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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

    Prime Content 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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/

    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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. A pair of A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft take off from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Aug. 10, 2012. The aircraft's paint scheme helps to camouflage the aircraft, particularly on an overcast day. This aircraft is operated by the 107th Fighter Squadron, Michigan Air National Guard. Tech. Sgt. Robert Hanet / U.S. Air Force

    Prime Content Guard units to get new aircraft to replace A-10s

    The Air Force plans to replace all National Guard A-10 units with new flying missions to make sure their states and bases will not lose positions, according to budget documents obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  21. Two 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters fly over Alaska. The Air Force wants to buy 112 helicopters to replace the aging Sikorsky Pave Hawks. Master Sgt. Sean Mitchell/Air National Guard

    Prime Content Money found for new Combat Rescue Helicopter

    The Air Force will award a contract on its new Combat Rescue Helicopter before the end of June, despite the program not being included in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said Maj. Gen. James Martin, the service's budget director.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  22. Prime Content Pay changes run counter to troops' 'cash is king' mantra

    New proposals to shrink military compensation would hit troops in the wallet, almost immediately.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  23. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, where he outlined significant changes to military compensation and troops levels in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Prime Content DoD pushes forward on pay, benefits cuts

    Never in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force has the Pentagon sought to roll back the existing military compensation package for service members.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  24. Airmen from the 81st and 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadrons and soldiers with the 1/18th Battalion conduct joint training Jan. 12 at Grand Bara Range in northeast Africa. Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas/Air Force

    Prime Content Vast distances, unexpected dangers and rewards as Africa mission expands

    The order to help evacuate Americans from the violence-seized capital city of South Sudan came just 21/2 months after the small group of airmen from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., arrived at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  25. Prime Content 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
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