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CPPAS Filling the Gap Personnel Support Detachments Facing Consolidation

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05/20/18

Story and photo by MC2 Michael Doan, PAO, NAF Atsugi

As many Sailors are starting to hear, the days of walking to your local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) to talk with Personnel Specialists are numbered. PSDs around the Navy are being consolidated and the services your local PSD would have previously provided are shifting to Command Pay Personnel Administrators (CPPA).

“Currently PSD Atsugi has not yet been placed on the PSD consolidation list,” said Lt. Bekim Austin, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi PSD officer in charge. “All PSDs, both CONUS and OCONUS, will eventually transition to two My Navy Career Centers (MNCC) located in Norfolk, Virginia, and Millington, Tenn. All tasks and functions a normal PSD would handle will be taken care of there.”

“Currently PSD Atsugi has not yet been placed on the PSD consolidation list,” said Lt. Bekim Austin, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi PSD officer in charge. “All PSDs, both CONUS and OCONUS, will eventually transition to two My Navy Career Centers (MNCC) located in Norfolk, Virginia, and Millington, Tenn. All tasks and functions a normal PSD would handle will be taken care of there.”

Austin also remarked that OCONUS PSDs will be some of the last to be consolidated due to their location and the extra efforts required to ensure Sailors face no gap in services.

“Currently there are 12 PSDs that are set to close by the end of fiscal year 2018 and early fiscal year 2019. All of those PSDs have long since been notified along with the commands and communities they service. As far as an order to which PSDs will be consolidating, only the Chief of Naval Personnel will make that decision, but rest assured that no consolidation ever occurs without communication between the PSD and the base/local community. Transition is always difficult - we are experiencing some of those difficulties with the fixed-wing squadrons going to Iwakuni - but we will work through them.”

While this change may not affect everyone now, it is something that Sailors may find themselves having to quickly adapt to if they PCS to a base where the PSD has already been consolidated. “So, this is where I get a chance to speak about the CPPA program. This is not a new program, it used to be called Pass Liaison Coordinator or Command Pass Coordinator.

The biggest difference is that the CPPA is more involved in the pay and administration of their command than ever before. They are the critical link between the individual Sailor, the command and PSD.” “With PSDs eventually consolidated, the pipeline will be between the CPPA of the command and the MNCC, which is why it’s extremely important for a command’s CPPA to be trained and stay connected to their servicing PSD to know about any changes in policy or procedures that can affect that Sailor.”

NAF Atsugi and some of its tenant commands already have CPPAs designated, training and preparing for the eventual consolidation of PSD Atsugi. “Some people are still coming here to PSD and asking questions, when they should really be talking to their CPPA,” said Personnel Specialist 1st Class Boonyarit Panavaravatn, CPPA coordinator for NAF Atsugi, Iwakuni and Singapore. “If their CPPA doesn’t know the answer to their Sailors’ questions, that is when the CPPA should contact us to get help. It serves two helps highlight areas of improvement where we can help train CPPAs.”

PSD Atsugi hosts training once a month for CPPAs and that training is open to everyone interested in learning about the role of CPPAs.  Panavaravatn went on to say that certain rates’ missions and duties align with some of the responsibilities of CPPAs and those rates are the preferred rates to become CPPAs.

“Preferably the CPPA who is designated by their command should be a Yeoman, a Personnel Specialist, or a Navy Counselor. Those are the main rates, but we do have commands out there that do not have those rates billeted to them.” “I cannot over emphasize the importance of the CPPA, command and PSD relationship,” said Austin. “We are all one team and when there is a breakdown from anyone of those three entities, everyone suffers, especially the individual Sailor. Communication is vital and it must be done on a continuous basis.” 

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