Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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You can find answers at the Air Reserve Personnel Centerhttps://www.arpc.afrc.af.mil/retirement/.

Still Need Help: 

If you have a myPers (https://mypers.af.mil/) account you can create a ticket to ask questions or check on a ticket status. You can also use myPers to update your address.

If you do not yet have a myPers account please create an account. If you are unable to create an account or otherwise experience technical difficulties, please contact the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102. 

We currently are not able to take official photos at this location, but hope to be able to soon.

The only options are to schedule an appointment with the Enterprise Media Center at JBLM Main Monday-Friday, https://vios.army.mil/.  If they are not available, you may also schedule an appointment with the 62nd Public Affairs office at Building 100,(253) 982-5638.  The 62nd PA is not open for appointments during UTA weekends.

Please fill out the AF 833 form.

Please allow us time to work out a good time for our staff and your unit. It may take a few months to coordinate, depending on your and our mission priorities.

Information about joining the Air Force Reserves can be found online: https://www.afreserve.com/. To talk with a recruiter call 253-982-3501 or 800-257-1212.

The McChord Field Visitor Control Center (VCC) is located near Exit 125 off of I-5 near McChord Field Gate and is open 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. In addition to providing passes for non-DoD affiliated JBLM visitors, the VCC also offers Automated Installation Entry Registration, weapons registration, and vehicle registration. When the VCC is closed, visitors can approach the McChord Field Gate for processing.

For more information about visiting JBLM and valid forms of ID, visit the following webpage: https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php/about/visitor-information

Fill out a Support Request Form, DD Form 2536, and submit it to 446aw.pa@us.af.mil. If you are not contacted about your request within 3 business days, call 253-982-3330.

The military belongs to the American people. Common ownership dictates Department of Defense resources be committed to supporting events and activities of mutual interest and benefit. However, limitations of time and money make it impossible to grant all requests. DoD and its subordinate agencies cannot do for one what it cannot do for all.

DoD policy prohibits:

  • Endorsing and or appearing to endorse a specific organization, product, or commercial service.
  • Using military resources when such assets are reasonably available from commercial sources and where such support would be, in fact, perceived as unfair competition.
  • Using military resources or personnel to increase sales, business traffic, or attendance, such as grand openings.
  • Using personnel outside military bases to act as guards, parking lot attendants, runners, messengers, or baggage handlers.
  • Active-duty military participation in fundraising activities, excluding the Combined Federal Campaign and military relief societies.

Additional policies and guidelines may apply.

Please be aware, even though a request may be approved, the support can be canceled at any time in order to meet military mission requirements.

Military records are archived shortly after a service member leaves the military. You may be able to request a copy of your service records through the National Archives.

NOTE TO HIRING OFFICIALS: A DD 214 is an official document of past military service.  A SF 50 is an official document of civil service.

The potential employee is responsible for providing correct information about their previous employment. 

The official way current Air Force Civilian employees can verify employment is to log onto the MyBiz+ website and request an Employment Verification to be sent to a designated recipient via email.  

To verify past employment Air Force Civilian employees can use the latest SF 50. 

Service members currently serving can show proof with their Leave and Earning Statement (LES).  For more information visit the following webpage: www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/statusverification.html#

To request an Air Force aircraft, visit the following website to submit a request: www.airshows.pa.hq.af.mil

NOTE: The 446th AW may support requests approved by the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs office, however units determine their ability to support a request.

To request Army aircraft, visit the following webpage and follow their instructions:

https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php/my-Joint-Base-Lewis-Mcchord/all-services/public-affairs/community-relations

Since our unit is a Reserve unit, we do not have enough full-time employees to support these types of requests. 

There are other ways to request a color guard to possibly support an event. 

For an Air Force color guard, visit the following webpage and follow their instructions:  https://www.mcchord.af.mil/Units/McChord-Field-Honor-Guard/

For an Army color guard, visit the following webpage and follow their instructions:  https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php/my-Joint-Base-Lewis-Mcchord/all-services/public-affairs/community-relations

NOTE: Please be aware, although a request may be approved, the support may be called off at any time, if other top priorities come up at the last second. Examples are military or veteran funerals or memorials.

For more information, contact the JBLM Public Affairs office at 253-967-0148 or usarmy.jblm.imcom.mbx.pao-public@mail.mil.

More information can be found at the JBLM website. Comments about noise or other disturbances may be directed to the JBLM Public Affairs hotline at 253-967-0852.

JBLM is home to the 56th Army Band.  For an Army Band performance request, visit the following webpage and follow their instructions:

https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php/my-Joint-Base-Lewis-Mcchord/all-services/public-affairs/community-relations

For an Air Force Band performance request, visit the following webpage and follow their instructions:  www.outreachrequests.hq.af.mil.  More information about Air Force bands is at the following website: www.music.af.mil

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws.  It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between the Service members and their employers.

Contact ESGR at 1-800-336-4590 or osd.USERRA@mail.mil to get advice about how to talk to an employer. They have specially-trained ombudsmen available to assist members in resolving issues with their civilian employers related to military service through neutral and impartial mediation.

Public Law 5 U.S.C. 552 enacted the Freedom of Information Act. It established statutory rights of access to government information. It generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. See DoD 5400.7-AFMAN 33-302, dated 21 Oct 2010, DoD Freedom of Information Act Program, the prescribing directive for more information. It is important to remember that the Freedom of Information Act applies only to records held by federal agencies. It does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals. Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.

Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of the Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing. Government employees submitting requests should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.

FOIA requests for the 446th Airlift Wing, McChord Field, JBLM, must be submitted in writing and include a title or reasonable description of the desired records and a statement on willingness to pay fees for search, review, and reproduction. Or submit a request via mail, fax, or hand carry to the following address:

446 FSS/SCOK (FOIA)
1205 12th St NE
SUITE 112
JBLM, WA 98438

 PHONE: (253) 982-1011
 

Sample FOIA Request Letter

COMPANY NAME (If Applicable)
NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE +4
COMMERCIAL TELEPHONE:
FAX NUMBER: (If Applicable)

446 FSS/SCOK (FOIA)
1205 12th St NE
SUITE 112
JBLM, WA 98438

(Date of Request)

Dear FOIA Officer: Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), I request (Identify the required documents or information as specifically as possible to include all possible locations, if known).

I am willing to pay all required fees incurred in providing this information. I am willing to pay required fees for this information up to a maximum of $(Amount). If fees exceed this amount, please obtain payment approval prior to incurring the debt or providing the information.

I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (DATE).

Sincerely,

(PRINTED NAME AND SIGNATURE)

AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 8013 and 5 U.S.C. 552 PURPOSE: To obtain necessary information so that a response can be provided to a FOIA request. ROUTINE USE: A request may be referred to another Federal Agency if the record(s) originated with that agency. DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; However, no reply can be given if the requested information is not furnished.

 

For FOIA requests for the Army, visit the following webpage for more information:

https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php/my-Joint-Base-Lewis-Mcchord/all-services/foia-and-privacy-act

If you still have a question that doesn’t apply to the FAQ’s please send us an email and we’ll try to find an answer: 446aw.pa@us.af.mil.

DISCLAIMER

The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the 446th Airlift Wing, the U.S. Air Force Reserve, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the U.S. Air Force does not have editorial control over their information. Such links are provided, consistent with the stated purpose of this website.