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AF phases in employees’ injury, illness comp portal

Posted May 29, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force, in conjunction with other Defense Department services, is phasing in the use of the Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP), which is intended to eventually replace the current system used to file injury and illness compensation claims. ECOMP is a free, Web-based portal for…

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Reminder to Airmen: Avoid hemp seed products

Posted April 17, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Air Force drug testing officials have long warned military members to avoid products that include hemp seed or hemp oil in order to ensure military readiness. In 2013, news reports on the Air Force’s prohibition of a popular yogurt brand spotlighted a regulation, in effect since the late 1990s. Military members were told to…

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Riding for the future of cycling

Posted February 27, 2015 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Following a full day of work developing Air Force models, Maj. Ian Holt, the Headquarters Air Force Space Command vault concepts lead, mounts his Felt bicycle and starts pedaling on a three-hour training ride. It’s all part of the regimen prescribed by his coach leading up to the…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 30, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter…

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MAGIC provides tools for Airmen

Posted January 22, 2016 by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts

TUCSON, Ariz.  — The Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing located at Tucson International Airport held the 6th annual My Air Guard Incentive Career, or MAGIC event at Pima Community College West Campus Jan. 9-10. “This year’s goal was to provide Airmen with the tools they need to make informed career, personal and family readiness decisions,” said…

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T-1A Jayhawk

Posted March 4, 2016 by

The T-1A Jayhawk is a medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer used in the advanced phase of specialized undergraduate pilot training for students selected to fly airlift or tanker aircraft. It is also used to support navigator training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and international services. The swept-wing T-1A is a military version of…

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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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Brothers share multiple deployments

Posted May 10, 2016 by Army Spc. Travis Terreo

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS) — After spending their entire childhood together, some siblings go their separate ways as adults and keep in touch from a safe distance. For the De La Pena brothers, that’s not the case. Capt. Christopher De La Pena, the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Lessons Learned Directorate deputy director,…

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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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Face of Defense: Airman’s art provides therapy, explores ancestry

Posted July 8, 2016 by Nick DeCicco

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., July 06, 2016 — Air Force Master Sgt. Bahiya Wilder, the 60th Operations Support Squadron’s aircrew flight equipment quality assurance flight chief here, paints many canvasses with her creativity. Her artistic side has inspired her 15-year military career as well as two paintings on display at the Solano Town Center Mall in…

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