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Air Force will not cut special duty assignment pay in 2008

9/19/2007 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Air Force officials here recently announced that previous plans to reduce special duty assignment pay are being rescinded.

Initially, reductions to fiscal 2008 special and incentive pay called for officials to consider reductions in existing special duty assignment pay; however, after considering the impacts reductions might have on Airmen, officials developed an alternative plan to avert any reductions.

"Revised budget estimates and reductions in the eligible population will allow us to absorb the cuts and preclude any financial losses to our Airmen," said Lt. Col. Ken Sersun, the deputy chief of the force management division at the Pentagon.

As a result, all Airmen eligible to receive special duty assignment pay will continue to receive it at the same rate after Oct. 1, and fiscal 2007 rates will remain intact throughout 2008, said Senior Master Sgt. Douglas Byrd, the manager of enlisted force management at the Pentagon.

"This is a win for our Airmen, and it demonstrates the Air Force leadership's commitment to take care of our people," Sergeant Byrd said. 



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