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Suicide prevention – hopes for the future

Posted June 13, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Alexander

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – (Last names are being withheld due to operational requirements.) To some, suicide prevention seems like a topic that is discussed without any definite solution. Every Airman sits through the annual briefings and trainings and hears the statistics that go along with them, yet suicide remains a problem within the…

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Around the Air Force: July 6

Posted July 9, 2016 by

In this look around the Air Force, an F-35A Lightning II makes a trans-Atlantic flight, an Airman runs 694 miles for post-traumatic stress disorder awareness, and the Minnesota Air National Guard deploys to South Korea.

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Nominations for first Air Force enlisted RPA pilots being accepted

Posted August 10, 2016 by Kat Bailey

The Air Force is accepting nominations to fill its first class of enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilots as part of a deliberate approach to enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission. The first enlisted RPA pilot selection board will convene at the Air Force Personnel Center, Jan. 23-26, 2017, with application packages due to AFPC…

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9/11 tower challenge

Posted October 7, 2016 by

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman) Members of the Tucson Police Department and the Davis-Monthan AFB Honor Guard came together to post the colors during the 9/11 Tower Challenge at the University of Arizona Football Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2016. The 9/11 Tower Challenge is held every year in honor…

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Fiscal year 2017 NDAA impact on Airmen

Posted December 30, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Jannelle McRae

The approval of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 provides a number of changes for Airmen, retirees, and families, to include stabilizing readiness and end strength, improving pilot retention, modernizing compensation and benefits and enhancing transparency in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The NDAA authorizes an overall increase in manpower by…

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BLUE: A step ahead

Posted February 13, 2017 by tomlear

Air Force TV has released the latest episode of the Air Force’s flagship television program, BLUE. Staying a step ahead in current and future conflicts required a new edge in air warfare. In this episode, we introduce you to the newest fifth-generation, multi-role fighter aircraft, the F-35A Lightning II.

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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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Busted, top 10 RPA myths debunked

Posted October 26, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay

CREECH AIR FOCE BASE, Nevada —  — Drones. The once harmless term has taken on new meaning in recent years largely due to miseducation, Hollywood dramatizations and their growing uses in non-military settings. For the men and women of the remotely piloted aircraft enterprise who provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to combatant commanders around the world…

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AF promotion system: How do you stack up?

Posted July 31, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Nick Ledesma

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are…

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First female F-35 pilot begins training

Posted May 8, 2015 by 1st Lt. Hope Cronin

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Marleah Robertson) Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 5, 2015. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program….

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