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Base Bulletin: Week of Nov. 19

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

This week

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. Due to Thanksgiving, the Pikes Peak Chapter 15 of the Society of Military Widows will meet at 10:30 a.m. today, at Peterson Air Force Base Club. Please call 719-597-0492 or 719-591-9523 for more information.

Briefings/Trainings

AFOSI Islamic State threat briefing
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is hosting a briefing in Building 300 at 3 p.m. Nov 30. The briefing will provide information on the Islamic State Organization as well and on local threat issues.

Chapel

Chapel hosts Schriever Women's Bible study 
The Schriever Chapel will sponsor the Schriever Women's Bible Study in the Tierra Vista Conference Room, every Tuesday 9:30 - 11 a.m. "The lies women believe and the truth that sets them free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the current book of choice the group will review, along with the Bible. For more information, call the SAFB Chapel at 719-567-3705 or send an email here.

Housing offers Bible study 
The Schriever Housing Family Christian Fellowship will consist of worship, Bible study and prayer 6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday at Tierra Vista Community Center. Those interested may email the chapel or call 719-567-3705. Bring the family! If you play the guitar or want to lead worship, contact us ASAP.

Christmas Tree lighting ceremony 
The holiday season is right around the corner and with that comes the annual base tradition of lighting the Christmas Tree. Please join us Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. in the courtyard of Building 210. Santa will make a special appearance and there will be cookies and hot chocolate for all. Bring the entire family! If the weather is not in our favor, the ceremony will take place inside the Atrium of Building 210.  If you would like to volunteer for this event contact the chapel staff at 567-3705.

Closings/Construction

Limited Legal Services
The Legal Office will not have legal assistance walk-ins now through Friday. Call the front desk at 567-5050 with any questions.

FSS

Dry Cleaning Express service available 
The dry cleaning drop box at the Schriever Shoppette is available.  Drop off for Monday is 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. and pick up is Thursday any time after 3 p.m.  Drop off for Thursday is 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. and pick up is Monday any time after 3 p.m. The concessionaire will pick up and drop off between 2 and 2:30 p.m. both days.
For more information, contact Schriever Express Manager Ethel Bollinger at 719-567-4430 or Service Business Manager Graciela Tunon at 719-683-3626.

Legal

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance representatives needed for 2015 tax season 
One of the many benefits military members receive from the legal office is free tax service for all basic tax returns.  The success of this program depends on the quantity and quality of the VITA volunteers commanders make available to support this program.  In previous years, the wing saved Airmen more than $300,000 in filing fees, and the VITA electronic filings resulted in substantial federal tax refunds.

Our goal again this year is to provide our military community the opportunity to obtain electronic tax filing assistance for federal and state returns. In order to meet this goal, we need your help.  Ideally, we would like one qualified VITA for every 50 members in a unit.  Experience has shown that the best VITA volunteers are those who are organized, computer literate and willing to help others.  Comprehensive training with the Internal Revenue Service and Colorado Department of Revenue will be supplemented with Tax Wise computer training.

VITA volunteers must comply with the following requirements:
1.  Attend training from Dec. 8-10, 2015. This is a joint training session for all VITA Reps within the region. (Location pending, will be downtown Colorado Springs)
2. Pass at least minimum testing requirements from training on Tax Wise.
3.  Perform at least 50 duty hours during the tax season. 

The start date is tentatively set for Jan. 18, 2016, running through Apr. 15, 2016.
Please submit names and contact information for your VITA volunteers to Tech. Sgt. Trevor Smart no later than Monday.  If you have questions about the program or volunteering, please call Smart at 567-5050 or email him here.

Medical

Federal Benefits Open Season
The 2015 Federal Benefits Open Season is happening now until Dec. 14. Open Season elections will be effective Jan. 10, 2016, and reflect on the Leave and Earnings Statement for pay period ending Jan. 23, 2016. Employees can make changes to their Federal Employees Health Benefits in Employee Benefits Information System and changes to Dental/Vision on www.benefeds.com.

Updated Clinic hours, closures
Normal clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The clinic closes Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. for unit PT.
The clinic closes at 11 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month for training.
Upcoming Hours/Closures:
Thursday, Nov. 26  Closed   Holiday
Friday, Nov. 27   Closed   Family Day
Wednesday, Dec. 9                       Noon - 4:30 p.m.             Training/Warfit
Tuesday, Dec. 15  Noon - 4:30 p.m.  21 MDS Event
Thursday, Dec. 24                          Closed                                Family Day
Friday, Dec. 25                Closed                                 Holiday

Other

Mailroom update
The Schriever Air Force Base Mailroom in Building 300 is now run by contractors. Customer Service Window hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Units can still check their key mailboxes 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Also, we can no longer receive outgoing FedEx or United Parcel Service. Units must either work with FedEx or UPS to pick up at Building 780 or take their packages to a FedEx/UPS drop location. For all questions or concerns please contact Staff Sgt. Shelly Lampman at 567-4152 or James Martin at 567-4672.

Happy Holidays Team Schriever 
Come one, come all to the 50th Space Wing's annual Holiday Party! Please join in the fun Dec. 4 starting at 5 p.m. at the Peterson Air Force Base Club! There will be games, dancing, prizes, lip-sync battles and a rockin' performance  by the United States Air Force Academy Rock Band, "Blue Steel!" Please see your squadron ticket sales representative or purchase tickets at the Satellite Dish or Building 210 Atrium.

Wing Holiday Party lip-sync battle tryouts
The holiday party planning committee is looking for Airmen with skills to perform at the Wing Holiday Party! We will be hosting a lip-sync battle between the groups and the winner will go on to battle a representative from wing command staff! We need a representative from each group. If you want to try out, please contact Capt. Brianna Mercer . This is your chance to shine and have some friendly group competition at the Wing Holiday Party!

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 Dec. 10 is Kathy Baptiste-Jones who is the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense liaison at Fort Carson. For more information, call 719-556-7153.

Safety Tip
Did you know you are required to report personal injury or government property damage within 24 hours of occurrence?  Mishap prevention starts with you, and reporting mishaps helps your safety staff pinpoint potential issues and reduce future occurrences.  Report all mishaps... Be the Delta-V!  Contact your Unit Safety Representative or call 567-SAFE (7233) for more information.
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