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Base bulletin - Week of Nov. 19

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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

This week

USO Colorado Springs to hosts drive-thru event

The United Service Organizations - Colorado Springs is scheduled to host a “Thankful for You” drive-thru event Thursday, 11 a.m.-noon at the Tierra Vista Community Center here. Families who participate will receive a ‘Thankful for You’ bag with a grocery gift card and items for Thanksgiving meals. Bags are limited, so Airmen are encouraged to RSVP at https://uso-colorado-springs—events.ticketleap.com/uso-thankful-for-you-drive-thru-schriever-afb/.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Day virtual event

There is a scheduled virtual event for International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to suicide to come together and find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experiences.

To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/SurvivorDay2020, or https://isosld.afsp.org/colorado-springs-colorado/.

Fight the flu, get the shot

Airmen and their families can get the flu shot at the following local locations:

Walgreens: 4305 E Platte Ave.

Safeway: 1425 S. Murray Blvd.

King Soopers: 7915 Constitution Ave.

The Little Clinic: 3620 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

Walmart: 1575 Space Center Dr.

Costco: 5885 Barnes Rd.

Free pie for dorm Airmen

Dorm Airmen can receive a free slice of pie at the first ‘Pies-giving’ event Nov. 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Building 1164. An assortment of pie flavors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is hosted by the Peterson AFB chapel, Be the Change Group and Junior Enlisted Association.

Legal office changes procedures

Due to COVID-19, the Peterson-Schriever Garrison Judge Advocates office will only be drafting wills for deploying military personnel and for emergency situations. General legal assistance will be provided by appointment only and will be conducted by phone or email. Notary and power of attorney services will be provided in person by appointment only. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, call 556-4871 or 556-4872 for the Peterson Office and 567-5050 for the Schriever Office.

VLTP donation request

Gary Sollinger has been approved for the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program.  If you’d like to donate leave to this employee, please do the following: 

1.) Complete the OPM 630-A, Request to Donate Annual Leave to Leave Recipient under the VLTP (within agency) http://www.opm.gov/FORMS/PDF_FILL/opm630a.pdf or https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/opm630b.pdf (outside agency).

2.) Scan the signed form and email it to jaime.sampayo.1@spaceforce.mil, or fax to 567-2832.

TYA premium increase

TRICARE Young Adult enrollees must pay premiums that represent the full cost of the program. These costs have risen, so TYA premiums are increasing for calendar year 2021.
Effective Jan. 1, 2021, the monthly premium for TYA Select will increase from $228.00 to $257.00 per month. The monthly premium for TYA Prime will increase from $376.00 to $459.00 per month.
TYA enrollees may change plans between TYA Prime and TYA Select at any time to enroll in the plan that best suits their needs. Plan changes can be made via beneficiary web enrollment, phone, mail and at TRICARE Service Centers overseas. TYA enrollees may also wish to explore other available health insurance options on healthcare.gov. Healthcare.gov open enrollment is Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Enrollees may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period with healthcare.gov if they dis-enroll from TYA.

For more information, visit: https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/BenefitUpdates/Archives/10_21_2020_New_Monthly_Premiums_TRICARE_Young_Adult_Plans_2021.

TRICARE webinar

There is a scheduled TRICARE Open Season beneficiary’s webinar Thursday, 1-2 p.m. The webinar will discuss TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season to help navigate 2021 health, dental and vision plan choices. To join the webinar and participate in a question and answer session, go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7613761091806221581

MSG hours change

The following services will move to virtual or appointment only customer support:

Visitor Control Center: Call DSN 560-5620, Comm 567-5620 or cell phone 330-5653 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, or 7 a.m.-2p.m. on Friday. Same day service may be available depending on the existing appointment schedule. 

Force Development Flight: For an Education Service Specialist Counselor call DSN 560-2043/5903/5927, Comm 567-2043/5903/5927 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday.

For the Career Assistance Advisor call DSN 560-2445/5927, Comm 567-2445/5927, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays. Same day service may be available depending on the existing appointment schedule. 

