Take Note

• The KMC Housing offices will close at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for training.

• The 86th Medical Group will be closed for readiness training from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

• The 86th Munitions Squadron will be closed for a 100 percent inventory March 25 to 29. The squadron will be unable to process any transactions during this time unless it is an emergency request signed by the respective group commander. Contact Munitions Operations at 480-5715/5725 with any questions or concerns.

Baumholder Creative Arts Center
Effective Saturday, the Baumholder Creative Arts Center will be closed on Saturdays. The center is located in Bldg. 8104 on Smith Barracks. For details, call 485-6687 or 06783-6-6687.

Blood drive
The Armed Services Blood Program will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Ramstein Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility, Bldg. 2116. For more information, contact Staff Sgt. Brandi Whiting or Senior Airman Balaji Bhattar at 479-2220.

Community town hall
A community town hall meeting will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 27 at the Wagon Wheel Theater in Baumholder. This meeting is your chance to ask the garrison commander and other garrison leadership questions about the community. Issues and questions can be submitted in advance through the garrison Web page, www.baumholder.army.mil, by clicking the “town hall” link.

Tax assistance
The Ramstein Tax Center is open until June 15 in the Ramstein Legal Office, Bldg. 2137, across from the southside gym. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Taxes are due April 15. Automatic extension will be until June 15. Walk-in only for military members and dependents; retirees and Department of Defense civilian employees must make an appointment by calling 06371-47-1040 or 480-1040. The tax centers on Kleber Kaserne and in Bldg. 3701 on Landstuhl are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For details, call the Kleber Tax Center at 0631-411-7688 or 483-7688, or the Landstuhl Tax Center at 06371-86-6334 or 486-6334.

The Overseas Housing Allowance Utility/Recurring Maintenance and Move-In Housing Allowance Survey is being conducted on behalf of the Department of Defense, by the Allowances Branch of the Defense Travel Management Office. The utility survey is conducted annually, while the MIHA survey is conducted once every three years as part of a combined survey. This year, the combined survey will be conducted until March 31 for Germany. The survey is designed to collect utility/recurring maintenance and move-in expense data incurred by uniformed service members stationed overseas, who reside in private housing.

If you receive OHA and meet the following qualifications, you should participate in the survey:
• Are stationed in the country where this survey is being conducted for three or more months.
• Reside in privately leased quarters (not a homeowner or home sharer).
• Receive an Overseas Housing Allowance.
You may take the survey online at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/marutilmiha.cfm. The deadline to complete the survey is 4:30 p.m. March 31.

Daylight saving time
Daylight saving time begins in the U.S. Sunday and in Europe on March 31. During those three weeks, time zone differences between most of the U.S. and Europe will be one hour less than usual.

MilPDS update
The Air Force started upgrading the Military Personnel Data System Monday. The upgrade is expected to take 23 days. During that time, MilPDS will not be accessible. Several essential personnel and pay systems, education and training systems, and transactional applications will be impacted during the downtime because they rely on data in MilPDS. For more information, call the re-enlistments
office at 480-5898, and separations office at 480-5539.