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General Information Quarterly Photo Contest (submissions due by Feb. 6): Submit your photos for the quarterly contest! Photos must be in by Feb. 6. Call Public Affairs for more information at 747-5023 or e-mail A1C Daniel Hernholm at Daniel.Hernh...

Senior Airman Nicholas Amari
Tops in Blue vocalist Senior Airman Nicholas Amari sings at the Misawa Civic Center at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chad Strohmeyer)

General Information

Quarterly Photo Contest (submissions due by Feb. 6): Submit your photos for the quarterly contest! Photos must be in by Feb. 6. Call Public Affairs for more information at 747-5023 or e-mail A1C Daniel Hernholm at Daniel.Hernholm@grandforks.af.mil your photo to enter.

HAWC Questionnaire: The best way for the HAWC to plan and organize effective programming for the Grand Forks Air Force Base is to know the needs and wants of our Active Duty and Dependent population. We also need to know to know if we are effectively reaching you with our messages. We have created this questionnaire to help us get to these answers. It is completely anonymous. If you have five minutes, could you please take this and help us serve you better. We know your time is valuable so many thanks go out to you in advance. Please click on this link to access the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm2FaFoWG9gqO9m5wOwYCn_2bw_3d_3d

Attention Military Family Housing Occupants - new garbage/recylcle pick up (starting February ): Beginning the first week of February 2009 there will be a permanent change to Military Family Housing garbage and recycle pick-up. If your pick-up day is Thursday your new pick-up day will be Tuesday. Example: If your pick-up day was to be Thursday 5 February it will be Tuesday 3 February. Please address any questions or concerns to Waste Management at 775-3534 or MSgt Kennedy in Civil Engineer Quality Assurance at 747-4194 -- Thank You.

Red Cross Babysitting Course (Feb. 27): The Red Cross Babysitting Course will teach you what you need to know to become a great babysitter. Class is for children ages 11 - 15 year of age. Class date is Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Liberty Square. Fifteen spaces available and registration is required. Course cost is $45, includes babysitting tote and books. Contact Kelly Painter 747-4506.

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Air Force Aid Society Education Grant (Deadline March 6): Time is running out......The application deadline for the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is March 6. You can get the application from the Air Force Aid Society's web site at www.afas.org . Look under the education and Arnold Grant. Fill out the application, print it, attach document, and put it in the mail today. Do not pass up this chance to help pay for your family's education with a $2,000 grant.

For more information or questions please call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 747-3241.

Physical Therapy Direct Access Clinic: A Physical Therapy Direct Access Clinic is now being offered for injured Active Duty members at Grand Forks AFB on Monday and Friday afternoons. You are eligible for an appointment if you have sustained a sports-related or other musculoskeletal injury within the past 21 days. You will be evaluated by a physical therapist without having to wait for a referral by your Primary Care Manager (PCM). For an appointment call the 319th Medical Group appointment line during normal duty hours at 747-5601.

Frozen feet 5k (Feb. 14): The Frozen Feat 5k Run/Walk is coming up on Feb. 14!

Get your registrations in before Jan. 30 and save $5 on your registration. To download your registration form, (or click here) or to let friends know about the race, log on to www.frozenfeat.com .

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the Frozen Feat 5k Run/Walk will benefit Special Olympics in Grand Forks. To volunteer, please e-mail Stacy at redriverrunnersgf@yahoo.com .

ID CARDS (CAC) requirements: Are you in need of a new CAC Card or have a family member in need of a new Dependant ID Card?? IAW new DEERS policy, is required for both Military and Dependants to have 2 forms of ID in order to be issued a new card!!!

Did you know Customer Service now takes appointments for ID/CAC cards? If you don't want to wait in line, simply call 747-6411, Opt 1 to schedule an appointment.

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GFAFB tax center is open: The Grand Forks AFB Tax Center is open. It is located in the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Please park near the Credit Union for the easiest access.

The tax center will be offering free tax preparation and e-filing for active duty members, family members and retirees. Members can begin calling the appointment line at 747-TAX1 (747-8291) Jan. 29. For single Airmen filing the 1040EZ, we are offering a drop-off service. 1040EZ filers, can stop by the tax center, register and drop off their W-2 forms. All other tax filers will need to make an appointment. If you are not sure what category you fall into, please call the Tax Center.

