American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt sits in the pilot’s seat of a C-130 aircraft during a static tour conducted by 914th Airlift Wing commander Col. Brian Bowman at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. October 14, 2016.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter Borys)

retiree activities office


 The Retiree Activities Office (RAO) and its volunteers on base are here to serve you and your needs to the best of our ability. We are here to provide information, services, and programs to military retirees of all ranks and services. If we do not have the answers readily available, we will search until we find them. Our location is in Bldg. 314.

 The office is manned from 1000-1400 hours Monday through Friday. Also on UTA (Sat.) from 1000-1400 hours. Our answering machine will record your message during non-duty hours; phone (716) 236-2389, DSN 238-2389, and FAX 236-3173. We will answer your call as soon as possible.

 The RAO mission is to act as an interface between the active duty and retired communities, to keep you updated on matters which relate to your status as a military retiree, to provide information and services as necessary or appropriate, and to represent retired members at the base and Air Force level. The RAO also provides whatever assistance is requested by the Installation Commander in achieving the base mission.

 The RAO serves as a contact for direct service with such offices and services as the Air Force Finance Center, Pass & ID, Military Personnel Flight, Personal Affairs, Staff Judge Advocate, Casualty Assistance and Base Operations. We also maintain information on Space-A-Travel, TRICARE, TRICARE FOR LIFE, Veterans Affairs, Social Security Information, Medicare, Health Insurance Supplements, Spouse/Widow Benefits and Entitlement, Reserve Forces, and Air National Guard.

 The Retiree Activities Office at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) publishes a quarterly newsletter for all US Air Force military retirees and other services residing in the Greater Western New York area. This includes the counties of Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

 Consider keeping your copies of our newsletter as they can prove to be important references in the future. We suggest both husband and wife read our newsletter. Articles therein could affect her.

 Military Retirees Newsletter

 If you would like your name added to the RAO Retiree Activities Newsletter mailing list, just call or mail it to us. You can also send us the same information by e-mail using the e-mail address: Phone number is 716-236-2389, DSN 238-2389, or Fax 236-3173.

The newsletter will be sent to you by e-mail. To sign up for the newsletter, call or send in your name, address, rank, service and phone number. Our mailing address is: Retiree Activities Office, 914 ARW/CVR, 2720 Kirkbridge Drive, Niagara Falls, IAP-ARS NY 14304-5001.