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Weekly Roundup-April 11


April 11, 2019

To submit an item for the Calendar or News Briefs, email 377abw.pa@us.af.mil or call 505-846-5991 by close of business (4:30 p.m.) each Wednesday or business day before holidays.

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Spring cooling system transition

H-VAC technicians will begin the transition from heating to air conditioning April 15 and are projected to finish May 17.

Day of Remembrance Planning Committee seeks volunteers

The Day of Remembrance Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to help during the event taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel May 3. The Day of Remembrance remembers all Holocaust victims and those who worked to save lives in the midst of the atrocity. Volunteer opportunities include setup, teardown, escorting, stage setup for the play, and audio/visual. To volunteer, contact Chap. (Capt.) Andy Peck: thomas.peck.4@us.af.mil.

Updates to Transportation Management Center

As of March 29, the new TMC phone number is 855-894-1695. The company replacing Manassas is Traveco Travel.

Air Force Assistance Fund campaign

The AFAF campaign, which supports the charities of the Air Force Aid Society, The General and Mrs. Curtis E LeMay Foundation, the Air Force Enlisted Village, and the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation, is a by-Airmen-for-Airmen campaign and has been so for more than forty years. This year, the tradition continues by “taking care of our own” within the Air Force. The unit project officers and key workers will be coming around soon to explain the benefits of the program and why support is needed from all Airmen. To reach out to the installation project officers directly, or for more information, contact Master Sgt. Brandy Robinson at brandy.robinson.3@us.af.mil, or Susan Bataineh at susan.bataineh@us.af.mil.

Mandatory retirement and separation briefings

The Finance office will hold mandatory finance and retirement separation briefings every Friday at 1 p.m.  All attendants need two copies of their orders and are required to be in uniform. The briefings will be held in the Consolidated Support Facility, Room 111. The doors will close at 1:15. p.m.  For questions, call 505-846-8045.

Airshow notice

All unit booster clubs wanting to have a booth selling unit-specific items at the airshow May 18 must register with the 377th Force Support Squadron. Units that have not registered will be asked to close down their booth. For questions, contact Barbara Holland at barbara.holland@us.af.mil.

Patient and Family Partnership Council date change

PFPC has moved the monthly council meeting to the last Thursday of each month. The council takes place at the Kirtland Family Housing Community Center and anyone who is seen at the 377th Medical Group is welcome to attend.

Inaugural Bilingual Book Festival

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will host the Inaugural Children’s Bilingual Book Festival April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A summer reading program will kick off with the festival for students. Volunteers are needed for one-on-one reading. To volunteer or for any questions, contact Director of History and Literary Arts at NHCC Valerie Martinez, at Valerie.martinez@state.nm.us or call 505-383-4724.

Air Force Association 2019 scholarships

The Air Force Association is launching 2019 scholarships. There are eight potential scholarships available. The application deadline is April 30. For more information, visit AFA’s scholarship webpage at https://www.afa.org/education/scholarships. Questions can be e-mailed to Joe Peel at scholarships@afa.org. For scholarship listings, contact the Education Office at 505-846-9936 or visit during customer service hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with the exception of 2 p.m. closures each Wednesday).

Herbicide application runs through April
The PAE entomology shop will be applying herbicide through April. The rock areas will be blue until the dye dissipates over time. The herbicide produces a slight odor until it dries, usually within a couple of hours. The product is not harmful to people or animals. Some facilities will require application on weekends due to air handler proximity and requirements to temporarily shut them down–these facility managers will be contacted prior to application. For more information, contact Elias Aragon at 505-615-3509 or Chris Pacheco at 505-300-7995.

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System/Consolidated Support

Check to see if DEERS is available with a phone call. Dial 505-846-8949 to check the status. Also, visit https://kirtlandforcesupport.com/military-personnel/  to set up an ID-card appointment.  

Food Pantry

Eligible service members including active duty, National Guard, Reserves, retirees, DoD civilians and their family members can go to the food pantry in time of financial hardship for the grocery necessities at no cost to them. The pantry is open from 7:15 a.m. until 4 p.m., and is located in the Consolidated Support Facility, Ste. 126.

Request for Air Show volunteers

The Kirtland Air Show committee is looking for Airmen to volunteer in making the Open House a success. From May 16 to 19, Airmen can volunteer for numerous positions needing filled before, during, and after the show.

