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“A pilot ejected over Alaska,” said the voice on the phone. “The parachute on the jet was one that you packed.” For a few seconds, panic rushed over him. His signature was on that parachute’s checklist – someone’s life was in his hands. A feeling of dread began to swell in his stomach. His mind began racing with questions: did he perform the right checks? Did he use the correct cord? Did he follow the technical orders correctly? Did he do everything right? As this mental play-by-play continued for what seemed like an eternity, the voice on the other line interjected. “Everything’s fine,” said the voice. “The pilot landed safely.” “Thank you,” said Tech Sgt. Ralph Williams, 1st Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman, letting out a huge sigh of relief. “Thank you so much.” For Williams, the outcome of that pilot’s ejection meant he had just experienced the first “save” of his career, having occurred only a few years after he joined the Air Force. Having been a parachute technician for 12 years, Williams knows

The process of ensuring that AFE technicians do their job correctly relies heavily on inspections, continuity checks and technical orders. Paying extremely close attention to detail and knowing the technical aspects of the job must be a priority. great responsibility rests in his ability to perform his job correctly. For all aircrew flight equipment technicians, whether handling parachutes, survival kits or helmets, any piece of equipment they touch has the potential to save a pilot’s life. For Senior Airman Roland Sperbeck, 1st Operations Support Squadron survival aircrew flight equipment technician, the idea of having a “save” comes with mixed feelings. “We want the ‘save,’ but at the same time we don’t,” he said. “We don’t want that chance that someone might die, but having a ‘save’ means we’re doing something right.” According to Williams, the process of ensuring that AFE technicians do their job correctly relies heavily on inspections, continuity checks and technical orders. Paying extremely close attention to detail and knowing the technical aspects of the job must be a priority, he said. “Getting the pilot down safely

is our number one job,” he said. “It might take you 20 extra minutes to look over something again, but that’s what you do. You start to think of the bigger picture.” Although the safety of the pilots is the primary focus for aircrew flight equipment technicians, they are not the only people to consider while performing inspections, said Tech. Sgt. William Richardson, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 1st Operations Support Squadron T-38 AFE section. “We provide the pilots with gear so if they go down in the event of a mishap, they’re going to get down safely so they can get home to their families,” said Richardson. “Knowing that is the best part of the job.” For Williams, one of the most rewarding aspects of his job is being able to train others through sharing knowledge and experiences. SEE AFE PAGE 4

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. LloydWilliamson, floor chief with the 94th Aircrew Flight Equipment section, cleans and inspects a pilot’s helmet at Langley Air Force Base, Dec. 3. The pilot’s helmet, along with a parachute and survival kit, are considered lifesaving flight equipment.

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ralph Williams, aircrew ight equipment craftsman with the 1st Operations Support Squadron, performs a continuity check on an Aces II parachute at Langley Air Force Base, Dec. 3, 2012.Williams has been an aircrew ight equipment technician for more than 12 years.

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“I love teaching people that they have equipment in their hands that can potentially save someone’s life,â€? said Williams. “It’s a good feeling to know I can really put my word to what I’m training – when I tell them I’ve been using this technical order, following every step and that I have had two ‘saves.’â€? Regardless of any ‘saves’ or awards that may come with the job, Williams said there is an overall pride that comes from being an aircrew ight equipment technician. The unique nature of packing parachutes is what he loves the most. “When I tell people outside of the military that I pack parachutes for a ďŹ ghter jet ejection seat, their eyes light up and they say ‘wow, that’s really important – you are really saving someone’s life,’â€? he said. “It doesn’t get old to me – I love packing parachutes. You really can’t do it anywhere else.â€? Aircrew ight equipment technicians play a critical role in the scope of today’s mission. Whether handling parachutes or survival kits, it is clear that the lives of our pilots aren’t left in the hands of just anyone, but in those of elite Airmen who not only take extreme pride in their jobs, but understand how attention to detail is key to the success of the Air Force. Just one extra stitch on a piece of ight equipment can mean the difference between whether or not a pilot lands safely – a ‘save’ that all Airmen can take pride in.


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The Disability Evaluation System now makes it easier for injured or ill Soldiers to file claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs and determine their fitness to continue military service. Formerly known as the Medical Evaluation Board process, the DES combines Department of Defense and VA disability claim processes under one system. In the past, injured Soldiers were required to complete the MEB process before filing their claim with the VA. Under the new process, Soldiers file claims with the VA while they are being evaluated by the U.S. Army to determine their fitness to continue serving.

