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January 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!

Senior Airman Milford Kelly
Senior Airman Troy Wilkinson
Airman 1st Class Gianluca Cugnetti
Airman 1st Class Jose Guerrero
Airman 1st Class Wai Ho
Airman 1st Class William Roberts
Airman 1st Class Arcelio Solorzano
Airman 1st Class Christina Yuen

The following members were recently promoted to their current rank. Congratulations!
Master Sgt. Jessica Jackson, 129th MXS
Master Sgt. Daniel Starner, 129th MXS
Tech. Sgt. Radoslaw Ciesielski, 129th MSF
Tech. Sgt. Khamsone Manisisaket, 129th MSF
Staff Sgt. Joseph Almony, 129th MXS
Staff Sgt. Lance Zhang, 129th CF

Congratulations graduates!
2nd Lt. Darren Pon, 131st RQS - Academy of Military Science
2nd Lt. Sgt. Maria Tubergen, 129th OG - Academy of Military Science
Master Sgt. Anja Oneil, 129th MXS - ANG 1st Sergeant Academy
Tech. Sgt. Megan Metzger, 129th FSF - NCO Academy (In-Residence)
Staff Sgt. Michelle Masso, 131st RQS - Airman Leadership School (In-Residence)
Staff Sgt. Joseph Zhang, 129th CF - Airman Leadership School (In-Residence)
Senior Airman Isaac Corneil, 131st RQS - Airman Leadership School (In-Residence)
Senior Airman Anhtoan Nguyen, 129th MSX - Airman Leadership School (In-Residence)
Senior Airman Adam VanHaaster, 131st RQS - Airman Leadership School (In-Residence)
Airman 1st Class Tyler Gibson, 131st RQS - Academy of Military Science

The following members have retired, separated, or transferred to another unit. We wish them well and thank them for their service.
Tech. Sgt. Denise Barnett, 130th RQS transferring to 144th Fighter Wing
Tech. Sgt. Scott Mathews, 129th RQS transferring to Inactive Ready Reserve
Staff Sgt. Christina Andrews, 129th RQS transferring to 144th Fighter Wing

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

2010 UTA Schedule
January 9-10
February 6-7
March 6-7
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

California Air National Guard's Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet
Airman can register for the California Air National Guard's Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet at https://www.ca.ang.af.mil/OAY2010/index.htm. The banquet is being held at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento on Jan. 16. All members of the 129th RQW are encouraged to attend the OAY Banquet to support the wing's outstanding nominees.

Equal Opportunity referral guide available
Companied in collaboration with the Wing Family Readiness Office, EO offers assitance for military personnel and their dependants. With resources such as California National Guard support, Post-Deployment & Transition assistance and advisors, Troop & Family Support, community resources such as the base chapel, TriCare Office and Retiree Activities the Equal Opportunity office is here to help. For more information read over the brochure at http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-091215-030.pdf.

Sisterhood of the Travelling BDUs holding first conference
Come join the sisterhood of the traveling BDUs' first ever conference for military dependent teen girls 13-18! (Admission is free) The Sisterhood aims to unite military girls together in sisterly support, inspire military girls with speakers, breakout sessions, and curriculum, and encourage military girls to lead in their communities.  The Sisterhood hopes to launch our attendees out into their communities as mentors, leaders, champions for military youth, and glass ceiling crashers. This conference is open to the first 400 teenage girls, ages 13 to 18, who are dependents of military members of any branch of service; active and reserve components. The registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Online registration starts Nov. 21, 2009. The Conference takes place in Clovis, Calif., March 12-14, 2010. For more information visit www.sisterhoodbdus.org or check out the brochure at  http://www.129rqw.ang.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-091215-037.pdf

Begin your video trip with Vpc-GR introduction
ARPC recently launched the Informational Video (https://arpc.afrc.af.mil/vPC-GR/video_help.asp) on vPC-GR. Located just above the vPC-GR login button, the new page combines the many instructional videos into one location.

