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ARPC switches to virtual orientation courses

In an effort to serve Air Force Reservists while adhering to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center leadership announced all future Air Reserve Component field orientation courses will be held virtually.

Since the pandemic began, HQ ARPC has held two virtual orientation courses via Microsoft Teams, one exclusively for the Air National Guard and one for the Air Force Reserve.

According to officials, continuing to host the course in this manner will provide a safe and cost-effective way to lead discussions between force support personnel and HQ ARPC on topics impacting the Reserve at every stage of the Airman life cycle.

“Over the last few months, we’ve successfully adapted to the current environment while continuing to provide training opportunities for the Reserve component,” said Mark Nelson, HQ ARPC historian and ARC field orientation facilitator. “The August orientation course was our most successful course ever with more than 200 members registering and saving the Air Force an estimated $200,000 in travel costs.”

In previous years, Reservists traveled to HQ ARPC at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, for the multi-day course as subject matter experts led presentations for both Guard and Reserve members in attendance.

Moving forward, HQ ARPC will host an orientation course once a quarter, alternating focus areas between the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard to provide more targeted information.

The next ARC orientation course for Reserve force support personnel is scheduled to take place in May 2021. All briefings presented during the course will be recorded and uploaded to the HQ ARPC website and YouTube page for those unable to attend.

Reservists interested in registering for the next orientation course may e-mail HQ ARPC at arpc.presentations1@us.af.mil for more information. #ReserveReform

Retired Reserve 'Awaiting Pay' notification letters on the way

HQ ARPC has reinitiated the process to notify retired service members on the procedures to draw retirement pay.

Notification letters will be sent out approximately three to four months prior to the member turning age 60 or reaching their Reduced Retirement Pay Age date. Within this notification letter, retirees will be informed of the current pay documents needed for submission and how to apply for retirement pay online via myPers.

Letters will be sent via e-mail and to the current home mailing address on file for the member in the Military Personnel System, not in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System.

HQ ARPC stresses the importance that all retirees keep their current home mailing and e-mail addresses up to date in the Military Personnel System. Retirees may update their information by taking the following steps:

Log into myPers.

Under the Retiree Profile, navigate to the “I would like to” option

Select “Update my address/phone/e-mail address” and submit the most current information

Retirees may log into myPers and click on the “Contact us” link or call the Air Force Personnel Center at 1-800-525-0102 for more information.          ■