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New urgent care pilot program for Prime beneficiaries

Posted April 28, 2016 by TRICARE.mil Staff

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — To increase access to care, the Defense Department is launching an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE-authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization.   The Urgent Care Pilot Program, scheduled to begin May 23, is…

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AF program receives makeover

Posted June 3, 2016 by Tech.Sgt. Tara Mitchell

Air Force leadership launched its new idea suggestion program renamed Airmen Powered by Innovation in February 2014. The Air Force Vice Chief of Staff tasked Air Force leaders to streamline and consolidate four older idea generating programs to include Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment,  best practices and the Air Force Smart…

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Air Force major to be recognized at 2016 BET Awards

Posted June 29, 2016 by Maricris Moore

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Maj. Kenyatta Ruffin, an instructor pilot with the 469th Flying Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, will be recognized during the Shine a Light segment of the 2016 BET Awards to air live, June 26 at 8 p.m. PST/7 CST. Through Shine a Light, BET recognizes individuals…

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Leg day every day

Posted July 25, 2016 by Senior Airman Devin Boyer

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) — His mind goes blank. All that exists is the terrain around him and the two wheels spinning below him — that is, until his body stops sweating completely. “It caught me so off guard; I got nauseated and wanted to vomit,” said Staff Sgt. Kyle Emmel, a cyclist from…

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General gives KC-46A progress report at symposium

Posted September 3, 2016 by John Parker

The first active-duty KC-46A Pegasus is slated to arrive at Tinker Air Force Base for routine maintenance three years from now, but preparations for the new aerial refueling tanker are in full swing across the Air Force, the program’s executive officer said. Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers, delivered…

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Air Force promotions eliminates time-in-grade, time-in-service points

Posted November 18, 2016 by Kat Bailey

Time-in-grade and time-in-service points in active duty enlisted promotion consideration will be eliminated beginning with the 17E7 master sergeant promotion cycle, and all future promotion cycles, the Air Force recently announced. This is the final step in a gradual reduction of points for TIG/TIS that occurred one-third at a time over three years as part…

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Blended Retirement System Opt-In training now available to all Airmen

Posted February 1, 2017 by Kat Bailey

The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System in less than a year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, 2018, all Airmen should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during 2017. Airmen eligible for the new BRS will begin receiving email notifications in…

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Air Force’s first HC-130 takes its final flight to retirement

Posted March 10, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice

After more than 50 years of faithful service and rescue missions spanning the globe, King 52, the first HC-130 configured for Air Force rescue in 1964, retired March 6. King 52 was one of a few HC-130s converted to conduct rescue operations in the 1960s and tested at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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Around the Air Force: May 5

Posted May 8, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, female Airmen have 12 months after childbirth to decide if they will separate from service, Course 15 is replaced by a new NCO distance learning course, and the Air Force sponsors a cyber security hacking contest.

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IA essential for cyber security

Posted October 13, 2015 by 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Information Assurance, or IA, education is important for keeping the military and civilian workforce up to speed in the constantly evolving cyberspace environment. IA is a critical piece of cyber security, which encompasses computer security, communications security and emissions security. All network users are required to complete information assurance training annually…

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