The Military Personnel Section (MPS), with its 43 employees, supports over 10,000 active duty, retired, DoD employees, and family members dispersed over six geographical locations and four countries from initial in-processing, career progression, military professional development, deployments, reenlistments, and family care, casualty reporting and assistance, to final out-processing. In addition, the MPS is the key personnel advisor to the 31 FW, group, and squadron commanders on numerous programs ranging from performance reports to the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP).
In May of 2008, the MPS took on a massive endeavor by implementing the AF/A1-mandated Base Level Service Delivery Model (BLSDM) and rolled up 27 personnelists into the MPS, restructuring the entire section into three elements: Customer Support, Force Management, and Career Development. To help smooth the transition of each squadron commander losing their personnel support, the MPS conducted over 23 personnel “Road Shows” to affected commanders highlighting the changes and new services the MPS offers. The undertaking was hailed as a great success by all involved and is now incorporated into each new commander’s briefings within the first 60 days of command. The 31 FSS’s MPS was named the USAFE’s Gerrit D. Foster, Jr., award winner for Most Outstanding MPS for 2007 and the USAF’s Gerrit D. Foster, Jr., award winner for Most Outstanding MPS for 2008. The MPS represents the heartbeat of Aviano’s “people” mission.