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The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains a new retirement system (“blended military retirement system”). This system combines a reduced defined benefit, like the current retirement system, with a defined contribution component (automatic plus matching contributions to a member’s Thrift Savings Plan account) and continuation pay. The blended retirement system uses a 2.0 percent rather than 2.5 percent multiplier in calculating military retired pay. Thus, a member who served 20 years would receive 40 percent of the average of the highest 36 months of basic pay, a Thrift Savings Plan account that contained government and optional member contributions, as well as continuation pay at the 12th year of service. Blended Retirement Talking Points
Blended Retirement Talking Points• There is no need to be anxious about the blended retirement system in the current FY2016 NDAA. Everyone who is currently serving as well as those who enter the force on or before December 31, 2017 is grandfathered under the current military retirement system. Additionally, the FY2016 NDAA repeals the COLA-1%
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The U. S. Air Force has a long history when it comes to our national blood donation system, dating all the way back to World War II when the Army-Air Corps/U.S. Air Force created the capabilities to transport much needed blood products from the United States into the many campaign theatres. During this National Blood Donation Month you too can be a Silent Hero by giving The Gift of Life. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps) January is National Blood Donation Month
The U. S. Air Force has a long history when it comes to our national blood donation system. The system dates all the way back to World War II when the Army-Air Corps/U.S. Air Force created the capabilities to transport much needed blood products from the United States into the many campaign theatres. This capability significantly increased the
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Operation Desert Storm 25th Anniversary Desert Storm 25 years later: Gulf War veterans recall experiences
Sunday notes the 25th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm. U.S. and coalition forces began attacking Iraqi military forces Jan. 17, 1991, to oust them from Kuwait, transitioning operations from Operation Desert Shield to Operation Desert Storm.More than 500,000 American servicemembers deployed to Saudi Arabia in response to Iraq's invasion and
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Robert Geoffrey Long was born on December 15, 1985 in Lubbock, Texas. Rob joined the USAF Reserves in 2005 and served a tour in Iraq in 2007/2008. He transitioned to the Navy Reserves where he became a Corpsman. (U.S.Air Force/ Courtesy Photo) Life goes on, but not the same
Four years ago Jan. 12, I received a phone call that completely changed my life. I woke up to news that my best friend Robby had been killed. For several hours I felt paralyzed before I broke down. I poured through all the photo albums I had looking at pictures of us from when we were kids hanging out with all of our friends. It didn’t seem real.
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Senior leaders from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing salute a C-130H aircraft departing Peterson Air Force Base's flightline.  Approximately 150 Air Force Reservists and four C-130s from the 302nd Airlift Wing are serving on a four-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  The aircraft, aircrews and support personnel will provide airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation support to operations throughout the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Daniel Butterfield) Colorado Reservists, C-130s to support Southwest Asia airlift operations
Approximately 150 Air Force Reservists and four C-130s from Colorado’s 302nd Airlift Wing have begun a four-month deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  Assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing based at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, the aircrew, aircraft maintainers and support personnel will provide airlift,
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Maj. Wallace Collins receives the 94th Force Support Squadron flag from Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Maintenance Support Group commander, marking the assumption of command for the 94th FSS on Jan. 10, 2016 in Verhulst Hall at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Andrew J. Park) 94th FSS welcomes new commander
Maj. Wallace Collins receives the 94th Force Support Squadron flag from Col. Marty Hughes, 94th Maintenance Support Group commander, marking the assumption of command for the 94th FSS on Jan. 10, 2016 in Verhulst Hall at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Andrew J. Park)
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Lt. Col. Michael Boles receives the 94th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flag from Col. James DeVere, 94th Operations Group commander, marking the assumption of command for the 94th AES on Jan. 10, 2016 in the 22nd Air Force Media Center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.  (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Andrew J. Park) 94th AES welcomes new commander
Lt. Col. Michael Boles assumed command of the 94th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Jan. 10 in the 22nd Air Force Media Center at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. “28 years in the medical community: that is what we call a subject matter expert,” said Col. James DeVere, 94th Operations Group commander, highlighting the new commander’s extensive
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Col. Marshall Irvin, 94th Mission Support Group commander, passes a guidon to Col. Steven Parker, 94th Airlift Wing commander, at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Jan 9, 2016. Irvin relinquished command of the 94th MSG, symbolized by the passing of the guidon to the commander of the wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Miles Wilson) 94th MSG changes command
Col. Marty Hughes, former commander of the 302nd Mission Support Group, assumed command of the 94th MSG from Col. Marshal Irvin, Jr. during a change of command ceremony presided by Col. Steven Parker, 94th Airlift Wing commander, Jan. 9 here. Irvin, former 94th MSG commander, will now serve as the deputy commander at the Force Generation Center at
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Default Air Force Logo Top 10 most viewed AFRC stories of 2015
Air Force Reserve Command News Service has compiled a list of the top 10 stories on AFRC.AF.mil for 2015. The stories were placed in order based on the number of views.10.   Hurricane Hunters war on weatherKEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --  At 1:15 a.m. June 15, Lt. Col. Jeff Ragusa shuts off his alarm, rolls out of bed and gets ready quietly and
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Capt. Bart Clark from the 700th Airlift Squadron briefs Civil Air Patrol Cadets on preflight operations during a visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Dec. 30, 2015. The cadets were from units in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek) Hands-on experience for CAP cadets
Capt. Bart Clark from the 700th Airlift Squadron briefs Civil Air Patrol Cadets on preflight operations during a visit to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. Dec. 30, 2015. The cadets were from units in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek)
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