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  • Officers selected for Olmsted Scholar Program

    Six Air Force officers have been selected to participate in the Olmsted Scholar Program for the class of 2010. Each year, the competitive program offers grants for two years of graduate study in a foreign culture to career line officers from all four branches of the U.S. military. The following Air Force officers were
  • Commentary: Physical fitness a vital measure of readiness

    Imagine reporting for duty one morning and having your supervisor say you've been selected for a 270-day deployment to a provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan. After the news begins to sink in, you then find out you have to complete some tough combat skills training at Fort Bragg, N.C. Holy cow! Oh, and by the way,
  • Revised 'Little Brown Book' now available

    Air Force officials here recently revised Air Force instruction 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, also known as "The Little Brown Book," and the electronic version is available now with hardcopies expected to be available in May. The guide has long been a staple of establishing expectations and standards for enlisted
  • New total force discrimination hotline number announced

    The Air Force Discrimination Hotline has a new toll free number that will serve all active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen. The hotline number will ensure all unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment concerns are quickly identified and addressed. "The Air Force is committed to ensuring all Airmen have access
  • AF begins Phase II of the NCO retraining program

    Two deadlines are quickly approaching for Airmen identified for retraining under Phase II of the Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program. These Airmen must submit a retraining request by April 6. They must also complete a retraining package by April 29 for the Air Force Specialty Code selected by the Air Force
  • Changes make Letter of Evaluation more effective evaluation instrument

    The Air Force Personnel Center here recently introduced several changes to Air Force Form 77, Letter of Evaluation, as part of its ongoing efforts to improve and refine its processes. Some of the specific improvements included upgrading the form's layout and usability, creating dropdown boxes to eliminate confusion, and
  • AFPC automates notifications for completion of probationary periods

    In AFPC's ongoing effort to improve consistency and efficiency across the Air Force, supervisors will now receive an e-mail notification when one of their civilian employees is within 90 days of completing a probationary period. New employees and new supervisors serve an established probationary period during which
  • NCOs selected for Enlisted to AFIT program

    Air Force officials selected nine enlisted Airmen to continue their education through the Enlisted to Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate Degree Program. "The Air Force has a strong tradition of valuing education," said Lt. Col. Douglas Wall, Air Force Personnel Center's chief of developmental education. "This
  • AF personnel leaders focus on Airmen, modernization

    As mission requirements continue to grow, Air Force personnel leaders said before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee in Washington March 17 that the service will refine priorities to win today's fight and prepare for tomorrow's challenges. The Honorable Craig Duehring, assistant Secretary of the Air Force,
  • Push-Pull to test real-world AF capabilities

    "Push-Pull 2009" may sound like a new type of fitness regimen to some, but to about 150 regular Air Force retirees it's a mobilization exercise of a different kind. The Push-Pull 2009 exercise, scheduled to take place April 6 to 10 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, is designed to exercise and evaluate mobilization
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