dependent ID cards reissued may complete in advance the DD Form 1172-2 and have it available for family members to be seen at an appointment or during walk-in hours.

Military Tuition Assistance briefing

Prior to the first use of Military Tuition Assistance and after not using MilTA for one year or more, service members are required to attend an initial and refresher MilTA briefing to ensure rules, roles and user responsibilities are clearly understood. The briefings are conducted on a walk-in basis in room 123 at the Education Center every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and every Thursday at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Education Center at 764-2962 or 633fss.fsde.eo@us.af.mil.

MPS Customer Service hours of operation

The Langley MPS Customer Service changed the servicing process of customers and the hours of operation due to a large increase of the servicing population.  Hours of operation: Monday – Tuesday & Thursday Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Walk-in Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  CAC Only Hours: Monday – Tuesday & Thursday Friday 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, no CAC only hours Personnel who need dependent ID cards should complete a DD Form 1172-2 and have it available for family members to be seen after 9:30 a.m. (during the walk-in hours or appointment time).  Appointments: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Appointments are for issuing ID cards, DEERs transactions, citizenship applications, SGLI/FSGLI and any other actions done by the MPS Customer Service (except Passport/Visa applications and Awards and Decorations sections). The appointment system allows everyone the opportunity to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit the following link: https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment/building.aspx?BuildingId=573. For more information, call 764-2270.

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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