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D-M houses Oklahoma aircraft during tornado

Posted May 24, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier An E-3 Sentry sits on a ramp here May 21. The aircraft was diverted to D-M from Tinker AFB, Okla. because a tornado destroying a town about three miles south of Tinker. Six U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry and two U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury…

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Second job entails procedures, approval

Posted August 8, 2013 by Senior Airman Kate Vaughn

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Unexpected events in life such as family issues, education needs and even career progression can make getting a second job helpful for active-duty Airmen. However, if an Airman seeks off-duty employment, certain protocol must be adhered to. Factors such as upgrade training, upcoming deployments and duty performance can effect whether or…

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Academy’s soaring program carries long-term benefits

Posted October 17, 2013 by Don Branum

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  — Ask most pilots how they feel about landing an aircraft with no engine, and you might get some dirty looks, but cadet instructor pilots in the Air Force Academy’s soaring airmanship program take it in stride. Experienced cadets make decisions every day about ensuring student pilots’ safety, meeting training requirements…

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First Sergeants are here to help

Posted January 9, 2014 by Airman 1st Class A. Guerrero

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Some Airmen need help or direction that is beyond what their immediate supervisor can provide. When a situation like this arises, there is one person in particular an Airman can go to. The first sergeant, also referred to as “first shirt”, wears a diamond in the middle of their rank for…

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New active-duty education requirements coming up

Posted March 7, 2014 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — For Airmen who wish to pursue their education after completion of a Community College of the Air Force degree, there are upcoming changes active-duty Airmen should prepare for. “Once tuition assistance was brought back, new requirements for TA approval were set forth,” said Sandy Cooper, 56th Force Support Squadron guidance counselor.”…

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AF mental health programs encourage seeking help

Posted June 5, 2014 by Larine Barr

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years — and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General. A mental health encounters report issued by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency…

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Air Force to change enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted August 7, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31. The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented incrementally beginning in August 2014 and continuing through early 2016. Additional…

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AF releases criteria for new service medal

Posted October 16, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, authorization. The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations. “This service medal provides a clearly visible way to recognize the dedication and…

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AFAS steps up with education programs

Posted January 22, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force a career. The costs associated with getting an education are on the rise, but the Air Force Aid Society can help take some of stress out of the process for dependents. For more than 70 years,…

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Eligible Airmen may choose retirement plan at 14 1/2-year mark

Posted April 2, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center has developed an automatic notification process that sends a message directly to active-duty Air Force and headquarters Active Guard Reserve members when they reach 14 1/2 years of active service. The new process will help ensure eligible military members are aware of their…

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