TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) is now open for enrollment with coverage beginning 1 MAY 2011. Uniformed services dependents under 26, unmarried, and not eligible for their own employer-sponsored health care coverage may be qualified to purchase TYA, which offers TRICARE Standard coverage for monthly premiums of $186. A premium-based TRICARE Prime benefit will be available later this year. Dependent eligibility for TRICARE previously ended at age 21, or age 23 for full-time college students. Similar to provisions in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, TYA extends the opportunity for young adults to continue TRICARE health care coverage, as long as their sponsor is still eligible for TRICARE. Complete information and application forms are available at http://www.tricare.mil/tya. TRICARE officials encourage beneficiaries to explore all possible health care plan options and costs when choosing a plan that best meets their needs.
Those considering TYA should determine if they are eligible before completing and sending in an application. The application and payment of three months of premiums can be dropped off at a TRICARE Service Center or sent by mail or faxed directly to the appropriate regional health care contractor. Beneficiaries can find out where to send their form and payment by filling out the simple profile at http://www.tricare.mil to get information tailored to their 4specific location. Once the initial payment is made, monthly premiums must be paid in advance through automated electronic payment. When the application is processed, TRICARE coverage will begin the first day of the following month. However, since TYA was ?fast-tracked? to begin enrollment as soon as systems changes, forms, premiums and other rules governing the program were approved and in place, TRICARE Management Activity will allow eligible applicants to be covered for the full month of May as long as enrollment forms and payment are received (not postmarked) by the regional contractor prior to 31 MAY.Those eligible for TYA who have been saving receipts since 1 JAN 2011, in anticipation of the new program, can also pay all premiums back to January to purchase coverage retroactively. After getting a welcome letter and enrollment card, dependents and their sponsor are encouraged to visit uniformed services identification (ID) card issuing facility to obtain a dependent ID card. The card will assist in identifying the dependent as eligible for health care, prescriptions and access to military installations. Nearby ID card facilities can be found through a link at http://www.tricare.mil/tya. The signing of the National Defense Authorization Act in JAN 2011, brought TRICARE in line with the provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and enabled the extension of excellent TRICARE coverage to this new group. The TRICARE Management Activity appreciates all government partners who helped make this benefit available so quickly. [Source: TREA Washington Update 29 Apr 2011 ++]
Just before he retired Chief Scott Heisterkamp asked me to post this Aviano AB Noise Survey to the ACA Site; he thought it might be helpful to anyone who was deployed to Aviano AB and living in Tent City during Operation Allied Force (OAF) and experiencing hearing loss.
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From: Heisterkamp, Scott CMSgt MIL USAF AF/A4LW
Sent: Thursday, January 06, 2011 8:25 AM
Attached is the noise survey conducted by Bio in tent city during Op Allied Force at Aviano AB Italy in May 1999 in response to MANY complaints about how close tent city was to the flightline and how difficult it was to sleep/function when the A/C were launching. This document may be of interest to any of your personnel that were deployed there and who didn’t retain a copy when provided to them back in 99. Please forward to your units for their SA.
SCOTT W. HEISTERKAMP, CMSgt, USAF
Air Force AMMO (2W0) Career Field Manager
AF/A4LW; Pentagon, Washington D.C.
The Logistics Officer’s Association has revised their Scholarship program and offers expanded opportunities to Enlisted Troops. Read more at the links included below:
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From: Lt Col Kevin Sampels, LOA Vice President [email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2011 7:48 AM
Subject: LOA Announcement: President & CFO Nominations Due and LOA Scholarships Program update
Two issues to quickly pass on.
The LOA Scholarship Program has been significantly revised and is now available for your review at http://www.loanational.org/about/guidance.php. The primary changes include expanding the eligibility criteria, considerably increasing the award amount, and revising the application package to include a paper authored by the applicant. These changes were made to promote advanced education to an even wider audience, as well as allow our members the opportunity to shape our community through exploring and offering solutions to real-world logistics challenges.
Lt Col Kevin Sampels
Vice President, Logistics Officer Association
www.loanational.org | 2011 LOA National Conference 10-13 October – Ft Worth, Texas
In FY2011 the U.S. Air Force is accessing Prior Service AMMO Troops (2W0XX) with Specific Years of Completed Service. This is being done to fill gaps in experience in the workforce that cannot be satisfied through normal accessions and workforce sustaining actions. The chart below identifies the completed years of service required to be eligible and the number of prior service 2W0XX the USAF is seeking to bring back in to the active ranks.
For Example in the chart below: The Air Force can access up to 44 prior 2W0XX troops with 12 years of prior completed service and 105 AMMO troops with 16 years of completed service. This is a great opportunity for troops that have good service records separated and are having second thoughts about their decision.
Completed Years of Service
The Chief responsible for Air Force Accessions (AF/A1PT) put it this way. “You have an individual who left the team and they’ve been a civilian for 2 years and now realize the grass isn’t greener.” They visit the local recruiter and find out that based on their years of service (YOS) for 2W0 there may be eligible to re-join the USAF as an AMMO Troop. And, they find that their DD Form 214 RE code and separation code both have zero unfavorable impacts (e.g., previous EPRs don’t describe a “BAD ACTOR”) and the Recruiting Service (RS) friends say their okay; then this troop would be a good candidate. The Recruiting Service Prior Service team will forward the package for review/approval. One note should be highlighted; that is there are no waivers of the accession criteria for Prior Service. You either meet the criteria or you don’t.
Additionally, the Air Force is allowing Prior Service airman to Retrain into one of the specialties listed in the chart below:
|FY11 Prior Service Retraining Opportunities
|1C231 – Combat Control (CCT)
|1C431 – Tactical Air Control Party (TAC-P)
|1T031 – Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE)
|1T231 – Pararescue (PJ)
|1U031 – Unmanned Aerial Systems Sensor Operator
|3E831 – Explosive Ordanance Disposal (EOD)
|3P031B – Security Forces Combat Arms
|6C031 – Contracting
|Total Retraining Opportunities
For more information and specific eligibility requirements, contact the Munitions Career Field Manager, Chief Scott Heisterkamp (AF/A4LW) at DSN: 225-0780 or Comm: (703) 695-0780 or contact either the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) or the Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS).
ACAMC Calendar of Events
January 4: Suspense for Richard Gauvin Memorial Fund donation
January 15: Annual awards notification
January 15: Annual Reports due to ACA
January 31: Dues are due to ACA and ACAMC (as applicable)
March 12: Quarterly meeting (Langley AFB – TBD)
June 18: Quarterly meeting (Langley AFB – TBD)
September/October: Quarterly meeting/fall social (Mike Robertson’s house). Initiate nomination process for Vice President
October 14: Send out First Term Ammo Troop award request letters
November 1: Send out requests for “Christmas Ammo Troop in Need” candidates
November 19: Suspense for First Term Ammo Troop award inputs
December 3 or 10: Quarterly meeting/Christmas social (Bill McCullough’s house). Hold election for Vice President.
December 21: “Christmas Ammo Troop in Need” shopping completed by this date