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Smaller Air Force will protect quality, readiness

Posted January 18, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON – To roll with unprecedented strategic and fiscal challenges, the best path forward for the Air Force is to become smaller to protect a high-quality, ready force, top Air Force officials said today. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed Pentagon reporters, addressing…

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Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted January 18, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. The new policies are set in place to ensure Airmen are focusing on school and are dedicated to further their…

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GI Bill education transfer incurs 4 years for all Airmen

Posted January 18, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable Airmen nearing retirement to accept a 1-, 2-, or 3-year active-duty service commitment. That phase-in period expired July 31, 2012 and all active-duty Airmen now incur a 4-year ADSC, said Bruce Houseman, Air…

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Officials announce TRICARE Prime service area changes

Posted January 18, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Active-duty service members and their families will be unaffected when long-delayed reductions to areas where the TRICARE Prime option is offered take place Oct. 1, TRICARE officials said Jan. 9. But as TRICARE seeks to synchronize service area shifts once staggered by contract delays, some military retirees and their dependents will be…

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AF officials reschedule MilPDS upgrade

Posted January 18, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Originally slated for December of last year, Air Force officials will perform a major upgrade to the Military Personnel Data System, or MilPDS, in March. The Air Force Personnel Operations Agency here will upgrade and transfer MilPDS to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center. The project…

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358th FS to participate in deployment exercise

Posted January 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Personnel, including instructors and B course students, from the 358th Fighter Squadron are scheduled to deploy in support of Green Flag-West Jan. 11 through Feb. 5. Green Flag-West is an air and land integration combat training exercise held at Nellis AFB, Nev. It is a close air support and Joint exercise administered by the U.S….

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Air Force Tuition Assistance Program changes policy

Posted January 10, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force tuition assistance program changed its policies on Jan.3 to emphasize the importance of Airmen maintaining a 2.0 grade point average and a 3.0 for graduate level degrees. “The tuition assistance program is set up to assist our Airmen in getting their degrees,” said Alice Patton, chief…

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Don’t break the bank this holiday season

Posted December 21, 2012 by Senior Airman Michael Washburn

The holiday season can often be an expensive time for Airmen. Buying gifts for family or friends can sometimes cause Airmen to find themselves in financial turmoil. Michael Starkey, Airman and Family Readiness Center financial counselor, shares some tips to help keep Airmen out of the red. “Holiday spending is sometimes wrapped around emotions,” Starkey…

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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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