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June 2017 Red Tail E-Review


Use these new technologies to their fullest, but be skeptical and vigilant that they are just as much a weapon as a tool and the enemy is always watching.

USE YOUR LEAVE WHEN YOU ACCRUE IT:  Military leave will be scheduled and taken during the tour it was earned unless urgent mission circumstances do not afford the member the opportunity to do so. 

AMENDED DUTY ORDERS:  When orders are modified in AROWS with a pay-affecting amendment, the amendment must be promptly submitted by the member to the Reserve Pay Office.


USE YOUR LEAVE WHEN YOU ACCRUE IT:  Military leave will be scheduled and taken during the tour it was earned unless urgent mission circumstances do not afford the member the opportunity to do so. 

AMENDED DUTY ORDERS:  When orders are modified in AROWS with a pay-affecting amendment, the amendment must be promptly submitted by the member to the Reserve Pay Office.

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Distant Frontier

Exercise Distant Frontier provided unit-level training for joint and coalition partners on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 12 through June 3, 2017. During the exercise, units had access to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which leverages Alaska’s strategic location, vast range space and robust infrastructure giving participants unique capacity to conduct air combat training. 
10th Air Force welcomes new CC

Maj. Gen. Richard W. Scobee relinquished command of 10th Air Force to Maj. Gen. Ronald B. “Bruce” Miller during a change of command ceremony on May 17th at the Naval Operational Support Center Drill Hall at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve and Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, officiated the ceremony which formally transferred authority and responsibility for the numbered air force.  Read more here.
Clean up your act

The 477th Fighter Group Airmen at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska participated in the annual city-wide clean-up held in late April to early May throughout the Municipality of Anchorage each year.

Celebrate. Remember. Fight back.

By Staff Sgt. Mike Campbell 
Twenty members of the 477th Fighter Group along with their families, suited up in their super hero costumes May 20 for a relay event to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

“Cancer has impacted myself and family, I am here supporting the cause, and community for awareness and hope for a cure,” said Senior Master Sgt. Heidi Venable from the 477th Force Support Squadron.

Along with walking along an indoor track continuously from 7 p.m. until midnight, relay team members participated in scheduled events including a dedication to survivors, caregivers, teams and sponsors, and a luminaria ceremony honoring those who lost their lives to cancer.

“I volunteered for the Relay for Life to support a cause that affected his wife’s parents, as a memorial and awareness to their cause,” said Staff Sgt. Mullins, 477 FG team captain.

“Thanks to all the super heroes that came to the event. There was a lot of preparation such as fundraisers and meetings that happen to make this … successful,” said Annette Vrolyk, the five-year event leader for the Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life. “Everyone is a hero in my book that came out for such a worthy cause.”


Reserve members with fewer than 4,320 points have the option to opt into the 
Blended Retirement System. 

Letter of Intent by June 4, 2017
Completed, staffed application by July 7, 2017
Board will convene August 5, 2017

Speak up An anonymous way to let your chain of command know how you see things. Get your squadron password from your supervisor, then click here


GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD (GTC) MANAGEMENT FOR DOD EMPLOYEES: If a DoD civilian employee is also a member of a Reserve unit, the GTC will be issued and administered through the individual’s civilian agency, not the Reserve unit. When a Reserve member is required to perform training or active duty, a copy of the military orders must be provided to his/her civilian DoD agency.
LEAVE TAKEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH NON-DUTY DAYS: When military members take leave the day before and the day after non-duty days, all the days (duty and non-duty) must be charged as leave. For example, if member takes leave Friday and Monday, then leave will be charged Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon. Submit one leave request for the entire leave period.

ORDERS FOR ANNUAL TRAINING (AT): Are you planning on doing some AT days before 1 October? In accordance with HQ AFRC guidance ensure AT orders are published by 30 June. And note that AT, including travel, may not cross from one fiscal year (30 Sep) to the next fiscal year (1 Oct).


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Fisher House of Alaska

Help give back to the community, contact Angela Earle, 302nd Fighter Squadron Unit Program Coordinator, at 907-551-6421.
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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska --
The bi-annual cage cleaning for the Bald Eagle Aviary-Yukata/Wounded Warriors Memorial here happened Saturday, May 06. Technical Sgt. Krystle Quintana and volunteers took time to clean, organize and prep the eagle’s cage for the next season. Quintana has been the primary volunteer coordinator for the Elmendorf Bald Eagle Aviary since 2014, making the eagles’ habitat a success. Presently, there are 18 volunteers who help maintain the bald eagles’ home, not only to ensure a safe environment for the birds, but also to provide an educational central point for our national symbol, the bald eagle.

Meet Notch Wing and One Eyed Jack, they are bald eagles that call the aviary at JBER home.

“Notch Wing was rescued and brought to Elmendorf Air Force base for sanctuary in 1992. He was wounded by a gunshot to his left wing. He lost the ability to regenerate several primary feathers, which prevents him from flying distances greater than a few feet,” said Kerry Seifert, retired master sergeant and founder of the aviary. 

“One-eyed Jack, as his name indicates, lost one of his eyes. He also sustained an injury to his right wing that ruined his complete ability to fly. Jack was rescued and brought to the Elmendorf Air Force Base for sanctuary in 1999.”

The eagles cannot be released due to their previous injuries but, according to Quintana, “the birds are in good hands and receive regular checkups from qualified vetinarians.”

“I volunteer because I care about the birds and I want to make sure they are taken care of,” said Senior Airman Mathew Warnecke, member of the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron and co-coordinator of the aviary. “I feel it is my duty to give my time to the birds and community so others can enjoy and learn more about eagles … so that what happened to them may not happen to other birds. Lucky for these birds they are in a place where they can be appreciated and cared for by the military members and family.”

Stop by sometime and visit the Elmendorf Bald Eagle Aviary, there are brochures if you want to know more about eagles and, of course, Notch Wing and One Eyed Jack would like to say hi.

   WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ceremoniously swore in Heather Wilson as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon May 16, 2017.

“If we wanted to do one thing to Webster’s Unbridged Dictionary to define a Patriot with no words, we could put up Heather Wilson’s picture right next to the word, and we would explain what a patriot truly is,” Mattis said. “On behalf of the entire Air Force community, on the behalf of the Department of Defense -- welcome home.”

Wilson, who was administratively sworn in as secretary May 12, 2017, has more than 35 years of professional experience in a range of leadership and management roles in the military, higher education, government and private industry.

Mattis called Wilson well suited to lead the Air Force and said he needs her ideas and wisdom as the Air Force begins a new chapter.

“History is not predetermined or static. History hangs on a hinge. Air supremacy is not America’s ordained right and there are other hands pushing on history’s door,” Mattis said. “By Secretary Wilson’s leadership, by the superior service of America’s Airmen…they push in vain…the U.S. Air Force must be better than anyone else.”

Goldfein and Wilson first served together as cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy where they both took the oath of office for the first time as members of the same class.

“Here we stand together again as you repeat these same sacred words. What a journey it has been, and what a journey it will be,” Goldfein said. “We follow in the footsteps of service secretaries and chiefs of the past who have put their heart and their soul into building the most combat capable and lethal Air Force the world has ever known.”

From the start, Wilson said she is focused on not taking air and space power for granted.
Read more here.


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