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More fighter pilots took the $225,000 bonus to extend their contracts for nine years than senior Air Force officials have indicated. Air Force Times looks at how many fighter pilots took the bonus in fiscal 2013 and why Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said earlier this month that pilots were being lured away by the airlines. Also this week: Next month, the Air Force plans to roll out its new web portal that will support mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets. Here is what you need to know. Meanwhile, budget cuts have limited the opportunities for enlisted…

The lawmaker most vocally opposed to possible Air Force plans to cut the A-10 has crafted an amendment that would keep the jet in the air for about another 10 years, until the final version of the F-35 is ready. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has submitted an amendment calling on the Air Force to keep all its A-10s until the Block 4A version of the F-35 is flying, which is not expected until about 2022, along with keeping the Warthogs until the F-35 fleet is as big and as capable as the A-10. It is the latest step in months…

The Air Force will soon announce how it plans to cut 25,000 airmen over the next five years if sequestration continues, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told Air Force Times reporter Stephen Losey. In this week’s Air Force Times, you can read how the Air Force expects to make those cuts. In other news, a plan to rapidly deploy F-22 fighters is closer to reality after a successful test this summer at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The concept would drastically cut the logistics and overhead needed to schedule a deployment. Meanwhile, the Air Force Academy is allowing junior cadets…

The Air Force will soon announce how it plans to cut 25,000 airmen over the next five years if sequestration continues, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told Air Force Times reporter Stephen Losey. In this week’s Air Force Times, you can read how the Air Force expects to make those cuts. In other news, a plan to rapidly deploy F-22 fighters is closer to reality after a successful test this summer at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The concept would drastically cut the logistics and overhead needed to schedule a deployment. Meanwhile, the Air Force Academy is allowing junior cadets…

Five airmen were killed in two separate crashes over three months. In both incidents, the pilots lost their spatial orientation in bad weather. This week’s Air Force Times looks at exactly what went wrong in the desperate last few minutes of both flights. Also this week, Air Force Times examines the 328-page report from the command-directed investigation stemming from Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Smith’s complaint about enduring years of sexual harassment. Ultimately, allegations were substantiated against two colonels, five lieutenant colonels and a captain. In other news, the gap in promotion rates between unmanned aircraft pilots and their counterparts in manned…

Five airmen were killed in two separate crashes over three months. In both incidents, the pilots lost their spatial orientation in bad weather. This week’s Air Force Times looks at exactly what went wrong in the desperate last few minutes of both flights. Also this week, Air Force Times examines the 328-page report from the command-directed investigation stemming from Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Smith’s complaint about enduring years of sexual harassment. Ultimately, allegations were substantiated against two colonels, five lieutenant colonels and a captain. In other news, the gap in promotion rates between unmanned aircraft pilots and their counterparts in manned…

This week’s Air Force Times takes a look at how the combination of aging aircraft and steep budget cuts are taking their toll on airmen. Unless budget cuts are reversed, airmen can expect to work longer hours and deal with maintenance backlogs and depot cycle changes. In other news, enlisted airmen will get slightly more for their clothing allowances this fiscal year. We break down exactly how much you will receive for each clothing item. Also this week, you can read how the class ring of a pilot shot down over Vietnam was returned to his family decades later. The…

This week’s Air Force Times takes a look at how the combination of aging aircraft and steep budget cuts are taking their toll on airmen. Unless budget cuts are reversed, airmen can expect to work longer hours and deal with maintenance backlogs and depot cycle changes. In other news, enlisted airmen will get slightly more for their clothing allowances this fiscal year. We break down exactly how much you will receive for each clothing item. Also this week, you can read how the class ring of a pilot shot down over Vietnam was returned to his family decades later. The…

The end of the government shutdown paves the way for permanent change-of-station moves and professional military education classes to resume. This week’s Air Force Times has more about these issues and how much of a pay raise you can expect next year. Before you brag about how well you did on your last PT test, read about 2nd Lt. Samantha Morrison, the third-fastest nonprofessional female athlete n the world who recently competed in the Ironman World Championships. Also this week, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson talks to Air Force Times about being the Air Force Academy’s first female superintendent. Speaking of…

The end of the government shutdown paves the way for permanent change-of-station moves and professional military education classes to resume. This week’s Air Force Times has more about these issues and how much of a pay raise you can expect next year. Before you brag about how well you did on your last PT test, read about 2nd Lt. Samantha Morrison, the third-fastest nonprofessional female athlete n the world who recently competed in the Ironman World Championships. Also this week, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson talks to Air Force Times about being the Air Force Academy’s first female superintendent. Speaking of…

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