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									               Military Retiree Newsletter
                                 Robins AFB, Georgia
                                Retired Activities Office
          Volume 17                                                      December 2008



ROBINS AFB MILITARY RETRIEE APPRECIATION DAY WAS HOST TO OVER 200 RETIREES
AND VENDORS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2008.

Starting with breakfast at the Wynn Dinning facility, speakers and retiree information given at the
Heritage Club. Flu and Shingles vaccinations we re given by the 78 th MDGp. Hundreds of dollars of
door we re prizes given away.
ID cards and DEERS updates were done by the 78th FSS Military Personnel Sq. Guest speakers we re
Marie Berry, RN, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret), Col William Willis, Deputy Command Chaplain for AFRC,
Julie Reeves 78 th MSS/Pharmacy, Ms. Michelle Banks, Delta Dental representative, and CMSGT
Charles Norton, VA Advocate.

I wish to thank the TREA group and other volunteers who help pull this wonderful day off. To all who
came out to be recognized and honor for their service and their spouses who served a long side of the
retirees. The attendance is growing and we hope that it gets bigge r next year. I hope all enjoyed the day
and will invite other military retirees to come next year.

Thanks

Chief Ernie Munson (Ret)
Director, RAO
Robins AFB, GA

                     Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year
                            To all the Happiest of Holidays

                                         NATIONAL NEWS


TRICARE ONE YEAR LIMIT UPDATE: Tricare officials remind overseas providers and beneficiaries
that they have limited time left to file claims that have not already been processed. Tricare Management
Activity (TMA) has extended a “timely filing waiver” through 31 DEC 08 for Tricare Overseas claims. The
extension accommodates providers, beneficiaries and others living overseas who have not filed claims within
one year of the “date of service.” One year is the limit normally allowed by Tricare policy. However,
according to Tricare officials, late filing overseas sometimes occurs due to local statutes, which often give
healthcare professionals up to three years to file claims for reimbursement. The filing extension through 31
DEC 08 allows extra time for Tricare area offices overseas to educate providers, beneficiaries and others
about Tricare’s claims filing policies. To be eligible for this limited timely filing waiver, overseas Tricare
service centers, military treatment facilities, remote points of contact, providers and beneficiaries who have
outstanding healthcare bills with dates of service before 31 DEC 07 must submit their claims no later than 31
DEC 08 to Wisconsin Physicians Service (WPS), the overseas claims processor for Tricare. Beneficiaries can
file claims by mailing a completed DD Form 2642 with a copy of the itemized bill and receipts to the
appropriate WPS address found on the contact page at http://tricare4u.com. If WPS initially denies a claim
filed more than a year from the date of service, the filer can then request the limited timely filing
waiver. However, after the 31 DECF 08 deadline, new claims will be denied if not filed within one-year from
the date of service. Contact a local overseas Tricare area office for assistance or WPS overseas at 1-608-301-
2310. Area office contact information is available at the beneficiary portal at
http://www.tricare.mil. [Source: Tricare News release 08-117 dtd 28 Nov 08 ++]

CERTIFICATE OF CREDITABLE COVERAGE UPDATE: A Certificate Of Creditable
Coverage (CoCC) is usually required when changing from one health insurance plan to another and serves as
evidence of prior health care coverage to reduce how much or how long a health care plan can exclude a
person from coverage for a pre-existing health condition. The certificate shows the new insurance
carrier that a beneficiary had Tricare coverage for the period noted on the certificate. Certificates identify the
name of the sponsor and/or family member for whom it is issued, the dates Tricare coverage began and ended,
and the certificate issue date. Those issued upon request of a be neficiary will reflect each period of continuous
coverage under Tricare that ended within 24 months prior to the date of loss of eligibility. The Defense
Manpower Data Center Support Office (DSO), as the custodian of the defense enrollment
eligibility reporting system, is the issuing authority. They issue a certificate to sponsors and family members
upon loss of eligibility, including active duty members who separate from service. An active duty member
who retires does not lose eligibility and is not automatically issued a CoCC. However, when retired member
needs a certificate to present to a new employer for health plan coverage, he/she should request one in writing.
Examples of when certificates may be issued include:
•        Upon separation of the sponsor from active duty, a certificate will be
issued to the sponsor listing all eligible family members.
•        Upon the loss of eligibility for a dependent child (age 21, or 23 if a
full-time student), a certificate will be issued to dependent child.
•        Upon loss of coverage after divorce, a certificate will be issued to the
former spouse.

By law, if an individual incurs a 63-day break in coverage, all previous creditable coverage before the break is
disregarded (meaning the beneficiary does not show as Tricare eligib le during that 63-day period) which may
reduce any future pre-existing condition exclusion period. Guard/reserve members on
active duty orders for 30 days or less are not issued CoCC’s because they are not Tricare eligible and that time
is not considered when calculating the length of coverage. Eligible retirees or those who may have lost their
certificate may submit a written request for a CoCC, which will be mailed to the sponsor or family member
without charge. Certificates cannot be requested by phone from the DSO. Written requests for a CoCC must
include the sponsor's name and social security number, name of person for whom the certificate is
requested, reason for the request, name and address to whom and where the certificate should be sent, and
signature of the requester. The mailing address for a CoCC request is: Defense Manpower Data Center
Support Office (DSO), Attn: Certificate Of Creditable Coverage, 400 Gigling Road, Seaside, Ca
93955-6771. If there is an urgent need for a CoCC, a beneficiary can fax his/her request to the DSO at (831)
655-8317 or request (via mail or fax) that the DSO fax it to a particular number. Note: Tricare does not
exclude preexisting conditions, so there is no need for a CoCC from a previous plan when a beneficiary
becomes Tricare eligible.

   Content of CoCCs for members of the guard and reserve called to several periods of active duty depends
on how long the member was mobilized, whether he/she was eligible for transitional assistance management
program benefits, and whether the member had a break in health care coverage of 63 days or more.
Some possible scenarios for issuance are:
•       Member mobilized for 45 days, but not eligible for TAMP (such as RC members called to active duty
for special work or a similar non-contingency period of active duty). The certificate issued covers the initial
45-day period. Thirty days later, the member is mobilized for 60 days (again not eligible for TAMP), and the
break in coverage is less than 63 days. The second certificate will cover the 60-day period. The member may
then present these collective certificates to a health plan and receive credit for the total
coverage time.
•        A guard/reserve member is mobilized for 45 days but eligible for 180 days of TAMP coverage. The
certificate is issued at the end of the 225-day period, indicating continuous coverage for 225 days.
•        A guard/reserve member was covered for 18 months, which is followed by
a break in coverage of 63 days or more. The 18-month period that occurred prior to the 63-day break in
coverage will not be credited on the certificate of creditable coverage. By law, if an individual incurs a 63- day
break in coverage, all previous creditable coverage prior to the break are disregarded (meaning you were not
Tricare eligible during this period) and reduces any future preexisting condition exclusion period. Also, since
rc members on active duty orders for 30 days or less are excluded, these periods of active duty service will not
be considered when calculating your length of coverage.

