KEESLER NEWS Keesler Air Force Base Volume 70, No. 46 Biloxi, Mississippi Thursday, Nov. 25, 2009 Train to Fight — Train to Win INSIDE Family fun Force management COMMENTARY Mississippi’s Native Americans, 2 measures outlined TRAINING for 2010 fiscal year AND EDUCATION force management policy at the Pentagon. Inspiration to other By Daniel Elkins Colonel Garbutt added that Airmen, 4 Air Force Personnel Center the service is also held to a RANDOLPH Air Force Online master’s program Public Affairs fiduciary responsibility in Base, Texas — Air Force extended to captains, 6 meeting its congressionally NEWS officials have announced mandated end-strength. AND FEATURES measures to meet the fiscal “Whenever the Air Force 2010 end strength of 331,700, exceeds its authorized end requiring personnel manage- strength, there’s a cost to pay Keesler cornerstone in ment actions to reduce the that was not programmed for in centralized network, 8 Air attaché positions, 10 force by about 3,700 officers the budget,” she said. “That and enlisted members through places the burden on its leaders voluntary and involuntary Quarterly awards, 11 to vigilantly consider all early separation and retire- options in any approach to Tricycles on the move, 14 SPORTS ment programs. reduce the number of person- A weakened economy has nel while striking a balance lead to an increased retention with retaining the right skills.” AND RECREATION Smokeout run, 23 rate and force management Plans for an enlisted date measures are needed to strate- of separation rollback com- SECTIONS gically balance skills and abili- bined with a reduction in Air ties as well as reduce a project- Force specialty quotas for ed $228 million personnel Airmen who fail to complete Commentary..............2 -3 2 funding shortfall, officials said. initial technical training are Training, education......4-7 4 Force management meas- expected to achieve the enlist- 8 News, features...........8-18 Sports,recreation....19-201 ures are aimed to reduce the ed goal. Enlisted members end strength by 2,074 officers affected for the date of sepa- and 1,633 enlisted members. ration rollback impacts those Digest....................21-23 2 Photo by Kemberly Groue Officials believe they can with fewer than 14 or more 2 Classifieds..................2 4 Child development center staffer Teri Johnsrud plays achieve the enlisted end- than 20 years of service as of Happenings............A 1 -4 A with her 1-year-old daughter, Tori Pearson, during the Keesler on the Web strength goal but anticipate April 30, 2010. The criteria that actions to reduce the for the DOS rollback will be center’s Family Fun Day Nov. 19. Tori’s dad is Senior http://www.keesler.af.mil number of officers may only based on certain re-enlistment Master Sgt. Tony Pearson, 334th Training Squadron. attain about 900 of the more eligibility codes and/or For more pictures, see Page 14. than 2,000 needed. assignment availability codes. “As the Air Force continues DOS dates can be no later to support requirements of than April 30, 2010, and combatant commanders in a retirement dates no later than time of war, it’s essential that it May 1, 2010. follows a comprehensive force A number of personnel management plan to provide measures will be taken to the necessary manpower and reduce the number of officers bring relief to those critically needed; however, officials manned career fields,” said Col. Joan Garbutt, director of Dragons deployed — 246 Please see Force, Page 9 CO MMENT ARY 10 principles Cyber Wingman must know members in a service-wide email. our ability to execute the broader Air works, your information, your securi- Every day, malicious code, worms, The most common way of getting Force mission,” General Schwartz said. ty, your teammates and your country. Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs botnets and hooks attack Air Force com- information is phishing. This attack The “Rise of the Cyber Wingman” You significantly decrease our puters hardware, software and the targets the weakest link in network philosophy incorporates 10 guiding adversaries’ access to our networks, crit- Internet. They infiltrate classified infor- security — the user. It involves send- principles every Airman needs to ical Air Force information and your per- mation and compromise national securi- ing e-mails containing attachments know and use to secure cyberspace. sonal identity by taking simple action. ty. In response, the Air Force is stepping and linked Web sites that appear legit- The United States is vulnerable to Don’t open attachments or click up its mission to defend cyberspace. imate. Phishing tricks Airmen into cyberspace attacks by relentless on links unless the email is digitally Cyberspace adversaries attack downloading malicious code which adversaries attempting to infiltrate our signed, or you can directly verify the Department of Defense computer net- provides a door into that network or networks at work and at home- mil- source, even if it appears to be from works every day. They range from computer from remote locations. lions of times a day, 24/7. someone you know. individual hackers, criminal organiza- Phishing happens at work or home. Our adversaries plant malicious Don’t connect any hardware or tions and terrorists, to nation states. “Applying our Wingmen in the code, worms, botnets and hooks in download any software, applications, Though they aren’t successful the majority of the time, they have stolen cyberspace domain gives us a power- common Web sites, software and hard- music or information onto our net- classified information from networks ful advantage — every Airman is a ware such as thumbdrives, printers, etc. works without approval. and computers, including future defender in cyberspace,” said General Once implanted, this code begins Encrypt sensitive but unclassified weapon systems, logistics information C. Robert Kehler, Air Force Space to distort, destroy and manipulate and/or mission critical information. and Airmen’s personal information. Command commander. information, or “phone” it home. Ask your system administrator for Mission success is the goal of pro- The activation of 24th Air Force Certain code allows our adversaries to more information. tecting networks from attack. In helps define Air Force requirements obtain higher levels of credentials to Install the free Department of August, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton and establishes training standards for access highly sensitive information. Defense anti-virus software on your Schwartz outlined steps the Air Force is cyber warriors. The next step is to The adversary attacks your com- home computer. Your system adminis- taking to centralize this mission. He said educate every Airman about the puters at work and at home knowing trator can provide you with a copy. that those steps are just the beginning. Cyber Wingman campaign. you communicate with the Air Force “By embracing, understanding and “To make significant progress we “We must all conduct ourselves as network by e-mail, or transfer infor- applying each of these rules, we will must also change the way we think Cyber Wingmen, recognizing that our mation from one system to another. deliver on our promise to fly, fight about the cyberspace domain,” actions and activities on the network As Cyber Wingmen, you have a and win in air, space and cyberspace,” General Schwartz wrote to Air Force affect every other Airman and impact critical role in defending your net- General Schwartz said. Spotlighting Mississippi’s Native Americans the U.S., comprehensive tribal health Traditional garments worn mainly care programs, forestry, gaming, for special occasions are made from By Staff Sgt. Adrienne Russell-George There are many ways to appreci- entertainment and resort operations. cotton fabric in solid colors with a Equal opportunity office ate and embrace diversity among A few interesting places to visit are contrasting trim. Occasionally, people. Educating ourselves about the Choctaw Museum of the women choose silk or velvet fabric people different national origins, Southern Indian and the Mississippi for traditional dresses, usually for races and religions is one of the Band of Choctaw Indians events such as the Choctaw Indian many ways we can fully embrace Reservation in Philadelphia, Miss., Princess Pageant. the beauty of diversity. and the Geyser Falls Water Theme The Choctaw Indians have been During November, Native Ameri- Park and Pearl River Resort in inhabitants of the local area for Choctaw, Miss. thousands of years. So often, we can Indian Heritage Month, let’s In addition to the annual embrace this diversity by learning find ourselves living for today. Choctaw Thanksgiving Feast, the Let’s not forget that every piece of about the Mississippi’s true natives. annual Choctaw Fair is held in July With more than 550 recognized on the reservation and spring festi- history is important and each piece tribes in the United States, the vals take place in each of the of the puzzle of this country’s past Choctaw Indians are the only federal- Choctaw communities. These lends to our future. Take some ly-recognized Indian tribe in events give tribal members an time to visit and learn more about Mississippi today. They were con- opportunity to gather as a Choctaw this piece of American history that sidered one of the largest and most community and celebrate the pre-dates 1492. You may be advanced tribes in North America. tribe’s traditions and way of life. amazed at how much more appre- Today, about 85 percent of the Food is a central part of many ciation you will have for diversity Choctaw tribal members speak Choctaw gatherings. Traditional among people by simply learning Choctaw as their first language and foods such as hominy, boiled pork, about the history and culture of the English as a second language. fried chicken and banana are enjoyed Choctaw Indians and what pieces The Choctaw Tribe has the largest by the Choctaw people during special they contributed to the puzzle we unified Indian K-12 school system in occasions. call American history. KEESLER NEWS 81st Training Wing Brig. Gen. Ian Dickinson commander Jerry Taranto Public affairs director Susan Griggs Editor Kemberly Groue Photojournalist DRAGON ON Angela Cutrer Contract journalist THE STREET Billy Bell Public affairs staff Tim Coleman By Kemberly Groue My family’s health. I’m thankful for life. My beautiful wife and Jonathan Hicks Keesler News photojournalist Senior Airman unborn son. Melissa Seal, K-Mar Steve McDaniel, 81st Senior Airman Sean Kimberly Moore What are you especially thankful Carty, 81st Medical Sup- Tech. Sgt. Chuck Marsh Senior Airman for this Thanksgiving? Industries contractor Force Support Squadron port Squadron David Salanitri Senior Airman Eric Summers Joel Van Nice 1st Lt. Joost Verduyn YoLanda Wallace The Keesler News office is in Room 201A, Wall Studio, Building 0902. The mailing address: 81TRW/PAIN, Keesler AFB, MS 39534-2120. Phone: 377-4130, 3837, 3163 or 9966. Published Thursday. News dead- line: noon Monday. Editorial content edited, prepared and provided by the 81st TRW Public Affairs Office is in compliance with Air Force journalistic stan- dards. Photos are Air Force pho- tos unless otherwise indicated. The Keesler News is pub- lished by Gulf Publishing Co., a private firm in no way con- nected with the Air Force, under an exclusive written contract with the 81st TRW as an authorized publication for U.S. military service members. Contents aren’t necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. government, Department of Defense or Air Force. Advertising doesn’t constitute endorsement by the U.S. government, DOD, Air Force or Gulf Publishing of products or services adver- tised. Everything advertised shall be available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mari- tal status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor. Keesler on the Web http://www.keesler.af.mil TRAINING AND EDUCATION Photo by Kemberly Groue Sergeant Hathcock trained in the emergency department to earn his five-level skill. 