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Air Force

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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Air Force

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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AF officials announce FY16 budget force structure changes

Posted February 13, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget, Feb. 6. The fiscal year 2016 budget will continue the Air Force’s divestment strategy presented in fiscal year 2015, but will re-phase the retirement of several weapons systems later into the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) in order to…

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Air Force

New commander takes reins of 12th AF, AFSOUTH

Posted January 9, 2015 by 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

Lieutenant Gen. Chris Nowland took the reins of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) in a ceremony Dec. 19 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. “I am very humbled to have an opportunity to affect the 12th Air Force community in helping to produce the ready warriors needed to fight the threats faced by our nation,”…

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DOD VOLED to hold virtual education fair Nov. 19

Posted November 12, 2015 by Ed Barker

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AFNS) — In an effort to expand the reach of military voluntary education and help make higher education accessible for all service members, veterans and family members, the Defense Department’s Voluntary Education Program will host its first virtual education fair Nov. 19. The online fair is designed to enable members’ participation from anywhere…

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Air Force

Total force current, selected master sergeant evaluations close out Sept. 30

Posted June 19, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve master sergeant and master sergeant-select enlisted performance reports will now close out annually on Sept. 30. In addition, as of June 3, master sergeants and selects will no longer receive change-of-reporting-official EPRs. Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman…

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Enlisted members selected for promotion to get EPR on “select” grade closeout date

Posted April 24, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — In line with a recent update to the Air Force policy on enlisted performance report static closeout dates (SCOD), effective immediately, all future EPRs for promotion-selectees will close out on the date of the promotion-select grade. At the direction of Headquarters Air Force, Airmen promoted to technical sergeant…

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OTS eliminates component distinctions

Posted March 20, 2015 by Phil Berube

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The Air Force Officer Training School here has removed all service component distinctions from its line officer commissioning courses. Regular Air Force and Reserve cadets no longer receive their commissions through Basic Officer Training or Air National Guard cadets through the Academy of Military Science. With the start of…

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Air Force presents FY 16 budget request

Posted February 6, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget request Feb. 2, following the Defense Department and sister services budget briefings. The Air Force fiscal year 2016 budget request supports the defense strategy and combatant commander requirements. It continues readiness recovery, reduces the short-term capacity risk assumed in the fiscal year 2015 budget…

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