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Members of the 140th Wing,
     This is your one-stop resource for upcoming events, drill information, important reminders, resources and more. We encourage you and your family to check this page frequently to stay updated and take advantage of the opportunities available to you.
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     For questions or if you have anything to include, please contact Capt. Kinder Blacke, 140th Wing Public Affairs, kinder.blacke@ang.af.mil.
tabUpcoming Drill Schedule 
JANUARY UTA SCHEDULE

Saturday, 10 January 2015

0845 - 1630 - Medical Group open, Bldg 600

0900 - Mandatory KOM Training, Bldg 850, Heritage Room

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1300 - CDC Testing, Bldg 801, Testing Classroom

1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 LRS

1600 - Running Club, Bldg 706 parking lot

Sunday, 11 January 2015 

0615 - Chiefs' Council, Bldg 706, Wing Conference Room

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 LRS

2014-2015 UTA Schedule
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Other Side of the Mountain Gang Newsletter - Oct/Nov

ESGR Freedom Awards Nominations
Nov 3, 2014 - Jan 19, 2015

Our Nation's Guardsmen and Reservists are the best in the world! But they didn't get to be the best all by themselves. They are the best because of supportive people who stand behind them when our nation calls them to duty. In short, they need the support of friends, family and their civilian employer to ensure our Nation's defense. Since 1996, our great nation has been able to thank those supportive employers with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, more commonly referred to as the "Freedom Award".
Nominations are accepted at www.FreedomAward.mil.

ANG Reenlistment Recognition Program
The Air National Guard recorded its highest loss numbers in over a decade and NGB is shifting their attention on retaining quality Airmen to meet mission needs.  NGB announced the launch of the FY15 Reenlistment Recognition Program in an effort to retain these Airmen.  This program is designed to commemorate an Airman's renewed commitment to serve in the Air National Guard.  Airmen who reenlist for 3 years will receive a specially designed reenlistment coin signed by Lt Gen Stanley E. Clark III, Director, Air National Guard and CMSgt James W. Hotaling, Command Chief, Air National Guard.  Airmen who reenlist for 6 years will be eligible to receive the reenlistment coin and Air National Guard ABU backpack.  The intent of this program is to recognize our Airmen for their continued dedication in a formal setting.  This is a great opportunity to promote a culture of retention within your Wing and GSUs please see the retention office for further details.

VA Home Loans Centers
VA Home Loan Centers is a Department of Veterans Affairs sponsored organization working with active duty service members and veterans in an effort to assist our nation's heroes in securing affordable housing. VAHLC specializes in home loans, short sale assistance, and real estate representation between buyers and sellers.  We provide first-time home buyers with free agent representation, as well as $0 down and no closing costs. Military members facing a foreclosure or short sale in need of assistance are provided our services at no charge. VAHLC encourages financial literacy; our representatives are here to assist military members.  Contact us at 888-573-4496 with questions about VA loan eligibility, VA Home Loan Limits and any other questions about the VA loan program. 

Finance Deployment Survey
The objective of this survey is to gather information from all of our past deployers and see how finance can make things better for you for future deployments! The more feedback the better! Follow the link above and click the link on the left hand side under 'Surveys'.
   
2014 Military Adventure Camps
Would your kids like to spend time whitewater rafting, hiking, rock climbing, winter camping, backpacking, mountain biking, exploring the environment, running ropes courses, or practicing wilderness skills?
Military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps scheduled May 2014 through April 2015 at little to no cost. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Webinar Series 2014
More info

4th Saturday at the Colorado Freedom Memorial
What: Everyone is welcome to attend and learn about the sacrifice of Colorado's fallen heroes.
When: The fourth Saturday of every month from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Where: Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St, Aurora, CO
More info

Military Parenting Resource
FREE online courses feature key tools to support parenting. They include:
·Parenting information and strategies for Service Member and Veteran parents.
·Guidance to help reconnect with children after a deployment and beyond.
·Videos of real families' stories, helpful exercises and practical parenting tip sheets.

DISCOUNTS!
Check out this site to see the latest discounts offered to Military members!
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140th Wing Holiday Message 2014

140th Wing Thanksgiving Message

140th Wing Outstanding Unit Award

tabAirman and Family Readiness Updates 
Help Guardsmen this holiday season!
Do you like to spread holiday cheer?  If yes, consider  assisting your fellow Guard Families!  This year our Family Programs Organization is partnering with the Colorado National Guard Foundation to assist all of our Guard families in need.  The attached flyer will give you options to participate in donating, meal cards for those needing a holiday dinner, or as grand as adopting an entire family, assisting them with gifts and groceries.
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FREE TICKETS
Are you interested in receiving information regarding free event tickets.  For more information and to register, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/TicketRegistration

FOOD BANK
Open every Saturday from 0830 - 1030 at the Smokey Hill Vineyard Church.  Service members have front of the line privileges.  Contact (303) 690-2520 with questions.

