In Other News: Air Force Facilities Leaders to Rotate; Microsoft Launches Pilot Training Program for Spouses; New Policy Could Force Tens of Thousands to Leave the Service Next Year

In Other News: Air Force Facilities Leaders to Rotate; Microsoft Launches Pilot Training Program for Spouses; New Policy Could Force Tens of Thousands to Leave the Service Next Year

Lorna Estep, who now is director of resource integration, deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection for the Air Force, will become executive director of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) later this fall, the support center announced last week. Terry Edwards, the current executive director of AFIMSC, will lead the Air Force Civil Engineer Center after the center’s current director Edwin Oshiba moves to Air Force headquarters to assume Estep’s current position. … Nineteen spouses of service members assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are now enrolled in a 22-week training program in server and cloud administration, under a free pilot program launched by Microsoft. Graduates of the course are guaranteed an interview at Microsoft or at one of the company’s more than 360 hiring partners, reports Military Times. The pilot program is designed to offer spouses training in a field that is portable and that could result in a high-paying job. “We’re going to give them an opportunity through this pilot program that they don’t necessarily have today,” said Chris Cortez, vice president of Microsoft Military Affairs. … Up to 126,000 service members could be forced to separate in one year under the “deploy or get out” policy established by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in February to improve the overall readiness of the armed forces. The policy is intended to stop personnel who had learned to game the system to keep from deploying and increasing the burden on deployable members, reports Military Times. Of the 126,000 non-deployable personnel — which represent about 6 percent of active and reserve forces — 66,000 have that status due to illness or injury, according to DOD.

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