October 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!
- Capt. Kevin Quinn, 129th OSS
- Staff Sgt. Megan Devillers, 129th RQW
- Staff Sgt. Richard Sousa, 129th LRS
- Airman 1st Class Lucas Baker, 131st RQS
- Airman 1st Class Robert Brodsky, 131st RQS
- Airman 1st Class Andre Coville, 131st RQS

Congratulations!
The Following Members Have Recently Been Promoted To Their Current Rank.

- Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Betts
- Master Sgt. Vincent Brouillard
- Master Sgt Michael Carter
- Master Sgt. Christopher Hernandez
- Tech. Sgt. Jim Bob Epperson

Thank You for Your Service!
We Wish the Following Retired, Separated and Transferred Members Well

- Tech. Sgt. Joseph Barros
- Staff Sgt. Allen Frische
- Staff Sgt. Alana Groshong
- Staff Sgt. Abdul Khan
- Staff Sgt. Travis Lee
- Staff Sgt. Bryan Lembo
- Senior Airman Christopher Allen

2010 UTA Schedule
October 2-3
November 6-7
December 4-5

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

2011 UTA ORE and ORI Schedule
In accordance with the memorandum for all 129th Rescue Wing members sent out by Col. Amos Bagdasarian, the 129th RQW Wing Commander, the following dates are scheduled for 2010 and 2011 Unit Training Assembly's and Super Drills for the Operational Readiness Exercises in preparation for the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection. These dates are to be used for drill attendance as opposed to the special orders M-2 dated Dec. 1, 2008 and M-1 dated Oct. 1, 2009 that were sent out by the Adjunct General. Note: All 129th RQW members will be on military status when performing ORE or ORI events.

January 8-9
February 5-6
March 5-6
April 9-11 - CRTC Training (April 11 required if identified by unit commander)
May 10-15 - Phase I/II ORE (6 days)
June 4-5
July 9-10
August 6-7
September 10-11
October 1-6 - Phase I/II ORE (6 days)
November 5-6
December 3-9 - Phase I/II ORI (7 days) Feb 2012 UTA moved to Dec. 5-6 2011

Important Uniform Updates
The following uniform items will be phased out on these dates:
Oct. 1, 2010
- 100% Wool Pullover Sweater
- 2EXXX, 3AXXX and 3CXXX legacy badges
- Black Fleece
- Green Fleece used as an outer garment without name, service designator and rank
*if optional Green Fleece is worn has an outer garment, it MUST have name, designator and rank

Dec. 31, 2010
- Gray and Dark blue scarves, gloves, mittens and earmuffs

Oct. 1, 2011
- 33S Legacy badges

Nov. 1, 2011
- Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU)
- Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU)
- Tan Boots (excluding Airmen deployed to the area of responsibility)
*wear of the ABU will be mandatory as of 1 November 2011

For more information on uniform items, visit the Air Force uniform website at http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/dress/index.asp


Scholarship Update: $1,000 AHA Awards

Please take note of the following updates from the 129th Alumni and Heritage Association, these are huge financial opportunities! Applications due no later than Nov. 7, 2010! Six $1,000 awards will be given during this award cycle. Applications should be submitted to the scholarship chair, retired Chief Master Sgt. Liliana Ramos You can submit copies electronically to: lilramos@pacbell.net or by mail to 129th RQW Alumni Heritage Association, Attn: Scholarship Chair, 680 Macon Road, Mailstop 11, Moffett Federal Airfield, CA 94035. View the 129th AHA Scholarship Program Policy for application and guidelines at  http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100928-044.pdf.

Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet: Job and Resource Fair
In support of the State of California, the Employment Development Department is hosting a job and resource fair for Veterans, National Guard, and Reservists returning from active duty Thurs, Oct. 21, 2010. Fair held 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lions Gate Garden Pavilion, 5640 Dudley Boulevard, McClellan, Ca 95652. Dress for success and bring your resume, meet and interview with employers, find out about job opportunities, obtain benefits, training, and career information and get assistance from DMV and CalVet financing. For additional information please call Randy Hadley or Carol Katalbas at 916-277-03031 or view the flyer at http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100928-045.pdf.
 
