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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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Navy laboratory set to deliver new standards to U.S. Air Force

Posted August 30, 2013 by Troy Clarke and MC1 Chris Okula

U.S. Navy photo/Greg Vojtko Lance Doddridge, electrical engineer and physicist at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, splices fiber optic cable as he works on Linearity Calibration Standard (LCS) 8513. The patent-pending device, which compares fiber optic power test meters against a known standard, was recently introduced to the U.S. Navy’s calibration facility at…

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AF uniform policy update: welcome back morale T-shirts, badges and limitless athletic shoes

Posted January 24, 2014 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen. During the…

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SecAF says Total force readiness has atrophied

Posted June 27, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

While elements of the Air Force are always prepared to meet the country’s readiness needs, total force readiness has deteriorated, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Defense Writers Group June 18. Nearing the six-month mark of her term as the Air Force’s top official, James touched on appropriately balancing the readiness of the…

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Air Reserve commander eases into retirement

Posted June 15, 2012 by by Betty Kennedy

In June 2008, Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr. became the 27th person to lead the Air Force Reserve. He is set to retire and relinquish his dual position as Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of...

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Lodging rates increase Oct. 1

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — After four years without a rate increase, Air Force lodging rates went up beginning Oct. 1, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The increase is necessary to ensure Air Force Lodging rates cover current operating and capital improvement costs, said Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, AFPC commander. As an example,…

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