Air Force flight attendants from the 65th Airlift Squadron teamed with their Army counterparts March 19 to serve up a Joint Service Flight Culinary Training Meal so delicious it received a standing ovation. The 65th AS Airmen joined Soldiers from the U.S. Army Priority Air Detachment in the kitchen to create a seven-course gourmet meal that was professionally plated and served it to members of both units whom functioned as food critics for the event.
An Airman from the Air National Guard 219th Security Forces Squadron led a convoy March 12 in the 91st Missile Wing missile complex. He was the first-ever guardsman to become certified as a convoy commander in the history of the Air Force.
Recently, five wounded Soldiers returned to Afghanistan and spent time talking to service members at Kandahar Airfield. There, they received a hero’s welcome and were able to talk to deployed service members. They told their stories, bonded, healed emotional wounds and spent time with fellow Soldiers and Airmen at various locations throughout Afghanistan.
Airmen assigned to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing have begun closing down the Transit Center at Manas Air Base. Refueling is finished, cargo and personnel airlifted into the Afghan theater is done and the Theater Security Cooperation division is deactivated; all making way for Airmen on base to focus on a safe and swift closure and transfer of the base to the lease owners.
By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts.
This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air Force spends annually on BAH is fully auditable.
“When we say the Air Force is not audit compliant, that doesn’t mean that money is missing or being misspent,” said Doug Bennett, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial operations. “Generally, it means that we lack the required documentation for our spending to be considered auditable. In the case of BAH, we need Airmen’s marriage certificates, birth certificates for children and divorce decrees that require child support properly documented by our finance offices to ensure we can audit $5.4 billion in Air Force spending.”
Beginning this month and continuing through December, Air Force finance offices will contact Airmen across the total force by email to notify them of their responsibility to provide dependent documentation. Their finance office will tell them exactly which documents are required.
Additionally, Airmen who recently provided documentation may not be required to do so again. Airmen should wait to be notified by their finance offices rather than bringing in documentation unsolicited, Bennett said. Waiting to receive notification will eliminate unnecessary duplication of effort for some Airmen.