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RAF Lakenheath community bulletins, March 8 - April 14, 2007

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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 1 April 2007. 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 pounds for a delivery or pickup and 30 pounds 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. If you have any questions or concerns on this issue please 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.

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 Thursday 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.

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. and April 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.

SMSgt. select promotion party
A promotion party for the Senior Master Sgt. selects will be held March 15 4:30 p.m. at the Liberty Club. For more information, SMSgt Craig Morse at 226-8931.

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. 

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.

Trespass notice
The firing range that supports RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall is located at RAF Feltwell. The range complex is in the southwest corner of the base and is surrounded by a perimeter fence clearly marked by danger signs. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. When firing is in progress, the range flags or red flashing beacon will be visible from all range entrance points. Unauthorized entry into the range is not only illegal, but also hazardous due to the airborne lead particles in the backstop. For more information, contact the range at 226-7026.

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. 

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

Financial Foundations will be held on 2,9,16, 23 and 30 March from 8-9 am. This money management class includes goal setting, budgeting, credit and debt management and basic investing. 

The Newcomers Bus Tour will be held on 2,9,16, 23 and 30 March from 8:30-2:30 pm. 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. 

10 Steps to a Federal Job part 1 of 2 will be held on 5 March from 9-12 pm. Part 2 of 2 will be held 12 March from 9-12 pm. Learn about federal job searches, reading job
Announcements and the online resume and application processes. 

Pre-Separation Briefing will be held on 6 and 20 March from 1-3 pm and 13 and 27 March from 9-11 am. This class fulfills the mandatory requirement for all personnel retiring/separating from the military. 

Bundles for Babies will be held on 9 March from 9-12 pm. This is an educational program for expectant parents which focuses on budgeting for a baby, bonding with your baby, Women, Infants, Children Overseas Office, and childcare options. 

Sponsorship Training will be held on 12 March from 9-11am. All first time active duty sponsors and those who have not had training in over a year are required to attend
sponsorship training. The training reviews the basic requirements of sponsorship and provides useful resources to better assist the newcomer. 

Parenting Fair 2007 will be held 17 March from 9-3pm. Please see front page
advertisement for more information. 

Employment Connections will be held 19 March from 9-12pm. This class will help you learn about the local labor market and find out what jobs are available on and off base. Personnel specialists will be available to answer questions concerning their hiring procedures. 

4-Day TAP Workshop will be held on 20-23 March from 8:30-4:30 pm. The Department of Defense, Labor, and Veteran Affairs are dedicated to providing you with this workshop. TAP workshops are conducted by professionally trained facilitators. Participants will learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters, interviewing techniques and successful job search methods. 

Pet Scoop will be held on 21 March from 3-5 pm. This class brings in pet specialists to answer questions regarding transportation requirements for pets and to assist military families in properly planning for the shipment of their pets. 

VA Benefits Briefing will be held on 26 March from 9-11 am. 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. 

3-Day Senior TAP will be held on 27-29 March from 8:30-4:30pm. 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 28 March from
9-11am. This class teaches basic resume formatting with sample resumes as well as interviewing skills and techniques.