AFSA HQ Newsletter – November 9th

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.

AFSA’s WEEK IN REVIEW

CMSAF #17

USAF Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh announced that after interviewing five strong candidates, he has selected the next Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.  CMSgt James A. Cody will assume the service’s top enlisted position effective February 1, 2013.  AFSA would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Chief Cody and his wife Athena!

Election Notes

Unless you were without television, radio, internet, or a smartphone, you couldn’t possibly have escaped the coverage of Tuesday’s General Election.  We’ll try not to regurgitate the obvious, but here are some tidbits that caught our attention:

Senate

Democrats maintain control; 53 seats to the democrats, 2 seats to independents expected to caucus with the dems, and 45 seats to the republicans.  Noteworthy departures include two senior Senators, both retiring, Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Jim Webb (D-VA).

House

Republicans maintain control; as of this publication there were still 7 elections yet to be finalized, but confirmed so far is a 234-194 advantage for the GOP.  Noteworthy departures include Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) and 10-time Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA) who ran for Mayor of San Diego and won.  Also, the sometimes controversial Allen West (R-FL) looks to have lost but is currently calling for a recount.

Overall

No change; democratic president and senate, republican house.  It will be interesting to see how things develop moving forward.  With the political gridlock of the last year or two we hope that the proverbial aisles are crossed so that business gets done.  There is too much work on too many major issues that we’re behind on inWashington.  Be prepared to actively engage with your elected officials, both in the Lame Duck and in the coming year.

AFSA Endorses…

We often get questions from our membership regarding who to vote for or who AFSA endorses to help them make up their mind.  It would be improper for AFSA to take a position on any candidates for any federal positions.  By virtue of what we do, it is paramount that we have the flexibility to approach anybody on Capitol Hill, the Defense Department, or anywhere else.

Our focus is on the issues that match up to AFSA’s legislative platform.  Keep in mind that the platform comes directly from the membership and is voted on at each annual Convention.  Don’t like where we’re heading?  Speak up.  We work for you.  Discuss legislation or issues at your Chapter and have them forward your ideas to your Division, etc.

AFSA Visits With Webb

Your AFSA Military & Government Relations team participated in a meeting with senior staff of Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and partners in The Military Coalition. Sen. Webb, you may recall, was a huge proponent in getting the Post 9/11 GI Bill done and is openly opposed to changes in benefits for military retirees. The main purpose of yesterday’s meeting was to discuss Veterans status for the 288,757 retirees without that designation as addressed by bills HR 1025 (Walz, D-MN) and S 491 (Pryor, D-AR). Of that total number DoD-wide, Air Force affiliated numbers are 65,724 – primarily in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command. Additional topics covered included: holding the line on raising TRICARE Pharmacy co-pays, considerations on the methodology regarding reform of the current retirement system, and of course the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

With obvious attention on the General Election this week, and with Senator Webb retiring at the end of this term, you might wonder why bother with such a meeting. A senior Senator still has great influence even if it’s known that he’s retiring and staffers from both houses of Congress likely won’t have time to engage fully once the Lame Duck begins. Bottom line: given the current political climate this is how business must get done and your AFSA team is in the mix.

AFSA Insurance – Life & Health

For information and applications on any of these insurance plans please contact Marsh Affinity Group Services toll-free at (800) 882-5541, or online here.  Please note; coverage may vary or not be issued in all States.

  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Plan
  • Cancer Expense Insurance
  • Group Dental Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Short-Term Recovery Insurance Plan
  • TRICARE Supplement Insurance
  • Life Line Health Screenings

AFSA USAA Rewards World Master Card

Help support AFSA’s mission to advocate improved quality of life and economic fairness for Air Force enlisted members and their families by getting this card.  USAA Bank will make a contribution to AFSA when you open an account, make eligible purchases and keep an active account.  It’s a great way to support all Air Force enlisted ranks.  For more information, click here.


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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.

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