25 years after he joined the Air Force Cop finishes training as medic Hathcock said. “After seeing that, as well as witnessing death and injuries during my service By Steve Pivnick A recent graduate of Keesler Medical in the Army, Air Force and civilian life, I decid- 81st Medical Group Public Affairs Center’s Aerospace Medical Apprentice Phase ed I wanted to serve in the medical career field. II course can serve as an inspiration to all I was assigned to the clinic at Charlotte and was Airmen. sent to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, to train Staff Sgt. John Hathcock, 43, a member of the as a medic.” He completed the Sheppard Phase I program as a distinguished graduate on Aug. 7 North Carolina Air National Guard, was among a and began Phase II at Keesler on Aug. 13. The class of 11 completing the six-week program. The class graduated Sept. 22. other students were much younger. He remained here to finish Phase III training, “I’m old enough to be their father,” he noted. working in the emergency department and was “I served on active duty in the Air Force awarded his five-skill level. from 1984-87,” he said. “I was working in law “I really enjoy this aspect of my training,” enforcement in Lexington, N.C., when I saw Sergeant Hathcock commented. “I’m getting a the planes hit the World Trade Center towers on lot of good experience working as a med tech in 9/11.” He decided to enlist in the Army and at the ER. I love dealing with people. There is no 36 went through basic training at Fort Sill, better way for my faith than to help someone.” Okla., deploying for 18 months to the Samara The father of five is about to see his oldest area of Iraq. son, a soldier, deploy to Afghanistan. During this deployment he was injured. “I have so much respect for the young men and Following his release from the hospital in January women who volunteer to serve their county,” he 2005, he enlisted in the Air National Guard, said. “Working with them has been so rewarding. becoming a life support instructor at the Charlotte, I’ve been able to serve with the best. Other than N.C., Guard base. Including his Army service, marriage and the birth of my children, I’ve been so he’s been deployed almost yearly since 2002. proud to wear this uniform.” “I deployed to Afghanistan and was there Now Sergeant Hathcock returns to his civilian when the first suicide bomber struck,” Sergeant profession with the Charlotte Police Department. Online master’s program extended to captains Opening the program to captains is the next logical time for their next promotion board. He noted that step as we look for innovative ways to deliver profes- captains with six to seven years of commissioned By Carl Bergquist sional military education and continuing education service who have completed Squadron Officer MAXWELL Air Force Base, Ala. — Air University Air University Public Affairs opportunities to our warfighters.” School either in residence or through distance learn- officials offers eligible mid-level Air Force captains a Doctor Kessler said the current program will provide ing, but do not yet have a master’s degree, will be eli- unique educational opportunity to enroll in an online a common core curriculum supported by multiple areas gible to apply for the program. master’s degree beginning next month. of concentration. The existing online program consists The degree is designed to be career-relevant and is Lt. Col. Robert Lass, ACSC vice dean of distance of 11 eight-week courses that total 33 credit hours and learning, said this is a win-win situation for both Air- intended to accommodate the current high operations reflect the educational outcomes of the ACSC residen- tempo environment, said Dr. Bart Kessler, Air Com- men and the Air Force because the program meets tial program. From this program, seven of the existing their needs simultaneously. mand and Staff College distance learning dean. online courses (21 credit hours) form the core curricu- The expansion to eligible captains builds on the “This is an amazing opportunity. To offer captains lum required of all students, with the remaining 12 credit this level of targeted professional military education success of the online master’s program for majors. hours forming various concentrations directed toward The new option offers tailored professional educa- this early in their career, says a lot about how seri- specific professional development. The first of these tion opportunities and expands those opportunities to ously the Air Force takes PME,” he said. new concentrations, the “Leadership Concentration,” a limited number of mid-level captains. was designed by Squadron Officer College to meet the Colonel Lass said the program will begin modestly, Since its inception two years ago, 348 majors developmental needs of captains. with limited enrollment accepting approximately 100 have graduated with master’s of military operational Dr. Matthew Stafford, academic adviser to the com- captains in a “beta test” for its first term. However, cap- art and science degrees through the online program. mandant at Squadron Officer College, explained that the tains will have the opportunity to apply each eight-week More than 1,000 students are currently enrolled. four courses are specifically designed to meet develop- term. The number of slots available may increase in sub- “Including captains in the online master’s program mental requirements outlined by the Air Staff. They sequent terms based on resource availability. is an exciting expansion of an exceptionally successful address foundations of officership, team-building and The application window for the first term will program,” said Brig. Gen. Anthony Rock, the ACSC organizational leadership, as well as expeditionary lead- open Dec. 2. Students will be notified by Dec. 10 if commandant. “These officers have earned a degree ership in an intercultural environment. they are among the first Leadership Concentration that is directly related to their Air Force mission in a Col. Steve Tanous, the Squadron Officer College students. Students apply through the Air University rigorous, interactive, Web-based environment. Many commandant, added that the program is a “unique portal and classes begin Jan. 4. of them have done this from forward-deployed loca- opportunity” for captains to further their professional The online master’s program Web site is tions without any disruptive break in their education. development while earning a master’s degree, all in http://www.au.af.mil/au/dlmasters.asp. TRAINING AND EDUCATION NOTES is closed until 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and The party is sponsored by the The $2,000 grants are noon Dec. 16 for drill practice Army and Air Force Exchange given to selected sons and Post-9/11 GI Bill NECP deadlines A post-9/11 GI Bill briefings and evaluations. Service and Keesler Federal daughters of active duty, Title Nurse Enlisted Commission- are 11:30 a.m. in the Sablich Credit Union. 10 Active Guard/Reserve, ing Program deadlines are Feb. In case of inclement weather, Center Auditorium. Title 32 AGR performing full- 26, notification of intent to the hours may change or the lot For more information, call time active duty, retired, apply; March 26, academic will be open. Be a physician assistant 376-8708 or 8710. The next board for retired reserve and deceased evaluation; and April 23, appli- For more information, call cations due. Physician Assistant Phase I Air Force members; spouses Master Sgt. Greg Jackson, 377- For more information, call raining classes is March 16- (stateside) of active duty Commissioning Commissioning briefings are 3944. 17. Completed applications the education office, 377-8708 members and Title 10 AGR/ 10-10:30 a.m. in Room 224, must be submitted by Jan. 25. Reservists; and surviving or 8710. Sablich Center: For more information, call spouses of deceased members House party Officer Training School — A UBU house party for nonprior service students is 8 the education office, 376- for undergraduate studies. ACSC options second and fourth Wednesdays 8708/8710. The application deadline is Air Command and Staff of the month. The briefing isn’t p.m. Dec. 11 at the Legends March 12. The deadline to College can be completed by held today. Cafe in Vandenberg Commu- Hap Arnold grants submit related family finan- correspondence or seminar. ROTC — first and third nity Center. Applications are available cial data forms and grade Majors or major-selects of Tuesdays of the month. Students may pick up a free online for the Air Force Aid point average verification all services and civilians Gen- UBU card at the event, or Society’s Henry H. Arnold forms is April 15. Recipients eral Schedule-11 and above Parking lot closed show their current card and Education Grant Program at are named in June. are eligible. The parking lot on the south- become eligible for prizes and http://www.afas.org/Educatio For more information, call For more information, call east side of the NCO Academy giveaways. n/ArnoldEdGrant.cfm Linda Edison, 376-8517. 376-8472. Paralegal Perfect students retraining opportunities Retraining opportunities Legal office exist in the paralegal career field, Air Force Specialty Code 5J0X1. Applicants must be at least a senior airman with a mini- mum 5-skill level in any AFSC; minimum general Airman Qualification Exam score of 51; type at least 25 words per minute; have no convictions by court-martial punishment under Article 15, Airman Basic Norman Hitosis, left, and Staff Sgt. Tina or conviction by civilian Kalar achieved perfect scores in their technical train- court, excluding minor traffic ing. Airman Hitosis, from Dale City, Calif., aced the violations. personnel apprentice course in the 335th Training For more information, call Squadron. He’s headed to an assignment at Eglin Air Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Force Base, Fla. Sergeant Kalar, who achieved a per- O’Hara, 376-8145.. fect score for the final communications-computer sys- tems course for the 3C0X1 Air Force Specialty Code, is E-mail = from Des Moines, Iowa, and is a member of the Iowa Worldwide National Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing’s communica- tions squadron. A perfect student whose photo was Communications. not available is Airman 1st Class Jessica Mallas, anoth- Use It Securely. er personnel apprentice course student in the 335th TRS. She’s a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard in Madison. Base shuttle schedules are found at http://www.keesler.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=15371 N EWS AND FEATURES Good gumbo IN T HE N E WS James Taylor, left, 81st Force Support Squadron, and Lt. Pass Road Gate update Lanes on the north side of the Pass Road Gate reopen at Col. Sean Gallagher, 81st 6 a.m. Dec. 3 as the southbound lanes of Ploesti Drive Mission Support Squadron from the gate to Hercules Street close for 10 weeks for deputy commander, sample construction of denial barriers. the specialties at the eighth All traffic entering the base at the Pass Road Gate will be annual dining facility gumbo detoured north on Ploesti around Bay Breeze Golf Course contest Nov. 17 at the Azalea Dining Facility. The winner is and marina park. Azalea’s Carol Evans. Curtis and Patton Street entrances into Bay Ridge hous- ing area reopen Monday. The Rodenberg Gate is open daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Photo by Adam Bond Keesler is Air Force’s first move DOD, Air Force rank high in study The Air Force with the Department of Defense has Air Force News Service toward centralized network received high ratings for its professionalism, trust, accura- cy and quality, according to a recent survey. will be for the rest of the Air Force, is the The findings were presented during a recent panel dis- change to a single e-mail address (first- By Michael Kerver cussion following a Gallup Organization study analyzing SCOTT Air Force Base, Ill. — The Air Force firstname.lastname@example.org): an address people how Americans perceive the federal government. Air Force Network Integration Center recently took the first major steps in moving e- will keep for the duration of their careers or employment/affiliation with the Air Force, “Overall the survey asked Americans to rate the federal mail and network services at Keesler into what government on a five point scale,” said Frank Newport, will become the central Air Force Network. regardless of the base or organization assigned. ADX builds on the successes of the “E-mail editor in chief of the Gallup poll. “The military was Within today’s environment, major commands included and was the highest.” and some subordinate units operate their own net- for Life” program, and as additional bases migrate onto the AFNet, it will provide Airmen “We asked which branch of the military is most impor- works, but the Active Directory and Exchange project looks to consolidates them under the oper- log-on capability to any connected Air Force tant to the United States and it historically continues to be ational control of a single commander. computer without having to re-register for the Air Force,” Mr. Newport said. He added the military The 81st Communications Squadron teamed computer access whenever they go on tempo- has continued to do well in spite of challenges with its with members of the Air Force Network rary duty, move or deploy. nuclear enterprise and the ongoing war in Iraq and Integration Center and the 561st Network “Airmen now have an account that is always Afghanistan. active, and through the use of their common Gallup officials conducted the