Furthermore, through the addition of the Soldier’s Medical Evaluation Board Counsel, Soldiers now have access to an attorney to assist them in understanding the medical board process. In the past, personnel only had access to legal counsel if and when they elected a formal appearance before the Physical Evaluation Board, which determines fitness. “Many Soldiers went through the MEB process not completely understanding their basic rights,” said Patrice Jones, a paralegal specialist with Fort Eustis’ MEBC. “The MEB process is one that Soldiers don’t always get a clear understanding of until they’ve gone through it. By then, it really is too late.” At Fort Eustis, attorney Nicholas Maurer assists Soldiers in deciphering the

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She grew up an Army brat. With both parents in the U.S. Army, she moved from place to place every two to three years, all while adopting strong personal standards. When people asked where she was from, her response was always Maryland, but only because her family spent more time there than anywhere else. Despite moving so often, she managed to excel in school, keeping a 3.8 grade point average and acting as the student council president at her high school. She applied and was accepted to several colleges. She picked her school of choice, reserved a dorm room and went to freshman orientation. Then she decided to enlist in the U.S. Air Force. After spending so much time working hard in school and planning for college, friends and family members were shocked at her decision. Senior Airman Alexis Shaw, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron health service management technician, faced a lot of opposition from those around her when she shared the news. “My parents were the only ones that were really supportive,” Shaw said. “Other family and friends couldn’t understand why I had so much going for me in school, yet I decided to join the Air Force.” Shaw defended her choice to family and friends, telling them that it was not an obligation, it was not beneath her and no one forced her to join. To Shaw, it was a privilege. “My parents instilled a lot of values into me when I was young,” Shaw said. “To me, the Air Force core values are things we should live by everyday as people, not just as Airmen.” Shaw continuously demonstrates a personal commitment to those core values, serving as the president of Airmen Committed to Excellence, and is the Williams Hall dorm

council president. Shaw also volunteers several hours at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Peninsula Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t want to wait four years to finish my degree before I could start my career and start helping people,” Shaw said. “I knew if I joined the Air Force, that I could start helping people right away and go to school while I was doing it.” Shaw still had to deal with critics after she joined the Air Force. When she arrived at the 633rd MSGS, she was told that getting promoted Below-The-Zone was out of her reach. That didn’t stop her. BTZ is a competitive early promotion program offered to enlisted Air Force personnel from the grade of Airman 1st Class to Senior Airman. This early promotion opportunity is restricted to elite Airmen who stand out from their peers and perform duties at a level above their current rank. “I was told that Airmen in my career field almost never get BTZ because my job might not seem as important to the outside world,” Shaw said. “Once I was told I couldn’t make it, I wanted to do everything in my power to prove them wrong.” Even after meeting her BTZ goal, Shaw continued to impress those around her. Chief Master Sgt. Steve Betancourt, 633rd Medical Group superintendent, has heard Shaw’s name at several Chief’s Group and Langley Top Three meetings. “Senior Airman Shaw epitomizes what the core values are all about,” Betancourt said. “It’s obvious that she not only meets standards, but exceeds them in every way.” So what advice would a high-speed Airman like Shaw give to new Airmen? “Always continue to work hard,” she said. “Don’t ever let someone else deter you from your goals. There’s always going to be someone who’s going to tell you that you can’t do it, so ignore them and stay focused.”

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Senior Airman Alexis Shaw, 633rd Surgical Operations Squadron health service management technician, sets out to surpass expectations on Langley Air Force Base, Dec. 7. Shaw is a Below-The-Zone recipient, serves as the president of Airmen Committed to Excellence, is the Williams Hall dorm council president and often volunteers at local charities.

“Senior Airman Shaw epitomizes what the core values are all about. It’s obvious that she not only meets standards, but exceeds them in every way.” — Chief Master Sgt. Steve Betancourt 633rd Medical Group superintendent

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damage, with every step I thought, “If there is one IED, there are most certainly two.” I walked in the footsteps of the security forces Soldier in front of me; somehow I felt that would make me safe. On Oct. 16, 2009, I lost two friends when their Humvee rolled over an IED. Two members of the team were killed in action, and two others were wounded. One of the team members killed was an Army specialist with two young children. He was my security detail on missions. The other was an Army sergeant, who was driving the Humvee at the time of the incident. As soon as I heard the news, I collapsed. I photographed the dignified transfer of their remains. I actually knew these guys; had gone on missions with them. I was supposed to have gone on that mission, and felt guilty in some measure that I wasn’t there. Some people would call that lucky I guess – not me. I should have been there. I often think about the loss of my two friends and hope their families know how much they loved them, and pray they’ll find peace. Documenting their dignified transfers and capturing their memorial services are still the saddest and most tragic events of my deployment.