  1. 40 Airmen are needed for air operations and static displays to volunteer as ambassadors for performers and statics to assist with all needs from the time they arrive to the time they leave Kirtland AFB. Dress code is Uniform of the Day and Airmen should be prepared to distribute bottled water and ice during the day. Requirements include flight line access and familiarity with the flight line portions of the airfield. Training will be provided by air operations and hospitality.
  2. 10 Airmen are needed to be hospitality volunteers to assist with airshow DVs, performer party booth, etc. Airmen will assist in distributing water and food to airshow performers. Uniform is the uniform of the day. Training will be provided by Maj. Celia Jarrat and Tech. Sgt. Cami Richards.
  3. 10 Airmen are needed to be protocol volunteers on 18 May to assist with USAF DVs, SES’, and local leaders in DV tent with food and drinks, etc… Dress in uniform of the day. Training will be provided by protocol.
  4. 150 security forces volunteers are needed on 18 May to be parking lot attendants, traffic controllers, Entry Control Points at flight line, sentry, etc… Duties will be assigned the day of the airshow and will be met by designated SFS personnel. Training will be provided by Security Forces
  5. 4 Airmen are needed on 18 May to be runners for volunteer forces to provide snacks and water to all volunteers and SFS personnel (outside of the immediate flight line). No training required.

To volunteer, or for any questions, email Capt. Shannan Enriques with rank/name, unit, and top 2 positions at shannan.enriques.1@us.af.mil.


April 11

Paint n’ sip: Easter eggs

Gravity hosts an Easter egg decorating event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friends and family are welcome and prizes will be awarded to the top three eggs. For more information, contact Young Adult Coordinator at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

April 12

Build your own sandwich

Build your own sandwich at Gravity between 6 and 9 p.m. for all E-1 through E-4, their friends, and family. For questions, contact Adult Youth Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

April 12

Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Celebrate Team Kirtland volunteers at the Mountain View Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Lunch will be provided after the ceremony. For more information, call Ky’shia Newsome at 505-853-1717.

April 12

Mental Health First Aid seminar

The seminar will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 377 ABW Presentation Center in building 20604. The event is free and materials are provided.

April 13

“Second Saturday”

Gravity will be taking a group of 15 to Grants, N.M., to hike the Ice Cave. Transportation and lunch are provided. To reserve a spot, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

April 14

The Well: praise and worship service

Everyone is invited to Gravity for a praise and worship service at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow service. Anyone interested in serving on the worship team can contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

April 15

Pre-deployment Briefing

The Airman and Family Readiness Flight is hosting a mandatory pre-deployment briefing for military and civilian members. The briefing will be held at the Consolidated Support building in the AFRF training room from 9 to 10 a.m. Family members are encouraged to attend. Reserve a seat by calling the AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.

April 15-19

Senior Transition GPS (TAP) Workshop

This workshop is the 2nd step of the Transition Assistance Program. It will be held at the Consolidated Support building in Room 120 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. The workshop is open to all service members and their spouses. Participants should wear casual civilian business attire and bring a laptop or notebook. Preparation Counseling must be completed before attending this workshop. Reserve your seat by calling the AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.

April 16

Playgroup Egg Hunt

Family Advocacy is hosting an Easter Playgroup event at the Chapel from 10 a.m. noon. For more information, call Demetria at 505-846-0139.

April 16

NAF Sale

A NAF sale will be held on April 16 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  From 8 to 9 a.m., the sale will only be open to active duty E-1 through E-4.  From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. it will be open to anyone with a valid DoD ID or base access.

April 17

Where are we with TSP and BRS

Airman and Family Readiness Flight is hosting a briefing to discuss the Thrift Savings Plan and Blended Retirement System. It will be held at the Consolidated Support Facility in the AFRF training room from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Ten Leadership Pathways points will be awarded to those who attend. To reserve a seat, call the AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.

April 19

Supper and stripes

April’s supper and stripes features Caribbean-style food and reflection for the Dominican Republic starts at 6 p.m. To get stripes sewn, make sure to come at 5 p.m. For questions, or to arrange an early drop-off for uniforms, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

April 19

The Well at Gravity: Good Friday service

All are invited to The Well for a Good Friday service at 7:30 p.m. at Gravity.

