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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…


Air Force Celebrates Earth Day by Focusing on Mission…

APRIL 22, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Air Force leaders are reminding Airmen to keep the mission in mind as the Air Force observes the 45th annual Earth Day April 22. The service has encouraged Airmen around the globe to focus on recycling efforts this year, in line with its 2015 theme,…


Air Force Acquisition: Investing Now to Win the High-End…

APRIL 21, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  How does Dr. William LaPlante, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, apply his 29 years of defense technology experience to improve a $32 billion research, development and acquisition portfolio? That is the question he sought to answer.


Air Force Announces KC-46A Candidate Bases

APRIL 15, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  Air Force officials announced April 14 that Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina; Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts; and Grissom ARB, Indiana are candidate bases for the first Air Force Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus…


Navy, Air Force Collaboration Benefits Babies, Taxpayers…

APRIL 13, 2015, PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS)  -  By combining resources in a joint initiative between Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the 633rd Medical Group at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, more than $1.5 million of taxpayer money has been saved in less than a year. This joint venture means Air…


CSAF Describes Air Force of the Future

APRIL 9, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  In the future, the Air Force’s core missions will probably not change, but the way they are carried out will, said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III on April 8. Welsh, speaking to the Defense Writers Group, said the Air Force’s…


Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention: Moving in the…

APRIL 8, 2015, By Tech. Sgt. Terri Paden, 15th Wing Public Affairs -  “I was raised in a household where you take responsibility for your own actions and don’t blame others for your downfalls,” said Tech. Sgt. Kathleen Thorburn. “Instead of seeing a crime that had occurred,…


Air Force Updated Policy Further Promotes Tobacco-Free…

APRIL 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force has led the military in advancing innovative tobacco control policies, such as the tobacco-free medical campus and prohibiting tobacco use outside “designated tobacco areas.” Now, an updated Air Force instruction, published in…


Climate Survey is Opportunity to Share Opinions with…

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  The Total Force Climate Survey, available from March 13 to April 27, offers active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian Airmen a chance to express their opinions, perceptions and suggestions to help leaders improve their…


Air Force Releases Results of Space Launch Process…

MARCH 24, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force announced March 23, that the phase one results of the independent review panel tasked by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James to review the process for certifying SpaceX as an Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) provider.


Air Force Announces OTS Rated Selection Board Results…

MARCH 23, 2015, JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  -  A total of 228 men and women from across America have earned an opportunity to become Air Force leaders following their selection for an officer’s commission, officials announced March 20. Air Force Recruiting Service…


Air Force Funds Research for Remotely Piloted Aircraft…

MARCH 20, 2015, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS)  -  Although the development of remotely piloted aircraft began in the 1950s, they are increasingly used by both military and commercial customers and provide a promising new chapter in the history of aviation.


Air Force Officer Training School Eliminates Component…

MARCH 16, 2015, MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala.  -  The Air Force Officer Training School here has removed all service component distinctions from its line officer commissioning courses. Regular Air Force and Reserve cadets no longer receive their commissions through Basic Officer Training…


Air Force Waives Renters Insurance Obligation in Privatized…

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS)  -  Airmen signing a lease to live in privatized homes on base may no longer be covered by a renters insurance provision, due to a recent Department of Defense change in basic allowance for housing. The Department of Defense opted to eliminate…


Air Force Research Will Improve Camera for Targeting…

MARCH 9, 2015, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS)  -  In order for an imaging munition to find and make its mark, a variety of information is required, including high-resolution video imagery. Future Air Force munitions will likely feature wide field-of-view (WFOV) imaging seekers…


Air Force Responds to National Commission on the Structure…

MARCH 5, 2015, WASHINGTON (AFNS)  -  The Air Force responded to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s recommendations in a report to Congress March 4. Of the Commission’s 42 recommendations, Air Force officials disagreed with only one and are already in…


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