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Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

Posted February 26, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Civilian employees will have 27 pay dates in 2015 compared to the usual 26, so some employees might need to adjust their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contribution elections to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015. The Internal Revenue Code imposes a limit each year on the…

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Combat Search and Rescue: A Legacy Continues

Posted February 26, 2015 by (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

An HH-60 Pave Hawk hovers 200 feet above the ground with a 600-pound load during a weight check at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Jan. 26. The weight check was to make sure the hoist was operational after being repaired. Master Sgt. Antonio Jimenez, 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron special mission aviator, glances out of an HH-60…

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World

Sanctions having a mixed effect on Russia, officials say

Posted February 26, 2015 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON– U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress today. “We are hearing, for example, more dissatisfaction of the oligarchs,…

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Salutes & Awards

2014 Air Force safety awards announced, D-M a big winner

Posted February 26, 2015 by Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force Chief of Safety Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer recently announced the recipients of the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff and Chief of Safety Awards for 2014. The 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base earned the “Air Force Chief of Safety Outstanding…

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Sports

Riding for the future of cycling

Posted February 26, 2015 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Iraqi Security Forces repel ISIL attack

Posted February 19, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON – An attempt by 20 to 25 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters to attack al Asad Air Base in Iraq was repulsed by “ready and able” Iraqi security forces, the Pentagon press secretary said today. “The attempted attack was led, we believe, by at least several … suicide attackers,” Navy Rear…

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Health & Safety

Avoid online dangers, unfriendly users on social media

Posted February 19, 2015 by Air Force News Service

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The internet instantaneously allows you to reach out across the internet superhighway to share information or connect with loved ones.  Despite how innocuous this may seem, without taking the proper precautions, your personal information can inadvertently fall into the wrong hands. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said…

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Local

Flyovers: Sight, sound of freedom

Posted February 19, 2015 by Airman Pedro Mota

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — They are breathtaking, flawless and can cause the viewer to have goosebumps. They look easy, but, according to those who perform them, flyovers take training, skill and precise decisions to execute. The most recent flown in the area was the Super Bowl flyover, where the Thunderbirds, officially known as…

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Air Force seeks $10 billion over sequestration funding

Posted February 19, 2015 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said today in Orlando, Florida. Speaking during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, James discussed why the Air Force is taking its strongest…

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75 day leave carryover ends Sept. 30

Posted February 19, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Effective Sept. 30, military members will no longer be able to carry more than 60 days of leave into the next fiscal year, in accordance with 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requirements. Unless they are approved for special leave accrual, regular Air Force and Active Guard Reserve, or…

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