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Weekly Roundup - 17 October


October 17, 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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Kirtland.af.mil: Albuquerque now home to 85th Fisher House:



App: Gate closures, construction, announcements and everything all the time – download the Kirtland App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.p4366FB&hl=en_US or the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kirtland-air-force-base/id1231362969?mt=8 searching for “Kirtland AFB” or “KAFB.”


Flickr: Here is the Flickr link to all of the photos from Chief Wright’s visit: https://flickr.com/photos/148064553@N05/albums/72157711239462162             




Self-registration for EPME

The AFPC EPME team developed a self-registration process for in-residence EPME courses. This process is conducted in a two phase process. Phase I, the voluntary phase, will send eligible Airmen a message via myPers that will include a deadline to select a class. Phase II, the HQ AFPC EPME phase, will begin to schedule volunteers for classes in order of preference and availability. Scheduling is conducted on a first come first serve basis. The HQ AFPC EPME will also fill any remaining slots with members that have not registered for a class.


Re-training opportunity

The Air Force Manpower career field (AFSC 3F3X1) is looking for retrainees. Airmen must have a minimum of a 5-skill level in an AFSC, minimum aptitude of General 66 and a desire to ensure AF resources are efficiently used. For more information, contact Billy Crider at 505-846-4834 or James Wood at 505-846-9844.


Heating Season and Office Supplemental Heating Devices

For FY2019, Kirtland AFB spent $27.3 million for utilities consumption with $2.81 million of that making up natural gas and propane use. These two gases are mostly used to heat our facilities in the winter and our domestic hot water all year.

Recently, the local outside temperatures neared the freezing mark, which reminds us that it is time to review our fall and winter office temperature set points (70 degrees heating for occupied space and 55 degrees when unoccupied). The building heating systems are designed to meet the designated office temperatures. However, sometimes our offices do not reach the 70 degree temperature for various reasons. When this occurs, auxiliary heating devices may be authorized for your office use, taking into consideration fire and electrical safety as well as saving energy.

It is necessary for occupants to submit an AF Form 332 to the civil engineer customer service center for evaluation and approval. Contact your facility manager for more information on the process. For those devices that are approved for use, at no time should they be left unattended while operating.


Energy Action Month

October is Energy Action Month. The purpose of this observance is to highlight the critical role energy plays in Air Force operations and to encourage smart energy use and management for our bases, ground vehicles and aircraft. Team Kirtland members are encouraged to turn off office equipment when it is not needed, especially at night or on weekends. Activate sleep settings on all printers, copiers, fax machines, scanners, and multifunction devices.


Flu vaccine availability

The only available influenza vaccine formulation is for children between the ages of six and 35 months. Future notifications will be made when remaining formulations are made available. For additional information on Kirtland medical facilities please click on the medical icon in the Kirtland App. 


Gravity closure

Gravity will be closed on Oct. 24 due to a base exercise.


Property turn-in

Members who have property they would like to turn in for disposition services should review http://www.dla.mil/ddsr then contact Randy Blackburn at 505-846-6396 for assistance with the transportation request.


Eubank Gate construction information

Detailed information on the project is now available at www.kirtland.af.mil and the Kirtland App. Look for the orange construction cone icon. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play free of charge.


Confirmation candidates

The Catholic community is currently accepting Confirmation candidates for Kirtland. For more information or to register, contact Amanda Hannah at Amanda.s.hannah@gmail.com.


Playgroup New Times

The playgroup meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at the chapel from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 505-846-0139.


Combat Trafficking in Persons (CTIP)

CTIP is the second largest criminal activity in the world. It is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of threat, use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud deception, abuse or exploitation. Airmen should report any suspicious behavior that may indicate CTIP activities to their chain of command, Security Forces, AFOSI, or the IG. For more information, contact Carl Green at 505-846-5738 or William Schaefer at 505-853-0469.


Kirtland Chapel: Family Night

Each Wednesday the Chapel hosts dinner at 5 p.m., and classes from 6 to 7 p.m. Adult, marriage, and children’s classes will be offered. For more information, contact the Chapel at 505-843-5000.


Catholic Mass

The Chaplain Corps is welcoming a new chaplain, Ch. Bedemore Udechukwu, who will help hold catholic mass every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., Saturday at 5 p.m., and Sunday at 9 a.m.


Requesting Honor Guard services

Requests for color guard ceremonies must be made at least seven days prior to the ceremony. Multiple requests made for the same day and time will honor a “first requested, first served rule,” except in the case of military funeral honors which take precedent over all other requests. All required information and necessary request forms can be found at https://kirtlandforcesupport.com/base-honor-guard/. For more information, contact the Honor Guard office at 505-846-1804 or 377FSS.FRZH.HonorGuard@us.af.mil.


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.




October 18

Gravity: Supper & Stripes – Pot Roast

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.


October 18

Hiring Event

The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting an event from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Room 120 of the Consolidated Support Facility. Participants should bring multiple copies of their resumes. This event is free and open to all active duty, National Guard, Reserves,  retirees, DOD civilians, and family members. For more information, contact AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.


