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NEWS | Jan. 8, 2021

Feedback Fridays

By Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller 502d Air Base Wing Commander

Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week.

If you have a question or concern, please send an email to jbsapublicaffairs@gmail.com using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

Q. My question is, why do Airmen in our squadron here at JBSA-Lackland always get tasked for deployment? We have Airmen who arrive at the squadron and are deployed less than six months later.

In my section, I only had five military and three were deployed at the same time. They returned in October, and now, the other two will be leaving in January.

Do you think the problem is that people at the top of our chain are not fighting to keep the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen from deploying so much?

A. This is a great question and one that is on the minds of 502d ABW leadership and all military members assigned to JBSA. 

Deployments for Air Education and Training Command are forecasted two years in advance. Military members assigned to units in 502d Air Base Wing are assigned to either Air Expeditionary Force (AFE) 2 or AEF 5.

Upon in-processing our unit, members are assigned to an AEF deployment band based on the date of return from their last deployment, but assigned personnel must also be evenly distributed between the AEF bands. 

By Air Force Instruction, members arriving to a unit are coded (meaning not available to deploy) for 45 days in order to stabilize family and personal needs. Short tour returnees are coded for 180 days. After the 45 days or 180 days, members are deployable.

AETC levies deployment taskings upon units with personnel and capabilities assigned to the applicable AEF.  Tasked units must either fill the tasking or submit a shortfall/reclama or waiver request when it doesn't possess the capability or doesn't have a qualified, deployable member to fill the tasking. 

Lastly, deployment-to-dwell ratios are designated for each Air Force Specialty Code.  For example, a 2T3X1 is on a 1:2 deployment to dwell ratio. This means that members with this AFSC who deploy for 180 days are usually not eligible to deploy again until one year from the date of return from their last deployment.

Q. I looked through all of the COVID guidance that I could find, but I was unable to locate anything saying that there's a limit on social gatherings. We are trying to do a socially distant gathering. It would be outdoors at JBSA-Lackland, but we want to ensure that we are not violating a policy that I just can't seem to find. Please advise.

A.  Thank you for the great question. Unit-level events are discouraged. If held, events must be 10 people or less.

We recommend against dining indoors with any people outside one’s household. Respiratory droplets occasionally travel beyond 6 feet. Correct and consistent masking, which mitigates this risk, is not possible while eating or drinking.

We recommend using restaurant take-out service or dining-in restaurant outdoor seating areas. To read the full memo, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xA3RF.