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  • Socrates was right, culture shapes character

    Today's newspaper, radio and television news broadcasts are full of ethically horrific stories of famous personalities caught making inappropriate comments of a demeaning nature. From racial slurs uttered in comedy clubs, to the vocal debasing of women in popular music genres, this mad societal desire for "shock and awe" entertainment only results
  • When is going 'outside the chain' okay?

    A chief master sergeant at another base was accused of sexually harassing a fellow squadron member. The squadron commander directed an investigation which found the chief had acted inappropriately. The chief explained he was unaware his actions were perceived as harassing and apologized. Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there. Several weeks
  • Supervisors key to creating safety culture

    Creating a safety culture to prevent mishaps is not easy. It requires the participation of an entire organization to prevent that next mishap from occurring. The key to the mishap prevention program is the supervisor; he or she makes the very foundation on which the mishap prevention program stands. Having knowledge of the very basic steps on how
  • First impressions can set tone for career

    I'll never forget when I first reported to my Officer Training School flight commander, Capt. Charles Brown. After "laying down the law," he asked if I had any questions. This was my first opportunity to make a good impression, and I knew just what to ask. On my way to OTS, I spent the night with a friend who was a recent graduate of the Air Force
  • Satellite Flyer goes online

    Le roi est mort. Vive le roi.The May 3 issue of the Satellite Flyer is the last that the 50th Space Wing Public Affairs Office will directly produce. But you will continue to see a base newspaper with stories about the Schriever community as well as interesting stories from around the Air Force.We're moving our focus to the Web -- you'll find some
  • Big-picture awareness vital to mission

    As editor of the Satellite Flyer, I read ... a lot. One article that caught my eye Friday was a commentary I read in the Spring 2007 "TIG Brief" magazine. Lt. Gen. Ronald Sams, the Air Force Inspector General, wrote about a chance encounter with a sharp, intelligent young officer who didn't consider himself a warrior. "You're in the world's most
  • Airmen Warriors ready to fight

    Airmen Warriors. It is more than some catch phrase. It defines exactly who you are, what you do and how you fit into our expeditionary Air Force of the 21st Century. Right now, between the 45th Space Wing and our mission partners, we have about 100 Airmen deployed across the globe to places like Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. And with
  • Know the competition...

    The saying goes, "Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or an antelope -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running." It first
  • Try walking down a different career path

    They maintain a watchful vigil at remote facilities located across the rugged, wind-swept prairies of Montana. From across the Air Force, these men and women come to put their unique experiences and skill sets to the challenge. Currently, 74 silent warriors operate and maintain the 341st Space Wing's 20 missile alert facilities. But there's always
  • Concentrate on doing tasks with excellence

    Someone once said, "If it is worth doing once, it is worth doing right." As one of the Air Force Core Values, "Excellence in All that We Do" it is a must in today's transitioning Air Force. It is not just about doing things better or smarter. There are initiatives like Air Force SmartOps 21 which speaks to that. "Excellence in All that We Do" --

