Articles

KAT BAILEY, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
September 8, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force’s updated reenlistment and promotion eligibility policy, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires Airmen to complete their enlisted professional military education distance learning course within 12 months of the date they are notified by Air Force Personnel Center or automatically be rendered ineligible to reenlist, extend or promote... Read more
CHRISTOPHER BALL, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
September 8, 2016
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The F-35 Integrated Test Force here recently completed 25 missions comprised of 12 weapons delivery accuracy and 13 weapon separation tests as part of a monthlong weapons firing test surge.Historically, WDAs take place once a month given the myriad of coordination required. The highest number previously accomplished in a month was three in November 2014 during... Read more
KAT BAILEY, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
September 8, 2016
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — For the first time in 12 years, the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance program is having an open season, which will run from Sept. 1-30. During the open season, eligible federal employees can enroll in FEGLI or increase coverage up to the maximum offered by the program, including Option C coverage on the lives of spouses and eligible dependent... Read more
Bryan Magana, 419th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
About 100 Air Force reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing returned Aug. 20 from two weeks of annual tour training in Hawaii.Airmen from the medical, security forces, logistics readiness, and force support squadrons worked with joint service counterparts at military installations across the island of Oahu to hone their skills. In addition to serving one weekend a month, reservists are required to... Read more
Brian Brackens, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
September 1, 2016
Managing upgrades, retrofits and overall maintenance for a large number of aircraft can be challenging. It often requires great logistical efforts to ensure the right people and equipment are available at the right time to service aircraft.Operations research analysts assigned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s operations research team at Wright Patterson Air Force Base were recently... Read more
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