MilPDS system

The US Air Force Personnel Operations Agency (AFPOA) has successfully completed an upgrade of the military personnel data system (MilPDS), to move it to a more secure framework and help address security, reliability and sustainability risks.

Carried out in collaboration with the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLMC), the upgrade was accomplished ahead of its original schedule, and the system has been transferred to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC).

Air Force Personnel Operations Agency director Joe Thele said the rapid upgrade is a result of meticulous planning and hard work of the Total Force team.

"This upgrade and transfer being accomplished in less time than expected is a testament to the strides we’ve made to work together for the good of all three components of the total air force," Thele added.

"The upgrade was accomplished ahead of its original schedule."

The AFPOA-AFLMC team also received support from the Defense Manpower Data Center, AFPC, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Space Command and base personnel teams in development of a comprehensive plan to bring down the old system, upgrade, and stand it back up.

In addition, the Active-duty, Air National Guard (ANG) and Air Force Reserve personnel agencies are collaborating with base force support squadrons and military personnel sections for modernisation of personnel data and transactions in the MilPDS.

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Originally scheduled to take place in December 2012, the upgrade was delayed to enable a comprehensive testing and validation by the Air Force Personnel Center and other departments to ensure proper functioning of the new system. As well as developing an implementation plan and test transfer actions prior to starting the full-transfer, AFPOA officials also designed a comprehensive plan to address how the personnel actions will be accomplished and loaded during and after the process.

Image: Air Force Personnel Center Commander Major General A. J. Stewart shuts down the Military Personnel Data System for a full upgrade. Photo courtesy of AFPC.

Defence Technology