April 20

Hearts Apart Fire Station tour & ice cream social

Hearts Apart participants will be touring Fire Station 2 at building 1005 from 1 to 3 p.m. The tour will be followed with ice cream with on-duty firefighters. All family members of military members who are currently deployed or were deployed during 2017 and 2018 are welcome to attend. To make a reservation, call Airmen and Family Readiness Flight at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.

April 20

Beeping Easter egg hunt

Visually impaired children and their families are invited to the 3rd annual beeping Easter egg hunt.  The event will be at Loma Linda Park from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. For all questions, contact Tech. Sgt. Matthew Edge or Staff Sgt. Davyd Fitzhugh at 505-846-2229.

April 21

The Well: praise and worship service

Everyone is invited to Gravity for a praise and worship service at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow the service. Anyone interested in serving on the worship team can contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

April 26

Corrective eye surgery brief

The 377th Medical Group is hosting a briefing for active duty Airmen interested in learning about corrective eye surgery. It will be held on the third floor of the MDG in classroom A and B from 2 to 3 p.m. To sign up, call 505-846-3384 or e-mail monica.v.moya-buszek.civ@mail.mil or Jacob.s.turner.mil@mail.mil

April 26

Walking Tacos

From 6 to 9 p.m. Gravity hosts Walking Tacos night. Grab a bag of Doritos, Cheetos, or Fritos to add taco meat and fresh toppings. For questions, or to volunteer, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

April 26

National Anthem auditions

Any talented, active-duty members that can sing the National Anthem for base and community events are encouraged to audition for a slot to sing at events like off-base ceremonies, sporting events, or change of commands. Open auditions will be held at 2 p.m. at the 377th Air base Wing Presentation Center. To set up a time slot, contact Joanne Perkins at joanne.perkins@us.af.mil.

April 26

Annual golf tournament

The 5/6 2nd annual golf tournament will be held at Tijeras Golf Course at 8 a.m. The tournament will be a max of 36 teams and teams must be registered by April 23. For any questions, contact Staff Sgt. Karl Castaneda at 505-846-0160.

April 26

Resiliency event

Members of the Exceptional Family Member, Hearts Apart, and Wounded Warrior members of active duty, Guard or Reserve, retirees, DoD civilian and contractor employees can attend this exclusive Night Out Experience at Kelly Jo Designs by Wine. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a couple’s night out or with a friend to unwind and network with other families. The event includes a social hour, canvas painting, two beverage tickets and transportation to and from the event. This event is free, but there are only 28 slots available. To RSVP, call the Airman and Family Readiness Flight at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751. For more information, call Ky’shia Newsome at 505-853-1717.

April 26-27

National DEA Drug Take Back

The bi-annual drug take back will be set up in the main Exchange to collect unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications. The exchange will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. April 26 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. For questions, contact Caleb Edwards at 505-846-7169 or caleb.edwards.2@us.af.mil

April 28

The Well: praise and worship service

Everyone is invited to Gravity for a praise and worship service at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow service. Anyone interested in serving on the worship team can contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mi

April 30

Blood Drive

The Armed Services Blood Program is hosting a blood drive at CORE (outdoor recreation) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All blood units collected will go downrange to support warfighters directly. To sign up, visit http://www.militarydonor.com/index.cfm?group=op&step=2&opid=83733&opidh=81DCEBE1A9A5074223CDEFB996801011&idt=43559.4350463

May 2

National Day of Prayer

Sandia Christians host a National Day of Prayer at the Steve Schiff Auditorium at Sandia National Labs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Love One Another”. For more information contact Carol Eiffert at caeiffe@sandia.gov or 505-350-6813.

May 3

Holocaust Day of Remembrance

The Day of Remembrance Planning Committee will host a traditional Jewish meal at the Chapel Annex for lunch at 11:30 a.m. The meal is free, but donations are accepted. A play presented by local actress Susie Sandager named “Corrie Remembers” will be presented in the Base Chapel Sanctuary. There is no cost to attend. A Q&A will be available with Susie Sandager and Holocaust survivor and hidden child, Mr. Andy Holten after the play’s conclusion. Content is appropriate for older elementary students and up. RSVP at https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=445999&k=06654700725E 

For more information, contact Chap. (Capt.) Andy Peck at Thomas.peck.4@us.af.mil.

