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B-52 Turns 60, But Has Lots of Life Left

B-52 Turns 60, But Has Lots of Life Left

 

The Air Force Times by Jeff Schogol

The B-52 is celebrating a big birthday this year — 60 — but unlike humans who feel the aches and pains of aging, the aircraft remains a premiere bombing machine that is expected to continue giving bad guys a real bad day through the 2040s, thanks to yet another upgrade.

Retirees Will Get 1.7 Percent COLA 2013

Retirees Will Get 1.7 Percent COLA 2013

Air Force Times--Military retirees can expect a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment effective Dec. 1, with the extra money first showing up in January checks.

The same percentage increase will apply to Social Security, federal civilian retired pay and other government entitlements linked to the Consumer Price Index.

The increase is not as high as last year’s 3.6 percent COLA, but that came after two years of no annual adjustments.

Robins to Host Military Appreciation Day

Robins to Host Military Appreciation Day

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Military retirees from all branches of service and their guests are invited to attend Robins' Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 27. 

The appreciation day is held to inform, assist and honor all retired military members, spouses and surviving spouses, as well as their family members with base access. 

The day's festivities will begin with breakfast from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the Wynn Dining Facility. Door prizes and registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

ACC Head: F-22 Problems Traced to Physiology

ACC Head: F-22 Problems Traced to Physiology

The Air Force Times--NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The head of Air Combat Command on Wednesday said F-22 pilots will be trained on how to physiologically react to oxygen issues while flying the stealthy fighter, in addition to steps taken to mitigate the problems that have been plaguing the jet.

Gen. Mike Hostage said at the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference that the main problem with the F-22 is “human physiology,” not a hardware issue in the jet.

OMB Ambiguous on Commissary Budget Cuts

OMB Ambiguous on Commissary Budget Cuts

 

The Air Force Times--The White House Office of Management and Budget is sending mixed messages about whether the Defense Commissary Agency’s surcharge fund — created by a 5 percent markup on purchases paid by customers at the cash register — will be subject to automatic budget cuts due to take effect in January.

Senators OK Fertility Help for Wounded Veterans

Senators OK Fertility Help for Wounded Veterans

Air Force Times--A Senate committee has approved providing fertility counseling and treatment, as well as adoption benefits, to veterans with traumatic injuries that affect their reproductive organs.

The landmark policy change would cover artificial insemination and, if necessary, surrogacy so that service-connected wounds are not a barrier to having a family.

Base Pavillion Under Renovation

Base Pavillion Under Renovation

Workers remove old shingles from the roof of Friendship pavilion at Robins Park. The pavilion is undergoing a $37,000 renovation. The pavilion will be re-shingled and the missing boards on the roof are being replaced. The two smaller pavilions at Robins Park require less work, which will be completed later on this fall.

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