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Base Bulletin: Week of Oct. 8

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Bone marrow registry drive
Today and tomorrow there will be a bone marrow registry drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside of the Dish. The process is very simple. Each individual will do a swab kit and go into a national registry to see if they are a match. If you are a match you will be notified by the registry and at that point the individual would be asked to donate bone marrow.

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 meets at 10:30 a.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the Peterson Air Force Base Club. Please call 719-597-0492 or 719-591-9523 for more information.

Fitness Center Floorball (Floor hockey)
The fitness center gymnasium is open for floorball (floor hockey) 5-6 p.m. Thursdays. All equipment is supplied. If you are interested in participating, contact Senior Airman Jeremy Binz at 719-567-5239 or Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Wander at 719-556-4179.

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

Civilian Personnel Newsletter
The October 2015 Civilian Personnel Newsletter is now available on the Civilian Personnel SharePoint site.  This newsletter provides useful information for civilian employees as well as their supervisors.

https://eis.afspc.af.mil/unit/50sw/50FSS/cpo/Civilian%20Newsletter/Civilian%20Newsletter%20October%202015.pdf

SnoFest reservations are open
Reservations for SnoFest, held Jan. 22 - 24, 2016, are now open. To make a reservation call 1-800-258-0437 and use group code GC7PAR and give base affiliation. For other inquiries, visit http://www.mysnofest.com/lodging.html.

New rules for filling prescriptions
All non-active-duty TRICARE beneficiaries must fill select brand name maintenance medications (for chronic conditions, i.e. for blood pressure or cholesterol) through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a military pharmacy. To see the list of affected brand name drugs, visit http://www.health.mil/selectdruglist. Please note this does not affect active duty patients, generic name medications or medications taken for a short time, such as antibiotics.

Beneficiaries who choose to continue using a retail pharmacy must ask for the generic versions of the medication, if available. (Note: Some medications are available as brand name only, i.e. CrestorR and LandusR). Beneficiaries filling any affected brand name medications at a retail pharmacy will receive a letter from TRICARE containing information about this change and explaining that after two "courtesy" fills at a retail pharmacy, they will have to pay 100 percent of the cost of the medication. Beneficiaries can contact Express Scripts at 877-363-1303 to see if they are affected. For more information, visit http://www.tricare.mil/RxNewRules.

Medical appointments can be booked online
Did you know that you can easily book your appointments online? Go to www.tricareonline.com to book your primary care appointment as well as other self-referral clinics such as optometry and the women's health clinics.

What is your escape plan?
Fire Prevention Week concludes Oct. 10. As such, the fire department recommends implementing the following escape plan in your home.

1. Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home with all the doors and windows.
2. Know at least two ways out of every room if possible. Make sure all the doors and windows open easily.
3. Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone should rally.
4. Practice your fire drill during the day and at night twice each year.  Practice using different ways out.
5. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't reach them.

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.

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 Thursday is Jeff Major from Pikes Peak Workforce Center. Please contact 719-556-7153 for more information.

An evening with retired U.S. Navy Seal Jason Redman
This is a night to honor our military. Discovery Church Colorado invites all military personnel (active duty, reserve and retirees) and others in the Colorado Springs community to a special event "Overcome," a night with best-selling author and retired Navy Seal Jason Redman Friday, at 7 p.m. The event will include dinner. Tickets are $25 for non-military and free to military (active duty, reserve, retirees and veterans) and their spouses. Tickets are required to attend the event. Visit overcomeevent.com for free tickets.

50th Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate closed
The legal office will be closed Friday, due to the wing down day and there will be no legal assistance. If you need to schedule an appointment for next week, please call 719-567-5050. We apologize for any inconvenience.

AFOSI Islamic State threat briefing
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is hosting a briefing 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 in the Building 300 auditorium. The briefing will provide information on the Islamic State Organization as well as information on local threat issues.

21/50 SW Air Force football tailgate
The 21st and 50th Space Wings will be hosting a tailgate for all associated personnel and their families for the Air Force vs. Wyoming football game at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Falcon Stadium. The tailgate will be located in the northwest corner of parking area #4, space 7. Food will be provided along with games, face painting and music. Please contact Al Strait at 556-6318 for more information.

Military mentors needed for National Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors or TAPS is a non-profit organization that provides comfort and care to those with a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces, and is in need of your help. We need 150 military members to serve as mentors at the National Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp in the Colorado Springs area Saturday and Sunday. As a mentor, you would take on the role of a caring companion and let a child know that the military still cares for them, even after their loved one is gone. Today is the last day to register to be a volunteer, for more information, contact Master Sgt. Steve Grant at 719-567-2578 or Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Place 719-567-3752 and visit www.taps.org.