For questions regarding the Certificate Of Creditable Coverage, sponsors and family members may contact
the DSO at (800) 538-9552. For TTY/TDD, dial (866) 363-2883. Questions also may be sent via e- mail to the
Tricare Management Activity HIPAA program office at hipaamail@tma.osd.mil . Additional CoCC
information is available on the Tricare web site at www.tricare.mil/hipaa/downloads/cocc.pdf. [Source:
CoCC Fact Sheet www.tricare.mil/Factsheets/print.cfm?id=247. 17 Nov 08 ++]

CRDP/CRSC OPTION UPDATE: If you are a military retiree and eligible for both CRDP and CRSC, you
may elect to change which compensation you receive during the CRDP/CRSC Open Season. This annual
Open Season election period is Jan. 1 thru 31 JAN 09, and allows the retiree to choose which payment is
preferred. You may receive one or the other but not both. In late DEC 08, eligible retirees will be mailed a
CRDP/CRSC Open Season Election Form. The retiree needs to return the form only if making a change from
CRDP to CRSC or vice versa. If the retiree prefers to keep things the way they are, do nothing. The
payments the retiree now receives will continue uninterrupted. To help the retiree make a more informed
decision, the form will include a comparison of the CRSC and CRDP entitlement amounts as well as
information about the collection actions and taxes to which each type of payment is subject. If the retiree
wants to change from CRDP to CRSC or vice versa, the form must be postmarked by 31 JAN 09. If the form
is dated after this date, it will not be processed and the current payments will continue uninterrupted.
The change in the payment will be effective with the first business day of FEB 09. Due to a 30-day
processing timeframe, the retiree may not receive their first payment until the first business day of MAR 09,
including a retroactive adjustment for the payment that would have been paid on the first business day
of February. [Source: NAUS Weekly Update for 26 Nov 08 ++]

LOCATING VETERANS UPDATE : The military keeps track of folks who are
currently receiving military pay. That means they know the location of
individuals who are currently on active duty, in the National Guard and
Reserves, and those who are retired from the military. If you're looking for
someone who spent a few years in the military, and then separated, the
military is not going to know where they are. Even if the people you are
looking for are currently on active duty, in the Guard or Reserves, or are
retired, whether or not the military will release information they do have on
file is dependent upon the circumstances. For example, the military generally
does not release information about individuals who are deployed. Following are
some guidelines on where you can look:

Base Locators: If the person you're trying to find is currently on active
duty, and you know their rank, name, and where they are stationed, finding
them is pretty easy. Every military base has a "base locator." You can usually
locate the military member you're looking for with a simple phone call. To
contact the base locator, call long distance information, and ask them to
connect you to the base operator for the military base where the member is
stationed. When the base operator comes on the line, ask to be connected to
the base locator. The base locator can give you the duty phone number and duty
address of any active duty person stationed on that base. Unless the
individual has asked to keep the information private, the locator can also
give you their home phone number and home address.

World-Wide Locators: If you don't know where the member is stationed, you'll
need to contact the specific service's world-wide locator service. Each
military branch has their own:

•       Air Force. The Air Force World-Wide Locator is based at the Air Force
Personnel Headquarters in Texas. It handles requests for Air Force active
duty, Air Force reserves, the Air National Guard, and retired Air Force
members. There are two types of requests: official requests and unofficial
requests. Official requests are defined as requests received from any
government agency and the Department of Defense. All other requests are
considered unofficial. All unofficial requests must be made in writing. In
order for the Air Force to properly locate the correct individual, your
request must contain as much of the following information as possible: Full
name to include a middle initial; Rank; Social Security number; Date of birth;
Any known assignment information (places/dates). A fee of $3.50, per
individual request, is required for all unofficial requests. The fee must be
paid by check or money order made out to "DAO-DE RAFB." Requestors who are on
active duty, National Guard, Reserves, or military retired are exempt from
paying the fee. Your written request needs to include your name, address, and
phone number. Put your written request in an unsealed envelope with a return
address, proper postage affixed and the individual's (the person you're
looking for) name in the addressee portion of the envelope. Place this
envelope in a larger envelope with your check or money and mail to the locator
address at: HQ AFPC/DPDXIDL, 550 C St West Ste 50, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-
4752. Your request constitutes permission for the Air Force to release your
name, phone number, and address to the military member.

•       Army. Due to security reasons, the Army has closed their World-Wide
Locator Service to the general public. To access the Army locator, you now
need an Army Knowledge Online account (that means you need to be a member of
the Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserves, Army Retired member, or an Army
Dependent). Other requests to locate active duty Army members are handled on a
case-by-case basis. Send your written requests to: Commander, U.S. Army
Enlisted Records & Evaluation Center, ATTN: Locator, 8899 East 56th Street,
Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 46249-5301 Tel:1-866-771-6357.


•        Navy. The Navy World Wide Locator helps locate individuals on active
duty and those who have been recently discharged (within one year). The Navy
also has a current address for retired Navy service members. Retiree addresses
and addresses for those who have recently separated, however, are protected
under the provisions of the Privacy Act and cannot b e released. In these
cases, however, the locator can forward mail. Give as much identifying
information as possible about the person you wish to locate such as full name,
rank (rate), last duty assignment/last known military address, service number,
and Social Security number. You can call the locator service at 1-866-827-5672
or 1-901-874-3388, DSN 882-3388. Unless you are calling on official business
or a family member or active duty member, the fee for researching an address
is $3.50 per address made payable by check or money order to the U.S.
TREASURER. Fees are retained in cases resulting in an unsuccessful search.
Mail your correspondence with your fee to: Navy World Wide Locator, Navy
Personnel Command, PERS 312E2, 5720 Integrity Drive Millington, TN 38055-3120.

•       Marine Corps. The Marine Corps can provide the duty station for active
duty personnel and reservists. For retired individuals, the locator service
can provide the city and state, but not an address. The service will provide
the service member's current rank and unit address; however, due to the
locator's staffing, the office cannot forward mail except in special cases.
Telephonic requests to 1-703-640-3942/3943 are no charge to immediate family
members and government officials calling on official business. In addition,
telephonic service will be provided at no cost to any individual, business or
organization, if the Marine locator decides the information would benefit the
individual. Other requests cost $3.50, made payable by check or money order to
the U.S. TREASURER. Send written locator requests to: Commandant of the Marine
Corps, Headquarters, USMC Code MMSB-10, Quantico, VA 22134-5030.


•       Coast Guard. The Coast Guard World Wide Locator has duty stations for
active duty personnel. They do not maintain listings for CG reserve or retired
personnel. To locate an active duty Coast Guard member, you can send an email
to: ARL-PF-CGPCCGlocator@uscg.mil. You can also write to: Coast Guard
Personnel Command (CGPC-adm-3), 2100 Second St, SW.,Washington, DC 20593-0001
Tel: (202) 267-0581

Other: Military members are people, just like any other folks. They can often
be found by employing methods you would use to try and locate anyone. For
example, a private detective agency may be able to assist. They usually have
access to resources and databases which can search driver's license records,
utility records, mortgage and deed documents, etc. There are web sites that
allow former military members and former military members to enter their
contact information, so that it is available to people who wish to find them.
The disadvantage is that the member will not be listed there, unless he/she
specifically requested that their information be listed. Some of these web
sites are:
•        www.militarylocator.com. You have to join this site to use their
locator.
•        www.militaryconnections.com. Database with over 450,000 names.
•        www.gisearch.com. Database with information from many current and former
military members.
•        www.usaf- locator.com. More than 32,000 email addresses of current and
former Air Force members.
•        www.classmates.com. Classmates.com has a special section for current and
former military members. You have to join in order to use their services.
[Source: About.com U.S. Military Rod Powers article Nov 08 ++]

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MILITARY ID CARDS




SAM'S CLUB MILITARY OPEN HOUSE: Sam's Club announced it will host open
houses for military personnel, including retired and active service members
and their families, nationwide, to make their holiday brighter. Military
personnel can shop and save on their holiday meals and gifts at Sam's Club
without a membership. The company will also waive its 10% non- member service
fee. The military open houses will be held Monday, 1 DEC and Monday, 15 DEC in
598 Sam's Club locations in the U.S., during regular club hours. For more
information refer to samsclub.com. [Source: mrgrg- ms-talk 26 Nov 08 ++]
VA SECRETARY UPDATE : An Army Reserve colonel and Iraq war veteran could
become the next secretary of Veterans’ Affairs. Anthony Brown, Maryland’s
lieutenant governor, is getting attention because he is on President-elect
Barack Obama’s transition team as co-chair of the group studying priorities
for the Veterans Affairs Department — and because, like Obama, he is a Harvard
Law School graduate. Brown had been a member of Veterans for Clinton, a group
that supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) for the Democratic
presidential nomination.That he was named to the transition team appears to
show that early support for an Obama rival has not worked against him. Brown
also helped draft the 2008 Democratic Party national platform last summer.
Brown’s name, hotly circulating 21 NOV among people advising the Obama
transition, comes after speculation had centered on two other people to take
over the VA, both disabled veterans.
-        Former Sen. Max Cleland, a 67- year-old Vietnam veteran who lost both
legs and an arm in that conflict, served as head of the then-Veterans
Administration during the Carter administration and campaigned hard for Obama
in the recent election campaign.
-        Tammy Duckworth, a 41-year-old Iraq war veteran who lost both legs when
her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, has served as the head
of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs since she lost a 2006 race for
Congress. Duckworth, a major in the Illinois National Guard, has been
mentioned as a possible successor to Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, which he
resigned after being elected president.

Obama aides did not respond to questions about the VA nomination. Although
there has been speculation about several cabinet posts, no formal
announcements have been made about nominees. Brown was commissioned in the
Army in 1984 and spent five years on active duty as a helicopter pilot with
the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. He entered law school
after leaving active duty. After getting his law degree, he spent two years as
a clerk for the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. Brown deployed to Iraq in 2004
as part of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, and since 2007 has commanded the
Army Reserve’s Pennsylvania-based 153rd Legal Support Organization. He served
as a Maryland state delegate from 1999 until his election as the state’s
lieutenant governor in 2006. Since then, he has worked on a variety of
military and veterans projects, serving as chairman of the Maryland Veterans
Behavioral Health Advisory Board that oversees efforts to provide and improve
direct mental health services to returning veterans and working to expand
services for veterans in rural areas.“We will provide the services when they
are not available to veterans,” Brown said in an interview with Military Times
earlier this year about Maryland’s initiatives for returning veterans. When
Brown and Gov. Martin O’Malley looked at what they could do for returning
veterans, Brown said, “The glaring area is in mental health, … the inability
of VA to care for veterans.” To those who contend that this is a federal
responsibility, Brown said that when he looks at someone, he doesn’t see a
federal worker or civilian worker, but a Maryland resident. “When they come
home and take off the uniform, they are our neighbors,” he said. [Source:
ArmyTimes Rick Maze article 23 nov 08 ++]

SBP PAID UP PROVISION UPDATE : Retired members who have been paying SBP
premiums for at least 30 years (360 months) and have reached at least age 70
on Oct. 1, were to be considered “paid-up” and have no more premiums deducted
from their retired pay. NAUS and FRA have received many phone calls and
emails from their members who believe they are qualified yet are still having
the premiums deducted. According to the Defense Finance and Accounting
Service (DFAS) an appeal process is being developed for beneficiaries who
believe they qualify for “paid up” status but are still having their SBP
premium deducted from their retired pay. DFAS has assured that any
beneficiary who is qualified for “paid up” status and had premiums deducted
from their retired pay will be provided a full refund. A reason you may not
be qualified is that you lost your spouse and your account was placed on hold
status until you remarried. The date you remarried is NOT the start date for
resumption of SBP premiums. That does not occur until one year after the new
marriage. Also any payments you may have made for the Retired Service members
Family Protection Program (RSFPP), the program in effect prior to SBP, do not
count towards the paid- up provision. There are several other instances that
may affect your account. To check on these, go to the DFAS Retiree Newsletter
at http://www.dfas.mil/rna- news/october2008/paid-uprsfppandsbpupdate.html or
call DFAS at 1-800-321-1080. Be advised that your wait may be long as the
phone system at DFAS has been overwhelmed lately. [Source: NAUS Weekly Update
21 Nov 08 ++]

UNIFORM WEARING: Federal laws concerning the wear of the United States
Military uniforms by people not on active duty are published in the United
States Code (USC). Specifically, 10 USC, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 45,
Sections 771 and 772 state.:

-       Section 771: Except as otherwise provided by law, no person except a
member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, as the case may be, may
wear - (1) the uniform, or a distinctive part of the uniform, of the Army,
Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps; or (2) a uniform any part of which is
similar to a distinctive part of the uniform of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or
Marine Corps
-       Section 772 lists some exceptions:
(a)     A member of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard may wear
the uniform prescribed for the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard,
as the case may be.
(b)     A member of the Naval Militia may wear the uniform prescribed for the
Naval Militia.
(c)      A retired officer of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may
bear the title and wear the uniform of his retired grade.
(d)     A person who is discharged honorably or under honorable conditions from
the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may wear his uniform while going
from the place of discharge to his home, within three months after his
discharge.
(e)     A person not on active duty who served honorably in time of war in the
Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title, and, when
authorized by regulations prescribed by the President, wear the uniform, of
the highest grade held by him during that war.
(f)      While portraying a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine
Corps, an actor in a theatrical or motion-picture production may wear the
uniform of that armed force if the portrayal does not tend to discredit that
armed force.
(g)     An officer or resident of a veterans' home administered by the
Department of Veterans Affairs may wear such uniform as the Secretary of the
military department concerned may prescribe.
(h)      While attending a course of military instruction conducted by the Army,
Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, a civilian may wear the uniform prescribed
by that armed force if the wear of such uniform is specifically authorized
under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the military department
concerned.
(i)     Under such regulations as the Secretary of the Air Force may prescribe,
a citizen of a foreign country who graduates from an Air Force school may wear
the appropriate aviation badges of the Air Force.
(j)     A person in any of the following categories may wear the uniform
prescribed for that category: (1) Members of the Boy Scouts of America. (2)
Members of any other organization designated by the Secretary of a military
[Source: About.com: US military 28 Oct 08 ++] [Source: MOAA News exchange 8 Oct 08 ++]

