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New commander set to lead Arizona F-16 fighter wing

Posted October 24, 2013 by Maj. Stephen Moorhead

The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard announced Oct. 9 a new leader for the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport. Col. Howard “Philip” Purcell will serve as commander of the Arizona Air National Guard’s international F-16 Fighting Falcon training wing. Colonel Purcell is currently the vice wing commander of the 192nd Fighter…

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AF uniform policy update

Posted January 23, 2014 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen. During the past…

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Civilian workforce shaping parallel with military programs

Posted March 27, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced additional civilian workforce shaping initiatives March 26 in compliance with mandatory funding targets and continuing civilian workforce rebalance to meet skill demands for fiscal 2014 and beyond. The programs will run in parallel with military programs, said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for…

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Taking Fido when PCSing abroad means planning

Posted June 26, 2014 by Dr. J.M. Kiel

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There are many things to plan for when moving overseas, and if travel includes taking pets, the first step is to know what the legal requirements are for the destination country. Every country has regulations for the importation of animals. This may include microchip and vaccination requirements, testing for…

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Officer attaché duty applications due Dec. 12

Posted August 28, 2014 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Active duty line of the Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels interested in attaché duty must submit an application by Dec. 12, Air Force officials said Nov. 19. The Air Force Personnel Center and the Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs office are accepting applications for senior…

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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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Oceans apart: Airmen couple thrives on Valentine’s Day

Posted February 12, 2015 by Senior Airman Austin Harvill

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — After jet-setting from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, to Seattle, Denise prepared to embark on the grueling 10-hour plane ride to Japan. It was Christmas week and she was visiting her boyfriend, Johnny, for the first time since he moved earlier in 2014. Denise knew it would be hard to maintain their…

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Enlisted members selected for promotion to get EPR on “select” grade closeout date

Posted April 23, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — In line with a recent update to the Air Force policy on enlisted performance report static closeout dates (SCOD), effective immediately, all future EPRs for promotion-selectees will close out on the date of the promotion-select grade. At the direction of Headquarters Air Force, Airmen promoted to technical sergeant…

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Missing personnel records impact more than promotions

Posted April 26, 2012 by Erin Tindell

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — When Senior Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan wasn’t promoted to his current rank the first time his records met the board, he was a little confused. As a maintainer and an aerial gunner, he deployed often and received many decorations. When he was asked if he wanted…

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PCS Season 2012 and Claims

Posted June 21, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. Charity Barnett

Last summer was a very busy moving season and this upcoming season promises to be the same for Airmen making a permanent change of station, be they enlisted, officer or civilian employees. You can help alleviate any potential loss or damage to your household goods by learning the rules under which your household goods are…

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