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AF: Now is the time to update records

Dec. 15, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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Airmen can access important records on or off duty if their contact information is up to date. (Airman 1st Class Debbie Lockhart/Air Force)
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With the new year fast approaching, Air Force Personnel Center officials recommend airmen double-check and, if necessary, update their contact information, secure Web account access and emergency records.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Why now?

The traditional move season is over, so you may have outdated work and home email addresses, said Timothy Clary, AFPC Total Force Service Center director. Or your family status may have changed, he said.

“We’re a global force, and every day — especially during the winter — we face potential hazards, so it’s important that we not only have accurate contact information, but more than one method of contacting airmen,” Clary said.

2. Provide multiple email addresses

If you provide alternate email addresses, you can ensure you receive important messages, on or off duty.

Military members can update their official email addresses via the AFPC secure site, and civilian employees can update theirs via myBiz. Both sites are accessible through MyPers.

Also, you can update your personal email address through your myPers account profile.

3. Get a user ID for secure apps

“Airmen who are housebound due to illness or inclement weather can still access their records, secure Web apps and more if they take the time before a problem occurs to establish user identification and passwords for secure applications,” Clary said.

For example, myPers is a secure site normally accessed with the common access card, but if you have a user ID and strong password, you can access the site from your home computer. That way, you can stay current on personnel programs, policies and processes that may affect your career.

“A strong, 15-character password is critical to protect your privacy and to maintain a secure site,” Clary said.

4. Update emergency contacts

Double-check your DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data, the document required by law to provide emergency contact information and beneficiary designations.

“The virtual form — or vRED — is accessible through the virtual MPF [military personnel file], so while you’re in the site updating email, it makes sense to update the emergency data as well,” Clary said.

5. Get started

To access vMPF, myBiz or your myPers account profile, go to https://mypers.af.mil. A link to the account profile is in the left column above the “contact us” link. The MyBiz and AFPC secure links are in the “I would like to” section.

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