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Historic Los Alamitos base now home to state-of-the-art Army Reserve headquarters

Posted January 21, 2013 by Dave Palmer

The 79th Sustainment Support Command officially opened its new 53,000-square-foot headquarters facility on Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Jan. 12. Hosting fellow Soldiers, civic leaders and community members was Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., 79th SSC commander. “The structure behind me is proof positive of U.S. Army commitment to our Army Reserve Soldiers,”…

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Air Force begins testing new pod capability

Posted January 21, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Maj. Olivia Elliott, of the 40th Flight Test Squadron, examines the LITENING II advanced targeting pod mounted on her A-10 Thunderbolt II prior to a test mission Jan. 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Her mission was to wrap up flight testing of the new Net-T software…

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Air Force Space Command to bolster cyber force

Posted January 21, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Air Force Space Command expects to be directed to add 1,000 new people, mainly civilians, to its base of about 6,000 cyber professionals for fiscal 2014, the command’s chief said Jan. 17. Speaking with reporters at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Gen. William L. Shelton said direction for the hires would come from…

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War fighters discuss mission accomplishment at WEPTAC

Posted January 18, 2013 by A1C Monet Villacorte

Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman Approximately 670 war fighters from across the Air Combat Command gathered Jan. 3 to 16 at the Weapons and Tactics conference, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., hosted by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. Attendees discussed ways to efficiently and effectively accomplish the Air Force mission with equipment…

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Sequestration will hollow out force fast, Dempsey says

Posted January 18, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The across-the-board spending cuts that would result if a “sequestration” mechanism in budget law kicks in March 1 will hollow out U.S. military forces faster than most Americans imagine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Jan. 17. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a recent news briefing that if sequestration happens,…

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Morin talks sequestration, near-term budget actions

Posted January 18, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

The acting under secretary of the Air Force described how the nation’s fiscal challenges are affecting the service to a group of civic and industry leaders in Arlington, Va., Jan. 15. Dr. Jamie Morin spoke to members of industry, the Air Force, the Air Force Association and media as part of AFA’s monthly breakfast program…

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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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Panetta urges new focus for NATO

Posted January 18, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, left, meets with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London, Jan. 18, 2013. Panetta is on a six-day trip to Europe to visit with defense counterparts and troops. As the International Security Assistance Force transitions to a sustaining role…

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Air Force officials anticipate pay delays for officers, enlisted Airmen promoted in March

Posted January 18, 2013 by TSgt. Steve Grever

Officers and enlisted airmen getting promoted in March will experience pay delays because of the Military Personnel Data System upgrade occurring that month. “Individuals getting promoted from Mar. 4 to Mar. 26 will not get their promotions updated in MilPDS because of the upgrade,” said Lt. Col. Shelley Strong, Air Force Personnel Center operations division…

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Army lays out Network path ahead at industry day

Posted January 16, 2013 by Claire Heininger

Facing both new missions and fiscal constraints, the Army will use the Network Integration Evaluations to respond to emerging requirements, make smarter acquisition decisions and keep pace with technological change, Army senior leaders told industry partners this week. Attended by approximately 200 industry representatives, with at least 45 percent of participants representing small businesses, the…

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