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Weekly Roundup August 8


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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Kirtland.af.mil: 2019 school year to start August 12


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New school year begins on Monday

With the start of a new school year on Aug. 12, Kirtland Security Forces are requesting all base drivers exercise additional caution while operating motor vehicles on the installation.  There will be additional SF patrols monitoring traffic law compliance especially in base housing and school zones.  Please be an active participant in protecting the safety of our children.

School Supply Drive

SMC is hosting a school supply drive in support of Kirtland Elementary School. Donation boxes are located in the entrance to the AAFES Base Exchange. Drop off all donations by August 9. For more information, contact SSgt Erik Stauffer at 505-843-2840 or erik.stauffer@us.af.mil.

Scheduled power outage closing Golf Course

A power outage to facilitate repairs to the golf course electrical system will occur on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., suspending course operations. Normal activity is expected to resume on Aug. 12.

Suicide prevention advocate to speak

Acclaimed suicide prevention advocate Kevin Hines will speak at the Base Theater on Aug.19 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Kevin travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing and recovery while teaching people about wellness and the ability to survive pain with true resilience. This motivation moment is open to all Team Kirtland members, spouses and children 15 years and older.

377 Medical Group re-designation ceremony

The re-designation ceremony will be held at the Mountain View Club on Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. This ceremony will mark the formal transition to the new medical group model began at 43 medical treatment facilities within the United States. The new Operational Medical Response Squadron for active duty care and Health Care Operations Squadron for non-active duty patients will activate to better serve our military community.  All Kirtland members are invited to attend.

Ammo Closure

Ammo will be closed from September 3-6 for the semi-annual munitions stockpile inventory. No transactions will be scheduled during this time period. All munitions transactions during this time must be scheduled the week prior to the start of this inventory. For more information, contact Munitions Operations at 505-846-4665.

Child Care for Air Force Ball

For personnel eligible to use base child care programs and wishing to attend the AF Ball, Child and Youth programs will offer child care from 5 to 9 p.m. for a fee of $15 a child. CDC age children will be at the Gibson CDC while youth age children will be at the Youth Center. RSVP no later than September 17, after that it will be based on space availability. To sign up, contact the Gibson CDC at 505-846-1103 or the Youth Center at 505-853-5437.

POW/MIA ceremony to be held

This annual recognition will be held at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial on Sep. 20 at 11 a.m. The veteran’s memorial is located adjacent to the intersection of Gibson and Louisiana boulevards just outside the Gibson Gate. POC: MSgt. Nicole Moeller, 846-1407.

24 hour POW/MIA Run

The annual 24 hour run to honor our POW/MIA service members will be conducted at Hardin Field beginning on Sep. 19 at 11 a.m. For those interested in participating please contact TSgt. Victoria Lathon at 853-5872.

CCAF sets end date for Professional Manager Certification

The Community College of the Air Force will no longer accept applications for the CCAF Awarded Professional Manager Certification program after September 30, 2019. To be eligible for the PMC, Airmen must have been awarded a CCAF degree and their 7 skill-level or higher. They must have also completed ALS, NCOA, SNCOA, or their equivalent, and also completed 30 semester hours of leadership/management coursework. For more information, contact the base education office at 505-246-1742.

Team Kirtland 5/6 Council Treasurer Position vacancy

The 5/6 council is accepting letters of intent and nomination forms for those interested in joining. After completion of both forms, submit them to TSgt Derek Sizemore and TSgt Tyson Heckert.  The close out date is August 2. The person voted to fill the position will be announced at the next 5/6 meeting on August 9 at 3 p.m. in the Mountain View Club’s Relativity Bar.

Post 9/11 GI Bill transfer cutoff deadline extended

A change to policy will allow Airmen with 16 or more years of service to transfer their GI bill benefits to a spouse or child until January 12, 2020.

Requirement for Civilians attending training

Prior to attending any training of eight hours or more and/or if there is any cost involved, civilian employees assigned to Kirtland must submit an SF 182, Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training (this does not include NAF personnel). The form must be approved by the 377 FSS civilian training office. All SF 182 requests must be sent to 377fss.fsdeto@us.af.mil at least two weeks prior to the training start date. For more information, contact Elizabeth Davis at 505-846-9559.

Volunteers Needed

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico is looking for volunteers to mentor children and provide tutoring support in math, reading and writing at Wherry Elementary School. Volunteers would report once a week for the 2019/2020 school year. To volunteer, visit http://www.bbbs-cnm.org/kafb/.

Community College of the Air Force degree opportunity

CCAF is accepting nominations for Associate of Applied Science degrees. To receive a free CCAF degree progress report, visit the education office located at Building 20602. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of Wednesdays, which are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 505-846-9933 or e-mail 377fss.fsde@us.af.mil.

