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Around the Air Force: Dec. 1

Posted December 4, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force the preferred location for a new MQ-9 Reaper wing is selected, continuation pay rates are announced for the Blended Retirement System (BRS), and Exercise Lightning Focus is taking place in Australia.

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Hawks Fly Solo

Posted December 1, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk A student MQ-9 pilot from the 6th Attack Squadron prepares for his first solo flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 7, 2017. Solo flights build confidence, airmanship and a crew mentality more than academic classroom discussion, or under direct instructor supervision in the cockpit. Holloman…

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Hurricane Hunters close intense 2017 season

Posted December 1, 2017 by

As massive spirals of lightning, wind and rain, hurricanes are some of the most dangerous and destructive forces in nature. And the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., fly directly into the center of them. During the 2017 season, which ended Nov. 30, the Hurricane Hunters, officially known as…

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Airman brings Reaper, ISR capabilities closer together

Posted November 29, 2017 by Lori A. Bultman

Among the exceptional Airmen of the 25th Air Force are many inspirational leaders, motivators and innovators. Staff Sgt. Nick, 526th Intelligence Squadron (Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.) noncommissioned officer in charge of Distributed Mission Site Flight Operations, is one of those unique Airmen. Through his observations and insight, Nick drew upon expert knowledge and past…

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AF selects Tyndall AFB as preferred location for new Remotely Piloted Aircraft unit

Posted November 29, 2017 by

The Air Force has selected Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., as the preferred location for hosting a new MQ-9 Reaper Wing with 24 remotely piloted aircraft. Vandenberg AFB, Calif., is considered a reasonable alternative. The wing will be composed of an operations group with mission control elements as well as a launch and recovery capability,…

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Yesterday’s Air Force: ICBM evolution

Posted November 29, 2017 by

This episode of Yesterday’s Air Force looks at the evolution of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program from initiation during the Cold War to becoming America’s most powerful nuclear deterrent.

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Around the Air Force: Nov. 29

Posted November 29, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force combined forces bomb Taliban drug labs, the investigation of 2015 MQ-1B crash has concluded, and SMART scholarship opportunities for students are available.

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Ironhorse Brigade tests its mettle at the National Training Center

Posted November 27, 2017 by Cody Kozacek,

In late November, fierce winds stir up sand storms across the Mojave Desert and obscure the sharp mountain ridges that jut above the horizon.

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Around the Air Force: Nov. 24

Posted November 27, 2017 by

On this look around the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. Amy Giaquinto becomes the first woman to serve as the top enlisted adviser to the adjutant general of New York, Air Force F-35As are in Japan for the first time and the Air Force’s Personnel Center is accepting applications for the Nurse Enlisted and Direct…

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Hill’s F-35A and airmen mastering first Pacific deployment

Posted November 22, 2017 by Donovan K. Potter

More than 300 men and women of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and 12 F-35As are conducting business for the next six months on the subtropical Japanese island of Okinawa during a deployment known as a Theater Security Package.

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