CRDP UPDATE : The concurrent retirement and disability pay (CRDP) retro
payments being paid to retirees rated with “individual unemployability” (IU)
by the VA are taxable in the year received. CRDP always has been taxable
income, as it is a restoration of taxable military retired pay. According to
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), income is considered taxable in the year
it is received. This is the case even though the retro payment is to make you
whole from an earlier time. Many have asked about the ability to file an
amended tax return. It is not an option. Amended returns are for correcting a
past mistake, or for when you paid taxes in the past that you didn’t need to
pay. The CRDP retro payments for IU don’t apply to either of these situations
because you were paid in accordance with the laws and policies at those times.
The laws changed in 2008 to make things different, so the payment is
considered a current year income payment. [Source: MOAA News Exchange 18 Nov
08 ++]

USAF RETURN TO ACTIVE DUTY: The Air Force is re- invigorating its Voluntary
Return to Active Duty programs. Currently, the Air Force is attempting to
measure how much interest there is in individuals returning to active duty.
If returning to active duty is viable, some rated officers may be given the
opportunity to voluntarily return to active duty for a limited time, with some
serving until they qualify for military retirement. Interested individuals can
e-mail afpc.recall.ops@randolph.af.mil and provide the following information:
full name, date of birth, highest rank held, date of separation/retirement
date, reserve status, aircraft flown, contact e- mail, home address, phone
number, and brief comments/concerns. Once the Air Force determines program
viability, applicable recall program information, which includes application
procedures, will be posted on the the Air Force Personnel Center's "Ask" Web.
Expected timeline: Solicit interested parties starting 15 OCT 08, and start
first return to active duty by 1 JAN 09. Return to Active Duty programs
consist of:

1) The Voluntary Permanent Rated Recall Program brings rated officers back on
active-duty status to serve until they are eligible for retirement. Officers
brought back in this program will be eligible for active component promotion
boards, and will PCS and/or deploy in accordance with current policies.
2) The Voluntary Permanent Non-Rated Recall Program brings non-rated officers
back on active-duty status to serve until they are eligible for retirement.
Officers brought back in this program will be eligible for active component
promotion boards and will PCS and/or deploy in accordance with current
policies.
3) The Limited Period Recall Program brings officers back to serve at
particular units and locations for a specific period of time. Officers brought
back under this program are not authorized to PCS; they will not meet active
component promotion boards and will deploy under special conditions. Officers
in this program are authorized to meet the Air Force Reserve Command's
promotion boards.
4) The Retired Aviator Recall Program returns retirees to active duty in the
rank last held to fill rated staff positions for a pre-determined period of
service. They do not meet active duty promotion boards, are not eligible for
aviation career pay and do not deploy unless they volunteer.
[Source:
http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/library/voluntaryreturntoactiveduty.asp Nov 08
++] [

FDA SCAM: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about a
scheme to extort money by callers who falsely identify thems elves as FDA
officials. The agency has received several reports of calls to entice
consumers to purchase discounted prescription drugs by wiring funds to a
location in the Dominican Republic. No medications are ever delivered, but an
"FDA special agent" calls to say that a fine of several thousand dollars must
be sent to an address in the Dominican Republic to prevent imprisonment or
other legal action. The FDA suspects that the scheme began with the theft of
personal information from consumers who previously purchased drugs through the
Internet or by telephone or who were victims of credit card fraud. Complaints
or other information about this scheme should be reported to the FDA Office of
Criminal Investigations at (800) 521-5783. [Source: Consumer Health Digest
#08-47 18 Nov 08 ++]

WRAMC UPDATE: The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national "Holiday
Mail for Heroes" campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to
Service members and veterans both in the United States and abroad. Holiday Mail
for Heroes, which began Veterans Day, is a follow- up to the 2007 effort that
resulted in the collection and distribution of more than 600,000 cards to
hospitalized service members. This year's program will expand its reach to not
only wounded service members but also veterans and their families. The goal is
to collect and distribute 1 million pieces of holiday mail. There have been
some inquirers concerning an e- mail going around asking we send Christmas
cards to Walter Reed addressed to “Recovering American Soldier”. However,
they are participating in the Red Cross "Holiday Mail for Heroes" effort to
get cards to Soldiers and Veterans. Holiday cards should be mailed to: Holiday
Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD. 20791-5456. All cards
must be postmarked no later than 10 DEC. Cards should not be mailed or
delivered to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For more information refer to
www.wramc.amedd.army.mil or www.redcross.org/holidaymail for Holiday Mail for
Heroes program guidelines. Walter Reed is not accepting mail addressed to "A
Recovering American Soldier." [Source: Office of the Secretary of Vet Affairs
VSO Liaison Kevin Secor note 18 Nov 08 ++]

SALUTING the FLAG UPDATE: The 2009 NDAA clarified actions to be taken
during the playing of the National Anthem. It authorizes individuals in
uniform to give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and
maintain that position until the last note. Members of the Armed Forces and
veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in
the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and all other persons present
should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the
heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress
with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over
the heart.

   On 29 JAN 08, President Bush signed a law amending federal code to allow
a veteran to salute the U.S. flag while not in unifo rm in certain, but not
all, situations. The amended federal code addresses actions for a viewer of
the U.S. flag during its hoisting, lowering or passing. In these instances,
the law allows a veteran in civilian attire to salute the flag. All other
persons present should face the flag, or if applicable, remove their headdress
with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over
the heart. Citizens of other countries present should stand at attention. All
such conduct toward the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the
moment the flag passes. However, another section of federal code that
specifically relates to actions of those reciting the Pledge of Allegiance was
not amended. In this case, a veteran in civilian attire is not specifically
authorized to render a hand salute during the Pledge. In any case, a veteran
in civilian clothes is authorized to place their right hand over their heart
as has been tradition. [Source: NCOA Leg Actions 22 Oct 08 ++]

CENSUS BUREAU JOB RECRUITING: Conducting the census is a huge undertaking.
Thousands of census takers are needed to update address lists and conduct
interviews with community residents. Most positions require a valid driver's
license and use of a vehicle. However, public transportation may be authorized
in certain areas. The Bureau is recruiting temporary part-time census takers
for the 2010 Census. The hours are flexible, and the work is close to home.
Census takers receive competitive pay on a weekly basis. In addition, you will
be reimbursed for authorized mileage and related expenses. Census taker jobs
are excellent for retirees, college students, persons who want to work part-
time, persons who are between jobs, or just about anyone who wants to earn
extra money while performing an important service for their community. To
apply call the Jobs line at 1-866-861-2010 and schedule an appointment to take
the employment test. TTY users should call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-
877-8339. Or, got to http://www.census.gov/2010censusjobs/howtoapply.php and
use their interactive map to find the local phone number of the Census office
nearest you. Applications can be completed online and downloaded using the
Documents section the website. Bring your comp leted application and I-9 Form
to your scheduled testing session. Applicants will be hired from almost every
community and are selected based on the hiring needs of each particular area.
Qualified applicants are contacted to work as Census jobs become a vailable.
Most hiring will take place FEB through MAY 09. In addition to applying to be
a census taker there are other jobs available in Regional Offices that you can
apply for: Go to http://www.census.gov/field/www and click on the map to
visit one of the 12 regional offices for details on available positions and
salaries. For additional info go to www.census.gov/2010census and click on
JOBS. [Source: www.census.gov/2010census/ Nov 08 ++]

                                              Misc News FYI

Subject: VA Clinic Update
1. Perry Information - This is the content of the letter we will be sending out to the veterans in the Perry area.

