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VIENNA HIGH ALERT
Vienna Police announced that there is a credible but non-specific threat of attacks against Vienna churches, based on Austrian intelligence sources. As a precautionary measure, there will be increased presence of police forces throughout the city, some with specialized equipment. The duration of the increased deployment has not yet been determined. Vienna police will issue warnings if there are more specific threats.
Actions to take:
• Keep a low profile
• Monitor local media for updates.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Follow the instructions of authorities and road signs regarding closures and detours.
• Review your personal security plans.
• Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
For further assistance or questions:
U.S. Embassy Vienna – Consular Section
Parkring 12A, Vienna, 1190, Austria
+43 1 313-39-7535 (weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
+43 1 313-39-0 (after hours, weekends and holidays)
Embassy website: at.usembassy.gov
LOCAL EVENTS UPCOMING
Brigadier General Tad and Jen Clark cordially invite you to attend the Aviano Air Base Holiday Open House
WHEN: Friday, 1 December 2023
WHERE: La Bella Vista Club
1000-1050 — MXG, 372 TRS, AFN
1100-1150 — MDG, DeCA, AAFES
1200-1250 — MSG
1300-1400 — Break
1400-1450 — OG, DLA, DRMO, OSI
1500-1550 — WSA, 724 AMS, DoDEA, DoD Contractors
All active duty, Foreign Nationals, NAF, GS, DoDEA, and DoD contractors are welcome to attend. We kindly request personnel attend at the time designated for their organization.
However, we realize due to busy schedules these times will not work for all, so those unable to attend at their designated time are welcome to join another group.
No RSVP necessary. Dress: UOD/Work Casual
Thursday, Nov 30 AT Wyvern Square promises a spectacular display of twinkling lights, vibrant decorations, and enchanting holiday accents that will whisk you away to a Christmas fairytale. We even have, Santa Claus himself taking a well-deserved break from his North Pole duties to join us!
For more information please visit https://www.31fss.com/wyvern-wonderland
24X1 TELETHON RELAY RUN/MARCH
WHEN: From 3 pm on Saturday 2 December to 3 pm on Sunday 3 December
WHERE: Udine / downtown
Details: Looking for U.S. members (military, civilians) to form Italian/American teams to participate in a 24-hour-non-competitive run/walk to support medical research through Telethon. There is 10 Euro participation fee that will be donated to Telethon. Each participant will walk/run one hour, ideally paired with an ITAF Aviano member. This is an opportunity to show joint partnership with our Italian hosts. Deadline for name submission is COB 24 November. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information, please contact Angela Zammattio, 31 FW/PA, at 632 7555.
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION - Fall 2023
$500 Educational Scholarship
TOPIC: Share how your volunteer work is helping others, as well as how you learned and developed personally.
1. Military Spouse Scholarship
a. Must be a military spouse stationed on Aviano AB (Include PCS orders as proof of spouse status)
b. Must show proof of college enrolment (unofficial or official transcript, etc.)
c. Write a 2–3-page paper in APA 7th edition format (Double Spaced).
2. Military Dependent Scholarship
a. Must be a military dependent stationed at Aviano AB age 16 – 19 (Include PCS orders as proof of dependent status)
b. Write a 2–3-page paper in APA 7th edition format (Double Spaced).
3. Junior Enlisted Scholarship
a. Must be an E1 – E-6 stationed on Aviano AB.
b. Must show of proof college enrolment (AFVEC educational goal, unofficial or official transcript, etc.)
c. Write a 2–3-page paper in APA 7th edition format (Double Spaced).
d. Submit paper and proof required proof mentioned in each category NLT 17 November 2023 to the NCOA Council Org box ( email@example.com )
The community center is calling for your help to make our upcoming festive event truly magical! Click the link below to be part of the holiday magic and join us in creating a memorable experience for our Aviano community.
Middle and High School Holiday Band Concerts
Two concerts taking place in the DoDEA School's MPR to showcase the talents of our students here at Aviano! December 6th will be the Middle School Concert and December 7th will be the High School Concert.
