December UTA News & Notes

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- This is a compilation of news bits Airmen and families can use to prepare for the upcoming UTA weekend.

Welcome New 129th Members!
- Staff Sgt. Michael Foster, 129 MXS
- Staff Sgt. Lester Lardizabal, 129 AMXS
- Senior Airman Chris Salazar, 130 RQS
- Senior Airman Nathan Schmidt, 131 RQS
- Airman 1st Class Pedro Bautista, 129 AMXS
- Airman 1st Class Christopher Bui, 129 AMXS
- Airman 1st Class Betty Chan, 129 LRS
- Airman 1st Class Jerrett Collins, 129 AMXS
- Airman 1st Class Kobbe Farwick, 129 AMXS
- Airman 1st Class Matthew Gallardo, 129 AMXS
- Airman 1st Class Pablo Rios, 129 LRS
- Airman 1st Class Adrian Romero, 129 MXS
- Airman 1st Class Joseph Taormina, 129 AMXS

Congratulations!
The following members have recently been promoted to their current rank.
- Chief Master Sgt. Jason Red
- Senior Master Sgt. David King
- Staff Sgt. Louis Garcia
- Staff Sgt. Jerald See
- Senior Airman Roberto Oregon

Thank You for Your Service!
We wish the following retired, separated and transferred members well
- Capt. Thomas Maranda, 129 SFS
- Senior Master Sgt. George Granada, 130 RQS
- Master Sgt. Steven Viera, 129 MDG
- Staff Sgt. James Reineck, 129 MXG
- Staff Sgt. Melanie Tan, 129 MDG
- Staff Sgt. Abraham Velasco, 129 CES
- Senior Airman Douglas Dashiel, 129 AMXS

2011 UTA Schedule
January 8-9
February 5-6
March 5-6
April 9-11
May 10-15
June 4-5
July 9-10
August 6-7
September 10-11
October 1-6
November 5-6
December 3-9

Religious Services Schedule
Chapel services have been moved from the MXG classroom to the new Family Reception area of bldg 669. Services take place every Sunday morning of UTA drill weekend in Building 650.
Catholic Mass: 10:15-10:45
Non-denominational services: 11:00 - 11:30

Holiday Children's Party
On Sat. Dec. 4 the 129 RQW will be hosting this year's Children's Christmas party. It will be held 4:30-6:00 pm in building 669. Bring your families and your smiles to this wonderful event. Activities will include mailing letters to santa and troops, arts and crafts, a visit from santa and photo opportunity. Holiday music will be provided by ANG Band ensemble and a special visit from the NASA fire truck. If you have any questions, concern or would like to RSVP please contact SSgt Silvia Bacon @ 650-603-9820 or by email silvia.bacon@ang.af.mil.

2011 California Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet
Four of our 129th Airmen will be competing for California Air National Guard's Airman, NCO, SNCO and First Sergeant of the Year. Attending the banquet is a great and entertaining way to support these Airmen and represent the 129th RQW amongst our fellow ANG wings. This year's event will take place Jan. 15, 2011 in Fresno, Calif at 5:00 p.m. The banquet will be held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center and is a formal event. Registration closes Jan. 4, 2011. To register please go to http://www.calguard.ca.gov/air/Documents/OAY2011/2011_OAY_Banquet.htm.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program - Dec. 11, 2010
This event is for all phases of the deployment cycle: Pre-deployment, During deployment, and Post-deployment. Deployers and family members, who are scheduled for, currently are, or have completed 90 consecutive days of Title 10 or Title 32 other than for training, are eligible for the YRRP event. Military members will be placed on Special Training orders and is allowed 2 Invitational Travel Orders (ITO) for family member attendees who reside over 50 miles, and age 13+. Other members are welcome to attend without ITO are also eligible. MUST register online at www.jointservicessupport.org to reserve your space. Single Airmen can also invite two family members (i.e. parents, siblings, etc.). Childcare is provided during the event. Please contact your Airmen and Family Readiness Program assistant SSgt Silvia Bacon (silvia.bacon@ang.af.mil) or the YRRP specialist Autumn Decosta (autum.decosta@us.army.mil) for assistance.

No Texting While Driving on Base!
To all 129th RQW personnel from Col. Amos Bagdasarian, 129th Rescue Wing Commander: NASA Security has notified the wing that a large number of 129th personnel have been observed using cell phones/handheld devices while driving motor vehicles on Moffett Field; this is not allowed By Federal Law on federal property. NASA Security has the ability cite persons in violation of motor laws. The fine for using a cell phone while driving if ticketed by NASA is more than $100. Don't take any chances. DRIVE SAFELY!

Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
This award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to businesses that employ members of the National Guard and Reserve. The accolade was created to publicly recognize employers who provide exemplary support to their National Guard and Reserve employees. Applications are now being accepted for 2011. The nomination process can be found at www.freedomaward.mil and must be completed by Jan. 17, 2011. If you have questions or need assistance with the process please contact the California National Guard ESGR representative, Mr. Jerrold Jurin at jarrold.jurin1@us.army.mil or 916-854-3106.

Portal Helps Vets, Reserves, Guardsmen Land Jobs
Http://www.usar.army.mil/arweb/EPI/Pages/default.aspx is a new state-of-the-art web portal to help servicemembers, their families get jobs with civilian employers who value their military experience. The user-friendly tools will enhance the popular Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces program by making it easier for both job hunters and more than 1,200 employers seeking their skills. The new portal simplifies the job application process by allowing users to set up a personal profile and maintain a record of their job searches and search parameters, Colonel Leonard explained. That means users don't have to start from square one each time they enter the system, saving them time and inconvenience.

Air Force officials seek Warrior Games participants
Air Force officials are seeking 25 warriors to compete in the 2011 Warrior Games, an Olympic-style competition open to wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans. People interested in applying should do so immediately by calling the Air Force Wounded Warrior office at 800-581-9437 or sending an e-mail to afwounded.warrior@randolph.af.mil for application information. The application deadline is Dec. 16, 2010.

Commissary On-site Sale
Take advantage of spectacular savings on popular grocery items at the Commissary On-site Sale. The Lemoore NAS Commissary is traveling again and is hosting an On-site Sale at the Hammer Field Armory in Fresno, California. The sale will take place at 5575 E Airway Blvd, Sat. Dec. 11, 2010 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. National Guard and Reserve members, military retirees, and active duty military service members and dependents can take advantage of the great savings at the Commissary. Sale items may include paper products, soap and cleaning products, canned goods, sodas, sport drinks, water, laundry detergents, and a variety of other products at savings of 30 percent or more! For information about this Commissary and other locations near you, please visit www.commissaries.com  For more information please contact Cynthia Parker 559- 998-4667/4669

Free Skiing at Sugar Bowl Resort
FREE skiing and snowboarding for active military personnel with a valid military ID card on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. Tickets can be bought at any ticket window or online at www.sugarbowl.com/military or by calling 530-426-9000.