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  1. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, briefs reporters on Oct. 1 at the Pentagon on the military health care system review. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Prime Content Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors

    An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system -- prompted by the VA hospitals scandal -- concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  2. Cut uniform costs by adopting the MultiCam or the Airman Battle Uniform, but not both, some airmen say. Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane/Defense Department

    Prime Content How airmen say the Air Force could save money

    The budget outlook for the Air Force — and the rest of the Defense Department — is nothing but grim: Sequestration. Grounded planes. Proposals to eliminate the A-10 and other fleets. Headquarters staffing and overseas facilities cutbacks.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  3. Mobility pilots Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres/Air Force

    Prime Content Guard and Reserve are recruiting airmen hit by force cuts

    The 'help wanted' sign is out for airmen facing the prospect of losing their active-duty jobs in the Air Force — or whose nerves are so frayed after surviving this year's aggressive round of force cuts that they've decided it's time to call it quits.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. Basic cadets perform extra physical training as ordered by their instructors for an infraction during Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley. Mike Morones / Staff

    Getting tough: How the Air Force primes its future officers

    The future leaders of the Air Force stood at attention on the Air Force Academy's main pavilion on a bright July morning, ready for 11 days that would change their lives.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  5. Students at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo., learn how to get in proper formation. Mike Morones / Staff

    For prior enlisteds, it's back to basic training

    For many airmen, basic training is the most grueling part of joining the Air Force. And some might consider it nuts for anyone to go through basic not just once, but three times.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  6. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  7. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, after being found unresponsive in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, according to police. Screenshot

    Prime Content For Germans, death penalty is concern in U.S. airman's murder trial

    Nearly a week after German police discovered the lifeless body of a U.S. sailor inside a car in Kaiserslautern Dec. 14, the remains were turned over to the U.S. armed forces regional medical examiner.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Master Sgt. Roger Sparks is congratulated by son Ozric after receiving the Silver Star. Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News

    Prime Content Silver Star PJ recounts 5 hours in firefight with Taliban

    Master Sgt. Roger Sparkshad deployed to war zones too many times to count when he descended into a firefight in Afghanistan's Watapur Valley on the evening of Nov. 14, 2010.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  9. More than 2,000 people attended a Jan. 17 memorial service at RAF Lakenheath, England, for the four Pave Hawl crew members killed in the crash. Airman First Class Erin O'Shea/Air Force

    Prime Content Pave Hawk tragedy: Geese hit Jolly 22 at a force of 130 knots

    A small flock of geese that had migrated to a new area caused an HH-60G to crash off the English coast in January, killing the four airmen aboard.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  10. Air Force pilots depart the flight line at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. A trademark dispute raises questions about whether retired or former pilots can wear flight suits when speaking in public. Airman 1st Class Krystal M. Jeffers/Air Force

    Can a trademark restrict who wears flight suits?

    Whether former military pilots can dress like pilots and talk like pilots in public appearances are issues at the heart of a trademark dispute between two rival motivational speaking companies run by former fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  11. Senior Airman Andy Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie, were stabbed to death 10 years ago. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Office

    Prime Content Airman back on death row, but nightmare continues for victims' family

    The Bielenbergs stopped celebrating Independence Day after their daughter and son-in-law were stabbed to death at their home on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia early on the morning of July 5, 2004.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  12. Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly says two major factors threaten pilot retention: The high operations tempo of recent years and the lure of private- sector jobs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content AF fighting — with cash — to keep fighter pilots

    The Air Force is afraid the commercial airline industry's long-awaited hiring boom is right around the corner. And for the second year in a row, the service is planning to pay big to keep airlines from poaching their fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  13. Anthony Jones, second from right, left the Navy as a chief petty officer. He was serving in force protection when he realized the Transportation Security Administration had similar job descriptions that fit his interests, so he jumped to federal civilian service. He now supervises 15 people and 15 working dogs for the TSA in Atlanta. Kevin Liles/kevindliles.com

    Prime Content How to land a federal job: 25 tips from insiders and experts

    You've probably heard that federal agencies give some hiring preferences to veterans.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  14. Prime Content Initiatives that give vets an edge

    Federal agencies aren't trying to hire veterans just because they think it's a nice thing to do. They've been ordered to do so by their chief executive and board of directors — the president and Congress.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  15. Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino gets a quick workout before returning home from work. Courtesy photo

    Fix the PT test: Former PT leader creates new scoring

    He's done the calculations. He's gotten positivefeedback from fellow airmen. And now Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino wants to take his PT test Air Force-wide — and eventually to all services.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  16. Adding up run points

    It's easy enough to calculate points for pushups and situps under Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino's proposed PT test: half-point for each.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  17. PT test reimagined

    Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino has come up with a plan for a new physical training test that sets minimum passing scores by age, rather than age group.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  18. How points add up

    Here is how 28-year-olds, for example, gain points under Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino's proposed revisions to the PT test:

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  19. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody says the new enlisted performance report will be out in six months. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    Prime Content Cody: 18-month overhaul starts with new feedback form

    Get ready for some awkward conversations with your supervisor.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  20. Prime Content Retention boards: 1 in 4 airmen will be told to leave

    The Air Force's first enlisted retention boards are two weeks away from convening — and they could end the careers of roughly 4,000 airmen.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  21. Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver said that, in writing his letter explaining why he doesn't plan to re-enlist, he wanted to spark a conversation about the burdens all airmen bear. Courtesy Aaron Driver

    Prime Content Separating airman answers critics

    To some, Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver is a truth-teller, laying out the hard realities of the toll everything from repeated deployments to Mickey Mouse regulations have taken on rank-and-file airmen and their families.