study to examine public Operations Squadron’s Detachment 3 and in 45 access card, will have around the clock access to attitudes about the “overall customer experience” across days, Keesler became the first operational base e-mail and network services regardless of their all federal agencies. The study asked more than 40,000 to migrate onto the AFNet. duty location,” said Eric Lubeck, ADX program “In a move affecting more than 6,100 users, American citizens to answer a series of questions about manager. “The move to a single network and 7,000 computers, and 700 organizational ability to create and maintain static e-mail the level and quality of service they received from federal accounts, the success at Keesler reflects two years addresses has long been an e-business industry agencies, painting a clearer picture of the overall experi- of planning and is truly symbolic of a team effort,” standard, and one overdue for an organization as ence of individual’s interactions with the agencies. said Senior Master Sgt. Dan Lester, AFNIC’s mobile and diverse as the Air Force.” active directory and exchange lead command Sergeant Lester said, “An easy, but vitally Holiday mailing deadlines manager. “The lessons we learned were invalu- important group of people we often take for able, and we’ve already integrated them into the granted are the local client support technicians. Deadlines for mailing domestic mail to be delivered by U.S. Postal Service processes we’ll use for future migrations.” Without them, and the active involvement of Dec. 25 are Dec. 16 for parcel post, Dec. 21 for first class The ADX program is part of a servicewide the network control center, migrations would effort to transform cyber operations and consoli- and priority mail and Dec. 23 for express mail. be virtually impossible to execute.” For military mail, deadlines are: date network applications for better security, “The Keesler migration was part of the com- reduced cost, and enterprise-wide standardization. Saturday — space-available mail to ZIPs 090-092, munication community’s overall initiative to 094-098, 340 and 962-966. “The AFNet being built today will consolidate improve and enhance the way active duty, network application and help desk services that Reserve, Guard, civil service, and contractor Dec. 1 — parcel airlift mailto APO/FPO AE ZIP 093. are operating independently today,” said Col. Curt force access information,” said Lt. Col. Skip Dec. 4 — parcel airlift mail to ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, Locke, 690th Network Support Group command- Adams, former 81st CS commander now serv- 340 and 962-966; first-class and priority mail letters and er at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, who is now ing as 81st Training Group vice commander.. cards to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 the single network commander for Keesler. “By Though Keesler is the first base to migrate, Dec. 11 — first-class mailand priority mail letters and consolidating these networks and centralizing officials from AFNIC and the 690th NSG have cards to APO/FPO ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, 340 and 962- services, we can reduce our manpower and equip- worked to migrate more than 9,300 individual 966. ment footprint and still deliver the mission support users into the AFNet and by the end of the project Dec. 18 — express mail to APO/FPO ZIPs 090-092, our customers need. anticipate 845,000 users will be migrated. Next to 094-098, 340 and 962-966. While most changes were transparent, the be migrated will be Lackland, Dobbins Air For more information, log on to http://www.usps.com. most visible to computer users at Keesler, and Reserve Base, Ga., and Grand Forks AFB, N.D. retire or are separated through force management measures Dancing the night away Force, are better prepared to find their next career by virtue of from Page 1 anticipate those actions to the advanced training and continue into fiscal 2011. A experience gained in service,” reduction in time-in-grade Colonel Garbutt said. “Base requirement for colonels and transition assistance programs lieutenant colonels will be along with a number of agen- offered to eligible officers cies standing by to assist vet- who retire on or before Sept. erans help prepare Airmen for 1, 2010. The limited active a successful transition.” duty service commitment for The addition of more than officers in overage Air Force 9,000 new Air Force civilian specialties and year groups positions in fiscal 2010 may will be waived so that they also help ease the transition. may separate or retire on or With contractor-to-civilian before Sept. 1, 2010. conversions, new organiza- Additionally, the Air Force tions standing up and overall will reduce the number of fis- cal 2010 accessions from increases in positions, the Officer Training School by service is projecting an even 144 and delay the accession larger hiring surge in fiscal of 417 ROTC cadets from fis- 2011 with an estimated cal 2010 to fiscal 2011. 25,000 new positions by fis- Officials also plan to expand cal 2013. the number of Palace Chase For more information on transfers to the Air Force force management measures Reserve and offer expanded and eligibility, visit the Air waiver criteria for interservice Force Personnel Center’s Photo by Kemberly Groue transfers to the Army as part “Ask” site or call the Total Don Commiskey of Gulfport dances with 2nd Lt. Lauren Hedlund, 81st Medical of the Blue to Green program. Force Service Center at 800- Group, at the Harrison County Senior Citizen Prom Nov. 18 at the Imperial Palace. “Airmen who voluntarily 525-0102. Keesler members danced and mingled with the guests at the annual event. P E RS O N N EL N O T E S Health benefits open season The health benefits open season runs through Dec. 14. 81st Force Support Squadron For a copy of the 2010 federal employee health benefits guide, visit http:// www.opm.gov/insure/health/planinfo/guides/index.asp. For more information, call 376-8326. Officers sought for air attaché jobs RANDOLPH Air Force Base, Texas — Air Force officials Air Force Personnel Center here are accepting applications until Dec. 11 from senior cap- tains, majors and lieutenant colonels to fill eight air attaché positions and assistant air attaché positions with in-country reporting dates ranging from August 2010 to September 2012. Officers selected for attaché duty will attend training during the period of April 2010 to April 2011. An operations background, foreign language skills and expe- rience in the region are all highly desired. Eligible applicants must: Be released from their functional manager to compete for an assignment; Take or have taken the Defense Language Aptitude Battery Test; and Be a U.S. citizen with all immediate family members (par- ents, siblings, spouse and children) all U.S. citizens as well. Officers selected for an interview will be notified by Jan. 31. Applications are available online at https://www.intelink. gov/sites/safia/aotools/avs/default.aspx or through the 24-hour Air Force Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102. Identification card requirements To be issued an identification card, two forms of legal identi- fication are necessary. Dependents are required to be accompa- nied by their sponsor unless they have power of attorney or a Defense Department Form 1172. For more information, call 376-8339. Military personnel contacts Military personnel section phone numbers: Customer support — 376-8738. Career development — 376-8739. Force management — 376-8740. Student personnel center — 377-4111. Testing — 376-4111. Sergeant Flores Sergeant Vaughan Sergeant Harrison Captain McClennon Ms. Clay Ms. Mullins Mr. VanSittert Mr. Deitke Airman Young Sergeant Rypka Airman Chambers Wing presents quarterly awards Civilian Category 1 — Florence Clay, 334th TRS. By Susan Griggs Civilian supervisor Category 1 — Len The 81st Training Wing’s quarterly award Keesler News editor winners were honored at a luncheon Nov. 18 at VanSittert, 81st Medical Support Squadron. the Dragon’s Lair. Civilian Category 2 — Juanita Mullins, Winners for July-September are: 81st Surgical Operations Squadron. Airman — Staff Sgt. Airman Cornelio Flo- Civilian supervisor Category 2 — Paul res, 336th Training Squadron. Deitke,338th TRS. Noncommissioned officer — Tech. Sgt. Honor Guard Airman — Senior Airman Noah Vaughan, 335th TRS. Jemal Young, 81st Dental Squadron. Senior NCO — Master Sgt. Brent Harrison, Honor Guard NCO — Staff Sgt. Birch 338th TRS Detachment, Fort Gordon, Ga. Rypka, 332nd TRS. Company grade officer — Capt. Renee Spartan dorm room — Senior Airman Patsy McClennon, 81st Medical Group. Chambers, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron. Volunteer — get connected. Christmas light display benefits holiday toy collection This year's Toys for Tots campaign tunity to donate to the toy drive. continues through Dec. 14. This display, from dark until 10 p.m. Boxes are set up across the base for Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-13, will have 96 donations of new unwrapped boys. channels of lights on the house, trees and This year, in addition to the regular lawn that will be synchronized to music. toy collection, Lt. Col. Scott Solomon The Toys for Tots shows will last about 20 plans a musical light display at his resi- minutes. Admission is one toy. dence, 717 Vandenberg Drive in Bay For more information on the drive, Ridge housing area, as another oppor- call Cheryl Moore, 377-3900. Program provides help for holidays By Jonathan Hicks Thanksgiving and Christ- Keesler Public Affairs mas are times of joy and cheer. The holidays are also an opportunity to help members of the Keesler family. Project Cheer is a charitable initiative coordinated and spon- sored by the first sergeants coun- cil to help permanent party Air- men with families who are experiencing financial difficul- ties and need assistance during the holiday season. The annual program has successfully pro- vided hundreds of families with holiday meals. The first sergeants support the project with an annual golf tournament and other fund-rais- ers. This year’s holiday push begins Friday and ends Dec. 20. During the campaign, the first sergeants will be in front of the base exchange and commissary to collect donations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Last year, Project Cheer started with an initial investment of $20 and raised more than $14,000. This enabled the first sergeants to help more than 100 families identified by supervi- sors and commanders with a $100 check to the commissary. Master Sergeant Christo- pher Rash, 81st Security Forces Squadron first ser- geant, is the point of contact for this year’s campaign and he hopes to have just as much success this time around. “All of the first sergeants are very excited and energized about the program,” Sergeant Rash said. “We really look forward to being able to posi- tively touch the lives of so many airman and they’re fam- ilies. It’s a joy for us to put smiles on their faces and let them know that this is more than a workplace — that the Air Force is also a family.” Photo by Kemberly Groue Tech. Sgt. Valerie Mullins, president of the child development center’s parent advisory board, and her 1-year-old daughter, Katie, laugh at their mirror images at the child development cen- ter’s family fun day Nov. 19. Katie’s mom is assigned to the 81st Communications Squadron and her dad, Master Sgt. Steven Mullens, is from the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron. Fun family times at child development center Photo byKemberly Groue Randy Sherer, husband of Senior Airman Tammy Sherer, 81st Medical Support Squadron, reads to their 1-year-old son, Will, at family fun day Nov. 19. Mackenzie Town- send, 2, does dot art with her mom, Devann Townsend, and grandmother, Sharon Warning, at family fun day. Mackenzie’s dad is Airman 1st Class Austin Townsend, Photo by Adam Bond Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Preschoolers demonstrate their pedal Photo by power during the child development Kemberly Groue center’s annual trike-a-thon Friday. AAFES promotions offer chances to win holiday treats have all of the latest “must- have” gifts, including the By Angela Cutrer Promotions, prizes and newly introduced line of Ed Keesler News popular name brands will Hardy jewelry, XBOX mili- anchor the efforts of Army and tary appreciation bundles and Air Force Exchange Service specially-priced notebooks officials to invite military and mini netbooks. families to “rediscover the With a mission to provide value” their exchange is offer- quality goods and services at competitively low prices and ing this holiday season, a mil- generate earnings to support itary story reported. AAFES’s programs, the dual Exclusive savings on holi- benefit AAFES provides mili- day