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CSAF: Every Airman matters, each story is important

Posted September 3, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — There are more than 690,000 Airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force, and according to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, each one is critical to the Air Force mission and each one has story to tell. As outlined in the Air Force vision, “every Airman, regardless of specialty, must…

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2013 Veterans Day Free Meal and Discounts

Posted November 8, 2013 by

Make sure you have Proof of Military Service when visiting companies offering Veteran’s Day deals. First, most companies require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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South Dakota ANG trains at D-M

Posted January 30, 2014 by Airman 1st Class B. Chevalier

Ten F-16 Fighter Falcons and 150 guardsmen from the South Dakota Air National Guard arrived at D-M Jan. 11 to conduct two weeks of mandatory readiness training. The South Dakota ANG utilized Operation Snowbird, a program that allows northern tier ANG flying units to fly down to D-M and conduct training that would be hard…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu)
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The German Bulldog

Posted March 27, 2014 by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officer was given the opportunity to foster a bilateral relationship through the Exchange Officer Program which ends today. German Air Force Maj. Andreas Jeschek, attached to the 354th Fighter Squadron as an A-10 Thunderbolt pilot, has been part of the program since 2011 and his tour here ends today….

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(Lockheed Martin photo/Tom Reynolds)
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‘Workhorse’ becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours

Posted June 26, 2014 by Kenji Thuloweit

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours June 11. Paul Hattendorf, a Lockheed Martin test pilot, was flying an airframe loads envelope expansion mission when the fighter reached the milestone. “AF-2’s nickname is ‘Workhorse,’” said…

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Help make it possible

Posted September 5, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

D-M kickoffed its annual Combined Federal Campaign Sept. 1. The CFC’s mission is to give federal employees the opportunity to promote philanthropy by supporting their favorite charities. There are more than 3000 national and international charities for federal employees to choose from. “Now, D-M members can give to any charity in the world using the…

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Benefits claim process for voluntary separates

Posted November 13, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Records for all Airmen separated or retired under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay program were updated Nov. 5 to reflect eligibility for transitional medical benefits. Those separating under the fiscal year 2014/15 VSP program are authorized transition benefits, including 180 days of premium-free TRICARE coverage for the separatee and any…

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Generals outline Combat Air Force’s future challenges

Posted February 19, 2015 by Maj. Mike Meridith

ORLANDO, Fla. (AFNS) — Four senior Air Force leaders discussed key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces at the Air Warfare Symposium here, Feb.12. During the hour-long discussion, leaders touched on budget concerns, ongoing operations against the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant terrorist group, the future of fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 Raptor and F-35A…

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Civilian Airmen serve their country, deploy with military teammates

Posted May 7, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — More than two million public employees protect the nation through service in the armed forces, and more than 183,000 of them are Air Force civilian full-time, part-time, term, temp and nonappropriated fund Airmen. Often working behind the scenes in support of their military teammates, civilian Airmen help provide a stable foundation at…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Suita Ika
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Air Force MWD handler reunites with best friend

Posted August 13, 2015 by Airman Sadie R. Colbert

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — “It was a very long day of searching [a village in Iraq],” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Bush, 28th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, referring to one day during a deployment to Iraq in 2010. “We searched vehicles in the area for hours, both parked and passing…

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