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Record Holiday Greetings that will be sent to national TV stations across the
country, see attached for days/times/locations.

~477 FSS Cyber Flight making better communication~HERE                 ~477th Force Support Services~HERE              

TRICARE Reserve Select policy change
  Windows 10 rollout improves JBER readiness in more ways than one
First Lady Melania Trump visits Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  Stay safe this holiday season

Checkered Flag 18-1 (F-22)

A U.S. Air Force Airman from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, inspects the canopy of an F-15 Eagle cockpit prior to the arrival of its pilot on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 7, 2017. Airmen from Mountain Home and more than seven other Air Force installations start their days in the early morning hours for Checkered Flag 18-1 and the concurrently running Weapon Systems Evaluation Program, Combat Archer, to maximize the available time to train during the two week long large-scale exercise that integrates the war-fighting power of both fourth- and fifth- generation aircraft with a focus on training for current and future conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Solomon Cook/Released) 



Tuskegee Airman- 477th FG celebrate 10th anniversary-VIDEO


Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. Leslie Edwards, a Tuskegee Airman of the 617th Bombardment Squadron, toured the 477th Fighter Group and at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 14, 2017. The 617th Bombardment Squadron was one of four Tuskegee Airmen bomber squadrons during World War II that made up the 477th Bombardment Group. In 2007, the 477th Bombardment Group became the 477th Fighter Group, bringing with it the legacy of Tuskegee airmen to Alaska.



Explore over 50,000 free online courses, books, learning tracks, videos, exercises, and much more as part of your self-development journey. 
Read the August 2017 edition of the virtual Force Development Center newsletter to learn about on-demand, self-paced learning resources available to Air Force civilians, officers, and enlisted members without charge. 

Training, education, and force development resources are accessible from your desktop 24/7 including AF 
e-learning programs and links to myPers, My Vector, AFVEC, and much more. 
  Fiscal Fitness Article

TRAVEL PAY INCIDENTAL EXPENSES: When you travel for TDY a portion of the travel pay includes per diem for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. The payment for incidental expenses is intended to cover a variety of TDY costs such as laundry expenses, transportation and baggage tips, ATM fees, water and ice. These costs should not be listed as reimbursable expenses on travel vouchers.
MIXING ACTIVE AND INACTIVE DUTY: Active duty tours (ADOS, ADT, AT, School, MPA, etc.) and inactive duty tours (UTA, RMP, AFTP and AGTP) cannot be performed on the same day. On a given day you can be paid for active duty or inactive duty, but not both. If your active duty tour is away from JBER, you will receive military pay for the travel days. For pay purposes those travel days are considered active duty days; therefore, you
cannot be paid for inactive duty on the travel days. And if you perform a Readiness Management Period (RMP), you cannot be paid for any other duty types that day.
RESERVISTS MARRIED TO OTHER MILITARY MEMBERS: The pay rates for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) are determined by grade and with or without dependents. If you are married to another military member, only one of you can claim your shared dependents at a time. For each duty day you claim a dependent for allowance purposes, your military spouse cannot claim that same dependent, and vice versa. And if your spouse claims you as their dependent when you are not performing duty, when you do perform duty your spouse must report the dependent change to decrease his/her allowances.

  PHA Schedule

Sun Only; 08:00-12:00
"Last chance to get flu shots before you will be overdue!
- Flu shot clinic at 673 MDG Sunday 0800-1100
- Mass flu shot line at CC Call Sunday 1430-1500
If you have civilian flu shot, please submit paperwork to AMDF to reflect currency.

You MUST be in Mil status to get the shot on base. The AFRC goal is to be 100% by 1 Jan 18 after which members will "go red" in ASIMS.

477 News Topics
-477th Commander's Call Topics
-477 FG News
-AFRC News
-Air Force Reserve Snapshot
-AF News
-New officer and enlisted evaluation system
~Let's Talk Retirement~ Read here      ~GET ONE NOW~ HERE 

Blended Retirement System Requirement      ALERT ALERT ALERT~ATHOC System  Update NOW~ ALERT ALERT ALERT     477th Fighter Group OCT.  FITNESS EXCELLENCE
ALL ELIGIBLE AIRMAN must go to the Blended Retirement  Website to Acknowledge there benefits for BRS.
Acknowledgement is not selecting the program it is  just saying you understand your benefits should  you choose the BRS system.
!!!!!!!!!Please comply by close of DEC. UTA!!!!!!!!!!!

Eligible Airman must also complete BRS Opt. In CBT on ADLS by Dec. 31, 2017.

