Air Force

October 11, 2013

Air Force News – October 11, 2013

AF leaders urge civilians to protect security clearance

As the government shutdown continues, Air Force leadership wants their civilian workforce to communicate well and often as possible financial challenges arise — something that could impact one’s security clearance.

With such a large number of civilians possessing security clearances, including many workers in the space and cyber theaters, leaders want the civilian force to know the steps to take if financial hardships are incurred during the current furloughs.

“If you find yourself in a situation where financial problems or significant debt are a concern to you, it is best to let the chain of command know early and enable them to help you work through the problem,” said Maj. Neil Whelden, Security and Special Programs oversight officer.

If a financial issue is caught early, Air Force teammates are in place to help, Whelden said.

According to The White House’s Information Security Oversight Office, there are conditions that could mitigate security concerns.

Those include “…conditions that resulted in the financial problem were largely beyond the person’s control (e.g. loss of employment, a business downturn, unexpected medical emergency, or a death, divorce or separation), and the individual acted responsibly under the circumstances,” according to the memorandum titled Adjudicative Guidelines.

http://www.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/223/Article/467266/communication-key-in-protecting-security-clearance-during-financial-hardships.aspx

Arizona

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer designated the fourth Thursday of March as a day to celebrate the men and women who shaped the first black military wing in the Army Air Forces, the Tuskegee Airmen.

Florida

Less than two weeks after the F-22’s 10-year anniversary of arriving in Florida, Team Tyndall achieved their 25,000th F-22 sortie during a 43rd Fighter Squadron Basic Course training mission Oct. 7.

Afghanistan

The aircrew of Growler 51 set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government.

Japan

Typhoon season has been in full swing for Okinawa since June 1, but the first substantial typhoons of the season kept Okinawa inhabitants locked down Oct. 5 through 7.




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