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Training for new civilian performance management program now available

Posted June 29, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bubba Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Educational training is available to civilians and their supervisors in advance of the Air Force’s April 2017 transition to the new Department of Defense-wide Performance Management and Appraisal Program. A phased implementation of DPMAP, part of the DOD’s collaborative labor-management effort, New Beginnings, began in April 2016 with a limited number of…

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One Stop Shop: Total Force Training Center – A 162nd Wing detachment

Posted June 29, 2016 by

Since last October, the center has facilitated training for 1,533 military personnel from 15 separate units across the joint force – all seeking to improve their warfighting skills before they deploy, or to complete required training they may not have been able to efficiently accomplish at their home base. “We are a one-stop shop operation,”…

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Arizona Air National Guard member fulfills life’s dream of becoming an attorney

Posted June 29, 2016 by 2nd Lt. Tinashe T. Machona

PHOENIX – For Senior Master Sgt. Alex Brown, a 20-year Air Force veteran and Arizona Air National Guard member, a life-long calling to practice law set him upon an arduous journey to fulfill a dream. The dream became reality when he passed the Arizona bar exam recently. The newly minted lawyer is the material management…

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Documenting a tragedy: Global Strike historian recalls Khobar Towers

Posted June 29, 2016 by Joe Thomas

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — “Our Nomads have Ceased Their Wandering.” The epitaph, etched into a monument at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, refers to the 33rd Fighter Wing Airmen who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. Yancy Mailes, the Air Force Global Strike Command historian, was a 27-year-old…

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Air Force major to be recognized at 2016 BET Awards

Posted June 29, 2016 by Maricris Moore

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Maj. Kenyatta Ruffin, an instructor pilot with the 469th Flying Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, will be recognized during the Shine a Light segment of the 2016 BET Awards to air live, June 26 at 8 p.m. PST/7 CST. Through Shine a Light, BET recognizes individuals…

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Crew chief pre-flight checks

Posted June 29, 2016 by 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron generates all combat and training sorties in the 355th Fighter Wing and manages the efforts of 500 Airmen in 10 specialties maintaining A-10C attack aircraft. The squadron provides safe and properly configured aircraft in order to meet mission requirements for three squadrons. The 355th AMXS also develops and executes scheduled…

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Safety — Make it a habit for life

Posted June 29, 2016 by Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — The summer months equate to a seemingly insatiable appetite to get outside and have some fun. Good weather, warm temperatures and the extra daylight hours instinctively drive people to a wide variety of outdoor activities, which simply put, are a lot of fun. Summertime can be an enjoyable time…

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A family tradition: Grandfather, grandson maintain KC-135s

Posted June 29, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — Families often carry a profession through their generations. For Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips and his grandfather, they’ve helped maintain the aerial refueling mission. Phillips, the 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, is assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker, the same aircraft his grandfather once worked on nearly 60…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum)
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Students lead large-scale joint forcible entry exercise

Posted June 29, 2016 by Jodi Ames

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Sixteen mobility Airmen attending the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, participated in a joint forcible entry exercise at the Nevada Test and Training Range June 18. The exercise, known as JFE Vul, is a large-scale air mobility exercise designed to expose students to…

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A dog and his handler

Posted June 22, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The strength of a working relationship can grow exponentially when, at the office, a co-worker jumps all around his cage recklessly wagging his tail, ready to cover faces with big, fat, slobbery kisses. That is the reality for a military working dog handler in the 21st Security Forces Squadron. Senior…

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