The daily grind When I made it to my home station at Lajes Field, Azores, everything seemed so trivial, mundane and unimportant, compared to what I did downrange. I felt I did not belong here anymore, I belonged back in Afghanistan. I couldn’t help but feel useless and struggled to find purpose in my job. So much had changed. Life had moved on without me. I didn’t fit in at home or work and I didn’t recognize the music on the radio, shows on TV or movies in the theater. I struggled to find my place in the world to which I had returned. I knew I needed help and made an appointment with my primary care manager. I was prescribed an anti-depressant with the assurance that would help with my feelings of rage, sadness, and hopelessness. But I had no idea what I was supposed to do after that. About a month before my permanent change of station, I felt that going to the mental health clinic would be use-

less since I would have to leave and start over again when I got to my new duty station anyway. I know things happen for a reason and my PCS back to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C., only reinforced this. Before being stationed at Lajes Field, I was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base. Once I received my orders and read “Bolling,” I became very upset. Why would they send me back to where I just was, why PCS me at all then? Being stationed at Bolling was the best place to be, come to find out. I PCS’d to my new duty station and put on a happy face, looking forward to a new beginning. Pretending I was not bothered, yet inside being overwhelmed and still filled with rage and sadness. The facade didn’t last long. I began to have angry outbursts at work. My Airmen would see me crying in my office and when they would ask why, I would just explain how I felt so sad and angry all the time, and apologize. Recognizing that this was not normal, I sought therapy at the base mental health clinic, and shortly thereafter, I was given the preliminary diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. My therapist offered me a choice between intense counseling on base or the trauma recovery program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. With Christmas a few weeks away and my son coming to visit me, I didn’t want to chance not seeing him and opted for intense counseling. My therapy was emotionally charged, and there were uncomfortable conversations about my deployment and the feelings that came along with it. Shortly before my son’s visit, I confided to my therapist that I understood the mentality of why people kill themselves over this condition. I spent the rest of the visit reassuring him that I was not suicidal. My therapist met with me every week for four weeks until my son arrived. My son is my world, and like any non-custodial parent, I looked forward to this visit with all my heart. While I enjoyed our time together, inside there was guilt and sadness that I could not see him every day and the visit made me more regretful for not being totally engaged with him.

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Langley Air Force Base units from the 633rd Air Base Wing, W along with the 1st and 192nd Fighter Wings conducted an exercise, Dec. 11 through 14. to improve th he base’s preparedness to deploy and operate from a forward base while providing combat air power in a contested, c degraded operational environment. The first operational phase of this combined unit exerccise tested Airmen’s ability to successfully process and deploy large groups of people to various simulated d locations around the world.

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Airman 1st Class Aldrin Magbag, 192nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares to taxi an F-22A during the Phase II combined unit exercise at Langley Air Force Base, Dec. 13.The CUE was held to help Langley Airmen prepare for future deployments.

'(3/2<0(17 By Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin The exercise kicked off with a simulated-mass deployment of Airmen and cargo to an expeditionary environment. Nearly 400 personnel received deployment orders Dec. 11, starting a chain reaction of activity. Within 24 hours, those personnel and 300 tons of cargo deployed to an expeditionary environment, simulating a mass deployment. “The main intent of the first phase of the exercise showed we could get our Airmen and cargo to a deployed environment in a moment’s notice,” said Capt. Kady Pauley, 633rd Force Support Squadron military personnel section chief. Airmen in Phase I participated in a processing simulation that mimicked what they would encounter in an actual rapid-deployment situation. During the line-processing, those deploying attended briefings, were checked for deployment eligibility and were issued required equipment. Airmen checked, organized and prepared all cargo to be transported to the expeditionary location. Pauley reminded Airmen of the importance of ensuring all training certificates are in order at all times. “All Airmen need to be ready to deploy at any time,” said Pauley. “If you aren’t prepared, the only

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U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Russo 10th Intelligence Squadron quality assurance evaluator, poses as a simulated-armed robber arrested by the 633rd Security Forces Squadron during phase II of the combined unit exercise at Raptor Town on Langley Air Force Base, Dec 13. The exercise was used to test ability ofAirman to handle possible situations during deployed operations.

person you hurt is your Wingman.” With the Airmen on their way to the simulated-expeditionary environment at Raptor Town, Langley, the next phase of the CUE began. Officials tasked Airmen with establishing a working base in a foreign environment, which could include treating and possibly saving the lives of critically-injured Service members.