-See your supervisor if you have any questions regarding (Acknowledgement or Training)

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     ATHOC SYSTEM- Recall ALL-(NEW Windows 10 USERS Need to UPDATE)
As a Group, we need to update the information in the ATHOC system. It is the preferred notification system and if there is a recall or notification that needs to be disseminated, it will happen through the ATHOC system. The system went down since Oct. UTA, 2017, and as a result you will need to go into the system and verify that all fields are filled out correctly and you have, at least, one phone number or email address added. Please follow the instructions below:
1. Go to start bar, lower right side, click on the "up" arrow and you should see the "purple globe" which is the ATHOC icon 2. Click "update info", choose a certificate 3. Verify "duty status" and "military service branch"
4. Under "Organizational Hierarchy" you will see a / 5. Click on the / (slash) and the prompt will appear to choose your "Organization" then "JBER" then "477 FG" then "your squadron"
6. Add a phone number and email address for notification purposes 7. Click "save" at the upper right side

Please contact Ms. Dearman at 551-4714 or 907-244-8556 with questions or concerns. 
302FS    Major David Allen 
302FS    Lt. Col Clayton Johnson
AMDF    SSgt Krista Chavira
AMDF    Lt. Col David Trowbridge
AMXS    TSgt  Robert Breher
FSS       Sra Samantha Moreno
FSS       MSgt Heidi Venable
MXS      SSgt Richard Pochatko
OSF      1. LT Joshua Keyfauver
OSF      Sra Brandi Segreti

Promoted to TSgt:  Cody Davidson
                                 Stephen Teamer

Happy Hollidays 477th Fighter Group

NEW TO THE RED TAIL; Starting Dec. 2017, the 477 FG will have a section discussing safety each month in the Red Tail. This month I would like to discuss a little bit of Holiday safety. The holidays are a great time to get people together and spend time with friends and family. I ask that everyone please pay attention to their surroundings and focus on the task at hand whether it be frying a turkey or traveling to visit family. We have received some early snow pack this year so the roads are slippery so give yourself some extra time. Drinking and driving rates rise during this time of year so please be careful. Have a plan and if your plan fails there are plenty of people in the unit that will come and get you. We need to see everyone back after the New Year ready to make 2018 another great year in the 477 FG. I have attached a link for the December Quest for Zero campaign poster. More Here Read 
SMSgt Watts 

  Mandatory Reporting of Travel to Foreign Countries
NEW! Mandatory Approval/Reporting Requirements for Travel to Foreign Countries

The Director of National Intelligence has made it mandatory that personnel with a security clearance to request approval and report all travel to foreign countries. Commander approval must be obtained prior to foreign travel using a Foreign Travel Worksheet which can be obtained from your unit’s Security Manager. Once the worksheet is completed and signed by your Commander, an OSI prebrief is required.

To accomplish the OSI prebrief go to the AF portal and search "Foreign Travel." Navigate to "Foreign Travel Prebrief and Debrief" to complete your travel survey (https://www.my.af.mil/gcss-af/USAF/ep/globalTab.do?channelPageId=s88B4F00B2D70DF4E012DBE0975FE0BAB). Select “Click here to go to a page where you can complete a prebrief survey specific to your base.” Part of the survey is reviewing the country specific travel advisories by following the link provided. Upon submission, the survey will automatically be emailed to AFOSI who will identify anyone who needs an in-person brief. It is imperative you complete the prebrief survey far enough in advance to conduct an in-person brief, if necessary. Airmen who need an in-person brief will attend the Air Force Mandatory CI Awareness Briefing, which will be held the 3rd Thursday of the Month at the Talkeetna Theater at 9 a.m.

Upon return, member will return to the "Foreign Travel" site on the AF portal and complete the debrief survey.

Please contact Mr. David Nickell at 551-4755, your unit Security Manager or the AFOSI at 552-2256 if you need further guidance.


Planning ahead can alleviate holiday stress triggers


Holiday stress and depression are often the result of three main trigger points: relationships, finances and physical demands. Understanding these trigger points can help you plan ahead on how to alleviate the stress associated with them.
Relationships can cause turmoil, conflict or stress at any time, but tensions are often heightened during the holidays. Family misunderstandings and conflict can intensify – especially if everyone is thrust together for several days. There is a high potential for conflicts to arise when there are so many needs and interests to accommodate. On the other hand, individuals who face the holidays without their loved ones may find themselves especially lonely or sad.
Like relationships, financial issues can cause stress at any time of the year. Overspending during the holidays on gifts, travel, food and entertainment can increase stress as people try to make ends meet while they simultaneously try to ensure that everyone on their shopping list is happy. READ MORE
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