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  1. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, briefs reporters on Oct. 1 at the Pentagon on the military health care system review. Cliff Owen / The Associated Press

    Prime Content Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors

    An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system -- prompted by the VA hospitals scandal -- concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  2. Cut uniform costs by adopting the MultiCam or the Airman Battle Uniform, but not both, some airmen say. Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane/Defense Department

    Prime Content How airmen say the Air Force could save money

    The budget outlook for the Air Force — and the rest of the Defense Department — is nothing but grim: Sequestration. Grounded planes. Proposals to eliminate the A-10 and other fleets. Headquarters staffing and overseas facilities cutbacks.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  3. Mobility pilots Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres/Air Force

    Prime Content Guard and Reserve are recruiting airmen hit by force cuts

    The 'help wanted' sign is out for airmen facing the prospect of losing their active-duty jobs in the Air Force — or whose nerves are so frayed after surviving this year's aggressive round of force cuts that they've decided it's time to call it quits.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. Basic cadets perform extra physical training as ordered by their instructors for an infraction during Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley. Mike Morones / Staff

    Getting tough: How the Air Force primes its future officers

    The future leaders of the Air Force stood at attention on the Air Force Academy's main pavilion on a bright July morning, ready for 11 days that would change their lives.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  5. Students at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo., learn how to get in proper formation. Mike Morones / Staff

    For prior enlisteds, it's back to basic training

    For many airmen, basic training is the most grueling part of joining the Air Force. And some might consider it nuts for anyone to go through basic not just once, but three times.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  6. University of Maryland University College military students participate in a class discussion at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The military is applying new rules on how troops can use tuition assistance money to further their off-duty personal education. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content Poor college grades mean you may have to repay TA

    Troops may begin to think twice before tapping tuition assistance benefits starting this fall when new Pentagon rules will require more service members who get bad grades to repay their tuition money with out-of-pocket cash.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  7. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dmitry Chepusov was declared dead Dec. 14 in Kaiserslautern, Germany, after being found unresponsive in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Oliver, according to police. Screenshot

    Prime Content For Germans, death penalty is concern in U.S. airman's murder trial

    Nearly a week after German police discovered the lifeless body of a U.S. sailor inside a car in Kaiserslautern Dec. 14, the remains were turned over to the U.S. armed forces regional medical examiner.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  8. Master Sgt. Roger Sparks is congratulated by son Ozric after receiving the Silver Star. Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News

    Prime Content Silver Star PJ recounts 5 hours in firefight with Taliban

    Master Sgt. Roger Sparkshad deployed to war zones too many times to count when he descended into a firefight in Afghanistan's Watapur Valley on the evening of Nov. 14, 2010.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  9. More than 2,000 people attended a Jan. 17 memorial service at RAF Lakenheath, England, for the four Pave Hawl crew members killed in the crash. Airman First Class Erin O'Shea/Air Force

    Prime Content Pave Hawk tragedy: Geese hit Jolly 22 at a force of 130 knots

    A small flock of geese that had migrated to a new area caused an HH-60G to crash off the English coast in January, killing the four airmen aboard.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  10. Air Force pilots depart the flight line at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. A trademark dispute raises questions about whether retired or former pilots can wear flight suits when speaking in public. Airman 1st Class Krystal M. Jeffers/Air Force

    Can a trademark restrict who wears flight suits?

    Whether former military pilots can dress like pilots and talk like pilots in public appearances are issues at the heart of a trademark dispute between two rival motivational speaking companies run by former fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  11. Senior Airman Andy Schliepsiek and his wife, Jamie, were stabbed to death 10 years ago. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Office

    Prime Content Airman back on death row, but nightmare continues for victims' family

    The Bielenbergs stopped celebrating Independence Day after their daughter and son-in-law were stabbed to death at their home on Robins Air Force Base in Georgia early on the morning of July 5, 2004.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  12. Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly says two major factors threaten pilot retention: The high operations tempo of recent years and the lure of private- sector jobs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Prime Content AF fighting — with cash — to keep fighter pilots

    The Air Force is afraid the commercial airline industry's long-awaited hiring boom is right around the corner. And for the second year in a row, the service is planning to pay big to keep airlines from poaching their fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  13. Anthony Jones, second from right, left the Navy as a chief petty officer. He was serving in force protection when he realized the Transportation Security Administration had similar job descriptions that fit his interests, so he jumped to federal civilian service. He now supervises 15 people and 15 working dogs for the TSA in Atlanta. Kevin Liles/kevindliles.com

    Prime Content How to land a federal job: 25 tips from insiders and experts

    You've probably heard that federal agencies give some hiring preferences to veterans.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  14. Prime Content Initiatives that give vets an edge

    Federal agencies aren't trying to hire veterans just because they think it's a nice thing to do. They've been ordered to do so by their chief executive and board of directors — the president and Congress.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  15. Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino gets a quick workout before returning home from work. Courtesy photo

    Fix the PT test: Former PT leader creates new scoring

    He's done the calculations. He's gotten positivefeedback from fellow airmen. And now Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino wants to take his PT test Air Force-wide — and eventually to all services.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  16. Adding up run points

