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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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Space Force

(Photo: President Donald Trump signs S.1790, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 as senior leaders look on, Friday, Dec. 20, at Joint Base Andrews. The act authorizes a budget that supports the U.S. Armed Forces and postures the Air Force to meet the requirements of the National

An introduction

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An introduction

In her first formal interview since becoming Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara M. Barrett told Air Force Television about her youth, her life's journey and how those experiences make the Air Force a good match. "Aviation is a big part of my life and space is, too. For me, the

AF releases FY20 Selective Retention Bonus program

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AF releases FY20 Selective Retention Bonus program

Air Force officials released details Nov. 20 on the fiscal year 2020 Selective Retention Bonus program, which includes 72 eligible Air Force specialties. "The Air Force works hard to retain our highly trained and experienced airmen, and the annual Selective Retention Bonus program is a key element in that effort," said

AF says CBD products not okay to use

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AF says CBD products not okay to use

Cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, is growing in popularity as an ingredient in health and pet products, but is it okay for service members and federal employees to use? The simple answer is no. These products may contain tetrahydrocannabinol and can cause airmen to test positive during a urinalysis

Air Force releases criteria for new Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal

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Air Force releases criteria for new Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal

Air Force officials announced nomination criteria for the new Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal following the official establishment of the decoration May 22. The new medal, established by then-Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, is part of a continuing effort to recognize U.S. Air Force military members in a non-deployed

Air Force announces new officer developmental categories

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Air Force announces new officer developmental categories

In an effort to enhance the officer talent management system and enable tailored and agile development, the Air Force is expanding the single Line of the Air Force promotion category into six distinct developmental categories, senior officials in Washington, D.C. announced Oct. 21. "This is an important step forward in the

Air Force reduces barriers for pregnant aviators

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Air Force reduces barriers for pregnant aviators

(Photo: Airman 1st Class Lauren Sprunk, 23d Wing photojournalist, and her son, Jayce, pose for a photo illustration, May 11, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, in honor of mothers who serve in the military.) The Air Force recently updated a policy to reduce restrictions on pregnant women who perform

New AF policy dedicates space for nursing mothers

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New AF policy dedicates space for nursing mothers

A new lactation policy, released in an Air Force Guidance Memorandum dated Aug. 15, requires units to provide nursing mothers access to a lactation room. The policy enables commanders to support nursing mothers by outlining procedures and requirements for establishing a private, secure (lockable from the inside) and sanitary location for

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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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