decorations, care package tary families at Keesler goes items and electronics cycled far beyond the clothes, elec- in and out of BXs and PXs tronics and snacks at shelves, every week in November, all AAFES officials said. Shop- building toward this Thanks- pers who shop through the giving weekend and what has BX, the Web site online at become practically a national www.aafes.com or the phone holiday — “Black Friday.” through the Exchange catalog At the forefront of the post- actually help make the mili- Thanksgiving blitz will be tary community a better place thousands of scratch-off cards to live and work. given out to early birds and “Last year purchases by customers who shop the service members and depend- exchange after 4 p.m. from ents at the BX, Shoppette and Sunday through Tuesday. other AAFES activities at Photo by Kemberly Groue With prizes ranging from free Keesler generated a dividend Staff Sgt. Janet Holmes, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron, and her husband, retired soft drinks to $100 gift cards, Master Sgt. Dennis Holmes, do some holiday shopping at the Keesler BX. of $513,884 — funds critical every scratch-off will be a and 9 a.m. Sunday after size of the store, we will pass distributed between 4 p.m. to Air Force Services’ ability winner. Thanksgiving,” said AAFES’ out anywhere from 60 to 200 and closing.” to enhance local programs and “BX and PXs will open at 4 Commander Maj. Gen. Keith scratch-off cards Friday morn- Beyond giveaways and facilities, including the arts a.m. Friday, 6 a.m. Saturday Thurgood. “Depending on the ing, with the remainder being prizes, the exchanges will and crafts center, Bay Breeze Golf Course and youth pro- grams,” said Keesler BX gen- eral manager Penny Madison. “Beyond improving quality of life programs, the exchange benefit also helps military shoppers find the best value for their dollar.” Ms. Madison said that at the front line of this effort is the BX’s market price coordi- nator, whose main duty is to compare the prices of key items with local competition. “She helps ensure that our prices are comparable, if not lower, than the competition.” Fine jewelry can be put on layaway for up to 120 days at the BX, Ms. Madison said. “As you can see, the Keesler BX has a lot ‘in store’ for Air Force families this year,” Ms. Madison added. The opportunities to shop and save won’t end in Novem- ber, as AAFES officials have a variety of special events planned for December, includ- ing early-bird specials Dec. 5, 19 and 24. To report Reaching out to wounded warriors sexual assaults, call Keesler’s sexual assault response coordinator hotline, 377-7278. Photo by Steve Pivnick Naomi Kraina, Keesler Disabled American Veterans representative, discusses veterans’ benefits with Mas- ter Sgt. Lerry Forester, 81st Medical Support Squadron, during Warrior Care Month Outreach Day Nov. 19. The event, held in Keesler Medical Center’s Don Wylie auditorium, included representatives from Keesler and other organizations who offered information about the services they provide veterans. Air Force offers financial aid to people wanting to adopt ing on continuous active duty, or full-time Air Guard Reserve By Susan Griggs duty with orders specifying a November is Adoption Keesler News editor period of at least 180 days, Awareness Month, and the Air Child must be under 18 Force is working to make years of age and physically or adoption more affordable for mentally incapable of caring potential Air Force parents. for himself, Through the Adoption Expense Reimbursement Pro- Child may not be the bio- gram, parents using a legal logical offspring of the Air- adoption agency may be eligi- man or a stepchild, and ble for up to $2,000 per adop- The adoption must be tive child, with a maximum arranged by a qualified adop- reimbursement of $5,000 in a tion agency that has responsi- calendar year, for qualifying bility under state or local law expenses. for child placement through “With the current economic adoption; a nonprofit volun- downturn, the cost of adoption tary adoption agency that is can discourage potential par- authorized by state or local ents,” said Steve McDaniel law to place children for adop- from the airman and family tion; or any other source readiness center. “I believe authorized by a state to pro- that you can get anything in vide adoption placement if the life you want if you help adoption is supervised by a someone get what they need court under state or local law. — and adoption is a wonder- For more information, call ful way to build a family.” Mr. McDaniel, 376-8586, or To qualify for the program: the Total Force Service Cen- Adoption must be final- ter, 1-800-525-0102 or DSN ized while the Airman is serv- 665-5000. KEESLER NOTES Christmas card contest Organizations wishing to Daedalians compete in this year’s Christ- make donation mas card contest must regis- ter their entry at the outdoor to Fisher House recreation office, and erect The Daedalians Hurri- their card in the marina park, cane Flight 40 recently no later than noon Dec. 9. This year’s theme is “Year made a $100 donation to of the Air Force Family.” the Keesler Fisher House Cards must be free standing in the memory of one of and painted on a piece of ply- its members, retired Col. wood no smaller than 4 foot by Howard Froman, who 8 foot. The back of the card is passed away Sept. 25. to be painted a solid color and Founded in 1934, the must show the name of the Order of Daedalians is a squadron and point of contact. fraternal organization of Participants are responsible for military pilots promoting their own materials. leadership in air and space Winners are announced at 6 power. p.m. Dec. 10 at the Christmas in Dean Todd, flight captain, the Park celebration, with said, “The chapter meets prizes awarded for first, second monthly at the Kat-rina and third place. Kantina to sponsor an edu- All cards are to be cational speaker and honor removed by Jan. 4. the legacy of those who For more information, call have flown and are flying in 377-3160. defense of our nation.” The chapter offers scholarships to local Wheelchair taxi The 81st Logistic Readi- ROTC students and con- ness Squadron vehicle opera- tributein other ways to the tions now has a wheelchair- Keesler community. accessible minivan available for taxi service. For more information, call Root canal treatment 377-2430. The Keesler Dental Clinic is seeking patients that require root canal treatment. Travel medicine clinic People planning interna- All authorized beneficiaries tional travel should visit the including military retirees and travel medicine clinic at least dependents of active duty and one month before departure. retired are eligible for care. The clinic is in the allergy Patients accepted for treat- clinic in the medical center’s ment are treated by either the basement near the emergency endodontic specialty program department entrance. residents or the residents in For more information, call the general dentistry program. 376-3550. Referral from a dentist for root canal treatment is required. Immunization clinic Immunization clinic hours: For more information, call Immunizations — 7 a.m. to the endodontics department, 4:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 376-5227. a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; closed 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. com- Zero overpricing pressed work schedule Fridays. Submit zero overpricing Allergy shots — 1-4 p.m. items on Air Force Form 1046 Monday; 7:30-10:30 a.m. and 1- to CSC supply customerservice, 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Room 126, Taylor Logistics The clinic is closed noon to 5 Center, Building 4002. p.m. on the second Thursday of For overpricing issues or each month for training. concerns, call Michael Cashion, For more information, call 377-5206, or e-mail michael. 376-3553. cashion.ctr@ keesler.af.mil. SPORTS AND RECREATION Team Keesler turns back on tobacco for Great American Smokeout Run Photos by Kemberly Groue Anthony Wilson, left, and Eunice Elmore were the top male and female finishers in the Great American Smokeout 5-kilometer run Nov. 19. Wilson, 81st Security Forces Squadron, finished in 18 minutes, 7 seconds. Elmore, 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, had a time of 24:31. S CORES AND MORE information, call 377-2907. Golf lessons — $25 for 30 min- ding. Louisiana license is needed for become certified to rent a pontoon. For Free fitness testing, exercise utes. For appointment, call 424-0479. fishing. For more information, call more information, call 377-3160. Basketball prescription and personal training Twilight special — 1 p.m. 377-3160. Rental campers — $50 day. Two Varsity men’s and women’s — at Blake, Dragon and Triangle Mondays-Thursdays; play unlimited Marina park pavilions — to available; one sleeps six, one sleeps teams — tryouts to be announced. Fitness Centers. For more informa- golf until closing. Fees: E1-E4, $12; reserve, call 377-3160. eight. For more information and tow- Teams play in Southeastern Military tion, call for appointment. E5-O3, $20; O4-up, $22, guests $22. Nonprior service student special ing requirements, call 377-3160. Athletic Conference. Season started Free blood pressure machines Nonprior service student special — 35000 Trek seven-speed bikes, $5 Rent a bicycle — 3500 Trek, seven in November. Coaches needed. For — available for use at all fitness — show phase card or UBU card. day on nonworking Friday, Saturday more information, call 377-2444 or speed, $3 day, $15 week, $35 month. centers. Greens fee and cart, $15 for 18 holes, and Sunday, or Saturday/Sunday. 377-3056. Resale area — snacks, beverages, Boxing room — Triangle Fitness $10 for nine holes; add $5 for rental One-day fishing trips — to Horn, Center. Six heavy bags, three speed clubs. fishing and rental equipment, hunting Ship or Cat Islands; pick the date. bags and one double-end bag. and fishing licenses. Charter trip in Delacroix and Reggio, Bowling Boxing gloves available. RV, boat and trailer storage — La., with professional fishing guide. Outdoor recreation Gaude Bowling Center New Fit to fight incentive program $20 per month. Year's Eve party — 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more information, call 377-3160. — Dragon slayers, dragon readers, Back Bay fishing trip — $20 per 17-foot Back Bay cruiser for rent Dec. 31. Bowling, dancing, music, Paddle boats for rent — two- dragon gliders and dragon riders person. State fishing license required; — Mississippi boater registration card favors, finger foods, prizes and non- person and four-person paddle boats available at no cost at Blake, Dragon minimum four, maximum six people. required. For more information or for alcoholic midnight toast. Alcoholic for $5 per hour for a minimum of and Triangle fitness centers. Awards For more information, call 377-3160. prices, call 377-3160. beverages sold separately. $30 Christmas in the marina park two hours; first hour free through presented. For more information, November. For more information, Wet slip fees — monthly, 32 feet adults, $25 ages 6-17. Ages 5 and contact the fitness center of your and tree lighting — Dec. 10. Hay younger admitted free. Ages 14 and call 377-3160. plus, $3.75 per foot; under 32 feet, choice. rides begin at 4 p.m. Tree lighting at younger must be accompanied by an 6 p.m. followed by a visit with Pontoon boat training — test to $2.50 per foot. Overnight, $5 per boat. Parent/child fitness room — at adult. Tickets on sale at the desk. Dragon Fitness Center. Workout Santa. Photo opportunities with Bowling fund raisers — for equipment; play area for ages 6 Santa, so bring your camera. Festiv- more information, call 377-2817. months to 7 years. ities include live nativity scene, Youth bowling — for any child Massage appointments — at horse and buggy rides, balloon artist, old enough to throw the bowling ball Triangle Fitness Center. For more arts and craft booths, free food, hot down the alley. League meets 9:30 information, call 348-6698. chocolate and cookies, and holiday a.m. Saturdays; instruction avail- No smoking — on Crotwell music. Sponsored by Keesler Fed- able. For more information, call Track across from Blake Fitness eral Credit Union and Budweiser- 377-2817. Center. Responsibility Matters. For more Glow bowling — 9 p.m. Fridays Triangle Fitness Center — information, call 377-3160. and 7 p.m. Saturdays. open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays- Catamaran sailboat for rent — Lunch and bowl special — 11 working Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $10 per hour, minimum 2 hours, or a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. compressed work schedule Fridays $75 per day. Trailer and take-off site Bowl for $1 a game plus $1 for shoes. and weekends; closed holidays. For $100 per day or $175 for a weekend. Team building special — 1-3 more information, call 377-3056. Must be sailboat certified. p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 1-5 Blake Fitness Center — open Camping packages – available, p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Bring 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays- including sleeping bags, lanterns, your employees bowling for $1 a working Fridays; 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. camp stoves and tents. game plus shoe rental. For reserva- compressed work schedule Fridays; 8 Canoes, kayaks — for rent. tions, call 377-2817. a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends and holidays. Deep sea fishing private charter Club member special — show Dragon Fitness Center — Due — rent Dolphin II, $750 for first 10 current club card Thursdays and bowl to water damage to the basketball people, $50 each additional person. for $1.50 per game; free shoe rental. court, the center’s hours have been No license needed. $100 deposit. Birthday party package — extended to accommodate customers Deep sea fishing trips — 1:30-3 p.m. or 3:30-5 p.m. who wish to play full-court basket- Nonworking Fridays and Sundays on Saturdays. Basic party with bowling ball: 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Mondays-work- the Keesler Dolphin II. $75 per person and food $8.95 per child. Mid party, ing Friday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m. nonwork- includes everything you need to fish. including table supply and T-shirt, ing Friday and Saturdays. Parent- Payment due upon reservation. $11.95 per child. Premium party child fitness room has workout Minimum 10, maximum 22 people. with games and a pin, $15.95 per equipment and play area for ages 6 For more information and to reserve, child. Reservations required. months to 7 years. For more infor- call 377-3160. mation, call 377-4385. Delacroix, La. fishing site — Fitness centers Outdoor fishing/hunting camp in Golf Delacroix, La. Rent a self-contained Intramural basketball regis- camper, sleeps four, $50/night, $125/ tration — Regular division and 30 Free golf — Christmas Day and weekend (Friday noon to Monday and over division. Letters of intent New Year’s Day. Golf carts and rental noon) or $300/week (seven days noon due today. Coaches meeting 3:30 clubs not available. For more informa- to noon). Bring food, beverages, cook- p.m. Wednesday, at Vandenberg tion, call 377-3832. ing utensils, and sleeping bag or bed- Community Center. For more infor- mation, call 377-2444. Jingle bell 5-kilomter run — join Santa Claus at Blake Fitness Center, noon, Dec. 16. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Prizes awarded to the first place male and female win- ners. Safe holiday running attire is encouraged. For more information, call 377-4385. Free fitness classes — boot camp, self-defense, cycling, yoga, step aerobics, Tae Kwondo, core fit- ness, kick boxing and pilates at Dragon Fitness Center. For more DIGEST Ledet, Matthew McDonald, Nickolas Sanquist and Katie Weyer; HONORS Airmen 1st Class Lindsey Black, Bryan Coppens, Cass HOLIDAY HOURS Dedaviess, Philip Elisara, Paul Galanti, Lauren Hornbaker, Joshua McIntosh and Kelsey Oxford; Staff Sgt. Joel Stover. Editor’s note: Hours reflect changes in observance of the Thanksgiving federal holiday. First Sergeants Council ‘Diamond Sharp’ Command post apprentice course — Airmen 1st Class Rachael Ashby, Lanier Cameron, Melissa Carmon, Justyna Open Melnyczok, Contona Thomas and Ramon Torres; Senior November winners 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron — Airman Fam Camp — Open 24 hours 1st Class Kasey Bumgardner. Airmen John Bermudez, Erin Davidson, James Davis, Daniel Inns of Keesler — Open 24 hours 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron — Airman 1st Class Dixon, Tamika Hill, Michael Johnson, Theresa Kupsky, Ricky Live Oak Dining Facility — 7-8 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nicholas Earnest. Lavergne, Esther Park, Julius Priester and Joshua Spencer; Staff 4:30-6 p.m. 338th Training Squadron — Staff Sgt. Ryan Cartmel. Sgts. Jason Basinger, James DeGeus, Pleaz Hawkins, Tracey Magnolia Dining Facility — 7-8 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kleppe, Brenda McCoy, Shaun Miller, Robert O’Loughlin and 4:30-6 p.m. Justin Stuart; Tech. Sgts. Lowell Bowen and Heidi Figura; Shoppette — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Triangle Fitness Center — noon to 6 p.m. Student honor roll Master Sgt. Brian Parr; Senior Master Sgt. Edward Cartossa. Vandenberg Community Center — noon to 7 p.m. Electronic principles — Airmen Basic David Abreu, 332nd Training Squadron 335th TRS Comptroller training flight — Airmen Basic Brittany Closed Christopher Acosta, Michael Alarcon, John Aubuchon, Cody All Army and Air Force Exchange Services facilities Ball, Joseph Bardsley, Corey Blythe, Michael Carrion, Craig Carlisle, Alex Collins, Joshua Ingram, Christy Jones, Cody except Shoppette/Class Six — closed Nov. 26 Cortan, Mark Cortez, Ivan Davila, Alexander Davis, Jonathan Rios, Thomas Tarantella, Styles Vancleave, Sara Wilson and Arts and craft center — closed Nov. 26-27 Davis, Nicolaus Eddy, Stephen Elliott, Derrick Ellis, Bradley Amber Young; Airmen Brandi Blea and Brandon Gibbs; Airmen Auto hobby shop — closed Nov. 26-27 Finnigan, Andrew Fox, Jasen Franklin, Carl Free, Danielle 1st Class Alfredo Baking, Timothy Byrd, Clarissa Christensen, Azalea Dining Facility Fulgham, Samuel Garcia, Jasmine Goodson, Joseph Graham, Melissa Fatz, Erik Huss, Matthew Holguin, Malcolm McNair, Bay Breeze Golf Course David Gramlin, Daniel Grennan, Jordan Hattan, David Lloyd Morris, Muhammad Naushad, Logan Pendergraft, Joseph Blake Fitness Center Hinojosa, Christopher Holden, Cody Honeycutt, Christopher Senteno, Ruby Scharon, Torika Thompson, Robert Vineyar and Child development center — closed Nov 26-27 Hubby, Joseph Hurni, Cameron Jonas, Latez Jones, Giovonna Sarah Wurm; Senior Airmen Tahasa Brixton, Christopher P. Commissary — closed Nov 26-27 Jordan, Marc Leaser, Justin Lee, Dominique Manipol, Scott Brosseau, Marquette Jones, Gustavo Reyes and Jarrod Sanchez; Dragon Fitness Center Marang, Deven McKay, Genesea Meha, Ronnie Mullins, Shawn Staff Sgt. Ryan Christmann; Master Sgt. Marla Suter. 11th Frame Café — closed Nov. 22-28 Murphy, Ian Nicols, Stephanie Olmos, Michael Oyola, Family child care — closed Nov. 23-27 Christopher Parks, Tyler Pennington, Andrew Pihart, Jessica 338th TRS Gaude Lanes – closed Nov. 22-28 Pina, Nicholas Pinter, Jerremy Plain, Brandon Pritz, Percy Ground radar — Airmen Khalil Giawashi and Benjamin Information, ticket and tours office — closed Nov. 26-27 Ramsden, Gage Ricks, Kevin Rimcoski, Jesse Ritz, Melissa Nason; Airmen 1st Class Joseph Alexander, Robert Brown, Katrina Kantina Robshaw, Joe Rosenkrans, Cassidy Rusan, Cinto Santos, Julian Ralphy Rodriguez and Brady Techen; Staff Sgts. Andrew Legends Café Saviano, Noah Schuetz, Devin Shields, Jessica Shoemaker, Ksionsk and Louis Martinez; Tech. Sgt. John Adams; Master McBride Library Carole Silvernail, Kevin Smith, Dustin Steichen, Kyle Topasna, Sgt. Sean Rice. Outdoor recreation — closed Nov. 26-29 Joseph Uptegrove, Kaitlin Vollmer, Jordan Warnke, Mitchell Veterinary clinic Wheaton, Keenan Wiersma, Ryan Willbanks, Adam Williams, Youth center — closed Nov. 26-28 Josef Williamson and Johnathan Wright; Airmen Timothy Atkins, Troy BrittonCoe, Joseph Eigel, Randy Feltman, Zachary CHAPEL SERVICES Fitzgerald, Nicholas Monico, Calvin Peterson, Patrick Pichler, CLASSES Thomas Stout, Jeremy Swindell and Charles Wilson; Airmen 1st Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-2520. Class George Bahlke, Tawanda Barnes, Johnathon Baylous, Monique Brooks, Brett Citrowske, Justin Coleman, Anthony Airman Leadership School Class 10-1 — graduation Dec. 18. Protestant Collier, Sean Conlan, Alexander Corwin, Jordan Cox, Kjell Davis, Stanley DeJesus, Nicholas Eklund, Kelly Ford, Ira Sunday worship Class 10-2 — Jan. 5-Feb. 11, 2010 Friedman, Justin Gaddis, Andrew Greb, David Gross, Larcher Chapel traditional with children’s ministry........8:30 a.m. Christopher Hall, Skyler Holzer, Michael Hong, Parker Imrie, Triangle Chapel contemporary service................10:30 a.m. Mathies NCO Academy Tiera Jones, Kristine Kallsen, Samuel Kelmelis, Taylor Kirby, Triangle Chapel gospel service.....................................Noon Class 10-1 — graduation Dec. 17. Alex Lanphere, Steven LaRue, Mark Latchman, Christian Lozada, Nathaniel MacKay, Kevin MacNeill, Daniel Madden, Roman Catholic Arts and crafts center John Marinangeli, Timothy Matteson, Matthew Messina, Sunday Mass, Triangle Chapel....................................9 a.m. Advanced intarsia woodworking — 10 a.m. Dec. 12. Edward Middleton, Brian Moore, Sean Morris, Jonathan Weekday Mass, Triangle Chapel...............................11:15 a.m. $25, including materials. Nickel, Jamie Noyes, Philip Post, Dana Presnell, Jason Prince, Beginning intarsia woodworking — 10 a.m. Saturday. Justin Quintero, Kellen Rice, Marquez Rodriguez, Courtney Jewish $15, including materials. Rohrer, Jessica Sails, Deymond Sankey, Tomas Scheel, Michael Jewish services are held Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at the Beginning woodworking — 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Schultz, Cody Seago, Jarrod Sealy, James Sercu, Voss Shaw, Congregation Beth Israel, 12277 Three Rivers Rd., Gulfport. Dec. 16; will make a cutting board; $25, includes materials, Kristofer Sirks, Samuel Sullivan, Joseph Taubner, Michael Call Master Sgt. Michael Raff, 377-5235 or 207-2196. shop use. Trinidad, Erik Vanroekel, Terrance Varner, Angel Vasquez, Christmas card making — 5:30-7 p.m. today and Dec. 3. Michael Vickers, Nathaniel Vincent, Heather Voorhees, Anthony $10, including materials. For more information, call 377-2821. Islamic Wathen, Jared Witmer and Christopher Zempel; Senior Airmen Prayer five times daily; Salaat ul-Jummah congregation- Engraving shop — squadron, office and individual orders. Jose Espinoza, Jerrard Pinder, Kenneth Saunders, Mark St. Jewelry making — 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12. $20 al prayer, noon Friday. Building 2003, across from the Vincent, Kennith Veillon, Tara Washington and Earl Wright; including materials. Learn wire wrapping and tooling. Magnolia dining facility. Call 377-2520 or 0327. Staff Sgts. Jodi Fleming, Clifton Frye, Justin James, Josua Multi-crafts center — potter’s wheels, ceramic molds, air Mason, Luzviminda Moats, Gregory Quinn, Timothy Robinson, Latter-Day Saints brushing and tools are available for use in the shop. Craft Jerry Sisemore and Mary Snyder. classes for beginners, intermediate and advance levels. Craft Metrology basic course – Airmen Basic Garrett Dixon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ student group service, 2 p.m. Sundays, Triangle Chapel. Call 396- supplies for sale. Shawn Meyer; Airman Steven Janca; Airmen 1st Class Jared Scrapbooking — 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 10. $10 includ- Burrows, Christopher Guhl and Ryan Stewart; Staff Sgt. 5274 or (801) 787-1990. ing materials. Michael Taylor. Orthodox Wood shop — stocked retail lumber and a large assembly area adjacent to the machine room are available. Call for infor- Divine Liturgy 10 a.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Greek mation on beginner and advanced woodworking classes. 334th TRS Air traffic control operations training flight — Airmen Orthodox Church, 255 Beauvoir Rd, Biloxi. Call 388-6138 Basic Andrew Alotis, Dustie Daniels, Dustin Hoiten, Melissa or Father Stephen Clos, 377-4105. Holmes, Joshua Hoover, Areil Hornsby, Daniel Lamers, Jaun Please see Digest, Page 22 Dances — 6 p.m. to midnight Thursdays before compressed Digest, work schedule Fridays, and Fridays and Saturdays. $3. Elf Vandy — Commanders and first sergeants: Sign up your DINING HALL MENUS people working after 6 p.m. Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day to receive goody bags. To register, call 377-3308, 9 a.m. Mon- from Page 21 day through 5 p.m. Dec. 18. Bags may be picked up 2-4 p.m. Today Thanksgiving lunch and dinner — Round beef, roast Chapel Dec. 24. Sponsored by the Keesler Federal Credit Union and turkey, baked ham, boneless roast turkey, chicken and trurkey National Productions. gravy, glazed sweet potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, mashed All classes are held at the Triangle Chapel Annex. For Legends Café — Buffet lunches 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednes- more information, call 377-2520. potatoes, cornbread dressing, rice pilaf, green beans with day and Dec. 16. mushrooms, steamed corn, peas and carrots, French onion Catholic religious education — after 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. Pool tournaments — 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. soup, macaroni salad, fruit cocktail salad, cranberry sauce, Protestant Sunday School — 10:30-11:30 a.m. for pre- shrimp cocktail, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, devil’s food cake and New Year’s Eve party — 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Non school, elementary, teens and adults. holiday candies. prior service students only. Free admission, party favors, enter- Men’s prayer breakfast — 9 a.m. to noon second Saturday tainment. Sponsored by National Productions and Rex Distrib- of the month. uting. Friday Women’s prayer breakfast — 10 a.m. to noon first Satur- Lunch — shrimp scampi, beef stew, roast turkey, egg noo- Project Elf Vandy — each year the elves at Vandenberg dles, rice, gravy, corn on the cob, cauliflower, collard greens, day of the month. Community Center put together goody bags for Keesler person- three-bean salad, pasta salad, chili con queso, Tuscan veg- Dinner and the Bible — 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Triangle nel who work during the Christmas holiday. Commanders and etable, chicken noodle soup, barbecue pork sandwich and bur- Chapel Annex. ritos. first sergeants: This is your chance to sign up your personnel who will be working after 6 p.m. Christmas Eve or on Christmas Dinner — chili macaroni, barbecue chicken, fried catfish, Keesler Medical Center Day. Register your personnel Dec. 7-18 by calling 377-3308 and potato wedges, Spanish rice, gravy, fried cabbage, carrots, include the number of bags required. Pick up 2-4 p.m. Dec. 24 at broccoli, pasta salad, three-bean salad, chile con queso, Tuscan vegetables, chicken noodle soup, barbecue pork sandwich and Vandenberg Community Center. Sponsored by Keesler Federal burritos. Post-traumatic stress disorder — 1:30 p.m. Mondays. Mental health clinic Credit Union and National Productions. Healthy thinking — 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Stress management techniques — 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Saturday Katrina Kantina Lunch — baked chicken, Swedish meatballs, creole Relaxation techniques — 9 a.m. Mondays. shrimp, mashed potatoes, rice, gravy, creamed corn, asparagus, To register, call 376-0385. All ranks invited — open 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. summer squash, fruit salad, kidney bean salad, white-bean Snacks, beverages and music; $5.25, chips and salsa, DJ Wayne chicken chili, minestrone soup, baja chicken enchilada and and his karaoke machine. chicken nuggets. Catering — experts can assist with planning weddings, hol- Dinner — baked fish, knockwurst, Chinese five-spice McBride Library Available — two large meeting rooms, audio room, typing idays, birthdays, official functions and other special occasions. chicken, potatoes, rice, onion gravy, stir-fry vegetables, baked room and children’s library. Lunch — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, spaghetti and meat beans, spinach, fruit salad, kidney-bean salad, white bean- Children’s program — 10 a.m. Tuesday and Dec. 15. Sto- sauce, corn, salad, garlic bread, cobbler and tea. Dec. 14, cab- chicken chili, minestrone soup, baja chicken enchilada and ries read verbally and through sign language. bage casserole, green beans, salad, rolls, cobbler and tea. $6 for chicken nuggets. Chief of Staff professional military reading list — titles members, $8 nonmembers. available for checkout from the special book collection. Sunday Taco Tuesdays — 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 15. Tacos 2 for Lunch — oven fried fish, spareribs, chicken breast parme- Christmas around the world — Dec. 14-16. Special dis- $1 for members, $1.50 for non members. san, baked macaroni and cheese, O’Brien potatoes, gravy, play for children. Wings and things — 5-7 p.m. Dec. 16. Keesler Club mem- peas, sweet potatoes, broccoli combo, German coleslaw, Christmas story time pajama party — 5-6 p.m. Dec. 15 at bers get in free; non members pay $3 at the door. Complimen- tomato salad, chili, broccoli soup, chicken with rice and cheese McBride Library for ages 3 and up. Children are invited to wear tary hors d’oeuvres and $1 domestic draft beer. pizza.. their pajamas aboard the “library story-train” and listen to Van Dinner — stir-fry beef with broccoli, turkey nuggets, Allsburg’s The Polar Express. Arts and crafts fun. Hot chocolate orange- and honey-glazed ham, sauteed mushrooms and onions, baked potatoes, rice pilaf, gravy, corn on the cob, green Youth center and brownies. For more information, call 377-2181. Free wireless Internet — check at circulation desk. Editor’s note: All children registered in a youth center beans, tomato salad, German coleslaw, chili, broccoli soup, program receive free membership. chicken with rice and cheese pizza. Online catalog — to search the inventory of books, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, magazines, periodicals and more, log on to Classes — Guitar, piano and gymnastic classes available. For more information, call 377-4116. Monday http://www.keeslerservices.us, click on the link for McBride Lunch — beef pot roast, baked stuffed fish, roast pork Library, then the link for the online catalog. Friday night fun — 6:30-9:30 p.m., ages 6-12. Skating, loin, potatoes, rice, gravy, cauliflower combo, succotash, green Overdrive audio online book program — individual or family music, games and more. beans with mushrooms, cucumber and onion salad, macaroni accounts allow download/playing of full-length audio books on a Give parents a break — 4-10 p.m. Dec. 5. A great oppor- salad, chili con queso, Tuscan vegetable, cheeseburger chow- personal computer. Check with library staff for details. tunity to get your holiday shopping finished. This Air Force der, grilled sausage and steak and cheese subs. Aid program offers free child care at the child development and Dinner — spaghetti with meat sauce, loin strip steak, Paperback book swap — swap one for one. Must be in youth centers for Air Force families who are referred by base turkey, baked potatoes, pea and pepper rice, gravy, squash, car- good condition and of same genre. rots, broccoli, sauteed mushrooms and onions, cucumber and Pearl Harbor day — Monday. Pearl Harbor movie will run helping agencies such as the Airman and Family Readiness onion salad, macaroni salad, chili con queso, Tuscan vegetable, continuously 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorabilia display. Center (AFRC), and Family Advocacy, as well as first ser- cheeseburger chowder, grilled sausage and steak and cheese Playaway — self-playing digital audio books available with geants, commanders and chaplains. Certificates must be coordi- subs. content preloaded; select from large assortment of titles. Pop in nated through the AFRC. For more information, call 377-2211, a battery, plug in almost any type of headset and enjoy. 377-4116 or 376-8728. Tuesday Polar Express story time — 5 p.m. Dec. 15 for ages 5-12. Holiday camp — 5:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Dec. 21-23, and Lunch — teriyaki chicken, veal parmesan, baked fish, rice, Dec. 28-30 for ages 6-18. For more information, call 377-4116. parsley buttered potatoes, mushroom gravy, fried cabbage, suc- Research databases — comprehensive research capabili- cotash, steamed carrots, macaroni salad, cottage cheese salad, ties. Many specialty areas. Open recreation — 3-5:45 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 3-6 timberline chili, minestrone soup, baja chicken enchilada, bar- Rosetta Stone online language learning center — 30 for- p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, ages 9 and older. becue beef, sloppy joes and roast beef subs. eign languages, including Spanish. For more information, Boys and Girls Club programs, including computer media cen- Dinner — country captain chicken, meatloaf, turkey a la check with the library staff. ter, homework assistance “Power Hour’ program and triple-play king, rice, mashed potatoes, gravy, tempura vegetables, mus- Season related movie and treats — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tues- sports and recreation activities. Students sign themselves in at tard greens, okra tomato gumbo, macaroni salad, cottage day, Wednesday and Dec. 10. front desk. cheese salad, timberline chili, minestrone soup, baja chicken Story time — 10 a.m. Dec. 15 for ages 3-5. TRAIL — 6-8 p.m. Mondays. enchilada, barbecue beef, sloppy joes and roast beef subs. Tours/orientations — for more information, call 377-2604. Youth employment service — earn money for college Volunteers needed — to shelve books, assist with children’s tuition. For more information, call 377-4116. Wednesday Lunch — fried chicken, cajun baked fish, jalapeno corn- story time and create displays. For more information, call 377-2181. Congressional Award program — ages 14-21; self-directed bread, barbecue ribs, rice, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn on the merit program promoting personal development, physical fitness cob, okra and tomato gumbo, fried cabbage, cole slaw, frijole and community involvement. salad, white bean chicken chili, clam chowder, chicken gumbo, CLUBS AND CENTERS Volunteers needed — for sports, open recreation, crafts, cheese fishwich and cheese pizza. cooking, computers, arts, reading, sewing and general cleaning Dinner — lemon-herb chicken, pork chalupa, jambalaya, and decorations. Must be 18 or older. For more information, call scalloped potatoes, rice, gravy, califlower combo, Mexican Vandenberg Community Center 377-4116. corn, simmered broccoli, Mexican coleslaw, frijole salad, white bean chicken chili, clam chowder, chicken gumbo, cheese fish- Editor’s note: All events, except dances, are open to all wich and pizza. Keesler personnel. No dances Dec. 19-30 due to the holidays. Please see Digest, Page 23 congressionally-mandated preseparation counseling in advance. more information, call Florence Clay, 377-8681, or Paulette Attire is business casual; no uniforms, jeans, shorts or T-shirts. Powell, 377-2270. Digest, For more information, call 376-8728. Civil Air Patrol Col. Berta A. Edge Composite Squadron Air Force Reserve opportunities — for members separating — 7 p.m. Tuesdays upstairs in Hangar 3 for youth and adults. from Page 22 within 180 days, call Master Sgt. Charlene Morse, 377-7116; e- For more information, call (601) 528-4337, e-mail Camo- mail email@example.com or visit Room 125-F, princess92 @gmail.com or visit http://www.keeslercap.org. Sablich Center. Company grade officers council — 4:30 p.m. every second TICKETS AND TRIPS Palace Chase — for information about how to apply for a Wednesday at the Katrina Kantina at the marina. For more infor- program to attend college full time and work part time, call mation, call Capt. Naomi Henigin, 377-0779. Discounted tickets — for more information, log on to Master Sgt. Charlene Morse, 377-7116; visit Room 125-F, Keesler 5.6 — 3:15 p.m. third Wednesday of the month; http://www. keeslerservices.us and click on the ITT link. Sablich Center or e-mail charlene. firstname.lastname@example.org. location varies. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Disney special continues — Salute to Military program con- Sturdivant, 377-1813. tinues. For more information, call 377-3818. Keesler Amateur Radio Club — Net with news-line and Information on area and out-of-state attractions — free MEETINGS echo-link is held Wednesdays on 146.79, minus offset, no PL brochures for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. African-American Heritage Committee — 3:30 p.m. sec- tone. Monthly meeting is 7 p.m. second Mondays at Locker Magic Christmas in Lights tours — Tour to Bellingrath ond Tuesday of the month, Room 109, Taylor Logistics House. Enter courtyard near Second Street. Enter door marked Gardens in Mobile, Ala, 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 16. Building. For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Yolanda Jerry, “T flight” and go straight ahead to sign saying “K5TYP.” $20 including admission. For more information, call the infor- 377-2157, or Kurt Higgins, 377-5250. Keesler Spouses Club — second Tuesdays. For more infor- mation, tickets, and tours office at 377-3818. Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 652 — 7 a.m. mation, e-mail Devalynn Solomon, email@example.com, Magic Christmas in Lights — at Bellingrath Gardens. third Tuesday of the month, Live Oak Dining Facility. For more or visit http://www. Keesler SpousesClub.com. information, call Tech. Sgt. Rich Striggow, 377-4800, or visit Retired Enlisted Association Magnolia Chapter 81 — Ticket only: $10 adults, $5.75 ages 5-12. For more informa- 5:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Sablich Center, Room 108-B. For tion, call the information, tickets, and tours office at 377-3818. http://chapter. afsa652.org/. Air Force Sergeants Association Auxiliary — 6 p.m. third more information, call Charles Partin, 313-3267. Tour bus — available for group rental, seats 23. Top III — 3:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month; location varies. Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Michelle Fos- ter, 273-4591, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Master Sgt. Tammy McElroy, 376-3164. Airman's Council — meets every first and third Tuesday at Tuskegee Airmen Inc., Col. Lawrence E. Roberts Chap- TRANSITIONS 4 p.m., Sablich Auditorium. For more information, call Senior ter — 5 p.m. first Thursdays, McBride Library. For more infor- Airman Alonda West, 377-2994. mation, call Glenda Mosby, 243-1992, email@example.com, Workshops, briefings Airmen Against Drunk Driving — For more information, or Charles Bowers, 860-3665. Congressionally-mandated pre-separation briefings — coun- call Staff Sgt. Aaron Eden, 377-1907; Staff Sgt. Brad Mills, 377- seling by airman and family readiness center for active-duty military 1714, or 377-SAVE. MISCELLANEOUS members of any branch of service who’ll receive honorable dis- Asian Pacific-American Heritage Committee — 11:30 charges and no extra transition benefits. Briefings are Tuesdays in a.m. first Wednesday of month, Room 111, Sablich Center. For Room 111, Sablich Center, 1 p.m. for those who are separating and more information, call Lucy Belles, 376-8500, or Master Sgt. Movies 2:30 p.m. for those who are retiring. If separating/retiring under spe- Ernesto Alvendia, 376-8501. Editor’s note: Movies shown in Welch Auditorium; $3 cial circumstances, call 376-8728 for appointment. At Eze Toastmasters Club — 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Building adults, $1.50 children for regular features; $2.50 adults and Transition assistance program — briefings are 8 a.m. to 1101 conference room. For more information, call Dewi Clark, $1 children for matinees. For upcoming features, call 377- 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14-17, Room 108A, Sablich Center for military 377-2714, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; Arleen Stewart, 6627. personnel who are 12 months or less from separation or 24 377-2440, or visit http://www.toastmasters.org. Friday — closed. months or less from retirement, and Department of Defense Blacks in Governnment — 5:15 p.m. second Thursday of Saturday — 6:30 p.m., Pandorum (R). civilians; spouses welcome. Military members should complete the month, Taylor Logistics Building conference room. For Sunday — 1 p.m., Where the Wild Things Are (PG) . H December 2009 Make a cutting board to give as a gift — 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 9 and 16. Beginning woodworking class at the arts and crafts center. $25 includes shop use, instruction and materials. Class certifies you to use the A equipment in the future. For more information, call 377-2821. Magic Christmas in Lights tours — to Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, Ala., 5:30-10 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 9 and 16. $20 for transportation and admis- sion ticket. For more information, call the information, tickets, and tours office, P 377-3818. Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens (ticket only) — $10 adults, $5.75 ages 5-12. For more information, call the information, tickets, and tours office, 377-3818. P Christmas card making — 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 3, craft class at the arts and crafts center. $10 including materials. For more information, call 377-2821. Give parents a break — 4-10 p.m. Dec. 5. A great opportunity to get your holiday shopping finished. This Air Force Aid Society program offers free child E care at the child development and youth centers for Air Force families who are referred by base helping agencies such as the airman and family readiness cen- ter and family advocacy, as well as first sergeants, commanders and chaplains. Certificates must be coordinated through the airman and family readiness cen- N ter. For more information, call 377-2211, 377-4116 or 376-8728. Project Elf Vandy — each year the elves at Vandenberg Community Center put together goody bags for Keesler personnel who must work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Commanders and first sergeants, this is your chance to sign up your personnel who will be working after 6 p.m. Christmas Eve or I on Christmas Day. To register your personnel, call 377-3308, 9 a.m. Dec. 7 through 5 p.m. Dec. 18, with the number of bags you require. Goodie bags may be picked up 2-4 p.m. Dec. 24 at Vandenberg Community Center. Sponsored by Keesler Federal Credit Union and National Productions. N Christmas in the marina park and tree lighting — Dec. 10. Hay rides begin at 4 p.m. Tree lighting is at 6 p.m. followed by a visit with Santa. Photo oppor- tunities with Santa; bring your camera. Festivities include live nativity scene, horse and buggy rides, balloon artist, arts and craft booths, free food, hot choco- G late and cookies, and holiday music. Sponsored by Keesler Federal Credit Union and Budweiser-Responsibility Matters. For more information, call 377- 3160. Christmas story time pajama party — 5-6 p.m. Dec. 15 at McBride Library, ages 3 and older. Children are invited to wear their pajamas aboard the “library S story-train” and listen to Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express. Arts and crafts fun. Hot chocolate and brownies. For more information, call 377-2181. Jingle bell 5K run — join Santa Claus at Blake Fitness Center, noon, Dec. 16. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Prizes awarded to the first place male and female winners. Safe holiday running attire is encouraged. For more informa- tion, call 377-4385. Youth holiday camp — 5:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30, ages 6-12 at the youth center. For more information, call 377-4116. Teen holiday camp — Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30, ages 13-18 at the youth center. For more information, call 377-4116. Free golf — Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Golf carts and rental clubs not available. For more information, call 377-3832. Christmas dinner — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 25 in the Magnolia and Live Oak Dining Facilities. Retirees and their families are welcome to join us at Live Oak. Need room for your holiday visitors? — the Inns of Keesler is accepting reser- vations for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. To make your reservations or for more information, call 374-0088. EXTRA! Here’s what’s happening! EXTRA! 11TH FRAME CAFÉ FITNESS KATRINA KANTINA MCBRIDE LIBRARY RESALE LOT Christmas story time pajama party — see page A1 for more Buy, sell, trade — $10 per month to place your vehicle on the Editor’s note: Located inside Gaudé Lanes Bowling Center, 377-2036. Editor’s note: Keesler has three fitness centers for your convenience, Editor’s note: Located in the marina building overlooking Biloxi’s Back Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-2181. Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-2821. Breakfast — 6:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays-Fridays. All ranks invited — snacks, beverages and music. information. lot, $20 for recreational vehicles and boats. Located on Meadows Contractors welcome. Menu is subject to change without notice. Blake Fitness Center 377-4385, Dragon Fitness Center 377-2907, and Bay. Contractors welcome. For more information, call 377-2219. Kingpin daily specials $6.95 — 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays- Jingle bell 5K run — see page A1 for information. Club member discounts — must show club card to receive. Story time — 10 a.m. Dec. 15 for ages 3-5. Drive, across from the commissary, between the temporary living Triangle Fitness Center 377-3056. work Fridays. Call-in orders accepted 10-11 a.m. Mondays feature Fitness testing, exercise prescription and personal training Monday madness lunch buffets — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $6, non- Free wireless internet — ask front desk staff for log-in access. facilities and Keesler Federal Credit Union drive-through. hamburger steak, Tuesdays enjoy Italian fare; Wednesdays feature — available free of charge at all three fitness centers. Call individ- members $8. Buffets includes dessert and iced tea. Buy nine and Chief of Staff professional military reading list — titles avail- Register at the arts and crafts center 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays- meat loaf, Thursdays get chicken fried steak or chicken, and ual centers for an appointment. your tenth buffet is free. Dec. 7, spaghetti and meat sauce, corn, able for check-out from the special book collection. Saturdays. Registration, license and insurance required. Fridays enjoy golden fried catfish. Boxing room — at Triangle Fitness Center. Six heavy bags, salad and garlic bread; Dec. 14, cabbage casserole, green beans, “Playaway®” — self-playing digital audio book, half the size of Lunch punch card — purchase nine combos or Kingpin daily three speed bags and one double-end bag. Gloves available. salad and rolls. a deck of cards. Gives listeners the ability to move back and forth specials and your tenth one is free. Free fitness incentive programs — available at Blake, Dragon Taco Tuesdays — 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 8 and 15 mem- within or between chapters, alter the speed of a narrator’s voice, and Triangle Fitness Centers. Awards presented. bers get two tacos for $1, $1.50 each for nonmembers. and bookmark where you left off. Pop in a AAA battery, plug in BAY BREEZE GOLF COURSE Free fitness classes at Dragon Fitness Center — For class Wings and things — 5-7 p.m. Dec. 16. Keesler Club members almost any type of headphones, and enjoy. descriptions and schedule, log on to http://www.keeslerservices.us get in free; nonmembers pay $3 at the door. Complimentary hors Research databases — comprehensive research capabilities. Free golf — see page A1 for information. d’oeuvres and $1 domestic draft beer. Specialty areas include counter-terrorism, international security, Editor’s note: For more information or tee time, call 377-3832. and click on the link for fitness centers, or call 377-2907. Open play — 18 hole, par 71 course. For fees, log on to Parent/child fitness room — at Dragon Fitness Center. Play Reward yourself — currently Keesler members receive all the home improvement, auto repair, small engine repair, Student http://www.keeslerservices.us and click on the Bay Breeze link. area for ages 6 months to 7 years. Workout equipment for parents. benefits of club membership and dues are free, so why not join Research Center for high school and middle school students, Kids Driving range — open daily 7 a.m. to dusk. $2 for 40 balls. Massage therapist — To schedule, call (228) 348-6698. today? Be sure to visit http://www.afclubs.net for more informa- Search for middle school and elementary school students, Business Pro shop — gloves, golf balls, tees, gift certificates and more. tion about the benefits of club membership. Programs include mil- Searching Interface, and more. Free blood pressure checks — available at all fitness centers. Golf lessons — $25 for a half hour of instruction. itary free cash, members first discounts, Football Frenzy, scholar- On-line card catalog — search for books (print and audio), Twilight golf special — 1 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays pay one ships, and travel plus. DVDs, CDs, VHS, magazines, periodicals and more. Log on to price and golf until closing. E1-E4,$12; E5-O3, $20; O4 and up, Need to change your club card membership? — Stop by the http://www.keeslerservices.us and click on the link for McBride GAUDÉ LANES BOWLING CENTER $22; and guests $22. Nonappropriated Funds accounting office located in Sablich Library, then the link for our on-line catalog. Overdrive audio on-line book program — individual or fam- Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-2817. Bumpers are avail- “UBU” nonprior service students’ special — $15 for 18 holes Center, 500 Fisher St., Room 230, and ask for the Outprocessing Bowl at lunch — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, $1 per able on 19 lanes by reservation for ages 10 and younger. or $10 for nine holes includes greens fee and cart; $20 for 18 holes Clerk. Office hours are 7 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Mondays- ily accounts can be set up to allow download/playing of full length or $15 for nine holes includes greens fee, cart, and rental clubs. game and $1 for shoes. Thursdays and 7 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. work Fridays. audio books on a personal computer. Ask staff for assistance. Club member special — Thursdays. Show your current club Catering — let our professional assist you with planning wed- card and bowl for $1.50 with free shoe rental. dings, holidays, birthdays, official functions and other special OUTDOOR RECREATION AND MARINA Team building — 1-3 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 1-5 p.m. DRAGON’S LAIR occasions. Club membership is not required. EVENT CENTER Seats 300 — great for weddings, commander’s calls, holiday Thursdays-Fridays, bring your employees and bowl for $1 a game Join the “Team Keesler” sailing team — compete in the Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-3160. parties, retirement ceremonies, special occasions, etc. For catered plus shoe rental. Call for reservations. events, call 377-2219. For non-catered events, call 376-8655. LEGENDS CAFÉ Hobie Nationals, June 4-11, hosted by the Ocean Springs Yacht Wing logo shirts — $22 in the pro shop. Club. Call for more information. Open bowling — limited on league days; first come, first Paddleboats for rent — see the Biloxi Back Bay and get some Editor’s note: Located inside Vandenberg Community Center. For more served. Reservations accepted for groups of 20 or more. Dine-in or take-out — serving lunch and dinner. Pool table. exercise at the same time. $5 per hour, minimum two hour rental. information, call 377-2424. Glow bowling — 9 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. Saturdays. Salads, baskets, sandwiches, pizza, etc. Catamaran sailboat for rent — $10 per hour, two hour mini- Birthday parties — 1:30-3 p.m. or 3:30-5 p.m. Saturdays. New! “Salad Your Way” salad bar — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. mum, or $75 per day. Trailer and take off site for $100 per day or Choose one of three packages and remember the birthday child is Mondays-work Fridays. Large salad $4.50, small salad $2.50. $175 per weekend. Must be sailboat certified. free. Reservations are required two weeks in advance. Add ham, turkey, tuna, grilled chicken or chicken salad for $1. Deep sea fishing trips — nonworking Fridays and Sundays. “UBU” special — nonprior service students, show your UBU New! Soup and salad bar — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and $75 including everything you need to fish. Bring food and bever- card and bowl for $1.50 per game any time, shoes included. Thursdays. Get a bowl of soup and your choice of salad bar or a ages. Minimum 10, maximum 22 people. Plan a bowling fund raiser — make money for your organiza- hot or cold, ham or turkey sandwich. Water skiing — $50 per hour for up to six skiers, includes boat, tion and have fun doing it. All-you-can-eat lunch buffets $6.95 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. driver and skis. Minimum two hour rental. Call to schedule. Wednesdays. Price includes iced tea or fountain drink. Play free Boats and recreational equipment rental — for price list, visit INFORMATION, TICKETS AND TOURS tunes on the juke box at lunch. Dec. 2, Creole chicken, steamed http://www.keeslerservices.us, click on the outdoor recreation link. rice, green beans, hot dinner rolls, salad bar and vanilla or choco- Back bay fishing trips — $20, call for date and time. Tickets — For a complete list of tickets and prices, log on to late pudding with whipped topping; Dec. 9, meat loaf, roasted new “UBU” special — nonprior service students, show your UBU Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-3818. potatoes, buttered green peas, beef gravy, hot dinner rolls, salad bar card and get 10 percent off all rental equipment. http://www.keeslerservices.us and click on the link for ITT. and apple cobbler; Dec. 16, beef brisket, mashed potatoes, beef “UBU” weekend special— show your UBU Card and rent a gravy, buttered corn, hot dinner rolls, salad bar and homemade 3500 Trek, seven-speed bike for $5 for the weekend (Friday- Bowling (shoes included) ~ Music INNS OF KEESLER bread pudding. Sunday). Prizes ~ Dancing ~ Party favors Lunch punch card — buy nine lunch combos or buffets and Marina slips — wet slip fees: boats in excess of 32 feet are Finger foods ~ Nonalcoholic midnight toast Check-in/out — now at Tyer House located on Fisher Street. your tenth is free. charged $3.75 per foot. Boats 32 feet and below are charged $2.50 Editor’s note: For reservations and lodging information, call 374-0088. Rooms available — “Space-Available” reservations can be Rotisserie chicken — Tuesdays and Thursdays get a half per foot. Overnight is $5. $30 for adults, $25 for ages 6-17. made 24 hours in advance. Rooms offered are visiting airmen’s chicken for $3.50, or a whole chicken for $7 (chicken only). Fam-camp — park is open 24 hours daily. Office hours are 8 Ages 5 and younger are free. quarters $34.75 with a queen bed, refrigerator, microwave and Lunch special, $6 for half chicken or $10 for whole chicken a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Ages 14 and younger must be shared bathroom; visitor’s quarters $39 with a queen bed, refriger- includes one side item and a roll. and Sundays. For more information, call (228) 594-0543. accompanied by an adult. ator, microwave and private bathroom; and temporary lodging All-you-can-eat catfish buffet, $8.95 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Birding anyone? — Stop by and check-out a pair of binoculars Tickets go on sale Monday. facility (TLF) $41.50 for one and two bedroom family units with work Fridays includes entree, dessert and iced tea or fountain (adult and child sizes available) and a bird identification book to full kitchen. Pet TLFs available for an additional $10 per night. drink. Play free tunes on the juke box during lunch. use free of charge. Birding is great, free, family fun! Alcoholic beverages sold separately. Need room for your holiday visitors? — See page A1 for more “UBU” special — nonprior service students, show your UBU Rental campers — tow to your destination and enjoy. $50 per information. card and get a free large fountain drink with a $5 purchase. day; two available: one sleeps six, one sleeps eight. ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER Editor’s note: Preregistration is required for all classes. Register at craft sales, Building 5904. Space is limited. For more information, call 377-2821. Gifts to go — get a décor mug filled with good- Specials ies; $10 each. “UBU” special — UBU card holders get 10 per- cent off all items in the crafts resale store. Multi-crafts shop Editor’s note: Potter’s wheels, ceramic molds, air brush- Christmas card making — Dec. 3, see page A1 ing, and tools are available for use in the shop. for more information. Scrapbooking — 10:30 a.m. to noon, Dec. 10. $10 including materials. FAMILY CHILD CARE VETERINARY SERVICES Jewelry making — 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 12. $20 including materials. Learn wire wrap- Editor’s note: Located in Locker House, Building 3101 Editor’s note: Located on 3rd Street, Building 0408. All ping and tooling. Child care slots — available now. Call for assis- on C Street. For more information, call 377-3189. animals in base housing must be registered with the veteri- tance in locating a provider. Eligible patrons — active duty, retirees, reser- nar office. For appointment call, 376-7495. Great Christmas Gifts — check out our shadow Air Force Aid Society programs — pay for vists and National Guard on active duty for more Frame shop boxes and solid wood coin holders. child care for volunteers working on base, and 20 than 72 hours with orders may use the vet clinic. Custom orders — individual, customized orders hours of child care for E6 and below who are mak- Sick call and vaccines — by appointment only, available. Coordinate awards with shop accessories. ing a permanent change of station. For eligibility call to schedule. and guidance, call the airman and family readiness Health certificates — available for interstate and Engraving shop center, 376-8728. overseas travel. Looking for a great going-away gift? — We can Returning home care — for children ages 12 and etch glass items and customize your order of younger. Up to 16 hours of care per child, per six- YOUTH PROGRAMS plaques, trophies, awards, mugs and writing pens. month period, is available to members, returning Organizational name tags are our specialty. after deployments of a minimum of 30 calendar days Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-4116. All in support of a contingency operation, and members children registered in a youth center program receive free returning for a two-week rest and relaxation leave. Holiday camps — see page A1 for more infor- membership. Wood shop Be your own boss — we’re recruiting military mation. Editor’s note: Hard woods and plywood in stock for spouses on and off base who wish to care for chil- Basketball registration — continues through sale. Stock includes walnut, mahogany, pecan, maple, oak, Beginning woodworking — see page A1 for dren in their homes. Providers are also needed to Dec. 12 for boys and girls ages 5-15. $50 for first poplar, cypress and cedar. more information. care for children with special needs including asth- child, $25 for each additional child. Fee includes Beginning intarsia — 10 a.m. Dec. 5. $15 ma, allergies, cerebral palsy and other physical uniform, participation award, two practices weekly, including materials. Intarsia is the art of piecing impairments, and to work swing and evening shifts. Saturday games and certified coaches and officials. wood together in a decorative pattern. Expanded duty care — assists families in TRAIL/Keystone Club — 6-8 p.m. Mondays for Advanced intarsia — 10 a.m. Dec. 12. $25 obtaining child care from licensed or affiliated ages 13-18. includes materials and tool use. providers when weekly parental workloads, due to Tap, ballet, and acrobatics class — 5:30-6:30 extended duty hours, exceed the standard 50 hours p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays for ages 3 and older. of care a week that families are already purchasing $50 per month, call to enroll. in child care programs on or off base. Auto hobby shop Friday night fun — 6:30-9:30 p.m. for ages 6- Editor’s note: Indoor and outdoor stalls and lifts avail- Collection site — for privately owned vehicle oil, 12. Skating, music, games and more. able. For more information, call 377-3872. antifreeze, transmission and brake fluids. No tires or Taekwondo classes — for ages 6-12. Students VANDENBERG COMMUNITY CENTER batteries. will attend two classes weekly, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturdays. Editor’s note: All events, except dances, are open to all Tire service/air machine — coin-operated, “UBU” house party — 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Nonprior Keesler personnel. For more information, call 377-4355. available 24-7. Located at the vacuum station. $50 monthly fee. service students show your UBU card and be eligi- Guitar, piano and gymnastics classes — avail- Vehicle storage lot — store your vehicle with us ble for prizes and free food. Hosted by Air Forces when going on temporary duty. able, call for more information. HAPPENINGS Clubs. 24-hour coin-operated car care — vacuum sta- Free pool tournaments — 7 p.m. Tuesdays 9- tion and car wash featuring foamy brush wash, high ball, 7 p.m. Wednesdays 8-ball. is a monthly sup- pressure rinse, wax, towelettes and Armorall. Free movie night — Wednesdays. New releases. plement to the Keesler News and is produced by Free popcorn. 81st Force Support Squadron Services. Infor- DINING FACILITIES Late night dances — 6:30-midnight Thursdays mation is subject to change without notice. No before nonworking Fridays, and Fridays and Wondering what’s on the menu today? — Call Saturdays. Nonprior service students only. No federal endorsement of sponsors intended. Editor’s note: For more information, call 377-2200. the Dine Line at 377-DINE (3463) for daily menu. dances Dec. 19-30 due to the holiday. Earlene Smith, marketing director; Lisa Monthly birthday celebration — 5:30 p.m. the Birthday dance — 6:30-midnight Dec. 18. Campbell, marketing specialist; Tanja Smith, first Wednesday of each month for all nonprior serv- Nonprior service students with December birthdays commercial sponsorship coordinator; Cindy Mil- ice students, permanent party enlisted, and Essential enter the dance free. ford, graphics illustrator. Station Messing members. Reservations must be Nonprior service students’ web page — log on made in advance by the 25th of the previous month; to http://www.keeslerservices.us, in the right hand call 377-3854. Personnel collecting Basic Allowance column click on Leon the chameleon for the “UBU” PLEASE PULL OUT AND KEEP THIS SUPPLEMENT for Subsistence must pay cash and surcharge. link to programs tailored especially for you. AS A HANDY REFERENCE FOR MONTHLY EVENTS OF THE 81ST FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON SERVICES.