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Recovered debris thought to be missing aircraft

Posted January 31, 2013 by 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Italian search teams have recovered debris in the Adriatic Sea believed to belong to an F-16 Fighting Falcon which went missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28. The fighter jet, assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, was performing a training mission when the base lost contact with the…

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Health & Safety

New TRICARE copays take effect

Posted January 31, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. E. Taylor Worley

TRICARE prescription copayments increased Feb. 1. The prescription costs are now based on the type of prescription and where it’s filled. According to www.tricare.mil, Congress signed the increases into law under the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name medications not filled at military pharmacies. Copays…

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DoD

Defense Department expands women’s combat role

Posted January 31, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON — Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members.

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Salutes & Awards

Promotion cycle study reference CDCs available online

Posted January 31, 2013 by Air Education and Training Command Airman Advancement Division

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The 2013 promotion cycle study reference CDCs, in addition to those published for 2012, are now available on the e-WAPS Online Reference Library Database (e-WORLD). “For Airmen testing out-of-cycle, having access to past versions of the CDCs ensures they have appropriate study material for the cycle they’re competing in,”…

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Commentary

Pay yourself first

Posted January 31, 2013 by Commentary by Maj. Austin Hood

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland (AFNS) — My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid…

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Health & Safety

A new area for workout warriors

Posted January 31, 2013 by Senior Airman Michael Washburn

The Haeffner gym officially opened a new workout area for Department of Defense ID card members to use Jan. 28. The new equipment includes medicine balls, various free weights, rowing machines, pull-up bars, two ropes that hang from the gym’s ceiling, kettlebells and even an oversized tire. All the equipment for the new workout area…

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U.S.

AMARG brings the F-4 back to life

Posted January 31, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group is on track to finish the F-4 Phantom phase of Air Combat Command’s full-scale aerial drone program. The regenerated planes will be converted into drones to be used by several bases for target practice. The regenerated planes will be used at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., for U.S. Army…

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DOD to begin review of family, military community programs

Posted January 31, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new task force will start work next month on a 120-day review of all family and military community programs across the Defense Department to determine their effectiveness and identify gaps and potential efficiencies, a senior defense official said. Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and…

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Air Force

Air Force launchs new standards program

Posted January 31, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Julie Weckerlein

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force bases and customer-service oriented services will now be held to a uniform set of standards, thanks to the recently launched Air Force Common Output Level Standards program. It’s a program that will standardize the delivery of installation support services so that Airmen and other customers will have common experiences and…

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DOD, USDA partner in ‘win-win’ distance learning program

Posted January 31, 2013 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – A new education program offers a “win-win” approach to helping military community members further their careers while aiding the Defense Department’s family support and child and youth development services, a Pentagon official said. Barbara Thompson, director of DOD’s office for family policy, children and youth, explained the Military Academic Advancement Program to the…

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