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  • Chief Wright to Airmen: Know your retirement options

    The opt-in deadline for the Blended Retirement System is December 31, 2018. Make your decision knowing only you can determine which system is best for you, and understand that if you opt into BRS, it is irrevocable. You only have one chance to make this choice, so it’s imperative you and those involved in making financial decisions for your family fully understand the pros and cons of both retirement systems.
  • BLUE: Episode 26 Life cycle of an Airman

    FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – Recruiting, developing and retaining a high-quality workforce of effective leaders is essential for war fighting success. The Air Force’s ability to respond faster than our adversaries relies on the talent and leadership of Airmen.This episode of BLUE outlines the career of an Airman, from recruitment to
  • Pawlikowski tenure marked by effectiveness, Air Force readiness

    Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski will retire from the Air Force in September following 40 years of service. As only the third femalefour-star general in the history of the Air Force, Pawlikowski’s career was marked by extraordinary achievements across the science and engineering domains.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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