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MENTORS NEEDED: TRAINING IN SEPTEMBER
The Membership Committee is currently seeking dedicated ALPA volunteers for their pilot mentoring program. The program's focus is to provide information, procedures and resources related to a career as a FedEx pilot, specifically during the first 12-15 months of employment. The intent is to assist new hires and to help them successfully navigate through their probation period. We are sure you would agree that having a mentor available would be a great resource to them as they learn the FedEx system form. As FedEx continues to hire, we will continue to need more mentors. We are seeking dedicated ALPA volunteers to become mentors. 
To read more and sign up to be a part of this great program, please click here.  
FROM THE SECURITY COMMITTEE
In case you missed the Security Committee message that was published earlier today regarding the protests taking place in Hong Kong, we've provided a link here
Additionally, we would like to inform you that HKG Captain Bill McReynolds has joined the Security Committee as a liaison for HKG. Bill's previous work on this committee and many years of ALPA service will prove invaluable as our pilots in HKG navigate this situation. 
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? PATH IS HOSTING TRAINING SOON
Pilot Assistance Team Hotline (PATH) peer training will be held September 10-12 in the MEC office in Memphis. If you are interested in training as a peer and helping your fellow pilots, please contact PATH Chair Kandy Bernskoetter at 773-405-4354, Kandy.bernskoetter@alpa.org, for details and to register. PATH was founded in 2015 to assist pilots with psychological, physiological, and aeromedical questions in a confidential setting. For more info on what PATH is and what it does, check out the PATH Committee Page at fdx.alpa.org
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA AND ORTHODONTICS
The following article was written by Pilot Assistance Committee Chairman Captain Eileen Weingram.  We believe the information contained in the article may offer valuable insight into sleep apnea and one of the contributing factors that can cause it. 
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics
You may think that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) could never affect you. Your body mass index (BMI) is normal, you exercise often, and you are healthy. But did you ever have extra teeth removed, endure braces, and/or wore headgear? This most likely would have been in your teens. Your parents were told that your jaw was too crowded, and removing your bicuspids was the solution. Nobody knew back then what the consequences could be. If you snore, are sleepy, and make stupid mistakes often, then you may need a sleep study. To read the full article, please click here
R&I Committee: NEW PHARMACY MANAGER
New Pharmacy Benefit Manager: What do you need to know
On July 1, 2019 Express Scripts, Inc. became the new pharmacy benefit manager for the Buy Up and CDHP Purple and Orange medical options. You will receive communication from both the Company and Express Scripts. You can also access information and communications regarding the transition on your Company issued iPad under the Secure Content Locker and on FedEx Benefits Online at fedex.ehr.com. To read more detailed information from the R&I Committee, please click here
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FROM THE MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: USERRA FIVE-YEAR LIMIT
A person must meet five conditions for maintaining rights to reemployment under USERRA (38
USC Chapter 43). One of these five conditions require that the person has not exceeded the cumulative five-year limit on the duration of the period, or periods, of uniformed service, relating to the employer relationship for which he or she seeks reemployment.
USERRA’s five-year limit is set forth in subsection 4312(c). There are nine kinds of service that do not count toward exhausting an individual’s five-year limit with respect to a specific employer relationship. Five of the nine exceptions require the “Secretary concerned” to make a determination and a written certification. Please click here to read the full message
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW HIRES
Two volunteers from the FDX Membership Committee had the pleasure of giving a “Welcome Aboard” presentation on behalf of FDX ALPA to our 20 newest pilots and many of their spouses on August 6, 2019.
The new hires were assigned as MEM and HKG based FOs. Our newest pilots have a diverse background, hailing from USAF, USA, USN, Skywest, GoJet, United, Atlas, Allegiant, Omni, Republic, Pinnacle, and Corporate Flight Departments. 
Please join us in welcoming our newest pilots to the FedEx pilot seniority list! The famous caboose seniority number is 5103. Welcome aboard!
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The Class:
Christopher Schmidt, DeAnne Powers, David O'Donnell, Andy Van Haecke, Derek Chan, Michael   Cardona, Doug Schmid, Kollin Ellis, Elias Rademaker, Katie Lord, Pete Scheu, Darren Mayes, Rich Webb, John Pinkston, Karl Icenogle, Jared Dunham, Joel Ellingson, Kip Smith, Tyler Wood and Amir Zaher
RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
The following retirement announcement was submitted by Captain Paul Westfield who is retiring on August 28, 2019. Please join us in congratulating Paul on his upcoming retirement!
It has been my privilege to have had a great career starting at Flying Tigers and continuing with FedEx, nearly 32 years. The greatest gift of all has been the amazing people who have helped me stay safe and legal for all those years. Thank you all!
While I have been involved locally in the Aeromedical Committee for over 15 years and National for the last couple, my regret is that I didn’t start sooner and get involved more. I encourage all, to take a little time and give back to your profession.  
Michelle and I are hosting an open house on Sunday, August 25 from 3 pm on. Please stop by if you get the chance. We will be here in Memphis for the near future so call and stop by when in town.
Safe skies and fair weather, enjoy the fun and the challenges for it will over sooner than you think.
Paul

Paul & Michelle Westfield
2390 N Reid Hooker Rd
Eads, TN  38028
paulwestfield1@gmail.com
901-553-5894
RETIRED FDX CAPTAIN DAN DELANE CELEBRATION OF LIFE
We recently told you of the sudden passing of retired FDX Captain Dan Delane on Saturday, June 15, while enroute to a Father's Day Airshow in Columbia, California. Below you will find details on the upcoming celebration of life event. We are told additional details will be provided in the next fdew days, so we will pass along that information as soon as we have it. Please continue to keep Dan's wife Lori and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 
Celebration of Life for Dan Delane
Saturday, August 24th beginning at 1600 
Torrance Airport at a friend's hangar (Zamperini Field/KTOA)
3301 Airport Drive
Torrance, CA 90505
*Long Beach is the easiest access to Torrance, with LAX as the next best option. 
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COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN OpeningS
 We are currently seeking to fill the Training Committee and Community Outreach chairman positions. Any pilot interested in filling these positions should contact MEC Secretary Treasurer First Officer Don Loepke at Donald.Loepke@alpa.org.
UNION DUES AFTER PROBATION ENDS
We often get asked by our new hire pilots why there is a balance of dues owed when ALPA completes their dues reconciliation each year. As a reminder, if your probation end date is after the 15th of the month, your dues will start being deducted the following month. ALPA will attempt to reach out to each individual pilot regarding the amount owed or it will come out in dues reconciliation. 
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