Weekly Roundup August 22

Weekly Roundup August 22

Story by SSgt Dylan Nuckolls on 08/23/2019

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Across PA Channels Team Kirtland participates in Tiger Run

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Free showing of Hollywood movie
Producers of the Hollywood production “The Last Full Measure: the Airman Pitsenbarger Story,” will be hosting a showing at the theater on Friday, August 23, at 10 a.m. All Kirtland team members and dependents are invited to learn more of Medal of Honor recipient Airman 1st Class William H. “Bill” Pitsenbarger and his heroic duty in South Vietnam in 1966. For more information, contact Public Affairs at 846-5991.

Blood Drive
The Pararescue Association will be sponsoring a blood drive located in the parking lot of the theater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m on Aug. 24. All blood types are requested. For more information, contact SSgt Ringenoldus at 505-846-8604.

Security Forces customer service closure
All security forces customer service sections, to include pass and registration, will be closed at 1 p.m. on August 29.

Requesting Honor Guard services
Requests for color guard ceremonies must be made at least seven days prior to the ceremony. Multiple requests made for the same day and time will honor a “first requested, first served rule,” except in the case of military funeral honors which take precedent over all other requests. All required information and necessary request forms can be found at For more information, contact the Honor Guard office at 505-846-1804 or

Speed limit reduced on Pennsylvania Street
Bridge maintenance on Pennsylvania St. requires a speed limit reduction on this base road south of Wyoming Blvd. The new posted limit will be reduced from 50 to 40 mph. Drivers are advised to exercise caution when transiting through the area.

Child Care for Air Force Ball
For personnel eligible to use base child care programs and wishing to attend the AF Ball, Child and Youth programs will offer child care from 5 to 9 p.m. for a fee of $15 a child. CDC age children will be at the Gibson CDC while youth age children will be at the Youth Center. RSVP no later than September 17, after that it will be based on space availability. To sign up, contact the Gibson CDC at 505-846-1103 or the Youth Center at 505-853-5437.

POW/MIA ceremony to be held
This annual recognition will be held at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial on Sep. 20 at 11 a.m. The veteran’s memorial is located adjacent to the intersection of Gibson and Louisiana boulevards just outside the Gibson Gate. POC: MSgt. Nicole Moeller, 846-1407.

24 hour POW/MIA Run
The annual 24 hour run to honor our POW/MIA service members will be conducted at Hardin Field beginning on Sep. 19 at 11 a.m. For those interested in participating please contact TSgt. Victoria Lathon at 853-5872.

CCAF sets end date for Professional Manager Certification
The Community College of the Air Force will no longer accept applications for the CCAF Awarded Professional Manager Certification program after September 30, 2019. To be eligible for the PMC, Airmen must have been awarded a CCAF degree and their 7 skill-level or higher. They must have also completed ALS, NCOA, SNCOA, or their equivalent, and also completed 30 semester hours of leadership/management coursework. For more information, contact the base education office at 505-246-1742.

Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer cutoff deadline extended
A change to policy will allow Airmen with 16 or more years of service to transfer their GI bill benefits to a spouse or child until January 12, 2020.

Requirement for Civilians attending training
Prior to attending any training of eight hours or more and/or if there is any cost involved, civilian employees assigned to Kirtland must submit an SF 182, Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training (this does not include NAF personnel). The form must be approved by the 377 FSS civilian training office. All SF 182 requests must be sent to at least two weeks prior to the training start date. For more information, contact Elizabeth Davis at 505-846-9559.

Volunteers Needed
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico is looking for volunteers to mentor children and provide tutoring support in math, reading and writing at Wherry Elementary School. Volunteers would report once a week for the 2019/2020 school year. To volunteer, visit

Community College of the Air Force degree opportunity
CCAF is accepting nominations for Associate of Applied Science degrees. To receive a free CCAF degree progress report, visit the education office located at Building 20602. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of Wednesdays, which are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 505-846-9933 or e-mail

Bod Pod appointments
Health Promotion is providing bod pod appointments Mondays and Fridays between 7:30 and 11 a.m. The bod pod is a machine that will assess body composition and assess body fat and lean mass. Appointments are required. To schedule, call Guy Leahy at 505-846-1186 or Kirsten David at 505-846-1483.

Better Body Better Life Class
Health Promotion is hosting a five-class series that takes place every Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. in Classroom A at the 377th Medical Group. It is a weight management course for active duty members only. To RSVP, call 505-846-1483.

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System/Consolidated Support
Check to see if DEERS is available with a phone call. Dial 505-846-8949 to check the status. Also, visit to set up an ID-card appointment.

Food Pantry
Eligible service members including active duty, National Guard, Reserves, retirees, DoD civilians and their family members can go to the food pantry in time of financial hardship for the grocery necessities at no cost to them. The pantry is open from 7:15 a.m. until 4 p.m., and is located in the Consolidated Support Facility, Ste. 126.


