August 2011 Promotions
AB Pita, Luis (AMXS)
AB Gonzalez, Angel (MXS)
AB Munoz, Andres (MXS)
AB Hill, Adam (MXS)
AB Jerez, Miguel (AMXS)
AB Brutus, Sorel (SFS)
AB Pate, Jonathan (MXS)
AB Rasha, Leonard (MXS)
AB Westlund, Andrew (MXS)
A1C Wahl, Jarad (SFS)
A1C Steele, David (AMXS)
A1C Peguero, Meraldo (CS)
A1C Thompson, Nina (OSS)
A1C Upthegrove, Claude (OG)
A1C Riley, Mike (LRS)
A1C Cruzgarcia, Xemis (CS)
A1C Ortega, Antonio (MXS)
A1C Era, Darius (MXS)
A1C Sagastume, Vilma (MXS)
A1C Motley, Everette (MXS)
SrA Silverberg, William (CES)
SSgt Carrillo, Silvia (FW)
SSgt Allender, George (SFS)
SSgt Bascombe, Gregory (MXS)
SSgt Paquet, Brandon (MXS)
SSgt Ramey, Chad (APS)
SSgt Babich, Rodrigo (AMXS)
SSgt Morales, Jose (AMXS)
TSgt Rubio, Jose (CS)
TSgt Cervantes, Liney (AMXS)
Congratulations to Homestead ARB quaterly and annual Winners
Airman of the Quarter - Senior Airman Chasity J. Hercher, 482d Security Forces
NCO of the Quarter - Sergeant Eric A. Little, 482d Operations Support Squadron
SNCO of the Quarter - Senior Master Sergeant Wanda D. Symons, 482d Force Support Squadron
CGO of the Quarter - Captain Roxana M. Hambleton, 482d Force Support Squadron
Airman of the Year - Senior Airman Savannah M. Hawes, 482d Medical Squadron
NCO of the Year - Tech Sgt. Robert D. Medlock, Jr., 70th Aerial Port Squadron
SNCO of the Year - MSgt. Kenneth L. Lewis, 482d Security Forces Squadron
Junior Commissioned Officer of the Year - Capt. Miriam A. Krieger, 93rd Fighter Squadron
First Sergeant of the year - Msgt. Thomas W. Cougill, 482d Communications Squadron
Civilian of the Year Category I - Mr. Alvin L. Sims, Jr., 482d Base Civil Engineering
Civilian of the Year Category II - Mr. Clancy Corwin, 482d Communications Squadron
Civilian of the Year Category III - Mr. Lawrence Ventura, Jr., 482d Base Civil Engineering
Air Defense Warrior of the Year - Tech Sgt. Michael T. Moleta
Family Matters Blog
Elaine Wilson, editor and writer for American Forces Press Services, launched the "Family Matters" blog to provide resources and support to military families, as well as to encourage a dialogue on topics ranging from deployments and separations to the challenges of everyday life.
AFPS started as a weekly collection of articles distributed by mail to military newspaper editors worldwide, and has grown into a timely news service available on the World Wide Web. Press service stories are available for use inside and outside the military on the Defense Department's Web site, www.defense.gov/news, as well as through free e-mail subscriptions, RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter. Publishing more than 3,000 news and feature articles annually, AFPS covers developments affecting servicemembers and their families, reports from the scene when senior leaders travel, and uses selected articles from the services and military units to tell the Defense Department's story. Now, AFPS has launched its first blog, soon to be followed by more blogs on subjects of interest and concern to servicemembers and their families.
To access site click on http://afps.dodlive.mil/
Year of the Air Force Family web site launched
Airmen and their families can log on to http://www.af.mil/yoaff/index.asp to learn about AF-wide initiatives, monthly themes and programs, as well as contact local installation Airman Family and Readiness Centers to find out about local events and activities.
Officials announce homeowners assistance program details
The Homeowners Assistance Program is designed to partially reimburse those whose service to the nation has required them to relocate and sell their primary residence at a loss. The Army Corps of Engineers is handling the processing. To apply or get more information, go to http://hap.usace.army.mil , or read the HAP Brochure. To read the complete article click here: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123170500
'My Biz' offers training records updating for civilians
A new tab in "My Biz" allows Air Force civilian employees to update their completed training through the self-service module in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System. This eliminates faxing, e-mailing or delivering completed training certificates to the local civilian personnel section or training office.
Installation CPS or training offices will automatically update training records for any mandatory training courses. To avoid erroneous or duplicate training entries, employees should wait 30 days after completion of training to allow the system to update.
For more information on the automation of civilian training records, call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or read the Air Force Print News story.
Personnel officials launch new civilian employment Web site
Air Force Personnel Center officials have developed a new Air Force civilian employment Web site to educate potential applicants and the general public about available civilian jobs, the eligibility and application process, and finding job opportunities in various specialties and career fields.
The new site will help clarify the Air Force's current civilian hiring process and provide site visitors with detailed information about available career fields. The site also helps explain federal employment benefits and educates visitors on student job opportunities.
Air Force civilian employment opportunities can be found at the new Web site. For more information about civilian employment, please call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102 or e-mail email@example.com.
For more information, read the Air Force Print News story.
President signs bill authorizing changes to TSP for civilians
President Obama recently signed into law the Thrift Savings Plan Enhancement Act of 2009 as part of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Public Law 111-31). One of the provisions of the new law eliminates the waiting period of appropriated fund civilian employees covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System to receive Agency Automatic one percent and Agency Matching Contributions to their TSP accounts.
For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123157216 .
Web site features jobs for disabled veterans
DisABLEDperson.Inc. hosts the nationally based online job board called Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans. The site is free for disabled veterans to post their resumes and employers to post their jobs. To post a resume, job seekers must first fill out an online registration. The resume will post on http://www.JOFDAV.com for three months. Current job openings on the Web site include accounting, administration and clerical, business development, information technology, research, restaurant and food service, science, collections, public relations and security. Postings specify geographic location, job category, career level, salary level and job description. For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123158756.
VA Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding their suicide prevention message by publicizing information on the VA Suicide Prevention Lifeline on public transportation across cities and in public service announcements. If people think they're in crisis, preferably before they hit the crisis point, they should reach out for help. Early intervention is the key to suicide prevention. The VA Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255), is staffed by trained mental health professionals prepared to deal with immediate crises 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information, read the Air Force Print News story at http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123155377 .