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We’re all in this together

This post was originally published by Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. - Dobbins ARB Top Stories

August 23, 2013 in Dobbins Air Reserves Base, Georgia by clevine

Everyone needs help from time to time. The Wingman concept is a culture of Airmen taking care of Airmen each and every day, on and off duty.

The Air Force Community Action Information Board directed all units to conduct a Wingman Day on Aug. 4 to take a pause from day-to-day mission duties and focus on unit wellness and getting to know fellow Airmen a little better.

Facilitated by Lt. Col. George Pelech, 94th Airlift Wing chief of safety, the first session kicked off with a video from Lt. Gen. James Jackson, chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, and remarks from Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th AW commander.
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Women’s Equality Day now recognized at Moody

This post was originally published by Moody Air Force Base - Moody News

August 22, 2013 in Georgia, Moody Air Force Base by clevine


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Enlisted commissioning process aided by program CGOs

This post was originally published by Moody Air Force Base - Moody News

August 20, 2013 in Georgia, Moody Air Force Base by clevine

For enlisted Airmen who feel they have leadership potential and want to be challenged a little differently in their Air Force career, becoming an officer through one of the several programs available for enlisted Airmen may be the answer.

Additional support has recently been included in the commissioning briefings held by the Moody Education Center, now held once a week instead of twice a month.

Programs such as the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program (ASCP), Professional Officer Course-Early Release Program (POC-ERP), Scholarships for Outstanding Airman (SOAR) and others are now briefed individually with a company grade officer (CGO) who has first-hand experience in that particular program.
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23d MDG commander bids farewell to 28-year career

This post was originally published by Moody Air Force Base - Moody News

August 14, 2013 in Georgia, Moody Air Force Base by clevine


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SGLI and vRED

This post was originally published by Moody Air Force Base - Moody News

August 14, 2013 in Georgia, Moody Air Force Base by clevine

1. Why is it important or servicemembers to update their Servicemembers Group Life Insurance and record of emergency data?

The Record of Emergency Data (vRED) and SGLI form are two of the most critical documents a servicemember is responsible for maintaining throughout a military career.
The vRED is used to contact the next-of-kin in the case of a debilitating injury or death. It is also used to designate a beneficiary to receive certain military benefits, as well as identifying the person authorized to make decisions regarding funeral arrangements and the final resting place of the servicemember upon their death.
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New tuition assistance process eliminates up-front fees

This post was originally published by Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. - Dobbins ARB Top Stories

August 14, 2013 in Dobbins Air Reserves Base, Georgia by clevine

Air Force Reserve Command will implement a new tuition assistance payment process Oct. 1 that will eliminate up-front fees reservists pay for classes by enabling tuition payments to go directly to a university or college.

"This new TA process will be a huge relief for our members," said Col. Heather Connahey, chief of the AFRC personnel division.

Reservists currently have to wait up to 120 days after submitting their grades to be reimbursed for classes. Under the new process, they will still apply for tuition assistance through the Air Force Virtual Education Center. However, payment issues are taken out of their hands and handled by the Air Force, which will pay the school through an automated system.
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Supporting our own

This post was originally published by Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. - Dobbins ARB Top Stories

August 12, 2013 in Dobbins Air Reserves Base, Georgia by clevine

Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th Airlift Wing commander, and Staff Sgt. Jasmine Turk of the Airman and Family Readiness office accepted over $1,900 on Aug. 8 of funds raised during the Ninth Annual Corn & Sausage Roast, held last month, and the Dobbins Air Reserve Base Thrift Store.

The Annual Corn & Sausage Roast raised $969, exceeding last year's total. This was added to a $1000 contribution from the Dobbins Thrift Store. The thrift store operates mostly on donations, but will also take goods on consignment. The store's contribution goes straight into the Dobbins Emergency Assistance Fund and comes directly from goods sold in the shop.
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Taking a stand

This post was originally published by Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. - Dobbins ARB Top Stories

August 9, 2013 in Dobbins Air Reserves Base, Georgia by clevine

Members of the 94th Airlift Wing attended a mandatory commander's call on Aug. 4 at the Fuel Maintenance Dock for the purpose of conducting annual Sexual Assault Awareness training, known as the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response stand-down.

This SAPR stand-down follows direction from the secretary of defense to conduct training for personnel before Aug. 31.

