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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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ANG photo by Airman 1st Class Halley Burgess
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Overcoming adversity, Airman finds home in Air Natl Guard

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Tech. Sgt. Traci Howells

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — He slowed the car to a stop and pulled into the parking lot. Shutting the engine down, he looked around the vehicle. Everything he owned was crammed into the small space that had become his home for the past few months. He glanced at the brick building: Air Force…

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelman
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Cleared Hot: Red Tails A-10 pilot spits fire in the fight against ISIS

Posted July 19, 2017 by Senior Airman Ramon A. Adelan

The darkness of a desert night surrounds his aircraft. The wind rushes past his cockpit.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay)
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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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Air Force stands up Task Force Cyber Secure

Posted April 10, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III signed a memorandum on March 20, establishing Task Force Cyber Secure, to address challenges of the cyberspace domain in synchronization, operations and governance within the Air Force and with those organizations it supports. “This task force is fundamental to understanding…

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings
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Female U-2 pilot blazes trail through society and space

Posted February 13, 2015 by Senior Airman Bobby Cummings

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly amongst the stars? Have you ever stared into the night sky hoping to catch a glimpse of a shooting star? Could you imagine flying 70,000 ft. above the earth, gliding through the darkness completely isolated from all of civilization below?…

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