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AFTC needs to be ‘agile, ready, right’

The Air Force Test Center added a page to its three-year history June 18 when Maj. Gen. David A. Harris stepped into the role of commander. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, presided as the center transitioned to a new leader for the very first time.

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Students study Earth from NASA flying lab

Thirty-two undergraduate students are participating in an eight-week NASA Airborne Science field experience designed to immerse them in the agency's Earth science research.

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Diamond in the rough: An Airman’s recovery from his haunted past

Growing up, many of his childhood nights were spent staring through a gaping hole in his bedroom ceiling. He didn't know how it got there, but sometimes it served as a pleasant escape from the surrounding chaos.

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OG Immersion program brings flight test within sight

The 412th Operations Group is creating the "OG Immersion" program to directly involve organizations on base with the main flight mission.

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Commissaries serve as Feds Feed Families collection sites

Commissaries are serving as collection points for the Feds Feed Families campaign, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at participating stateside military installations.


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A Chaplain’s perspective on sexual assault

Posted  April 11, 2014

Have you ever had your soul torn in two? In other words, have you ever been hurt at such a deep level that you don’t think you will ever be healed again? That is what happens with a sexual assault. It cuts deep into a person so that their very being is damaged in ways…

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TRICARE recognizes Month of the Military Child

Posted  April 11, 2014

Each April, the military community pauses to focus on its youngest members, those who don’t deploy or travel to war, but are affected by those events just the same–the military child. Military children are unique in that they face frequent moves and parental deployments, in addition to the typical childhood stressors of learning, maturing and…

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Airmen do’s, don’ts regarding political activities

Posted  April 11, 2014

Many Airmen face one question every four years or so, “How politically active can I be? This article provides a brief description of the limitations applicable to service members when it comes to political activity. The political activities of service members are governed by DOD Directive 1344.10, and Airmen in particular are subject to the…

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

Posted  April 11, 2014

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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The Emotionless Leader: trusted, respected by Airmen

Posted  April 11, 2014

“I don’t want to hurt her career …” “He’s the best NCO I’ve got. I don’t want to see him lose a stripe …” How many times have you heard someone in a leadership position make statements such as these when contemplating disciplinary actions when an Airman or NCO makes a terrible decision? Whether due…

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Exchange Quality Assurance team last line of defense for safety, performance

Posted  April 11, 2014

In the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Quality Assurance testing facility, it is not uncommon to see a flicker of light through the blinds or to experience the faint smell of burning plastic seeping up from under the closed doors. Although the unsuspecting may assume there is an emergency, it’s business as usual at…

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AF updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists

Posted  April 11, 2014

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal year 2014. Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade…

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April 8 – Pulse on Air Force force management

Posted  April 11, 2014

A limited number of Airmen who received notice that their previously approved applications for early retirement had been declined will be given the option to retire if they still desire to do so, officials announced April 8. “We are aware that some Airmen received erroneous (temporary early retirement authority) approvals and were subsequently notified of…

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Air Force updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists*

Posted  April 11, 2014

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal year 2014. Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade…

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X-56A testbed arrives at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Posted  April 11, 2014

The latest in a long series of experimental research aircraft, or X-planes, recently arrived at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif.

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