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  • From space to Chile and back

    U.S. Air Force space operators do incredibly important work that provides warfighting capabilities not only for the defense of our nation, but also for our Allies and partners.
  • 2018 Gen. Bernard A Schriever Memorial Essay Contest Airman/NCO Category Winner: "Command of Space"

    Italian Air Marshall Guillo Douhet’s maxim of Airpower[1] in the 20th century equally applies to Spacepower in the 21st. In order to assure an adequate national defense, it is necessary -- and sufficient -- to be in a position, in case of war, to conquer the command of space. The United States (US) has enjoyed uncontested usage of space in support of global military operations for decades. Yet the resurgent and revisionist powers of Russia and China have ushered in a new era of great power competition. Both recognize the combat advantage the US military gains from its space capabilities and are developing doctrine and systems to deny and degrade the US’ advantage in a future conflict. The US must employ the following mix of strategies, policies and systems to strengthen US deterrence and dissuade adversaries from extending conflict into space. First, the Department of Defense (DoD) must employ a Spacepower Doctrine that actually recognizes space as a warfighting domain. Second, the US must stop funding Russia’s space program, increase funding to the American space industry and deepen cooperation with partner space programs to successfully achieve a balance of power in space. Third, the US military must incentivize space-focused education for its future leaders. All three points will help ‘generate decisive and sustained U.S. military advantages’ through a ‘more lethal force, strong alliances and partnerships, American technological innovation, and a culture of performance.’[2] This essay will briefly define key concepts of great power relations and follow with an examination of the three aforementioned recommendations.
  • Why I wear the uniform

    The Airman Battle Uniform, otherwise known as ABU’s, is the uniform I and many other Airmen put on every day when we report to duty. To the outside world, it is nothing more than another camouflage uniform worn by a branch of the United States military. However, to anyone who has ever or still puts it on today knows it’s more than just a uniform. It’s a symbol, a symbol I am honored to wear every day.
  • 2018 Gen. Bernard A Schriever Memorial Essay Contest Airman/NCO Division Runner Up: "American Space Capabilities: How Do We Stay Ahead?"

    For years, the United States has enjoyed the best space assets of any nation. From our many GPS satellites to our military space vehicles, America has definitely led the rest of the world in terms of space dominance. However, this may be slowly changing, due to threats from other nations. Across the globe, our adversaries are continually developing their own space capabilities—many of which pose a threat not only to America’s dominance, but also to some of our very systems themselves. Naturally, this leads to an important question: how can the United States best maintain its military dominance in space, while simultaneously deterring threats and aggression from our enemies? The purpose of this essay is to present the reader with a few strategic, logical plans which will help answer that question. Three main areas shall be discussed: education concerns, realignment of government resources, and space funding; specifically, each will be addressed according to how they can help the U.S. remain superior in space.
  • Leadership Perspectives: 23rd SOPS commander

    LtCol. Kenneth Holmes is the commander of the 23rd Space Operations Squadron, he assumed command of 23rd SOPS almost two years ago. He took some time out of his day to share some of his leadership insights.
  • Leadership 100 vs. leadership 500: Where does your leadership rank?

    I recently attended a meeting of senior leaders to discuss topics of various importance. It is normally out of character for me to daydream during meetings, but in this case I am guilty as charged. My mind pondered concerns of leadership triggered by comments made by another senior leader. The concept “Leadership 100 vs. Leadership 500” came to mind as an expression of my feelings about the importance of growing leaders as we progress in rank.
  • Dignity & Respect

    Ask anyone in the workplace what treatment they want most from their employer and coworkers and they will undoubtedly say they have a desire to be treated with dignity and respect. This is why one of Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander’s priorities is “promoting a culture of dignity and respect”.
  • Being a supervisor, leader is not always easy

    In my 37 years of service to the United States Air Force, both as an active duty Chief Master Sergeant and Senior GS civilian supervisor, I have always wondered why many supervisors find honest feedback, both positive and negative difficult. Is it that some supervisors do not want to be confrontational? Want to be liked? Don’t have the skills to confront poor performance?
  • Why I wear the uniform

    To wear the uniform is more than to put on clothes and say you are going to do something. Putting on a uniform means taking on something bigger than yourself. To put the country’s needs, desires, and commitments before yours.
  • Ka’ena Point Satellite Tracking Station: Celebrating 59 years of service

