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Blended Retirement System Opt-In training now available to all Airmen

Posted October 16, 2017 by Kat Bailey

The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System next year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, 2018, all Airmen should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during the remainder of 2017. Airmen eligible for the new Blended Retirement System began receiving email notifications…

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AF selects Shaw AFB as the preferred location to host a new RPA unit

Posted January 13, 2017 by

The Air Force has selected Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., as the preferred location to base a new MQ-9 Reaper group, including mission control elements. Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Moody AFB, Ga.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Offutt AFB, Neb., were named as reasonable alternatives and will be considered as part of the environmental impact analysis…

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EOD Airmen train for mission where mistakes are lethal

Posted December 4, 2015 by Courtesy of af.mil

EOD Airmen train for mission where mistakes are lethal HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — On a windy Utah morning, under a cold, grey sky, an Airman moves his knife blade slowly through loose dirt toward a stick of dynamite with nitroglycerine crystals sweating through the paper casing. The Airman isn’t sweating, but maybe he…

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AF selects best for developmental special duties

Posted September 1, 2016 by Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Developmental special duties shape the Air Force by building leaders and placing them in key positions to lead Airmen. The DSD program provides Airmen an important opportunity to lead and has been life-changing for those who have experienced it. “The DSD program is a phenomenal initiative to ensure we…

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Career Intermission Program provides hiatus from AF active duty

Posted September 9, 2016 by Kat Bailey

A year ago, Capt. Katie Evans, a personnel officer, had two choices: leave active duty to pursue full-time parenthood and hope to return some day, or apply for the new Career Intermission Program which would allow her to leave the service for a few years with a guaranteed return to active duty. CIP provides active…

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T-Bolts reminded to “See Something, Say Something” about suspicious activity

Posted April 6, 2018 by by 56th Fighter Wing

Have you ever been on or near the base and noticed something that just didn’t look right, but didn’t quite know what to do? In an effort to highlight the role that all personnel have in insuring installation security and the importance of reporting vulnerabilities or suspicious activity, Air Force officials are urging all personnel…

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AF extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s

Posted November 2, 2018 by Secretary of the Air Force

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019. The memo, signed Oct. 18, 2018, extends the high year of tenure from eight to 10 years for senior airmen, from 15 to 20 years for staff sergeants and from 20 to…

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JSTARS Recap program takes next step with RFP release

Posted December 30, 2016 by Patty Welsh

The Air Force is well on its way to replacing a critical airborne battle management command and control weapon system with the Dec. 28, 2016, release of the development request for proposal, or RFP, for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS Recapitalization program.

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Sudden eclipse of the sun …

Posted October 16, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan The sun shines over a static display of the F-15 Eagle Sept. 29 at the Luke Air Force Base air park. The air park contains models of nine aircraft that have served out of Luke throughout the base’s history, including the F-86 Sabre, F-100 Super Sabre, F-104 Starfighter, F-4 Phantom…

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Around the Air Force: Jan. 13

Posted January 13, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James talks about her priorities during her tenure.

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