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Future of Air Force Helicopter Fleets Discussed at…

OCTOBER 21, 2014, BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS)  -  Air Force Global Strike Command’s Helicopter Operations Division hosted the Worldwide Helicopter Conference here Oct. 7-9, to discuss the current and future state of the Air Force’s helicopter fleets.


Air Force to Release Small Business Research Solicitations…

OCTOBER 21, 2014, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS)  -  The Air Force Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program office is set to release its fiscal year 2015 list of topics Oct. 22, on the SBIR/STTR website. Small businesses…


Air Force Energy Initiatives Increase Mission Readiness…

OCTOBER 10, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force’s top leaders for energy programs highlighted strides the Air Force has taken in energy conservation, and discussed innovative ideas that will lead to even more cost and energy savings, during the Air Force Association’s monthly…


Air Force to Implement TDY Policy Changes

OCTOBER 8, 2014, JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS)  -  The Air Force recently implemented two TDY policy changes that will impact travel reimbursements for Airmen. The first change, which took effect Oct. 1, made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations, Reimbursable and Incidental…


Air Force New Cold-Weather Uniform Being Put to the…

OCTOBER 6, 2014, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS)  -  Air Force Uniform Office (AFUO) designers and engineers are currently fit testing a new cold weather aviation system (CWAS) for aircrews flying in cold weather environments. The request is to develop a flame-resistant system…


Air Force Approves Special Pay for Nuclear Career Fields…

OCTOBER 3, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Assignment incentive pay and special duty assignment pay for select total force nuclear career fields became effective Oct. 1, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ recent announcement.


Air Force Updates Voluntary Education Programs for…

OCTOBER 1, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Active-duty Airmen who want to take advantage of military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year will experience several changes beginning Oct. 1.


Army, Air Force Move Data Over Same Network for First…

WASHINGTON (Sept. 24, 2014)  - This month, the Army and Air Force achieved major network security and capacity upgrades at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, in partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency. This is the first Department of Defense location to achieve the pairing of new…


State of Air Force Reserve Discussed at AFA

September 16, 2014, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Senior Department of Defense and industry leaders gathered at the Air Force Association’s 2014 Air and Space conference and technology exposition Sept. 15 to discuss the future of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve. More than 5,000 U.S. and…


Air Force Reveals Newest Recruiting Campaign

September 9, 2014, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  The U.S. Air Force is bringing back its “Aim High” advertising slogan after a 15-year hiatus with the launch of the “I am an American Airman” recruiting campaign Sept. 8.  The integrated campaign,…


Air Force Uses Lasers to Preserve Space History

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -  The site of one of America’s proudest achievements is now little more than a weed-riddled concrete pad, surrounded by twisted, rusting metal. Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 14 is best known as the launch site for…


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…


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