Just Briefly

McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- News briefs from the 446th Airlift Wing:

Annual Military Family Support March is Sept. 8 in Lacey
The Hawk's Prairie Rotary Club hosts its annual Military Family Support March at 8 a.m. Sept. 8 in Lacey. For more information visit

Wing change of command
Col. William Flanigan will assume command of the 446th Airlift Wing at a change of command ceremony Sept. 9, at 10 a.m., on the flightline in front of Hangar 4. Ceremony dress is short-sleeve blue shirt and dark blue pants. For more information contact Lt. Col. Rick Grayson by e-mail at or call 982- 4936.

Day care available during duty weekends for Reservists
Day care is available for Reserve weekends. There is no cost for day care, but you must meet the requirements. Contact Shelly Hazes at 982-3186 for more information.

Air Force Ball Sept. 16 marks 60th Anniversary celebration
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force and a commemorative ball is slated for Sept. 15 in Hangar 3 at McChord. Dinner includes a choice of London broil or stuffed chicken saltimbocca. Prices are $17 for E1-E6; $22 for E7-O3, retirees and guests; and $27 for O4- above (equivalent GS grades). Entertainment will be provided by the band Aphrodisiac.
Dress is mess dress or semi-formal uniform for servicemembers and appropriate ball attire for guests. Contact Chief Master Sgt. David Marston at 982- 8372 or e-mail at for more information.

Seattle Mariners celebrate Air Force Night on Sept. 16
The Seattle Mariners play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Air Force Night at 1:05 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Safeco Field. All Air Force members, retirees, family and friends are invited to the game at discount prices. The game will feature the Air Force with a ceremonial first pitch, national anthem performance, color guard presentation and video recognition. View Reserved Seats are $10 and Field Level Seats are $30 and may be ordered and paid for through the 446th Airlift Wing's Public Affairs Office in Bldg. 1214, Room 125. Or you may e-mail:, putting "invitation request" in the subject line. For more information contact public affairs at 982-3330.

Employer Orientation Day on schedule for Oct. 20
Reservists interested in bringing their civilian supervisors to the Oct. 20 Employer Orientation Day must turn in their nomination forms by Oct. 1.
Forms are available in the 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office, Bldg. 1214, Room 125. The orientation day will allow supervisors to see what Reservists need to prepare for deployments and include a ride on an airdrop mission.
Please contact public affairs at 982-3330 for more information.

Maintenance offers quarterly mentoring classes to all
The 446th Maintenance Group hosts a mentoring class once a quarter.  The one-hour class provides introduction to the practical application of the processes, procedures and expectations of mentoring.  Classes will be held in August and November.  The class will be conducted in Bldg. 1142, upstairs, in the Blue auditorium, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday of the A and B Reserve weekends.  Members from all units are welcomed to attend. For more information please contact Master Sgt. Scot Sherbert or Master Sgt. LuCinda Oglesby at 982-1081.

Intramural bowling season begins in early September
The intramural bowling season is scheduled to begin in September. Four-person teams should register by Aug. 31. Those interested may contact Master Sgt. Gerry Avena at

Wing quarterly award winners
Quarterly award winners for the wing in the second quarter of 2007 are: Senior Airman Christopher Kaplan, 446th Maintenance Squadron; Tech. Sgt. David Ewbank, 446th Civil Engineer Squadron; and Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sursley, 446th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Volunteers needed to plan Hispanic Heritage celebration
The 446th Mission Support Group staff is looking for volunteers who would like to be involved with Hispanic Heritage Awareness Month, Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Hispanic Heritage and to become a part of it. For more information on how to you can help, call 2-2446 on UTA weekends.