Air Force

February 8, 2013

Air Force News – February 8, 2013

AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today.

Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active-duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction of 3,340 authorized personnel from fiscal 2012. In order to meet congressionally-mandated end-strength by Sept. 30, the Air Force will continue executing its multi-year force management strategy, said Lt. Col. Letitia Marsh, Headquarters Air Force Separation and Retirement Policy Branch chief.

For officers, voluntary measures will be offered in certain year groups and overage career fields to allow for time in grade waivers for eligible lieutenant colonels and colonels, limited active-duty service commitment waivers, Palace Chase transfers to the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve, and the 10-8 Commissioned Years of Service Waiver program.

For enlisted members, voluntary programs open to Airmen who are not in critical specialties include limited active-duty service commitment and time-in-grade waivers, waivers to enlistment contracts, and Palace Chase transfers to the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123334945

Louisiana

An Air Force recruiter was part of the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard that presented the nation’s colors kicking off Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Feb. 3.

Mali

The U.S. Air Force continues to back French air operations in Mali through refueling efforts, logistical movements, troop transport and information sharing.

Italy

The body of the fighter pilot who went missing during a training mission over the Adriatic Sea Jan. 28 was recovered Jan. 31 by an Italian vessel. He was conducting a nighttime training sortie when contact was lost with his F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Southwest Asia

Airmen with the 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron, also known as “Kingpin,” provide the information that allows successful completion of the Air Tasking Order, a 24-hour planning document that assigns specific aircraft for specific missions. The Combined Air and Space Operations Center plans, monitors and directs sortie execution, close-air support, intelligence, surveillance, air refueling and countless other mission critical operations throughout 20 nations.




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