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Air Force presents fiscal year 2017 budget

Posted February 12, 2016 by

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2017 president’s budget request Feb. 9 following the Defense Department and sister services’ budget briefings. Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the Air Force budget director, presented the service’s budget request and said the fiscal 2017 budget request supports the defense strategy, resources combatant commander requirements, continues readiness recovery from…

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AF implements new DOD-wide changes to maternity leave

Posted February 12, 2016 by

Beginning Feb. 5, active-duty female Airmen will receive up to 12 continuous, non-transferable weeks of fully paid maternity leave in accordance with Defense Department-wide changes to the policy outlined in Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Force of the Future announcement Jan. 28. This new policy applies to all Airmen in the active-duty component, and those Reserve…

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AFRL welcomes two new leaders

Posted February 5, 2016 by

Air Force photograph Michael Huggins is the new chief engineer and technical engineering authority for the Aerospace Directorate for Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The directorate chief engineer position was transferred to Edwards AFB and Huggins will divide his time in offices at both locations. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory saw…

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AF announces year two adjustments to enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted February 5, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

Incorporating various observations and assessments from the first year under the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems, the Air Force is making several adjustments for year two to ease execution and strengthen processes. In 2015, the Air Force began execution of the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems with the goal of ensuring performance as…

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AcqDemo team offers information about transition

Posted February 5, 2016 by Ted Singer

In June 2016, some 13,000 Air Force Materiel Command employees will transition to the Department of Defense Civilian Acquisition Workforce Demonstration Project (AcqDemo) pay system. Employees whose positions have been identified for conversion are being notified through their respective Centers. AcqDemo will cover mainly non-bargaining, supervisory and professional series employees. Exceptions to conversion include the…

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Comms program hits 100,000 hours of warfighter connectivity

Posted February 5, 2016 by Patty Welsh

A program managed at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., to ensure war fighters can stay connected despite differing networks and austere environments recently reached a significant milestone and is also on a path to keep moving forward.

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High year of tenure extension for 122 specialties

Posted February 5, 2016 by

Eligible senior airmen, staff sergeants, technical sergeants, and master sergeants in 122 Air Force specialties can apply for a high year of tenure extension and, if approved, will be able to extend between 12 and 24 months past their current HYT. Eligible Airmen who apply for an extension should be approved by their unit commander…

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Air Force implements additional security measures

Posted January 22, 2016 by

In response to tragic events that have taken place on and off installations over the past few years, Air Force commanders can take additional measures to secure personnel and property on their installations through three programs that allow service members to carry weapons.

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F-35 fires first AIM-9X missile

Posted January 22, 2016 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Chad Bellay An F-35 from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12. The Flight Sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, Lockheed Martin chief F-35 test pilot. The…

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AF officials announce civilian reduction in force

Posted January 8, 2016 by

In a continuing effort to meet Defense Department funding targets and rebalance the civilian workforce, some Air Force installations will implement civilian reduction in force authorities effective through April 4. Following a major command needs assessment in early August, more than 1,000 civilian overages were identified across 48 Air Force installations going into fiscal year…

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