Air Force

Robinson tapped to be first female combatant commander

Posted April 1, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has named a new commander for U.S. Northern Command to be confirmed by the Senate. If confirmed, the new Northern Command chief will be the first woman to lead a U.S. combatant command. Carter made the announcement to pick Gen. Lori J. Robinson during a media interview March…

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Inspired NCO spends career molding Airmen

Posted April 1, 2016 by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. (AFNS) — Joshua Smith was 17 years old and starting to earn a reputation for skipping his high school math class every afternoon when he was called into his guidance counselor’s office. The most surprising part of the meeting for Smith was seeing his visibly distressed mother in the office….

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Analyzing failure, realizing success

Posted April 1, 2016 by Col. Ryan Samuelson

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS) — “We have an issue. I’ll call him in and figure out why he failed to…” said the supervisor who walked into my office that sunny day. “Stop,” I said, “find out the facts, let me see the outcome of the mistake, and let me see if I own…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane)
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Airmen reflect on B-1 bomber attacks over Libya

Posted March 29, 2016 by Senior Airman Hailey Staker

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AFNS) — Five years ago, a phone rang in the 28th Bomb Wing vice commander’s office and made history. Less than 72 hours later, on March 27, 2011, more than 1,100 maintenance personnel launched four B-1B Lancer bombers from the Ellsworth Air Force Base flightline in blizzard conditions to support…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)
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No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam

Posted March 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Chase Cannon

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — “No mama, no papa and no Uncle Sam.” The words surged out of the speakers and spread across the crowd. They are the words that were waiting on the lips of each survivor and those prepared to honor them. “Marchers, give me your attention,” said Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin,…

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T.E.A.M. Together, Everyone Achieves More

Posted March 24, 2016 by Master Sgt. Steve Kim

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — “There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Team” is one small word that can make a big difference. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, you cannot do great things without a great…

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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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Be the ‘Wolf’

Posted March 23, 2016 by Col. Robert Novotny

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England (AFNS) — There are three meetings I attend every week, and they’re the most important meetings in my current job. The first is wing stand-up, held three days a week, where we cover the status of our aircrew, pararescuemen, all 81 combat aircraft, the airfield, communications and logistics. Our mission is…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)
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Chasing opportunity to fulfill a dream

Posted March 23, 2016 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) All children have dreams and it was no different for Lt. Col. Brett Chung growing up in Nagoya, Japan. Coming to the United States was something Chung thought…

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(White House photo/Pete Souza)
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Airman, family injured in Brussels bombings

Posted March 23, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A U.S. Airman from Joint Force Command Brunssum in the Netherlands and members of the Airman’s family were injured in an attack at the Brussels airport March 22, Air Force officials confirmed. “We are saddened by today’s attacks and extend our sincere condolences to the victims and families of those impacted,” said…

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