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AF finishes strong at end of ‘Critical Days of Summer’
The Air Force 2012 Critical Days of Summer campaign ended Sept. 4 with zero fatalities for the Labor Day weekend for the first time in five years.
“We at the Safety Center always have a Quest for Zero mission,” said Bill Parsons, Air Force Chief of Ground Safety. “It is, and always should be, our pursuit. Even if we suffer an always-tragic fatality, we strive to prevent another from happening, and we must continue to be aware of the risks associated with off-duty choices and to be the best wingmen possible.”
Parsons attributes the fatality-free holiday weekend to summer safety campaigns, and the contributions of the Airman to Airman Safety Advisory Council members.
“That program allows Airmen ages 17 to 26 to address their peers in commander’s calls and safety briefings to share their personal safety lessons so that others may be persuaded to make solid risk management decisions,” Parsons said.
myPers to help manage civilian careers
Whether you are a civilian employee, hoping to become one or planning to hire one, the myPers website has information to help you find opportunities and manage your career, said Pat Stokes, Air Force Personnel Center marketing specialist.
“The Air Force is a great place to work,” said Stokes. “Civilian careers with the Air Force offer employees quality of life, competitive compensation, excellent benefits and personal satisfaction — and we want to make sure current employees have the information they need to manage their careers and develop.”
To provide information about the various opportunities, online brochures are now available at myPers, Stokes said. Included in the various reference materials for civilians is the Air Force Civilian Careers document; a quick review of career opportunities, base locations, benefits and answers to frequently asked questions.
“The brochure is beneficial, even if you’re already an Air Force civilian. You may be ready for a location change or even a career field change, so the information could be just what you’re looking for,” Stokes said. “If you have family or friends who are interested in Air Force civilian service, but don’t have access to myPers, you can can print it and take it to them. It’s the perfect starting point.”
In addition, myPers has a printable “card,” called Manage your Air Force Civilian Service Career, that includes links to helpful information and websites such as the USAJobs website, resume writing guidance and standard forms required when applying for jobs.
New AFSC coming for AFSOC enlisted aircrew
Almost 470 flight engineers, aerial gunners and loadmasters who fly Air Force Special Operations Command’s CV-22, AC-130 and non-standard aviation aircraft are transitioning to one Air Force specialty code, 1A9X1 Special Mission Aviation starting in November.
Master Sgt. Ben Lerman, AFSOC’s aerial gunner functional manager, said in the case of aerial gunners, the transition to the new AFSC will combine their traditional duties with the loadmaster’s on AC-130s and with the flight engineer’s on HH-60s, providing the Air Force more flexibility to field and employ aircrews with the new 1A9X1s.
“Having all of the Airmen in the same AFSC will help us to develop SOF warriors equivalent to our sister service counterparts,” Lerman said. “Sailors and Soldiers grow up as SOF operators. Now we will be able to better manage the assignment system and give our Airmen more opportunities.”
New DOD policy for TDY, PCS cancellations
Beginning Oct. 1 any travel authorization that includes air travel must be approved and ticketed at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled flight departure to avoid airline reservations from being cancelled. This is due to a new policy being instituted by the airlines under the FY13 GSA City Pair contract.
Under the new policy, if an authorizing official does not approve an authorization within 72 hours of departure, the airline reservation will be cancelled and the traveler will arrive at the airport without a ticket or a reservation in the airline’s system. This applies to all City Pair and noncontract government flights that are either booked through DTS or through a commercial travel office.
Those travelers making travel plans within 72 hours of departure must have their authorization approved and tickets issued within 24 hours of creation to avoid cancellation. If making plans within 24 hours of departure, authorizations must be approved and ticketed at least six hours prior to flight departure time to avoid cancellation.