    It's easy enough to calculate points for pushups and situps under Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino's proposed PT test: half-point for each.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  17. PT test reimagined

    Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino has come up with a plan for a new physical training test that sets minimum passing scores by age, rather than age group.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  18. How points add up

    Here is how 28-year-olds, for example, gain points under Staff Sgt. Darius Boscarino's proposed revisions to the PT test:

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  19. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody says the new enlisted performance report will be out in six months. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    Prime Content Cody: 18-month overhaul starts with new feedback form

    Get ready for some awkward conversations with your supervisor.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  20. Prime Content Retention boards: 1 in 4 airmen will be told to leave

    The Air Force's first enlisted retention boards are two weeks away from convening — and they could end the careers of roughly 4,000 airmen.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  21. Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver said that, in writing his letter explaining why he doesn't plan to re-enlist, he wanted to spark a conversation about the burdens all airmen bear. Courtesy Aaron Driver

    Prime Content Separating airman answers critics

    To some, Staff Sgt. Aaron Driver is a truth-teller, laying out the hard realities of the toll everything from repeated deployments to Mickey Mouse regulations have taken on rank-and-file airmen and their families.

    • May. 12, 2014
  22. Prime Content House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget

    In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon's proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket cos

    • May. 5, 2014
  23. Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, would have lost most of its equipment and aircraft under the 2005 BRAC proposal. The proposal was rejected, and since then the Alaska congressional delegation has been sensitive to any movement on the base. Kevin Robertson/Air Force

    Prime Content Too many bases: The plan to sidestep Congress' opposition to closures

    The Air Force is digging deep to achieve extensive budget cuts — cutting people, eliminating entire aircraft fleets and begging Congress for another round of base closures.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  24. Airmen who work on the A-10 are receiving a reprieve this year, due to a congressional restriction on reductions in the A-10 workforce. Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/Air Force

    Prime Content Thousands of airmen spared under revised force-shaping plan

    At least 8,751 airmen's jobs are no longer on the chopping block this year, according to the latest charts obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  25. Ellis Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News

    Prime Content The cases against two MTIs

    The case: Former basic trainees under Ellis in 2010 and 2011 accused her of threatening to beat them up, send them home in body bags and other violent acts, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  1. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:...

      9:15 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  2. Kidnapping plot in Turkey raises new questions about U.S. troops' safety

    A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country....

      1:31 PM, Oct. 23, 2014
  3. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:...

      9:15 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  4. Tech. sgt. who died while diving in Japan identified

    The Air Force has identified an airman assigned to Kadena Air Force Base who died over the weekend while diving with other airmen....

      8:12 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  5. Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy'

    A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge....

      1:04 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  6. Editorial: Realistic expectations

    One week after the Air Force reluctantly acknowledged a mix-up that led 1,000 airmen to believe they were eligible for benefits that they really weren't due, the service posted a memo saying officials were 'actively working to identify any inconsistencies...

      10:37 AM, Oct. 22, 2014
  7. B-52s headed to Europe for second time this year

    U.S. Strategic Command will sendB-52 Stratofortress bombers to participate in Exercise Noble Justification this month in support of NATO allies and partners....

      1:30 PM, Oct. 21, 2014
  8. 'We cannot accept average,' surgeons general say

    The message the Army, Navy and Air Force surgeons general have taken from the military health system review released earlier this month is that their hospitals and clinics are performing on par with the nation's top private systems....

      9:27 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  9. Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy'

    A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge....

      1:04 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  10. First weapons crew certified on F-35A

    The latest milestone in the F-35A program belongs to airmen on the ground....

      10:03 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  11. Washington VA doctor accused of child rape

    Stevens County authorities say a Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center emergency room doctor accused of assaulting a child at the doctor's home has been charged with child rape....

      7:58 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  12. Editorial: Who's kidding whom?

    The next time you hear a four-star whine to Congress about how military pay and benefits are wreaking havoc on the defense budget and must be rolled back, think about this item buried deep in the news mix last week:...

      9:15 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  13. 1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

    Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday....

      1:41 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  14. Air Force jet, crew lands in Pyongyang to pick up freed prisoner

    An Air Force executive jet and aircrew from Joint Base Pearl-Harbor, Hickam, was tasked with landing in North Korea today and picking up an American prisoner who was released by the Pyongyang regime....

      2:26 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  15. Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy'

    A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge....

      1:04 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  16. Air Force jet, crew lands in Pyongyang to pick up freed prisoner

    An Air Force executive jet and aircrew from Joint Base Pearl-Harbor, Hickam, was tasked with landing in North Korea today and picking up an American prisoner who was released by the Pyongyang regime....

      2:26 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  17. U.S. increases security in wake of Canada shootings, though no threats cited

    The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threa...

      10:25 AM, Oct. 23, 2014
  18. Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy'

    A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge....

      1:04 PM, Oct. 22, 2014
  19. Airman pleads guilty to giving police officer a 'wet Willy'

    A former Kiester man accused of licking his fingers and poking a Mankato police officer in both ears has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid a felony charge....

      1:04 PM, Oct. 22, 2014

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