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Service star authorized on GWOT Expeditionary Medal

Posted June 19, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Active-duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for more than one of the five Defense Department approved Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal operations may now wear a service star device on the medal and service ribbon for the second and…

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12th Air Force bomb wings move to Air Force Global Strike Command

Posted April 24, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force have directed the realignment of the Air Force’s B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bomber program from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command, effective Oct. 1. The move will realign the Air Force’s core mission of global strike and all of…

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AF announces 23 AFSCs on reenlistment bonus list

Posted March 20, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (AFNS) — Enlisted Airmen in 23 Air Force specialty codes may be eligible to receive a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) effective March 12, Air Force officials announced March 12. The Air Force is moving forward with a higher end-strength, so AFSCs eligible for the SRB program will increase to address retention of…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika)
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Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

Posted January 30, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, life is about helping those in need. When the 17-year veteran learned a coworker’s truck had broken down two-and-a-half hours away in Lake Havasu, Arizona, he volunteered his truck, trailer and time to help the junior Airman get it back…

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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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AC-130W Stinger II

Posted March 4, 2016 by

General characteristics Contractor: Lockheed Power plant: four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops Thrust: Thrust 4,300 shaft horsepower each engine Speed: 300 mph Ceiling: 28,000 feet Maximum takeoff weight: 155,000 pounds Range: 2,500 nautical miles; limited by crew duty day with air refueling Crew: two pilots, two combat system officers, flight engineer, two special mission aviators Armament: 30mm…

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Air Force leaders present FY 2017 budget request

Posted March 17, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The military services’ secretaries and chiefs presented their respective branch’s fiscal year 2017 budget plan March 16 on Capitol Hill. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III testified on the Air Force’s fiscal 2017 national defense authorization budget request, and explained how…

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357th FS, 22nd STS team up for austere landings

Posted October 13, 2015 by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Four A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots from the 357th Fighter Squadron flew to the National Training Center range at Fort Irwin, California to conduct austere landing training, Sept. 22, while the unit was participating in Green Flag-West 15-10. The training involved the landing of A-10s on the unimproved surface of Bicycle Lake Army Airfield’s…

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The unstoppable Airman

Posted November 18, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer

PEORIA, Ill. (AFNS) — Airman 1st Class Tanya Brown was a fulltime everything three years ago — beautician, livestock farmer, college student, wife and mother to four children. Then, not being one to shy away from a challenge, the 35 year old decided to join the Air National Guard. Along the way, she earned a…

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Increased mission requirements open doors for continued service

Posted May 21, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is introducing several personnel and manpower initiatives to meet increased mission requirements outlined in the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget. In order to enhance operational and mission capacity in support of combatant commanders, and to maintain readiness, the Air Force is setting a minimum active-duty force level of 317,000…

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