Leave en route policy change benefits airmen

American Forces Press Service SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Some airmen will now have the opportunity to take leave en route within the continental United States when they return home, or redeploy, from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. This change can save airmen significant time and travel-associated costs, as well as provide […]

DoD policy requires generic prescriptions

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. —Popular generic drugs like omeprazole, zolpidem and cetirizine, which treat gastrointestinal problems, insomnia and allergies, also are available under familiar brand names. While generic drugs are not advertised on television or in magazines, they provide the same benefits as their brand-name counterparts at a lower price for TRICARE […]

Policy OKs social media access, with caveats

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A new Defense Department policy authorizes DOD members to access social networking Web sites and other Web 2.0 platforms from nonclassified government computers, as long as it doesn’t compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites. Defense Department officials issued the long-awaited policy Feb. […]

Air Force logistics officials explain excess baggage policy

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Air Force logistics officials said airmen need to be aware of the rules concerning excess baggage while deploying or on official travel since many civilian airlines charge fees for baggage. “While airlines charge for a passenger’s baggage and any additional baggage, airmen are not subject to any out-of-pocket expense,” […]

Policy letter bans use of Salvia Divinorum

By Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla — The psychoactive hallucinogenic plants Salvia Divinorum and Spice, although sold commercially, are prohibited for use by Air Force Special Operations Command military members, according to a new major command policy letter. Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, AFSOC commander, prohibited use of the substances […]

Gates appoints panel for potential end of policy

By John J. Kruzel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON —Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates established a Defense Department panel to prepare the military for the potential elimination of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces. The working group is tasked to assess the relevant issues […]

Feb. 9, 1977

According to the Portales News-Tribune, parents who attended the meeting of the Portales Board of Education last night were warmly received and found that doors would open into policy-making meetings at the administrative level, if the parents show an interest.

Policy opens up job opportunites to spouses

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — A new executive policy has pushed open the door for qualifying military spouses to enter the federal workforce, enabling them to apply for more jobs advertised on USAJOBS. Executive Order 13473, which went into effect Sept. 11, 2009, identified three […]

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 […]

Tricare announces H1N1 immunization policy

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Immunizations against the H1N1 virus will soon be available, and people are eager to take precautions. Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra beneficiaries can get their shots from network and non-network providers without paying a deductible or making a co-payment. A temporary waiver allows retired Tricare Prime enrollees […]

Officials change promotion policy regarding senior NCO academy

American Forces Press Service Effective Jan. 1, Air Force officials here will implement policy aimed at improving the skill sets of Air Force senior noncommissioned officers and increasing the return on investment for the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The new policy will require the completion of resident SNCOA prior to promotion to senior […]

City defends flu policy

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer No one’s been asked to leave yet, and those in charge hope the sign will be deterrent enough, but the Portales Public Library has posted a warning for nearly a week to those with indications of having the flu. The message on the sign at the front door is […]

PRMC changes visitation policy

Plains Regional Medical Center announced a new visitation policy Friday, citing efforts to help stop the spread of flu. Visitors must be at least 15 years old and all visitors will be limited to two per patient at any one time. Here are some exceptions to the age requirement for visitors age 14 or under: […]

Assignment deferment policy extended

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials here announced recent modifications to the post-birth and post-adoption assignment deferment policy will increase the time a parent can delay reporting to certain assignments, re-emphasizing the Air Force’s commitment of taking care of its people. Birth mothers and adoptive families now have a six-month-deferment period instead […]

New policy changes for Friends of Cannon

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USAF photo: Greg Allen An identification card is scanned using the Defense Biometric Identification System. As of Oct. 1, Friends of Cannon members will be required to obtain a DBIDS identification card for access to the base. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs The Friends of Cannon program has undergone changes as […]

Former Clovis mayor plans public address

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford will address the community 10 a.m. Satuday at the south entrance of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Lansford said he plans to discuss local, state and federal policy, and ask for support from local citizens on matters related to Constitutional rights and desired actions by elected officials. He […]

School board to vote on policy

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to vote on revisions to its policy and hear information about special education and federal programs. The board meets 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. Revised policies on board member and staff conflict of interest, truancy, graduation exercises and freedom of […]

June 19 Commander's Action Line

Q: I made a cash purchase and showed my military ID at the BX, but was asked for an additional ID. Is this a new policy? A: Thank you for your question. No, we have not changed our policy of showing a military identification card when you make purchases while in civilian clothes to ensure […]

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Editorial: Court ruling could negate need for FCC

In ruling that the Federal Communications Commission was justified in changing its policy toward what are delicately referred to as “fleeting expletives” — words considered indecent or profane uttered once or twice during live broadcasts rather than as part of a prewritten script — the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the First Amendment issue that could, […]