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Air Force leadership: Service must get handle on pay, benefits

Posted November 26, 2013 by Jim Garamone

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — The Air Force must control the growth of pay and benefits or the service will be hard pressed to perform its primary mission to fight and win America’s wars, the service’s top officer said here Nov. 25. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III…

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AF announces ‘pro-gear’ policy change

Posted February 20, 2014 by Joel Fortner

Air Force officials recently announced changes to the Department of Defense’s policy on transporting member’s professional books, papers and equipment, or PBP&E, shipped in household goods during permanent change of station moves. Known as “pro-gear,” the new PBP&E policy will impact orders issued on or after May 1. At that time, PBP&E will be limited…

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Air Force researchers test Google Glass for battlefield use

Posted April 24, 2014 by Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — Whether trying to coordinate multiple aircraft in a three-dimensional battlespace, calling in precise close air support or evacuating personnel caught behind enemy lines – effective multitasking is at the heart of the mission for Air Force special operators. Researchers with the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force…

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“Solicit help; don’t hide”

Posted July 17, 2014 by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu

Over the years, the term “Wingman” has evolved in the Air Force. The traditional military definition of a Wingman refers to the pattern in which fighter jets fly. There is always a lead aircraft and another which flies off the right wing of and behind the lead. This second pilot is called the Wingman because…

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67 plus years of airpower

Posted September 18, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Zachary Cacicia

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) — What does the Air Force want for its 67th birthday; new state of the art fighter jets, more unmanned aircraft, new maintenance facilities or how about additional satellites to launch into space? The answer is none of the above. What the Air Force really wants for its birthday…

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Air Force Band performs holiday flash mob

Posted December 18, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Devon Suits

CHANTILLY, Va. — ‘Tis the season where friends and family come together over a bountiful spread of food and drink — the time of year where gifts are exchanged and memories and traditions are made. But it is also the time of year when the U.S. Air Force Band surprises the world with another musical…

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Air Force waives renters insurance obligation in privatized housing

Posted March 12, 2015 by Breanne Smith

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen signing a lease to live in privatized homes on base may no longer be covered by a renters insurance provision, due to a recent Department of Defense change in basic allowance for housing. The Department of Defense opted to eliminate the renters insurance component of BAH, an…

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AF seeks scholarship, fellowship applicants for 2016 programs

Posted June 4, 2015 by Shelly Petruska

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Active-duty Airmen interested in unique developmental opportunities may be eligible for the Olmsted Scholar, White House Fellows and Mansfield Fellowship Exchange programs. The programs offer unique professional career developmental experience for Air Force leaders, according to Kris Hunter, the Air Force Personnel Center officer of developmental education. Applicants…

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Air Force extends SAPR services to AF civilians

Posted August 25, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs 

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released a policy memo today allowing Air Force civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation’s sexual assault response coordinator. The policy is effective immediately and allows SARCs and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates to assist Air Force civilians who…

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Air Force ends pilot travel card program

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently decided to transition existing Controlled Spend Account travel cards to an enhanced Government Travel Card by the end of fiscal 2012. “The CSA, a pilot travel card program, provided some enhancements for travelers, but also brought about significant challenges for our most frequent travelers and those with unique…

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