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Air Force expects lower enlisted promotion rates

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Air Force expects lower enlisted promotion rates

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -  The Air Force is expecting lower promotion rates for the next few years due to enlisted grade restructuring, a leveling-off of end-strength growth, and high retention levels.    Based on structure revisions and end-strength requirements, grades E-5 through E-7 will be impacted. Through this realignment, the Air

A transgender pilot’s advice for serving authentically

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A transgender pilot’s advice for serving authentically

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -  He always knew he wanted to be a rescue pilot, serving a higher purpose and rushing to the aid of others in harm's way. Fighting courageously to save lives no matter the terrain or conditions. His rescues garnered him multiple awards and decorations to include the Jolly

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USSF announces interservice transfer opportunities

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The U.S. Space Force is accepting FY23 Interservice Transfer Program (IST) applications from June 15-30. The IST allows qualified individuals from other uniformed services to apply for transfer to active duty in the Space Force to fill select career fields.   In order to be eligible, all

DAF launches program to issue pregnant members free maternity uniforms

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DAF launches program to issue pregnant members free maternity uniforms

Arlington, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force will soon launch the Maternity Uniform Pilot Program, or "Rent the Camo," that will temporarily issue free maternity uniform items to pregnant airmen and guardians at 10 bases. This program is a joint effort with the Army and details on how

Air Force announces new mustache policy

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Air Force announces new mustache policy

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Air Force recently published a memorandum outlining updates to the Department of the Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of United States Air Force and United States Space Force Personnel, which include mustache, sister service and joint unit patch wear guidance. The updates

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

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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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