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Smaller Air Force will protect quality, readiness

Posted January 18, 2013 by By Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To roll with unprecedented strategic and fiscal challenges, the best path forward for the Air Force is to become smaller to protect a high-quality, ready force, top Air Force officials said. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed Pentagon reporters, addressing…

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Academic Help is a Click Away

Posted April 5, 2013 by Amy Briskin

“Tutor.com is really helpful. After about a week of using tutor.com, I’ve seen improvements in my math grade. Math is very confusing for me, and tutors on tutor.com actually take time to explain it to me. Thanks tutor.com!” – K-12 Student, about Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families.” The pressure is on for military students and…

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Fanning becomes acting Air Force secretary

Posted July 5, 2013 by tomlear

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning became the acting secretary of the Air Force June 21, succeeding Michael Donley, who departed the position after more than five years. Fanning was confirmed undersecretary by the Senate April 18 and, under federal law, automatically assumes the job of acting secretary until the president…

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U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson
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Mission challenges, integration great mix for air refuelers

Posted October 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson

U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joe Davidson Aircraft commander Maj. Steve Greenspan and Co-Pilot 1st Lt. Ron Lee discuss maintenance issues with Crew Chief Staff Sgt. Justin Duhart during an air refueling flight over the Pacific Ocean. Two members of the media were aboard this flight covering the air refueling operation and the personnel that…

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Estrada
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Yellow Ribbon Program resources help family through deployment, tragedy

Posted March 7, 2014 by Master Sgt. Linda Welz

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Estrada Michelle Lutz rests her head on the shoulder of her husband, Chief Master Sgt. Rich Lutz, during a post-deployment breakout session at an Air Force Reserve aFeb. 23, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. The Lutzes are working through the tragedy of losing Michelle’s younger brother to suicide the same…

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U.S. Air Force photo / Val Gempis
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Ardent Sentry Exercise 2012

Posted July 20, 2012 by by Capt. Perry L. Covington

The 163rd Reconnaissance Wing took part in the Ardent Sentry Exercise on May 7. This major exercise focused on defense support of civil entities during a crisis. The object of the exercise was to launch an...

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AF officials delay MilPDS upgrade

Posted November 9, 2012 by By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Air Force officials are delaying the upgrade of the Military Personnel Data System that was originally scheduled for December. Delaying the upgrade is necessary to ensure the new system is thoroughly tested by the Air Force Personnel Center and other Department of Defense and Air Force agencies that use…

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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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