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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 June 12, 2015 US Embassy, Portugal New program prepares Airmen, families to bounce back after deployments Air Force services recently added a new tool to encourage service members and their families who are aected by deployments to participate in mo rale, welfare, and recreation programs and activities. e Recharge for Resiliency (R4R) initiative was designed to help Airmen readjust to life at home and also include families in their reintegration. Not only does R4R create new opportunities for Air men to spend time with families in a decompressed environment, but it also exposes them to numer ous programs already available to them through the morale, welfare and recreation programs at Air Force installations, said Linda Weston, the special programs manager at Air Force Services Activity. At Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Youth Programs and Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston mobilization and deployment, R4R recently funded a campout with multiple military families, which oered families the chance to experience recreational camping in a group environment. Military families are looking to do things together as a family, said Jared Moore, the teen director at Lack land youth programs. Camping is one of those activi ties that some families are not willing to do alone, so we provided an inexpensive family recreation environment t.hat people are willing to participate in because other military families will be present. With lots of positive feedback from the campout par ticipants, Moore said that the R4R program was great for military families and had a lot of potential if given the chance to grow, especially given R4Rs versatility and ability to connect people to a real decompression Dempsey: President Seeks Advice on Improving Iraq Mission President Barack Obama has asked the military for recommendations on how to make the eort to train and equip Iraqi security forces more eective, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Sta said here today. What hes asked us to do is take a look at what weve learned over the last eight months in the train-and-equip program and make recommendations to him on whether there are capabilities that we may want to provide to the Iraqis to actually make them more capable, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said to reporters traveling with him. Hes asked us to look at whether there are other locations where we might establish training sites, the general added. Hes asked us to take a look at how we might develop Iraqs leaders. e president asked military leaders to examine where there has been success and where the eort may have been moving at a pace thats late-to-need or where certain units have not stood and fought, Dempsey said. Looking at Ways to Instill Condence e Joint Chiefs are looking at ways to instill condence in Iraqi forces or other means to improve their training, the chairman said. ey have made some recommendations, he said, but follow-on questions must rst be answered, such as how recommendations would be implemented, what risks they might entail to the mission and the force, and trade-os around the globe. U.S. military capabilities are needed in other parts of the world, Dempsey noted. U.S. forces are operating in Europe to reassure NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine, there are additional issues in the Persian Gulf region related to reassuring allies against Iranian threats, and U.S. forces still are needed in Afghanistan, he said. In addition, the general said, some of our Pacic allies are unsettled by Chi nese reclamation projects, so weve got work to do with our allies there. Necessary Troop Levels Undetermined Whether more troops will be needed in Iraq remains to be seen, the chair man said. e process calls for the U.S. Central Command Commander Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III to determine how recommendations would be put in place, he explained. We try not to negotiate the resources before we negotiate the concept, Dempsey said. en we ask at some point is if he has the resources currently assigned. If the answer is no, then we look across the force to see where they can be generated. I havent received from Centcom the assessment of resources required, he continued, and that is appropriate, because I want to rst understand that we have a concept that could actually improve capability. e president specically asked about enhancing the train-and-equip mis sion, Dempsey said. It wasnt whether there are options that would imply the strategy is ineective, it was, rather, Are there things we can do? he said. e military has two lines of eort against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq. One entails a combination of airstrikes and intelligence, sur veillance and reconnaissance assets to support the Iraqi security forces. e other is to train and equip the Iraqi security forces to take the ght to ISIL. By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity By Master Sgt. Christian Michael Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs For more on "families to bounce back" see page 2

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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 Airmens Lunch Every Wednesday CS Change of Command 17 June SFS Change of Command 17 June Community Events Base Announcements Commanders Action Line 65cc.actionline@us.af.mil Produced 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 Events outlet. e advantage that the R4R program provides is it creates a nonthreatening environment where people can recharge themselves, Moore said. I can only hope that people take advantage of the opportunities that are to come. Still other units are using R4R for AFSVAs Golf Player Development program. Hurlburt Field, Florida; Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Aviano Air Base, Italy; and Osan AB, South Korea, are just some of the bases scheduled to host this exciting new program. e Golf Player Development program consists of four, 1.5-hour clinics conducted with the assistance of former Ladies Professional Golf As sociation Tour professionals, who play alongside participants. Because R4R uses existing programs, AFSVA is able to focus on making programs highly customizable to each location based on local resources, facilities and demographics. Also, to reduce impact on current programs and workload, the initiative can be implemented as best suits each unit, ranging from ready-to-launch program schedules to custom events created on-site. Services programs are critical parts of the Air Force readiness and reten tion equation, Weston said. ese programs contribute to readiness and productivity by promoting tness, esprit de corps and quality of life. To support Airmen and the mission requires organizing, training and equipping properly to ensure success. e $1.5 million initiative is voluntary for units. Currently, 38 Air Force installations participate in R4R, and any remaining units interested in par ticipating must execute funds allotted for their populations by Sept. 30. Air Force Reserve Command doesnt oer R4R, as it already operates the Yellow Ribbon Program for reservists en route to and from deployment. For more information on available R4R programs, contact the local base force support squadron. Lajes recognizes its newest Technical Sergeant selectees at the Top of the Rock Club, June 9. There were 25 selectees from Lajes Field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Guido Melo) Where 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 visit www.lajes.af.mil and click on "families to bounce back" from page 1 Changes to the 65th Medical Group