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  • Defense bill approves more benefits, people

    The National Defense Authorization Act for 2010, signed into law Oct. 28 by President Barack Obama, authorizes a variety of pay and benefits for Air Force reservists. A military pay raise of 3.4 percent across the board starts Jan. 1, 2010. The bill also increases the end strength of Air Force reservists in the Selected Reserve from 67,400 in 2009
  • Colorado reservists deliver aid to Caribbean island

    Reservists from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., lent a helping hand Oct. 30 by transporting much-needed educational and medical supplies to the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. Through a U.S. humanitarian aid program supported by the Denton Amendment, the supplies were airlifted to the Caribbean island on a C-130 aircraft from Peterson's 302nd
  • Charleston receives newest C-17 from AFRC commander

    The commander of the Air Force Reserve Command flew and delivered here Oct. 28 the newest C-17 Globemaster III to come off the production line at Boeing's Long Beach, Calif., plant. Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr. accompanied by an all-Reserve crew from Charleston's 317th Airlift Squadron presented a ceremonial key to Col. Steven Chapman, 315th
  • Reservists support launch of NASA test rocket

    Air Force reservists from Patrick's 920th Rescue Wing supported the successful launch of NASA's Ares I-X test rocket from the Kennedy Space Center Oct. 29. Wing crews cleared the Eastern Range, warning mariners to stay away from the 10-mile by 70-mile strip in the Atlantic Ocean that extends out from the launch pad in the anticipated direction of
  • March civil engineers remove soil treatment system

    Base civil engineers and contractors marked an important environmental milestone earlier this year when they began dismantling a soil treatment system. The system had been used to remove an equivalent of 58,000 gallons of jet fuel from beneath the flightline. The Panero aircraft refueling system was the location of the contaminated site. The system
  • U.S. forces take part in Bright Star multinational exercise

    Airmen, soldiers, sailors and marines from around the world formed a common front in a multi-national military exercise near here in October. Exercise Bright Star began in 1981 as a biennial training exercise to better relations between Egypt and the United States. "Bright Star has always been about partnership," said Maj. Gen. Peter M. Vangjel,
  • Airmen affected by Stop Loss eligible for compensation

    Airmen who were involuntarily extended on active duty because of Stop Loss may be eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay compensation. The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriation Act set aside $534.4 million to compensate people who had to stay beyond an approved separation or retirement date because of the Stop Loss program between Sept. 11,
  • Reserve crew assists in airdrop test

    A C-130 aircrew from here tested an airdrop concept that may one day help war fighters in Afghanistan and Iraq know the exact location and content of cargo. Reservists from Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing flew the test for the U.S. Air Force Academy's Institute for Information Technology Applications. They dropped the test cargo
  • Air Force Reserve makes ‘fantasy’ an MTV reality

    Fans can check out MTV at 7:30 .m. ET Oct. 16 to see Rob Dyrdek, a professional skateboarder, fulfill his dream to fly in an Air Force fighter plane. An episode of Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory was filmed at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., in September. In this episode of the reality television program, Mr. Dyrdek flies in an Air Force Reserve
  • Headquarters employee marks 50 years of service

    Jerry Chalker, a civilian employee at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, achieved the personal and professional milestone Oct. 9 of 50 years of continuous service at Robins AFB. Mr. Chalker began his career at Robins AFB as a tabulation machine operator Oct. 9, 1959. Today he is the chief of software and development in the directorate of
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