NEWS | Oct. 23, 2008

Randolph holds Retiree Appreciation Day

By Michael Briggs 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

Randolph honors local military retirees Nov. 1 when the base hosts its annual Retiree Appreciation Day. 

The free event starts at 9 a.m. in Hangar 4 on the east flight line and is open to retirees from all branches of the military service and their family members. 

"Retiree Appreciation Day is a way for the 12th Flying Training Wing to show its appreciation for retirees' service to Randolph and the military," said retired Col. Jim Scarff, Retired Activities Office director here. "It also provides an opportunity for retiree families to enjoy the different services of base, state and federal agencies, and to interface with a number of service organizations and local vendors." 

Continental breakfast is served starting at 8 a.m. Opening ceremonies, including welcoming remarks from Col. Jacqueline Van Ovost, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, start at 9 a.m. followed by a morning-long information fair, health and personnel services, displays and demonstrations. 

The base dining facility is open to retirees and their families for brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Medical and health services include flu shots, blood pressure checks, dental screenings, balance testing, appointment-setting for mammograms, and information about pharmacy services, mental health, and nutrition and fitness. 

TRICARE representatives will be on hand with information about the military health program. 

Other services include ID card issue and vehicle registration. 

T-6 and T-38 aircraft will be on display, and the 12th Security Forces Squadron will conduct a military working dog demonstration. 

Door prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes throughout the event. 

A shuttle bus will run regularly from Hangar 4 to the clinic, personnel building, dining facility and shopping areas. 

"We encourage everyone to attend this great event," Colonel Scarff said. "Both retirees and their family members will benefit from the day." 

For more details, call the Randolph Retiree Activities Office at 652-6880.