Nominations sought for 2010 American Legion service award
Air Force Personnel Center officials are now accepting nominations for the 2010 American Legion Spirit of Service Award. Sponsored by the National Headquarters of the American Legion, it is presented annually to an enlisted member from each of the military branches for outstanding volunteer service performed off duty in the local community. For more information, visit AFPC's secure "ASK" Web site at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/ or contact Capt. Alyson Teeter at 650-603-9152.

Air Force officials reinforce tattoo, body alteration policy
Air Force senior leaders have taken steps to ensure Air Force dress and personal appearance standards are applied consistently across the service. Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance, outlines the current provisions and prohibitions to include standards governing piercings and body alterations. AFI 36-2903 states "Excessive tattoos and brands will not be exposed or visible while in uniform." Excessive is defined as any tattoo/brands exceeding one-quarter of the exposed body part and those above the collarbone when wearing an open collar uniform. The AFI also outlines the current provisions and prohibitions to include standards governing piercings and body alterations

National Military Family Association officials accepting scholarship applications from military spouses
The Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship program awards up to $1,000 to military spouses to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2010. Apply online at http://www.militaryfamily.org/scholarships. Spouses of uniformed service members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and survivors) of any branch or rank are eligible to apply.

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.

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. Contact TSgt Velasco at 650-603-9197 for more information.

Air National Guard Fitness Program update
Per revised AF/A1 timeline for the new Fitness Program implementation, Air National Guard members who require Fitness Assessment between 1 Jan. 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010 will be assessed under current requirements/scoring as defined in Air National Guard Instruction 10-248. Effective July 1, 2010, all members will test under the new Air Force Instruction 10-248 Fitness Program requirements. This draft instruction currently in staffing reflects testing for ANG AGR and drill status guardsmen only ONCE a year under the new guidelines.

During the Jan. 1 - June 30 testing period, unit Physical Training Leaders will provide two scores where possible: one being the actual score under the ANG Instruction and one showing the projected score had the new Air Force Instruction standards applied. This will help Airmen gauge performance under the new test. Members evaluated during this period via STEP will not receive additional scores as the new standard precludes STEP testing.

2009-2010 California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP)
Applications are now being accepted for the new California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program. The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP) will pay up to 100% of fees at most public and private California educational institutions for qualifying members of the California Army or Air National Guard and State Military Reserve. Please note that the application deadline is 22 January 2010. This program stands to provide substantial educational assistance to many of our California Air National Guard members

The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP) is a state-funded program designed to provide an educational incentive to improve skills, competencies, and abilities for up to 1,000 service members who remain active in the National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia. This program authorizes the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) to make payments to eligible program participants. Participants can receive up to the amount of the Cal Grant A award for attending the University of California or the California State University, up to the Cal Grant B award for attending a community college, up to the Cal Grant A amount for a recipient attending a non-public institution, or up to the Cal Grant A award plus $500 for books and supplies for graduate studies.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Is an active member of, and has served two (2) years in the California national guard, the state military reserve, or the naval militia
  • Agrees to remain an active member in the California National Guard, the state military reserve, or the naval militia throughout the participation period in the CNG EAAP
  • Agrees to use the award to obtain a certificate, degree, or diploma that is currently not held
  • Has been accepted or registered at, or enrolled in, a qualifying institution
  • Agrees to maintain enrollment in at least three (3) academic units per semester, or the equivalent, at a qualifying institution
  • Agrees to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in a qualifying institution
  • Is a resident of California for at least one year immediately preceding the date of determination

How to apply
Applicants must submit an application and a free application for federal student aid (fafsa) prior to the application deadline date of January 22, 2010. Applications will be processed, verified, and awardees selected.

On January 4, 2010, applications and program information will be available online at www.csac.ca.gov and by request from the office of the adjutant general.
Office of the Adjutant General
Joint Force Headquarters
Attention: Katrina Beck
9800 Goethe Rd., Box 37
Sacramento, CA 95826

For additional information, please contact the Base Education and Training manager SMSgt Jacqueline Harris at (650) 603-9186 or at jacqueline.harris@ang.af.mil or Katrina Beck at (916) 854-4255 or at katrina.beck2@us.army.mil or visit the Commission's Web site at www.csac.ca.gov