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Dear Class of 2020,
Congratulations on your selection to attend Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). The mission of ACSC is to educate and develop air-minded joint leaders able to lead, compete, and win in a dangerous world. As our current National Security Strategy states, "we face an extraordinarily dangerous world, filled with a wide range of threats that have intensified in recent years" (NSS, 2017, I). In light of this reality, at ACSC you will engage in 10 months of professional military education designed around rigorous academics and littered with personal and professional development opportunities. This is a major career milestone that affords you the opportunity to grow as an officer and leader in the profession of arms. Over the course of the upcoming year, you will engage with material covering a wide spectrum, from the theory of war, airpower history and application, and international security to leadership and joint planning. In conjunction with core academics you will have the opportunity to choose from over 100 elective courses, independent research projects, and/or research task forces.
I expect your assignment to ACSC will be both challenging and rewarding. The academics are unapologetically demanding because your future gaining units need you to be better for having had the Air Force invest these ten months in you. A typical work week requires at least 50-60 hours of focused effort. At the same time, however, you and your family will have a predictable schedule with quarterly breaks, allowing you to plan leave in advance based on the academic calendar.
Finally, your classmates at ACSC will include some of the top officers from across our services and some 70 countries around the world. Civilian professionals from the Department of Defense, FBI, DIA, and additional agencies round out the diverse class. You will be taught by a top-notch faculty with over 40 PhDs and receive personal mentorship from experienced military and civilian leaders. Year after year, senior leaders mention the value of the relationships they developed while at ACSC.
My staff and faculty are dedicated to fulfilling our mission of educating and developing air-minded joint leaders who can tackle the challenges presented by our dangerous world. We can’t wait for you to join us!
EVAN L. PETTUS , Colonel, USAF
Please see the ACSC Commandant's Welcome Letter for AY19 Students.
ALL students inbound to ACSC must sign-in in person to ACSC building 1402, room 2226 upon arrival. Military personnel MUST be in military uniform and are required to have all the required uniforms available upon arrival (not in storage or on a moving truck). Your leave status will stop once you sign-in. Sign-in will only be available Monday thru Friday during the dates specified in the table below. Note, if you arrive on a holiday or AETC Family Day, you will not be charged leave for that day(s).
Reporting Dates (Sister Services refer to your service-specific reporting dates):
Initial Student Cadre
All other USAF and Civilian Students
Report Not Earlier Than
Report Not Later Than
Class Start Date
Class Graduation Date
NOTE: Only those whose PCS orders reflect "EARLY REPORTING AUTHORIZED" (ERA) can report before the Report Not Earlier Than Date (RNETD).
The early reporting approval authority rests with the Student Squadron Commanders (21/38 STUS/CCs). Send E-mail requests, with requested arrival date desired (along with full justification, i.e., medical reasons, align with overseas DEROS, etc.) to ACSC Student Services.
Requests for early reporting for strictly personal reasons will not be approved. If early reporting is approved, your Military Personnel Section (MPS) must annotate your orders accordingly. Officers authorized for early reporting will still sign in at Bldg 1402 Room 2226. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the early report, you can expect to be placed on duty status and used in various capacities throughout ACSC or elsewhere on Maxwell AFB.
If you arrive before the RNETD and your orders do not indicate ERA, you are required to take leave until the RNETD. Please contact the Student Squadron Commanders for leave approval.
ACSC Minimum Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Requirements:
US students selected for ACSC must bring their own personal computing device. International Officers are not required to bring their own device, although they may do so if it meets all criteria below. Those international officers who do not bring their own device will be issued a US government computer for their use while a student at ACSC.
Each individual is responsible for the maintenance and repair of their own personal computing device. A limited number of Government “loaner” laptops will be available for temporary use should a student experience a catastrophic computer failure.
The use of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) from any agency outside of ACSC is strongly discouraged, as these devices may experience compatibility issues that cannot be resolved.
Personal computing devices must meet the following standards:
HARDWARE (do NOT bring a desktop style computer for use in the seminar rooms)
Army Mess Dress (Blue or White) Optional: Dress Blue or Dress White with Black Bow Tie
Seasonal Dinner Dress Blue Dinner Dress White
Evening Dress or Dress Blue and/or Blue/White A
Tuxedo (Black Tie) / Ladies Formal
Class A Army Green Service Uniform with Coat and Four-in-Hand Tie
Seasonal Service Dress Blue Service Dress White Summer White
Business Suit Skirt/Blouse Cocktail Dress
Normally short sleeve blue shirt, open collar
Class B Army Green Service Uniform (w/o coat and tie)
Service Khaki Alternate:Summer White Winter Blue Aviation Working Green
Service "B" or "C" uniform
Dress Shirt Dress Slacks
ABU/BDUs or Flight Suit*
ABU/BDUs or Flight Suit
Camouflage Utility Uniform/Flight Suit Service Khaki Shipboard Overalls
Utilities / Flight Suit
*Desert BDUs/Desert Flight Suits are NOT authorized for wear at ACSC.
