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  • AFPAAS teams poised to help Air Force families in need

    When a natural disaster or real-world event impacts the Total Force, two branches at the Air Force’s Personnel Center come together to provide comprehensive support:  the Airman and Family Support Branch and the Personnel Readiness Branch. Both branches sprang into action during 2017’s vicious

  • AFPC offers follow-on option to Airmen taking short tours

    Airmen selected for a dependent-restricted short tour for their second or later assignments can voluntarily apply to participate in the Follow-On Assignment Program, providing them greater flexibility in the assignment process and greater stability for their families.  The Department of Defense

  • Enroll, change federal benefits during Open Season through Dec. 11

    This year's Federal Benefits Open Season runs from today through Monday, Dec. 11, and includes the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and the Federal Flexible Spending Account (FSAFEDS) program. Open Season gives

  • Benefits Delivery at Discharge program redesigned for faster benefits

    The Benefits Delivery at Discharge program was recently redesigned to allow most service members to receive disability benefit decisions the day after their discharge.These changes will allow Veterans Affairs to conduct exams, review medical evidence and process ratings before Airmen are released

  • Nomination window open for 2018 Joan Orr AF Spouse of the Year Award

    Air Force officials are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Air Force Association Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award. This award honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The nominee’s spouse must be an active-duty Air Force, Air

  • AF officer developmental education selection results released

    The Air Force has selected more than 800 officers for intermediate and senior developmental education during the 2017 Developmental Education Designation Board held at the Air Force’s Personnel Center. The board, which met Sept. 26, designated 786 line and 38 non-line officers to attend in-residence

  • AF announces 2016 Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award recipients

    Air Force officials have announced the recipients of the 2016 General Larry O. Spencer Innovation Awards. This Air Force-level award recognizes an individual or team whose actions demonstrate innovation in cost and manpower savings to improve efficiency, operational readiness and replication of the

  • Nominations sought for 2018 AFA Verne Orr Award

    Air Force officials are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Air Force Association Verne Orr Award. The AFA established this award in honor of former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr to recognize mission-oriented accomplishments and achievements by units that made the most effective use

  • AF officials announce selections for civilian leadership program

    Air Force officials have selected 39 senior civilian leaders to participate in the 2018 Air Force Civilian Strategic Leader Program.  CSLP, the Air Force’s senior corporate career broadening program, is designed to develop GS-14 and GS-15 multi-skilled leaders by placing them in experiential

  • AF selects more than 1,200 civilians for developmental education

    More than 1,200 Air Force civilian employees were selected for basic, intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities during the 2017 Civilian Developmental Education selection cycle.The developmental teams and the Civilian Developmental Education Board considered more than 1,900

  • AF accepting nominations for Gen. and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award

    Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2018 General and Mrs. Jerome F. O’Malley Award. The award recognizes the wing commander and spouse team whose contributions to the nation, Air Force and local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple

  • AF seeks 2018 AFA Aerospace Awards nominees

    Air Force officials are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Air Force Association Aerospace Awards. This award program recognizes the most outstanding contribution to national defense in the fields of science and engineering relating to aerospace activity; flight in the atmosphere or space;

  • Verification of personnel data critical to enlisted promotion release

    The weeks leading up to a promotion release can be filled with anticipation for Airmen hoping to hear news that they have earned the next Air Force rank and the responsibility that goes with it.Knowing how to verify eligibility information and what to do if a score notice is not received can help

  • AF names selects for FY18 Inter-American Squadron Officer School

    Eight active-duty officers will attend the Inter-American Squadron Officer School, or ISOS, at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in fiscal year 2018. Those selected are Captains Hugo Alarcon, Air Force Space Command; Logan Dixon, Air Force Special Operations

  • One athlete’s struggle beneath the surface

    The official gestures the athletes to take their mark. Swimmers have stepped up on their respective diving platforms and prepare to jump headfirst into the pool, piercing the water and swimming with all their might.  For Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Troha, a Coast Guard intelligence specialist and

  • Evolution of adaptive sports

    With closing ceremonies slated for later today, thousands around the world have turned their attention toward the 2017 Invictus Games the past week, witnessing feats of incredible talent and hearing truly inspiring stories from world-class athletes. The Invictus Games, established by Prince Harry of

  • Air Force releases CY17C central selection board results

    The Air Force has selected 298 officers for promotion as a result of the 2017C central selection board for colonel, lieutenant colonel and major in the Line of the Air Force Judge Advocate, Nurse Corps and Chaplain competitive categories.

