Mission Monday: Human Resources     

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – It’s Mission Monday. Meet Bobbie-Jo Mafnas, a human resources specialist at the Air Force Services Center.

Mafnas, who was born and raised on the island of Guam, works with the Centralized Background Investigation team to ensure background investigation requirements are met for all child and youth program personnel at installations across the Department of the Air Force.

We asked Mafnas to tell us a little more about herself and the work she does for DAF:

What do you love about your job?
I love the team I work with, and that we are able to work alongside the Nonappropriated Fund HR offices to make sure all requirements are met.

When it comes to your job, what keeps you motivated?
Learning new things and accomplishing new goals. CBIC has been around for about three years now, and there have been so many changes to existing processes as well as new processes being implemented to increase effectiveness. There are so many different scenarios and challenges that arise that we have the responsible to solve -- this alone provides me with a sense of accomplishment.

Why are you and your team important to the Air Force and Space Force enterprise and your customers?
The CBIC team is important because we are responsible for vetting all child and youth personnel by conducting background investigations to ensure they can provide support to our military members and their families.

Describe a project or event you and your team worked on recently that gave you a great sense of accomplishment:
I assisted in an Air Force headquarters project by researching and closing out investigations that were not previously adjudicated using the correct systems. There is an extensive backlog across the Department of Defense and AFSVC has taken the lead in closing these out.

How does what you do support AFIMSC’s strategic priorities?
CBIC's mission is to provide guidance to base-level NAF Human Resources Offices on all aspects of the background investigation process to ensure that all child and youth employees are properly vetted for NAF employment.  By efficiently monitoring the investigation process through to adjudication, employees are able to removed from line-of-sight supervision, allowing supervisors to open more classrooms to provide care to Airmen, Guardians and their families, which, in turn, allows them to carry out their mission. 

Is there anything else you’d like to add which might help people understand the importance of what you do for the Department of the Air Force?
CBIC is a small team completing a huge mission. At the AFSVC-level, a lot of work is accomplished "behind the scenes" to allow the installations to focus on their day-to-day operations. We are here to support them in any way we can.