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SM-3 IIA team completes TDACS preliminary design review

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

TUCSON, Ariz. – Raytheon has completed the preliminary design review of the SM-3 Block IIA’s throttleable divert and attitude control system. Essentially a rocket motor with four main divert nozzles and six attitude control nozzles, the TDACS’s precision propulsion will enable the SM-3 Block IIA to intercept incoming ballistic missiles with pinpoint accuracy. “The TDACS…

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AFAF kicked off March 23

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicked off March 26 and will run through May 4. Four major charities receive contributions from the AFAF: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages, Air Force Enlisted Villages and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. These charitable affiliates…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin/Released
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55th Rescue Squadron takes flight

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The primary mission of the 55th Rescue Squadron is worldwide combat search and rescue in support of combat air forces.

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AF announces 2012 aviator continuation pay program

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials released the details of fiscal 2012 Aviator Continuation Pay program this week, with continuing focus on retaining highly-qualified manned and remotely piloted aircraft rated crew members. The ACP program gives some pilots and combat systems officers the opportunity for a financial bonus in exchange for…

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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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Air Force officials expand electronic ADSC notifications

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force Personnel Center officials are expanding automated notifications to Airmen of personnel actions requiring them to sign active duty service commitment acknowledgement statements. The automated ADSC notifications were successfully tested in November 2011 for more than 800 Airmen selected for intermediate and senior developmental education courses. Since February,…

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How to make your PCS move go smoothly

Posted March 29, 2012 by Staff

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Each year, about 225,000 Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard household good shipments are slated for movement during the summer months.  These shipments compete with private sector moves creating a phenomenon in the transportation industry called the “peak moving season.” Peak moving season runs May through August each…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted March 27, 2012 by

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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National Public Service Award nominees sought

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force is seeking nominations for the 2013 National Public Service Award, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. The National Public Service Award recognizes individuals at all levels of public service who have agency-wide responsibility; exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment over a…

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Air Force officials: Check Professional Development Guide for errors

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced today that some copies of the printed versions of the 2011 Professional Development Guide will need to be returned to unit Weighted Airman Promotion System monitors, as the documents may have a number of errors. “Airmen and Supervisors of Airmen using this version of the…

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