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.
The Language Enabled Airman Program is accepting active-duty officer and enlisted applications through Aug. 22. Those intending to submit applications must register their intent to apply by Aug. 8. Officer candidate students in their senior years may also apply.
LEAP is a career-spanning program to identify, develop and sustain Airmen’s foreign language and cultural capabilities. Managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center, the program seeks to develop cross-culturally competent leaders who can meet Air Force global mission requirements, said Lt. Col. Julie Solberg, the AFCLC’s acting director and the language division chief.
LEAP is designed for those active-duty Airmen who already have some existing language capability and a track record for pursuing proficiency in a language. The program targets early career Airmen most likely to take fullest advantage of language learning, maintenance and assignments. Selection to LEAP does not require leaving one’s assigned Air Force specialty code job.
Participants in LEAP are required to complete online training, as well as to attend periodic temporary duty assignments to enhance their language skills.
Air Force leaders recently announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization.
The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, Major Commands, Numbered Air Forces and Field Operating Agencies, resulting in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years.
“I will work to ensure the world’s best Air Force is the most capable at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayer,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. “Everyone knows our economy is still not where it should be; we have a responsibility to ensure that every dollar adds value to the taxpayers and our national defense.”
The changes are a result of a comprehensive effort to reduce overhead costs, increase efficiencies, eliminate redundant activities and improve effectiveness and business processes (also known as Air Force Management Headquarters Review). The efficiencies created through the reorganization will also help meet the Department of Defense’s directive to reduce costs and staff levels by at least 20 percent, eliminating 3,459 positions at headquarters across the Air Force, both in country and at overseas locations.
When Airmen go through major changes in their life, such as marriage, a permanent change of station, or having a child, one of the first things that should come to mind is, “I have to update my Virtual Record of Emergency Data,” or vRED.
While this is not always the case, it is imperative Airmen update their emergency data when major changes occur and at least annually to ensure their family is taken care of during a time of crisis.
The DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data, is the official source document required by law for Airmen to provide emergency contact information and beneficiary designations to the Air Force in the event an Airman becomes a casualty. The vRED, accessible through the Virtual Military Personnel Flight, satisfies that requirement.
Airmen can access their vRED thru the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil. Once at the myPers’ home page Airmen should click the “Update my Virtual Record of Emergency Data” link.
Air Force officials announced the Total Force Commissioning Process July 10. This new process allows the Air Force to provide multiple career avenues for officers being commissioned through Air Force ROTC by offering cadets the chance to pursue opportunities in the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard.
The program also synchronizes the overall number of officers being commissioned with recent reductions in the size of the active duty force. In addition to pursuing opportunities in the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard, there are also opportunities to be released from active-duty service commitments.
The program is modeled after the Army’s process, creating additional opportunities during a cadet’s senior year to serve in either the active or reserve component following graduation.
“The (Air Force) ROTC program is very competitive and we enjoy the luxury of having an abundance of quality cadets who have chosen to serve their country,” said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.