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F-35A completes first in-flight weapons release

Posted October 19, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Matthew Short An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition from a 5th Generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by Maj. Eric “Doc” Schultz, 461st Flight Test Squadron. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned…

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STOVL testing at Edwards

Posted May 16, 2014 by Darin Russell

A Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II is shown performing Crosswind and Wet Runway testing at Edwards AFB May 6. Pilot Dan Levin and a team from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Patuxent River, Md., accompanied aircraft BF-4 for the deployment April 11. Testing is expected to continue until…

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Commissaries plan for Monday furloughs

Posted May 31, 2013 by Kevin L. Robinson

When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. Closing commissaries on Mondays would be in addition to any day stores are routinely closed….

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Hierarchy tool critical in aligning supervisors, employees

Posted October 25, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Civilian employees who are not accurately aligned under their supervisors in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System might have delays in processing important personnel actions, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The position hierarchy maintenance tool, accessible via DCPDS, allows supervisors to accurately align themselves with their employees in DCPDS. If the position hierarchy is…

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Maintain SA during the holidays

Posted December 7, 2012 by Robert Hoover

During the holidays it is important to maintain one’s situational awareness. This is the time of year when the malls are jammed packed with holiday shoppers trying to scoop up on the best deals they can find. As you go shopping, or as you travel, it is important to remember that active shooter situations can…

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Travel regulation changes affect PCS moves, travelers

Posted October 24, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty assignments. As of July 25, Army uniformed and civilian travelers are directed to use their government travel credit cards for PCS moves, Harvey Johnson, the director of the Defense Travel…

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted August 2, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days are…

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Commissaries to start scanning IDs

Posted November 8, 2013 by DeCA Public Affairs Division

Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers’ Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit.

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted December 14, 2012 by Senior Master Sgt. David Byron

The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3.

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Exchange’s extended holiday return policy gives shoppers peace of mind

Posted October 24, 2014 by Jusika Martinez

  To make gift giving easier, the Army & Air Force Exchange service is extending its return policy for items purchased from Nov. 1 to Dec. 24, 2014. The Edwards Air Force Base Exchange’s standard policy allows returns anywhere from up to 15 to 90 days of purchase with a sales receipt. The holiday return/exchange…

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