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AF releases criteria for new service medal

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WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Air Force officials released nomination criteria for the new Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, following Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’ May 27, authorization. The medal will be awarded to individuals for their direct support of nuclear deterrence operations. “This service medal provides a clearly visible way to recognize the dedication and…

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12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Leadership

Posted April 12, 2012 by

Commander, Lt. Gen. Robin Rand Lt. Gen. Robin Rand is the Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of 10 active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, oversees 19 gained Air Reserve…

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New, lighter ABU available in June

Posted May 24, 2012 by Tech. Sgt. Jess Harvey

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The new, Rip-stop Airman Battle Uniform (RABU), featuring a lighter nylon-cotton blend, will be available to Airmen at 16 U.S. bases and through AAFES online starting in June. The wear policy for the light-weight RABUs will be exactly the same as for the ABUs. The only difference between the ABU and the…

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Aspiring artists get shot at shopping spree in Exchange contest

Posted August 3, 2012 by

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Crayola are inviting military children to show their colorful side for a chance at a $250 shopping spree in the Crayola Coloring Contest. Authorized shoppers 16-years-old and younger can go to www.shopmyexchange.com/Community/patriotfamily to download and print the official contest illustration. “We know there are some…

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F-22 mission takes Tyndall AFB to Air Combat Command

Posted October 4, 2012 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Tyndall Air Force Base transitioned from Air Education and Training Command to Air Combat Command Oct. 1 to reflect the new operational mission of the 325th Fighter Wing. As part of the F-22 fleet management program announced by the Air Force in July 2010, Tyndall Air Force Base, which…

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CSAF directs Air Force-wide inspection

Posted December 7, 2012 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Commanders across the Air Force will conduct health and welfare inspections starting Dec. 5 to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. The health and welfare inspection is a tool routinely used by unit commanders, command chiefs, and first sergeants. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A….

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AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating

Posted February 14, 2013 by Master Sgt. Jess D. Harvey

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be “devastating” to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Department of Defense officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. “Now that we’re staring at that…

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Leadership comes from every level

Posted April 18, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt. Angela Langhorne

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Are people born with natural leadership traits or are they created? Is this ability based on position, rank and/or even character? Do you believe the Air Force has an effective career progression plan in developing leaders? Although leadership is defined in many ways, the best definition heard to date and a…

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421st FS pilots respond, work together in ‘amazing’ ‘non-incident’

Posted July 5, 2013 by Mary Lou Gorny

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah  — On June 11, a 421st Fighter Squadron pilot used all his previous flight safety training and then some, as he leaned on his wingman and his experience to respond to an in-flight emergency. During a four ship G-Awareness Exercise, at 9:35 a.m., Capt. Justin Ankenbruck discovered his control stick had…

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Crossing into the Blue

Posted September 3, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu

Staff Sgt. Bradley Rector, 25th Operational Weather Squadron senior duty officer, served in the U.S. Marines for 10 years before crossing into the blue. Rector joined the Marines in 1999, in his early 20s. Young and determined, no one could change his mind. After Marine boot camp, Rector was stationed at Marine Corp Air Station…

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