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In his latest “Airman to Airman” video, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh urged airmen to remain focused on their mission even in the face of trying times and scandal. Welsh referred obliquely to the widening scandal involving cheating missileers, but sought to buck up the spirits of the force. “The last couple of times I’ve talked to you, we’ve been talking about issues that are pretty uncomfortable,” Welsh said in the Feb. 3 video. “Things that we’re struggling a little bit in our Air Force. We’ve just added another one to the plate with some people who…

The Air Force has announced steep cuts to re-enlistment bonuses and retraining opportunities as budget cuts force the service to get smaller. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain who is getting a re-enlistment bonus and who isn’t as well as which career fields are no longer on the retraining list. In the next few weeks, even more bad news may be coming. Also this week: the Air Force recently selected about 1,000 staff sergeants for special duties out of an eligibility pool of roughly 7,500 nominees. You can read the five things you need to know about special…

The Air Force has announced steep cuts to re-enlistment bonuses and retraining opportunities as budget cuts force the service to get smaller. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain who is getting a re-enlistment bonus and who isn’t as well as which career fields are no longer on the retraining list. In the next few weeks, even more bad news may be coming. Also this week: the Air Force recently selected about 1,000 staff sergeants for special duties out of an eligibility pool of roughly 7,500 nominees. You can read the five things you need to know about special…

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…

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 Senate’s recent decision to break with tradition and end the 60-vote requirement for most Presidential nomination has not changed Lt. Gen. Susan Helms’ decision to retire. Helms was nominated to be the next vice commander of Space Command, but Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., blocked her nomination because Helms overturned the sexual assault conviction of Capt. Matthew Herrera at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in February 2012. Under the old Senate rules, it took 60 votes to overcome a hold on a nomination, but on Thursday the Senate voted to lower that threshold to 51 votes. But Helms has not…

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…

By day, he’s Gen. Mark Welsh, the mild-mannered Air Force chief of staff, but at night he assumes his alter ego: Captain Airpower! Pictures went viral when Welsh first donned his Captain Airpower mask at September’s Air Force Association Air and Space Conference. Not all of the responses were kind. “So, I am supposed to [counsel] airman on respecting their uniform and wear it correctly, but 4 stars are walking around with masks on … got it,” one person posted under the photo on Air Force Times’ Facebook page at the time. At a recent speech to Air Force Academy…

By day, he’s Gen. Mark Welsh, the mild-mannered Air Force chief of staff, but at night he assumes his alter ego: Captain Airpower! Pictures went viral when Welsh first donned his Captain Airpower mask at September’s Air Force Association Air and Space Conference. Not all of the responses were kind. “So, I am supposed to [counsel] airman on respecting their uniform and wear it correctly, but 4 stars are walking around with masks on … got it,” one person posted under the photo on Air Force Times’ Facebook page at the time. At a recent speech to Air Force Academy…

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