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AF chief of staff releases 2013 reading list
The Air Force chief of staff published his professional reading list Feb. 1.
In a message on the website, Gen. Mark Welsh III said, “We are the world’s greatest air force because of our Airmen … and we must continue to strengthen that team.”
He asks Airmen to take a look at the list that highlights the Air Force’s heritage and fighting spirit, and encourages innovation and forward thinking.
This year’s list contains 14 books, seven films, seven TED talks, web-based resources, and for the first time, artwork, music and photography selections.
The books in this year’s reading list are:
“Hat in the Ring: The Birth of American Air Power in the Great War” by Bert Frandsen
“West with the Night” by Beryl Markham
“The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy” by David Hoffman
“Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, 1941-1942” by Daniel Ford
“Leading With Honor” by Lee Ellis
“Dressmaker of Khair Khana” by Gayle Lemmon
“The Sovereignty Solution” by Anna Simons, Joe McGraw, and Duane Lauchengco
“I Always Wanted to Fly: America’s Cold War Airmen” by Col Wolfgang Samuel
“Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight” by Chris Dubbs and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom
AF Teen Council plans 2013 growth, development events
How many times have you said, “Man, I’m so bored.”?
If you said it once, you’ve said it too many times. The Air Force Teen Council has many events planned this year that will get you on your feet, including four projects, collectively known as the 2013 Teen Movement Project. Designed to benefit military teens, support and participation in these projects is vital to their success.
Between January and March, installation teen councils around the world are working on the first quarter project, “ConnecTeens.” The focus is on building communication and collaboration between teen councils and other organizations in their communities. The second quarterly project, “ParticipaTeens,” is designed to increase teen participation in youth centers Air Force wide.
“Come on, Let’s GO!” the third quarter project, focuses on center support for youth facing permanent change of station difficulties. The final 2013 quarterly project is “STEMtastic.” This project is designed to introduce students to science and mathematics-related career opportunities.
AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs
The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 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 multiyear 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, limited active duty service commitment waivers, Palace Chase transfers to the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve, and the 10 to 8 Commissioned Years of Service Waiver program.
Panetta extends benefits to same-sex partners
Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members.
Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change:
“Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Defense Department.
“At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country. The department already provides a group of benefits that are member-designated. Today, I am pleased to announce that after a thorough and deliberate review, the department will extend additional benefits to same-sex partners of service members.