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Stop-Loss affects deployed airmen

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Even though Air Force officials have identified 99 career fields affected by Stop-Loss, all airmen currently deployed are affected as well.

Responding to erroneous news reports and some confusion in the ranks, officials are re-emphasizing how Stop-Loss affects deployed airmen.

Stop-Loss is keeping all deployed airmen "in place" until they return from deployment, said Lt. Col. Rich Binger, chief of separations at the Air Force Personnel Center here.

"There is no 'stop movement,'" he said. "Assignment flow is not affected directly by Stop-Loss. But people deployed will not be allowed to rotate home so they can voluntarily separate or retire from the service. They'll have to wait until their deployment is over."

For airmen returning from deployment, only those within the targeted career fields will remain in Stop-Loss status.

A waiver process is in place through local military personnel flights or deployed personnel units, officials said.

The program, effective May 2, was enacted to ensure the Air Force had enough people in needed specialties to meet current mission requirements. To ensure only people needed to meet mission requirements are affected, officials will conduct periodic reviews as necessary.

For more information about Stop-Loss, people can contact their local military personnel flight or the Air Force Personnel Center's Stop-Loss Control Center at (210) 565-2374 or DSN 665-2374. (Courtesy of AFPC News Service)

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