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> Gen Hyten nominated to be commander of STRATCOM
> Keesler honors 50 years of service with room dedication
Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Francis Herbert delivers remarks during a room dedication ceremony in his honor in Cody Hall April 26, 2016, Keesler AFB, MS. The room was dedicated to him for his 50 years of service in air traffic control in the Army, Army Air Corps, and Air Force from 1942-1972 then as a Keesler civilian instructor for 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marie Floyd)
> MacDill Airmen watch over DOD aircraft in foreign nations
To protect Defense Department aircraft, specialized teams of air traffic controllers ensure they land safely when flying abroad. The Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) team at MacDill AFB, FL, works with nations in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
> Comm Airmen keep $84M network running
Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron Network Operations and Client Systems sections ensure that the systems required for command and control, accountability, and more are functioning properly and are adequately protected from cyber threats.
> Licenses from 5 states banned at DOD bases
Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver’s licenses from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington as proof of identity
> IRS Form 1095 available on myPay
A hard copy Form 1095 is scheduled to be mailed to each employee/retiree and the form is available electronically through myPay under the taxes section.
> USAFE switchboard operators connect, assist globally
Telephone operators at Ramstein AB answer more than 1.5 million calls annually and serve the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and U.S. State Department personnel around the world.
> VetSuccess initiative helps IT veterans find meaningful jobs
Two Chiefs from 50th Network Ops Group earn "Difference Makers" award for helping veterans
> Ceremonies welcome cybersecurity squadrons to Scott AFB
The 835th Cyberspace Operations Squadron and the 837th Cyberspace Squadron, along with the 688th Cyberspace Operations Group, came into official existence during ceremonies held at Scott AFB.
> Cyber units reorganize, CYSS remains vital
Air Force Network Integration Center recently divided into different squadrons. CYSS previously was part of AFNIC and not long ago was redesignated as their own squadron. During its transition, CYSS took on a very big part of AFNIC.
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FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- Defense Finance and Accounting Service warns of email scams targeting military members, military retirees, and civilian employees.
Scammers have even gone so far as to "spoof" DFAS email addresses so that the recipients would think it was actually coming from DFAS personnel. In a spoofing email, the scammer makes it appear that the message is coming from a legitimate source. This is to try to lure the reader into believing it's genuine.
DFAS officials are developing pages on their website to highlight their official email policy, examples of scam emails and law enforcement agencies that can initiate an investigation.
"As long as you keep your login credentials private and to yourself, then your account is pretty much assured a fairly decent amount of security.
For more information on the DFAS email policy, click here. For more retiree news and information, please visit www.retirees.af.mil.
Request Military Service Records ... DD-214s are now online
Please pass on to other vets. DD-214 discharge papers are ONLINE. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access totheir DD-214s online: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his/her DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.
(U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
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The Fall/Winter 2014 Afterburner is available online. For a direct link to the latest Afterburner, click here. An archive of current and past issues of the Afterburner is available at http://www.retirees.af.mil/afterburner/.