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Fiscal cliff legislation affects military, civilian paychecks

Posted January 11, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — The legislation President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 postponed the fiscal cliff and means changes to military and civilian paychecks, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said today. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent. For the past two years during the “tax holiday” the rate was 4.2 percent. The…

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Thrift Savings Plan: Bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted January 10, 2013 by Desiree Palacios

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark But what about Airmen who serve fewer than 20 years? What can they take away from their Air Force service beyond a…

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Military OneSource provides tax assistance service

Posted January 10, 2013 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — As tax season nears, Military OneSource and H&R Block have joined forces again to provide a free online tax preparation service for service members. During an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Tony Jackson, a program analyst for the Military OneSource program office, detailed the services available for…

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NORAD provides website, apps to track Santa

Posted December 21, 2012 by

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students…

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Panetta orders review of child care hiring practices

Posted December 21, 2012 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review of hiring practices at Defense Department child development centers. Army officials announced yesterday an immediate investigation into hiring procedures at its child development centers nationwide after identifying potential problems with security background investigations for some CDC employees at Fort Myer, Va. “Secretary Panetta…

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Followership: a key to future success

Posted December 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief, led a ‘Lunch and Learn’ class at the Kennedy Professional Development Center Dec. 5. The class revolved around the importance of followership. “There are about 19,406 books about leadership, but how many are about followership?” Cnota asked. “Currently there are four books out there about…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters: An Opportunity to Give Back

Posted December 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

Looking to get involved in the community? If so, the Big Brother & Big Sister mentoring program could be for you. The program is in need of individuals to be role models for Tucson’s youth. Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program volunteers will be paired with a child between the ages of 7-17. The…

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October is Energy Action Month

Posted October 18, 2012 by Deborah D. Williams

October is Energy Action Month. It is a time for all of us to think about the importance of energy in our daily lives, the lives of our families, and in our ability to accomplish our mission. Our colleagues in the area of responsibility know how critical energy is as they fly missions to resupply…

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TAP scheduled for an overhaul

Posted October 18, 2012 by Clayton Moore

As the Air Force and department of defense continue to improve processes to help servicemen and women while in the military, equal attention is being given to those who are preparing to separate from the Air Force. Enter the new and revised transition assistance program. The TAP is receiving a long overdue overhaul. “The new…

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AF officials reestablish squadron commander support staffs

Posted October 11, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials reestablished squadron commander support staffs on Oct. 1 to help commanders manage administrative duties and other personnel and knowledge operations functions. The decision to recreate squadron CSSs was made by Air Force senior leaders during a Corona South conference in February to help squadron commanders…

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