(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell)
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SERE: Water survival – preparing Airmen for the sea

Posted April 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Everything instantly goes dark as a fuselage rises into the air. Winds stir and the water below begins to churn. Strobe lights begin to flash and sounds of simulated gunfire and thunder fill the already chaotic room. As soon as the fuselage is up in the air, it’s back…

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AF Service Activity promotes undead summer bowling league

Posted April 13, 2016 by Steve Warns

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The theme of the Air Force Services Activity’s summer bowling league will be based on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” a popular TV series that revolves around life after a zombie apocalypse. “We have created a fun, healthy and competitive activity for our Airmen that provides positive social interaction,”…

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Civilian employment mentoring leads to understanding

Posted April 11, 2016 by Barry L. Wilkinson

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. – (This is an article out of Offutt AFB about a new mentoring program. We are running this article to inspire the creation of similar programs.) Something exceptional happened when two retired first sergeants — one a team leader from the Airman & Family Readiness Center here, and the other…

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Robinson tapped to be first female combatant commander

Posted April 1, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command. Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori J. Robinson during a media interview March…

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Inspired NCO spends career molding Airmen

Posted April 1, 2016 by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — Joshua Smith was 17 years old and starting to earn a reputation for skipping his high school math class every afternoon when he was called into his guidance counselor’s office. The most surprising part of the meeting for Smith was seeing his visibly distressed mother in the office….

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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted April 1, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS) — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to…” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own…

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Airmen reflect on B-1 bomber attacks over Libya

Posted March 29, 2016 by Senior Airman Hailey Staker

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AFNS) — Five years ago, a phone rang in the 28th Bomb Wing vice commander’s office and made history. Less than 72 hours later, on March 27, 2011, more than 1,100 maintenance personnel launched four B-1B Lancer bombers from the Ellsworth Air Force Base flightline in blizzard conditions to support…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)
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No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam

Posted March 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Chase Cannon

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — “No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam.” The words surged out of the speakers and spread across the crowd. They are the words that were waiting on the lips of each survivor and those prepared to honor them. “Marchers, give me your attention,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin,…

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T.E.A.M. Together, Everyone Achieves More

Posted March 24, 2016 by Master Sgt. Steve Kim

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Team” is one small word that can make a big difference. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you cannot do great things without a great…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes)
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Art of teaching: with great power, comes great responsibility

Posted March 24, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Aristotle once stated, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Training is…

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