After deploying and employing Airmen at Raptor Town, the core of the mission changed to executing and sustaining the Air Force mission in a deployed location. At the 633rd Communications Squadron Unit Control Center, 2nd Lt. Keisha Salandy, 633rd CS UCC flight chief during the exercise, primed her squadron for success – despite the complications of the simulated deployed environment. “Our goal was to maintain continuity of our systems,” said Salandy. “We needed to keep phone, radio and internet communication running non-stop so other units could accomplish their goals.” Salandy said the 633rd CS accomplished that mission without fail. After setting up the communications at Raptor Town, multiple calls came in to fix faulty equipment or other issues with the network. Most communication problems arose from the specific phone lines assigned to the huts initially and similar problems with connection ports and cables. However, the newly implemented Secret Internet Protocol Router network quickly became a priority for the team. The command and control aspect of the mission relies heavily on SIPR network access to allow a free-flow of classified, detailed information to pass from in-the-field personnel to their respective command sections After hectic night fixing connections and maintaining the new SIPR network, Salandy said no complaints were sent to the communication focal point. To Salandy, zero complaints stems from a professional workforce. Another challenge issued to the communication team came in the form of faulty equipment. Without being able to acquire new equipment, the team either had to create new equipment, such as

“All Airmen need to be ready to deploy at any time. If you aren’t prepared, the only person you hurt is your Wingman.” — Capt. Kady Pauley 633rd Force Support Squadron military personnel section chief

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Firre fighters from the 633rd Civil Engineering Squadron listen to a radio o during a phase I combined unit exercise at Langley Air Force Base, De ec. 12. The CUE tested all functional areas and capabilities of Team Langley's Airmen.

cab bles, or share important information points. A After the 633rd Security Forces Squadron lost the ability to accesss the SIPR network, it was the communication team’s mission to get security forces back online. Without access to another router, thee team could not replace the 633rd SFS’s faulty router. In typical deeployment fashion, the 633rd CS delegated an information point wiithin their structure to the 633rd SFS, which prevented security forrces from losing access to a critical network. T Time and again, Salandy learned adaptability was the key to successsfully completing the exercise. For her personally, having a team wiith a good attitude was the real backbone of the exercise. “ felt like the camaraderie between the troops was great,” said “I Sa alandy. “It was amazing to see how they worked with, and overcam me, the obstacles in their paths.”

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As I entered the tent, my eyes darted frantically, trying to comprehend what was going on. A mortar attack had just struck the base. Medical personnel rushed people in on stretchers – wounds and burns covered their arms and faces. The personnel hurriedly moved throughout the tent, bumping into me as they tried to tend to the wounded as quickly as possible. The piercing screams of those in pain overpowered the voices of medics and doctors. I felt a sudden sense of panic, in awe of the scene unfolding before my eyes. I had to remind myself that this was just part of the CUE. Exercises such as the CUE are designed to train and prepare Airmen to deploy and operate in hostile environments. For medical personnel, the deployed mission is critical. In the midst of the chaos in the medical tent, Staff Sgt. John Wendell, 633rd Medical Supply Squadron logistics technician, explained the importance of the medical mission. “We triage patients, specify the severity of their injuries in order to treat them and prepare them for air evacuation if necessary,” said Wendell, as he spoke loudly over the multitude of voices. “If they have minor injuries, we want to get them back to fighting condition, or get them stabilized until they can get to a more advanced facility for further treatment if the injuries are severe.” As a logistics technician, Wendell said the medical supply mission plays an important role not just at a home station, but especially in an expeditionary environment. “We procure vital supplies and equipment necessary for the doctors and technicians throughout the rest of the hospital to properly perform their jobs,” said Wendell. “These exercises provide a great opportunity for Air Force members to exhibit the reason we all joined the military.” While in this simulated-deployed environment, medical personnel took on many different roles. Tech Sgt. Damian Sharpe, 633rd Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of element two of primary care, played the role of chief of medical security during the CUE. “It’s important to make sure the medical personnel are safe,” said Sharpe. “Downrange, it can mean life or death if you don’t properly account for patients as they come in.” That concept became a startling reality for Sharpe during one of his deployments to Afghanistan. His job there was to cut clothes off of patients in order put leads on them. When an Afghan patient came in, Sharpe discovered something in his garments that shook him to the core. “There was a grenade in his pocket. If he had been conscious enough to pull it, it would’ve taken out an intensive care unit, nurses and technicians,” said Sharpe. “I will never forget that. It was really eye-opening and showed the importance of security.”

