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Aviators may be eligible for retention incentives
Eligible active-duty aviators have until Sept. 30 to apply for the 2013 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials recently said.
The purpose of the program is to retain highly qualified aircrew members at a fraction of the cost incurred to train new rated officers, said Lt. Col. Stuart Rubio, Air Force Rated Force Policy-Mobility Forces chief.
“In addition, we preserve a fully ready cadre of aircrew officers, eliminating years of necessary tempering and experience,” he said.
ARP provides eligible pilots and combat systems officers with monetary incentives in exchange for active-duty service commitments of three, four or five, or up to 20 years of aviation service.
“The program has significantly changed to target specific rated categories expected to be critical to new mission growth and inventory shortages,” Rubio said, advising interested aviators to carefully review this year’s program.
The fiscal 2013 program is focused on five groups:
Pilots who are reaching the end of their initial undergraduate flying training commitment
RPA (11U) and fighter (11F) pilots who are reaching the end of their initial undergraduate flying training commitment
SecDef: DOD welcomes Supreme Court decision
Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prevented federal agencies from offering all of the same benefits to spouses in same-sex married couples that they provide to other spouses.
Here is the secretary’s statement:
The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act. The Department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses — regardless of sexual orientation as soon as possible. That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do.
Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country and their qualifications to do so.
ADL creator adds to Air Force e-learning
Learning. For John Hawk it often starts with someone needing to train thousands of Airmen as effectively, easily and economically as possible.
Hawk is the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center’s creator of Advanced Distributive Learning products for the Air National Guard. He sorts though loads of data, ideas, requirements and graphics to structure and create online learning products for the total Air Force.
“This is the hub of education in the Air National Guard, and this is education, it’s just delivered a little differently,” Hawk recently said.
Hawk retired as an Air Force master sergeant and followed a career path that led him to his current position. First, he was a financial services specialist, and then an information manager, then he served nearly 5,000 hours as an enlisted professional military education instructor.
He admitted that he is rarely a subject matter expert in the training he develops. Topics including nuclear weapons material and airfield encroachment are not his forte. He would rather have his customers — mostly Air Force and Air National Guard career field managers — collaborate with him to make solid computer-based training.
AF study highlights world trends, core missions
The Air Force Chief Scientist has officially concluded his last study, looking into the Air Force’s core mission of global vigilance, global reach and global power in the context of how global trends will affect those missions in the next 25 years.
The Global Horizons study, led by Dr. Mark Maybury, outgoing Air Force chief scientist, looked at how the Air Force’s core functions within the domains of air, space and cyberspace can be sustained and enhanced using science and technology amid a rapidly changing world.
The study highlighted how these domains will be increasingly complex, congested, competitive and contested.
“The study succeeded,” Maybury said “in quantitatively forecasting the future out to 2050 in terms of changes that influence global stability such as global population and prosperity, climate changes, and competition for natural resources (e.g., water, energy, rare earths) as well as forecasting technology and military trends that might undermine freedom of maneuver in global domains.”