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AF officials are currently accepting submissions for the 2018 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award. All nomination packages are due to AFPC by Aug. 31, 2018. Read more at #AFPC #Airman #AirForce" target="_blank">https://go.usa.gov/xU5sE #AFPC #Airman #AirForce</a>
Joint Officer qualification is a significant achievement--the culmination of education and experience. With the new joint tour credit changes directed in the 2017 NDAA, you&#39;ll have even more opportunities to get joint credit. The recent update to DoDI 1300.19, OSD Joint Officer Management, adjusts deployment credits of 24 points or more to qualify an officer for full joint credit. AFPC manages the Joint Qualification program for the Air Force and has the information you need on these changes. For a complete overview on how to become a Joint Qualified Officer, go to Https://myPers.af.mil -> Assignment-> Total Force Joint Officer Management.
Are you interested in retraining? Noncommissioned officers interested in transferring to the Air Force’s newest enlisted aviation Air Force Specialty Code, Enlisted RPA Pilot (1U1XX), have until Oct. 31 to submit their applications to meet the next selection board. The complete application package includes an Air Force initial flying class II physical examination plus a pilot qualification test. The Enlisted RPA Pilot Selection Board will convene in January 2019 to fill training slots for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 as part of the Air Force’s ongoing initiative to integrate enlisted pilots into RQ-4 Global Hawk flying operations. Would you like to know more? Visit the Enlisted RPA Pilot webpage www.afpc.af.mil/Retraining/Enlisted-RPA/ #AirForce #AFPC
EQUAL Opens July 18 The window for Enlisted Overseas Returnee/CONUS Mandatory Mover EQUAL Schedule for Nov/Dec/Jan 2018-2019 opens on July 18. You can view the schedule logging into AFPCSecure on myPers, or at your local personnel office. The Overseas Active Duty Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing will open Aug. 8. For more information on assignments, go to www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/ #AFPC
Do you think you could pass the Battlefield Airman Fitness Assessment? The new Battlefield Airman fitness standards and policy updates are online and available at http://www.afpc.af.mil/Career-Management/Fitness-Program/. ALO and TACP Airmen must take the Tier 2 Operator Fitness Test, or OFT, with the goal of achieving a component standard score of 2 or more on the 10-point component test scale for all components AND a composite score of 46 or more on the 100-point composite test scale. Download the OFT standards from our website and get ready to test yourself against these rigorous standards.#AFPC #AirForce
Air Force Recruiting Service is seeking former recruiters! Looking for current SSgt-MSgt having served in Recruiting Duty with a minimum of 36 months experience interested in returning as a Tier II or III Recruiter. For questions, or to apply, contact the AFRS Screening Team via e-mail at AFRS.rst@us.af.mil.
Air Force officials selected 8,416 staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant in the 18E6 promotion cycle. The promotion list will post July 19. Click the graphic for details. #AFPC #AirForce
18E5 Staff Sergeant Promotion Cycle File Freeze The file freeze will be effective July 25. Any data that is updated in Military Personnel Data System after July 25 for the 18E5 promotion cycle will not reflect on your Data Verification Record (DVR). If your eligibility status changes or an update is required after July 25, your MPF must contact the AFPC Enlisted Promotions office via email. Please use email subject line: "18E5 DVR Update Request." For more information on reviewing your DVR, go to www.afpc.af.mil/Promotion/DVR-Review/
AF rolls out FY18 Expanded Aviation Bonus Program Air Force officials have released the Expanded Aviation Bonus Program for FY18, making more than 2,000 additional aviators eligible for aviation bonuses. The expanded program targets aviators beyond their initial service commitment who previously declined to sign long-term bonus contracts. It also targets aviators who have expired contracts and those who were never previously offered a contract. All eligible aviators are encouraged to consider available options, make a decision and act promptly. The application window for eligible aviators under the Expanded Aviation Bonus Program ends at midnight (CDT) Aug. 25. AFPC will send targeted messages to all aviators who are now potentially eligible under the expanded program. This announcement does not change the Sept. 30 deadline for aviators in the original Aviation Bonus Program. Visit #AFPC" target="_blank">https://myPers.af.mil and search “AvB” for details. #AFPC</a>
Ever wonder what’s on your permanent record? Your Military Human Resource Record, or MHRR, can contain information such as enlistments, appointments, duty stations and assignments, qualifications, performance, awards and medals, disciplinary actions, insurance, emergency data, administrative remarks, separation, discharge or retirement (including DD Form 214, Report of Separation or equivalent) and other personnel actions. AFPC currently maintains records of those Airmen who separated or retired on or after Oct. 1, 2004. Do you want to know more? Watch the video, then click the link to visit our new Military Personnel Records webpage! www.afpc.af.mil/Career-Management/Military-Personnel-Records #AFPC (Note - the link to You Tube content may not work on AF networks. The direct link to our new channel is www.youtube.com/user/afpcpa)
Updates to the #AirForce Enlisted Force Structure now available to include changes to promotion requirements for CCAF.
Active-duty officers interested in developing language skills and regional cultural knowledge are encouraged to apply for the DoD Olmsted Scholar Program. Read more at #AFPC #Airman" target="_blank">https://go.usa.gov/xUbWe #AFPC #Airman</a>
The Air Force Voluntary Period of Active Duty program has added multiple opportunities for eligible air reserve component officers. Additions include 12X – Combat Systems, 13M–Airfield Operations, 13N – Nuclear and Missile Operations, 13S – Space Operations, 32E – Civil Engineer, 38F – Force Support, Medical Corps and Dental Corps Air Force Specialty Codes. Detachment commander and instructor opportunities also exist for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. VLPAD gives certain Reserve and Guard Airmen the chance to serve on extended active duty for three years and one day in order to meet Air Force mission requirements. VLPAD information is available and continuously updated on myPers. Click “Officer/Enlisted Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty Program” from any Air Reserve component Assignment landing page to find the complete VLPAD AFSC list, detailed eligibility criteria and application procedures for each specific VLPAD program. #AFPC #AirForce
