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AF continues to monitor Zika, infected mosquitoes could hit US this summer

Posted June 6, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — As the threat of infected mosquitoes reaching the U.S. climbs, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infections to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. The World Health Organization declared Feb. 1 that the Zika virus is a public health emergency of international concern….

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AF program receives makeover

Posted June 3, 2016 by Tech.Sgt. Tara Mitchell

Air Force leadership launched its new idea suggestion program renamed Airmen Powered by Innovation in February 2014. The Air Force Vice Chief of Staff tasked Air Force leaders to streamline and consolidate four older idea generating programs to include Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment,  best practices and the Air Force Smart…

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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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Forced distribution driving more promotions for top performers

Posted June 3, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Results of the first promotion board using the forced distribution process were released May 25, highlighting a close connection between commander recommendations and those selected for promotion. “These results are achieving the intended purpose of the new evaluation and promotion systems we previewed to our enlisted force during last year’s roadshows,” said Lt….

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Forced distribution driving more promotions for top performers

Posted June 3, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Results of the first promotion board using the forced distribution process were released May 25, highlighting a close connection between commander recommendations and those selected for promotion. “These results are achieving the intended purpose of the new evaluation and promotion systems we previewed to our enlisted force during last year’s roadshows,” said Lt….

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Face of Defense: Airman finds his life’s direction as maintainer

Posted June 3, 2016 by Air Force Senior Airman Amber Carter

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Reasons for joining the Air Force are varied. For some, it’s for the benefits, such as job security, higher education and medical coverage. For others, joining is more personal and could be for reasons that involve patriotism or following in the footsteps of a family member. No matter the…

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Father-son duo comes full circle at BMT graduation, retirement

Posted June 3, 2016 by Jeremy Gerlach

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — In the Air Force, countless parents have proudly watched their child graduate from basic military training, and countless children have seen their parents retire from service. On May 27 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, a father and son did both on the same day, respectively. Col. Hernando J….

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A lesson in wingmanship

Posted June 1, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kristan Campbell

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — In the military, members are expected to be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually fit. This concept is the core factor when developing resilient Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. A well-rounded Airman is not only a master of resiliency, but also a good wingman. It is a job that requires…

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Edge of space emergency tests aviator’s skills

Posted June 1, 2016 by Senior Airman Hailey Haux

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Imagine being at the cusp of the world, where everything flat warps and the earth’s curvature begins to appear. Looking around on a bright and sunny day, the sky is a brilliant blue. The blue eventually turns to black as space comes within reach. This is the view U-2 pilots like Maj. Jack…

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CHIEFchat: EPRs heading in the right direction

Posted June 1, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – The Air Force’s top enlisted leader addressed the new enlisted performance report and gave insight to feedback he’s received during his latest edition of CHIEFchat at the Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody encouraged Airmen to forget…

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