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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.
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MAY UTA SCHEDULE

Saturday, 21 May 2016

0640 - 0700 - Morning Prayer, B706, Seiler Room

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1300 - CDC Testing, Bldg 801, Testing Classroom

1300 - 140 LRS Enlisted Call, Bldg 700, WG Auditorium

1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 MDG

1610 - 140th Wing Running Club, Fitness Center
 
Sunday, 22 May 2016

0645 - Chiefs' Council, Bldg 706, Wing Conference Room

0900 - 1000 - Chapel Service, Bldg 801, MSG Conference Room

0900 - 1000 - Rising 6 Meeting, Bldg 700, Wing Auditorium

1000 - 1100 - Top 3 Meeting, Wing Auditorium

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 MDG

2015-2016 UTA Schedule

2016-2017 UTA Schedule
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Disney's 2016 Military Salute Promotion
Check out the great discounts that Disney world is offering military members and veterans this year! 

Defending the Blue Line
Check out this new organization that helps with sports-related costs for military kids.

I'm good...
Check out this impactful video on suicide prevention.

Crisis Text Line
The Crisis Text Line provides free, confidential, 24-hour counseling with more than 600 trained volunteer counselors around the world. Although the service has received little publicity, counselors have already exchanged more than 15 million messages with individuals in distress for a variety of issues to include sexual assault, suicide, eating disorders, stress, etc.
1.  Text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
2.  A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
3.  The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment

Military Teen Adventure Camps
Military teens (14-18 years old of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Retired personnel) will have an opportunity to participate in adventure camps scheduled May 2016 through February 2017 at little to no cost. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Washington to New York and the states in between. This is the perfect chance for you to experience the outdoors as you never have before!

Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow you to build your leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while engaging with the outdoors. Camps have funding available to assist with transportation costs.

Health Promotion Newsletter - April
Check out this monthly newsletter and get healthy!

Monthly AFIS Newsletter - March

Wounded Veterans - Raft the Colorado
Check out this opportunity for veterans to go on a therapeutic white water rafting trip! There are many different opportunities, so check it out!
POC: Fred Solheim, 303-818-7600, WarriorsOnCataract@gmail.com 

Civilian Expeditionary Workforce
Use your experience and expertise to support Department of Defense (DoD) contingency operations by volunteering to deploy. Click the link above to learn more!

Maximize your Air Force e-Learning Experience
Tons of resources are available... check it out!

The Inspector General - Complaints and Fraud Waste and Abuse Program
If you have a problem, maybe the IG can help... check the link for more info.

Buckley's Employee Assistance Program
This website is a resource available to you and your family to build resilience and get answers to dome of life's toughest questions. You may even confidentially request no-cost EAP services through the website. Topics include: Emotional Wellbeing, Relationships, Parenting, Health and Wellness, Financial Education, Legal Matters, Professional Growth, and more!
Visit the EAP Website and sign in using password "BAFB"

Buckley has a Registered Dietitian
Receive customized meal planning and healthy eating tips from the registered dietitian to reach your health goal! She is also here to help you decipher the newest diet/nutrition trends and provide guidance on special diets such as gluten-free, low carb, vegetarian/vegan, paleo, heart healthy, low sodium, etc.  Please call 720-847-6865 to schedule an appointment.

Discounted Denver Nuggets Tickets
Click here to get discounted tickets that include free food and drink vouchers!
POC: Aaron Maldonado, amaldonado@pepsicenter.com, 303-405-1334

 WARNING! Hemp products may contain THC!
Be aware of the food you eat and the products you use. If they contain certain hemp products they might earn you a dishonorable discharge...
This website also has valuable information... CHECK IT OUT!

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
 
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Happy Holidays from the Commander

Happy Thanksgiving!

Memorial Day Message from the Commander

tabAirman and Family Readiness Updates 
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
tabTuition Assistance for National Guard Members 
Scholarship information from the Buckley Education and Training Office
More info: 720-847-6675

Grand Canyon University American Hero's Scholarship
In appreciation for all of our current and past military personnel and their families, Grand Canyon University is proud to offer the EANGUS/Auxiliary American Hero's Scholarship. GCU will provide a scholarship (tuition, books, LMS fee) for the person whose application and short essay best demonstrate a desire and need for educational and financial support toward finding your purpose. See flyer for details.

Allied Van Lines Military Scholarship Program
Annually, 2 recipients will be awarded 1,000 dollars towards their education. Any serviceman, veteran, or military dependent (spouse or child) majoring in logistics, as well as equivalent majors such as business, business operational management, and other like majors can apply for this scholarship.
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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)
tabUpcoming Events 
SAAP Month April
 

2016 NGACO Conference and CONG Military Ball
What: Come hear Gen. Frank Grass, Chief of NGB, speak, enjoy a gourmet dinner, and play the night away at casino night!
When: April 29 - May 1
Military ball is April 30, 2016, 5:00 pm cocktail hour, 6:30 pm formal program and dinner (UOD is Mess Dress / business attire for civilians)
Where: Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO
POC: Maj Paul "Bonus" Marien, (720)847-9440

140th Wing Rockies Team Building Event
What: 140th Wing members and family, join the team to attend a Colorado Rockies game at discounted prices!
When: Weds, May 11
Where: Coors Field
POC: SMSgt Tim Buckner 720-847-9541 or MSgt Trevor Jones 720-847-9416

