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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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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jennifer Cassidy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — The Air Force released its plan Mar. 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes…

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Beware financial consequences: manage your money wisely

Posted May 30, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Taylor Worley

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Starting in basic military training, through technical school, to their first duty station and beyond, Airmen are advised to stay in control of their finances. According to Air Force Instruction 36-2906, Personal Financial Responsibility, military members, “will pay their just financial obligations in a proper and timely manner.” Becoming financially…

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Turn old phones into cash at Exchange

Posted August 15, 2013 by

DALLAS – Military shoppers who have an old cell phone or two lying around gathering dust can now trade them in for credit toward a Smart Phone upgrade at the Exchange Mobile Center. A trade-in can result in instant credit toward the purchase of a new Smart Phone, accessory or even insurance for a new…

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AF clarifies same sex marriage policy

Posted October 17, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently published guidance clarifying the service’s policy on implementation of same sex marriage. The guidance clarifies how Airmen may be eligible for administrative absence to obtain legal marriage, if the state or country they are stationed in does not yet recognize same sex marriage. In order to be granted…

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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted January 9, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  – An enlisted retention board will convene here in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the…

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AETC husband creates online, education resource for male spouses

Posted March 14, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Beth Anschutz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The husband of an Air Education and Training Command, Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services major was recently recognized for his creative efforts in educating other male military spouses. Chris Pape, husband of Maj. Dana Pape, Resources Section chief, was named the AETC winner of the Joan Orr Spouse…

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AF posts voluntary force management updates

Posted June 5, 2014 by Armed Forces News Service

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials posted an updated personnel system delivery memos, or PSDMs, for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 voluntary force management programs, June 2. PSDM 13-64 describes enlisted program updates, including updated provisions regarding Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit transfer recoupment requirements, limited active-duty service commitment, or ADSC, and…

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Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

Posted August 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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History of the Twelfth Air Force

Posted April 12, 2012 by

AFSOUTH (Twelfth Air Force) provisional origins are traced back to a series of mid-1942 Allied planners’ meetings to develop a strategy for the North African invasion or “Operation TORCH.” Because this extensive operation required a new organization to provide enough manpower and equipment, Twelfth Air Force activation plans were prepared simultaneously with the invasion strategy….

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