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Changes to academic degree and developmental education expectations

Posted August 21, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced actions designed to set clear expectations, restore Airman’s time and refocus officer promotions on job performance. The Air Force has addressed long-standing perceptions that to be promoted, officers must complete an advanced academic degree, and those officers selected by a promotion board to attend developmental education in-residence,…

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The Judge Advocate General’s Corps announces law school programs

Posted August 21, 2014 by

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as a judge advocate are able to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program, or FLEP, and the Excess Leave Program, ELP. Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at the Air Force’s expense while…

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82 F-16Ds removed from flight status due to cracks

Posted August 21, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats. The cracks were discovered following an immediate action time compliance technical order, or TCTO, to inspect all F-16D due to initial…

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Who receives your SGLI proceeds – your spouse or your former spouse?

Posted August 14, 2014 by E. Stephanie Hebert

JBSA-FORT SAM HOUSTON — Payment from a Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance policy may be the largest sum of money that your family receives if you die while on active duty. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your SGLV 8286 form – the SGLI Election and Certificate – is accurate and up to date….

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Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

Posted August 14, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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AF implements static EPR closeout dates

Posted August 14, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

The first in a series of changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems announced July 31 will include implementation of static enlisted performance report closeout dates, or SCOD, for each grade and elimination of change of reporting official EPRs. Evaluation system changes are focused on purposefully evolving the enlisted evaluation system to ensure job…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen)
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‘Let me tell you ‘bout my best friend’

Posted August 7, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For a Military Working Dog handler it may take weeks or even months to build a bond with their dog, but once they do that bond will last forever. This is a bond that will survive through the good and bad times, as well as the challenges and struggles…

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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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Air Force tests new chief master sergeant EPR form

Posted August 7, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force leaders will test the newly developed AF Form 912, Enlisted Performance Report [CMSgt], during the calendar year 2014 Regular Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Screening Board, which convenes at the Pentagon in September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Development of a chief master sergeant evaluation…

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Creation of the Coin Challenge

Posted July 31, 2014 by Capt. Ashley Walker

A challenge coin, also endearingly known as a round medal object, bears an organization’s insignia and is presented by commanders to a member of the unit to recognize special achievement. The Air Force challenge coin tradition is long-standing and is known throughout all specialties, and to all ranks. “While some dispute when the services started…

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