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F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Posted April 17, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14.

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Exchange special sizes catalog helps military shoppers look their best

Posted April 17, 2015 by

Soldiers, Airmen and their families can put some spring in their step with the latest fashions in special sizes from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s latest catalog. The 20-page Special Sizes guide is decked out with on-trend looks in a variety of sizes, including big and tall, plus, petite and maternity. Women can…

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Salute military children during the Month of the Military Child

Posted April 17, 2015 by

In April, the military community comes together to highlight the contributions, bravery and patriotism of its youngest members.  The Month of the Military Child recognizes the more than 1.9 million U.S. military children that brave the unique challenges of military life. Often military kids face back-to-back deployments of a parent, or; they may have to…

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The whole family can join for chance to win $3,000 in prizes

Posted March 13, 2015 by Brittany Power

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is encouraging shoppers worldwide to hop to it and take a crack at $3,000 in prizes. With the Patriot Family Easter Egg Hunt Contest, shoppers can search for clues at the Edwards Exchange and post the correct answers on the Exchange’s Facebook page contest tab at www.facebook.com/AAFES.BX.PX. Shoppers…

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Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

Posted February 27, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

Civilian employees will have 27 pay dates in 2015 compared to the usual 26, so some employees might need to adjust their Thrift Savings Plan contribution elections to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015. The Internal Revenue Code imposes a limit each year on the amount that an employee can contribute annually to…

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Carter takes office as 25th Defense secretary

Posted February 20, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

Ash Carter became the 25th secretary of Defense Feb. 17, after having served previously as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs.

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75 day leave carryover ends Sept. 30

Posted February 20, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

Effective Sept. 30, military members will no longer be able to carry more than 60 days of leave into the next fiscal year, in accordance with 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requirements. Unless they are approved for special leave accrual, Regular Air Force and Active Guard Reserve – or AGR – members who have more…

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted February 6, 2015 by timchisham

The Department of Defense recently announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing, basic allowance for subsistence, and the cost of living allowance rates for the contiguous United States will…

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I really shouldn’t be here

Posted February 6, 2015 by Capt. David Liapis

A couple of feet and a half a second. These may seem like insignificant measurements; but when combined with fatigue, a couple of feet almost cost me my career, and that half a second almost ended my life. There was a time when I was an enlisted aircraft electrical and environmental systems specialist and was…

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted January 9, 2015 by DOD News

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members Dec. 22, with most service members receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates for…

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