Approximately 250 Air Force Space Command members are set to face the Force Shaping Board at the Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, April 10...
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co.—Approximately 250 Air Force Space Command members are set to face the Force Shaping Board at the Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, April 10.
With the board less than two months away there is much to be done.
“All FSB eligibles need to review their officer pre-selection brief that reflects information in their record which will meet the board,” said Master Sgt. Edward Jordan, Air Force Space Command manpower and personnel. “It is critical they review this information for accuracy.”
The pre-selection brief will only be one part of the eligible’s package that will be reviewed by the board. The package will also contain a Retention Recommendation Form. This form, completed by senior leadership, provides the opportunity for the officers to be rated against their peers within the senior rater’s scope. The officer’s OPRs, training reports and decoration citations will also be included.
As the board approaches so does the deadline for officers who elect to voluntarily separate. Eligible officers may apply for voluntary separation until March 1 using approved force shaping initiatives such as Palace Chase and Blue-to-Green programs.
“All officers who elect to separate and are approved will receive a mandatory separation date no later than Sept. 29,” said Sergeant Jordan.
There are some officers not affected by the current force shaping process because of their career field.
“The operational component of the AFSPC mission will not be directly impacted since 13S officers, our officer space operators, will be exempt from the April 2006 Force Shaping Board,” said Maj. Chad Deranger, chief, space and missile officer assignments, Air Force Space Command. “However, anytime an organization loses highly educated and trained personnel with relevant experience, the organization feels an impact.”
The brunt of that impact percentage-wise will come from the services, airfield operations and missile maintenance but the largest number of losses will come from communication/information, manpower and personnel and logistics readiness career fields.
Although hard hitting for some the Force Shaping process is a necessary one. “The intent is to properly shape the future force by retaining the officers we need to do the mission today and to develop the future leadership of the Air Force,” said Sergeant Jordan.
Results of the FSB will be made public no later than June 1. Officers selected to separate will do so by Sept. 29. Based on time of service, some may receive severance pay. Officers who are force shaped will receive 180 days of transitional health care for themselves and their family. Additionally, they will receive 10 days of permissive TDY for CONUS and 20 days for NON CONUS.
For more specific guidance, officers and their supervisors should contact their local military personnel flight. For more information about the Force Shaping Board and volunteer separation opportunities, visit the AFSPC Force Shaping Website at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/retsep/shape.htm or call the Air Force Personnel Contact Center at (800) 616-3775.