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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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AF promotion system: How do you stack up?

Posted July 31, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Nick Ledesma

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are…

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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Posted May 8, 2015 by 1st Lt. Hope Cronin

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson) Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 5, 2015. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

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Air Force stands up Task Force Cyber Secure

Posted April 10, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III signed a memorandum on March 20, establishing Task Force Cyber Secure, to address challenges of the cyberspace domain in synchronization, operations and governance within the Air Force and with those organizations it supports. “This task force is fundamental to understanding…

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Female U-2 pilot blazes trail through society and space

Posted February 13, 2015 by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly amongst the stars? Have you ever stared into the night sky hoping to catch a glimpse of a shooting star? Could you imagine flying 70,000 ft. above the earth, gliding through the darkness completely isolated from all of civilization below?…

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AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

Posted January 9, 2015 by Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Operating Location – P

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and PIN-enabled government travel cards (GTC) to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and individuals who have reported lost or stolen cards. This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance the security and convenience of government travel…

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Special tactics Airmen killed in hostile incident

Posted September 3, 2015 by 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

HURBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) — Two special tactics Airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, were killed near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26. Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan National Defense and Security Forces uniforms opened…

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AF releases vision for development of autonomous systems

Posted June 26, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force released a vision document June 22 written by its former chief scientist which helps define a path to increased and effective autonomy. Autonomous Horizons, authored by Dr. Mica Endsley, provides direction and guidance on the opportunities and challenges in the development of autonomous systems for Air Force operations, and…

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AF celebrates Earth Day by focusing on mission today, tomorrow

Posted April 24, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders reminded Airmen to keep the mission in mind as the Air Force observed the 45th annual Earth Day April 22. The service has encouraged Airmen around the globe to focus on recycling efforts this year, in line with its 2015 theme, “Conserve Today – Secure Tomorrow.” “Air Force bases…

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New Weather Wing to fall under 12 AF

Posted March 20, 2015 by Ryan Hansen

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — The Air Force Weather Agency will be officially re-designated as the 557th Weather Wing. The change comes as a result of an Air Force organization management headquarters review announced last fall that reorganized the structure and processes for a number of units. “We have been working on this hard since the…

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