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Senior AF Leaders Help Wrap Up PAC

Aug. 20th: The 2014 AFSA Professional Airmen's Conference and International Convention wrapped up Wednesday evening in Jacksonville Fla. with a formal banquet attended by 500, including Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. Thank you to all who attended for making this year's PAC spectacular! Photos of the five-day conference can be found at www. Flickr.com; search for "AFSA PAC 2014."

Summer Congressional Schedule

Aug. 14th: The House and Senate remain in recess for the summer district work period through early September. This is the time that senators and representatives will be working out of their home state and district offices. AFSA members should take advantage of this time period to speak directly with their elected officials on issues that concern them. Attendance at town hall meetings and other public venues is strongly encouraged. Use these functions as occasions to ask the tough questions and to state the issues for which you need congressional support.

AFSA PAC/Convention Begins Soon

Aug. 11th: From Aug. 16 to 20, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville (Fla.) hotel, Air Force Sergeants Association leaders, delegates, and guests from around the world will attend the annual AFSA Professional Airmen’s Conference (PAC) and International Convention. This convention will be a time of reconnection and camaraderie among AFSA advocates; a time to make important Association governance decisions; and an occasion for exceptional education and professional development opportunities for Airmen. Additionally, while in Jacksonville, on Aug. 19 AFSA delegates will discuss and ratify the 2014-2015 AFSA Legislative Platform--a list of legislative targets that members construct and that will be used as a “blueprint” by the AFSA Headquarters legislative team on Capitol Hill during the coming year. If you’re coming – see you there! If not, be sure to keep up with the happenings via the AFSA Facebook and Twitter updates!

AF Offers Sabbatical to 40 Airmen

July 31st: A new pilot program will allow up to 40 active duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard members to take between one and three years of partially-paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and professional pursuits. The Air Force announced the Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP), in a July 31st release. “This program offers a few high performing Airmen the opportunity to focus on priorities outside of their military career without having to choose between competing priorities,” said Air Force chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. More information can be found here.

Caregivers Caucus Created

July 31st: Congressional members joined together with former Senator Elizabeth Dole and Hidden Heroes Caregivers to create a Congressional Member Caucus dedicated to the 5.5 million family members and loved ones serving as volunteer caregivers for wounded warriors. The Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers, co-chaired by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-NV) along with Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Jeff Miller (R-FL), will raise awareness and develop legislation in support of the millions of military and veteran caregivers tending to their ill and injured warrior at home. More information can be found here.