Monday, August 11, 2008

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Spouses’ dinner
The Airman and Family Readiness Center will be hosting a deployed spouses’ dinner 6 p.m., Aug. 12, Thomas Community Activities Center and will also include family activities and door prizes. Sign up no later than today. For more information and to sign up, contact the Chapel at 987-6014, the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 987-6801 or your First Sergeant to sign up.

CCAF classes offered
Classes offered for Community College of the Air Force degree include: speech, English, humanities, social science and math. The classes start soon for Airmen wanting to finish their CCAF degree. Courses to qualify for commissioning as well as pre-engineering, pre-nursing, pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-teaching plus bachelor’s degree courses are also available. For details, call Arkansas State University-Beebe on-base at 987-8252 or Park University at 987-8894.

Little Rock Spouses’ Club
The Little Rock Spouses’ Club is on the hunt for spouses of active duty, Guard, Reserve, retiree and DoD employees to attend its “Sign Up Safari” open house 6:30 p.m., Aug. 21, at Hangar 1080.
Light hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served at this free event. The 2008 to 2009 LRSC calendar will be presented. New and returning members may join and sign up to participate in the many available special activities and program committees. There will be games and door prizes. The best safari outfit will be chosen.
Visit www.littlerockspouses.com or contact Amanda Cook at 983-0185 by 5 p.m., Aug. 18. The Children’s Playgroup will not be available for this event.

Transcript cut-off dates
The cutoff date to submit your transcript for the fall 2008 CCAF graduation is Aug. 29. All missing college transcripts need to reach CCAF at Maxwell AFB no later than Aug. 29. Contact the Education Center at 987-3417 for assistance.

Voter registration week
The base’s voting office sponsors a voter registration week Sept. 2-5. Military members and their voting-age family members can register 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

Base Exchange
Commissary
Fitness Center
Base dining facility
No matter what state or territory a military member calls home, volunteers will be on hand to assist with the registration process.

Scrapbooking and movie
The Airman and Family Readiness Center will be hosting a scrapbooking and movie event 2 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 16, Bldg. 668. All spouses and family members of deployed members are invited to attend.
There will be light refreshments and a movie with popcorn for the children. The family members will be able to create a shoebox memory album to send to the deployed member. Shannon Shadman will be presenting the techniques of scrapbooking. Bring pictures and special memorabilia to be placed in your book; the materials for the book will be provided. For more information, and to sign up call 987-6801.

Air Force Sergeants’ Association is looking for new members
The Air Force Sergeants’ Association Auxiliary looking for new members. We are an established international organization, trying to get our local chapter up and running here on Little Rock Air Force Base. All spouses are welcome, regardless of military members rank. Call Stephanie Theisinger for more information at 815-228-9196. It is a non-profit organization banding together to aid, assist and promote all matters pertaining to welfare, social and patriotic work, for the benefit of military families.

School Night for Scouting
School Night for Scouting is coming to Arnold Drive and Tolleson Elementary Schools 6:30 p.m., Sept. 4. These open houses will provide the opportunity to find out about local Cub Scouting second to fifth grade boys and Boy Scouting sixth grade to high school senior programs.
With paid registrations that night Cubs and Boy Scouts will receive a free handbook. For more information, contact Darrel Jackson at dhjackson6@suddenlink.net for Cub Scouting, and Carol Weld at scceed@hotmail.com for Boy Scouting.

Bowling Tournament
The David D. Terry, Jr. Chapter of the Air Force Association will hold a bowling tournament to raise money for the Timothy W. Kehler scholarship. It is a $1,000 scholarship given to a graduating high school senior in the Central Arkansas area who is going to pursue a degree in any aerospace career field. The scholarship recipient can enter a 4-year, 2-year, or technical school for consideration. First selection is to an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet then all others. The tournament is Aug. 15 at the base’s bowling center. Three games will be played and cash prizes will be offered after each game, as set by the number of participants. For more information, call John Heffernan at 658-4521 or Jerry Reichenbach at 457-5276.

Youth hunter education course offered on base
The 189th Airlift Wing’s Youth Group sponsors a youth-hunter education class during the September unit training assembly weekend. The class is open to all military youth ages 10 and over. The class is Sept. 13 to 14, in the 189th Airlift Wing Operations Group auditorium, Bldg. 118. Class times are Sept. 13, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — with an hour break for lunch — and Sept. 14, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission instructors will teach the course. The training is structured to acquaint children with the many wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities and recreational shooting sports available to them. Any hunter in the state of Arkansas born after 1968 must carry a valid hunter education card. A card is required of youth applicants for permit hunts. Attendees will receive their hunter education card. Parents are urged to register their children by Aug. 30. For more information or to register, call Staff Sgt. J.D. Crawford at 987-1091.

Sports brief
The First Sergeants Council sponsors a fitness challenge event at 2 p.m., Aug. 15, at the Fitness Center.

Base members can sign up in teams of three with their unit first sergeant and obtain pledges for the number of sit-ups done in a 10-minute time limit. Pledges can be taken in two forms: a per sit-up pledge, 10 cents per sit-up or a one-time amount $10. Participants collecting pledges of $30 or more will receive a T-shirt. In addition, prizes will be awarded to the male, female and team with the highest number of sit-ups.

Proceeds from the event will be used to finance activities the First Sergeants’ Council supports, such as the wing awards program, airman leadership school awards, dormitory events, and other wing-wide morale functions.

New “Six Sigma” Program offered on base
Southern Illinois University is accepting civilian and military enrollments in the new “Six Sigma” green belt I, Green Belt II and Black Belt courses. Six Sigma is a new curriculum in the corporate world. Little Rock AFB personnel no longer need to search for these courses on-line. SIU offers the three courses in a two weekend-per-month format starting Aug. 23 to 24. Classes are expected to fill up this week. Contact SIU immediately at the Education Center or call 987-8258.

New DoD travel card
DoD government travel cards are switching from Bank of America to Citibank and will be ready for use, starting Nov. 30. Airmen and civilians must verify receipt of their new card as soon as possible after it is reeived.
All travel from now until Nov. 29 must be charged to the current Bank of America travel card. For more information, contact a unit government travel card representative. Cardholders can also visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil, www.gsa.gov/smartpay, or e-mail questions to dtmotc@dtmo.pentagon.mil.

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