  • Wounded warrior coaches help athletes advance in their recovery

    Many service members suffer battle scars, seen and unseen. For many of these wounded, ill or injured warriors, adaptive sports programs give them the opportunity to heal, regain confidence, celebrate their efforts and move forward in their recovery.   From Sept. 23-30, more than 550 wounded service

  • AF seeks 2018 Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award nominations

    Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2018 Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award. Named in honor of Vaught for her outstanding service and dedication to the Air Force and nation, the award is presented to an officer (0-6 and below), enlisted Airman (E-9 and below) and

  • Loss of sight fails to hinder vision of future

    More than 550 wounded, ill or injured athletes from 17 nations have come together here to compete in the 2017 Invictus Games; and while the games provide a unique forum for active-duty and veteran service members who became ill or injured during or as a direct result of service, they also lend an

  • Competition fuels hearts, ignites relationship

    In 2015, when a Naperville, Illinois girl met a boy from Charlotte, North Carolina, neither knew immediately how their relationship would evolve beyond teammates; however, the now engaged pair of retired Air Force athletes would still say “teammates” will always be a word that first comes to mind

  • I AM: Unconquered, undefeated

    The air here is electric on the competition grounds of the 2017 Invictus Games, where 17 nations and more than 550 wounded, ill or injured athletes have come together to showcase their grit; and where one second-time athlete from the U.S. team has set her sights on dominating in the arena.  “This

  • Officials announce 2017 AFA Aerospace Award winners

    The Air Force Association awards committee announced the final recipients of the 2017 National Aerospace and Specialty Awards. The AFA is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization that promotes understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of this

  • Air Force expands Career Intermission Program opportunities

    The Air Force has changed the Career Intermission Program to expand participation opportunities for Airmen from one application window each year to three.  In addition, Airmen with humanitarian circumstances may submit out-of-cycle CIP applications as can dual-military married Airmen when a join

  • Humanitarian assignments considered for Airmen in time of need

    Today’s American Airmen do the impossible every day. They pursue their mission with excellence and integrity to become leaders and warriors, providing help to a world in need. However, even Airmen need help at times, especially if an acute problem occurs with a family member. The Humanitarian

  • Gold Star survivors are part of Air Force family tree

    The Air Force family tree has many branches and one branch, representing the service’s Gold Star families, has leaves that glow consistently with the rest.   Gold Star families are survivors of military service members who lost their lives during armed hostilities, including deployments in support

  • 2017 Invictus Games slated to commence Sept. 23

    Athletes from around the world will come together in Toronto, Canada, to compete in the 2017 Invictus Games, uniting more than 550 wounded, ill or injured military service members from 17 nations to compete in 12 unique sporting events.  The games are scheduled to commence Sept. 23 and will continue

  • Air Force announces 100 percent promotion opportunity to major

    In the latest move to restore the Air Force’s readiness and lethality, senior leaders are taking a closer look at officer performance management with a focus on developing leaders and retaining the talented professionals the service needs.

  • Caregivers play critical role in lives of wounded warriors

    Tech. Sgt. Eric Fisher was two months into his five-month deployment in 2011 to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, when he suffered a heart attack after an intense rocket attack and a day of moving heavy pallets on the flightline.   He was evacuated to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany,

  • AF releases 2018 support, health professions squadron command candidate list

    Development teams from airfield operations, support, materiel leader and health professions functional communities selected more than 800 officers as candidates for squadron command in 2018. Projected command vacancies also include training, recruiting, 365-day extended deployment and Test Pilot

  • Air Force activates accountability system in response to Hurricane Irma

    Air Force officials recently activated the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, or AFPAAS, for Total Force personnel and their family members who may be affected by Hurricane Irma, a powerful storm that is expected to hit the southern U.S. this weekend.   AFPAAS monitors the

  • AF to implement Second Assignment In-Place Pilot Program

    The Air Force will allow limited fighter aircrew to extend their time at certain assignments in an effort to improve quality of life, quality of service and help retain experienced aviators for longer than 20 years.

