PACAF In-Service Recruiter visits Kunsan Airmen

by Staff Sgt. Jasmonet D. Jackson
Kunsan Air Base

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Airmen who have served our country learn that they have many options available to them as they plan to transition from active-duty military to the reserve component.

MSgt Venita Miles, Pacific Air Forces In-Service Reserve recruiter, services all Airmen assigned to Yokota, Misawa, Kunsan and Osan Air Bases. Being the recruiter for the airmen assigned to those bases gives her the opportunity to provide one-on-one counseling sessions in person and via telephone to educate, assist and mentor Airmen in making the transition.

“My overall goal is to inform all Airmen on the opportunities that they have, because some just simply have no idea,” said Miles. “Individuals specifically here, at Kunsan, have a lot of questions in regards to two programs, Palace Front and Palace Chase.”

The first option that is offered to Airmen is the Palace Front program. This program allows Airmen who have reached the end of their enlistment to smoothly transition from active-duty, into the reserves without a break in service.

The second program, Palace Chase, allows Airmen to transfer to the reserves before completing the entirety of their active-duty enlistment. Airmen looking to take advantage of Palace Chase would first need to complete at least half of their enlistment to be eligible for this specific program.

“Everyone has their reasons for wanting to transition from active-duty over to the reserves,” said Miles. “I just want to give them the knowledge to know everything there is to know about the transition—with hopes that they will make the best decision for themselves or their family.”

Having access to an in-service recruiter can help Airmen decide whether they would like to continue their career as an active-duty service member or pursue a civilian career while still being affiliated with the Air Force part-time.

“I kind of heard about these programs through the grapevine,” said Senior Airman Francisco Espinosa-Melendez, Kunsan American Forces Network broadcaster. “If I had not come to this briefing, I would’ve still been hearing things just word of mouth, but instead I heard it from an actual recruiter!”

Submitting an application for these programs are simple, and takes about 30-45 days for an approval, if submitted with no missing documents.

“I’m really anxious to get to my next base so that I can start my Palace Chase paperwork,” said Espinosa-Melendez.

Airmen assigned to Yokota, Misawa, Kunsan or Osan Air Bases interested in information or assistance with Palace Chase or Palace Front applications can contact MSgt Venita Miles at 315-225-6388 or venita.miles@us.af.mil.

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