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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III thanks his family during his retirement ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 24, 2016.  Welsh has served as the 20th chief of staff since 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts) Air Force bids farewell to Welsh
Stealing a moment of silence, looking into the eyes of his wife, he takes a deep breath and prepares for what’s to come. Standing tall and proud, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III walks into a hangar in front of hundreds of onlookers, all there to bid him farewell.
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Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: June 24
In this look around the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III's career is celebrated at his retirement ceremony; one of two of the surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders dies; the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games came to a close; and a new episode of BLUE gives a firsthand account of the Khobar Towers tragedy.
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Blended Retirement System Blended retirement system training now available
Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card -- to include family members -- via an alternate website.
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Retiring Col. Hernando J. Ortega, Jr., Air Education and Training Command Aerospace Medicine Division chief, and his son, Airman 1st Class Hernando J. Ortega III, shared a first salute as each offered congratulations to the other after Air Force Basic Military Training graduation parade May 27, 2016, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Retiring Col. Ortega, Jr. watched his son, Airman 1st Class Hernando J. Ortega III, graduate from Air Force Basic Military Training at JBSA-Lackland, then headed downtown for his retirement ceremony at the Alamo that same afternoon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar) Father-son duo comes full circle at BMT graduation, retirement
In the Air Force, countless parents have proudly watched their child graduate from basic military training, and countless children have seen their parents retire from service. On May 27 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, a father and son did both on the same day, respectively.
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Herb Mason, Air Force Special Operations Command historian, speaks at his retirement ceremony on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 7, 2016. Mason served from April 28, 1965 to Jan. 3, 2016, making him the longest serving historian in Air Force history. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) AFSOC historian retires after 50-plus years of service
The longest-serving historian in the Air Force retired at Hurlburt Field Jan. 7. Herb Mason, the Air Force Special Operations Command historian, spent more than 50 years preserving the Air Force story for generations to come.
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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer speaks to attendees during his retirement ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 7, 2015. Spencer enlisted into the Air Force in 1971 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant Feb. 14, 1980. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)  AF vice chief of staff retires with nearly 44 years of service
Airmen said goodbye and good luck to the Air Force vice chief of staff during his retirement ceremony on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 7.
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Default Air Force Logo Eligible Airmen may choose retirement plan at 14 1/2-year mark
The Air Force Personnel Center has developed an automatic notification process that sends a message directly to active-duty Air Force and headquarters Active Guard Reserve members when they reach 14 1/2 years of active service.
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Aircraft 62-1863 ‘Iron Horse’, a HC-130P Combat King, rests before takeoff Mar. 3, 2015, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Throughout its career, Iron Horse has flown for over 27,000 hours for multiple missions, starting in the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman) 'Iron Horse' sets off for final flight
The 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, sent the Air Force's oldest C-130 to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, for its retirement March 3.
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A MC-130P Combat Shadow crew and maintainers prepare to start engines before conducting a 4-ship formation flight Oct. 16, 2014 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The formation flight marks the beginning of the retirement for the Combat Shadow in the Pacific, as the unit transitions to the MC-130J Commando II.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer) Kadena Airmen pay tribute to MC-130P retirement
From providing helicopter air-to-air refueling to conducting long-range support of special operations forces, the MC-130P Combat Shadow has provided a critical service to the U.S. military for nearly 50 years.
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Default Air Force Logo AF integrates TAP into new Military Lifecycle Model
The redesigned Transition Assistance Program is in its third and final stage and will be integrated into the new Defense Department Military Lifecycle Model, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The MLC, which will be implemented Oct. 1, is the latest in a series of improvements to the Transition Goals Planning Success...
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Default Air Force Logo Acting VA secretary outlines problems, actions taken
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs July 15, Acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists and into clinics.
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Default Air Force Logo AF implements DOS rollback phase II
The Air Force has implemented the 2014 Enlisted Date of Separation Rollback Program Phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1.
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Default Air Force Logo April 8 – Pulse on AF force management
A limited number of Airmen who received notice that their previously approved applications for early retirement had been declined will be given the option to retire if they still desire to do so, officials announced April 8.
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Default Air Force Logo TAP curriculum available online for separating service members
Separating service members can participate in the transition assistance program, or TAP, online, Department of Defense officials announced. TAP, now called Transition GPS-Goals, Plans and Success, is designed to help prepare separating and retiring members for life outside of the military. It includes a variety of seminars from dressing for success to financial independence.
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Default Air Force Logo DOS rollback included in FY14 force management
In addition to force management programs announced in July, the Air Force will implement the Enlisted Date of Separation Rollback Program for fiscal 2014, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Dec. 17.
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Default Air Force Logo Service members should start saving early for retirement
It's never too soon to start savinge for retirement, Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department's office of family policy/children and youth advised service members today.
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Default Air Force Logo Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced
Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access USAF installations have until early 2014 - when the AF354 will be rescinded - to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
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Default Air Force Logo Early retirement application window closes Aug. 19
Airmen interested in early retirement through the Temporary Early Retirement Authority Program must submit their application no later than Aug. 19, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.TERA, or the 15-year retirement program, is one of several force management programs the Air Force has implemented for fiscal 2014 to meet end-strength goals,
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