    "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford
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Expeditionary Civilian opportunities provide some relief to our military forces as well as valuable experiences to our Civilian Airmen. The Air Force has improved the application process for Civilian deployments by adopting the USAJOBs platform for recruitment and submission of Department of Defense-Expeditionary Civilian program volunteer packages. Do you want to know more? #DoD-EC #AFPC #AirForce http://www.afpc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1822931/air-force-adopts-usajobs-as-civilian-deployment-application-platform/
The public release date for the 19E7 Master Sergeant promotion release is tentatively scheduled for May 20-24. Once a specific date is approved, an announcement will be posted here and on myPers. Visit the Promotions page on our public website for more information. www.afpc.af.mil/promotion/ #AFPC #AirForce
#DYK the United States Air Force has more than 140,000 civilian employees? Throughout the year Air Force Civilian Service hires hundreds of civilians to fill positions across the Air Force. San Antonio has more than 1,000 positions, and at today's job fair their goal is to hire 300 skilled employees in the Joint Base San Antonio and surrounding areas. More information can be found at www.afciviliancareers.com #AFPC
The Air Force announced today new rules on Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms that aim to better fit the needs of Airmen and the jobs they do while also holding fast to tradition. The changes include authorization of the Two-piece Flight Duty Uniform in garrison and updated patch guidance for the OCP uniform. Details available at https://www.afpc.af.mil//News/Article-Display/Article/1821301/air-force-senior-leaders-update-ocp-uniform-guidance/ This graphic is for marketing purposes only. Please visit the Dress & Appearance web page for a downloadable version of the poster in .pdf format
Air Force announces FY19 Aviation Bonus expansion for Air Battle Managers The Air Force announced April 22 details of the expanded fiscal year 2019 Aviation Bonus program, intended to increase the number of air battle managers. Read more at https://www.afpc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1820821/air-force-announces-fy19-aviation-bonus-expansion-for-air-battle-managers/
The Follow-On assignment program allows Airmen who are selected for a short, dependent-restricted tour to apply for advanced consideration of a CONUS assignment or overseas tour BEFORE the Airman's departure. Airmen apply for Follow-On assignments via vMPF after their initial relocation briefing. If you have questions or concerns, you should consult with your MPS for further details. For more information about the Follow-On assignment program, click the link below to visit our public website. #AFPC #AirForce https://www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/Home-Basing-and-Follow-On-Program/
AFPC is now on AF Connect AF Connect is the official app of the Air Force and links command websites to an easy to use interface. Features include Notifications, News, Directory, Facebook, Twitter, and more. The app, which is available on both iOS and Android platforms, has a main Air Force page and can be customized by adding additional organizations, such as AFPC, in the favorites area. To get the app, just go to: Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.m360connect.usaf or iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usaf-connect/id1403806821 #AFPC
Are everyday issues overwhelming you? Are you looking for anonymous and confidential help? If so, a Military & Family Life Counselor is here for you to provide non-medical counseling. M&FLCs help prevent personal and family distress by providing education and information on deployment, re-integration and transitions. They can also help with relationships, family dynamics and parenting strategies in addition to problem solving and positive coping mechanisms. Contact your local Airman & Family Readiness Center for more information on this DOD-sponsored program for active-duty Airmen and their families. #AFPC #AirForce #Resiliency
Nominations for the Combat Air Forces Squadron Commander Selection Board are due to the CAF Development Team Advisor by July 19. The board will select candidates to fill projected commander vacancies in CAF flying and non-flying squadrons, Operations Support Squadrons, Air Support Operations Squadrons, Air Control Squadrons and Guardian Angel Rescue Squadrons. Officers are advised to check their personnel records for accuracy & completeness and make any required updates by May 31. Additional information and eligibility requirements are listed in the PSDM on myPers, #AFPC #AirForce" target="_blank">https://mypers.af.mil #AFPC #AirForce</a>
CYCLE WINDOW FOR EQUAL OSR/CMM IS OPEN The CONUS to CONUS Assignment program has expanded for the April 2019 assignment cycle to include eligible First-Term Airmen and Security Forces Airmen. From April 16 – 26, these Airmen may now request an assignment between CONUS locations, provided they are otherwise eligible: • First-Term Airmen who have a Career Job Reservation and have been selected for reenlistment • Career Airmen who have at least 48 months’ time on station as of August 2019 • Airmen in the Security Forces career field (3P) AFPC sent targeted messages to all eligible Airmen that included cutoff dates and links for application submission. CONUS assignment requests will be considered in the following priority order: Overseas Returnees-OSR, CONUS Mandatory Movers-CMM and then CONUS volunteers. These programmatic changes do not include nor affect any other assignment programs at this time, nor will they impact Battlefield Airman (now Special Warfare Airmen) or Enlisted Aircrew. Additionally, Airmen eligible to apply for the CONUS assignment program should continue to use the virtual Military Personnel Flight assignment preference application. Visit #AFPC #AirForce #BOP" target="_blank">https://www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/Base-of-Preference-Program/ for details and FAQs. #AFPC #AirForce #BOP</a>