Additional Duty First Sergeant Symposium
What: Come join us to learn all about the roles and responsibilities of being a First Sergeant.  Whether you are considering becoming a Shirt, or just want to be a better supervisor/leader within your sqdn, the symposium will give you some tools and a better understanding of what's needed to provide health, morale and welfare within your unit.
When: May 9-12
Where: Bldg 706, DFAC

Armed Forces Recognition Luncheon
What: Join the community in recognizing the outstanding enlisted members from all branches of the military during this annual luncheon.
When: Friday, May 13 at 11:00 am
Where: Doubletree by Hilton, 3203 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207

WarBird Auto Show & Swap Meet
What: Come check out vintage cars and airplanes and enjoy the free food and festivities!
When: Saturday, May 28 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Front Range Airport
Register here

51st Annual Western States ANG Golf Tournament
When: July 14-16
Where: Las Vegas Nevada, Angel Park Golf Club
POC: Jay Thompson, 360-281-7447, Geoff Gehrke, 360-624-0964

ESGR Annual Employer Awards Banquet
What: ESGR invites you to join supportive Colorado employers and our ESGR volunteers to celebrate the significant contributions our employers have made.
When: Friday, July 15
POC: Mr. Brent Hamilton, 720-250-1176

Baby Shower for Expecting Military Moms
What: The Denver #17 Elks Lodge Ladies Auxiliary is pleased to host a Baby Shower in your honor. Space is available for the first 25 ladies that sign-up!
When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: The Denver #17 Elks Lodge
               2475 W. 26th Ave., Denver, CO  80211
RSVP: Ms. Sharon Kling at klinghouse@comcast.net by May 1

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tabCommunity Service Opportunities 
Volunteer for the inaugural OPS Gala
This is a great opportunity to support an organization that has done monumental good for military families. Check out the flyer to see how you can help.

Volunteer for Airmen Against Drunk Driving
If you'd like to help cover for a shift to prevent your fellow Airmen from driving drunk, please sign up!!
POC: A1C Trevor Hermosillo, 720-847-0999, trevor.hermosillo@us.af.mil

Donate to the Aurora Theater Shooting Memorial
From MSgt Lydia Hanson:
I am part of a group of four jurors from the Aurora theater shooting trial whose lives were greatly impacted by this life-changing event. While the weight of the trial and its eventual outcome has affected us tremendously, we realize our emotions are trivial when compared to the pain and suffering endured by the victims' families and friends.

In an effort to show our support for the victims, we have banded together to help raise funds to complete a permanent memorial in Aurora to honor the lives lost. It is our most heartfelt desire to help the victims families find a sliver of beauty amidst the tragedy.
    
Below are links to articles written about the battle to raise the funds for the memorial.  I can tell you first hand about the horror the victims endured and it would be a further tragedy if we, as a community, cannot find it in our hearts to contribute to the efforts to memorialize those injured and the 12 that lost their lives.
 
If you would like to contribute please let me know and I would be happy stop by and pick or provide you with a link to make donations.  Checks should be made out to 7/20 Memorial.  The 7/20 Memorial Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization.  Your contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  While donations can be made online, we are hoping to collect contributions and deliver them as a lump sum at future Memorial Board meeting.
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Article 2
Thank you in advance for your kindness and caring for those impacted by this tragedy.

Volunteer at the Airman's Attic
When: Saturday of drill weekend from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Bldg 210
The Attic is open for all ranks.  They carry household goods, clothing (lots of kids clothes), uniforms/accessories, and furniture. They are open this Saturday to help out our DSG's.  They also take clean, usable donations so when you are cleaning out your attic or garage don't forget the Airman's Attic and help out our own.
Call or email CMSgt Fernandez, james.m.fernandez2.mil@mail.mil, 720-847-9738

Donate old bikes for "Refugees' Bicycles"
Check out this video to see what one of our members, TSgt Dan Bruno, does with his free time to help local refugees. If you have any old bikes, clothes, etc., donate them! Contact TSgt Bruno for more info: 720-847-6097

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 
Stand Out in a Civilian Work Force - hrCares
What: Gain professional mentorship from HR professionals that will help you succeed in the civilian work force.
When: Weds, April 20 from 5-8 pm
Where: Auraria Campus - Tivoli Student Center, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204
Register Here

National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
The Veterans With Disabilities Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to you, by developing your competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and also by helping you coordinate your efforts with programs and services for veterans.
Wing POC: Lt Col Erin Quijano, erin.a.quijano.mil@mail.mil

Valor Bridge Mentoring Program
What: Valor Bridge provides mentoring to motivated veterans to meet the challenges of their next career as a civilian.  They provide tools and resources to transitioning veterans to support an integration into the private sector, which may include resume building, interviewing skills, communications, networking, negotiations, etc. by nationally known instructors and professionals.
POC: Mr. Link Wilfley, lwilfley@wilfley.com
More Info

Interested in cross-training into a new career field...? Check out these videos!

Military-Connected Employment Resources 2015

Force Reduction Resource Guidebook - Resources for the Unemployed
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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.

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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...

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Air Force Social Media Handbook - Navigating the Social Network

Deployment-Specific Social Media Quick Tips

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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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