Reservists contribute to military benefits review

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  • By Staff Sgt. Brenda Davis
  • 940th Wing Public Affairs
Beale reserve members were invited to voice their opinions on military compensation programs in a forum held by members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission at the 9th Reconnaissance Wing headquarters building, July 18.

The commission has been meeting with service members, spouses and senior officials around the country in order to better comprehend the needs of current and prior military members. Understanding service members' compensation preferences is central to the commission's effort to craft recommendations for the modernization of armed services benefits.

The discussion included general topics such as health care, retirement and commissaries, as well as unique factors affecting Beale personnel.

"We were able to talk about our experiences and share ideas of how to improve the Air Force," said Senior Airman Octavia Pounds, 940th Aerospace Medicine Squadron dental technician. "It was really good for everyone. It felt like we could make a difference."

A variety of ranks and experience-levels were included within the 35 participants, including active duty and reserve members.

"I think it's important for the panel to talk with a diverse group," said Maj. Emily Richards, 940th Force Support Squadron commander. "Each service member has a different experience that has shaped their perception."

According to Alphonso Maldon, Jr., commission chairman, the panel has benefited immeasurably from these meetings.

Input received from Beale and other bases across the region will be considered as the commission prepares its recommendations for future changes to military compensation. Their report is due to the president and Congress in early 2015.

To provide input or find more information visit the MCMRC website. Written comments may be mailed to: Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, Post Office Box 13170, Arlington, VA 22209.