Bod Pod appointments

Health Promotion is providing bod pod appointments Mondays and Fridays between 7:30 and 11 a.m.  The bod pod is a machine that will assess body composition and assess body fat and lean mass. Appointments are required. To schedule, call Guy Leahy at 505-846-1186 or Kirsten David at 505-846-1483.

Better Body Better Life Class

Health Promotion is hosting a five-class series that takes place every Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. in Classroom A at the 377th Medical Group. It is a weight management course for active duty members only. To RSVP, call 505-846-1483.

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.


August 9

A&FRF Hiring Event

The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting a Hiring Event this Friday, August 9 from 0830 – 1200 in the Consolidated Support Facility, Building 20245, Room 120.

Stop by and speak to employers who have current positions available.

August 9

Gravity: Baked Potato Bar

There will be a dinner between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Gravity facility for all E1-E4 service members and their families and friends. For more information or to volunteer, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

August 10

Commemorative Air Force Lobo Wing Open House

There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside hangar 80 at the Moriarty Municipal Airport. Attendees will receive a free tour of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan bombardier trainer and a Fairchild PT-26 Cornell primary trainer.

August 16

Gravity: Supper & Stripes – Mexican Taquitos

There will be a dinner beginning at 6 p.m. located at the gravity facility. E1-E5 are able to get a set of stripes sewn on their uniforms for free. Please bring uniforms by 5 p.m. If you need to arrange early drop-off for uniforms, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

August 23

Free showing of Hollywood movie

Producers of the Hollywood production “The Last Full Measure: the Airman Pitsenbarger Story,” will be hosting a showing at the Base Theater on Friday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m.  All Kirtland team members and dependents are invited to learn more of Medal of Honor recipient Airman 1st Class William H. “Bill” Pitsenbarger and his heroic duty in South Vietnam in 1966.  POC: Public Affairs 846-5991.

August 23

Gravity: Sandwiches – Pulled BBQ & Sloppy Joes

There will be a dinner between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Gravity facility for all E1-E4 service members and their families and friends. For more information or to volunteer, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

August 24

Gravity: Day trip to Santa Rosa – Blue Hole and Water Park

Gravity will be taking a group of 15-20 people to Santa Rosa. This trip is free with transportation. Members will depart from Gravity at 10 a.m. and return later in the afternoon. To reserve a spot, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil, or on Facebook or Instagram at @kirtlandgravity.

August 28

Kirtland Chapel: Family Night Kickoff

Kirtland Chapel kicks off Family Night with a catered dinner from Chick-Fil-A. Join us for a wonderful meal, fantastic fellowship, and a chance for the whole family to get into the Word of God. Adult, Marriage, and Children’s classes will be offered. Dinner is at 17:00 and classes for all ages run from 18:00-19:00. For more information, contact the Chapel at (505) 853-5000.

August 30

Gravity: Chili Cheese Dogs & Frito Pie

There will be a dinner between 6 and 9 p.m. at the Gravity facility for all E1-E4 service members and their families and friends. For more information or to volunteer, contact Young Adult Coordinator Claire Lewis at Claire.lewis.ctr@us.af.mil.

September 6

Charity Golf Tournament

The Kirtland First Sergeant Council is hosting a tournament at the UNM Championship Course. Registration begins at 6 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. There is a $100 fee per person. Admission includes the green fee, cart rental and lunch. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There is also a hole-in-one $25,000 cash prize. For more information, contact Aaron McGee at 919-440-4700. To register, contact MSgt Delbert Butcher at 830-406-0842 or e-mail teamkirtlandfirstsergeants@gmail.com.

September 9

Financial Peace University

The Chapel offers the free class, Financial Peace University, at the 58th Special Operations Wing Performance and Leadership Center and Gravity Airman Ministry Center as part of its religious education program. FPU is an intense, stewardship training course that presents universal financial principles from a Christian perspective to empower people to take responsibility, remove debt, and build wealth. The classes run from Sept 9 to Nov 18 and sessions are Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:45 at the 58th SOW, or from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gravity (No classes Labor Day or Columbus Day). No religious background necessary. To sign up, contact SSgt Arial Hamel at arial.hamel@us.af.mil.


Ongoing fitness classes at the East Fitness Center in July

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 to 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 June



Kirtland Force Support events and more


Free weekend movies

The base theater plays free movies, open to anyone with base access. Movies start Friday with “Poms” (PG-13) at 6 p.m., Saturday begins with “Shazam” (PG-13) at 3 p.m., and “Little” (PG-13) at 6 p.m., and “A Dog’s Journey (PG) on Sunday at 3 p.m.


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 Rm. 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:

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.