Air Force

October 18, 2013

People First – October 18, 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.

New Air Force app helps Airmen “be ready”

When a natural or man-made disaster strikes, would you be prepared?

Air Force officials are highlighting a mobile application to help Airmen prepare and plan for emergencies as part of September’s National Preparedness Month.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center produced a Be Ready app to help Airmen prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural or man-made disasters.

“Over the past several years, we’ve seen natural disasters, ranging from hurricanes, earthquakes, other severe storms to tornadoes and flooding that disrupt or even destroy homes and entire communities,” said David Epstein, the Air Force emergency management policy chief. “These events usually happen without warning, changing lives in an instant. No matter what time of year it is, being safe and ready is always the right approach and responsible choice.”

The Be Ready mobile app is free and available for Apple iPhone and iPad devices and Android devices. For more information and resources, Airmen are encouraged to contact their installation’s emergency management office or visit http://www.BeReady.af.mil.

 

Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced by 2014

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 — when the AF354 will be rescinded — to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

The AF354 was a card-stock product that allowed civilian retirees and their eligible dependents to enter an Air Force installation, with installation commander approval, but only for access to limited Morale, Welfare, and Recreation facilities (access which also applies to current Air Force employees and their dependents).

The card was not issued from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System / Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System, and is not recognized by the Department of Defense under the Personnel Identity Protection Program for DEERS or by other services for installation access, said Ed Yoder, Air Force DEERS/RAPIDS project office.

 

Test program makes ITT available where Airmen shop

Airmen at six bases are able to make vacation or recreation plans while shopping at the Exchange, thanks to a test program implemented in August.

To increase overall efficiency, and improve customer service, the Air Force Personnel Center Services Directorate and the Army Air Force Exchange Service are placing ITT operations in Exchange malls to streamline the Information, Tickets and Tours program, AFPC officials said.

Test installations are Luke Air Force Base; Keesler AFB, Miss.; Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; Patrick AFB, Fla. and Tinker AFB, Okla.

“We are looking forward to what we believe will be significant savings and efficiencies,” said Sandra Hillard, AFPC community and leisure section chief, “while providing customers ‘one-stop shopping’ opportunity.”

ITT offices, which will be open five days a week including a weekend day, will also offer a value-added concierge service to the community that will include publicity, information and possibly reservations for such force support squadron programs and events as outdoor recreation trips, fitness specials, youth programs and more.

 

Nominees sought for Verne Orr award

Air Force Personnel Center officials are accepting nominations for the 2014 Verne Orr Award.

The Air Force Association established this award in honor of former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr to recognize mission-oriented unit accomplishments and achievements that used personnel to their full potential in order to accomplish the mission.

The Verne Orr Award, which recognizes an Air Force unit’s effective use of human resources, is open to all Air Force units and organizations regardless of size.

Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, combatant command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense dates and additional information regarding nomination procedures.

Each MAJCOM, COCOM, FOA and DRU may submit one nomination. Completed nomination packages are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Jan. 7, 2014.

 




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