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Officials weigh resource priorities during sequester

Posted June 27, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

ARLINGTON, Va. – In light of recent budget woes, Defense Department officials are weighing resource priorities and moving toward the decision phase for the fiscal year 2014 budget, a Pentagon official said at the National Defense Industrial Association National Logistics Forum in Arlington, Va., June 14. During the strategic choices management review designed to plan a timeline over the…

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LearningExpress offers continued education opportunities

Posted August 22, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

A notification on the Air Force Portal announced Aug. 1 that the LearningExpress Library went Air Force-wide. LearningExpress is an online educational resource available to U.S. Air Force Airmen, retirees and dependents. Made available through Air Force Libraries, LearningExpress offers self-paced courses and tutorials ranging from elementary school to adult education. With the closure of…

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New commander set to lead Arizona F-16 fighter wing

Posted October 24, 2013 by Maj. Stephen Moorhead

The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard announced Oct. 9 a new leader for the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport. Col. Howard “Philip” Purcell will serve as commander of the Arizona Air National Guard’s international F-16 Fighting Falcon training wing. Colonel Purcell is currently the vice wing commander of the 192nd Fighter…

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AF uniform policy update

Posted January 23, 2014 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen. During the past…

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Civilian workforce shaping parallel with military programs

Posted March 27, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Air Force officials announced additional civilian workforce shaping initiatives March 26 in compliance with mandatory funding targets and continuing civilian workforce rebalance to meet skill demands for fiscal 2014 and beyond. The programs will run in parallel with military programs, said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for…

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Taking Fido when PCSing abroad means planning

Posted June 26, 2014 by Dr. J.M. Kiel

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There are many things to plan for when moving overseas, and if travel includes taking pets, the first step is to know what the legal requirements are for the destination country. Every country has regulations for the importation of animals. This may include microchip and vaccination requirements, testing for…

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Missing personnel records impact more than promotions

Posted April 26, 2012 by Erin Tindell

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — When Senior Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan wasn’t promoted to his current rank the first time his records met the board, he was a little confused. As a maintainer and an aerial gunner, he deployed often and received many decorations. When he was asked if he wanted…

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PCS Season 2012 and Claims

Posted June 21, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. Charity Barnett

Last summer was a very busy moving season and this upcoming season promises to be the same for Airmen making a permanent change of station, be they enlisted, officer or civilian employees. You can help alleviate any potential loss or damage to your household goods by learning the rules under which your household goods are…

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Morale gets a boost with PLAYpass

Posted August 16, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Deployments can be hard on a service member, their friends and their family. PLAYpass is a membership card that Airmen and their families can use to receive discounts at select base organizations. The card is intended for use by families of deployed Airmen, and the Airmen themselves once they return. “This is an opportunity to…

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Online access simplifies dependent updates

Posted November 2, 2012 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Family situations can be complicated, but updating family benefit information doesn’t have to be, now that it can be done online. Dependent family members must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, and in many instances must have a valid dependent identification card, to access medical,…

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