Sheppard Weekly Update: 09.11.23

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  • By Airman 1st Class Katie McKee
  • 82d TRW Public Affairs

Good morning Team Sheppard, 

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Submit your Weekly Brief announcements *due NLT 1300 every Wednesday*


  • NEW: Hours are now 0830-1300.
  • The last Tuesday of the month will be walk-in appointments. Come camera-ready.
  • The Public Affairs photo studio is by APPOINTMENT ONLY


5th Annual, 9/11 stair climb challenge

Who: All Sheppard Personnel (No AIT)

What: 9/11 Stair Climb Challenge

When: 15 September 2023, 0600-1800

Where: Air Traffic Control Tower (Building 1902)

Why: Honor 9/11 first responders

The event will be held at the Air Traffic Control Tower (Building 1902) from 0600-1800. Our goal is to climb 4,840 flights as a base (2 towers x 110 flights per tower x 22nd anniversary). There is no minimum number of flights to climb, but every step counts!

Feel free to sign up for multiple slots. Due to fire code, participants must adhere to their allocated time slot. There is also an area to volunteer to help out for the event

if you would like.


(please use another device to access the Google Drive link as it will not open on a government computer)



Permanent party members of Team Sheppard are invited to the Air Force Ball by Brig. Gen. George T.M. Dietrich III on the 21st of October.


Please check your emails for an invitation and link to tickets or reach out to SSgt. Van Arsdale for further inquiries.




Please note changes to previously posted December closures.

Wed, 20 Sept: training day; full day closure

Mon, 9 Oct: federal holiday

Wed, 18 Oct: training day; full day closure

Fri, 10 Nov: federal holiday

Wed, 15 Nov: training day; full day closure

Thurs, 23 Nov: federal holiday

Fri, 24 Nov: AETC family day; open 0730-1130 *for appointments only/no walk-in services

Sheppard clinic exercise 12 & 13 December *services may be affected change to December training day:

Thurs, 14 Dec training day; full day closure
Mon, 25 Dec: Federal holiday
Tues, 26 Dec: AETC family day; open 0730-1130 *for appointments only/no walk-in services
Mon, 1 Jan 2024: federal holiday; full day closure
Tues, 2 Jan 2024: AETC family day; open 0730-1130 *for appointments only/no walk-in services.




Sheppard Elementary is looking for a Certified Teacher with teaching experience. We also need substitute teachers. Please contact Mrs. Waddell at for more information.




Quarterly W.I.N.G.S Women's Warrior Brief. One of Sheppard AFB's ALS classes will also be in attendance for further mentoring!

Thursday, Sept. 14, from 16:30 - 16:45 at the Welcome Center



For all civil servant retirees that utilize Sheppard AFB, the DoD has issued information regarding the future of civil servant retirees CACs. Due to this information all civil servant retirees will need to eventually come to the SAFB visitor center during duty hours, M-F 0630-1630, to get their RealID state ID/drivers license registered into the DBIDs system for base access. Per the provided link civil servant retirees IDs will no longer be issued as of 31 August 2023, this should mean that if any civil servant retirees have a valid ID that is not expired it should still authorize them access to the installation up to that listed expiration date.

If that is the case, then civil servant retirees would only need to come to the VCC to get their RealID registered to their DBIDs account once their current credential expires.

If that is not the case and RAPIDs/DEERs does in fact remove all civil servant retirees credentials from their system on 31 August, then all civil servant retirees requiring access to the installation after that date would need to come to the VCC to have their RealIDs registered to their DBIDs profiles.

This process takes approximately 5-10 minutes and all that is required to complete it is the Form 50, proving they are a DoD civil servant retirees authorized base access, and their RealID compliant ID card.




As a reminder, the Call for Topics is now open for the 2024 Learning Professionals’ Consortium (LPC-24) with a deadline of NLT COB 30 September.


This two-day event will take place in-person the week of March 11, 2024, in San Antonio (specific date/venue TBD). The event gives attendees the opportunity to learn best practices, hear successful collaboration stories, and gain solutions to learning issues.

Submit topics here

The rubric the committee will use to evaluate submissions




Women of the Chapel Christian Bible Study - Lunch and Book Provided! Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes When: 6 Sept at 1100-1200 (Recurring Every Wednesday) Where: Spiritual Development Center (BLDG. 4475) Contact Lori Holmquist at




  • WALK • RUN • REMEMBER September 15 • 7:30am • 1 Mile Track M&FRC partnership with Fitness' 5K Series 2023: 911 Never Forget (5K Scheduled for September 9 has been cancelled, those who finish the 5K will receive their "911 Never Forget" medal to add to their lanyard.)