Google+ Looking for an alternative to Facebook to get your Air Force personnel news? We just launched our Google+ account! The same great content, but linked through your Gmail account. Just follow us at: #afpc" target="_blank">https://plus.google.com/u/0/106430364875494942420 #afpc</a>
Are you an active-duty officer interested in becoming a Pilot, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot, Combat Systems Officer or Air Battle Manager? Apply to the 2019 Undergraduate Flying Training selection board! Start the application process right away, as all applicants must be certified as “physically qualified” and require a medical flight screening. Complete applications, to include any approved waivers and exception-to-policy requests, are due to the Air Force’s Personnel Center by Sept. 21. The selection board meets in November. Visit the UFT page on myPers to learn more: Active-duty officer Assignment page->Air Force Special Flying Programs or select “Active Duty Officer” from the myPers dropdown menu and search “Undergraduate” #AFPC_Assignment #AirForce
#AFPC wishes all #Airmen a safe and happy 4th of July holiday! We will have personnel technicians available through midnight July 3rd to help with your personnel needs. We will be back online July 5th to assist with you personnel information needs. Happy Independence Day! #AFPC
Air Force officials recently named the 88th Security Forces Squadron as the winner of the 2018 AFA Verne Orr Award for excellence in managing human resources. Read more at #AFPC #Airman #AirForce" target="_blank">https://go.usa.gov/xUY9Q #AFPC #Airman #AirForce</a>
The Air Force is now accepting applications for the Academic Year 2019 Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program, or EMDP2. This program offers enlisted Airmen in both the active and air reserve components the opportunity to complete the preparatory coursework for admission to medical school. The deadline for Airmen to submit their Intent to Apply emails to AFPC is Oct 12. Updated eligibility requirements and applications guidelines are listed on myPers. Select “Any” from the dropdown menu and search “EMDP2.” Find additional information about EMDP2 and other enlisted medical commissioning programs on our public website at www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/Enlisted_Commission/ #AFPC #AirForce
Are you a talented, motivated active-duty officer willing to serve as a role model and instructor? If so, then your Air Force’s Academy needs you! Talk with your chain of command and then submit your volunteer statement to AFPC by Aug. 15. The United States Air Force Academy relies on hundreds of first lieutenants through lieutenant colonels to serve as instructors in a variety of mission areas to include military training, character and leadership development, athletics and academics, in order to educate, train and inspire men and women to become leaders of character. Officers in this special duty assignment will serve a three-year, controlled tour. Most academic positions require a master&#39;s or doctorate degree in a relevant discipline, though a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for other positions with the Commandant of Cadets, Athletic Department and USAFA Preparatory School. For more information, visit myPers and search “USAFA Instructors.” #AFPC #AirForce
Leaving active duty and still want to be part of the team? The PALACE CHASE program allows active-duty Airmen to request early separation from active military service and transfer to a Drill Status Guardsman, Traditional Reservist, Individual Mobilized Augmentee, AGR or Title 5 Dual Status Technician position. Enlisted applicants - Must complete 1/2 of their initial enlistment by the requested date of separation. Officer Applicants - Must have complete 2/3 of the initial total Active Duty Service Commitment by the requested date of separation. For application information, go to https://mypers.af.mil -> Separation -> PALACE CHASE
Soon, this word will be obsolete...well, more or less. @LockheedMartin and @Raytheon 's GPS III is now scheduled to… https://t.co/4DGEXVZ5hp
Today's GPS III launch with @SpaceX is now pushed to tomorrow at 9:07 a.m. EST. Our @45thSpaceWing Airmen are ensur… https://t.co/dvXgO7xqx8
RT @AmericaSpace: It's a beautiful morning in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where #SpaceX is aiming to launch #GPSIII to orbit for @AFSpace from…
Even Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute from @TheOffice are amped up about tomorrow's GPS III launch. Better GPS = a… https://t.co/8F4KIuzsMU
We have two launches scheduled for Tuesday--one in the morning at the @45thSpaceWing and the other along the west… https://t.co/Sceet4jlIC
Tuesday’s GPS III launch @45th Space Wing marks many firsts. For one thing, it’s @SpaceX’s first national security… https://t.co/F4cMiJQzpf
The Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education hosted Air Force Space Command’s Schriever Wargam… https://t.co/ep2XaIjF5I
#DYK: Air Force Space Command operates the northern-most U.S. military installation at Thule Air Base Greenland.… https://t.co/caFroHD8mk
Space is a family business. @45thSpaceWing oversees Tuesday's GPSIII launch but nearly every AFSPC unit has a role… https://t.co/UvvZ0y9470
SBIRS partnership with Missile Defense Agency Persists Despite Hurricane Florence. @Buckley_AFB https://t.co/h9zcesQOou
Recalculate no more 🙌 GPS III is launching soon! This one goes out to our 4 BILLION GPS users worldwide.… https://t.co/yv4ENw36x6
The Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education hosted Air Force Space Command’s Schriever Wargam… https://t.co/R4oI3U5qHa
“The new acquisition authority better integrates our military and private SATCOM sectors, ensuring our warfighters… https://t.co/jH78ussroy
The first GPS III satellite, which is launching next week at the @45thSpaceWing has a name (besides space vehicle-0… https://t.co/PEHLq6AfUB
RT @AF_SMC: SMC personnel are on console providing launch vehicle mission assurance through liftoff. https://t.co/opCJuBSo8j
Unable to attend the Aug 2018 induction ceremony, Dr. Gladys West was honored at the Pentagon as one of the 2018 Ai… https://t.co/j6xLPZwbU2
2nd SOPS @SchrieverAFB reaches GPS milestone with AEP 7.5 command! Read more here: https://t.co/RYIxP8mhGJ
America's next-generation GPS satellite launches from Cape Canaveral AF Station in one week! Take 30 seconds to lea… https://t.co/FD0rcq5Fh7
Secretary of Commerce, Space Leaders discuss Space Situational Awareness https://t.co/d6co1UPoIA
The Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education hosted Air Force Space Command’s Schriever Wargam… https://t.co/pr4qIso9gH

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