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2014 JBER Holiday Party at Hillberg Ski Lodge

Don't let the lack of snow turn you into a Grinch!  Come out to the 2014 JBER Holiday Party at Hillberg Ski Lodge, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 from noon-4 p.m.

Ok, there won't be any snowboarding, skiing or tubing, but you have a chance to win lift tickets for when Hillberg does open!!! Other door prizes will include various gift cards (Win up to $100) and Alaska Aces hockey tickets. Must be present to win.

Participate in many fun FREE activities 

- Sledding (stand in line for a sled or forget the lines and bring your own)
- Ice fishing, those 16 and older need a valid fishing license
- Decoration stations
- Pictures with Santa
- Meet the Reindeer
- Dog Sledding
- Holiday sing-along

There will be cocoa and cookies. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Don't have a way to get there? Don't want the hassle of a busy parking lot? There will be a bus shuttle to and from Hillberg, from noon-4 p.m. from the Talkeetna Theater on JBER-E -- across from the North Star Inn lodging.

Members not using the bus are encouraged to carpool, as parking spaces will be limited. 

See you there!

JBER Holiday Hospital Hours

The JBER Hospital and 673d Medical Group will be closed the following days (except for Inpatient Services and our Emergency Room - they will remain open 24/7):

25 December 2014 for Christmas Day

26 December 2014 for PACAF Family Day

1 January 2015 for New Year's Day

2 January 2015 for PACAF Family Day

Commissary Closure

The JBER Commissary will close early on 24 December; hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store will be closed on both 25 and 26 December as well as 1 January.

JBER Tax Center Volunteers Needed
Tax Center will be open 28 Jan 15 - 15 Apr 15 In 2014, JBER Tax Centers saw 1,556 taxpayers, saving them $317,000.00 in tax preparation fees Volunteers will complete an online tax prep course & receive a free class from IRS instructors on 20-21 January Volunteers should donate six hours per week Please e-mail your name and phone number to

JBER Community Action Council - December Slides

Combating Human Trafficking Program Combating Human Trafficking

Slavery still exists. The estimates vary widely as to how many people are trapped-- the U.N. puts the number at 2.4 million souls globally, other sources put it at ten times that; three out of four victims are women or girls.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity to support the Special Olympics in Alaska.

Where: Goose Lake in Anchorage

When: Saturday, Dec 20.

0800-1200 (10 volunteers)
1200-1600 (10 volunteers)
1430-1800 (5 volunteers)

To volunteer, email

For more information, visit

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Elmendorf-Richardson, the United States Air Force, or the Department of
Defense, of the external Web site, or the information, products or services
contained therein.

Former School Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Minor--Additional Victims Sought

This is a criminal investigation led by the Anchorage Police Department, in cooperation with the Anchorage School District and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, regarding allegations of offenses by David Schwantes, a former Anchorage School District employee.  The subject of the investigation is not a member of the JBER community and is a private citizen.  JBER has a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault, and the installation is prepared to fully cooperate with investigators if needed.  If you have information concerning this case please contact the Anchorage Police Department at 907-786-8500.

Vet Clinic

The vet clinic, building 47815 Davis Hwy. (Rich side), has openings for your dogs and cats-- next day appointments are frequently available.

They're open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the work week, except Thursdays. Pets need to be registered with the clinic first, so make sure to stop by.
The vet clinic is open to active duty and Guard/Reserve on active orders.


The recent import of Ebola virus disease (EVD) to the United States has highlighted one of the challenges of our global community ... we are connected to events in far off places.  Locally, our risk is low; however we must ensure we have measures in place to detect this virus.  Similar to procedures you have seen across the U.S., the Department of Defense has initiated screening procedures to assist in detecting any potential EVD patients who may arrive here at JBER.

Screening focuses on two key areas - symptoms and travel history (patient and contacts).  Patients complaining of fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained bleeding will be asked if they have traveled to West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia) or have had contact with someone who is infected with Ebola virus disease.  If you are scheduling an appointment for any of the symptoms noted above, you should expect to be asked about travel history and contacts.

As noted, our risk for Ebola virus disease is low.  Because we are entering cold and flu season, we expect people will have fevers and other symptoms common to these illnesses.  The travel and contact history portion of the screening will help identify those who could have EVD instead of common illness (i.e., cold, flu). 

The most important way to combat illnesses is good hand-washing and "cough etiquette."  This is even more important as our children have returned to school and as we gather indoors as the temperatures get cooler.  The more we gather, the greater the opportunity to share whatever we have.  To combat this -- wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home if you are sick, and get your flu vaccination.

We appreciate your assistance in helping to keep our community healthy, and in providing some additional information should you need an appointment for symptoms associated with EVD.   Thanks for partnering with us to promote health and wellness year around across our entire JBER community.

PACAF EBOLA Message EBOLA VIRUS - PACAF Information for Airmen and their Families

Ebola HF Information Syndicated Content - CDC
Tricare Nurse Advice Line - Effective 1 October - flyer
Blood Bank of Alaska O-Negative shortage

The Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA) is the sole blood supplier for the entire state.  There is currently a local and state-wide, critical shortage of O Negative blood, and BBA is in dire need of donors.  If you are willing and able, please donate blood today or this weekend.  Also, please let BBA know that you are from JBER because the facility earns credits for all JBER military and civilian (including employees and dependents) donations.

Location:    Blood Bank of Alaska
                      4000 Laurel Street
                      Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Hours of operation:  M-F 0800-1800, Sat 0900-1700.

Walk-ins are available, however it is better to schedule an appointment by calling (907) 222-5630.

Again, this request is specifically for group O Negative blood donors.  Thank you very much for supporting this urgent request.

Notice - Overseas COLA levels to drop

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Are you prepared for the next EARTHQUAKE?

Read the FEMA Earthquake Safety Checklist and be prepared.


JBADD Seeks Female Volunteers

How to volunteer

 JBER Commander's Guidance Memorandum to AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance

The installation commander has signed a guidance memorandum outlining cold weather uniform wear and options from 15 Sep 14 to 30 Apr 15. This is essentially the same guidance from last winter. Visit the link above to read the memo and ensure you comply with the standards.


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