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923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Posted October 24, 2013 by U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

Crew chiefs from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief guide a blade from an HH-60G Pave Hawk onto a stand. For easy transport and storage, the Pave Hawks are equipped with folding rotor blades. Airman 1st Class Rodney Stewart, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, applies masking tape to a blade tip on a…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kristi Machado)
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Public engagement once again affected

Posted October 17, 2013 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force community and public outreach was significantly impacted earlier this year as sequestration went into effect, and is now all but non-existent due to the partial government shutdown, with more than 800 events being canceled or withdrawn this year. As a result of sequestration and the government shutdown, roughly 45 million…

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20th Air Force commander relieved of command

Posted October 17, 2013 by

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force today due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment. Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation…

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AF clarifies same sex marriage policy

Posted October 17, 2013 by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently published guidance clarifying the service’s policy on implementation of same sex marriage. The guidance clarifies how Airmen may be eligible for administrative absence to obtain legal marriage, if the state or country they are stationed in does not yet recognize same sex marriage. In order to be granted…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. J S. Wilcox)
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50 year old aircraft vital to Raptor training

Posted October 17, 2013 by Capt. Jeffrey ‘Heat’ Vanderbilt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A T-38 Talon bridged five decades and generations of technological development to merge at 400 knots with the F-22 Raptor near Tyndall Air Force Base recently. “MOJO 1 is engaged, Bullseye 323/24,” said Lt. Col. Christopher ‘Moto’ Davis, 325th Training Support Squadron Adversary Air Operations officer. The Raptor and trainer jet were beak…

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Academy’s soaring program carries long-term benefits

Posted October 17, 2013 by Don Branum

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.  – Ask most pilots how they feel about landing an aircraft with no engine, and you might get some dirty looks, but cadet instructor pilots in the Air Force Academy’s soaring airmanship program take it in stride. Experienced cadets make decisions every day about ensuring student pilots’ safety, meeting training requirements…

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TSP to continue operations during shutdown

Posted October 10, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – As the closure of government offices and activities continues, the Thrift Savings Plan, the retirement savings program for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, will carry on operations. Since neither the TSP nor the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board depend on congressional appropriations, investment activities will continue as…

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AF legal website increases efficiency, tracks satisfaction

Posted October 3, 2013 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – When active-duty and Reserve component members, retirees and dependents need wills, powers of attorney, or have legal questions, they can go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html. The purpose of the site is to increase efficiency and track client satisfaction with the Air Force legal assistance program. Because it is a public site, clients may…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant)
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Reservist protects her country with two careers

Posted September 26, 2013 by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden

Most of the time you’ll find Yvette Orellana serving as a federal police officer for the U.S. Forest Service in Santa Barbara, Calif., patrolling in her squad car, writing tickets, protecting natural resources, as well as serving her local community as a mentor to teens heading down the wrong path. One might assume that in…

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Airmen directed to visit PRDA to view personnel records

Posted September 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center plans to reduce the access Airmen have to the Automated Records Management System, better known as ARMS, on AFPC Secure Sept. 30. ARMS consolidated active-duty, Reserve and Air National Guard military personnel records from each installation during the last few years. This has reduced…

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