Military Personnel Flight: Out-processing for retirements and separations is conducted virtually. Please call DSN 560-5901, Comm 567-5901, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Appointments can be made online at https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco/. Same day service may be available depending on the existing appointment schedule. 

Arts & Crafts Services: Call DSN 560-1347 or Comm 567- 1347, 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Monday-Friday. To place an engraving or framing order online go to https://50fss.com/engraving/

Outdoor Recreation Equipment Rental/Loan: Call DSN 560-1347 or Comm 567-347, 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Training (PCSing or Deploying only): Call DSN 560-6100, Comm 567-6100, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, or 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday or email 50CES.CEX@us.af.mil. Same day service may be available depending on the member’s departure date. Allow 6-7 hours for the training. 

Schriever Dunkin’ alters hours

The Schriever Dunkin’ reduced its hours of operation to Monday - Friday from 7-11 a.m. due to COVID-19. 

Health Promotion Office schedule changes

The Schriever Health Promotion Office is scheduled to close the following dates: Nov. 23-27 and Dec. 21-25.

Virtual appointments will be offered Nov. 30-Dec. 11 and Dec. 28-Jan 8. During this time, healthy eating, sleep and stress management education courses will be available by virtual appointment only.

In-person appointments may be scheduled for the week of Dec. 14-18. Additionally, dietitian appointments will be offered Dec. 2 and 16.

Additional appointments may be available at Peterson Air Force Base. To schedule an appointment at Peterson AFB, call 556-4292.

For more information, call the Schriever Health Promotion office at 567-4292.

SLO starts ‘Life After High School’ campaign

The Schriever School Liaison Office kick-started the ‘Life After High School’ campaign with the purpose of preparing military-connected students for their future. The following events will be available for students to attend:

  • Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m.: Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus tour.
  • Nov. 23 1-3 p.m. Building 210, room 320: College 101 workshop.

For more information, call the SLO at 567-6176.

ERA enabled on GRB Platform

The electronic retirement application feature has been enabled in the Government Retirement and Benefits Platform. The ERA feature allows eligible Air Force appropriated fund civilian employees to apply for non-disability retirement by submitting their electronically signed retirement forms to the GRB Platform. Employees may access the GRB Platform application at https://grbplatform.us.af.mil.  Technical and functional questions may be referred to the Total Force Service Center at 1-800-525-0102.    

El Paso County reverts to Stage I fire restrictions

El Paso County reverts to Stage I restrictions and will remain in this stage until conditions and resourcing warrant a change.

Stage I guidelines are:

  • Outdoor blasting, welding and torches: Allowed with caution.
  • Campfires in developed campgrounds: Allowed in permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal frills and wood burning stoves.
  • Model rockets: Not allowed.
  • Public prescribed burning: Not allowed.
  • Outdoor smoking: No smoking outside unless in an enclosed building or vehicle.
  • Sale of fireworks: Not allowed.
  • Outdoor cooking (private property): Allowed if smaller than 3 feet in diameter and less than 2 feet high.
  • Outdoor fires at residence: Allowed if fire is contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, indoor fire places or wood burning stoves.

P-S GAR commander questions

If you have questions or concerns for the garrison commander and you would like to communicate anonymously, use the “Questions?” feature on Schriever’s Air Force Connect app. The commander will answer the questions on a regular basis through garrison social media.

SFS confiscate expired CACs

Members of the 50th Security Forces Squadron will confiscate all expired Common Access Cards at the gate. Dependent family and retirees, ID (non-CAC) card expirations have been extended to June 30, 2021. CACs may be reissued due to expiration, authorized rank and/or name changes. To schedule an appointment, go to:

https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco/locator.

For more information, contact the 50th Force Support Squadron ID Card Section at 567-5900.

On base

Dependent ID shortage at MPF

The Military Personnel Flight is experiencing a shortage of dependent IDs. The Air Force will be shifting to Next Gen IDs for dependents and no longer ship additional orders of the previous ID card stock. To make the current stock last, the MPF will be prioritizing issuance of dependent IDs. Only new dependents who have experienced a change in status will be issued a card at this time. An exception for expired dependent IDs has been extended to June 30, 2021, with memo in hand that is provided by MPF. Once the Next Gen cards are functional, MPF will start issuing them based on priority and availability.

