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    3 siblings follow their master sgt. dad into the Air Force

    When a football career didn't work out for 2nd Lt. Joshua Carlson, he decided to pursue the only other life he'd ever known — the Air Force.

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Prime Content Cost of buyouts

    The Air Force plans to spend nearly $1 billion on early retirement and separation payments to more than 20,000 airmen in fiscal 2015:

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  1. Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours

    Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft....

      9:34 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  2. New combat uniform pattern coming as early as April

    The Army plans to field its new combat uniform camouflage pattern as early as April, and deployed airmen will wear it when stationed with Army units in Afghanistan and Africa....

      11:56 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  3. 3 siblings follow their master sgt. dad into the Air Force

    When a football career didn't work out for 2nd Lt. Joshua Carlson, he decided to pursue the only other life he'd ever known — the Air Force....

      10:28 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  4. Air Force to begin rotating launch officers

    The latest change in the nuclear missile career field will let airmen trade places with each other, opening up opportunities for officers to work on a different base for three months....

      10:29 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  5. Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours

    Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft....

      9:34 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  6. U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

    Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S....

      11:35 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  7. Philippine troops pull 'greatest escape' in Golan

    Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops....

      11:18 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  8. On newsstands this week

    In this week's issue of Air Force Times, the crushing demands of recruiting lead some recruiters to falsify reports. Get your own copy starting Monday at your local exchange or commissary....

      11:51 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  9. Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours

    Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft....

      9:34 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  10. New combat uniform pattern coming as early as April

    The Army plans to field its new combat uniform camouflage pattern as early as April, and deployed airmen will wear it when stationed with Army units in Afghanistan and Africa....

      11:56 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  11. 2 airmen killed in hit-and-run; man charged

    Erin and Daniel Schoen shared a love for the Air Force and for bodybuilding. The couple met at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and married two years ago, with Daniel becoming the stepfather of Erin's two sons — Brian Wilson, 13, and Dimitri Schoen, 5....

      11:45 AM, Mar. 29, 2013
  12. 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
  13. Air Force secretary calls for review of testing procedures after cheating incidents

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has directed the service to review its testing procedures following multiple high-profile incidents of cheating....

      10:31 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  14. USAF chief: Pratt close to developing F-35 engine fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter....

      2:09 PM, Aug. 29, 2014
  15. Air Force Museum restoring Titan rocket

    Restoration experts at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force are launching their largest restoration project yet at the museum in southwestern Ohio....

      12:58 PM, Aug. 31, 2014
  16. Pilot killed in Virginia F-15 crash had more than 2,300 flight hours

    Massachusetts Air National Guard Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., whose F-15C crashed Aug. 27 in rural western Virginia, never managed to eject from his aircraft....

      9:34 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  17. Air Force secretary calls for review of testing procedures after cheating incidents

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has directed the service to review its testing procedures following multiple high-profile incidents of cheating....

      10:31 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  18. Gowdy hires retired Army 3-star for Benghazi probe

    The former top lawyer for the Army will be chief counsel for Republicans on the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya....

      7:48 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
  19. 3 siblings follow their master sgt. dad into the Air Force

    When a football career didn't work out for 2nd Lt. Joshua Carlson, he decided to pursue the only other life he'd ever known — the Air Force....

      10:28 AM, Aug. 31, 2014
  20. Militia says it 'secured' U.S. compound in Libya

    The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital has 'secured' a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday....

      1:19 PM, Aug. 31, 2014

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