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AF proposes 1,600 personnel increase to command support staffs

Posted May 26, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

The U.S. Air Force plans to increase commander support staff manning across the force by 1,600 by fiscal year 2022 increasing total authorizations to more than 6,300.  Currently, the personnel increase calls for 170 officers, 469 enlisted and 961 civilians with all civilian hires authorized for fiscal 2018.  The increase in CSS manning ties directly…

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Air Force selects 1,303 officers for field grade promotions 

Posted May 24, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has selected 1,303 active-duty officers for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel and major during the 2017A Colonel Medical Service Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Line of the Air Force and Medical Service Corps, and Major Medical Service Corps central selection boards.  The boards selected 13 lieutenant colonels for promotion to colonel, 1,254 majors…

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Air Force selects 5,166 for promotion to master sergeant

Posted May 24, 2017 by

The U.S. Air Force has selected 5,166 technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant of the 20,169 eligible. The overall selection rate was 25.61 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 523.22. Selectees’ average time in grade was 3.86 years, time in service was 14.36 years and the average decorations score was 11.42. Additionally,…

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AF presents fiscal year 2018 budget

Posted May 24, 2017 by

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2018 president’s budget request May 23, 2017, following the Defense Department and sister services’ budget briefings. Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the Air Force budget director, said the request supports the Secretary of Defense’s commitment to strengthening the U.S. military by improving warfighting readiness and addressing critical shortfalls while…

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Around the Air Force: May 24

Posted May 24, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, Air Force senior leaders testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Strategic Forces Subcommittee on space capabilities, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force met with airline execs to discuss the pilot shortage.

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Yesterday’s Air Force: Pilot training

Posted May 23, 2017 by

This episode of Yesterday’s Air Force takes a look back at the history of the Air Force’s Pilot Training Program, from its humble beginnings in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to its modern day pursuit of air superiority.

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Around the Air Force: May 19

Posted May 23, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, the F-35 Lightning II pilot minimum weight restriction has been lifted and May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

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First term airmen courses receive curriculum overhaul

Posted May 19, 2017 by

The Air Force has rolled out a new First Term Airmen Course dedicated to developing Airmen as next-generation leaders. 

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Bombers bring the Hammer

Posted May 17, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Donald C. Knechtel

Two B-1Bs from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., deployed 30 inert precision-guided bombs, cluster bomb units, and decoys during a weapons system evaluation May 8 to 11 at the Utah Test and Training Range, Nev.

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Around the Air Force: May 16

Posted May 17, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson is sworn in as the 24th Secretary of the Air Force, Airmen are being encouraged to share their ideas for revitalizing squadrons, and Air University has cancelled Squadron Officer School Class 17G.

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