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Zorko, 633rd Security Forces Squadron response force leader, clears his M-4 Carbine before going through the simulated-chemical decontamination process line at Langley Air Force Base, Dec. 12.The exercise is part of the Phase I combined unit exercise to help Airmen practice proper removal of taking off contaminated gear.

Having been deployed four times, Sharpe said exercises like the CUE prepare personnel for what to expect downrange. “This is as close to the real world as you can get here,” he said. “It gives you a really good idea of what to expect. As I looked around the tent, the panic I felt earlier had subsided. The injured were no longer crying out for help, and the activity had slowed to normal operations. Even though this was an exercise, it was clear that in the aftermath of the attack, medical personnel had successfully accomplished their mission – saving the lives of fellow Airmen. From this response by medical personnel, as well as other aspects of CUE employment, came the framework necessary to survive in this hostile location. As the CUE came to a close, Airmen from the 633rd CS and every other squadron were able to remove their mission-oriented protective posture gear, knowing they were vastly more prepared to handle deployment to hostile locations and employment of expeditionary missions.


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Spouses Education Assistance Program The Spouses Education Assistance Program awards funding to spouses pursuing their ďŹ rst undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university. Recipients may be enrolled full-time, taking 12 credit hours per semester or term, or part-time, taking six credit hours per semester. According to Marlon James, chief of Fort Eustis' Casualty Assistance Center, recipients are eligible to receive this scholarship for up to four years of full-time enrollment or eight years of part-time enrollment. Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED classes, CLEP and TOEFL tests and DANTES programs. To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following requirements: â&#x2013;  Be the spouse of either a Soldier on federal active-duty, a retired Soldier or the widow(er) of a Soldier who died on active-duty or in a retired status. â&#x2013;  Be registered as the Spouse in DEERS. â&#x2013;  Be pursuing their ďŹ rst undergraduate degree at a school accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. â&#x2013;  Maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

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Langley Air Force Base is taking a step into the future, utilizing an energy source that doesn’t burn fossil fuels such as coal, gas or oil. A source available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A source saving the community an average of $344,000 a year. There are approximately 50 construction projects planned for Langley Air Force Base. Possibly the most ground breaking project to improve the base involves the 633rd Civil Engineering Squadron working with contractors to bring geothermal energy, energy that is generated and stored within the Earth, to the Air Combat Command campus. “This project will eliminate the use of electricity or natural gas to create heat,” said Dan Porter, 633rd CES chief of construction management. “Instead of using cooling towers or

boilers, we will use ground source wells to heat and cool buildings.” These wells consist of a system of pipes buried approximately 400 feet below the earth’s surface. The planet absorbs 47 percent of the sun’s energy, in the form of clean, renewable energy. The buried pipes take this heat and use it to bring warmth to buildings in the winter, and cool buildings during the summer. By using these geo-exchange systems, Joint-Base Langley Eustis is expected to save approximately one percent of the base’s energy and 11 percent of its annual water consumption. Compared to the current operation cost of boilers, cooling towers and pump stations, the estimated cost to maintain a ground source heat pump system is expected to be approximately $189,243 lower each year. While ACC personnel will experience uninterrupted heating and

cooling efficiency at their work centers, they can expect diminished parking availability during the construction. According to Porter, the wells are being buried beneath two of the largest parking lots on the campus, as well as next to the Langley Marina – making these parking spaces unusable while the wells are being drilled. However, the parking situation is a small discomfort compared to the benefits of greenhouse gas reduction. The project is estimated to eliminate 662 metric tons, equivalent to the emissions from electricity used in 99 homes each year. Personnel can expect construction on these geo-exchange systems, including repaving parking lots, to be completed by May 2013. “It is a long, drawn-out process,” said Porter. “But the resources we will be saving will make it worth it in the end.”

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force's premier demonstration team, has released their 2013 show season schedule and will headline the 2013 Air Power Over Hampton Roads airshow and open house scheduled for May 3 through 5, 2013 at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The Thunderbirds perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about. The air show is slated to host a mix of military and civilian performances and static displays. Like previous open houses, the 2013 air show will be kickedoff the Friday prior to the event. The Air Power Over Hampton Roads schedule, including times and acts, will be released as the event draws closer. For more information, visit http://www.langleyafbairshow.com.

