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  1. Thanks Chida. I hadn't seen the second reference. I'll check it out & update this post.
  2. Thanks Pcola. Our TAP coordinator is, and I'm being kind, not helpful.
  3. I understand High-3 is the average of the highest 36 months of base pay. Turns out replicating that calculation to match DFAS turned out giving me more headache than anticipated. First, I grabbed base pay amounts from the DFAS tables that covered my last 36 months of service: '18, '19, '20, '21. Then, I created a spreadsheet that calculates retired pay as follows: From Date: Date I started receiving a certain base pay To Date: Date that base pay ended (i.e. new calendar year w/NDAA-directed raise). # Days = From - To. [Excel will calculate 10 Sep - 1 Sep as 9 days. Does DFAS include the last day, making it 10?] Time factor = # Days / 365. [Does DFAS use 360 days in a year? Or do they use a 31 day month? Leap years?] Total = Base pay * time factor I made a row using the above columns for each change in base pay. Then, I summed all the totals, divided by 3 years, and multiplied by the retired percentage. Does DFAS prorate per month / year for the 2.5? For instance, 20 years and 3 months would be 50.25%? How about extra days? My calculation ended up close, but not exactly as DFAS calculated. I called DFAS and they are going to send me some paperwork on the calculation, but if there's anyone who already figured out what the actual formula is, I'd be grateful. Otherwise, I'll update once DFAS gives me some insights. EDIT to add: Chida's reference helped me fix the issue. Looks as though DFAS only counts whole months vice days, except in months when you have a pay change, then they go by the day. However, all months must total 30 days. Once you've found your pay base (rounded to the cent) then you apply the retirement multiplier and round down to the nearest dollar. I'm sure the government saves millions a year using this method as all those pennies no doubt would add up. Thanks again Chida.
  4. " As we carry out this departure, we have made it clear to the Taliban: If they attack our personnel or disrupt our operation, the U.S. presence will be swift, and the response will be swift and forceful. We will defend our people with devastating force if necessary." -- POTUS, 16 Aug 21 Holding breath. Nah, never mind. Edit to add: Agree w/CH this may not be the Taliban, but it sure would be nice to see something other than just take it when we get punched.
  5. The AF is good at saying one thing and doing another.
  6. I was in DC for the 2015 event. We managed to grab a spot on the Memorial Bridge (not sure of the construction status today). This avoided the crush of crowd at the Lincoln Memorial itself and wasn't so far away that you couldn't hear the roar of radials. It was May and the temps started to climb as the day went on. I'd definitely figure out a way to carry a small cooler and a lawn chair if possible. I didn't take a camera because I wanted to live the moment through my eyes and not a lens. For me, definitely once in a lifetime and I hope you manage to make it out there.
  7. Anything is possible but I haven't seen these approved. SecAF is the authority for ADSC waivers. Situations where chances are high: Asking for less than 12 months, ADSC gave you no 'benefit' (i.e. bonus, education benefits), AFSC is overmanned, etc. Situations where chance are slim to zero: Basically the opposite of the above. Generally no ADSC for promotion, although TIG requirements won't usually be waived to retain your grade. PCS ADSC's under 12 months are usually good to go. IDE/SDE tougher. GI Bill, AvB, etc. probably won't happen.
  8. Waivers for time viewed as 'obligated service' are almost never approved. 'Obligated service' comes with GI bill xfer, AvB, SRBs etc. Chances aren't good.
  9. I knew Mike & his family. Took me under his wing as a young pilot & was his neighbor for several years. Absolutely gut-wrenching. If someone finds details on a memorial or fund before I do, please post.
  10. Rancor, To my knowledge the private keys don't add to the CAC and reside only on the systems you utilize. Google Drive can help so you don't need to lug... Herk.
  11. Sounds like the issue isn't your e-mail per se, but rather the private key. Login to AF.mil and search recover CAC certificate. There is a .pdf trifold which describes the process & the PKI recovery website is only accessible from a .mil. Once you have recovered your certificates you will be able to export them to your work computer and/or copy the recovered cert to a CD and then upload it at home, thereby making it available to Windows in addition to your current certs. Then you can access your OWA utilizing the old private key with your new card. Good luck!
  12. The tenets of officership you so properly describe are not (and should not be) discarded because one is wearing a tux.
  13. Thanks Champ! Hopefully I can talk the squadron into buying...
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