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RAF Lakenheath community bulletins, March 20 - April 30, 2007

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

Furnishings Management Office

The Furnishings Management Office (FMO) will begin charging customers for No Shows in accordance with HQ USAFE/A7CPH supplement dated 4 Jan 07 to AFI 32-6004. The effective date to begin charging for No Shows is April 1. Personnel coming to FMO to an open account or arranging service will be notified as will personnel calling FMO to arrange haulage or maintenance service. HQ USAFE approved this process with the stipulation the charge cannot exceed the amount actually paid by the government for the service. At present this amounts to £35 for a delivery or pickup and £30 for a maintenance call. However, although FMO has received this authority no charge will be made against any individual until a thorough investigation is completed to include coordination with the individual's organization. For more information, call 226-7154 or 226-7334.

Travel
British Airways recently changed the baggage allowance for traveling within Europe. Passengers flying on British Airways within Europe will only be allowed one piece of checked baggage per passenger. There are no exceptions for military travelers. The maximum dimension per bag is 158cm or 62inches and the maximum weight per bag is 23kg or 51 lbs. British Airways will charge a fee of £60.00 for any additional baggage. The fee will apply even if the combined weight of two bags is below the maximum weight limit. Travelers can receive a 30 percent discount on airport charges by pre-paying for excess baggage online. The online charge for excess baggage is £42.00. Military personnel can pay for excess baggage online using their government travel card when traveling on orders. For passengers traveling with infants under 2 years, one fully collapsible stroller and one car seat will be allowed. For more information, call Traffic Management Office 226-1854.

College courses
Central Texas Collage is extending registration for Term IV classes one week until March 23. Classes offered are Theory of Automotive Engines, The Infant and Toddler, Children with Special Needs, Deployments and Military Families, Principles of Management, Setting Goals and Objectives, Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement, and Ethics in Criminal Justice.

Women's history month
A woman's history month luncheon will be held March 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liberty Club. For more information, call Staff Sgt. Suzy Madrigal Ames at 226-1791.

Gas supply
Due to the recent problems with gasoline quality in the UK, Army and Air Force Exchange Service tanks were tested and the results received confirmed slight levels of silicone contamination at RAF's Mildenhall and Alconbury. RAF Lakenheath tests are within tolerance.

AAFES advises customers who purchased fuel at these locations from mid February through March 8 and are experiencing engine performance problems to have their vehicle checked. If problems discovered are related to fuel quality, seek repair and file a claim through their Base legal office. For more information, contact your local AAFES manager.

Medieval Banquet in Cambridge
The St. George and the Dragon Medieval Banquet will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, April 14 in the Great Hall, Kings College in Cambridge. There will be drinks available upon arrival, a three-course meal and medieval entertainment and music. Tickets are 50 pounds each. For more information or to buy tickets, call the RAF Lakenheath Community Relations Advisor at 226-3145.

College courses
Embry-Riddle is currently registering student for TERM IV local Undergraduate & Graduate courses. AMNT 265 Aeronautical Electronics for Aviation Technicians will be offered for the FCC License preparation. The deadline to register is March 29. For more information, call 226-2464 or 238-2916.

Medieval banquet in Cambridge
The St. George and the Dragon Medieval Banquet will be held from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, April 14 in the Great Hall, Kings College in Cambridge. There will be drinks available upon arrival, a three-course meal and medieval entertainment and music. Tickets are 50 pounds each. For more information or to buy tickets, call the RAF Lakenheath Community Relations Advisor at 226-3145.

FMO closure
The Furnishings Management Office located on RAF Feltwell will be closed for the Easter holiday during on the following dates and times:
April 5 from 12 to 4:30 p.m., April 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and April 16. For more information, call 226-7154 or 226-7334.

Road construction
The intersection at Norwich and Richmond will be under construction to convert to a roundabout, March 19 - May 30.

Veterinary clinic
The grand opening for the veterinary clinic on RAF Feltwell will be April 5. This facility cares for all of the pets in the United Kingdom so advertising should include RAFs Alconbury, Chicksands, Croughton, Fairford, Lakenheath, Menwith Hill, Mildenhall, Molesworth, Heathrow Airport, St Mawgan, Ruislip and more. For more information, call 226-7379.

Community Scholarship Association
Applications for the Community Scholarship Association (CSA) are available for pick up from Kent Daugherty Lakenheath High School Senior Counselor. The scholarships are presented to minor dependents whose sponsor is a US Military or US Civilian member employed at RAF's Feltwell, Lakenheath or Mildenhall. Application deadline is March 28 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Kent Daugherty at Kent.Daugherty@eu.dodea.edu


Mothers of preschoolers
Mothers of Preschoolers meet at the RAF Mildenhall base chapel every first and third Thursday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free childcare on-site for children 0-5 years old is available.

Youth Center outdoor soccer
Volunteer soccer coaches are needed for all ages. The Youth Center will certify and train volunteers. For more information, call 226-1182.

Animal welfare officer
The animal welfare officer handles all pet concerns. The AWO provides education and information on owning a pet on a military installation. For more information, call the pet welfare office at 226-5796. 

RAF Lakenheath Easter Church Services
Catholic --
5 Apr - Holy Thursday Mass 6:30 p.m. 
6 Apr - Good Friday Stations of the Cross is at 11:30 a.m. Service is at 3 p.m.
7 Apr - Easter Vigil Mass followed by fellowship at 7 p.m.
8 Apr - Easter Day  Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Protestant --
5 Apr - Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m.
8 Apr - Easter Day Sunrise Service followed by breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m.
             Liturgical Service is at 8:00 a.m.
             Evangelical Service is at 11 a.m.
             Gospel service begins at 12:30 p.m.
             Contemporary service is at 4:30 p.m.

Professional Development Center - April classes
 
Apr 3-5 NCO Seminar (RAF Mildenhall)
Apr 10 Mentoring 8-10 a.m.
Apr 11 Time Management 6-8 p.m.
Apr 12 EPR Writing 8-11 a.m.
Apr 13 Effective Writing 8-11 a.m.
Apr 23 AF Reserve/Palace Chase/Palace Front
Apr 24 OPR Writing 8-9 a.m.
Apr 25 Awards & Decorations 8-11 a.m.
Apr 26 Career Choices 8-9 a.m.
Apr 27 Command Chief's Perspective 8-9 a.m. 

Airman and Family Readiness Center
(For more information call 226-3847) 

Newcomers
The newcomers bus tour will be held on March 23 and 30 from 8:30-2:30 p.m. This newcomers tour includes visiting the historical town of Bury St. Edmunds, the cathedral, eating in a pub, shopping and free time to explore. Please note the tour on 9 March will be to Duxford Imperial War Museum. 

Pre-Separation Briefing
A pre-separation briefing will be held on March 27 from 9-11 a.m. This class fulfills the mandatory requirement for all personnel retiring/separating from the military.

VA benefits
A VA benefits Briefing will be held on March 26 from 9-11 a.m. This will be a mass briefing covering all aspects of VA benefits for retiring/separating members and will provide an opportunity to ask the VA representative benefits and entitlements questions. 

TAP class
A 3-Day Senior TAP will be held on March 27-29 from 8:30-4:30p.m. This workshop
mirrors the 4 day TAP workshop but is open to ranks E-8, E-9, and O-4 and above.
Resume Writing and Interview Techniques will be held on March 28 from
9-11a.m. This class teaches basic resume formatting with sample resumes as well as interviewing skills and techniques.