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Maxwell Air Force Base News

Conference gives families coping tools

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April 18, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Parents and children are invited to learn about fitness, conflict resolution, deployment separation, coping skills and more during the healthy families conference April 30 at Maxwell Elementary School. The event will run 12:30 - 5 p.m. and will include workshops, an information fair and other activities.

Marie Hixon, a personal and work life consultant for the Airman and Family Readiness Center, said she is proud to offer this program. "This is a day families can spend together and hear about healthy choices," she said.
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Make your move: TMO provides tips

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April 18, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

When it comes to moving and changing permanent duty stations, being prepared and making the right decisions can make the difference between a seamless move or one filled with frustration.

According to the transportation management office, the months of May through August are the busiest months of the year when it comes to moving and PCSing.

Within these few months, thousands of military personnel move to new bases, often creating confusion and headaches as many scramble to complete this daunting task.
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New sick call procedures start

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April 8, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

As part of the 42nd Medical Group's Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, the process for accessing sick call acute care has changed.

Permanent party active-duty personnel enrolled in the family health clinic (formerly family practice yellow and blue teams) should not walk-in for sick call. For appointments, available in the morning and afternoon, call the appointment line at 953-3368 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during normal duty days or schedule online at https://www.tricareonline.com.
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AFAF campaign continues through May 4

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April 8, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force Assistance Fund makes contributing easy through www.afassistancefund.org.

People can now log onto the website, fill out the form online, print it and submit to their organization's point of contact.

"There are a lot of folks who want to donate," said. Capt. Ian Coleman, the 42nd Mission Support Group executive officer. "The fastest way is to use the website."

The money supports the Air Force Aid Society, the Air Force Enlisted Village, the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation and the LeMay Foundation.
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Airmen take aim at new firing range

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April 8, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Airmen participating in firearm training will have something to look forward to the next time they shoot. Construction has just been completed on the new $15 million gun range, which will accommodate Air Force weapons qualification and any specially designed courses for security forces.

The new range replaces the old one, which was constructed in 1945. Tech. Sgt. Johnnie Grove, noncommissioned officer in charge of combat arms, 42nd Security Forces Squadron, said the new range will be a major improvement for training.
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Gunter financial office opens

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April 8, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Gunter Annex service members and their families will have access to a personal financial readiness consultant in their own backyard.

Robertta Cole, personal financial consultant with the Airman and Family Readiness Center will offer lunch-and-learn classes and one-on-one appointments the third Friday of the month in building 421, room 104, next to the education building.

"Counseling appointments can be for anything from creating a budget, discussing basic investing questions, working through debt problems or creating a spending plan - whatever is needed," Ms. Cole said.
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CAP ready for storms

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April 8, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Spring is here, and with it comes the threat of severe weather. Terrible storms can strike at any moment, but Civil Air Patrol is ready to respond.

Civil Air Patrol was founded in 1941 one week before the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. The group flew critical wartime missions in support of the Army Air Corps. Now CAP offers emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education.

"We're generally known for our search and rescue support," said John Desmarais, interim director of operations for CAP. The group saves an average of 80 lives a year during these missions.
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Veterinary team brings TLC to pets

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April 8, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The Maxwell Veterinary Treatment Facility provides preventative veterinary care to military working dogs and privately owned animals. Army Staff Sgt. Julie Hicks, the veterinary treatment facility non-commissioned officer in charge, and her team work hard to serve the base community by providing excellent service and expert care.

No stranger to the medical profession, Sergeant Hicks started her career as an Army medic, but she has been practicing veterinary medicine for the last 12 years.
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Events focus on harm caused by sexual assault

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

When sexual assault occurs, the pain "Hurts One, Affects All."

"Every time a military member or civilian is affected, it impacts the whole mission," said LaNessa Howard, Maxwell's sexual assault response coordinator. She and her staff have organized events throughout April to raise awareness of sexual assault and increase respect using the theme, "Hurts One, Affects All."

One of Ms. Howard's goals this month is to discredit myths regarding sexual assault.

"We want people to stop blaming the victim," she said. "That discourages people from coming forward (and reporting the crime)."
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Awareness events target children, family issues

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The focus is on children in April with Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month programs. Family advocacy, the Airman and Family Readiness Center and 42nd Force Support Squadron will make this month fun and educational for the Maxwell-Gunter community.

April Jones, family advocacy outreach manager, is pleased to host the children's health fair again this year. Maxwell clinic teams will be available, including the pediatrics, family health, women's health, public health, mental health, the drug demand reduction program, alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment program, educational and developmental intervention services, military and family life consultants and the sexual assault response coordinator.
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Alabama Commanders Summit emphasizes preparedness

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Key leaders of Alabama military and civil operations met for the seventh Alabama Commanders Summit this week. The event, held at Maxwell AFB, sought to promote civil and military cooperation during state and regional disasters.

Spanning three days, the summit featured presentations by key state and military officials on topics ranging from Gulf oil spill lessons and anti-terrorism to worldwide pandemics and their possible ramifications at the state level. The event also included a keynote address from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.
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Maxwell commissary to close for ‘reset’ April 10-12

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The Maxwell Commissary will close April 10 - 12 while it undergoes a "reset" as part of the Defense Commissary Agency's ongoing effort to enhance the shopping experience.

"We hate to inconvenience our customers with the closure, but this is something we'll all appreciate when it's done," said store director Ermies Hernandez.

The reset is part of an agencywide program that systematically changes how products are displayed on shelving throughout a commissary in order to better serve customer-shopping patterns. The goal is to give commissaries worldwide a more customer-friendly product flow and a layout that is as consistent as possible from location to location, according to Steve Arland, chief of the agency's store reset team.
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AETC commander outlines vision

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Last week, Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., commander of Air Education and Training Command, visited Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex. General Rice attended Air University as a student, but this tour allowed him to gain additional perspective from his role as the command's leader.

Air University plays a large role in AETC's mission of educating more than 340,000 students per year.

General Rice said this visit is his opportunity to understand AU from leadership, management and administrative points of view.
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Sleep: How you function today affects how you sleep tonight

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March 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Maybe the last time you slept like a baby was when you were a baby. Maybe you used to fall asleep quickly, but now you're up most of the night. Or maybe you wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep.

Sleep disturbances can be stressful and dangerous.

"Six hours or less (of sleep a night) triples your risk of a car accident," said Marie Hixon, family life education counselor. She offers a nonmedical sleep management workshop through the Airman and Family Readiness Center to help people with different stages of insomnia.
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Floorball club looks to sweep the River Region

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March 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

When you think of sports that are fun and exciting, floorball might not be the first thing to come to mind, but the River Region Floorball Club wants to change that.

The group, organized by Maj. Phillip Douglas, the 42nd Medical Group practice manager, has brought the sport to the Montgomery area and hopes to get more people interested in the game.

Floorball, which originated in Europe, was developed in the 1970s. The sport is similar to floor hockey with a few differences: the sticks are light fiberglass instead of heavy wood, and the ball is a light plastic ball instead of heavy rubber. The rules are also stricter than floor hockey. There is no intentional body checking, which also means pads are not required.
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