The Fort Rucker Main Post Chapel is hosting the annual Angel Tree that benefits Soldiers and civilian workers at Fort Rucker who need a little assistance over the holidays. This year, there are 399 children ranging from newborns to teens. The Angel Tree is located in the vestibule and chapel officials ask that those who wish to participate take a tag from the tree, purchase an age-appropriate gift and return it unwrapped by Dec. 11. There is no wish list for any of these children, as their information is confidential, and only the age and gender of the children are available. For more information, call 255-9894.
The holidays are right around the corner, and special in-store promotions make the commissary the place to go to save on holiday groceries, said the Defense Commissary Agency’s director of sales. “Customers will find great savings and quality products for their holiday entertainment and meal needs, thanks to our industry partners,” he said.
Chandler also reminds patrons that the holiday season is a perfect opportunity to consider giving the gift of groceries through Commissary Gift Cards. “Anyone can purchase them online through www.commissaries.com or at a commissary for authorized shoppers to use.” Throughout December, the commissary’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with stores to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Customers should check with their commissary for programs in their stores. Click here for details.
The Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Rucker will offer its first Contracting 101 class Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldier Service Center, Bldg 5700, Rm 284. The training provides a moderate introduction to government contracting and the information required to understand the procurement process, and identify the acquisition team and their roles and responsibilities from start to finish. For more information, call 255-2846.
People who need a common access card or military ID card who are in a hurry can make an appointment by calling (334) 255-2437 or (334) 255-2182. When people call for an appointment, they will be screened and advised of any documentation they need to bring. Walk-ins will continue to be served on a first-come, first-served basis. As a reminder, people may experience delays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Army Substance Abuse Program’s Risk Reduction Program will host a Holiday Mocktails tasting Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the post exchange. With the theme, “Christmas Around the World: Wherever You Celebrate, Be Sure to Designate,” the tasting is an intervention effort to promote a safe holiday season to those entertaining and hosting parties as well as to those attending these events. ASAP will provide mocktails – nonalcoholic cocktails – and appetizers, along with recipe cards and preventive materials, and safety tips to encourage people to drink responsibly over the holiday season. For more, call 255-7508.
The Fort Rucker-Wiregrass Chapter Association of the United States Army is offering $1,000 academic scholarships for the 2014 spring semester to qualifying Army veterans’ and Soldiers’ Family members in the Wiregrass area. Applications can be downloaded by visiting the Fort Rucker-Wiregrass AUSA website. All scholarship applications (with attachments) must be submitted by mail and postmarked no later than Dec. 31. For more information, call 797-5479.
Applications for the 2014 Scholarships for Military Children Program are available at commissaries worldwide or on the Internet at http://www.militaryscholar.org. Applications must be turned in to a commissary by the close of business Feb. 28. Packages must be hand-delivered, or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods – not emailed or faxed.
This year’s award amount has risen to $2,000 and the program awards at least one scholarship at each commissary with qualified applicants. Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System database and have a military ID card. For more information, students or sponsors should call (856) 616-9311, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fort Rucker Thrift Shop is open Wednesdays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and also the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon, unless it falls on a holiday weekend and then the shop will be open on the second Saturday. The thrift shop needs people’s unwanted items. People can drop off donations at any time in the shed behind the shop (former Armed Forces Bank building) located in front of the theater next door to the bowling alley. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 255-9595.
Kevin W. Mangum
Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker
Maj. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum is the commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. Prior to assuming command of USAACE, Mangum served as the commanding general of U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. Mangum has served in a variety of joint, Aviation and special operations assignments. More
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