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In-service recruiter offers Airmen options

Posted 12/16/2008   Updated 12/16/2008 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Matthew Flynn
28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

12/16/2008 - ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The 28th Force Support Squadron in-service recruiter provides Airmen with options in their career. 

Master Sgt. Peter Tabury, 28th FSS in-service recruiter, spends the majority of his time educating Airmen on various Air Force Reserve opportunities. 

The two most common programs available to Airmen for the AF Reserve are the Palace Chase and Palace Front programs. 

The Palace Chase program allows active-duty Airmen an opportunity to depart from their duty station and join the AF Reserve. In order to do this, enlisted Airmen are required to be half-way completed with their first term. 

For example, an Airman entering their first-term with an enlistment of four years will have to wait until the 18 month mark before they can apply to the Palace Chase program, Sergeant Tabury said. 

In addition to the Palace Chase program, the Palace Front program is another avenue an Airman can utilize to join the AF Reserve. 

Unlike Palace Chase, the Palace Front program is available when an Airman's date of separation comes. 

If an Airman is a six-year enlistee, and joins the AF Reserve as soon as they reach their date of separation, they would have a required two-year commitment remaining on their Inactive Ready Reserve status. If an Airman decides to commit to the Palace Front program, they would have to serve a minimum of one year. Unless they decide to cross-train, which requires a minimum commitment of three years, he said. 

Other benefits included in the Palace Chase and Palace Front programs include re-enlistment bonuses ranging from $15,000 to $20,000, and similar educational and medical benefits that active-duty personnel receive. 

Interested Airman can learn more about the programs offered by visiting Sergeant Tabury's office, which is located at the Rushmore Center and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

"My job is to qualify them; I help service members fill out the proper forms, the online application and if accepted, find a job where they desire to go," Sergeant Tabury said. "I take great pride in knowing I help our Air Force stay maintain its strength by placing quality men and women into our reserve units around the nation." 

For more information about the Air Force Reserve, contact Master Sgt. Tabury at (605) 385-2360.

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