Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I make a suggestion?

The 914th Airlift Wing Partnership Council was established in order to help create and maintain a working environment in which managers, employees, and union officials can work together as partners to identify problems and devise solutions in support of our mission and in the best interest of all of our personnel. The Partnership Council consists of the Wing Commander, Group Commanders, Civilian Personnel Reps and Union Officials.

One of the ways we have been able to make positive changes is through suggestions. If you have a suggestion that you feel will enhance our mission and/or our workforce please send an email to: 914 AW Labor-Management Partnership Council or place your suggestion in one of the Partnership Suggestion boxes located throughout the base. You will find the boxes in Bldg. 800 (front entranceway), Hallway connecting Bldg. 902 & 907, Bldg. 807, Fire Department, and Security Forces.

The Partnership Council meets once a quarter and will address the suggestions at that time. Responses to the suggestions will be conveyed via the base intranet and e-mail distribution. Your suggestions can be unanimous. if you prefer not to include your name and contact information, we ask that you be very specific when you write your suggestion. Without contact information we won't have any way of clarifying issues that may be vague.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Will there be an air show this year?

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is scheduled to host the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Air Show, on July 18 - 19 featuring the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

This event and is free and open to the public.  Gates open at 9:00 am and Opening Ceremonies kick off at 11:00 am.

In addition to the Thunderbirds, we will also feature the U.S. Army Golden Knights as well as several military and civilian air performers, various aerobatic demonstrations, ground displays, concessions and much more, making the year's show the "can't-miss event of the summer."

For more information, visit www.thunderofniagara.com

Does Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station have a Base Exchange?

The Niagara exchange offers a variety of merchandise including gift items, clothing, hardware, stereo equipment, pet food and gardening supplies. The exchange offers layaways, check cashing and accepts major credit cards.  There is also a Class Six located within the exchange.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Non UTA Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Non UTA Sundays: Closed

914th AW UTA
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

107th ARW UTA
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Phone Number
(716) 297-3080

Location
2240 Kirkbridge Drive
Niagara Falls ARS, NY 14304

Web site
http://www.aafes.com/

Does Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station provide tours to the public?

Yes.  914 AW tours are scheduled from April until October, on the third Thursday of each month. Due to mission requirements, all tours, times, and locations are subject to change.

Subject to approval, each tour prospect is required to submit a letter or e-mail of inquiry 15 days in advance to the 914th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office. Requests may be submitted via letter or e-mail, stating who the group is, the amount of people anticipated- including chaperones, a specific date, with a second date choice as well, and whether the group will be arriving by car or bus. Please identify a point-of-contact, and include their phone number and e-mail address. 914 AW Public Affairs must receive all required information from attendees (driver's license number, full name, and DOB) to be authorized on the base. We must receive this information at least 24 hrs before the tour. If we do not receive the required information, the tour will be cancelled. All individuals participating in the tour must have photo identification upon entry to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station; the individuals who fail to bring a Photo ID will not be permitted on NFARS (exceptions for Photo ID verification will be made for children under the age of 16)

Inquires should be directed to the following:

Letter: 914th Airlift Wing
Office of Public Affairs
Attn: Tour Coordinator
Headquarters Building 800
2720 Kirkbridge Drive
Niagara Falls ARS, NY 14304-5001

Phone: (716) 236-2136

E-Mail: 914aw.pa@us.af.mil

Is there a Civil Air Patrol Unit at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station?

Yes, there is a Civil Air Patrol unit that participates here at the base.

For more information on this local unit send an email to NFCAP@live.com

For general information on CAP visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com

Is there a Commissary at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station?

No.  There is an Army and Air Force Exchange Commissary at Ft. Drum near Watertown, New York. It is located in Building 10730C, South Memorial Drive, Ft. Drum, NY, 13602-5006.  The telephone number is (315) 722-6581.

How do I find out about contracting opportunities at Niagara?

Contracting Opportunities

The Federal BizOps site lists contracting opportunities for products and service with an estimated value between $10,000.00 and $25,000. For procurements greater than $25,000, go to www.fbo.gov.

How do I get to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station?

From the East (Rochester, NY)
West on Interstate 90.
West on Interstate 290/Niagara Falls (Exit 51).
North on Interstate 190/Niagara Falls
Turn off at Packard Road (Exit 23).
Turn right at traffic light.
Continue straight past 4 more traffic lights for aproxmately 1.75 miles at that point it becomes Lockport Road.
Continue another mile, turn right at the main gate.

From the West (Erie, PA)
East on Interstate 90.
North on Interstate 190/Niagara Falls (Exit 53).
Turn off at Packard Road (Exit 23).
Turn right at traffic light.
Continue straight past 4 more traffic lights for aproxmately 1.75 miles at that point it becomes Lockport Road.
Continue another mile, turn right at the main gate.

From CANADA
East on Hwy 405/Bridge to U.S.A.
Cross the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge.
South on Interstate 190.
Turn off at Packard Road (Exit 23).
Turn Left onto Parkard Road.
Continue straight past 5 traffic lights for aproxmately 1.75 miles at that point it becomes Lockport Road.
Continue another mile, turn right at the main gate.

Does Niagara Falls ARS have any programs to assist family members of military personnel?

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has a full-time Family Readiness Support Center. While operated by Air Force Reserve Command, the center is available to assist military dependents, regardless of branch of service. The number to the center is (716) 236-2097.  FAX (716) 236-2009.

Does the Niagara Falls ARS have a Color Guard or Honor Guard team?

