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Default Air Force Logo Active Duty? Enroll to continue TRICARE coverage after retirement
Retiring from active duty, whether a medical retirement or a regular retirement, is a significant life event. You should know before you retire which TRICARE programs best suit your and your family’s needs.
0 4/03
2018
Default Air Force Logo FYI: Blended Retirement System
One of the most wide-reaching and significant changes to military pay and benefits over the last 70 years took effect Jan. 1, 2018, with the implementation of the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System, known as BRS. Nearly 1.6 million current service members have the option to remain in the current legacy “high-3” retirement system or to choose the BRS. Opt-in eligible service members have a year to make their retirement system election. The open period for the majority of service members is from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.
0 2/07
2018
Default Air Force Logo Colonels offered chance to voluntarily serve past 30 years
The Line of the Air Force Colonel Continuation Board will begin in January, allowing eligible members to voluntarily serve an additional three years past the active-duty retirement time of 30 years.
0 12/29
2017
This graphic represents service members from around the world who participate in the Blended Military Retirement System. Blended Military Retirement System to take effect Jan. 1
One of the most wide-reaching and significant changes to military pay and benefits over the last 70 years goes into effect Jan. 1 with the implementation of the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System, known as BRS.
0 12/19
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces continuation pay rates
Air Force leaders recently announced the Air Force’s continuation pay rates which are part of the new Blended Retirement System.
0 11/27
2017
(Courtesy graphic by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs) Blended Retirement System Opt-In training now available to all Airmen
The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System next year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, 2018, all Airmen should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during the remainder of 2017.
0 10/13
2017
The official portrait of retired Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, former chief of staff of the Air Force, is unveiled during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Sept. 14, 2017. The portrait will be on display in the Pentagon's Arnold Corridor alongside the portraits of the other former Air Force chiefs of staff. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley) 20th CSAF portrait unveiled
A painting of retired Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the 20th Air Force chief of staff, was unveiled during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 14, 2017.
0 9/14
2017
U.S. Air Force Col. Kristine B. Smith, 710th Combat Operations Squadron deputy director from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., stands surrounded by her family as they pin on her colonel rank, July 14, 2017, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Smith was promoted by Col. Dustin P. Smith, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Central Command chief of staff and her husband, as his last official duty in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado) Colonel promotes wife, then retires
When military members hold their promotion ceremonies, many times their families enjoy the occasion alongside them. Spouses, children, parents, siblings and other relatives witness the time-honored ceremony and take part in the tradition of pinning or tacking on the next rank.
0 7/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians
Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program.
0 7/17
2017
Default Air Force Logo Defense Department launches retirement system comparison calculator
The Defense Department officially launched the Blended Retirement System comparison calculator, providing BRS opt-in eligible service members their first opportunity for an individualized comparison of retirement systems. The comprehensive tool, in combination with the mandatory BRS Opt-In Course, will assist the nearly 1.7 million opt-in eligible service members and their families make an informed decision on whether or not to elect the new retirement system. The BRS goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
0 6/06
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Despins, 20th Security Forces Squadron military working dog (MWD) handler, pets his dog, Jony, at his home in Sumter, S.C., March 22, 2017. Despins adopted Jony, his first MWD, after the dog retired due to a compressed disc in his spine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) MWD retires, reunited with wingman
In 2012, Staff Sgt. Anthony Despins, a 20th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, met Jony, his first canine partner. Together the two used their individual skill sets to make a formidable team, certified as an explosives detection and patrol unit to keep people around the world safe and their fellow Airmen out of harm’s way.
0 4/05
2017
Default Air Force Logo ADLS now hosts required Blended Retirement System Opt-In training
Airmen eligible for the new Blended Retirement System can now take the required Opt-In training via the Advanced Distributed Learning System versus Joint Knowledge Online.
0 3/28
2017
Gen. James M. Holmes, commander, Air Combat Command, speaks during ACC’s Change of Command ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 10, 2017. Holmes assumed command from Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, who retired after 39 years of service to the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nick Wilson) Gen. James Holmes takes command of ACC
Service members of Air Combat Command welcomed its new commander during a change of command ceremony, Mar. 10.
0 3/10
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Feb. 24
On this look around the Air Force, the 17th Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, James A. Cody retires and his replacement, CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright, shares some of his tenure goals and the QF-16 takes flight at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.
0 2/24
2017
Default Air Force Logo Notifications to eligible Airmen begin for Blended Retirement System
Airmen eligible for the new Blended Retirement System began receiving email notifications Feb. 10 from myPers with information regarding their benefits so they can make the decision best suited for their individual needs.
0 2/14
2017
The Blended Retirement System Opt-In course provides information for eligible Airmen to make an educated decision on which retirement plan is right for them. The Opt-In course is now available on Joint Knowledge Online. (Department of Defense graphic) Blended Retirement System Opt-In training now available to all Airmen
The Defense Department will implement the new Blended Retirement System in less than a year. While no one needs to make a decision until Jan. 1, 2018, all Airmen should take advantage of training and informational resources to research their options during 2017.
0 2/01
2017
USAFE-AFAFRICA Command Chief Kaleth Wright CSAF announces CMSAF #18
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein named Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright to serve as the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Nov. 16, 2016.
0 11/16
2016
Default Air Force Logo Goldfein announces Cody’s retirement
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody will retire in early 2017, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein announced during the Air Force Update at the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 20.
0 9/20
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF releases Inspector General inquiry on Travis Retirement Ceremony
The Air Force Inspector General completed the inquiry into the circumstances of the April 2016 Retirement Ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, California.
0 9/09
2016
Default Air Force Logo Leader training on Blended Retirement System available via mobile app
The online Blended Retirement System leader course, released in June, is designed to educate leaders on the new retirement system. The training provides both military and civilian leaders of Airmen with a working knowledge of the BRS and the Defense Department plan to educate the force prior to implementation on Jan. 1, 2018.
0 8/05
2016
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