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Senior leaders send Airmen, families birthday best
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:
On the 66th birthday of the United States Air Force, we salute the dedicated Airmen who provide airpower for America.
From 1947 to today, Airmen have accomplished our Service’s core missions: air and space superiority; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; rapid global mobility; global strike; and command and control. We have evolved into a Service that carries out missions through air, space and cyberspace, but our core missions have remained constant. Advances in technology now allow us to fly faster, farther and higher than ever before.
We use aircraft and spacecraft that no one could have imagined at our Service’s creation, and we continue to provide an asymmetric advantage for America.
Airmen have been and continue to be the strength of our Service. The U.S. Air Force was forged by airpower legends with names like Sijan, Levitow, Jones and Day. These heroes and many others made history, and their legacy continues as today’s Airmen write the history of this generation. Decades from now, the names of Airmen among us today will be as familiar as the names of the earlier heroes we celebrate.
America depends on the Airmen who provide Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power, and our remarkable Total Force of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and Civilian Airmen has never failed to answer the Nation’s call. Please join us in proudly celebrating the 66th birthday of the U.S. Air Force. As always, we sincerely thank you and your families for all that you do.
At 6 years TIS, Airmen can transfer education benefits
Eligible Airmen may be able to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to a family member, but should not wait until they’re ready to retire, separate or until their dependent children are ready to go to college, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
Because the Air Force program is tied to retention, only those on active duty after Aug. 1, 2009 are eligible to transfer benefits. Airmen must also have at least six years of service (active duty and/or selected Reserve) on the date of election and agree to serve four additional years.
“The old reduced-service commitment periods expired July 31, and now everyone who applies for transfer of benefits will incur a four-year, active-duty service commitment,” said Bruce Houseman, the AFPC Education Services and Benefits chief.
Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits vary in amount depending on the member’s aggregated service after the initial eligibility date (Sept. 9, 2011).
2014 Visionary Leadership Award nominations
Nominations for the 2014 General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award will be accepted through Oct. 18, Air Force officials said.
Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, the award recognizes service members and civilians who have exhibited innovation, commitment and a selfless spirit of service to others while inspiring others and significantly improving the integration of and opportunities for women in the Air Force.
Officers, enlisted service members and civilians from any career field or occupational series are eligible.
The award is based on contributions between Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013.
Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency, direct reporting unit, or major command equivalent for applicable suspense dates and additional information regarding nomination procedures.
For more information visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.
Pharmacy home delivery cost-efficient, safe
Following an almost year-long study of the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program requested by members of Congress, the Defense Department inspector general’s office has determined it is a cost-efficient way for beneficiaries to get their prescription medications, TRICARE Management Activity officials reported.
The inspector general’s study found that the Home Delivery mail-order program saved the government 16.7 percent — nearly $67 million — in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, officials said.
The audit compared what the government spent on prescription drugs through Home Delivery and what the cost would have been at retail pharmacies. Additionally, the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts, reported to the inspector general that Home Delivery offers a 99.99 percent prescription fill accuracy rate, high beneficiary satisfaction and improved patient outcomes.