Air Force Child Care Fee Assistance
Get help finding and paying for child care.
-Full-time Reserve/Guard (AGR)
-Dual status Title 32 AF Technicians
-No access to an on-base child care provider
Air Force Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized Reserve and Active Duty personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available. The programs available through Child Care Aware of America provide subsidies for eligible military dependents enrolled in quality commercial child care programs. Child Care Aware of America authorizes subsidy amounts based on total family income for those eligible Air Force families, and supplies monthly payments directly to the prospective child care provider.
Personal weapons policy
The transportation of lawfully-owned personal firearms onto McEntire JNGB is now authorized for all U.S. military members and U.S. Government ID card carrying civilians.
AFI 31-101, Integrated Defense, and South Carolina (SC) Code of Laws Title 23, Section 23-31-230, and Title 16, Section 16-23-20, subsection 9a states that personal firearms shall be secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.
Under no circumstance shall privately-owned firearms be removed from their secured placement while on base.
New Obligation for Post 9/11 G.I. Bill
Effective 1 August 2013 - All members wishing to submit a request to transfer their educational benefits will incur a 4 year service obligation from the date of their request. This will also include AGRs. In addition, all transfers must be approved before the members separates or retires from the service.
For more information contact the South Carolina Air National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Office at 803-647-8211.
TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS)
Starting Jan. 1, 2013, electronic payments will begin instead of the current monthly billing cycle. It is imperative to get the word out to your unit members that are enrolled in TRS, that they need to setup monthly premium payments to be made by either recurring Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or recurring Debit/Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard only). FAILURE to adhere to this billing change will cause their coverage to be terminated. To contact a regional TRICARE contractor visit the following website: www.tricare.mil/contacts
For general information about dealing with financial emergencies, getting out of debt, paying for child care, saving for the future and more, call 803-895-1332.
Veterans Job Assistance
In an effort to reduce veteran unemployment, the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, was included in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. VRAP has begun accepting applications for unemployed 35-60 year-old veterans in the new retraining assistance program, May 15. The program officially started, July 1. This program offers to eligible participants up to 12 months of training at the full-time payment rate as dictated by the Montgomery GI Bill, currently $1,473 per month. For additional information about VOW and VRAP, visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/
Though SCANG Airmen excel in everything from their daily tasks to the classroom to international competitions, their achievements often are not reflected on their ribbon racks! Award writing should no longer strike fear in the hearts of McEntire supervisors! The process has been streamlined via VPC-GR. A few strong bullets, an AF Portal login and the following handy guide are all you need: X:/Baseshare/Awards.
Those applying for technician or statutory tour positions and those who need a copy of their current or past Enlisted/Officer Performance Reports can use the virtual Personnel Center-Guard and Reserve to request copies from the Total Force Service Center-Denver or use the Personnel Record Display Application to view and/or print a copy. Members also can view evaluation data online by accessing the virtual Military Personnel Flight. Access vPC-GR, vMPF and PRDA from the AF Portal, www.my.af.mil
, (located under the Top Portal Links section.)
The South Carolina National Guard has published the "SCNG Leader's R3SP Toolbox" brochure. Its purpose is to educate members about resources that help strengthen resiliency, family readiness and other personal concerns. Go to www.169fw.ang.af.mil
Web-HA mandatory for PHAs
Effective 1 January 2012, it will be mandatory for all members to complete your Web Health Assessment on-line. We will no longer be offering the standard paper copy questionnaire. You are due on your birth month and may complete the Web HA up to 2 months prior to, but no later than one week prior to that UTA. Any questions, please contact the Health Systems Specialist, 169th Medical Group, 803-647-8296.
The Base Firing Range, Bldg. 3320, is for official use only and closed to the public and non-authorized personnel. For more information, see Combat Arms, 803-647-8369/8284.