October 18

Capstone Event

The final step in the Transition Assistance Program will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in Suite 126 of the Consolidated Support Facility. The capstone event is a one-on-one meeting with Airman & Family Readiness Flight staff to verify completion of career readiness standards and should be accomplished no later than 90 days before separation or retirement.  All separating and retiring service members on Title 10 orders for 180 or more consecutive days are required to meet the CRS which are verified by A&FRF staff member and documented on the DD Form 2648. Documentation for the CRS must be within the last 12 months. For more information, contact the A&FRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.


October 19

Navy Ball

The 244th U.S. Navy birthday ball will be held at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown hotel beginning at 6 p.m. Prices are $25 for E4 and below, $30 for E5-E6, $40 for E7-E8 and O1-O3 and $50 for E9 and O4-O9. Participants should make checks payable to ABQNavyBallCommittee or send through PayPal at paypal.me/abqnavyballcommittee or CashApp at $ABQNavyBallCommittee. Include the name, number of guests, e-mail and phone number along with meal preference (chicken, beef, or vegetarian for each guest) with your payment. For childcare, contact YN1 LaSalle at 757-470-2438.


October 21

Pre-deployment Briefing

The Airman & Family Readiness Flight will hold a briefing at the Consolidated Support facility in the AFRF Training Room from 9 to 10 a.m. This is a mandatory pre-deployment briefing for military and civilian members. Family members are encouraged to attend. To make a reservation, call AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751 or email Kirtland.FamilySupportEmployment@us.af.mil.


October 22

Newcomers’ Orientation, Base Tour and Information Fair

The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting a briefing for military and civilian personnel new to Kirtland at the Mountain View Club from 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spouses are welcome to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Sixty Leadership Pathways points will be awarded to spouses that attend. To make a reservation, call AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751 or email Kirtland.FamilySupportEmployment@us.af.mil.


October 22

Transition Assistance Program initial counseling

The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting a briefing from 8 a.m. to noon in Room 120 of the Consolidated Support Facility. Effective Oct. 1, this is now step 1 of the Transition Assistance Program and must be completed before Pre-separation counseling. To make a reservation, contact AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.


October 23

EFMP Support Group

The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting a class from 10 to 11 a.m. in the AFRF Training Room. The mission of this group is to provide a venue for special needs families to network, inspire, support and educate by providing resources, tools and a positive environment. To make a reservation, contact AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.


October 24

Transition Assistance Program initial counseling

The Airman & Family Readiness Flight is hosting a briefing from 8 a.m. to noon in Room 120 of the Consolidated Support Facility. Effective Oct. 1, this is now step 1 of the Transition Assistance Program and must be completed before Pre-separation counseling. To make a reservation, contact AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.


October 25

Halloween Party

The Dorm Council is hosting a party beginning at 8 p.m. at Ground Zero in the Mountain View Club. All Team Kirtland members over the age of 18 are welcome to attend. Costumes are encouraged.


October 26

Volunteer Event

There will be a volunteer event beginning at 9 a.m. Participants will be collecting all trash near the perimeter of the base. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. For more information or to sign up, contact SrA Tyler Vahle at 505-853-2433.


October 26

Hearts Apart Halloween party

There will be a Halloween party from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 120 of the Consolidated Support Facility. Participants will be creating Halloween-themed care packages for deployed service members. All shipping boxes and craft supplies will be provided. There will be a potluck. All family members of military members who are currently deployed or were deployed during 2019 are welcome to attend. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact AFRF at 505-846-0741 or 505-846-0751.


October 27

Albuquerque’s Day of the Tread

There will be a cycling festival beginning at 6:45 a.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Participants can choose to bike 9, 12, 26, 50, 64 or 100 miles. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged. For more information or to register, visit https://dayofthetread.com. For information regarding the New Mexico chapter of the Air Force Cycling Team, contact Lt. Col. Bishop at kevin.bishop@us.af.mil.


November 2

Holiday Bazaar

There will be an event from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Spouses Clubhouse bldg. 20226. There will be vendor booths with jewelry, handmade goods, home d├ęcor, woodworking items, and more. The event is open to all with base access.


November 2

Convoy of Hope

Convoy of hope is a humanitarian organization that will be serving Albuquerque through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, activities for children and more. To volunteer at this event, visit https://www.convoyofhope.org/cohregister


November 4 – 8

One Health Week

The Kirtland Veterinary Clinic is hosting an event each day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Clinic will be providing free canine tick-borne disease screening tests. There will be an examination fee.


November 22

Discovery Festival

The 377th ABW and AFNWC are hosting a booth at the Discovery Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The festival is a community initiative focused on informing youth about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics) professions. To volunteer at the booth, contact Cindy Dominguez-Trujillo at 505-846-1041 or cynthia.dominguez-trujillo@us.af.mil no later than November 15th.


December 13

Youth Mental Health First Aid

There will be a free class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 110 of the Education Center. The entire program must be attended to receive a certificate. Participants should bring their own lunches. AF DOD civilians must complete the SF182 prior to attendance. To register online, visit https://kafb2019mentalhealthfirstaid.eventbrite.com and enter the following password: KAFB2019YMHFA.




Ongoing fitness classes at the East Fitness Center in October

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.


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 October





Kirtland Force Support events and more





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. 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.