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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, 15 November 2014

0800 - 120th Fighter Squadron Change of Command, Hangar 801

0845 - 1630 - Medical Group open, Bldg 600

0900 - Mandatory KOM Training, Bldg 850, Heritage Room

1000 - Retirement Ceremony for SSgt Michael Grunwald, 140 MXG 

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1100 - Promotion Ceremony for Maj. Bockting, 140 LRS, Bldg 700 auditorium

1300 - CDC Testing, Bldg 801, Testing Classroom

1345 - Promotion Ceremony for Maj. (s) Abby Koehler, 140 MXG, Hangar 801

1400 - Meet and Greet with Brig Gen Limoge, Hangar 801

1500 - AAG Change of Command, Hangar 801

1600 - Retreat Ceremony

Sunday, 16 November 2014 

0615 - Chief's Council, Bldg 706, Wing Conference Room

0800 - Newcomers' Orientation, Bldg 706, DFAC

0830 - Promotion Ceremony for SMSgt (s) Troy Cook, 140 MDG, Bldg 600

0900 - Chapel Service, Bldg 801, FSS Classroom

1000 - Retirement Ceremony for TSgt Lloyd Archuleta, 140 MXS

1030 - Promotion Ceremony for TSgt (s) Nicole Manzanares, 140 WG/PA, Bldg 801, FSS Classroom

1030 - 1230 - Lunch, Bldg 706, Dining Facility

1200 - 1300 - Junior Enlisted Council Meeting, Hangar 801, FSS Classroom

1500 - Retirement Ceremony for Brig. Gen. Richard Martin, AAG, Hangar 801

1600 - Retreat Ceremony

2014-2015 UTA Schedule
tabGeneral Announcements 
Eagle and American Flag

Other Side of the Mountain Gang Newsletter - Aug/Sep

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.

Transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill to Spouse and Dependents
The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children.  If you're eligible, you may transfer benefits to the following individuals:
·Your spouse
·One or more of your children
·Any combination of spouse and child

Please contact your retention office for details on how to transfer the benefit.  MSgt Christopherson is located at Buckley AFB, in Bldg 801, Rm N-240 and can be reached at 720-847-9606 and MSgt Phegley is located at Greeley ANG, Bldg 100, Rm 117 and can be reached at 970-378-5010.

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.

Check out this site to see the latest discounts offered to Military members!
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140th Wing Outstanding Unit Award

Memorial Day Message

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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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This is a three session class taught by a Registered Nurse that provides information for expectant parents in their third trimester.  These classes are geared toward first time parents, but seasoned parents will find these classes helpful as a refresher. Offered on 14, 21 and 28 Oct from 1730-1900 at the HAWC.

Do you have questions when it comes to raising children? This workshop addresses those parenting issues using Love and Logic techniques.  We can assist you in making early childhood parenting fun, creating a happy family and raising responsible kids.  It focuses on allowing your child to make behavioral choices while teaching them to be responsible and respectful.  Real world examples brought up by parents lead to lively discussions.  Parents who have children below 9 years of age will benefit immensely.  This six session seminar is scheduled from 20 Oct to 24 Nov 2014 (every Monday) from 1300-1500 at the HAWC.

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
tabSnow Delays 
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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)
tabLocal Weather 
tabUpcoming Events 
Night of Joy
 The Buckley Chapel's Protestant Praise Team has been working hard to provide a night of musical inspiration to lift your spirit.  Come have some coffee or hot chocolate too!
When: Saturday, Nov 15 at 6:00 pm
Where: Buckley AFB Chapel

Public Speaking
Open to everyone
When: Monday, November 17 from 1200-1300
Where: Bldg 30/FTAC Classroom
Why: Sweaty Palms? Lump in your throat? Feeling faint? Don't worry; this 1-hour seminar will give you the basics to overcome the fear of speaking in public.

Performance Feedback
Open to everyone
When: Tuesday, November 18 from 1200-1300
Where: Bldg 30/FTAC Classroom
Why: This course will cover all of the details on performance feedback. The instructor will review what the responsibilities are for the rater and the rate. It will also provide guidance on how to clearly set expectations.

Nov 21 - $5 Jeans Day!!!
Donate $5 to our full-timers holiday party and wear your most comfy jeans for the day.

Buckley Turkey Trot
Run a 5K Race for a free turkey! Turkeys will be awarded for the top male and female finishers in each age category: 16-25; 26-35; 36-45; 46+.
When: Tuesday, Nov 25 at 11:00 am
Where: Buckley Fitness Center Track
Sign up: Must sign-up by 1200 on Monday, November 24.  Contact the Fitness Center to sign-up or for more information 720-847-6679.

Bullet Writing for Supervisors
Open to everyone
When: Tuesday, November 25 from 1200-1300
Where: Bldg 30/FTAC Classroom
Why: Do you have writers block when it comes to writing bullets? This class will teach you how to take that pile of information and sharpen it into a bullet that even your Chief would approve of! The skills of bullet writing will be taught and then put to practice in some writing exercises.

Holiday Toy Distribution
What: If you are Active Duty, Guard or Reserve and in need of toys for your kids this holiday season, check this out!
When: Friday, Dec 12 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Register Here

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 Community Events Calendar
tabCommunity Service Opportunities 
Help Wrap Presents for Breakfast with Santa
The 460 FSS is looking for volunteers to help wrap over 1,000 presents on Wednesday, 10 Dec at 1300 for their Breakfast with Santa event on 13 Dec.  Last year's event concluded with over 1000 folks coming to the LDC to get a glimpse at Santa and receive a free breakfast and a gift.  They need all of the help they can get.

Operation Homefront's Holiday Toy Distribution
What: Help with this year's toy distribution for servicemembers in need.
When: Friday, Dec 12 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or 1:30 - 5:30 pm
RSVP: Send your name, phone number, email address and preferred time slot to ohrockymountains@gmail.com no later than December 5. Must be 18 to volunteer. 

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

Employment Assistance Workshop
What: The workshop is open to all National Guardsmen, Veterans and their immediate family members.  This is a FREE, 3 day workshop to assist you in marketing yourself in your next career. 
Workshop topics include career research, analyzing and converting your military skills, writing cover letters, interview follow-up and much more.
When: Nov 12-14, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: JFHQ, 6848 S. Revere Parkway, Centennial, CO  80112
Please register for the workshop by filing out the registration form and submitting it to kathleen.r.dorram.ctr@mail.mil no later than Monday, November 10th, 2014.

Federal Jobs for Veterans
What: Seminar for veterans on finding federal jobs.
When: November 14 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Denver Federal Center, GSA Bldg 41

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.

Social Media 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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