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EustisCommunity Hines Circle lane closure The inside traffic lane of Hines Circle will be closed to all vehicle traffic from Dec. 24 through Jan. 25. A Civil Engineer Division contractor will replace a manhole located within the inside traffic lane. This will significantly affect traffic flow around Hines Circle. Please use alternate routes during this time. For more information, contact Jason Lukken at 878-3190, ext. 273.

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■ Mitten Tree – Bring your gently used mittens and gloves to the Community Center and place them on the “Mitten Tree.” All donations will be sent to Children’s Hospital ofThe Kings Daughters (after New Year’s Day). ■ Coat Drive – BBC will collect gently used coats throughout December. Collection boxes are located in the Community Center. All donations will be given to CHKD. The activities listed above are for BBC residents only. The Community Center is located at Bldg. 126, Madison Ave. For more information, call 328-0691.

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All services at McDonald Army Health Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of Christmas Day. Pediatrics, Radiology and the main pharmacy will be open with limited services on Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve). The health center will also be closed Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day). Call the Hampton Roads Appointment Center at 1-866-645-4584 to schedule appointments and/or facilitate authorization to visit an Urgent Care Center during this time. In the event of an emergency (life, limb or sight), patients should dial 911 or report to the closest emergency room.

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Give the gift of golf this Christmas for only $99 per person (includes five group lessons with a PGA professional). Golf clubs, balls and other equipment will be provided. The Pines Golf Course is located at Bldg. 3518, Mulberry Island Road. To register for the Get Golf Ready classes, call 878-2252.

Tax Assistance Center The Fort Eustis Tax Assistance Center will operate from Jan. 16 to April 30 and provide tax filing preparation, electronic filing capability and general tax advice to

eligible clients in the community. The tax center is located at Bldg. 2733, Madison Ave. For more information, contact Capt. Rebecca Hampton at 878-3031, ext. 233.

Commissary holiday hours The Fort Eustis Commissary is open Monday, Christmas Eve, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Tuesday, Christmas Day. The store is open Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. For more information, call 878-5608.

Range schedule Ranges, training areas and associated facilities are off limits to personnel not engaged in scheduled firing, operations or inspections unless clearance is obtained (in person) from the Range Control Fire Desk or a designated Range Control Technician. The Range Control office telephone number is 878-4412, ext. 226 or 878-3834, ext 234. The range operations schedule through Jan. 2 is: ■ Today – Range 2 (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.); ■ Saturday through Jan. 2 – No ranges scheduled. All personnel are required to check in and out with Range Control before going into or departing from any range or training area.

Right Arm Night Right Arm Night is a chance for military and civilian supervisors to bring their “right arm” out to relax and build camaraderie off duty. Join the event on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fort Eustis Club, Bldg. 2123, Pershing Ave. Activities will include karaoke, music, free appetizers and fun for all. Call 878-5700 for more information or to reserve a table for your organization.

Kiwanis Club of Fort Eustis The Kiwanis Club of Fort Eustis meets at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Fort Eustis Club. All interested parties are invited and welcome to attend the meetings. Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. For more information about Kiwanis Club of Fort Eustis, call Lance Musser at 713-1399 or email lance@lennysgolf.com.


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LAFBCommunity Airman’s Attic closure The Airman’s Attic will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 27, Jan. 1 and Jan. 3. It will re-open on Jan. 8.

Hampton Roads scholarship The Tidewater Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. is seeking applicants for a one-time, $1,500 scholarship from the NationalTuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation. Additionally, the local Tidewater Chapter distributes two to three one-time, $1,000 education assistance awards from its coffers. Only high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale are eligible. A single application at the Tidewater Chapter’s website is necessary to be considered for both the national and local scholarship, or education assistance awards. Visit www.tai-tidewaterchapter.com/ and follow all instructions. Expressed documents must be enclosed with the application, postmarked by Jan. 12, 2013, and mailed to: Tidewater Chapter-TAI, Attn: Education Assistance Committee, P.O. Box 65605, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA, 23665. For more information, contact Burnie Peters at Bison1951@aol.com.

Family health clinic relocation The McDonald Army Health Center’s family health clinic currently operates inside the trailers located next to the veterinary clinic off Jefferson Ave.

New Welcome Center hours The Pass and Registration Office and the Visitor Control Center have become one office and increased customer service hours. The new operating hours of the Welcome Center are now in effect. From Monday to Friday, the center will be open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. On holidays and weekends, the center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the pass and registration office at (757) 764-1686.

