Air Force

October 4, 2013

People First – October 4, 2013

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.

Single logon offers retirees simple access to secure sites

Airmen concerned about losing access to benefits Web pages once they retire should establish their Defense Department self-service logon identification account today, Air Force Personnel Center officials suggested.

The common logon, developed by the DOD and Veterans’ Administration allows beneficiaries of DOD or Veterans’ Affairs programs to access various benefit websites using a single username and password. All military members are required to establish an account, said Karen Bennett, the AFPC Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System Operations branch chief.

“There are a number of actions the DS logon can help you accomplish when you access the various websites, like the eBenefits, milConnect, and more,” Bennett said. “You’ll be able to access your personal information, health care eligibility and personnel records, and can review your Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance elections or convert SGLI to Veterans’ Group Life Insurance after separation — all from one logon account.”

Because access to the account does not require a common access card, Airmen, family members and retirees will be able to access their information 24/7 from their home computer.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/467197/single-logon-offers-retirees-simple-access-to-secure-sites.aspx

Affordable Care Act impacts federal civilian employees

Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return.

Under, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148 and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers, and individuals are responsible for reforming and improving health insurance coverage availability, quality and affordability.

Airmen covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (including temporary continuation of coverage), Medicare, TRICARE and Children’s Health Insurance Program meet the federal requirement, said Kathryn Iapichino, Air Force Personnel Center.

“Some civilian employees may not be covered because when they were hired, they had the option to not select a health benefits plan,” she said. “There may not be many in that situation, but those who are need to be aware of the federal requirement.”

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/467222

New flu vaccine offers triple protection

Each year, flu season affects millions of men, women and children. Flu season usually begins in October, so now is a great time to protect yourself and your family from the flu by getting vaccinated. The flu shot is easy to get and inexpensive — often free — for TRICARE beneficiaries and this year the flu vaccine offers even more protection.

Until now, seasonal flu vaccines have only protected against three strains of flu — two strains of influenza A, which usually causes more cases and more severe illness, and one of influenza B, which is less common but also circulates in multiple forms. The new vaccines include protection against a second strain of influenza B, which experts expect will prevent the vast majority of type B infections.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. People suffering from the flu often have a fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/467210

AF announces support squadron commander picks

More than 750 officers from 13 career fields were selected by development teams as 2014 support, logistics and air base commander candidates, Air Force officials announced Sept. 27.

“The selection process was very competitive,” said Joseph Marchino, AFPC assignment officer. “Development teams consider all aspects of officers’ records and duty history. They also factor in leadership ability, professional development and permanent change of station eligibility.”

For more specific career field requirements, officers should refer to the appropriate career field page on the myPers website at https://myPers.af.mil.

“Selected candidates have demonstrated traits essential for leading Airman to day-to-day operational success,” Marchino said. “Additionally, squadron commanders are the best positioned to recognize and develop the talents and skills of their personnel for future leadership opportunities.”

Wing hiring officials, major command functionals and AFPC assignment teams will use the candidate list to fill projected 2014 squadron commander vacancies, with those selection results tentatively planned for release in December.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/467223




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Hecker assumes command of 19th Air Force

Courtesy photo Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, presents the unit guidon to Maj. Gen. James Hecker during the 19th Air Force assumption of command ceremony June 23 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolp...
 
 

Air Force News – June 26, 2015

Alaska Firefighters from the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson recently assisted with the Division of Forestry’s efforts in containing the Sockeye wildfire near Willow. The fire is estimated to cover more than 7,000 acres of land.   Virginia The 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games opened June 19 with about 250 athletes...
 

 

People First – June 26, 2015

EPME enrollment notifications begin The Air Force Personnel Center recently initiated a phased approach to notify approximately 83,000 Airmen of the requirement to enroll in the applicable enlisted professional military education distance learning course. AFPC will notify 20,000 Airmen at the beginning of each month until all members have been notified. In July 2014, the Air...
 
 

Air Force News – June 19, 2015

Poland In support of Baltic Operations 2015 June 5 through 20, a team of Airmen from the 1st Combat Communications Squadron deployed to Powidz Air Base, maintained communication requirements for the Air Force at the installation. Baltops is a multinational maritime exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability. Southwest Asia Since Aug. 8, coalition airpower...
 
 

People First – June 19, 2015

Selected MSgt evals close out Sept. 30 Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve master sergeant and master sergeant-select enlisted performance reports will now close out annually on Sept. 30. In addition, as of June 3, , master sergeants and selects will no longer receive change-of-reporting-official EPRs. Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>