   The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia, is proud to announce the opening of a new
Outreach Clinic in Perry, Georgia. The Perry Outreac h Clinic will be located at 2370 So. Houston Lake Rd.
This is located near the intersection of So. Houston Lake Rd. and SR 127, across from the Houston Lake
Country Club.
    The Perry Outreach Clinic will open on November 17, 2008, and will provide primary care, mental health,
and pharmaceutical counseling services. Optometry, podiatry, and dietetic counseling services will be
available on a limited basis. Other services will be available through the use of Tele-Health.

    You can choose to have your primary care and mental health needs transferred to the Perry Outreach
Clinic by requesting a change of provider(s). Changing your primary care and/or mental health provider will
not limit your ability to access specialty services at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.

    Prior to November 17, 2008, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., you
can change your primary care and/or mental health provider to a Perry provider or schedule an appointment
for the Perry Outreach Clinic, by calling the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, 1-478-272-1210 and press 8.
Please let the operator know that you are calling to request an appointment for the Perry Outreach Clinic.

    After November 17, 2008, you can reach the Perry Outreach Clinic staff by calling 478-224-1309. Please
note this number will not be in service prior to November 17, 2008.

    The staff at the Perry Outreach Clinic looks forward to meeting your medical needs and providing you the
highest quality health care services available.

   Janine Cameron
   Public Affairs
   Carl Vinson VAMC
   478 272-1210 ext. 5440
   478 274-5440
   478 595-1353


COLA 2009 UPDATE: The 2009 cost-of- living adjustment (COLA) for military
retired pay will be the highest seen in over 15 years at 5.8%. The increase,
which goes into effect on 1 DEC 08, also applies to SBP annuities, Social
Security checks, and VA disability and survivor benefits. Retirees will see
the increase in their JAN 09 checks. The annual Cost-of-Living-Adjustment is
not in any way related to the annual military pay raise for active duty and
reserve service members which this year was 3.9%. All retirees who retired
before 1 JAN 08 will receive the 5.8% Cost-of-Living-Adjustment. Retirees who
first became members of the uniformed services on or after 1 AUG 86 and
elected to receive a Career Status Bonus at 15 years, and retired on or before
1 JASN 08, will receive an increase of only 4.8%. Retirees who first became a
member of the uniformed services on or after Sept. 8, 1980, and retired in
2008 will receive a Partial COLA on a prorated basis as follows:
o        Jan. 1, 2008, and March 31, 2008, will receive 5.0%
o        April 1 - June 30, 2008 will receive 3.8%
o        July 1 - Sept. 30, 2008 will receive 1.2%
o        Those who retired after Oct. 1, 2008, will see no COLA this year.

This is the third year in the last four that the retiree COLA has been higher
than the pay raise for currently serving troops. The two are never the same
because they are based on different things and have different purposes.
Military pay raises are based on private sector pay growth, as measured by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Cost Index (ECI). Their intent is to
ensure military pay is kept reasonably comparable to private sector pay, to
allow the services to compete successfully for manpower over time. Retired pay
COLAs, on the other hand, are cost-of- living adjustments that track to
inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Their purpose is to
ensure that whatever purchasing power a member's retired pay represented on
the date he or she left service isn't eroded by inflation over time. Over
time, the two tend to even out. During the 1970s, COLAs were higher in 5 years
and pay raises won out for the other five. In the '80s, pay raises beat COLAs
(6 - 4); in the '90s, it was 50-50 split (5 - 5). The first half of this
decade, pay raises were higher, but with COLAs higher for three of the last 4
years, the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way again. [Source: MOAA
Leg Up 17 Oct & Military Report 20 Oct 08 ++]


OVERSEAS HOLIDAY MAIL 2008: The 2008 Christmas holiday mailing deadlines
have just been announced. If you want your cards, letters, and packages to
arrive to a military member overseas, or deployed on a Navy ship by Christmas,
be sure to mail them by the following dates:

For military mail addressed to APO/FPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips
340; and AP zips 962-966:
* Express Mail: Dec. 18
* First-Class Mail (letters/cards and priority mail): Dec. 11
* Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 4
* Parcel Post: Nov. 13

For military mail addressed to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093:
* Express mail Military Service: N/A
* First-Class Letters/Cards/Priority Mail: Dec. 4
* Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 1
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 21
* Parcel Post: Nov. 13
[Source: About.com Rod Powers article 19 Oct 08 ++]


GI BILL UPDATE: Anticipating a tidal wave of GI Bill claims next summer
when a new full-tuition benefits plan takes effect, the Department of Veterans
Affairs plans to hire 400 people for its regional offices in a push that will
begin1 DEC and have new staff on board to begin training by 1 MAR. The Post-
9/11 GI Bill, which takes effect 1 AUG 09, is so genero us compared to existing
benefits that VA officials are preparing to deal with an estimated 526,000
benefits claims next year, said Keith Wilson, director of VA’s education
service. Testifying before a House subcommittee that is concerned about
whether VA will be ready, Wilson said initial plans to use a completely
automated claims process have not worked out and that most claims will be
manually processed, with help from a computer program to help make sure all
necessary information is available. He described manual claims processing as a
“throwaway” solution that would be abandoned as soon as an automated system is
ready. He expects that to take up to two years more. Wilson did not say what
would happen to the 400 new hires after the automated system is available, but
members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee — who have been monitoring
startup problems — said they expect the claims workers would be transferred to
other duties, because VA also has a large backlog of disability benefits
claims that need to be tackled.

