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

Ukraine fighting rages on after Putin, Poroshenko praise summit

Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian rebels raged on after the Russian and Ukrainian presidents hailed as "positive" talks Tuesday night on ending the conflict.
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Islamic State could force some strange alliances

One of the strangest ways that the Islamic State has forced us to rethink the Middle East is also one of the saddest: There is now a common line of thought that says the United States could ally itself with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime to fight the extremist group also known as ISIS and ISIL.
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Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. Delaying the start of the school day until at least 8:30 a.m. would help curb their lack of sleep, which has been linked with poor health, bad grades, car crashes and other problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy.
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Medal of Honor recipient remembered for small acts of kindness

Col. Bernard Fisher, 1927-2014
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Taliban advance in Sangin is a perilous test for Afghan forces

The outcome of the fighting in the Sangin district, which includes Sarwan Qala, will be a bellwether for how Afghanistan's national police and army might fare after foreign troops leave the country at the end of the year.
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VA reform law will push colleges to lower veteran tuition

A federal law passed earlier this month directing a massive $16.3-billion overhaul of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs health care system also aims to put pressure on colleges to lower education costs for veterans.
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