Where: DoDEA School's MPR (cafeteria)
When: December 6 & 7 at 1800
A spectacular display of twinkling lights, vibrant decorations, and enchanting holiday accents that will whisk you away to a Christmas fairytale. We even have, Santa Claus himself taking a well-deserved break from his North Pole duties to join us!
When: Thursday, Nov 30
Where: Wyvern Square
It’s that time of year again, folks! And as always, your Aviano Post Office will be working hard around the clock to ensure your holiday mailing needs are well taken care of! The Military Postal Service has released the following recommended shipping dates to ensure your packages arrive in the US in time for Christmas!
To better serve you this holiday season, beginning tomorrow, 15 November, we will begin our holiday hours opening at 0900 for the Outbound Mail Counter and Parcel Pick-Up Windows! As a reminder, volunteers are ALWAYS welcome and will be very much appreciated during this busy time of year. We thank you all for your continued support. Happy Holidays!
SEND YOUR WISH LIST TO SANTA!
1. Write your letter
2. Address it to: Santa Claus
c/o Stars and Stripes
APO, AE 09211-9480
3.Drop it into any US or APO mailbox*
*Postmark by Dec. 20, 2022 and Santa may have time to send a note in return! For more information, visit letterstosanta.stripes.com
TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Does one of your kids have an exceptional teacher you think deserves to be recognized? Submit them for Teacher of the Month in the Grapevine!
Submission link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RHZPTPZ
Questions? Contact the School Liaison Office at 0434306084 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSING AND FMS
For Housing matters, the email is: email@example.com
For FMS matters, the email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
FMS Appliance Repair: On 1 December 2023, after-hours call out service for appliances will end. Please continue to email our customer service techs at: 31CES.CEIHF.AvianoFurnishings@us.af.mil & they will schedule appointments during duty hours. For stove gas leaks, turn off valve & contact local fire dept. For refrigerator issues contact 0434-30-5636 Option 1 for further instructions. For Washer leak/issues, turn off the water valve/soak up any water and contact FMS for an appt.
THE WING HISTORY OFFICE
Is collecting historical photos of Aviano Air Base and 31st Fighter Wing to expand the Wing Archive. Historical photos are used for brochures, briefings, and displays to further historical knowledge about the base and unit. Submissions can come from anyone in the community. Please submit photos through the History Office Sharepoint site: https://usaf.dps.mil/sites/Aviano/31FW/HO Click on "Submit Historical Photos" and upload them to the library on that page.
MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS
CSAF directed his Air Staff and all MAJCOM command teams to assign personnel to a Cross-Functional Team designed to cut bureaucracy and get initiatives directly in front of our AF leaders and tasked for action. Below you will find a link to the DAF press release which has a link at the bottom open to all Airmen and Guardians to submit initiatives that they believe are actionable items that will help remove barriers to Mental Health, Wellness or Resiliency in our force. These will be seen and reviewed at the highest levels of leadership in the Air Force so here is your chance to drive meaningful change.
All the submissions are reviewed before being placed in front of leadership so please refrain from submitting items that are not related to the Sprint or that have already been addressed or are in the process of being evaluated (I.E. Beards….).
-Friendly reminder from your FMS Team: Customers are responsible for ensuring all appliances/furniture loaned to you by the Government are properly cared for. This includes regular cleaning of appliances; stoves - after every use, refrigerators - weekly, washers/dryers - filters after every use and rubber seal monthly. This is to prevent staining and odors that cannot be removed. If you would like to learn how to keep your appliances clean please stop by our warehouse for a quick demo.
-If you are taking Leave or going TDY, please ensure you have someone checking on your home regularly. Most home electric panels here in Italy are not equipped to automatically switch your electricity back on after an outage. During the summer months, we replace an average of 10 refrigerators due to electrical outages at a cost of $10K per year. Customers are responsible for ensuring all items loaned to you by the Government are properly cared for.
-PCS season is here, please ensure you clean your appliances at least one day prior to your pick-up appointment. If you don't have time, there are cleaning companies in the local area to assist you. We appreciate your support.
