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 ESGR Patriotic Award Winner  
    Air Force Reserve Command 2017 Veterans Day Message HERE 
 Tuskegee, JBER Airman perform historic F-22 inspection-HERE
Always Forward: A Tuskegee Airman's Testament-HERE 
Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. Leslie Edwards, a Tuskegee Airman of the 617th Bombardment Squadron, tours the 302d Fighter Squadron 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. 

The 477th fighter Group would like to give a [SPECIAL THANK-YOU] to the 673rd Public Affairs at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska for their support in making the 477 FG 10th Anniversary a historic event October 2017. The 673rd Public Affairs members utilized their professionalism and skills to record the October Unit Training Assembly events, not only for the members to see and enjoy, but also to put in the history books for all to remember. See Videos and Images: 

Tuskegee Airman visits JBER, Defence Video Imagery Distribution System
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3872544/tuskegee-airman-visits-jber, https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3872541/tuskegee-airman-visits-jber
https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3872539/tuskegee-airman-visits-jber, https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3864211/tuskegee-airman-visits-jber, https://www.dvidshub.net/image/3864204/tuskegee-airman-visits-jber



NE17 used less ordnance than allowed

Military visits Cordova to talk about what happened during training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska
Officials with the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet and Alaska Command descended on Cordova on Oct. 11 to deliver an after-action report on Northern Edge 2017 (NE17) military training exercises conducted in the Gulf of Alaska from May 1- 12.
Navy representatives said there are no indications of environmental impacts following NE17 in the gulf, nor were they aware of any interactions or conflicts with other users of the area, including fishing or shipping vessels, or aircraft. MORE


F-22 CTF celebrates 20th birthday of Raptor first flight 

The F-22 Combined Test Force held a ceremony Oct. 19 to commemorate the first flight of the F-22 Raptor. The first flight of the first F-22 aircraft took place Sept. 7, 1997. The fighter took off from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, with F-22 chief test pilot Paul Metz at the controls.

The F-22 CTF continues to test systems upgrades and modernization projects on the fifth-generation fighter. MORE




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.
  PHA Schedule

Sun Only; 10:00-12:00
FLU SEASON: Flu shot rodeo will begin Oct UTA at FG ALL Call and Nov UTA FG/CC Call.

Members may also receive flu shot at 673 MDG during UTA PHA hours.

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 

Fiscal Fitness Article

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.

FOUR TRAVEL DAYS FOR ANNUAL TRAINING (AT): Reservists are limited to a maximum of 4 days of
travel per fiscal year for AT tours. To save travel days, supervisors may permit late reporting during the morning of the first duty day and early release during the afternoon on the last duty day.

UNPAID DUTY AND TRAVEL ORDERS: All travel and military pay claims must be submitted within five
workdays of TDY finish or completion of tour. Let’s submit travel and pay claims without delay.

Travel Safety

Know Before You Go: AFOSI provides briefings for CI Awareness, Foreign Travel

Counter Intelligence Awareness Training as well as the Foreign Travel Prebrief and Debrief Program have not changed, but how they are enforced has.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 631 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has recently created two separate programs to assist special agents in keeping track of personnel who have completed the mandatory travel pre-briefing survey found on the Air Force Portal as well as conducting a newly arranged Counter Intelligence Awareness Training which is required annually.Read Full Article HERE

By Airman 1st Class Crystal A. Jenkins | JBER Public Affairs | October 23, 2017

~Manage Civilian Benefits~ Read here    ~GET ONE NOW~ HERE   ~Let's Talk Retirement~ Read HERE    ~STAY ALERT ALASKA~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 NOV. 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)

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  Cameron Hodge 
AMXS    A1C Luke Coverdell
AMXS    SMSgt Shawn Gannon
AMXS    SSgt Stephen Teamer
AMXS    SMSgt Bryan Vaughn
AMDF    TSgt Amanda Marlett
MXS      MSgt Brian Knispel
MXS      SSgt Karl Coulombe
FGS       CMSgt Nerverley Shoemake

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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