    Implementing the Post-9/11 GI Bill is more complicated than processing
claims for current educational benefits because the programs have major
differences, including who gets paid. The new program will send tuition checks
directly to schools, while the student will receive a living stipend and book
allowance. The living stipend will be based on housing costs in the ZIP codes
where the schools are located. Benefits will cover the full cost of tuition
and fees for a four- year-public college or university, with a maximum rate set
for each state. Trying to assure lawmakers and veterans that VA will be ready,
Wilson said December will bring two significant signs of progress. First, he
expects regulations spelling out the details of benefits and eligibility to be
published by 1 DEC. Also, VA plans to begin contacting private schools to
reach agreement on another benefit of the new GI Bill in which the government
and private schools will cover some tuition costs that exceed the basic
benefit limits. VA’s schedule calls for agreements with private schools to be
completed by 15 FEB so that a full list is available by 1 APR. “We would like
veterans to have that information by spring, when they start to make decisions
about where they will go to school,” Wilson said. [Source: Navy Times Rick Maze
article 18 Nov -08 ++]

GIFT CARDS: Under the current economic situation there are numerous retail
outlets cutting back operations and/or closing stores in the upcoming months.
Veterans might want to take this into consideration if they plan to purchase
Gift Cards as presents for the holiday season. Also, don't forget that those
lifetime warranty replacements are only as good as the lifetime of the company
that provides them, NOT your lifetime. There is no law preventing them from
doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as Bankruptcy
Planning. A partial list of announcements so far follows:

•       Ann Taylor: A company spokeswoman said Ann Taylor will be closing 117
stores nationwide The company hasn't revealed which stores will be shuttered
but will let the stores that will close this fiscal year know over the next
month.
•       Bombay: CLOSED
•       Cache: Women's retailer Cache announced that it is closing 20 to 23
stores this year.
•       Circuit City: Has filed chapter 11 bankruptcy re-organization.
•       CompUSA: CLOSED. They have clarified in their details on store closings
that any extended warranties purchased for products through CompUSA will be
honored by third-party provider, Assuring Solutions. Gift cards, rain checks,
and rebates purchased prior to 12 DEC can be redeemed at any time during the
final sale. For those who have a gadget currently in for service with CompUSA,
the repair will be completed and the gadget will be returned to owners.
•       DHL: Don't plan on sending those gifts via DHL. The German owned
company, is pulling out of the US market in NOV 08 laying off 14,900 of its
18,000 U.S. employees.
•       Dillard's: Dillard's Inc. said it will continue to focus o n closing
underperforming stores, reducing expenses and improving its merchandise in
2008. At the company's annual shareholder meeting, CEO William Dillard II said
the company will close another six underperforming stores this year.
•       Disney Store: The Walt Disney Company announced it acquired about 220
Disney Stores from subsidiaries of The Children's Place Retail Stores. The
exact number of stores acquired will depend on negotiations with landlords.
Those subsidiaries of The Children's Place filed for bankruptcy protection in
late MAR. Walt Disney In the news release said it has also obtained the right
to close about 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. The press release didn't list
those stores.
•       Eddie Bauer: Eddie Bauer has already Closed 27 shops in the first
quarter and plans to close up to two more outlet stores by the end of the
year.
•        Ethan Allen Interiors: J.C. Penney, Lowe's and Office Depot are scaling
back Ethan Allen Interiors: The company announced plans to close 12 of
300+stores in an effort to cut costs.
•        Foot Locker: To close 140 stores. In the company press release and
during its conference call with analysts,, it did not specify where the future
store closures (all planned in fiscal 2008) will be. The company could not be
immediately reached for comment.
•        Gap Inc.: Closing 85 stores. In addition to its namesake chain, Gap also
owns Old Navy and Banana Republic .The company said the closures (all planned
For fiscal 2008) will be weighted toward the Gap brand.
•        Home Depot: Nearly 7+ months after its chief executive said there were
no plans to cut the number of its core retail stores, The Home Depot Inc.
announced 13 NOV that it is shuttering 15 of them amid a slumping U.S. economy
and Housing market. The move will affect 1,300 employees. It is the first
time the world's largest home improvement store chain has ever closed a
flagship Store for performance reasons. Its shares rose almost 5%. The
Atlanta-based company said the underperforming U.S. stores being closed
represent less than 1% of its existing stores . They will be shuttered within
the next two months.
•        J. Jill: see Talbot’s
•        KB Toys: Has posted a list of 356 stores that it is closing around the
United States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. To see the list of
store closings, go to the KB Toys Information web site, and click on Press
Information
•        Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherine's: Spokeswoman Brooke Perry said the
owner of retailers Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherine's Plus Sizes will close
about 150 underperforming stores this year. The company hasn't provided a
list of specific store closures and can't say when it will be offered.
•        Levitz: The furniture retailer is going out of business. Levitz first
announced it was going out of business and closing all 76 of Its stores in DEC
08. The retailer dates back to 1910 when Richard Levitz opened his first
furniture store in Lebanon PA. In the 1960s, the warehouse/showroom concept
brought Levitz to the forefront of the furniture industry. The local Levitz
closures will follow the shutdown of Bombay.
•        Linens & Things: Under liquidation and closing all stores by year end.
•        Lowe’s: Will close some stores.
•        Macy's: Will close 9 stores.
•        Mervyn’s: Closing all stores
•        Movie Gallery: Will close 160 stores as part of reorganization plan to
exit bankruptcy. The video rental company plans to close 400 of 3,500 Movie
Gallery and Hollywood Video stores in addition to the 520 locations the video
rental chain closed last fall.
•        Pacific Sun Wear: Will close its 154 Demo stores after a review of
strategic alternatives for the urban-apparel brand. Seventy- four
underperforming Demo stores closed last May.
•        Piercing Pagoda: see Zale’s
•        Sharper Image: The Company recently filed for bankruptcy pro tection and
announced that 90 of its 184 stores are closing. The retailer will still
operate 94 stores to pay off debts, but 90 of these stores have performed
poorly and also may close.
•        Sprint Nextel: New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse appears to have inherited
a company bleeding subscribers by the thousands, and will now officially be
dropping the ax on 4,000 employees and 125 retail locations. Amid the loss of
639,000 postpaid customers in the fourth quarter, Sprint will be cutting a
total of 6.7%of its work force (following the 5,000 layoffs last year) and 8%
of company-owned brick-and- mortar stores, while remaining mute on other rumors
that it will consolidate its headquarters in Kansas . Sprint Nextel shares are
down $2.89, or nearly 25%, at the time of this writing.
•        Talbot's: About a month ago, Talbot's announced that it will be
shuttering all 78 of its kids and men's stores. Now the company says it will
close Another 22 underperforming stores. The 22 stores will be a mix of
Talbot's women's and J. Jill another chain it owns. The closures will occur
this fiscal year, according to a company press release.
•        Whitehall: Closing all stores
•        Wickes: Wickes Furniture is going out of business and closing all of its
stores. Wickes, a 37- year-old retailer that targets middle-income customers,
filed for bankruptcy protection last month.
•        Wilson's the Leather Experts: Closing 158 stores
•        Zale’s: The owner of Zale’s and Piercing Pagoda previously said it plans
to close 82 stores by 31 JUL 09. Now, it announced that it is closing another
23 underperforming stores. The company said it's not providing a list of
specific store closures. Of the 105 locations planned for closure, 50 are
kiosks and 55 are stores.
[Source: Veteran Council Florida Michael T. Isam article 18 Nov 08 ++]

                                              ROBINS CLUBS

                                    Attention Club Members & Guests
                              The Robins Horizons Club serves lunch, dinner &
                                    Sunday brunch to all ranks/grades.