August 23
Hiring event
The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting an event in Room 120 of the Consolidated Support Facility from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is free and open to all active duty, guard, reserve, retirees, DOD civilians and dependents.

August 23
Capstone Event
The final step in the Transition Assistance Program will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in Suite 126 of Consolidated Support Facility. The capstone vent is a one-on-one meeting with Airman & Family Readiness Flight staff to verify completion of career readiness standards and should be accomplished no later than 90 days before separation or retirement. All separating and retiring service members on Title 10 orders for 180 or more consecutive days are required to meet the CRS which are verified by A&FRF staff member and documented on the DD Form 2648. Documentation for the CRS must be within the last 12 months. For more information, contact the A&FRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.

August 23
Gravity: Sandwiches Pulled BBQ & Sloppy Joes
There will be a dinner between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Gravity facility for all E1-E4 service members and their families and friends. For more information or to volunteer, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at

August 24
Gravity: Day trip to Santa Rosa Blue Hole and Water Park
Gravity will be taking a group of 15-20 people to Santa Rosa. This trip is free with transportation. Members will depart from Gravity at 10 a.m. and return later in the afternoon. To reserve a spot, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at, or on Facebook or Instagram at @kirtlandgravity.

August 26
Women’s Equality Day event
There will be an event held in the 377th ABW wing presentation center bldg. 20604 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. various speakers via Ted’s Talks will present women’s issues and concerns in the workplace, political and leadership.

August 26
Women’s Equality Day event
There will be an event held at the VA in bldg. 39 in classrooms 1 and 2 as well as in the auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided. There will be speakers, resume writing and interviewing workshops, and more.

August 28
Ten steps to a federal job
The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting a class in Room 111 of the Consolidated Support Facility from 9 a.m. to noon. Information and guidance on locating and applying for federal job vacancies will be provided. There will be 30 Leadership Pathways Points awarded to those who attend. To sign up, contact AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.

August 28
Kirtland Chapel: Family Night Kickoff
Kirtland Chapel kicks off Family Night with a catered dinner from Chick-Fil-A. Join us for a wonderful meal, fantastic fellowship, and a chance for the whole family to get into the Word of God. Adult, Marriage, and Children’s classes will be offered. Dinner is at 17:00 and classes for all ages run from 18:00-19:00. For more information, contact the Chapel at (505) 853-5000.

August 30
Gravity: Chili Cheese Dogs & Frito Pie
There will be a dinner between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Gravity facility for all E1-E4 service members and their families and friends. For more information or to volunteer, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at

September 6
Charity Golf Tournament
The Kirtland First Sergeant Council is hosting a tournament at the UNM Championship Course. Registration begins at 6 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. There is a $100 fee per person. Admission includes the green fee, cart rental and lunch. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There is also a hole-in-one $25,000 cash prize. For more information, contact Aaron McGee at 919-440-4700. To register, contact MSgt Delbert Butcher at 830-406-0842 or e-mail

September 7-8
Wilderness First Aid
Outdoor Recreation is hosting a class on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The cost is $115. There will be classroom instruction and actual treatment scenarios. Participants will need to bring their own lunches as well as a sleeping pad, walking stick, ski pole, canoe paddle, extra clothes, a watch with a second hand, a stopwatch, baseball cap, water, pen or pencil, notebook, and at least three bandanas. For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation at 505-846-1499.

September 8
Horseback riding (waitlist only)
Outdoor Recreation is hosting a trip to Tamiya Resort from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The trip includes transportation, safety gear, trip lead, ride lead/guide and entry free. Participants should arrive in proper riding clothing and bring a water bottle and snacks. There is a 225 pound weight limit. The cost is $50 for active duty Air Force, active duty reservists and active duty direct dependents and $95 for all others. For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation at 505-846-1499.

September 9
Financial Peace University
The Chapel offers the free class, Financial Peace University, at the 58th Special Operations Wing Performance and Leadership Center and Gravity Airman Ministry Center as part of its religious education program. FPU is an intense, stewardship training course that presents universal financial principles from a Christian perspective to empower people to take responsibility, remove debt, and build wealth. The classes run from Sept 9 to Nov 18 and sessions are Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:45 at the 58th SOW, or from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gravity (No classes Labor Day or Columbus Day). No religious background necessary. To sign up, contact SSgt Arial Hamel at

September 11
Mountain Bike Sunset Ride
Outdoor Recreation is hosting a guided mountain biking event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Participants can bring their own bikes or rent a bike from ODR. If renting participants must come get fitted for a bike before the trip. The cost is $10 per person and includes guide and transportation, or $15 and includes a guide, transportation, bike and helmet. For more information, contact ODR at 505-846-1499.

September 14
Bouldering Ponderosa
Outdoor Recreation is hosting a trip to the Jemez Mountains from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants should pack a lunch and water bottle and must have indoor or outdoor bouldering experience. The cost is $30 per person and includes bouldering pads, chalk, guides and transportation. Climbing shoes are available free of charge by request. For more information, contact ODR at 505-846-1499.

