Air Force

November 9, 2012

People First – November 9, 2012

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story.

National Parks free to veterans this weekend

America’s 398 national parks will offer the public free admission Nov. 10-12 during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military, according to a National Park Service news release.

“National parks preserve places that commemorate our country’s collective heritage — our ideals, our majestic lands, our sacred sites, our patriotic icons — which our military has defended through the years,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in the release.

“We are grateful for the service and sacrifice of military members, past and present, and honored to tell their story at many of our national parks,” Jarvis added.

National parks throughout the country will hold special events to commemorate Veterans Day, according to the release.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123325117

Maxwell finds ways to meet C-3 challenges

The phrase “cost conscious culture” has become as familiar to Airmen as the base dining facility; however, at Maxwell, C3 is not just a catch phrase, it is mission essential.

In 2011, Gen. Edward Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, challenged Airmen in the command to save $3 a day by stretching pennies into dollars or making better use of resources they have available. This challenge prompted the base and the Air University to look closely at every level of its missions, seeking more efficient and effective ways of training tomorrow’s Air Force leaders.

“We are entering a time period of significantly reduced resources, both in manpower and money,” said Lt. Gen. David Fadok, the AU commander and president. “We turn to our junior officers for fresh ideas on how to do our business more effectively and more efficiently even in light of reduced resources. Continuous process improvements, coupled with a culture of cost consciousness, will permit us to allocate our limited resources toward the most critical force development activities, thus allowing us to preserve and expand the asymmetric advantage our adversaries call the United States Air Force.”

In order to achieve these savings Airmen will have to seek more creative ways than just turning out the lights at the end of the day or duplexing prints, and everyone will have to pitch in.

http://www.aetc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123321488

AF officials delay MilPDs upgrade

Air Force officials are delaying the upgrade of the Military Personnel Data System that was originally scheduled for December.

Delaying the upgrade is necessary to ensure the new system is thoroughly tested by the Air Force Personnel Center and other Defense Department and Air Force agencies that use personnel information from MilPDS.

The delay will have minimal impact on total force Airmen as personnel processes have been established to allow Airmen to continue to submit early retirement and separation applications until Nov. 16. The personnel processes and programs identified below will revert back to the requirements and timelines outlined in their respective Air Force instructions:

• Scheduling oral proficiency interviews, Defense Language Proficiency Tests for foreign language proficiency bonuses

• Applying for reenlistments and enlistment extensions

• Completing base of preference applications

• Completing in-place base of preference applications

• Applying for voluntary retraining

• Updating Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance policies

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123324754

Reservists can carry leave balance after training tours

In a “one-step-at-a-time” approach, Air Force officials have a new program for reservists to save and carry over leave time from year to year beginning Nov. 1.

Reservists performing duty under the Reserve Personnel Appropriation or RPA orders may now “save” their leave for future use. Prior to this change, reservists were required to use or sell leave earned on orders of 30 days or more.

RPA is a pay account specifically designed to pay reservists who are on a training tour of duty.

Any Airman serving a month of duty garners 2.5 days of leave. Previously, only Airmen in the Regular Air Force were allowed to save and carry up to 60 days of leave on the books as they cross the “use or lose” deadline on Oct. 1, each year.

Reservists cannot save their leave for next year if they are working on active duty under Military Personnel Appropriation orders, or MPA; as well as, in direct support of war taskings under Overseas Contingency Operations funds, or OCO. No action is required by reservists since the military’s computer software automatically sells the leave and pays it to the service member.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123324577




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