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Dempsey: No plans to close military commissaries

Posted January 30, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey added that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible. The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook…

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Changing the way we inspect

Posted March 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

The 355th Fighter Wing became the fifth fighter wing in Air Combat Command to be evaluated under the new unit effectiveness inspection program. A UEI is an inspection that was implemented in August 2013. It combines consolidated unit inspections and operational readiness inspections into one continuous inspection. Prior to this implementation, a wing’s major command…

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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

Posted June 26, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2014 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said June 25. “As we resize our force with the right balance of skills to meet Air Force mission requirements and continue to focus on retaining high-performing…

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Defying age: A resilient rebel on eight wheels

Posted September 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — At nearly twice their ages and half their sizes, Lt. Col. Melanie Friedman stands out among those wearing the same uniform. The deputy director of intelligence at the Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, ties her laces together just like the rest of them, and…

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Air Force officials clarify Bronze Star approval process

Posted April 26, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Recent heightened interest in the Bronze Star Medal has led Air Force Central Command and Air Force Personnel Center leaders to further explain the criteria and approval process for its recipients. Col. Scott Arcuri, AFCENT director of manpower, personnel and services, said candidates can expect a consistent and rigorous review process for…

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JA announces new programs

Posted June 21, 2012 by 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program are being accepted from Jan. 1 to March 1, 2013. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. The FLEP is a paid legal studies program for active-duty Air Force…

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AFPC officials streamline PCS orders process

Posted August 23, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials here have centralized how Permanent Change of Station orders are processed, validated and authenticated. Since Oct. 2011, the Total Force Service Center-San Antonio has been managing the PCS orders process and has authenticated more than 82,000 orders and 19,000 amendments. Before October, the…

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Good grades pay off at the Exchange

Posted November 2, 2012 by

DALLAS – According to the Military Child Education Coalition, an estimated 80 percent of military connected children are forced to move between 6-9 times as they complete their K-12 education and, along with geographical moves, comes changes in educational settings and curriculums. With these unique challenges in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service…

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‘Wreaths Across America’ honors fallen service members

Posted December 21, 2012 by Donna Miles

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. – As thousands of volunteers fanned out here this weekend, placing holiday wreaths at the white headstones as part of the “Wreaths Across America” tribute, Sheila Patton kept vigil at one particular gravesite. Patton and her daughter stationed themselves at the grave of their son and brother, Army Staff Sgt. James…

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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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