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Air Force implements civilian hiring freeze

Posted January 18, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders Jan. 16. The actions are part of the Air Force’s efforts to pursue reversible or recoverable steps to avoid impacts to core readiness caused by the looming possibility of sequestration and budgetary shortfalls. Civilian pay…

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Hagel: Accountability key factor to defense management

Posted February 1, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Accountability is at the heart of managing the Defense Department, former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 31. Hagel, President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed retiring Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, provided eight hours of testimony to the Senate panel. Senators asked Hagel how he will manage the largest institution…

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Sequestration would demonstrate failure of resolve

Posted February 15, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

If Congress fails to de-trigger the sequestration mechanism in budget law that will impose across-the-board defense spending cuts March 1, it could demonstrate to allies and enemies that the United States lacks the resolve, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Feb. 14. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Carter warned of the consequences of…

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Patriot Sands teams Reserve Airmen with federal agencies for contingency exercise

Posted March 1, 2013 by

A joint response exercise here brought Air Force and federal agencies together for a national contingency exercise, Feb. 21-23.

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Fly-By-Wire F-15SA makes first flight

Posted March 15, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force and its prime contractor Boeing have completed a successful first flight of the new F-15SA advanced fighter aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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Performance reviews should show how military commanders handle sex assault complaints

Posted March 27, 2013 by AP

A new report required by Congress recommends that the Defense Department assess how well commanding officers handle sexual assault and harassment complaints when reviewing their job performance. The Institute of Medicine said in the report released March 26 that military sexual assault appears to be an important factor in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder….

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KC-46 progress on track

Posted April 10, 2013 by Daryl Mayer

The top acquisition priority in the Air Force - acquiring a new aerial refueling capability - is proceeding "on track," Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the program executive officer for Tankers, said.

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Congress reviews Air Force’s readiness at House hearing

Posted April 29, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

Air Force photograph by Maj. Ian Phillips Maj. Gen. Richard S. Haddad testifies during a hearing of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness April 24, 2013, on Capitol Hill. Active and Reserve component leaders testified to the committee about the Fiscal Year 2014 Presidentís Budget request and force readiness. The proposed budget…

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Edwards flight testers essential to X-51A Waverider success

Posted May 10, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka The X-51A Waverider flew its fourth and final mission May 1 over the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, during which the test team achieved a record- setting 210 seconds of air-breathing hypersonic flight. Flight testers from Edwards played a vital role in the program’s success. When…

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Commission on Air Force structure to meet

Posted May 29, 2013 by

The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing June 4 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. President Obama and the chairmen and ranking members of both Armed Services Committees recently appointed eight members to serve on the Commission. The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act…

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