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|Paper||Hill Air Force Base Newspapers|
Times qO August 31, 2006 Heart Link Program helps spouses adjust BY BETH YOUNG Ms. Freitas said. "It's hard to reach the target audience Those needing guidance and get the information to about the Air Force aren't only those that can benefit These the ones wearing uniforms. spouses are a little more enThe Heart Link Program that gaged with the young spouses will be held Sept 13 from 5 and really helped increase our 8:30 p.m. is conducted by the attendance." Family Support Center to help Throughout the program's spouses learn all the ins and history it was quickly learned outs of military life. that one of its important parts All military spouses who was the socialization of the have been married to an Air spouses. Because of this, more Force member for five years time has been made available or less are welcome to this for attendees to talk and get to free event. Attendees will know each other. learn about on and off base The social aspect of this resources, the Air Force, Hill's program is as important as the mission and meet other information they get. ' spouses. feOwCfT1 rrienasmpsare "Heart Link is made and kept like a lesson The spouses on how to be; realize they a military have a lot in spouse and common," what reMs. Freitas sources are said. available to In addition to help you to that," meeting other said Beth Freitas, military spouses Relocation Assistance and getting important Specialist. information, the spouses receive a copy of "Air Force 101." Representatives fromTRI-CARand the legal office are This handbook includes explanations for military acronyms, just a few of the people who will provide valuable informapay, etiquette and more. tion. The seminar will also "By learning how the Air how to cover topics, such-aForce operates it will make it handle stress. easier for a spouse to prepare In an effort to reach all of and deal with the military those who could benefit from member's job and the responthe class, the Family Support sibilities that come with it," Center asks veteran spouses to said a Family Support Center reach out. spokesperson. "We've been asking the EnThose attending the class are listed Spouses Club, Officers eligible for childcare reimbursement. To sign up and to Spouses Club and Key Spouses help us recruit the young get more information on child care call Ext spouses they know to attend," Hilltop Times staff -- E s " Ogden Air Logistics commander answers Commander's Call questions The following is the second of two articles in which Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Sullivan, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander, answers questions chance frequent travelers will be issued the new Transportation Security Administration airport security card to accelerate the security screening process at airports? QAny The program you are referring to is the Registered Traveler program. This program is in its infancy (it was scheduled to begin in late June at selected airports) and we do expect it to be available to government travelers in . the future. TSA is looking into the possibility and the potential means of adding individuals who already have security clearances through other programs (i.e. military or government officials). To do this, they would have to establish a policy that would allow the transfer of an individual's background investigation to TSA for the purpose of enrolling in the Registered Travel program. As we learn more, we'll let our travelers know. A. be to being caused by the traffic barriers that force you into the wrong lanes when exiting the West Gate? A. The barriers at the West Gate were placed there to meet Department of Defense and Air Force directives. Before they were placed, the 75th Civil Engineer Group and the 75th Security Forces Squadron analyzed the gate traffic flow. Vehicle anti-terroris- m dedicated points of contact who? actively monitor Ideas assigned to their organization for response. Each of these individuals works hard to ensure evaluations very 0 Interstate-15- i are processed in a timely way and is always looking for ways to exit or into Clearfield or improve the program. Due to the enters the number, complexity and the availnorthbound ability of subject matter experts Maj. Gen. to properly evaluate Ideas here, exit at the Kevin Sullivan first traffic however, there are times when evaluations can take longer than light outside the gate. Because most of the traffic heads west, the anticipated. Recent improvements barriers were configured in such to the process should help keep evaluation times to a minimum a way as to allow the outbound and improve the entire process. lane closest to the guard shack to empty into two lanes to handle the Thanks for your interest in this valuable program. higher volume, while the outside lane remains in one lane headed We're not gofor northbound Recently there was a plan in the 309th Maintenance ing to remove these barriers and I suggest everyone entering the Wing (309 MWX) to have emoutbound traffic pattern do so far ployees report to work between 6 a.m. Is there truth to this, enough back to ensure they are in the desired lane before entering and if so will this lead to the the serpentine. Road rage can be elimination of the compressed also be prevented by drivers being 549 work schedule? Some workers have child care issues, patient and courteous. elderly care issues, vanpool is the health of the obligations etc. that QWhat Program? Do we sup- carpool will preclude them from working those early hours. port the Idea Program with adA. It's true that some of the equately trained staff? Do they smaller organizationsshops withensure Ideas are evaluated by knowledgeable staff or do they in the 309 MXW are working on let evaluators stifle suggesters? changes to starting times. Once A. The Hill Idea Program, which announced, impacted employees allows workers to submit sugneed to make appropriate arrangements and should discuss any congestions on ways to improve our cerns with their supervisor. None processes, is the largest, most of these changes will interfere active Idea program in Air Force Materiel Command. The program with the 549 work schedule. here processes more than 1,000 Hill considered changj-inIdea submissions per year. Ogden Air Logistics Center's Idea proOperating Instruction ,j 36-- 1 that says GS (general gram manager has many years of experience and each wing schedule) employees must be j and functional organization has paid differential pay if they start shift before 6 a.m.? This change would help reduce some of the mowing traffic by allowing more carpools with WG (wage grade) employ-- i who generally start a.m. between By law the night dif-ferential cannot be waived or changed. As stated in Hill AFB Pamphlet 36-Rates of Special Pay, GS employees are "entitled to 10 percent of the basic hourly rate for night workwhich is defined as a regularly scheduled tour of duty involving work between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tours of duty, yhich require the payment of special pay rates, are established only when required for efficient operations." The only exception to payment of night differential is rearrangement of work schedules for educational purposes. Start times at traffic leaving the West Gate either continues west to the southbound submitted by those who attended his Commander's Call June 13. done QCan anything reduce the road rage i Q 5-- g ; . 30 1, ft Hill for most GS employ- ees are between 8 a.m., as appropriate to balance mission requirements, 6-- I r :l efficiency and economy of operations, and employee needs. to today's puzzle from page 7. Answers AER EAKERtlOLE TEENi K N C A N Ol F EUB OW E N TDC A I Hi IK N fl TUNNED U V E S SI A O O ASS RTSfl RflY E Al QB S A N E L KC I I TACOC G TWIN I 1 . . ,i C A O T SW CrCzTizl: r i ID ": 'V S . ..... tli c:h7ce .Wlli K3 C1 -JU-44S7 - tiuwt-c::- h Your mission changes every day. And you need a convenient, compliant way to acquire the essential supplies you need to get it done. GSA Global Supply offers a vast selection of the products the Air Force needs to function in war time and all others. 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