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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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An AGE old family tradition

Posted March 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin

Staff Sgt. Mathew Stewart, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment craftsman, has a unique family history with the Air Force. Every member in his immediate family has been an enlisted Airman in our great Air Force. What makes his family history even more interesting is the fact that every one of them has served…

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Sale gives new life to excess C-130s

Posted March 14, 2013 by Tara Strickland

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Retired Marine Corps KC-130R aircraft will live to fly another day as part of a foreign military sales case between the U.S. Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. Six KC-130R excess aircraft are on a journey to restoration and active-duty status with the Japanese Maritime…

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MilPDS upgrade begins

Posted March 7, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Military Personnel Data System will be offline for 23 days to allow the Air Force Personnel Operations Agency to upgrade and transfer military personnel data to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. MilPDS is the primary records database for…

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D-M talks at Solar 101

Posted March 7, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

Leaders from D-M and the local community attended the 60th Solar 101, held at the Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library on Feb. 19. Prominent figures in the Tucson community that attended the event included Congressman Ron Barber, U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Greg Williams, 355th Mission Support Group commander. Solar…

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Military Saves teaches DLT Airmen importance of saving

Posted February 28, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

Desert Lightning Team Airmen gathered at the Airman and Family Readiness Center from Feb. 25 through Mar. 1 to educate themselves on the importance of saving money throughout the year. “Military Saves Campaign is a campaign to encourage service members and their families to take a military saves pledge which is a commitment to begin…

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AF releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted February 28, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. David Byron

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved…

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2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders

Posted February 21, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — More than 163,000 Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11 – June 22, with results indicating Airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Conducted every two years, the climate survey is…

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AF implements enlisted date of separation rollback

Posted February 21, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force will implement the enlisted date of separation rollback program this fiscal year, in addition to several voluntary force management programs that were announced Feb. 5, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below who meet required criteria, said Lt. Col….

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Air Force tuition assistance implements change

Posted February 14, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Victoria Taylor

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -  — The U.S. Air Force Tuition Assistance program altered its guidelines Jan. 3 to emphasize the new requirement of maintaining a grade point average of at least 2.0, on a 4-point scale. “By adopting these changes, the Air Force is falling in line with the federal government and the…

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