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AF CSA travel card – transitions to GTC
The terms and conditions for the Air Force’s travel charge card are changing, but Airmen can hang on to their blue cards.
Now through the end of September, the Air Force Banking Office will e-mail some 300,000 Airmen, informing them that their controlled spend account card will convert back to a government travel card, which will operate like a standard charge card.
For Airmen who received a CSA card and previously had a GTC or traveled using the CSA without going delinquent, the transition will be automatic. They must complete a training course found at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/passport and sign a statement of understanding.
Telephone operator support ends Aug. 31
Telephone operator support for Air Education and Training Command will end at noon Aug. 31 ending an era for AETC bases.
“Rest assured, service to our customers is still a priority for AETC,” said Rebecca Meares-Jones, AETC Command Services Flight chief.
Customers at AETC bases will be served through a call tree at each base, directing them to the most frequently called numbers, such as billeting, the medical clinic, the commissary and the base exchange.
“Some phone numbers will also be available on the Web, but unfortunately, complete accessibility to all numbers previously provided by the operators will not be available,” Meares-Jones said.
“It was an outstanding experience and a privilege to work here, said Luis Spanoz, consolidated telephone operator supervisor, who had worked at the facility for 22 years.
AFSC merges certain gunners, engineers, loadmasters
Some 924 enlisted aviators will find themselves with a new Air Force specialty code Oct. 31.
The new career field, 1A9X1 Special Missions Aviation, will merge aerial gunners with flight engineers on vertical lift aircraft, such as the HH-60 Blackhawks and CV-22 Osprey, with loadmasters on AC-130 Gunships and other nonstandard aircraft used by special operations forces.
“The new career field was created to balance and sustain the career enlisted aviator force and to create a larger pool of qualified personnel to perform the duties required to meet the needs of current and future Air Force missions,” said Chief Master Sgt. Douglas Massingill, career enlisted aviator career field manager.
Master Sgt. Matthew Ardis, career enlisted aviator in-service recruiter, expanded on that point.
“Merging the career field of aerial gunners, which typically overflows with new applicants, and the career field of certain loadmasters and flight engineers, which often suffers from manning shortages, results in the sustainable balance of which Massingill referred,” he said.
The merger won’t be too drastic for most of the affected Airmen, Ardis said, since many gunner duties already overlap with those of engineers and loadmasters.
Airmen Stories: Lights. Camera. Action.
Each year, thousands of men and women join the U.S. Air Force and their lives are changed forever. Now, those Airmen have the opportunity to tell their stories in their own videos known as Airmen Stories.
The videos will give potential Air Force recruits a chance to hear Airmen share personal stories firsthand, unscripted and unrehearsed, according to Brig. Gen. Balan Ayyar, Air Force Recruiting Service commander.
Airmen are free to talk about what they like about the Air Force, what they’ve learned about themselves and how the Air Force has helped them meet their goals.
Airmen Stories may be featured on social media such as the AFRS Facebook page, the Airmen Stories YouTube page and other venues.
For more information about Airmen Stories and making a video, go to the Web page.