TLR Bulletin

TLR Bulletin

Little Rock ALL: Weekly Bulletin 21 June, 2024)

Team Little Rock,

See details below for NOTICES / CLOSURES / AIRMEN & FAMILY EVENTS / KNIGHT'S ROUNDTABLE Q&A / OTHER INFORMATION 


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NOTICES   

AR NATIONAL GUARD CYP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Arkansas National Guard Child and Youth Program is looking for volunteers for our Spring Break Camp, summer camps, and other CYP events throughout the year! If you have an interest or know of someone that would be interested in volunteering with the Child and Youth Program, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU!  Volunteers allow us to serve more military youth and hose more events throughout the state.  If you are interested, please contact Lead Coordinator James Garrett at 501-216-7295 for volunteer packet and schedule annual mandatory volunteer training.
NOTE: This program is not affiliated with the LRAFB Youth Center.

IMMUNIZATIONS CLINIC MOVE
The 19th MDG Immunizations Clinic has relocated to integrate with the laboratory. You will now be able to get your labs and immunizations done in one location, right across from Public Health.  The Immunizations Clinic hours are:

  • Monday: 0730 – 1200 and 1300 – 1630
  • Tuesday: 0730 – 1200 and 1300 – 1630
  • Wednesday: 0730 – 1200 and 1300 – 1630
  • Thursday: 0900 – 1200 and 1300 – 1630
  • Friday: 0730 – 1200 and 1300 – 1630

Please take note of the important change in clinic hours with the Immunizations Clinic now opening at 0900 on Thursdays. Additionally, the Immunizations Clinic will continue to close for lunch between 1200-1300. If you get lost during the transition, please ask any MDG staff who will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

NEW FINANCE CUSTOMER SERVICE HOURS
New walk-in hours for Finance are Mon-Fri 0930-1500. Closed every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Members can submit a ticket 24/7 at the Comptroller Services Portal (CSP) by going to https://csp.cce.af.mil/#/

MINDGYM COACHING AND MINDFULNESS COURSE OPPORTUNITIES

The Integrated Resilience Office (IRO) is launching MINDday Monday beginning 15 April 2024, to answer one of our community’s most pressing needs for building healthy coping mechanisms for life’s stressors. IRO will do this through two offerings that are open to all member of Team Little Rock:

  1. Lumena MindGym personalized coaching, every Monday, from 0500 – 1700. The MindGym is an immersive, contemplative space free of distraction and trains individuals to harness the power of the present moment (see attached). Participants will learn how to create an account and use the equipment which will help them develop a high-performance mindset based on mindfulness goals of their choosing (increase performance, raise awareness, learn relaxation, or enhance sleep) Book your appointment at: MindGym Appointment Scheduling 
  2. Mindfulness course based on Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman’s evidence-based resilience skill founded in positive psychology. Classes will occur twice a day every Monday from 0900 – 1000 and 1530 – 1630 at Walters Community Center. Military attendees will receive Ready Airman Training (RAT) Comprehensive Airman Fitness (CAF) credit in options 5, 6, or 9.  Reserve your seat at:  Leadership Pathways

TRAFFIC ADVISORY - ARNOLD DRIVE
Phase 1 of the Arnold Dr. road construction project is underway and will run through late May pending weather and unforeseen circumstances. Please be cognizant of the detour via the Walters driveway entrance to the Chapel, the Bowling Alley and Hangar 1080 when coming from the Vandenberg gate and detour via the bowling alley to Walters, Herk Hall and the post office when coming from the Arnold gate.

VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE SERVICE DESK (vESD)
Starting 20 May, the 19th Communications Squadron (19th CS) will be transitioning to Virtual ESD (vESD) for initial troubleshooting and ticket submission in accordance with the BaseR initiative and Air Force best practices. Customers will no longer call the 19th CS Communications Focal Point (19/CFP), for ticket generation or initial troubleshooting.

What is vESD?

vESD is an automated troubleshooting tool developed by the Air Force to remediate simple hardware and connectivity issues that base users may experience day to day. vESD walks users through basic troubleshooting steps to identify and guide end user actions to fix the problem if it can be resolved locally. If the problem cannot be resolved by the end user, vESD generates a trouble ticket and routes it to the 19 CS/CFP, where the ticket can be triaged and routed to the appropriate work center.

