HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Good news for fitness lovers at Hill Air Force Base — the Warrior Fitness Center is now accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fitness Center Director Carey Karger said the base recently received authorization to implement an after-hours fitness access program, which allows for unstaffed facility usage after normal hours of operation.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board June 16 to evaluate eligible officers for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27. Officers who meet the RIF board and are not selected for retention must separate by Jan. 31, 2015.
RIF is among several fiscal 2014 force management programs that have been or will be implemented to help achieve manpower and force structure goals as the service focuses on 2015 and beyond, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the AFPC retirements and separations branch chief.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Force management programs will push thousands of active-duty Airmen out of their jobs, but opportunities exist in the Air Force Reserve for Airmen who don’t want to hang-up their uniforms for good.
“Force management will cost many Airmen their jobs, but not necessarily their careers,” said Col. Steve Fulaytar, the Air Force Reserve’s director of recruiting. “They can continue their service as Citizen Airmen.”
WASHINGTON — The leader of the nation’s largest veterans service organization says he is incensed by a threat to the survival of military commissaries — the U.S. military’s grocery stores.
The Department of Defense reportedly is discussing a $1 billion cut over the next three years to the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) budget. As a consequence, all but a handful of servicemembers’ and military retirees’ grocery stores could be closed.
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced Jan. 24 that it will award approximately $15.5 million in grants to 42 scientists and engineers from 32 research institutions who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program, or YIP.
The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who hold a doctorate or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On the cusp of one of Minot Air Force Base’s most demanding inspections this year, Airmen here welcomed the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia.
WASHINGTON — Military spouses who need guidance on education and careers have a new online tool at their fingertips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO, said in an interview last week.
“My Individual Career Plan,” allows spouses to build a virtual career roadmap based on their specific goals and objectives, Lee McMahon said.
MyICP launched Jan. 10 on Military OneSource’s MySECO website, the primary access point for the Defense Department’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, McMahon said.
Roll Call! The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a phrase often used to convey the importance of working as one … a synergistic team. In the Air Force it’s undeniably true. We have dedicated, intelligent and talented Airmen who bring strength to our nation, but the greater strength is only possible when we are connected with our fellow Airmen. We need each other, perhaps never more so as we move forward with force management.
By Mitch Shaw
HILL AIR FORCE BASE — A personal touch looks to be disappearing from the military health benefits system.
Hoping to save a quarter of a billion dollars over the next five years, the Department of Defense has announced it will cut administrative walk-in services at all stateside Tricare military centers, including the one at Hill Air Force Base.
The cuts will begin April 1 and affect 189 facilities in the United States, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren.
WASHINGTON — Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
But Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey added that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible.
The chairman first addressed this issue during his Facebook town hall meeting last month.