Air Force Extends High Year of Tenure for E-4s Through E-6s
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs / Published October 22, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019.

The memo, signed Oct. 18, 2018, extends the high year of tenure from eight to 10 years for senior airmen, from 15 to 20 years for staff sergeants and from 20 to 22 years for technical sergeants.

Airmen in these ranks who reach their HYT prior to Feb. 1, 2019, or those who are currently approved for separation or retirement under the previous HYT limits, may submit a request to extend their HYT beginning Oct. 24 to the updated limit if government funds have not been expended on their separation or retirement, such as moving expenses.

“This is just one of the ways we are working to manage the talent we currently have,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright. “Adjusting the high year of tenure policy will allow us to keep Airmen we’ve trained and developed over the course of their careers, and allow them to continue to serve their nation to the best of their ability and pay it forward, by training the next generation of Airmen who are right behind them.”

The Air Force will use the flexibility to retain talented mid-tier Airmen to provide training, leadership and mentoring to the growing number of accessions who are joining the force.

“As we grow the force, we need to retain technically skilled experts across our ranks,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services. “By extending high year of tenure, we’re able to leverage our talented, seasoned professionals to train, develop, and lead new Airmen to accomplish current and future mission requirements.”

The Air Force will consider using career job reservations and noncommissioned officer retraining programs as needed to ensure that its growth is deliberately targeted to meet the needs of the National Defense Strategy.

“These force-shaping tools are critical to ensuring the investment we’ve made in enhancing our Airmen’s technical skills are leveraged and allocated across the force deliberately,” said Kelly.

Senior airmen through technical sergeants with an HYT of Feb 1, 2019, and later, will automatically have their HYT adjusted by AFPC in accordance with this policy. Those hitting HYT prior to Feb. 1 can request an extension via the virtual manpower and personnel flight.

“Service in the Air Force is an honor, not a right or an entitlement,” Wright said. “Supervisors and commanders will continue to ensure that proper conduct and mission performance are the primary factors in determining continued service.”

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Shining a Spotlight on the 2018 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Air Force Magazine Daily Report, 17 November 2018

Brian Everstine, Steve Hirsch, Amy McCullough, and Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory


The Air Force Association will recognize the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2018 on Sept. 17, during the opening night of its Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md. A total of 36 nominees were considered, and an Air Force selection board chose the 12 winners on the basis of leadership, job performance, and personal achievement. The Outstanding Airman of the Year program debuted at AFA's 10th annual National Convention in 1956, and the association has continued to shine a spotlight on the outstanding airmen from each major command every year since.



TSgt. April A. Spilde

Flight Chief/Security Forces Craftsman

30th Security Forces Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Home of Record: Minneapolis, MN


Sgt. April Spilde was instrumental to the Total Force success of the 58th Presidential Inauguration, dedicating 80 hours to training 90 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen as Ceremonial Guardsmen with the USAF Honor Guard. Spilde led a three-person mobile training team to the 156th Airlift Wing at Air Base Muniz, Puerto Rico, and established a fully funded base honor guard program including a budget increase of $10,000. As a Security Forces flight chief, Spilde led 135 airmen securing $10.2 billion in space launch assets and managed the flight schedule, logistics, and daily police operations defending 999 family houses, 2,100 facilities, and 15,000 personnel across a 99,000-acre installation. Spilde masterfully completed nine college classes and graduated cum laude, earning her bachelor’s degree in English. She graduated from the NCO Academy and was the recipient of the John L. Levitow leadership awards.




Defender Performance Optimization

By BGen Andrea D. Tullos

We’re a year into reconstituting our Security Forces and aligning those efforts with the National Defense Strategy. We’re training hard and focused on becoming more lethal and more ready for the challenges we face today and for what’s on the horizon. We overhauled our technical training curriculum, focused more intently on weapons proficiency, and we’re sending all our Defenders to Readiness Training Centers where they will train with their peers, have the opportunity to share experiences with Defenders from other installations and Major Commands, and receive training tailored to their rank and skill level. To enable our ability to operate effectively as a team, we must ensure we’re taking care of the essential building block, the individual Defender as a human weapon system. To help our leaders at all levels better prepare our Defenders for the physical and mental challenges our mission demands every day, we rolled out our Defender Performance Optimization force development construct.

We know Defenders face unique demands from the day they assume their first post. We spend long hours on our feet, under load, armed not only with a weapon, but with the knowledge we may be called upon to use it with little to no warning. We work around the clock in harsh environments, expose ourselves to risks ranging from distracted drivers to individuals under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, and protect assets and personnel in areas of the world where health risks from water and foodborne pathogens present as much of a risk to our forces as criminals or terrorists. Unfortunately, we also know our Defenders lead the Air Force in lower extremity, back and hip injuries that erode readiness and our ability to conduct our integrated defense mission. We know we need our Defenders to be more fit, more healthy, better rested, and therefore more lethal and ready, and we’re getting after it.

Defender Performance Optimization arms our Defenders with the knowledge to prepare themselves to operate at peak performance. The concept delivers our Commanders techniques to integrate into their unit training plans and operating procedures to address nutrition, sleep hygiene, physical conditioning, mental practices, injury prevention, and effective stress resistance training. We are baking these concepts into all of our Security Forces training at the school house, readiness training centers, and at home station. And we’re working with the Air Force Exercise Science Unit to develop a Functional Fitness Exercise Regimen that will lead to an occupationally specific, relevant physical fitness test for Defenders.

Security Forces Training Reference Guide 8, Defender Performance Optimization, puts the tools into the hands of our Commanders, Noncommissioned Officers and Unit Trainers to teach our Defenders how to train harder and smarter to more effectively enable their respective missions. The guide provides both near and long term actions for Defenders at every level to continuously progress physically, mentally, and in terms of overall wellness. The concepts are intended for application prior to and during shift work, during reconstitution time, and during a Defender’s protected time off.    

For those who stand the watch, there is no “off season.” We owe it to ourselves, our Wingmen, and our nation to be as lethal and ready as we can possibly be, and that starts with our own physical and mental preparation to “take the field” every day. We don’t have the luxury of knowing when we might have to make that “game saving” play, so we will prepare so that when called upon, we’re ready. Defender Performance Optimization is our play book to get there. Start using it today.

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