FAQ:

  • How do I (the customer) benefit from this change?
    • vESD allows for local remediation of simple cyber issues, which means less wait times and quicker return to service for your personnel. Around 70 percent of all trouble tickets generated are minor issues that could be resolved through this type of automation. Even when the issue cannot be resolved by the end user, vESD contributes to quicker response times for technical support by supplying 19 CS personnel with the initial troubleshooting steps taken, helping techs to better identify the source of the problem.
  • How will end users submit tickets to the CFP during building/network outages or when hardware is inoperable?
    • Network and/or hardware related issues that preclude end users from utilizing vESD will require users to coordinate with their unit Cyber Liaison (CL), who will coordinate with the 19 CS. CLs are trained to assist in troubleshooting efforts and know the basic information required to submit a trouble ticket. CLs will collect information on effected users and impacts on operations and route these to the 19 CS/CFP for further action. This enables the 19 CS to better understand the scope of network outages and coordinate virtual or on-site actions to fix cyber infrastructure. A net benefit to customers!
  • How do I submit new comm requirements to the 19 CS? Do I use vESD?
    • vESD is a troubleshooting/ticketing service, it is not intended to record new requirements (new switch, port activation, change requests, etc.). All new requirements or changes to the network are requested via the CIPS ticketing system and will be coordinated via a call to the 19 CS/CFP.

LRAFB AUTHORIZED UBER LOCATION
Little Rock AFB is now an authorized location for select Uber drivers to pick up and drop off passengers with valid DoD ID. Passengers with base access will be authorized to escort guests when “Trusted Traveler” is authorized. When ordering an authorized Uber ride, it is recommended that you use your actual address on the installation so an authorized driver can locate you in an effective and timely manner.  Delays at installation gates can slow pick up and drop off times based on gate operations, so please plan accordingly to prevent delays with travel. 

FAQ:

  • How do I get an Uber on base?
    1. When ordering an Uber on the App input your specific on base address and it will let you know which Uber drivers are authorized on base.
       
  • Can they drop me off at my dorm or just at the gate?
    1. If the driver is authorized if you in put your actual address on the installation and they can drop you off there. If they are not authorized the driver can drop you off at the gate.

The use of this program does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense or any of its entities.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can email the Security Forces Senior Enlisted Leader at patrick.lombardo@us.af.mil.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE VIEWPOINT SURVEY (FEVS)
The 2024 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is open now and ends 28 June! The FEVS is an OPM-administered annual survey that gives Federal civilian employees a platform to share their perceptions of how effectively their agency manages its workforce. Your feedback on the FEVS allows the DAF to maximize its current strengths and make adjustments where needed in order to make the DAF work environment better for all. Check your Outlook Inbox and Spam/Junk folder for the survey invitation containing your unique survey link. Eligible civilian employees onboard with DAF as of 30 NOV 2023 will receive survey invitation and reminder emails containing their unique survey link from “Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey-AF <EVAF@opm.gov”. Employees may contact the OPM FEVS Helpdesk at ‘EVAF@OPM.gov’ if they feel they are eligible but have not received the survey invitation. Find more info in the attached file.

PRESCRIPTION REFILLS
Members, retirees, and dependents can now use the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal to request refills for most prescriptions from your military pharmacy. This new feature applies to your existing medications that have remaining refills.  Please see the attachment for additional guidance.

LGBTQIA + READING LIST
The Education & Outreach LOE has put together a reading list! Did you know that all DoD ID card holders have access to the DoD Library online? With Libby, you can explore thousands of books and audiobooks right at your fingertips!

In celebration of Pride Month, we’ve curated a special "must read" list featuring some incredible LGBTQIA+ books. You can find over 2,200 LGBTQIA+ titles available for free on the Libby app. Click on the book titles that catch your eye, and you'll be taken directly to Libby where you can check them out instantly. Dive into these amazing reads and many more!

Please open the attached PDF for more information. AF LIT is an approved AF Barriers Analysis Working Group.

