Take Note — Dec. 15, 2017

Grasroots event

The 86th Airlift Wing Grassroots Program for young Airmen will offer German kegeln, which is similar to bowling, 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the lanes in the Ramstein-Miesenbach culture center, Haus des Buergers. The mayor of Ramstein-Miesenbach extended an invitation to 15 Airmen to enjoy an evening of free German bowling with 15 young Germans. Participants should bring euros for snacks and drinks. To register, call the 86th AW Host Nation office at 480-2094 or email host.nations@us.af.mil.

New process, new hours

The Ramstein Visitor Control Center recently changed processes on issuing passes. The VCC now issues passes with a scannable barcode. These passes are valid for one to three days and may be used at any KMC Air Force or KMC Army installation. Any request longer than three days will require customers to receive a long-term pass. Customers should understand with the new process, waiting times may be longer than usual. The VCC will have new operating hours starting Monday. The VCC will open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m., seven days a week. After hours, customers may still sign in guests at the west gate. The sponsor must be registered in IACS to sign in visitors. Furthermore, ID card holders who forget their ID may also be searched in IACS and be granted base access. For more information, visit ramsteinvisitorcenter.com

New office hours

Customer hours of the Furnishings Management Section changed as follows: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays.

Volunteers needed

The Ramstein Tax Center is looking for volunteers to prepare tax returns. Live volunteer training will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 to 19 in Ramstein’s Bldg. 2106, Room 202. To explore volunteer positions, visit www.irs.gov/individuals/Coose-Your-Tax-Volunteer-Role. For details, email joseph.bishop.12@us.af.mil or renee.brown.7@us.af.mil.

Military Star card

To offer greater convenience to service members and their families and further strengthen funding of critical Quality-of-Life programs, the military exchanges’ Exchange Credit program will expand acceptance of the Military Star Card to all commissaries around the world, including the Vogelweh and Ramstein commissaries. The card will be accepted throughout the Defense Commissary Agency for all branches of service.

Office closures

The KMC Housing Office as well as the Furnishings Management Section will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1n observation of the holidays. The German American Community Office in Kaisers-lautern will close Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. It will re-open Jan. 2. For details, visit www.gaco-kl.de.

Green Dot trainers needed

Have you attended Green Dot Training? Have you thought, “I would like to teach these classes. I wonder how I would get involved in teaching Green Dot classes?”

The Green Dot program is gearing up to train new Implementers (trainers) for its 2018 training season. They are looking for persons who believe that power-based personal violence is not inevitable, who are good at holding an audience’s attention, who can be passionate and enthusiastic about the Green Dot message, and can be comfortable teaching all ranks of Air Force personnel.

If being a Green Dot instructor sounds like something you might be interested in, contact the Violence Prevention Integrators, Joe Black or Glen Corlin, through email, or give them a call at 480-1422 or 2422.

Free layaway at KMCC

Military members, families and retirees can get a head-start on holiday shopping with fee-free layaway from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. The Kaiserslautern Military Community Center Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24, including toys and bikes. Purchases of $25 or more are eligible for the layaway plan. A deposit of 15 percent is required to hold items on layaway. Shoppers can visit customer service at the KMCC Exchange for complete program details and eligibility information.