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Service members must update TSP by Jan. 31

Posted December 4, 2014 by Abigail Reid

Active duty members of the Army, Air Force or Navy making dollar-amount Roth contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account should know that these deductions will stop on Jan. 31, unless action is taken. “The Roth [Thrift Savings Plan] contributions are going from a dollar figure to a percentage of pay,” said Kent Thompson, Financial…

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Tool to safeguard PII scheduled for December rollout AF wide

Posted December 4, 2014 by 24th Air Force Public Affairs

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas–The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool is scheduled for Air Force-wide integration Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook email users with an interactive, automated virtual assistant to help ensure the security of personally identifiable information “I can’t overstate the operational importance of preventing PII breaches,” said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, commander of…

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Air Force members get new app to solve their own computer problems

Posted November 20, 2014 by Air Force Space Command Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — As the Air Force Enterprise Service Desk (ESD) goes virtual, Air Force members will see a new application on their computer that allows them to immediately tackle and fix their minor IT issues. The Virtual Enterprise Service Desk (vESD) is a client-based application that allows the user to solve common issues…

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Benefits claim process for voluntary separates

Posted November 13, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Records for all Airmen separated or retired under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay program were updated Nov. 5 to reflect eligibility for transitional medical benefits. Those separating under the fiscal year 2014/15 VSP program are authorized transition benefits, including 180 days of premium-free TRICARE coverage for the separatee and any…

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Air Force updates AF Instruction 1-1

Posted November 13, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials approved Air Force Instruction 1-1, Air Force Standards, Nov. 7, to clarify guidance on Airmen’s religious rights and commanders’ authority and responsibility to protect those rights. The changes come as a result of a Religious Freedom “Focus Day” earlier this year when leaders in the Air Force’s chaplain corps…

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Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

Posted November 7, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs. General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant – the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent…

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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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