Officials release high year tenure details

By Eric M. Grill: American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced Dec. 19, high year of tenure limit changes for the grades of senior airman, staff sergeant and technical sergeant that go into effect in 2013. The changes are a part of additional force management programs that are […]

PLAYpass being offered to deployed airmen, families

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In continuing efforts to build a resilient force, single airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts at select Force Support Squadron activities to help airmen and their families ease the pressures and […]

Selective re-enlistment bonus list released

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Enlisted members now have 77 Air Force specialties from which they can receive a selective re-enlistment bonus. Officials said this fiscal year’s program retains a heavy emphasis on retaining airmen with 17 months to six years of service, and made adjustments in the 6 to […]

Officials eliminate exception to short-tour credit

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved rescinding a temporary policy established in 2003 that allowed airmen to receive short-tour credit for overseas TDYs of at least 181 consecutive days. The effective date of the new […]

Webcasts focus on civilian career tips

By Debbie Gildea: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Civilian airmen will learn how to plan for their next job, how education affects their careers and more during webcasts in May and June tailored for specific grade-groups. Hosted by representatives of the Air Force Personnel Center civilian […]

Civilian developmental education application deadline May 1

By Debbie K. Gildea: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force civilians interested in civilian developmental education opportunities during academic year 2012 have until May 1 to submit completed application packages to the Air Force Personnel Center force development branch. Civilians must be nominated for CDE […]

High school senior assignment deferment program automated

By Capt. Lesley N. Lilly: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In an effort to better serve military families, Air Force personnel officials have automated the High School Senior Assignment Deferment program application. The program increases stability for military family members entering their senior year of high […]

SGLI offers servicemembers low-cost coverage

By Maj. Tabitha Stump: Air and Space Expeditionary Force Casualty Matters RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Having insurance is always good and not spending a lot on the coverage is even better. So, getting $100,000 in traumatic injury life insurance coverage for $1 is great. The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program […]

Officials continue to consolidate personnel processes, actions

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force personnel officials here will be assuming some personnel actions from Air Education and Training Command bases over the next four months to help reduce workloads on base military personnel sections. Master Sgt. Joseph Smith, […]

Officials announce reduction-in-force eligibility criteria

Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced they will convene a quality-based reduction-in-force board Sept. 19 for mid-grade officers as part of their measures to reduce the number of airmen to meet the service’s congressionally authorized military end-strength levels. Officials said retaining the highest […]

Officials to conduct DOS rollback

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced Feb. 2 plans to conduct an enlisted date of separation rollback as part of its ongoing measures to manage the force and maintain a quality enlisted corps. The DOS rollback affects enlisted members […]

TSP contribution limits set for 2011

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board members announced the 2011 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions will remain $16,500, and TSP catch-up plan contribution limits will remain at $5,500. TSP is a long-term retirement savings plan that gives investors an opportunity to lower […]

AF automates active-duty assignment notifications

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The Air Force is automating active-duty assignment notifications for airmen in the ranks of lieutenant colonel and below beginning Jan. 21. Airmen will receive an e-mail notification about their new assignments and have seven days to […]

Nurse commissioning program officials seek enlisted applicants

Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are seeking active-duty enlisted airmen to apply for the fall 2011 Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program. The program offers enlisted members an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in a high-need academic major. Air Force Personnel Center officials will […]

Nominations open for Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award

Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award for 2011. There are three categories for award: Airman, NCO and senior NCO. Major commands and the Air Force District of Washington will each nominate three […]

President extends deadline for stop loss claims

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Airmen, veterans and their beneficiaries now have until Dec. 18 to apply for retroactive stop loss special pay. The new deadline is the second extension to the original Oct. 21 cutoff and comes as a result of […]

Affordable Care Act impacts federal benefits

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented Jan. 1 affecting eligibility and benefits for appropriated civilian employees under the Federal Employees Health Benefits and Federal Flexible Spending Account programs. One of the provisions of Public Law 111-148 changes FEHB dependent eligibility rules. […]

Stop loss benefit deadline extended

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Eligible airmen, veterans and their beneficiaries now have until Dec. 3 to apply for retroactive stop loss special pay following an extension in the continuing resolution signed by the president Sept. 30. The new Dec. 3 deadline […]

Spirit of Hope award nominees sought

Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are soliciting nominations for the 2011 Spirit of Hope Award. The award recognizes a military member, civilian or an organization that epitomizes the values of Bob Hope: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity and selfless dedication. Each major command, field […]

Air Force increases deployment times

By Jon Hanson: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced a change to the air and space expeditionary force rotational baseline from 120 to 179 days for the active component. He said the revised construct will increase predictability and stability for […]