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Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

Posted February 27, 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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AFAS steps up with education programs

Posted January 23, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force a career. The costs associated with getting an education are on the rise, but the Air Force Aid Society can help take some of stress out of the process for dependents. For more than 70 years,…

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Astronaut rescue exercise proves Airmen ready to support space mission

Posted January 28, 2016 by Chrissy Cuttita

  PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — It’s not common an astronaut must be rescued out of rough open waters after descending home to Earth in a crewed capsule. But when those space race-era days of human space flight return, a small Air Force detachment knows they will be ready. The 45th Operations Group’s…

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CV-22 Osprey

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. Its mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces. This versatile, self-deployable aircraft offers increased speed and…

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No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam

Posted March 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Chase Cannon

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — “No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam.” The words surged out of the speakers and spread across the crowd. They are the words that were waiting on the lips of each survivor and those prepared to honor them. “Marchers, give me your attention,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin,…

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Voices

Posted May 11, 2016 by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason T. Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – “I sound just like my mother!” – “I swore I would never say that to my children!”  These are phrases that sometimes grace our lips as we live our lives and grow and experience family.  We sometimes, like history, repeat the follies of our parents and bestow more stories…

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Airman puts language skills to work

Posted October 28, 2015 by Air Force Senior Airman Mikaley Kline

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.— She speaks Russian, Bulgarian and English while possessing master’s degrees in economics, law, business administration as well as international relations. She worked as a teacher and a border patrol agent at one of the busiest checkpoints in Bulgaria before immigrating to the United States, eventually beginning a career as an American…

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Viper Demo Team pilot ‘Rockets’ to new heights

Posted July 24, 2015 by Senior Airman Diana M. Cossaboom

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — An F-16CM Fighting Falcon shoots into the air, flying at a speed of 400 knots as it is pulled through various maneuvers to demonstrate its capabilities. Maneuvering the aircraft through inversions, undergoing eight to nine times the force of gravity, and pushing the F-16 to its limits is Capt. Craig “Rocket”…

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Victim advocates help in time of need

Posted May 8, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley  

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — Being a victim or survivor of a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, but there are resources available to help at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office. One of the most valuable resources is the victim advocate. “A victim’s advocate is basically a confidant for the survivor and support…

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Eligible Airmen may choose retirement plan at 14 1/2-year mark

Posted April 3, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center has developed an automatic notification process that sends a message directly to active-duty Air Force and headquarters Active Guard Reserve members when they reach 14 1/2 years of active service. The new process will help ensure eligible military members are aware of their…

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