2024 ELECTION SEASON

Now is the time to request your Absentee ballot!  The Federal Post Card Application (SF76) for Absentee ballots can be used for all military members and their dependents of legal voting age.  The SF76 is also the form used to register to vote and receive your absentee ballot from your state of residence.  In cases, where residents do not receive their state's absentee ballot within 30 days of the election date, the resident may then complete the Absentee Write-In Ballot (SF186).  Also attached is a Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) fact sheet that provides further guidance on the how to complete the FPCA.  For more information on these voting processes or to complete your voter registration, visit http://www.fvap.gov/military-voter/registration-ballots or contact your Unit Voting Assistance Officer (UVAO).  

Please watch the Step-by-Step video @ https://www.fvap.gov/militaryhowto on how to fill out and mail your FPCA.

If you have any questions, please send an email to vote.littlerock@us.af.mil, or contact the Military and Family Readiness Center @ 987-2667 and we will be happy to assist you.

MINUTEMAN YOUTH CAMP
Registration is underway for an adventure camp for 10–12-year-olds who are looking to explore nature, learn new skills, and make lifelong memories!  The camp will accept applications for up to 75 participants.  Priority will be given to children with parents or extended family in the Arkansas National Guard and other military branches. Campers must be 10 before 28 July and not turn 13 before 2 August.  Children residing out of state must have military affiliation and be spending the majority of the summer in Arkansas.  We are also looking for Adult Volunteers and Junior Counselors as well. The ages for Junior Counselors are 15-17 years of age and adult volunteers are 18+.  Volunteers must be able to pass federal and state background checks and remain overnight with campers throughout the week. For more details, check out https://www.angf.us/mmyc/

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CLOSURES

VISITOR CENTER CLOSURE
The Visitors Center will be closed 21 June for the 19 AW Family Day.

WARFIT TRACK CLOSURE
The Warfit walking track outside of the football fields will be closed starting 15 Apr until construction is complete in the fall.

FINANCE CLOSURE
The 19th Comptroller Squadron Customer Service section will be closed 18 June for base events, 19 June for the Juneteenth holiday and 21 June for the 19 AW Family Day.

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AIRMEN & FAMILY EVENTS
MARRIAGE SEMINARS

  • WHAT: Chapel “Marriage Tune-Up” classes
  • WHO: Base personnel
  • WHERE: Base Chapel
  • WHEN: 25 Jul & 23 Aug @ 1800
  • INFO: Please see the attached flyer or click here to sign up.

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BASE LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM

  • WHAT: Summer Reading Program
  • WHO: Active duty, retirees, DoD civilians and family members
  • WHERE: Base Library
  • WHEN: Now through July 20
  • INFO: Our 2024 Summer Reading Program has begun!! The theme this year is "Read, Renew, Repeat!” featuring the idea of CONSERVATION!! Program dates run June 3 to July 20 and is for ALL AGES! Minutes read can be logged via website lrafblibrary.beanstack.org or the Beanstack app. Participates can earn prizes all summer long with each reading goal met!

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AFTER HOURS DENTAL CLINIC & MED LAB

  • WHAT: Readiness focused Dental Clinic & Med Lab for Mid/Shift workers
  • WHO: Deployers and members due for IMR, Airmen working outside normal 0730-1630 hours
  • WHERE: Base Dental Clinic
  • WHEN: 26 June 1900-2200
  • INFO: Please call the dental clinic during normal duty hours at 501-987-7304 or use the QR code in the attached flyer to schedule your appointment. Limited slots available.

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ANNUAL FAMILY CATFISH DERBY

  • WHAT: The Civil Engineer Squadron Annual Family Catfish Derby
  • WHO: Open to all ages
  • WHERE: Hangar 1080 Pond
  • WHEN: 13 July 0800-1200
  • INFO: In cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron, Natural Resources section will be hosting our annual fishing derby. Anyone fishing 16 years old and over must have a valid AGFC fishing license and a base fishing permit which can be obtained on Home | Rec Access.  The base fishing permit is $5 and is valid for one calendar year from the purchase date. Parents or guardians assisting a child fishing are not required to obtain a AGFC fishing license nor base fishing permit. Fish caught may be kept or released. Bait and drinking water will be provided for participants.  There will be prizes for biggest fish caught and most fish caught.

