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Air Force set to launch next-to-last GPS IIF satellite

Posted November 2, 2015 by Space and Missile Systems Center Public Affairs

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center and its mission partners are scheduled to launch the 11th Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 launch vehicle Oct. 30 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force…

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Cybersecurity program shapes mission assurance for AF core missions

Posted November 2, 2015 by Task Force Cyber Secure

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Task Force Cyber Secure has made progress in addressing mission assurance and cybersecurity challenges for Air Force core missions, according to Air Force leaders. The initiative, originally enacted by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, aims to synchronize cybersecurity efforts across the Air Force enterprise to improve the…

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Luck, timing and a little bit of skill

Posted October 29, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Kenney

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Jim Harkins, 11 years old at the time, soared through the air in a sailplane, wide-eyed and terrified. Surrounded by strange, loud noises, he kept a firm white-knuckle grip on the handles in front of him. At that moment he knew, he was done with flying. All he could think was,…

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Air Force releases new SAPR strategy

Posted October 28, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders released a five-year Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Strategy that will guide the Air Force in developing a robust prevention model while continually honing response capabilities today. The secretary, chief of staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force signed a foreword to the strategy charging all Airmen…

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Airman puts language skills to work

Posted October 28, 2015 by Air Force Senior Airman Mikaley Kline

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.— She speaks Russian, Bulgarian and English while possessing master’s degrees in economics, law, business administration as well as international relations. She worked as a teacher and a border patrol agent at one of the busiest checkpoints in Bulgaria before immigrating to the United States, eventually beginning a career as an American…

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Busted, top 10 RPA myths debunked

Posted October 26, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

CREECH AIR FOCE BASE, Nevada —  — Drones. The once harmless term has taken on new meaning in recent years largely due to miseducation, Hollywood dramatizations and their growing uses in non-military settings. For the men and women of the remotely piloted aircraft enterprise who provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the world…

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Deployed Airmen keep Compass Call flying

Posted October 21, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Bryan Bouchard) U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Luna, a 41st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerial repair technician deployed from the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., conducts a post operations check on a EC-130H Compass Call aircraft following a mission Oct. 20, 2015, Bagram…

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War paint

Posted October 19, 2015 by Josh Plueger

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AFNS) — Painted teeth menacingly stretch across a conical canvas of riveted steel, animating the inanimate. Shark-mouthed aircraft taunt enemies with snarling grins. Mobile galleries patrol the skies. Whether a functional designator, reminder of home or a symbol of intimidation, aircrew artists have been tagging the fuselage of aircraft since…

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Air Force sets weight restrictions for F-35 pilots

Posted October 19, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — — Air Force leaders recently made a decision to restrict pilots weighing less than 136 pounds from flying the F-35A Lightning II due to safety concerns about the ejection seat in a portion of the flight envelope. The manufacturer of the seat has been conducting tests to ensure the escape system works…

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On/off duty — we are Airmen 24/7

Posted October 14, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — My job as a public affairs professional consists specifically of communicating with the public to gain support for our Air Force personnel, resources and missions. Although my job’s primary purpose is to strengthen the bonds between the Air Force and the public to promote public understanding and support of the Air…

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