Air Force introduces new, improved tool to manage civilian benefits Published Aug. 23, 2017 By Richard Salomon Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- The Air Force is the first agency in the Department of Defense to roll out a new tool that helps government civilians more effectively manage their benefits and entitlement information. The Government Retirement and Benefits Platform is a web-based application that allows employees to make changes and updates to their health insurance, life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan and other personal benefit information. The GRB Platform replaces the Employee Benefits Information System, which replaced most paper-based processes in 1996. “The GRB Platform includes all the functionality previously offered with EBIS, but in a much more intuitive and user-friendly environment,” said Annette Castro, an Air Force Personnel Center human resource specialist. “It gives employees the ability to easily obtain and request various retirement estimates, complete their retirement packages and review their current benefits coverage.” The site also contains informational videos, facts sheets, electronic forms, calculators, retirement courses and links to external websites to help individuals make important decisions regarding their benefits. Employees can access the GRB Platform application through AFPC Secure by selecting the “GRB Platform” application link. Employees should see a brief video explaining the new system the first time they log in. “This is another example of how we are providing smarter and more efficient personnel services to our customers worldwide,” Castro said. “It’s important that we continue to improve and enhance all of our business processes, so our customers can have what they need right at their fingertips.” For more information, visit the myPers web site and search “GRB Platform.” Individuals who do not have a myPers account can request one by following the instructions on the Air Force’s Personnel Center website.