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6 H.litop Times ACTION LINEEXT. 77000 March 29, 1991 Don't delay schedule change division submitted a package requesting the QOur work week. We are told the package is Fax caused problems took me three hours to fax a document to Air Logistics Command headquarters because I kept getting bumped off the AUTO VON before I could send all of the pages. When 1 got bumped after sending 15 of the pages, 1 called the operator to ask for help, but she told me she couldn't help me and that I'd just have to keep trying to get the whole thing through. Can't something be done to correct this waste of time and Qlt mnnev' M I'm sorry you had such difficulty faxing your docu-J- " ment. To send your fax, you can dial your destination via either DSN (formerly AUTOVON) or by direct distance dialing (toll call). The DSN is designed with precedence preemption, so more critical calls can bump less critical calls. The maximum precedence a base phone is authorized is routine precedence, unless you have justified to the Defense Communications Agency and the Joint Staff a need for a higher precedence capability. The normal base access lines from Hill AFB to the DSN are not precedence capable, thus you could not be preempted (bumped) on this part of the circuit, and thus the base operator cannot increase the precedence of your call to prevent you from getting preempted in the DSN system. The path your call is routed between DSN switches is where the preemption takes place. Callers from other bases, who are authorized and use a precedence higher than routine, will compete with you for the routes between DSN switches. If all routes are in use. then the system will preempt the first route it finds carrying a lower precedence call. I can offer several suggestions: first, split your fax up into several sections and send them one section at a time; second, try sending the entire fax and if you get preempted, try again but send only the pages which were not sent on the first try; third, call the destination long distance as the toll call would not be subject to preemption and the cost of the call would be far less than the time you spend trying to resend the fax and the cost of the wasted paper on the distance end; and fourth, if the document doesn't have to be to the destination immediately, place the DSN call after 4 p.m. when the circuits are less busy, or place the toll call after 5 p.m. when the rates are lower. (A fax machine does not have to be attended to receive a fax.) If the telephone number connected to your fax machine is not capable of placing long distance calls, submit a communications-compute- r systems requirement document to the customer support division of the 1881st Communications-Compute- r Systems Group to have this capability added to the number. Pay raise lost me money f have a problem with the big 4 percent pay raise the military received in quarters and rations. That, along with the decrease in variable housing allowance, caused me to lose $22.14 in pay. I would like to know why the Air Force continually abuses its people by saying they are going to give us a raise in quarters and rations and then takes it away from us in our VHA. Thanks for the morale booster. It was really needed during this time of war. I understand your concern regarding your pay raise. The 4 percent pay raise effective Jan. 1 only affected base pay, basic allowance for quarters and basic allowance for subsistence. VHA amounts were not part of the 4 percent pay raise. VHA amounts are established by Congress and the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee using data obtained in surveys conducted every two years at Hill AFB. Surveys are sent out randomly to all ranks asking members to provide rental and utility information. This information is then used by the committee to determine the amount of VHA for military personnel at this base. When the VHA rate increases, you receive the increased amount depending on your individual expenses. Wnen the rate goes down, the VHA payment decreases. In your situation, the rate decreased by more than the 4.1 percent increase to basic allowance for quarters. However, the decrease was less than the total pay raise you received. So you should have a received a pay increase, but smaller than you anticipated. If you have further questions regarding your VHA allowance and pay raise, please contact TSgt. Kevin Ellis at Ext. 71851. M r I Engineers losing interest on pay Engineers save the government millions of dollars every year through their decisions. They are on a special pay schedule which keeps them from getting their cost of living allowance along with the rest of us. I'm sure they'll get their retroactive pay when they finally get their late pay raise, but they are still losing interest on their money in the interim. Is there any way that this problem could be corrected? G ACTION LINE is your opportunity to make Hill AFB a better place to live, work and play. When you call Ext. 77000, being held up in Personnel because they are waiting for the rest of the organizations to submit their packages. Since this division has been designated the test group for our directorate, I can see no need for Personnel to hold up progress. Would you please look into this matter for us? your comments will be recorded and staffed through the responsible agency for action. Please give your supervisor and chain of command the opportunity to work with you in answering questions and solving problems before 4 r f f calling ACTION LINE. This will help me better serve your interests through the ACTION LINE. W. DoU Maj. Gtn. Thompson Jr. Ogden ALC y commander Kudos was recently discharged from U.S. Air Force Hospital, Hill, where I underwent extensive surgery for an ongoing back problem. I don't believe anyat one can say that they enjoy being an was base at the hospital any hospital, but my stay made very pleasant thanks to some very special people. Thanks go out to my doctor, Capt. (Dr.) Michael DiBenedetto, the orthopedic specialist who performed my surgery. His professionalism and expertise, coupled with an unwavering sense of humor, turned a scary situation into an understandable and bearable one. Thanks to the entire staff of the medical surgical unit, both day and night shifts. Their friendly, professional attitude was just as prevalent at the shift as it was at the beginning end of the of their shift. They made me feel at home with their sincerity. A lot has been said about the quality of medical care in our armed services facilities, but I for one walked away from this hospital feeling the same sense of integrity and pride that was displayed by each and every member of the medicalsurgical unit. I just wanted to say thanks. I 12-ho- Thank you very much for taking the time to let our hospital staff know how much you appreciate the fine job they are doing. I'm pleased to hear that