March Air Reserve Base, California BEACON THE Friday, January 18, 2008 Civilian personnel offers workers opportunities by Army Sgt. Sara Moore American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON (AFPN) - - In its second year of imple- mentation, the Defense Depart- ment’s new civilian personnel system is meeting its goal of shifting the department to a performance-based pay sys- tem while giving employees the power to boost their own careers, two ofﬁcials with the program said here Jan. 7. The National Security Per- sonnel System now covers about 130,000 of the department’s ci- vilian employees, and feedback has been positive about the sys- tem, which ties employees’ pay raises and bonuses more direct- ly to annual performance eval- uations, Michael Dominguez, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said in an interview. “What I’ve been hearing is, the system is doing what we’ve intended it to do, which is to galvanize conversations (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jesse Suazo) in the department and with our employees about our mis- sion (and) what it is we need to Senior NCO shares her tale of unreported rape achieve,” Mr. Dominguez said. by Amy Abbott 1994 when a March Field se- at March, she was asked out on sports and stuff, why don’t you DOD ofﬁcials recently issued Editor nior noncommissioned ofﬁcer a date by a technical sergeant. come back to my place and we the 2008 NSPS pay schedules, Because of the nature of the said she was raped by a co- She met him at the bar, had two watch a movie.’” which were effective Jan. 6. following story, the Beacon is worker. Instead, she kept quiet. glasses of wine and they sat and She went. While there he This year, 60 percent of the protecting the name of the al- “I truly believe that if we talked. began to make physical ad- base salary increase for federal leged victim. had a SARC I would have gone “We had a lot in common vances. employees will go to pay in- The Air Force’s Sexual As- to them,” she said. and shared many of the same “I said no and he said ‘oh sault Response Coordinator While a young senior air- interests. He said, ‘I know you Continued on page 8 program wasn’t in place in man stationed on active duty are very athletic and you watch Continued on page 6 Contact The Beacon NOTE: The Riverside Drive entrance to the base Submissions are due by noon on Monday of each week. is expected to close for about one week while Send submissions to: the water pipeline is being installed along Cactus 452nd AMW/PA Avenue. This will occur in January. You will need to 2145 Graeber St, Ste 211 use Heacock Street and turn onto Meyers Drive to March ARB CA 92518 email@example.com enter the base. More information will be provided 655-4138/Fax to 655-4113 to you next month. 2 January 18, 2008 Beacon Shirts Corner Volume 73, Number 02 PRICELESS ADVICE Did you know your credit could affect your security clearance? COMMANDER: Commentary by Senior Master how much and what kinds of loan terms and an ending date, like for a car loan Brig. Gen. James L. Melin Sgt. Ionne Barnes-Joshua (interest rate, etc.) lenders offer to you making monthly payments, which is PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER: 452nd Aircraft Maintenance when you apply for a loan. It is always a like having good cholesterol, whenever Maj. Donald Traud Squadron First Sgt. plus to try to improve your FICO scores you can, pay the bill off. A suggestion and of course, the better the score, the would be to use your tax refund rather EDITOR: Hello again fellow Airmen and Hap- better rates you can get from a lender. than blowing it on toys. When you pay Amy Abbott py New Year. Your 1st sergeants would Just so you know, in order for your off an account, do not close it as it can (951) 655-4138 like to give you some information that three FICO scores to be calculated, each help to raise your credit score. you may not be aware of in this article. of your three credit reports must contain Opening a new account can be a PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF: Yes, it is your credit score and status. at least one account, which has been problem too, so if you really need more LaGina Jackson Did you know that your credit could open for at least six months. In addition, credit, try to get the available credit line Capt. Caroline Lorimer affect your security clearance? Well, it each report must contain at least one ac- on one of your existing cards increased Senior Master Sgt. Matt Proietti Tech Sgt. Mike Blair can. Everything we airmen do is as a count that has been updated in the past instead. Having older accounts on your Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson team. If one of the team is a weakness, six months. This ensures that there is history is a plus also. Raking up a lot Senior Airman David Flaherty we really have a problem. enough information and enough recent of credit quickly can be a negative, too. (951) 655-4137 Many of us at some time may have information in your report on which to Do not have a lot of inquiries into your or will have some kind of money situ- base a FICO score on each report. (My- credit status as that also is a negative. The Beacon is published by ation. That is an unpleasant fact and in Fico). 