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50 SW holds force management town hall

By Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Senior leadership and personnel experts from the 50th Space Wing met with officer, enlisted and civilian Airmen in a series of town hall meetings at the Main Fitness Center here Tuesday to discuss force management programs.

The effort was made to communicate accurate and up-to-date information to Airmen and their families.

“It’s going to be a very dynamic year that is going to impact us individually and impact us as a team,” said Col. Bill Liquori, 50th Space Wing commander. “This is going to be a significant emotional event. It will affect careers and lives. Information flow is important. We will be doing everything we can to push the latest criteria so that people can make informed decisions.”

Active-duty force management programs are coupled with strategic personnel policies designed to manage and shape the force to ensure mission readiness while drawing down the force to meet mandated end-strength. The Air Force uses a combination of voluntary and involuntary programs to size and shape the force and will focus on retaining the highest quality, highest performing Airmen. Programs will include: an enlisted quality force review board, enlisted retention boards, an officer force shaping board, a reduction in force board and enhanced selective early retirement boards.

According to Air Force officials long-term impacts of sequestration could force the service to cut about 25,000 Airmen through the next five years.

Additionally, the Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal year 2014 budget, officials announced Dec. 11 on the www.af.mil website.

Because programs are constantly evolving and some information changes daily, presenters encouraged members to review the most up-to-date information through the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil at least once every 30 days.

“Be as informed as possible,” said Chief Master Sgt. Lavon Coles, 50 SW command chief. “This is about taking care of our Air Force family.”

Liquori also stressed the importance of ensuring personnel records are kept up to date to ensure boards have accurate information.

The town halls were recorded and will be posted with Q-and-As on the 50th Force Support Squadron Sharepoint intranet site.

For more information and force management, force shaping, reduction in force and other personnel programs, go to the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.

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