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More than just Ms. Congeniality: Airman competes for homeless female veterans

Posted June 26, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

For Tech. Sgt. Charmaine Pozo, the Ms. Veteran America contest was not about glamourous pageantry. It was about tireless advocacy – for a minimally acknowledged segment of those who have served in uniform: homeless female veterans. “Currently, female veterans – an estimated 55,000 of them on a daily basis – are the fastest growing homeless…

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AF begins enlisted PME enrollment notifications

Posted June 26, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Last week, the Air Force Personnel Center initiated a phased approach to notify approximately 83,000 Airmen of the requirement to enroll in the applicable enlisted professional military education distance learning course. AFPC will notify 20,000 Airmen at the beginning of each month until all members have been notified….

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Enlisted evaluation, promotion systems updated

Posted June 26, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With static closeout dates for each rank in place, the Air Force announced it will update the enlisted performance report forms and utilize new forced distribution and senior rater stratification restrictions to round out the incremental changes to enlisted evaluation and promotion systems with performance as the driving factor in promotions. For…

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AZ’s Meteorite crater rescue event concluded Angel Thunder 2015

Posted June 19, 2015 by

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Arizona’s Meteorite Crater served as the final training site for this year’s Angel Thunder exercise, where four simulated-patients were hoisted 570 feet out of the crater into an Army Air National Guard UH-60 Medevac Helicopter. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest Personnel Recovery exercise, hosted by Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz. 30 May-13 June,…

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Career Intermission Program application window opens July 1

Posted June 19, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Career Intermission Program application window opens July 1 for eligible Airmen interested in taking one to three years off active duty for personal or professional needs. Applications must reach the Air Force Personnel Center no later than Aug. 31, with the total force selection panel…

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TRICARE’s breast pump policy updates effective July 1

Posted June 19, 2015 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE’s breast pump policy was recently updated to include coverage of breast pumps and supplies, and breastfeeding counseling. These supplies and services will be retroactively covered as of Dec. 19. To get full details about this important benefit change, as well as an opportunity to ask questions, TRICARE will host a Facebook…

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OPM to notify employees of cybersecurity incident

Posted June 19, 2015 by Sam Schumach 

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has identified a cybersecurity incident potentially affecting personnel data for current and former federal employees, including personally identifiable information (PII). Within the last year, the OPM has undertaken an aggressive effort to update its cybersecurity posture, adding numerous tools and capabilities to its networks. As a result,…

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Diversity: The Policy, the patriot and the fight

Posted June 19, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Diversity comes in all forms and effects everyone differently. For one 49th Intelligence Squadron reservist, it was his sexuality. “While I wouldn’t identify as bisexual, I never really made a distinction between genders, colors, races…anything,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Velander. “I always knew connections instead of genders were…

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U.S. and partner nations participate in mass casualty exercise

Posted June 12, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

WINSLOW, Ariz.  — A mass casualty exercise involving multinational armed services took place in northern Arizona Friday for Angel Thunder 2015. A casualty collection point was setup in an aircraft hangar at Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport where more than 50 simulated casualties were transported from a simulated flood disaster site in Camp Navajo Training Site, Arizona. Upon arrival…

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ANGEL THUNDER’S Non-conventional Assisted Recovery in Flagstaff

Posted May 29, 2015 by

ANGEL THUNDER participants will conduct Personnel rescue exercises using Non-conventional Assisted Recovery (NAR) techniques in Flagstaff, June 1-13. ANGEL THUNDER is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise hosted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Ariz. It is supported by 12 nation-partners and over 3,000 personnel. NAR is a recovery tactic used in contested environments…

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