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Critically Manned: military working dog handler

Posted August 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Military working dog handlers make up a small niche in the security forces career field. The handlers strictly work with K9s to provide security to military installations. Some of the main duties for the MWDs, as well as the handlers are detection and patrol. “We try to be out and as visible as possible,” said…

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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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WEAR versus RAP: Similar but different

Posted August 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Hillary Stonemetz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Should you WEAR it or RAP it? Well, that all depends. The We Are All Recruiters (WEAR) and the Recruiter Assistance Program (RAP) are two similar but different programs available to Airmen. Both programs are managed by Air Force Recruiting Service. WEAR WEAR is a permissive TDY program open to active…

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New online resource available to current, future leaders

Posted August 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

A new training resource is available for Airmen and civilians that offers supervisory and leadership development tools. The Supervisor Resource Center is an online clearinghouse developed to put Air Force tools and no-cost resources at the fingertips of Airmen any time of day. “I’m always looking for new ways to provide training for civilian employees,”…

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Deadline nears for completing SNCOA course

Posted August 15, 2013 by Phil Berube

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  – Students enrolled in Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Course 14 Version 5 have until the end of September to complete the course or they will be automatically disenrolled and will have to complete the new version of the course. Airmen who haven’t completed version 5 by Sept. 30 will not receive…

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Critically Manned: chaplain assistant, care for the caregiver

Posted August 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Chaplain assistants provide support processes to ensure the free exercise of religion in the Air Force as well as direct support for chaplain professional ministry. “We are the eyes and ears for the chaplain,” said Staff Sgt. Misinimese Liulamaga, 355th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant. “We assist the chaplain in making sure that everyone is able…

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Turn old phones into cash at Exchange

Posted August 15, 2013 by

DALLAS – Military shoppers who have an old cell phone or two lying around gathering dust can now trade them in for credit toward a Smart Phone upgrade at the Exchange Mobile Center. A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new Smart Phone, accessory or even insurance for a new…

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Early retirement application window closes Aug. 19

Posted August 15, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Airmen interested in early retirement through the Temporary Early Retirement Authority Program must submit their application no later than Aug. 19, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. TERA, or the 15-year retirement program, is one of several force management programs the Air Force has implemented for fiscal 2014 to meet end-strength goals, said Lt. Col….

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Air Force looks to fill developmental special duties

Posted August 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

The Air Force has recently identified 10 special duties as enlisted developmental positions that need all openings occupied. This gives commanders the opportunity to nominate their top Airmen to their respective major commands. The special duties will be filled by the most qualified staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants. The list of developmental special…

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Critically Manned: Loadmaster, flexibility is key to success

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Loadmasters play a critical role in the Air Force’s mission to transport supplies and military personnel to various points around the world. However, D-M’s loadmasters have a unique mission that requires their skill to perform rescue missions, as well as moving cargo and personnel. A loadmaster’s job consists of an array of different tasks, from…

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