By Master Sgt. Kristian Carter, 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 02, 2019
Screenshot of AF Connect app, 433rd Airlift Wing page.
The 433rd Airlift Wing app is migrating to the new AF Connect app.
The app, which is available on both iOS and Android platforms, has a main Air Force page and can be customized by adding additional organizations in the favorites area. Many major commands, numbered Air Forces and wings have already added their pages, with more joining soon.
The new app has many new features and expanded functionality over the old wing app which includes providing a channel that isn’t reliant on government computer systems.
“Any opportunity we can have at our disposal to connect and communicate with our Reserve Citizen Airmen, is a great opportunity,” said Col. Thomas K. Smith, 433rd AW commander. “This app keeps us advancing with the communication technology and allows more capability for our Airmen to stay connected.”
The 433rd AW is one of two beta-test sites for some new features of the app. One of these features allows members to file travel vouchers in the app. The feature uses a common access card reader that plugs into the mobile device, which when used with the service member’s Common Access Card, will allow the user to authenticate their identity.
“The ability to process a travel voucher from one’s phone is optimal,” said Master Sgt. Jeanett Vielman, 433rd AW process improvement practitioner. “This allows the voucher to be processed and money delivered to the Airman more expeditiously than before. It executes a task that can sometimes distract our member from the mission.”
This added functionality will also allow members to access the Air Force Portal, ARCNet, military email, and many other applications.
The CAC access feature is going to be a tremendous benefit,” said 433rd AW Command Chief Master Sgt. Shana C. Cullum. “No more waiting for a computer. Our folks will be able to work on the administrative tasks from home, so when they come in they can concentrate on their hands on training. It has all the features our tech savvy Airman want, but is easy enough to use for the rest of us.”
Once the testing phase is over, Air Force leadership anticipates distributing CAC readers to all active wing members to enable full-functionality on the app.
After installing the app, a user will be prompted to also install a companion app, Sub Rosa by Thursby. Users should install the free version of Sub Rosa. This app is required to use the CAC reader.