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Air Force rolls out FY 2017 space budget

Posted February 12, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders met with the media to discuss specifics of the service’s fiscal year 2017 space budget at the Pentagon Feb. 11. Winston A. Beauchamp, the deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for space, and Maj. Gen. Roger Teague, the director of space programs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition,…

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Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course

Posted February 11, 2016 by

The Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course will take place here March 3-6, with aircraft and personnel scheduled to arrive March 1-2 and depart March 7. During the course, civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft will practice flying in formation together. Heritage flights raise public awareness of…

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AF announces year two adjustments to enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted February 8, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Incorporating various observations and assessments from the first year under the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems, the Air Force is making several adjustments for year two to ease execution and strengthen processes. In 2015, the Air Force began execution of the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems with the goal of ensuring performance…

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Officer developmental education application window opens Feb. 8

Posted February 8, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) —  Eligible active-duty officers can apply for intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities beginning in February. Officer nominations, with senior rater endorsements, will be accepted beginning Feb. 8 and are due to the Air Force Personnel Center no later than March 14. “There are many opportunities available to those interested in…

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Adjustments to enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted February 5, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Incorporating various observations and assessments from the first year under the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems, the Air Force is making several adjustments for year two to ease execution and strengthen processes. In 2015, the Air Force began execution of the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems with the goal of…

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High year of tenure extension for 122 specialties

Posted February 5, 2016 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Eligible senior airmen, staff sergeants, technical sergeants, and master sergeants in 122 Air Force specialties can apply for a high year of tenure extension and, if approved, will be able to extend between 12 and 24 months past their current HYT. Eligible Airmen who apply for an extension…

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AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program list triples

Posted February 5, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released details on the fiscal year 2016 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program Feb. 1. This year’s program, consisting of 117 Air Force specialties eligible to receive bonuses, is a substantial increase from the previous year’s program where 40 Air Force specialty codes were eligible. The program’s expansion coincides with Air…

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#YOLO

Posted February 5, 2016 by 56th Communications Squadron

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — While unpacking from another permanent change of station, I came across a folder filled with clippings I have been carrying around with me since my early days in the Air Force.  Flipping through it, I stopped on one of my favorites, a commentary written 18 years ago by Army…

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Intel paints battlefield picture from windowless room

Posted February 5, 2016 by Tech Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — In a windowless room, illuminated only by the light of computer screens, intelligence Airmen of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron paint a picture of the battlespace clear as day. With intelligence gathered from multiple platforms, from ground forces to satellites, the unit collects, analyzes, and formulates up-to-date reports for…

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SR-71 Blackbird: Gone but not forgotten…

Posted February 1, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Twenty-six years ago Beale said goodbye to the fastest air-breathing jet in the world, the SR-71 Blackbird. The Blackbird was an advanced, long-range, supersonic strategic reconnaissance aircraft that called Beale Air Force Base home from January 1966 to January 1990. But for Master Sgt. Floyd Jones (ret.) and a local group…

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