Health and benefits fair
The open season for Federal Employee Health and Benefits and Dental/Vision Insurance will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. To help you prepare, Schriever Air Force Base will host the Open Season Health Fair Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Building 210 atrium. There will be representatives from different insurance companies available to answer questions and provide forms and pamphlets to all civilian employees on Schriever Air Force Base. For additional information, please contact Dr. Jaime Sampayo at 719-567-5769 or Maggie Wander at 719-567-4014.

German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge testing held at Schriever
Schriever Air Force Base will host the first day of testing for the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency Oct. 27. The testing will span three afternoons from Oct. 27-29, with subsequent testing phases held on Ft. Carson and Peterson Air Force Base, respectively. Participants who successfully complete all three phases will earn the right to wear the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in bronze, silver or gold. Testing includes two sprints, a flexed arm hang, a 100-meter swim, a pistol shoot and a ruck march. To sign up, email 2nd Lt. Mark Skinner from 2nd Space Operations Squadron.

Schriever holds Wingman University
Wingman University will be held Oct. 27, opening with a commander's call at 9 a.m. at the base fitness center. Members will be able to choose what classes they attend. Short classes will be offered throughout the base, brought to you by: Mental Health, Family Advocacy, Chapel Office, Health and Wellness, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Resiliency Trainers and American Red Cross. For more information, contact Jena Bienia at 567-2315, Tech. Sgt. Abifarin Scott at 567-2725 or Tech. Sgt. Tawny Devine at 567-3705.

Military Women's Brunch
The Schriever and Rocky Mountain Company Grade Officers' Council are teaming up to host a women's brunch Oct. 29. Officers, enlisted, active duty, reserves and civilians are welcome. Please see the link to the e-invite below for details and to RSVP.

https//einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=262318&k=0067400A7A5F

Schriever Chapel presents "Team 5-0 Amazing gRace"
Get your squadron teams of four together in order to test your physical resilience, knowledge of world religion and other random trivia on a scavenger hunt toward the finish line. First team/squadron to the finish line wins cool prizes. The event will be held Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Building 210.  For more details and to sign up to participate or volunteer, stop by the Chapel Office in the restricted area in Building 200, Room 149, email the Chapel or call 719-567-3705.

Out-Of-Cycle Elections 2015
Attention Voters:  Nov.3 is the date for out-of-cycle elections. Kentucky is holding an election for governor and Colorado is voting on referendum measures. If you requested and have not received a state absentee ballot, contact your unit voting assistance officer for a write-in absentee ballot or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov.

Protect Your Family from carbon monoxide
Safe use and proper installation of household appliances that burn fossil fuels, i.e. fuel fired furnaces, gas water heaters, gas stoves and fireplaces is the best protection against carbon monoxide you can provide your family. Detectors can increase protection, but are not a substitute for safe use of equipment. Have all heating equipment inspected and serviced yearly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation of detectors; install at least one detector near sleeping areas and one on every level of your home. For more information, call the Fire Prevention Office at 719-567-3370.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Buy a smoke alarm at any hardware or discount store. It's inexpensive protection for you and your family. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Working smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Test it monthly, keep it free of dust and replace the battery at least once a year. Smoke alarms should be replaced after
10 years of service or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Complete your MiCare-RelayHealth registration
The 50th Space Wing's goal is to have 100 percent active duty enrolled in MiCare. The Schriever Clinic sent email invitations to all personnel's government accounts who are enrolled at the clinic. Please respond to this invitation. Registration takes less than a minute. MiCare-RelayHealth is a Department of Defense secure messaging system. Connect with your provider so you can stay informed of your health and wellness. Did you know that MiCare-RelayHealth is also open to dependents? Children under 18 may be enrolled under a parent. Those 18 and older must request an individual account. For more information, please contact Maj. Jackie Lou Kim at 719-567-4121.

Schriever facilities undergo winterization
The following facilities have no water as part of the utilities shop winterization for this upcoming cold weather season: softball field restrooms, outdoor running track restrooms, Child Development Center playground, wash rack and indoor running track. These facilities are winterized now and will not return to service until Spring 2016. If there are any questions, contact Civil Engineering customer service at 719-567-2300.

2016 Election season quickly approaching
State primaries will begin in January and continue into the summer of next year. Take a moment to prepare by registering and requesting an absentee ballot from your home state. Contact your Unit Voting Assistance Office or the installation Voting Assistance Office for forms and more information.

Dormitory Shuttle Service available (PAFB - SAFB - PAFB)
Shuttle service is available to all dorm residents and technical training school students assigned to Schriever Air Force Base.

