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AF releases criteria for new combat medal

Posted March 1, 2013 by by Senior Master Sgt. David Byron

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Distinguished Warfare Medal, Feb. 15, following defense officials’ announcement of the new decoration days prior. The DWM will be awarded to honor individuals for single acts of extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, that directly impact combat or other military operations approved by the secretary…

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Top Reserve shirt talks first sergeants’ importance

Posted February 22, 2013 by by Tech. Sgt. Richard Gonzales

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose, Air Force Reserve Command’s first sergeant functional manager. (U.S. Air Force photo) HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — Early in his career, Chief Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose saw a first sergeant fix a problem others said couldn’t be solved. Bellerose, a security forces patrolman at the time, was working at…

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AF chief of staff releases 2013 reading list

Posted February 15, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force chief of staff published his professional reading list Feb. 1. In a message on the website, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said, “We are the world’s greatest air force because of our Airmen…and we must continue to strengthen that team.” He asks Airmen to take a look at the list…

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Family, Medical Leave Act expands protections for military families

Posted February 15, 2013 by 1st Lt. Andre J. Bowser

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. — More support has been extended to military dependents through expansions of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which include unpaid, job-protected time off for care of injured servicemembers or veterans and activities arising from a servicemember’s deployment. While family members of the U.S. Armed Forces have enjoyed entitlements…

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College cash available for Airmen

Posted February 15, 2013 by by Shawn J. Jones

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — Many new Airmen cite education benefits as a top incentive for choosing to serve, yet hundreds of thousands of dollars in Air Force college money go unused every year. Tuition assistance is one education benefit that Airmen can use to offset the cost of higher learning. The Air Force Reserve…

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Same-sex couples can claim new benefits by October

Posted February 15, 2013 by By Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Military members and retirees with same-sex partners will qualify for up to 24 new benefits under policy changes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced, Feb. 11. In a memo to the service chiefs outlining the new policy, Panetta noted the department has “essentially completed” repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

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African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration

Posted February 15, 2013 by by Dr. Robert Kane

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times. After the Revolutionary war began in 1775, the British offered to free any African-American…

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AF implements voluntary FY13 force management programs

Posted February 8, 2013 by by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal year 2013, stated the Air Force Personnel Center officials. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction…

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Retiree ID cards now have expiration dates

Posted February 8, 2013 by by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —  Blue retiree identification cards issued prior to December 2012 had the word “indef” in the expiration date block, rather than a date. Since Dec., retiree cards will now have an expiration date effective the day before the retiree’s 65th birthday. Although benefits will not automatically expire, some changes will…

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Airmen eligible to retrain in March should submit package by Feb. 15

Posted February 8, 2013 by by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are encouraging active duty Airmen eligible to retrain in March 2013, to submit their completed retraining packages through the myPers website by Feb. 15, to avoid processing delays. First term Airmen interested in retraining before their windows close in March, need to accomplish these…

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