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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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Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Benefit Changes

Posted May 3, 2013 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. The change was effective Jan. 2, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, Defense Department’s SGLI policy office, said in an interview with…

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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted July 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) -The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy…

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AF Portal goes mobile, gets face-lift

Posted November 27, 2013 by Justin Oakes

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — Expected to launch by the end of 2013, the Global Combat Support System-Air Force, or GCSS-AF, is rolling out a revamped portal, which simplifies navigation, improves performance on low bandwidth connections and works from mobile devices. “The old system had become cluttered, difficult to navigate and was in…

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Asian American – Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Knowing the Facts

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Courtesy Photo One of the first Asian-American woman pilots, Maggie Gee joined the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). Since women were not allowed to regularly serve in combat at the time, she trained male pilots and also copiloted military planes for simulated dogfights. In 2010, she and other WASP pilots would receive the Congressional…

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AF officials plan for downtime to upgrade MilPDS

Posted April 27, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Operations Agency is upgrading and transferring the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Defense Enterprise Computing Center later this year. During the scheduled 23-day upgrade project, MilPDS will not be available. Upgrades to MilPDS have not been accomplished because the system was…

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To the Airmen of the United States Air Force

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

(U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) I was sworn in as the 20th Chief of Staff of our Air Force, Aug. 10. It was a pretty humbling experience. Since I haven’t met most of you, I thought my first move as CSAF should be to say hello. You will probably get tired of hearing me…

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Transition Assistance Program mandatory for some Reservists

Posted November 30, 2012 by

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Some Reservists will be required to complete the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program under legislation designed to reduce unemployment among veterans. The updated Transition Assistance Program went into effect Nov. 21. It now requires mandatory pre-separation counseling, an individualized transition plan, VA benefits briefing and the Department of…

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Air Force cuts aviation support at public events

Posted March 8, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Air Force braces for the impact of sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team to save flying hours to support readiness needs. As of Mar. 1, active-duty, Reserve and…

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Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

Posted June 14, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senior officials announced that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force’s effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks and provide victims the support they need. Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition…

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