Patrick first base to get the word about personnel
By Chris Calkins, 45th SW Public Affairs
/ Published January 22, 2009
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Hundreds of Patrick Air Force Base Airmen and civilian personnel took part in an Air Force Personnel Center-led "Spread the Word" briefing held Wednesday morning and afternoon at the PAFB Base Theater.
This was the first of nine such briefings the AFPC team will conduct during "Mission One" of their worldwide personnel-based tour, according to Col. Leslie Formolo, chief of Airmen Assignments at their San Antonio, Texas, headquarters.
The wide-ranging briefings covered topics such as the Global AEF tempo-banding system, civilian hiring procedures and tips for improving their system, 365-day deployment options and both officer and enlisted assignment procedures. At the conclusion of the 60-minute briefing, all five members of the briefing team stayed behind to answer any and all specific questions anyone had on a one-on-one basis.
Jim Hale, AFPC Civilian Force Integration Directorate, said their goal - from the beginning to the end of the hiring process - is to have someone in place and working within 120 days of a job being advertised.
"We're not there yet, but that doesn't mean we aren't continually looking at ways all of us working together can't improve the process. We're all in this together."
He also said a few ways supervisors can help smooth out and expedite the entire process is to aggressively manage their vacancies and to let his agency know as soon as a selection is made.
"Please don't 'sit' on your decision," he said. "Timely selections equal timely hires.
"If you have someone in mind, tell us," he said. "Internal hires almost always equal faster fills."
For those in the job-seeking mode, Mr. Hale said beforehand preparation is a key to successfully finding a job.
"Use the facilities you have here on base to help you," he said. "The 45th Space Wing Airman & Family Readiness Center does a terrific job. They can offer you help in building resumes and helpful hints about navigating on USAJobs, the website where Air Force civilian jobs are now posted," said.
He also said other key elements to job hunting are to be sure all your information is up-to-date, and to ensure all necessary documentation is included in your package.
"And one more thing," he said with a wry smile, "hit the self-nominate button."
Col. Formolo said that the bottom line when it comes to assignments - regardless if they are of the voluntary or non-voluntary 365-day variety, or a by-the book PCS move - is their team looks at two main objectives.
"Our short term mission is to meet mission requirements," said Col. Formolo, "that just makes good common sense in the world in which we live today. But our long term mission is to grow - and develop - with the key word being 'develop' - Airmen that can meet future Air Force requirements," she said.
"Major General McClain [Air Force Personnel Center commander] wants every Airman and all Air Force civilians to know our people are our Number one war fighter asset," Col. Formolo said. "And it is our job - AFPC's - to make sure our people are well taken care of ... that they are able to do their jobs ... and are prepared and developed to meet future mission requirements.
"They can do that by allowing us to help them in any way we can. That's why we are here, and that's why we'll be going to bases all over the world," she said adamantly.