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Air Force, Small Business Partnership Yields Blade…

August 21, 2014, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS)  -  A cost-saving and risk-mitigating technology for scanning engine rotor blades developed by the Air Force and a small business recently resulted in awards of more than $5 million.


Air Force Funds Small Business Participation in Research…

August 21, 2014, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS)  -  The Air Force is searching for innovative, technology-based small businesses to compete for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, or SBIR and STTR, research and development contracts.


Air Force Academy Introduces Computer Network Security…

August 13, 2014, U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS)  -  Even as the U.S. Air Force Academy has reduced the number of majors it offers recently, it has instituted a new program aimed at helping the Air Force fly, fight and win in cyberspace.


Air Force Implements Static EPR Closeout Dates and…

August 12, 2014, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  The first in a series of changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems announced July 31 will include implementation of static enlisted performance report closeout dates, or SCOD, for each grade and elimination…


Air Force Improves Nuclear Force Manpower Levels

August 8, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force will increase nuclear force manning at Air Force Global Strike Command missile and bomber wings beginning this fall, officials announced Aug. 7. The Air Force will plus-up nuclear enterprise manning levels by hundreds of positions at select…


Air Force Launches Strategic Approach to Asset Management…

August 7, 2014, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS)  -  The Air Force Civil Engineer Center recently rolled out the first comprehensive two-year integrated priorities list to strategically order funding of sustainment, restoration, modernization, environmental and demolition projects…


Air Force Tests New Chief Master Sergeant EPR Form

August 6, 2014, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  Air Force leaders will test the newly developed AF Form 912, Enlisted Performance Report (CMSgt), during the calendar year 2014 Regular Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Screening Board, which convenes at the Pentagon…


Air Force to Change Enlisted Evaluations and Promotions…

July 31, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31. The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented…


Air Force Grapples With Congress to Fund Readiness

July 31, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  To balance readiness today and modernization tomorrow, the Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget request is shrinking like today’s defense budget thanks to Congress’s own priorities and the approaching threat of sequestration in 2016,…


First Aviation Mechanic Display Added to the National…

July 23, 2014, DAYTON, Ohio (AFNS)  -  The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum’s Early Years Gallery July 21.


Air Force Focuses Fourth Round of VERA/VSIP on Headquarters…

July 21, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  In an effort to lead its force management actions with voluntary programs, the Air Force announced a fourth round of civilian workforce shaping measures beginning July 21. This follows the recent Air Force announcement on headquarters organization and…


Air Force Announces Changes to Headquarters Organization…

July 15, 2014, Washington (AFNS)  -  Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization today. The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, Major Commands, Numbered Air Forces and Field Operating…


Air Force Retiree Council Convenes to Discuss Issues…

June 16, 2014, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  The 2014 Air Force Retiree Council met in May to discuss issues important to retirees and surviving spouses, and receive briefings on various subjects important to the retiree community.


Air Force Releases New Feedback Forms

June 9, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  During the past year, Air Force leaders have been shaping a new and more comprehensive Air Force evaluation system for officers and enlisted Airmen. The new system is designed to better meet the needs of the Air Force and Airmen, differentiate more effectively…


AF Senior Leader: More Air Force Needed

May 20, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The one thing everyone wants, and needs, is more Air Force, Undersecretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning told Airmen during a town-hall meeting and members of the Fifth Annual National Summit on Strategic Communications at the Washington Plaza Hotel recently.


Air Force Official Testifies on Dangers of ‘Space…

May 13, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem. Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command…


CSAF Describes Air Force’s ‘Precarious’…

May 7, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  After 23 years of high-tempo operations, the Air Force is in a precarious position, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Senate Armed Services Committee May 6. The general was joined in his testimony by his fellow members of the Joint…


Knowledge Management Centers Roll Out Air Force-Wide…

May 5, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force revamped the Knowledge Management career-field, aiming to make its Airmen into some of the service’s top innovators working in newly established KM centers Air-Force-wide. The KM career-field split, announced earlier this year, moved…


Air Force Implements DOS Rollback Phase II

May 2, 2014, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (AFNS)  -  The Air Force has implemented the 2014 enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 1. The program accelerates the date of separation for Airmen who declined to acquire…


Air Force Secretary Reports on Total Force Balance

May 1, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James outlined April 30 the service’s progress in leveraging the talent and capabilities of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve within the total force concept.


Air Force Tests New Surveillance Capability

April 29, 2014, HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS)  -  The Air Force successfully completed the first Maritime Modes program risk reduction flight April 14, 2014, as the service moves toward providing a new air-sea battle surveillance capability.


Air Force Researchers Test Google Glass for Battlefield…

April 18, 2014, FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)  -  Whether trying to coordinate multiple aircraft in a three-dimensional battlespace, calling in precise close air support or evacuating personnel caught behind enemy lines – effective multitasking is at the heart of the mission for…


Smarter Spending for Air Force Acquisitions

April 17, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Finding efficiencies within the acquisition process was the top talking point for Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello, deputy assistant secretary for contracting, when she spoke with members of the Air Force Association and the media during the AFA’s monthly…


Air Force Budget Focuses on Preserving Capability,…

April 15, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The debate over force structure reductions outlined in the Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget should be about capabilities and missions, not aircraft, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Senate here April 10.


Readiness Key to Air Force Responsiveness

April 11, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Air Force readiness is critical, especially as the time or place of the next crisis is never certain and is rarely what was expected, the Air Force vice chief of staff told a House panel April 10.


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