Shuttle Schedule:     

                                                                                  Rt 1          Rt 2          Rt 3         Rt 4

Depart PAFB Bldg 1160 (Aragon Dining Facility):   0530        0700         1600      2200
Arrive SAFB Bldg 210:                                             0600        0730         1630       N/A
Arrive SAFB Bldg 200 (NECF):                                0600        0735         1635      2230
Depart SAFB Bldg 200 (NECF):                               0615        0745         1645      2300
Arrive PAFB Bldg 1160 (Aragon Dining Facility):     0645        0815         1715      2330

Shuttle service will run Monday through Friday, to exclude holidays and family days.  The shuttle service will run as scheduled during weather delays/early release but will not run if SAFB and/or PAFB is closed due to bad weather.  Any questions/concerns/feedback regarding the shuttle service should be directed to David Hayes, 719-567-3241 or Shana Allen, 719-567-7239.

Schriever Promo Code for all AFA home football games
Those interested in discounted tickets for all home games can use promo code: SCHRIEVER at www.goairforcefalcons.com.

Dry Cleaning Express service available
The dry cleaning drop box at the Schriever Shoppette is available.  Drop off for Mondays is 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and pick up is Thursday any time after 3 p.m. Drop off for Thursdays is 6 a.m. to 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 Jennifer Watson at 719-567-4430 or Service Business Manager Graciela Tunon at 719-683-3626.

Save Gas Money - ride a Vanpool - Falcon
Did you know the government provides $130 per rider, per month to pay for commuter vans? Department of Defense civilians and uniformed military personnel are eligible. Transportation originates from the Falcon Wal-Mart located on Woodmen and Meridian Market View Road. The van departs weekdays at 6:25 a.m. and arrives at Schriever Air Force Base at 6:55 a.m. At the end of the duty day, the van departs from Schriever Air Force Base at 4:10 p.m. and arrives at Falcon Wal-Mart at 4:40 p.m. Drop off and pick up points on Schriever Air Force Base may vary. For more information, contact Jay Carroll at 719-721-0739 or Jacque Donley 719-567-7946.

Get ready for winter - Vanpool seats available at Castle Rock
Is the wear and tear of commuting taking a bite out of your car and your wallet? Is the driving causing too much stress? Take advantage of a vanpool! 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. The route includes Castle Rock, Monument, Black Forest and Woodmen area.  On weekdays, the vanpool arrives at Schriever AFB between 7-7:15 a.m. For more information, call 719-359-0343.

Security/Widefield Vanpool
Seeking interested parties to start a vanpool from the Security Shopping Center to Schriever Air Force Base.  The vanpool departs weekdays at 6:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. A minimum of five passengers are needed. If interested, contact Troy Cardenas at 719-567-6036.

Updated Clinic hours and closures
The clinic is closed on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. for unit PT.
Normal clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic closes at 11:00 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month for training.

Upcoming Hours/Closures:
Monday, Oct. 12                CLOSED                     (Holiday)
Wednesday, Oct. 14          11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  (Training/Warlift)
Tuesday, Oct. 27               CLOSED                     (Wingman Day)
Wednesday, Nov. 11         CLOSED                     (Holiday)
Wednesday, Nov. 18         11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.   (Training/Warlift)
Thursday, Nov. 19             11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   (MDS/CC Call)
Thursday, Nov. 26              CLOSED                     (Holiday)
Friday, Nov. 27                   CLOSED                     (Family Day)

Schriever Air Force Clinic provides care to retirees
Did you know you can obtain your primary care at Schriever clinic? All TRICARE Prime beneficiaries are eligible to enroll at the clinic! If you work on Schriever, receiving care at the clinic is convenient and accessible. Need medications? The pharmacy wait time is five minutes or less! To enroll at the clinic or for more information about TRICARE Prime, please contact United Healthcare at https://www.uhcmilitarywest.com or 1-877-988-9378.

Subway Food Truck comes to Schriever
A Subway mobile food vender will be on Schriever every Wednesday. Army-Air Force Exchange Service has arranged the truck to be on base from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will leave sooner if they run out of product. The vendor will set up on the north side of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Building 101. They will feature a limited Subway menu for purchase.  Subway is also taking pre-orders for Wednesday delivery. Call in your sandwich order, (any sandwich, any way you want it) before Tuesday of any week and they will deliver it in their truck Wednesday. The number to call for all special orders is 719-576-3255.

Crime Prevention Tip
When observing an aggressive driver who is putting other motorists at risk, pull over to the side of the road to utilize your cellular device while on the installation or hands free device and contact local Security Forces, Colorado Highway Patrol or El Paso County as soon as possible and be prepared to provide the following information: vehicle description, license plate number, location and direction of travel, driver description and the aggressive driving behavior being demonstrated. Schriever Crime Stoppers: 719-567-5643, CHP: Star-CSP (*277), or El Paso County Sherriff's Dept: 719-390-5555.

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