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Grappling, pummeling, trapping: 162nd Airmen learn to ‘close with the enemy’

Posted April 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

MARANA, Ariz. — The words on the gym wall summed it up best for 13 security forces specialists who trained at the Western Army National Guard Aviation Training Site here March 17-21. “The defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy.” Through the Basic Combative Course taught by Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers, the men…

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Air Force launches new program to capture innovative ideas

Posted April 17, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced the creation of a new program April 4, designed to harness Airmen’s innovation. Airmen Powered by Innovation, or API, will replace three existing Air Force “good idea” programs – the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment, and Best Practices programs – and expand the role of Air Force…

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AF opens additional TERA, VSP windows

Posted April 17, 2014 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 force management temporary early retirement authority application windows, and a new voluntary separation pay application window, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 14. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA eligibility will be based on the updated…

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The emotionless leader: Trusted and respected by Airmen

Posted April 17, 2014 by Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Brown

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — “I don’t want to hurt her career.” “He’s the best NCO I’ve got. I don’t want to see him lose a stripe.” How many times have you heard someone in a leadership position make statements such as these when contemplating disciplinary actions when an Airman or NCO makes a terrible decision?…

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AF updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists

Posted April 17, 2014 by Debbie Gildea

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal 2014. Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade are…

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USAFA Wings of Blue

Posted April 10, 2014 by

Each year, the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team performs at more than 50 special events in front of over 2 million spectators. Demonstration venues include airshows, NFL and College football games, and special events across the nation and around the world. The Wings of Blue have demonstrated their intricate aerial skills at major venues such…

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Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue capabilities

Posted April 10, 2014 by Staff

During Thunder and Lightning over Arizona, spectators can witness a mission unique to the Air Force, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), through a demonstration simulating the rescue of an injured U.S. Marine, injured by an IED while on patrol. Air Force members from Davis-Monthan will showcase their capabilities. Visitors will see the 354th Fighter Squadron,…

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A-10 Thunderbolt continues to rock the sky

Posted April 3, 2014 by 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is a highly accurate and survivable weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius and short takeoff and landing capability permit operations in…

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Changing the way we inspect

Posted March 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

The 355th Fighter Wing became the fifth fighter wing in Air Combat Command to be evaluated under the new unit effectiveness inspection program. A UEI is an inspection that was implemented in August 2013. It combines consolidated unit inspections and operational readiness inspections into one continuous inspection. Prior to this implementation, a wing’s major command…

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Airmen must revalidate dependents

Posted March 27, 2014 by Capt. Erika Yepsen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the…

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