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  1. Brig. Gen. Jack L. Briggs II is the Vice Commander, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and serves as the Deputy Joint Forces Air Component Commander for U.S. Northern Command. BriggsSept20132

    General officer assignments, nomination announced

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  2. 103 selected for captain

    The Air Force has selected 103 officers in several categories for promotion to captain.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  3. Grissom Air Reserve commander removed from post

    Military officials say the commander at northern Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base has been removed from that position and is under investigation.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  4. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody is pushing commanders to nominate more airmen for developmental special-duty assignments. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    Commanders told to nominate more NCOs for special duties

    The Air Force expects to select between 700 and 1,000 staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants for the next round of developmental special-duty assignments — fewer than during last year's first round.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
    • CAREERS /

    Wednesday is last chance to apply for early retirement

    The window for most airmen to apply for early retirement closes on Wednesday.

    • Mar. 25, 2014
    • CAREERS /
    The Air Force has said airmen in overmanned fields such as enlisted security forces must be cut. 2nd Lieutenant Victoria Lalich / GovMedia

    Cash to leave in 2015: AF cranks up retirement, separation budget

    The Air Force is planning to spend as much as $1.6 billion on separations and early retirements by the end of fiscal 2015, according to budget documents submitted to Congress.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
    • CAREERS /

    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
  5.  Staff

    Nearly 1,000 selected for senior master sergeant

    The Air Force released the list Thursday of 999 master sergeants selected for promotion to senior master sergeant.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  6.  Staff

    90 lieutenant colonels, 131 colonels selected for early retirement

    Ninety lieutenant colonels and 131 colonels were selected for early retirement by the Selective Early Retirement Board that met Dec. 9, according to data provided to Air force Times on Wednesday by the Air Force Personnel Center.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
    • CAREERS /
    Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox, deputy chief of staff, manpower, personnel and services, says the 'strategic pause' in force reduction programs won't delay decisions on airmens' applications to retire or separate. Mike Morones/Staff

    Processing to resume for some early retirement, voluntary separation applications

    Air Force officials announced a decision Saturday to resume processing applications for voluntary separations and early retirement for airmen with 15 or more years of service, with the exception of some categories that require waivers such as for service

    • Mar. 17, 2014
    • CAREERS /
    Army Reserve Capt. Sage Fox poses on Wednesday in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Following a deployment to Kuwait as a man, Fox began taking female hormones and began living as a woman. After notifying her battalion commander, whom she says expressed support, Fox received a set of orders informing her she had been placed on inactive status, a step from discharge. An independent commission has concluded there 'is no compelling medical reason' for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving, according to a report set to be published Thursday. Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Panel urges end to U.S. ban on transgender troops

    The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report released Thursday, saying there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and calling on Presid

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  7. 54 enlisted selected for supplemental promotion

    Fifty-four additional enlisted airmen have been selected for supplemental promotion, the Air Force Personnel Center announced Thursday.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  8. Personnel chief Lt. Gen. Sam Cox said eligible airmen should continue to apply for the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or 15-year retirement, and voluntary separation pay programs, despite a pause in processing applications. Mike Morones/Air Force

    AF stops work on most force-shaping programs

    The Air Force has halted work on most of its force reduction programs while it re-evaluates them, according to a statement released Wednesday.

    • Mar. 12, 2014
    • CAREERS /
    Spending on retention bonuses for special tactics and combat rescue officers is slated to increase by 50 percent between 2013 and 2015. Tech. Sgt. Dennis Henry Jr./Air Force

    Re-up, retention bonuses for select few, budget documents show

    Competition for bigger, but fewer, re-enlistment bonuses will be much tighter this year and next. And retention bonuses will be more plentiful for airmen with critical skills such as intel, according to budget documents released Tuesday.

    • Mar. 11, 2014
  9. DoD plans no cuts to spouse tuition program, official says

    Many troops and families may be worried about the future of family support and community programs, but one program that isn't suffering from budget woes is the military spouse tuition program — Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  10. Approvals are on hold for voluntary separation pay and early retirement programs aimed at thinning the Air Force's ranks by more than 20,000 airmen this year. Staff Sgt. Richard Ebensberger/Air Force

    Air Force halts voluntary separation pay, 15-year retirements

    The Air Force Personnel Center has halted processing of early retirement and voluntary separation applications for both officers and enlisted.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  11. Senior master sgt. promotion announcement delayed

    The Air Force has delayed by two weeks the announcement of senior master sergeant promotion selections.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  12. Ill. Air National Guard has new chief of staff

    The Illinois Air National Guard has named a new chief of staff.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  13. General officer nominations announced

    The Defense Department announced Feb. 28 that the president has made the following nominations:

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  14. No backdoor pay raise for top brass, official says

    The latest Pentagon budget calls for a one-year pay freeze for all general and flag officers.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  15. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh says the Air Force will require lieutenant colonels to have a master's degree before they can be promoted to colonel. Michael J. Pausic/Air Force

    Welsh: Master's degree required soon for colonels

    Officers hoping to make major, lieutenant colonel or colonel may soon have to head back to school.