Operation: Care and Comfort Memorial Golf Classic
Operation: Care and Comfort, along with specialist Adam Kinser will hold the Memorial Golf Classic Oct. 8, 2010 at the Golf Club at Moffett Field. Sign in begins a 9:00 a.m. with a shotgun start (scramble format) at 10:00 a.m. Entrance fee of $80 for individuals and $300 for a team of four includes a complimentary gift bad, 18 holes with a cart, raffle tickets and tickets for lunch and drinks. There will be prizes for the top two teams, the best military team, the longest drive (men and women) and the closest to the pin. All proceeds go to Operation: Care and Comfort. For more information and registration form please visit http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100928-048.pdf.

Discount Admission to California's Great America
In support of the 129th Rescue Wing, California's Great America is offering discount admission at $27.00 to members of the 129 RQW and their families on Oct. 9, 2010. Tickets must be purchased online at the following link to receive this discount: www.cagreatamerica.com/129rqw. Regular Admissions costs are $54.99 for adult (ages 3 -61 and 48 inches and taller) and $24.99 for juniors (ages 3-61 and under 48 inches tall) and $24.99 for seniors (over the age of 62). Disclaimer: California's Great America is not endorsed by the 129th Rescue Wing and/or any of the 129th Rescue Wing Representatives.

Post-Deployment Health Reassessment
All redeployed personnel must respond to the PDHRA 3 to 6 months after returning home. Most Active Duty Airmen can access the PDHRA online. However, members of the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) must make an appointment to complete it at the local military treatment facility. Reserve and Guard members are directed to call 1-888-PDHRA-99 (1-888-734-7299) to complete the assessment. For information on common post-deployment health concerns, click http://www.afterdeployment.org. For more information email mailto:AFMOA.PDHRA@us.af.mil.

PCS Satisfaction Survey
Airmen who recently completed a permanent change of station move should complete the personal property Customer Satisfaction Survey. This 12-question survey ensures leaders are aware of how the move went. The surveys are e-mailed between seven and 21 days following the delivery of household property. Airmen who didn't receive an e-mail are requested to either select the Personal Property / POV link at www.SDDC.army.mil to access the survey. To read more about this issue please visit http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123223411.

Officials Urge Protection Against Identity Theft
Defense Department officials are urging servicemembers to be aware of identity theft and are providing ways for them to protect themselves. Identity theft can cause financial stress, and servicemembers dealing with financial issues are less likely to be ready to fully perform their missions. To help servicemembers protect against identity theft, the DOD has joined with the Federal Trade Commission on its "Deter, Detect and Defend" campaign. For more information view FTC's slide show presentation (http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100928-050.pdf), review their brochure (http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100928-051.pdf) or go to their website (http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/index.html) for more information.

Air Force Officials Increase Deployment Times

The air and space expeditionary force rotational baseline will be changed from 120 to 179 days for most active component Airmen. Expeditionary combat support Airmen will begin their transition to the new baseline in December 2010 with full implementation expected by October 2012. According to Air Force officials, 71 percent of Airmen are already deploying outside the 120-day baseline. The revised construct will therefore increase predictability for affected Airmen and their families while providing better support to combatant commanders by increasing continuity at deployed locations. For more information go to http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123221320 .

Commissary On-Site Sale - "It's Worth The Trip!"
The Travis Air Force Base Commissary is hosting an On-site Sale with the US Coast Guard in Petaluma, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sale will be held at US Coast Guard (TRACEN), 599 Tomales Road, Petaluma, California 94952-5002. National Guard and Reserve members, military retirees, active-duty military service members, and dependents can take advantage of the great commissary sale. Spectacular savings on popular grocery items including, but not limited to 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! Customers must present an appropriate Department of Defense ID card that authorizes commissary privileges in order to shop. Cash, checks, debit cards and credit cards are accepted for payment. The use of coupons is highly encouraged! For more information please visit www.commissaries.com or contact Mitchell Kennerly at 707-437-5455.

Hispanic Heritage Month Continues

National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, has been observed throughout the world, giving people of all backgrounds the chance to come together to celebrate unique cultures. While originally proclaimed as National Heritage Week in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is now, coinciding with the anniversaries of the independence of five Latin American countries, Mexico and Chile. At a population of more than 48 million, Hispanics comprise the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority. This month's theme, "Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America," showcases the diversity within the Hispanic culture. National Hispanic Heritage Month was established in 1988 to celebrate the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. It's encouraged to all units within the California Army and Air National Guard to spend some time this upcoming UTA weekend to formally recognize and celebrate the Hispanic culture during this month's observance. If you have any questions, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 916-854-3421.