May 31-June 1st

Special Olympics volunteer opportunity

The Special Olympics of New Mexico is looking for volunteers for the Summer Games. Volunteers must be over the age of 16. Responsibilities include setting up and tearing down and may require lifting objects up to 40 pounds. Register online to volunteer at http://bit.ly/SONMSummerGamesVolunteer.

Every Thursday in May

Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Planning Meeting

The AAPI Heritage planning committee is looking for volunteers. Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Chapel. For more information, contact Master Sgt. Manuel Jimenez at 505-846-2140 or manuel.c.jimenez.mil@mail.mil.

Kirtland Chaplain Corps Easter Schedule

The following services will be offered on base by Chaplain Corps personnel during the Easter season.

If you desire to connect with a religious tradition in Albuquerque not represented here and need assistance, feel free to contact the Chaplain Corps @ 853-5000.


April 14 at 8:30 a.m.            Palm Sunday Mass

April 18 at 5:30 p.m.            Holy Thursday Mass

April 19 at 3 p.m.                 Good Friday: Passion of the Lord

April 20 at 8:15 p.m.            Easter Vigil Mass

April 21 at 8:30 a.m.            Easter Mass



April 14 at 10:45 a.m.          Palm Sunday Service

April 14 at 6 p.m.                 Palm Sunday Service - “The Well” @ Gravity

April 19 at 7:30 p.m.            Good Friday Service - “The Well” @ Gravity

April 21 at 6:20 a.m.            Easter Sunrise Service – Hardin Field

April 21 at 7 a.m.                 Easter Breakfast – Chapel Annex

April 21 at 10:45 a.m.          Easter Service

April 21 at 6 p.m.                 Easter Service - “The Well” @ Gravity


April 26

Kirtland 5-6 Golf Tournament

The Team Kirtland 5/6 golf tournament takes place April 26 at 8 a.m. The tournament is limited to a max of 36 teams with pre-registration beginning April 1. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Karl Castaneda at 505-846-0160.

Ongoing fitness classes at the East Fitness Center in March

All Terrain

This class formats all terrains, to include team drills and visualization rides, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays, and 11 a.m., to noon Thursdays.

Power Ride

Higher resistance training to improve strength, stamina and power, 11 a.m. to Noon Tuesdays and 5:30-6:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Fitness Conditioning

A 60-minute functional total body workout incorporating cardiovascular, upper body strength, core strength, pushups and sit ups. Everything needed to pass the Air Force Fitness Assessment Test. This class is designed to teach proper push-up and sit-up techniques and build cardiovascular endurance. This class is highly recommended for those on the Fitness Improvement Program and runs from 6 to 7 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Basic Training

A 60-minute functional total body workout this class will incorporate cardiovascular, strength, endurance, balance, push-ups, core, speed and agility, as well as partner drills. Instructors will push to optimum fitness potential. Classes run from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Muscle Hour

Integrate balance with strength while using the barbells, heavy bars, and dumbbells to sculpt. BOSU and fit balls may be incorporated from time to time. All fitness levels.
Class runs from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Zumba® and Strong by Zumba®

Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance and tone program that runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Strong by Zumba combines body weight, muscle conditioning, cardio and plyometric training moves synced to original music and runs from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays.

Yoga Stretch and Strengthening

A level-1 class combining traditional yoga postures with deep stretching, breathing exercises, and meditation. Great for beginners and the more physically fit, resulting in increased flexibility, strength and stress reduction, running from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays.


Combines the muscle sculpting, core firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga. This fat-burning, low-impact workout is designed for all levels and runs from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday.

Check out all of the events happening with Outdoor Recreation in March


“Tai Chi Class”

Ongoing Tai Chi Class

Tai Chi is an ancient form of exercise, which shows to improve muscle strength, flexibility, cardiovascular disease and balance. Tai Chi also exercises the mind, and is proven successful in treating depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders. Tai Chi is also great for reducing stress. The class is from 11:30 a.m., to 12:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the 377th Medical Group, on the first floor, in the Physical Therapy gym, Room 1B 101. For more information, contact Guy Leahy at guy.d.leahy.civ@mail.mil or call 505-846-1186.


