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Revised ‘Brown, Blue Book’ released

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Revised ‘Brown, Blue Book’ released

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -  The Air Force recently updated the contents of The Enlisted Force Structure and The Profession of Arms: Our Core Values, more commonly known among airmen as the "Brown" and "Blue" books. Tradition and heritage are themes found within the revamped foundational guides for airmen to emulate throughout

WIT champions win for DoD members

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WIT champions win for DoD members

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of Defense recently announced that effective April 7, 2022, the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) will allow nursing service members and civilian employees to be reimbursed for breast milk shipment costs when on official travel for more than three days. This change was championed by

Air Force announces officer performance report static closeout dates, beginning October 2022

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Air Force announces officer performance report static closeout dates, beginning October 2022

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -  The Air Force is taking another major step in a series of transformations within its officer evaluation system with the implementation of officer performance report (OPR) static closeout dates (SCODs) for officers in the grades of O-1 to O-6. "As we continue to fully execute?Action Order A (Airmen),

‘Candy Bomber’ passes away at 101

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‘Candy Bomber’ passes away at 101

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen, also known as the "Candy Bomber," passed away Feb. 16. He was 101 years old. Starting his career in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942, Halvorsen served as a pilot until his retirement in 1974, after accumulating more than 8,000 flying hours

Looking out for one another

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Looking out for one another

As part of the ongoing Invisible Wounds Initiative Command Team Campaign launched by Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, the service is working to improve the perception of invisible wounds, remove barriers to care, enhance the continuum of care

The fight for tomorrow

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The fight for tomorrow

As the service continues to refine what is needed to develop the airmen required to fight and win our future wars, Air Force officials announced the implementation of the Enlisted Force Development Action Plan, located here. With a goal to complete 28 force development objectives in the next two years, the

CSAF spouse announces Five and Thrive initiative

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CSAF spouse announces Five and Thrive initiative

The spouse of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Sharene Brown, has announced a Five & Thrive initiative, which increases focus and attention on the top five quality of life challenges military families face. The challenges - childcare, education, healthcare, housing and spouse employment - are directly tied to

DAF authorizes pass for COVID booster

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DAF authorizes pass for COVID booster

WASHINGTON (AFNS) - Airmen and guardians who are eligible and elect to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are authorized a four-hour pass, or up to four-hours administrative leave for Department of the Air Force civilians. "We strongly encourage all airmen, guardians, and DAF federal employees to receive a

Department of the Air Force releases COVID-19 policy

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Department of the Air Force releases COVID-19 policy

WASHINGTON (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force released its policy Dec. 8 outlining the way forward for Total Force military members serving in the Air Force and Space Force who have requested separation or retirement prior to Nov. 2, 2021, or whose COVID-19 medical exemption or religious accommodation

Department of the Air Force releases findings on Interpersonal Violence survey

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Department of the Air Force releases findings on Interpersonal Violence survey

The Department of the Air Force released findings from a force-wide Interpersonal Violence Task Force Nov. 9, which studied the depth and scope of how airmen and guardians are affected by interpersonal violence. The results are available for download here. After the Secretary of the Air Force established the Interpersonal Violence

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Air Force announces 100 percent promotion opportunity to major

In the latest move to restore the Air Force's readiness and lethality, senior leaders are taking a closer look at officer performance management with a focus on developing leaders and retaining the talented professionals the service needs. Over the last year, Headquarters Air Force has conducted research and developed recommendations on

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Air Force to lessen pilot shortage, added incentives to keep troops flying

Air Force officials announced three additional initiatives designed to enhance mission readiness by keeping pilots in the service and bringing retired pilots back to fill critical-rated positions. The first is an increase in the aviation incentive pay, commonly called flight pay, for both officer and enlisted aviators for the first time

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AF releases criteria for new valor "V", combat "C" and remote "R" devices

Air Force officials released criteria for the new "V", "C" and "R" devices, following the secretary of Defense's Jan. 7, 2016, authorization. Following a comprehensive Military Decorations and Awards Review in 2015, the secretary of Defense implemented several changes to ensure the Defense Department's military decoration and awards program continues to

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Senate confirms Wilson as Air Force secretary

Heather Wilson will be the next secretary of the Air Force, following her confirmation by the Senate May 8. Wilson, who is stepping down from her position as the president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to take the post, is expected to be sworn in within a

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KC-46A approved for production

WASHINGTON (AFNS) - The KC-46A Pegasus program received Milestone C approval from Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, signaling the aircraft is ready to enter into production. Work is now underway to award the first two low-rate initial production lots within the next 30 days. "I

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Could Reaper come to McChord Field?

The Air Force released basing criteria, April 12, that will be used to select candidate bases for a potential new MQ-9 Reaper wing with units at up to two locations. The Air Force is pursuing additional locations to help diversify assignment opportunities for personnel within the MQ-9 enterprise, provide increased opportunities

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Service forced into tough decisions

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2017 president's budget request Feb. 9 following the Defense Department and sister services' budget briefings. Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the Air Force budget director, presented the service's budget request and said the fiscal 2017 budget request supports the defense strategy, resources combatant commander requirements,

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AF awards contract for next Air Force One

The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force One. This is the first contract the Air Force has awarded for this program. Additional modifications will be made to this contract in the future

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Air Force announces aviator bonuses

Eligible active-duty aviators have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2016 Aviator Retention Pay or Critical Skills Retention Bonus programs, Air Force officials announced Dec. 15. "The cost to train and develop our airmen is a significant investment for the Air Force," said Air Force Chief of Staff

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Dwell time, PT exemptions for new AF mothers increase to one year

The six-month deferment for female airmen to accomplish their fitness assessments following childbirth will be increased to 12 months to align with recent changes to the deployment deferments, Air Force officials announced July 14. The deployment deferment policy, as part of the Air Force's 2015 Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, increases the

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