AFSA HQ Newsletter – August 29th

This newsletter is produced and released on a weekly basis by AFSA HQ. To read the full newsletter, as well as archived entries, visit the AFSA On Call Newsletter section of www.hqafsa.org.

WORTH REPEATING

“On behalf of the United States Air Force, I want to once again thank the Air Force Sergeants Association for being such a strong advocate for our Airmen across all of the enlisted grades, as well as for retirees, veterans, and military families. We appreciate all you do, and it is an honor to serve with you in the world’s finest Air Force.” 

— Honorable Michael B. Donley, SECAF, August 15, 2012 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES 

112th Congress, 2nd Session

  • Senate: In recess; contact lawmakers via State offices
  • House:  In recess; contact lawmakers via District offices 

Still On the Clock

Our Congress might be on a lengthy scheduled recess, but your AFSA is not!  Three of your four registered lobbyists swept through Capitol Hill late last week hitting up a number of congressional offices.  Legislators may be in their home states and districts, but there are still some key staffers left behind…and we found them.  Unfortunately, every office we pressed for answers (including the Senate Armed Services Committee) had “no official comments” to report on the FY 2013’s National Defense Authorization Act.  We’d love to be wrong, but rumors indicate this must-pass legislation will not advance until after the November General Election.

Playing Sequestration like “Mega-Millions”

How likely are you to pick the next winning combination of lottery numbers?  There are only six choices to make if you count the mega ball, how hard could it be?  You have some known variables; one pot of balls numbered between 1 and 56 (pick 5 of them) and one pot of balls numbered between 1 and 46 (pick 1).  Just pick the right variable 6 times and you’re a winner.  Millions of people are sure that their lucky numbers will come through for them, but in the end there are usually only one or two folks who get it right. 

On August 7, President Obama signed H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012—legislation requiring our President to submit a detailed report within 30 days to Congress outlining how sequestration would be implemented if lawmakers fail to prevent the sweeping budget cuts. 

Who wins the House?  Who wins the Senate?  Who wins the White House?  Assuming it’s just a two party race; those three questions provide eight possible combinations of how the government would be set up.  Each of those combinations brings with it a second tier of possibilities on which direction we’re taken by a sequestration, reconciliation, or other political budgetary result.  Throw a third tier of variables into the mix by allowing for how a vote would go with a potentially overhauled Congress and it gets even more complicated. 

While there are some known variables up for grabs (a must pass piece of legislation, a must cut budget, 435 seats in the House, 33 seats in the Senate, and 1 seat on Pennsylvania Ave), trying to forecast how it all shakes out is like trying to predict which ping pong ball makes it up the tube into the winner’s row. 

Info for Absentee Voters

The Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website has now become smart phone friendly.  There is an actual link at FVAP’s site (www.fvap.gov) if you go there via desktop computer.  If you go directly with your mobile device it will automatically redirect you to a mobile-friendly site.  There is a lot of useful information on this site for individuals as well as for voting assistance officers at base level.  With 70 days left until the General Election, AFSA encourages it’s membership to ensure they are locked, cocked and ready to rock the polls come November 6th.  It’s a huge deal when someplace likeIraq,EgyptorGreececonduct their elections, but all too often many Americans take this constitutional right for granted. Regardless of how you vote, it is the number one right a responsible citizen exercises…so get out there and “flex” your citizenship!  Make sure your families and friends do too. 

TOTAL FORCE WHIP AROUND 

Active Duty

Fighter Jets On Alert for RNC – Tyndall AFB inFloridawill be on alert for the week enforcing the FAA’s temporary flight restriction zone.  One of the many missions of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region is to protect the skies over the Continental US, the Virgin Islands andPuerto Rico.  It is routine for CONR to protect the skies over special security events like this year’s Republican National Convention.  Location and political party may change, but CONR will be on watch for the Democratic National Convention as well. 

Air National Guard

Warrior of the Week – A Guardsman from the 188th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron inFort Smith,Arkansas, earned the honors while deployed toBagram Airfield,Afghanistan.  TSgt Leon Warrick, an A-10C Thunderbolt II crew chief with the 455th Expeditionary AMS, has had 12 Personnel Evaluations and one Quality Verification Inspection while there.  TSgt Warrick had passed 100 percent of his inspections to warrant the recognition received from the 455 AEW Command Chief. 

Air Force Reserves

Toolkit Website Launched – In an update to the old “Wingman Project” website, the AFRC has released the new and improved “Wingman Toolkit” website.  Aside from the obvious new look, the upgraded website has some new tools to provide Citizen Airmen (and their families) everything they need to be resilient airmen.  Here’s the URL for the website: http://afrc.wingmantoolkit.org 

Veterans

MIA’s Found! – One WWII era and twoVietnamera airmen whose remains were recently recovered by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) were recently laid to rest atArlingtonNationalCemetery.  On Sept 13, 1944, Army Air Forces Staff Sergeant John E. Hogan of West Plains MO was part of an eight man crew for a B-17G flying fortress that crashed near Neustadt-on-Warra, Germany.  On August 8, 1966, Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. Walling ofPhoenixAZand Major Aado Kommendant ofLakewoodNJwere the crew of an F-4C that crashed on a close air support mission over Song Be Province, Vietnam.  All three men received full military honors at their ceremonies. 

HEALTHCARE 

Camp Lejeune Care Provided

H.R. 1627 was signed into law on August 6, 2012.  Known as the “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012,” it amends Title 38 to furnish hospital care and medical services to those living there between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987.  Veterans and families who served on active duty or lived at the North Carolinabase for 30 days or more may be eligible for VA medical care for 15 different conditions.  For more details please click here

FROM THE FIELD 

What’s On Your Mind?

We want to hear your thoughts and opinions.  Is there a particular area of interest you think we should be covering in more detail?  Is there a political situation or definition that we could explain, educate or expound upon that would be beneficial to our membership?  Complete the sentence below.  Go ahead, don’t be bashful, send us something. 

“I THINK AFSA SHOULD __________.”   Send inputs to: afsaoc@hqafsa.org 

AFSA MEMBER BENEFITS 

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