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Colorblind Airman overcomes hurdles to succeed as artist

Posted January 21, 2016 by Senior Airman Kristin High

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Ludwig van Beethoven once said, “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man…

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Blood donor month: Be a silent hero with gift of life

Posted January 21, 2016 by Lt. Col. Julianna L. Olson

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — The Air Force has a long history when it comes to the national blood donation system. The system dates all the way back to World War II when the Army Air Corps created the capabilities to transport much needed blood products from the United States into campaign theaters….

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The Ghost over the highway: Reservists renew bond with Desert Storm AC-130A gunship

Posted January 15, 2016 by Paul H. Larson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — More than 20 years after two Air Force Reserve Command leaders flew into combat together over the “Highway of Death” in Iraq, they were reunited with the aircraft that took them on the mission. Maj. Gen. Richard S. “Beef” Haddad and Col. Randal L. Bright boarded the AC-130A gunship — No. 55-0014…

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Remembering Desert Storm: Where we are today in the Total Force Continuum

Posted January 15, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Craig La Fave

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — “See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991. “Yes sir!” I replied flying as a brand new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter. The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein….

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Roberson talks about successfully bringing airpower to fight while reducing risk to life, limb

Posted January 14, 2016 by Tim Barela

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — He’s responsible for the well-being of more than 60,000 command members and nearly 300,000 students each year – many of them teenagers who still feel bulletproof. And the cold reality is that at some points during his reign, he will lose Airmen under his command … not to war,…

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Childhood adversity tests Airman’s resilience

Posted January 14, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Jake Carter

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The alarm rings. Yelling is heard from the nearby hallway. As footsteps get closer, Vickie Tippitt knows she is in a world of trouble. Her grandmother bursts through the door. With a rope in hand, Tippitt feels the wrath of child abuse come down on her by her own flesh and…

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AF Safety Center marks 20th anniversary

Posted January 13, 2016 by Keith Wright

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — This year the Air Force Safety Center commemorates the organization’s 20th anniversary. Since its designation, the basic mission has remained the same: preserving lives and combat capability through mishap prevention. Safety was originally designated under the Office of the Inspector General at Norton Air Force Base, California, shortly…

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AF officials announce civilian reduction in force

Posted January 8, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) —  In a continuing effort to meet Defense Department funding targets and rebalance the civilian workforce, some Air Force installations will implement civilian reduction in force authorities effective through April 4. Following a major command needs assessment in early August, more than 1,000 civilian overages were identified across 48 Air Force installations going…

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Mishaps increase in FY15 after historic safety year

Posted January 8, 2016 by Darlene Y. Cowsert

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Taking the reins of Air Force chief of safety nearly six months ago, Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller took command on the heels of the safest year in Air Force manned aviation history. Fiscal year 2014 ended with only seven Class A mishaps, which produced a rate of…

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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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