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Northrop Grumman delivers first communications payload for U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System

Posted March 1, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of two protected communications payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System that will provide continuous coverage in the north polar region for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical military communications. The extremely high frequency payload leverages protected communications technologies the company developed for the…

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Space Command officials eliminate flight suit, jackets

Posted April 27, 2012 by Staff

Air Force Space Command officials announced April 13 that airmen assigned to the command will cease wearing flight suits, the green flight jacket and the A-2 Leather Jacket by the end of the fiscal year. Directed by Gen. William L. Shelton, the AFSPC commander, the move is ...

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Successful GPS IIF-3 launch from Cape Canaveral AFS

Posted October 12, 2012 by

The third GPS IIF satellite, Space Vehicle Number 65, was carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Launch Vehicle at 8:10 a.m., EDT, Oct. 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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ORS now aligned under SMC

Posted March 29, 2013 by

Air Force photograph The Operationally Responsive Space Office at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., conducted a video conference assumption of leadership ceremony March 7, with Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles AFB, Calif., presiding by video teleconference to install Col. John Anttonen as the ORS…

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Knowing common hiring authorities critical in filling civilian positions

Posted May 25, 2012 by by Erin Tindell

As the Air Force continues to reform its hiring processes, hiring managers can make better, timelier decisions when they understand which hiring authorities they should use when recruiting new employees. Hiring appointment authorities provide managers with the legal means to hire employees via a new appointment, transfer or reinstatement. Ensuring managers understand the most frequently…

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The Avengers assemble in Exchange and Marvel’s latest military-only free comic

Posted February 22, 2013 by Chris Ward

Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow are all making their way to military installations around the world via one million free comic books published exclusively for the Armed Forces by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Marvel Custom Solutions. The new full-color comic, titled “Double Vision,” opens five years in the…

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Lockheed Martin-built defense weather satellite delivered to Vandenberg AFB

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman team successfully delivered the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, block 5D3, weather satellite Aug. 1 to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where it will be prepared for launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. An Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, operated by…

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High year of tenure change continues to affect assignments

Posted March 26, 2012 by Staff

The January return to pre-2003 enlisted high year of tenure rates continues to impact assignments, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced March 6. High year of tenure is the maximum number of years enlisted airmen in each grade may remain on active duty. In 2003, HYT was adjusted upward to retain experienced airmen for a…

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Air Force general explains force structure decisions to Congress

Posted July 20, 2012 by By TSgt. Richard A. Williams Jr.

The Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs testified on proposed force structure changes before the House Armed Services Committee July 12. Lt. Gen. Christopher Miller answered...

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Air Force extends Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transfer phase-in period

Posted March 15, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Some airmen will be able to transfer all or a portion of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their family members without incurring a four-year active duty service commitment thanks to a program phase-in extension implemented this month. When initially implemented, the Post-9/11 GI Bill education transfer program was phased in to enable airmen nearing…

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