Air Force personnel officials are encouraging Active Duty airmen who are eligible to re-enlist, extend their current enlistment, retire, or separate in March to complete these actions by Feb. 15 to avoid processing delays and military pay issues. That’s because the Air Force is upgrading and transferring MilPDS, the Military Personnel Data System, to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center in March. This upgrade is scheduled to take about 23 days to complete, during which time MilPDS will not be available to airmen, states a Jan. 15 Air Force Personnel Center release. “Airmen who accomplish their re-enlistment or enlistment extension by Feb. 15 should not experience interruptions in their pay because their servicing [military personnel sections] can process all appropriate transactions prior to the MilPDS upgrade,” said Michael McLaughlin, AFPC’s re-enlistments branch chief. (Randolph report by TSgt. Steve Grever) (See also Jan. 14 Randolph report by Grever.)
When the Air Force sets a new program baseline for the B-52 re-engining this fall, there will be “some” cost increase, because the project wasn't previously fully funded, and the Air Force has a better handle on actual supplier costs and knowledge from ground testing, program officials said.