Portal access restricted

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Global Combat Support System-Air Force computer officials will begin restricting access to the Air Force Portal to only users with a common access card or valid public key infrastructure certificate beginning today. Air Force Knowledge Now began restricting access to CAC/ PKI users Jan. 1, and Air Force Personnel […]

Enlisted board, promotion schedules announced

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force officials here have released new enlisted promotion board and testing schedules. “The 2010 enlisted promotion rates look promising,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Long, the enlisted promotions, evaluations and physical fitness chief. “Nearly all 2009 rates slightly increased from 2008 and we anticipate this year’s rates to […]

Podcast addresses post-deployment stress

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Servicemembers and their families can get help coping with post-deployment stress through a new series of podcasts profiling the personal stories of those who have lived it. “Combat brings individuals face-to-face with the harshest demands imaginable. In fact, it’s impossible to be unaffected by these experiences. Stress reactions, family […]

Laws change for military, overseas voters

By Carmen L. Gleason: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Servicemembers and overseas voters shouldn’t assume they automatically will receive ballots for the 2010 elections just because they have in the past. Previously, voters would receive absentee ballots for up to two cycles following their request, Bob Carey, Federal Voting Assistance Program director, said Jan. […]

Program helps servicemembers transition to civilian life

By Christen N. McCluney: Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program is working to prepare servicemembers and their families for a successful transition to civilian life. “We are trying to ensure that (servicemembers) transition from active duty back to the civilian community is a smooth and seamless one,” Ron Horne, […]

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of […]

President signs 2010 defense budget into law

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense officials are hailing passage of the fiscal 2010 budget that funds military programs and wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and provides a military pay raise. President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act into law Dec. 19 after the Senate approved […]

New physical fitness standards effective July 1, biannual testing begins Jan. 1

By Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Maintaining peak combat readiness begins and ends with healthy, motivated and well-trained airmen.The Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel announced the new Air Force fitness standards will officially begin July 1, 2010.Lt. Gen. Richard Y. Newton […]

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.

Executive order aimed at veterans

White House photo: Pete Souza President Barack Obama signs an executive order on the employment of veterans in the federal government Nov. 9 in the Oval Office. By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed an executive order Nov. 9 aimed at hiring more veterans to work in the federal […]

VFW officials give troops free talk time on Veterans Day

By Samantha Quigley: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Deployed and hospitalized servicemembers are expected to make about 120,000 calls home this Veterans Day, and it won’t cost them one thin dime Officials from the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization are once again offering “Free Call Day” through its Operation Uplink program USAA, which offers […]

House passes landmark health care bill

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed landmark health care legislation Saturday night to expand coverage to tens of millions who lack it and place tough new restrictions on the insurance industry. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous. The 220-215 vote cleared the way […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that […]

Air Force officials seek UAS volunteers, announces policy change

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force officials here are seeking combat systems officers for unmanned aircraft systems pilot duty, and interested commissioned Airmen have until Nov. 20 to volunteer for the training. CSOs within the grade of lieutenant through major are eligible, and applicants must also have between two to 13 years of […]

DOD officials: Military will have enough H1N1 vaccine

By Judith Snyderman: Defense Media Activity-Emerging Media Directorate WASHINGTON — As shipments of some 3.7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine ordered by the Defense Department continue to arrive from the manufacturer, more than enough will be available for all military personnel and their beneficiaries, military medical experts said here Oct. 30. Navy Cmdr. Danny Shiau, […]

Congress extends benefits to military spouses

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands. Under current law, service members can choose to keep their original residency as they relocate. Spouses who lobbied for the change said having that same […]

President signs Defense Authorization Act

By Gerry J. Gilmore: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House Oct. 28. President Obama hailed the act, which contains $680.2 billion in military budget authority, as transformational legislation that targets wasteful defense spending. The president was accompanied […]

Act ends controversial personnel system

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama’s signature today on the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial pay-for-performance personnel system is abolished. About 220,000 Defense Department employees who had come under the National Security Personnel System will transition back to the long-standing General Schedule system, but that will […]

News release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]