Air Force

Air Force presents FY 16 budget request

Posted February 6, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget request Feb. 2, following the Defense Department and sister services budget briefings. The Air Force fiscal year 2016 budget request supports the defense strategy and combatant commander requirements. It continues readiness recovery, reduces the short-term capacity risk assumed in the fiscal year 2015 budget…

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Maintaining the technological edge

Posted February 6, 2015 by Ed Gulick

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer urged members of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to help the service maintain their technological edge at their winter board meeting Jan. 27. “We need your help,” Spencer said. “We need the expertise you provide because it is really critical….

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubrey White)
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An innocent dream born from chaos

Posted February 6, 2015 by Senior Airman Aubrey White

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va.  — In the early hours the morning of Dec. 20, 1989, when most living within Panama City were sleeping, a 10-year-old boy and his family were awakened by explosions and helicopters overhead. The family exited their home, only to witness pandemonium; buildings burning down, people running, screaming. War was reality for Arjune Haynes…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. E’Lysia A. Wray)
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Paving the Way

Posted February 6, 2015 by Staff Sgt. E’Lysia A. Wray

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — People often think of diversity in the workplace as being defined as the hiring of different races and cultures. The Air Force envisions diversity to be more in-depth. According to the Air Force Instruction 36-7001, the Air Force broadly defines diversity as a composite of individual characteristics, experiences and abilities consistent…

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Airman leads way in combating sexual assault

Posted February 6, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Rape is a dirty word. But it’s not the word that is dirty, it’s the action. At a U.S. Air Force Warfare Center reporting unit, one Airman is going above and beyond to combat this violation to the Air Force, its Airmen and its mission. And the service’s leadership has taken…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham)
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A call to mentorship

Posted February 6, 2015 by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — A good Airmen seeks out personal and professional development to ensure their growth as a wingman, leader and warrior. January is National Mentorship Month and ensuring “excellence in all we do” means making mentorship a part of every day. “I’m where I am today because people took the time to mentor…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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“Super” Airman becomes professional bodybuilder

Posted February 6, 2015 by Samuel King Jr.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — After a heavy, weight workout, Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin walks over to a row of mirrors in the gym. He strikes a pose and flexes the muscles in his chest, arms and legs. He stares, then smiles at the reflection he sees. He continues in this manner for more than a…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 30, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter…

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Air Force BMT introduces innovative Capstone Week

Posted January 30, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force Basic Military Training at JBSA-Lackland will soon restructure its current eight-and-a-half-week course to make room for a new five-day program called Capstone Week, beginning with trainees entering BMT Jan. 27. “Our Basic Military Training today does a tremendous job developing young men and women into Airmen,” said…

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Some temp, seasonal, interim workers eligible for health benefits

Posted January 30, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), said Office of Personnel Management officials. Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same…

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