Tax Center volunteers needed The Langey Air Force Base Tax Center is looking for any retired Service members interested in volunteering with the program. Training will take place in late fall or early winter. Interested applicants should call the Legal Office at (757) 764-3277 and ask for the Tax Center Volunteer Coordinator.

Tax Assistance Center opening The Fort Eustis Tax Assistance Center will operate from Jan. 16 to April 30 and provide tax filing preparation, electronic filing capability and general tax advice to eligible clients in the community.The center will be located at Building 2733 on Madison Avenue.

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Military scholarships The Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education is seeking applicants for $1,000 scholarships. Active duty, drilling reservist, National Guard members, veterans, permanently disabled military members and family members are eligible. Family members of Service members missing or killed in action are also eligible. Applicants must reside or work in Virginia. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 4, 2013. Applications are available at www.vaacme.org/scholarships. For more information, call (757) 748-0712 or email williegposadas@cox.net.

Project Y.E.S! Project Y.E.S! is a Department of Defense funded national internship program engaging college students in service to meet the needs of military families. Specifically, Project Y.E.S! expands the resources of the Yellow Ribbon Program and other youth & teen oriented programs. Staff interns are provided an opportunity to give back to their communities and country through a year of service. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2013, and students will be notified of the status of their application by April 2013. More information and application materials can be found at http://militaryfamilies.extension.org/yes-intern-program/application-requirements/.

Physical Therapy move The Langley Air Force Base Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Mental Health clinics have moved. The new combined location is across the street from the Bateman Library, to the left of the Commissary. The parking lot is the old Boat and RV lot, and can be accessed from Ash Avenue or Holly Street. The building is titled “USAF Hospital Langley Annex” and numbered: 289. For more info, contact PhysicalTherapy at (757) 764-6963 or Mental Health at (757) 764-6840.

Orthodox Christian services Orthodox Christian religious services will be offered at the Langley Chapel for Service members and their families. All are welcome.The following schedule extends until Dec. 24. ■ Tuesday – 1 p.m. (Akathist, the day of commemoration for Saints/Prophets) ■ Thursday – 1 p.m. (Akathist, remembrance of Holy Apostles, Holy Fathers, and Martyrs) ■ Friday – 11 a.m. (Akathist, symbolism of the Passion and the Crucifixion of our Lord and

Savior Jesus Christ) For more information, call the Langley Chapel at 764-7847 and ask for Ioan Dumitrascu.

Air National Guard opportunities There are opportunities for you in the Air National Guard.The Palace Chase and Palace Front programs allow Airmen to participate in the Air Force part-time while pursuing full-time goals. Airmen still receive medical, dental and life insurance and extra educational benefits. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tamika Covington at (757) 764-9995 or email her at tamika.covington2@langley.af.mil.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Military Ministries are hosting Bible Study each Wednesday morning from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. at the Langley Chapel Annex auditorium. There will be great fellowship, insightful Bible topics, relevant biblical discussion and strengthened Bible knowledge. For more information, contact Joe Shirey at (757) 764-5527, william.shirey.ctr@langley.af.mil or Chuck Macri at (757) 928-7220 and chuck. macri@militaryministry.org.

Langley Theater Schedule Friday, 7 p.m. NO SHOW Saturday, 2 p.m. Winnie the Pooh (G) During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Owl convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named “Backsoon” and they set out to save him.

Adopt-A-School program The Adopt-A-School program is designed to establish partnerships directly between squadrons and specific elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to providing local community support and improving the lives of our children, it provides a critical avenue for our Airmen to connect with the larger community outside the Langley gates. For more information, contact the Langley School Liaison, Dave Wiker at (757) 225-1885 or david.wiker@langley.af.mil.

African American Heritage meeting Come join the Langley African-American Heritage Council to help support holiday functions, host educational programs, provide financial assistance and more. Meetings are held at the Langley Club “Enlisted Lounge” every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. For more info, contact Master Sgt. Malukinah Mathis at malukinah.mathis@langley.af.mil.

Junior Achievement volunteers Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads is looking for more volunteers. JA volunteers teach students about money and financial literacy using the JA Program Kit. Volunteers dedicate roughly 45 minutes a session to teaching children these concepts. For more information, call Nikita Rodrigues at (757) 455-9501 or Rachel Belote at (757) 4559504, or visit www.jahamptonroads.com.

