LEOSA Credential Renewals Opened 1 May 2019

By April Hamilton

The DCS - LEOSA team has begun preparing for upcoming card renewals! They will begin accepting Service Requests for renewals on MAY 1ST! Current card holders can begin applying for renewal up to SIX MONTHS before the expiration date with the Early Bird renewal program and discounted pricing! Early Bird pricing ($100) will be applied to renewals submitted 4-6 months before the expiration date. Applications received within 3 months and up to the expiration date will require the full renewal price ($125). Renewals will require updated personal information, a new passport-style photo, Endorsement letter for 926B cards, and new FBI Identity History Summary for Air Force 926C card holders.

NOTE: The issuance/expiration date of renewed cards will be the same month/day as the initial card unless the application is received AFTER the initial issuance date.

In addition to including online renewals, the automated LEOSAOnline.com website has been under major construction and has been relaunched! It is now open to all LEOSA applicants: Air Force, Army and Navy!

The new platform provides an updated workflow that is more efficient and user-friendly. All account information and application questions will be answered directly within a LEOSAOnline.com account, and digital uploading is required for all photos, application documents and service requests. The updated website will allow users to log in and out of the accounts without losing information, and the new ‘Status’ feature shows when the application is submitted to DCS, being reviewed and completed! DCS believes these new features will increase user-friendliness and greatly improve the application process for everyone!

 

AFSFA Dedicates its Headquarters

 

On the morning of 30 March 2019, during at the mid-year board meeting, President Scott Castillo and Executive Director John Probst unveiled a plaque which dedicated the AFSFA Headquarters in the memory of Col Nicholas A. Keck. Nick was a Founding and Life Member of AFSFA. He edited Tiger Flight for 15 years, served on the Board of Directors for two terms, was the AFSFA Secretary and the first inductee into the AFSFA Hall of Fame in 2008 and the only active duty member present at the founding of our Association. Nick’s contagious smile and laugh and candor will be sorely missed. Nick is survived by his wife Felice Hendrickson Keck, and their two children, Kristopher and Nicole.

 

Additionally, at the regular meeting of the Sacramento Valley Chapter on 23 February 2019 the chapter membership voted to change the name of the Chapter to the “Col Nicholas A. Keck/Sacramento Valley Chapter” in honor of their late member, Nick Keck. Nick’s contributions, support, and presence will be honored and remembered with the renaming of the chapter.

 2018 Security Forces Unit Award Winners:

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Air Reserve Component" Award Winner: 165 SFS, ANG, Garden City, GA led by Maj Michelle Sabala and CMSgt Daniel B. Florin

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Small Category" Award Winner: 11 SPTS, AFDW, Andrews AFB, MD led by Maj Alexander R. Ligget and SMSgt Christopher W. Young

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Medium Category" Award Winner: 22 SFS, AMC, McConnell AFB, KS led by Lt Col John C. Farmer and CMSgt Rebecca F. McNelley

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Large Category" Award Winner: 6 SFS, AMC, MacDill AFB, FL led by Lt Col Robert L. Moore and CMSgt Jason Q. Shaffer

 

2018 Security Forces Individual Awards Winners:

 - Colonel Billy Jack Carter Award: MSgt Thomas E. Kasten, AETC, 71 SFS, Vance AFB, OK

 - A1C Elizabeth Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence: SRA Tristan B. Hernandez, AFSOC, 27 SOSFS, Cannon AFB, NM

 - SSgt 'TJ' Lobraico Award for Excellence: TSgt Charles B. McFall, AFSOC, 1 SOSFS, Hurlburt Field, FL

 - Air Reserve Component Company Grade Officer: Capt Andrew M. Stolten, AFRC, 11 SFS, Joint Base Andrews AFB, MD

 - Air Reserve Component Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Oscar Munoz, AFRC, 452 SFS, March ARB, CA

 - Air Reserve Component Noncommissioned Officer:   TSgt Brian A. Davies, Jr., ANG, 103 SFS, Bradley ANGB, CT

 - Air Reserve Component Airman: SSgt Marrisa K. Ayers, AFRC, 445 SFS, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

 - Air Reserve Component Civilian: Mr. Mark J. Long, ANG, 105 BDS, Stewart ANGB, NY

 - Company Grade Officer: Capt Jennifer M. Rockwell, ACC, 799 SFS, Creech AFB, NV

 - Flight Level Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Megan E. Thompson, USAFE, 31 SFS, Aviano AB, Italy

 - Flight Level Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Juliane L. Breault, AFSOC, 1 SOSFS, Hurlburt Field, FL

 - Flight Level Airman:   SrA Travis S. Summers, USAFE, 52 SFS, Spangdahlem AB, Germany

