The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE May 29, 2015 US Embassy, Portugal Bullght season underway on Terceira COMMANDERS ACTION LINE 65 MDG Ambulance Service Changes Eective Friday, 29 May 2015, the operating hours for the 65 MDG ambulance service will be curtailed to duty days only (Monday Fri day), 0700 1900. All other times including weekends, US holidays and down days, on base ambulance service will be provided by the Portuguese Civil Protection service. Regardless of the time of day, or day of the week, If you have a medi cal emergency follow these guidelines to dispatch an ambulance to your location: -If you are on base (AB4, or the US housing areas of Nascer do Sol and Biera Mar), dial 911 from a DSN telephone, or 295-571-911 from a Portuguese landline or mobile phone. -If you are o base (any/all other areas), dial from a Portuguese landline or mobile phone. ese procedures apply to all personnel assigned to/employed by the 65 ABW: active duty military, family members, US or Portuguese civilian employees. In an eort to encourage responsible and prudent use of these servic es, please consider the following before calling an ambulance(think threat to life, limb or eyesight): a. Drowsiness or unconsciousness where the person cannot be roused b. Choking c. Sudden or severe chest pain d. Sudden or severe abdominal pain that will not go away e. Dislocated or broken bones f. Deep cuts or wounds with profuse bleeding g. Head injuries that are followed by drowsiness, vomiting, bleeding, or unusual behavior h. Poisoning or drug overdose resulting in unconsciousness and respiratory distress i. Severe allergic (anaphylactic) reaction j. Seizures Emergency services area precious resource to be used sparingly so that they are available to support true emergencies (reference above). Also, ambulance services personnel are not trained or equipped to manage non-emergent problems; thats the job of your PCM. e great majority of ambulance runs at Lajes Field are for nonemergent conditions. e 65th MDG has supported those calls in the past because the resources were available. As we progress in stream lining, however, the ambulance mission will transfer to our host na tion. Lets be responsible about how we use their resource and NOT unnecessarily burden them If you have questions please contact the 65 MDG at DSN 535-3261. Traditionally, the street bullght season starts every year on May 1st and continues through Oct. 15, which is the last ocial day for this event. is characteristic type of bullghting is a very old local tradition. ough its exact origin is unknown, some historians believe it began with the tournaments and jousts noblemen held during special occa sions centuries ago. Street bullghts have become a well-liked cultural event and an im portant part of the summer festivals around the island, which attracts hundreds, sometimes thousands of people to a single village. e bulls, usually four, are transported in boxes from ranches in the center of the island where they are raised, to the village where the bullghts will be held. A motorcade of villagers who travel to the ranch to observe the selection of the bulls usually precedes the truck carrying the bulls. When its time for the bullght to begin, usually at 6 or 6:30 p.m., a blast that sounds like reworks lets everybody know that its time for the rst bull to be released and warns those who dont want to play bullghter that they should look for a safe place behind wooden barriers, high walls or balconies along the streets where the bullght is to be held. Aer the bull is released, eight men dressed in white shirts and grey pants known as pastores (rope handlers) control the distance the bull can travel by holding on to a rope attached to his neck as he pursues those who dare to harass him or stand in his way. Aer the men in the crowd tease the bull for about 30 minutes, the rope handlers pull the bull back into the box for a well-deserved rest both for the bull and the men. Two blasts let everybody know its safe to walk or drive down the street again, but only for about 10 minutes, which is how long it takes the pastores to tie the rope around the next For more on By Eduardo Lima 65th ABW Public Affairs


Lajes Field Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) Services 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 Airmens Lunch Every Wednesday Wing Promotion Ceremony 29 May OSS Change of Command 11 June Community Events Base Announcements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective Island Bullghts 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 U.S. military members, civilians and their family members are prohibited bulls neck. is routine continues until all four bulls are released into the street and the bullght ends. e street bullghts also feature another old tradition related with the islands culture and local food, which are the food stands called tas cas. In these portable stands, people can nd the local wines, beer, sodas, as well as seafood and pork sandwiches called bifanas. All Americans are encouraged to witness a street bullght while they are stationed at Lajes Field, though it is also important to remember that U.S. military members, civilians and dependents are prohibited from actively participating in any type of bullghting on the island. is includes people here on temporary duty status or just passing through. Local bullghts are certainly a tradition worth seeing, but not without keeping safety in mind. Bullghts can be dangerous if spectators dont take proper precautions. Always make sure to watch the bullghts from a safe place a high place at least ve or six feet from the ground oers the best protection. Every year a few careless spectators and participants are gored or hit by the bulls, or burned by the rope and end up in the hospital with serious injuries. ere have even been some fatalities in the past because people misjudged the bulls. To better your chances of nding a safe place from which to view street bullghts it is good to arrive early. More importantly, be careful and use common sense while the bullghts are ongoing. If you are caught driving through a bullght area, slow down and pay attention to the trac. Also pay attention to the blasts that will let you know whether the bull is out in the street or inside the box again. CLICK TO READ MORE