JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) –
ON Luke Air Force BaseThe Arizona Airman recently received its first judicial custody order just one day after the filing process was opened.
Master Sgt. William Rotroff, an F-35 division chief at the 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadronwas notified that his application was approved less than 24 hours after his package was submitted.
“I was in shock,” said Rotroff. “I know the assignment process has a lot of moving parts involved. I am very grateful to the emergency team and everyone who was involved. “
Rotroff’s commander, Maj. Joseph Langan, said he had the honor of delivering the good news in person and Rotroff was overjoyed.
“One of the greatest things about being a squadron commander is that I have the ability and authority to fix many problems for my Airmen relatively quickly,” Langan said. “Sometimes the problems are chaotic and have complex solutions, but this has been one of the easiest and most satisfying victories I’ve had during my tenure.”
Rotroff said he was in a unique position when his overseas orders were unexpectedly canceled after already helping move his ex-wife and four-year-old son to Florida, where she would have a stronger support system in his absence.
He remembered the Air Force recently announced one Change of policy This now takes into account custody agreements when granting orders and deferrals for planes. So he reached out to his local military personnel flight for more information. He went through the requirements carefully to make sure he was a qualified applicant and submitted his package, expecting to get a decision back in about 30 days.
Cristi Bowes, Military Operations Policy and Procedures at the Air Force personnel centerRotroff was held responsible for being proactive and having all of his records available, which contributed to the quick turnaround time. Additionally, she said the response teams were trained and ready to accept and consider requests immediately after the application was made available to Airmen.
“We deliberately designed the process so that minimal coordination is required to make the process quick for Airmen and their families,” she said.
“This program really shows how the Air Force cares for its Airmen and families,” she said. “It gives Airmen the opportunity to continue serving in the largest air force in the world and not have to choose between their careers and their children.”
Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Hoglund, AFPC chief of command, said he recommends the Air Force take courageous measures to get where it is today.
“The ability to turn a vision into a reality set the tone for future programs to continue to generate profit for our Airmen and families,” he said. “I look forward to this program running on all cylinders and becoming a normal muscle movement for our operational function managers in our directorate for performing operations.”
He added that there is a team of experts working behind the scenes to make sure these programs are successful.
“The job’s functional managers and policy experts combine art and science to produce positive results for our airmen,” said Hoglund.
Rotroff said he expected to arrive in Florida on time for his son’s fifth birthday and said it would be a great gift for both of them.
“Every situation is different, every urgency is different, but it’s a blessing that this program exists,” said Rotroff. “I am grateful that my son can have his parents. his happiness means the world to me. “
The court-ordered child custody review or deferral program applies to officers and recruited regular Air Force Airmen in active duty to those who meet the program rating requirements, and if they are manned and given a location in their current location, the reassignment will be supported.
Visit the Delivery manual for personnel services More information about the program, the admission criteria and how to apply.