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AEF Operations begins move to Air Force Personnel Center

9/12/2007 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- The Air Force Personnel Center here recently earned an initial operating capability for an Air and Space Expeditionary Force systems migration. This milestone was a major step toward moving AEF Operations, located at Langley Air Force Base, Va., to AFPC by September 2008.

AEF Operations, formerly called the AEF Center, became a direct reporting unit of AFPC in August 2006 and was named one of AFPC's seven directorates -- the Directorate of AEF Operations, or DPW -- in June 2007.

AFPC officials are responsible for managing personnel programs and for carrying out policies affecting all Air Force active-duty and civilian members. AEF Operations, called "DPW-East," serves as the premier organization for implementing the Air Force's AEF concept.

AEF methodology was developed to better manage forces by building a rotational schedule that encompasses the total Air Force. It is the Air Force's methodology for providing Air Force capabilities directly to the warfighter efficiently, effectively and, most importantly, in a timely manner. Combining both organizations synergizes operations by bringing together permanent authorizations, wartime requirements and assignments under a single commander.

"Getting to IOC is a great team initiative here, and our systems folks deserve a good deal of the credit," said Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC commander. "We're charging ahead to 'operationalize' personnel processes and bring together the two entities charged with developing and supplying Airmen." 

Work already has begun to facilitate the move.

"Our people at Langley and here at AFPC have done a tremendous job to make sure our computer systems are in sync, but much work needs to be done between now and September 2008," said Steven Kelley, AEF Operations director.

One of the biggest hurdles is to make room for nearly 200 authorizations that will transfer to AFPC, Mr. Kelley said.

"Because our people operate in classified environment, we'll need to complete the necessary furniture configurations and facility upgrades for the move," he said.  "We'll also need to construct a new operations control center.  However, I have a high level of confidence that we'll meet all our goals. We have great people here who are dedicated to doing this the right way."

By the end of next spring, the revamping of AFPC's E-Wing will be complete. It will be turned into a personnel operations center capable of sustaining 24-hour operations.
 
"The Air Force will have one personnel process for moving Airmen where they're needed, when they're needed," General Przybyslawski said.  "It'll ensure we give those Airmen adequate time to prepare.  It's about doing what's best for the Air Force and our people."



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