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Los Angeles Air Force Base -- Here's the latest news of interest to the LAAFB community.

Military Personnel Flight Closed, Dec. 3

The 61 MSS Military Personnel Flight (MPF) will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 for an official squadron function. It will re-open on Monday, Dec. 3.

Holiday Bash Tickets on Sale

The annual "Holiday Bash" will be held at the Fort MacArthur Community Center, Saturday, Dec. 1. A full evening of music, dancing and contests begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for E-1 through 6 and GS-2 through 9; $25 for E-7 through 9, O-1 through 4 and GS-10 through 13; $30 for O-5 and above and GS-14 and above; and $40 for contractors. For more information, call (310) 653-1111.

Health Benefits Open Season Begins Nov. 12.

The Federal Benefits Employees (FEHB) Open Season begins Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 10. During the open season, eligible Federal civilian employees may enroll, change plans or options, change from self-and-family to self-only, or cancel coverage. Any changes become effective on Jan. 6, and will be reflected on the Jan. 25 Leave and Earnings Statement.

Air Force-serviced civilian employees can submit their FEHB enrollment or changes electronically via the BEST automated system (https://www.my.af.mil/afpc2wwa/portalsecure/direct.aspx?id=2) or by phone (800-616-3775).

Commissary Holiday Hours Announced

The LAAFB Commissary has announced special holiday hours. The commissary is usually closed on Mondays but will be open on Christmas and New Years evesĀ  from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. It will be closed on Christmas and News Years Day, which fall on Tuesdays this year.

Lake Tahoe Ski Trip Planned

Ski Lake Tahoe and stay in Reno, Dec. 14 through 16. The trip costs $130 and includes transportation, hotel (double occupancy), and snowboard rental. The bus leaves LAAFB at 7 a.m. on Friday and returns Sunday night. Military lift tickets are free. Non-active duty must purchase tickets on the mountain. Sign up fast while room is still available. For more information, call (310) 653-6852.

Navy Ship to Hold Open House at Seal Beach

The amphibious assault ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) will hold an open house on Saturday, Dec. 1, with tours of the warship to be given from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. The tour is free of charge and no reservations are required. Cameras are permitted, and walking shoes are highly recommended. No backpacks or handbags will be allowed onboard the ship. Public access to the ship will only be available via the station's Liberty Gate, located on Seal Beach Boulevard 1/8 mile south of the Pacific Coast Highway intersection. No access will be available from the station's main gate.

Holiday Gift and Food Drives Held

The 2007 Holiday Food and Gift Drive will take place Monday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Dec. 21. This year the drive will benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles, The Salvation Army, the Masada Homes and Trinity Children's Foundation foster care facilities, Portals, the Make-A-Wish Program, and the children of active duty personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donation bins will be located at Aerospace and on the Los Angeles AFB. Donations of nonperishable food and gifts are needed. Additionally, the Angel Tree Program provides a variety of toys and clothing for children during the holidays. Each agency will have a distinct Angel Tag attached to a tree with a child's name, gender, and gift requests from the child. Gifts or gift cards contributing to the request are welcome. Angel Trees will be placed in the A2 Credit Union, the A3 and D8 Cafeterias, and LAAFB buildings 270, 271, and Base Clinic.

The annual Holiday Food and Gift Drive is sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation and the Space and Missile Systems Center. For more information, call Xavier Galindo at (310)336-1813.

LAAFB Toastmasters Club Meetings Held

The club meets every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. Meetings are held in Bldg. 271, 3rd Floor, Rm. B3-642. For more information, call Cleve Carter (310) 416-9898 Ext 138."

Airman's Attic Now Open

The Attic is located in Bldg. 37 on Fort MacArthur. New operating hours are Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6 to 8 pm. There are no weekend hours. For more information, call (310) 653-6767 or (310) 221-0909.

Local School Information Available on Base

Los Angeles County is composed of the City of Los Angeles plus 89 communities and more than 80 school districts The Airman & Family Readiness Center can assist you with enrollment procedures, information about magnet schools, South Bay school districts, home schooling resources and private schools. A&FRC also handles all inter- and intra- district transfer for military children.

Ticket Office Relocated to the Club

Tickets for various local attractions and movie theaters are for sale at discounted prices. The Ticket Office relocated to the cashier's office in The Club (Bldg. 270) earlier this year. Call (310) 653-1304 for more information. Outdoor Recreation is still the place to go to rent equipment and sign up for adventure trips; however, discount tickets are no longer sold at Outdoor Adventures.