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Celebrating 50 years of the CMSAF

Posted April 3, 2017 by

In April 1967, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Airey set on a path untraveled by any other Airman in the U.S. Air Force. “It was 50 years ago that [Airey] became the first Airman bestowed the honor of being called chief master sergeant of the Air Force,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L….

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Restored B-29 Superfortress flies for first time in 60 years

Posted July 20, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Rachel Waller

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — After 16 years of hard work and dedication from numerous volunteers around the Wichita area, a B-29 Superfortress, also known as Doc, took to the skies July 17 here for its first flight since 1956. “I never thought I would live to see this day, but I did,” said…

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Shaw AFB Airmen earn DFC for saving 88 lives

Posted July 6, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class BRIEANNA STILLMAN

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Col. Daniel Lasica, former 20th Fighter Wing commander, presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Capts. John Nygard and Salvador Cruz, both 79th Fighter Squadron instructor pilots, June 7 at Shaw Air Force Base. The fourth highest medal of recognition is not simply given, it is earned, said Lasica. Doing…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)
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No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam

Posted March 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Chase Cannon

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — “No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam.” The words surged out of the speakers and spread across the crowd. They are the words that were waiting on the lips of each survivor and those prepared to honor them. “Marchers, give me your attention,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin,…

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Yesterday’s Air Force: RPAs

Posted July 7, 2017 by

This episode of Yesterday’s Air Force looks at the history of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. RPAs are not a new war-fighting technology, in fact their development goes back to the early 20th century. Roger Connor with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum takes us through their evolution. Yesterday’s Air Force is a history and heritage featurette…

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Embracing diversity by leading from the front

Posted June 13, 2016 by Col. Greg Gilmour

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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KC-10 Extender

Posted March 4, 2016 by

General Characteristics Primary Function: Aerial tanker and transport Contractor: The Boeing Company Power Plant: Three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofans Thrust: 52,500 pounds, each engine Length: 181 feet, 7 inches (54.4 meters) Height: 58 feet, 1 inch (17.4 meters) Wingspan: 165 feet, 4.5 inches (50 meters) Speed: 619 mph (Mach 0.825) Ceiling: 42,000 feet (12,727 meters)…

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Exchange shoppers have chance at $10,000 grand prize

Posted February 13, 2015 by

DALLAS – A $10,000 grand prize is up for grabs in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s latest “Because of You” contest. And, for authorized shoppers, entering is as easy as visiting shopmyexchange.com. With the Spend Free Spree contest, military shoppers have a chance to win a $10,000 Exchange gift card, or a $2,000 gift…

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Have you tried MyVector yet?

Posted January 29, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — National Mentoring Month is coming to a close, but there are still opportunities for Airmen at all levels to invest in their development and the advancement of others through MyVector. In 2015, the Air Force launched MyVector to provide members seeking mentoring an opportunity for personal and professional development to help Airmen…

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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Posted February 17, 2017 by Terri Moon Cronk

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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