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  • Military family support a 'national priority,' Obama says

    President Barack Obama today made caring for military families a national priority, calling to action his entire administration and communities across the U.S. on their behalf."The strength and the readiness of America's military depend on the strength and readiness of our military families," the

  • First lady, Dr. Biden urge support of military families

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched an "unprecedented" national initiative April 12 that calls on all sectors of society to join forces to support and honor service members and their families. Flanked by their husbands, the first and second

  • Cyber 1.1 kicks off National Space Symposium

    Air Force Space Command Airmen kicked off the weeklong National Space Symposium April 11 here with a day devoted entirely to cyber discussion, the second annual Cyber 1.1 event.Gen. William Shelton, the AFSPC commander, recognized the event as a chance to think about where the Air Force is going in

  • Troops to receive full mid-month pay April 15th

    All service members will receive their full mid-month pay they have earned in their paychecks April 15, Pentagon officials said today."Basically, all active duty and reserve service members will receive full mid-month pay on the 15th of April," Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said. "It may

  • Yokota AB, Misawa AB commanders lift stop-movement order

    The orders issued March 12 and 14 that stopped active duty Air Force permanent-change-of-station moves to Yokota and Misawa air bases has been lifted, and active duty members are being directed to meet their report no later than dates. However, command-sponsored family members are not yet authorized

  • First lady, Dr. Biden to launch family-support initiative

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will launch a national initiative tomorrow that will call on all sectors of society to support and honor America's service members and their families.The initiative is intended to educate, challenge and spark action

  • Deal averts shutdown, normal government operations to continue

    Government agencies are continuing normal operations after the administration, the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed to a fiscal 2011 budget.The continuing resolution expired last night at midnight, but the Senate and House passed a short-term funding bill that will allow both houses to

  • Deputy defense secretary releases shutdown guidance

    The Defense Department is hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted, but is releasing guidance to help plan for an orderly process if a shutdown becomes necessary, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said in a memo issued April 7."The president and the (Defense) Secretary (Robert

  • Senior leader letter to men and women of the Air Force

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the men and women of the United States Air Force:We remain hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted. However, prudent

  • CSAF discusses 'Don't Ask-Don't Tell' repeal, budget with Congress

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz spoke to members of the House of Representatives here April 7 about the repeal of the law commonly known as "Don't Ask-Don't Tell" and the Air Force's fiscal 2012 budget request in two separate hearings.General Schwartz, along with Army Vice Chief of

  • Deadline approaching for William A. Jump Award

    The deadline for submitting nominations for the 62nd Annual William A. Jump Memorial Award to the Air Force Personnel Center is June 1.The Jump Award annually recognizes a federal employee for outstanding service in administration and notable contributions to the efficiency and quality of public

  • Air Force leaders discuss future of Airmen in joint operations across Iraq

    Air force leaders from the U.S., Iraq and other locations across Southwest Asia gathered on Victory Base Complex, Iraq, recently.During the conference, leaders reviewed the future manpower support of U.S. forces by joint expeditionary tasking and individual augmentee Airmen as Operation New Dawn

  • Air Force officials issue guidelines for green fleece

    Additional new guidance has just been released from the office of Manpower, Personnel and Services, or AF/A1, at the Pentagon regarding wear of the authorized sage-green fleece outer garment.According to a message issued by AF/A1, "The sage-green fleece jacket, commonly known as Generation III or

  • Webinar set for new TRICARE Young Adult program

    TRICARE and Military OneSource officials have teamed up to host an interactive webinar Monday, April 11,  from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT about the new TRICARE Young Adult program. Military parents and dependent children under age 26 are encouraged to participate. The webinar will cover who qualifies

  • Pentagon makes plans in case of shutdown

    Defense officials believe that a government shutdown can be avoided, but they are making prudent plans in the event one does occur, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said April 5 here.Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is formulating guidance for the military services and defense

  • EBIS launches online retirement tool

    The Employee Benefits Information System launched a web tool March 31 that will allow Air Force appropriated fund civilian employees to accomplish additional benefits-related actions online, such retirement planning.The eRetirement tool is the latest of many tools implemented by the Air Force

  • DOD celebrates Month of the Military Child

    Children of U.S. service members around the world will be honored throughout the month of April for their contributions to their families' well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation, a Defense Department official said.Each April, Americans pause to recognize the nation's 1.8 million military

  • DOD to drop Social Security numbers from ID cards

    Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman. The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DOD identification card holders from identity theft, officials said.

  • Air Force debuts pilot enlisted developmental team

    The Air Force's top enlisted leader addressed the service's first pilot enlisted development team March 31 for senior noncommissioned officers in the nuclear weapons career field. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy met with Air Force Personnel Center assignments representatives and EDT

  • Air Force summer job opportunities now available

    Now is the time for those interested in temporary summer employment to apply for an Air Force job. Many Air Force summer vacancies are already being posted for such positions as office automation and computer clerk, laborer, lifeguard, recreation aide, and food service worker.To be considered for a