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March 19, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, TEXAS — Enlisted Airmen in 23 Air Force specialty codes may be eligible to receive a selective reenlistment bonus effective March 12, Air Force officials announced last week.The Air Force is moving forward with a higher end-strength, so AFSCs eligible for the SRB program will increase to address retention of experienced Airmen in some key mission areas such as... Read more
Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
March 19, 2015
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Excessive use of force by law enforcement is a topic that has plagued U.S. headlines more than once in 2014. While the civilian police force is responsible for de-escalating a situation at the lowest level, the military is held to the same standard.Although tackling issues with no harm to others is the intent of all Air Force security forces members, they must train... Read more
March 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility of converting another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015.The Secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to 36 A-10 aircraft into BAI status. Although... Read more
March 12, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has selected 1,257 master sergeants for promotion to senior master sergeant.The selection rate was 8.75 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 680.90. Selectees’ average time-in-grade was 4.34 years, and time-in-service was 18.79 years. Average enlisted performance report score was 135; average decorations score was 20.67;... Read more
March 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Air Force responded to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force’s recommendations in a report to Congress on March 4.Of the Commission’s 42 recommendations, Air Force officials disagreed with only one and are already in the process of implementing 25, as well as developing plans or pilot programs for another 16.“The body of work that came out of the... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
March 12, 2015
LAYTON — Some 40 years after they returned home, Northern Utah Vietnam veterans will finally get the “welcome home” they’ve been waiting for.The first ever “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade” will be at 9 a.m. June 13 in Layton as part of the city’s annual Sounds of Freedom program, which this year will center around Vietnam veterans. The parade is being organized by members of the... Read more
Mitch Shaw, Hilltop Times Correspondent
March 12, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — The restructuring of state Veterans Affairs governance would take the governor out of the loop when it comes time to select advisory boards for veterans nursing homes in Utah.House Bill 381 was approved last week by the House Government Operations Committee. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Val Peterson, R-Orem, would make it so advisory board appointments at each of the state’s four... Read more
March 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thirty-four officer and enlisted Airmen were selected to participate in the Air Force’s Career Intermission Program, which offers from one to three years of partially paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and professional pursuits. Two of those selected have since voluntarily withdrawn their applications and will remain on active duty.The 32 program participants embody... Read more
Wayne Amann, 25th Air Force Public Affairs
March 12, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - LACKLAND, Texas — This year marks the 40th anniversary of Red Flag — the United States Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise.For the last four decades, it’s evolved and today it continues to hone the skills of its participants to meet current and future real-world adversarial challenges.That evolution ramped up in 2013 when the Air Force introduced real-... Read more
Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr., Air Force News Service
March 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James kicked off Women’s History Month by speaking to attendees during the Center for a New American Security “Women and Leadership in National Security” conference in Washington, D.C., on March 4.“There’s simply no country in the world as widely diverse as the U.S.” James said, who was the keynote speaker at the event. “Progress has been... Read more

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