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A dog and his handler

Posted June 22, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The strength of a working relationship can grow exponentially when, at the office, a co-worker jumps all around his cage recklessly wagging his tail, ready to cover faces with big, fat, slobbery kisses. That is the reality for a military working dog handler in the 21st Security Forces Squadron. Senior…

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Standing tall: Amputee Airmen seek to defy odds in therapy sessions

Posted June 22, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

BETHESDA, Md. (AFNS) — After a sprint around an indoor track with her prosthetic running blade, Heather Carter stopped, visibly tired. She smiled and began to sprint another lap. The medically retired senior airman once rounded the bases for the Air Force softball team until a freak accident severely injured her left leg as she raced…

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Family first: A story for Air Force spouses

Posted June 21, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Jeff Hogg knows the role of the military spouse better than most because he understands the needs of the military lifestyle and the military family. He served in the Air Force for over 20 years before retiring and is the spouse of Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, the Air Force deputy surgeon…

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10 Questions on the F-35A Lightning II

Posted June 21, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Stanley

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The F-35A is on track to be declared initially operationally capable between August and December 2016. IOC is the first step Air Combat Command will take in bringing the F-35 online as the latest fifth generation multirole fighter. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with…

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Personnel recovery exercise brings rescue teams together for RF-A 16-2

Posted June 20, 2016 by Master Sgt. Karen J. Tomasik

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska — The phrase, “So Others May Live to Return with Honor” expresses the overarching goal of those serving in the rescue community and it connects a myriad of career fields dedicated to fulfilling that mission. RED FLAG-Alaska 16-2 provided an opportunity to connect survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, rescue squadron…

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Core values require credibility

Posted June 20, 2016 by Maj. Billy Dye

COLUMBUS AIR FORCEB BASE, Miss. — When I think about our Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do, I can’t help but think there is one word that sums all of these up: credibility. Merriam Webster defines credibility as the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real,…

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Blended retirement system training now available

Posted June 20, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bryan Franks

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Online training designed to educate Airmen about the new Blended Retirement System, the Defense Department system with changes on the current military retirement system, is now available via Joint Knowledge Online course number P-US1330. The course is also available to those without a Common Access Card — to include family members — via an alternate website….

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Air Force warns Airmen against talking politics on social media

Posted June 16, 2016 by Mitch Shaw

HILL AIR FORC BASE, Utah — In a year that will undoubtedly be headlined by politics both national and local, the Air Force is warning Airmen to watch what they say and how they say it. With the 2016 presidential election just a few months away, the Air Force released an informational video, reminding Airmen of Department…

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From military son to military father, a tribute to military dads

Posted June 16, 2016 by Senior Airman Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — In light of Father’s Day, I would like to reflect on my experiences as a military father and my experiences being a military child. My father served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician in the late ‘90s for three years. In those three short years we lived…

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AF recovers data after Automated Case Tracking System outage

Posted June 15, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — After aggressively leveraging all vendor and department capabilities, the Air Force made a full recovery of the Automated Case Tracking System database, the Air Force inspector general system of record for all records related to IG complaints, investigations and appeals. Although the brief data loss caused some delays in processing IG inquiries, the…

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