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Obama Signs Defense Bill, But Blasts Part of It

Obama Signs Defense Bill, But Blasts Part of It

 

Air Force Times
Written by Rick Maze

President Obama has signed into law a $633.3 billion defense policy bill but said he is not happy the measure blocks proposed increases in Tricare health insurance fees.

The result, he said, could be deeper cuts in the number of military personnel.

Museum of Aviation to Recognize the Georgia STEM Teacher of the Year

Museum of Aviation to Recognize the Georgia STEM Teacher of the Year

 

Warner Robins, GA – The Museum of Aviation’s National STEM Academy will recognize a Georgia STEM Teacher of the Year in 2013 with a cash award of $1,000 and an additional $1,000 to the teachers’ school.  The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teacher of the Year Award is open to any 3rd through 5th grade teacher who is from a Georgia School District, public or private.  The deadline for nominations is May 15th and the winner will be announced on or before August 1.  The presentation will be made to the teacher during the Georgia NASA Teacher’s STEM Day at the Museum on September 28.

 “We recognize how important it is for students to learn science and math for their future and the future of Georgia’s workforce,” said Melissa Spalding, Museum of Aviation Director of Education. “So we want to recognize a teacher each year who is setting the example for teaching STEM subjects in the classroom.”

Software Upgrades on the Way for Many F-16s

Software Upgrades on the Way for Many F-16s

Air Force Times

by Brian Everstine

It’s time for a software upgrade to the Air Force’s Block 40 and Block 50 F-16s, and for the first time, the two flying tech support teams are stationed at the same base.

It also marks the first time that the software is made in-house in the Air Force.

Previous versions were developed by the lead civilian contractor, with the developmental and operational tests occurring at separate bases.

Here’s what’s important about the F-16’s system upgrade:

What is the software? The operational flight program is the software in the Block 40 and Block 50 Vipers that controls all avionics and weapons for the jet. Earlier versions were created by Lockheed Martin, but this iteration is all Air Force, created by the 309th Software Maintenance Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The players.

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?

 

In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.

Flag at Half-Staff for Senator Daniel Inouye

Flag at Half-Staff for Senator Daniel Inouye

In honor of the memory and longstanding service of Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff through sunset on the day of Senator Inouye's internment, anticipated to be Dec. 23.

34% of Applicants Make Officer Training School

34% of Applicants Make Officer Training School

 

Air Force Times

The Air Force on Thursday announced that 245 people, or 34 percent of total applicants, have been selected for an officer’s commission.

The Air Force Recruiting Service reviewed 717 applications as part of the Officer Training School Non-Rated Selection Board 13OT01. Board members reviewed academic discipline, grade point average and Air Force Officer Qualifying Test scores, along with subjective assessments of characteristics such as experience, accomplishments and adaptability.

Next Robins Installation Commander Named

Next Robins Installation Commander Named

 

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Air Force officials announced Thursday that

Robins will be getting a new 78th Air Base Wing and Installation commander.

Col. Christopher Hill, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex deputy commander

for maintenance, has been named as the next commander.

Col. Mitchel Butikofer, the current dual-hatted commander, has not yet

received his new assignment and is not expected to rotate until next summer.

Butikofer, who has been the commander for nearly 18 months, has contributed

significantly to Robins Air Force Base and the Middle Georgia community.

Under his leadership, Robins has proven to be, "The place to live, learn,

work and play." He has been a champion for education, mass transit,

resiliency programs, mission support, and safety and health.

      "Taking care of our Airman - military and family members, civilians