During the stand-down, the 94th Airlift Wing focused on definitions of sexual assault, reporting options, the changing culture of the Air Force and the newly created special victims' councils. The special victims' council provides lawyers with specialized training to advise sexual assault victims and guide them through the criminal justice system.
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Celebrating family

This post was originally published by Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. - Dobbins ARB Top Stories

August 9, 2013 in Dobbins Air Reserves Base, Georgia by clevine

Members of the 94th Airlift Wing gathered Aug. 4 at the base lakeside facility to celebrate the truly important members of the 94th AW community - their families.

Col. Tim Tarchick, 94th AW commander, welcomed all the families and recognized the 2013 Spouse of the Year, Lauren Oswald, 94th information security specialist and wife of Staff Sgt. Charles Oswald, 94th security forces specialist.

"I'm so proud of her," said Charles Oswald. "She earned it. She embodies the core value of Service Before Self. She's like a good noncommissioned officer, where the troops come first. She's a key spouse, so the families come first. She keeps in regular contact with the families of our deployers."
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Inside Moody’s pharmacy

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August 8, 2013 in Georgia, Moody Air Force Base by clevine


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Unique testing helps warfighter, saves lives

This post was originally published by Robins Air Force Base - Robins Air Force Base News

August 8, 2013 in Georgia, Robins Air Force Base by clevine

When large transport or rotary wing aircraft support a mission down range, there's always the threat of those wanting to do harm to the lives and assets onboard.

That includes risk from a range of shoulder-fired, vehicle-mounted and other infrared-guided missiles capable of following the path of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III or C-130 Hercules, for example.

At Robins, helping to stop those missiles in their tracks happens through a joint partnership between the 566th Electronics Maintenance Squadron and Northrop Grumman engineers.
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First-time joint training benefits Army, Air Force

This post was originally published by Robins Air Force Base - Robins Air Force Base News

August 8, 2013 in Georgia, Robins Air Force Base by clevine

It was a win-win for two Air Force and Army National Guard units Sunday at Macon's Lake Tobesofkee. In a first-time joint endeavor, an aircrew from the 116th Air Control Wing completed its annual water survival training requirement while at the same time the Army Guardsmen fulfilled their own extractions training requirement.

"This was truly a joint effort and a benefit to everyone involved," said Maj. Ron, 128th Airborne Command and Control Squadron navigator.

As part of the training, five aviators from the 128th ACCS were hoisted by an HH-60/M Black Hawk MEDEVAC helicopter to a height of 50 feet. The helicopter from C Company, 1-111th Aviation, 78th Aviation Troop Command at the Clay National Guard Center in Atlanta, stopped at Lake Tobesfokee to provide the training while enroute to Fort Stewart.
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Deployable assets Mobility bags ready to go when needed

This post was originally published by Robins Air Force Base - Robins Air Force Base News

August 8, 2013 in Georgia, Robins Air Force Base by clevine

Before a member from Robins is deployed anywhere in the world, one of the first stops they must make is to the 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Individual Protection Equipment Element.

Inside the massive warehouse is where mobility bags are stored, maintained and issued. The eight members who keep things running smoothly ensure every item is readily available when needed, whether it's protective vests, gloves, rifles or other life-saving gear.

"We support everyone on this installation in some capacity, whether it is courtesy storage or they are our direct customers," said Suzanna Holloway, whose shop is also affectionately known as 'MOBAGS.'
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Born in the military: A Robins family legacy of service

This post was originally published by Robins Air Force Base - Robins Air Force Base News

August 8, 2013 in Georgia, Robins Air Force Base by clevine

Military deployments are difficult for both the service member and the family members they leave behind. Being in a dual-military parent family doesn't make it easier, but after nearly 50 years of combined service, the current Wakefields are continuing their family's tradition.

"My great uncles served in the Army during WWII; my Dad was an Army mortar man; I'm an aircraft maintainer; and now my son is an infantryman in the Marines," said Chief Master Sgt. Gary Wakefield, 7th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit chief deployed from Robins Air Force Base, Ga. "As soon as my youngest graduates high school, he'll also join the Marines."
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TIP numbers continue to rise

This post was originally published by Robins Air Force Base - Robins Air Force Base News

August 8, 2013 in Georgia, Robins Air Force Base by clevine

The Transportation Incentive Program at Robins is continuing to flourish and a 248 percent growth in vanpool ridership since its inception in December 2010 is the proof.

The program helps Robins employees get to and from work in a safe, cost-effective manner. It also reduces traffic.

Customers can sign up daily by picking up an application at the TIP Program Office in Bldg. 914, Room 106, next to the old furniture store. The application must be filled out properly, signed by the customer's direct supervisor and returned to the program manager. It can take up to 60 days for the application process to be completed and a benefit card to arrive.
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