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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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AF survey looks at community programs’ effectiveness

Posted April 12, 2013 by

The 2013 Air Force Community Assessment Survey launched Mar. 5, and this time includes reservists, guardsmen and spouses. The assessment is designed to assist chaplains and people working in installation-level Airman and family readiness centers, family advocacy programs, health and wellness centers, mental health clinics and child and youth programs to better meet the needs…

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CSAF discusses national security space at symposium

Posted April 27, 2012 by by MSgt. Kevin Williams

The Air Force chief of staff spoke to leaders from industry, academia and the government about the current state of national security space and the U.S. aerospace industrial base at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 19. In his remarks...

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Space command convenes accident investigation

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Air Force Space Command commander Gen. William Shelton has ordered an Accident Investigation Board to investigate why a Delta IV RL-10B-2 upper stage engine did not perform as expected during the Oct. 4 launch of a GPS IIF satellite. “While the launch was ultimately successful, the time-honored rigor and earnest process of an AIB will…

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Air Force Space Command to discontinue space surveillance system

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Due to resource constraints caused by sequestration, Air Force Space Command officials have directed the 21st Space Wing to prepare to discontinue operations at the Air Force Space Surveillance System by Oct. 1. Final decisions on all fiscal 2014 budget issues will be made over the next few weeks. By discontinuing operations, the AFSSS would…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin GPS III flight operations contract

Posted June 8, 2012 by Staff

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles. The first and second GPS III satellites are on schedule for launch availability in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The GPS III program…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted February 22, 2013 by

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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Air Force suspends military tuition assistance

Posted March 15, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

In the wake of sequestration, the Air Force officially suspended military tuition assistance March 11. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announced the Air Force has officially suspended military TA for the remainder of fiscal 2013. The program will continue to be evaluated to determine the way ahead in fiscal 2014. The Defense Department’s…

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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted March 27, 2012 by

In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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