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R&R program affected by loss of IDP

Posted May 15, 2014 by Maj. David Faggard

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (AFNS)  — Defense officials are urging service members to fully understand the Rest and Recuperation Leave Program, also known as R&R, when deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. Starting June 1, nine countries in the theater of operations including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab…

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Wanted: Airmen selfie videos

Posted July 24, 2014 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Do you have a unique story about the path that led you to the Air Force? Are you proud of your job and how it impacts the bigger Air Force mission? Do you work in an exceptional unit? If so, the Air Force wants to hear from you! The 2014 American Airman Video Contest,…

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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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Free National Park entrance for military and family

Posted May 17, 2012 by Staff Sgt. Krystie Martinez and Justin Oakes

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — Members from all branches of the U.S. military gathered at the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Va. May 15, as the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar presented a unique opportunity for service members and their families.

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AF Academy instructor vacancies available

Posted July 26, 2012 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, TEXAS (AFNS) — Eligible active duty officers interested in U.S. Air Force Academy instructor opportunities have until Aug. 31 to apply, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. “This special duty assignment is a controlled, three-year maximum tour and officers must be released by their Air Force Personnel Center core officer assignment…

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HC-130P takes its final flight on D-M

Posted September 20, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The HC-130P executed its final mission at the D-M flightline on Sept. 12. The 79th Rescue Squadron, the only HC-130 squadron on D-M, will soon utilize the HC-130J…

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First combat ready HC-130J arrives at D-M

Posted November 21, 2012 by Senior Airman Michael Washburn

Making its Air Force debut, the first combat ready HC-130J Combat King II touched down on here Nov. 15.

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AF anticipates pay delays for March promotions

Posted January 24, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Officers and enlisted Airmen getting promoted in March will experience pay delays because of the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring that month. “Individuals to promote from Mar. 4 to 26 will not get their promotions updated in MilPDS because of the upgrade,” said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong,…

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AF reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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Air Force removes six career fields from constrained list

Posted June 20, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Six enlisted career fields will be removed from the career job reservation constrained list, while 17 others will see lower quotas, beginning June 15, Air Force Personnel Center officials said June 13. The career job reservation program enables the Air Force to manage the number of first-term Airmen who reenlist…

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