  • AF updates enlisted special duty assignment pay effective Nov. 1

    The Air Force will update enlisted special duty assignment pay for several career fields, locations or special assignment duties effective Nov. 1, following the most recent Air Force semiannual review.   SDAP is a monetary allowance that compensates enlisted Airmen serving in extremely demanding

  • Air Force releases staff sergeant 17E5 promotion cycle statistics

    The Air Force has selected 14,181 senior airmen for promotion to staff sergeant out of 32,006 eligible for a selection rate of 44.31 percent in the 17E5 promotion cycle.   Of the 14,181 selected, 13.57 percent had Promote Now recommendations, 32.76 percent had Must Promote recommendations and 53.67

  • Air Force introduces new, improved tool to manage civilian benefits

    The Air Force is the first agency in the Department of Defense to roll out a new tool that helps government civilians more effectively manage their benefits and entitlement information. The Government Retirement and Benefits Platform is a web-based application that allows employees to make changes

  • AF seeks 69th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award nominations

    Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 69th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award. The award, sponsored by George Washington University and the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission, honors outstanding federal employees who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the federal

  • JB Charleston hygienist named 2016 Dental Civilian of the Year

    Patrick Miller, a registered dental hygienist at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, was recently named the Air Force’s 2016 Dental Civilian of the Year. Each year, the award recognizes a government service employee for outstanding individual performance and achievement in the Air Force Dental

  • Air Force selects 398 for captain in CY17A quarterly selection process

    The Air Force selected 398 first lieutenants for promotion to captain during the Calendar Year 2017A Captain Line of the Air Force, Chaplain, Line of the Air Force–Judge Advocate, Nurse Corps, Medical Service Corps and Biomedical Sciences Corps quarterly selection process. To view the lists, go to

  • Enlisted Students Earn Advanced Degrees at AFIT

    In 2002, then Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. James Roche, championed an initiative to open Air Force Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management to senior enlisted personnel.  Secretary Roche truly believed in the importance of the enlisted force to military achievements

  • Airmen in developmental special duties epitomize leadership, core values

    Air Force officials filled 770 positions across nine developmental special duties, or DSDs, for spring 2017. The DSD nomination process occurs twice each year and is designed to fill specific special duties the Air Force has acknowledged as developmental due to their unique requirements. Commanders

  • Total Force Airmen can now manage their life insurance online

    Airmen no longer need paper forms to manage their Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance, thanks to the new SGLI Online Enrollment System, or SOES. SGLI provides automatic life insurance coverage of $400,000 to service members when they enter the service. Members with SGLI also get automatic coverage

  • AF offers high year of tenure extensions to retain experienced Airmen

    The Air Force is offering high year of tenure extensions to active-duty Airmen in certain shortage Air Force Specialty Codes and grades effective Aug. 1. High year of tenure, or HYT, refers to the maximum number of years enlisted Airmen in each grade may remain on active duty.  This voluntary

  • New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

    Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health

  • Student loan forgiveness takes effect in October

    The first forgiveness of student loan balances under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program goes into effect for government employees this October. The program offers forgiveness for remaining balances due on William D. Ford federal direct loans after employees have made at least 120 loan

  • Technical sergeant 17E6 promotion cycle statistics released

    The Air Force has selected 8,167 staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant out of 25,552 eligible for a selection rate of 31.96 percent in the 17E6 promotion cycle.  Officials selected 1,719 Airmen with a Promote Now recommendation for 21.05 percent of the total selects, 2,268 Airmen with

  • Air Force selects 2,311 BSC, LAF officers for promotion

    The Air Force has selected 2,311 active-duty officers for promotion to colonel, lieutenant colonel and major during the 2017B Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel Biomedical Sciences Corps and Major Line of the Air Force and Biomedical Sciences Corps central selection boards.

  • New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

    Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health

  • AF announces Enlisted Professional Military Education redesign

    Air Force officials announced major changes to the enlisted professional military education program today via an initiative called Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st Century, or “EPME 21.”A major initiative of EPME 21 is that time in service will no longer dictate an Airman’s EPME

  • AF rolls out phased retirement program for eligible civilians

    Eligible Air Force civilian employees now have the option of working part time in a “semi-retired” status, according to new Air Force Instruction 36-817, Civilian Phased Retirement Program. The civilian phased-retirement program allows eligible full-time employees to request to work on a part-time

  • Commanders to have more say in developmental education opportunities

    Air Force officials recently announced changes to the nomination process for officer developmental education beginning with the results of the March 2017 Line of Air Force Major Board. The March 2017 LAF Major’s Board results will be released publicly July 18, 2017, and will not include

  • A former pilot’s silent struggle

    “I remember coming home from a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, and I just knew I was bringing back more baggage than I originally left with. There are things you experience that, simply put, change you forever. I have never been the man I once was after experiencing what I did overseas.”

  • AF selects 8,167 for promotion to TSgt; list to post July 20

    Air Force officials have selected 8,167 staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant out of 25,552 eligible for a selection rate of 31.96 percent. The technical sergeant promotion list will be available on the Air Force Portal and myPers July 20 at 8 a.m. CDT. On July 20, Airmen can also

  • Air Force releases first-term Airman retraining quotas for FY18

    Eligible active-duty first-term Airmen may choose from more than 1,400 approved retraining quotas in over 20 career fields for fiscal year 2018.  Retraining allows enlisted Airmen, to include staff and technical sergeants on their first enlistment, to retrain into skills where a shortage exists, in

  • Adaptive sports shift outlook on life

    “I was sitting at home alone one night and had taken out my pistol; I remember how cool it felt in my hands and knowing I was moments away from taking my life. In that split second, my phone went off with a text from one of my Airmen who said he needed my help getting to work the next morning, and I

  • Ambassadors share stories, emphasize AFW2 program significance

    Many are familiar with the adage that you cannot fully understand someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes; for seriously wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, that sentiment is amplified by tremendous struggles most Americans will never face.To help better inform the

  • AF announces 2017 BIG Meritorious Service Award recipients

    Air Force officials recently named the winners for the 2017 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award. The award honors military members and Department of Defense civilian employees who have supported military missions or overseas contingency operations, or whose attributes best epitomize the

  • Enlisted RPA pilots soar to new heights

    The Air Force’s first three Enlisted Pilot Initial Class graduates are slated to complete their final phase of training requirements in July at Beale Air Force Base, California.

  • Career skills programs help Airmen prepare for post-military employment

    The Air Force has recently begun participating in career skills programs which afford eligible Airmen the opportunity to prepare for a post-Air Force career up to six months before separation or retirement. Apprenticeships, on-the-job training, employment skills training and internships are all

  • AETC announces changes to developmental special duty assignments

    Air Force officials are making three substantial changes to the Developmental Special Duty process that will significantly improve the Air Force’s ability to fill these important positions by adding more flexibility to the process and increasing opportunities for noncommissioned officers. The

  • Some medically separated Airmen can have their disability ratings reviewed

    Airmen who were medically separated between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2009, can have their disability ratings reviewed. Airmen medically separated with a combined disability rating of 20 percent or less and who received separation pay verses medical retirement may request a Physical Disability

  • AF offers tuition assistance for approved civil service Ph.D. candidates

    Air Force officials recently approved tuition assistance funding for eligible Ph.D. candidates through the Civilian Tuition Assistance Program.   Applications are due July 2 for academic programs this fall and need to include a strong justification statement explaining how the course work will

  • AFPC welcomes next commander

    Members of the Air Force Personnel Center gathered as the headquarters guidon was passed from Maj. Gen. Peggy Poore to Maj. Gen. Brian Kelly, signifying the official change of command, June 23.  AFPC ensures commanders around the world are provided with skilled Airmen to conduct Air Force and joint

  • Application window opens for Air Force undergraduate flying training

    Application packages for the next Undergraduate Flying Training selection board are due to the Rated Officer Assignments branch of the Air Force Personnel Center by Nov. 17. The board, set for Jan. 22-25, 2018, will consider active-duty officer applicants to attend training as early as spring 2018.

  • How well do you understand the AF enlisted evaluation board process?

    The Air Force promotion system promotes the most fully-qualified noncommissioned and senior noncommissioned officers based on the quality of their records and other weighted factors, while recognizing an individual Airman’s potential for advancement to the next rank. Enlisted evaluation board panels

  • Healing from invisible wounds

    On Jan. 15, 2008, Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, was the lead gunner in an armored vehicle convoy on a road near Baghdad. The sun was shining and the air comfortable. His unit had just transported construction materials to forward operating bases and was currently

  • Air Force names 2016 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award recipients

    Air Force officials have named four Airmen as the 2016 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award winners. The award was first presented in 1981 and named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor. Today, it recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding

  • Defense Department launches retirement system comparison calculator

    The Department of Defense officially launched the Blended Retirement System comparison calculator, providing BRS opt-in eligible service members their first opportunity for an individualized comparison of retirement systems. The comprehensive tool, in combination with the mandatory BRS Opt-In

  • Air Force announces significant changes to Aviation Bonus Program

    As part of its retention efforts, the Air Force released details on the fiscal year 2017 Aviation Bonus Program (AvB) June 5, 2017. This year’s program implements an increase in maximum bonus amounts authorized in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act in addition to more flexibility in

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