Yes.  To request a Color Guard for your function or to request an Honor Guard for a funeral, contact  the Honor Guard Non Comissioned Officer In Charge at  (716) 236-3182.

I am a military retiree. Can I obtain an ID card?

Yes.  Niagara Falls ARS has a customer service section that can provide assistance to military retirees and their dependents regardless of the branch of service. The ID section can be reached at (716) 236-2197 or (716) 236-2435.  Hours of operation are:
 
Monday & Tuesday, 7:30-11:00am & 12:30-2:00pm
 914 AW Bldg. 314

Wednesday & Thursday, 7:30-11:30am & 12:30-2:00pm
 107 AW Bldg. 901, please call: 716-236-2435

Fridays- alternates between buildings
 7:30-11:00am ONLY (No afternoon hours)

Please call ahead to insure personnel are available to assist you.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

Two forms of identification are required for sponsors and dependents 21 years of age and older when enrolling a member or dependent in DEERS or when an ID Card is issued.

One form must be a photo ID.

The following is a list of acceptable forms of identification:

  • Military ID
  • Driver's License
  • Foreign Driver's License
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • School ID with Photo
  • Another form of Federal, State or Local Government issued Photo
  • Identification Line Badge
  • US Passport
  • Weapons Permit
  • Voter' s Registration Card
  • Foreign Passport
  • INS Documentation

We will also need the documentation for the action that is being accomplished.
 Promotion - Promotion order
 Marriage - Marriage License, Spouses Birth Certificate, Spouses SSN card & photo ID
 Divorce - Divorce Decree
 Re-enlistment - enlistment document
 Retirement- Retirement DD Form 214 if active duty / Retirement order
 Death - Death certificate
 Child Birth- Birth certificate and SSN
 100% Disabled Vet: Letter from VA showing 100% Service connected Disability & DD form 214
 Student (Children ages 21 - 23) - A letter from the school registrar that certifies enrollment in a full time course of study leading to an associate degree or higher and the anticipated graduation date.
 

Firing Range Trespass Notice

Trespassing at the range complex is illegal and dangerous due to gunfire. 
The range is located at 10930 Utzig Dr., Bldg 427.
If entry is needed contact; Tech. Sgt. Stephen Houseman, NCOIC, stephen.houseman@us.af.mil  236-2219/2590 or on UTA weekends Master Sgt. Matt Clancy matthew.clancy.2@us.af.mil 236-2590.

Where can I find the Intregrated Natrral Resources Management plan?

You can view the NFARS INRMP FONSI  May 2012 and the NFARS INRMP May 2012

Who do I call if I have any legal questions?

This office is open on 914th AW UTA weekends only and selected dates throughout the year.  Call the 914th AW Judge Advocate's Office at: (716) 236-2134
 

Can I get a space available room on base?

Please contact our Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station lodging reservation desk at: 1-888-235-6343 ext 642. 
 Winter hours 1 Nov -31 Mar  0700-2000hrs. 
 Summer hours 1 Apr - 31 Oct  0700-2300hrs.

I'm a military retiree and want to find out about Space "A" flight availability. How can I do this?

Space-A is located in Building 810

There are 3 ways to sign up for Space-A travel:

 Walk-ins- Bldg. 810 (south of the BX) between 0800-1400
 Fax- completed AMC Form 140 to 716-236-2466
 Email- send completed AMC Form to 30aps.spacea@us.af.mil
 For recorded information on available flights call 716-236-2360
 Additional information can be found at: http://www.amc.af.mil/amctravel/index.asp 

Categories:

AGR:
 -Will travel as category 3
 -Must be on leave status to sign up for Space-A
 -Will remain on Space-A roster until leave ends
 -Dependents can travel with sponsor

Technicians:
 -Will travel as category 6
 -Can sign up for Space-A at anytime
 -Will remain on Space-A roster for 60 days, or until you travel on a Space-A flight
 -Dependents cannot travel on Space-A

Retirees:
 -Will travel as category 6
 -Will remain on Space-A roster for 60 days, or until you travel on a Space-A flight
 -Dependents can travel with sponsor

 Report time is 2 hours prior to the flight at building 810 in room 206
 Parking is located across the street from building 810 west of the BX
 Click here for-- AMC Form 140

I am interested in having a speaker from Niagara Falls ARS visit my civic group. Is this possible?

Niagara Falls ARS has a very active speakers bureau which provides speakers and special programs to civic and community organizations. 

Individuals interested in having a member of the Niagara Falls ARS provide a special program for their ciivic group should contact the 914th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office at (716) 236-2136 or via email at 914aw.pa@us.af.mil

I am interested in obtaining military aircraft for a civilian airshow or flyover event. What do I need to do?

For information on obtaining military aircraft for civilian airshows or other community events, please visit the USAF Aerial Events Support Web site at:

http://www.airshows.pa.hq.af.mil/

AIR FORCE CUTS AVIATION SUPPORT AT PUBLIC EVENTS -- NEW INFORMATION. The Department of Defense has directed the Air Force, and all the services, to cancel aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year. Additionally, the Air Force will stand down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team. Effective immediately, active-duty, Reserve and Guard units will cease all aviation support to the public. This includes the cancellation of support to all air shows, tradeshows, and flyovers (including funerals and military graduations). Additionally, the Air Force will cancel the Thunderbirds' entire 2013 season beginning April 1. CLICK THE INFORMATION TAB ABOVE FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS.

We will continue to update as we receive any new information.

Where will the USAF Thunderbirds be appearing this year?

For a complete list of appearances, please visit the USAF Thunderbirds Website at

http://www.nellis.af.mil/thunderbirds/scheduletext.htm