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Fair Isaac and Company, (FICO®) catch up on your payments, catch them base to help anyone who may need help The Beacon is published under scores are the scores for your credit up. Remember, paying off a collection with budgeting, or understanding more exclusive written contract with most lenders use to determine how big agency does not necessarily mean they in depth how detrimental a bad rating the 452nd Air Mobility Wing. a risk you are to them. You have three will remove the negative from your ac- can be to an Airman’s career. This commercial enterprise FICO scores, one for each of the three count unless you have a written agree- Well, we shirts would really appreci- Air Force newspaper is an credit bureaus: Experian, TransUnion, ment. Negatives will stay on your report ate it if any wing member would write authorized publication for and Equifax. Now, each of these com- for seven years. 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C-3 Moreno Valley, CA 92553 (951) 247-3521 Mon.-Fri. 8am - 6pm • Extended hours available www.blackmondds.com Beacon January 18, 2008 5 6 January 18, 2008 Open the door to recovery Beacon Senior NCO shares her thing our parents told us not to do. You “The Air Force has come a long way CRISIS tale of unreported rape shouldn’t have been there so you got what you deserve.’ Statistically sexual since I joined,” said the now senior NCO. “I think it’s phenomenal the av- INTERVENTION Continued from page 1 assualt reports are truthful. Our system is so careful be- enues that we have in place to help people.” Points of Contact come on, you don’t come all the way cause sexual assault is What differentiates over to my place and not want to.’ I went such a serious crime. the program is it gives to get up to leave and he followed me to The system is too victims the option to Local Resources: the door and tackled me – he just pulled hard on (the vic- make a restricted or Command Post 951-655-4665 my pants down and had his way with tim), it is just too unrestricted report. One-Source 1-800-342-9647 me. I was trying to ﬁght him and saying much,” she said. As per the Depart- no. I was crying the whole time.” According to ment of Defense, Mental Health Issues: When her attacker ﬁnished, she ran the base’s Sexual the SARC, as well Mental Health Clinic at Los home in tears. Assault Response as medical staff on Angeles AFB (Active duty) She decided not to go the base hos- Coordinator, Debby base, have full legal Ofﬁce 310-653-6860 pital, instead choosing a local commu- Ross, the sergeant’s authority to take a After hours 310-345-6441 nity hospital where she sat for about six story is all too com- restricted report, which hours. A police ofﬁcer and counselor mon. means the command is not were brought in and asked her to give “Sexual assault in the mili- notiﬁed and a legal investiga- Sexual Assault: names. She declined. tary has historically been underreported tion is not initiated. March SARC 24/7 Crisis “I have just seen so many times that because of the fear and the shame in- “The moment (victims) start making Intervention Line 951-655- it’s always a woman’s fault and I wasn’t volved,” she said. “People come up to their own decision, the moment they de- 7272 willing to do that. I was one of maybe me all the time (saying) this happened cide to come in and talk to me, is part Riverside Area Rape Crisis two women out of 80 men in the squad- ﬁve years ago, this happened 10, 15 of the recovery process,” said Ms. Ross. Center 24/7 1-866-686-7273 ron and I was afraid that it would turn years ago.” “If they want to concentrate on their own Between Corona and San against me. Ten years of active duty Mrs. Monroe-Heaps said a victim’s wellbeing, on their own recovery minus Diego 1-866-373-8300 being in a predominately male arena; silence is the perpetrator’s number one any investigation, that is their choice. I it had always been about drinking and weapon. Because of this, a rapist at- don’t encourage anybody to do anything Domestic Violence: sex. I love serving my country and I just tacks nine to 15 times before they’re except get medical help and get in a safe felt that was the way it was and to have caught and a child molester between 30 place.” Crisis Line 24/7 (counseling, a career in the military you just had to -60 times. Ms. Ross said that over half of the