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DAF authorizes pass for COVID booster

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DAF authorizes pass for COVID booster

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS)  -  As we enter cold and flu season, airmen and guardians are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccination booster as soon as possible. The virus continues to pose a risk to the health and welfare of service members, civilian employees and families. Airmen and guardians

Baby on board?

Military Policy

Baby on board?

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force has developed several products designed to assist aircrew in making the most informed decisions about whether to fly during their pregnancy. In April 2022, the DAF issued a clarification of policies pertaining to aircrew during pregnancy. Since then, the Department recognized

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

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

Military Life

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

Racial disparity exists for airmen

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Racial disparity exists for airmen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force released its report on the findings of an Air Force Inspector General independent review into racial disparity Dec. 21. The full report is available for download on AF.mil.   The Secretary of the Air Force and the Air and Space Forces service

Air Force suspends fitness testing until Oct. 1

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Air Force suspends fitness testing until Oct. 1

In an effort to reduce exposure to airmen and to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, Air Force officials announced May 22 all official fitness testing is suspended until Oct. 1. The change, which is an update from the original June 1 resume date, is effective immediately. Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly,

Air Force Aid Society Education Grant Program opens for upcoming academic year

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Air Force Aid Society Education Grant Program opens for upcoming academic year

The Air Force Aid Society's General Henry "Hap" Arnold Education Grant application window is now open for the 2020-2021 academic year. Eligible recipients have until April 30 to submit applications. The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program dates back to 1988. Since the program's inception, 111,654 students have received more

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