The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter
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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Chief Master Sgt. David Klink, 65th Air Base Wing command chief, hosted an enlisted all call at the base theater Feb. 11. Klink used this opportunity to brief the Lajes enlisted Airmen about three important topics; the future operations of the base, the Professional Military Education program and recent drug cases. e majority of Klinks talk focused on the future of non-commissioned ocer professional military education and what it will look like for everyone. NCO Academy is no longer going to be called NCO Academy, Klink said. Its ILE, which is Intermediate Learning Experience. Our pool is managed at the USAFE level; all of USAFE goes to one school for this and to be able to go to this school you have to do the online distance learning. Course 15 is that online distance learning. In the future, everyone who hits seven years of service will be enrolled into the course and it will be a requirement in order to attend the in-residence ILE. Also, starting in scal year 16, Course 15 will be required for technical sergeants to promote to master sergeant. While it is required for promotion, it will also be required to stay in the Air Force. If you dont complete your distance learning course, youre going to be coded and every time we do a (Date of Separation) rollback or if you come up for reenlistment, you are going to be separated from the service for not completing it, Klink said. Airmen may read that and start worrying about their career, but Klink has some good advice to ensure they are on the right path. Manage your life, manage your expectations, manage whatever youre doing to make sure you have set at least that 100 hours aside to get this work done during that year, Klink said.Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE February 20, 2015 US Embassy, PortugalCommand Chief hosts All Call By: Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf 65th Air Base Wing Public AffairsRecently one of the mid-week space available ights that normally permits passengers did not have any available seats on the aircra. Is this going to become the norm or is it just a one-time issue? We spoke with the 729th Air Mobility Squadron who controls the space available program at Lajes and they stated that space available passengers could not travel on the KC-10 last week due to its cargo load of K-9 explosives training equipment. Since the 65th Security Force Squadron does not have K-9s they no longer required the equipment. at equipment had been waiting to be transported o the base for approximately one year and required coordination to authorize its shipment. No exceptions could be authorized for this type of cargo movement to allow passenger travel. While we havent had to ship this type of cargo in 10 years, we will attempt to mitigate passenger impact in the future by publicizing this information as early as possible. Col Martin Rothrock COMMANDERS ACTION LINE A recent change in annual leave rules reducing the amount of leave military members are allowed to carry over could cause many to lose accrued leave on Oct. 1, 2015 if theyre not deliberate about using excess leave. Leaders are working hard to inform military members at every level that the leave carryover amount has reverted back to the normally allowed 60 days under the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, instead of the 75 days allowed in previous years, said George A. Coggins, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa nancial operations division chief. While the total leave amount on members leave and earning statements and in leave web is accurate, the use or lose number is showing incorrectly. He also pointed out that the leave and earnings statement system hasnt caught up with the change yet. According to messages posted on MyPER, the military pay system still reects a use or lose leave balance based on the previous, 75-daycarryover rule. erefore, the use or lose number being reported on leave and earnings statements and in leave web are not correct.2015 NDAA changes carryover use or lose leave, military members urged to double-checkBy: Master Sgt. Jess D. Harvey USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs For more on "NDAA changes" see page 2 CLICK TO READ MORE


Eagle Eyes GTC Payment Options 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 JA Tax Center Opens Dental Clinic Closed March 6 Protestant Service combined into one service at 1100 Lajes E/H School Events: February 20: Elementary Lock-in for Grades K-5, 1530-1900. February 21: Prom Grades 5-11, 1900-2300. February 26: Grades K-6. Study trip to the Cultural Center. Wing Promotion Ceremony February 27 Wing Training Day March 10 S/UM Dinner March 16 Womens History Month Luncheon March 19U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Keith OShea, 65th Security Forces Squadron patrolman and Portuguese Air Force Segundo Cabo Elisabete Teixeira pose for a photo on Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, Feb. 20. U.S. Air Force members patrol Lajes with their Portuguese counterparts to ensure the base is secure. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf) Community Events Base AnnouncementsCommanders Action Line by2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective Members of the graduating Airman Leadership School class pose for a photo during their graduation at the Top of the Rock Club, Feb. 19, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Guido Melo)e system is being updated, said Coggins, but military members still need to do the math for themselves to be sure their leave balances are down to 60 days by Sept. 30. Basically, members need to look closely at their leave balance and plan accordingly to make sure their leave balances are below 60 days by Sept. 30 regardless of what their use or lose balance shows. If not, they will lose leave. Barring any additional changes to the law or policy on the subject, if your leave balance exceeds 60 days on 1 October 2015, the balance will be reduced, resulting in a new balance of 60 days, according to a message on the virtual nance site. Although this change doesnt directly apply to special leave accrual, substantial changes were made to that process as well, according to the MyPers message. It directs Airmen to contact their Force Support Squadron or Military Personnel Section for more information. click to open: MyPER Virtual Finance Local Volleyball Games Angra eater (Located at Angra Cultural Center) 26 Feb2 March, 9 p.m. Foxcatcher, rated R Praia eater 20-21 Feb., 9 p.m. -American Sniper, rated R 27 Feb, 9 p.m. and 1 March, 6 p.m. -e eory of Everything, rated PG-13 Click to read for more Base Announcements Click to read for more Community Events Click to read for more Island Events"NDAA changes" from page 1