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Officer developmental education application window opens Feb. 8

Posted February 8, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) —  Eligible active-duty officers can apply for intermediate and senior developmental education opportunities beginning in February. Officer nominations, with senior rater endorsements, will be accepted beginning Feb. 8 and are due to the Air Force Personnel Center no later than March 14. “There are many opportunities available to those interested in…

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Hill’s F-35s drop first weapons

Posted February 29, 2016 by Nathan Simmons

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS) — Airmen from the 388th and 419th fighter wings dropped laser-guided bombs at the Utah Test and Training Range the week of Feb. 25, marking the first time an F-35 Lightning II combat unit has deployed weapons from the F-35A. Lt. Col. George Watkins, the 34th Fighter Squadron commander, said…

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Powerlifting duo competes, wins big

Posted April 15, 2016 by Senior Airman Megan Friedl

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Co-workers occasionally find common interests between them. For two Airmen at Scott Air Force Base that turned into powerlifting competitions. Master Sgt. David Martin, a 375th Communications…

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AF defers promotion

Posted May 24, 2016 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs  

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has deferred the effective date for promotion and re-enlistment eligibility associated with the Air Force policy to complete enlisted professional military education distance learning courses within 12 months of enrollment until Jan. 1. The six-month deferment allows additional time to validate notification and acknowledgment procedures, as well as ensure test…

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10 Questions on the F-35A Lightning II

Posted June 21, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Steve Stanley

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — The F-35A is on track to be declared initially operationally capable between August and December 2016. IOC is the first step Air Combat Command will take in bringing the F-35 online as the latest fifth generation multirole fighter. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with…

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Love for the job fuels crew chief’s passion to fix jets

Posted July 18, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — Instead of the usual roar of F-16 Fighting Falcons preparing for another flight here, a soft, warm breeze skirting across the flightline carried the ound of tools clanking against metal. In the depths of a hangar, an Air Force crew chief worked diligently to solve the most recent maintenance challenge…

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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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