                The following is a listing of the services, hours or operation at each location.


                                      78th Services Division at 926-549
                                              ROBINS CLUBS

                                    Attention Club Members & Guests
                              The Robins Horizons Club serves lunch, dinner &
                                    Sunday brunch to all ranks/grades.

                The following is a listing of the services, hours or operation at each location.

                                  Robins Horizons’ Club, Bldg. 542
                        Administrative Office • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

                                              Check Cashing
                             Cashier Office • Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
                                   Bar Daily • During operational hours
                              Dining Room Daily • During operational hours

                                                  Lunch
                                     Monday - Friday • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

                                           Evening Dining
          Monday - Closed • Tuesday - Thursday - 5:30 - 8 p.m. • Friday and Saturday - 6 - 9 p.m.
                                        Sunday Champagne Brunch
                                          Sunday - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

                                      Lounge and Ente rtainme nt
                Main Lounge • Sunday and Monday - Closed • Tuesday - Thursday 4 - 9 p.m.
                               Friday 4 - 10 p.m. • Saturday 5:30 - 10 p.m.
                         (Hours may be adjusted for special entertainment events.
                        The WELLSTON is available for special functions only.)

                                            Catering Se rvices
                    Monday 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Tuesday - Friday • 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
                          (Appointments accepted for evenings and weekends)

                                    Robins Heritage Club, Bldg. 956
                    Administrative Office • Provided at Robins Officers’ Club Bldg. 542

                                            Check Cashing
                           Bar and Lounge Operations • During operational hours

                                      Dining Rockers Bistro Menu
                            Sunday noon - 6 p.m. • Monday - Saturday 5 - 8 p.m.

                                                  Lounge
              Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Monday 4 - 9 p.m. • Tuesday - Thursday 4 - 10:30 p.m.
                                  Friday 3 - 11 p.m. • Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.
                           (Sunday hours may be adjusted for Football Frenzy)

                                                 Bingo
                               Quick Shot Daily • during operational hours
                       Regular Bingo • Sunday 2:45 p.m. • Tuesday - Friday 7:15 p.m.
                                   Bar Bingo • Monday - Friday 6 p.m.

                                        Hours are subject to change.

                  For more information, please call the Horizons Club at 926-2670, the

                                         Heritage Club at 926-4515

78 MSG/FSS Newsletter
Cutting Edge
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Child Development Center 926-5805/3080
The Child Development Centers East and West have openings for children ages six weeks through six months
old, 12 - 24 months old and two - five year olds. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for
the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and offer full time care. Hourly care is available at CDC West.
For more information call Child Development Center East or West at 926-5805 or 926-3080.

Youth Center 926-2110
Dance classes are now being offered on Tuesdays for $40 a month. Classes for three - four years old are held
from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (ballet/tap), five - eight years old from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (ballet/tap) and 13 years and
older from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (dance energy class). For more information call the youth center at 926-2110.


Sports
Youth Center 926-2110
The Youth Center JR NBA and JR WNBA basketball registrations have begun now until filled from 10 a.m. -
3 p.m. Cost is $55. The program emphasizes fundamentals of skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship
and positive adult participation with the goal of providing a fun and rewarding youth basketball experience. A
copy of birth certificate and current physical examination will be required. Dedicated basketball coaches are
also needed. Apply in person at the center or call 926-2110 for more information.



Club Members hip 926-2670
Robins club members may choose between a MasterCard credit card or a Proprietary membership card. Air
Force clubs are partnering with Chase Bank on a cash-back, military free cash rewards program. The Military
Free Cash Rewards Program offers members two points per dollar on card purchases made on base in the 78th
Force Support Squadron activities, commissary and the base exchange to include all on-base gasoline
purchases. Off-base MasterCard usage earns one point per dollar spent. To apply on line go to
www.afclubs.net or call 1-800-569-1285 or visit Horizons.

Heritage Club 926-2670
Watch WWE "Armageddon" on Dec. 14 in the Heritage Club. The action begins at 8 p.m. Cost is free for
members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information call Horizons at 926-2670.


Football Frenzy is featured every Sunday. Watch all the play-by-play NFL football action on the Heritage
Club multiple television screens and three new high definition plasma televisions with satellite. Doors open at
noon with a chance to win a trip to Tampa Bay for Super Bowl 2009, one of two regular season games and a
bonus drawing for $5,000 in gift certificates. An Atlanta Falcon ticket will be given away every week prior to
each home game. For more information call 926-2670.

Horizons 926-2670
Sunday champagne brunch is open to all ranks and grades from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Horizons. Enjoy breakfast,
dinner entrees, carving station, salad bar, dessert and ice cream bar and much more. Cost is $11.95 for
members, $13.95 for guests and $6.95 for children (3 - 10 years old) and children two years and younger are
free. For more information call Horizons at 926-2670.

Bring the children to Horizons for a Sunday brunch with Santa Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A jolly elf will
take photos of the children with Santa. Cost is $11.95 members, $12.95 guests, $6.95 children ages 3 - 10
years and free for children two years and younger. For more information call Horizons at 926-2670.

Bring in 2009 at Horizons. Amenities will include a buffet dinner from 6:30 - 9 p.m., party favors and
champagne at midnight in the ballroom and at the Wellston. A continental breakfast will be available to all
guests at midnight in the ballroom. Featured entertainment will be Bob Cummings Band in the ballroom from
6:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. and DJ Rockmaster "D" at the Wellston from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Tickets go on sale at the cashier office, located at Horizons, Dec. 1. Ticket price for buffet and entertainment
before 9 p.m. in the ballroom, is $45 for members and $50 for guests. Ticket price at the Wellston with light
hors d' oeuvres or at the door after 9 p.m. is $35 for members and $40 for guests. For more information,
please call Horizons at 926-2670.

Pizza Depot 926-0188
Have your photo taken with Santa while enjoying lunch on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost is $2 per
person. For more information call Pizza Depot at 926-0188.

Pizza Depot December specials include: Italian sausage sub with peppers and onions, fries and drink for $7.25
and 10 wings for $7.95 or 20 wings for $14.95 and have them plain or with sauce, whimp y or hot. Enjoy
lunch with two slices of pizza and drink for $6.
Holiday party trays are also available with made-to-order subs for only $35 for five foot subs or $25 for three
foot subs. For more information call Pizza Depot at 926-0188.

Designated Drivers Program
The 78th Force Support Squadron offers designated driver programs at the Heritage Club, Horizons and Pizza
Depot to assist in reducing alcohol related incidents. For groups of two or more, please identify yourself as the
designated driver to the operations assistant on duty. They will provide fountain soft drinks, fruit juices or
non-alcoholic frozen drinks during your visit free of charge. To learn more about FSS Designated Drivers
programs, please call 926-2670.

Golf Course 926-4103

Give the gift of golf this season by purchasing punch cards. A walking punch card $100, riding punch card
$190, AGF range punch card $30 and non-AGF range punch card $50 and a golf lesson package $60. Sale
ends Dec. 31. For more information call the golf co urse at 926-4103.

