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May 2017 Red Tail E-Review

By PATRICK S. RYAN, Col, USAF, SAF CIO/A6 /

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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Happy May! Another drill weekend and another major exercise. 


I know everyone will be busy with training, however, I want to request that if you have not done so please take the climate assessment survey here (DEOCS). That is the computer survey I talked about at the Commander’s Call back in April. It is an essential part of the Commander’s Climate assessment. This is important because it offers each Airman a direct way to communicate with the commander. 

Ultimately, the goal is to create and maintain an environment of fair treatment that is based solely on merit, fitness and capability.

--Maj. Bobbi Jensen, 477 FG EEO


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Airmen from the 477th Fighter Group, 302nd Fighter Squadron and 90th Fighter Squadron participated in a bilateral exercise with the Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia. Click here to read more.

477th gears up for Northern Edge 2017

Northern Edge is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise designed to practice operations, techniques and procedures as well as enhance interoperability among the services. Thousands of joint service members from across PACOM are involved. For more pictures, click here.


Links to valuable information:
Key Spouse program

Win an Aero Garden in honor of  Earth Day

FSS goes mad - CAMP MAD BULL 

477 JA offers legal services

 

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


What are the things we need to know about awards and decorations as Airmen?
Click here for information. 

FISCAL FITNESS
TDY TRAVEL ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DAYS:  Flights permitting, travelers should arrive no earlier than the day before the TDY begins and depart no later than one day after the TDY ends. Arriving too early or departing too late can result in per diem loss, no reimbursement for lodging and leave charge.  Expenses for extra days are the traveler’s financial responsibility. 

MANDATORY USE OF THE GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD (GTC):  All DoD personnel are required to use the GTC for all authorized expenses relating to official government travel.  The GTC will be used for airfare, lodging, rental car and gas, and any other authorized travel expenses for which credit cards are typically used. Personal credit cards should not be used for official travel expenses.

FLAT RATE PER DIEM: Travelers who go TDY for more than 30 days at one location receive a flat rate per diem which is either 75% or 55% of full per diem depending on the total length of the TDY. Flat rate per diem does not apply if government quarters and meals are available and directed.  Travelers who would have received full per diem in the past for more than 30 days at one location, will likely receive flat rate per diem instead. If you are traveling for TDY at one location for more than 30 days, ask Finance about flat rate per diem. 

DTS TRAVEL AUTHORIZATIONS:  477 FG travelers must not create travel authorizations for themselves in the Defense Travel System (DTS).  AFTER an order is published, AROWS-R exports information to DTS to create the travel authorization.  DTS sends an email to the traveler with instructions for accessing DTS and completing the authorization to include making flight arrangements in DTS.  This process is exclusive to all AF Reserve travelers, so our TDY travelers should ensure the email address posted in DTS is one they have access. 



How does stress affect our health and what can we do about it? 


 
 
Help give back to the community, contact Angela Earle, 302nd Fighter Squadron Unit Program Coordinator, at 907-551-6421.
Help give back to the community, contact Angela Earle, 302nd Fighter Squadron Unit Program Coordinator, at 907-551-6421.
 
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Help give back to the community, contact Angela Earle, 302nd Fighter Squadron Unit Program Coordinator, at 907-551-6421.

                        

 

                  

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force manpower, personnel and services deputy chief of staff, testified on the pilot shortage before the House Armed Services subcommittee on Military Personnel in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2017.

At the end of fiscal year 2016, the total force made up of the active duty, reserve and guard, was short 1,555 pilots across all mission areas. The Air Force is addressing the aircrew crisis via monetary and non-monetary initiatives in three main areas: pilot production, reduction of demand for pilots in non-flying positions, and retention.

According to Grosso, the primary drivers for the shortage of pilots are the high operational tempo across the last 26 years, and the commercial industry demand for Air Force pilots.
“The Air Force is committed to a holistic strategy to maintain our pilot inventory as we face external and internal challenges,” she said.

Part of the holistic effort to increase retention of seasoned pilots is raising the aviation bonus to $35,000 a year; the first increase in 18 years.

“Through a tiered business case analysis we will identify areas of greatest need to retain pilots in exchange for a commitment beyond their initial service commitment,” she said.

The increase in available bonus was approved in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017. The actual bonus levels are determined by considering current and projected manning, current and projected retention levels, replacement training costs, and replacement training time ... " Read more here.
 

 
  

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