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January 25, 2013

News Briefs January 25, 2013

South Gate construction delays

Construction began last month to erect a canopy covering the inbound traffic check point at the South Gate. Estimated completion of the construction is Feb.25. Expect possible delays when entering the gate.  For more information, call (661) 810-8204.

 

Annual awards banquet

The 412th Test Wing Annual Awards Banquet is 5 p.m., Feb. 8 at Club Muroc.  For more information, call Senor Master Sgt. Blake Holm at (661) 277-7936.

 

Acq Demo update

Civilian employees, currently employed under the Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project which uses the Contribution-Based Compensation and Appraisal System as a Performance Appraisal System, should see any applicable Contribution Rating Increases and/or Contribution Award as of the first full pay period in January 2013 which began Jan. 13. The pay-out date will be Feb. 1 pending any unforeseen personnel or pay problems.  For more information, call (661) 277-8797.

 

Toastmasters

Refine your speaking, presentation and leadership skills!  The Edwards Air Force Base Sound Barriers Toastmasters Club #384 meets 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., every Thursday in Bldg. 142:30 p.m., every Thursday in Bldg. 1400, Conference Room 414.  Meeting agendas include prepared speeches and speech evaluations.  For more information, call Laquita Dukes at (661) 275-9201.

 

Scoring changes to PCSM, AFOQT

Effective Feb. 14, 2013, PCSM, AFOQT-Pilot, and AFOQT-CSO (previously AFOQT-Navigator) scores will change based on updated algorithms and scoring norms. A separate AFOQT air battle manager composite will also be introduced.

Scoring changes will affect pilot, RPA, CSO, and ABM candidates meeting selection boards beginning in August. Scores will automatically be converted using the new method for most candidates, although candidates who completed the AFOQT prior to 2006 (before AFOQT Form S) will be required to re-test. Candidates may verify whether their score of record is Form S at https://w20.afpc.randolph.af.mil/afoqtsnet20/default.aspx. For further information on the scoring changes and re-test policies, candidates are encouraged to visit the PCSM website at http://access.afpc.af.mil/pcsmdmz/index.html. Additionally, candidates will be able to check their new scores on the PCSM website beginning Feb. 14. For more information, email afpc.pcsm@us.af.mil.

 

Leave carry-over extended

Airmen with more than 60 days of leave at the beginning of next fiscal year may be able to carry it into the next fiscal year thanks to a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

The provision extends the maximum leave carryover of 75 days through Sept. 30, 2015, according to Senior Master Sgt. Kreig Cressione, the Air Force Personnel Center Special Programs Branch Chief.

For information about the military leave program and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.

 

Pageant

Sign up now to vie for title of Miss, Junior Miss, or Little Miss Edwards Air Force Base. This year’s pageant will be held on March 30.  The age categories are: Miss, 16-19; Junior Miss, 11-13; and Little Miss, 6-8.

To sign up, email Glenda Chevis at glenda.chevis@edwards.af.mil.  Rehearsals will begin the first Wednesday in February, and more information will be provided at the first rehearsal meeting.

 

Retirements

Paul Goins from the 412th Communications Squadron is retiring after 23 years of Federal civil service. His retirement luncheon will be 11 a.m.- 1p.m., Jan. 31 at Club Muroc. Cost is $11.80 for club members, and $13.80 for non-members.

Meal choices are slow roasted prime rib with Au Jus/creamed horseradish and baked potato with sour cream; or tangy feta cheese and spinach stuffed inside a chicken breast and wrapped in a strip of smoked bacon and vegetable rice pilaf. Both meals include chef cut vegetable medley and served with iced tea, water, fresh rolls and butter.

Call (661) 275-4340 to RSVP and make payments by Jan. 24.

 

Gate barrier system tests

Commuters may experience delays at the North, South and West Gates Jan. 26 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. due to monthly testing of the Vehicle Barrier System. Testing will be accomplished during low traffic flow times and could last up to 15 minutes.

For more information, contact Karen Bradshaw at (661) 277-1160 or Tom Allen at (661) 277-4975.

 

Promotion ceremony

On behalf of the Team Edwards Promotion Ceremony Committee, you are cordially invited to this month’s enlisted promotion ceremony at the Conference Center, 3 p.m., Jan. 31.

 

Chapel position

The Edwards Chapel has an opening for a part-time (20 hours per week) chief of Airmen Outreach Operations.

The position will be more demanding during evening and weekend hours. The applicant will be expected to work during the hours when the majority of the enlisted force is off-duty.

A bachelors degree is a requirement for this position, however, a Master of Divinity degree in young adult ministries/outreach is preferred.  The position does not require a minimum number of years of experience working in a faith community setting as we do not want to prohibit the, “right person” from applying. That said, seminary students/graduates as well as those with practical church experience are highly encouraged to apply. In addition, having a military worldview/understanding would be helpful.

For more information, contact the chapel at (661) 277-2110, or stop by Chapel 2 to pick up a Position of Work Statement.

 

Branch fundraiser

Branch Elementary School has the privilege of being part of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser call “Math-A-Thon.”  This fundraiser is in honor of Branch student Miguel Ribancos who lost his brave fight with cancer at the age of 7 on Oct. 5, 2012.

If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, go online to www.mathathon.org and donate to Branch Elementary School.  The school coordinator is Dr. Nancy Whitman, (661) 258-4411.

The fundraiser runs Jan. 15 to Feb. 15; however, St. Jude will accept donations all year long.

 




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