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AF implements enlisted date of separation rollback
The Air Force will implement the enlisted date of separation rollback program this fiscal year, in addition to several voluntary force management programs that were announced Feb. 5, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below who meet required criteria, said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong, AFPC operations division chief. Airmen affected must separate from the Air Force by May 31, and those eligible to retire must do so effective June 1 or earlier.
The rollback program allows commanders to consider Airmen for selective reenlistment early, if they meet program criteria.
Airman can be considered for the DOS rollback only if they:
• Have fewer than 14 years of total active federal military service as of May 31 or 20 years or more TAFMS on or before May 31
• Have a May 31 or later DOS
• Have one of the reporting identifiers, re-enlistment eligibility codes, assignment eligibility codes or grade status reasons defined in the program commander action table.
Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration.
In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending cuts the department already is making over the next 10 years. If Congress cannot agree on an alternative deficit reduction plan, the cuts go into effect March 1.
Panetta and every other defense leader have called the cuts dangerous. They would come on top of cuts imposed by operating under a continuing resolution. For fiscal 2013, the effect will be further magnified, because the cuts must be done in the final six months of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
“In the event of sequestration, we will do everything we can to to continue to perform our core mission of providing for the security of the United States,” Panetta wrote in the memo, “but there is no mistaking that the rigid nature of the cuts forced upon this department, and their scale, will result in a serious erosion of readiness across the force.”
Airman, executive mobility take flight
The Air Force Space Command commander announced implementation steps in the Air Force’s efforts to heighten the Air Force’s mobile operational potential of its Airmen and the real-time functionality of its executives. The first stage of distribution of mobile devices is focused on delivering approximately 10,000 devices.
“We are providing tools to enhance operational capabilities for our Airmen,” said Gen. William Shelton, AFSC commander. “Harnessing the right technology from both the public and private sectors plays an important role in these efforts.”
As a part of its plans to improve mobile communications, all Air Force major commands were notified last month of an initial operational capability rollout that includes mobile solutions for smart phone and tablet users. The program represents an element of an integrated and collaborative effort across the Air Force and the Defense Department.
“Our approach allows personnel to use the Apple operating system and Android tools to access email, calendar, contacts, documents and certain applications in accordance with DOD guidelines for mobile device security,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Wooton, AFSPC Communications and Information director.
2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders
More than 163,000 Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11 through June 22, 2012, with results indicating Airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Tuesday.
Conducted every two years, the climate survey is designed to measure attitudes toward the work environment, with questions organized within factors such as satisfaction, trust, unit performance and resources. Participants include active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members, and appropriated and nonappropriated fund civilian employees.
“This survey is one of the most valuable tools we have as leaders. Airmen cannot focus on mission-critical tasks in an unhealthy environment, so we use survey results to identify areas that need attention,” said Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. “Thanks to the many Airmen who took the time to communicate with us on these issues so we may better focus our efforts where they will do the most good.”