**Students will be expected to wear service dress, or the equivalent uniform, for ACSC opening ceremonies (30 Jul 18).
Mass in-processing will take place on 24 July 2019, at ACSC building 1402 Uniform of the day is Duty Uniform: ABU/ACU/flight suit, or casual for civilians.
Opening Ceremonies will take place on 29 July 2019, at ACSC building 1402. Uniform of the day is Semi-formal: Service Dress, Class A, Dress Blue, or business wear for civilians.
Required Documents for in-processing:
Tricare: Print and complete this Tricare Enrollment Form.
Additionally, ensure the following documents are in your possession:
· 5 Copies of PCS orders (and amendments, if applicable)
· Copy of Narrative-Only Promotion Recommendation Form (PRF)
· Personnel Folder with signed PCS travel order
· Fitness assessment results (if completed)
· Shot Record
· Individual Flight Record, if applicable
· Two copies of non-availability statement
· Two copies of TLE lodging receipts
* The Air Force has moved away from hand-carrying medial records during a PCS; however, please bring a copy of your completed out-processing checklist, with the appropriate medical out-processing steps shown complete.
NOTE: All school age children are required to have an Alabama ImmPRINT Card (Verification of Immunizations) by Alabama law. If you have any questions please call the Maxwell AFB Immunization Clinic at 334-953-5731 or visit the Alabama Health Department website (http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/index.html).
REPORTING WEEK (RNETD - RNLTD)
During this week you are considered "available for duty", unless you are on leave. If not required for duty by the Student Squadrons (STUS), use this time to settle into the local area. Finalize housing/TMO related issues, school registration for dependents, base/area familiarization, etc. This week is not charged as leave, as long as you are in the local area. Irrespective of when you arrive during this week, you must sign-in in person at ACSC Building 1402, room 2226 for accounting purposes. Military personnel must sign-in in military uniform.
Civilian Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-9820 or DSN 493-9820
USA Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-2226 or DSN 493-2226
USMC Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-6592 or DSN 493-6592
USN Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-6153 or DSN 493-6153
PAS Advisor: Commercial (334) 953- 8886 or DSN 493- 8886
MDOS Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-3277 or DSN 493-3277
SANDS Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-2636 or DSN 493-2636
Blue Horizons Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-2985 or DSN 493-2985
ARC / ANG Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-7113 or DSN 493-7113
IMPORTANT: Navy students are required to complete the USN QUESTIONNAIRE and email it to the Naval Advisory Group.
All civilian and sister service students need to have their bachelor’s degree transcript (only one is needed) from an accredited university sent to the AU Registrar, prior to 1 Jul 19. For more info, visit this link: AU Registrar.
All active duty Air Force officers MUST have a Narrative Only PRF and a post-ACSC ADP on-file prior to arriving (accomplished by their losing senior rater) or will need to update their Talent Marketplace (TM) preferences during the Summer 2019 VML cycle if their AFSC uses TM. If members have questions on how to use or update TM preference, they should watch the tutorial before contacting their appropriate assignment teams at the Air Force Personnel Center. Tutorial can be found at: https://www.afpc.af.mil/Force-Development/MyVector/
ACSC recommends you complete ALL ancillary training after 15 June 2019 so that you don’t have anything expire while you are in student status. Your student email account, for instance, will not be created without a certificate that is valid through graduation. Security Clearance Requirements: Clearance requirement is Top Secret/SSBI (Line of Air Force (LAF) ONLY). For all other students, clearance requirement is Secret. For more information regarding ACSC policies, procedures, and programs, please read the ACSC Handbook.
Mandatory Physical Fitness Requirements:
1. Air Force Active Duty and Active Reserve Component (ARC) Students: All Air Force Active Duty and ARC Personnel must have a current, passing AF Fitness test prior to arriving to Maxwell AFB and in-processing with ACSC. Additionally, all students will be required to take the AF fitness test per AFI 36-2905 while assigned to ACSC during the student year.
