B-117577, JAN 26, 1954

B-117577: Jan 26, 1954

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LIEUTENANT PAPPAS WAS A JET PILOT UNDER THE NINTH AIR FORCE AND WAS STATIONED AT ALEXANDRIA AIR FORCE BASE. STATED THAT THERE WAS A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED JET PILOTS WITHIN THAT COMMAND AND THAT A QUALIFIED REPLACEMENT FOR LIEUTENANT PAPPAS WOULD BE REQUIRED. WHILE THIS OFFICE WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBJECT TO TRANSFERS OF PERSONNEL OF THE AIR FORCE FOR COMPASSIONATE REASONS WHERE SUCH TRANSFERS OTHERWISE ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SERVICE. OBJECTION WOULD SEEM WARRANTED IN ANY CASE WHERE THE FACTS INDICATE THAT THE TRANSFER WAS SOLELY FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE OFFICER AND NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SERVICE. IN LIEUTENANT PAPPAS' CASE IT APPEARS THAT THE TRANSFER WAS CONTRARY TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SERVICE SINCE THERE WAS A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED JET PILOTS IN THE NINTH AIR FORCE.

B-117577, JAN 26, 1954

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THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE:

THERE HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION A MILEAGE PAYMENT MADE TO FIRST LIEUTENANT ANTONIO S. PAPPAS, AO 832863, USAF, ON D. O. VOUCHER 4076, MARCH 1953 ACCOUNTS OF K. C. HANKINS, CAPTAIN, USAF, SYMBOL 225 525, COVERING TRAVEL FROM ALEXANDRIA AIR FORCE BASE, LOUISIANA, TO STEWART AIR FORCE BASE, NEW YORK, PURSUANT TO PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS (PARAGRAPH 9 OF SPECIAL ORDER NO. 49, MARCH 5, 1953, HEADQUARTERS 366TH FIGHTER BOMBER WING, ALEXANDRIA AIR FORCE BASE, ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA) ISSUED AT THE REQUEST OF THE OFFICER FOR COMPASSIONATE REASSIGNMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN AIR FORCE REGULATION 35-59, DATED MAY 9, 1952.

IT APPEARS FROM THE INFORMATION NOW BEFORE THIS OFFICE THAT PRIOR TO HIS TRANSFER, LIEUTENANT PAPPAS WAS A JET PILOT UNDER THE NINTH AIR FORCE AND WAS STATIONED AT ALEXANDRIA AIR FORCE BASE, LOUISIANA; THAT HEADQUARTERS NINTH AIR FORCE, WHILE RECOMMENDING APPROVAL OF THE OFFICER'S REQUEST FOR TRANSFER TO STEWART AIR FORCE BASE, STATED THAT THERE WAS A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED JET PILOTS WITHIN THAT COMMAND AND THAT A QUALIFIED REPLACEMENT FOR LIEUTENANT PAPPAS WOULD BE REQUIRED.

NO PROVISION HAS BEEN FOUND IN THE JOINT TRAVEL REGULATIONS PURPORTING TO AUTHORIZE PAYMENT OF MILEAGE TO AN OFFICER TRANSFERRED PURSUANT TO HIS OWN REQUEST WITHOUT REGARD TO THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE, NOR WOULD IT APPEAR THAT AUTHORITY TO PRESCRIBE REGULATIONS TO THAT EFFECT EXISTS UNDER THE CAREER COMPENSATION ACT OF 1949, 63 STAT. 802. THE REGULATIONS CONTAINED IN SECTION V OF AIR FORCE REGULATION 35-59 PURPORT TO AUTHORIZE TRANSFERS AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE FOR COMPASSIONATE REASONS, NO MENTION BEING MADE OF THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE. WHILE THIS OFFICE WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO OBJECT TO TRANSFERS OF PERSONNEL OF THE AIR FORCE FOR COMPASSIONATE REASONS WHERE SUCH TRANSFERS OTHERWISE ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SERVICE, OBJECTION WOULD SEEM WARRANTED IN ANY CASE WHERE THE FACTS INDICATE THAT THE TRANSFER WAS SOLELY FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE OFFICER AND NOT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SERVICE.

IN LIEUTENANT PAPPAS' CASE IT APPEARS THAT THE TRANSFER WAS CONTRARY TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SERVICE SINCE THERE WAS A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED JET PILOTS IN THE NINTH AIR FORCE, AND HIS TRANSFER NECESSITATED THE TRANSFER OF ANOTHER QUALIFIED JET PILOT TO REPLACE HIM. ON THAT RECORD, AN EXCEPTION WILL BE STATED AGAINST THE VOUCHER ON WHICH HE WAS PAID MILEAGE.

TO LESSEN THE NUMBER OF SIMILAR CASES THAT MAY ARISE IN THE FUTURE, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT AN APPROPRIATE PROVISION BE INSERTED IN SECTION V OF AIR FORCE REGULATION 35-59 TO INSURE THAT ORDERS DIRECTING TRANSFERS FOR COMPASSIONATE REASONS ARE ISSUED ONLY WHEN SUCH TRANSFERS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE NEEDS OF THE SERVICE.