NEWS | Sept. 17, 2021

Feedback Fridays

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

Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the 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: I have recently received orders and now have to start the exhausting process of moving my family, wife and two kids to a new location.

With the current COVID-19 restrictions and a lot of individuals are utilizing telework, this already taxing time may become even more so when it is hard to get in contact with the necessary individuals.

What can be done so that this process can be smooth for not only my family but others that are soon to PCS? Thanks for your time!

A: Thank you for your question.

Airmen and Guardians selected for a permanent change of station are now able to access automated family member travel screenings.

As of Aug. 30, Air Force members with dependents selected for an assignment will receive an email and a myVector notification to complete the mandatory screening questionnaire electronically.

These changes to the system will simplify the lives of our Airmen, Guardians and their families, giving a much cleaner way to clear members for their assignment. If any issue with this process arises, contact your local Military Personnel Flight Career Development Section.

The 502d Logistics Readiness Squadron wants to ensure that all service members and their families receive excellent service during the peak of household goods moving season.

For more information, visit https://www.jbsa.mil/News/News/Article/2760957/september-is-peak-household-goods-moving-season/.

Best of luck to you at your next duty station!

Q: This question is in regards to PT tests. I was told that there will be new guidance for the Department of the Air Force coming down when it comes to PT testing. Is this true? If so, when does this go into effect?

A: Great question!

Back in July, the Air Force announced that they will provide Airmen five physical fitness assessment alternatives starting in early 2022.

Airmen will select from the traditional 1.5-mile run, 1-mile walk or the High Aerobic Multi Shuttle Run to meet the cardio requirement. They would then select from traditional push-ups or hand-release push-ups for one strength component; and from sit-ups, the cross-leg reverse crunch or plank for the other strength component to complete the comprehensive fitness assessment.

The Air Force fitness working group conducted research and testing on the health benefits of the current fitness component and various other components to come up with alternative options.

Air Force members and fitness monitors will have approximately six months for a break-in period to familiarize themselves with the use and execution of the alternative testing options prior to having them officially available in early 2022.

The six-month timeline will help ensure fitness assessment cells are prepared to train physical training leaders to administer tests using the new options. 

These changes will also take place for the Space Force as well.