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   477 FG-FY 2018 EVENTS (CAC ONLY)      
  477 FG Annual Awards    
    Heritage of the Tenth Air Force and 477th Fighter Group. SEE VIDEO HERE
Robins to celebrate Black History Month 2018
  Airmen encouraged to update their vRED, SOES information
Remembering MLK: Leadership traits and experiences applicable to today's military   673d Logistics Readiness Squadron Materiel Management Supplies Arctic Warriors
Every Reservist is a Recruiter   Inside the Gates: Alaska's 49th Missile Battalion

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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

Fiscal Fitness Articles
you must use a government-contracted commercial travel office (SATO for example) to arrange for air and rental
car transportation. Rental car authorization should be stated in orders. The individual who is authorized the rental
car can be reimbursed for the rental and fuel. If someone other than the authorized user pays for fuel, that person
cannot be reimbursed. By using SATO the government rate provides rental car insurance coverage. For TDY in the
U.S. you should not acquire additional insurance, roadside assistance coverage, GPS service, or satellite radio
service. If you do get optional coverage or services, the extra cost will not be reimbursed.
REPLACEMENT OF WORN OUT UNIFORM ITEMS: Military members must not buy uniform items for
themselves with the intent of getting reimbursed. Unit clothing purchasers are the only individuals authorized to
purchase uniforms for members.
  PHA Schedule

Civilian Dental Annual Exam, FRIDAY, Feb. 09, from 8-15:30 Check with your UHM for an appointment.

[No dental on Sunday]

Customer Service                     Sat. 0800-1200

673 MDG, PHA Clinic,              Sun. 0800-1400

477 FG members,
Point Credit Summary information can be found on MyPers website:
Airmen are credited with a year of satisfactory federal service for retirement when they
earn a minimum of 50 points (including membership points) in a full
Retirement/Retirement (R/R) year.
Airmen can earn points as follows:
- One point for each day of active duty
- One point for four hours of inactive duty training (IDT), not to exceed two points
  per calendar day
- One point for each three study ours of military correspondence courses
- 15 membership points (prorate points for periods less than a year) are awarded
  for a full R/R year
Let the 477 MPF know if you need more additional information.
Thank you
Sayoko N Benjamin, SrA, USAFR
Customer Service Advisor
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson AK
Comm: 551-4748

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You can earn college credits at 100% no cost by testing out of a full range of higher education subject areas versus sitting in the classroom.
Too good to be true?
Air Force civilians can request credit-by-exam via the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests.
If you are not using these benefits for your degree you are paying too much! Details can be found on myPers at Credit-by-Exam Programs - College Level Examination Program / DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, or by signing into myPers and following the tuition assistance link for more details.
     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. 
302 FS- Maj. David Balmer

302 FS- TSgt. James Davidson 

AMXS- TSgt.  Peter Hall

FSS- SrA Joseph Miller

MXS- TSgt.  Michela Infantino 


  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.


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