    • May. 12, 2014
  22. Prime Content House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget

    In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon's proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket cos

    • May. 5, 2014
  23. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, would have lost most of its equipment and aircraft under the 2005 BRAC proposal. The proposal was rejected, and since then the Alaska congressional delegation has been sensitive to any movement on the base. Kevin Robertson/Air Force

    Prime Content Too many bases: The plan to sidestep Congress' opposition to closures

    The Air Force is digging deep to achieve extensive budget cuts — cutting people, eliminating entire aircraft fleets and begging Congress for another round of base closures.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  24. Airmen who work on the A-10 are receiving a reprieve this year, due to a congressional restriction on reductions in the A-10 workforce. Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Air Force

    Prime Content Thousands of airmen spared under revised force-shaping plan

    At least 8,751 airmen's jobs are no longer on the chopping block this year, according to the latest charts obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  25. Ellis Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News

    Prime Content The cases against two MTIs

    The case: Former basic trainees under Ellis in 2010 and 2011 accused her of threatening to beat them up, send them home in body bags and other violent acts, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  1. Air Force review shows 50 airmen can remain on active duty

    Fifty airmen who were told that they must separate by Jan. 31 have been offered the option of remaining on active-duty, Air Force officials said Friday....

      3:10 PM, Oct. 24, 2014
  2. Air Force review shows 50 airmen can remain on active duty

    Fifty airmen who were told that they must separate by Jan. 31 have been offered the option of remaining on active-duty, Air Force officials said Friday....

      3:10 PM, Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Air Force review shows 50 airmen can remain on active duty

    Fifty airmen who were told that they must separate by Jan. 31 have been offered the option of remaining on active-duty, Air Force officials said Friday....

      3:10 PM, Oct. 24, 2014
  4. Transgender troops say they want to serve openly

    The landmark repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2011 allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military....

      4:20 PM, Oct. 24, 2014
  5. ISR reservists join ops against Islamic State group

    The Air Force is surging reservists with experience in ISR in order to assist in ongoing operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq....

      11:23 AM, Oct. 25, 2014
  6. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:...

      9:15 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  7. Confusion continues over TERA, VSP application approvals

    Despite an announcement Saturday that the Air Force had decided to resume processing applications for voluntary separations and 15-year retirements after a 'strategic pause,' airmen are still being told that processing is on hold, an airman told Air Force...

      9:23 AM, Mar. 21, 2014
  8. Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety

    A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country....

      1:31 PM, Oct. 23, 2014
  9. U.S. general: Kim was never out of power in North Korea

    North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's recent 40-day disappearance from public view sparked speculation of a coup or serious illness, but U.S....

      4:05 PM, Oct. 25, 2014
  10. Special Report: The top 5 best bases for airmen

    No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations — griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones....

      4:43 PM, Jul. 23, 2014
  11. Air Force wants testing range expanded in Utah

    The Air Force wants to expand its test range in rural Utah so F-35 pilots have more room to train....

      5:25 PM, Oct. 25, 2014
  12. Air Force jet in Houston reports smoke in cockpit

    A U.S. Air Force refueling jet returning to California has made a safe emergency landing in Houston after smoke was reported in the cockpit....

      7:44 AM, Oct. 25, 2014
  13. Women are on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS

    Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group....

      12:54 PM, Oct. 25, 2014
  14. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:...

      9:15 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  15. Help wanted in the Reserve: Big bonuses, retraining opportunities and a way to stay Air Force

    Thousands of airmen at risk of being cut in the drawdown could find a parachute in the Air Force Reserve....

      8:28 PM, Feb. 24, 2014
  16. 30-something? It's not too late to enlist

    Even 30-somethings are now able to enlist in the Air Force....

      9:55 AM, Jun. 29, 2014
  17. Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety

    A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country....

      1:31 PM, Oct. 23, 2014
  18. Air Force revokes medical coverage for 1,000 separating airmen

    The Air Force mistakenly issued medical benefits to more than 1,000 voluntarily separating airmen earlier this year, and is now revoking those benefits....

      3:53 PM, Oct. 10, 2014
  19. Air Force wants testing range expanded in Utah

    The Air Force wants to expand its test range in rural Utah so F-35 pilots have more room to train....

      5:25 PM, Oct. 25, 2014
  20. Air Force review shows 50 airmen can remain on active duty

    Fifty airmen who were told that they must separate by Jan. 31 have been offered the option of remaining on active-duty, Air Force officials said Friday....

      3:10 PM, Oct. 24, 2014

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