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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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Leaders urge care in changing commanders’ UCMJ responsibilities

Posted June 7, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. -┬áCommanders must be a part of any solution to the crisis of sexual assault in the military, service leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee June 4. Commanders are responsible not only for the health and welfare of those in their commands, but also for good order and discipline, they emphasized. Some legislative…

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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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Level I and II acquisition certification now automated

Posted September 20, 2013 by Linda Moore & Tim Frey

As of August 2013 the acquisition certification system will review personnel records daily to determine if an individual meets Level I or II acquisition certification standards. If a personnel record shows that an individual meets all required standards, he or she will automatically be granted certification without having to request it. For now, Level III…

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SERB-eligible officers have until Nov. 15 to apply for retirement

Posted November 8, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Lieutenant colonels and colonels who are eligible to meet the Selective Early Retirement Board slated for Dec. 9 still have time to volunteer for retirement before the Nov. 15 window closes, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. SERB is one of several force management programs to be implemented in FY14 to help size and balance…

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Air Force announces new Supervisor Refresher Course

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Air Force announced guidance for the new Supervisor Refresher Course (MAFHRMS420), which will be offered by the Air Force Personnel Professional Development School at Maxwell AFB, Ala., in fiscal year 2014. This course was designed to meet the federal mandate for follow-on supervisory education at least once every three years after completing the initial supervisory…

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April 14 marks anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia’s first landing

Posted April 11, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Air Force photograph Space Shuttle Columbia lands April 14, 1981 on Rogers Dry Lake Bed at Edwards AFB. Monday marks 33 years since the first re-usable space vehicle successfully returned to Earth on the wings of an aircraft. This April, it has been 33 years since the first re-usable space vehicle successfully returned to Earth…

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‘Workhorse’ becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours

Posted June 20, 2014 by Kenji Thuloweit

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds Paul Hattendorf, Lockheed Martin test pilot, flies AF-2 over Edwards during an Airframe Loads Envelope Expansion mission June 11. On this test mission, AF-2 reached 1,000 flying hours becoming the first F-35 to do so. AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. Air Force, became the…

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AFFTC re-designated as Air Force Test Center

Posted July 13, 2012 by by 412th TW Public Affairs

The Air Force Flight Test Center re-designation as the Air Force Test Center was officially recognized during a ceremony here July 13.

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JSF completes first in-flight release of AIM-120

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Matthew Short An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of an instrumented AIM-120 from a 5th Generation fighter, Oct. 19. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Matt Phillips, 461st Flight Test Squadron. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned an AIM-120 over…

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