Unit Tax Advisors can also make special arrangements to assist the members of his squadron if necessary. Please contact your first sergeant to find out who your UTA is and how to contact them.

For spouses of our deployed personnel - you will need an IRS Form 2848, previously filled out and signed by the deployed spouse, to file and sign a joint tax return on behalf of the deployed spouse. This form is downloadable on the IRS Web site ( http://www.irs.gov ).

For questions prior to the opening of the Tax Center, please call Tech. Sgt Pennington at 747-3608.

AFPC 1-800 Number: In an effort to improve service to our airmen, AFPC is establishing an 1-800 number for regular Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve military and civilian airmen to share when calling the Total Force Service Center to inquire about all centralized personnel actions.

Effective Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., the new Total Force Service Center number will be 1-800-525-0102; the commercial phone number 210-565-5000 and DSN 665-5000 will remain the same. This Total Force Service Center number will replace the current Air Force Customer Service Center phone number (800) 616-3775.

Passport photo information: Passport photos are taken on a walk-in basis Monday to Thursday, 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. in the multimedia section of the wing public affairs office (building 313). For more information, call 747-5062.

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Access your personnel record online: Do you need copies of your last EPR's or Decorations, or maybe even your SGLI or Reenlistment Contracts?? You no longer need to step out in the tundra to go to the Military Personnel Section to get those copies. You can access your own personnel record by simply logging on to the AF Portal!! In the top left hand corner under QUICK LINKS click on the link called ARMS-Automated Records Management System-Member. This will take you right to your UPRG (Personnel Record) which you can print out/save documents right from your own computer!! For any questions or concerns, please call 747-6411 Opt 1.

YMCA big brother/big sister volunteer opportunity: Currently, there are 70 local Grand Forks children on a waiting list for a YMCA big brother/big sister. A less fortunate child and the YMCA program need your help. If you can mentor, provide school tutoring, or simply act as an older role model and just hang out, then this program is for you. Any time you can offer is better than nothing. If interested, please contact Capt. Jason Somers, x 4480. The CGOA hopes to rectify the situation and match as many volunteers with children ASAP.

North Dakota Earth Day patch contest (Submissions due March 15): The state Game and Fish Department's annual Earth Day awareness campaign is accepting entries for design of a 2009 Earth Day patch. North Dakota students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit entries is March 15. The winner from each age group will receive a $75 savings bond. For more information, contact Jensen at 328-6637; or email ndgf@nd.gov .

Judge Advocate General's Corps Announces Law School Programs: Funded Legal Education Progam (FLEP), Excess Leave Program (ELP) (March 09): Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) and Excess Leave Program (ELP) are being accepted from 1 January through 1 March 2009. Interested officers are encouraged to compete. For more information, click on the following link https://afpims.afnews.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-080821-053.doc .

Family Member Information

Homeschool Group: Are you home schooling at GFAFB? If so, please join our Yahoo email group and connect with the other homeschooling families at GFAFB!

If you are interested in joining, please send a private e-mail to Karen Larsen at karen.larsen@gra.midco.net for more information.

Enlisted Spouse Club: ESC monthly social meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Activities Center (Fast Eddies). For more information, visit the ESC Web site at www.gfesc.com or call Ebony at 594-3934.

Escape Zone (Calendar): The ESCAPE ZONE PARENT AND CHILD CENTER is a free parent/child facility for parents of preschool children, five and under. It's a relaxed, fun, and colorful environment offered by the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Hours are 9-11 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. However, you can come and go anytime during those hours. The ESCAPE ZONE is located across from the Auto Hobby Shop and next to the car wash. No need to register or call in - just show up! Activities are optional.

For a copy of the Escape Zone calendar, contact Jayne Flaagan at 747-3837 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 747-3241, centrally located between the Commissary and the BX, and across from the Community Activity Center.

