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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin)
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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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Second job entails procedures, approval

Posted August 8, 2013 by Senior Airman Kate Vaughn

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Unexpected events in life such as family issues, education needs and even career progression can make getting a second job helpful for active-duty Airmen. However, if an Airman seeks off-duty employment, certain protocol must be adhered to. Factors such as upgrade training, upcoming deployments and duty performance can effect whether or…

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The flying interpreter

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

For most Airmen, graduating from technical school means joining the operational Air Force and settling in at their first duty station. But some Airmen chart a different course. Technical Sgt. Breana Reyes, 55th Electronic Combat Group command language manager, spent her first five years after tech school flying around the world with the Defense Threat…

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The Air Force gets a new travel agent

Posted August 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The Air Force is constantly in motion. Deployments, temporary duty assignments and permanent changes of station have personnel and equipment moving around the world at any given time. All of this travel requires planning and paperwork, and the Air Force recently got a new travel agent to handle all of that. WingGate Travel is the…

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Officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

Posted August 1, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Technical and master sergeants, captains, majors and lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force specialties may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA is one of several…

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One of AF most decorated heroes passes away

Posted August 1, 2013 by

SHALIMAR, Fla. (AFNS) – One of the most decorated Airmen in Air Force history, whose career spanned three wars and four decades, has passed away. Retired Col. George Everett “Bud” Day, an Air Force pilot, shot down during the Vietnam War and imprisoned in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” along with Sen. John McCain, defiantly resisted the North Vietnamese for…

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Airmen deliver ideas for IT improvements through ‘Every Dollar Counts’ campaign

Posted August 1, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – As the Air Force continues to adapt to current fiscal challenges, the service is scrutinizing every dollar spent on mission, personnel, and readiness. To do this, the Air Force is examining every policy, purchase, practice and procedure to identify potential cost savings. Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, the Air Force Chief, Information Dominance and Chief…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin)
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354th FS and other CAF units resume flying

Posted July 25, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

The 354th Fighter Squadron here resumed flying operations July 16 after being put in a stand down for approximately three months due to sequestration. The 354th FS was one of several units under Air Combat Command that had to stop, or curtail, its flying operations after returning from a deployment. This was done to ensure…

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