 - Support Staff Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Shannon G. Hutto, PACAF, 35 SFS, Misawa AB, Japan

 - Support Staff Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Samantha J. Padilla, PACAF, 673 SFS, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK

 - Support Staff Airman: SrA Brendon L. Ballew, ACC, 9 SFS, Beale AFB, CA

 - Support Staff Civilian: Mr. Jonathan A. Vance, AETC, 802 SFS, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX

 - Flight Level Civilian Employee (Supervisor): Mr. James L. Rackley, AETC, 14 SFS, Columbus AFB, MS

 - Flight Level Civilian Employee (Non-Supervisor): Mr. Jerald Turner, AFSOC, 1 SOSFS, Hurlburt Field, FL

 - Higher Headquarters Company Grade Officer:   Capt Robert A. Rice, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA, Ramstein AB, Germany

 - Higher Headquarters Noncommissioned Officer:   SMSgt David J. Edwards, HQ ACC, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

 - Higher Headquarters Civilian: Mr. Marc R. Huth, HQ AMC, Scott AFB, IL

 These awards bring much deserved credit to the units and individuals within the applicable units, installations and the United States Air Force. AFSFA sends our sincerest congratulations to all unit and individual nominees and winners for their significant achievements. HOOAH!

Tenets of Defender Performance Optimization
By CMSgt Tamala L. Hartz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if I told you we were creating a multi-pronged approach to improving the quality of life for our Defenders? For far too long we have focused efforts on equipment, vehicles, and weapons without investing in the system that operates all of these instruments to ‘Defend the Base’. Defenders are the most important aspect of executing the defense of our installations and through Defender Performance Optimization (DPO) we are restructuring multiple efforts into a single venture to invest in our Defenders like the Air Force does a weapons system. DPO is not a program, it is a shift in our Security Forces culture. The focus is to invest early and care for Defenders, so they can reach optimal performance daily in their lives and if needed on the battle field. DPO utilizes optimization related research and emerging technologies to create Defenders who can thrive in a complex, high-tempo environment, as well as succeed in their personal lives.

Every Defender will be introduced to the DPO culture immediately in tech training, followed by in our practices at every duty location. There will be a shift in our practices such as, at guardmount we will take time preparing our bodies for sustained wear of load bearing equipment, we will allow our Defenders to sit down and eat healthy options while posted, we will make time in the schedule for Defender based physical fitness, and we will have a predictable schedule to encourage work/life balance, just to name a few. All of this is great, but we need to share more on how we plan to achieve this optimization.

As a critical component of the Reconstitute Defender Initiative, DPO is using techniques to arm Defenders with the skills and tools needed to reach optimal performance in multiple areas. I will explain a little about some of them to give you an idea of how all of these efforts are linked to each other, and demonstrate when one is not right it will influence another. Collaborating with the Air Force Exercise Science Unit, we are currently developing a physical fitness regimen designed to off-set the physical challenges associated with Security Forces daily duties. This includes exercises and stretching to create the durability to do our job without long term physical impacts. We are also changing our physical fitness assessment to correlate with our operational requirements. This ensures our physical fitness capabilities are directly linked to our ability to perform our job. Next, working with the nutritionists, we are teaching our Defenders how to care for their bodies through eating and drinking the right stuff at the right time. Our Clinical Psychologist is focusing on mind tactics and the effects of central nervous system activation to prepare Defenders mentally for how they will react, feel and cope with the life of a Defender and exposure to stressful situations. Teaming up with the medical community and researchers, another key component of DPO is maximizing sleep and restoration to ensure clarity of thought and good judgment. These and many more aspects of DPO not only help our Defenders survive, but can catapult them to thrive in our community. I have replaced my photo with a visual aid that depicts the linked tenants of DPO.

Finally, our Air Force Senior Leaders recognize the need for this investment in our Defenders and have provided support, funding and commitment to making these efforts a reality. In closing, the amazing Airmen who choose to serve our great nation deserve the best possible efforts to not only make them great Defenders, but stronger and more capable Americans.

As always, thank you for what you do for our country, our Air Force, and our career field.

Security Forces General Officer Nominations & Moves

Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrea D. Tullos has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Tullos is currently serving as the director of security forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. Her next assignment is Commander 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB, MS.

Air Force Brig. Gen. John T. Wilcox II has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Wilcox is currently serving as the director, Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. His next assignment is Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) in San Antonio, TX.

Air Force Col. Roy W. Collins has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Collins is currently serving as the chief, Strategic Planning Integration Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. His next assignment is director of security forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia.

 

Congratulations to both of these Security Forces leaders! Well done Defenders!

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