Ostrom retired from the Air Force in 2000 after serving in a variety of personnel, education and training, and executive officer assignments. His assignments included tours in North Dakota, Florida, Korea, Australia, and the Pentagon. His final assignment was on the Joint Staff, writing and championing legislation related to joint officer personnel management issues. He earned numerous decorations and awards over his Air Force career.
After Air Force retirement, Ostrom was a practicing investment advisor at a large investment firm and a bank. He specialized in working with clients developing, implementing, and managing investment plans and portfolios.
A native of San Antonio, he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts and is a graduate of the Royal Australian Air Command and Staff College and the U.S. Air Command and Staff College.
Ostrom joined the MOAA staff in 2006. His responsibilities include researching and writing articles and answering member inquiries regarding military benefits, health care, survivor issues, and financial concerns. He also travels extensively to discuss these matters with servicemembers and retirees and their families.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) upgraded its MyPay website May 4 as part of its mission to drive more members to the site; learn more about the changes here.
We receive many calls and emails at MOAA regarding DFAS services. Did you know you can accomplish many of these services yourself through MyPay? As with many government entities, the DFAS customer center is underfunded and understaffed — plus, service staff turnover is usually high. If you can figure out how to use MyPay to handle routine transactions, service staff will be able to focus on more complex requests.
Requests you can handle yourself through MyPay include retrieving tax statements during tax season, accessing retiree account statements (pay stubs), making changes to tax withholding, and making changes to allotments.
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Please take the time to get to know MyPay. If you’re not a computer person, get help from a family member or friend. There are also computers and staff to help you at public libraries. It could be the answer you seek.