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TRICARE moves forward with prime service area reductions

Posted August 9, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Defense Department officials will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options….

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Supervisor Resource Center offers no-cost tools for leadership development

Posted August 9, 2013 by

  The Supervisor Resource Center,¬†located on the Air Force Portal, continues to expand its offering of tools targeting the needs of emerging leaders, as well as new and experienced supervisors. The SRC¬†is an on-line clearinghouse developed to put Air Force tools and no-cost resources for supervisory and leadership development at your fingertips 24×7. Below are…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted August 9, 2013 by

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2. NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory taxis in to the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility after landing moments earlier at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., Aug….

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Edwards ‘fuel’-ing up for new conversion

Posted August 2, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Each Edwards fuel truck, like the one shown, will be remarked with the new fuel type designator once the base converts to commercial Jet A fuel with additives within the continental U.S. All Edwards aircraft, except B-52s and RQ-4s, are projected to convert to Jet A fuel around November…

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PLAYpass gives Airmen up to $1,000 in discounts

Posted August 2, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

  Airmen projected to deploy or have recently returned from a deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs. The PLAYpass program is based upon discount cards which provide eligible Airmen and family members the opportunity to participate in force support squadron programs for…

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Air Force takes swift action against sexual assault

Posted July 26, 2013 by Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward

It’s not an overstatement to say that the past many years have been challenging for those in the military working to prevent sexual assault and sexual trauma. However, for those who’ve been victimized it has been much worse, and we should never forget that. The harm in this crime is not just physical; it is…

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AF to convene selective Lt Col, Col early retirement board

Posted July 26, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force will convene a selective early retirement board Dec. 9 to consider eligible lieutenant colonels and colonels for retirement under the Fiscal Year 2014 Force Management Program. SERB is one of several FM programs to be implemented in fiscal 2014 to help size and balance the force to meet authorized end strength levels,…

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted July 19, 2013 by

Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume….

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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted July 19, 2013 by Jet Fabara

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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AF leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted July 12, 2013 by Air Force News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face involuntary…

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