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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 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1130 - 120 FS and 140 MXG Changes of Command, Hangar 801

1300 - CDC Testing, Bldg 801, Testing Classroom

1300 - LRS Junior Enlisted Call, Bldg 700, Wing Auditorium

1300 - DTS Training starring TSgt Serres, Bldg 706, Wing Conference Room

1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 SFS

1615 - 140th Wing Running Club, Fitness Center
Sunday, 21 February 2016

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

0900 - Rising 6 Meeting, Bldg 700, Wing Auditorium

1000 - Promotion Ceremony for TSgt Ben Brelje, EO, Bldg 801, FSS Classroom

1000 - AROWS Training starring SSgt Tatro, Bldg 700, Auditorium

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1230 - Retirement Ceremony for CMSgt Gary Greenwood, Hangar 801

1300 - SharePoint Training starring TSgt Serres and MSgt Mercil, Bldg 700, SF Classroom

1300 - Top 3 Meeting, Bldg 801, FSS Classroom

1400 - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People starring Maj Bridgham, Bldg 700, Wing Auditorium

1500 - Retirement Ceremony for MSgt Wendy Markwardt, 233 SG, Greeley ANGS, Multipurpose Room
1600 - Retreat Ceremony - 140 SFS

2015-2016 UTA Schedule
tabGeneral Announcements 
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Other Side of the Mountain Gang Newsletter - Dec/Jan

The Buckley Orbiter
Find out what's going on around base this month!

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!

Buckley Toastmasters
Build confidence, grow as a leader, improve your communication and public speaking skills with the Buckley Toastmasters Club. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at the Buckley Chapel. POC: MSgt Mike Neu, 720-847-6933

Free Fitness Classes at the Aurora Strong Resiliency Center
Qigong - Wednesdays from 11:45 am -12:45 pm
Nia - Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Yoga Time! (Check it out)
What: Join MSgt Legacy (megan.j.legacy.mil@mail.mil) and fellow wing members for an hour of Yoga.
When: Every Wednesday at 4:00 pm
Where: Bldg 706, DFAC

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
tabCommander's Commentaries RSS feed 
Happy Holidays from the Commander

Happy Thanksgiving!

Memorial Day Message from the Commander

tabAirman and Family Readiness Updates 
Military $aves Week
What: A&FRC is sponsoring a week full of classes focusing on saving money! Open to anyone who has an ID Card/base access, and free lunch will be provided.
When: Feb 22-26
Where: Bldg 606 auditorium
Sign Up: 720-847-6681 NLT

Are you interested in receiving information regarding free event tickets.  For more information and to register, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/TicketRegistration

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

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 
Buckley Night at the Colorado Mammoth
When: Thursday, Feb 11 at 7:30 pm
Where: Pepsi Center
Ticket Specials

Free Concert by the Combat Musician
What: Come enjoy Christian music by Danny Byram, "The Combat Musician." This is a family friendly event and all ages are welcome to come and hear and meet Danny Byram in person.
When: Friday, Feb 12 at 7:00 pm
Where: Buckley AFB Chapel

Air Force Ball 2016
What: The Ball will feature the Southern Colorado Pop-Rock Band The Martini Shot along with a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing.
When: Friday, Feb 12 at 6:00 pm
Where: The Broadmoor

39th Annual Western Regional Bowling Tournament
What: Form your team now for the annual bowling tournament!
When: Feb 12-14, 2016
Where: Brunswick Zone Heather Ridge and DoubleTree by Hilton
POC: Richard Guerrero, 303-690-3720, 6PK2GO@MSN.com
Ken Findlay, 303-263-5283, K3698@Comcast.net
Registration Form

Denver Nuggets sponsor CO Homes for Heroes
What: Come watch the Denver Nuggets take on the Boston Celtics. $5 from each ticket goes to the Homes for Heroes Foundation.
When: Sunday, Feb 21 at 3:00 pm
Where: Pepsi Center
Buy Tickets

Military Saves Week
What: Classes offered all week focusing on ways to save money and spend wisely. All classes are open to anyone with an ID card. Free lunch is provided.
When: Feb 22-26
Where: Bldg 606 auditorium
RSVP: 720-847-6681

Automotive Basics 101 Class
What: This class will cover basic tool identification, vehicle overviews, basic maintenance, and much more. Open to all of Team Buckley (military, civilian, and dependents) and participation will be based off of the first 15 people to sign up.
When: Feb 27 from 9:00 - 10:00 am
Sign up: Andrew Wanzer (720) 847-5214 

Hiring Our Heroes
What: Hiring fair, networking opportunities and workshops tailored for veteran job seekers. guard and reserve members, and military spouses.
When: Monday, Feb 29 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Pepsi Center
Register here

Military Appreciation Night at the Avalanche Game
When: Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 pm
Where: The Pepsi Center
POC: Kiley Long, 303-405-7625, klong@pepsicenter.com

SNCO Induction Ceremony 2016
What: Come help induct this year's newest senior NCO's! Discounted hotel rates are provided, RSVP NLT Feb 19.
When: March 12, 2016, 5:30 pm
Where: Double Tree Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80216
POC: MSgt Angela Cattnach-Marnolejo, 720-847-9023
For hotel, Colleen, 303-329-5243

2016 NGACO Conference and CONG Military Ball
When: April 29 - May 1
Military ball is April 30, 2016, 5:00 pm cocktail hour, 6:30 pm formal program and dinner
Where: Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, CO
POC: Maj Paul "Bonus" Marien, (720)847-9440

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tabCommunity Service Opportunities 
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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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 
Heroes to Hired Job Fair
What: Join us for a one-of-a-kind event featuring a hiring fair, networking opportunities and workshops tailored for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses. All registered veterans and military spouses are eligible to receive up to two (2) free tickets for them and their families to attend that evening's game between the Nuggets and Grizzlies.
When: Monday, Feb 29, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Pepsi Center
Sign Up!

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

Junior Enlisted Council Facebook Page

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Buckley Community Center Facebook Page

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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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