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Published: 12:51PM April 17th, 2014

62nd Airlift Wing: 62nd Maintenance Group hosts annual LogFest awards

The 62nd Maintenance Group hosted its annual LogFest Awards dinner April 4, an event recognizing highest performing maintenance and aerial port Airmen.

The purpose was for MXG leaders to acknowledge 2013’s Air Force and Air Mobility Command top performers, AMC Maintenance Professionals of the Year, Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez award winners, Air Force Top 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year and announce 2013 McChord Field Knucklebuster award recipients.

The Knucklebuster Awards are unique from other Air Force maintenance awards, because the nominees are selected by their peers.

“Individuals competing for the Knucklebuster are the hardest working, all-round best maintainers and Airmen within each squadron,” said Chief Master Sgt. John Frazier, 62nd MXG superintendent.

There were 31 awardees from the three squadrons within the 62nd MXG. Those units are the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and 62nd MXS.

Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez, 62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Department of the Army: 2015 budget not sufficient to restore lost readiness

WASHINGTON — While last year’s bipartisan budget act restored some fiscal year 2014 funding to the Army, helping to restore readiness, the funds were not sufficient to bring back capabilities lost during a decade of counterinsurgency operations and through sequestration, the Army’s vice chief of staff told a House panel April 10.

The current funding level for FY 2015 will allow the Army to sustain current readiness levels, but is not enough to do more than generate the minimum level of readiness required to fulfil the defense strategy, Army Gen. John F. Campbell told the readiness subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.

“Due to (fiscal year 2013) Budget Control Act spending caps, the Army canceled seven combat training rotations and significantly reduced home station training, negatively impacting readiness and leader development,” the general said.

If a crisis arose, these units would be deployed at a significantly lower readiness level, Campbell said.

With 70 percent of these cuts coming to the active Army, the balance of active and reserve Soldiers will tip toward a larger reserve force, he said. “So, we will have more reliance on our National Guard and our reserve,” the general noted.

Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service

Department of the Air Force: Air Force to open new TERA, VSP windows

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 force management Temporary Early Retirement Authority application windows, and a new voluntary separation pay application window, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Monday.

Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA eligibility will be based on the updated matrices posted on myPers, and will apply to Airmen who have between 15 and 20 years of active service.

April 15 - May 13 TERA Window

The first window, planned for April 15-May 13, is for Airmen who were unable to apply during the original application window that ended March 26 due to unwaiverable active-duty service commitments, or ADSC, deployment status or a short tour assignment. Air Force officials revised the policy affecting Airmen whose deployment or short tour return dates were after the original required separation or retirement date. The revised policy allows them to apply and separate or retire based on their circumstances.

May 22- June 30 TERA/VSP Window

Another TERA window opens May 22-June 30 for officers eligible to meet the October reduction in force board. At the same time, a second voluntary separation pay window will be open for these RIF-eligible officers. These TERA and VSP windows ensure all officers who may be subject to the involuntary board in October have an opportunity to apply and be considered for a voluntary program. Eligible officers approved for the RIF-only TERA must retire by Jan. 1, 2015, and if approved for the RIF-only VSP, must separate by Dec. 31, 2014. For full application instructions and eligibility requirements, go to the myPers website and enter “Active Duty: FY14 Force Management Programs” in the search window, select the link to the program page, and select the officer or enlisted force management programs link.

Air Force Personnel Public Affairs