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Battlefield Airmen incentive pay to be based on skill versus duty

Based on new authority from the Defense Department, the Air Force announced its intent to begin a pilot program providing battlefield Airmen skill incentive pay based on qualified skills versus performed duties.

Air National Guard photograph by Tech. Sgt. Michael Matkin Local

Arizona Guard Airman relates leadership lessons

Arizona Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jonathan Sheaffer wears a fireman’s helmet as a hazardous material technician for the City of Maricopa Fire Medical Department, a coach’s cap as an assistant high school football coach, and a military duty cap as a vehicle maintenance apprentice with the 161st Air Refueling Wing here.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman James Hensley Health & Safety

Flightline maintenance: safety first

Arizona heat is nothing to joke about, especially with the temperatures rising above 100 degrees during summer. At that temperature, how do maintainers continue to operate and cope with the heat?

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Local

The voice of Luke

Airman 1st Class Timothy Orr, 944th Operations Group aviation resource manager, is often considered to hold two roles at Luke Air Force Base [Ariz.] – his role within the wing and as the National Anthem singer for various base events.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman James Hensley Local

Former Navy SEAL motivates Airmen with faith and experiences

Military personnel face challenges not many in society experience from deployments to being separated from family, and more.

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Citizen Airmen participate in National Police Week

Posted  June 2, 2017

Citizen Airmen in local law enforcement uniforms joined forces with defenders from Luke Air Force Base on May 18 during the S.S. Mayaguez retreat ceremony. The event was one of many taking place during National Police Week, which ran from May 15 to 19 and recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement personnel. The…

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People First

Posted  June 2, 2017

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. Mental health…

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944th FW donates blood

Posted  June 2, 2017

Tech. Sgt. Nestor Cruz Senior Airman Taqla Eidson, 944th Force Support Squadron food service specialist, donates blood May 7 during the 944th Fighter Wing blood drive. United Blood Services, a nonprofit community blood center, founded in Phoenix in 1943, provides blood and blood products to more than 500 hospitals across the United States.

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Exchange gives shoppers chance to win trip for two to M&M’s World

Posted  June 2, 2017

Soldiers, Airmen and their families have the chance to win a trip for two this summer to one of three M&M’s World locations courtesy of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. From now to June 30, authorized Exchange shoppers can enter the M&M’s World Sweepstakes at shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive a…

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Airmen ensured PCS privileges

Posted  June 2, 2017

It’s the season for permanent changes of station and every Airman should know the basic PCS entitlements. PCS entitlements (current 2017 rates) Per diem for driving A combined flat rate calculation cost (includes lodging plus meals and incidental expenses) Member: $142 Dependents per diem when traveling with the military member: • Age 12 or older…

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