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Family care plans ease stress, boost readiness

Posted February 13, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – An up-to-date family care plan can help to ease stress and boost family resilience and readiness during a service member’s absence. Family care plans are instructions developed by service members to identify caregivers who have agreed to take care of family members during the sponsor’s absence. “One of the…

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Servicemembers must follow local vehicle emissions standards

Posted February 6, 2014 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.–  Airmen with vehicles registered out-of-state are still subject to local emissions standards, according to the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act Amendments. Even with authorization to maintain out-of-state registration under the provisions of the Service members Civil Relief Act, local inspection and testing of a vehicle’s emissions system may be required…

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June officer RIF board to offer voluntary separation pay

Posted February 6, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board June 16 to evaluate eligible officers for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27. Officers who meet the RIF board and are not selected for retention must separate by Jan. 31, 2015. RIF is among several fiscal 2014 force management…

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South Dakota ANG trains at D-M

Posted January 30, 2014 by Airman 1st Class B. Chevalier

Ten F-16 Fighter Falcons and 150 guardsmen from the South Dakota Air National Guard arrived at D-M Jan. 11 to conduct two weeks of mandatory readiness training. The South Dakota ANG utilized Operation Snowbird, a program that allows northern tier ANG flying units to fly down to D-M and conduct training that would be hard…

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Beware of GTC abuse

Posted January 30, 2014 by Senior Airman Josh Slavin

Airmen are always on the move whether it be for a deployment or a permanent change of station. During their military service, Airmen are given government travel cards to assist with the transition and it’s their responsibility to ensure it is being used properly. GTC abuse can be an easy mistake for Airmen that can…

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June officer RIF board to offer voluntary separation pay

Posted January 30, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board June 16 to evaluate eligible officers for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27. Officers who meet the RIF board and are not selected for retention must separate by Jan. 31, 2015. RIF is among several…

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Dempsey: No plans to close military commissaries

Posted January 30, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey added that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible. The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook…

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Little Blue Book: Pocket-sized guide of Air Force values, regulations

Posted January 30, 2014 by Master Sgt. Jason Hill

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – There are some who are familiar with Air Force Instruction 1-1, “The Little Blue Book.” Those who have been in the Air Force some 20-30 years may have even seen it. However, most people may not have any idea what prompted the Air Force Chief of Staff to launch this initiative….

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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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AF releases Kadena AB HH-60G accident report

Posted January 23, 2014 by

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) – Pacific Air Forces officials released the results Jan. 21, of its investigation into an HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft mishap which occurred Aug. 5, 2013, northeast of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident which resulted in the…

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