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The Afghan air force received its first two C-130s from the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, according to NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan. Ultimately, the Afghans will receive four of the aircraft. The cargo aircraft are meant to replace the 16 C-27A cargo aircraft that the Afghans lost when the U.S. Air Force decided not to renew the contract with Alenia Aermacchi North America for not being able to provide enough flyable planes. Two Afghan pilots have been trained in the U.S. so far and another two are in the training pipeline, according to a NATO news release. Flight engineers and…

Many victims of sexual assault are afraid of retaliation if they come forward. While retaliation can be hard to prove, it is a very real risk. Air Force Times talked to three airmen who reported sexual assault and harassment and suffered the consequences. Also in this week’s edition: The partial shutdown of the federal government has hit the Air Force’s training and education programs. You can read which programs have been delayed and which have been stood down. The shutdown has promoted the Air Force to ground fighter squadrons for a second time in a year. The back-to-back stand downs…

Many victims of sexual assault are afraid of retaliation if they come forward. While retaliation can be hard to prove, it is a very real risk. Air Force Times talked to three airmen who reported sexual assault and harassment and suffered the consequences. Also in this week’s edition: The partial shutdown of the federal government has hit the Air Force’s training and education programs. You can read which programs have been delayed and which have been stood down. The shutdown has promoted the Air Force to ground fighter squadrons for a second time in a year. The back-to-back stand downs…

Get a first look at the strict Body Mass Index and body fat standards for airmen who fail the waist measurement part of the PT test but receive a composite score of 75 on the rest of the test The Air Force has not officially announced what the standards will be, but an internal document obtained by Air Force Times shows what is planned. Also this week, airmen struggle to pass the PT test months after giving birth. Read how one airman was so convinced she would fail the test that she had someone stab her in the stomach to…

Get a first look at the strict Body Mass Index and body fat standards for airmen who fail the waist measurement part of the PT test but receive a composite score of 75 on the rest of the test The Air Force has not officially announced what the standards will be, but an internal document obtained by Air Force Times shows what is planned. Also this week, airmen struggle to pass the PT test months after giving birth. Read how one airman was so convinced she would fail the test that she had someone stab her in the stomach to…

Deborah Lee James is a step closer to becoming the next Air Force secretary. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted in favor of her nomination on Tuesday morning, a congressional staffer said.  None of the senators objected to her nomination, which now must be voted on by the full Senate. If confirmed, James would replace Michael Donley, who retired as Air Force secretary in June. Eric Fanning has served as acting secretary since. At her Sept. 19 confirmation hearing, James told lawmakers that to the best of her knowledge, the Air Force has not decided whether to get rid of…

Busting tape will no longer mean an automatic failure for airmen who pass the rest of the PT test, but if you think passing the Body Mass Index will be easier than passing the tape test, think again. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain how BMI works and walk you through other changes to the PT test that will take effect on Oct. 1. In other news, the Air Force has made changes to the U-2 cabin after a study found U-2 pilots had more brain lesions than they should for their age and health. Read what causes…

Busting tape will no longer mean an automatic failure for airmen who pass the rest of the PT test, but if you think passing the Body Mass Index will be easier than passing the tape test, think again. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain how BMI works and walk you through other changes to the PT test that will take effect on Oct. 1. In other news, the Air Force has made changes to the U-2 cabin after a study found U-2 pilots had more brain lesions than they should for their age and health. Read what causes…

If you are looking to move into a career field with a better chance for advancing, be sure to read this week’s Air Force Times. We look at six years of promotion data to determine which airmen selected to advance had the lowest average time-in-grades in the Air Force. Also this week: Before you take off for your next vacation outside the U.S., make sure you are allowed to travel to your destination. You can read the five things you need to know so that you don’t accidentally buy a ticket to a restricted area. In other news, a military…

If you are looking to move into a career field with a better chance for advancing, be sure to read this week’s Air Force Times. We look at six years of promotion data to determine which airmen selected to advance had the lowest average time-in-grades in the Air Force. Also this week: Before you take off for your next vacation outside the U.S., make sure you are allowed to travel to your destination. You can read the five things you need to know so that you don’t accidentally buy a ticket to a restricted area. In other news, a military…

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