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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
Wright-Patt Chapel group helps Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Chapel group fully embraces 2nd core value: Service before self
When Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Houston area as a Category 4 hurricane and stalled for several days in late August 2017, it dropped records amount of rain. It was the second most costly storm in U.S. history, only behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to a recently released report by the National Hurricane Center.
0 2/07
2018
Default Air Force Logo AFSVA announces art contest winners
When 2017 Air Force Art Contest results were announced recently, two artists from the same installation celebrated repeat victories. Josh Pugeau, 709th Maintenance Support Squadron civilian missile inspector at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, won the adult accomplished division with his charcoal “Bearded Man.” He was the reserve champion last year with “Rhino.”
0 2/05
2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force Finance Workshop Focuses on Training, Process Improvement
Staff Sgt. Amber Gonzalez and Airman 1st Class Femke Vargas can’t wait to return home to Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, from their trip this week to the 2018 Financial Services Air Force Workshop in San Antonio.
0 2/03
2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force selects 875 in CY17C captains quarterly selection process
The Air Force selected 875 first lieutenants for promotion to captain during the 2017C Captain Line of the Air Force, chaplain, Line of the Air Force – judge advocate, nurse corps, medical service corps and biomedical sciences corps quarterly selection process.
0 2/02
2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces next steps in light attack experimentation
Following the Light Attack Experiment conducted in August 2017, the Air Force announced its intention to continue experimenting with two non-developmental aircraft, the Textron Aviation AT-6 Wolverine and the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, from May to July 2018 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
0 2/02
2018
— Construction is currently underway to provide a work environment for U.S. coalition forces to continue aerial port operations in Kuwait City. The aerial port is a strategic logistics point to deliver passengers and cargo throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and its future was recently put in jeopardy due to a construction project timeline issue. 387th AEG develops Cargo City to maintain operations
Construction is currently underway to provide a work environment for U.S. coalition forces to continue aerial port operations in Kuwait City. The aerial port is a strategic logistics point to deliver passengers and cargo throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and its future was put in jeopardy due to a construction project timeline issue.
0 2/02
2018
Default Air Force Logo National Space Defense Center transitions to 24/7 operations
Less than a year after changing the name of the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center to the National Space Defense Center, the NSDC transitioned to 24/7 operations on Jan. 8, 2018, marking a significant step for the expanding, interagency team focused on protecting and defending the nation's critical space assets.
0 1/29
2018
Thirteen countries gathered at Ramstein to exchange aeromedical tactics, techniques, and procedures to encourage working relationships between the nations during a week-long symposium. Partnership Flight Symposium enhances cooperation between 13 countries
The U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa hosted the first-ever Partnership Flight Symposium combining both African and European military aeromedical teams at Ramstein Air Base, Jan. 16-19, 2018.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces Spark Tank finalists
The Air Force announced the six Spark Tank finalists who will showcase their innovative ideas to Air Force senior leaders Feb. 23, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo STAFFEX continues training to become Air Force JTF-capable headquarters
Ninth Air Force staff participated in Staff Exercise 18-2 Jan. 16 – 19, 2018 as part of the roadmap to becoming a Joint Task Force-capable headquarters directed by Chief of Staff of the Air Force David L. Goldfein.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Two innovative Space Command ideas are in Air Force competition
Air Force Space Command recently nominated two innovative ideas for the Air Force’s Spark Tank competition.
0 1/23
2018
Default Air Force Logo Air Force general officer-led team to investigate physiologic events
A general officer-led team will integrate and coordinate efforts to address aircrew Unexplained Physiologic Events, the Air Force announced Jan. 22, 2018.
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2018
Airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., walk on a frozen lake in Antarctica after a full day of performing maintenance on the center’s seismic equipment near Bull Pass.  The photo, taken at about 10 p.m., illustrates the 24-hour daylight cycle at Earth’s southernmost point.  Pictured from left to right:  Staff. Sgt. Jeremy Hannah, Senior Airman Andrew Pouncy and Staff Sgt. Justin Sherman.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Richard Westra) Airmen travel to Earth’s southernmost point for annual maintenance
With 24 hours of daily sunlight in their favor, a team of seismic technicians traveled to the southernmost point on Earth to conduct annual maintenance of the equipment they use to monitor global nuclear treaties.
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2018
Default Air Force Logo Second annual enlisted RPA pilot selection board convenes at AFPC
The second annual enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilot selection board meets at the Air Force Personnel Center this week to identify the next enlisted group to attend RPA pilot training as part of the deliberate approach to enhance the Air Force’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission.
0 1/18
2018
Maxwell CMSAF focuses on resiliency in 2018
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright said he feels the Air Force is headed in the right direction concerning education and enlisted-force structure, but Airman resilience is an area that needs more attention.
0 1/12
2018
. First AFWERX storefront opens in Las Vegas
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, along with guest of honor Vice President Mike Pence as well as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein, opened the AFWERX-Vegas storefront Jan. 11 at the Howard Hughes Center in Las Vegas.
0 1/12
2018
Aeromedical Evacuation: Flying Ambulances Flying ambulances: Aeromedical evacuation
The morning starts early with an alert about four hours before takeoff. Members of the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron begin several mandatory tasks before boarding the aircraft. Nurses go over mission details, as medical technicians pack more than a thousand pounds of equipment on a flatbed that is ready to load onto the plane. They must take all their usual gear including bandages, intravenous fluid, regulators, defibrillators, suction units and various other pieces of medical equipment. They take these supplies partially as a precaution, as they don’t know what they may need to keep patients stable in the air above the Middle East.
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2018
An A-10 Thunderbolt II refuels from a KC-135 Stratotanker. A-10s bring thunder, lightning during fight against ISIS
The 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is wrapping up a deployment that saw heavy involvement in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
0 1/10
2018
The new capability to train and certify craftsman technicians will enable the government of Iraq to redirect funds away from contractor requirements to efforts of rebuilding infrastructure and cities and promoting stability and economic progression. Iraqi Air Force graduates first craftsman maintenance technicians
The Iraqi Air Force certified their first 7-level craftsman C-130 Hercules maintenance technicians in a ceremony, December 27, 2017.
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2018
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