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 Fort Rucker Installation Retiree Council meets the first Thursday of each month in The Landing at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is an open forum and all retirees are invited to attend.
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.
Beneficiaries enrolled to TRICARE are considered to have the minimum essential coverage required by the Affordable Care Act. However, keeping information up to date in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is essential to maintaining your coverage, according to Lyster officials. The Internal Revenue Service will use information from DEERS to verify people’s coverage. It is also important to update DEERS when personal eligibility information changes, including military career status and Family status, e.g., marriage, divorce, birth and adoption.
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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