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AFSPC commander releases 2010 family days

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Airmen and civilians of Air Force Space Command are professionals who have answered our nation's call. We must also recognize the critical roles that our families play as extended members of our team. Therefore, in recognition of your hard work and dedication, I have established the AFSPC Family Days for calendar year 2010 to allow you to plan and spend quality time with your families. 

I have designated May 28, July 2, Sept. 3, Nov. 26 and Dec. 27, 2010, as family days to coincide with Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, respectively.

3In those cases where mission requirements make it impossible to grant a family day on these dates, commanders should ensure affected personnel are given time to spend with their families on another date. Commanders are also empowered to employ their own quality or goal day programs. 

The four-day periods that include May 28, July 2, Sept. 3, Nov. 26 and Dec. 27, 2010, are regular passes. The guidelines for special passes should be followed in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-3003, Military Leave Program, paragraphs 6 through 8. Under current rules for Department of Defense civilians (AFI 36-815 and AFI 36-1004), commanders can encourage liberal leave, use of previously earned compensatory time or use of already approved time-off awards. Your civilian personnel officers can provide more information on current rules and available options.

During your holiday activities, please think safety first--use common sense, drive defensively, wear your seat belts and be a good wingman. Commanders and supervisors must provide a safety briefing to their personnel to ensure they understand that risk management should be used on and off duty. 

Thank you for your continued commitment and enthusiasm in delivering responsive, assured and decisive space and cyberspace power to America and its warfighting commands.
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