2. Sister Service, Civilian and International Officer Personnel assigned to ACSC are not subject to Air Force Instruction 36-2905 Fitness Program. Instead, they must meet the standards of their respective services. The respective sister service advisors monitor maintenance of these standards.
Once you sign a rental agreement or purchase a home, you are not authorized PTDY any longer. If you did not take PTDY for house hunting prior to departing PCS from your current duty station, and have not found a place to live, you may request up to 10 days PTDY for this purpose. If applicable, you may arrive up to 10 days earlier than your RNETD. This must be approved in advance with the STUS and your losing unit and your RNETD changed (see paragraph on requesting ERA).
HOUSING AND SCHOOLS
Maxwell Family Housing is managed by Hunt Companies, a national real estate services leader that has been providing Service Members and their families with expertly designed homes, fully developed communities, and exceptional management services, for over 40 years. Families may live on either Maxwell AFB or Gunter Annex, depending on availability.
Main Office Phone: (888) 666-2652
Housing Management Office (government): (334) 953-5718
The majority of families that PCS to Maxwell AFB for ACSC reside in two regions- East Montgomery/Pike Road and Prattville. However, with large investment in improving the city center- both residentially and commercially, an increasing number of singles/geo-bachelors live in downtown Montgomery. We encourage you to utilize the wide array of internet housing resources available to you.
Automated Housing Referral Network (www.ahrn.com)
Military By Owner (www.militarybyowner.com)
Off-Base Housing - To see Houses for Rent or Sale in the local area, please visit the Automated Housing Referral Network (www.ahrn.com) or Military By Owner (www.militarybyowner.com). Be advised: housing fills up quickly and there are waiting lists for some of the prime apartment buildings. Plan ahead.
The greater Montgomery area provides a variety of options for schools, both public and private. Maxwell AFB has a DODDS K-8 school for on-base residents of Maxwell and Gunter. We encourage you to contact the Maxwell AFB School Liaison Officer for questions on the local schools:
Email: email@example.com Phone: (334) 953-3799
Maxwell Elementary-Middle School (MEMS): https://www.dodea.edu/MaxwellAFBEMS/about.cfm
Montgomery Public Schools (includes magnet schools): http://www.mps.k12.al.us/
Autauga County Public Schools (Prattville/Marbury): http://www.acboe.net/
Elmore County Public Schools (Holtville/Millbrook/Wetumpka): http://www.elmoreco.com/
Pike Road Schools: http://www.pikeroadschools.org/
Alabama Christian Academy: http://www.alabamachristian.org/
Eastwood Christian School: http://eastwoodschool.org/
Macon East Academy: https://maconeast.net/
The Montgomery Academy: https://www.montgomeryacademy.org/
Montgomery Catholic: https://www.montgomerycatholic.org/
Prattville Christian Academy: http://prattvillechristianacademy.org/
Trinity Presbyterian School: http://www.trinitywildcats.com
FAMCAMP Families - Be advised that dependents of personnel living in the FAMCAMP are NOT authorized to attend Maxwell DoD Elementary and Middle School.
LEAVE / PASS PERIODS FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
· September -- Labor Day (pass)
· October -- Columbus Day (pass)
· November -- Veterans Day (pass)
· November -- Thanksgiving Break (pass)
· Dates TBD -- Winter Break (leave if out of area)
· January -- Martin Luther King Day (pass)
· February -- President's Day (pass)
· May -- Memorial Day (pass)
Over the course of the Academic Year, students will have an opportunity to take leave during designated periods. Do not plan to take leave in August or September to burn “use/lose” days. Passes will only be granted in accordance with AFI 36-3003 (Chap 5), AETC guidance, and your STUS/CC approval. Read the Pass Policy and do not make irrevocable leave or pass plans without getting STUS/CC approval.
BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING (BAH) WAIVERS
FOR PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION OR A CAREER EDUCATION PROGRAM:
If you desire a BAH waiver you are required to apply through your Military Personnel Section (MPS) prior to receiving Permanent Change of Station orders. Personnel must meet the criteria outlined in SAF/MR's policy letter dated 4 Mar 02: 1) Must be departing PCS for 12 months or less to attend PME, Technical Training, or Career Education Program; and 2) Must agree to limited PCS entitlements to include only personal/professional shipment equivalent to unaccompanied hold baggage and without-dependent rate dislocation allowance, temporary lodging expense, and per diem.
MPSs are required to verify member's eligibility and assist member in filling out the required waiver statement. The rationale behind this policy waiver is to provide the family stability for the duration of the short PCS assignment; therefore, the member must not relocate their family.
