Air Force

March 7, 2014

Air Force News – March 7, 2014

Hawaii

An Airman found out she had cancer in October 2013 after a routine breast exam while she was stationed in England. Her office made arrangements for a humanitarian permanent change of station to Hawaii so she could be with her family. She continues her chemotherapy treatment at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu.

Alaska

An Airman with the 525th Aircraft Maintenance Unit earned the Pacific Air Forces Aviation Safety Well Done Award for putting out a fire on an F-22 Raptor at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. PACAF Aviation Safety Well Done Awards are presented for outstanding airmanship or support to aircrew, which prevents or reduces the impact of a serious flight mishap.

Louisiana

An Air Force documentation team completed its 28-day journey through Air Force Global Strike Command Feb. 28 after flying more than 7,500 miles and visiting six Air Force installations. The news team traveled to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Malmstrom AFB, Mont., Minot AFB, N.D., F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Whiteman AFB, Mo. and Barksdale AFB, La., producing news features, broadcast video products and capturing mission imagery.

Romania

The Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base Passenger Transit Center celebrated a major milestone with a ceremony Feb. 28 to mark the attainment of full operational capability. The commanding general of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, and the chief of the Romanian air force staff, cohosted the event, which marked a major joint combined achievement and launched a new level of mission capability.

Admin career field to make comeback in May

A previous administrative career field will make its second debut across the Air Force in May 2014, providing support staff at all Air Force levels and eliminating a special duty echelon.

Approximately 80 percent of Airmen currently assigned to the Knowledge Operations Management Air Force specialty code 3D0X1 will transition to the new 3A1X1 Administration AFSC; but will mostly continue their current daily responsibilities.

“This change is significant because it affects nearly every Air Force organization, as well as support we provide outside the Air Force,” said Chief Master Sergeant Robert Jackson, Knowledge Operations Management career field manager. “Unlike other specialties, the administrative career field is positioned in every type of unit.”

This move will allow Airmen of all ranks and AFSCs to put more focus on their core mission as they rely on 3A personnel for support for administration, human resources, executive support, commander programs and notably, postal services. In addition, this career field will be a stand-alone specialty, from airman basic through chief master sergeant, meaning Airmen will capitalize on their training and experience throughout their entire career.

“For the first time in many years, the duties performed by this specialty will align with expectations, policy, training and promotion testing,” Jackson said. “In other words, what’s on paper will match reality and everyone will have a clear understanding of the role of this career field.”

Currently, postal services include a 500-plus workforce filled by other career fields. With the standup of the administration career field, other specialties will no longer be the force supplier for these functions.

“Postal responsibilities (will now be) associated with a single career field, which will retain and grow those experts over the course of their career. Other specialties can better retain their own personnel for manning and career development,” Jackson said.

Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh III, while U.S. Air Forces Europe commander, first presented an adverse picture of eroding unit support over the previous 10 years at the 2012 Corona South commander’s conference. Now as the service’s top uniformed leader, he will see these changes come to fruition in May.

“The return of the 3A AFSC does not introduce a new requirement on the Air Force. The benefits will come as a result of improved classification, training and billet placement,” Jackson said. “This is much more efficient and enables us to reach our objectives at little or no cost: truly a win-win all around.”




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


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo

Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also...
 
 

Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a...
 
 

Have you joined the Air Force yet?

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Preven...
 
 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a piv...
 
 

Tuskegee Airmen commemorated

The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Inc. celebrated the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airman Commemoration Day with a wreath ceremony Wednesday at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is the result of legislation signed into law by former Arizona Governor Janice Brewer in 2013 and is the first such law...
 




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=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin