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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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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 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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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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Lockheed Martin-built military comm satellite marks 20 years in service

Posted August 2, 2012 by Staff

The U.S. Air Force’s Defense Satellite Communications System B12 satellite, built by Lockheed Marti, has reached 20 years on-orbit, double its operational design life. The B12 satellite will continue to serve in a reserve capacity providing secure and reliable communications capabilities for the warfighter. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., July 2, 1992,…

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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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Commander looks to the future at Space Symposium

Posted April 27, 2012 by by SMSgt. Dean J. Miller

The commander of Air Force Space Command addressed a standing-room only crowd at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, April 17, highlighting accomplishments of the command’s 30-year history, the space budget, and his thoughts for the future...

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DCMA Western Region welcomes new commander

Posted November 9, 2012 by Matthew Montgomery

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The North Harbor Marina was the backdrop as Western Regional Command Director, Michael A. Lowry relinquished responsibilities to Air Force Col. Tracey Kop, and bid farewell to coworkers and friends during a change of command and retirement ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo, Beach, Calif., July 19. “It…

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted April 12, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages such military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions, reenlistments, training, mobilization and casualties. Because…

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