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Arizona Air National Guard member fulfills life’s dream of becoming an attorney

Posted June 14, 2016 by 2nd Lt. Tinashe T. Machona

PHOENIX – For Senior Master Sgt. Alex Brown, a 20-year Air Force veteran and Arizona Air National Guard member, a life-long calling to practice law set him upon an arduous journey to fulfill a dream. The dream became reality when he passed the Arizona bar exam recently. The newly minted lawyer is the material management…

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Bold dreams propel war-torn child to AF flight engineer

Posted June 14, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AFNS) — Growing up, Master Sgt. Kristofer Reyes and his cousins would use rubber and rocks from a nearby recycling center and create games. He was born to a poor family in Luzon, Phillipines. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old and his mom moved to the U.S. That…

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Suicide prevention – hopes for the future

Posted June 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Alexander

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.) To some, suicide prevention seems like a topic that is discussed without any definite solution. Every Airman sits through the annual briefings and trainings and hears the statistics that go along with them, yet suicide remains a problem within the…

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Embracing diversity by leading from the front

Posted June 13, 2016 by Col. Greg Gilmour

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) — Often times when we hear terms like diversity and inclusion, we think of them more as buzz words or a way to hold someone accountable for not doing the right thing. But what does diversity actually mean to us in the Air Force? To me, it’s simple: place the right…

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A backseat view of combat airstrikes

Posted June 13, 2016 by Capt. Sybil Taunton

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — Throughout the month of May, the air coalition has been able to strike lucrative targets including: logistics lines, command and control and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant financial resources through more than 1,800 strike sorties. “My goal as the air component is to actually put pressure on (ISIL) wherever they…

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USAF Thunderbird pilot in good medical condition, released from hospital

Posted June 9, 2016 by Lt. Col. Chris B. Hammond

Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada — Maj. Alex Turner, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird #6, is in good medical condition and has recently been released from the hospital. “The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander. “Major Turner’s ability to steer the aircraft away from any populated areas…

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Test Pilot School Ph.D. program accepting applications

Posted June 8, 2016 by Kat Bailey

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School is accepting graduate applications through July 31 for the Air Force Institute of Technology in-residence engineering Ph.D. program. The primary purpose of the program is to ensure the TPS curriculum and research programs reflect the state-of-the-art education in aeronautical science and to…

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Shattering the silence

Posted June 8, 2016 by By Anonymous

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — Editor’s note: The author’s name was redacted to protect their identity. I’m tired of the sound of silence. At a recent Green Dot leadership training session, I was asked to write down on a piece of paper an action that I would do as a leader to help implement…

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Taking care of my Airmen

Posted June 7, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – What is Airman Leadership School? ALS is probably the most stressful and overwhelming experience I have yet to go through in my Air Force career. In my four and a half years in the Air Force, I have had multiple supervisors. Some good, some bad, and some in-between. Even…

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Pet health certificates: Essential for international PCS travel

Posted June 7, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.—With permanently changing stations already being a complex procedure for individuals, any way to simplify it is always welcomed by service members. When PCSing is already stacked with getting all the correct documents and information together before a move, the last thing on Service members minds are acquiring the necessary documents for bringing pets overseas….

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