September 18
Discover Scuba
Outdoor Recreation is hosting an event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the indoor pool. The cost is $15 per person and includes instruction, scuba gear and private pool time. No prior experience is necessary. For more information, contact ODR at 505-846-1499.

September 18
Kayak Roll Clinic
Outdoor Recreation is hosting an event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the indoor pool. The cost is $7 and includes pool time or $15 per person and includes kayak gear rental, paddle and instruction. Participants must be able to swim and paddle independently. For more information, contact ODR at 505-846-1499.

September 19-24
Grand Canyon backpack trip (waitlist available)
Outdoor Recreation is hosting a 5-day camping trip to the Grand Canyon. The cost is $275 for active duty Air Force, active duty reservists and active duty direct dependents and $350 for all others. The cost includes transportation, guides, backpacking permits, one night of lodging and any gear necessary for the trek. For more information, contact ODR at 505-846-1499.

September 24
Kids Rock
Outdoor Recreation is hosting a class from noon to 2 p.m. The class is recommended for ages 4-12. The cost is $12 per person and registration must be completed with ODR before attending. Parents must be present for the entire class. For more information, contact ODR at 505-846-1499.

October 3
Hispanic Heritage Event Car Show
There will be a car show at Hardin field from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Hispanic Heritage Observance event. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. There will be a $5 admission fee. For more information, contact TSgt Carlos Lucero at 505-846-7077.


Ongoing fitness classes at the East Fitness Center in August
All Terrain
This class formats all terrains, to include team drills and visualization rides, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays, and 11 a.m., to noon Thursdays.
Power Ride
Higher resistance training to improve strength, stamina and power, 11 a.m. to Noon Tuesdays and 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Thursdays.
Basic Training
A 60-minute functional total body workout this class will incorporate cardiovascular, strength, endurance, balance, push-ups, core, speed and agility, as well as partner drills. Instructors will push to optimum fitness potential. Classes run from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays.
Muscle Hour
Integrate balance with strength while using the barbells, heavy bars, and dumbbells to sculpt. BOSU and fit balls may be incorporated from time to time. All fitness levels.
Class runs from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Zumba and Strong by Zumba
Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance and tone program that runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Strong by Zumba combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music and runs from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays.
Yoga Stretch and Strengthening
A level-1 class combining traditional yoga postures with deep stretching, breathing exercises, and meditation. Great for beginners and the more physically fit, resulting in increased flexibility, strength and stress reduction, running from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.
Combines the muscle sculpting, core firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. This fat-burning, low-impact workout is designed for all levels and runs from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday.

Check out all of the events happening with Outdoor Recreation in August


Kirtland Force Support events and more

Free weekend movies
The base theater plays free movies, open to anyone with base access. Movies start Friday with “Booksmart” (R) at 6 p.m., Saturday begins with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13) at 3 p.m., and “Late Night” (R) at 6 p.m., and “Dumbo” (PG-13) on Sunday at 3 p.m.


Air Force Reserves
The 377th Force Support Squadron In-Service Recruiting Office provides Palace Front and Palace Chase briefings twice a month at 9 a.m., every second and last Wednesday at the Consolidated Support Building inside the FTAC training Rm. 111. The office is also available to provide information on continuing service in the reserves for active duty members transitioning out of the Air Force. For questions, contact Master Sgt. Robert Arnold at 505-846-0544.

RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler
Skip the long wait for an ID card by scheduling for an ID appointment on the RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler. This is a self-service function that allows members to book their own appointment and can be accessed 24/7. Also, if scheduling an appointment and the DEERS network goes down, people will receive a call from the 377th Military Personnel Section customer support staff. In addition to making an appointment, the RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler answers some of the most commonly asked questions to ensure people are prepared for appointments. Click here for more information

Military Personnel Flight:
Customer Support: Leave, DEERS updates, ID cards, Service Member’s Group Life Insurance, Initial Enlistment Bonus, and records not migrated into Personnel Records Display Application, call 505-846-5459.
Force Management: Duty status, evaluations, personnel action changes, unit personnel management roster, awards and special programs, special duty assignment pay; records not migrated into PRDA, and G-series orders,
Career development: (assignments, passports, promotions, demotions, separations, reenlistments, retirements military personnel file) Walk-in hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Customer Service (IDs) is open for appointments daily from 8:
a.m. to 3 p.m. Customer service//ID appointments link:

Career Assistance information
CAA Course Registration link:

Career Skills Program
The Air Force recently began participating in Career Skills Programs which afford eligible Airmen the opportunity to prepare for a post-Air Force career up to six months before separation or retirement. Airmen can also find details on myPers. Select “Any” from the dropdown menu and search “Job Training.” For more information or for questions, visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center and schedule an appointment with an Education Guidance Counselor at 505-846-9933.

Information was provided by agencies other than the 377 ABW Public Affairs Office. Information is subject to change. Call the number provided on each announcement for more information.

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