    • Feb. 27, 2014
  16. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said supervisors can direct airmen facing personal difficulties to appropriate resources. Scott Ash / Air Force

    Chief: Getting personal on EPRs will help airmen

    Discussions about personal finances and relationships with supervisors — one of the steps coming to the new Enlisted Evaluation System — raise privacy concerns for some airmen.

    • Feb. 26, 2014
  17. Toni Abrego, a Total Force Service Center customer service representative, talks with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh about the TFSC during his September tour of the Air Force Personnel Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Airmen can chat online with TFSC reps to get answers to personnel questions. Joel Martinez/Air Force

    New tool: Live chats on myPers

    The myPers website — no matter how user-friendly — sometimes just doesn't come up with the right answer.

    • Feb. 25, 2014
  18. The Air Force is preparing to request a $5,000 increase to its enlisted affiliation bonuses — which are now $15,000 — that it will pay to active-duty airmen with the most critical skill sets who enter the Air Force Reserve. Air Force

    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.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  19. Command of Whiteman AFB bomb wing changes hands

    Command of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base has been turned over to a Missouri native, Brig Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, at a ceremony in front of 500 troops and family members.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  1. Air Force opens doors to single parents

    Nurse punished for pregnancy seeks re-instatement under new rule...

      7:27 PM, Jul. 31, 2013
  2. New assignments for six Malmstrom commanders

    The officers relieved of command at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., following a cheating scandal are headed to new staff positions....

      9:40 AM, Apr. 13, 2014
  3. Air Force offers fighter pilots $225,000 to stay in

    The Air Force is opening its wallet to keep more fighter pilots for a longer period of time, even as the service faces serious budget cuts that may continue for years....

      5:40 PM, Jul. 2, 2013
  4. Staff sergeant promotion list released

    The Air Force on Thursday released the list of more than 11,000 airmen who have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant....

      4:31 PM, Aug. 2, 2013
  5. Want a fast promotion? Go intel or medical

    Hoping to speed up your chances for promotion in an age of staff drawdowns and plummeting selection rates? Bone up on your intelligence skills or anatomy books....

      7:44 AM, Aug. 20, 2013
  6. Cash to leave in 2015: AF cranks up retirement, separation budget

    The Air Force is planning to spend as much as $1.6 billion on separations and early retirements by the end of fiscal 2015, according to budget documents submitted to Congress....

      2:16 PM, Mar. 25, 2014
  7. Cyber: The safest job in the Air Force?

    In the three years since the Air Force's arm of U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the numbered command has grown to 5,400 airmen, civilians and contractor personnel providing around-the-clock support to protect and defend DoD networks. Another 11,...

      7:59 PM, Feb. 20, 2014
  8. Senior Air Force officer loses job over 'inappropriate' emails

    A senior Air Force officer at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas was removed from his job in late March over a 2007 email exchange with the wife of a subordinate officer, the Air Force said....

      9:42 AM, Apr. 5, 2014
  9. Air Force opens doors to single parents

    Nurse punished for pregnancy seeks re-instatement under new rule...

      7:27 PM, Jul. 31, 2013
  10. New assignments for six Malmstrom commanders

    The officers relieved of command at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., following a cheating scandal are headed to new staff positions....

      9:40 AM, Apr. 13, 2014
  11. Nearly 1,000 selected for senior master sergeant

    The Air Force released the list Thursday of 999 master sergeants selected for promotion to senior master sergeant....

      5:21 PM, Mar. 20, 2014
  12. Early retirement revoked for some airmen, leads to White House petition

    The Air Force revoked some airmen's approvals for early retirement over the weekend, causing outrage online and sparking a petition to the White House....

      4:38 PM, Apr. 8, 2014
  13. 25 selected for supplemental promotions

    The Air Force has selected 25 airmen for supplemental promotion to staff sergeant, technical sergeant and senior master sergeant....

      11:50 AM, Apr. 10, 2014
  14. Lists show who's eligible — and ineligible — for early retirement

    Fighter, rescue or remotely piloted aircraft pilots hoping for an opportunity to retire early or take other voluntary separation measures in the coming drawdown are going to be disappointed....

      1:56 PM, Jan. 9, 2014
  15. 15-year retirement window closes, but new round for some

    Some airmen will get a second chance at a 15-year retirement....

      1:21 PM, Apr. 8, 2014
  16. Thousands of airmen spared

    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....

      9:42 AM, Apr. 5, 2014
  17. Thousands of airmen spared

    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....

      9:42 AM, Apr. 5, 2014
  18. Want a fast promotion? Go intel or medical

    Hoping to speed up your chances for promotion in an age of staff drawdowns and plummeting selection rates? Bone up on your intelligence skills or anatomy books....

      7:44 AM, Aug. 20, 2013
  19. Air Force halts voluntary separation pay, 15-year retirements

    The Air Force Personnel Center has halted processing of early retirement and voluntary separation applications for both officers and enlisted....

      9:36 AM, Mar. 9, 2014
  20. Processing to resume for some early retirement, voluntary separation applications

    Air Force officials announced a decision Saturday to resume processing applications for voluntary separations and early retirement for airmen with 15 or more years of service, with the exception of some categories that require waivers such as for service...

      8:59 AM, Mar. 19, 2014
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