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News Briefs December 12, 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 by

Commissary hours The Commissary will be closed Dec. 25 and 26. Regular hours will resume Dec. 27. The Commissary will be open regular hours Dec. 31, and closed Jan. 1, 2015. For more information, call 661-277-9175. MPF closure The Military Personnel Section in Bldg. 3000 will be closed for an official function Dec. 15 from…

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TPS graduates 24 students

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Twenty-four students of Class 14A will graduate from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School during a ceremony at the schoolhouse Dec. 12 where each student will be awarded a Master of Science in Flight Test Engineering from the Air Force’s Air University. TPS graduation is the culmination of an intense, 48-week program that includes…

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Thrift Savings Plan limits increase for 2015

Posted December 12, 2014 by Janis El Shabazz

The Internal Revenue Service has announced increased limits for 2015 Thrift Savings Plan contributions. “The maximum contribution amount for traditional and/or Roth TSP will be $18,000; this is an increase from the elective deferral limits of 2013 and 2014, which was $17,500,” said Erica Cathro, an AFPC Human Resources Specialist. “Additionally, the maximum amount of…

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New personal property allotment rule implemented to protect Airmen

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently directed a policy change in paycheck allotments which will prohibit service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property. The prohibition includes allotments for the purchase or finance of vehicles, such as automobiles, motorcycles and boats; appliances or household goods, such as washers, dryers and furniture; electronics…

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Exchange shoppers find extra savings during Saturday-only sales this month

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As Soldiers, Airmen and their families tackle their holiday shopping, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering special deals every Saturday until Christmas, with up to 50 percent off select items. Deals on Dec. 13 include 50 percent off assorted accent furniture, 30 percent off a DeWalt 156-piece mechanics tool set and 25…

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AF realigns missions to enhance nuclear support

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In response to a directive from the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the 377th Air Base Wing in Albuquerque, N.M., will report to Air Force Global Strike Command, and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will reorganize, combining the AFNWC commander and Air Force Program Executive Officer…

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Light it up!

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Air Force photographs by Jet Fabara Team Edwards watched as the base Christmas Tree was officially lit up by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, on the evening of Dec. 5. The tree was also accompanied by unit holiday “cards” created by various offices and squadrons on base. The tree is located…

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Tis the season to drink responsibly

Posted December 12, 2014 by Col. Maureen Harback

It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life and I give thanks for being able to share the holiday…

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Air Force looks at innovative acquisition processes

Posted December 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

With new technologies rapidly coming to the forefront of the global stage, remaining the world’s greatest air force comes at an escalating cost, making responsible spending and cost-cutting initiatives high priorities for Air Force leadership. The Air Force Office of Acquisitions is partnering with industry to realize some of these initiatives and help propel the…

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Finding lifeís new direction after a loss

Posted December 12, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Erica Crossen

Sometimes it takes a difficult situation in your life to not only be reminded of the things you are truly grateful for, but also to serve as a catalyst for change. That moment for me came during the beginning of 2012 when my mother died suddenly at just 43 years old. We had just finished…

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