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Pentagon delays sending furlough notices to civilian workforce

Posted March 29, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they’ve had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will affect the Defense Department. Officials now estimate that furlough notices will go out on or about April 5, Navy Cmdr….

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AFSOUTH welcomes new command chief

Posted March 29, 2013 by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

A new command chief has taken on the role of senior enlisted adviser at 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). Chief Master Sgt. Calvin D. Williams, an Alabama native who has been serving in the Air Force for 24 years, comes to 12th AF (AFSOUTH) after completing a 365-day tour in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the…

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MilPDS upgrade complete

Posted March 29, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Air Force has successfully upgraded and transferred the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said March 25. “We’re pleased that the MilPDS upgrade took less time than anticipated, and we are well on our way to…

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FTAC changes bring new perspectives

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Courtesy Photo Airman 1st Class Jaime Heathe, 355 Operational Weather Squadron, sweeps as Airman 1st Class Luke Ivazic, 355 Component Maintenance Squadron, holds the dust pan here Aug 25. The center is designed to help first-term Airmen transition from technical school to a first duty station environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christine Halan)…

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Combat-Ready Airmen Delivering Electronic Attack at a Moment’s Notice… Anywhere!

Posted March 29, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin

Members of the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron step to a EC-130H Compass Call here March 20. Aircrew will typically step an hour before takeoff, as it takes time to run checklists, start engines and taxi. Maj. Michael Padilla, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron assistant director of operations, warms up on a treadmill before going for a…

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Not too soon for spouse’s job hunt before moving

Posted March 29, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager…

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Efforts continue for spouse professional license portability

Posted March 29, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department officials recognize that an unemployed spouse can affect a service member’s retention, so efforts continue to allow spouses’ professional licenses to transfer from state to state as military families move from one duty station to another, a Pentagon official told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. Marcus Beauregard,…

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Tuition assistance alternatives

Posted March 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Stephan Coleman

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Although military tuition assistance is suspended through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, there are other options that can keep advanced education a possibility for all Airmen. “To get money outside of tuition assistance from the Air Force is probably going to take a little more time and…

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Lessons from a pro: Invest for retirement now

Posted March 22, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A member of the Air Force Civic Leader program and financial expert recently addressed several ways Airmen can prepare better for retirement. John O’Connor, the chairman of J.H. Whitney Investment Management, spoke about what Airmen can do now, in order to take away a substantial pension by the time they retire. Currently,…

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Perusing education without tuition assistance

Posted March 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

Effective March 11, the Secretary of the Air Force has approved the suspension of the Tuition Assistance Program. The Air Force has had to make difficult choices to preserve readiness: suspension of flying operations at community outreach events, flying hour cuts and suspension of Air Force training and education programs. “The combined effects of continuing…

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