ON-FINAL NEWS BULLETIN – February 4, 2023 (Vol 43, No. 2)

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  • 507th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

ON-FINAL NEWS BULLETIN – February 4, 2023 (Vol 43, No. 2)

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Chief's commentary: A note from the command chief

First term officers visit the wing
Nearly 20 officers with the Tinker First Term Officer Course visited the 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to tour the wing and get a better idea of what the Reserve component accomplishes at Tinker Jan. 18, 2023.

Department of the Air Force releases policy on Military Parental Leave Program
The Department of the Air Force announced the expansion of the Military Parental Leave Program for Airmen and Guardians via guidance memorandum, which mirrors the Department of Defense’s Directive-type Memorandum 23-001 – “Expansion of the Military Parental Leave Program.”

Deadline Feb 16: Scholarships for Military Children program accepting applications
Applications have opened in the Scholarships for Military Children program for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Department of the Air Force recognizes National Mentoring Month
The Department of the Air Force will promote and cultivate a mentoring culture to show Airmen and Guardians how mentoring can help maximize their full potential in January 2023 following President Biden’s proclamation on Dec. 30, 2022. The theme this year is: “Love your mentoring journey.”

On-Final year-end Anthology Vol. 4 released
The On-Final Anthology is a yearly official bulletin for the Airmen of the 507th Air Refueling Wing, an Air Force Reserve Command unit at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

507 ARW February Enlisted Promotions


DAF COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Rescission                                                                                 Jan. 23, 2023

In accordance with the James M. lnhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 Sec. 525 and the Secretary of Defense's 10 January 2023 memorandum, "Rescission of August 24, 2021 and November 30, 2021 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Requirements for Members of the Armed Forces," I hereby rescind my 3 September 2021 memorandum, "Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of the Air Force Military Members." The "Supplemental Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Policy" I issued on 7 December 2021 expired, by its own terms on 7 December 2022.

No individuals currently serving in the Department of the Air Force shall be separated solely on the basis of their refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccination if they sought an accommodation on religious, administrative, or medical grounds. The Department of the Air Force will update the records of such individuals to remove any adverse actions solely associated with denials of such requests, including letters of reprimand. The Department of the Air Force will cease any ongoing reviews of current Service member religious, administrative or medical accommodation requests solely for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine or appeals of denials of such requests. Former Department of the Air Force Service members may petition the Air Force Discharge Review Board and Board for Correction of Military Records to individually request a correction to their personnel records, including records regarding the characterization of their discharge. Additional guidance on implementation of the memorandum will be forthcoming, as needed.

I am immensely proud of the work the Department of the Air Force has done to combat COVID-19. The Regular Air Force and Space Force are 99% vaccinated, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are vaccinated at 94.3% and 95.9%, respectively. As a result of this outstanding response by our members, including incredible work by our healthcare professionals, we maintained our worldwide commitments and provided effective support to the nation. A heartfelt thank you to all Airmen and Guardians for your sustained effort--it made a difference.

One Team, One Fight!   

Frank Kendall
Secretary of the Air Force


All-Star Family Day / Annual Awards Presentation to be held May 6
The 507th MSG is hosting this year’s wing family day May 6. Contact SMSgt RIchele Cousins for more info on Family Day and Angi Dail for info on Annual Awards.

Rising Six Meeting to be held Feb. 5
Rising 6 will have their monthly meeting at the Hill Conference Center Sunday Feb. 5 at 1300 in the Hill Conference Center. This will be an all-members meeting. Please come and bring a wingman! This is a great opportunity to network and become a part of a great organization! For more info, contact Senior Airman Jaimesha Alexander at jaimesha.alexander@us.af.mil

Tuskegee Airmen's Brunch and Static Display to be held Feb. 9
Please join us in celebrating Black History Month with the Tuskegee Airmen's Brunch and Static Display for the Black Heritage Flight on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023. The Tuskegee Airmen's Brunch and Leadership Panel Discussion will be held 0800-1030 at the Tinker Event Center, breakfast food provided by the 72ABW Chapel. The Static Display for the Black Heritage Flight will take place 1130-1330 at Dock 2.  (Flyer attached).

Resilience Opportunities during UTA
Feb - Plans in work for Coping w/ Deployment & Emergency Red Cross procedures
Saturday, Feb. 4th, Time TBA

MyEval is Down
HAF has paused myEval for the moment. If you are due/overdue for an EPR anytime before Nov 30, please get a draft PDF to Andrea Williams ASAP via email.  She will create a VPC coordination and route it for signatures, and she encourages you to get your eval done this way before they decide to bring
myEval back on-line! andrea.williams.3@us.af.mil

Chapel services available on UTA Sundays
Chapel Service Date: Sunday UTA Time: 0715-0745, Location: Bldg 1094, 72nd MDG, Heritage Hall in the basement

Event: Chapel Service Date: Sunday UTA Time: 0730-0800 Location: 72nd APS Conference Rm.

Event: Bible Study Date: Sunday UTA Time: 0800 – 0830, Location: Bldg 1048, 507th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Conference Room.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
Contact Tech. Sgt. Nicaela Garcia for more information about upcoming events at nicaela.garcia@us.af.mil

Saturday, 4 Feb

1300/1400/1500 – Deployment Event/Coping with Deployments/Emergency Notifications (Wg Auditorium)

1600 – Chief’s Group Meeting 

Sunday, 5 Feb

0800 – Family Day Meeting (MSG Conference Room)

1300 – Top 3 Meeting (Wg Auditorium)

If you would like to submit information or photos to the On-final, email us at 507arw.pa2@us.af.mil