Deployed spouse?: The Airman and Family Readiness Center, in cooperation with base first sergeants and other base agencies, offer many programs to help spouses of deployed members. One is the "give parents a break" program, which offers offers no-cost childcare for families of deployed Airmen. Also, to help spouses keep in touch with their loved ones overseas, the USAF Instant Messenger (AFIM) program can be accessed through the Air Force portal ( www.my.af.mil ), as well as the Global Internet Mail (GI Mail) program. For more information on these and other programs, call the A&FRC at 747-3241.

Deployment news for spouses: Do you want to be informed about deployment news, available resources for military families, and on and off base activities? The Airman and Family Readiness Center has an e-mail group for military and family members who want to stay informed. You will receive as many as 10 e-mails some days. To get on the list, send karlyn.beadles@grandforks.af.mil your e-mail address. If at any time you wish to be removed from the list, simply contact her and let her know.

Safety and Travel Information

Snow and ice removal: Berger Enterprises is now the new snow and ice removal services contractor for Grand Forks AFB.

We have established a hotline (701-775-1402) to address any of your concerns and complaints. This line is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, October through April, with a live operator. Our office will make every effort to respond to your concerns within 24 hrs.

Berger Enterprises

1826 25th Street NE

Emerado, ND 58228

HOTLINE: 701-775-1402

J&G Landscaping, Inc. is now performing its winter month's services. If you have any questions or comments on the service of snow removal on sidewalks in industrial, common, community areas, fire hydrants or unoccupied housing units, please call 775-1420.

Free car seat safety checks: The New Parent Support Program offers free car seat safety checks the third Monday of every month June through December. For more information or to make an appointment, call Paula at 747-6806.

Career and Education Information

09E8 Promotion Board (Feb. 2 to Feb. 20): The 09E8 promotion board will convene Feb. 2-20. AFPC will freeze the promotion file effective Jan. 27. As a reminder, please review your Data Verification Rip (DVR) via the vMPF, prior to this date. If you note any discrepancies, please contact the Military Personnel Section (MPS) via e-mail at 319 FSS/A1WP for assistance.

Seeking Base Career Assistance Advisor (suspense Feb. 9): Are you a master sergeant or senior master sergeant with an energetic attitude and a genuine interest in the professional development of Grand Forks AFB's enlisted force? Is so, consider becoming the next Grand Forks Air Force Base Career Assistance Advisor! As the base CAA, you will be responsible for enlisted retention and professional development as well as providing group and one-on-one counseling/briefings to the base populace.

Qualifications include: commander's recommendation, must be able to obtain 24 months of retainability, be an E-7 or an E-8, possessing a 7- or 9-skill level from any AFSC, minimum "General" AQE score of 47, have superb counseling and briefing skills, have overall EPR rating of 5 on last five EPRs, have minimum physical profile of 333233, and be outstanding in appearance, military bearing, and conduct both on/off duty. Highly recommended qualifications are: completed SNCO Academy by correspondence or in-residence, have passing score of 75 on the annual fitness test and not be enrolled in any of the mandatory improvement programs, and have completed a Community College of Air Force degree.

Applicant packages must include a targeted resume (IAW Tongue and Quill), last five EPRs and commander endorsed recommendation letter. Submit packages to MSgt Shannon Rix (Bldg 215, ALS) NLT 9 Feb 09. (Effective start date is @ 1 Apr 09.) For more information, please contact Master Sgt. Shannon Rix at 747-5118.

09E6/E7 WAPS TEST CYCLE (1 Feb 09 to 31 Mar 09): Technical sergeants with a date of rank of 1 Jul 07 or earlier will test for master sergeant and staff sergeants with a date of rank of 1 Aug 07 or earlier will test for technical sergeant. Testing begins at 8 a.m. in the basement of Bldg 101. Individual's need to make sure they have the correct study materials as stated in the WAPS Catalog dated 1 August 2008. It is the individual's responsibility to be sure all information about their promotion status is correct and prepared to test the first day of the test cycle. Test dates are assigned by Mrs. Molina and can only be changed with a letter from your commander. If you have any questions please contact Marvel Molina @ 747-6677 or e-mail: marvel.molina@grandforks.af.mil .

Idea Program: Do you have a good IDEA? Will it save the government money, improve productivity or overall safety? Well, stand up and be recognized and possibly get paid at the same time! For further information contact Staff Sgt. Glick at 747-3865.

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