shelter for women, children accept it.” The Air Force initiated the SARC women that report sexual assault are fear- & teens) 1-800-339-SAFE Debora Monroe-Heaps, director of program in 2005. According to the ful for their physical security and lives. (7233) programs for the Riverside Area Rape 452nd Air Mobility Wing Commander, The ability to not initiate an investigation Crisis Center, echoed the sergeant’s sen- Brig. Gen. James Melin, the initiative lets the victim focus on their own recov- Suicide Crisis Line: timents, saying that oftentimes society has a twofold purpose. The ﬁrst is to ery, she said. A victim has the option to Riverside - immediately places the level of blame insure that people who have a problem County Dept. of Mental on the victim. understand that they have someone who Health 24/7 Western Region “When a sex act occurs and there is will listen to them. The second part is 951-686-HELP (4357) no conesnt and some level of force used, educating everyone to be a good wing- California - the public says, ‘gosh, you did some- man and to watch out for each other. Youth Crisis Line 24/7 for All Youth Issues 1-800-843-5200 For ages 12 - 24 to assist OUTREACH CENTERS with depression, suicide, Crisis Intervention information can be obtained at the various runaway, AIDS and more. locations around base in both Spanish and English: Los Angeles County - Suicide Prevention 24/7 Didi Lobby of Billeting (24/7 365 days a year) Hirsch Community Mental Health Care 310-391-1253 Back Street Cafe (lunch & dinner) Toll Free in L.A. county 1- AMC Terminal 877- 7CRISIS (727-4747) Legal Ofﬁce Gambling National Council on Problem Family Support Center Debby Ross, March ARB SARC. Gambling 1-800-522-4700 Chaplain Ofﬁce Ca. Compulsive Gambling 1- 800-322-8748 Services Ofﬁce Gambling Hotline 760-320- 0234 or 1-800-522-4700 Security Forces Employee Assist. Program Training and Education (EAP for DoD Civilians) Commissary 1-800-222-0364 www.FOH4YOU.com Gym All of the Reserve Centers (off base) Beacon January 18, 2008 7 make an unrestricted report later. information. common repercussions are the creation “Since 2005, reports have increased The next question asked is whether of a hostile environment, making people because of the restrictive reporting - the victim would prefer a male or fe- uncomfortable and lowering employees’ - because they (the victim) don’t have male victim advocate, a fully trained self-esteem. The biggest myth about sexual to back themselves into a corner,” Ms. volunteer who stays with the person “It’s not enough to treat someone af- abuse is that the victim lies about it, Ross said. “The program is truly survi- and assists in every step of the recovery ter the fact,” said Ms. Ross. “We want according to the director of the Sex- vor centered. That’s a huge, huge differ- process. This can include counseling, a to do prevention and, for the Air Force, ual Assault Prevention and Outreach ence.” forensic exam, the morning after pill -- that means changing the culture.” Ofﬁce at Lackland Air Force Base. Previously, specially trained individ- whatever it is the person needs. March This summer the Air Force will es- Dr. Charlotte Moerbe, a psycholo- uals weren’t available to assist someone ARB has ﬁve victim advocates who tablish new training to address sexual gist who once worked in a San An- who had been sexually assaulted. have attended 40 hours of mandated Air assault. The Air Force has also been tonio rape crisis center, has made it “You didn’t have any reporting op- Force courses pertaining to the special pushing the Wingman program which her life goal to educate people about tions,” said General Melin. “If you as an duty. encourages Airmen to look out for one sexual assault and the misconcep- individual felt that you were assaulted, The SARC then offers the victim the another and speak up when they see tions that surround it. the only avenue you had was to go to choice of making a restricted or unre- something inappropriate or wrong. “A large number of our cases in- your commander or supervisor. For one, stricted report. If an unrestricted one is “I personally can’t emphasize enough volve our younger generation, and the supervisor or commander didn’t chosen, the command is notiﬁed and an that I want people, regardless of what most cases involve alcohol,” Dr. Mo- have any place to go to get advice on investigation is initiated. If the choice is happened to them -- it doesn’t just have erbe said. “For many of them, regret what to do, the requirements, how to restricted, the victim is still offered help to be sexual -- to be able to go to some- does not mean rape. Unfortunately, handle it and, two, they weren’t particu- without notifying the command or be- one,” said General Melin. “Start with many times it does. There is no gain larly well qualiﬁed to deal with the emo- ginning an investigation. the SARC, start with your commander, to lie about sexual assault.” tional stress of the situation.” Mrs. Monroe-Heaps said, sexual ha- start with your ﬁrst sergeant -- and say According to the Federal Bureau The SARC is on duty 24 hours a day, rassment is the most common form of ‘something happened to me.’ That’s a of Investigation, sexual assault is the seven days a week, to take emergency assault in the workplace. A frequent start.” nation’s most underreported violent calls. Ms. Ross said the ﬁrst priority is type of this is quid pro quo, literally The SARC at March ARB, though crime. to make sure the victim is safe and to meaning something for something. She specializing in sexual assault, also of- check and see if they need any medical explained that in this scenario it some- fers crisis intervention for various areas: *Full story written by Master Sgt. Orville attention. The SARC is under no obli- how becomes a game for the victim mental health, domestic violence, sui- F. Desjarlais Jr. can be found at http://www. af.mil/news/story_print.asp?id=123018737 gation to inform anybody or release any and they feel coerced into doing it. The cide and gambling to name a few. Local rape crisis center partners with base that explains and goes with victims through the entire process, including March ARB completed a memoran- forensic exams. dum of understanding with the River- “Most often a victim of this type of side Area Rape Crisis Center earlier this crime has no knowledge about their week. rights,” said Debora Monroe-Heaps, The MOU, signed by the 452nd Air Director of Programs for the Riverside Mobility Wing Commander, Brig. Gen- Area Rape Crisis Center. “We are the eral James Melin, is an ofﬁcial agree- members of a sexual assault response ment outlining the direct relationship team. All of our responsibilities are between the base and the center. March completely different, but we work as a has always been part of the service area team to provide the best care possible.” the center has provided for, just without They offer psychological support, the formality. in person counseling, active support The MOU was initiated by the base’s groups, rape prevention education, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, women and children’s self defense Debby Ross, in an effort to encourage classes, parenting classes and child sexual assault victims to begin breaking abuse prevention classes. the silence. The center gives victims an- In April, during National Sexual other place to reach out to. Assault Awareness Month, the center “Part of breaking the silence is part- will provide several of their classes on nering with the Rape Crisis Center, Al- base throughout the month. Separate ternatives to Domestic Violence, with classes will be taught either in Spanish the commander, with the ﬁrst sergeant, or in English. More information will with a trusted friend – you break that si- become available at a later date. lence and then you start working on it, because it’s very hard to work on it by Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center yourself,” she said. 1485 Spruce Street, Suite C The center provides a 24 hour cri- Riverside, Ca. 92507 sis hotline that people can call and get (951) 686-7273 information, referrals and counseling. Toll Free: (866) 686-7273 They also have an advocacy program E-mail: email@example.com 8 January 18, 2008 Beacon Civilian personnel mance-based by next year, but have had difﬁculty adjusting Mr. Dominguez said. will work with organized labor offers workers under an agreement with Con- to the new performance-based He stressed that leaders at to bring even more employ- opportunities gress, the split will remain 60 culture. However, they said, it every level, including military ees under the system, she said. percent and 40 percent, as it is a welcome change because it leaders who have employees Because DOD is such a large, Continued from page 1 is this year, Ms. Lacey said. gives employees a clearer un- or colleagues under NSPS, complex organization, it will creases for employees who re- Ms. Lacey said she has seen derstanding of what is required need to understand the system continue to take time to get ev- ceive a ﬁnal rating of 2 or high- data on about 60 percent of the of them to advance and even completely and ensure their eryone trained and under the er on their evaluations, which payouts that will be made under gives them the opportunity to subordinates understand it. new system, she said. In fact, includes virtually all federal NSPS this year, and the results advance more quickly than they NSPS is a system that is pay systems for some employ- employees. Forty percent of are promising. could under the old system. ﬁrst designed to support ees -- those in the intelligence the base salary increase