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Furloughs can begin April 26, DOD comptroller says

Posted March 15, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Unless Congress acts to end sequestration, furloughs for Defense Department civilian employees can begin April 26, the department’s comptroller said here March 11. Robert F. Hale discussed the furlough planning process with a Pentagon audience. The comptroller also took questions sent in via Facebook and Twitter. DOD is the only agency in the U.S. government…

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AF cuts aviation support at public events

Posted March 15, 2013 by

As the U.S. Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs.

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First AF female general paves way for military women

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Jeanne M. Holm was the first woman in the armed forces to be promoted to the rank of major general in 1973, and is credited as single driving force in achieving parity for military women and making them a viable part of the mainstream military. Holm was born in 1921, in Portland, Ore., and enlisted…

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Air Force suspends military tuition assistance

Posted March 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

In the wake of sequestration, the Air Force officially suspended military tuition assistance March 11. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announced the Air Force has officially suspended military TA for the remainder of fiscal 2013. The program will continue to be evaluated to determine the way ahead in fiscal 2014. The Defense Department’s…

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AFIT School of Systems and Logistics

Posted March 8, 2013 by

The Air Force Institute of Technology’s School of Systems and Logistics (AFIT/LS) is pleased to announce AFIT’s upcoming offering of SYS 208 at Edwards Air Force Base. Course Overview This live course explains the Air Force LCRM process to help effectively manage risk and exploit opportunities throughout a program’s life cycle within regulations and guidance…

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AFMC to implement sequestration cuts, analyze impacts

Posted March 8, 2013 by

As a result of sequestration taking effect on March 1, the Air Force is expected to absorb more than $12 billion in reductions this fiscal year while simultaneously working to mitigate an overseas contingency operations funding shortfall and operating under a highly restrictive continuing resolution. Air Force Materiel Command convened a task force this week…

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Test Pilot School modernizes Systems curriculum

Posted March 8, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Air Force photograph by Laura Mowry Randy Kelly, United States Air Force Test Pilot School Systems master instructor, demonstrates a lesson to members of the school’s 12B class. Throughout the remaining calendar year, the school will modernize its curriculum to keep the students and the Air Force on the leading edge of technology. For TPS,…

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Flight testers work towards compatible growth with commercial spectrum demands

Posted March 8, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Graphic courtesy of 412th Test Engineering Group In 1963, Don Thomson, an early instrumentation engineer at Edwards was quoted saying, “a good performance and flying qualities engineer isn’t worth his salt if he needs more than 50 parameters for a single engine aircraft.” Fast forward 50 years and flight test for the single-engine F-35 Lightning…

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AFMC launches surplus supply site

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Air Force Materiel Command has launched a “Unit-Purchased Supplies Efficiency” site to help the command manage surplus supplies and equipment. All AFMC employees have access to the site – an Enterprise Information Management / SharePoint site – and they can post a listing of any excess supplies they have in their units. Similarly, employees can…

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AF releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted March 1, 2013 by

Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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