SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE – Colo,
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa is scheduled to drive down the streets and hand out treats at the Schriever housing area Dec. 18 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Santa’s helpers will be available to collect any letters for him, and residents are encouraged to stand on their driveways as Santa goes by.
50th FFS to host hot cocoa give-a-way
The 50th Force Support Squadron is giving away Holiday Cheer this Friday! Get a free 16 ounce cup of hot cocoa Dec. 18 in the Bldg. 210 parking lot from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and the RA North Portal parking lot from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
United States Air Force Academy Band presents Holly and Ivy
The United States Air Force Academy Band will be performing a holiday spectacular featuring Stellar Brass, Pegasus Academy Winds, the Saxophone Quartet and more, Dec. 17, at 8:30 p.m., Dec. 18 & 25 at 1:30 a.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS.
Christmas Eve Services
Christmas Eve Protestant Service: Dec. 24 at 1p.m., at the Peterson AFB Chapel.
This Christmas Eve we will listen in to the story of the first Christmas, sing some carols, and light candles to renew our hope and encouragement experienced this time of year.
Registration for the service starts Dec. 17 on the Peterson AFB Chapel Facebook page.
Catholic Christmas Eve Mass: Dec. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the Peterson AFB Chapel.
Registration through Peterson AFB Chapel Facebook page is required.
Christmas Day Service
Catholic Christmas Day Mass: Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Peterson AFB Chapel.
Registration through Peterson AFB Chapel Facebook page is required.
50th FSS observes COVID hours
- Education Center: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays.
- Fitness Center: Monday-Friday 5 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
- ITT: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m-3:45 p.m.
- Arts & Crafts: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (by appointment only)
- Outdoor Rec: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
- Airman & Family Readiness Center: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- CDC/School Age Program: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Civilian Personnel Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 1-4 p.m. Wednesday
- NAF Human Resources Office: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Marketing Print Shop: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Military Personnel Flight: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (by appointment only), Wednesday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for training
- Breakfast: 6:30-8 a.m.
- Lunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Dinner: 4-6:30 p.m.
- Midnight: 11 p.m.-1 a.m.
El Paso County now in Stage I fire restrictions
El Paso County now in Stage I restrictions and will remain in this stage until conditions and resourcing warrant a change.
Stage I’s guidelines are:
- Outdoor blasting, welding and torches: Allowed with caution.
- Campfires in developed campgrounds and/or picnic grounds: Allowed in permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves.
- Model rockets: Not allowed.
- Public prescribed burning/burn permits: Not allowed.
- Outdoor smoking: No smoking outside unless in an enclosed building or vehicle, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren and cleared of all flammable materials.
- Sale or use of fireworks: Not allowed.
- Outdoor cooking (private property): Allowed if smaller than three feet in diameter and less than two feet high, that are kindled for the purpose of cooking food using only clean dry, untreated wood or charcoal, which are contained by fireplaces, fire pits, (free standing and/or above ground), barbecues or other systems approved by the local special district having fire jurisdiction or the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
- Outdoor fires at residence: Allowed if the fire is contained within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, indoor fire places or wood burning stoves. Allowed in permanently constructed fire grates, charcoal grills and wood burning stoves in outdoor areas cleared of all combustibles, using dry untreated wood and or charcoal.
P-S GAR: Got a question for the commander?
If you have questions or concerns for the garrison commander and you would like to communicate by name or anonymously, use the new “Questions?” feature on Schriever’s Air Force Connect app. The commander will answer the questions on a regular basis through Garrison-wide emails and social media.
Legal office changes procedures
Due to COVID-19, the Peterson-Schriever Garrison Judge Advocate (Legal) office will draft wills for deploying military personnel and emergency situations only. General legal assistance is provided by appointment only and/or conducted by phone or email. In-person notary and power of attorney services are provided 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.
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 experience a change in status will be issue 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 hosts a Right Start Information Fair 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month 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 continues fundraising
Schriever Air Force Base’s Combined Federal Campaign workplace giving program continues, 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.
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 food trucks
CDC 10:30–11 a.m.
Building 210 Parking Lot 11:10–1140 a.m.
Base Housing Community Center (Saturdays) 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Restricted Area – North Portal (Mon – Fri) 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 17, K2 Cuisine
- Friday Dec. 18, All Things Pita
Position available at CDCC-S
There is a Research and Development, Requirements Planner, GS-2210-13 (TEMP) position available at the 61 Cyberspace Squadron/Cyber Defense Correlation Cell for Space. The position’s duties include being a R&D Specialist, DCO Requirements Planner, Cyberspace Defense subject matter expert and representing the CDCC-S. Please have experience in these job fields: PM, KM, Help Desk, Contracting, CSSP, SOC, CERT, CTI, CTE, CTH, RT, PT, DFIR, RE, MA, EDR, FPC, NSM, SIEM, CVA, Operational Planning, and Intel.
Send resumes to Mr. Ezra Ortiz by Friday Dec 18, 2020.
Please contact Mr. Ortiz for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Logistics Planner retraining opportunities
The Air Force seeks enlisted members interested in retraining into the logistics plans specialty career field. Contact Ed Smith at 567-3082 or Monika Frank at 567-3060, for more information.
United States Air Force Academy hosts Christmas Dinner
The USAFA Christmas Dinner will be at the High Country Inn, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. Dinner is a la carte, and cost is based on what you select. Space is limited due to COVID-19 social distancing and the number of people. Groups of no more than eight people are allowed. Reservations are required. Please call 719-333-9831/2825 to make a reservation.
Please visit www.usafa.af.mil or Academy social media platforms for updates. Morale Welfare and Recreation and service facilities hours can be found at www.usafasupport.com/index.html. For the latest on what is going on at the Academy regarding operations under COVID-19, please go to https://www.usafa.af.mil/Coronavirus/.
Flu vaccine available off base
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.
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 email@example.com, or fax to 567-2832.
Health Promotion Office schedule changes
The Schriever Health Promotion Office is scheduled to close the following dates: Dec. 21-25. Virtual appointments will be offered 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. 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.
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.
Cold weather safety tips
Cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful.
National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely:
- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
- Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
- Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter
- Push the snow rather than lifting it
- If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
- Lift with your legs, not your back
- Do not work to the point of exhaustion
- Know the signs of a heart attack, and stop immediately and call 911 if you're experiencing any of them; every minute counts
Food Poisoning Is No Joke
Keep your holidays happy by handling food safely. The foodsafety.gov website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides some valuable holiday food safety tips:
• Wash your hands frequently when handling food
• Keep raw meat away from fresh produce
• Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils for uncooked and cooked meats to avoid cross-contamination
• Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature
• Refrigerate hot or cold leftover food within two hours of being served
• When storing turkey, cut the leftovers in small pieces so they will chill quickly
• Holiday leftovers are safe for three to four days when properly refrigerated