For more information, call the MPF at 567-5900.

AFRC to host Right Start

The Airman and Family Readiness Center is hosting a Right Start Information Fair Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the base event center. Right Start is a mandatory course for incoming active duty members and Department of Defense affiliated contractors that informs personnel about programs and resources on the installation. Attendance is optional for dependents but is highly encouraged. For more information, call Lawanda Ervin at 567-7347.

CFC on-going

Schriever Air Force Base’s Combined Federal Campaign workplace giving program has kicked off, and will continue through Dec. 18. As a reminder, fundraising events that are not part of the CFC are prohibited during this time. See the below video and emails from the CFC project officers and keyworkers for more information.  Facebook.com/SchrieverAirForceBase/posts/3225344537576962 

Medical squadron scheduled closures

Nov. 26, all day, holiday

Nov. 27, noon-4:30p.m., family day

Dec. 10, all day, training day

Dec. 24, noon-4:30 p.m., family day

Dec. 25, all day, holiday

Dec. 31, noon-4:30 p.m., family day

Jan. 1, all day, holiday

Force Development Flight relocates

The Schriever Force Development Flight and Education and Training Center is now relocated throughout Bldg. 210 as their office is undergoing renovations. 

To mitigate disruption to the shared customer service spaces that the Force Development Flight will occupy, members are encouraged to call ahead for all services, e.g. career assistance advisor, education counseling, tuition assistance and GI Bill.

All Force Development Flight phone numbers will remain the same and will be transferred to their temporary locations. 

Force Development Flight chief: 567-5927

Education and Training section chief: 567-5903

Career Assistance advisor: 567-2445

First Term Airmen Course noncommissioned officer in charge: 567-2447

Education specialist: 567-2043

Base/Formal Training manager: 567-5248

Test Control officer: 567-5435 

The anticipated completion is December.

Knowledge Management Center provides training

The Knowledge Management Center provides recurring classes for programs. The following classes are offered the first and third Thursday of the month in Bldg. 301, Room 119:

Records Management: noon-1:30 p.m.

Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act: 1:45-3:15 p.m.

Publications and Forms: 1-3 p.m. (every third Thursday of the month)

To register, visit https://usaf.dps.mil/sites/afspc-50sw/wsa/kmc/tn/SitePages/Home.aspx. For more information, contact the Schriever Knowledge Management Center at 567-6001.

Schriever hosts weekly food trucks

North restricted area portal

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Monday: High Grade Foods

Tuesday: Lucy’s Grill

Wednesday: All Things Pita

Thursday: K2 Cuisine

Friday: All Things Pita

CDC

10:30-11 a.m.

Monday: Arby’s

Wednesday and Friday: Qdoba

Bldg. 210

11:10-11:40 a.m.

Monday: Arby’s

Wednesday and Friday: Qdoba

Community Center Housing Area:

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 14: Bandido’s Mexican Grill

Nov. 21: Nonna’s Italian Kitchen

Nov. 28: Lucy’s Grill

Clinic suspends over-the-counter program indefinitely

The 21st Medical Squadron pharmacy has suspended the over-the-counter medication program indefinitely to ensure patients are receiving the appropriate level of care and assessment due to ongoing events.

Off base

Nominate for Military Child of the Year Award

The Military Child of the Year Award committee is now accepting nominations to celebrate the achievements of eight military children. Winners receive a $10,000 award, a laptop and are flown with a parent to Washington D.C. for three nights. Nominations are accepted until Dec. 7. For more information and to nominate a child, visit http://militarychildoftheyear.org/.

Safety 411

Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day with so many activities and people. 

Here are some tips to help make Thanksgiving safe:

·       Keep children at least three feet away from the stove

·        Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, purses or bags.

·        Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

·        Keep knives out of the reach of children.

·        Stay in the house when cooking.

Bulletin submission instructions

To submit a bulletin, visit the Public Affairs page at https://www.schriever.af.mil/Public-Affairs/ by Monday at noon.

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