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Purple Heart.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by Gen. George Washington by order from his headquarters at Newburgh, N. Y., Aug. 7, 1782.  Records indicate that the Purple Heart was awarded only three times during the Revolutionary War and was not awarded again until it was revived on Washington's 200th birthday, Feb. 22, 1932.  Use of the Purple Heart for meritorious service was discontinued on Dec. 3, 1942 when the Legion of Merit was created. Officials revise Purple Heart eligibility criteria
Department of Defense officials announced Oct. 6 that eligibility criteria for the Purple Heart have been expanded to permit prisoners of war who died in captivity to receive the award. The revised department policy presumes, for service members who die in captivity as a qualifying prisoner of war, that their death was the
0 10/09
2008
Default Air Force Logo Giving Airmen time back
Improvements in technology, review of manpower solutions and additional duty workload, and refining ancillary training topped the recommendations presented to Lt. Gen. Richard Newton III, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, by a team he chartered to find what impacts Airmen's time. In August, the
0 10/09
2008
Default Air Force Logo Upgrade makes AF's electronic forms more user friendly
Air Force officials recently rolled out a new software upgrade that makes it easier for Airmen to view and print electronic forms. Feedback from Airmen revealed problems with blank lines appearing on paper copies of electronic forms that were not visible on digital versions. "The issue was with the PureEdge forms program,
0 10/08
2008
Default Air Force Logo Special duty assignment pay now available for EOD Airmen
Air Force officials recently approved special duty assignment pay for most Airmen in the explosive ordnance disposal career field. Since 2002, the overall retention rates for EOD Airmen has declined by 30 percent because of high operations tempo and the inherent dangers involved in this demanding career field. To help
0 10/07
2008
Default Air Force Logo Officer volunteers wanted for UAS
Air Force officers are currently being sought to volunteer for unmanned aircraft system operators. Applications are due to Air Force Personnel Center no later than Nov. 3. The first ten officers selected will start UAS operator training in January 2009, and another ten will begin training in April 2009. The UAS is a big
0 10/06
2008
Default Air Force Logo AF announces selection process for deputy support group commanders
Air Force Personnel Center Officials recently released the selection process and eligibility requirements for officers interested in calendar year 2009 mission support group deputy commander positions. Following the Air Force chief of staff's force development construct, officers will be matched to positions based on
0 10/03
2008
Default Air Force Logo AFPC Spread the Word team launches global tour
The Air Force Personnel Center commander, Maj. Gen. K.C. McClain, will kick off an Air Force-wide "Spread the Word" briefing tour at Oct. 7 and 8 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. "AFPC is evolving to provide personnel services in new formats through new programs, and we want to communicate these changes in the field--so,
0 10/03
2008
Maj. Gen. K. C. McClain, Air Force Personnel Center commander, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Airman Dylan Strom, 314th Communications Squadron, cut a cake during the Air Force Birthday at Little Rock AFB on September 18, 2008. (U. S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jim Araos) General McClain visits Little Rock AFB

0 10/02
2008
AFPC's championship softball team includes, from left, AFPC Command Chief Andy Kaiser, Greg Sevening, Kenny Pittman, Jason Beaudoin, Jim Miller, Greg Hastings, Troy Ross, James Nordin, Matt How, Leo Polanco-Sierra, Rob Thomas, Larry Lee, Vince Colo, Scott Fritts, Bobby Ross, Sean How, Jimmy Layman, Mike Smith, Todd Faber. Batboys in front: Troy Ross and Matt How.  Not pictured: Glenn Rattell, Deno Mackin, Darren Obermeyer, Scott McLaughlin, Pup Shortland, Shane Antrim and D.J. Goss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White) AFPC completes undefeated softball season with championship
Falling behind by five runs in Wednesday's intramural championship game represented clear and present danger for an Air Force Personnel Center softball team trying to complete a rare, undefeated season. "Some people on our team got a little tight at that point, I think, but we ended up just going back to basics ... doing
0 9/29
2008
Default Air Force Logo AEF move to AFPC now complete
The Air Force took another step forward in the merging of deployment and personnel processes Sept. 26 with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony designating full operational capability for the Air and Space Expeditionary Force and Personnel Operations Directorate at the Air Force Personnel Center here. The AEF Center, previously
0 9/26
2008
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