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Force shaping board results released

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Air Force has released the results of the 2006 Force Shaping Board, affecting lieutenants in the 2002 and 2003 accession year groups.

The Force Shaping Board is designed to enable the Air Force to meet mission requirements within budget constraints and to provide Combatant Commanders with the right mix of ready and fully trained Airmen. The board convened in April 2006 and was a Secretary of the Air Force–authorized central board conducted at the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

The force shaping board selected 1,240 out of 2,083 officers in the 2002 and 2003 accession year groups for retention. The affected officers were personally notified by their senior raters of their retention status May 10.

“While the results of this board are great news for some, we must remember that there are others who didn’t receive the results they’d hoped for,” said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, AFSPC Vice Commander. “To those Air Force professionals who received disappointing news, I offer my best wishes, knowing you will no doubt continue to succeed in whatever new endeavors you undertake. My sincere thanks to all our Airmen for your dedication and support to the Air Force and Air Force Space Command.“

Officers not selected for retention will be separated no later than Sept. 29.

Master Sgt. Edward Jordan, Air Force Space Command Manpower and Personnel, said the force shaping process is necessary to help meet the Air Force’s end strength goals.

“The intent is to properly shape the future force by retaining the officers we need to do the mission today and to develop the future leadership of the Air Force,” Sergeant Jordan said.

Officers not selected for retention are still eligible to apply for the Palace Chase or the Blue to Green programs. Palace Chase applicants accepted into the Guard or Reserve may avoid a break in service provided they apply by Aug. 1, according to a May 3 AFPC news release. The Blue to Green program offers eligible officers the opportunity to transfer to the Army, but applicants must submit their packages by June 15.

Those who wish to continue to serve, but not in uniform, may apply for civil service employment. Interested officers should visit the Office of Personnel Management Web site at www.usajobs.opm.gov for more information.

Officers are entitled to post-separation benefits and services such as transitional healthcare coverage for 180 days, permissive temporary duty and an expanded opportunity to participate in the Montgomery GI Bill. Officers should contact their base family support centers for more detailed information regarding these benefits and available transition resources.

For more information on the Blue to Green program call DSN 665-2758 or e-mail afpc.dpprs@randolph.af.mil. Palace Chase information is available by calling DSN 665-3758 or by e-mail at palacechase@randolph.af.mil. For the latest information on force shaping, visit http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/retsep/forceshaping/shape.htm.