(This was sent to all IMAs and PIRRs 21 Aug 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. 13
The summer is flying by in its own crazy way this year; I hope all is well with you and yours. Here is some news you can use … the Buzz:
A WORD ABOUT ORDERS APPROVAL AS WE HEAD INTO THE END OF THE FY
Some of you are being really proactive and have put your FY21 AT requests into AROWS-R already. Great job! Please know we cannot approve any FY21 orders until we get funding and I expect that to come late September. If you have orders in the system for October of 2020, be aware they may not be approved until close to your tour start date. That’s just a side effect of the funding delays.
VIRTUAL ALL CALL AND Q&A IS NEXT FRIDAY (NOTE THE NEW TIME)
Please mark your calendar for the first ever HQ RIO All Call. We did change the time, so make sure you’ve made a note of that. The All Call will be held on Friday, 28 August, at 1000 EDT/0800 MDT. Click the link below to attend. We will also host a Q&A session during the event, so bring your questions! You do not need an account or log in to attend; the functionality works best on a personal computer, smartphone, or government computer WITHOUT VPN.
NEXT VIRTUAL TRAINING: HOW DETACHMENTS SERVE IMAs AND PIRR
Our next virtual training will be held Friday, 18 September at 1200 EDT/1000 MDT. This session will focus on all the different types of support the detachments offer IRs and best practices for accomplishing common tasks. Stay tuned for future announcements with a link to attend!
The Secretary of Defense has directed all service members complete mandatory OPSEC training. This link provides you another option for accomplishing this training, but you need to check with your active component leadership to see if this video is acceptable to them. Also, be sure to report completion of your OPSEC training, however you do it, to your active component Unit Training Manager so they can update your records.
IMPORTANT INFO FOR THOSE ON LONG TOUR ORDERS (OR THOSE WHO DO SO IN THE FUTURE)
This new video has been made available to explain the by-law requirements for those who serve on long tour orders. It is a short 7 minute video that outlines the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and when it’s required, the Separation Health Physical Assessment (SHPE) and when a DD 214 is required. If you are currently on a long tour or may do one in the future, be sure to watch the video to learn more about your obligations and entitlements. Some of these requirements even apply to those on a tour as short as 30 days.
That’s the buzz for now. Thanks for ALL you do!
Col Amy Boehle, HQ RIO Commander