Saturday, 7 p.m. Alex Cross (PG-13) “Alex Cross” follows the young homicide detective/ psychologist, from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer. The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taunt and exciting action thriller. Sunday, 2 p.m. NO SHOW Movie synopsis and show time information is available online at www.shopmyexchange.com/ReelTimeTheaters/Movies-Langley.htm. The Langley Air Force Base Theatre will officially close Dec. 23.


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State Parksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; First Day Hikes Virginia State Parks, managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, will offer special hiking opportunities at all 35 state parks on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, as part of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State Parksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; First Day Hikes initiative. Activities will include guided hikes led by rangers and volunteers as well as self-guided hikes that allow participants to set their own pace and explore new trails. Some parks will hold scavenger hunts and provide refreshments. Hikers are encouraged to bring cameras and share their photos using social media sites. A weekend cabin stay will be awarded for every 200 photographs entered. Winning photos will be determined by the most votes on Facebook. For more information on the contest, visit http://bit.ly/V1gmVp. For more information about Virginia State Park activities and amenities or to make a reservation, call (800) 933-PARK, or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

MacArthur Center holiday events MacArthur Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winter Extravaganza will feature the following holiday events: â&#x2013;  MacArthur on Ice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Come out to our 7,200 square-foot outdoor ice rink and enjoy public skating sessions, ice hockey clinics and ďŹ gure skating exhibitions through Jan. 21. Admission is $6 or $4 (with military ID). Skate rental is $5. Season passes and birthday party packages are also available. â&#x2013;  Winter Carnival â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Winter Carnival will take place outside (next to MacArthur on Ice) through Jan. 21.This event will feature nine family-friendly rides including a 55-foot tall, LED-lit Ferris wheel and a 20-foot-tall fun slide. Admission is $1 (single ticket); $10 (11 tickets); $20 (25 tickets); and $35 (50 tickets). â&#x2013;  Photos with Santa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Bring the family to enjoy high-quality digital photos with Santa through Monday. Photo keepsakes, frames and accessories will also be available for purchase. Receive a promotional certiďŹ cate for a free 8â&#x20AC;?x11â&#x20AC;? photo book when you purchase any photo package. Package prices range from $21-$55. MacArthur Center is located at 300 Monticello Ave., Norfolk. For up-to-date

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Sandy Bottom Nature Park The City of Hampton Parks and Recreation offers the following educational programs at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, 1255 Big Bethel Rd., Hampton. â&#x2013;  WinterWaterfowl ID â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec. 29, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; $2 each, ages 8 and older. Join a ranger for a leisurely hike through the park to see a variety of winter waterfowl. â&#x2013;  Sunday Nature Hike â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 13, 1 to 2 p.m.; $2 each, all ages. We will meet at the Nature Center to learn about the history of the park and look at some of our animals. We will then hike to the wildlife education area to view and learn about non-releasable wildlife. â&#x2013;  Spiders for Kids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan. 20, noon to 1 p.m.; $2 each, ages 8 and older. Are you fascinated by spiders? Do they frighten you? Join us and learn many interesting facts about spiders and why they are to be welcomed, not feared. Meet at the Nature Center. SEE OUTSIDE PAGE 21

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Various units across the installation participate in the Holiday Run at Fort Eustis, Dec. 14. The event, which benefitted theToys forTots program, consisted of a 2.2 mile run around the installation, and more than 3,500 Soldiers participated.

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ages 8 and older. Our ranger will teach you what to do if you are lost in the woods (how to start a fire, purify water, find food and build a shelter). Meet at the Nature Center. ■ Turtle Painting – Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to noon; $2 each, ages 5 and older. We will teach you about our native turtles and help the turtles to finger paint. Each participant will receive a picture painted by a turtle. ■ Snakes Alive! – Jan. 12, noon to 1 p.m.; $2 each, ages 8 and older. Come out and learn about the venomous and non-venomous snakes that live at the park. Attendees will be able to view and touch several snakes. Meet at the Nature Center. ■ Sunday Hayrides – Dec. 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m.; $2 each, all ages. Three separate hayrides around our wetlands will be available for $2 each (rides will last 20 minutes). The schedule will be: 1 to 1:20 p.m.; 1:30 to 1:50 p.m.; and 2 to 2:20 p.m. Meet at the Nature Center. Other activities at the park include boat rentals, camping, fishing, walking trails and a Wildlife and Nature Center. For registration deadlines and more information, call 825-4657 or visit www.hampton.gov/sandybottom.

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