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RED FLAG 17-3                                                                AIR DOMINANCE WITH AMERICA'S STRONGEST AIR POWER                                                                                   ALASKA INTERIOR

The navigation display from a British Royal Air Force
C-130 Hercules leads crew members to their destination during Red Flag-Alaska 17-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Javier Alvarez) MORE PHOTOS.


Clouds blanket the Alaska interior through the heads-up display in a British Royal Air Force C-130 Hercules, Aug. 11, 2017. The RAF airmen are at JBER for training exercise Red Flag-Alaska 17-3. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Javier Alvarez) MORE PHOTOS.

It’s a big day for the 477th Fighter Group & for the 477th Force Support Squadron. Let's do this. 

477th Force Support Squadron Change of Command Aug. 25, 2017 
By Technical Sgt. Mike Campbell

Lt. Col. Jennifer L. Page, Commander of the 477th Force Support Squadron passed the guidon
to Lt. Col. Brian T. Baldwin in a change of command ceremony Aug. 25 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Passing the unit guidon is a symbolic representation of passing authority to the incoming commander.
Baldwin, who most recently served as the 477 FG Inspector General and Exercise Lead Air Planner, takes the reins of a Reserve FSS with more than 42 personnel directly supporting Alaska's only Air Force Reserve unit.

"I'm excited to lead this organization which has such a vital role in not only providing and supporting Air Dominance, but making the 477th Fighter Group a great way to serve our country," said Baldwin. "It's an honor to be part of the 477th Fighter Group leadership team."

"Ten years ago, the Air Force wisely laid in a Fighter Classic Associate on the F-22 Mission here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson," said U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher D. Ogren, 477 FG Commander. "In that time, we’ve grown from seven to 400 souls and we've grown with the F-22, & the AIR DOMINANCE Mission. And today we are here to recognize a piece of that AIR DOMINANCE endeavor, our 477th Fighter Group Force Support Squadron professionals.

To the men and women of the FSS, you are the unsung heroes of support here in the glass palace of Mundy Avenue." Read More


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~Deserving Airmen~ More here ~Let's Talk Retirement~ Read here


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. 9:30-12:30
Dental, optometry, labs, immunizations, audiograms, and profile walk-ins available both Sat. and Sun.

Employment education series helps families

The Military and Family Readiness Centers at buildings 600 and 8535 host classes about job interviews, resume building and more as part of an Employment Skills Education Series.

The series started Aug. 3 with ‘So You Wanna Get a Job?’ and will end Oct. 26 with ‘Planning a Home-Based Business.’ This series may end, the services are available with future classes and one-on-one sessions for anyone with base access.

By Airman 1st Class CHRISTOPHER MORALES JBER Public Affairs Aug 21, 2017. Read here.

Fiscal Fitness Articles

DEFENSE TRAVEL SYSTEM (DTS): Need help with DTS? Organizational Defense Travel Administrators (ODTAs) are in your unit, and they are your primary source for DTS assistance. Reminder, when you receive a new GTC ensure you update your DTS profile with the new card number and/or expiration date.

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.

SUPERVISORS’ ROLE IN MILITARY LEAVE PROCESSING: 1) Ensure all parts of AF Form 988 are completed to include signatures with dates on Part I. 2) Get a leave number by submitting the AF Form 988 to the Reserve Pay Office (RPO) before leave starts. 3) On the workday following member’s last day of leave complete Part III by certifying the leave dates that were actually taken, and submit it to the RPO.

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
AMDF- Lt. Col.  Margaret Gannon  
AMXS- Senior Airman Elijah Todd

AMXS- Staff Sgt. 
Joshua Saxon 
Staff Sgt. Erin McFadden 
AMXS- Technical Sgt. Joshua Baker ~100 %~
FSS-  Technical Sgt. Franz Martinez
FSS-  Senior Master Sgt. Jason Nystrom 
MXS- Senior Airman Genessy Felarca
MXS- Staff Sgt. Christopher Harrel
MXS- Staff Sgt. Kristin Lookabaugh 
MXS- Staff Sgt. Micah Lawlor
MXS- Technical Sgt. AAron Henle
MXS- Technical Sgt. Jared Tester 
Master Sgt. Kanya Briner 


`1st and 2nd Quarter outstanding Airmen` ~Congratulations Legislative Citations Selects-~  ~Congratulations to our STEP promotion selects~
1st Quarter Winners
Airmen   Senior Airman Taylor R. Ellibee

      Technical Sgt. Amanda K. Marlett

    Master Sgt. Megan T. Silva

        Mr. Kyle D. Cahill

      1st Lt. Jessi S. Gibson

      Major Carla M. Gleason
2nd Quarter Winners
Senior Airman David S. Barringer

Technical Sgt.
 Ritchelyn M. Schwarz

Master Sgt.
 Travis J. Schlapbach

Mrs. Aimee A. Pineault

Lt. Col. Brian J. Budde
Legislative Citations
Technical Sgt. Christian San Juan, MXS

Technical Sgt.
 Michela Infantino, MXS

Staff Sgt. Colton Mullins, MXS

Master Sgt. to Senior Master Sgt.
FS-Melinda  Y. Harris

Senior Master Sgt. to Chief Master Sgt.
Neverly  R. Shoemake

Staff Sgt. to Technical Sgt.
Peter J. Hall

AAron T. Carioto

William D. Medlin Jr.

September Promotions
Senior Airman to Staff Sgt
David S Barringer

Technical Sgt.
 to Master Sgt.

Patrick J. Debano
Lieutenant Colonel selects
Lt. Col. Heather Deloney, 477th AMDF

Lt. Col. Ryan "Jolt" Pelkola, 302d FS

WELL DONE all. Thanks for supporting & executing our POWER-PEOPLE-PARTNERS strategy in Alaska.
“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is just around the corner, starting September 1. Here are some tips to help kick off your planning for the month of September.
“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” We can all take action to prepare. This year’s themes focus on the NPM goal to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and places of worship.

2017 Weekly Themes
Week 1: September 1-9 Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Week 2: September 10-16 Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Week 3: September 17-23 Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Week 4: September 24-30 Get Involved! Be a part of Something Larger

Get Started:
Check out tips and ideas to promote preparedness. For more engaging messages, attach appropriately sized graphics for specific social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook).
• Visit the official NPM web page: www.ready.gov/september
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• Copy and share our web content; just reference the Ready Campaign
• Include emergency preparedness messages on your social media, email signature, monthly newsletters, or other messaging tools
• Share public service announcements and instructional videos
• Print, share, or order FREE emergency preparedness publications
Download the FEMA App for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips

 The 477th Fighter Group's 10th Anniversary is in October, 2017. Step back in time with some historical images:




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