31st MEDICAL GROUP
The 31st MDG is undergoing some changes that may impact some Wyvern Nation members. This change is heavily influenced by the transition to MHS GENESIS and the resulting limited appointment availability. Beginning 1 September, 31st MDG will return to the Defense Health Agency’s space-available care policy. Patients who are empaneled to a Primary Care Manager (PCM) will not be impacted. However, some government civilian, contractor, and retiree population will experience a change in available services. The number one priority is to provide safe and reliable medical care--a healthy PCM-patient relationship includes the ability to manage all aspects of health, including care for chronic conditions, referrals, preventive medicine, and medication management. The inability to assign Space-A patients to a PCM limits the capability to provide the highest caliber of care. Please see the attached documents for more information on this change.
What can you do right now?
• If you are unsure about your beneficiary status, you can call the Tricare office (0434-30-5067) or International SOS (+44-20-8762-8384) to inquire.
• If you are a Tricare Select or Tricare for Life beneficiary, you can opt into the Tricare Plus program to be empaneled to a 31st MDG Primary Care Manager.
• If you are a Space-A patient, you can establish care with an off-base Primary Care Manager. The Tricare office has a list of providers to get you started.
AFN NOW TV APP
The “AFN Now” TV App is Now Available to all DoD – Stream your favorite TV series, reality shows, news, sports, and movies for Free.
1. Make sure your Profile in DEERS is up to date to reflect that you are stationed in Europe/Italy via https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil/idco/ .
2. Download the “AFN Now” app via the App Store / Google Play and register via https://afn-now.myafn.mil/.
3. Enjoy watching!
“AFN Now” Help Desk: 571-559-1415 or email@example.com. Did you know you can also listen to AFN radio on the go or at your computer via https://afngo.net/. The app can also be download via the App Sore or Google Play. Check out the AFN Aviano Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AFNAviano) for more details.
Download the US Air Force Connect app from iOS App Store and Google Play Store and search for 31st Fighter Wing and make it your "favorite" when you click on the star on the bottom right, to get localized information.
AVIANO HONOR GUARD RECRUITING
Aviano Honor Guard is looking for new members! Anyone who is interested in becoming an integral part of Wyvern Nation's various events and ceremonies or just looking for more information you can attend the Honor Guard's training sessions, which are every Wednesday at 1600 at the Mensa Building (Bldg. 1467), and can be found on the first floor next to the Chapel Office.
AVIANO RESOURCES AND TRAINING
WYVERN UNIVERSITY COURSES
Below you will find the Wyvern University Weekly Professional Development Courses being offered. These courses are also designed for civilians (local nationals, contractors, GS) and dependents (14 and up). *BYO lunch optional* Civilian clothes are authorized.
Sign up for classes using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daea829aaf4c61-wyvern
MENTAL HEALTH AND RESILIENCY RESOURCES
Mental health and resiliency is always of utmost importance. We want our Airmen and Families to make use of any resources and opportunities that are available, as well as know where to go to get help. Check out our Wyvern Resiliency page at https://www.aviano.af.mil/About-Us/Community-Support-Agencies for several resources, contact information, and tips to stay mentally ready. You can reach the Mental Health office at 0434-30-5321 during duty hours. For after-hours calls, you can call the Command Post at 0434-30-3100 for emergency situations. The Military & Family Life Counseling is still offering in-person and virtual counseling. You can make an appointment by calling 0434-30-5407 or DSN 632-5407. If you’d like to speak to a Chaplain you can reach them at 0434-30-5211 during duty hours. For after hours calls, you can call the Command Post at 0434-30-3100 to be patched directly with the on-duty Chaplain.
SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING
There are two training venues: self-paced and small group training. Upon completion there is a QR where you can request a certificate from AFPC on their public access site: https://www.resilience.af.mil/Programs/Equipping-Families/
Self-Paced training: Approximately 22 minutes divided between five modules/videos, with two questions below the videos to help practice recognizing warning signs during the video. The final module has a place for you to provide feedback and request a certificate from AFPC.
Small Group training: Resource handout that can be printed, a video with pauses to allow facilitation of discussion, and a small group discussion guide for the facilitator with handouts for small group discussion guidance. There is also a QR code to provide feedback and request a certificate from AFPC.
VICINI AMERICANI SUGGESTED EVENTS FOR UPCOMING WEEKEND
Current as of: November 16, 2023