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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted 4/11/2013   Updated 4/11/2013 Email story   Print story


by Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

4/11/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- If you married, have a new address or experienced similar life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center Officials advised.

The Military Personnel Data System manages such military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions, reenlistments, training, mobilization and casualty. Because the system was outdated and required a complete upgrade, officials brought the system down for 17 days in March.

"During the upgrade, some individual information in the virtual Record of Emergency Data could not be updated, like marital status and personal addresses," said Matt Siwicke, AFPC casualty affairs.

The DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data, is the source document required by law to provide emergency contact information and beneficiary designations in the event an Airman becomes a casualty. The vRED, accessible through virtual Military Personnel Flight, satisfies that requirement.

"It is your responsibility to keep this information current and completion of the document is mandatory," Siwicke said. "If any of your applicable information changes, your vRED should be updated as soon as possible."

Siwicke also urged Airmen to review and make appropriate changes to the Unpaid Pay and Allowance Recipient, Death Gratuity Recipient, and Person Authorized to Direct Disposition fields to ensure they are accurate, now that the conversion is complete.

For more information about the MilPDS conversion, emergency contact data and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.

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