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BRAC: What's next for me?

  • Published
  • By Capt. Dean Schmude
  • 43rd Airlift Wing
Most active duty Airmen assigned to the 43rd Airlift Wing at Pope will receive orders for a Permanent Change of Station due to BRAC. The others will remain here as part of the 43rd Air Group once it stands up. As mentioned in an earlier BRAC article, critical dates for the transition have not been determined yet which, by law, must occur by Sept. 15, 2011. Until those key dates are announced, Airmen are left wondering, "When am I going to get orders?" This uncertainty can be stressful for anyone, including family members, but know that the information flow will continue as decisions are made and timelines are available, everyone will receive that information. There are a multitude of people around base who can help with the uncertainty of the upcoming changes. Airmen are encouraged to contact the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, the base chaplain, co-workers or supervisors for guidance. Instead of worrying about the unknown, Airmen should focus on their current jobs. Learning and performing a job with enthusiasm while helping co-workers helps to keep stress levels down. Volunteering around base or in the local community is a good way to maintain focus, be productive, meet people and learn new things. A few suggestions: Call the AFRC at 394-2538 for volunteer opportunities or check out the Child Youth Services at Fort Bragg and volunteer to coach a team. Remember, everyone feels some level of stress or anxiety about the future of Pope. Seeking out others and sharing thoughts, excelling on the job, find a worthwhile hobby or volunteering in the community will help make current and future assignments enjoyable. Team Pope stands tall and proud in doing its mission day-in and day-out. Be a positive team player.