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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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AF consolidates three field operating agencies

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Paige Hughes

Three San Antonio-based field operating agencies officially consolidated with the Juen 1 initial operational capability announcement, Air Force officials said June 4. The Air Force Personnel Center, Air Force Services Agency and Air Force Manpower Agency, FOAs under the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, are now the new Air…

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Drivers continue to find road bumpy after answering automobile ads

Posted February 22, 2013 by

An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is using the Exchange’s…

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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

Posted September 20, 2013 by

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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Air Force officials expand electronic ADSC notifications

Posted March 30, 2012 by Staff

Air Force Personnel Center officials are expanding automated notifications to airmen of personnel actions requiring them to sign Active Duty Service Commitment acknowledgement statements. The automated ADSC notifications were successfully tested in November 2011 for more than 800 airmen selected for intermediate and senior developmental education courses. Since February, more than 2,200 airmen have received…

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