The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter
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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE April 24, 2015 US Embassy, Portugal On Sunday April 19, 2015, tragedy struck the Lajes community. Pedro Arruda a member of the Air Force and Team Lajes passed away. Pedro was a dedicated member of the Top of the Rock Club sta. is news came as a complete shock to the entire Team Lajes community. How ever, in true Air Force fashion the base community came together to support each other and those directly aected including Pedros family. During his funeral, which took place on April 21, 2015, individuals from the 65th Air Base Wing paid their respects and showed their support to Pedro and his family. So many people showed up to his funeral, many had to stand outside as the small church in Quatro Ribeiras was completely full. Later in the week the base held its own tribute to Pedro. During the weekly Boss and Buddy night held at the Top of the Rock Club the Team Lajes community came together to honor Pedro. e room was packed full and many had to stand. It was amazing to see just how many peoples lives Pedro touched in some way or fashion. Col. Martin Rothrock, 65th Air Base Wing commander, began the tribute by acknowledging how tough the news was to so many. He remarked on the dedica tion and teamwork Pedro brought to the base. Ending his comments, Col. Rothrock noted just how much Pedros friendship and smile would be missed by the Team Lajes community. What is most evident in our Air Force family is our ability to stand with each other during challenging times. While Pedro was a Portuguese Local National he was still an Airman. He was a member of Team Lajes and our Air Force. When tragic events, like Pedros passing eect so many, our Air Force family has the ability to stand together and support one another. Pedro will be missed but his memory will live on with those who have served at Lajes Field forever. Lajes pays tribute to lost teammate Commentary by: 1st Lt. Korey Fratini Roll Call! In the Air Force and our military at large, we rely on our brothers and sisters who serve by our side. We stand condent, knowing well each do our part to bring our powerful weapons and capabilities to bear around the world; we know well oer a help ing hand of support in times of need; and we rely on our combined innovative expertise to carry our team forward. Together, we stand ready to Win the Fight, Strengthen the Team and Shape the Future. Even with our various specialties, we know our strength comes from our ability to stand as one. Its the strength that has delivered the worlds most powerful airpower, and the strength we need to eliminate an unfortunate but all too real enemy: sexual assault. Last year at this time we released a Roll Call encouraging you to display the condence and courage we need to eradicate this crime from our Air Force. Its clear youre doing that, and more. e prevalence rate of unwanted sexual con tact has decreased for both women and men. Reporting has increased over the last three years, a positive indication of condence by the force. e decrease in prevalence and increase in reporting is an encouraging sign, but the crime still exists. Were doing better, but we must do better. We are strongest when every member of our Air Force family stands as one. Together, we must stand ready to protect our teammates and prevent this crime. We must know our part, and do our part. As you gather with your team this month, consider how you can prevent sexual assault. What is your part? is isnt a problem one Were Doing BetterBut We Must Do Better April 2015 Roll Call: CMSAF James A. Cody For more on Doing Better see page 2


Lajes Field Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) Services 2015 Total Force Climate Survey 13 March 4 May 15 e Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online (AF COOL) Program: Base Honor Guard 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 MSP Career Development/Customer Service Closed Every Wednesday TMO walk-in customer service hours: 0800-1400 M-, 09001400 F USAFE Rock Band Touch n Go at the TORC April 25 Walk A Mile in My Shoes: Ruck March April 29 Wing Promotion Ceremony April 30 Community Events Base Announcements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Bands music group, Touch n Go, performs at the Angra Do Heroismo High School, Azores, Portugal, on April 23, 2015. Touch n Go is performing at numerous locations on Terceira island including Praia Main Square on April 24th at 9:30 p.m. and the Top of the Rock Club on April 25th at 8:00 p.m. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sr. Guido Melo) Senior Airman Earl Harris and Staff Sgt. Chris Zamora, both 65th Operations Support Squadron transient alert maintenance technicians, take oil samples from an A-10 Thunderbolt II with the 190th Fighter Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, April 17, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bradley C. Church) oce can solve. We all must embrace our role to foster a culture of dignity and respect, an environment where it becomes impossible to commit this crime. Also, consider how you can act. What can you do? We all must sound o against this crime with commitment and courage. Well soon release our future sexual assault prevention strategy that lays the framework we need to realize an Air Force free from sexual assault. I encourage you to take a lookread it, understand it, and embrace it. Its tough to admit this problem, a horric crime, exists in our Air Force. Its not what we want to believebut we have to acknowl edge facts. Sexual assault exists in our force. It rips us apart, and tears at the trust we need to ght and win our nations wars. Were doing more to prevent this crime, but there is more we can do. We must do better, because were better; our brothers and sisters who serve by our side are better. We are all part of our Air Force family. XXV Meia Marathona dos Bravos (Terceira Half-Marathon) May 1 Movies: Angra eater (Located at Angra Cultural Center) Praia eater Click to read for more Base Announcements Click to read for more Community Events Click to read for more Island Events Doing Better from page 1