December UTA News and 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!
Lt. Col. Kimberly Lalley
Tech. Sgt. Johnny Duran
Staff Sgt. Jimmy Fulleros
Staff Sgt. Ashley Garcia
Staff Sgt. Abdul Yaseen Khan
Staff Sgt. Joseph Machado
Staff Sgt. Pravesh Singh
Staff Sgt. Brian Taylor
Senior Airman Mark Poitier
Airman 1st Class Jeffery Johnson
Airman 1st Class William Lucca
Airman 1st Class Hristo Marokov
Airman 1st Class Rocco O'Farrell
Airman 1st Class Vincent Santiago
Airman 1st Class Michael Sausedo
Airman 1st Class Matthew Sutterfield
Airman 1st Class Allan Tan
Airman 1st Class Dan Truong
Airman Basic Kevin Leon
Airman Basic Tuong Tran

The following members were recently promoted to their current rank. Congratulations!
Master Sgt. Jessica Jackson
Master Sgt. Daniel Starner
Master Sgt. Mark Vindiola
Tech. Sgt. Radoslaw Ciesielski
Tech. Sgt. Khamsone Manisisaket
Senior Airman Samuel Robinson

Congratulations, PME graduates!
ALS Graduates (In Residence)
Staff Sgt. Michele Masso
Staff Sgt. Joseph Zhang
Senior Airman Isaac Corniel
Senior Airman Anhtoan Nguyen
NCO Academy (In Residence)
Tech. Sgt. Megan Metzger

The following members have retired, separated, or transferred to another unit. We wish them well and thank them for their service.
Maj. Joshua Kucker
Chief Master Sgt. David Cantrell
Master Sgt. Tedford Niday
Tech. Sgt. Catherine Degagne
Senior Airman Lawrence Anderson
Senior Airman Ruben Wegner
Airman 1st Class Gregory Arrigotti


~~~ Wing Holiday Party ~~~

When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 - 10:30 pm

Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 30 Ranch Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035
 
For Adults:
No-host, cash bar with non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks
8-9 pm: White Elephant Gift Exchange (Bring gift, $10 limit)

For Children:
Kids room, visit from Santa, gifts , snacks and drinks

Sponsored by the Wing Diversity Committee


Call for 129th AHA scholarship applications

The 129th Alumni & Heritage Association (AHA) provides Educational Scholarships to unit members each year. Applicants need to be currently enrolled in an educational program. A current transcript, a statement of work in progress from the educational facility or other evidence of program participation is required for all applicants. Wing Members applying for a scholarship are required to submit a letter of recommendation from their squadron commander with the application. This letter should describe the endorsement reason and brief description of the individual's future potential.

The deadline for submitting scholarship applications is the close of business on Sunday of the December UTA. Applications can be obtained online at http://www.129aha.org/ScholarAppl.htm. Completed applications can be submitted to the 129th Alumni & Heritage Association Scholarship Chair, Lt Col Cynthia Kepple, by e-mail at cindy_kepple@yahoo.com or by mailing the application to her home at 2221 Walnut Grove Ave., San Jose, CA 95128-1241. Applications can also be submitted to CMSgt Kristina Keck in the Headquarters Building. For more information about the scholarships, call Lt Col Kepple at (408) 221-0060.


Give to the CFC before Dec. 10

The Nor Cal Combined Federal Campaign is the annual fundraising drive on behalf of more than 2,400 local, national and international charities for the Military and Federal Employees within the Greater San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Sacramento Area. You or someone you know has most likely benefited from the generosity of others through their giving to numerous charities of the CFC. As a result of this dedication, the CFC has grown to become the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign.

This year's CFC theme is "I Can, Now More Than Ever." We understand the challenges with giving during these troubled economic times. These economic hardships also impact these charities and their ability to serve our community. They need our help now more than ever. Together, "iCan, uCan, weCan" lend a hand to our fellow man.

129th MXG Key Worker: Senior Master Sgt. Norman Jacobs
129th MSG Key Worker: Master Sgt. Roscoe Presley
129th OG Key Worker: Staff Sgt. Leslie Zapata


Air Force officials release fleece wear policy

The 98th Air Force Virtual Uniform Board released a policy message here Oct. 9 for wearing the new Air Force sage green fleece as an outer garment for the airman battle uniform.

According to the message, the sage green fleece may only be worn over the ABU top. It is not authorized to be worn solely over a T-shirt, thermal underwear or similar undergarments, when worn as an outer garment.

The authorized wear of the sage green fleece requires the following:
-- a Velcro ABU print last name tape with dark blue block lettering, centered between the zipper and sleeve seam on the wearer's right chest.
-- a Velcro ABU print U.S. Air Force tape with dark blue block lettering, adjacent to the name tape and centered between the zipper and sleeve seam on the wearers left chest.
-- a Velcro subdued cloth rank with a solid sage green background, flushed and centered above the last name tape on the wearer's right chest.
-- the fleece must remain zipped no lower than halfway between the name tape and the collar.
-- the collar must be folded over and resting on the shoulder, chest and back when zipper isn't completely zipped.
-- the bottom length of the
fleece must be as close to length of ABU top as possible.
-- the sleeves must be worn down at all times.
The new fleece will be first available for deployed Airmen.


State implements new way to apply for federal technician positions

Beginning Sept. 15, California National Guard federal technician vacancy announcements will no longer appear on the USA Jobs Web site. Instead, CNG technician vacancies will be available on the HRO Fulltime Job Announcements Web site located at http://www.calguard.ca.gov/cahr/Pages/jobmain.aspx.

Users may apply to positions via email by attaching a resume or Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), plus supporting documents. Send all applications to ngcahrjobstech@ca.ngb.army.mil.


Extension of ABU Cold Weather Outergarment Policy

BDU cold weather outer garments are authorized with the ABU. The "mix and match" policy was originally authorized until May 2009 but has been extended to May 1, 2010.


Carry on military tradition by joining the unit honor guard

If you're a detail-oriented individual interested in the honor guard, fill out an application form, have your supervisor and commander sign it, and forward it to Tech. Sgt. Rachel Velasco. She added that there is no minimum rank for honor guard, but you should complete your 5-level CDCs first.

If approved for the program, you'll go to Travis Air Force Base for a 5-day training program, where you'll receive your honor guard uniform.

There are significant benefits for honor guard members: special recognition, additional pay, travel opportunities and awards. Sergeant Velasco said that the best reasons for being in the honor guard are personal pride and a desire to preserve the military traditions of honor and respect.


County parks offer perk to Guard

In 2007 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a program spearheaded by the Santa Clara County National Guard Veterans Affairs Commission that grants Annual Vehicle Entry Passes to California National Guard members in pay grades E-4 or below for parks operated by Santa Clara County.

There is a one-time administrative fee of $4. Each family may receive one pass per year. Download the application at www.sccgov.org/SCC/docs%2FParks%20and%20Recreation%2C%20Department%20of%20%28DEP%29%2Fattachments%2FAnnual_Pass_for_Military_Form_8.pdf.

Because verification of eligibility status must be made, passes can only be obtained through the Parks Department Administration Office at 298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos 95032.


Motorcycle safety course offered in December

A 129th Rescue Wing sponsored Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course is scheduled at Moffett Field Dec. 9-10. The course is available at no charge to 129th members, GSU personnel and active duty members. Contact Senior Master Sgt. Al Lyvere at 650-603-9524 or alan.lyvere@ang.af.mil to reserve your space. Class size is limited to six students, first come first served.


Religious Services Schedule

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