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Brown formally installed as 22nd Air Force Chief of Staff
August 6, 2020
— In remarks following the formal “Change of Responsibility” ceremony in which he took over from retiring Gen. David L. Goldfein, the 21st Chief of Staff, Brown acknowledged an array of people who influenced his life. Among them were his wife, Sharene, and his parents, as well as a list of Air Force colleagues, including Goldfein and other “extraordinary leaders.”...
Air Force removes administrative burden, allows pregnant and postpartum women to attend PME
July 29, 2020
— Pregnant and postpartum members may now attend professional military education without an exception to policy, and are also exempt from the requirement to have a passing fitness assessment prior to attending. Previous policy prevented pregnant women and women within their one-year postpartum deferment period from attending PME, creating an unintended barrier to their developmental milestones. ...
Name, rank, service and badges will be more identifiable on OCP
July 24, 2020
— OCP rank insignia, badges, name, and service tapes will now feature a lighter, three-color background pattern, versus the current seven-color pattern, to increase readability and ease rank recognition...
Air Force publishes resources to support Airmen & Space Professionals in courageous conversations
July 19, 2020
— To equip leaders in leading those necessary conversations, the Department of the Air Force developed a resource list on race-specific issues, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion, among others...
Air Force building more inclusive culture through Dress and Appearance updates
July 10, 2020
— The changes, as outlined in an Air Force Guidance Memorandum dated July 1, 2020, include the removal of subjective language and other rules that may have been creating unintentional or unfair barriers for Air and Space Force uniformed members...
Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey helps civilians voice their opinions
July 7, 2020
— The Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is a government-wide, Office of Personnel Management administered annual survey that Air Force civilian employees have been participating in since 2006. The approximately 100-question survey takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is anonymous...
Water safety remains important during a pandemic
July 5, 2020
— Indeed, last summer was the last of its kind for the foreseeable future however, despite this new normal the risks associated with swimming and being around the water remain the same...
USSF field command structure reduces command layers, focuses on space warfighter needs
July 2, 2020
— The Department of the Air Force and the United States Space Force have finalized the new service’s organizational structure for echelons below the headquarters, reflecting the newest branch of the armed forces’ guiding principles of being a lean, agile and mission-focused organization...
Battling COVID; a cyber Airman’s story
June 29, 2020
— Tech. Sgt. Brandon Ibanez, a cyber intelligence analyst with the 854th Combat Operations Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, doesn’t wear a helmet to work, nor does he wear a sword or shield. Ibanez’s role in his unit requires him to analyze intelligence and triangulate technical, geographical and operational information to provide situational awareness for leadership. This information enables his leaders to determine the best course of action in any given scenario...
Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass named 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force
June 19, 2020
— In selecting Bass, incoming Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown said Bass brings skills, temperament and experience that the job requires and an outlook on leadership that meshes with his own...
Air Force cancels 2020 Marathon, offers virtual option
June 10, 2020
— Numerous scenarios were explored to produce an event that was safe for all and met the high event standards. All scenarios led the marathon team to conclude the event would be unable to proceed in a manner that participants have come to expect...
Air Force IG directed to independently examine racial disparities in service’s discipline, advancement opportunities
June 10, 2020
— Department of the Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and service chiefs, Gen. David Goldfein and Gen. Jay Raymond, have directed the Department of the Air Force Inspector General to independently review the service’s record on military discipline and developmental opportunities for African American Airmen and Space Professionals...
Air Force fitness testing suspended until Oct. 1
May 22, 2020
— The change, which is an update from the original June 1 resume date, is effective immediately. ...
First Airmen graduate BMT proof of concept at Keesler Air Force Base
May 18, 2020
— Due to safety concerns stemming from COVID-19, the Air Force sent new recruits to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, to demonstrate a proof of concept to generate the force at multiple locations during contingencies...
Forging the future, first-ever virtual Air Force Women’s Fly-In boldly leads the way
May 12, 2020
— With a nod to female aviation pioneers as the backdrop, the event was open to all Airmen regardless of gender or career field, and helped Airmen create networks to learn more about experiences, leadership and life...
DOD, Department of the Air Force take steps to protect military families moving during COVID-19
May 7, 2020
— Under the new standards, moving industry personnel must adhere to all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 health protection protocols while in the service member’s residence. That means moving personnel must wear face coverings, clean frequently touched surfaces and sanitize their hands often. They must also minimize the number of personnel at the member’s residence in order to meet social distancing requirements...
Watch: Wilford Hall begins in-house COVID-19 testing
April 21, 2020
— Airmen from the 59th Medical Wing have stepped up to the fight against COVID-19 by beginning testing samples taken from patients suspected of having coronavirus...
AFIMSC enables Air, Space Force to meet COVID-19 challenges
April 21, 2020
— The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is leading the effort to keep installations mission ready as the Air Force and Space Force continue operations while contending with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic...
Air Force signs agreement for oral fluid coronavirus testing at Air Force installations
April 20, 2020
— The Department of the Air Force signed an agreement April 17 with Curative, Inc., to deploy and scale an oral fluid coronavirus test, which recently received an FDA emergency use authorization, across Air Force installations...
Special leave accrual for service members
April 20, 2020
— Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed a department-wide authorization April 6 for service members to accrue and retain an additional leave balance of up to 120 days...