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Base Bulletin - week of Oct. 9

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Schriever kicks off CFC
Team Schriever is hosting its annual Combined Federal Campaign kickoff Oct. 10 at the Schriever Fitness Center. The charity fair will open 9:30 a.m. with more than 50 organizations. Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander, will give his opening remarks at 10:30 a.m. Events include group commanders sumo wrestling tournament, chili cook-off and water gun battle royale. Bring super soakers, squirt guns and your best chili to help us kick start this year's CFC drive. To register for the cook-off, contact Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Weaver or 1st Lt. David Merrill.

UEI inspection offers interviews with spouses
During the 50th Space Wing Unit Effectiveness Inspection Capstone, the Air Force Space Command Inspector General will be offering Airmen-To-IG-Session interviews for spouses 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21.  These sessions are a 100 percent volunteer opportunity for spouses to partake in an open discussion about the 50 SW & Schriever Air Force Base. The spouse categories are: spouses of enlisted members, officers, civilians (all grades) and commanders. The maximum participants for each category are 16 individuals. The first 16 volunteers to contact the POCs will be accepted.  Names will be submitted to AFSPC IG Oct. 10. To volunteer or for more information, call Master Sgt. Jeremy Ridgway at 567-3417 or Capt. Dane Skousen at 567-2170.

Quarterly breakfasts cancelled
All quarterly breakfast events have been cancelled until January. Please refer to the base bulletin for any updates. For more information, please contact Staff Sgt. Anna Bily.

FSS hosts expo, information fair
The 50th Force Support Squadron is hosting the annual Expo and Information Fair 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Schriever Fitness Center.  Come out and meet with various 50 FSS activities, base agencies and sponsors.  There will be a complimentary lunch provided, as well as the chance to win some amazing prizes.  For more information, please call 567-3588.

Protect your family from fire
In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, the Schriever Fire Department provides the following tips to help you protect your family:
1. Install smoke alarms on each level of your home, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. 
2. Install carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home and outside sleeping areas (within 15 feet)
3. Post emergency numbers, such as fire, police, poison control, utilities, which include water, gas and electric
4. Know where your emergency shut-offs are for gas, water and electric
5. Have a multipurpose fire extinguisher inside your home; keep a safe distance from your stove for access.
6. Have an escape plan; two ways out and meeting point.

Base wash rack closed
The vehicle wash rack at Building 610 is closed until spring of next year. Customers will have access to the wash rack at Building 651 throughout winter.

Reserve in-service recruiter holds Palace Front, Palace Chase briefs
Palace Chase and Palace Front briefings are held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Building 26 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. He is located in the Building 26 Suite 144. This building is outside the RA next to the Irwin Road gate entrance.

Scared of public speaking?
The Schriever Toastmasters club is holding a meeting 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Tierra Vista community center. The club aims to help individuals develop better speaking and presentation skills, learn to think quickly and clearly on your feet and build your leadership style. The meeting is open to everyone on base. For more information, call Capt. Jose Castro at 567-2786.

RAO invites retirees to monthly 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. All military retirees are invited to attend.

Invest for your future
The Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center will host a basic investing class 2-4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Building 300 auditorium. Topics to be discussed will include: Thrift Savings Plan and individual retirement accounts contrasted and compared.  As the class progresses, more intermediate investing options will be introduced. Call 567-3920 to sign up for the class.

Give parents a break
The Child Development Center offers respite care to referred active-duty Air Force families courtesy of the Air Force Aid Society on one Saturday morning or late afternoon each month.  The next session will be held from 2-7 p.m. Oct. 18.  A voucher is required to register. Eligible families may obtain the voucher through the Airman and Family Readiness Center, commander, first sergeant or chaplain. Your child must be registered at the CDC by Oct. 10. Call the A&FRC at 567-3920 for more information.  

LinkedIn Lab coming to A&FRC
The Schriever Airman and Family Readiness Center will host a LinkedIn Lab 9-11 a.m. Oct. 15. A top priority resource for any job seeker, LinkedIn is the world's largest online professional network with millions of members.  This class covers information for the absolute beginner to the advanced LinkedIn user.  Learn how to get the most out of a LinkedIn with hands -on interaction setting up an account and populating it.  Call 567-3920 to sign up for the class.

