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Air Force Reserve allows Airmen to continue serving

Posted 12/15/2011   Updated 12/15/2011 Email story   Print story


by Mark Wyatt
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

12/15/2011 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- If separating soon from active duty to pursue other opportunities, the Air Force Reserve provides Airmen a chance to continue serving as well as to keep many of those benefits enjoyed while on active duty - benefits enjoyed while serving in a part-time status in the reserve.

For service members who have been in the Air Force since graduating from high school or college, a transition from active duty to the civilian job market can be a scary one. The Air Force Reserve offers two programs that allows one to seamlessly separate from active duty and transition into the reserve.

"The Palace Chase and Palace Front programs offer Airmen an opportunity to continue serving without a break in service," said Tech. Sgt. Patrick Sherry, Air Force Reserve recruiter. "It's a really good way to bridge your current military lifestyle to a civilian lifestyle without losing all the benefits of the Air Force."

The Palace Front program allows Airmen separating from active duty to remain in the military through the reserve. The Palace Chase program offers Airmen an opportunity to separate from active duty before the end of the commitment to join the reserve.

In addition to job security and continuing service toward a retirement, the reserve offers Airmen an opportunity to maintain a security clearance, remain proficient in their Air Force-trained skill or a chance to retrain into a new skill.

"The reserve offers many of the same benefits such as education, retirement, low cost medical coverage and travel opportunities with space A," said Sherry.

In addition to assisting those interested in transitioning from active duty to the reserve, any family members interested in joining the reserve are encouraged to contact a recruiter.

For further information about the Air Force Reserve, contact Tech. Sgt. Patrick Sherry at 781-377-5554 or via email at patrick.sherry@hanscom.af.mil.

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