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Challenge coins: A tradition of excellence

Posted April 17, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — Throughout the time we spend in the military, we collect many things. Whether they are mementos, awards or habits, such items are kept to remember those special moments we never wish to forget. Challenge coins are an example of these memories, as they are a form of recognition of…

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The ‘Airmen We Need’: Air Force personnel update

Posted October 5, 2018 by by Staff Sgt. VICTORIA TAYLOR

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, outlined the Air Force’s strategy for the “Airmen We Need” campaign at the Air, Space, Cyber Conference Sept. 17 in National Harbor. To further their development, Kelly said total force Airmen must have proper manning, be trained to…

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NASA pilots enter new frontier

Posted July 14, 2016 by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — NASA astronauts underwent full-pressure suit training at the 9th Physiological Support Squadron, July 7, 2016. The astronauts conducted training in a hypobaric chamber at simulated altitudes of more than 70,000 ft. Lt. Col. Nicole Mann, United States Marine Corps, NASA astronaut, and Christina Koch, NASA astronaut, are currently in…

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Global War on Terror

Posted September 1, 2017 by

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed. Following the attacks, in 2001, the U.S. Air Force was deployed against the Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Operating from Diego Garcia,  Chagos Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean, B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer bombers attacked Taliban positions. The Air Force deployed daisy cutter bombs, dropped from C-130 Hercules cargo…

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Mom, son grow up in big Air Force family

Posted April 7, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. Julianne Showalter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A family atmosphere has long been rooted in the 145th Airlift Wing and the Dietz family champions this statement. Senior Airman Jonathan Dietz, of the 145th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is the youngest son of Chief Master Sgt. Susan Dietz of the 145th Medical Group. Jonathan Dietz is deploying for the first time…

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Year in Review: March 2018

Posted January 4, 2019 by

Airman 1st Class Michael Beyer Airman to attend medical degree prep U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shane Berger, 755th Operational Support Squadron airborne linguist, poses for a photo April 19, 2018, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Berger was accepted into a program to complete the preparatory coursework for admission to medical school while maintaining active-duty…

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NASCAR honors Airmen at PIR

Posted November 19, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Forty-three race cars, 200 laps and only one driver to win it all. Fast cars and intense action are not all NASCAR is known for. It’s also known for recognizing those who serve throughout the NASCAR season. The program, NASCAR Troops to the Track, is a season-long initiative that honors members…

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563rd RQG conducts medevac mission

Posted December 5, 2018 by

Air Force photograph by Airman Frankie D. Moore A U.S. Air Force HC-130J Combat King II aircraft refuels an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter during a medevac mission over the Pacific Ocean Dec. 1, 2018. Pararescuemen aboard the HH-60 were assigned the job of recovering a civilian on a tanker and transporting them to a hospital….

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Adventure in Alaska: Officer looks to mush dogs in Iditarod

Posted January 30, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Amber Carter

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Snow and trees are all that can be seen for miles while the bitter cold nips at any piece of exposed skin. Maj. Roger…

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Air Force Marathon to feature two aircraft

Posted January 20, 2017 by

The Air Force Marathon has announced that they will be featuring not one but two aircraft on this year’s runners’ shirts and finisher’s medals. The event will feature both the F-22 Raptor and the P-51 Mustang.  “With this year being the Air Force’s 70th Birthday, we wanted to not only celebrate the future, with a…

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