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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…

Facing the need to retain quality airmen as it gets smaller, the Air Force is considering holding promotion boards for technical sergeants who want to advance to master sergeant. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain why the Air Force thinks holding boards for master sergeant would be a good move and when it might be implemented. Also this week: The Air Force is giving senior noncommissioned officers until Nov. 30 to finish version 5 of Course 14 before it implements a new distance learning course for NCOs about to enter the Senior NCO Academy.  We explain the change…

Facing the need to retain quality airmen as it gets smaller, the Air Force is considering holding promotion boards for technical sergeants who want to advance to master sergeant. In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain why the Air Force thinks holding boards for master sergeant would be a good move and when it might be implemented. Also this week: The Air Force is giving senior noncommissioned officers until Nov. 30 to finish version 5 of Course 14 before it implements a new distance learning course for NCOs about to enter the Senior NCO Academy.  We explain the change…

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…

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh’s recent trip to Israel, which has been dubbed “secretive” by Israeli media, was not a secret mission at all, according to the Air Force. Welsh was a guest of his counterpart in the Israeli air force, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, and the two discussed the possibility for future exercises and other partnership opportunities, said Air Force spokeswoman Megan Schafer. Israeli media reported the visit was kept quiet due to regional tensions and the ongoing crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, but Schafer said Welsh just didn’t talk to the press while he was there. “It…

Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh’s recent trip to Israel, which has been dubbed “secretive” by Israeli media, was not a secret mission at all, according to the Air Force. Welsh was a guest of his counterpart in the Israeli air force, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, and the two discussed the possibility for future exercises and other partnership opportunities, said Air Force spokeswoman Megan Schafer. Israeli media reported the visit was kept quiet due to regional tensions and the ongoing crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, but Schafer said Welsh just didn’t talk to the press while he was there. “It…

Maj. Gen. Peggy Poore took command of the Air Force Personnel Center in an Aug. 1 ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Poore succeeds Maj. Gen. A.J. Stewart, who led AFPC for three years and will retire today after 32 years of service. “We picked the right person, at the right place, at the right time,” Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, said during the change of command ceremony. “An organization like this is something a lot of officers grow up wanting to command. We know you are going to…

Taking our “Here’s Why” from the paper to the blog. An explanation for why something is the way it is in the Air Force/military. As the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., said farewell to Col. Dan Dant and welcomed Col. Daniel Wright III as the new commander, the military tradition of “pass in review” was upheld during the ceremony. What is this and where does it come from? Senior Airman Marcy Glass writes that the tradition of “pass in review” has roots that date back to Alexander the Great. He would walk the lines inspecting his…

The military justice system gives a commander the power to nullify the verdict of a military jury, as is the case with a former inspector general whose conviction for sex assault was tossed by a three-star general. In this week’s edition, Air Force Times explains how much power the convening authority has and how often clemency is granted in sex assault convictions. In other news, the Air Force has adopted a new test for synthetic marijuana, known as “spice,” that detects the substance six to eight weeks after it was ingested. You can read how an Air Force Academy cadet…

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