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Base Bulletin - week of Dec. 17

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- * Spouses are invited to events marked with 

This week

North Gate for outbound traffic
The North Gate will be the only outbound option from 6:30 to 8 a.m. until Thursday. Security Forces will resume normal traffic operations shortly thereafter.  Please plan accordingly.

Evening of Christmas caroling 
Join the Schriever Housing Family Christian Fellowship tonight for cookies, hot cocoa and an evening of Christmas caroling. Meet at the Tierra Vista Community Center from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Bring the family. For more information, email the chapel or call 567-3705.

Holiday early release Dec. 24
The president has issued an executive order excusing executive branch employees from duty for the last half of the scheduled workday Dec. 24, the day before Christmas Day. The exception will be those employees who, in the judgment of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other essential public need.  For pay and leave purposes, the last half of the scheduled workday on Dec. 24, will be treated as falling within the scope of statutes and executive orders governing holidays for federal employees.

Most employees who are excused from duty for the last half of the scheduled workday Dec. 24 will receive the basic pay they would have received if no executive order had been issued. An employee who was previously scheduled to take annual leave Dec. 24 will not be charged annual leave (or any other form of paid leave, compensatory time off or credit hours) for the last half of the scheduled workday.  This policy does not apply to employees who receive annual premium pay for standby duty (5 U.S.C. 5545(c)(1)) or firefighters who are covered by special pay provisions (5 U.S.C. 5545b).  An employee who is required to work non-overtime hours during the last half of his or her scheduled workday on Dec. 24 is entitled to holiday premium pay (5 U.S.C. 5546(b)).

If an employee has scheduled "use or lose" annual leave for the last half of the scheduled workday on Dec. 24, and is unable to reschedule that leave for use before the end of the leave year (i.e., Jan. 9), the leave will be forfeited.  When "use or lose" leave is forfeited under these conditions, the law (5 U.S.C.6304(d)) does not permit restoration of the leave.

Chaplain

Schriever Chapel Christmas eve candle light service 
Please join us for a special Christmas Eve candle light service.  We will be offering an inspiring Christmas worship and sermon, children's story time around the fireplace, snacks and a candle lighting ceremony.  Bring the whole family 5 p.m. Dec. 24 to Tierra Vista to join in the festivities. For more information email the chapel or call 567-3705. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

FSS

2016 Air Force Ball tickets on sale now 
The Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association will be celebrating "The Air Force and Colorado - A Long and Great Partnership" with its annual black-tie ball Feb. 12 at the Broadmoor. The event will feature the band The Martini Shot, a seven-piece, horn-powered, Pop-Rock cover and original band based out of Southern Colorado. The ball begins at 6 p.m., and will include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. Tickets for the event are available at www.lancepsijanafa.com.

Ticket prices are as follows:

E1-E3, GS-1-GS-3, ROTC and U.S. Air Force Academy cadets: $30
E4-E6, GS-4-GS-6: $40
E7- O3, GS-7-GS-11: $50
O4-O5, GS-12-GS-14: $60
O6 and above, GS-15 and above: $70
AFA Members: $70
Non-AFA Members: $100

Rooms at the Broadmoor are available for Air Force Ball guests. For more information, contact the Broadmoor directly at (719) 623-5112 or (888) 974-4990.

Medical

Updated clinic hours, closures
Normal clinic hours for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The clinic closes at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays for unit physical training.
The clinic closes at 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month for training.
Upcoming hours/closures:
Dec. 24                Closed                                Family Day
Dec. 25                Closed                                Holiday

Other

Schriever Bioenvironmental Engineering office now open
Bioenvironmental Engineering provides health risk assessment expertise to improve Airmen health.  The office ensures the Air Force is in compliance with Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health requirements by providing public awareness/concern/disclosure and the recognition of risk analysis/communication/management.  The four general areas BE uses are industrial hygiene, environmental protection, radiation and emergency response. Concerns can include air quality, biological/chemical hazards, chemical protection, confined space hazards, drinking water, environmental sampling, industrial hygiene, musculoskeletal disorders, noise hazards, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration health standards.

Location:  Building 500, O'Malley Ave. Suite 106
Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m. /Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fit testing every Thursday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Phone:  (719) 567-3948

Society opens door to military widows  
The Society of Military Widows is open to widows of any branch of military service, regardless of the spouse's rank. The Pikes Peak Chapter 15 of the Society of Military Widows will meet at 10:30 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at the Peterson Air Force Base club. Please call 597-0492 or 591-9523 for more information.

January promotion ceremony 
The Schriever 5/6 Council will be conducting the January promotion ceremony Jan. 4 instead of Dec. 30 due to holiday scheduling. The ceremony will be held 3 p.m. at the base fitness center. Any promotees who will not be available must email Tech. Sgt. Katrena Holmes.

Annual awards ceremony emcee, national anthem auditions 
Do you like to talk? Do you like to sing? The 2015 Annual Awards Committee is seeking speakers and singers to audition for the annual awards ceremony.  This request is open to officers and enlisted of all ranks. Auditions will take place 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Building 300 Auditorium. For more information, email Tech. Sgt. Katrena Holmes or Staff Sgt. Jacqulyn Rider.

Military Retirees Activities Office holds luncheon  
The Military Retiree Activities Office holds a luncheon at noon the second Thursday of each month, at the Peterson Air Force Base club, followed by its monthly council meeting at 2:30 p.m. in Building 350, Room 1206. The guest speaker for Jan. 14 is Jeff Major, financial coach for veterans from the Pikes Peak Work Force Center.  Spouses are welcomed to attend.  Please contact 719-556-7153 for more information.

50 SW Annual Awards Banquet - save the date 
The annual awards banquet will be held Feb. 5 at the Peterson Air Force Base club.  The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Come and celebrate with the wing's annual award nominees.  The official invitation will be available after Jan. 4. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Frederick Jaehnig at 567-5852 or Staff Sgt. Jacqulyn Rider at 567-3705.

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program - William M. Farley
William M. Farley has been approved for the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program due to a current medical condition. Should you 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. You may scan the signed form and email it to Jaime Sampayo, or fax to 567-2832.

Safety tip
A clean workplace is a safe workplace.  Did you know Air Force Instruction 91-203 and federal law require that work centers are kept as clean as the nature of the work allows?  The goal is to ensure workers can move about the workplace freely, without the potential of slips, trips and falls.  Also, keeping a tidy workplace helps maintain clear egress routes for timely evacuation if necessary.  Here's to Tidy Fridays.  Identify all hazards. Be the Delta-V - Contact your unit safety representative or call 567-SAFE (7233) for more information.

Transportation

Save money, ride a vanpool
Is the wear and tear of commuting taking a bite out of your car and your wallet? Is driving causing too much stress? Take advantage of a vanpool. The government provides $130 per rider per month to pay for the commuter van. Department of Defense civilians and active-duty military personnel receive a government mass transit benefit to offset commuting costs. Some companies may also offer mass transit benefits. So join our vanpool.

Vanpool space available at:
Falcon Wal-Mart (Woodmen and Meridian Market View Road): The van departs 6:25 a.m. weekdays and arrives at Schriever AFB at 6:55 a.m. At the end of the duty day, the van departs Schriever AFB at 4:10 p.m. and arrives at Falcon Wal-Mart 4:40 p.m.  Drop off and pickup points on Schriever AFB may vary. For further information, please contact Jay Carroll at 721-0739 or Jacque Donley at 567-7946.
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