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August 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! 
Master Sgt. Todd Schneider, 129th FSF
Staff Sgt. Carl Cheek, 129th MXS
Staff Sgt. Christopher Dominguez, 129th MXS
Senior Airman Flor Sandoval, 129th MXS
Airman 1st Class Brtitany Lehman, 129th OSS
Airman 1st Class Mathew Rathbun, 129th MXS
Airman 1st Class Robert VanWhye, 129th MXS
Airman 1st Class Richard Vicarme, 129th MSG

The Following Members Have Recently Been Promoted To Their Current Rank.
Senior Master Sgt. Michael Maraya, 129th LRS
Senior Master Sgt. Rosemarie Stokes, 129th FSF
Tech. Sgt. Douglas Brock, 129th LRS
Tech. Sgt. Andrew Hedin, 129th RQS
Tech. Sgt. Gary Seymour, 129th MXS
Tech. Sgt. David Wakefield, 129th MXS
Staff Sgt. Brendan Baker, 129th MXS
Staff Sgt. Christopher Carlson, 129th LRS
Staff Sgt. Daniel Hoskins, 129th MXS

Thank You for Your Service!
We Wish the Following Retired, Separated and Transferred Members Well
Col. Gerald Gallmeister, 129th MXG
Lt. Col. Darwin Foote, 129th OPG
Senior Master Sgt. Maria Myoskovsky, 129th LRS
Staff Sgt. Araceli Inda, 129th MXS
Senior Airman Ulyses Roxas, 129th FSF
Airman 1st Class Jordan Amaral, 129th STD

2010 UTA Schedule
August 7-8
September 11-12
October 2-3
November 6-7
December 4-5

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

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

Military and Federal Employee Discounts
All these businesses offer military discounts, all you have to do is ask.
- Arby's
- A&W
- Back Yard Burgers
- Burger King
- Captain D's
- Chick-Fil-A
- Cotton Patch
- Denny's
- Dunkin' Donuts
- Java Café
- Long John Silver
- Pizza Hut
- Quizno's
- Sizzler
- Sonic
- Taco Bell

- Apple Computers
- AutoZone
- Barnhill's
- Bass Pro Shop
- Bath and Body Works
- Big 10 Tires
- The Buckle
- Champs Sports
- Copeland's Sports
- Dell
- Discovery Channel Store
- Dress Barn
- The Finish Line
- Foot Action
- Footlocker
- Gadzooks
- Goody's
- Great Party
- Happy Harry's
- Hot Topic
- Jockey
- Lerner
- Michael's
- NAPA Auto Parts
- New York & Company
- Pac Sun
- Payless Shoes
- Play It Again Sports
- Pure Beauty
- Quizno's
- Sally Beauty Supply
- Spencer's Gifts
- Suncoast
- Timberland Outlets
- Wilson's Leather

- AT&T
- California Cryobank
- Geico
- Jiffy Lube
- Meineke
- Sears Portrait Studio

Travel and Leisure

- Blockbuster
- Movie theaters
- Ripley's attractions and museums
- Professional Sports teams

Cell Phone Service Discount
All Federal employees are able to get a 15% discount on personal cell phones by calling carriers and mentioning the "Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 - Discount to Federal Employees Past and Present." Cingular: 800-319-6393, Sprint: 877-812-1223, T-Mobile: 866-646-4688, Nextel: 800-639-6111, Verizon: 800-865-1825. You will need to know the military member's supervisor's name, phone number, and full address, so that his/her military status can be verified.

California's Great America 129th RQW Family Day Discount
In support of the 129th Rescue Wing Family Day events on Aug. 7, California's Great America is offering discount admission at $27.00 to members of the 129th Rescue Wing and their families. Tickets must be purchased online at the following link to receive this discount: www.cagreatamerica.com/129rqw. Regular admissions costs are as follows: Adult, Ages 3 -61 AND 48" and taller: $54.99, Junior/Senior, Ages 3-61 and under 48", ages 62+: $24.99. Disclaimer: California's Great America is not endorsed by the 129th Rescue Wing and/or any of the 129th Rescue Wing Representatives.

"Legionnaires on the Green" Golf Tournament
This is a fun filled afternoon that you do not want to miss! It is a community fund raiser providing a much needed support to American Legion Admiral A. Moffett Post 881. Make up your own four person team representing a Firm, an Organization, Public or Private Agency to compete Sept. 8, 2010. Please call 408-238-9279 for reservations and information. Tournament cost is $100.00, with golf cart. Lunch is available for $15.00. Prizes are available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place team members, hole in one, longest drive and closest to the pin. Please make checks payable to American Legion Moffett Post 881.

Air Force Officials Launch New Uniform Website
The Air Force Dress and Appearance public website was recently launched to help educate and inform Airmen about the service's dress and appearance standards and policies. It features interactive slideshows, uniform regulations, detailed photos and uniform policy updates from the Air Force Uniform Board. While the new site, http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/dress/index.asp, will be a valuable resource, Airmen should continue to work through their chain of command for clarification and guidance on Air Force dress and appearance standards and policies.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Air Force medical officials are encouraging Airmen, their families and all beneficiaries to raise their personal awareness of immunization health during National Immunization Awareness Month in August. Vaccines protect people from dangerous diseases and play a key role in maintaining unit readiness by keeping servicemembers and their families healthy. Keeping shot records up-to-date provides protection against vaccine preventable diseases such as hepatitis, tetanus, measles and whooping cough. For more information on vaccines: http://www.vaccines.mil/default.aspx.

Current, Former Airmen Eligible for Stop Loss Special Pay
Approximately 16,000 current and former Airmen who were involuntarily held on active duty beyond an approved separation or retirement date as a result of stop loss are eligible for a retroactive special pay of $500 for each month they were affected. Airmen have until Oct. 21 to apply. To file a claim, download the application at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/stoploss. Applicants who were serving in the Reserve or Air Guard at the time of stop loss may apply by visiting the Air Reserve Personnel Center website at https://arpc.afrc.af.mil/vPC-GR.

Air Combat Command Promotes CCAF Degree
Although having a Community College of the Air Force degree is important for all Airmen, ACC is encouraging its technical sergeants to achieve this educational goal. For NCOs and career progression, a CCAF degree is a requirement for senior rater endorsement, and that is a key factor and a weighted factor on the senior master sergeant promotion board. To be leaders who lead by example, Airmen should have a CCAF degree. That education can help Airmen achieve a special unit job or further their Air Force career. For more in formation about CCAF please contact Senior Master Sgt. Rosemarie Stokes, the Base Education and Training Manager at 650-603-9187 or Rosemarie.Stokes@ang.af.mil.

Air Force Facebook Presence Gets Boost from a Top Spouse

Mrs. Suzie Schwartz, the wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, has just gone live with her own page geared toward communicating with Air Force families. Her welcome message on the page encourages fans to "use this forum to communicate and meet other spouses on your base and around the world." Mrs. Schwartz's Facebook page can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzie-Schwartz/120997871253763?ref=ts.