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        POWER - PEOPLE - PARTNERS       JANUARY 2018

The HOPE video series allows Reserve Citizen Airmen the opportunity to share their stories of how they found hope, even in their darkest hours. These videos are intended to be a source of learning and encouragement. This series allows for leadership to share a narrative of hope and options for those who may be suffering.HERE

 477th Fighter Group, Welcomes Chaplain Pat Travers
I would like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy New Year to all the members and families of the 477th Fighter Group, and to introduce myself to those whom I haven’t had the opportunity to meet. I’m Chaplain, Lt Col Pat Travers, and served previously as the 477th Group chaplain from 2008 until 2015. Since then, I’ve been an IMA at the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida, but now have the happy opportunity to return to the 477th!
As you might expect, service with the Special Ops community offered many wonderful experiences of ministry, and I leave it with tremendous admiration for the courage and determination of its military and family members.
I am overjoyed, however, to return to the 477th, and to help reestablish our Chapel ministry here during the year-and-a-half before my mandatory retirement at age 67. The demands being made on our members and their families continue to increase as the world situation develops, and it is especially important that you have ready access to the spiritual care that is so necessary in order to meet these challenges. In addition to recruiting chaplains and chaplain assistants for our own Chapel office, it will be important for us to network with the Chaplain Corps members of the active duty Air Force and Army and the Air National Guard here at JBER in order to be able to meet your needs at any time.
In civilian life, I’m pastor of Holy Name Catholic Church in Ketchikan, and also serve in the administration of the Catholic Dioceses of Juneau and Fairbanks, and the Archdiocese of Anchorage. I’m here at the 477th for the January UTA weekend, and should be fully “on board” by our UTA in February. If you would like to contact me in the meantime, my cell phone number is 907-723-7303, and my Church email is pjtravers@att.net. Once again, I hope and pray that you and your loved ones will each have a blessed and happy New Year!

477 FSS Cyber Flight making better communication-HERE
  Windows 10 Upgrade

Based on Department of Defense-direction (PDF) to transition to a Microsoft Windows 10 secure host baseline, the Air Force will upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system across the enterprise by 31 January 2018.

New security features in Windows 10 will allow the Air Force and DoD to install software patches faster and counter emerging cyber-intrusions. The new operating system also will increase accountability and transparency across DoD networks, allowing cyber defenders to better detect malicious activity.

The enterprise-wide upgrade will be applied to all existing Windows clients on DoD information networks, on all Unclassified, Secret, and Top Secret collateral information systems, including DoD programs, special access programs, mission systems, and strategic, tactical, and research, development, training, and evaluation systems. It also applies to all computing systems currently running Windows operating systems including PIT, and weapon systems to the maximum extent possible. This effort does not include Windows cell phones, Microsoft Server operating systems, or non-Windows-based devices.

As a result of the DOD’s mandate, a significant portion of the Air Force inventory is not hardware compatible to execute required Windows 10 security features, and will be replaced. Over 269,000 Windows 10-compatible clients purchased at the end of FY16 are being delivered to bases over the next several months. An additional 234,000 clients will be replaced throughout FY17. In most cases, users will receive laptops per SAF CIO's Strategy (PDF) for a mobile workforce. Existing compatible clients will be upgraded to the new operating system.

As the new operating system begins to deploy across the Air Force, familiarization training is available on this site for users to orient themselves on Windows 10 features.

The value of decompression: Transition center helps deployed members prepare for life
  Airmen encouraged to update their vRED, SOES information
Employee Assistance Program available to all civilians   The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?
The elephant in the room   Embracing Total Force culture

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  Fiscal Fitness Article

E-MAIL ADDRESS IN MYPAY: Periodically the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) attempts to contact members and employees about important pay matters. If you’d like to be contacted, ensure your Air Force and/or personal e-mail addresses are current in your myPay account.

MILITARY LEAVE REQUESTS: Requests for leave (AF Form 988) must be submitted to the 477 FG Reserve Pay Office (RPO) BEFORE leave begins. And the leave form, part III, must be completed and forwarded to the RPO when the leave ends.

  PHA Schedule

SAT; AMDF, Customer Service (10-12)
Sun Only; (8:00-11:00)
"Last chance to get flu shots before you will be overdue!
~Flu shot clinic at 673 MDG Sunday 0800-1100~
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.

~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  [ 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.

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 Caleb Haley 
AMXS    SSgt David Barringer
AMXS    TSgt Brendan Carroll
AMXS    MSgt Patrick Debano
AMXS    SSgt Kurt Powell
AMXS    SSgt Anton Rozvodovskiy
AMXS    TSgt AAron Witt
FSS       SRA Adrian Coombs
MXS       SSgt Jorge Juliasolivan  


  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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