April Kirtland Force Support events and more


Free weekend movies

The base theater plays free movies April 12 through April 14, open to anyone with base access. Movies start Friday with Escape Room (PG-13) at 6 p.m. Saturday begins with A Dog’s Way Home (PG) at 3 p.m., and Welcome to Marwen (PG-13) at 6 p.m. Finally, Ant-Man & the Wasp (PG-13) on Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

Kirtland Playgroup

The group meets every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Chapel Annex. The playgroup provides a fun, relaxed place for parents and kids to meet to have fun and make new friends. The playgroup encourages social development and interaction. It is not chapel-sponsored and is not affiliated with any faith or religion. The playgroup is an unstructured play time for infants and toddlers 0-4 years and their parents. Join the group for fun with new friends; no registration is required. For more information, call Family Advocacy at 505-846-0139.

Better Body Better Life

Better Body Better Life is a weight management course comprised of five classes, designed primarily for our active duty personnel. The classes offered are a combination of nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle advice to help manage weight, improve performance, and help pass PT tests! Classes are offered throughout the year Tuesdays from 8 to 9 a.m., on the 3rd floor of the 377th Medical Group building, Classroom A. Participants may enter the class rotation at any time and come to all five classes to complete the course. To register or for more information, contact Kirsten David at kirsten.m.david.ctr@mail.mil or call 505-846-1483.

Every Wednesday

Transgender Support Group

A group for specifically transgender members, open to LGBT, to discuss transition process for approval, issues, etc. Held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. The location changes weekly. The group hopes to provide educational, progressive support for people with common experiences and concerns. Members provide each other with encouragement, comfort, advice, etc. For location information, contact Staff Sgt. Brandon Rodriguez at brandon.rodriguez.17@us.af.mil or call 505-846-2485.

Finance In-Processing Briefings

Finance in-processing briefings are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Those arriving late will not be admitted. Briefings are located in Bldg. 20245, Room 123. Members must be in uniform.


Manpower Cross-Training

The 377th Air Base Wing’s Manpower Office is looking for senior airmen through master sergeants skilled in Algebra, and looking for a cross-training opportunity. Contact the ABW Manpower Office at 377FSS.FSMM@us.af.mil or call either 853-7720 or 846-5995 for information.

Air Force Reserves

The 377th Force Support Squadron In-Service Recruiting Office provides Palace Front and Palace Chase briefings twice a month at 9 a.m., every second and last Wednesday at the Consolidated Support Building inside the FTAC training (Room 111.) The office is also available to provide information on continuing service in the reserves for active duty members transitioning out of the Air Force. For questions, contact Master Sgt. Robert Arnold at 505-846-0544.

RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler

Skip the long wait for an ID card by scheduling for an ID appointment on the RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler. This is a self-service function that allows members to book their own appointment and can be accessed 24/7. Also, if scheduling an appointment and the DEERS network goes down, people will receive a call from the 377th Military Personnel Section customer support staff. In addition to making an appointment, the RAPIDS Appointment Scheduler answers some of the most commonly asked questions to ensure people are prepared for appointments. Click here for more information https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/appointment/building.aspx?BuildingId=591.

Military Personnel Flight:

Customer Support: Leave, DEERS updates, ID cards, Service Member’s Group Life Insurance, Initial Enlistment Bonus, and records not migrated into Personnel Records Display Application, call 505-846-5459.

Force Management: Duty status, evaluations, personnel action changes, unit personnel management roster, awards and special programs, special duty assignment pay; records not migrated into PRDA, and G-series orders, 377FSS.ForceManagement@us.af.mil.

Career development: (assignments, passports, promotions, demotions, separations, reenlistments, retirements military personnel file) 377FSS.FSMPDO@us.af.mil. Walk-in hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Customer Service (IDs) is open for appointments daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customer service//ID appointments link: https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil.


Career Assistance information

CAA Course Registration link:



Career Skills Program

The Air Force recently began participating in Career Skills Programs which afford eligible Airmen the opportunity to prepare for a post-Air Force career up to six months before separation or retirement. Airmen can also find details on myPers. Select “Any” from the dropdown menu and search “Job Training.” For more information or for questions, visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center and schedule an appointment with an Education Guidance Counselor at 505-846-9933.

Information was provided by agencies other than the 377 ABW Public Affairs Office. Information is subject to change. Call the number provided on each announcement for more information.