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Astronaut rescue exercise proves Airmen ready to support space mission

Posted January 28, 2016 by Chrissy Cuttita

  PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — It’s not common an astronaut must be rescued out of rough open waters after descending home to Earth in a crewed capsule. But when those space race-era days of human space flight return, a small Air Force detachment knows they will be ready. The 45th Operations Group’s…

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Airman helps search for Vietnam War remains

Posted January 26, 2016 by 2nd Lt. Geneva Croxton

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) When Tech. Sgt. Robin Bailon enlisted in Air Force in 2000, she didn’t expect her career to place her in Vietnam, serving as a life science investigator….

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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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F-35 fires first AIM-9X missile

Posted January 22, 2016 by 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — An F-35 fighter jet from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12. The flight sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, the Lockheed Martin chief…

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Luke F-16 crashes in Arizona

Posted January 22, 2016 by 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) — An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base crashed at approximately 8:45 a.m. January 21 north of Luke AFB in the vicinity of Bagdad, Arizona. Luke AFB officials are working closely with local authorities in a search and rescue operation. Due…

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A shared love, a shared goal, a shared mission

Posted January 21, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Brandon May

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — Joining the Air Force, commissioning, becoming a pilot, progressing to the rank of major… all of these things define the word ‘minority.’ Maj. Regina Wall and her husband, Maj. Jared Wall, have done all of the above. Maj. Regina Wall, 86th Flying Training Squadron assistant director of operations, and…

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Colorblind Airman overcomes hurdles to succeed as artist

Posted January 21, 2016 by Senior Airman Kristin High

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Ludwig van Beethoven once said, “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man…

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Blood donor month: Be a silent hero with gift of life

Posted January 21, 2016 by Lt. Col. Julianna L. Olson

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) — The Air Force has a long history when it comes to the national blood donation system. The system dates all the way back to World War II when the Army Air Corps created the capabilities to transport much needed blood products from the United States into campaign theaters….

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The Ghost over the highway: Reservists renew bond with Desert Storm AC-130A gunship

Posted January 15, 2016 by Paul H. Larson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — More than 20 years after two Air Force Reserve Command leaders flew into combat together over the “Highway of Death” in Iraq, they were reunited with the aircraft that took them on the mission. Maj. Gen. Richard S. “Beef” Haddad and Col. Randal L. Bright boarded the AC-130A gunship — No. 55-0014…

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Remembering Desert Storm: Where we are today in the Total Force Continuum

Posted January 15, 2016 by Brig. Gen. Craig La Fave

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — “See all those contrails heading north, captain?” the salty lieutenant colonel asked me on Jan. 16, 1991. “Yes sir!” I replied flying as a brand new aircraft commander in the C-141B Starlifter. The contrails covered the darkening sky and seemed like hundreds of fingers reaching north into Iraq to grab Saddam Hussein….

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