ACA Won't Change Tricare - What You Should Know

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare", should have little to no impact on military members enrolled in Tricare, since Congress passed legislation that both excluded Tricare from the ACA's various requirements of insurance companies and considers Tricare as meeting the ACA's individual mandate.

This has led to a few disparities between the legally required coverage from private and state-run insurers and the benefits offered to Tricare members, however. The biggest differences are currently in the areas of mental health and weight management. Read more »

First Test of Unmanned F-16 a Success

The first test flight of a US Air Force unmanned F-16, known as the QF-16, was a great success, according to the USAF and Boeing personnel involved in the program.

The QF-16 will replace the aging QF-4 as a full-scale fighter primarily used as target practice and weapons testing. Having a more modern plane as a target drone will allow pilots to better prepare for the more maneuverable and capable aircraft they may see in the skies over hostile territory. Read more »

Air Force Considering Cutting Entire Fleets

With the huge budget cuts still in place and the Air Force's desire to maintain existing procurement projects (e.g. the F-35), the Air Force is considering cutting entire fleets of certain aircraft for the coming fiscal year. Read more »

Air Force Vet Takes Taco Truck to Italy

An Air Force veteran has set up an unlikely but profitable business in an unusual location. Here's some more information from the original story, by Stars and Stripes' Kent Harris:

Martin Lopez was familiar with the concept of getting restaurant-quality food from a vehicle while growing up in San Jose, Calif. They’re not hard to find on the West Coast, where many residents refer to the ubiquitous enterprises as taco trucks.
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Can I join the US Air Force?

If you are interested in joining the US Air Force, the following information will hopefully be helpful. But remember, sometimes the information will change with little or no warning, and so your best bet is to get in touch with an Air Force recruiter since their information is always up-to-date! Read more »

Basic Training

Basic Training in the Air Force is similar to the other branches of service. The Air Force wants you to learn the "right way" to do things - their way. During basic you can expect a lot of exercise, learning, and stress, but you will also (hopefully) graduate with new found skills, discipline, and mental toughness. Read more »

Air Force News Wire

Marine says he was 'devastated' by word of retrial

A Marine sergeant said he was devastated when he learned the corps will retry after twice-overturned murder convictions - the latest twist in a nearly decade-old Iraq war crime case.
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IG: 1-star had romantic relationship with waitress, drinking problem

A married one-star general had a romantic relationship with a waitress while serving as the president of the 2013 senior master sergeant promotion board, according to an Air Force inspector general's report.
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Pentagon opposes COLA cut, but warns of more ahead

While not seeking an immediate repeal, Pentagon leaders on Capitol Hill called recent cuts to military retirement unexpected and unfair, but also ceded that cuts are inevitable “if the department is going to maintain the current force.”
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Watchdog: $200 million literacy program misses mark in Afghanistan

A $200 million literacy program has had “limited impact” on reading levels within the Afghan security forces and more than half of Afghanistan’s soldiers and police officers may still be unable to read, according to a report from the top U.S. watchdog in Afghanistan.
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Cuba's Castro calls for integration free of US

Cuban President Raul Castro called on Latin American and Caribbean leaders Tuesday to work together on pressing regional problems at a gathering of all Western Hemisphere nations except the U.S. and Canada.
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Senate panel lambasts changes to military pensions

Senators on Tuesday bashed changes to veterans' pensions that would reduce the cost-of-living adjustments.
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