Archives for January 2017
Public Affairs Specialist for Alaska
Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over a century.
Honoring our shared history and reflecting on the past is one way we can remember that in America, we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. This is part of securing today and tomorrow.
Social Security has the tools to help you plan for your retirement and to apply for benefits online. We also provide disability benefits to individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from working. If the disabled individual has dependent family members, they can also receive payments.
If you or anyone you know is disabled, they may qualify for disability benefits. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age. You can see if you meet our strict definition of disabled and apply for disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/apply.html.
Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors’ benefits. Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. In fact, 98 of every 100 children could get benefits if a working parent dies. Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other federal program. You can learn more about Social Security survivors’ benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/survivors.
TIME: 5:30 – 9:00 PM Friday and 8:00AM – 3:00 PM Saturday
PLACE: School Board Conference Room
The Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities to become a
responsible and productive member of society.
Richard Mauer, President
Dana Mock, Vice President
Eileen Herman, Treasurer
Barbara Parker, Clerk
Joseph Mock, Student Representative
LTC Detrice Mosby, Military Representative
B. Future Meetings
1. Business Meeting February 16, 2017
2. Work Session March 2, 2017
Board Goals for 2016 IV 2017
1. Facilitate the planning, programming, budgeting, execution and reporting of a short and long term maintenance
2. The board will establish key Indicators of District success.
3. The board will oversee the on-going Implementation of the strategic plan.
4. The board will assess the budget to identify areas for further efficiencies and revenue opportunities.
However, with our 90 year old plus dads, kids and grandkids all living outside Alaska we feel the need to be flexible in our travel opportunities.
After many sleepless nights and long discussions we have decided to put Alaska House up for sale. As much as we enjoy the restaurant we realize that family is number one.
Thank you for your business this past year.
John and Linda Sloan
HEADQUARTERS U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Aviators from the USARAK Aviation Task Force have been there for people in need in Alaska’s vast Interior, but the 24-7 search and rescue capability is deploying this spring to Afghanistan.
C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment helicopters and crews are among the 1-52nd Aviation assets deploying in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Without the unit’s full complement of HH-60 medical Black Hawk helicopters, the remaining crews will be devoted to military medical evacuation missions for planned training exercises.
Instead of having a dedicated crew standing by 24-7 in support of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the unit will only provide medevac coverage as needed for the Interior training areas. This “as needed” coverage will be planned out with Range Control well in advance, based off the level of risk for the military training activity.
“We feel the Interior community has become accustomed to our quick reaction time in supporting AKRCC missions,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Eric Collier, USARAK Aviation Safety Officer. “We would like for them to understand that in the event of an RCC request, it could be hours – 5 to 8 hours – based of the status of our aircrews before our aircraft takes off now. This change in coverage is due to the upcoming deployment.”
Public Affairs Office
Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson
Over the past month we have seen reports of weather-related traffic gridlock all across the nation. I mentioned in a recent column about a young friend, and her nine-year old daughter, who were stranded for several hours in her car in the Portland, Oregon, area due to icy road conditions. I’m sure her story is repeated dozens of times every year all across the nation.
Some don’t fare as well as my friend. Some are prepared, many are not. I have had occasion to discuss being “travel prepared” with a few folks. Invariably they ask me for a list of items to carry.
Here are ten items I recommend:
A blanket. Try to find one that has its own carry bag. That will help keep it clean and in some cases, dry.
Warm clothes. Sweatshirt, some heavy socks, maybe a pair of long johns.
Snack food. Protein/granola bars, a jar of peanut butter, a few bottles of water.
First aid kit. Band-aids are always in style, some vaseline, anti-biotic ointment.
Cell phone charging cable. Get the kind that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Then LEAVE it in your car.
Flashlight/headlamp. Spare batteries are always a good idea. I find if you leave batteries in a flashlight for several months corrosion happens.
Tow strap. If you simply slide off the pavement and need a little assistance, a tow strap will come in very handy. Now all you need is a good Samaritan with a four wheel drive pickup.
A deck of cards or an activity book to keep the kids occupied. even a book of crossword puzzles to keep yourself occupied.
Jumper cables. Everyone should have a set anyway. Maybe you can be someone’s hero.
Small, folding shovel. Maybe you need to toss a few shovelfuls of sand under your tires or move a bit of snow.
I’m sure you can think of more, or for your particular situation maybe your needs may differ. There are always the fire-starting items, candles, matches, cookpot to heat water for those Mountain House meals and the list can go on until your trunk is full.
One very good rule is to keep your gas tank above the “half” mark. It costs no more to run on the top half of your tank than the bottom half. And when you’re sitting in sub-freezing weather along the road awaiting rescue, it’s nice to know you’re not going to run out of gas.
Remember it is usually best to stay with your car. FEMA’s website (www.ready.gov) recommends staying with your car unless you can see shelter or a safe location nearby. If you MUST travel, remember to let someone know your destination and your planned route. Then when you arrive, be sure to notify your friends of safe arrival. That’s what pilots call a flight plan.
One footnote; my young friend has since traded in her very nice Ford Fusion for a more sure-footed all-wheel drive Jeep Cherokee. A good choice.
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist for Alaska
It’s that time of year again. Preparing for tax season can seem overwhelming. Some forms and paperwork might be difficult to track down. If you misplaced your Benefits Statement or haven’t received it by the end of January, we’ve made it easy for you to go online to request a replacement with my Social Security.
An SSA-1099, also called a Benefit Statement, is a tax form Social Security mails each year in January to the more than 60 million people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits received from Social Security in the previous year so people know how much Social Security income to report to the IRS on their tax return.
For noncitizens who live outside of the United States and received or repaid Social Security benefits last year, we’ll send form SSA-1042S instead. The forms SSA-1099 and SSA-1042S are not available for people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you currently live in the United States and need a replacement form SSA-1099, we have a way for you to get a replacement quickly and easily. Go online and request a replacement form with a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Online replacement forms are available beginning February 1, 2017.
Every working person in the U.S. should create a my Social Security account. The secure and personalized features of my Social Security are invaluable in securing a comfortable retirement — for today and tomorrow.
(Fairbanks, Alaska) – The Fairbanks International Airport Operators’ Council (AOC) is now accepting scholarship applications. Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, March 31, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.
Applicants must be pursuing a career in piloting, maintenance, airport or aviation management and be enrolled in an aviation related program with an accredited college, university, trade school, approved training, or in current training with a certified flight instructor or A & P Mechanic. High school students with intentions to pursue any of the fields listed above must provide acceptance letters and letters of recommendation from a school counselor. Applicants must have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and intends on working in Alaska.
The ideal recipient/s must demonstrate their commitment to aviation; have interest in general and commercial aviation in Alaska. Have personal and career goals with evidence of financial need. The scholarship/s will be awarded at Fairbanks Aviation Day Saturday, May 20, 2017.