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April 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. Michael Sable, 129th OPS
Tech. Sgt. Ramiro Blanco, 129th MXS
Tech. Sgt. Ricky Schweim, 129th MXS
Staff Sgt. Kevin Centinaje, 129th MXS
Staff Sgt. Andrea Kraftofil, 129th LRS
Senior Airman Thomas Donar, 129th MXS
Senior Airman Aaron Fargher, 129th MXS
Senior Airman William Harman, 129th MXS
Senior Airman Ryan Lyau, 129th FSS
Senior Airman Stephen Minnis, 129th LRS
Airman 1st Class Katherine, Barat-Arboine, 129th FSS
Airman 1st Class Jolena Carroll, 129th OPS
Airman 1st Class Mikko Florante, 129th LRS
Airman 1st Class Carlo Fuentes, 129th MDG
Airman 1st Class Robert Im, 129 MXS
Airman 1st Class Jeffery Lopes, 129th AMS
Airman 1st Class Dwain Miller, 129th OPS
Airman 1st Class Roberto Oregon, 129th MXS
Airman 1st Class John Pharr, 129th RQW
Airman 1st Class Amber Poynor, 129th OPS
Airman 1st Class Benjamin Rivera, 129th MXS
Airman 1st Class Ryan Woodward, 129th AMXS
Airman 1st Class Chanthoeun Xaimauangmonh, 222 OSS

Congratulations! The Following Members Were Recently Promoted To Their Current Rank.
Chief Master Sgt. Darryl Dyson
Chief Master Sgt. Norman Jacobs
Tech. Sgt Li Dehua
Staff Sgt. Mitchell Adam
Staff Sgt. Christine Billings
Staff Sgt. Angelo Reyes
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Reyes
Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Wiltron

We Wish the Following Retired, Separated and Transferred Members Well and Thank Them for Their Service at the 129th.
Capt. Joseph Sheldon, 130th RQS
Master Sgt. Alex Medina, 129th LRS
Tech. Sgt. Wendy Durupan, 129th CF
Tech. Sgt. Catherine MeGill, 129th MDG
Tech. Sgt. Joseph Ornelas, 129th MDG
Staff Sgt. Sean Mann, 129th RQW
Staff Sgt. Latoshica Williams, 129th MXG
Senior Airman Michael Otten, 149th CBCS

2010 UTA Schedule
April 10-11
May 1-2
June 5-6
July 10-11
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

Equal Opportunity Office Seeking Chairperson
The EO office is currently seeking volunteers to be the Chairperson for any of the following Ethnic Observances:
· African-American Heritage Month
· Asian- Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
· Native-American Heritage Month
· Hispanic Heritage Month
· European American Heritage Month
· Women's History Month
· Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Chairperson would be in charge of coordinating the entertainment, food sampling, and displays for the Observance. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the EO office at 650-603-8875.

Air Force Association Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

AFA is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA has a variety of scholarships available for Airmen and their families. For more information, go to http://www.afa.org/aef/aid/scholars.asp.

Additional Airmen Needed For Tops in Blue
Air Force Services Agency officials here are still looking for Airmen to join the 2010 Tops in Blue team. The primary team for 2010 was recently announced and the team will spend 2.5 months at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, learning the music, completing their deployment requirements, and training on serving as ambassadors for the Air Force and U.S., but additional members are still needed for the team. The team will begin their 10-month tour in May. This year's theme is "We Believe." Air Force active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members are eligible to apply. For more information or to apply, contact Air Force Entertainment at 210-652-6566 or visit http://www.topsinblue.com.

Strong Bonds Program Marriage Enrichment Retreat
June 12-13, the Strong Bonds Program is holding a marriage enrichment class at the Rancho Cordova Marriot Hotel. Strong Bonds Marriage Enrichment is recommended for deployment cycle support, both pre/post deployment, and comes in as a critical skill set for reintegration. It's also considered a viable skill-building tool for developing resiliency in couples. Whether you've celebrated one anniversary or twenty, as a Guard couple you can anticipate more excitement and expect more challenges than the average civilian couple. Long separations, frequent relocations, and the stress of deployment can subject military marriages to extreme hardship. Register online at http://www.prestoregister.com/cgi-bin/order.pl?ref. For more information visit http://www.calguard.ca.gov/readyfamilies/Pages/default.aspx or call June Sato at 916-361-4957

Central Ca Teen Aviation Adventure Camp
Plans are underway for the 2nd annual Central CA Teen Aviation Adventure Teen Camp with the 144FW at Camp Gaines Sequoia Lake Aug 12 - 15, 2010. Senior Airman David Oakley will be organizing the camp, please feel free to contact him at david.oakley@cafres.ang.af.mil. To see more details and register on line with the CNG Family Readiness Volunteers please visit http://cngfamily.ning.com/events.

The Harlem Globetrotters Visit San Jose
The Original Harlem Globetrotters, entering their 84th year of touring, will make a stop Saturday April 24 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion, in association with Operation Care and Comfort, an exclusive discount is available for military families. Lower level, end court tickets will be available for $7.50 with a $4.00 order fee. If purchasing multiple tickets, the $4.00 fee will be placed per order, not per ticket. To order tickets please visit
http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-100323-061.pdf to fill out the application before Monday, April 19. For more information please contact Mike Nieves at 408-977-4723 or mnieves@scse.net.

Moffett Museum Open House
The Moffett Field Museum will host an open house April 16-17, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Learn about the history of the airships, navy patrol wings and NASA flight test at Moffett Field at the open house. The museum is located in Building 126 in the NASA Research Park. The building is located on the south end of Hangar One. Admission is free during the open house.

Tour De Ames & Fun Ride
The second annual Tour de Ames Bicycle Race and Fun Ride will take place Wednesday, April 21 hosted by the Protective Services Office, in conjunction with the Ames Bicycle Club, Open Ames, Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) and the Ames Exchange. All participants can begin their check-in process, safety briefing and bicycle safety checks at 11:00 a.m. at the Ellis Gate parking lot. The six-plus mile race and fun ride will start at approximately 12:00 p.m. lasting through 2:00 p.m. traveling around the perimeter roads of the Ames Moffett Airfield. For those who want to take a more leisurely ride, the start time will be around 12:20 p.m. To make the event even more memorable, trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers of the race. So as not to leave out the less serious riders, there will be first and second place awards for the most outrageously decorated bicycles and the most outrageously attired bicyclist. Additionally, participants need to wear proper helmets and it is recommended to bring sunscreen and water. Water will also be provided at the starting point and midway along the route. All Ames and Moffett employees are invited to participate. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Bob Dolci at Robert.J.Dolci@nasa.gov.

Deployers Encouraged To Register With State VA Database
All veterans who have returned from Title 10 service are encouraged to register with the California Department of Veterans Affairs central veteran's services database at http://www.cdva.ca.gov/VetService/reintegration.aspx to receive information on the various benefits to which they may be entitled.