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Nominations are being accepted and reviewed for inclusion in Portraits in Courage, Vol. IX, through Oct. 13.
“For seven years now Portraits in Courage has told Airmen’s stories of courage, valor and heroism,” said Lt. Col. Paul Baldwin, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Engagement Division deputy. “Airmen perform incredible feats every day and their stories exemplify our warrior ethos. This is an excellent way to share them.”
Air Force officials said packages should focus on leadership, valor, courage, exemplary performance and commitment, or service above self in either a combat, combat support role or extraordinary event outside the normal call of duty.
Submissions should highlight the nominees’ accomplishments during the previous two years and appeal to an audience of Airmen, their families and civilians.
The 300-500 word pieces, officials said, should be in narrative format and not only shed light on the Airman’s career field, but relate a compelling story that reinforces the service’s core values, culture and the Airman’s Creed.
Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as a judge advocate are able to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program, or FLEP, and the Excess Leave Program, ELP.
Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at the Air Force’s expense while also continuing to receive full pay, allowances and tuition. Officers chosen for ELP are responsible for law school expenses and do not receive full pay, allowances or tuition. However, ELP participants remain eligible for active-duty benefits and continue to accrue time toward retirement and promotion.
Selection for the opportunity to participate in the highly competitive programs is based on a review of application packages in their entirety with a focus on the whole-person concept. Interested officers can apply online at www.airforce.com/jag through Feb. 10, 2015.
FLEP applicants must have between two and six years active-duty service and must be in the pay grade O-3 or below as of the day they begin law school. The time-in-service requirements for FLEP cannot be waived.
Air Force officials announced actions designed to set clear expectations, restore Airmen’s time and refocus officer promotions on job performance.
The Air Force has addressed long-standing perceptions that to be promoted, officers must complete an advanced academic degree, and those officers selected by a promotion board to attend developmental education in-residence, are expected to first complete that same level of developmental education by correspondence.
“My number one priority is taking care of people and these initiatives aim to do just that,” said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.
“Our intention is to set clear expectations and ensure that, where possible, we give time back to our officers,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III.
Effective Dec. 1, advanced academic degrees will no longer be considered for officers meeting line of the Air Force promotion boards below the grade of colonel.
Additionally, information provided to all promotion board members will only show the “completed” level of developmental education or whether the officer is a “select” to attend in-residence.
Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices.
The program’s goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness.
The new AFI 90-506, published April 2, establishes flexibility for commanders and community support coordinators to facilitate resilience events and/or coordinate resiliency skills training in conjunction with or independent of commander-themed wingman days.
During the senior leadership portion of the CAF training, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James spoke on the importance of taking care of Airmen as part of her top three priorities.
CAF emphasizes the wingman concept of Airmen and families taking care of themselves and each other, and empowers Airmen to hold each other accountable through Air Force core values.