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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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162nd Airmen participate in Pima Regional SWAT training

Posted May 29, 2015 by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jackson Hurd) Airmen of the 162nd Wing and local law enforcement personnel participated in an annual SWAT training course in Tucson. Tech. Sgt. Sam Alanis and Staff Sgt. Louis Duran from the Security Forces Squadron experienced what it takes to be a part of the Pima Regional…

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Technical sergeant promotion release delayed

Posted May 29, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Technical sergeant promotion selection results, originally scheduled for release May 28, will be delayed to enable the Air Force to continue to validate extensive system changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS), officials announced. The 2015 technical sergeant promotion cycle is the first to incorporate recent changes in the enlisted evaluation…

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Beneficiaries have increased access to behavioral health services

Posted May 15, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Airmen, veterans and family members seeking care for a variety of mental health and medical conditions have direct access to care from their primary care clinic. The support is available through the Air Force’s Behavioral Health Optimization Program (BHOP), a consultation service within primary care designed to target any issue…

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Tobacco-use AFI changes

Posted May 15, 2015 by Senior Airman Monet Villacorte

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Free Living, was recently updated to give Airmen a simplified definition of what is defined as tobacco, as well as additional regulations for smoking in privately owned vehicles. According to the AFI, tobacco includes all products that may be configured to deliver nicotine, including but not…

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