JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson newcomers must participate in an Air Force initiative created to streamline in-processing, with just over a year of successful operations.
The ‘Day One’ initiative was started through Task Force True North and goes beyond the typical in-processing to ensure active-duty service members and civilians, have easy access to answers for questions they may have. Family members are also welcomed and encouraged to attend.
In previous years, newcomers would need to visit several different offices and attend various briefings to complete the in-processing checklist. Now personnel can attend ‘Day One’ offers a one-stop, effective and efficient experience for Airmen and families.
“The process begins when we work with the sponsors to ensure that inbound personnel have everything they need, and to answer any questions they may have,” said Barbara Hopkins, 673d Force Support Squadron human resources specialist. We share a SharePoint with each unit’s CSS, so when they gain new personnel, they can register them for the briefing.”
Briefings are held every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin, Bldg. 8535, Wewak Drive.
“Personnel can feel better leaving ‘Day 1’ knowing that they have in-processing taken care of,” Hopkins said. “We show them where to locate information, and really work to welcome them to the JBER community. The goal of the initiative is to enhance the readiness of our personnel, and to normalize help-seeking behavior. By building that resiliency, we’re ensuring that our community is fully mission capable.”
Hopkins also said the feedback thus far has been great, and that participants have appreciated a streamlined process.
Services include not only the military and family readiness center and housing, but also one-on-one sessions with the finance office. Other services that provide information include legal, equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention and response, and inspector general offices.
The one-on-one with finance covers filing travel vouchers, reviewing pay and allowance issues, changing the state of residence, and addressing other possible finance questions.
‘Day One’ also features pre-registration for the First-Term Airmen Center, the 673d Medical Group Health Mart and the Joint Newcomers Orientation.
For questions or concerns, contact the TFTN Welcome Center at 673ABW.CVB.TFTN@us.af.mil.