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Meet the Airmen of Wake Island

Posted September 3, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AFNS) — About 1,500 miles east of Guam, in the middle of nowhere in the Mid-Pacific, lies the small coral limestone atoll of Wake Island. Ahead of Guam by about two hours, a select group of four Airmen here are the first Americans to turn the calendar page every day….

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AF releases Form 910, implements forced distribution

Posted November 30, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The revised Air Force Form 910, Enlisted Performance Report (airman basic through technical sergeant); and interim change 3 to Air Force Instruction 36-2406, “Officer and Enlisted Evaluation Systems,” have been published on the Air Force e-Publishing website. The interim change codifies forced distribution of promotion recommendations for technical…

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162nd Wing remembers influential leader

Posted April 24, 2015 by Staff Sgts. Heather Davis and Gregory Ferreira

The 162nd Wing mourned the loss of an icon, Sunday, as one of its most influential unit members was laid to rest. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Karen Veltman dedicated 32 years of her life to the 162nd, its members and their families. She stands as a pillar of feminist fortitude to the masses of women…

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525 selected for promotion to chief

Posted December 17, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force selected 525 out of 2,521 eligible senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant for a 20.83 percent selection rate. To see the selection list, go to the Air Force Portal or the myPers enlisted promotion page. Airmen will be able to access their…

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A call to mentorship

Posted February 6, 2015 by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — A good Airmen seeks out personal and professional development to ensure their growth as a wingman, leader and warrior. January is National Mentorship Month and ensuring “excellence in all we do” means making mentorship a part of every day. “I’m where I am today because people took the time to mentor…

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Face of Defense: Air Force becomes a family affair

Posted January 8, 2016 by Air Force Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — For one family, the Air Force was not only the answer to their immediate financial needs, but also the start of a multi-generational journey. Steve Nutt and his wife, Brittany Nutt, decided they were ready for a change. “I was working multiple jobs, only getting a couple hours of sleep…

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Open carry on base? Not exactly.

Posted February 19, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Connor J. Marth

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Due to the frequency of active shooter events in recent years, Air Force commanders can now enable members of their units to participate in the Unit Marshal Program. Those selected for the program and certified through the UMP course can open carry a firearm on base. Mountain Home Air Force…

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Newest ‘Freedom Flyer’ takes final flight for his B-52 crew

Posted March 10, 2016 by Robert Goetz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The events on Dec. 20, 1972, were clearly on the mind of former Air Force pilot Paul Granger as he exited a T-38C Talon following a special hourlong flight March 3 that began and ended on the east flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Caught up in the emotional…

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Airman ‘re-blued’ by honoring past service members

Posted April 27, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Stormy Archer

Hand-picked to serve as a member of the United States Air Force, my standards of conduct and level of professionalism must be above reproach, for I represent all others in my service. Others earned the right for me to wear the ceremonial uniform, one that is honored in a rich tradition and history. I will…

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Chief becomes first AF E-9 to graduate Ranger School

Posted June 3, 2016 by Michael Bottoms

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — For more than two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion. They push the limits of their bodies, minds and souls, and on average, one in three candidates makes it through the grueling course. The average U.S. Army Ranger School student is in the rank of E-4 through E-6…

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