The Rock Lajes Field Newsletter

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THE ROCK Lajes Field Newsletter Youtube Lajes Field DOD Air Force Facebook USAFE July 17, 2015 US Embassy, Portugal Dwell time, PT exemptions for new AF mothers increase to 1 yea r COMMANDERS ACTION LINE e six-month deferment for female Airmen to accomplish their tness assessments following childbirth will be increased to 12 months to align with recent changes to the deployment defer ments, Air Force ocials announced July 14. e deployment deferment policy, as part of the Air Forces 2015 Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, increases the deferment from deployment, short tour or dependent-restricted assignment, and temporary duty to one year, unless waived by the service member. e goal is to alleviate the strain on some of our talented Airmen who choose to leave the Air Force as they struggle to balance deployments and family issues, and this is especially true soon aer childbirth, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. e one-year deferment applies to female Air men who gave birth on or aer the eective date of March 6, 2015, to provide predictability with minimal disruption to Airmen and the deploy ment process. As dwell times for deployment, permanent change of station and TDY increase, so too will the exemption from the current tness assessment for female Airmen following pregnancies lasting 20 weeks or more (delivery, miscarriage, etc.). e service does not anticipate signicant mission or readiness impacts associated with extending this action. Like many other programs announced earlier this year, such as the Career Intermission Program, we recognize the potential retention benets associ ated with providing our female Airmen options that allow them to serve and support their family without having to choose one over the other, James said. Air Force Guidance Memorandums will be avail able detailing the changes to both policies in the coming weeks. e Air Force continues to research opportunities, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, to extend the maternity and convalescent leave period, similar to the recent changes announced by the Secretary of the Navy. Airmen currently receive six weeks (42 days) of maternity leave, in line with the Department of Defense policy. By direction of the president, fed eral agencies can advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to federal employees with a new child. We want to make sure we develop an equitable policy that supports all of our Airmen and also maintains the ability to execute our mission, James said. Medical Aid Station Hours of Operation With the departure of our doctor, Independent Duty Medical Technicians (IDMTs) will begin seeing active duty personnel for acute illnesses at the 65th Medical Aid Station (MAS) starting 3 Aug 2015. e MAS will be located in the former medical clinic, Building T-416. Walk-in/Sick call hours will be 0900-1100, Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays. To reach the IDMTs during normal duty hours (Monday-Friday) from 08001700, please call 535-3261. If you need to speak with the IDMT aer hours for an urgent concern, the on-call phone number is 927-156-485. If you experience a life, limb, or eyesight threatening medical emergency while on base, to include the housing areas of Beira Mar and Nascer do Sol, dial 911 from a DSN line or 295-571-911 from a cell phone, or host nation landline. If you are o base, dial 112 from any phone to reach a host nation ambulance service. OPM acts to protect federal workers, others from cyber threats U.S. Oce of Personnel Management ocials announced July 9, the results of the interagency forensics investigation into a recent cyber incident involv ing federal background investigation data and the steps OPM is taking to protect those aected. In late May, as a result of ongoing eorts to secure its systems, OPM dis covered an incident aecting background investigation records of current, former and prospective federal employees and contractors, ocials said. e forensics investigation determined that the types of information in these records include identication details such as Social Security numbers; residency and educational history; employment history; information about immediate family and other personal and business acquaintances; health, criminal and nancial history; and other details. Some records also include ndings from interviews conducted by back ground investigators and ngerprints. Usernames and passwords that back ground investigation applicants used to ll out their background investiga tion forms also were stolen. 21.5 million Social Security numbers stolen Since learning of the incident aecting background investigation records, OPM and the interagency incident response team concluded that sensitive information, including the Social Security numbers of 21.5 million individu als, were stolen from the background investigation databases. is includes 19.7 million people who applied for a background investigation and 1.8 mil lion non-applicants -predominantly spouses or cohabitants of applicants, ocials said. ere is no information at this time to suggest any misuse or further dissem ination of the information that was stolen from OPMs systems, they added. While background investigation records do contain some information regarding mental health and nancial history provided by those that have applied for a security clearance and by individuals contacted during the back ground investigation, there is no evidence that separate systems that store information regarding the health, nancial, payroll and retirement records of DoD News For more on "protect federal workers" see page 2 By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs


Lajes Field Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA) Services e Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online (AF COOL) Program: Base Honor Guard Eagle Eyes GTC Payment Options New housing website All members PCSing from Lajes Field with Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) TMO Information Non-command sponsored dependents memorandum Airmens Lunch Every Wednesday Contracting Flight Change of Command July 22 Quarterly Awards Breakfast July 31 Monthly Promotion Ceremony July 31 Community Events Base Announcements Commanders Action Line Produced by 2015 65th Air Base Wing Public Aairs Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal Island Events Photo Perspective Airmens Lunch Every Wednesday Contracting Flight Change of Command July 22 Quarterly Awards Breakfast July 31 Monthly Promotion Ceremony July 31 Click to read for more Base Announcements Click to read for more Community Events Click to read for more Island Events Lajes Fields new master sergeant selects are recognized during a release cer emony on July 16, 2015. The Air Force selected 22.4 percent of eligible techni cal sergeants for promotion. Changes to the 65th Medical Group federal personnel were impacted by this incident, OPM ocials stated in a news release. Separate from previous incident is incident is separate, but related to a previous incident discovered in April aecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, of cials said. OPM and its interagency partners concluded with a high degree of condence that personnel data for 4.2 million individuals had been stolen, ocials said. is number has not changed since it was announced by OPM in early June, and OPM has worked to notify all of these individuals and ensure that they are provided with the appropriate support and tools to protect their personal information, the news release stated. Assistance for those aected To protect those aected, OPM is providing a comprehensive suite of monitoring and protection services for background investigation applicants and non-applicants who had their Social Security numbers or other sensitive information stolen. For the 21.5 million background investigation applicants, spouses or cohabitants with Social Security numbers and other sensitive information that was stolen from OPM databases, OPM and the Defense Department will work with a private sector rm specializing in credit and identity the monitoring to provide services tailored to address potential risks created by this particular incident for at least three years, at no charge. Notication packages In the coming weeks, OPM will begin to send notication packages to these individuals, which will provide details on the incident and information on how to access these services. OPM also will provide educational materi als and guidance to help them prevent identity the, better secure their personal and work-related data, and become more generally informed about cyber threats and other risks presented by malicious actors. Other individuals whose name, address, date of birth, or other similar infor mation may have been listed on a background investigation form, but whose Social Security numbers are not included, could include immediate family members or other close contacts of the applicant. In many cases, the information about these individuals is the same as information generally available in public forums, such as online directories Chief Master Sgt. Maxine White, 65th Medical Group Superintendent, address es master sergeant selects at a release ceremony on July 16, 2015. "protect federal workers" from page 1 CLICK TO READ MORE