  • Become an FCC Provider! Make money from home. Set your own schedule. Free training. Loaner equipment to get you started. Call 940-676-5437.


  • Escape Room - Asylum The Commons • $10 per person • Ages 10+ Max 5 people per group • 1 hour - 1 escape


  • September Limited Time Offer at Runway Taco Salad • $11


  • September Featured Drink at Common Grounds Campfire S’mores Latte - Espresso with milk, toasted marshmallow syrup, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and graham cracker crumbs on top.





Spiders, Mosquitos, and Porcupines-OH MY! With the days & nights (hopefully) cooling down, all the insects and critters will start to make their appearance again. Protect yourself from insects and critters when spending time outdoors!

Quick Tips

  • Spiders? Did you say flame thrower?
  • Ticks carry diseases; wear insect repellent and check animals regularly
  • Seek medical treatment for severe reactions to bites and stings
  • Wild animals, as cute as some of them are, they are not pet material
  • Be cautious around stray cats and dogs
  • Mosquitos carry diseases too; wear insect repellent

For more info: AFSEC-Insects & Critters 




  • Karaoke Night

When: Every Saturday at 1800
Where: Landing Zone (Bldg. 450)
For more information, contact Sara Moeller at


  • Movie Night - Free Popcorn!

When: Friday at 1830
Where: Landing Zone (Bldg. 450)
For more information, contact Sara Moeller at


  • Injustice 2 Tournament

When: 16 Sept at 1430
Where: Landing Zone (Bldg. 450)
For more information, contact Sara Moeller at


  • Chess Tournament

When: 16 September at 1430
Where: Landing Zone (Bldg. 450)
For more information, contact Sara Moeller at




Women of the Chapel Christian Bible Study - Lunch and Book Provided! Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes When: 6 Sept at 1100-1200 (Recurring Every Wednesday) Where: Spiritual Development Center (BLDG. 4475) Contact Lori Holmquist at



Hometown Heroes Sidewalk Sale: A Day for Big Savings

Sept. 14th- 10:30am-6pm

Sept. 15th- 10:30am-6pm

Sept 16th- 10:30am-5pm


Download the Commissary Click 2GO app for personalized searches, quick access to sales flyers and coupons, recipes and meal solutions.




Upcoming Events @ the M&FRC:
Sep 11: Civilian Resume Writing / 1300-1430

Sep 12: Smooth Move / 0900-1000

Sep 12: Key Spouse Quarterly Training / 1000-1200

Sep 13: Tricare for Retirees / 1300-1430

Sep 15: Walk/Run/Remember – Never Forget / 0730-0830 / 1-mile Track

Sep 15: LinkedIn 1.0 / 1300-1500



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.


Hospice of Wichita Falls ~ Salute to Service Tribute Volunteers sponsored by the Sheppard AFB Retirees Activities Office (940) 676-5088 Email:

Military volunteers can be from any branch of service (veterans, active duty, guard, reserves) and any rank. o A couple hours a month depending on the number of volunteers signed up. o Volunteers will need to be in uniform for the ceremonies and must travel themselves to Hospice of Wichita Falls. Dress will be duty uniform. For Veterans choice of uniform. o Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse volunteers for travel expenses. o REQUIRED TRAINING: Hospice of Wichita Falls requires all volunteers to attend a short HIPPA training course (The Sheppard retiree Activities Office will provide that information to the volunteers on when and where that will be held).

  • Wichita Falls Horse Committee is having their annual horse Expo at the JS Bridwell Arena

and looking for volunteers. This year is a salute to Veteran Equestrians with Disabilities. It is a 2-day event and are looking for volunteers to assist in the arena, help with gates, and other various tasks. It will start Saturday 11 Nov at 9 am and again Sunday12 Nov at 9 am. For more info or questions please call or text (940)674-5363 or (940)781-6798 or email

  • Ruben’s House of Classics

We need help with setup for the event Saturday, Sept. 16, 07:30 - 07:45. Helping with stage crew, directing the bands and dancers on when they will be performing. Help at the entrance, once payment has been made the wristband can be given. Directing traffic to advise of how to get into the event and ensure no one gets in without paying.

Location: 417 Indiana Ave Wichita Falls Tx 76301