will go About 5 percent of employ- “To some extent, it’s a choice DOD’s national security mis- ﬁeld, for example -- are cov- to “pay pools” to be allocated ees are being rated as level 5, for employees in terms of how sion, Mr. Dominguez said. It ered under statutory authority, as performance-based salary or “role model,” about 60 per- they want to approach their is also designed to update the and they will never come under increases to employees with cent of employees are rated work, and ... if they want to civil service system to meet NSPS. Overall, about 500,000 a rating of level 3 or higher. at level 3, and practically no rocket up the scale, if you the demands of the 21st cen- civilian employees will come Mary E. Lacey, program ex- employees are rated as level will, (be) hard-driving (and) tury, where workers expect to into NSPS over the next three ecutive ofﬁcer for NSPS, said 1, or “unacceptable,” she said. take on the tough challenges, be rewarded based on perfor- to ﬁve years, Ms. Lacey said. that in last year’s NSPS payout, “I think most employees will then there is the potential there mance, instead of how long “This is probably the most the January salary increase was ﬁnd, at the end of the day, ... that for them to take on more re- they’ve been in a job, he said. signiﬁcant investment we have not at all tied to performance. they did pretty darn well under sponsibility and increase their “In NSPS, you can go as fast made in our civilian work force However, this year the depart- NSPS, and some of those fears salary because of their per- and as far as you want to go,” in terms of their leadership, ment changed that to bring will die down,” Ms. Lacey said, formance,” Ms. Lacey said. Mr. Dominguez said. “It’s not management and soft skills the annual pay increases more referring to some employees’ To ensure that employees and a time-driven system; it’s a (such as communication and in line with the performance- anxieties about the new system. managers understand the sys- performance-driven system.” coaching employees) ever, in based management system, Ms. Lacey and Mr. Dominguez tem, DOD ofﬁcials have invest- DOD ofﬁcials plan to bring my career, at least,” Ms. Lacey she said. DOD ofﬁcials had agreed that implementing a new ed a lot of time in training and about 57,000 more employees said. “We will continue that planned to make January pay system is challenging, and su- education about how the system under NSPS in the spring, Ms. pace as we train folks up to increases exclusively perfor- pervisors and employees alike works and why it is beneﬁcial, Lacey said. The department also bring them in.” You can view the Civilian personnel offers workers opportunities and other stories at www.af.mil/news/story Beacon January 18, 2008 9 News Briefs Empty billboards Students will access the AFVEC Omega Travel ensure that the troops and their Operation Purple Camp Tell local Air Force Reserve via AF Portal: https://www.my.af. Omega Travel is open on Saturday families know about them. Get The Army Reserve Child recruiter, Tech Sgt. Kamala Thigpen, mil. For assistance, call base of the B UTAs in order to better involved in supporting America’s and Youth Services is getting if you know of an empty billboard training at 655-4442 or 4441. serve the needs of their customers. troops. Check it out at http:// ready to host the OPC in Santa location so they can advertise in Ofﬁcers will still need to sign the If they don’t have enough usage to americasupportsyou.mil. Barbara, California, July 15 - 27. that space. 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David House, Jr. Do you feel that Dr. King’s dream has Do you feel that Dr. King’s dream has Do you feel that Dr. King’s dream has materialized in today’s society? Collec- materialized in today’s society? No, not materialized in today’s society? No. We tively, we have come far by placing our totally across this nation. However, in my still have individuals who refuse to think focus more on values and what each of us career ﬁeld, changes toward equality have forward. As long as they have “neutral” has contributed versus appearance on the been made and I believe for the better! I mind sets, Dr. King’s dream can only par- outside. We need to continue emphasizing have a dream to be happy, healthy and tially materialize. Education and patience our awareness in acceptance or we could loved. I hope to live long enough to see will materialize his dream. I have a dream end up back where we were before. I have my dream ﬂourish. that one day the reality of Dr. King’s dream a dream that we keep striving to build will come full circle. I, as a black man, will teamwork and friendships as the common Beacon stories can be read online at the no longer be stereotyped. March home page www.March.afrc.af.mil ground for our next generation.