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DoD quietly tightens tuition assistance rules


Force-wide changes to the military's Tuition Assistance program may require troops to pay back their TA money if they perform poorly in class.

Service members taking undergraduate courses will have to achieve a grade of C or higher, and those taking graduate-level classes must obtain a grade of B or higher, or else they will be subject to "recoupment" and may have to pay out-of-pocket cash retroactively for the class's costs, according to an internal policy change that Defense Department officials approved July 7 but did not publicly announce.

Service members who receive a grade of "I" for incomplete will have to repay their TA money if they fail to complete the class and convert the "I" into a satisfactory grade.

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Job openings in Warner Robins, Centerville

Job openings in Warner Robins, Centerville

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ to share several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

New President and CEO named to 21st Century Partnership

New President and CEO named to 21st Century Partnership

21st Century Partnership announces that Lt. Gen., Retired Charles Stenner Jr. takes the helm as the organization's new president and CEO.

Stenner was selected from 40 candidates, according to a release.

Before retiring from the Air Force in 2012, he was the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

He begins his work with 21st Century Partnership Aug. 1.

The partnership is a coalition of local officials and the Warner Robins business community that lobbies on behalf of Robins Air Force base.


Robins offering buyouts to workers

Robins offering buyouts to workers

Robins Air Force Base is accepting buyout applications from up to 100 civilian employees, part of a new round of Air Force budget-cutting.

In a news release Friday, the base said selected workers will be offered incentives of up to $25,000 for early retirement and separation.

The base recently said it may eliminate up to 258 jobs at its Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, about a quarter of the jobs there.

The reductions are a part of an Air Force program to eliminate 3,459 positions, the news release states. They say the cuts would save $1.6 billion over the next four years.

Robins says it will accept applications from up to 15 specialties, including human resources,budget analysts and material handlers.

The base says they will approve fewer than 100 buyouts, and those workers must leave by Sept. 30.


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New members elected to the Houston Board of Education

 

Houston County Board of Education now has two new members. Hoke Morrow took the seat for Post 6, while Bryan Upshaw won for Post 7.

Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

Robins AFB ranks 25th in "Best Bases for Airmen"


No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations — griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones.

Air Force Times is weighing in on this argument with the best tool at our disposal: cold, hard stats. We've looked at 68 stateside Air Force bases and their surrounding communities, and pulled together data on a dozen factors — everything from school quality to the local economy, crime rates to traffic, and climate to on-base amenities, such as commissaries.

And when we tallied up the results, some surprising bases rose to the top of our list. Our top five bases may not get a lot of attention or be as glamorous a posting as, say, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. But they are diamonds in the rough and provide good places for airmen to raise families and entertain themselves, as they serve their country.