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Air Force officials launch accountability system for personnel in Japan

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Air Force officials have activated the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, or AFPAAS, to monitor the status and location of all personnel and dependents residing on the island of Honshu, Japan.

Officials are asking commanders and their commander representatives, or CORs, to report individual and family member status of those assigned or transiting to the affected area by logging into AFPAAS at https://afpaas.af.mil.

This requirement applies to active-duty Airmen, selected Reserve members, Department of the Air Force and non-appropriated-fund civilian employees, Air Force contractors, and family members affected by the events in Japan.

While most of the accountability requirements affect only those currently in Japan or those family members who have already relocated, officials said it is imperative that commanders around the Air Force know if family members may be in the affected area.

"All Airmen have a responsibility to let their commanders know if they have dependents in Japan," said Kevin White, the chief of the readiness operations branch at the air expeditionary force and personnel operations directorate. "It is important for members in Japan to let us know where their dependents are. If they departed the Island of Honshu, Japan, we need that information updated in AFPAAS."

In addition to the accountability portion in AFPAAS, those affected members should complete a short needs-assessment survey. This assessment informs officials if the member requires any assistance.

If assigned personnel do not have access to a computer, the member will need to contact his unit control center or COR and they will account for them, and if requested, complete the needs-assessment survey in AFPAAS.

Those members not having access to a computer or are unable to contact their UCC or COR need to contact the Air Force Personnel Center Personnel Readiness Cell at 800-435-9941.

AFPAAS can also be accessed from the Air Force Portal, AF.mil and the Air Force Personnel Center website (www.afpc.randolph.af.mil) or by calling the AFPC Personnel Readiness Cell.

AFPAAS allows commanders and units to account, assess, manage and monitor the recovery and reconstitution process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event, every step of the way. AFPAAS provides valuable accountability at all levels of the Air Force chain of command, enhancing the commanders' ability to make strategic decisions.

For all other personnel issues please contact the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102 or DSN 665-5000, or go to the AFPC Personnel Services website at https://gum.afpc.randolph.af.mil.

(Courtesy of Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs)