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AF completes historic fuel conversion

Posted November 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. Brad West

The Air Force officials took an important step in fiscal responsibility and supply chain efficiency with the conversion of the final stateside installation from Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) fuel to the more common and commercially available Jet A fuel, Oct. 29 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The transition to Jet A completed a…

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STEM: Necessary but not sufficient

Posted November 7, 2014 by Dr. Jim Solti

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — I was an active-duty Airman for 15 years before realizing my gut was as valuable as my mind; my intuition as useful as scientific analyses; and my agility, creativity and innovation honed the decision-making necessary to function in complex environments. A scientist by nature and education, I failed…

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Exchange service to extend return policy for holiday purchases

Posted October 30, 2014 by Jusika Martinez

To make gift giving easier, the Army & Air Force Exchange service is extending its return policy for items purchased from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24, 2014. The Edwards Air Force Base Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from up to 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange policy…

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D-M and Luke EOD Airmen engage in joint training

Posted October 30, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Braving the elements and other tough situations can either make or break a warrior. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen from Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix, and Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, worked together at the Barry M. Goldwater Range during war zone scenario training Oct. 7-10. The exercise began with a UH-60 helicopter dropping…

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AF to implement DOD TDY policy changes

Posted October 30, 2014 by Air Force Accounting and Finance Office

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department recently implemented two TDY policy changes impacting travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change took effect Oct. 1, and made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and takes effect Nov. 1….

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Troops to Teachers helps Airmen serve after separation

Posted October 23, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For many service members who are separating from the military, finding employment that utilizes prior training or skills gained while serving can be difficult. For Airmen who are honorably discharged from their military commitment and have an interest in ‘serving’ again as an educational instructor, the Troops to Teachers program is…

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Travel regulation changes affect PCS moves, travelers

Posted October 23, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty assignments. As of July 25, Army uniformed and civilian travelers are directed to use their government travel credit cards for PCS moves, Harvey Johnson, the director of…

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AF to implement TDY policy changes

Posted October 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) — Recently, the Air Force started implementing two temporary duty policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per…

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(U.S. Air National Guard photo taken by Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira)
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One big (really big) family portrait at the 162nd Wing

Posted October 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

What family doesn’t have a portrait? In what was arguably the greatest collection of Arizona military talent assembled in recent memory, 162nd Wing members – nearly 1,300 of them – converged at the Tucson International Airport to be captured on digital imagery Oct. 5. For Col. Phil Purcell, commander of the 162nd Wing, the decision…

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Pedro 66 survivor defines resiliency

Posted October 16, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — When the combat rescue helicopter Pedro 66 was brought down by enemy fire June 9, 2010, in Afghanistan, retired Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera thought his life was over, literally. “I thought my last job as an aerial gunner was to make sure that the aircraft and everything around us burned…

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