Sheppard Weekly Update: 7.5.23

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Good morning Team Sheppard,


New Public Affairs Photo Studio Hours: Tuesdays 0830-1300. The last Tuesday of the month is a walk-in day. ALL OTHER TUESDAYS ARE APPOINTMENT ONLY.



· Resilience Training Assistant (RTA) Course (31 Jul, 1 Aug and 3 Aug)

If you are interested in gaining more tools to develop yourself and those around you, please consider becoming an RTA. This evidence-based course, pioneered by UPenn's Positive Psychology Department, is an immersive three day session providing resilience skill development and opportunities to enhance self-awareness. Please contact the Prevention Coordination Specialist, Bobbie Merrifield Carrion, through email ( or phone (676-1247) by 25 July to learn more and sign up.



· South Lanes Snack Bar

South Lanes Snack Bar phone number has been changed to 940-500-4488. Call to order food from 0630 til 1830 Monday Through Friday, closed on Holidays.



Do you know an Airman with a unique or inspirational story, or who has recently accomplished an impressive achievement? Put them down below for the chance to be highlighted as a Sheppard Spotlight on social media! This is open to AiTs and permanent party. Please note that these stories/achievements should not be work-related (ACE graduates, ropes, etc.). Submit here:

Please contact 2d Lt Lauren Niemi at with any questions/concerns.



Safety Corner – 101 Critical Days of Summer: Off-Road Vehicle Safety

The long July 4th holiday weekend is behind us, but summer activities aren’t slowing down anytime soon! With the recent mishaps across the Air Force involving off-road vehicles, let’s get serious about your safety when going for a ride.

Quick Tips

- Always wear a Department of Transportation (DoT) compliant helmet, gloves, goggles, over-the-ankle boots, long sleeves, and long pants.

- Never ride on paved roadways.

- Never ride while under the influence.

- Ride at a safe speed and know your physical limits.

- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider off-road vehicle.

- Ride ATVs, Side by Sides & Dirt Bikes that are age appropriate and supervise children/the inexperienced. For more info: ATV Safety Tips ; Dirt Bike Safety Tips ; SxS Safety Tips




• Strong Bonds Marriage Retreat

Price: FREE with meals included!

Where:Quartz Mountain Lodge

When: 7-9 July

For more information, contact Chaplain Gentry at


• Vacation Bible School! "Pets Unleashed"

Price: FREE with meals included!

Where: Landing Zone (Bldg. 450)

When: 12-14 July, 1700-2000

Go to to register your child or to volunteer.

Questions? Contact Heather Stewart at or Allyssa Rittenhouse at



• Relationships 101: How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk

Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Where: Landing Zone (Bldg. 450)

When: 15 July, 0900-1200

For more information, contact Chaplain Stewart at


•Karaoke Night

When: Every Saturday at 1800

Where: Landing Zone (Bldg. 450) For more information, contact Sara Moeller at




· Upcoming Events - Jul 6: Bundles for Babies / 0830-1130

Jul 6: First Duty Station Officer Financial Brief / 0930-1100 (No sign-up needed) Jul 6: TSP / 1130-1230

Jul 6 & 7: DOL Career & Credential Exploration / 0800-1600

· Volunteer Opportunities

Airman’s Attic


Assist in putting items on display and helping customers


Hospice Plus (940) 767-1611 Veteran to Veteran Volunteers Friendly Visitor Volunteers Administrative Volunteers Respite Volunteer


Clay County Animal Shelter

The shelter is located in Henrietta and is 20 minutes from base. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Stuart McClintock, or 940-631-9966.


Red Cross has a volunteer coordinator located at the 82d Medical Group.

They are currently looking for volunteers specifically for the Med Group. To apply to volunteer call 940-217-5958 and give your name and contact information to expedite the process. If there is no answer, please leave a message and the volunteer lead will return your call


Southern Grit Advocacy

Looking for volunteers to help paint a Community Outreach Office @ 1301 10th St, Wichita Falls. The office will host monthly meetings for Anti-Trafficking Coalition.

For more information or to volunteer contact Vicky @ 940-500-7259


FROM THE 82D MEDICAL GROUP Sheppard Clinic has returned to normal business hours 0730-1630


July 3: Family Day, Full Day Closure

July 4: Holiday, Full Day Closure

Jul 19: Training Day, Full Day Closure


Sheppard Clinic has transitioned to MHS GENESIS. With this transition the Tricare Online (TOL) Secure Messaging is being replaced with the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal. It is highly recommended that beneficiaries register for a Patient Portal account as soon as possible by going to


Additional information, videos on registration, or customer-service assistance for the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal can be found at:


Please be patient during this transition and expect longer wait times for some services. Available alternatives include:


Urgent care: please use the Nurse Advice Line (NAL) for triage and to get referrals as needed for Active Duty members by calling 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273) -


Pharmacy Alternatives:


Express Scripts

TRICARE Pharmacies


PHONE NUMBERS For emergency, after-hours on-call services for Behavioral Health, Dental, Flight Medicine and Casualty Affairs are available by contacting the Command Post at 940-676-6266. Stay connected with the 82d Medical Group by visiting


For the time being, when an Active Duty member and/or Beneficiaries require an appointment within 24-hours, and there are no available appointments in Warrior Operations Medicine Clinic (WOMC) or Beneficiary Care Clinic, the Central Appointment Desk (CAD) will refer the patient to the NAL to be triaged. If the NAL determines the patient needs to go to Urgent Care, NAL nurses can put in a referral for the AD members. Non-AD patients may go to any TRICARE-authorized Urgent Care Center or Network Provider without a referral.



• Faith Mission/Faith Refuge

(940) 723-5663

- Faith Mission Lunch

- Faith Refuge Dinner

- Noon Chapel Service

- Evening Chapel Service

• Habitat for Humanity

(940) 716-9300

Volunteers Work to Build Homes

• Child Care Partners

(940) 766-4332

- Read stories to children

- Assist w/holiday parties

- Facility upkeep

• CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates

(940) 766-0552

Committed individuals appointed by judges to guide one child or one set of siblings through the judicial system to safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

· Base Camp Lindsey (BCL) -- #endveteranhomelessness//Check out BCLs FB Page


Call (940) 613-3172 or E-mail for more details


-Volunteers for BCL Workdays (various building improvement projects)

-Volunteers for monthly "Stand Down" for Homeless (including vets)

-Volunteers for various fundraising events