If the member will receive a higher BAH rate at his/her gaining location, he/she does not need to apply for a BAH waiver. They will automatically receive the higher BAH rate established for their new duty location.
SAF/MR Policy Letter JFTR Waiver Letter BAH Waiver Letter ACSC Minimum Bring Your Own Device Requirements
Information for AF Reservist and ANG
Outprocessing From Home Unit
Ensure you have points of contact within the personnel and finance sections at home station (for unit guard and reservists and at ARPC and your reserve pay office for IMAs) prior to departing. This will ease working any personnel or pay issues while attending school.
All attempts should be made to complete your security classification prior to departing home station.
A Top Secret/SCI Access Clearance is required of all US military members and should be obtained prior to leaving your home station.
Air Reserve Component (ARC) personnel selected for school who decide to bring their families should ensure the following information is included in the Remarks section of your PCS orders to be properly reimbursed for dependent travel upon arriving at Maxwell. Failure to do so will result in delays for reimbursement while awaiting amendments to your orders from your home unit or ARPC.
Spouse's name and date of marriage (DOM)
Children's name(s) and date of birth (DOB)
Ensure that your orders indicate that Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is authorized. Check with your servicing Military Pay Office prior to departing for Maxwell to determine if you will receive the entitlement.
Reserve regulations state you may report to a formal school up to 5 working days (7 if a weekend is included) prior to class date. Since ACSC normally starts midweek, the latter applies. Your orders should properly identify this along with the appropriate travel time to Maxwell from your home station.
Check with the ACSC Guard or Reserve POC to determine if there will be a separate orientation for Guard or Reserve that begins before ACSC starts so that your orders are properly prepared.
For Reserve members, your orders "Release Date" (Block 15) should include all the leave time you will accumulate during the academic year. You will not have time to take much leave during the school year and will probably want to use your leave after graduation. For Guard personnel, check with AU/CCG on this issue.
An OPR (or LOE, if applicable) must be completed at home station before departing for ACSC. This OPR or LOE must have a closeout date prior to the start date of ACSC. This will prevent performance dates from overlapping on the Training Report that is completed, at the end of the school year, on each Reservist.
The only records Unit Reservists should hand carry to ACSC are Medical and Dental records.
For IMAs: All your paperwork is handled through ARPC, to include Personnel and Medical Records. It is a good idea to bring a copy of your medical and dental records with you. If you will be applying for a job after ACSC, it may require a current physical and bringing your old physical can speed things along.
Everyone should bring:
SGLI Paperwork (or copies of current info)
Copy of Form 93 (Emergency Data Locator)
Copy of latest OPR (see note above)
Copy of current, passing AF Fitness Test results from your UFPM or off the AF Portal (AFFMS site)
Do not bring:
Flight Records Flight Evaluation Folders. Double check your Aviation Service Code, it should be an "L." This waives all flying requirements except the annual flight physical while attending school. Flight Evaluation Folders should also remain at home station. Do not bring flight gear to school.
Ancillary records are not required while attending ACSC.
As stated above, ARC personnel are required to meet all active duty physical standards in accordance with AFI 36-2905 while attending ACSC. Bring a copy of your current, passing AF Fitness Test paperwork provided by your UFPM or printed off AFFMS linked from the AF Portal.
Identifying yourself as Guard or Reserve will speed your in-processing as many of the stops will not pertain to you. Your first stop will be the Reserve/Guard check-in. Bring all items mentioned in the In-Processing Checklist shown in this booklet, minus the records previously mentioned.
Air Reserve Technicians (ARTs: If you are an ART and attending ACSC in civilian status, do not process through the line in military uniform. This will only confuse the MPF folks. Process through the line in civilian clothes to avoid any confusion. AU/RP will send additional, detailed instructions to incoming Reserve Component students.
ARC students meeting their O5 board during the academic year identify upon in-processing so ACSC Staff & Guard/Reserve Advisors can track/support accordingly.
Guard and Reserve personnel are encouraged to apply for SAASS.
Reserve personnel should consult the Reserve Developmental Education Review Board page on the ARPC website for the current procedures and submission timeline.
If you are interested in applying for SAASS let your commander know before you leave to help speed things along.
For Reserve questions about orders, contact ACSC/CAG at commercial (334) 953-3060 (DSN prefix 493). For Guard questions contact AU/CAR at commercial (334) 953-7113 (DSN prefix 493).