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TSGT RELEASE PARTY

  • WHAT: Team Little Rock TSgt Release Party
  • WHO: All members of TLR
  • WHERE: Hangar 1080
  • WHEN: 24 Jun @ 1430 (Social Hour starts 1330
  • INFO: Come celebrate the Air Force’s newest TSgts, sponsored by the LRAFB 5/6 Council. No landing fees for TSgt selects.

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SUMMER CAMPS 2024

  • WHAT: STARBASE Summer Camps (see attached flyer)
  • WHO: Students entering grades Pre-K through 8th grade
  • WHERE: STARBASE Arkansas, University Education Center
  • WHEN: Various dates throughout the summer
  • INFO: Register by calling 501-987-1484

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LIBERTY FEST

  • WHAT: 4th of July celebrations for TLR
  • WHO: All personnel with base access
  • WHERE: Heritage Park
  • WHEN: 3 July 1700
  • INFO: Click here for more information on events and times.

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INTRO TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

  • WHAT: Intro to Wilderness Survival
  • WHERE: FAM Camp
  • WHO: All LRAFB personnel
  • WHEN: SATURDAY - 06 July - 0600 to 1200 (class time will vary depending on turnout)
  • INFO: This class will provide you with some of the essential skills necessary to start your journey into the great outdoors! We will discuss core concepts like gear selection, first aid, making camp and navigation. This is LOW intensity with some walking to discuss certain subjects like fire components and sheltering. POC: Christopher.morris.14@us.af.mil

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KNIGHTS' ROUNDTABLE Q&A
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OTHER INFORMATION

USAF CONNECT APP
With the weather quickly changing, make sure you download the AF Connect app to stay up to date with weather and traffic notifications. The app also offers much more including a base directory, a calendar of events and helpful links. You can download the app from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store then add Little Rock AFB to your favorites and make sure your notifications are on. 

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VISITOR CENTER (VC) HOURS AND PROCEDURES
The Little Rock AFB VC regular business hours are 0600 - 1630, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and Family Days listed below. The VC is located in building 1508. Parking is accessed through Marshall Road at the traffic light just outside of the main gate. Visitor passes, DBIDS cards, extended visitor passes, and Restricted Area Badges (RAB’s) are all issued from the VC. Appointment times are from 0800 - 1600. Appointments are required for RAB issuance to ensure appropriate personnel are present. Otherwise, appointments are highly recommended to prevent long wait times. The QR code or link below can be utilized to make appointments. 

Appointments

AFTER HOURS PROCEDURES
Sponsors and visitors may proceed in person to building 1502 (gate guard building) at the Vandenberg Gate and be issued a pass by the on-duty Security Forces personnel. Personnel will be directed to park in the parking area immediately behind the gate as you drive through. To be issued a pass the sponsor must have a DoD credential or DBIDS card with sponsorship authority. The visitor must possess a physical state ID or driver's license (a picture of the ID will not be accepted), and proof of current vehicle insurance and registration, physical or digital copies are accepted.

HOLIDAY, FAMULY DAY, AND TRAINING HOURS
The VC will be closed all day in observance of federal holidays and AMC Family Days. NEXT CLOSURES: 24 and 27 May (Memorial Day)

REMOTE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Remote Sponsorship passes afford any Military ID Card holder, with sponsorship privileges, the opportunity to electronically submit their guests' information to the VC to generate a visitor's pass without the visitor/sponsor being physically present. Requests must be submitted on the attached remote sponsorship request form via government email to 19SFS.VCC.Requests@us.af.mil a minimum of 72 hours prior to the requested start date. Please be advised Org Boxes cannot accept encrypted emails therefore the Remote Sponsorship Request form is password protected (Password: 19SFSRSR). Passes will need to be picked up at the VC during their official duty hours, Monday through Friday, 0600 to 1630. The following forms of ID are eligible for sponsorship CAC, DD Form 2 (Active, Retired and Reserve), and DD Form 1173. Any questions concerning remote sponsorship should be direct to the Visitor Center at (501) 987-8777.
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