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James Visits Hill, Addresses Air Force Challenges,…

JULY 28, 2015, HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS)  -  Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James visited Hill Air Force Base, July 23-24, for the first time since taking the on the job a year and a half ago. James’ visit included updates on the transition from the F-16 Fighting Falcon to…


Sec. Air Force Addresses Priorities at Aspen Security…

JULY 27, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James discussed her top national and homeland security issues, as well as current personnel challenges, during a Q-and-A session with Fox News at the sixth annual, three-day Aspen Security Forum in Colorado July…


Air Force Continues to Work with DOD and OPM on Cybersecurity…

JULY 22, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force maintains its commitment to protect personal information from cyber threats by continuing efforts with the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management to assist those impacted by the recent cyber incident involving federal…


Air Force Generals Testify for Their Future Positions…

JULY 20, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Two Air Force generals testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee during their nomination hearing as the next U.S. Transportation Command commander and new vice chairman to the Joint Chiefs of Staff July 14.


Air Force Rolls Out Details to Improve RPA Mission

JULY 16, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  In response to a critical shortage of remotely piloted aircraft pilots, the Air Force rolled out more details of its plan to fix the problem in both the short and long term. The most recent initiatives include creating bonuses for RPA pilots of $15,000…


Dwell Time and PT Exemptions for New Air Force Mothers…

JULY 15, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The six-month deferment for female Airmen to accomplish their fitness assessments following childbirth will be increased to 12 months to align with recent changes to the deployment deferments, Air Force officials announced July 14.


Air Force Community Partnership Program Signs 100th…

JULY 15, 2015, ALASKA (AFNS)  -  Eielson Air Force Base and Fairbanks community leaders recently signed the 100th Air Force Community Partnership (AFCP) Program partnership agreement. Leaders from the 354th Fighter Wing and the surrounding community inked a memorandum of understanding May…


U.S. Air Force Airborne Air Control Squadron Tests…

JUNE 29, 2015, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (NNS)  -  Calmly soaring at 30,000 feet in the midst of nearly 100 fighters, bombers and refueling tankers executing a battle scenario, an Air Force E-3G Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveys every aircraft in a 300 mile…


Air Force Releases Vision for Development of Autonomous…

JUNE 24, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force released a vision document June 22 written by its former chief scientist which helps define a path to increased and effective autonomy. Autonomous Horizons, authored by Dr. Mica Endsley, provides direction and guidance on the opportunities…


Air Force Begins Enlisted Professional Military Education…

JUNE 23, 2015, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  Last week, the Air Force Personnel Center initiated a phased approach to notify approximately 83,000 Airmen of the requirement to enroll in the applicable enlisted professional military education distance learning course. AFPC…


Army, Air Force Take Bomb Disposal to New Level With…

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (June 22, 2015)  -  The U.S. Army and Air Force are working together to develop mine-resistant, ambush-protected, or MRAP, vehicles with laser technology. Before, when the military wanted to disable a bomb, highly-trained bomb disposal specialists wore body armor,…


Air Force Elevates Discharge Authority for Transgender-Related…

JUNE 5, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Air Force leaders announced June 4 a change to the decision authority for involuntary separations for enlisted Airmen diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify themselves as transgender. “Though the Air Force policy regarding involuntary separation…


Air Force Seeks Scholarship, Fellowship Applicants…

JUNE 3, 2015, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  Active-duty Airmen interested in unique developmental opportunities may be eligible for the Olmsted Scholar, White House Fellows and Mansfield Fellowship Exchange programs. The programs offer unique professional career developmental…


Air Force Leaders Gather for Task Force Cyber Secure…

JUNE 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Air Force senior leaders from across Headquarters Air Force and major commands gathered May 18-20 at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia, to attend the Task Force Cyber Secure kickoff meeting.


Women’s Air Force History Expands With New Four-Star…

JUNE 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  In Air Force history a legacy has been written, by women, for women. The walls of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial are filled with stories of historic and iconic women from all U.S. military services that have served the nation.


Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center…

MAY 27, 2015, LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. (AFNS)  -  Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies…


Air Force Phases in Employees’ Injury and Illness…

MAY 26, 2015, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  The Air Force, in conjunction with other Defense Department services, is phasing in the use of the Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP), which is intended to eventually replace the current system…


Air Force Moves to Bring About RPA Mission Relief

MAY 20, 2015 -  The Air Force is pursuing a range of options that will, in combination with a reset in the number of sustainable combat air patrols, help alleviate long-term stress on Remotely Piloted Aircraft crews. Initial efforts were announced by the Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff…


Air Force Implements Automated Evaluation and Decoration…

MAY 19, 2015, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  Beginning in May, supervisors of active-duty Airmen will be able to initiate, process, track and sign officer and enlisted evaluations using myPers, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced May 15. Additionally, beginning…


Initiatives to Improve Air Force Acquisition

MAY 18, 2015, LEXINGTON, Mass. (AFNS)  -  Addressing an audience of industry and government employees here May 13, the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive spoke about acquisition priorities, challenges and initiatives. Dr. William LaPlante, assistant secretary of the Air Force…


AFOQT Scores Updated As Air Force Implements New Test…

MAY 13, 2015, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  Airmen who took Form S of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test may see their test scores updated on May 22, when the Air Force converts scores to the new Form T metric, officials said May 12.


Air Force Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week…

MAY 5, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force is honoring its civilian Airmen, as part of the weeklong Public Service Recognition Week, May 3-9. PSRW is a nation-wide campaign to recognize people who serve the nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. It’s…


Air Force Focuses on Assured Access to Space

MAY 1, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Ending America’s reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine was the primary topic of conversation during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, April 29. Changes to the space industry over the…


Air Force Will Defend and Boost Space Assets

APRIL 29, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Space is absolutely vital to the American way of life and it is also vital to the protection of the nation, the commander of Air Force Space Command told the Defense Writers’ Group here April 28. “The job of the United States military is…


Air Force Begins Testing Phase for Women in Combat…

APRIL 22, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  In April 2015, the Air Force will begin conducting the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to women. When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions…


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