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Troops to Teachers helps Airmen serve after separation

Posted October 23, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – For many service members who are separating from the military, finding employment that utilizes prior training or skills gained while serving can be difficult. For Airmen who are honorably discharged from their military commitment and have an interest in ‘serving’ again as an educational instructor, the Troops to Teachers program is…

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Travel regulation changes affect PCS moves, travelers

Posted October 23, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty assignments. As of July 25, Army uniformed and civilian travelers are directed to use their government travel credit cards for PCS moves, Harvey Johnson, the director of…

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AF to implement TDY policy changes

Posted October 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) — Recently, the Air Force started implementing two temporary duty policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per…

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One big (really big) family portrait at the 162nd Wing

Posted October 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

What family doesn’t have a portrait? In what was arguably the greatest collection of Arizona military talent assembled in recent memory, 162nd Wing members – nearly 1,300 of them – converged at the Tucson International Airport to be captured on digital imagery Oct. 5. For Col. Phil Purcell, commander of the 162nd Wing, the decision…

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Pedro 66 survivor defines resiliency

Posted October 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — When the combat rescue helicopter Pedro 66 was brought down by enemy fire June 9, 2010, in Afghanistan, retired Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera thought his life was over, literally. “I thought my last job as an aerial gunner was to make sure that the aircraft and everything around us burned…

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AF releases criteria for new service medal

Posted October 16, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  – Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, authorization. The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations. “This service medal provides a clearly visible way to recognize the dedication and…

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Airman uses LEAP experience to enhance AFSOUTH mission

Posted October 9, 2014 by Jessica Casserly

The U.S. Air Force is made up of a diversely talented group of people whose personal skill sets often enhance their careers; one Davis-Monthan Airman is using his language and culture skills to support a unique Air Forces Southern mission. Capt. Kawika Berggren, a C-130 navigator by trade and a fluent Spanish speaker, who is…

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Security Forces combatives training

Posted October 2, 2014 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)

Members from the 355th Security Forces Squadron participated in a combatives class at Davis-Monthan, Sept. 25. The class was intended to create resilient and confident Airmen while adding an additional tool to the SF personnel’s skills in use of force, apprehension and weapons retention.

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Enlisted promotion test production begins

Posted October 2, 2014 by Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has begun its forty fourth year of enlisted promotion test production. This year, for the 2014 promotion testing cycle, 226 promotion tests were administered to support the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) and the United States Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Promotion System. “Today’s Air Force…

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Airmen must revalidate dependents by Dec. 31

Posted October 2, 2014 by Capt. Erika Yepsen

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air…

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