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‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Posted April 26, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign. In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force…

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Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: What you need to know

Posted July 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Victoria Gelinas

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protects persons serving on active duty from adverse consequences to their legal rights that may result from their service. Some SCRA protections apply to reservists and guardsmen called to serve on active duty. Other protections apply to members who have always been on active duty, and…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin
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Subject matter experts work together to enhance base security

Posted September 6, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin Master Sgt. Kurt Lugar, 355th Security Forces superintendent, looks over a map of Tucson with a team of subject matter experts. Lugar and the SMEs are planning ways to defend base assets from possible threats. With millions of dollars worth of assets, the Air Force…

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Leave policy allows permissive TDY to legally marry: Rules apply equally to same sex and opposite sex couples

Posted November 8, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)–Military members who are unable to legally marry in the state or country where they are assigned can request permissive temporary duty to travel to a state where they can get married, according to an Oct. 15 leave policy update, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26…

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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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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)
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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

Posted April 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

MARANA, Ariz. – The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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AF marathon registration deadline approaching

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — If you’re planning on running in the Air Force Marathon this September, time is running out to register. Not only does the price increase on April 2, there is a good chance the event will also be sold out by then. “We traditionally experience a huge surge in registrations…

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Counselor discusses SBP and former spouse coverage

Posted May 3, 2012 by Debra Kaiser

If you are getting ready to retire and were previously married, it is a smart idea to review your divorce paperwork prior to making a decision concerning the Survivor Benefit Plan. Some former spouses will ask and receive SBP as a former spouse through official court orders. Please keep in mind that the language in…

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Managing your move: TMO breaks down moving myths

Posted July 5, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill

The summer season encroaches each and every day. Changes of command, farewell picnics and moving trucks mark this transitional time frame. However, do not fret — the Airmen at the Traffic Management Office are there to ease the stress during the moving process. Staff Sgt. Eva Simmons, 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management specialist, explained…

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Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life

Posted August 29, 2012 by Joel Fortner

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said. The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years. The effort began in response to a call from President Barack…

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