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The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter
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Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal
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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE June 4, 2015 US Embassy, PortugalLajes Airman pursues hobby, builds resiliencyWhere can you nd a listing of the hours of operations for various base services? To nd a list of the hours of operations for various base services vist www.lajes.af.mil and click on COMMANDERS ACTION LINEA key is turned and an engine roars to life on a warm, sunny day. e smell of exhaust, the sound of the engine revving and excitement ll the air. A black 2000 Audi TT drives up to volunteers in orange vests. e driver and passenger get instructions before they start stage one of the rally. e Audi has a sticker with triple zeros labeling it the safety vehicle for the Ladies Rally Trophy race in Vila Nova on the island of Terceira, Portugal. Since the race is on public roads that have been blocked o, the safety car ensures the road is clear of debris, such as rocks or animals, and reports anything that may pose as a hazard back to the organizers of the race. is particular event was the rst ever to see an American female driving the safety vehicle on the island. at female was Senior Airman Alanna Britton from the 65th Air Base Wing Legal Oce. Melissa Goodnight, 65th Civil Engineer Squadron operations ight administrator, accompanied Britton, a general law paralegal, as a navigator and passenger. Goodnight gave Britton directions throughout the race. About six months ago, a company that organizes rally races on the island started hosting female rally races. Victor Brazil, an American citizen and rally car owner, sponsored two cars in the May 30th rally race. Brazil became an American citizen aer its borders were opened up for displaced Terceira citizens aer the large earthquake in 1980. He spent approximately 20 years, on and o, living in America. Britton met Brazil through a mutual friend on base and found out they shared a love for cars. Brazil invited Britton to drive the triple zero safety vehicle and aer completing all the necessary paperwork and attending all the safety briengs, Britton was approved to drive. By Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf 65th ABW Public Affairs

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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 MPS Career Development/Customer Service Closed Every Wednesday TMO walk-in customer service hours: 0800-1400 M-, 09001400 F Airmens Lunch Every Wednesday OSS Change of Command 11 June CS Change of Command 17 June SFS Change of Command 17 June Community Events Base AnnouncementsCommanders Action Line 65cc.actionline@us.af.milProduced by 2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective Island Bullghts Angra Fest Schedule 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 EventsChief Master Sgt. David Klink, 65th Air Base Wing command chief, addresses promotees at the monthly promotion ceremony May 29, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Guido Melo)(To have her race) is very important for us as an island because we are so small so we want to show something on our part to welcome the Americans here, Brazil said. She is also willing to share the American culture and learn about us and what we do. Not only is it a hobby for Britton, but it gives her a way to stay resilient through aspects of the RUFit? model, specically the social aspect. By going to these events and participating, it gives me a chance to not only get out of my dorm room and mingle with the locals, but it opens my eyes to how they run their auto events, Britton said. Britton also builds resiliency through the mental aspect as she goes for a drive to unwind. Any time aer a bad day during the week, I will go on a short drive around town, Britton said. If its the weekend and Im stressing out about an upcoming honor guard detail or test, I will take a break and go for a drive on the Via Rapida or out to Bisquoites and back. Most of the time on the weekends I just go for a cruise to this swimming hole spot I found and relax for a bit and drive home. Britton started getting interested in racing aer her two older brothers started riding dirt bikes. As she got older, that interest in dirt bikes turned into an interest in cars. Britton and her family attended her brothers car shows and meets and discovered an atmosphere unlike any other she had experienced before. I thought it was so cool because it was literally like a family, Britton said. All these people with the same interest (in cars) all support each other and have a good time, it really caught my eye. I just wanted to get involved. No matter where a hobby comes from, if performed safely and properly, it can be used as a form of resiliency. Even if Airmen are stationed at a small base where their hobby may not be as easy as other places, Britton has a piece of advice. Just from this experience, I would recommend to the Airmen on base to go out to the local nationals, talk to them and go to these events, Britton said. ere are so many opportunities out there and its sad to think that so many Airmen dont take them and just stay inside. Terceira, Azores has so much to oer and so many awesome opportunities that not everyone gets to experience. Senior Airman Alanna Britton, 65th Air Base Wing general law paralegal, talks to the driver of the number four car during a Ladies Rally race May 30, 2015. Britton drove the triple zero car that is designated as the safety vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf)