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AF seeks to increase modernization budget

Posted March 31, 2017 by

Air Force senior leaders testified about Air Force modernization before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2017.

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Air Force selects 5,166 for promotion to master sergeant

Posted May 24, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has selected 5,166 technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant of the 20,169 eligible. The overall selection rate was 25.61 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 523.22. Selectees’ average time in grade was 3.86 years, time in service was 14.36 years and the average decorations score was 11.42. Additionally,…

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Air Force rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians

Posted July 17, 2017 by Richard Salomon

Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program. The civilian phased-retirement program allows eligible full-time employees to request to work on a part-time basis and receive a portion of their retirement annuity. Under the program,…

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Technological innovations in the history of the U.S. Air Force

Posted September 19, 2017 by

From the earliest days of flight, airmen strived to set or exceed new altitude, speed, and distance records. The USAF has fostered new technologies resulting in sometimes exponential improvements in these and other areas.

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NCO retraining application window open through Oct. 9

Posted October 13, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Eligible NCOs have through Oct. 9 to apply for retraining under Phase I of the fiscal year 2016 NCO Retraining Program, implemented Aug. 31. The two-phase program is used to balance and sustain the enlisted force, said Master Sgt. Christine Ward, the Air Force Personnel Center Enlisted Skills…

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Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airship certification plan approved

Posted November 17, 2015 by

Palmdale, Calif. – The Federal Aviation Administration (Seattle Aircraft Certification Office) recently approved Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) project specific certification plan for the Hybrid Airship. Given that Hybrid Airships did not fit within existing FAA regulations, the team worked to create a new set of criteria allowing non rigid hybrid airships to safely operate in a…

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Air Force moves to bring about RPA mission relief

Posted May 29, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

The Air Force is pursuing a range of options that will, in combination with a reset in the number of sustainable combat air patrols, help alleviate long-term stress on Remotely Piloted Aircraft crews. Initial efforts were announced by the Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff earlier this year; new initiatives include incentive pay increases…

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Challenge coins: A tradition of excellence

Posted April 17, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Throughout the time we spend in the military, we collect many things. Whether they are mementos, awards or habits, such items are kept to remember those special moments we never wish to forget. Challenge coins are an example of these memories, as they are a form of recognition of…

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New Airmen get their bearings

Posted February 27, 2015 by Senior Airman Frank Casciotta

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — New Airmen go through a whirlwind of activities during the transformation of civilian to active duty Airman, which can be a confusing process. Lucky for new Airmen, there’s the First Term Airmen Center to catch them when they land at their first duty station. FTAC is a five-day program…

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Some temp, seasonal, interim workers eligible for health benefits

Posted January 30, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), said Office of Personnel Management officials. Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same…

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