The Air Force Civilian Service Talent Acquisition Division hosted an online virtual hiring event last week, supporting Air Force Materiel Command&#39;s recruiting efforts. It was the largest to date. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.afpc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1815285/air-force-civilian-service-seeks-talent-through-virtual-hiring-events/
May Enlisted Promotion Increments for active duty are now available!! www.afpc.af.mil/Promotion/Enlisted-Promotions/ Sequence numbers for the next increment are published as soon as possible after receiving quotas from the Air Staff. If not posted, they are not yet available. #AFPC #AirForce
The #AirForce has released the selection lists from the CY19A central selection boards for the Medical Service and Nurse Corps. Click the graphic for stats and link to the lists. #AFPC www.afpc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1807329/air-force-releases-cy19a-officer-central-selection-board-results-for-medical-se/
** Update to process for officer instructor and recruiting special duty assignments ** Beginning in April 2019, officers will be screened and selected for formal instructor and recruiting special duty positions. Follow the link for more information. #AirForce #AFPC
April 2019 enlisted in-system supplemental promotion list Congratulations to the 47 Airmen selected today for promotion via the enlisted in-system supplemental promotion process. There were 19 Airmen in the 18E5 cycle, three Airmen in the 18E6 cycle, two Airmen for 18E7, 20 for 19E8 and three for 18E9. The in-system supplemental is processed monthly in the Weighted Airman Promotion System to allow eligible staff sergeants through senior master sergeants to compete monthly for promotion consideration if weighable data changes in their promotion file. In-system supplemental consideration also applies to Airmen who test after initial promotion selections have been made, deployed Airmen, or anyone who was unable to test during their normal testing window. The list is available by clicking the “Supplemental Promotion Selects” button on the right side of the Enlisted Promotions page of the AFPC public website. #AFPC #AirForce &#129395;
True heroes never forgotten. #AFPC
Advanced Academic Degree - Special Experience Exchange Duty. Multiple opportunities available, application suspense dates in the next 60 to 90 days. The AAD/SPEED program provides targeted education and career field exchange assignments for officers in eligible Air Force Specialty Codes. This summer, career field development teams will competitively select active duty officers for participation in 2020 AAD/SPEED programs. A full list of all AAD/SPEED programs, along with their application procedures and deadlines, is available on myPers from the Active Duty Officer home page; search "SPEED." #AFPC
I&#39;m Approved for Retirement - Now What? Last weeks webinar is on our YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/airforcepersonnelcenter Agenda items: - Retirement orders. - Travel orders for members retiring from overseas. - Requesting date change/withdrawal of retirement. - Relocation processing/assistance programs. - Retirement pay information. - Benefits & entitlements. - Permissive TDY and terminal leave. - DD Form 214 processing.
#TBT: The @usairforce successfully launched the 10th Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM satellite aboard a United… https://t.co/rD3F0HYLr5
RT @SMC_CC: $976K worth of work from the amazing #LAAFB volunteers! Congrats to all and thanks for reminding us a little goes a long way! #…
RT @SecAFOfficial: Thanks for inviting me to be part of @Policy_Exchange’s launch of the space policy unit #PXSpace! Great dialogue on #spa
The following public service announcement has been brought to you by your friends at Air Force Space Command. https://t.co/3QqRwFYayy
Podcast...download it! Or don't...but you should. Generation Space has come to a smartphone near you.… https://t.co/cXAWKvs5Mt
.@US_Stratcom & Polish Space Agency signed an agreement for #space situational awareness services and data at… https://t.co/W5fpH4ifZj
Rest In Peace, Jerrie Cobb. You helped pave the way for all, regardless of gender, to reach the deep blue sky. https://t.co/W1Bc2kpp4g
#OTD: 2002 Air Force Space Command became a separate four-star Air Force command! @usairforce https://t.co/kVhP8IVSes
#ICYMI Our senior leaders came together at #35SS last week to talk about how important what we do is for both our s… https://t.co/x8dNEu9o8l
"Always the predator-Never the Prey." @GenDaveGoldfein got us fired up at #35SS last week. Here's the CSAF on how w… https://t.co/pB3kIcYAj7
#TBT @AFSpaceCC interviewed @AstroHague live from the @Space_Station during his speech at the #SpaceSymposium. Col.… https://t.co/G3piVYHtE5
.@SecAFOfficial was one of the many leaders gathered at #35SS last week to talk about #space. Some still don't unde… https://t.co/XxmfUDuPpl
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#OTD: 1982 General Robert T. Marsh, Air Force Systems Command (AFSC), and General James V. Hartinger, Aerospace Def… https://t.co/rkWBZh5SbF
Our International alliances and partnerships are important to our #space mission. Wise words from Maj. Gen. Whiting… https://t.co/QslvrRye7A

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