A&FRC provides pre-separation counseling briefing
The Airman and Family Readiness Center will host a pre-separation counseling briefing 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14. This is the first step to separating or retiring from the military and the briefing is mandatory. Discussion will include registering for e-benefits, beginning an individual transition plan and the benefits and services available when you leave the military. Documentation of this briefing is accomplished through the completion of Department of Defense Form 2648. If you are a year from separation or two years from retirement, start the process. Call the A&FRC at 567-3920 to sign.

Prepare for deployment
The pre-deployment briefing is for deployers who are 30-60 days away from departure date. Many of the agencies on the out-processing checklist will brief. This is a new one-stop shop for out-processing for deployment. The class will be held 8-10 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Please call 567-3920 to sign up.

Start right
The Airman and Family Readiness Center will be conducting the Right Start brief 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 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 visitor pass at the Pass and Registration and provide escort duties. For information or to sign up, contact the A&FRC at 567-3920 or family@us.af.mil.

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program - Gary Sollinger
Gary Sollinger has been approved for the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program due to a family member's medical issues.  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.

Learn about your health care benefits
This year the Health Care Benefits Fair will be conducted 2:30-3:30 pm. Oct. 28 at the Schriever Fitness Center. Health care organizations will include Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program; Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Government Employees Health Association; Humana; Aetna; United Concordia Dental; and Mail Handler's Benefit Plan, among others.  For any questions, please contact Maggie Wander or Jaime Sampayo. 

Basketball court closed Oct. 14-15
The Schriever Fitness Center basketball court will be closed from 3 p.m. Oct. 14 until 6 p.m. Oct. 15. For more information, please call the fitness center at 567-6628.

Fitness center operates under holiday hours
The Schriever Fitness Center will be operating under holiday hours from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13 in observance of Columbus Day. For more information, please call the fitness center at 567-6628.

Fitness test changes location
All official fitness assessments will be held in the Schriever Fitness Center aerobics room from Oct. 14 through 30. The fitness assessments will supersede all other activities in the aerobics room during this period. For more information, please call Natalie McCoy at 567-6650.

ITT offers
The Information, Tickets and Travel, and Outdoor Recreation office offers the following tickets and activities. For more information, contact the ITT office at 567-6050:
- Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets tickets; all sections and seats are available for every home game for the 2014/2015 seasons
- Ski and snowboarding passes including Patriot Pass, Patriot Pass Plus, Liberty Pass, Liberty Honor Pass, Winter Park Season Pass, Copper Mountain Season Pass and the Loveland Ski Area Season Pass
- Tickets for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance Nov. 16 at the World Arena
- Buy two Elitch Garden tickets and get one free
- Win blue by participating in Elitch Garden's promotion
- Elitch Garden's Fright Fest; one ticket gives you access to two haunted attractions
- Armed Forces Vacation Club $299 is ongoing until Oct. 14. This is a seven-night, space-A trips. Visit http://www.afvclub.com/ for more details.

Nov. 4 is Election Day
Nov. 4 is Election Day in America.  Voters who requested, but did not receive an absentee ballot for the election should cast their ballot using the SF186, Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.  The write-in ballot is available from your Unit or Installation Voting Assistance Officer.  Whether using your state's ballot or the federal write-in ballot, please remember to mail your vote early enough to allow your ballot to arrive at your local election office by Election Day.  You can get assistance from your unit or installation voting assistance officer or at www.fvap.gov.

Schriever migrates SIPRNet email
The Department of Defense is directing migration of SIPRNet email services from the existing Air Force managed configuration to a DISA enterprise solution.  Schriever's migration is scheduled for Oct. 9. Changes to email functionality will be minor for users, but all SIPRNet email users and organizational account managers must perform pre-migration actions to ensure compliance and avoid mission impact.  All SIPRNet users must complete their User Pre-Migration Checklist.  If you have any questions or to get a copy of the checklist, please contact the CFP at 567-2666 option 2.

Free seminar promotes healthy marriage
Please join us for this one-day seminar 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Armed Forces YMCA Colorado Springs. The topics are communication, conflict resolution, fun and expectations. Lunch will be provided.  No childcare is provided for this event.  You can register by going to www.marry-well.org. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. The event is sponsored by the Schriever Chapel in partnership with the Colorado Healthy Marriage Project. If you have any questions, please call the 50th Space Wing Chaplain at  567-3705 or email at 50SWHC_Workflow@us.af.mil.
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