The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter
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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter It is understandable that enhancing force protection is a concern right now. However, it is really dicult for pedestrians to walk from Nascer to the base on weekends. Is there a way to man pedes trian gates in Nascer for some predictable period of time on Satur days and Sundays on in order to allow walkers to come and go from the base without having to walk all the way to the youth center? e 65th Mission Support Group worked with the housing security contractor Securitas to determine times on the weekend that the walking gate along commanders rows in Nascer will be open. On both Saturdays and Sundays that walking gate will be open from 0800-0900 and again from 1500-1600. We hope that this will be more convenient for Nascer housing residents. FSS Working For You! Due to the demand for Play Station 4 use from the Library, FSS has purchased two additional Play Station 4s that are ready to be checked out today. ey also purchased additional games to be played on the system. Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force COMMANDERS ACTION LINE Facebook USAFE December 5, 2014 US Embassy, Portugal e Consumer Advisory Group meets quarterly to discuss issues or concerns that aect the base populace in regards to morale, welfare and recreation business, AAFES and DeCA. Group members consist of representatives from various private organizations and groups on base. Below is a brief summary of some of the issues discussed at the 3rd Quarter meeting. Is it possible to get a more varied menu or daily special items at the Ocean View? e Ocean View has had daily specials for the past 8 years (taco salad, shrimp basket, etc.). e menu oers all the proteins and is limited to the kitchen size. For example, a larger selection requires a larger grill and hood space. Ocean View is not large enough to accommodate too many options, i.e. 24 hour breakfast. When can we expect the Fitness Center to go to a 24-hour schedule? USAFE is unsure at this time. ey are trying to allocate funding for this Fiscal Year. How can we inuence what is normally stocked at the Shoppette? e shoppette stock assortment is based on our largest category available to all Exchange Express facilities. If there is a particular item that you are looking for please see a manager or supervisor to check availability and place a customer order. What is the process by which local national authorized customers can place special orders in accordance with the NEP? Special Orders can be placed through our customer service depart ment using the Shuttle Program. With the Shuttle Program we will see if the item is available at other Exchange locations. Can DeCA evaluate shiing the opening hours to later in the day to accommodate the change in population (potentially opening later and closing later)? e Commissary is open forty two and half hours a week these hours were calculated years ago, based on the sales (high sales). Now that existing sales dropped down, more than 50%, the store doesnt qualify for more than 42.5 hrs. Currently we are working with the existing local nationals schedules to see if a change can be made. We are considering have a late day on ursdays, where the store would be open later in the evening one night a week. is would give airmen an opportunity to shop aer work. Consumer Advisory Group Even though personnel at Lajes are ready to deploy at a moments notice, it is not something that happens regularly. Currently, seven members of the 65th Security Forces Squadron are deployed to Kosovo tasked to protect an intelligence hub. According to Maj. Carlos Hernandez, 65th SFS commander, this is a unique opportunity and mission for the defenders from Lajes. With the many years of operating in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kosovo is a nice change of pace. e ability to safeguard such a critical infrastructure node in the Balkans, allows for uninterrupted support of operations in the U.S. European Command Area of Opera tion. It is special, because our Airmen were able to adapt to the mission seamlessly and stepped up to the challenge in short notice, said Hernandez. It is not every day that my personnel do this type of mission, not to say that its out of their comfort zone, but it shows the versatility of our Security Forces and their dedication to the mission. We at the 65th SFS are proud for the accomplish ments of our Defenders during this deploy ment and we look forward to the day we have them home safe and sound. While deployments are nothing new to the Lajes Airmen experience unique deployment By Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf 65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs For more on "Lajes Airmen" see page 2


Eagle Eyes Drinking Water Leak Detection Study GTC Payment Options Holiday Mailing Season Expanded Inuenza Vaccine Available New housing website All members PCSing from Lajes Field with Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) TMO Information Civilian Personnel Newsletter Non-command sponsored dependents memorandum BAH Revalidation Required for All Airmen 65th Medical Group Closed for Training 2nd Tuesday of Each Month Tree Lighting Ceremony December 5 U.S. Air Force Col. Martin L. Rothrock, 65th Air Base Wing commander, pass es the 65th Medical Group guidon to Col. Daniel Shoor December 3, 2014. The passing of the guidon symbolizes Shoors assumption of command. Community Events Base Annoucements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2014 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Members of Tops in Blue perform at the community activity center on Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, Nov. 30, 2014. The TIB performance was part of a world tour celebrating 60 years of tradition.tradition. Island Events Air Force, it can be to the Airmen. Many of the Airmen in the 65th SFS are rst term air men who have not had experience deploying before. However, this unique deployment is giving some of those airmen the experience. Tech. Sgt. Andrew Williams, 65th Air Base Wing Inspector General wing self assess ment program manager and team lead for this deployment, said that this is the rst de ployment for ve of the seven members and they are handling it very well. Not only is it the rst deployment for some, but it is also the rst time away from family and friends during the holidays. is is my rst deployment, but not my rst time away during the holidays, said Senior Airman Kaleigh Kennard, 65th SFS patrol man. Aer spending the past two Christ mas away from my family, it is just another day at work. Most of us are used to working holidays since were Security Forces; it really doesnt bother me anymore. ere are dierent ways service members cope during deployments, especially during the holiday season. Some play video games while others hang out with friends to help the time pass. e gym time is a big one, Williams said about ways they cope with the deployment. All seven of us are having a great time; we have meshed together to become one big family. at helps because you have people that you are close to, people you can talk to and people you can relate to. Working in security forces, the defense of the base or infrastructure never stops and that means someone will be working on the holidays. It doesnt matter whether it is in a deployed location or at a home station, secu rity forces defenders are on the job 24/7. Photo Perspective Arts and Cras Festival (Angra) Angra Pet Festival Concerts Movie Schedule (Praia & Angra) New Years Eve at Praia Marina Click to read for more Base Anoucements Click to read for more Community Events Click to read for more Island Events Click to read "Lajes Airmen" from page 1