Interested in taking FREE classes? Check out Universal Class! With a growing catalog of over 540 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality online training. The courses are free and a registration code can be obtained by contacting the Education and Training Section at (720) 847-6675 or by email education@buckley.af.mil.

Click here to visit the A&FRP website
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We follow the 460th Space Wing Commander's guidance. Call the Buckley Snow Call Line for updates:
(720) 847-SNOW (7669)
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tabUpcoming Events 
Buckley AFB Blood Drive
When: December 17 from 8:00-9:40 am and 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Buckley Health and Wellness Center
To schedule an appointment call Bonfils Appointment Center 303-363-2300 or click on www.bonfils.org extend calendar date to 12/17/14 & use site code 5311.

Buckley Chapel Annual Chili Cook-Off
What:
If you are a chili cook, start planning your chili dishes for the competition.  There will be several categories with gift certificates and awards for each category.  If you are not a chili cook, you can still come and partake of a variety of great chilies
When: Wednesday, Jan 7, 11:00 am and 12:00 pm

Hoops for Troops - Denver Nuggets
What: Discounted tickets and special military appreciation activities at the Denver Nuggets game against the Utah Jazz.
When: Friday, March 27 at 7 pm
Where: Pepsi Center
POC: Alexa Carpenter, 303-405-1196, acarpenter@pepsicenter.com

Buckley Community Events Calendar
tabCommunity Service Opportunities 
JEC Childrens Book Drive
What:
Bring your new or used childrens book to donate to local children in need.
When: Now - Dec 17
Where:  Box in140th Wing Finance Office

Childrens Book Drive
What: The 460th Medical Group is collecting childrens books for local kids during the holiday season.
Collection boxes are located at the Colfax Clinic, Bldg 600, the Pharmacy and the HAWC.
When: Dec 1 - 18

Metro Regional Science & Engineering Fair
JUDGES NEEDED

Judging will be Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 10:00am-5:00 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  Lunch will be provided. 
To learn more about the fair and to register as a judge, please visit our website at denversciencefair.com.  Registering online puts you in our confirmed judge database and we will be expecting you at the fair, so please let us know if you register and later learn you cannot attend.  Specifics about 2015 judging guidelines will be emailed to you about a week before the fair.  For more information on judging contact Meredith at meredith.tennis@ucdenver.edu.

Fall Volunteer Guide for Aurora

Volunteer for the City of Aurora - Contact Information

Community Volunteer Guide 2014

POC: Ms. Susan Everitt (severett@auroragov.org), Volunteer Program Director at the Aurora Volunteer Center
tabEmployment Assistance 
Employment Assistance and Training Classes
What: Get one-on-one employment assistance in the following areas:  Resume Building, Employment Search, Assistance with the EBenefits VEC, Mock Interviews.
When: November 5 and 19, December 3 and 17, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Denver Armory
5275 Franklin St
Denver, CO 80216

Force Reduction Resource Guidebook - Resources for the Unemployed
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Human Performance Resource Center:
This is a great source of information regarding healthy and unhealthy(banned) nutritional/dietary substances for military members.

Safety Video starring 140th Wing Members

140th Wing Safety Office Directory
tabSocial Media Guidance
Social media is a great way to stay connected, but beware of the potential dangers it can pose to you and your loved ones. We encourage you to engage in social media smartly. Check out these resources.

National Guard Guidelines for Social Media Use

Social Media Tips

Stay Safe on Social Media - Privacy Tips

NEW! Air Force Social Media Guide

9 Critical Steps to Protecting Yourself on Facebook
This is straightforward guidance on how to keep yourself safe while still enjoying Facebook. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time...

Facebook Smart Card

Twitter Smart Card

Air Force Social Media Handbook - Navigating the Social Network

Junior Enlisted Council Facebook Page

Buckley CGO Council Facebook Page

Buckley AFB Facebook Page

Buckley Community Center Facebook Page

Colorado National Guard Facebook Page

Blue Star Families Facebook Page
tabHometown News Release Program
Want to share news of a recent accomplishment, deployment, or other noteworthy event with friends and family in your hometown? Check out this website and follow directions to have an article submitted to your hometown news agencies.

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