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Senate Passes Veterans’ COLA After Delay

Senate Passes Veterans’ COLA After Delay

 

The Air Force Times by Rick Maze

By voice vote and with no apologies for unnecessary hand-wringing, the Senate passed a bill that provides 4 million veterans and survivors a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase effective Dec. 1.

The measure now goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

Robins Takes Top Federal Honors In Bid for Georgia-Wide PACE Award

Robins Takes Top Federal Honors In Bid for Georgia-Wide PACE Award

 

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – The base’s mass transit efforts have earned them state-level recognition in the Clean Air Campaign’s 2012 PACE Awards.

Awarded Wednesday at the Georgia Pacific auditorium in downtown Atlanta, the base was recognized as the top “Government Champion, Federal Employer,” in their clean air initiatives.

“I am thrilled with the award, but the real winners are the base employees who participate in mass transportation initiatives,” said John Pugh, 78th Mission Support Group deputy director.  “They are the key to embracing a positive culture shift in the use of mass transportation and encouraging clean air initiatives.”  

According to the Clean Air Campaign press release, they “honored organizations across Georgia that are using innovative tools and programs to encourage clean commuting.”

The base competed in last year’s awards and received 1st runner-up among its competition.

Original Tuskegee Airman Dies

Original Tuskegee Airman Dies

 

The Montgomery Advertiser by Sebastian Kitchen

Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and one of the most active in promoting the legendary fighter pilots, died Thursday at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, according to Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford.

Ford said Carter was a local and a national hero.

Through their bravery and skill as World War II fighter pilots, the all-black Tuskegee Airmen are credited with not only taking part in winning the war, but in overcoming racial stereotypes and barriers. The fighter pilots’ mission was protecting bombers looking for trains or enemy troops to attack in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Germany.

Carter was one of the 33 original pilot trainees in the Tuskegee Airmen program, a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron and an aircraft maintenance supervisor.

Planned MilPDS Shutdown Postponed

Planned MilPDS Shutdown Postponed

 

The Air Force Times by Markeisha Ricks

After months of warning airmen to prepare for a shutdown of its military personnel data system in December, the Air Force Personnel Center called the whole thing off.

Absentee Ballots Diverted Around Storm Damage

Absentee Ballots Diverted Around Storm Damage

 

The Air Force Times by Karen Jowers

In the wake of Sandy’s wrath, and at crunch time before the election, absentee ballots from overseas voters are being diverted from John F. Kennedy International Airport to U.S. Postal Service hubs in Chicago and San Francisco, a Military Postal Service Agency official said.

Air Force, Guard Bases Assess Post-Storm Damage

Air Force, Guard Bases Assess Post-Storm Damage

The Air Force Times by Jeff Schogol

The Air Force started picking up the pieces Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, drenching New Jersey and New York City and leaving millions of people without power.

In New York, the 106th Rescue Wing of the Air National Guard is using an HC-130 to survey the damage to Long Island, said Eric Durr, a spokesman with the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

Deployed Soldier Begins Sex Change

Deployed Soldier Begins Sex Change

 

Air Force Times by  Andrew Tilghman 

She’s a lesbian, and almost everyone in her unit knows it.

She wears her hair cropped short and has a distinctly boyish appearance.