all is well after your surgery and my special thanks go to Doctor DiBenedetto and the staff of the medicalsurgical unit. Is subject to range work RIF? at the Utah Test and Training Range and like to know how we stand as far as the reduction in force is concerned. Since everyone at Hill AFB is under RIF notice, are we also? QI fi The Utah Test and Training Range is not a part of the Hill competitive area for reduction-in-forc- e purposes. Because of its geographical location, the UTTR is not within local commuting distance from the base and, therefore, is beyond the boundaries within which employees would compete under RIF procedures. Shut hush house doors support our troops' efforts in Saudi Arabia, and glad you can keep them flying, but I sure would appreciate your shutting the doors to the hush houses once in awhile. I work nights, and it is frustrating when I have to spend all day listening to Wally and his happy engines. Can you do something about it? QI There are many times that flight test mechanics are required to troubleshoot aircraft systems with engines running above 85 percent (high power settings). For safety reasons, the doors must remain open while workers are in the test cell with the engines at 85 percent or higher. When no workers are in the test cell, the doors will remain closed. A new hush house is presently in the Base Military Construction Program for fiscal 1993. This should significantly decrease the noise in your area. 4 well-deserv- The authority for cost of living raises for the spe- rial rate employees is delegated to the Office of Personnel Management by Section 301, of Executive Order 11721. OPM conducts surveys to determine if specific special rates will be increased by a greater amount, merged with other authorizations, or eliminated altogether. Only OPM can make these decisions; each agency must wait for OPM's determinations. This year, OPM's Dec. 21, 1990, letter was not received by the Civilian Personnel office until Jan. 22, 1991. The increase was reflected on pay checks dated Feb. 15, 1991, and was retroactive to Jan. 13, 1991. We apologize for the delay. k Fly the flag properly People are flying their flags at night and during bad weather. I thought this was considered to be disrespectful. Are there different rules for wartime, and do porch lights count as having light on the flag at Q night? According to Air Force regulations, an flag (not cotton) should be flown during inclement weather; others should be taken down. The flag will be illuminated in hours of darkness. In keeping with Air Force guidance, I suggest that flags on porches be taken down at night. jn "u During the planning stage for implementation of a test of compressed schedules at Hill AFB, we decided to exclude organizations which would be heavily affected by Integrated Organizational Development. Therefore, the organizations which implemented compressed work schedules in October 1990 were only those minimally affected by IOD. We also decided to consider additional organizations for inclusion in the test during the January-Februartime frame. Your organization submitted its proposal in November 1990 with the understanding that no action would be taken on their request until all directorates and staff offices completed their assessment of organizational M er needs. This is now being accomplished. Once all the proposals are received and studied for impact, we will decide which ones, if any, to approve. The AFGE Local 1592 will be permitted to negotiate the proposed schedules. After any required negotiations are completed, appropriate organizations will then be able to implement the compressed work schedule. At the present time, we are unable to provide a projected completion date of the actions outlined. However, your interest in becoming a part of the test at Hill is noted. How is overtime justified? can they justify working overtime when there QHowreduction in force going on? It doesn't make sense to put people out on the streets with no job while other employees work overtime because of a shortage of manpower. The answer to your question is more involved than 4 working overtime while we are experiencing a RIF. First, and most importantly, the United States military is being reduced by approximately 25 percent over the next five years. We will be reduced from 36 tactical fighter wings to 25 or 26. The U.S. Army will be reduced by 10 divisions, and the U.S. Navy will be reduced by two aircraft carrier battle groups, and total military manpower will be reduced by 500,000 workers. The United States is drawing down our military forces War era. This to match the realities of the post-Col- d center is part of that draw down. Our future workloads are reduced by almost 2,000,000 However, because we are involved in logistics support, we experience the reductions before they occur in the other commands. For example, we stop providing aircraft man-hour- s. maintenance support two years prior to the aircraft leaving the inventory. This translates into the logistics cuts occurring two years prior to the actual reduction in the operating commands. We hit bottom in 1993. Because of this, our command decided to have one RIF to posture ourselves for 1993 rather than three RIFs one for each year. This does draw us down below our 1991 workload, but this is only for the last six months of this year. Overtime will have to be used to complete some of our remaining workloads, essentially to support Operation Desert Storm. We will support our troops overseas and, again, we may need to use overtime. By 1992 the overtime will be greatly reduced and practically nonexistent in 1993. This is a painful reality for all of us; we will no longer have a military force structure large enough to support the current work force. The reductions will be made and are already contained in the president's budget. All is not totally bleak. We will shortly have the opportunity to compete for additional workloads from either contractors and other Department of Defense agencies. This means that if we can produce, in terms of cost, quality and schedule, we will gain additional work at Ogden Air Logistics Center. However, this is a double-edge- d sword; we can also lose our workloads to another competitor if they can outperform us. How can you and your fellow workers help ensure our future? First, give us eight for eight. Secondly, we need your ideas on how to improve our processes and thereby improve our competitive edge. Get involved with a process action team, people improving process or Tiger team and solve problems. Thirdly, do not waste anything: material, time or equipment. Finally, keep a positive attitude. We are trying to do our best for the Air Force and our country. Yes, times are going to be tough for the next few months, but if we let it dominate our thinking and attitude toward our work, we will lose our own futures before we have a chance to compete.