Commentary

January 17, 2014

Dollars and Sense

Tax season is upon us. Tax statements are available via myPay (https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx) according to the 2013 myPay Tax Statement Schedule:

Available now

Annuitant 1099-R

Retiree 1099-R

Civilian W-2 (Defense Department and non DOD)

Reserve Component Air Force, Army and Navy W-2

Army Student Loan Repayment Program W-2

Army Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Civilian W-2

Active/Reserve Component Marine Corps W-2

Available Thursday

Savings Deposit Program 1099INT

Available Jan. 24

Active Component Air Force, Army, and Navy W-2

Available Jan. 31

Travel/Miscellaneous W-2

Coyote quote: “There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune. Go there with a large one.”




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Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

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Adapt, overcome, succeed

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Chaplain’s thoughts …

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Take ownership of your work

“Ownership Focus Proactive” are the words that used to be pinned to the white board behind my desk as an assistant aircraft maintenance unit officer in charge. My OIC at the time had come up with the site picture for the Emerald Knights (strength and honor.) The first part of this site picture, ownership, is...
 
 
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Fly Over: ‘Pita Kitchen ‘Get your Greek on’’ and ‘American Sniper′

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Are we mentoring our members to success?

The Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force approved the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment to be effective July 1, 2014. The ACA is not a change to the performance feedback program but a progression in the way we execute an overlooked opportunity to tell our subordinates what we expect...
 




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