The golf pro shop Christmas sale will be held Dec. 14 - 23 with a chance to receive a 10 to 50 percent savings.
During this sale, pick a card to find out what discount you will receive on your purchase. For more
information call the pro shop at 926-4103.

There's deal coming your way! Purchase the Fore Certificate for four lunches at the Fairways Grille while
supplies last. Cost is $16 for fore (4) meals. For more details call the Fairways Grille at 923-1717.

Host a party at the Fairways Grille. Let us provide your office with a Christmas luncheon. Visit or call to
reserve. For more information call Mandy Carter at 923-1717.

A Pine Oaks Golf Shop holiday party will be held on Dec. 20 from 8 am. - 1 p.m. Enjoy holiday drinks and
snacks with a chance to win prizes. For more information call the pro shop at 926-4103.

Make the most of your time and money, play the 5-5-5 Frog Hair. Play any time five days a week (Monday -
Friday), five holes with cart for $5. For more informatio n call the golf course at 926-4103.

Every Monday through Thursday in December pay only $15 for green fee and cart starting at 2 p.m. For
more information call the golf course at 926-4103.
Play golf after 1 p.m. on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in Dece mber and pay only $24 for green fee and
cart. For more information call the golf course at 926-4103.

Every Monday through Thursday in December pay only $20 for green fee and cart. For more information call
the golf course at 926-4103.
                          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Child Development Center 926-5805/3080

The Child Development Centers East and West have openings for children ages six weeks through six months
old, 12 - 24 months old and two - five year olds. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for
the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and offer full time care. Hourly care is available at CDC West.
For more information call Child Development Center East or West at 926-5805 or 926-3080.


Youth Center 926-2110
Dance classes are now being offered on Tuesdays for $40 a month. Classes for three - four years old from
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (ballet/tap), five - eight years old from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (ballet/tap) and 13 years and older
from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (dance energy class). For more information call the youth center at 926-2110.
The youth center will have a salt sculptures class Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m., kart races on Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m.,
wall climbing challenge on Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m., 3-on-3 basketball on Nov. 25 at 4:30 p.m. and a career
research on Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. For more information call the youth center at 926-2110.




 RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE (RAO):

The mission of the RAO is to assist retirees and family members of all branches of the uniformed
services. Services provided include, but not limited to information, counseling and referrals on
retiree benefits, casualty assistance, TRICARE information/assistance, entitlements, programs, on-
base functions and base facilities. The RAO office may be contacted Mondays 1300 hours to 1600
hours, Wednesdays 13-1600 hrs and Fridays 1200 hours to 1500 hours by appointments only.
Telephone number is (478) 327-4707. Cell phone is (478) 390-3144. Contact us by E-mail:
ernest.munson@robins.af.mil.

Ernest C. Munson, CMSGT, USAF, (Ret.)                 Debora Bean Colonel USAF
Director                                               Vice Commander
Retirees Activities Office                            and Active Duty Coordinator
Robins AFB, Georgia                                   78 ABW

Those of you with computer access at home or duty will be able to receive an email version of the
next newsletter. Please forward your email address to ernest.munson@robins.af.mil. Please feel
free to email questions or request for information to ernest.munson@robins.af.mil. As director of
the RAO office I will do my best to keep the Robins retired military community updated as to what
is currently happening at Robins, in the state and federal governments pertaining to retired
military. I’ll do my best to get answers your questions and inquiries concerning the military retiree.

DISCLAIMER : This military retiree newsletter is published by the Robins AFB Retiree Activities
Office to inform all retirees and family members of changes in legislation, defense policies and
other matters affecting their military right, benefits and obligations. It also contains information
about Robins AFB and the local retiree community. Some articles in this newsletter have appeared
in publications received from other military facilities or government agencies. While every effort
is made to verify information in this newsletter, the Retire Activities Office “volunteer” staff
cannot guarantee the accuracy of information furnished by outside agencies. They are reprinted for
our readers’ benefit and may have been edited to reflect local conditions. We acknowledge we do
not author all articles.

RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

The RAO office is currently seeking volunteers to assist in covering the office for a few hours a week.
Schedules maybe arranged with CMSgt Munson (Ret.) by calling 327-4707. Leave a message with your name
and phone number and best time to contact. Volunteers may be placed in other areas of the base also.
Volunteers must have a retired military or dependent spouse ID card.

THE NEW MILITARY RETIREE COUNCIL.

Would like to get volunteers for the RAO council here at Robins. Will meet twice a year.
To plan and review activities for The Military Retiree Programs. Please submit name and phone where you
can be reached. If you want more information call or email the RAO office. Phone 478-327-4707, Email
ernest.munson@robins.af.mil

LOCAL ASSOCIATION CHAPTERS INFORMATION
TREA EAGLE CHAPTER 94
The local Warner Robins Retired Enlisted Association, Eagle Chapter 94 meets the second Thursday of each
month at 508-1 Osigian Boulevard (West Towne Park), Warner Robins, Georgia. Visit the TREA Eagle
website www.trea94.org <http://www.trea94.org/> . Protect your retired military rights, become a member.
Contact Rick Delaney (rdelaney46@hotmail.com <mailto:rdelaney46@hotmail.com> ).

Robins Chiefs’ Group
Meets the second Friday of each month at the Welston Building behind the Horizons Club (formerly the
O’Club) at 3:30 PM. All retired Chiefs are asked to join and support our Robins Chief’s Group in all it does to
help the airmen and their families at robins.

AFSA
Air Force Sergeants Association meets the first Friday of every month at 11:30 AM at the Wynn Dining
Facility. If you are a member welcome back. If not why not try us out!!!! Membership is open to all Active
Duty, Reserve, Air National Guard, veterans and retirees. Point of contact is the President, MSgt Phi
Williams (phi.williams@robins.af mil).

Vietnam Veterans At Large R.O.M.E.O
Meets every Monday and Friday Mornings at 8:00AM for breakfast and fellowship at Bo Jangles in the Wal-
Mart Plaza on Russell Park Way.

NOTE: Any military association wishing to submit retiree information or me mbership information
may submit to the RAO office by email to ernest.munson@robins.af.mil.


Wynn Dining Hall Retiree Appreciation Night. Have a night out at the Wynn Dinning Hall.
Wynn Dining Hall is open to military retirees and (ID card carrying) family membe rs. Every third
Thurs day of the month starting at 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM. For information call 926-6596.


I hope this newsletter has brought you up to date on some of the current information retirees need to know.
Please submit your emails to this office so I can keep an on going communication link with all retirees and
their families in the Robins AFB, GA area, ernest.munson@robins.af.mil. Hope you enjoy and benefit from
it. Please let others know about the newsletter and have them send in their email addresses. I DON’T
ALWAYS GET ALL THE NEWS THAT RETIREE VETS WANT TO HEAR AND READ ABOUT IF
YOU COME ACROSS A VERIFIED NEWS PIECE FORWARD IT IF YOU FEEL IT IS SOMETHING
RETIREES NEED TO KNOW.

Chief Munson (Ret) USAF
Director
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