August 11, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Joint Commission on Aug. 4 provided the results of its Special Focused Surveys of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health-care facilities to VA leadership. The special focused surveys, prompted by reported allegations of scheduling improprieties, delays in patient care and other quality-of-care concerns, were conducted October 2014 to September  2015 and... Read more
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS SEAN CAMPBELL, 92nd Air Refueling Wing
August 11, 2016
On Friday nights at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, 16 lieutenants would meet for fun and games. For one of them, a special night there would change his life.“We would go to the officers’ club and play a lot of crud,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Coleman, 92nd Operations Support Squadron commander. “I just remember one night as I was playing, I saw her over at the scoreboard, keeping score and... Read more
MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, Defense Health Agency
August 11, 2016
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Defense Department announced on July 22 that the next generation of TRICARE-managed care support contracts were awarded. The new contracts, which go into effect nine months after the award, establish two TRICARE regions in the United States: East and West, instead of the current three. The East Region contract will go to Humana Government Business Inc., in Louisville... Read more
August 11, 2016
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Air Force 1st Lt. Cale Simmons is a pole vaulter. His twin brother is a pole vaulter. His sister is, too. All three of them went to the Air Force Academy and currently serve. The one thing separating them is that later this year, Simmons will be competing for a medal in the Summer Olympics.Simmons joined the Air Force World Class Athlete Program so he could continue his career... Read more
August 11, 2016
WASHINGTON — Air Force officials recently announced the winners of the 2015 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear and Missile Operations Award.The awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the Airmen who have contributed to the nuclear deterrence operations and the officers who have made the most significant contribution to the nuclear and missile operations career field.“... Read more
KAT BAILEY, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
August 11, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials will accept nominations for the 2017 Air Force Association Outstanding Civilian Employees of the Year awards through Jan. 6.Each year the AFA recognizes four Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories: Civilian Wage Employee of the Year, Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through GS-11), Civilian Program... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN RYAN CONROY, 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
August 11, 2016
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla.— In a move to meet the high demand for battlefield Airmen, the Air Force announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum from April.The changes allow Airmen to be released from their current jobs in the Air Force to cross-train into the special tactics career fields, should they be selected following an assessment of physical, mental and... Read more
August 11, 2016
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — An Air Force Surgeon General initiative called Total Exposure Health will soon advance from a concept to a real-world demonstration at an operational base. Total Exposure Health focuses on primary prevention, which includes exposures in the workplace, the environment, and lifestyles in order to prevent disease and injury from occurring.“We’re really talking about keeping... Read more
STAFF SGT. JARED TRIMARCHI, Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs
August 11, 2016
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Twenty-four teenagers participated in the Air Force’s first resiliency teen camp, named BOUNCE, from July 11-15 at Joint Base Charleston.BOUNCE, which stands for Be optimistic, Observe thoughts, Use strengths, Never give up, Communicate effectively and Embrace you, is a weeklong camp designed to teach teens the necessary skills to overcome daily stressors associated... Read more
August 4, 2016
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command.Carlisle lauded the aircraft’s performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability: Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic close air support,... Read more

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