Air Force

January 24, 2014

Air Force News – January 24, 2014

Alaska

Firefighters from the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron swam across Upper Sixmile Lake while conducting ice water rescue training in 14-degree weather Jan. 13 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The training prepared firefighters for water rescues.

Kansas

McConnell Air Force Base’s first family to compete in the national Triple Play Fit Family Challenge has progressed to the third and final tier of the national competition. The family is among the top five out of two hundred families who will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to compete for the title. The contest began in October 2013 by families tracking the progress they made toward a healthier lifestyle on a blog.

Afghanistan

A U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and astronautics department instructor distributed star charts and space images to 250 Afghan children through Discover the Universe, a program, educating them on the planets, stars and constellations in the night sky.

Africa

Rwandan soldiers and their equipment flew from Rwanda to the Central Africa Republic on a C-17 Globemaster III based out of McChord Air Force Base, Wash., Jan. 19. U.S. forces will transport a total of 850 Rwandan soldiers and more than 1,000 tons of equipment into the Central African Republic to aid operations against militants.

AF uniform policy update: welcome back morale T-shirts, badges, limitless athletic shoes

The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17 with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen.

During the past year, Welsh prompted Airmen to make their voice heard through the Every Dollar Counts campaign, held last spring, and suggestions made directly to him during base visits or comments to the uniform survey board itself.

“The policy changes revolve around three areas,” said Col. Patrick Doherty, Director of Air Force Services who has oversight of the uniforms and awards and recognition branch. “The first area of policy changes is focused on heritage, team building, esprit de corps and unit pride.

The second is recognizing and valuing Airmen’s experiences, qualifications and job performance, allowing Airmen to wear what they have earned. The last area is a group of common sense approach inputs from Airmen in the field that senior leaders thought were great ideas.”

Updates to the AFI, include:

Morale T-shirts/patches representing individual squadrons that were worn in the past to increase unit pride are now authorized to wear on Fridays.




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