(This was sent to all IMAs and PIRRs 3 Feb 2020. If you did not receive it in your personal email, please log in to the vMPF and make sure you have a good personal email in that system.)
RIO Buzz Vol. 1
The RIO Buzz will be a bi-weekly message from me with useful information that I hope will make it easy for you to serve.
GET PAID FASTER FOR YOUR AT AND SHORT TOURS
The AROWS-R system should be something you’re familiar with. You use it to submit your orders requests. However, did you know that it’s MANDATORY that you use AROWS-R to certify annual tour and short tour orders? While a “wet signature” may seem easier at the time, it takes longer to process and results in a longer wait for you to see the pay deposited in your bank account. Do yourself a favor and be sure to use AROWS-R to certify orders that are for 30 or fewer days. Click HERE for step-by-step instructions.
Do you have trouble getting into AROWS-R from home? Check out Desktop Anywhere. This is an awesome product that will allow you easier access to CAC-dependent websites. If you have any troubles installing it, just give the help desk a call. The number is on the website.
UPDATED AF FORM 988 NOW ACCEPTS DIGITAL SIGNATURES
Many of you go on orders that allow you to earn leave. When you’re ready to use it, you’ll fill out an AF Form 988, Leave Request/Authorization. E-publishing has updated the form to allow you to sign with your CAC, which makes emailing and submitting the form much easier. You can find the updated AF Form 988 HERE.
IMAs WHO ARE ALSO GS CIVILIANS…
If you are a civilian government employee with questions about your civilian Thrift Savings Plan, you need to go through your Civilian Personnel Office for guidance and help. There is also helpful information available on this flyer.
That’s the buzz for now. Thanks for ALL that you do!
Col Amy Boehle