The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE May 1, 2015 US Embassy, Portugal e Air Force continues its support of the disaster relief operations in Nepal with the arrival of a second C-17 Globemas ter III in response to an earthquake that rocked the country April 25. One of the U.S. Air Forces great strengths is our ability to provide rapid global mobility in support of humani tarian eorts around the world, and we are proud to be able to contribute our strengths to this recovery eort, said Gen. Darren McDew, the Air Mobility Command commander. e 7.9-magnitude earthquake has reportedly le more than 4,000 dead and thousands more still missing. In addition, thousands of people are currently reported to be without food, water or shelter. Whenever and wherever our Air Force is needed, Airmen are ready to answer the call, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. Our Airmen are proud to deliver critical humanitarian relief and comfort to others during a time of need. e rst Air Force C-17 delivered 70 personnel, including a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team, the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team and several journalists, along with 45 square tons of cargo. e second aircra, carrying approximately 50 passengers, included a Los Angeles urban search and rescue team, working dogs and additional relief supplies. With humanitarian relief operations, there is always a tremendous spirit of cooperation and support, said Chief of Sta of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. e Air Force is able to use its global reach and partner with other agencies to deliver timely assistance. Our Airmen continue to make me proud. Prior to the earthquake, 26 DOD person nel and one U.S. C-130 Hercules were already in Nepal to conduct a previously scheduled training exercise. All DOD personnel in Nepal are accounted for. A DOD team is helping the Nepal Army at Ratna Park set up tents for those displaced by earthquake damage, as well as using their medical training and working with the Nepal Army to assess and treat the wounded. Air Force provides additional support in Nepal By Master Sgt. Lesley Waters Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information With many languages around the world, communication can be a chal lenge between nations. One group of Airmen makes it easier with the use of an international language--music. e U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Touch n Go ensemble works to spread joy and raise morale for audiences across Europe, Africa and various deployed locations. Responsibilities range from musi cal support at military functions to military and community entertainment with European neighbors. We get to use music to immediately connect with people who may not [speak the same language], said Senior Airman Carmen Emborski, USAFE Touch n Go band vocalist and transportation vehicle representa tive. rough music we can make that connection with countries the United States wants to build a relationship with...we can send a message to anyone of any age or cultural background while we are up on stage. Upholding military tradition is one of the reasons for the bands musical presence. Music has played a part on many occasions in history ranging from playing in formations to taps and ceremonies. Universal language breaks barriers By Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs For more on Universal language see


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 JA Tax Center Opens Protestant Service combined into one service at 1100 ALS Graduation May 7 Wing Training Day/Walk a Mile Ruck March May 12 Wing Promotion Ceremony 29 May Community Events Base Announcements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective Two F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots prepare to shut down their aircraft at Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, on April 17, 2015. The F-16s from the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw AFB, S.C. were transiting to Lajes as part of a coronet mis sion. Lajes Field supports an average of 40 coronets per year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Korey Fratini/released) The 65th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 65th Logistics Readiness Squadron support the off-loading of approximately 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel and approximately 200,000 gallons of unleaded fuel from a refueling tanker on April 26, 2015. (Courtesy photo by Senior Airman Jayson Santoyo) e band delivers a wide variety of music including recent pop tunes to older classical music. Touch n Go performs at many local events but are also tasked with bringing morale to service members and civilians down-range. It is common that people will only see the combat readiness part of the picture, so it is especially important in foreign nations to go and interact with the community to give them a good impression, said Sta Sgt. Alex Nikiforo, USAFE Touch n go band guitarist. A major initiative of the military is building partnerships and enhancing international relationships with both military members and civilians, said Nikiforo. It is an honor to have the privilege to communicate our heritage across a wide variety of demographics and increase knowledge of the U.S. [presence.] Not only do band members give to the community, but they get a sense of fulllment back through these humbling experiences, he continued. It can be emotional to see children with (very little), trying to do well with what they have. e USAFE band plays a critical role in spreading a good impression of the U.S. and strengthening international relationships. Bullght Season Starts 1 May Angra Chamber of Commerce Food Festival 24 April 17 May 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 Universal language from page 1