September 1, 2016
The Defense Commissary Agency is forming a new approach to calculating customers’ savings, aligning it more closely with private-sector practice, according to a Defense Department news release issued Aug. 19.This better reflects what patrons experience daily with the products they routinely buy in the geographic regions in which they routinely shop, DeCA officials said.“We hear from our military... Read more
PATTY WELSH, 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
A battle management team is working to improve capabilities for warfighters who process and disseminate intelligence information.The Air Force Distributed Common Ground System is the Air Force’s key system for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. There are dozens of DCGS sites around the world with thousands of Airmen working in them 24/7.According to program officials, the... Read more
KENJI THULOWEIT, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
After years of preparation, the 461st Flight Test Squadron and Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force are ready to test the F-35 Lightning II’s ability to be decontaminated from chemical and biological weapons exposure.Contractors, Airmen and Air Force civilians have tirelessly worked in the high desert heat the past few weeks to finalize construction of a decontamination system and facility... Read more
Jim Garamone, DOD News, Defense Media Activity
September 1, 2016
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said many times that the majority of enlisted military recruits come from just six states and that he would like to see a more diverse recruitment pool. Some of his Force of the Future proposals are aimed at this issue.Attracting recruits aged 17 to 24 from across the country is an important goal for the secretary, and it’s a challenge in light of the composition... Read more
KAT BAILEY, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
The Air Force has approved 1,688 fiscal year 2017 retraining quotas in 74 Air Force specialty codes for eligible active-duty, first-term Airmen.“The first-term Airman retraining program allows first-term Airmen, including staff sergeants who are in their first enlistment, to retrain in conjunction with a re-enlistment,” said Master Sgt. Kris Reece, the training policy and procedures... Read more
September 1, 2016
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support has changed to an online electronic reimbursement request system that will expedite the exams reimbursement process for all service members, according to Stacey Kirkpatrick, a DANTES education programs specialist.The policy change includes reimbursement of test fees for the following exams:• General Educational Development, beginning... Read more
BO JOYNER
September 1, 2016
As state recreational and medical marijuana laws change throughout the country, Air Force Reserve Command officials remind reservists that any marijuana use or possession by uniformed service members is still illegal under federal law. And the consequences for breaking this law could be career ending.Air Force Reservists, like their active-duty counterparts, serve under Title 10 of the United... Read more
SENIOR AIRMAN HEATHER HEINEY, 403rd Wing Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
“The water started seeping in through the walls. We woke up our son, put on his little boots, and put him up on the table,” said Callie Lips, the wife of Tech. Sgt. Ricky Lips.The Lips were one of the many families affected by flash floods that swept through Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 12.Ricky, a 403rd Maintenance Squadron member, said that in the early stages of the storm his family went to... Read more
KAT BAILEY, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
Eric Wineman completed both his undergraduate and master’s degrees with no student loan debt and now works for the Air Force as an electronics engineer, courtesy of the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service Program.Part of the National Defense Education Program, SMART was established by the Defense Department to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and... Read more
Eleanora Berry, Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
Once again, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is offering fee-free layaway for Airmen, families and retirees who want to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping and keep gifts hidden safely out of sight from prying eyes. Starting Sept. 1, the Hill Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24 — including toys and bikes.... Read more

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