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Base Bulletin - week of Nov. 20

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Wing promotion ceremony
Please come show your support for your fellow Airmen as they promote to their next rank. The ceremony will take place in the Schriever Fitness Center at 3:00 p.m. Nov.  25. If you have any questions please email SrA Alberto Galvan.

Fitness Center Hours for Nov. 27-30
The Fitness Center will be closed on Nov. 27 and will be open from 7am to 3pm on Nov. 28-30.  For more information, please call the Main Fitness Center at 567-6628.

Continuing Roth TSP contributions
If you wish to continue your Roth Thrift Savings Plan contributions, you must submit a new Roth TSP election on myPay or submit a TSP election form to your finance office during the time period Jan. 1-31, 2015.  Failure to do so will result in your Roth TSP contributions stopping after January 2015.  This requirement is due to pay system improvements that will more fully automate processing and provide better customer service to you.  Elections for Roth contributions for February 2015 will be accepted Jan. 1 to 31, 2015.  You may enroll online with myPay or submit the revised paper election form, TSP-U-1 to your finance office.  The revised TSP-U-1 (1/2015) will be available on www.tsp.gov on January 1st.  More information as well as worksheets to help you calculate your contribution will be available on www.dfas.mil in early December.  Please contact 2nd Lt. Carly Serratore with any questions.

Leave carry over reverts back to 60 days
The 75-day leave carry over reverts back to 60 days this fiscal year. Therefore, Sept. 30, 2015, leave balances above 60 will be forfeited unless special leave accrual applies. Please note that your Leave and Earning Statement will continue to show 75 days until a mass update is made to the military pay system; the date of which is currently unknown. Please contact Staff Sgt. Justine McCullough for any questions regarding leave policy or Airman 1st Class Bijay Adhikari for LeaveWeb specific questions.

A&FRC holds Right Start briefing
The Airman and Family Readiness Center will be conducting the Right Start brief 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Building 300 auditorium. Newcomers to Schriever must attend this brief, which is specifically geared towards newly arrived military personnel, Department of Defense civilians and their families. Spouses are invited; but the sponsoring member must obtain a Visitors Pass at Pass and ID and provide escort duties. For information or to sign up, contact the A&FRC at 567-3920 or family@us.af.mil

TAP aims for smooth transition
The next Transition Assistance Program workshop will be 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 17-20. The class will be held at the Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center classroom located in Building 101.  The last day concentrates on VA benefits and entitlements.  Pre-separation brief must be completed prior to attending the TAP workshop. TAP is offered every month. You must register for the workshop by calling 567-3920.  If you are unable to attend, the next class will be held in December; call now to reserve your seat.

A&FRC offers Technical Training Track
The Airman and Family Readiness Center will host a Technical Training Track at Peterson Air Force Base A&FRC. With all the changes to TAP, providing training or classes on a variety of options for new career choices is recommended. One of the "tracks" is the Technical Training Track, geared towards those who will be pursuing a technical career. This class will provide information on what is expected in terms of education, experience, certifications and much more. The class will be from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 20-21. Call the A&FRC at 567-3920 to sign up.

Clinic offers stress management class
We realize that today you are doing more with less. It is important that we build resilience to deal with our changing environment. The 21st Medical Squadron Mental Health Clinic is offering a stress management class to teach relaxation skills and optimize wellbeing.  The class is open to all Schriever AFB personnel. Bring your lunch noon Nov.20 at the Chapel Resource Room in Building 300 Room 146. Empower yourself to be a resilient person.  Class is open to all Schriever personnel.

Military Retirees Activities Office to hold luncheon
The Military Retirees Activities office will hold a luncheon noon Nov. 13 at the Peterson Air Force Base Club Palmer Room. Army retired Command Sgt. Maj. Terrance McWilliams, El Pomar Foundation vice president for Military and Veteran Activities, will speak on legislation that may impact military retirees and their spouses. Lunch will be served at noon. Individuals do not need to be a club member to attend. Call the RAO at 556-7153 by Nov. 7 to make reservations.

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program - Richard Molina
Richard Molina has been approved for the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program due to a medical issue.  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.

In-service recruiter to hold Palace Front, Chase briefings
The Palace Chase and Palace Front briefings are held 10 a.m. Wednesdays in Building 26 (310th Space Wing Headquarters), Suite 106 (subject to change if TDY).  If you are interested in information about the Air Force Reserve Palace Front or Palace Chase Programs, please contact Master Sgt. Matthew Laney at 567-4494 or matthew.laney.1@us.af.mil. He is located in the Building 26, Suite 144. This building is outside the restricted area next to the Irwin Road gate entrance.

Federal Benefits Open Season
OPM has announced the Federal Benefits Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program will run from Nov. 10 through Dec. 8. FEHB changes will be effective Jan. 11. Detailed information regarding Open Season may be found on the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/insure/openseason/index.asp. Employees can find detailed information on making an Open Season election on the myPers website at https://myPers.af.mil, keyword search 7665.

New Monthly Civilian Newsletters
The Civilian Personnel Office has created a new Civilian Newsletter that will be posted at the beginning of each month on the Civilian Personnel sharepoint site at https://eis.afspc.af.mil/unit/50sw/50FSS/cpo/default.aspx In the top left corner look under "Civilian Newsletter" to view the latest copy.  This newsletter provides useful information for both civilian employees and their supervisors.

USAFA Football Tickets Available                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               There are a number of free USAFA Football tickets available at Outdoor Recreation or the Fitness Center.  The tickets are for the Nov. 28 game against Colorado State, and all the seats are located in the section normally reserved for cadets.  Tickets are available to all Schriever personnel on a first come-first served basis.

Building 730 bus stop to close
The Building 730 bus stop turn around will be closed for pavement rehabilitation until Dec. 1. Pedestrians will have alternate route to building during construction. Please be aware of potential delays. Please call Rodney Tassey at 567-3941 with any questions.

Vanpool to Schriever - South Denver/Castle Pines/Castle Rock
Is the wear and tear of commuting taking a bite out of your car and your wallet?  Take advantage of a vanpool. Best news for government civil service and active-duty military, receive a mass transit benefit to offset commuting costs. So join our van pool. The route includes the South Denver, Castle Pines/Rock, Monument, Black Forest/Woodmen area.  Final destination is Schriever AFB with arrival times between 7 and 7:15 a.m. Monday-Friday. Call (719) 359-0343 for more information.
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